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Classical Views: In a word: Midori

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Violinist makes the 'curve' from prodigy to solo career

The famous violinist Midori is coming to Allentown to solo with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and the first question of the day is: Does anyone know her real last name?

Midori has been a remarkable violinist from a very young age. She took the route that is more often used in the rock and pop market of performing under just one name, Midori. For many years, few people knew that her full name is Midori Goto.

Movie Review: Grumpy old 'Grandpa'

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?

Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."

Don't take it from me.

Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.

Don't take it from me.

"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by The Press in Focus

2 pianos concert

Randall Perry, organist and master of choristers, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Trexlertown, and Jane Ellen Knotek, director of music ministry, Zion "Liberty Bell" United Church of Christ, Allentown, present a concert for two pianos, 3 p.m. Nov. 10, St. Paul's Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road at Church Lane, Trexlertown.

A free will offering will be taken. Information: 610-395-4571

Roger McGuinn turns to his folkie roots

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

Rock legend Roger McGuinn, original front man of The Byrds, one of the most influential pop music bands of the 1960's, teams with Marty Stuart, five-time Grammy nominee, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The Byrds achieved huge commercial success in 1965 - '66. The group pioneered the genre of folk-rock, then transitioned to psychedelic-rock and country- rock.

Theater Review: No 'Mystery' at 'Berg; 'Drood' is simply great

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.

And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Article By: The Press

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE


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

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19

Night Club Two-Step, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, 26

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"



Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"50 Shades! The Musical," 7 p.m. Nov. 10: Lehigh Valley premiere, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, sandseventcenter.com, 800-745-3000

"Broadway Rox," 3 p.m. Nov. 17: Lehigh Valley premiere, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

"D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks," 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 17: Lehigh Valley premiere, Sandglass Theater, at Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 610-867-1689


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus


@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS


31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

The Armory Show: A Centennial Tribute, through Nov. 17, Trexler Gallery

Mythological Creatures in Textiles, through Nov. 17, Goodman Gallery

Hidden Treasures: American Photography from the Museum's Collection, through Dec. 8, Payne Hurd Gallery

South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery

American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries

Article By: The Press

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus


Foy Hall, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. 610-861-1300

Modigliani String Quartet, Young People's Philharmonic Brass Quintet, 7 p.m. Nov. 8

Phil Woods, Nelson Hill, Neil Wetzel, Tony Gairo, Tom Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21

Phil Woods with the Moravian College Big Band and Jazz Combo I, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22

@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK

325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325

America, 8 p.m. Nov. 2

Get The Led Out, 8 p.m. Nov. 9: Led Zeppelin tribute

.38 Special, 8 p.m. Nov. 16