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The Family Project: Day-care support

Friday, March 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single mother of a four-month-old. I just got a job, but I am still living day-to-day, and I do not have money for child-care. I am relying on friends and acquaintances, which I know is not the safest thing for my baby, but I am not sure what else to do. I do not have family around to help. What can I do?

The panel agreed that the first message to the mother should be, “Good for you.” They praised her for getting a job, taking care of her child and being so aware that what...

Gallery View: Chocolate block photos

Friday, March 30, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.

Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.

“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my...

Theater Review: ‘Love’ stories entirely in song at The Pines

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“They say that breaking up is hard to do,” but not when it’s done to music in the Pines Dinner Theater production of “Love is a Many Splintered Thing.”

Packed with four decades of Top-40 hit songs from Neil Diamond and Cher to Elton John and Gloria Estefan, not a word was spoken by the cast the entire evening. Instead, the story of six friends and their romantic relationships from high school to adulthood is told entirely through the lyrics they sing.

The engaging plot was...

Theater Review: The Dude arrives and abides at CKP

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“The Second Coming” is the title of a poem written by William Butler Yeats in the aftermath of the carnage of World War I. Its allegorical reference is to the Christian belief that Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” After asserting that “the blood-dimmed tide is loosed,” Yeats’ poem concludes: “Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand.”

Yeats may have envisioned Jesus’ return to the broken world he knew, but he would never...

Kathleen Madigan: Her comedy laughs are outside the box

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The comedy album was a staple at adult gatherings during the mid to latter 20th century.

Known informally as “party records,” these stand-up comedy recordings rivaled popular music as the background sound of choice at house parties.

Albums by the likes of Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and other popular stand-ups and comedy duos often featured bawdy riffs on controversial topics, as well as X-Rated or so-called “blue” material.

These were the records...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, March 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mummenschanz is the word: Mummenschanz, 7 p.m. March 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is back with a brand-new show, “You & me.” Performers bring to life large-scale masks and revive the historic tradition of acrobatics. The show also includes some of the troupe’s classic sketches. “You & me” was created by Mummenschanz founding member Floriana Frassetto. These visual theater pioneers make the ordinary extraordinary and speak volumes, all without saying a word. The Swiss-based...

‘Blessings of Bach’ in Emmaus

Friday, March 23, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Experience the life of Jesus Christ through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in “Blessings of Bach: A Festival Choir and Orchestra Concert,” 7:30 p.m. March 23, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus.

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Music Director Sharon MacCabe describes the concert as a collaboration between congregation members and community musicians. MacCabe conducts and accompanies on harpsichord.

“The vocalists are members of the...

Mummenschanz brings wordless theater to life on stage

Friday, March 23, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Now in its 46th year, the silent theater troupe, Mummenschanz, captivates audiences with performances that combine movement, masks, color and puppetry. The group pioneered a daring new form of visual theater, using abstract masks and everyday objects to create a surreal and playful experience.

The name Mummenschanz is German for “mummery,” or a play involving mummers. Mummer is an early English term for a mime artist. Mummenschanz emphasizes whimsy, child-like exploration and innocent...

‘High Notes’ showcases students in fundraiser

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

More than 100 Allentown School District students will perform a showcase of music theater, choral arts, instrumental music and dance in the annual “High Notes 2018” gala fundraiser to support Allentown School District programs.

“High Notes” begins with a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 24, Miller Symphony Hall, followed at 8:30 p.m. by the show by students from each of the Allentown School District high schools and middle schools.

Also, there’s a “High Notes” 2018 Dress...