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Entries now open for Student Poetry Project

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Lincoln lecture

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Joseph Fornieri presents a lecture, “Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman,” 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Slices of Lincoln’s favorite white-almond cake made from Mary Lincoln’s original recipe will be offered to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12.

Fornieri’s book, “Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman,” will be available for purchase and signing.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-...

10th biennial

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

BACH CHOIR:

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the American Bach Society are holding the 10th biennial competition for United States singers with interest in the music of J. S. Bach. On May 20, the finalists will appear before a panel of judges and an audience in Peter Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem.

The first-prize winner chosen by the judges receives a career development grant of $3,000 and a solo performance with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir...

‘Riverdance’ steps it up for 20th anniversary

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The international Irish-dance production, “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Riverdance” consists of traditional Irish music and dance and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world, having been seen on stage by more than 25 million.

Amy-Mae Dolan, lead dancer, “Riverdance,” believes Irish dance is so popular in the United States because of the Irish heritage...

Movie Review: ‘Thread’ bared

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Phantom Thread” is a creepy romance about “the mangled tebs we weave” (“the tangled webs we weave”). It’s Masterpiece Theatre meets Alfred Hitchcock.

Director John Paul Anderson’s screenplay is about a 1950s’ fictional London couturier, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lews), who treats people like so many manequins upon which to drape his designs.

“Let’s take her for a walk,” Woodcock says to his new muse in town, Alma (wonderfully chimerical Vicky Krieps), referring not to the...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ASO Classics: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Classical Series” continues with “Scheherazade and Paganini Rhapsody,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, and 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” violin solo is performed by ASO Concertmaster Eliezer Gutman. Chinese composer Zhou Tian’s “The Palace of Nine Perfections” is inspired by a Chinese painting of the same name. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini...

Funny ladies: That ‘Fabulous’ comedy series returns to Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, February 2, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Stand-up comedy is often a man’s world.

Although female comedians have had greater representation on stages during this latest comedy boom, males still comprise most successful working stand-ups.

The “Ladies of Laughter: Funny and Fabulous” aims to prove the naysayers wrong. The second installment of the series tour pays a visit to Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in Allentown.

It’s a long-held misconception that women aren’t funny. This...

‘Abba Mania’ back at State

Friday, February 2, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Grab your platform shoes and head to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for “Abba Mania,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

“We have a real authenticity and a real love for the original music so there is real energy,” says Tamsin Stewart in a phone interview.

“Some people just go through the motions, but we pride ourselves in constantly trying to make it better and keeping it fresh. It may be the 757th time I’ve sang a song, but for each audience it could be their first so it’s...