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DiBussolo ‘Jazz Upstairs’ to swing Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall will be swinging in a holiday way Dec. 15. The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group presents “A Swinging Philly Christmas” as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room starting at 7:30 p.m.

DiBussolo is a veteran jazz guitarist who has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, among other famous singers. He has been a featured soloist with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden and Lester Lannin.

Group holds

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV WRITERS:

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) holds its “Writers Café Craft Discussion with Read & Critique,” 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Participants are invited to bring original pieces of about 500 words to read to the group. Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are welcome.

She creates ‘Christmas Portrait’ of Karen Carpenter

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.

Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.

‘Holiday Brass’: Rodney Marsalis rings in season with jazz at Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You can ring in the holidays with world-class brass at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) presents “Holiday Brass” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The ensemble is composed of some of the United States’ top brass musicians and aims to celebrate peace and the unity of the human spirit through a variety of holiday music. There will be 11 musicians on stage: five trumpets, three trombones, French horn, tuba, drummer, and, for the Allentown concert, a narrator.

Pointe of the season: Reality TV stars headline LV Ballet Guild ‘Nutcracker’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) present their 49th annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet production in the Lehigh Valley.

“The Nutcracker” is presented at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Christmas swings:The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group presents “A Swinging Philly Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, “Jazz Upstairs” series, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. DiBussolo, above, eight-time Grammy nominee, has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, and Vicky Carr. He has performed with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lester Lannin. In addition to DiBussolo, guitar, the Reunion Group includes James Del Orefice, piano; Dave DePalma, woodwinds; Bruce Kaminsky, bass, and Bruce Klauber, drums.

King of social-media comics brings it to the State

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

During winter, usually before a predicted snowfall, comedian Vic DiBitetto receives renewed attention. Although not a household name, DiBitetto has attained a cult following and an enviable road calendar that is booked through 2019.

The 56-year-old comic has managed to stay relevant in large part because of savvy use of social media. If you aren’t familiar with his stand-up, you may have seen him in the feature film, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” or perhaps you know him as the “bread and milk guy” from the viral video DiBitetto posted in 2013 on YouTube.

Theater Review: Laughter center stage in Civic’s ‘SantaLand’

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Featuring a single actor on a small black-box stage, “The SantaLand Diaries” boasts a level of intimacy that rivals the casual conversation you might have with people at home.

It often feels like the audience is chatting with the main character, David, as he rants and raves about his difficult and often hilarious work as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland in New York City in “The SantaLand Diaries,” through Dec. 17, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Cookbook sale benefits public library

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“What’s Cooking at the Library: 100 Years of Good Taste” is available at the Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The spiral-bound cookbook contains 344 recipes contributed by more than 30 library employees and families.

The cookbook includes an eclectic mix of handed-down family recipes and modern dishes. There are tried-and-true favorites, including German Potato Salad, Chicken Divan. Pork Barbecue and Moravian Sugar Cake.

Copies are being sold through Dec. 28 at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Proceeds benefit the Allentown Public Library.