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'Superstar' choreography

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

Liturgical to hip-hop: The story is told at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

"Choreographically, I consider myself a kinetic storyteller," says Charles O. Anderson, the former Muhlenberg College professor now teaching dance at the University of Texas, Austin.

Anderson is the choreographer for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 33rd annual season production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," directed by James Peck with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, through July 28, Empire Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

Blackbirds include orioles, bobolinks, meadowlarks

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Blackbirds are familiar birds observed throughout the Lehigh Valley. Blackbird flocks often tend to create great dark streaks as they fly across distant horizons. You may also have been close enough to hear the buzz of thousands upon thousands of wing pairs.

Members of the blackbird family tend to congregate, especially during spring and fall migrations. It is often difficult to tell one species from another when assembled in massive groups.

Craig Kastelnik & Friends go to town

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Craig Kastelnik and his wife, Pat Flaherty, have been delighting Lehigh Valley jazz fans for more than 40 years, playing together as Kato, and with other local musicians in various configurations.

Craig Kastelnik & Friends, including Flaherty, vocals; Tom Kozic, guitar; Bernard Purdie, drums, perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19, Jazz Cabaret Series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Kastelnik, 59, has been active in music since the age of four as a vocalist and keyboardist, specializing on the Hammond B-3 organ.

The passion of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't need to travel to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, to experience a passion play. There's one right here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) "Jesus Christ Superstar," through July 28, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, is a thoughtful, often startling, entertaining passion play.

The first hit musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, which debuted in 1971, is a revisionist retelling of the Bible's New Testament accounts of Jesus.

Having a 'HayDay' at Jerusalem Bible School

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury was the place to be for "HayDay! Growing in Friendship with Jesus" the curriculum for this year's Bible school. Approximately 25 students attended Bible school learning Bible verses describing friendships. Bible school included hog wild games, Bible adventures, crafts and more.

Video games take the stage in concert

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

"Video Games Live," a concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St, Allentown.

The show, with a 30-date tour that includes stops in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and the first Middle East video concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, began June 27, and was created and is produced by Tommy Tallarico, who hails from Springfield, Mass.

Tallarico, on guitar, will accompany the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Singers and soloists.

Tapping into tunes at Hotel B

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Remember your mother telling you if you played the piano you'd always be welcome at parties?

A crowd would gather round, the singing would start and the party would begin?

No, I didn't practice enough to make that dream come true either, but I'm always grateful when somebody like CJ Steinway did.

CJ, a Fountain Hill native and Moravian College Class of '91 graduate, was with friends celebrating the holidays at the Hotel Bethlehem last Christmas when he began picking out some tunes at the grand piano in the lobby.

Ways to reduce pesticide use in garden

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better.

This is a serious mistake and a misuse of pesticides.

Pesticide overuse has a number of adverse effects:

It makes food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time.

It makes handling plants dangerous.

It may harm or kill beneficial insects, earthworms, birds and pets.

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333

CIVIC THEATRE

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Town meeting seeks input

Ted Swenson and Jennifer Shropshire of Swenson & Associates of Philadelphia will facilitate a "town meeting" about Civic Theatre of Allentown, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. July 11, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The board of directors and staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown have embarked on a strategic planning process. The facilitators are looking to discover what local residents are seeking in the future from Civic Theatre of Allentown, and what concerns Lehigh Valley residents may have about the organization and its place in the Lehigh Valley cultural community.