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Theater Review: 'Breaking' good at Pines Dinner Theatre

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Songs from Neil Sedaka's extensive catalog provide the musical foundation for The Pines Dinner Theatre's latest production, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do," weekends through May 10.

The setting for the play, written by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters, is Esther's Paradise, a South Pacific style resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains.

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse 'I.R.S' pays off in laughter

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

John and Leslie need to convince the IRS they are a married couple. Seems simple enough, but what the IRS doesn't know is that both parties are male.

That may not sound unusual in this day and age, but "Love Sex & The I.R.S" is set in New York during the late 1970s, well before the legalization and acceptance of same-sex marriage.

"Love Sex & The I.R.S," written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and directed by Charles Weigold, III, weekends through April 12 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, brings to the stage many elements of classic madcap comedy.

Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro at Blast Furnace Blues

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Blues lovers rejoice.

The annual three-day Blast Furnace Blues Festival returns March 27 - 29 to ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Featured performers include Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro, Heritage Blues Orchestra and John Németh & the Bo-Keys.

Along with concerts, workshops, a new addition to the festival for professional and aspiring blues musicians, begin March 26.

Hannibal Buress's time has arrived

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

If you are unaware of who Hannibal Buress is, then you haven't been looking. The 32-year-old stand- up comic has been honing his craft since he was 19-years-old and can be found seemingly everywhere these days. He's the next big thing you may not have discovered yet.

Buress can be seen on the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show "Broad City," which is in the midst of its second season. He co-hosts "The Eric Andre Show," now in its third season on Adult Swim where he is the ideal laid-back counterpart to Andre's manic energy.

Raymond does comedy the Amish way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Twenty years ago, the man known these days as Raymond the Amish Comic was toiling away at a screen-printing factory. It would be the last day-job he would hold.

"In 1996, I was fired when I returned from my Christmas vacation," says Raymond, who lives in Emmaus. "I saved up my vacation so I could do some headlining from Christmas to New Year's in Reading: two shows a night, all sold-out.

Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul sing Godfrey's at 39 going on 40

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Godfrey Daniels, Lehigh Valley's legendary listening room, celebrates its 39th anniversary with its Fifth Annual Membership Appreciation Concert and Party featuring Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. March 20, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

The concert is first in a year-long slate of concerts leading up to Godfrey's 40th anniversary.

Kicking off Godfrey's slate of performers post membership party are Davey O with Jessica Smucker, 8 p.m. March 21, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Peggy King brings All-Star Jazz to Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

By all accounts, Peggy King's career can be described as storied. She has worked with a virtual hall of fame of performers from stage, screen, radio, film and television. It can be said of King, that she's a Queen of all media.

Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio perform in the latest installment of Miller Symphony Hall's monthly "Jazz Upstairs" cabaret series at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in the Rodale Community Room.

The All-Star Jazz Trio is: Andy Kahn, piano; Bruce Klauber, drums, and Bruce Kaminsky, bass.