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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Bill Streeter, Master Falconer and Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Milford, Pike County, will dipslay live birds of prey, including an adult and juvenile American Bald Eagle, at “Eaglefest,” noon and 1:15 p.m. March 7, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Eaglefest,” 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. March 7, includes science experiments, crafts and activities for children. Learn to identify backyard birds...

Bach Choir of Bethlehem brings community on board for ‘Noah’s Flood’

Friday, February 28, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A seldom-performed Benjamin Britten one-act opera based on the Biblical story of Noah is the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s inaugural “Greg Funfgeld Family Concert.”

In collaboration with Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, the Bach Choir presents “Noah’s Flood,” 3 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1, Packer Memorial Chapel, 18 University Drive, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“I’ve always loved ‘Noah’s Flood,’” says Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld. “It is such an...

22nd annual Schadt String Competition sets finals, free and open to the public

Friday, February 28, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Some of the best young cellists in the United States have traveled to the Lehigh Valley to compete for a prestigious national award given by Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Nine cellists vie for the $12,000 grand prize and the opportunity to perform a solo concert with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

The finals of the 23rd Annual Schadt String Competition are at 2 p.m. March 1, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The finals are free and open to the public....

Curtain Rises: Munopco takes a second look at ‘Gypsy’

Friday, February 28, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

“Gypsy,” Feb. 29 through March 8 in Munopco Music Theatre’s production at Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown, has been called the perfect musical. Many critics consider it to be the best American musical ever created.

“Gypsy” has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, based on the autobiographical book by Gypsy Rose Lee.

“It’s absolutely my favorite musical,” says Munopco “Gypsy” director Daniel Petrovich.

“The characters have depth...

Tom Cotter has ‘No Apologies’ for his stand-up

Friday, February 28, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

The “No Apologies” in the “No Apologies Comedy Tour” is, arguably, a bit of a misnomer.

Though the four comedians who make up the show’s roster are not the squeakiest of the clean, their brand of humor is not overtly dirty, either.

“None of us are [Andrew] Dice Clay,” jokes comedian Tom Cotter. “We’re a little edgy and we’re all talking about adult topics, but not every other word is an F-bomb.

“We don’t apologize for our material. We’re proud of it. … I think the [the...

21st Lehigh Valley Music Awards March 1

Friday, February 28, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a big night for the local music scene as local musicians, music schools and students will be honored at the 21st Annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA), 4 p.m. March 1, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

“We’re very excited,” says Gloria Domina, LVMA co-director. “Everything has just fallen into place his year and we have a wonderful line-up.”

A partnership between the nonprofit Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association and ArtsQuest, the LVMA was created to celebrate...

Grateful laughter: Tiffany Haddish celebrates ‘the little things’ in success

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Tiffany Haddish is having her moment.

Channel surf to any popular daytime or late-night talker and you are likely to see Haddish seated in the guest’s seat promoting her latest movie role, stand-up comedy tour, best-selling memoir (“The Last Black Unicorn”), streaming special or any number of upcoming projects she has in the pipeline.

From Wendy Williams’ purple couch to Jimmy Kimmel’s comfy chair, TV hosts pursue Haddish to be a guest on their shows.

Many believe her...

Symphony of the seasons: ASO to premiere work with Vivaldi, Beethoven

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

For centuries, composers have captured the essence of nature.

Beautiful forests, singing birds, rising mountains, expansive oceans and rippling rivers have all been the subjects of musical inspiration.

As we listen to these great works, it often sparks in us a visual reminder of the beauty all around us.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans banded together to protest environmental ignorance and raise awareness about protecting our natural surroundings and the earth....

LV Auto Show Gala benefits Good Shepherd Pediatrics

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport AWD, Porsche 911 convertible, Mercedes Benz S 560, Jaguar F-Type, Cadillac Red Horizon Sport XT6 and Maserati Gran Turismo were among the 10 shiny luxury brands lined up inside Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The real star of the 2020 Lehigh Valley Auto Show press conference was Emily Pineda, 5, in her Trexo Plus.

Pineda, a daughter of Robert and Jennifer Pineda of Blue Bell, Montgomery County, demonstrated the Trexo Plus, assisted by...

Movie Review: Adam Sandler a gem

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When the Academy Award nominations were announced, many Oscar-watchers bemoaned the lack of a leading actor Oscar nomination for Adam Sandler for “Uncut Gems,” which received no Oscar nominations.

The night before the Oscars, at what might be regarded as the anti-Oscars or the alternative Oscars, that of the Film Independent Spirt Awards, “Uncut Gems” received three awards: Best Director (brothers Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie), Best Male Lead (Adam Sandler) and Best Editing (Ronald...