Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Concert Review: Jake Shimabukuro: To the ukulele and beyond

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Armed with just a ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro captivated a capacity crowd Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Shimabukuro is probably the best-known virtuoso of the four-stringed instrument, taking it to unforeseen heights despite its range of only two octaves.

Dressed in a gray T-shirt and red pants, Shimabukuro had a friendly, low-key manner onstage, telling a number of stories throughout the one hour and 45-minute concert.

Theater Review: A ‘Tartuffe’ for the ages at DeSales’ Act 1

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Theater department student performers are not unlike student athletes.

Student basketball and football teams coalesce in a given year and go on to divisional, regional, state and even national championships.

The analogy doesn’t end at records of points scored per season, career statistics or championship trophies.

While there are contests for student thespians and productions, student actors more often depend on audience applause, well-attended performances and the odd glowing theater review as benchmarks.

Do the Freddys: Get your tickets now to attend region’s high school musicals

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The road to the Freddys begins deep in winter when trees are bare and concludes in spring when flowers are in bloom.

The 2020 Freddy Awards program leads up to a three-hour ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, that’s telecast live on WFMZ and streamed on wfmz.com.

The adjudication of musicals presented at the 29 participating schools begins about three months earlier in late February.

Not only judges are on the road to the Freddys. Students and parents are, too.

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, February 19: Lasagna soup, marinated turkey cutlet, rosemary red potatoes, broccoli florets, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, February 20: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, chilled applesauce.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, February 21, 2020 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 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section begins its annual preview series.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is telecast live on WFMZ and wfmz.com.

For a list of the 29 participating high schools, musicals, performances and ticket information: TheLehighValleyPress.com; freddyawads.org

Movie Review: ‘Bombshell’ lives up to title

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of the movie, “Bombshell,” might remind classic movie buffs of 1940s’ pinup star Betty Grable, movie star Jane Russell, or 1950s’ Hollywood movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

There are several movies with the title, “Bombshell,” going back to 1933, and including at least four other feature movies.

And there was “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017). Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star, is credited with helping develop radar systems during World War II that are said to have led to the development of the internet.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, February 19: Barbecue pork patty, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.

Thursday, February 20: Egg and cheese baked Monterey, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole wheat dinner biscuit, fresh dinner roll.

Friday, February 21: Mexican baked chicken, chuck wagon corn, black beans, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

Monday, February 24: Open face hot pork sandwich, split pea soup, mashed potatoes, orange.

The Family Project: Balancing work, child-care a full-time job

Friday, February 21, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I work full-time. After school, it is always a scramble to pick-up and drop-off for activities, and find time to feed my three children, 8, 10 and 13. Then it’s the evening routine with homework, etcetera. We all get tired and impatient when there is any glitch that throws off our schedule. How can I have more patience?

“How to be more patient isn’t the way to phrase the question,” panelist Mike Ramsey said. “The question should be ‘How do I deal better with stress?,’” Ramsey said.

NORTHWESTERN: ‘All Shook Up’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“All Shook Up” roars onto the stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

“It’s a fun story based on ‘Twelfth Night’ set to Elvis [Presley] music. Taking the 1950s’ Elvis movie themes about the bad boy with the heart of gold changing the town with his music. A rollicking toe-tapping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping time,” says Director Bill Mutimer, Northampton Community College Theater Department Chair and Artistic Producing Director for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.