Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: ‘The Circle’

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Will “The Circle” be unbroken?

Based on the ambiguous conclusion of the movie, “The Circle” is broken.

The up-to-the-minute examination of the cyberworld we live in stars Emma Watson. Shedding her Hermione Granger robes of the “Harry Potter” movies, Watson plays Mae, a smart twentysomething who becomes a valued employee of The Circle. It’s a Google-Facebook-Twitter Silicon Valley, Calif., social media company that seeks to make the world a better place through “transparency.”...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 10: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Thursday, May 11: Turkey w / gravy, biscuit, peas & carrots, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, May 12: Chicken Caesar salad, oatmeal cookie, fresh fruit.

Monday, May 15: Pulled pork, vegetable medley; peaches.

Tuesday, May 16: Crab cake, roasted potatoes, diced beets.

Wednesday, May 17: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit....

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 10- Mother’s Day meal: Chicken Marsala, orzo with spinach, seasoned miniature carrots, wheat roll with margarine, strawberry crème shortcake.

Thursday, May 11: Orange juice, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Friday, May 12: Vegetable juice, smoked sausage, grilled potatoes with egg, three bean salad, fresh biscuit with margarine, apple walnut crumb cake.

Monday, May 15:...

Healthy Geezer: surgeons

Friday, May 12, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’m having surgery and I’m afraid that the doctor will operate on the wrong side of my body. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Absolutely. Ask your surgeon to mark the site of the operation. Some surgical organizations recommend that their members use a marking pen on patients. Don’t be reluctant to request this service to make your surgery safe.

Every year, more than 15 million Americans have surgery. The process of surgery from the...

First Ladies topic

Friday, May 12, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

“America’s First Ladies” is the subject of a Mother’s Day Celebration, 1 p.m. May 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to learn about a fascinating chapter of American history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The presentation is about the public and private lives of iconic First Ladies. A First Ladies Trivia Contest will be held. After the program,...

Raise a glass to fashion and fun at Allentown Symphony benefit

Friday, May 12, 2017 by BATHSHEBA MONK in Focus

A new event for fun-loving, fashion-forward women in the Lehigh Valley is “Fashionistas Foodies and Fun,” 5:30 - 8 p.m. May 11 in the Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“This is going to be a trunk show, a taste of spring,” Elena Pascal, owner of Boutiquetogo, Allentown, says. “With food and drinks and five premier New York designers showing and selling their new products, there has never been anything like this in the Lehigh Valley.”

High-end designers are seeing...

ASO to play that funky music and hits of the 1970s and ‘80s

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “ASO Pops Series” is popping.

The latest iteration is the Allentown Symphony Pops’ “Rock On! Classic Rock & Pop from the 1970’s and 1980’s,” 7:30 p.m. May 13.

ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee conducts the concert, featuring vocalists Lakisha Jones, Rob Evan and Morgan James, accompanied by backup vocalists and a rock backup band.

The “ASO Pops Series” has expanded in recent years from one to two to three concerts and, for the 2017-18 season, four concerts....

Global Impactors’ ‘Tin Woman’ transplants loss, second chances

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“The Tin Woman” explores life, loss and second chances through the story of Joy, a heart-transplant recipient, and her relationship with the donor’s grieving family.

Global Impactors Group presents the 2015 comedy-drama by playwright Sean Grennan at 8 p.m. May 12, 13, 19 and 2 p.m. May 13 and 20, Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. Proceeds benefit Gift of Life Family House.

Ryan MacNamara plays Jack, the deceased donor. His ghost is ever-present on stage. MacNamara...

Theater Review:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

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Better ‘Angels’: Civic presents 20th anniversary production of landmark Tony, Pulitzer Prize-winning play

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Sanders saw the writing on the wall.

Or, more accurately, he saw the poster on the wall.

“I was trying to think of a play for the end of season. Somebody else was doing one play. And we couldn’t get the rights to another.

“And I was sitting in my office. And I looked at the poster of ‘Angels in America.’ And I realized it would be the 20th anniversary of Civic’s production. And I thought, ‘Why don’t we do that?’”

Civic Theatre of Allentown produced...