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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Healthy Geezer: ‘The New Mood Therapy’

Friday, October 19, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I find myself thinking one sad thought after another and it makes me depressed. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

Everyone gets depressed occasionally, but gloom should not be persistent in your life. Go to your doctor for a checkup. You might need medication or therapy.

The cause of your depression could be a physical illness, life events, personality problems, side effects from drugs or combinations of these elements. Your doctor’s choice...

Treasuring Whitney in ‘Greatest’ tribute

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Belinda Davids was 8, she chanced to hear her brother playing one of his LP records which featured the duet “Hold Me” by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The moment would make a lasting impression.

“It was the first time I heard her and I was struck,” Davids says of Houston. “There was something about the purity of her voice.”

Even at that young age, Davids says she also realized she could sing a lot like Houston.

In 2013, Davids beat out 15,000 other hopefuls...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, October 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Marinated chicken, Caesar salad, diced pears, oatmeal cookie.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Creamy Swedish meatballs, wheat pasta, green beans, tropical fruit.

Friday, Oct. 19: Peach glazed pork chops, mashed yams, cauliflower, fresh fruit.

Monday, Oct. 22: Alaskan white fish, brown rice, roasted beets, Mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: BBQ chicken breast, wheat pasta, roasted carrots, tropical fruit.

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Theater Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ dances to success for Civic reopening

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.

It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s exuberant production of “Billy Elliot The...

Movie Review: A director is born

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The vagaries of fame and the music business have been covered in story and song many times over.

The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (1967) pretty much said it all.

The Rolling Stones weighed in with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965).

Prominent in the music rags-to-riches story in cinema is, of course, “A Star Is Born”: 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and directed by Frank Pierson; 1954, Judy Garland and James...

Jumping for joy: Lehigh Valley premiere of Elton John musical, ‘Billy Elliot,’ reopens restored 19th St. Theatre

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical.

“Billy Elliot.”

“Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical.

Sanders saw “Billy Elliot” six times on Broadway. The musical,...

‘Broadway Tenors’ sound big with Symphony Pops

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In the 1990s, “The Three Tenors” were all the rage. Opera singers Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti had joined forces and created an operatic tenor super group.

Brent Barrett, who at the time had starred in numerous Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Grand Hotel,” thought he could use the same concept, but instead with some of the talented Broadway leading men he knew.

In 2000, Barrett launched “The Broadway Tenors” with...

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Tenors of our times: The Allentown Symphony Pops series presents “The Broadway Tenors: Ultimate Broadway,” 7:30 pm. Oct. 13, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Featured are Broadway show actors Brent Barrett (“Chicago”), Matt Cavenaugh (“West Side Story”) and Kyle Dean Massey (“Pippin”). Ronald Demkee, Pops Conductor, leads the symphony. The three tenors will sing songs from Broadway’s Golden Age. “Individually, each is a spectacular artist. Together, they present an infinite and kaleidoscopic...

Muhlenberg College, WMUH ring out at Libety Bell Museum

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End,...