Northwestern Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Honor invitation

Friday, March 22, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I made the mistake of accepting an invitation to a party that I would rather not attend. I only know the host and barely anyone else. As life would happen, I was then invited to another party that I’d rather attend on the same date. How do I get out of going to the first one?

Dear Reader,

You are jeopardizing your integrity. Keep your promises, even if it takes extra effort, and do the right thing.

You really must go to the one you first responded...

Annual ‘Bach Marathon’ March 24 at St. John’s Church, Allentown

Friday, March 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Hear several hours of Baroque music on one of the Lehigh Valley’s most magnificent organs when the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists holds its annual “Bach Marathon,” 3 - 7 p.m. March 24, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

Members and friends of the Guild perform music by Bach and composers who influenced or were influenced by Bach in 30-minute time slots.

The church’s organ is featured in several organ concerts as part of...

Healthy Geezer: Osteoarthritis supplements

Friday, March 22, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are glucosamine and chondroitin good for arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of the condition. An estimated 27 million adults in the United States live with osteoarthritis.

You get osteoarthritis when cartilage, the cushioning tissue within the joints, wears down. The disease affects both men and women. By age 65, more than 50 percent of us have osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

Osteoarthritis can affect...

Theater Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ tour de force at Civic

Monday, March 18, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Buyer & Cellar,” the one-man show through March 24, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown, features a highly-creative concept, an immensely funny script, a tour de force performance by Timothy Janovsky, and incredible stagecraft that ties the entire production together in a neat directorial package.

The off-Broadway hit was written by Jonathan Tolins, who was inspired to write his work of fiction after receiving a copy of the coffeetable book, “My Passion for Design,” which...

Umphrey’s McGee at The Peak

Monday, March 18, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who handles keyboards and vocals in the progressive rock jam band, looks forward to the 8 p.m. March 21 concert at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

“Penn’s Peak is one of the most stunningly-beautiful rooms we play,” says Cummins in a phone interview. “Fans can expect a show full of elite performances and inexplicably good times will abound.

“Penn’s Peak always goes off for us because we feel like it’s kind of a secret show for the most diehard of fans...

Movie Review: ‘Free Solo’: a real-life Spider-Man

Monday, March 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Free Solo” is the most astounding film of 2018.

If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” which received an Oscar for documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film is worth seeing in a movie theater on as large a screen as possible.

The film’s producton companies include National Geographic Documentary Films. The film was shown on TV’s National Georgraphic Channel.

The documentary details Alex Honnold’s successful 2017 attempt to be the first person to free-solo climb...

Concert Review: Bach ‘Youth Choirs Festival’ glorious at Zoellner

Monday, March 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 voices young and old rang out with glorious music during the Bach Choir of Bethehem’s “Youth Choirs Festival” at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Four youth choirs with more than 140 talented young singers joined members of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a delightful concert of music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and contemporary composers.

The Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Greg...

Northampton: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” arrives on the stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Nanny Mary Poppins flies into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London. With her multi-talented friend Bert, Mary brings magic and common sense to siblings Jane and Michael Banks, and to their dysfunctional parents as well.

“The musical ‘Mary Poppins’ includes the spectacular story and magic of the original movie, and...

Catasauqua: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes” cruises to the stage, 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

“Anything Goes” is about the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Cocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

“...