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'20 Feet' to summer indie films

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.

The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.

During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released)...

It was 30 years ago this year

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Ke$ha, Styx and Foreigner, OneRepublic, Darius Rucker, Carly Rae Jepsen, Peter Frampton and B.B. King, Buckwheat Zydeco, Southern Culture on the Skids, Trout Fishing in America, Holly Williams and Here Come the Mummies are among the 300-plus music acts that will take the stage when Musikfest celebrates its 30th year Aug. 2 - 11.

The largest free music festival in the United States showcases more than 500 performances during its 10-day run, with free concerts on 13 of 14 stages.


THEATER REVIEWS 'Henry VIII': An abridged production too far at PSF

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.

The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe...


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

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

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 3, 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...

Harold Lloyd classic at Civic

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Two icons of the silent film era will share Civic Theatre of Allentown's silver screen when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6

The double bill features Harold Lloyd in "Safety Last," preceded by the short, "One Week" with Buster Keaton.

"Safety Last" has been digitally re-mastered. Both films be shown with Civic's new HD digital projection system which was installed in June.

Organist Don Kinnier...

A 'Les Miz' to remember at Notre Dame

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

Notre Dame Summer Theatre (NDST) Director Rody Gilkeson has done a remarkable job with the Lehigh Valley debut of the Broadway version of "Les Miserables," through Aug. 3, Notre Dame High School, Bethlehem Township.

The NDST production has a huge cast of 52 and, on opening night, July 26, before what appeared to be a near sell-out audience, each member of the cast really put their heart and soul into each song and every scene.

The musical, a pop opera, really, based on the...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS


1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

The Wilhelm Brothers, 6 p.m. Aug. 22

Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds

Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds

Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays: 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds

Allentown Public Library Summer Reading Club. Registration required

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus


All-a-Bard for PSF: There are only a few days left to attend the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Two shows continue in repertory through Aug. 4.

Greg Wood, above, disguised as a priest, plays Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, in William Shakespeare's comedy-drama, "Measure For Measure." In the city of Vienna, Vincentio leaves his seemingly moral deputy Angelo (Blake Ellis) in charge to restore the city to decency. The novice Isabella (Erin Partin)...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE


Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

Main Lesson: East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 27

Main Lesson: Salsa, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 13

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays


Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150

Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"

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