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After Kickstarter, he's going to Prague

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

You know what they say after winning a competition: "I'm going to Disney World."

Well, after successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign, Lehigh Valley native James Paul is going to Prague.

It was the start of a great weekend for Paul, a Saucon Valley High School graduate, Class of 2009, and a son of Lynne and Chad Paul. On May 12, he received a BS in Business Administration and Media Arts from American University.

Paul is going to Prague after reaching his $10,000...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Playing for real: Touchstone Theatre presents the eighth "Young Playwrights' Festival," a showcase of new plays written by area elementary and middle school students, May 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem. Immediately following is a gala reception in the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Participant schools this year include Dual Language Charter School, above; Donegan Elementary; Freemansburg Elementary; Lincoln Elementary, all Bethlehem, and Harrison-Morton Middle and Central...

Playing here in Allentown

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Everyone saw it on the program: "Allentown."

And when the time arrived to perform the song which landed Billy Joel on the Top 20 charts and in hot water with Allentown officials, piano man Joe Boucher couldn't have put it better.

"I grew up in a factory town. And when I heard this song, it spoke to me," Boucher said in introducing the song from Billy Joel's 1982 "Nylon Curtain" album that reached No. 17 and charted for six weeks in Billboard.

"The song has had a major...

Parkland, Freedom each have 15 Freddy Award nominations

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 2013 Freddy Awards Ceremony is broadcast live at 7 p.m. May 23 from the State Theatre on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com.

Leading the nominations with 15 each are Parkland High School and Freedom High School.

Tickets are available to attend the For a sneak peak of the May 22 dress rehearsal night at the State.

Here are the 2012 Freddy nominations for participating high schools, in alphabetical order:

Allentown Central

Catholic: 0

Bangor Area: 4

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Creativity discovered anew in Young Playwrights' Lab

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Instead of teaching to the test, the Young Playwrights' Festival reaches for the stage.

The creative process, the writing and the plays' staging are key to its success, says Mary Wright, Touchstone Theatre Ensemble Associate and Young Playwrights Lab Coordinator:

"With schools' budgets getting cut further and further, anytime the arts can get reintroduced to the schools is a big deal."

The eighth Young Playwrights' Festival, a showcase of plays written by local...

Art for all at Baum auction

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Good Food. Fun Company. Exquisite Art.

These three phrases describe the Annual Art Auction at The Baum School of Art, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

If you have never attended, you will want to attend the 28th annual auction May 18 at The Baum School of Art, which always proves to be a fun and exciting evening.

The good food is provided by Catering by Karen Hunter.

The fun company is the group of art collectors, art enthusiasts and friends who gather from...

SYMPHONY POPS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muhlenberg College sophomore Morgan Reilly will be featured in the Elton John-Kiki Dee duet for "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" during "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy" Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 8 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Reilly, a 2011 Parkland High School graduate, has appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Bucks County Playhouse.

She most recently performed as Gypsy Rose Lee...

Playing 'Allentown' in Allentown

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.

Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.

Since the release of "that" song in 1982 and over the last two decades or so, the Lehigh Valley has changed tremendously....