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Going inside at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.

At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The...

'Shrek The Musical' makes Valley debut in Sing for America benefit for veterans

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by DIANE BAKOS Special to The Press in Focus

"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.

It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.

But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military...

ARTSQUEST

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Entries are being accepted for the third-annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem.

The early submission deadline, without an entry fee, is Aug. 1. Last day to apply is Sept. 13. Fees are waived for high school and college students.

Award winners will be announced Nov. 2 at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.

Information: 610-297-7110

CMS students present recital

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Community Music School Lehigh Valley produced its annual Gala Recital to a roomful of admiring parents and guests in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The music of Handel, Hayden and other classical composers provided some of the students' pieces.

Community Music School Lehigh Valley Director Carolyn Clarke was emcee for the June 9 event. Larry Johnson, president of the CMS board of directors, was among attendees.

Johnson said 70 percent of the...

That cicada song

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

"They're here" is the familiar quote from the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist."

The line was repeated, with a slight variation, in ""Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986) as "They're back."

The quotes refer this time, not to a young girl and ghosts, but to this year's return of the Brood II Cicada.

These cicadas were born in 1996. They dropped to the ground and dug their way below the surface where they waited 17 years before emerging to continue their lengthy life cycle...

Excuse you?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Philosophers and theologians may disagree on whether or not humans have a soul, but nobody disputes that humans, like other animals, have bodies.

And bodies, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are heir to a thousand natural shocks.

Natural shocks like gas. Like runny noses. Like pimples. And smells. Things that people don't necessarily like to talk about in polite company.

All of these things are explored in their wonderfully loud, smelly and graphic reality in the exhibition, "...

INDIAN MUSEUM

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The exhibition, "Empires of the Jungle," continues through Sept. 8 at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

The exhibition, which explores Central and South America's prehistoric past, includes a Maya zoomorphic effigy, a Costa Rican Sukia ("healer") figure, obsidian blades and pendants, drinking vessels, and Aztec techniques for making and drilling obsidian pendants.

The artifacts in the exhibit include pieces collected by historians and...