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Here's how to avoid getting poison ivy

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

A plant dwells among us of such ill repute and so feared by lovers of the outdoors that in eastern Pennsylvania it is commonly referred to as "poison," short for poison ivy.

Actually, it is not an ivy at all, but a member of the cashew family. Its Latin name is "rhus." Outdoor enthusiasts take heart: avoiding or promptly dealing with exposure to the poison or toxin in this plant can eliminate a lot of the discomfort that you fear.

All parts of poison ivy contain a toxin called...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Before Midnight," 7:45 p.m. June 26; 4:30 p.m. June 27

"What Maise Knew," 7:30 p.m. June 26; 4:15, 7:30 p.m. June 27

"Young Frankenstein," 10:45 p.m. June 29

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show," 11:30 p.m. June 28, 29

"Pride of the Yankees," 7:15 p.m. June 30

"The Muppets," 8 p.m. June 26, Levitt...

Munopco debuts 'Shout!'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Victoria Lang, a co-creator of "Shout! The Mod Musical," which makes its Lehigh Valley debut in the MunOpCo Music Theatre production, 8 p.m. June 28, 29 and 2 p.m. June 30, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, is pleased to see the show being done in "her own backyard."

"I had a phone call from Victoria Lang," says Larry A. Williams, MunOpCo artistic director who is directing "Shout!" "She lives in Brigantine, N.J. She said the show is touring all over the world and...

'Man of Steel' super-sized

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Man of Steel" is the latest makeover in the 75-year history of the ever-evolving Superman.

"Man of Steel," seen in the 3D Imax format for this review, is super in every way imaginable: super computer-generated special effects, super action, super chest-pounding loud and super long.

Yes, "Man of Steel" is super-sized.

Getting format choices out of the way first and it's a certainly a choice, as you can see "Man of Steel" in 2D, 3D, Imax and 3D Imax I think it's...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PHOTO BY SG POND in Focus

A "Luau, Luau": Whoa, baby, you gotta go to Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau," 8 p.m. June 28, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Zen for Primates, above, is back, spreading mature mirth and musical mayhem on a warm summer night. "Life Is A Cabaret," my friend, whenever they show up. With the mysterious T. Roth, vocals, stories, bells and whistles, fronting complex and tight musical weavings from Mike Krisukas, guitar; Jodi Beder, cello; Pete "Saxman" Fluck, sax, harmonica; and...

Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Belinda Bell, or "Beauty" as she is known, is perfectly played by the graceful and completely...

Pretty amazing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at...

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

It was an exciting time for dance...

Hallucinations require exam

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. Are hallucinations reason enough to see a doctor?

Hallucinations can be a symptom of a variety of problems, physical and mental. They can be caused by schizophrenia, dementia, depression, Parkinson's disease, stroke, fever, drugs, and alcohol. You should see a doctor immediately about this symptom.

Visual loss is a common cause of hallucinations, too. About one in 10 with vision problems has hallucinations. It is suspected that this phenomenon is under-reported because...