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Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers...

Speeding back

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

The fastest member of the Animal Kingdom has had another successful nesting season here in the Keystone State.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission falcon program coordinator Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, there were 32 pairs of confirmed Peregrine Falcon nesting sites across Pennsylvania in 2012.

Out of the 32 confirmed nests, 22 of the pairs had success nesting. These breeding pairs raised 62 young falcons.

"We banded 42 of the young falcons in an ongoing effort to...

Enter the haggis - and the kilts

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.

What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.

The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.

More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.

"There's so much that...

You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008...

Lehigh Valley Stage

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26 - 29, Oct. 3 - 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2, DeSales University, Main Stage,...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Sing me "Kate": Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, above, who recently starred as Fricka in Wagner's "Ring Cycle," is in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Blythe will perform her acclaimed program, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," accompanied by Craig Terry, piano. Blythe, described as having a commanding, sumptuous mezzo-soprano, premiered that role in "One Sweet Morning" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall to commemorate...

Theater Review Musical just 'Marvelous' at The Pines

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Step back to an era when big hair, cat's-eye glasses and go-go boots were cutting-edge fashion accessories and enjoy an energetic quartet harmonize non-stop hit songs from the 1950s and '60s.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" by Roger Bean, with music arrangements by Brian William Baker and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues through Oct. 28 The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The singing group, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," first appear in the Springfield High School's prom queen...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333 or

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," Sept 28 - 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets...

The eclectic 'Heart' of Ramin Karimloo

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Ramin Karimloo fled with his parents from Iran to Canada, landed the lead in "The Phantom of the Opera" in Great Britain and is touring the United States behind his CD, "Human Heart," including a concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Musikfest Cafe, Bethehem.

Let's get the geopolitical question out of the way right away.

"It's one of those things. I think it's very scary about what goes on [in Iran]. What we see is not what really goes on over there. Anyone killing for any religion is...

Look, ma, no internet

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by KERRI JORDAN Special to The Press in Focus

Communication travels in many formats, and the radio is the number one method for the Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club (DLARC).

The 200 members of the club, founded 66 years ago, communicate with handheld radios.

Charles Lazarchak, of Easton, president of DLARC, describes the radio club as educational.

The club offers its members all kinds of projects, from building one's own antenna and computer software to participating in emergency preparedness procedures and...