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Friday, April 19, 2019

The Family Project: Home-alone

Friday, April 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. At what age is it safe to leave your child alone? My husband thinks that it is OK to leave our 10-year-old son home alone while we go out for a few hours. I think he is too young. Are there guidelines for this situation?

The panel pointed out that there are only three states that have laws regulating a minimum age for leaving a child alone: Illinois, age 14; Maryland, age 8; Oregon, age 10.

“The ages are all over the place,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

“Which explains...

‘Kinky Boots’ national tour to prance onto State stage

Friday, April 5, 2019 by REBEKAH HAWK in Focus

“Kinky Boots” prances its way to Easton’s State Theatre for the Arts, 2 and 8 p.m. April 6.

The Tony Award-winning musical is inspired by a true story. The show’s book is by four-time Tony Award recipient Harvey Fierstein. Songs are by Cyndi Lauper, who became the first woman, without a writing partner, to receive a Tony Award for best score.

In the musical, Charlie Price is torn between pursuing his dream of London city life or saving his late father’s bankrupt shoe factory in...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, April 5, 2019 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 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section concludes its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...

Nazareth: ‘Curtains’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

There’s murder afoot on the stage with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, 7 p.m. April 11 and 12; 2 and 7 p.m. April 13, and 2 p.m. April 14, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

Boston police detective and theater fan Lieutenant Frank Cioffi investigates the demise of the leading lady of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” on opening night in 1959. While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew from the show, Cioffi...

William Penn talk

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Andrew R. Murphy will speak about and sign copies of his new book, “William Penn: A Life,” 1 p.m. April 6, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“William Penn: A Life” is the first major biography of Penn in more than 40 years and the first to make full use of William Penn’s private papers. Murphy is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University who has authored or co-authored four other books and...

Respectfully Yours: Hospitality

Friday, April 5, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was out to dinner with my husband, and the owner of the restaurant came over to our table to talk. The owner is an old friend of my husband. I had never met him. Initially, it seemed fine but I became quickly uncomfortable. The owner stood at the center of our table and kept his back to me. He did not make any effort to acknowledge me. I sat there not sure what to do and clueless as to how to jump into the conversation. What do you do when someone does not...

Sandberg brings a wealth of talent to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Steve Sandberg Quartet visits the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Sandberg is a three-time Grammy Award-winning composer and a pianist with a wealth of experience in a variety of music genres.

He’s joined by Rob Thomas, violin; Michael O’Brien, bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli, drums.

Says Sandberg, “Everyone in the band is a virtuoso.”

Sandberg grew up in Brooklyn and began classical piano...

Dieruff: ‘Once on This Island’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Once on This Island” brings the tropics to the stage, 7 p.m. April 25, 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 27, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

Based on the novel “My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical tells the story of a kind-hearted peasant girl living on a Caribbean island and her attempts to bring different social classes together through the power of love.

“This is a production you will not want to miss,” says Sarah...

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

The Sinfonia, conducted by Sinfonia Music Director Allan Birney, welcomes the Philadelphia quartet as featured...