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Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Dream" book: A book release and signing of "Living the Dream," written by Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman and edited by Tim Higgins, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 28, The Baum School of Art, 510 W Linden St., Allentown. "Rudy Ackerman has created a personal story that provides an overview of his dedication and love for the institutions he has served. The Baum School of Art is proud to celebrate his decades of accomplishments," said Shannon Fugate, Executive Director of The Baum School of Art.

Rudy Ackerman's life in art celebrated in 'Living the Dream'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by The Press in Focus

"It covers everything," says Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman of his recently-published book, "Living the Dream," which traces his career as Baum School Of Art Executive Director and Moravian College Art Department Chairman.

A book release and signing of "Living the Dream," written by Ackerman and edited by Tim Higgins, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 28, The Baum School of Art, 510 W Linden St., Allentown.

The 87-page book includes 30 black and white photographs.

PA SINFONIA

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by The Press in Focus

Mozart concert

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, directed by Music Conductor Allan Birney, presents "An Afternoon with Mozart," 4 p.m. March 22, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The program includes the Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201 and two concertos with virtuosic instrumental solos: Concerto in G for flute and orchestra, K. 313, and Concerto in B flat for bassoon and orchestra, K. 191.

Featured soloists from the orchestra are Robin Kani, flute, and Susan Shaw, bassoon, who will perform along with an ensemble of about 20 of their Sinfonia colleagues.

Growing Green: Raise the roof sustainably

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Green roofs, otherwise known as living roofs or eco-roofs, are the wave of the future in sustainable design. The long-term aesthetic and ecological benefits of green roofs far outnumber those of traditional roofs.

Environmentally-sensitive roofing systems allow plants to grow on the surface of what would otherwise be just a protective covering for houses and commercial buildings.

Movie Review: It's called 'Second Best' for a reason

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You're risking critical brickbats when you title a sequel, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

So, here goes: The film is aptly named. It's rarely as much fun as the original, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2011), even though nearly the entire original cast is back.

Tom Wilkinson is not back because the character he played, Graham Dashwood, died in the first film.

Bud's View: White-tailed deer glad winter over, too

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by BUD COLE in Focus

The winter of 2014-'15 was a mighty cold one. Last month was the coldest for average February temperatures (18.9 degrees fahrenheit, 12 degrees below normal) in the Lehigh Valley since Feburary 1934 (16.6 degrees). Spring, which arrives March 20, can't come too soon.

When I wrote this column, the overnight weather forecast was: four inches of snow, wind gusts up to 60 mph, wind chills ranging between 20 to 30 degrees below zero and drifting snow. My wife, Bev, after listening to this forecast, said she didn't remember wind chills this severe in the Lehigh Valley.

High School Musicals: Northampton

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by The Press in Focus

'Once Upon A Mattress'

"Once Upon A Mattress," a zany musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, "The Princess And The Pea," will be staged at 7:30 p.m. March 26, 27 and 28 in the auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

"This musical offers many different roles from the classic fairy tale for our capable students from the Northampton Theatre Company," says director Nan Guss-Mentzell.

March 13 entries deadline for Student Poetry Project

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 10th 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 22 and 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.