Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

Concert Review: Elton John ‘Yellow Brick Road’ farewell all you could imagine and more at PPL Center, Allentown

Monday, September 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For Elton John, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour” began Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, no less, at the PPL Center, where the superstar and his band, staff and crew holed up for nearly a week to assemble, rehearse and present what is a spectacular retrospective of the iconic pop-rock singer-performer-composer’s 50-year career.

The 24-song, 2-hour, 40 min. concert (by my count) was, by turns, intimate (Sir Elton’s chatty introductions to nearly every song), gargantuan (the...

Article By: DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

‘Zarathustra’ has a lot to say

for Allentown Symphony fans

With the start of September comes the start of another Allentown Symphony Orchestra season.

The professional orchestra performs pops and classical concerts from September through May at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Whatever we are performing, it is always a lot of fun for myself, musicians, and audience.

This year, we begin the season in a very dramatic way. Many people remember director Stanley...

Steven Wright a comedian for the social media age

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Steven Wright is a comedian for the social-media age.

One would be hard-pressed to find another individual so adept for an internet platform like Twitter where brevity is key and wit equals followers.

Steve Wright performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to kick off the 2018-19 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton,

Lucky, at least, for fans of keen observational humor, Wright has stayed on the path of the one-liner.

The quick one-two punch has been a comedic...

Musicians, dancers, artists to present Elton John tribute in Allentown

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”

You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.

Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are...

Respectfully Yours: Forever home

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I are beginning our search for our forever home. We have started going to open houses and I have some questions about some of the dos and don’ts of open-house courtesy. Can I take photos? Is it OK to look in the closets? Should we take our shoes off? Can you please help us avoid the awkward faux pas of house hunting?

Dear Reader,

Open houses can be a fun way to identify what you want in a home, and there are certainly some things you should...

Auditions

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

BACH CHOIR:

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will hold new-member auditions by appointment: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 4; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 6, and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sept. 8, Heckewelder House, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Singers accepted participate in five concerts in the 2018-19 season, the 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival, and may participate in “Bach to School” and “Bach at Noon” educational programs.

Weekly rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mondays, First...

The Family Project: Walking to school

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We live just under a mile from my daughter’s elementary school, and last year we drove her to school every day. This year she will be in third grade, and she wants to walk to school with some friends. Do you think that in this day and age this is safe?

“For one thing, it depends on who are these friends, and where do they live,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said. “I’d like to say, ‘Yes, it’s safe,’ but it also depends on the location where the children will be walking, and if there are...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, September 5: BBQ beef rib-a-que, roasted potato, green beans, banana.

Thursday, September 6: Pulled pork, warm bean salad, creamy spinach, applesauce.

Friday, September 7: Cheese ravioli with meatballs, Brussels sprouts, apricots.

Monday, September 10: Vegetable lasagna w/ meat sauce, Mediterranean vegetables, cinnamon apples.

Tuesday, September 11: Potato crusted fish, brown rice, peas and carrots, fresh orange...

Healthy Geezer: bariatric surgery

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m 69-years-old and I’m considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?

There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.

Obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.

Surgery is an extreme measure for...