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Monday, December 24, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

'S "Wonderful": Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this past summer following a multi-million dollar renovation, concludes its 2012 season with "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," through Dec, 30 at the legendary 70 S. Main St., New Hope, theater. Justin Guarini, above, center, plays George Bailey, the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart in director Frank Capra's 1946 movie classic. Guarini, a Central Bucks East High School graduate, was first runner-up in the "American Idol" 2002...

Nature and critters warmed up to 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

A recent newspaper article stated that 2012 gasoline prices will almost certainly set the record for the highest average price for a single year. Other news reports predicted a record-setting year.

I'm, however, convinced that 2012 will set the record as the fastest-passing year on record.

Each year appears to go by faster than the previous one and before I know it I find myself browsing through my yearly journal and skimming my columns to summarize what has transpired during...

Peeps at the New Year

Monday, December 24, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Gather your peeps, as in family and friends, for PeepsFest, returning for its fourth year Dec. 30 and 31, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The event, for which most activities are free, features two days of live music, arts and Peeps-related programming, culminating at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 31 with the dropping of a 4.5 - foot tall, 85 - pound, lit Peeps Chick and fireworks to welcome in the New Year.

"PeepsFest 2012 will be a magical extravaganza that...

Hold on for The Hold Steady

Monday, December 24, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

The Hold Steady expects to give its fans what they want familiar tunes from each of its five albums in its area debut, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Craig Finn, lead singer of the group, recently completed a solo tour backing his album, "Clear Heart Full Eyes," but has been back on tour with the band since October.

"Everyone was really positive about it," says the lead singer about going solo during the band's hiatus.

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ARTSQUEST

Monday, December 24, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Six Lehigh Valley-based filmmakers were honored with awards for their work during the second-annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF), which took place Nov. 2 - 4 at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks. The awards were presented Nov. 4 at the conclusion of the festival, which featured more than 25 different shorts and feature films produced by filmmakers from throughout the region.

The 2012 GLVFF award winners are:

Best Feature: "Wallowitch & Ross...

THEATER REVIEWS APT gets into 'Every Christmas' spirit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.

Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.

The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.

Nary a BHC (Beloved Holiday Classic) is left unturned by the comedy trio of Matt Candio, Michael...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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"Love" CD party: Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie, above, presents a concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, to celebrate the release of her CD of original songs, "There is Love." She'll play guitar, accompanied by Ansel Barnum, harmonica; Elena Gambino, violin; and her father, Bill Schachter, bass. Rachel Marie has played Lehigh Valley venues, including Godfrey Daniels. Ticket...

At Bucks, 'Life' is 'Wonderful'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.

The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.

The Bucks Playhouse audience is included in the show, even before the action begins onstage as...

Ang Lee serves a slice of 'Pi'

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

As the end of the year 2012 rapidly approaches, director Ang Lee's remarkable "Life of Pi" is one film to put on your holiday season list.

"Life of Pi" recounts a deeply-moving spiritual journey that is fascinating and thought-provoking, and will linger with you long after you've viewed it.

Many of the images provide a relaxing, meditative quallity that lift "Life of Pi" from that of movie-going to that of a cinematic experience. Those who enjoy wildlife, nature films, folk...

Rachel Marie's new CD goes organic

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie has enthralled music lovers locally and beyond. Her highly- anticipated CD, "There is Love," will be available at her CD release party concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem.

An early influence on Bethlehem native Rachel Marie was her father's love of music which filled the family home. Her father has been an amateur singer songwriter since his youth.

"My...