Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Notre Dame presents ‘Curtains’

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by ED COURRIER in School

There was murder afoot on the stage at Notre Dame HS with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy from April 20 through 22.

In the play, set in 1959, Lt. Frank Cioffi, a Boston police detective and theater fan, investigates the opening night demise of the untalented leading lady of the musical “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West.” While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew members, the lonely gumshoe attempts to save the day and the play, as well as find love.

Mural, public arts projects reviewed

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

As a Southside Arts District committee member, Darlene Heller asked the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for input on a public art installation scheduled for the upcoming Southside Arts and Music Festival. Heller, the Bethlehem director of planning and zoning, was accompanied by Karen Beck Pooley from Lehigh University and Stacie Brennan, senior director of visual arts at ArtsQuest at the April 17 meeting at the Banana Factory.

Allentown Central: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, cruises to the stage at Allentown Central Catholic High School, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

Written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1934.

Joseph Elliott’s photographs ‘Monumental’ at Muhlenberg Martin Gallery

Friday, April 7, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Says Joseph E.B. Elliott of “Monument and Ephemera,” a retrospective of his work: “The thread through all of it is exploration of places that people don’t normally explore: industrial sites, industrial landscapes, older urban interiors, structures and places that people don’t normally get inside.”

The exhibition of three decades of Elliott’s photographic work continues through April 22, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

HCC approves new signage for established barber shop

Friday, April 7, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to Will Soto for new signage for 516 E. Fourth St. at the March 20 meeting. Soto, owner of Sin’s Fade and Shave Barber Shop, a Southside establishment that has been around since 2003, was accompanied by sign maker Mike Psitos. The vote was unanimous to allow the installation of aluminum signs to the building, attach dimensional address numbers, and install vinyl graphics to the windows. The board convinced Soto to go with a blade sign instead of a proposed flag sign.

Sands, parking and spring fundraisers

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Mayor’s South Side Task Force March 28 meeting at Northampton Community College’s E. Third St. campus began with chairman Roger Hudak channeling Sergeant Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes.” “I don’t know anything about the Sands,” said Hudak concerning the possible sale of Sands Bethlehem to MGM Resorts International. “Nobody knows anything. Everything’s being done in Las Vegas,” he added.

Saucon Valley High School presents

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

Saucon Valley HS’s Theatre Department brought a ’S Wonderful’ Roaring ’20s comedy to the high school auditorium stage from March 2-5. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, the musical, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” involves a trio of bootleggers, Cookie, Billie and Duke, who take advantage of an inebriated playboy, Jimmy Winter, who owns a posh beach house where they stash a shipment of illegal booze. Produced and directed by Chad Miller, musical numbers included “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Demon Rum,” “’S Wonderful,“ and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Pioneering panelists share experiences at BAPL

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“Memories of Steel: Women of Bethlehem Steel” featured three women who shared memories of their involvement with “The Steel” during its heyday and decline in the Lehigh Valley. A collaborative effort of the Steelworkers’ Archives and Lehigh University, the event was held March 7 at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street.