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Saturday, June 24, 2017

CKP stages world premiere of Charlie Barnett’s ‘12ness’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

“12ness” may be a play that recounts the history of two influential musicians, but it may also help to shape the future of theater in the Lehigh Valley.

“This is an original piece,” explains the play’s director George B. Miller. “It has not been produced, presented, or performed anywhere before.”

Miller is the first person invited to direct a Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) play, the company having presented 70 plays prior.

“It feels a little daunting to be honest,” Miller...

SouthSide Film Festival brings international fare to Bethlehem

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Area festivals, events and venues may come and go, but the SouthSide Film Festival (SSFF), now in its 14th year, has become a Lehigh Valley institution.

“The community’s been great,” says Glenn Koehler, SSFF director. “We get a lot of support.”

Jeff Vaclavik, board of directors president of the Southside Film Institute, which runs the SSFF, is already thinking about next year’s 15th annual event.

“It’s one of those anniversary years,” Vaclavik says, regarding SSFF...

‘Bach at Noon’ series back for third year in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The third summer of Bach’s music in Allentown begins June 13 with the first of three “Bach At Noon” performances by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem in St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown in center city Allentown.

On the second Tuesday of the month in June, July and August, The Bach Choir will present noontime performances, free and open to the public.

“Bach At Noon” a series of 10 free concerts the Choir performs each year, including three in...

‘Tonys & Tapas’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

CIVIC THEATRE:

“Tonys & Tapas” will be held 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. June 11 in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s historic Nineteenth Street Theatre and Theatre514.

The Civic Theatre fundraising event includes tapas from local restaurants and caterers, a stage performance, complimentary “Mar-Tony,” wine and beer open bar, and silent and live auctions.

The 2017 “Tonys & Tapas” Honorary Chairs are Charles and Ruth Marcon.

Volunteers to help with the event may email Zack...

‘Valley Vivaldi’ launches annual summer series in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The arrival of June signals the start of “Valley Vivaldi,” a summer series of four chamber ensemble concerts by instrumentalists from the locally-based Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.

The concerts showcase chamber music by 17th and 18th century composers (Vivaldi, J. S. Bach and Telemann are a few of the enduring favorites) presented by small ensembles of mixed instrumentalists. The qualities of each instrument and the virtuosic playing of each musician are easily heard in the clear...

Three Dog Night to hit it up at Sherman

Friday, June 9, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Three Dog Night is celebrating 50 years of sensational music. Since 1967, their distinctive-sounding hits, including “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Shambala,” and “One,” have been woven into the fabric of American television and film soundtracks, and still resonate with generations of fans.

Three Dog Night plays in concert, 8 p.m. June 11, Sherman Theater, 554 Main St., Stroudsburg.

Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, seven million-selling...

Contest to select

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN FAIR

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen who will represent the Fair during the event’s Labor Day week run, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that has operated the Fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties.

Women 16 - 20 years of age may enter the competition that awards a $1,000 scholarship presented by Lehigh-...

Review: ‘Pirates’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadmen Tell No Tales” could more aptly be subtitled “Lousy Screenplays Tell No Tales.” Therein lies the problem with the fifth sequel in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series that stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who doesn’t so much swashbuckle as sashay, speaks with an at times difficult to understand drunken lisp, and rolls his eyes at every ironic aside in the grand manner of a silent movie star.

“DTNT” drowns in a sea of CGI (Computer...

Healthy Geezer: grandparenting

Friday, June 9, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. We’re about to have our first grandchild. I was wondering whether you are a grandfather and have any tips?

My wife, Gale, and I entered grandparenthood with a thud. We were given seven grandchildren in less than seven years. Let me give them all a plug. They are Morgan, 17; Carly, 15; Ethan, 13; Maggie, 13; Christian, 13; Aaron, 11, and Patrick, 10.

First, let me tell you what most grandparents know: you can’t imagine how happy these little people will make you. And I think...

Performance groups’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV ACTIVE LIFE

Lehigh Valley Active Life performance groups will present a concert, “A Salute to the Flag,” 1 - 3 p.m. June 14, “Flag Day,” Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Performing will be the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra, Good Vibrations Chorus, Elm Street Jazz Ensemble and the Timely Tappers.

Ticket information: 610-437-3700