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Thursday, June 20, 2019

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Memorializing Memorial Day: Bill Johnson, above, portrays Bob Hope in the “USO Bob Hope Tribute Show,” one of the many events at The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration, May 25, 26 and 27, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew and Liberty streets, Allentown. The second annual event, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, includes rock ‘n’ roll, polka, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Latino music. There’s also a Sock Hop dance contest promoting “Socks for Veterans”; a...

D-Day Anniversary talk

Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV HERITAGE MUSEUM:

Major Nathan Kline (USAF-Ret), a WWII Bombardier-Navigator, will speak at 1 p.m. June 1, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

“This is a unique opportunity for the public to hear a survivor from an era of history which is rapidly slipping away,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. “He [Kline] lived history...

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Friday, May 24, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration returns with its focus on veterans and music with local roots, May 25-27, Allentown Fairgrounds.

Highlighting the second annual festival is veterans-related programming Memorial Day, including “The USO Tribute Show,” featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, and Michele DelaFave, who performed with Hope on his USO tours in Vietnam and was one of The Golddiggers dancers on “The Dean Martin Show” TV show (1965-1974).

“We...

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to...

Curtain Rises: Bethlehem ‘Suffragette City’ for ‘19: The Musical’

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bethlehem becomes “Suffragette City” May 25.

Crowded Kitchen Players presents the Lehigh Valley debut of a concert version of “19: The Musical,” a work in progress with performances planned in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in the United States.

Performances of the 75-minute (with no intermission) “muscal overview of the play” are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 25, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. The performances are part of...

Mayfair 2019 schedule

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by The Press in Focus

2019 Mayfair

Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown

4 p.m. - 10 p.m. May 24; Noon - 10 p.m. May 25 - 26. Free admission. Free parking

May 24

Main Stage

Anthony Cubbage, 4 - 5 p.m.

Stefanie Johnson featuring Mike Anthus, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Funk Authority, 7 - 10 p.m.

Bandstand Stage

Allentown School District, 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Allentown Music Scene, 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Tap Ties, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m....

Allentown Symphony ‘Inside the Score’ unveils world premiere

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a classical piece of music is created, developed and brought to the concert stage, you won’t want to miss “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concerto” by Matthew Quayle, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra featuring cello soloist Jameson Platte, 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Matt Quayle, the composer, is good friends with Jameson Platte, our principal cellist,” says Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and...

Night on the Town: Steve Brosky working on his Tavern Tan at Godfrey’s

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steve Brosky has been working on his tan, as in Tavern Tan, for a double bill, “Tough Tales & Rock Solid Saloon Songs,” 8 p.m. May 23, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

“Godfrey’s is a staple here in the Lehigh Valley. It’s a real gem,” Brosky says.

Tavern Tan is Doug Ashby, guitar, vocals; Andrew Brubaker, guitar, vocals; Tom Aczel, harmonica, vocals; Bill Melcher, bass, and Dave Joachim, drums, vocals.

“Doug [Ashby] has been part of the Lehigh Valley music scene for many...

2019 Freddy nominations list

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Here’s the list of the 2019 Freddy Awards nominations:

Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Freedom, “Anything Goes”

Nazareth Area, “Curtains”

Parkland, “Curtains”

Phillipsburg, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Saucon Valley, “Curtains”

Southern Lehigh, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Warren Hills Regional, “The Addams Family”

Scenery

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Dieruff, “Once on...

Movie Review: ‘Red’ all over

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Red Joan” is an odd little film worth seeing for several fine performances and a retelling of an apparently little-known World War II and Cold War era spy case.

The film has the potential of a Hitchcockian thriller, not unlike director Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller, “Saboteur” (1942).

Though it doesn’t square the circle in fulfilling the dramtic arc of the classic Hitchcock film, “Red Joan” is of interest to fans of spy thrillers, World War II history buffs and those who...