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Bringing 'Memphis' to State Theatre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"First and Foremost, it's about the music," says Colin Byrne, cast manager for the Tony Award-winning, "Memphis," to explain the popularity of the Broadway hit that comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

Byrne, an Easton native and 2000 graduate of Wilson Area High School, says the musical evokes the spirit of the 1950's when music bridged the gap between blacks and whites.

"It's inspired by true events when radio deejays were able to...

Theater Review: 'The Bride' vows to entertain at The Pines

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Return with us to the days when newspaper editors were tyrants, entry-level journalists were treated like chattle and the ever-present sound of the newsroom was the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of manual typewriters.

That's the setting for a world-premiere musical, "Here Comes the Bride," through March 9, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Neophyte scribe Abigail Winthorpe (Annie Locke) lands a desk, mailroom slot and column inches at The Weekly Bugle newspaper in...

Growing Green: Buy houseplants with care

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press in Focus

Picture a tropical paradise: sun warming the earth, a fresh moist breeze blowing in from the ocean. A refreshing early morning shower passes. Dappled shadows appear under tall palms as the sunshine returns to dry the rain.

Well, that pretty much describes the environment of most of our houseplants in their natural state: warm temperatures, moist breezes and plenty of bright light.

It's no wonder that adjusting to our household environments is quite a challenge for tropical...

Whose show is it? Theirs, at the State

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Fans of the popular improvisational ensemble comedy series, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," can see the show's stars Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie perform their trademark improv, "The Two Man Group," 8 p.m. Feb. 7, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

This live performance brings the action of televised show, now seen on The CW, directly to the State Theatre audience.

"It's all improvised," explains Brad Sherwood. "The audience gives all of the suggestions....

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ARTSQUEST

ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.610-297-7100

Open Mic Night with Billy Bauer, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Strawberry Fields, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Beatles tribute, Musikfest Café

Wanamaker Lewis, 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Mike Mettalia, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Sarah Miles, 8:30 p.m...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show and final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390

"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715

Lehigh Valley Standup Comic Showcase: Tyler Rothrock, 11 p.m. Feb. 8: Featuring Nate Marshall, Garrett Smith, Randy Tonge, Blue Cinema, ArtsQuest...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Inside Llewyn Davis," 7:15 p.m. Feb. 5; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6; 7 p.m. Feb. 7; 12:45, 5:45 p.m. Feb. 8; 3:45 p.m. Feb. 9; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 11; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12; 4:45 p.m. Feb. 13

"Labor Day," 4:45, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6; 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7; 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8; 12:30, 2:45, 5 p.m. Feb. 9; 7:30 p.m. Feb...

Entries open for Student Poetry Project

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of the...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

PENN'S PEAK

325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325

Changes in Latitude, 8 p.m. Feb. 8: Jimmy Buffet tribute

Remember When, 7 p.m. Feb. 15: Valentine's Dinner Dance

Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21

Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute

Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1: Pink Floyd tribute

Jessie's Girl, Voyage, 8 p.m. March 7: 1980s music tribute

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8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PHOTO BY MATTHEW WRIGHT in Focus

20 years of dance: The Muhlenberg College dance program celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special edition of its annual "Master Choreographers" dance concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 7; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The program includes a restaging choreographer of Bill T. Jones' "D-Man in the Waters (Part 1)," set to Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20. "We are thrilled to showcase Bill T. Jones'...