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'Wreck-It' an apt description

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Imagine having raspy-voiced John C. Reilly and whiny-voiced Sarah Silverman yelling, cajoling and yakking at you for one hour and 48 minutes.

That's one way to describe "Wreck-It Ralph," a garishly-colored, frantic, not very funny animated feature from Walt Disney.

The words of Vanellope, a Bratz doll style character voiced by comedian Sarah Silverman, used to describe Ralph, a Shrek-like character voiced by John C. Reilly ("Step Brothers," "Chicago" supporting actor Oscar nomination), best describe "Wreck-It Ralph" itself: "so freakishly annoying."

'Cinderella's Christmas' soon on Symphony Hall stage

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Who doesn't like the fairytale Cinderella? What if Cinderella goes to a Christmas Ball instead? Prince Charming must announce his new bride Christmas Eve.

The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre presents "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The actors sing and dance, inviting children from the audience to join the cast on stage at the Christmas Ball.

Book signing set for Moravian putz book

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Central Moravian Church is publishing a new book, "The Moravian Christmas Putz: Bethlehem Moravians Tell the Story of the Birth of Christ," this month, marking the 75 years since Bethlehem became known as Christmas City USA.

That same year, Central Moravian Church opened its doors to its Community Putz for the first time Dec. 24, 1937.

The 72-page volume, with 90 color pictures, tells the history and Moravian traditions surrounding the putz.

Digging the roots of 'Field Recordings'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

It would be difficult to encapsulate the impressive and exhaustive work that is musician-author Stephen Wade's "The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience" (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 477 pp.)

You'd best let Wade do so himself, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, when he performs selections from the CD that accompanies the book, as well as those from his latest CD, "Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition."

A von Trapp Christmas

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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"Christmas with the von Trapp Children" returns to Bethlehem for the first time since 2006. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin, great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, sing holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and movie, and folk and Broadway tunes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 - 17, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: artsqeuest.org, 610-332-3378

It's not always easy 'Going Green'

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Theater-goers who enjoy avant-garde one-person shows should get a kick out of "Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

"It's really funny and silly. People who are jaded by environmentalism it's a fun way to enter into it," says Kristina Wong, the show's creator and performer. "This, for me, is one response that makes the journey more enjoyable."

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Cinderella" for Christmas: The Kaleidoscope Children's Theatre performs "Cinderella's Christmas," 1 p.m. Nov. 24, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Jillian Rivers-Keegan (Princess) and Ben Church (Prince Charming), above, star. Cinderella, her evil stepmother, wicked stepsisters and her handsome prince are brought to life in the holiday interpretation of the classic fairytale. Will Cinderella make it to the Christmas Ball? The mice seem to think so. Tickets: allentownsymphony.org, 610- 432-7961

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PHOTO BY ELI PECK

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Fringe," 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 15, 16, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009

"Going Green the Wong Way," 8 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689

"Little Shop of Horrors," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10; 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Salisbury Senior High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown. stsd.org, 610-797-4107

Rutgers jazz group to perform in Arts at St. John's series

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The Scarlet Knights Jazz Trombones, one of the elite groups in the Rutgers University Chamber Jazz Ensemble Program, performs 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St. Allentown.

The number of participants in the group varies each year. In the performance, hosted by the Rutger's Club of the Lehigh Valley as part of The Arts at St. John's concert series, there will be a rhythm section with no fewer than five trombonists.

Shatner goes where the laughter is

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

Great news for "Star Trek" fans and comedy lovers in the Lehigh Valley area: William Shatner beams into the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., 453 Northampton St., Easton, 7 p.m. Nov. 11, to perform his one-man show, "Shatner's World."

In a recent telephone interview, Shatner says his show "grew from sitting around doing interviews."