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Nothing normal about 'ParaNorman'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.

You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?

In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.

Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had...

Jason Aldean

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Born Jason Aldine Williams, Feb. 28, 1977, Macon, Ga., Jason Aldean has seven No. 1 country singles since his 2005 self-titled debut album which, along with "Wide Open" (2009), went platinum. His hits include "Why," "She's Country,""Big Green Tractor," "The Truth," "Dirt Road Anthem" and "Fly-Over States." His other albums are "Relentless" (2007) and "My Kinda Party" (2010). His first single, "Take A Little Ride," released July 16, is...

Fashion goes vintage at Allentown Fair

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Lorita Musselman loves to play dress-up.

"Miss Lorita," as Musselman is known, a knowledgeable collector of antique and vintage apparel, presents "Miss Lorita's Vintage Fashions," 2:15 p.m. Sept 1, Centennial Stage, Agri-Plex, at the Great Allentown Fair.

The 45-minute presentation highlights clothing from the Victorian era through the close of the 20th century.

"Every outfit is complete with accessories typical of the era, including shoes, purses, gloves, hats and maybe...

The Fresh Beat Band

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. It's a band. It's a TV show. It's an album. It's all of these. It's the teen-pop band, The Fresh Beat Band. The Band's Nick Jr. TV show includes original pop songs sung by Shout (Thomas Hobson), keyboards, vocals; Twist (Jon Beavers), turntables, beatbox, vocals; Marina (Tara Perry), drums, vocals; and Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), guitar, violin, vocals. The performers are described as four best friends in a...

Harry Connick Jr. and musical at PYT

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. is expected to be in Bethlehem several times leading up to the show and for the opening night gala of the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT) production of his musical, "The Happy Elf," Nov. 30 - Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, Bethlehem.

"We have staged this production over the years in a few cities and when I see the unadulterated joy on the faces of the kids in the audience, I know we have created something special," stated...

Victoria Justice

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. Victoria Justice, born Feb. 19, 1993, Hollywood, Fla., was accepted into the music theater program at Los Angeles' Performing Arts Magnet School. On the hit Nickelodeon series, "Victorious," which debuted in 2010, Justice plays Tori Vega, a student at Hollywood Arts High, a performing arts school. The title soundtrack album from the series featuring Justice and the "Victorious" cast has spawned four singles that surpassed 1.8 million...

Blake Shelton

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

7 p.m. Aug. 29, Fairgrounds Grandstand, Allentown Fair. You know him from "The Voice," the NBC reality TV talent show where he is a vocal coach along with Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. You should know him from his decade of hits, from "Austin" (2001), to "Home" (2008), to "God Gave Me You" and "Honey Bee" (both 2011), among his 17 country chart singles and 11 No. 1 singles. Shelton, born Blake Tollison Shelton, June 18, 1976, Ada, Okla., and his wife, country singer...

Luke Bryan

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

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Luke Bryan opens for Jason Aldean, 7 p.m. Aug. 30, Fairgrounds Grandstand, at the Allentown Fair. Bryan was born Thomas Luther "Luke" Bryan July 17, 1976, in Leesburg, Ga. After graduating from Georgia Southern University, Bryan moved to Nashville and began writing songs for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Bryan's first album, "I'll Stay Me" (2007) included the singles "All My Friends Day," "We Rode in Trucks" and "Country Man." His second album, "Doin' My Thing...

Bucks revisits Simon's 'Park'

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.

You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.

The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.

"Barefoot" espouses the "Simon sez" comedy style born of Sid Caesar's TV comedy-variety series, "...

Allentown 250th on Fair culinary stage

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair is observing Allentown's 250th anniversary with a series of cooking demonstrations that will be part of "Farm to Table" series on the culinary demonstration stage inside the Agri-Plex building.

Throughout the Fair, Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, "Farm to Table" chefs and culinary experts from the Lehigh Valley prepare their signature dishes.

The "Allentown 250" programming committee collaborated with the Fair's Culinary Demonstration Stage Coordinator Pat Rice to...