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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ethics talks

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics continues its 2017-18 “Troubling Truth” programming, with talks at 7 p.m., Miller Forum, Moyer Hall. The talks are free and open to the public.

Sa’ed Atshan, “Palestinian Christians: Past, Present and Future,” Feb. 1. Sa’ed Atshan teaches peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College.

Elaine McMillion Sheldon, “Perception of Truth,” Feb. 12. The talk includes a screening of “Heroin(e),” a Netflix documentary short...

Slide-lecture on

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus


In celebration of the Pennsylvania-German holiday, “Groundhog Day,” anthropologist Dr. William Donner of Kutztown University will present a slide-lecture, “Ethnic & American: Three Centuries of Pennsylvania German Experience,” 1 p.m. Feb. 3, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Dr. Donner’s talk offers a fascinating look at the process by which the Pennsylvania-Germans maintained their unique culture while becoming American,” said Joseph...

There’s a ‘BrouHaHa’ at Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

There’s a “BrouHaHa” at Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

“BrouHaHa” will be performed 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 and 3, and 2 p.m. Feb. 4 by Happenstance Theater at Touchstone Theatre.

The Happenstance Theater has always wanted to perform a play featuring clowns. “BrouHaHa” is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

“As a company, we wanted to make a clown show. We have theatrical clowns in a lot of works, but we hadn’t explored the show that emphasized the clown aspect,”...

Movie Review: Dive into Oscar favorite ‘The Shape Of Water’

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Shape Of Water” is a fantastic work of cinema.

Director Guillermo del Toro has created a colossal work of imagination that pushes the boundaries of creativity and, no doubt, will push buttons and sound some alarms.

“The Shape Of Water” is the 2018 Academy Award leading contender, having been nominated for 13 Oscars: Picture (Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale), Director (Guillermo del Toro), Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (...


Thursday, February 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Old folkies: “Lonesome Traveler,” the concert version of the Off-Broadway musical that the New York Times called “illuminating … revelatory … and ... achingly beautiful,” will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 3, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary, appears in the show. The show celebrates the music of folk artists. including Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, as well as The Byrds, Donovan, Cat...

Artistic inspiration: Allentown Symphony Orchestra explores roots of ‘Scheherazade’ and Paganini

Friday, January 26, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

I think that some of the best music ever written was often inspired by a picture, a story or a melody that someone else wrote.

That leads us to question: Where does artistic inspiration come from? We often think of the artist, the composer, or the writer sitting in his or her little hovel, desperately trying to come up with some new creative idea that will set the world on fire.

In reality, though, many artists, writers, and musicians are often inspired by other creative people...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...


Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Eunice Cataline, of Maryville, Tenn., and Raymond Shive, of Macungie, announce their New Year’s Eve engagement.

Ray and Eunice first knew each other 40 years ago when her family was a member of the Spruce Head Community Church, Spruce Head, Me.

Ray was pastor of the church at that time. Eunice remained very close to the Shive family in the following years.

The bride-elect is recently retired from Concern, an employee assistance program of Blount Memorial Hospital,...

The Family Project: meds

Friday, January 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old niece has been living with depression for many years. She recently shared with me that she has been seeing a therapist, taking medication and is considering increasing the meds she takes because she likes them. When I was with her, her parents seemed to be “hovering,” so we couldn’t really talk. I am concerned that she is not getting all the information she needs about her medicine (she didn’t know dosage, etc.). I gave her my cell number and told her to text anytime, but I...

De Biase:

Friday, January 26, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Terry and Tony De Biase of Upper Macungie Township will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 28 at Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Orefield, North Whitehall Township, with their family in attendance.

The couple was married Jan. 25, 1958.

They moved to the Lehigh Valley from Staten Island, N.Y., on March 17, 1973.

They raised two daughters and have four grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Tony worked for Mack Trucks and Terry worked for Air...