Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

DiBussolo brings melodies of love to Valentine’s ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Frank DiBussolo and the Philly Reunion Group return to Miller Symphony Hall’s “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 with “Wine, Women, and Song,” a melange of Valentine’s Day weekend-themed tunes for music lovers.

DiBussolo, a veteran jazz guitarist and eight-time Grammy nominee, has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Diana Ross, among others. He has been a featured soloist with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Lester Lannin and a long list of others.

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, February 16, 2019 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, Feb. 13: Roast pork w / gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled applesauce.

Thursday, Jan. 14-Valentine’s meal: Chicken stuffed w/ broccoli and cheese, rice pilaf, Waldorf salad, strawberry creme shortcake.

Friday, Feb. 15: Baked meatloaf w/gravy, scalloped potatoes, flame roasted corn, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Theater Review: Farce shines in ‘Moon’ at Pa. Playhouse

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Lots of farce, a little slapstick and an ample serving of comic mayhem are back on the stage at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, in “Moon Over Buffalo,” through Feb. 24.

The latest offering is one of two dozen award-winning plays and musicals written by Ken Ludwig, who also penned “The Fox on the Fairway” and “Crazy for You,” both of which were produced by the Playhouse last season.

Movie Review: Not a ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Favourite” has extensive use of the fisheye camera lens.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that achieves visual distortion. The resulting image is that of a panoramic or hemispherical view.

In “The Favourite,” rooms, columns, and even people often appear curved. The fisheye lens is not used in every scene. Extreme closeups are also used to great effect, such as for Emma Stone’s captivating eyes.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Valentine To Jazz: The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group returns to Miller Symphony Hall for the “Jazz Upstairs” series with the concert, “Wine, Women And Song,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. The quartet includes, in addition to DiBussolo, guitar; Dave DePalma, woodwinds; Bruce Kaminsky, bass, and Lorenzo Branca, drums. DiBussolo, a professional musician since 1965, has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll and Vicky Carr. As a soloist, he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lester Lannin.

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Noises Off’ gets the laughter on

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Noises Off,” through Feb. 24 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown, is a madcap romp through the clichés of farcical comedy and slapstick, with some very inventive twists.

In each of the three acts of “Noises Off,” cast members perform the first act of a play-within-the play, a sex farce titled “Nothing On.”

No chance to get bored, though. The audience views each Act One from a different perspective: onstage rehearsal, backstage shenanigans and on- and off-stage performance chaos.

Healthy Geezer: Allergies, sinusitis, hair

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens, which are substances that trigger an allergic response.

The usual schedule is one shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you’ll need one shot about once a month for three to five years.

Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps.

Respectfully Yours: Personal space in line

Friday, February 8, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I get very uncomfortable when I’m standing in a line and the person behind me is standing too close. When I try to put a little distance between me and the other person, the person always seem to move closer. How close should you stand next to someone in a line?

Dear Reader,

When a person is within arm’s reach, or even worse, close enough to feel their breath, they are in your personal space.

Anytime someone steps across that invisible line, it’s natural to feel uneasy and uncomfortable.

Review: ‘The Upside’

Friday, February 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.

Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.

Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.