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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Family Project: iPhones, tablets,

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have become one of those parents I never thought I would be. On those rare occasions when my husband and I go out for dinner, we have started to bring along our iPhones and tablets to keep our children, three- and five-years-old, occupied so that we can have adult talk, and so they don’t get bored. How can I stop this without them having a meltdown in the restaurant?

“We have to start by saying, ‘It’s OK,’” panelist Kristy Bernard said. “Times are changing, and technology is...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana, wheat bread.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie, wheat bread.

Friday, Nov. 16: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, zucchini, applesauce, wheat bread.

Monday, Nov. 19: Meatball sub, Capri blend vegetables, berry crisp, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Creamy mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli,...

‘Spirit of Vienna’ for PSO concert

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, led by Music Director Dr. Allan Birney, presents “Spirit of Vienna,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, First Presbyterian Church Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown.

Of the four composers represented on the program, three spent significant time in Vienna, Austria, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Violinist Janet Sung is guest soloist for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D,” Op. 61.

Two choral works will be performed by the...

Gypsy jazz goes ‘Upstairs’

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Hot Club of Philadelphia presents its contemporary take on gypsy jazz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“I really rediscovered gypsy jazz around 2000,” said Hot Club of Philadelphia founder and guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. “I saw a show at Lincoln Center and then another player doing that style.

“I was astounded at the whole ‘le pompe’ the sound,” he says, refering to the pumping sound of the two...

Healthy Geezer: Reaction

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Jumping Frenchmen of Maine. Have you ever heard of this?

Not until now. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine is a rare, unexplained disorder that produces an extreme startle reaction to a sudden noise or sight.

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine was first identified during the late 1800s in Maine and the Canadian province of Quebec. It was discovered among an isolated population of French-Canadian lumberjacks. Since the discovery, the extreme startle...

Slightly Stoopid smart in managing

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Slightly Stoopid, an eclectic band founded in 1994, makes its Penn’s Peak debut at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

“Most of the guys still live in the San Diego area,” says drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran, who has been with the band since 2003, says in a phone interview. “But we have a few band members who live in the Northeast, one in Connecticut and one in Boston. So, we’re kind of bi-coastal at this point.”

Of comparing the band’s ninth studio album, “Everyday Life, Everyday People,” released in...

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not only one of the best rock music biopics, it provides a reassessment of the music of the British rock band Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer and one of the founders of Queen.

The movie has a stunning lead star turn by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Malek isn’t the only reason to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he’s the main reason. Look for an Oscar lead actor nomination for Malek.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows the life of Freddie Mercury,...

Theater Review: ‘Walkin’ in the Christmas season at The Pines

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you are eager to get into the Christmas spirit or if you just can’t get enough of the carols and holiday cheer, then The Pines Dinner Theatre’s spirited musical “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland,” continuing through Dec. 23, is just the ticket.

It’s non-stop singing and dancing, with lots of references to the memories and traditions that make the season special.

There are also many musical and staging innovations that make this Pines’ production special as well. As seen Nov. 9...

Lauding Larry: 2018 Baum School of Art gala honors long-time advocate Miley

Monday, November 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There was sumptuous food, a silent auction, action-painting, a friendly kidnapping, tango dancing, and a major donation in the name of Larry Miley, the 2018 honoree at The Baum School of Art “Fall Gala.”

Friends of Miley, a Baum School of Art board member for five decades, joined to honor him with donations to benefit the school.

Among them, Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander, Art Consultant and Independent Art Historian, donated a signed copy of the book to which she contributed...

Theater Review: ‘Greetings!’ puts the fun in dysfunctionalism

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Global ImpActors Group production of Tom Duzick’s “Greetings!” is an insightful, witty and all too relevant exploration of intolerance and other things that divide us, continuing through Nov. 11 at The Macungie Institute, Macungie.

Set in Pittsburgh at Christmastime in 1990, “Greetings” introduces the Gorskis, a working-class family headed by Phil, a staunchly Catholic, traditionalist father, and his perpetually-anxious wife Emily.

Living at home is Mickey, the...