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She creates ‘Christmas Portrait’ of Karen Carpenter

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.

Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.

“It...

Group holds

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV WRITERS:

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) holds its “Writers Café Craft Discussion with Read & Critique,” 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Participants are invited to bring original pieces of about 500 words to read to the group. Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are welcome.

GLVWG aims to provide its members with a network of support and resources in...

Dwyer-Selig:

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Bill and Monica Dwyer of East Brunswick, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara, to Justin Selig, son of Brian and Karen Selig of Germansville, Heidelberg Township.

Tara is a 2011 graduate of East Brunswick High School and a 2015 graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Kutztown University.

Justin is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School and a 2012 graduate of...

Healthy Geezer: stress

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I don’t handle stress very well. I was wondering if you had any recommendations to deal with my problem.

The American Psychological Association reports that one-third of United States citizens are living with extreme stress. Money and work are the leading causes of stress for three quarters of Americans. Nearly half of Americans report that stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives.

We respond to stress with a “fight-or-flight” reaction. It’s our...

Slide-lecture

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

A slide-lecture, “Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

Drawing on more than 1,000 vintage photographs, the slide-lecture will re-create the spirit of awe and excitement that...

King of social-media comics brings it to the State

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

During winter, usually before a predicted snowfall, comedian Vic DiBitetto receives renewed attention. Although not a household name, DiBitetto has attained a cult following and an enviable road calendar that is booked through 2019.

The 56-year-old comic has managed to stay relevant in large part because of savvy use of social media. If you aren’t familiar with his stand-up, you may have seen him in the feature film, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” or perhaps you know him as the “bread and...

Theater Review: Laughter center stage in Civic’s ‘SantaLand’

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Featuring a single actor on a small black-box stage, “The SantaLand Diaries” boasts a level of intimacy that rivals the casual conversation you might have with people at home.

It often feels like the audience is chatting with the main character, David, as he rants and raves about his difficult and often hilarious work as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland in New York City in “The SantaLand Diaries,” through Dec. 17, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The actor, Jarrod...

Icing on the holiday: Allentown Symphony, Penguin skaters, choruses take to PPL Center

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

With the advent of the month of December, the mood around the country has changed. We have entered “the holidays,” a time when we look forward to spending time with family and friends, shopping for gifts, and perhaps relaxing and taking a little time off from work.

Sometimes during December, we get trapped in the bustle of errands, shopping, cleaning, and cooking, and we forget that really the most important thing we can do during this time of year is to spend time with the people we...

The Tenors of the season

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Ten Tenors is back in the United States for its December holiday tour, which includes a concert, “The Ten Tenors: Home For The Holidays,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Meistersingers of Southern Lehigh High School open the concert.

Following 20 years of sold-out performances across the globe, the vocal group’s 18-date tour of the East and Midwest has “pure electricity and undeniable drama,” according to the Los Angeles Times. With more...