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Sunday, March 18, 2018

For 70th anniversary, ‘My Father’s Dragon’ roars onto stage

Friday, March 16, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

In celebration of the book’s 70th anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the beloved “My Father’s Dragon” to the stage, 2 p.m. March 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Enchantment Theatre Company Artistic Directors Landis Smith, his wife Jennifer Smith, and Leslie Reidel collaborated to adapt author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s three tales of nine-year-old Elmer Elevator and Boris the Dragon.

The show’s score is by Charles Gilbert, composer of Enchantment’s “Peter Rabbit...

Emmaus: ‘West Side Story’

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The iconic musical “West Side Story” comes to the Emmaus High School stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24, and 2 p.m. March 25, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

Director Jill Kuebler also produces the Emmaus High School production, assisted by musical director and choreography coordinator Rita Cortez, choreographer Luke Csordas, pit orchestra conductor Doug Bolasky, costume designer Lori Ross, and sound and lighting designer Dave...

Healthy Geezer: warts and all

Friday, March 16, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can you get rid of warts with duct tape?

For starters, check with your doctor before beginning any self-treatment for warts. You might mistake another kind of skin growth for a wart and hurt yourself.

The jury is still out on duct-tape therapy for warts. A recent study showed that duct tape wiped out more warts than conventional freezing did. In this study, warts were covered with duct tape for six days. Then, the warts were soaked in warm water and rubbed with an abrasive...

Lydian String Quartet

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis University, performs at 3 p.m. March 18, Faith United Church of Christ, 5992 Route 378 South, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem concert program is Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12”; Janacek’s “String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters),” and Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1.”

Tickets: at the door:

Oscar contest winner

Friday, March 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.

Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The...

Dropkick Murphys’ Celtic punk

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys, ring in Saint Patrick’s Day early, 7:30 p.m. March 12, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg.

The band’s singles, “Tessie” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” brought them international fame. The latter song was featured in the 2006 four-time Academy Award-winning movie, “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” went on to become a platinum-selling single.


Salisbury: ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Salisbury High School presents “Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical comedy inspired by “The Princess and the Pea,” a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Show times are 7 p.m. March 15, 16, 17 and 3 p.m. March 18, auditorium, Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.

The show, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, opened on Broadway in 1959.

Will Windsor Erwin directs the...

Shirley Binkley: She tells it like it is, in rhyme

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It seems to Lehigh Valley author Shirley Binkley that everything she thinks about or experiences turns into a poem.

Actually, more than 300 and counting.

At 82, Binkley has published her first book of poems, “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood,” a compilation of 198 poems written during the past two decades.

How it all got started is a story in itself.

“My writing began on a dare,” Binkley recalls.

Binkley was an executive secretary at Air Products...