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Not just kids' stuff

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Although the stage musical, "The Happy Elf," has been performed previously, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), with the help of its creator, singer-songwriter-actor Harry Connick, Jr., has retooled the entire production, adapting it for a much larger cast and adding new musical numbers.

PYT launches its ambitious holiday production, "The Happy Elf," 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, where it continues through Dec. 16.

"The stars...

CENTRAL

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Rebecca Owens, Director of Music at Central Moravian Church, performs the Advent Organ Concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, church sanctuary, Central Moravian Church Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem.

Information centralmoravianchurch.org, 610-866-5661

LVHM

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A Civil War Christmas Eve with a Pennsylvania-German family will be recreated at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum's Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

Hour-long holiday tours start at noon, with the last tour at 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

Tickets: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org, 610-435-1074.

'Follies' recharged

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Despite some setbacks related to Superstorm Sandy, Touchstone Theatre will present the 13th iteration of "Christmas City Follies," opening Nov. 29.

The show brings back old favorites with some fresh material for "vaudevillian holiday hijinks," says Director Jp Jordan, Artistic Director at the south side Bethlehem theater where the show continues through Dec. 22.

During the storm, Touchstone was without electricity for at least four days, Jordan says, and cast members were...

'Skyfall' Bond 'Bourne' again

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by The Press in Focus

There will be explosions.

There will be death-defying acts.

There will be hand-to-hand combat.

There will be shootings.

There will be nods to iconic James Bond imagery and set pieces: a spectacular opening credit sequence with a title song by a popular recording star (here it's Adele), the silver Aston Martin DB5, the jangly guitar and brass instrumental theme, the martini (shaken, not stirred), the tuxedo, and scenes in MI6 headquarters, a casino (Macao) and a...

Tending the canal

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

The locktender's house in Walnutport, Lehigh Township, Northampton County, is one of only two original stone locktender's houses along the Lehigh Canal. The other one is in Freemansburg, Northampton County. There are several privately-owned frame locktenders' houses.

The Walnutport Canal Association, which runs the Walnutport Canal Museum at the locktender's house, restored four miles of the Lehigh Navigation Canal Towpath and one-quarter mile of wooded trails in the Earl F. Snyder...

Haggis offers varied flavors

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Celtic rockers Enter The Haggis are once again bringing their tour to Bethlehem, performing 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks.

Enter The Haggis has played in the Lehigh Valley numerous times, including shows at Musikfest and Celtic Classic.

The band of Trevor Lewington, Brian Buchanan, Craig Downie, Mark Abraham and Bruce McCarthy incorporates different instruments from the octave mandolin, to bagpipes, banjos and fiddles.

Enter The Haggis...

Cowsill, Wolfe in Sandy benefit concert

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Susan Cowsill and the Todd Wolfe Band headline the Lehigh Valley Concert for the Cause, a benefit show for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The artists and ArtsQuest are partnering with American Bank and the Red Cross for this benefit concert. American Bank has offered to match donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief up to $50,000 through Dec. 31.

ArtsQuest will donate 100...

Symphony Hall memorializes the Millers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Let it not be said that Allentown isn't about entertainment.

At one time, there was not one, but three concert halls at Sixth and Linden streets alone.

Of these, the last one not only standing but thriving is Symphony Hall, newly-minted as Miller Symphony Hall.

The renamed hall reflects the legacy of the man who saved it and the family that served it.

"Don [Miller] was a proactive, civic-minded guy who liked projects. And he worked behind the scenes. He did not...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 8, 9, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Story," 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8; 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 9; 9:45 a.m. Dec. 3, Act One DeSales Theatre Department, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. 610-282-3192

"All Night Strut: A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam," 2, 6 p.m....