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Ted Nugent still rockin’ the American Dream

Monday, July 9, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Ted Nugent takes center stage with his “The Music Made Me Do It” 2018 tour, 8 p.m. July 11, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Nugent, who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows, has been dubbed “the ultimate guitar-shredding showman carving his place in rock ‘n’ roll history.”

In a phone interview, Nugent says, “The music made me do it. That’s not only the title track to my new record, it’s my battle cry for more than 60 years to pursue this incredible...

Theater Review: ‘Tal’ a treat for eyes, ears, mind at MSMT

Saturday, July 7, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Tal: Beyond Imagination,” a joint production of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Atlas Circus Company, is billed as a “world-premiere circus performance for kids, parents and everyone else.”

The show, continuing through July 28, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, lives up to its billing as a show for all ages. Whether five, 15, or 55, audience members will love this dream-like production.

“Tal,” the brainchild of Noah Dach...

Movie Review: Revisit ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ of kindness

Saturday, July 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The question, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” has an implicit assumption.

It’s not “Please be my neighbor.”

it’s not “Will you be my neighbor?”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” implies that the decision is up to the individual being asked. It’s a straight-forward request. And it indicates a willingness on the part of the person asking, to be your neighbor to begin with.

It’s how Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (beginning on PBS...

America On Wheels Allentown museum drives to 10th year as destination

Friday, July 6, 2018 by WALLY ELY in Focus

When Dave Bausch told me 20-plus years ago that there was a move underway to build a new automotive museum in Allentown, I was thrilled.

Bausch said they were looking into property at Lehigh Landing and the museum would be the keystone of the Allentown waterfront development.

Cars, driving and drag racing have been part of my life, starting with as a teenager on the team operating drag races at Convair Airport (Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport) in 1955-56 as a member of...

The laid-back sound of Chaise Lounge in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, July 6, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall welcomes the Washington area ensemble Chaise Lounge to its “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. July 13.

The sextet offers swinging numbers that feature vocalist Marilyn Older while spotlighting an all-star lineup.

Charlie Barnett, who plays piano, accordion and guitar with the group, writes the tunes. His background as a composer is voluminous. He’s done more than 400 film and television show scores. He’s received...

Print it at Kutztown Folk Festival

Friday, July 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Tucked between the hex sign display and the horse-powered carousel at the Kutztown Folk Festival, a 100-year-old printing press clicks and clacks as it churns out hand-fed printed souvenirs.

It’s the first time the historic cast iron press is on display as part of the Pennsylvania-Dutch festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds through July 8.

The press is from the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem and is part of a new exhibit on early printing at the museum through...

Lehigh Valley Stage: Summer Theater

Friday, July 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455

“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre

“Twelfth Night,” through July 15, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage

“King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, Main Stage

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” July 25-Aug. 5, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare for Kids,”...

Theater Review: ‘42nd Street’ spectacular at Bucks Playhouse

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In “42nd Street,” Peggy Sawyer is the best little tapper from Allentown, Pa.

“42nd Street,” the musical, through Aug. 4, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, has the best tap-dancing this side of Broadway.

Tessa Grady, who plays Peggy Sawyer with a combination of innocent insecurity and can-do bravado, has to be one of the fastest tap-dancers ever. Her feet are a blur as she taps her way across the stage, in turns, spins, in place, and even backwards.

Grady is a triple-...