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It's a question of balance - literally

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. I'm 79 and I've taken a couple of spills in the last few months. I'm concerned that I might not be as steady on my feet as I used to be. What should I do about this?

About one in 10 over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem. Inner-ear disturbances are the primary cause.

Losing balance when you're older is serious stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year more than one in three over 65 years suffers a fall.

Cedar Crest College students featured in Spring Dances'

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Cedar Crest College Performing Arts presents "Spring Dances," 8 p.m. April 18, 19, 20, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College Allentown.

Artistic direction is by Cedar Crest College Associate Professor of Dance Robin Gerchman. Faculty choreographers are Pattie Bostick-Winn, Margo Clifford Ging and Nicole Hockenberry. Student choreographers are Marlana Hurd and Natalie Shute.

"This concert displays the eclectic versatility of the Cedar Crest Dance Company," said Gerchman. "The choreography is a blend of genres that will appeal to all audiences.

Doug Roth: The other side of D Smash

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was Dougie Roth's last show.

And, true to form, it was Dougie's show all the way.

Family members recalled a talent raw and near-genius, a personality at once hilarious and often off-putting and, in the end, a brother, a son, an uncle and brother-in-law who, after being a brother in arms seemingly railing against the world achieved an apotheosis of, if not contentment, then peace with family, friends, and so it seemed, himself.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PHOTO BY EMMA CHONG in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Tales of brave "Ulysses": Touchstone Theatre heads outdoors for spring to premiere its latest original work, "Ulysses Dreams: An Exploration of Origin and Destiny," April 13 - 21, South Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater, along Mechanic Street, between Polk and Taylor streets, Bethlehem. A cast of 10 interprets the text by Jp Jordan and Christopher Shorr, based on Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," and choreography by Bill George, Gus Ripa and the performers, including, Bill George (Old Ulysses), above left, and Kyle Lewis (Young Ulysses), above right.

Odyssey lands 'Ulysses' on Bethlehem Greenway

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

For its next production, Touchstone Theatre is again takin' it to the streets.

While the Lehigh Valley theater troupe won't be stopping traffic on the streets of Bethlehem's South Side, it may turn pedestrians' heads on the South Bethlehem Greenway.

Touchstone Theatre is inaugurating the Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater for the world premiere of its latest outdoor extravaganza, "Ulysses Dreams: an exploration of origin and destiny," noon, 4 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21.

A kind of 'Croods' charm

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Croods" has its own kind of, ahem, "crood" charm.

Yes, there's lots of punching and smacking, fighting, rolling around, chasing, ugly faces, insults and did we say? fighting.

And that's just the Crood family of cavemen or is it cave persons? and doesn't include the prehistoric creatures.

Admittedly, I resisted seeing "The Croods." It was a case of 3D-animation feature overload. Also, I may have been wondering how "The Croods" could improve upon TV's "The Flintstones" (1960 - '66) for me the tabula rasa of prehistoric humor.

Lucie: She's home!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

'Latin Roots' concert salutes Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball

Lucie is home.

Lucie Arnaz's home and life is on stage with "Latin Roots," 8 p.m. April 20, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

"Latin Roots" is a music tribute to Arnaz's dad, Desiderio "Desi" Arnaz, with video tributes to her mother, Lucille Desiree Ball, and their family.

"It's a really fun show," Arnaz says in a recent phone interview from Palm Springs, Calif., where she and her husband of 32 years, actor Laurence Luckinbill, plan to relocate next month from Connecticut.