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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Respectfully Yours: During holidays, the gift is to the giver

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was embarrassed and caught off-guard during the holidays last year. I received a gift I was not expecting and did not have one to give in return. What should you do when someone buys you a gift and you don’t have a gift for the person?

Dear Reader,

Chances are that the gift-giver just wanted to treat you to something nice without expectations attached.

Naturally, it’s awkward and uncomfortable when you are on the receiving end and you didn’t buy...

Pete Reichlin Quintet at Pa. Jazz Society ‘Jam’

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Pete Reichlin brings a quintet to the Pennsylvania Jazz Society “Fall Jam Session,” 2 - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.

The quintet is expected to open with a set of traditional jazz tunes and selections from the Great American Songbook before opening the floor to jazz musicians in attendance wanting to sit in with the band.

Reichlin brings a wealth of background to his playing. He is principal trombonist for the Capital Philharmonic of New...

Healthy Geezer: Chemotherapy side effects explained

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I may have to have chemotherapy. Will I go bald?

Hair loss is not certain with chemotherapy. Whether you lose hair depends upon the medication and dose your doctor prescribes.

Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment that uses drugs to kill malignant cells, bacteria, viruses and fungi. Chemotherapy drugs are used to treat cancer, bone marrow diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The drugs can be given by injection or taken orally. There are also...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, November 20: Herbed roast pork, dilled carrots, sauteed cabbage mixed with noodles, crackers, cantaloupe.

Thursday, November 21: Roast turkey, roasted carrots and parsnips, green bean casserole, bread stuffing, pumpkin mousse.

Friday, November 22: Mustard dill baked whitefish, potatoes au gratin, broccoli, dinner roll, raisin cookie.

Monday, November 25: Spaghetti with meat sauce, minestrone soup, garlic spinach,...

Buchanan talk

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Michael Birkner, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, speaks about James Buchanan and the Civil War, 1 p.m. Nov. 23, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Buchanan, of Franklin County, was the only United States president from Pennsylvania (1857 - 1861).

Birkner is the author or editor of 14 books and many articles on 19th and 20th century U.S. political history, including three edited volumes about Buchanan and three others...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

At the Hall: There’s lots going on at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, including “Laughs at the Lyric,” Nov. 20; “Third Thursday,” Nov. 21, and The Dover Quartet, Nov. 24. The Dover Quartet performs in concert, 2 p.m. Nov. 24, in the “Chamber OnStage Series,” whereby performers sit on the hall’s main stage facing the audience, which sits on the stage facing the musicians. The Philadelphia-based Dover Quartet has received awards as a group, including at the 2013 Banff Competition, and...

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ returns to State: An improv interview with Brad Sherwood

Monday, November 18, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” starring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

In the comedy show, part of their “Scared Scriptless” tour, Mochrie and Sherwood combine audience participation and improvisation.

In a recent interview, Sherwood combines interviewer participation and improvisation.

“We make improv look difficult so that more people don’t try it,” Sherwood quips, adding, “Job security.”

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Friday, November 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The “Lowdown”: It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ latest album is “Out of the Blues” since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. For the second time, singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs takes the stage, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The concert is rescheduled from the June 21 show that was postponed at the State. Tickets for that show are being honored for the Nov. 19 performance. Scaggs began his career as a vocalist and guitarist in the...

Movie Review: South Korea tragicomedy an Oscar contender

Friday, November 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Parasite” is a powerful piece of film-making. It’s uncompromising cinema. This is a level of film-making far above most films, and beyond the reach of most film-makers.

The psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your theater seat almost from the beginning to the end of the film.

The acting is flawlessly naturalistic. The cinematography (director of photography Kyung-pyo Hong) is intensely personal. The pacing (film editor Jinmo Yang; production designer Ha-jun Lee...