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Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival has 130 concerts in Reading

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The 23rd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival, April 5 - 14, has added some new artists this year. And many other artists will be returning.

Among the newcomers are Brian Hughes, Babatunde Lea, Elan Trotman and Friends and Cyrille Aimee and the Surreal Band.

Dianne Reeves opens the jazz fest, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N. Sixth St., Reading.

Reeves is the only singer to win Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance on three consecutive...

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Toe-tapping song and dance is at its best at The Pines Dinner Theatre when a battered upright piano takes a young, talented troupe on a musical tour of the 20th century in "I Love A Piano" as they celebrate some of the best music from the Great American Songbook produced between 1911 through the 1950's.

Many of the most memorable songs in that songbook were written by Irving Berlin, including the show's title tune, "I Love A Piano." The revue, which continues through June 2 at The...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 11, 16, 18, 25; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192

"Company," 8 p.m. April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28; 3 p.m. 21, 25, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

"I Love A Piano," through June 2...

Art Museum shows to close April 21

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is extending the run of two exhibitions. Originally scheduled to close on April 14, "Fabulous Flappers: Fashion from the Ellie Laubner Collection" and "Haitian Art from the Rodale Family Collection" will be open an extra week, through April 21.

"Fabulous Flappers," in the Museum's Scheller Gallery, transports visitors back in time to the fascinating decade of the 1920s with a display of approximately 150 items.

"Haitian Art from the...

Rotunda Gallery reception set for 'Backsliding' photo exhibit

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"Backsliding," an exhibit of photographs by Ralph Lindgren, continues through April 29, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.

An opening reception is 2 - 4 p.m. April 7.

"Backsliding" is composed 41 images, each of which illustrates how digital images can be enhanced by drawing upon aesthetic principles and techniques long admired in many of the more traditional visual media. The sources of inspiration include oil, pastel, acrylic, gouache, ink,...

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

What a sketch.

"Parallel Lives" is a tour de farce of sketch comedy by two female actors who are, when you get right down to it, incredible to behold as they carouse through some 14 sketch-comedy scenes and an estimated 30 characters in an amusing two-hour show (not including a 15-minute intermission) produced by Allentown Public Theatre (APT) through April 7 at the Salemme Foundation gallery, Allentown.

Joshua Neth directs Samantha Beedle as Mo and Jennifer Starr Foley as...

Vincent Giordano and his Nighthawks open Penna. Jazz Society's 35th year

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society has brought many of the United States' most famous musicians playing Big Band music to the Lehigh Valley.

The latest is Vince Giordano and his Nghthawks, 2 p.m. April 7, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The New York City-based 11-piece Nighthawks is the "house band" and has been seen on the hit HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."

The band's CD, one of its nine releases, "...

Dream concert

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

When Hector Berlioz walked into the Theatre Odéon in Paris Sept. 11, 1827, to see a performance of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," little did he know the experience would change his life.

Starring in the play was Harriet Smithson, a beautiful young actress. Berlioz, a poor, 24-year-old music student, was immediately smitten. He had found his "Ophelia."

For the next three years, he was completely infatuated with her, although during that time they never met. He wrote letters to her, but...

'Stoker' an art-house shocker

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Stoker" is an art-house shocker.

While the film's title has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it has its ghoulish elements.

With little advance word about the film, I didn't know what to expect.

The story in "Stoker" begins at a funeral, that of Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), who died in a mysterious car crash. We see his widow, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman), and his daughter, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowski).

India, who shared a special bond with her...

Jazz-fusion pioneer Coryell at Zoellner

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Look up the music term jazz-fusion and the name of guitarist Larry Coryell inevitably pops up.

Whether playing electric, acoustic or classical guitar, Coryell is considered by many the pioneer of jazz-fusion.

The Larry Coryell Organ Trio, which includes organist Mike Mandel and drummer Alphonse Mouzon, performs 8 p.m., April 6, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The night before the Zoellner performance, Coryell...