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Monday, February 19, 2018

Slide-lecture on

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus


In celebration of the Pennsylvania-German holiday, “Groundhog Day,” anthropologist Dr. William Donner of Kutztown University will present a slide-lecture, “Ethnic & American: Three Centuries of Pennsylvania German Experience,” 1 p.m. Feb. 3, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Dr. Donner’s talk offers a fascinating look at the process by which the Pennsylvania-Germans maintained their unique culture while becoming American,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Ethics talks

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics continues its 2017-18 “Troubling Truth” programming, with talks at 7 p.m., Miller Forum, Moyer Hall. The talks are free and open to the public.

Sa’ed Atshan, “Palestinian Christians: Past, Present and Future,” Feb. 1. Sa’ed Atshan teaches peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College.

Elaine McMillion Sheldon, “Perception of Truth,” Feb. 12. The talk includes a screening of “Heroin(e),” a Netflix documentary short she directed.

There’s a ‘BrouHaHa’ at Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

There’s a “BrouHaHa” at Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

“BrouHaHa” will be performed 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Feb. 4 by Happenstance Theater at Touchstone Theatre.

The Happenstance Theater has always wanted to perform a play featuring clowns. “BrouHaHa” is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

“As a company, we wanted to make a clown show. We have theatrical clowns in a lot of works, but we hadn’t explored the show that emphasized the clown aspect,” Happenstance Theater co-artistic director and performer Sabrina Mandell says in a phone interview.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Old folkies: “Lonesome Traveler,” the concert version of the Off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating … revelatory … and ... achingly beautiful,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 3, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, appears in the show. The show celebrates the music of folk artists. including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, as well as The Byrds, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Don McLean, James Taylor, Van Morrison, and Leonard Cohen.


Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Eunice Cataline, of Maryville, Tenn., and Raymond Shive, of Macungie, announce their New Year’s Eve engagement.

Ray and Eunice first knew each other 40 years ago when her family was a member of the Spruce Head Community Church, Spruce Head, Me.

Ray was pastor of the church at that time. Eunice remained very close to the Shive family in the following years.

The bride-elect is recently retired from Concern, an employee assistance program of Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville.

Respectfully Yours: Valentine gift

Friday, January 26, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

How do you determine what type of Valentine’s Day gift to buy for your significant other? Does the gift depend on the length of the relationship? I’d appreciate your thoughts for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas. I struggle each year to get the sentiment right.

Dear Reader,

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people.

What you plan depends on how long you’ve been together and how serious the relationship is.

De Biase:

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Terry and Tony De Biase of Upper Macungie Township will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 28 at Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield, North Whitehall Township, with their family in attendance.

The couple was married Jan. 25, 1958.

They moved to the Lehigh Valley from Staten Island, N.Y., on March 17, 1973.

They raised two daughters and have four grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Tony worked for Mack Trucks and Terry worked for Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

‘Art of Circus’ spans hundreds of years

Friday, January 26, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

At his core, lead producer and creator Tad Empage has a deep passion and appreciation for the arts.

“I’ve always been interested in the arts,” Empage explains in a phone interview. “I was a painter when I first arrived in New York City, started getting involved in theater. Art has always been with me, even before performing arts became my career. I wanted to honor the visual arts in which we find in life.”

Empage conceptualized “Art of Circus,” which will be presented at 8 p.m. 26, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.