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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...

'Twilight''s last gleaming

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," fifth and final in the series, should please fans of the Stephenie Meyer novel and movie series.

For non-fans, "Breaking Dawn" signals it's time to put the brakes on "The Twilight Saga."

"Part 2" is an extended coda, with not much new happening that didn't happen in "Part 1," i.e., the marriage of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.

The ruling Volturi,...

LCCC

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Tri-Cees - the Cougar Community Chorale holds its 8th annual holiday performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Community Services Center, Rooms 201-203, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville campus

The one-hour performance will include Classic Christmas music with a twist, Broadway show tunes and songs by the Beatles.

Monetary or canned goods donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Information: 610-799-1582

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....