Northwestern Press

Monday, May 27, 2019

Curtain Rises:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic’s ‘Fun Home’ puts the fun in dysfunction

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

Allentown Symphony lands ‘Moon’ concert at State Theatre

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s not the distance from the Earth to the Moon (on average, 238,855 miles), but the distance from Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton (approximately 16.5 miles via American Parkway and U.S. Route 22 East) requires a fair amount of logistics for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 4 “To The Moon And Back!” concert.

The concert asks the cosmic question: Where were you on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface?

Students go ‘Side by Side’ in Allentown Band concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When the phrase “Side by Side” is mentioned, one first might think of “Side by Side by Sondheim,” the 1977 Broadway revue of songs by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The title references the song, “Side by Side by Side,” from the Sondheim musical, “Company.”

The Lehigh Valley has its own “Side by Side” Allentown Band concert, 7:30 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Family Project: Teacher meeting

Friday, April 26, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son’s pre-school teacher called to set up a meeting with my wife and myself. The teacher said that she and his teachers are concerned about my son’s behavior. How can my wife and I prepare for this meeting?

The panel began its discussion by urging the parents to find out what the behaviors are that are of concern, so that the parents can discuss them before the meeting.

Ninth annual Littner lecture set for Central Moravian

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer, Director of the Portland, Ore., Institute for Loss and Transition and Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis, will present “Loss, Grief and the Quest for Meaning” at the ninth annual Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement, which is co-sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem.

Auditions set

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Auditions for the Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Avenue Q!” are 3 - 6 p.m. May 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. May 6 at the Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road.

Callbacks are at 7 p.m. May 9.

“Avenue Q,” directed by Clair M. Freeman with music direction by Brian Foley and choreography by Joanellyn Schubert, will be presented July 26 - Aug. 11. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 6 p.m.

Lecture about

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


A lecture, “Bisexual Poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Emily Dickinson,” will be presented by Liz Bradbury, 6 p.m. April 29, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, 522 W. Maple St., Allentown.

There will be refreshments and snacks, including Moravian cabbage soup, and cakes baked by Trish Sullivan from an Emily Dickinson recipe.

The talk is part of the “Finding H.D. Project,” presented by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

Growing Green: A strong, green lawn

Friday, April 26, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

May your lawn be strong and green.

However, if you feel that you need some advice, here are some tips that may help.

There are a few things you can do immediately to promote the health of your lawn.

First, start the season off right with a sharp mower blade. A dull blade will fray the ends of the grass and make it more difficult for the plant to heal after each cutting, providing ready access for disease organisms to enter the leaves. Also, frayed ends can look ragged and give a lawn a whitish cast.

Controversial, and proud of it: Roseanne Barr stands up for comedy at Penn’s Peak

Friday, April 26, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Comedy superstar and “Domestic Goddess” Roseanne Barr brings her comedy tour to Penn’s Peak, 8 p.m. May 4.

Barr, an award-winning actress, producer, talk-show host, “Last Comic Standing” judge (2014), best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate, activist, Full Moon and High Tide production company owner, wife, mother and grandmother of six, continues to astound with her real-life, tell-it-al, comedy by using her personal experiences that impact everybody, every day.