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Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Tales of brave "Ulysses": Touchstone Theatre heads outdoors for spring to premiere its latest original work, "Ulysses Dreams: An Exploration of Origin and Destiny," April 13 - 21, South Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater, along Mechanic Street, between Polk and Taylor streets, Bethlehem. A cast of 10 interprets the text by Jp Jordan and Christopher Shorr, based on Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," and choreography by Bill George, Gus Ripa and the performers, including, Bill George (Old Ulysses), above left, and Kyle Lewis (Young Ulysses), above right.

Odyssey lands 'Ulysses' on Bethlehem Greenway

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

For its next production, Touchstone Theatre is again takin' it to the streets.

While the Lehigh Valley theater troupe won't be stopping traffic on the streets of Bethlehem's South Side, it may turn pedestrians' heads on the South Bethlehem Greenway.

Touchstone Theatre is inaugurating the Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater for the world premiere of its latest outdoor extravaganza, "Ulysses Dreams: an exploration of origin and destiny," noon, 4 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21.

A kind of 'Croods' charm

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Croods" has its own kind of, ahem, "crood" charm.

Yes, there's lots of punching and smacking, fighting, rolling around, chasing, ugly faces, insults and did we say? fighting.

And that's just the Crood family of cavemen or is it cave persons? and doesn't include the prehistoric creatures.

Admittedly, I resisted seeing "The Croods." It was a case of 3D-animation feature overload. Also, I may have been wondering how "The Croods" could improve upon TV's "The Flintstones" (1960 - '66) for me the tabula rasa of prehistoric humor.

Lucie: She's home!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

'Latin Roots' concert salutes Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball

Lucie is home.

Lucie Arnaz's home and life is on stage with "Latin Roots," 8 p.m. April 20, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

"Latin Roots" is a music tribute to Arnaz's dad, Desiderio "Desi" Arnaz, with video tributes to her mother, Lucille Desiree Ball, and their family.

"It's a really fun show," Arnaz says in a recent phone interview from Palm Springs, Calif., where she and her husband of 32 years, actor Laurence Luckinbill, plan to relocate next month from Connecticut.

Jazz-fusion pioneer Coryell at Zoellner

Wednesday, April 3, 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.

Dream concert

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Symphony to perform Berlioz 'Simphonie Fantastique'

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 she never replied. He produced concerts to get her attention, but she never noticed.

THEATER REVIEW

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Acting duo unparalleled in APT's 'Lives'

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.

Art Museum shows to close April 21

Wednesday, April 3, 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.