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May the bluebird of happiness ... nest

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

The song, "Happy Days are Here Again," was written in 1929 with music by Milton Ager and lyrics by Jack Yellen.

It's best remembered as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's campaign song during his first successful 1932 presidential campaign.

Some historians have said the song became very popular with the repeal of Prohibition on April 7, 1933. The song is No. 47 on the Recording Industry Association of America's "Songs of the Century" list. As of 2006, there were 76 commercially-released versions of the song.

Those '70s bands

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

KC, Foreigner, Styx rock ArtsQuest SteelStacks; Ke$ha, Avenged Sevenfold close out 30th year

From KC to Ke$ha, the second week of Musikfest's 30th anniversary on the Sands Steel Stage at SteelStacks on Bethlehem's south side has an amazing variety of music.

There's the double bill of classic rockers Styx and Foreigner, 7 p.m. Aug. 7.

Also on the Steel Stage, Darius Rucker, country rocker and former Hootie and the Blowfish lead singer, 7 p.m. Aug. 9, with Chase Rice; and, on closing night, the heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold, 7 p.m. Aug. 11, with Mindset Evolution and Fight or Flight.

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," 8 p.m. Aug. 8, 9, 10; 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 1, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.610-433-2333

Long-Form Improv Comedy, "ManDudeBro: Who's Your Daddy?; 10:45 p.m. Aug. 30, Blue Cinema, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378

THEATER REVIEW

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A star is born in Pa. Playhouse 'Aida'

As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."

It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.

Harold Lloyd classic at Civic

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Two icons of the silent film era will share Civic Theatre of Allentown's silver screen when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6

The double bill features Harold Lloyd in "Safety Last," preceded by the short, "One Week" with Buster Keaton.

"Safety Last" has been digitally re-mastered. Both films be shown with Civic's new HD digital projection system which was installed in June.

THEATER REVIEWS 'Henry VIII': An abridged production too far at PSF

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.

The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.

'20 Feet' to summer indie films

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.

The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.

During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.

Zen & the art of stairs mastery

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. I am 83 years old and I am very afraid of falling down stairs. My mother broke her hip that way, and I think of her every time I am on stairs.

If you think about falling while you are on a staircase, you increase the risk of falling. You have to learn how to redirect your attention away from your troubling thoughts and let your body take you up and down the stairs.