Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Food and Wine Festival supports NCC culinary scholarships

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

‘Transforming the lives of students’

Emeril Lagasse, New Orleans celebrity chef and restauranteur, will be the headliner at the eighth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival at the Sands Event Center in South Bethlehem, June 2-4. The owner of three restaurants at Sands Bethlehem, Lagasse will kick off the event on Friday, June 2 at 2 p.m. with a demonstration of his world-renowned culinary skill.

Theater Review: Civic ‘Angels: Perestroika’ intense, provocative

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning epic play in two parts that explores homosexuality and the human side of the AIDS epidemic in the context of the social and political realities of the 1980s.

This month, Civic Theatre of Allentown is marking the 20th anniversary of its 1997 production of “Angels” with back-to-back performances of “Parts One and Two,” with both parts concluding May 20.

Theater Review:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic’s ‘Angels’ lands

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton - Area among the safest places in the nation for kids

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area is the 17th safest city for children in the United States, according to a detailed statistical analysis conducted by consumer research company ValuePenguin. Barnstable Town, Mass., ranked first as the safest city, followed closely by Trenton, N. J.

Addressing the end of life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Have the conversation before it is too late!

“We need to change the way the people we love are dying,” Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist and Conversation Project founder Ellen Goodman told an attentive audience in Bethlehem during her presentation on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having,” sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series and St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Theater Review: ‘Church Basement Ladies’ serves up hilarity

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Church Basement Ladies,” the latest offering through May 14 in The Pines Dinner Theatre’s eighth season, is a musical-comedy gem, filled with hand-clapping songs, witty lyrics and crazy antics.

The musical, written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlk, was inspired by the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran,” a humorous remembrance by Janet Letnes and Suzann Nelson of being Lutheran in the Midwest during the 1950s.

The conversation that matters Writer Ellen Goodman to deliver seventh St. Luke’s Littner lecture

Friday, April 14, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and founder-director of The Conversation Project, will speak on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having” at the seventh annual Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement, 7:30 p.m. April 19, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is also sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Theater Review:‘Take It’

Friday, April 7, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The third time is supposed to be the “charm,” but possibly not where theatrical productions are concerned.

Despite a Pulitzer Prize-winning script by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman that gained the reputation as one of the most popular and successful plays of modern times, Pennsylvania Playhouse’s third staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,” continuing through April 9, got off to a slow start and never quite hit the mark.

Miss Amazing-Pageant redefines beauty

Monday, February 27, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

There are many different kinds of beauty pageants, but only one very special Pennsylvania Miss Amazing contest, where this year 20 girls and women with disabilities vied for recognition and prizes in the second annual event at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts in South Bethlehem.

The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 37 years old, came from throughout the state.