Bethlehem Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘A Pathway to Santa’ at Muhlenberg campus

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV HOSPITAL:

More than one dozen mascots, including meLVin from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lehigh University’s Clutch the Mountain Hawk and the Just Born Peep, as well as Santa Claus, visited patients and staff Dec. 7 for “A Pathway to Santa” at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.

The Liberty High School Choir and Orchestra provided entertainment.

“A Pathway to Santa” is an annual holiday celebration organized by the late Bruce Smith of Palmer Township....

Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Follies’ explores season’s wonder, with laughter

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you thought vaudeville was dead, then you obviously haven’t seen “Christmas City Follies XIX,” continuing through Dec. 23, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

An annual vaudevillian holiday tradition for the past two decades, “Follies” has a talented seven-member ensemble that sings, dances, jokes and satirizes its way through its original music and scripts.

Dressed as Christmas trees, part of the ensemble opens the show singing a tribute to “O Tannenbaum,” and playing green...

Movie Review: ‘Creed II’ packs a powerful punch

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You may wonder why we need another feature movie about boxing.

There have been so many great movies about the pugilistic arts, among them: “Raging Bull” (1980), with Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, and directed by Martin Scorsese, voted by movie critics as the best movie of the 1980s; “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956), with Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano; “Body And Soul” (1947), starring John Garfield; “Requiem For A Heavyweight” (1962), starring Anthony Quinn; “The Harder They Fall...

RDT’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows with each passing season

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.

Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum...

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ promotes peace, harmony

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.

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No strings attached: Pip the Mouse is back

Friday, December 7, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.

The regional favorite continues through Dec. 31 in the museum in Zion’s United Church of Christ,...

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Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kenny G at Christmas: For the first time ever, Kenny G is in concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. On his highly-anticipated holiday tour, the phenomenal saxophone instrumentalist performs some of his greatest hits, including songs from 1994’s “Miracles: The Holiday Album.” His two other holiday albums are “Faith,“ 1999, and “Wishes,” 2002. The 16-time Grammy nominee received a Grammy in 1994 for Best Instrumental Composition for “Forever in Love.” In a...

Christmastime arrives on tiptoes

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Not unlike a child on tiptoes taking a peak in wide-eyed wonderment at Santa’s toys, Christmastime performances of the beloved classic, “Nutcracker,” get ballet dancers en pointe.

If you haven’t seen the “Nutcracker” on stage, there are again several opportunities, including the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley’s 50th anniversary performance (for that preview, see the Dec. 12 and 13 Focus section).

See the previews here of Repertory Dance Theatre’s 32nd annual “Nutcracker” at...

Respectfully Yours: The gift of re-gifter

Friday, December 7, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I’m not trying to take the easy way out, but I have received several gifts over the years that I have no intention of using. I am considering re-gifting them this year. When I ask around, I get mixed answers about this. What’s your opinion on re-gifting?

Dear Reader, At one time it was considered poor taste to re-gift. Today, however, it has become widely acceptable.

There’s nothing wrong with thoughtfully passing along an item that you yourself won’t use to...

The Healthy Geezer: High-sodium diet

Friday, December 7, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve noticed that food labels list sodium content, but the numbers mean nothing to me. How much is bad?

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,300 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt.

If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day. The average daily intake among United States citizens is 3,400 mg.

High-sodium diets are linked to...