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THEATER REVIEW Civic's 'Next to Normal' is anything but

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.

It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.

"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.

This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and...

THEATER REVIEW DeSales Act 1 'Chicago' has all that sass

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Chicago" is as brash a musical as can be expected to be set in America's second-city, where crime, scandals and front-page newspaper headlines are second to none.

The musical, directed stunningly with that brash spirit by Dennis Razze, chair of theater, DeSales University, and Associate Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, continues 8 p.m. May 1 - 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 on the main stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley....

Monumental event in Catasauqua

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Dedication of the George Taylor House Monument, presented by Lehigh County in celebration of its 200th anniversary, is 1 - 4 p.m. May 5, opening day, George Taylor House 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua.

Events include:

Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard salute;

Sheckler Elementary School Band performance, 2 p.m.;

George Taylor House guided tours 2 - 4 p.m.;

May Day Maypole dances and crafts for children, 3 p.m.;

Springtime arts and crafts...

WESLEY

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muslims and Christians United holds a potluck supper and program, 6:30 p.m. May 2, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.

A panel of Muslims and Christians from Wesley Church, Moravian Academy and Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley will moderate the program. Information: muslimschristiansunited.org

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater, 1, 4 p.m. May 5, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Donate pet food to benefit the Sanctuary at Haafsville and receive a free child-price ticket to the show. Animals available for adoption at the Sanctuary will be on display in the State Theatre's Brown-Daub Gallery. Ticket information: 610-252-3132

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Dana Carvey, 8 p.m. May 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Emmy- award winning comedian is best known for his "Saturday Night Live" characters, including the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body-building duo; and Garth, Wayne Campbell's (Mike Myers) "Excellent Co-Host" in the sketch "Wayne's World." Ticket information: 610-252-3132

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

"Backyard" art: An opening reception for Elizabeth Johnson's "Backyard Painting," is 7 - 10 p.m. May 3, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition is composed of a colorful series of oil paintings, including "Bicycle Alley," above, depicting the cluttered alleys and backyards near Johnson's home in Easton. The reception is part of Bethlehem's First Friday, with receptions and events along Third and Fourth streets, including ArtsQuest's Banana Factory. Fox Gallery...

'The Place' for fine acting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Place Beyond The Pines" is a complex drama with three parallel plots telling three interlocking stories. Each is about an individual's choice, and the truth or consequences that result, depending on the choices made.

"Pines" is an indie film crime caper that is of chief interest for its clever if somewhat convoluted screenplay and a bevy of stellar performances by some of the United States' best hot young movie stars.

"The Place Beyond The Pines," directed by Derek...

106th Bethlehem Bach Festival schedule

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 3, 4, 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conductors the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

The Festival Brass Choir,...

Three e-mail bag questions answered

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. What is a normal body temperature?

Body temperature fluctuates during the day between 97 F and 99 F. When you wake up, your temperature is at the low end of the range. It increases as the day progresses.

The common standard for a "normal" temperature is 98.6 F. However, the range of normal is about one degree above or below 98.6.

An oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a rectal or ear temperature above 101 F is considered a fever in the majority of adults...