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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Night on the Town: Dave Goddess back on ‘West Side’ at The Shanty

Friday, May 24, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Dave Goddess is still rocking and recording.

The Dave Goddess Group performs 9 p.m.-midnight May 25, The Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Goddess will preview songs from an upcoming CD, plus songs from Daddy Licks, the popular rock band he founded with his brother Kevin Goddess.

Joining Dave Goddess, guitar, lead vocals, are Mark Buschi, bass, vocals; Tom Brobst, sax, flute, keyboards; Gary Gipson, guitar, vocals, and Chris Cummings, drums.

“I have a...

2019 Freddy Awards presented in State Theatre WFMZ telecast

Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 2019 Freddy Awards recipients were announced May 23 during the 17th annual live ceremony from the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, broadcast on WFMZ Channel 69 and wfmz.com.

The awards telecast will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. June 1 on WFMZ-TV.

Here is the list of award recipients and scholarship and community awards recipients:

Orchestra

Easton Area High School, “Oklahoma!”

Scenery

Bangor Area High School, “Mamma Mia!”

Costumes...

Movie Review: Rudolf Nureyev, defection and all

Friday, May 24, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The White Crow” takes its title from a Russian term for someone who is “unusual, extraordinary, an outsider” to tell the story of the defection in 1961 of Soviet Union ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The film is directed at a studious and measured pace by Ralph Fiennes, who appears as Alexander Pushkin, ballet teacher to Nureyev at Leningrad Choreographic School (now Vaganova Ballet Academy).

Fiennes (Oscar nominee, actor, “The English Patient,” 1996; Oscar nominee, supporting...

D-Day Anniversary talk

Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV HERITAGE MUSEUM:

Major Nathan Kline (USAF-Ret), a WWII Bombardier-Navigator, will speak at 1 p.m. June 1, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

“This is a unique opportunity for the public to hear a survivor from an era of history which is rapidly slipping away,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. “He [Kline] lived history...

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Friday, May 24, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration returns with its focus on veterans and music with local roots, May 25-27, Allentown Fairgrounds.

Highlighting the second annual festival is veterans-related programming Memorial Day, including “The USO Tribute Show,” featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, and Michele DelaFave, who performed with Hope on his USO tours in Vietnam and was one of The Golddiggers dancers on “The Dean Martin Show” TV show (1965-1974).

“We...

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Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Memorializing Memorial Day: Bill Johnson, above, portrays Bob Hope in the “USO Bob Hope Tribute Show,” one of the many events at The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration, May 25, 26 and 27, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew and Liberty streets, Allentown. The second annual event, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, includes rock ‘n’ roll, polka, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Latino music. There’s also a Sock Hop dance contest promoting “Socks for Veterans”; a...

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to...

Curtain Rises: Bethlehem ‘Suffragette City’ for ‘19: The Musical’

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bethlehem becomes “Suffragette City” May 25.

Crowded Kitchen Players presents the Lehigh Valley debut of a concert version of “19: The Musical,” a work in progress with performances planned in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in the United States.

Performances of the 75-minute (with no intermission) “muscal overview of the play” are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 25, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. The performances are part of...

Mayfair 2019 schedule

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by The Press in Focus

2019 Mayfair

Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown

4 p.m. - 10 p.m. May 24; Noon - 10 p.m. May 25 - 26. Free admission. Free parking

May 24

Main Stage

Anthony Cubbage, 4 - 5 p.m.

Stefanie Johnson featuring Mike Anthus, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Funk Authority, 7 - 10 p.m.

Bandstand Stage

Allentown School District, 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Allentown Music Scene, 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Tap Ties, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m....

Allentown Symphony ‘Inside the Score’ unveils world premiere

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a classical piece of music is created, developed and brought to the concert stage, you won’t want to miss “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concerto” by Matthew Quayle, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra featuring cello soloist Jameson Platte, 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Matt Quayle, the composer, is good friends with Jameson Platte, our principal cellist,” says Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and...