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THEATER REVIEWS CKP 'Parfumerie' has scents of fun

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) present a truly unique show with a strong storyline in "Parfumerie."

The play centers around a fictional pharmacy shop, Hammerschmidt's Parfumerie in Budapest, Hungary, and includes all the fun and entertainment that audiences have come to expect from the Lower Macungie-based CKP.

The cast makes effective use of the space inside McCoole's Arts & Events Place, Quakertown, to put on a believable show, which continues through Dec. 16. While...

At 50, show goes on for Pip the Mouse

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

It's a tradition.

For 50 years, "Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas" has been delighting children of all ages. The annual staging of "Pip" began in 1962. This popular holiday puppet show made its debut at Hess's department store which was located in the heart of Allentown's downtown shopping district at Ninth and Hamilton streets.

During the 1960's, the original "Pip the Mouse" puppet show was performed in the large display window at the front of the store and could be viewed by...

SACRED HEART

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown, will hold a Christmas Nut Roll Sale 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 in the hospital's main lobby.

Available are 14-inch bakery-fresh Kolache rolls with nut, apricot, poppy seed, raspberry or Lekvar filling.

Pre-ordering is suggested for the best selection. Call Beth Fogel, 610-776-5413.

Tommy Zito receives honor at 14th LV Music Awards

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The 14th Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA) Dec. 2 at Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, offered a rare opportunity for working musicians to get together under one roof.

The roughly three and one-half hour show consisted of live music performances interspersed with close to 100 award presentations. Nominees and winners were determined through online ballots cast by fans and those in the music business. Additional honorees were selected for outstanding...

Ballet Guild 'Nutcracker' tradition continues with acclaimed soloists

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by JESSICA KROOPE Special to The Press in Focus

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley-Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (BGLV-PYB) presented the Lehigh Valley's first "Nutcracker" production in 1968, a beloved holiday tradition which continues to this day.

This season's production, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, features world-class guest artists Ashley Bouder, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Matthew Dibble, dancer with Twyla Tharp Company, as the Sugarplum Fairy and...

JAZZ VESPERS

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) presents a Jazz Christmas vespers service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.

A jazz quintet will be led by PJC Artistic Director Alan Gaumer and Neil Wetzel, Ed .D., Director of jazz studies at Moravian College. The choir is directed by June Thomas, jazz vocal teacher at Muhlenberg College. Church staff include musician Sam Creyer and organist Mark Dennis.

The service will be presided over by the Rev....

Celtic Tenors' concert is Irish and more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

If you think the Celtic Tenors' musical specialty is relegated only to Irish Celtic music, think again.

James Nelson, one third of the three-man group from Ireland, says a typical Celtic Tenors' performance includes everything from opera music to Bob Dylan covers.

"It's a bit of a cliché," he says, "but there really is something in our music for everybody."

For those who are excited hear some classic Irish music when the Celtic Tenors make their debut performance at...

MUSIC CLUB

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A free concert will be performed by the Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Country Meadows of Allentown, Building No. 4, 410 N. Krocks Road.

Open auditions are available for the music club.

Information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781

Pity poor 'Anna Karenina'

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.

Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.

Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy...

'Fruitcakes' has holiday cheer

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

"Fruitcakes" presents all the stereotypical small-town characters getting ready for the Christmas holiday in the fictional town of McCord's Ferry.

From a hillbilly neighbor who's laced his family's home in copious amount of Christmas lights, to elderly sisters who constantly feud, and the annual town Christmas play whose cast of children has succumbed to chicken pox, "Fruitcakes" will raise laughter from audiences as they watch the antics on stage.

Two young actors, Peter...