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Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Thursday, October 26, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

‘The Lion’ roared at Pa. Playhouse

Two things became clear to me in the first few moments of attending “The Lion in Winter” at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

First, that some of Bethlehem’s most talented actors were brought in to bring this medieval narrative to life, truly breathing fresh air into some familiar-feeling characters.

Second, The Pennsylvania Playhouse has such a fantastic reputation for a reason.

Spend ‘Sunday in the Park’ with Sondheim at Muhlenberg

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Director James Peck was always a fan of Stephen Sondheim’s theatrical work, well before he had the chance to present “Sunday in the Park with George,” one of the playwright’s best-known works.

“Sunday in the Park with George” runs Oct. 27 through Nov. 5, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

“[Sondheim’s] work has a musical complexity to it that’s rare in theater music,” explains Peck. “Light, rich sounds in a chromatic scale, and the rhythmic structures are complicated.”

Female Filmmaker Roundtable set

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus

From Emmy winning producers to filmmakers who have played roles in major productions like “John Wick 2,” “House of Cards” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” the Female Filmmaker Roundtable at the ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, shines the spotlight on local women who are having a powerful impact on the nation’s film industry.

Healthy Geezer: Tai chi class

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. They’re starting a tai chi class at our senior center. Do you think this is worth taking?

Tai chi (pronounced tie-chee) has helped many people feel better. However, you should check with your doctor first to see if this form of exercise is OK for you.

Tai chi is practiced all across China, where it was developed in the 12th century. It’s common in Chinese hospitals and clinics.

In Asia, tai chi is considered to be the most beneficial exercise for older people, because it is gentle and can be modified easily if a person has health limitations.

Respectfully Yours: dinners

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Editor’s Note: Respectfully Yours is a new column on etiquette that will appear in the Focus section of Lehigh Valley Press.

Q. Recently I went on a business dinner with a client that I’ve been trying to connect with for a long time. The meeting was going smoothly up to when our dinner was served. Both my client and I ordered steak as the main entree.

My steak was served well-done but I ordered it rare, so naturally I sent it back. It took longer than I thought to redo my steak and it ended up being served a half hour later.

8 DAYS A WEEK Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by The Press in Focus

One fine concert:Shirley Alston Reeves, above, of The Shirelles (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”) performs with the “Original Stars Of American Bandstand,” 8 p.m. Oct. 28, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The lineup of legends from the popular “American Bandstand” TV show includes The Chiffons (“One Fine Day”), Brian Hyland (“Sealed With A Kiss”), Chris Montez (“Let’s Dance”) and Merrilee Rush (“Angel Of The Morning”), all backed by The Killer Vees.

Healthy Geezer: Massage therapy

Friday, October 20, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does massage do anything besides make you feel relaxed?

Massage therapy, or massage, was first used thousands of years ago. Ancient writings include references to massage in Greece, Japan, China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.

Massage became popular in the United States during the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, advances in medicine overshadowed massage treatment. Then, massage started a revival in the 1970s.