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Spotlight On: The Dustbowl Revival plays that old-time music

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE Special to The Press in Focus

The Dustbowl Revival is an energetic collective that blends bluegrass, gospel, blues and swing to create a joyful Americana sound.

The eight members create high-energy shows that bring crowds to its feet. The band, voted "Best Live Band in L.A." by The LA Weekly, is a traveling mini-orchestra that includes fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, drums, trombone, clarinet, washboard and kazoo.

The Dustbowl Revival plays at 7:30 p.m. June 26, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The concert is free.

Theater Review: 'Two Gents' a romp-com at PSF

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen Of Verona" brings fizzy summer fun to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, through July 13, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The production is paced by fine lead performances, but, as often happens with Shakespeare's romantic comedies, while the play may be the thing, the clowns have it. "Two Gents" is a romp-com.

Moravian classical guitar fest at Hurd campus in Bethlehem

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival is June 28, Peter Hall, Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

The festival, presented by the Moravian College Department of Music, co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society and directed by Moravian College alumnus James Schultheis Moravian College, Class of 2010, is a day of recitals, workshops, master classes, and concerts featuring accomplished classical guitarists, performers, and educators.

Growing Green: For well-trained trees, remove extra fruit

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press in Focus

Young trees loaded with fruit may be a source of pride to home orchardists, but unless the excess fruit is removed they will be small and trees may be damaged.

The first few years after planting, devote your efforts to developing the framework. A few fruit on the side limbs will not interfere with structural development.

Young branches bend easily under a fruit load. If a branch-bending load of fruit is allowed to remain on the tree until harvest, the branch usually will not return to its original position after harvest.

Say anything

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

TeenCentral.Net provides resources for youths to navigate rough times

"We want to reach kids before they need our services."

These are the words of Dr. Julius Licata, co-founder and director of the website, TeenCentral.Net, created by KidsPeace, the nonprofit residential mental health treatment center for children and teens based in Orefield, North Whitehall, with its KidsPeace Broadway Campus in Salisbury Township.

Licata explains that TeenCentral offers free and anonymous on-line mental health counseling and crisis intervention for youths in need, youths who are facing mental health issues, bullying, peer pressure and more.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Early deadline for submissions

The early deadline, which is free of charge, for the 2014 Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF) is Aug. 15.

The late deadline is Sept. 12, for which there is a $10 fee per submission.

The fee is waived for high school and college students.

Submissions may be dropped off or mailed to the attention of Ryan Hill, ArtsQuest Programming Manager, Comedy and Cinema, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem, Pa. 18015.

The 2014 GLVFF is Nov. 6 - 8, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, ArtsQuest Center.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PHOTO BY LEE A. BUTZ in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Balancing act: The famed bottle dance from the "Wedding Dance" scene: front row, above, left to right: Hal Miers, Ben Delony, Cody Davis and Leonardo Altafini in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Fiddler on the Roof," through June 29, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. Tickets: pashakespeare.org, 610-282-WILL



Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

'Oz' auditions

Stagemakers at the J holds children's auditions, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Aug. 26; adults auditions, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Aug. 27, and a cast meeting, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 28, for "Wizard of Oz" at the Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

Director Susan Chase is casting for all roles: children six-years-old and older and under five-feet-tall, women age 15 to 50s and men 20s to 60s.

Audition includes dancing and singing. Bring sheet music (16-32 bars). A pianist is provided. A monetary donation is required for cast members.

Movie Review: 'Dragon' whisperer, too

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The animated feature sequel, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" (HTTYD2), could have been subtitled "The Dragon Whisperer."

Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the lead Dragon Rider, cajoles his charge, Toothless (Randy Thom) back to the fold.

The challenge this time around in "HTTYD2" is that of Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), the evil overlord of the dragons. He controls the dragons to control humans.

Hiccup must overcome the challenge to rally the Vikings and their dragons to ensure his role as heir-apparent and become chief of the Vikings on the island of Berk.