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First Ladies topic

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

“America’s First Ladies” is the subject of a Mother’s Day Celebration, 1 p.m. May 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to learn about a fascinating chapter of American history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The presentation is about the public and private lives of iconic First Ladies. A First Ladies Trivia Contest will be held. After the program,...

Review: ‘The Circle’

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Will “The Circle” be unbroken?

Based on the ambiguous conclusion of the movie, “The Circle” is broken.

The up-to-the-minute examination of the cyberworld we live in stars Emma Watson. Shedding her Hermione Granger robes of the “Harry Potter” movies, Watson plays Mae, a smart twentysomething who becomes a valued employee of The Circle. It’s a Google-Facebook-Twitter Silicon Valley, Calif., social media company that seeks to make the world a better place through “transparency.”...

Touchstone’s Young Playwrights brings community to the stage

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For many students, the “Young Playwrights’ Festival” may be the best way to present their creative talent to their peers.

“The schools look at their students a little differently,” explains Mary Wright, Young Playwrights’ Lab coordinator.

“They may not always be as successful in a classroom setting, but they really flourish in this program. So, seeing teachers and principals get it, that’s exciting for them, and for us.”

It’s the 12th year the program has been helping to...

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 10- Mother’s Day meal: Chicken Marsala, orzo with spinach, seasoned miniature carrots, wheat roll with margarine, strawberry crème shortcake.

Thursday, May 11: Orange juice, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Friday, May 12: Vegetable juice, smoked sausage, grilled potatoes with egg, three bean salad, fresh biscuit with margarine, apple walnut crumb cake.

Monday, May 15:...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 10: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Thursday, May 11: Turkey w / gravy, biscuit, peas & carrots, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, May 12: Chicken Caesar salad, oatmeal cookie, fresh fruit.

Monday, May 15: Pulled pork, vegetable medley; peaches.

Tuesday, May 16: Crab cake, roasted potatoes, diced beets.

Wednesday, May 17: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit....

Theater Review:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

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Better ‘Angels’: Civic presents 20th anniversary production of landmark Tony, Pulitzer Prize-winning play

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Sanders saw the writing on the wall.

Or, more accurately, he saw the poster on the wall.

“I was trying to think of a play for the end of season. Somebody else was doing one play. And we couldn’t get the rights to another.

“And I was sitting in my office. And I looked at the poster of ‘Angels in America.’ And I realized it would be the 20th anniversary of Civic’s production. And I thought, ‘Why don’t we do that?’”

Civic Theatre of Allentown produced...

Peter Serkin joins Curtis at Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, will once again welcome the renowned Curtis Symphony Orchestra for a concert, 7:30 p.m. May 6.

The performance will feature 100 musicians who may comprise “probably the best young orchestra in the world,” according to Dr. David Ludwig, Curtis’s dean of artistic programs and performance.

The program will open with Samuel Barber’s “Adiago for Strings,” directed by Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow.

Next, Osmo Vänskä, musical director...

Civic Theatre begins $5.5-million in renovations

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It wasn’t exactly a ground-breaking. It was more like a concrete block-breaking.

But the point was made: the start of renovations to what’s called “the crown jewel” of the West End Theatre District, the 89-year-old Nineteenth Street Theatre.

The ceremonial kickoff of the $5.5-million “The Next Act: Setting the Stage for the Future” Capital Campaign for the start of construction closed off a portion of 19th Street, just south of Allen Street, as Civic Theatre of Allentown...

Hubert Davis, forgotten artist, at PSU LV

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania” brings the forgotten paintings and lithographs created by a Pennsylvanian-born artist to public view at the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibit, which highlights works Davis created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s and early 1940s, continues through June 9.

In the De Long Gallery exhibition, the Great Depression era works reflect the uncertainty of the times with landscapes filled with...