Northwestern Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

PSF and ASO to co-present ‘Dream’ concert

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

After 144 performances of seven different productions presented over 55 days, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival concluded the 27th season with its rotating repertory of “Shakespeare in Love” and “King Richard II” and its “Extreme Shakespeare,” production of “All’s Well That Ends Well.”

The season concluded Aug. 5 at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus of DeSales University.

The Festival’s performances of seven productions over 10 weeks were...

Elton John ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ starting here in Allentown at PPL Center

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Yellow Brick Road begins in Allentown right at the PPL Center at Seventh and Hamilton.

That’s where Sir Elton John kicks off his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour.”

The buzz is already on the street.

Apparently, they’re building the Yellow Brock Road tour brick by brick, or at least semi tractor-trailer by semi tractor-trailer, some 20 of them, which pulled into center city Allentown Sept. 2 with the precious cargo.

“EJ’s stage is a monster”...

Theater Review

Friday, August 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Displayed on the back wall inside Bucks County Playhouse are posters and photos of productions and stars who appeared there over the years, including Grace Kelly, who made her acting debut at Bucks Playhouse in 1949 in playwright and uncle George Kelly’s “The Torchbearers,” and Robert Redford, in the 1963 world premiere at Bucks Playhouse of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park,” then called “Nobody Loves Me,” the first play ever directed by Mike Nichols.

And there’s “The Solid Gold...

Movie Review: ‘Finale’

Friday, August 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Operation Finale” is an important film that should be seen as much for its history-based story as for its presentation of that story.

The title refers to the “capture and extraction” of Adolf Eichmann, said to “the architect” of “The Final Solution,” in which 10 million, including 6 million Jews, were killed in The Holocaust, promulgated by the Nazi regime in Germany.

Oscar Isaac stars (he also is a producer of the film) as Peter Malkin, a real-life Israeli Mossad intelligence...

His direction: Niall Horan on his own world tour

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by JENNIFER SANTIAGO in Focus

With his “Flicker World Tour,” Niall Horan brings his new direction to The Great Allentown Fair for a Grandstand concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Opening the concert is Maren Morris.

Horan, 24, began his tour in March in Kerry, Ireland, and will conclude it in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the end of September.

He was the third of the members of One Direction to go solo and accomplish reaching the No. 1 album slot with “Flicker,” released in 2017, on the Billboard 200 chart.

Horan’s...

The Great Allentown Fair brings summer to a fun close

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 3, brings the summer season to a fun, entertaining and educational close with a lineup of Grandstand shows, farm exhibitions, arts and crafts contests, culinary demonstrations, midway rides and more at the Allentown Fairgrounds 17th and Chew and Liberty streets, Allentown. This year’s 166th edition of the Allentown Fair is sure to be another Lehigh Valley classic.

It’s Fluffy time: Gabriel Iglesias’ comedy set to delight fans at Fair

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by JENNIFER SANTIAGO in Focus

Stand-up comedian, actor and voice-over talent, Gabriel Jesus Iglesias, best-known for wearing Hawaiian shirts and his catch phrase, “I am not fat ... I am Fluffy,” is celebrating two decades in comedy with his “FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy,” which stops at 8 p.m. Aug. 30, Grandstand, The Great Allentown Fair, Allentown.

Iglesias says he is most excited about his stop at the Allentown Fair for the funnel cake and fried Oreos.

The Mexican-American comedian from...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Grandstand show: Sugarland returns to The Great Allentown Fair, where the group last performed in 2011, with a Grandstand concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 31. Opening the concert are Frankie Ballard and Lindsay Ell. Sugarland is an Atlanta, Ga., based country music duo of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles, lead vocals, and Kristian Bush, vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin. Sugarland’s first hit was in 2004 with “Baby Girl” from the multi-platinum debut album, “Twice The Speed Of Life.” The second album...

Mid-Atlantic Emmy

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ST. LUKE’S:

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the 2018 Emmy nominations, including “St. Luke’s Health Now - Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery.”

Individual nominees include: Ashley Russo, Executive Producer and host of “St Luke’s Now.”; Kenneth Szydlow, Executive Producer, and Kathryn Wallace, Director of photography.

“St. Luke’s Now,” which features St. Luke’s physicians discussing edge health topics, airs Monday...

The Family Project: Campsite caution

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We are going camping with our 14- and 16-year-olds at a campsite where there will be other teens. I remember what I did at their ages, and I would like to protect my children from some of the bad decisions I made. I want them to have fun, but I am concerned also. What can I do to protect them?

“As with everything else the panel has discussed, it starts with communication,” panelist Mike Daniels said. “The first thing the parents need to think about is whether or not they have...