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'Lincoln' deserves Oscar vote

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.

"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

Song sung Andreas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Tony Award-nominated Christine Andreas doesn't so much sing a song as let the song sing her.

"When the song sings you, that's when you get the performance, not when you are singing the song," Andreas says in a recent phone interview.

Andreas will sing a variety of pop songs, accompanied by her husband, composer-pianist Martin Silvestri, in her Bethlehem debut, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Refining Scrooge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

It may be his seventh time playing Scrooge in the Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," but actor Barry Glassman won't admit to it.

In fact, he even had the record-setting statistic stricken from his biography in the playbill for the show that opens Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directs the show based on an adaptation he and Civic President of the Board Sharon Lee Glassman wrote in 1989.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Lucky 7: Dr. Barry Glassman once again steps into the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the delightfully miserly creation in Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale, when Civic Theatre of Allentown presents its 23rd annual staging of "A Christmas Carol," beginning Nov. 30. The production on the main stage of Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, runs through Dec. 15. Glassman, above, in nightcap, has played Scrooge in more productions at Civic than any other actor in the theater's presentation of the holiday classic. This production marks his seventh time in the role.

HAWK MOUNTAIN

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Open House

The annual Holiday Open House is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Visitor Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.

There will be complimentary hot cider, gift ideas, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, nature-themed activities, a live owl program and a visit by a flying squirrel.

Information: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6961.

TRINITY CHURCH

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

'Yuletide Revels'

New York City's My Lord Chamberlain's Consort performs for the annual "Yuletide Revels," 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.

There's a reception with traditional Yuletide tomfoolery: a Boar's Head in Procession, flaming Christmas pudding, wassail, nog, ginger cake, and other traditional Yule treats.

Co-sponsors of the evening of traditional and early music is Moravian College's Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: 610-867-4741

LCCC

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Tri-Cees concert

The Tri-Cees - the Cougar Community Chorale holds its 8th annual holiday performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Community Services Center, Rooms 201-203, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville campus

The one-hour performance will include Classic Christmas music with a twist, Broadway show tunes and songs by the Beatles.

Monetary or canned goods donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Information: 610-799-1582

'Twilight''s last gleaming

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," fifth and final in the series, should please fans of the Stephenie Meyer novel and movie series.

For non-fans, "Breaking Dawn" signals it's time to put the brakes on "The Twilight Saga."

"Part 2" is an extended coda, with not much new happening that didn't happen in "Part 1," i.e., the marriage of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.