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THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "The 39 Steps" yields nonstop laughter in a slapstick sendup of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hilarity ensues from the moment that four actors in multiple roles so many I lost count step on stage in the farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel of John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film.

At the conclusion of "The 39 Steps," through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University,...

Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

Actors in Action Festival: "The Un-Named Body Project," through June 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," through June 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion...

VALLEY VIVALDI

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Valley Vivaldi continues at 7:30 p.m. June 30, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The program includes concert-opener, Vivaldi's "Flute Concerto in E Minor," Robin Kani; flute; Giuseppe Tartini's "Trumpet Concerto in D," Lawrence Wright, trumpet; Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, No. 4 (BWV 1049), and works are byLuigi Boccherini and Johann J. Quantz.

A reception with Pennsylvania Sinfonia musicians follows.

Here's how to avoid getting poison ivy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A plant dwells among us of such ill repute and so feared by lovers of the outdoors that in eastern Pennsylvania it is commonly referred to as "poison," short for poison ivy.

Actually, it is not an ivy at all, but a member of the cashew family. Its Latin name is "rhus." Outdoor enthusiasts take heart: avoiding or promptly dealing with exposure to the poison or toxin in this plant can eliminate a lot of the discomfort that you fear.

All parts of poison ivy contain a toxin called...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Before Midnight," 7:45 p.m. June 26; 4:30 p.m. June 27

"What Maise Knew," 7:30 p.m. June 26; 4:15, 7:30 p.m. June 27

"Young Frankenstein," 10:45 p.m. June 29

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 11:30 p.m. June 28, 29

"Pride of the Yankees," 7:15 p.m. June 30

"The Muppets," 8 p.m. June 26, Levitt...

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The deadline for the 2013 Allentown Fair Queen contest has been extended to June 21.

The fair queen makes appearances and represents the fair during the event's Aug. 27 - Sept. 2 run, at the State Fair Queen Contest in January and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization that has been operating the fair for 161 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties who possess an ability to...

Moravian College to host LV Classical Guitar Festival

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Moravian College Department of Music hosts the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival, June 22, Peter Hall, Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem.

This year's guest artists are Julian Gray, Serap Bastepe-Gray, Pat Sise, Mark Edwards, Glenn Caluda and David Pace.

The festival, directed by Moravian College alumnus James Schultheis '10, is a full-day of recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts. The event is co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society...

THEATER REVIEW 'Oklahoma!' more than OK; it's fantastic at PSF

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival opens its 22nd season with an exuberant, stupendous and memorable production of the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Oklahoma!"

PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze pulls out all the stops in his thoughtful yet zealous direction of the huge cast of 25, a dynamic 14-piece orchestra conducted by music director Nathan Diehl and rambunctious boot-scootin' boogie choreography by Stephen Casey.

"Oklahoma!" continues through June...