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Harry Connick Jr. and musical at PYT

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. is expected to be in Bethlehem several times leading up to the show and for the opening night gala of the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT) production of his musical, "The Happy Elf," Nov. 30 - Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, Bethlehem.

"We have staged this production over the years in a few cities and when I see the unadulterated joy on the faces of the kids in the audience, I know we have created something special," stated...

Bucks revisits Simon's 'Park'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.

You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.

The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.

"Barefoot" espouses the "Simon sez" comedy style born of Sid Caesar's TV comedy-variety series, "...

Allentown 250th on Fair culinary stage

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair is observing Allentown's 250th anniversary with a series of cooking demonstrations that will be part of "Farm to Table" series on the culinary demonstration stage inside the Agri-Plex building.

Throughout the Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, "Farm to Table" chefs and culinary experts from the Lehigh Valley prepare their signature dishes.

The "Allentown 250" programming committee collaborated with the Fair's Culinary Demonstration Stage Coordinator Pat Rice to...

Civil War 150th exhibit at Fair

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The "Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Road Show," a 53-foot modified tractor-trailer transformed into a travelling museum, visits the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.

The museum will be manned and managed by staff and volunteers of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

"We are excited to be a part of this extraordinary event. The Great Allentown Fair is one of the best and largest fairs in the country," Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, said...

The Fixx

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Fixx opens for The J. Geils Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. The British rock band formed in 1979 in London. The group's hits include "Red Skies" and "Stand or Fall," from "Shuttered Room" (1982); "One Thing Leads to Another," charting at No. 4 in the United States, and "Saved by Zero," from "Reach the Beach" (1983). The group's song, "Deeper and Deeper" was on the soundtrack of the movie, "Streets of Fire." "A Letter to Both Sides" was on the...

The J. Geils Band

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 28, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Hits by The J. Geils Band, formed 1967, Worcester, Mass., are "First I Look at the Purse" (1971), "Looking for A Love" (1971), "Give It to Me" (1973), "(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party" (1973), "Did You No Wrong" (1973), "Must of Got Lost" (1974), "Love-itis" (1975), "Surrender" (1977), "Sanctuary" (1979), "Love Stinks" (1980), "Centerfold," a No. 1 from the album, "Freeze Frame" (1981), with the title cut going to No. 4. The band:...

Civic's 'Body' has lots of heart

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.

The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.

The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.

Qualms about the avant-garde theater work will...

Sunny Sweeney

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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Sunny Sweeney, opens for Blake Shelton, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. Sweeney was born Sunny Michaela Sweeney Dec. 7, 1976, in Houston, Tex. She moved to New York City to join a comedy troupe, but moved back to Texas and instead chose a country music career. The singer-songwriter released her debut album, "Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame," in 2007. It included the singles "If I Could," "Ten Years Pass" and "East Texas Pines." Her second...

Just 'Fantastic'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"The Tempest," "War of the Worlds," "The Chronicles of Narnia," "Star Wars," "Alien," "The Hobbit" what these icons of popular literature, stage and screen have in common or rather "uncommon" is "At The Edge: Art of the Fantastic," through Sept. 9, the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

"At The Edge," according to guest curators Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, is "the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date."

More than 160 original works from 1797 to the...

Fair Midway adds new thrill rides

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Two new "spectaculars," as the largest thrill rides are referred to, are coming to the Midway at the Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3.

Powers Great American Midways spokesman Marc Janas reported that the carnival will unveil a "beamed-out," spaceship-looking ride called "Alien Abduction" that spins passengers into such a whirl that gravity pins them against its walls.

The other new ride called "Genesis" takes a gondola full of thrill-seekers on a 360-degree spin as if...