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NORTHWESTERN: ‘All Shook Up’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“All Shook Up” roars onto the stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

“It’s a fun story based on ‘Twelfth Night’ set to Elvis [Presley] music. Taking the 1950s’ Elvis movie themes about the bad boy with the heart of gold changing the town with his music. A rollicking toe-tapping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping time,” says Director Bill Mutimer, Northampton Community College Theater...

The Family Project: Balancing work, child-care a full-time job

Friday, February 21, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I work full-time. After school, it is always a scramble to pick-up and drop-off for activities, and find time to feed my three children, 8, 10 and 13. Then it’s the evening routine with homework, etcetera. We all get tired and impatient when there is any glitch that throws off our schedule. How can I have more patience?

“How to be more patient isn’t the way to phrase the question,” panelist Mike Ramsey said. “The question should be ‘How do I deal better with stress...

Concert Review: Simon Mulligan elegant in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Nothing is musically more elegant than the Simon Mulligan Trio.

On Valentine’s Day night, in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums, did a show of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.

The members of the trio were stylishly-attired in black for their seventh appearance in the room. Mulligan noted that for the Feb. 14 concert, red might have been more appropriate.

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Mozart. Haydn works well-suited to Pennsylvania Sinfonia

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Spend a Sunday afternoon with two of the premier composers from the 18th century Vienna when Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents “A Viennese Afternoon,” 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Enjoy the music of classical composers Mozart and Haydn in an intimate program that marks the Sinfonia debut of Bethlehem native and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School graduate Fiona Gillespie singing the soprano solo on Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.”

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Theater Review: Insightful ‘Blues’ at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has chalked up another memorable production, this time with Neil Simon’s masterful Tony Award-winning play “Biloxi Blues,” on stage through Feb. 23.

This is the second chapter in a semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” that includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound.” All three cover the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter-ego.

The script of “Biloxi Blues” sets the play mostly at Eugene’s military barracks in Biloxi, Miss.,...

Do the Freddys: Get your tickets now to attend region’s high school musicals

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The road to the Freddys begins deep in winter when trees are bare and concludes in spring when flowers are in bloom.

The 2020 Freddy Awards program leads up to a three-hour ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, that’s telecast live on WFMZ and streamed on wfmz.com.

The adjudication of musicals presented at the 29 participating schools begins about three months earlier in late February.

Not only judges are on the road to the Freddys....

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

“Knives Out” is bolstered by a...

Student Poetry Project accepting entries

Tuesday, February 18, 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...

‘Cougar for a Day’

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Prospective Lehigh Carbon Community College students can “Be a Cougar for a Day.”

Students may experience a typical day on the main campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville. Learn about LCCC’s admission process, attend a college class and experience student life, including dining in the cafeteria and taking a campus tour.

Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with an LCCC admissions representative.

Events are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m....

Healthy Geezer: Aspirin may provide health benefits

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about the health benefits of aspirin. Is it some kind of cure-all or am I a victim of hype?

I wouldn’t call it hype. There’s a lot of research that indicates aspirin is good for many ailments.

Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates, which work by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, swelling and blood clots.

Aspirin is used to treat mild to moderate pain, fever or inflammation. It is sometimes used to treat or...