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30th annual Mayfair back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Mayfair Festival of the Arts returns Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, to the Allentown Fairgrounds, 1950 Liberty St., Allentown.

The festival offers an array of the arts that has brought the community of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley together for 30 years.

“The thing that’s really awesome about Mayfair Festival of the Arts is that it is the one place in the Lehigh Valley where you can experience all art forms at once, in one weekend,” says Arlene E. Daily, Mayfair Executive Director.

Cultural Camp offers arts immersion

Friday, May 13, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Returning for its 18th year is the City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids, June 20 - 24 in center city Allentown.

Youths ages 7-11 will learn about different art forms, from painting, sculpture and photography, to dance, to music instruments, to theater as they visit various arts venues.

The program, which runs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., includes all program materials and a daily snack. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch. Registration deadline is June 1.

Expect the unexpected with David Bromberg concert

Saturday, May 7, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

When the David Bromberg Quintet returns to the Lehigh Valley, 8 p.m. May 7, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, expect the unexpected.

Bromberg is expected to play songs from his most recent CD, “Only Slightly Mad,” released in 2013, and may preview songs from his upcoming release, “The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues.”

Or maybe not.

”I’ve never had a set list,” says Bromberg in a phone interview. “Just before we go on stage, I talk to the band, and decide what tune to start with.

Hop on down to Miller Symphony Hall for ‘Peter Rabbit Tales’

Friday, March 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Enchantment Theatre Company is presenting the North American Tour of its “Peter Rabbit Tales,” 2 p.m. March 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

An Easter Egg Hunt for those age 1-12 with tickets to the show is at 1 p.m. in the Arts Park, located east of Symphony Hall. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be in Symphony Hall. Check-in is 12:45 p.m.

The adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s “The Original Peter Rabbit Books” celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the English author-illustrator and Enchantment Theatre’s 15th year.

Book launch at Emmaus Library for L. Nazareth author latest book

Friday, March 4, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

David Lubar of Lower Nazareth Township speaks about and signs copies of his latest young adult novel, “Character, Driven,” at 5 p.m. March 5, Emmaus Public Library, 11 E Main St., Emmaus.

Lubar, a Morristown, N.J., native who received a degree in philosophy from Rutgers University, began writing for Creative Computing magazine in 1980. He took a job designing and programming video games in 1982 for the Atari 2600, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family and later Nintendo Gameboy (he programmed “Super Breakout” and “Frogger” and designed “Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge”).

Annual ASO ‘Family Concert’ invites children to experience ‘Musical Fairy Tales’ on stage

Friday, February 12, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Once Upon An Orchestra: Musical Fairy Tales” is this year’s annual Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert,” 2 p.m. Feb 20, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The concert brings together fairy tales and stories told through orchestra performance.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra has prepared a program of orchestral classics, with the goal of introducing children to classical music. Those age 21 and younger are free thanks to a grant from The Century Fund.

The Hit Men concert postponed until Feb. 5 at State Theatre

Friday, January 29, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Hit Men concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, is postponed until 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, because of the snowstorm.

The Hit Men are composed of former members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including drummer Gerry Polci, who sang on The Four Seasons’ hit, “Oh What a Night,” and keyboard player Lee Shapiro.

Musikfest: Doors Down is the rock band next door

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

3 Doors Down, a multi-platinum American rock bank from Mississippi, performs at Musikfest, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Sands Steel Stage, PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Collective Soul performs at 7 p.m. Eighteenth Hour performs at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

3 Doors Down is: Brad Arnold, lead singer; Chris Henderson, guitar; Chet Roberts, guitar; Justin Biltonen, bass, and Greg Upchurch, drums.

Musikfest: There's more Soul on tap

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Collective Soul is an American rock band formed in the 1990s in the small town of Stockbridge, Ga. The band performs at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Also on the bill is 3 Doors Down.

Collective Soul consists of Ed Roland, principal songwriter and front man on keyboard, guitar; Jesse Triplett, lead guitar; Dean Roland, rhythm guitar; Will Turpin, bass, and Johnny Rabb, drums.

Guster got live if you want it

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Guster, an American alternative rock band, performs at 8 p.m. July 17, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The band, formed at Tufts University in 1992, is known for its live performances and humorous onstage presence. The group includes Brian Rosenworcel, Ryan Miler, Adam Gardner and Luke Reynolds.

"We have a good time and don't take ourselves too seriously," says Brian Rosenworcel in a phone interview.