Northwestern Press

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ lots of fun at Munopco

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” is one of those fun musicals: serious, but not too serious, frivolous, but not too frivolous, and nearly all-singing and all-dancing, from beginning to end.

It’s fun in the sense that the stage musicals “Hairspray” (2003) and “Bye Bye Birdie” (1960) are fun. You can’t help but get caught up and depart with a smile on your face.

Munopco Music Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” in its Lehigh Valley community theater debut, through Oct. 20 at Scottish Rite...

Movie Review: Judging ‘Judy’

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Judy” is a marvelous and complex biographical portrait of movie icon and pop singer Judy Garland.

The movie is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Judy Garland, best-known for her starring role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and her rendition in that movie of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a song with which she would always be identified.

Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, June 10, 1922, died at age 47 on June 22, 1969, in London from an apparent accidental barbiturate...

Broadway legends: Allentown Symphony Pops salutes Sondheim, Webber

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Two of the greatest living composers of Broadway theater music will be honored by the Allentown Symphony Pops by featuring three musical veterans, including a Tony winner and the actor who portrayed the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 2,000 times.

The “ASO Pops Series,” with the orchestra conducted by Ronald Demkee, presents “The Best of Broadway: A Tribute to Sondheim & Lloyd Webber,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The soloists are Tony...

Kacper Abolik in Baum exhibition

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.

His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides...

Ilene Hochberg Wood handbag collection in museums’ ‘Pursenoality’ exhibitions

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

When Ilene Hochberg Wood’s mother gifted her a little red handbag as a child, there was no way to know that the bag would become the basis of a world-class collection.

Now, years after the first bag that started it all, a portion of Wood’s collection is being displayed in several museums

“PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History,” opening Oct. 11, will showcase more than 400 handbags at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and Moravian Museum...

Festival Unbound schedule

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Festival UnBound continues through Oct. 13.

Ticketed events include “Prometheus/Redux,” “A Joyful Noise,” “To Hunt a Wild Utopia” and “The Secret.” A limited number of Pay What You Will tickets are available for these events.

Events that are Pay What You Will, with a suggested ticket price, include “Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors,” “Beyond Utopia” and “Starry-Eyed.”

Free events include “Homecoming,” Opening and Closing ceremonies, Sustainability Forum and...

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, October 9: Barbecue pork croquette w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, Capri blend vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, ambrosia.

Thursday, October 10: Chicken pot pie, peas and carrots, tossed salad w/ French dressing, fresh biscuit w/ margarine, dark sweet...

Fellowship Community, ArtsQuest present dementia improv program

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Fellowship Community, a continuing care retirement community, is partnering with ArtsQuest to present a dementia improv program for care partners of those with dementia.

The “Dementia Improv Program” is at 7 p.m. Oct, 21, Zentz Community Center, Fellowship Community, 3020 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

To register: FellowshipCommunity.com.

The collaborative program will include a review of the symptoms of dementia and an interactive learning experience using improv...