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Friday, October 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LVHM:

Dr. Jeremy Zallen, an Assistant Professor of History at Lafayette College, Easton, speaks about and signs copies of his new book, “American Lucifers: The Dark History of Artificial Light, 1750-1865,” 1 p.m. Oct. 26, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Far from telling a simple story of progress, Dr. Zallen investigates the dark changes brought by better lighting,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the...

Respectfully Yours: Thanksgiving guest

Friday, October 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

This year I will not be able to travel home for Thanksgiving. A friend nearby was kind and has extended an invitation to have Thanksgiving dinner. What are some tips to be a good guest?

Dear Reader,

When Thanksgiving involves being a guest at someone else’s banquet, there are things you can do to be an exceptional guest and help out your host.

Arrive on time and bring a small gift as a way to thank your host for his or her generosity. Traditional...

Healthy Geezer: ED and heart problem

Friday, October 25, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is erectile dysfunction a possible symptom of heart problems?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), which is inadequate erection for sex, can indicate that something is wrong with your heart. Here’s why:

Blood flowing to the penis creates erections. Plaque buildup narrows and hardens arteries (atherosclerosis), reducing blood flow throughout the body.

The arteries supplying blood to the penis are smaller than those for the heart. So, ED can be an early sign of atherosclerosis,...

Movie Review: The ‘Joker’ is wild

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The ‘Joker” is wild.

The reboot, or origin story, of the arch-villain from the DC Comics’ “Batman” franchise, is a tour de force.

While the movie jettisons the article “the” in the name of the character and the movie’s title, it retains the menace.

The Joker is a villain, created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, who first appeared in the “Batman” DC Comics debut, April 25, 1940.

The Joker is a criminal mastermind who is a psychopath with a sadistic...

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ most unusual ‘Club’

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of “The Suicide Club” might be off-putting, but the Crowded Kitchen Players’ original play, continuing at 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 4 p.m. Nov. 17, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, is thought-provoking and intriguing.

That’s because of the production’s commendable performances and a detailed script, written by Ara Barlieb, who directs the play. “The Suicide Club” is most unusual, unlike just about any play you will experience on the...

Command performance: Theatre of Early Music ‘Coronation’ fit for a king at Bach Choir annual gala

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

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Anyone who loves the television shows, “Downton Abbey” (and now the movie) and “The Crown,” or follows the British Royal Family, won’t want to miss the American premiere of “The Coronation of King George II,” a theatrical and musical recreation of the crowning of the British king in 1727 in London’s Westminster Abbey.

The 3 p.m. Oct. 26 event, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala Concert, is presented by Canada’s Theatre of Early Music, in St. John’s...

Innovation, tradition guides Funfgeld in Bach Choir 122nd season

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122nd season is marked by “innovation and new ideas steeped in tradition,” says Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor.

The season, which culminates with an international tour to Bachfest in Leipzig Germany in June, highlights the impact music has in everyone’s lives, in the past and as a guide toward the future.

“Our strength is that we have not been afraid of innovation, but yet stay connected to our roots,” Funfgeld says of...

Bach Choir season schedule

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Gala Concert: Theatre of Early Music presents “Coronation of King George II,” 3 p.m. Oct. 26, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown. A recreation of the the coronation of King George II amid the orchestral and choral pageantry of English court, conducted by Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor.

Bach at Noon, 12:10 p.m. Nov. 12, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Bach Choir performs Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Sonatas for Violin, Viola da Gamba, and Harpsichord” and Bach’s “...

Anderson Trio concert salutes Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Peter & Will Anderson Trio presents “Artie Meets Benny,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The concert will feature contemporary takes on the music of Swing Band era bandleaders Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. There will be discussion of their music and place in history and vintage clips of Shaw and Goodman.

The Andersons will present a separate concert in the Rodale Room for area high school students...