Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Respectfully Yours: Wine gift

Friday, November 24, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I enjoy hosting holiday meals for friends and family. Weeks in advance, I plan the menu and coordinate all the details to ensure a lovely time. But every holiday I am confronted with the same question: What is the proper etiquette when you have friends over and they bring a bottle of wine? I never know what to do when I am greeted with a big smile and handed a bottle of wine. Is the wine a gift, or is the host obligated to open the wine that night? I would like to...

Allentown Art Museum officials envision 21st century ‘Synergy’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Reaching into Arts Park, a crowd of hundreds soaked up the energy and excitement that flowed down the steps of the Allentown Art Museum, spilling onto Fifth Street when “The Big Reveal” was unveiled and an ambitious trajectory was set for the arts in the Lehigh Valley.

On a “Third Thursday,” a once-month center city Allentown arts destination event, it’s not a coincidence that Museum officials would reveal its strategic plan for the 21st century, drawing the curiosity and attention of...

Theater Review:

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pines Dinner Theatre has kicked off the Christmas season theatrical schedule with “Over the River and Through the Woods,” an original musical full of spirited songs, some good humor and lots of schmaltz. Performances continue through Dec. 23.

The show, written by Oliver Blatt, who also is co-producer with Stacey Yoder, features music and lyrics that are a collaborative effort between Blatt and Stacy Bechtel. The seven new songs, including “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “...

Early Learning

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Early Learning Center (ELC), holds an information session, 2 - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Lehigh Carbon Community College, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Preschool children ages 3-5, along with a family member, are invited to spend an hour exploring the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available.

The sessions begin and end with “Mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness.

Attendance is free. Registration is...

Zen is when at Symphony Hall

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You may not achieve nirvana but you can experience “The Music of Zen,” that is “The Music of Zen For Primates,” in the “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

When asked to characterize the group’s music, which has been dubbed “cabaret rock,” Krisukas, a founder, composer and guitarist of Zen For Primates, says, “I really can’t describe it. It’s too complex to explain in one sentence. Part of the approach from the beginning was to...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Korean comedy:Margaret Cho presents a standup comedy show, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem. Cho was born into a Korean family in San Francisco. She has performed in film, television, theater and music and is an author. Cho has received five Grammy Award nominations (two for music albums, “Cho Dependent” and “American Myth”) and an Emmy nomination for “30 Rock.” Cho created and starred in the ABC sitcom, “All-American Girl” (1994 - 95). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine named her...

LV Arts Council makes ‘ArtsCount’ via grants

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council made “ArtsCount with $39,711 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) grants awarded to 26 area artists, musicians and arts nonprofits.

ArtsCOUNT 2017, run by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, was held at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem.

“There are many stories about how the arts have made a difference in someone’s life,” said Lehigh Valley Arts Council executive director Randall Forte before he and grant coordinator Zach...