Northwestern Press

Friday, August 23, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Hypnosis: Now read this

Friday, August 9, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. Can hypnosis help me to quit smoking?

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods said to be useful by an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The panel found that hypnosis may be helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviated anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures.

Hypnosis is also promoted to change undesirable behaviors, such as smoking...

Lancaster’s Big Boy Brass to hold forth at Zinzenplatz

Friday, August 9, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based brass band, performs at Musikfest, 5 p.m. Aug, 9, Guardian Insurance Company of America Zinzenplatz, Main and Lehigh streets, Bethlehem.

Big Boy Brass plays an eclectic genre-bending blend of high-energy rock, pop, funk and traditional jazz with a twist.

The ensemble includes Connor Devlin, sousaphone; Vincent Shickora, Ben Ewing, Nolan Wible, trumpets; Dominic Mascaro, trombone; Sam Yoder, trombone and guitar; Nick Franks and Paul Berry,...

The Family Project: Separated father

Friday, August 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a recently-separated single father with primary custody of my six-year-old daughter. Her mother has her every weekend and sees her weekly during activities and dinner. Her mother recently started dating a man and their posts on Facebook include them drinking and partying on weekends when she has our daughter. Should I be concerned?

This question has two somewhat connected issues to it, panelist Mike Ramsey said.

“One, the father is worried about the supervision of his...

Curtain Rises: Clair Freeman a natural to direct ‘Avenue Q’ at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Avenue Q” might not be your grandfather’s or grandmother’s musical. It could be your millennialist’s musical, though.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a professor at two colleges, I talk to a lot of young people,” says Clair M. Freeman, an adjunct faculty member in the Cedar Crest College performing arts department and the Northampton Community College theater department.

“This generation now has a new set of musicals. I grew up with ‘Oklahoma!’ The ones that excite them and the ones...

36th annual Musikfest brings more than 500 performances to Bethlehem

Friday, August 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There’s a new platz in town at the 36th annual Musikifest, Aug. 2-11, which kicks off Aug. 1 with “Preview Night.”

Zinzenplatz was chosen in a contest held by ArtsQuest, which presents Musikfest, to replace the name of Experienceplatz, Main and Lehigh streets, Bethlehem. Zinzenplatz honors Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf, daughter of Bethlehem founder Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf.

Musikfest, named the “Best Music Festival in North America” by USA Today’s 10best.com, is held in...

Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far from’ super

Friday, August 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is the equivalent of a 1950s science-fiction drive-in flick.

One big difference is that “Spider-Man: Far from Home” has a $160-million budget.

The budget for “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959) was $60,000.

In “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” there’s a student field trip, but this being the 21st century, rather than going to the area planetarium, as in “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), it’s a trip to Venice, Austria and Prague.

There’s a teen...

Last ‘Self-Portrait’ exhibition in Bethlehem Town Hall Rotunda

Friday, August 2, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission’s “Fifth Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition: The Last Picture Show,” an exhibition of works by 40 Lehigh Valley-based artists and non-artists continues through Aug. 8, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, Bethlehem.

Richard Begbie, James A. DePietro, Barbara Kozero and Vince Gentilcore curated the show, and provided works of their own. Artists, musicians, educators, and area residents who support or influence the arts were invited to participate.

The...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, August 2, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782 - 3254 for locations.

Wednesday, July 31: Oven baked chicken legs, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, fresh melon.

Thursday, August 1: Roast pork w/ sauerkraut, carrots, mashed potatoes, roll, baked apples.

Friday, August 2: Turkey a l’Orange with new potatoes, snap peas, roll, grapes.

Monday, August 5: Franks & beans, broccoli slaw, corn chowder, crackers, Greek yogurt.

Tuesday, August 6: Lemon pepper fish, stewed tomatoes,...