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The ACE (Arts Community of Easton) Annual Group Show begins Saturday (Sept. 29) through Nov. 3, in the Brown Daub Gallery of the State Theatre. An opening reception is planned for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., with awards at 6:15 p.m. ACE members' work will encompass painting (modern and abstract), photography, fiber, jewelry, and mixed media.

Thomas Kosa Also exhibiting at the theater in the Gallery Annex, beginning Saturday through Dec. 13, is Easton photographer Thomas Kosa, with a display of portraits titled "Time Passed." Kosa’s subjects are senior members of the community, past and present, whose photographs reflect time spent in their lifetimes. Included is a portrait of his late grandfather, Norm Cole, an avid model railroader who worked with Steamtown in Scranton.

Thomas Kosa photo #1 Kosa exhibited at the State Theatre and at the Allentown Art Museum this past June, as one of the photographers of the annual Freddy Awards in a retrospective of the program’s 10-year history. The awards recognize excellence in local high school musical theater. Kosa actually begins snapping the action of the Freddys when rehearsals begin in May at the theater and continues his work right through the live evening broadcast of the awards ceremony.

Thomas Kosa photo #2 Kosa majored in commercial photography at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, N.C. He worked as an assistant to Easton photographer Ed Eckstein prior to opening his own studio on Ferry Street.

As a lover of the great outdoors, Kosa offers some advice for fledgling photographers who want to capture special moments this fall. Most important, he said, is to pack your camera at all times.

“Photograph what you see and enjoy. It will come naturally,” he said.

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44 Presidents With Election Day fast approaching, Muhlenberg College's Theatre and Dance Department will be part of the national Plays for Presidents Festival, closely tied to the Rock the Vote campaign to inspire people to both register and vote. The college is one of 44 theater groups to produce the Neo-Futurists’ "44 Plays for 44 Presidents," opening Saturday (Sept. 29) through Oct. 3, in the Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance.

Artistic director Troy Dwyer informs that the play has four directors, two choreographers, five designers, four stage managers, and 20 actors.

"The show is interactive in a super flavorful and playful way," Dwyer explained. "It incites people to talk about politics by showcasing politics in a fun light. There's a narrative momentum to the piece that makes the audience anxious to see how the modern presidents are depicted."

The play highlights the lives of all 44 presidents in short, often comedic, quasi-biographical scenes and varies in style, from a sepia-washed cowboy movie homage to a modern game show. The facts in the show are historically accurate, though it is not a historical play, according to Lily Dwoskin, a co-director. “It’s really uniquely vaudeville. It’s crazy. A lot of things are going on.”

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