Bethlehem Press

Thursday, September 21, 2017

34th annual Musikfest record attendance put at nearly 1.2 million

Friday, August 25, 2017 by The Press in Focus

A record number of performances and performers, several new programming elements and mostly cooperative weather conditions combined for a record turnout for the 34th annual Musikfest, Aug. 4-13.

Attendance at the 2017 festival, presented by the nonprofit ArtsQuest, was 1,196,000, up 25 percent from 957,000 in 2016, according to ArtsQuest officials. The 2017 attendance tops the previous all-time attendance record of 1,152,000 set in 2008 and equaled in 2009.

Camp Crane artifacts sought for Fair display

Friday, August 25, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Artifacts from World War I are being sought to enhance a commemorative exhibit about the Camp Crane ambulance training facility at the Allentown Fairgrounds from 1917-1919.

The Great Allentown Fair is hoping community members’ attics, basements or even home display units may have some relics of World War I that could add to its exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of when the Fairgrounds in the west end of the city was converted into a World War I ambulance training and mobilization facility.

Auditions set for

Friday, August 25, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Auditions for MunOpCo Music Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical “White Christmas” are 7 - 9 p.m. Sept. 17 and 7 - 9 p.m. Sept. 19, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Call backs are Sept. 21.

Rehearsals are Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday starting Oct. 1 with an additional rehearsal added closer to the show. Performances are Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of show. Bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No CDs or a cappella.

Movie Review: ‘Glass Castle’

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Glass Castle” is a difficult, if rewarding, film.

Among its attributes are Oscar nominee-worthy performances by Woody Harrelson as Rex Walls; Naomi Campbell as his wife, Rose Mary Walls, and Brie Larson as one of their four children, daughter, Jeannette Walls.

The film is based on the 2005 best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” written by Jeannette Walls about her poverty-stricken upbringing by an alcoholic father and an eccentric mother in West Virginia. And that’s only part of the story.

Healthy Geezer: skin care

Friday, August 25, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do wrinkle creams work?

The American Academy of Dermatology says that over-the-counter wrinkle creams do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved prescription tretinoin cream to treat aging skin. In addition, the FDA has also approved lasers for skin treatment.

Tretinoin cream, which is a vitamin A derivative, is sold under the brand names Altinac, Atralin, Avita, Renova, Retin A Micro Gel, Retin-A and Tretin-X.

The Voices: Pentatonix a cappella sound to ring out at Allentown Fair

Friday, August 25, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than six million albums in the United States alone and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at sold-out shows around the world.

The five-some, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Moldanodo, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, got its start after appearing on the reality TV competition show, “The Sing-Off,” devoted solely to a cappella groups. Pentatonix won the competition and was awarded $200,000 and a recording contract.

Lehigh Valley classic Allentown Fair marks 165-year milestone

Friday, August 25, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair, a Lehigh Valley classic for 165 years, will soon welcome thousands of visitors to its big-name outdoor concerts, rides, games, novelty attractions, food and, most importantly, a splendorous showcase of products from the region’s farms, gardens and homes.

One of the United State’s Top 50 fairs kicks off Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 4, Labor Day, the unofficial end-of-summer holiday.

Fair organizers are touting the milestone-year event as “The Pick of the Season,” saving the best of what summer has to offer for last.