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Student Poetry Project entry deadline March 13

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Respectfully Yours: Saving face when saving place in line

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Is it impolite to tell someone to hold your place in line?

Dear Reader,

Occasionally, it’s fine to ask someone to hold your place in a line if it’s for a very brief interval.

If the line is moving slowly enough, so that there won’t be one more person added while you are gone, it’s not impolite.

Thank the people behind you for their patience and tolerance, but be sure to hurry back.

When you are ready to step back into line, if you...

Theater Review: A ‘Tartuffe’ for the ages at DeSales’ Act 1

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Theater department student performers are not unlike student athletes.

Student basketball and football teams coalesce in a given year and go on to divisional, regional, state and even national championships.

The analogy doesn’t end at records of points scored per season, career statistics or championship trophies.

While there are contests for student thespians and productions, student actors more often depend on audience applause, well-attended performances and the odd...

Concert Review: Jake Shimabukuro: To the ukulele and beyond

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Armed with just a ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro captivated a capacity crowd Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Shimabukuro is probably the best-known virtuoso of the four-stringed instrument, taking it to unforeseen heights despite its range of only two octaves.

Dressed in a gray T-shirt and red pants, Shimabukuro had a friendly, low-key manner onstage, telling a number of stories throughout the one hour and 45-minute concert.

He began his opening 20-minute...

Movie Review: ‘Bombshell’ lives up to title

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of the movie, “Bombshell,” might remind classic movie buffs of 1940s’ pinup star Betty Grable, movie star Jane Russell, or 1950s’ Hollywood movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

There are several movies with the title, “Bombshell,” going back to 1933, and including at least four other feature movies.

And there was “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017). Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star, is credited with helping develop radar systems during World War II...

Oscar contest: ‘Parasite’ found

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movies with twist endings are among the best.

The 92nd Academy Awards also provided a twist ending.

Although none of the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest correctly picked all the winners in the contest’s seven categories, Mary Hoffman of Emmaus correctly picked six of the seven Oscar winners in the contest categories.

The 2020 Oscars surprised the pundits.

In the Best Picture Category,...


Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section begins its annual preview series.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is telecast live on WFMZ and

For a list of the 29 participating high schools, musicals, performances and ticket information:; freddyawads...

Veteran driver: Kayla Blood takes wheel of Soldier of Fortune in PPL ‘Monster Jam’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The Chinese recognize the year 2020 on their calendar as the “Year of the Rat.”

In the United States, one could easily say the past several years have been the year of the woman. Female visibility is on an upward trajectory in areas once thought to be the sole province of men.

In literal upward movement, astronaut Christina Koch recently crushed the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman; descending to earth after 328 days aloft.

The sports world witnessed an...