Northwestern Press

Monday, July 16, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Incredibles 2’

Monday, June 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s just “Incredibles.”

Yes, the sequel, “Incredibles 2,” outdoes “Incredibles,” released nearly 15 years ago, in 2004.

“Incredibles 2,” as with many Disney-Pixar animation features films, is preceded by brief interviews with those who voice the characters, including Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr-Mr. Incredible) and Holly Hunter (Mrs. Parr-Elastigirl), who joke about the lag time between the original and its sequel.” To paraphrase, they promise, “It’s worth the wait.”


Fans choose their Poison at PPL Center

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

One of the United States’ legendary rock bands, and Pennsylvania’s own, Poison, takes the stage with the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018 Tour,” 7 p.m. June 24, PPL Center, Allentown.

Opening the concert are Pop Evil and Cheap Trick. The tour is to conclude July 1 at the Hard Rock Event Center, Hollywood, Fla.

Poison, a glam, hard-rock, heavy-metal band that started out in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, has continued to be one of the top acts in the music industry with multi-...

The art of Ellen Grim Harter in the Baum tradition

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A reception for “It’s All About Color,” more than 30 colorful works by Ellen Grim Harter on exhibit through July 6 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, will be held at 6-8 p.m. June 21, at The Baum School of Art, Allentown, as part of Allentown’s Third Thursday series.

As one of nine grandchildren of Walter Emerson Baum, who founded The Baum School of Art and was a founder of the Allentown Art Museum, Harter often watched the artist at work on his sketches and paintings...

ASO extends Wittry contract

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, has extended her contract with the Allentown Symphony Association for another three years, Board of Associates President Mike Torbert announced June 11.

“We are excited that she will be continuing to bring worldwide, aspiring artists and programs to the Lehigh Valley community,” Torbert stated in a press release.

Now in her 23rd season with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Wittry was named one of...

LV Stage: Summer Theater

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Tickets:; 610-282-9455

“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre

“Ragtime,” through July 1, Main Stage

“Twelfth Night,” June 21-July 15, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Baker Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion

2400 Chew St...

Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ocean’s 8” is slick escapist fun, fueled by terrific performances by the leading females in its cast.

The movie is a remake of the successful “Ocean” caper movies, which began in 1960 with the release of “Ocean’s 11,” which starred the so-called “Rat Pack” of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

A series of remakes, “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) starred an ensemble cast that included...

Allentown Band

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Allentown Band, the United States’ oldest civilian band, performs a free open-air concert, 6:30 p.m. July 14, Haines Mill, Haines Mill and Dorney Park roads, Cetronia, South Whitehall Township.

The concert, sponsored by the Lehigh County Historical Society which owns and operates Haines Mill, is at the public park at the mill.

Haines Mill will be open with free admission, 1 - 6 p.m. July 14, prior to the concert.

Concert attendees should bring a...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 20: Baked low salt ham, yams, asparagus, angel food cake.

Thursday, June 21: Chicken breast with creamy pesto sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple tidbits.

Friday, June 22: Crispy fish sandwich, wild rice blend, spinach, fresh fruit.

Monday, June 25: Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, broccoli, diced pears, sugar cookie.

Tuesday, June 26: Turkey Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, zucchini, fresh fruit.


Growing Green: Your garden bounty

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Growing your own fruit can be very rewarding, but a home orchard requires considerable care.

An orchard can be large or small. It can be an extensive planting of many fruit trees, a handful of small trees in the corner of your garden, or an espalier of fruit trees trained to a fence, trellis or wall.

Planting your own fruit trees give you the freedom to grow cultivars you like and produce fruit that is not available at the market. When fruit trees are carefully selected, sited...

Dancing in the seats: It’s summertime and the time is right for ‘Dirty Dancing’ musical

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Maybe you saw the movie “Dirty Dancing” with your friends when it opened in theaters in 1987, or maybe you became a fan when you saw it on television one night.

However you came to love “Dirty Dancing,” and you know who you are, there’s no denying the power of the iconic love story and the hold it has on fans’ hearts.

“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage,” with all of the music, romance and dancing of the movie, plus more, stops during its 30th anniversary North American...