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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ lights up Bucks Playhouse stage

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To turn a phrase from the title song: “Here we go again ... “

And furthermore, “Mamma Mia!”: what a fizzy, fun, sunny musical, through Aug. 3, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope. The June 30 opening night performance was reviewed.

In Broadway parlance, “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical, whereby hit songs are packaged into a revue, strung together by an often biographical story about the group or singer of the hits.

“Mamma Mia!” is the title of a 1975 hit song by Swedish...

‘Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt’: Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates its 70th year

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt.” (“We hope to see you there.”)

The oldest continuously-operating folk-life festival in the United States celebrates its 70th year when the Kutztown Folk Festival opens June 29 and continues through July 7 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds with all the great traditional foods and displays visitors have come to expect, plus some exciting new features.

The nine-day festival, which focuses on the traditions of the Pennsylvania-Dutch, offers a new...

‘Bill’ reteams with Hills at Godfrey Daniels

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.

The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.

Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.

Jones isn’t coming empty-handed. Armed with a long-awaited fourth album, “Wonderful Fairytale,”...

Palette Club exhibit at Penn State LV

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Palette Club’s “All-Member Exhibition” is back for a second year in Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery with 34 non-juried submissions, concluding with a closing reception, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 27.

“This is the best space we’ve had for it,” says Exhibit Chairperson Pam Baylis. “We’ve been very lucky. We have had two years in a row here.”

The PSU Lehigh Valley gallery affords exhibiting three-dimensional works.

First place was awarded to...

Movie Reviews: Shakespeare & Moe

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“All Is True” and “The Spy Behind Home Plate” couldn’t be two more disparate films.

“All Is True” is a leisurely, mostly fictional account of the last years of playwright William Shakespeare, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who plays the Bard under extensive facial prosthetics.

“The Spy Behind Home Plate” is a bristling, well-researched documentary film, written and directed by Aviva Kempner about Morris “Moe” Berg, a Major League Baseball catcher who secretly was an international...

Respectfully Yours: Those PDAs

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I stopped at a local convenience store to pick up lunch and was minding my own business. While I was waiting for my order, there was a couple across from me engaged in hugging and kissing that made me uncomfortable. Don’t people understand that public displays of affection make the people around them uncomfortable?

Dear Reader,

Public displays of affection come in a variety of forms.

Some displays of affection are accepted everywhere. Hugging and a...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Party” at The Peak: Gretchen Wilson, above, and Jessie G. are in concert, 8 p.m. June 29, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. Wilson, born in Pocahontas, Ill., has charted 13 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “Redneck Woman” (No. 1), “Here for the Party” (No. 3), “When I Think About Cheatin’” (No. 4) and “Homewrecker” (No. 2), all from her debut album, “Here for the Party” (2004), which sold five million copies. Her albums include “All Jacked Up” (2005) and “One...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 26: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, June 27: Meatball sub, Capri blend vegetables, berry crisp.

Friday, June 28: Chicken Caesar salad, Mandarin oranges.

Monday, July 1: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, cottage cheese and berries.

Tuesday, July 2: Oven baked chicken legs, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, melon.

Wednesday, July 3: Roast pork w/...

The Family Project: Summer job

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old wants to find a job for the summer. I think he should do something more constructive, like volunteering, which would look good on a college application. What do you think?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak began the discussion by saying, “I’m applauding the youngster’s wanting to go to work, so I’m wondering why the parent seems to see work as a negative in comparison with volunteering.”

He went on to say that it is hard to decide which would look better on a college...