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12th annual ABEs salute Lehigh Valley stage: Theater continues to draw crowds, entertain audiences

Friday, December 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With so many platforms competing for your time and dollar, the depth, range and success of the platform that is Lehigh Valley stage is rather remarkable.

Yes, theater is live and well and entertaining in the Lehigh Valley.

In its 90th year, Civic Theatre of Allentown continues its “The Next Act” capital campaign. For its 26th season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set new attendance records. Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre filled its venues for its 37th season. In its...

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Friday, December 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The very title, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is a teaser. No spoiler alert here, but, whether you’re an intense fan or casual fan of “Star Wars,” be prepared to be moved by the latest in what is the greatest science-fiction movie franchise on the planet.

“The Last Jedi” hits all the tropes in a multi-generational, ethnically-diverse and multiple-storyline movie that not only has spectacular space battle sequences (the opening sequence is textbook phenomenal) and exciting martial arts...

Focus reviewed 35 plays in 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

There were 35 theater reviews of Lehigh Valley region stage shows published in 2017 in the Press newspapers and web sites.

The list includes the date the review was published and the name of the reviewer.

The theater reviews are archived on the Focus page of the Press web sites.

You can read the reviews by going to any of the eight Press web sites and doing a search by play title, theater group and-or date published:

Here’s the list...

A family Christmas: David Phelps brings hope of the season to State Theatre concert

Friday, December 22, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award winner David Phelps performs classic Christmas songs at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The former member of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band for 20 years will lend his powerful tenor to the sounds of the season.

“This is our nineteenth annual Christmas tour. I can’t believe I’ve been doing anything that long. Every year in November we pull out the Christmas music and dust it off and we come up with some new arrangements to add to it...


Friday, December 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Winter arrives: Lehigh Valley’s own Wizards of Winter, featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other rock powerhouses like Rainbow, Alice Cooper Band, and Ted Nugent Band, return to rock in the holidays with their own brand of Christmas magic, 4 p.m. Dec 17. State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. The 2 1/2-hour concert features new music from the groups’ third album along with progressive-rock favorites from the group’s self-titled 2014 debut album and 2015’s “The Magic of...

Review: ‘Wonder’

Friday, December 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Wonder” is a wonderful film that deals with the topic of bullying and should be seen by school students and families.

The film is not presented as an anti-bullying film per se and it is much more than that.

“Wonder” is about August “Auggie” Pullman, who has undergone 27 surgeries after he was born with mandibulofacial dystosis, known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.

“Wonder” is told from several points of view, highlighted by title cards of each character’s name and then,...

Respectfully Yours: Media

Friday, December 22, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I had a friend on social media who got carried away with political posts, and I ended up blocking the person. At the time, I felt relieved. A couple of weeks went by and I forgot all about this. Then I ran into my “blocked” friend at the grocery store. I wasn’t sure if I should say hello or pretend I didn’t see the person. In the moment, I decided to give a slight nod and hurried out of the store. I realize blocking the person wasn’t the smartest way to handle this....

Article By: LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press

Friday, December 22, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Sometimes it’s hard to be an animal lover and a gardener, especially when it comes to rabbits.

As cute as rabbits look hopping through your yard, they can really mow down your vegetables and annuals in the summer. Then in the winter, they set their sights on your woody ornamentals.

Rabbits harm woody plants by gnawing on bark or clipping off small branches and buds. When the ground is covered by snow for a long period of time, rabbits can severely damage your landscape. They...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, December 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Navy bean soup, Italian hoagie, vegetable chips, pasta salad, chilled peaches.

Thursday, Dec. 21 - Christmas meal: Chicken piccata, mashed red potatoes, petite green beans almondine, molded fruit salad, roll w/ butter, triple chocolate tiger cake.

Friday, Dec. 22: Cream of tomato soup, Tater Tot casserole, succotash, pickled beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

Monday, Dec. 25: Closed. Merry...