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Movie Review: 'Maleficent' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

Movie Review: 'Maleficent' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Nero plays: Peter Nero, above, will tickle the ivories for "Peter Nero's Broadway," 8 p.m. June 14, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Nero will be accompanied by Michael Barnett, his principal bassist for 18 years. The evening includes Cole Porter's "Night and Day"; Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory," and a medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." Nero founded the Philly Pops, for 35 years directed Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and is its artistic director.

11th Southside Film Festival is for 'reel'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 11th annual Southside Film Festival (SSFF), through June 14 in Bethlehem, brings 75-plus films from around the world to the Lehigh Valley.

About one dozen film-makers are expected for question and answer sessions about their films being shown at SSFF 2014, which kicked off with a June 9 fundraiser and June 10 opening night party.

Look for the crew from director James Arrabito's dramady feature, "Brooklyn Umemployed"; Craig Colton, director, "Cat Power" comedy short; and Amy C. Elliott, director, "Wicker Kittens," a documentary feature about competitive jigsaw puzzling.

Tradition's the thing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival plays 'Fiddler on the Roof' to open 23rd season

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival couldn't have chosen a more beloved classic than "Fiddler on the Roof" to open its 23rd season.

For PSF, noted for presenting the classics of Shakespeare and the Broadway stage, to borrow from the beloved "Fiddler" song, it's "Tradition."

"It's certainly a musical that our audiences have wanted us to do," says Dennis Razze, PSF associate artistic director, directing "Fiddler," June 11 - 29, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

Tradition's the thing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival plays 'Fiddler on the Roof' to open 23rd season

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival couldn't have chosen a more beloved classic than "Fiddler on the Roof" to open its 23rd season.

For PSF, noted for presenting the classics of Shakespeare and the Broadway stage, to borrow from the beloved "Fiddler" song, it's "Tradition."

"It's certainly a musical that our audiences have wanted us to do," says Dennis Razze, PSF associate artistic director, directing "Fiddler," June 11 - 29, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

Movie Review: 'Maleficient' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficient," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficient."

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS

ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, June 8 - Sept. 7, Scheller Gallery. Members preview, 6 - 8 p.m. June 7

Francisco's Goya's "Los Caprichos," June 8 - Sept. 9, Rodale Gallery

Destinations in Paintings: The Kasten Collection, through Aug. 17, Butz Gallery

British Pop Prints, through June 22, Payne Hurd Gallery

Platinum Visions: Photographs by Thomas John Shillea, July 2 - Sept. 28, Payne Hurd Gallery

Spotlight On: John Gorka returns to Godfrey Daniels' roots

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist John Gorka performs at 7 p.m. June 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, the very place where as a Moravian College student, he watched in rapt awe the musicians who would inspire his own career.

Gorka, born in Colonia, N.J., settled in Minnesota with his wife in 1996.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

"A Chorus Line," June 11 -29: 8 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Empie Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/SMT, 484-664-3333

"Celebration USA," through July 6, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333

"Cinderella," through Aug. 2: meet cast after performance, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theater, Labuda Center for The Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. pashakespeare.org, 610-282-WILL