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The Cowboy Junkies wear many musical hats

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Canadian band, The Cowboy Junkies, emerged from the Toronto music scene with a blend of country, blues, folk and rock. The band, in which three of the four members are siblings, formed in 1985.

Their melodic cover of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" was used in the 1994 film, "Natural Born Killers," and was the group's highest-charting single in the United States, reaching No. 5 on the modern rock chart. The group is now on a tour of the northeast United States.

Civic Theatre family visits 'Desert Cities'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Following its critically-acclaimed production of "August: Osage County," Civic Theatre presents another Lehigh Valley premiere, that of "Other Desert Cities."

"One of my things was, if you liked the Westons, you'll love the Wyeths," says William Sanders, Civic Artistic Director who's directing "Other Desert Cities."

The Wyeths is the family at the center of "Other Desert Cities." The Westons is the family at the center of "August: Osage County."

And the Oscars go to ...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It's not nearly as surprising as who will receive an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, as who has not received a competitive Oscar.

The list, to name a few, includes Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Peter O'Toole.

That said, the year 2013 is memorable for brilliant directing, brave acting and superb productions. It was a year for the ascendancy of African-American directors and actors, as well as for fact-based stories.

This year, there could even be a WeightWatchers honor in the first category:

Opera depicts J.S. Bach as a 'real guy'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The family opera, "Young Meister Bach," a comical and educational tale about composer Johann Sebastian Bach's early years, has its world premiere, 3 p.m. March 1, Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The music of Bach has a long history in the Lehigh Valley. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, which is producing "Young Meister Bach," was established in 1898 and continues to be a beloved part of the Lehigh Valley music landscape.

The Fab Faux fan The Beatles' flame

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"We are five guys, five musicians, not a look-a-like band. We honor the great records of the Beatles and bring our passion for their music to the stage."

Those are the words of Will Lee, bassist for the Fab Faux, a popular Beatles tribute band performing at 8 p.m. March 1, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

The Fab Faux has a devoted following in the Lehigh Valley and has returned to the State many times. "We have a huge variety of people in our audience," says Lee. "All ages come. Grandparents bring grandchildren."

High School Musicals: Northwestern Lehigh

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus


"Teenagers" starts with a "T," which stands for "Trouble" when "Footloose" opens at 7 p.m. March 6, 7, 8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in the auditorium of Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli.

The rollicking musical directed by Bill Mutimer chronicles the teen angst of Chicago-bred dancing boy Ren McCormick (Alex Bobbyn) when he moves to small-town Beaumont where dancing is illegal.

Rick Levy takes it to The Limits

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Music Award, reunion concerts on tap

The Lehigh Valley music scene celebrates its own this March.

The Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest present the 15th edition of the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA15), 4 p.m. March 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Ricky Levy, of Valley pop-rock band, The Limits, will receive a LVMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Levy is music director and business manager for Tommy Roe and former lead guitarist and bandleader for Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone.

Student Poetry Project deadline for entries March 15

Wednesday, February 26, 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.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

The young Mr. Bach: The world premiere of "Young Meister Bach," a one-act comic opera by Chuck Holdeman, above, with libretto by Bill Bly and stage direction by Christopher Shorr, will be presented at 3 p.m. March 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, performs the work at Zoellner, as well as at 3 p.m. March 2, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the German Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and May 3 and 10 at the 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival.