Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 21, 2017

Theater Review:

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “My Fair Lady” is more than fair.

It’s extraordinary.

The classic musical, through July 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is led by fine lead performances (Jarrod Yuskauskas as Professor Henry Higgins and Meredith Kate Doyle as Eliza Doolittle) and supporting performances (Zach Love as Colonel Pickering, Robert Fahringer as Alfred Doolittle and JoAnn...

Yeager-Seiferheld:

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Michael and Donnamarie Yeager of Allentown announce the engagement of their daughter, Desiree’ Marie Yeager, to Tyler Dennis Seiferheld, son of Dennis and Lydia Seiferheld, of Allentown.

Desiree’ is a 2011 graduate of Parkland High School and a 2015 graduate of Elizabethtown College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education and special education.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction through the University of Scranton.

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Northampton County senior menus

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, July 19: National hot dog day: cranberry juice, chili dog on a bun, baked beans, macaroni salad, fresh cantaloupe, iced brownie.

Thursday, July 20: Sage stuffed chicken /gravy, seasoned rice, roasted fresh vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Friday, July 21: Apricot nectar, fried haddock sandwich w/ lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Monday, July 24: Orange juice, Italian hoagie,...

Salem Witch Trial

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

A Salem Witch Trial will be re-enacted at noon and 2 p.m. July 22, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This event is based on true testimony and real facts as they occurred in Salem, Massachusetts, more than 300 years ago,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

“We want to give the public a sense of reality, to experience first-hand what these men and women endured as their lives were destroyed when they were unlucky...

Theater Review: ‘All for one’ in ‘The Three Musketeers’ at PSF

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Three Musketeers” mantra of “All for one, and one for all” sums up the sword-wielding comedy-drama at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The show’s full title, “Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers Adapted From The Novel by Alexandre Dumas,” underscores the “one for all” approach to the material, staging, acting and direction. The July 12 opening night performance of “The...

Theater Review:

Monday, July 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “My Fair Lady” is more than fair.

It’s extraordinary.

The classic musical, through July 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is led by fine lead performances (Jarrod Yuskauskas as Professor Henry Higgins and Meredith Kate Doyle as Eliza Doolittle) and supporting performances (Zach Love as Colonel Pickering, Robert Fahringer as Alfred Doolittle and JoAnn...

‘Cirque It!’ City: Touchstone packs a ‘Punch’ for ‘Jakopa’s Processional’ along Bethlehem Greenway

Friday, July 14, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Touchstone Artistic Director JP Jordan was in Peru when he first decided to create the Jakopa’s Punch Band.

“I was in Peru when I got word that David Bowie had passed,” Jordan explains, “and I was told that The Lesson Center planned to host a benefit for leukemia patients in honor of Bowie.

“Now, I didn’t have a band at the time, but I asked if I could play a set if I could pull a band together in time, and they said sure. So we ended up getting together this group of musicians...

Review: ‘Beguiled’

Friday, July 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s midway through the 2017 movie year and, though it’s early in the Oscar race, “The Beguiled” is a contender.

Look for multiple Oscar nominations, including for Nicole Kidman, actress, as Miss Martha, headstrong headmistress at a young women’s academy circa 1864 Virginia during the Civil War. A wounded Union solder, Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell, likely supporting actor nominee), is given refuge at the school.

Also look for a co-writing screenplay Oscar nomination for...

Growing Green: The Butterfly Effect

Friday, July 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Butterflies have long fascinated people with their beautiful wings and whimsical flight.

They are also extremely important ecologically. Butterflies pollinate flowering plants and serve as food for other organisms, thus forming an important link in the food chain.

Populations have declined in recent decades because of pesticide use, especially herbicides, loss of fence rows, urbanization, and other destruction of habitat, and loss of caterpillar host and nectar plants. Managing...