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INDIAN MUSEUM

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by The Press in Focus

'Jungle Empires'

The exhibition, "Empires of the Jungle," continues through Sept. 8 at the Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

The exhibition, which explores Central and South America's prehistoric past, includes a Maya zoomorphic effigy, a Costa Rican Sukia ("healer") figure, obsidian blades and pendants, drinking vessels, and Aztec techniques for making and drilling obsidian pendants.

The artifacts in the exhibit include pieces collected by historians and anthropologists in the 1950s and 1960s.

Information: 610-797-2121

Excuse you?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Da Vinci exhibit explores our bodies impolite and all

Philosophers and theologians may disagree on whether or not humans have a soul, but nobody disputes that humans, like other animals, have bodies.

And bodies, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are heir to a thousand natural shocks.

Natural shocks like gas. Like runny noses. Like pimples. And smells. Things that people don't necessarily like to talk about in polite company.

That cicada song

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Annuals expected; 17-year locusts unlikely in Valley

"They're here" is the familiar quote from the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist."

The line was repeated, with a slight variation, in ""Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986) as "They're back."

The quotes refer this time, not to a young girl and ghosts, but to this year's return of the Brood II Cicada.

These cicadas were born in 1996. They dropped to the ground and dug their way below the surface where they waited 17 years before emerging to continue their lengthy life cycle.

CMS students present recital

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Community Music School Lehigh Valley produced its annual Gala Recital to a roomful of admiring parents and guests in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The music of Handel, Hayden and other classical composers provided some of the students' pieces.

Community Music School Lehigh Valley Director Carolyn Clarke was emcee for the June 9 event. Larry Johnson, president of the CMS board of directors, was among attendees.

Johnson said 70 percent of the students receive financial assistance or reduced tuition.

ARTSQUEST

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Film contest

Entries are being accepted for the third-annual Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest, Bethlehem.

The early submission deadline, without an entry fee, is Aug. 1. Last day to apply is Sept. 13. Fees are waived for high school and college students.

Award winners will be announced Nov. 2 at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.

Information: 610-297-7110

THEATER REVIEW 'Footloose' dances up a storm at Pines

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Toe-tapping music, teenage-angst and love problems in a town where dancing is against the law are a great mix for fun; which is what director Oliver Blatt delivers with "Footloose," through Aug. 18, Pines Dinner Theatre, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.

When the preacher's daughter, Ariel Moore (Payton Sherry), is smitten by the new boy in town, Ren McCormack (Dylan Rex), the townspeople start talking and sparks begin to fly.

As Ariel, Sherry is a strong singer and talented dancer.

Honey NOLA sound

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

The members of the Honey Island Swamp Band, who hail from New Orleans, found themselves stuck in San Francisco following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

So, they formed a band, dubbed it Honey Island Swamp Band, eventually working their way back in 2007 to New Orleans, where the group gathered local recognition.

The Honey Island Swamp Band, whose music is described as Bayou Americana, performs at 9:30 p.m. July 6 and 6 p.m. July 7 at the Jambalaya Music Festival, Kempton Community and Recreation Center, Kempton, Berks County.

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"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

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by PHOTO BY JEFFREY DUPUIS in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Kempton Jambalaya: The Honey Island Swamp Band, above, plays Jambalaya Music Fest, 9:30 p.m. July 6; 6 p.m. July 7, Kempton Community and Recreation Center, Kempton, Berks County, as part of a tour for its fourth and latest album, ''Cane Sugar,'' with concerts in Taos, N.M.; Telluride, Vail and Denver, Col.; San Francisco, Nashville, Chicago and at the legendary Tipitina's, New Orleans.

THEATER REVIEW 'Seussical' a delight for all

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

The cast of "Seussical, the Dr. Seuss Musical!," performs with great enthusiasm in a show that's a delight for children and adults alike.

"Seussical" continues through July 27, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, as part of the 33rd season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

With the singing, dancing and rhyming, it's almost as if Dr. Seuss directed the play himself. In fact, the play was directed by Benjamin Shaw.