Bethlehem Press

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Philadelphia children’s TV show star has movie costumes from legendary collection in Allentown Art Museum exhibition

Friday, November 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The exhibit is “Designing Hollywood.”

It’s really Gene London’s Hollywood.

The exhibit, subtitled “Golden Age Costumes from the Gene London Cinema Collection,” through Dec. 22, Allentown Art Museum, includes 60 vintage costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood movies, including those worn by Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Charlton Heston, James Cagney and many more.

Movie Review: ‘Addams Family’: Snap, snap

Friday, November 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

At the Addams Family household, it’s Halloween all-year-round.

“The Addams Family” animation feature film celebrates that, especially with the theme song.

You know: That rolling melody (dah, dah ... dah, dun) and then two snaps of the fingers.

It was the theme song, written by Vic Mizzy, for “The Addams Family” TV show (1964 - 1966).

The theme song has been a part of pop culture for 55 years. The Addams Family characters have been with us for 81 years.

Snap, snap.

The Family Project: Haunted house scary, not traumatic

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 4-year-old loves scary Halloween displays in stores, so I took him to a haunted house that I thought was kid-friendly. It wasn’t. I covered his eyes and we ran out as soon as we could. He told me he saw horrible things. I tried to tell him it was all fake. Did I scar him for life?

“No, you have not scarred you child for life,” panelist Mike Ramsey said. He said the mother may be experiencing guilt feelings for having made a decision that resulted in an emotional reaction from her child. “Was it scary for the four-year-old?” Ramsey asked. “Yes, but not traumatic.”

‘Second Sunday’ concert

Friday, November 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

UNITARIAN LV:

Neil Kirkwood’s Blue Invention Trio performs 3 p.m. Nov. 10, “Second Sunday Concert Series,” second-floor sanctuary, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

The Trio features Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes; Tim Harrison, flute and piano, and Ron Horton, flugelhorn.

Concert guests may meet the artists at a post-concert reception.

Tickets: at the door; concertseries.uuclvpa.org; 610-866-7652

Respectfully Yours: How to be gracious Thanksgiving dinner host

Friday, November 8, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This year, I host my first Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. I have my recipes and menu ready, but I am not sure what other details I should consider. Can you please provide tips for being a gracious host?

Dear Reader,

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year and it can be daunting whether it’s your first time hosting or your 20th time.

Curtain Rises: ‘Into the Woods’ challenges Muhlenberg College students

Friday, November 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An alternative title for “into the Woods” could be “Into the Id.”

As defined in Sigmund Freud’s theoretical construct of the psyche, the id is uncoordinated instinctual desires, the super-ego is critical and moralizing, and the ego is the realistic mediator between the two.

There’s a lot of that back and forth going on with the characters in “Into the Woods.”

That’s just for openers in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,” accurately described as “a darkly comic re-envisioning of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales.”

Theater Review: Get ‘Into the Woods’ at Muhlenberg College Theatre

Friday, November 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into the Woods” at Muhlenberg College is a pristine production of the classic musical.

Through thoughtful set and lighting design, a fine performance by the 15-piece orchestra and superb singing and acting by Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre & Dance Department students, “Into the Woods,” through Nov. 3, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, merits serious attention from fans of the American musical theater.

Civic Theatre launches $1.1-mllion ‘Kapital for Kids’ campaign

Friday, November 1, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown patrons heard Broadway tunes from Civic’s brand-new Civic Show Choir and took tours of the second floor of the Nineteenth Street Theatre Oct. 21 when the nonprofit theater kicked off the third and final phase of its capital campaign.

“Kapital for Kids” aims to raise $1.1 million to replace second-floor windows, renovate and modernize the classroom-rehearsal studios and the costume shop, and preserve and weatherize the Ninteenth Street Theatre façade.