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Movie Review: 'Noah': Loose script sinks film

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You've probably heard the Borscht Belt joke with the punchline "So how do you start a flood?"

With an eye toward "Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings," "Thor" and the action-fantasy movie genre, you wonder if director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," 2010; The Wrestler," 2008) had that question in mind when he pitched "Noah" to studio executives with "What's the most famous ship in the world other than the Titanic?" and "Did you know that there's never been a feature movie made about the Biblical story of Noah?"

UNITARIAN

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by The Press in Focus

DeMarina Trio

The DeMarina Trio presents "Around the World in Trio," 3 p.m. April 13, Second Sunday Concert Series, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

Inna Eyzerovch, violin; Deborah Andrus, clarinet, and Martha Schrempel, piano, perform works by Johann Baptiste Vanhall, Igor Stravinsky, Max Bruch and Alexander Arutiunian.

UUCLV Music Director and Moravian College Professor of Music-Composer-In-Residence Dr. Larry Lipkis, narrates Stravinsky's "Suite from L'histoire du Soldat.."

There's a meet-the-artists post-concert reception.

The Vietnam effect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum exhibit goes to war

It's called "The Vietnam War: A Conflict in Time" for a good reason.

The large room at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum filled up with visitors, many of them veterans of the Vietnam War, there for a more clear understanding of why the Vietnam War happened and its profound effect on the men and women who served in it and survived.

On the walls and in display cases lining the walls, photographs of men in combat and rare documents relating to the Vietnam War invite closer inspection of the exhibit, which continues through Sept. 28 at the museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Movie Review: Musical antics from Kermit the Frog and Elaine Stritch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For a sock puppet, Kermit the Frog has come a long way in his career.

Jim Henson's Muppets first appeared on a Washington, D.C., TV show 1955 - '61. "The Muppets Show" was televised nationally 1976 - '81. There have been numerous spin-off TV shows and television specials.

There've been seven previous Muppet theatrical feature movies: "The Muppet Movie" (1979), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984),"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), "Muppets From Space" (1999) and "The Muppets" (2011).

High School Musicals: Parkland

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'The Wizard of Oz'

Intrepid Dorothy leads her friends to a magic kingdom where very little is as it seems. Her red shoes hit the yellow bricks in "The Wizard of Oz," 7:30 p.m. April 9 -12 and 3 p.m. April 13, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

When Dorothy Gale (Victoria Bartkavage) dusts herself off after a Kansas tornado drops her in a strange land, her new friends accompany her on a fabulous quest.

Scarecrow (Megan Schmidt), Tin Man (Michael Falco) and Cowardly Lion (Evan Hall) help Dorothy and on the journey confront their own demons.

Touchstone 'Journey' inspired by Bethlehem Asian heritage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The journey to Touchstone Theatre's "Journey From The East" began nearly two years ago at a party at the home of Mary Wright.

Dr. Norman J. Girardot, recently retired University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University Department of Religion Studies, and Jp Jordan, Touchstone artistic director, were chatting about the newly-finished the Lehigh-Bethlehem Harmony Pavilion along the South Side Greenway, Bethlehem. Girardot was instrumental in the pavilion project.

"'Wouldn't it be cool to have some big production there?' they agreed," Wright recalls.

Theater Review: Thinking outside 'La Cage' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When the straight world meets the French Riviera world of transvestites and "plain" homosexuals, things get, well, hilariously screwed up. It's so bad that a boy can't even bring his girlfriend home to meet the folks without things getting into an uproar.

"Girdles and jocks" have center stage in "La Cage Aux Folles," through April 13, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Brenda McGuire directs this musical depiction of the lives of a mostly all-male revue in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. Nancy Broadbent is music director.

High School Musicals: Lehigh Valley Christian

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

In a universe of mean girls, oblivious "red-haired girls," kite-eating trees and lost baseball games, super-average Charlie Brown examines what it means to be told "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 7 p.m. April 11 and 3 and 7 p.m. April 12, gymnasium, Lehigh Valley Christian High School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.

Enduring Lucy's (Bryanna Pye) fatuous personality and mercenary analysis ("The Doctor is in.") and his unrequited love of every man's never-seen "red-haired girl," Charlie Brown (Matt Weaver) seeks to find out if, as his friends say, he really is a good man.