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The jazz hot at Miller Symphony Hall

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

If you are a fan who regularly attends the "Jazz Upstairs" monthly series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, you know that one of the keys to its success is a mix of different jazz styles.

That philosophy continues 7:30 p.m. May 17 with an evening of music by Hot Bijouxx, featuring vocalist Kristen Jasionowski, guitarist Ryan McNeely, accordionist Dallas Viety and percussionist Kevin Ripley.

According to Jasionowski, the band plays what she calls hot...

After Kickstarter, he's going to Prague

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

You know what they say after winning a competition: "I'm going to Disney World."

Well, after successfully completing a Kickstarter campaign, Lehigh Valley native James Paul is going to Prague.

It was the start of a great weekend for Paul, a Saucon Valley High School graduate, Class of 2009, and a son of Lynne and Chad Paul. On May 12, he received a BS in Business Administration and Media Arts from American University.

Paul is going to Prague after reaching his $10,000...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Playing for real: Touchstone Theatre presents the eighth "Young Playwrights' Festival," a showcase of new plays written by area elementary and middle school students, May 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem. Immediately following is a gala reception in the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Participant schools this year include Dual Language Charter School, above; Donegan Elementary; Freemansburg Elementary; Lincoln Elementary, all Bethlehem, and Harrison-Morton Middle and Central...

Playing here in Allentown

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Everyone saw it on the program: "Allentown."

And when the time arrived to perform the song which landed Billy Joel on the Top 20 charts and in hot water with Allentown officials, piano man Joe Boucher couldn't have put it better.

"I grew up in a factory town. And when I heard this song, it spoke to me," Boucher said in introducing the song from Billy Joel's 1982 "Nylon Curtain" album that reached No. 17 and charted for six weeks in Billboard.

"The song has had a major...

Parkland, Freedom each have 15 Freddy Award nominations

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 2013 Freddy Awards Ceremony is broadcast live at 7 p.m. May 23 from the State Theatre on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com.

Leading the nominations with 15 each are Parkland High School and Freedom High School.

Tickets are available to attend the For a sneak peak of the May 22 dress rehearsal night at the State.

Here are the 2012 Freddy nominations for participating high schools, in alphabetical order:

Allentown Central

Catholic: 0

Bangor Area: 4

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Creativity discovered anew in Young Playwrights' Lab

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Instead of teaching to the test, the Young Playwrights' Festival reaches for the stage.

The creative process, the writing and the plays' staging are key to its success, says Mary Wright, Touchstone Theatre Ensemble Associate and Young Playwrights Lab Coordinator:

"With schools' budgets getting cut further and further, anytime the arts can get reintroduced to the schools is a big deal."

The eighth Young Playwrights' Festival, a showcase of plays written by local...

Art for all at Baum auction

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Good Food. Fun Company. Exquisite Art.

These three phrases describe the Annual Art Auction at The Baum School of Art, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

If you have never attended, you will want to attend the 28th annual auction May 18 at The Baum School of Art, which always proves to be a fun and exciting evening.

The good food is provided by Catering by Karen Hunter.

The fun company is the group of art collectors, art enthusiasts and friends who gather from...

On their toes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

How about stepping into my shoes for a moment?

I am a 43-year-old dancer back en pointe (the shoes with the hard box at the tip), performing excerpts of the ballet, "La Bayadere," in a small studio performance for family and friends at 7 p.m. May 20 in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley downtown Bethlehem studios, with one chance to get it right.

During rehearsal recently, I was breathless and gasping for air as Carolyn Sarik, the adult ballet teacher, reminds me, "Stamina...

Groucho returns for 'Evening' at Miller Symphony Hall

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When Frank Ferrante performs "An Evening with Groucho," 8 p.m. May 18, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, the ghost of Groucho may be with him.

First, a personal aside. My father, Paul, once told me that when he was an usher at Miller Symphony Hall (then The Lyric), the Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, Zeppo) performed their musical-comedy, "The Cocoanuts," there before it was a Broadway hit (1925 - '26) and film (1929). Allentown was a "try-out town," where Broadway-bound...