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At Bucks, 'Life' is 'Wonderful'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.

The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.

'Fruitcakes' has holiday cheer

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

"Fruitcakes" presents all the stereotypical small-town characters getting ready for the Christmas holiday in the fictional town of McCord's Ferry.

From a hillbilly neighbor who's laced his family's home in copious amount of Christmas lights, to elderly sisters who constantly feud, and the annual town Christmas play whose cast of children has succumbed to chicken pox, "Fruitcakes" will raise laughter from audiences as they watch the antics on stage.

JAZZ VESPERS

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Manger Church

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) presents a Jazz Christmas vespers service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.

A jazz quintet will be led by PJC Artistic Director Alan Gaumer and Neil Wetzel, Ed .D., Director of jazz studies at Moravian College. The choir is directed by June Thomas, jazz vocal teacher at Muhlenberg College. Church staff include musician Sam Creyer and organist Mark Dennis.

The service will be presided over by the Rev. Sharon Joseph.

The performance is open to the public. A donation includes PJC holiday CD.

Tommy Zito receives honor at 14th LV Music Awards

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The 14th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA) Dec. 2 at Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, offered a rare opportunity for working musicians to get together under one roof.

The roughly three and one-half hour show consisted of live music performances interspersed with close to 100 award presentations. Nominees and winners were determined through online ballots cast by fans and those in the music business. Additional honorees were selected for outstanding achievement by the board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA).

SACRED HEART

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Nut roll sale

Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown, will hold a Christmas Nut Roll Sale 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 in the hospital's main lobby.

Available are 14-inch bakery-fresh Kolache rolls with nut, apricot, poppy seed, raspberry or Lekvar filling.

Pre-ordering is suggested for the best selection. Call Beth Fogel, 610-776-5413.

THEATER REVIEWS CKP 'Parfumerie' has scents of fun

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) present a truly unique show with a strong storyline in "Parfumerie."

The play centers around a fictional pharmacy shop, Hammerschmidt's Parfumerie in Budapest, Hungary, and includes all the fun and entertainment that audiences have come to expect from the Lower Macungie-based CKP.

INDIAN MUSEUM

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Cookes sale

The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, is selling cookies baked from recipes from Pat Chiaparas' kitchen, retired cookie entrepreneur of the original "Mrs. Chip's Fabulous Cookies."

Tins are available in three sizes and include Raspberry and Apricot Kiffles, Viennese Fingers, Nut Tassies, Cherry Shells, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Shortbread Thumbprints, and White Chocolate Macadamia. Pick-up 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 14 - 23.

To order: info@museumofindianculture.org, 610-797-2121

Ballet Guild 'Nutcracker' tradition continues with acclaimed soloists

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by JESSICA KROOPE Special to The Press in Focus

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley-Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (BGLV-PYB) presented the Lehigh Valley's first "Nutcracker" production in 1968, a beloved holiday tradition which continues to this day.

This season's production, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, features world-class guest artists Ashley Bouder, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Matthew Dibble, dancer with Twyla Tharp Company, as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier, respectively.