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Students go ‘Side by Side’ in Allentown Band concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When the phrase “Side by Side” is mentioned, one first might think of “Side by Side by Sondheim,” the 1977 Broadway revue of songs by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The title references the song, “Side by Side by Side,” from the Sondheim musical, “Company.”

The Lehigh Valley has its own “Side by Side” Allentown Band concert, 7:30 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The format for the concert is that the Allentown Band performs the first half of the program, and...

Curtain Rises:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

“It won the Tony Award for best musical, best book and best score, which almost never happens...

Controversial, and proud of it: Roseanne Barr stands up for comedy at Penn’s Peak

Friday, April 26, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Comedy superstar and “Domestic Goddess” Roseanne Barr brings her comedy tour to Penn’s Peak, 8 p.m. May 4.

Barr, an award-winning actress, producer, talk-show host, “Last Comic Standing” judge (2014), best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate, activist, Full Moon and High Tide production company owner, wife, mother and grandmother of six, continues to astound with her real-life, tell-it-al, comedy by using her personal experiences that impact everybody, every day.


Allentown Band sound rings out in Carnegie Hall concert

Friday, April 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

NEW YORK -- “And to think these two schools from Puerto Rico were devastated and they got to Carnegie Hall,” said Deb Heiney, business manager, Allentown Band, after the band’s stellar performance on the Ronald O. Perelman Stage, Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York City, for the concluding night of the 2019 New York International Music Festival.

The festival, presented by World Projects Corp., brought six high school music groups and two college ensembles, which were...

Growing Green: A strong, green lawn

Friday, April 26, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

May your lawn be strong and green.

However, if you feel that you need some advice, here are some tips that may help.

There are a few things you can do immediately to promote the health of your lawn.

First, start the season off right with a sharp mower blade. A dull blade will fray the ends of the grass and make it more difficult for the plant to heal after each cutting, providing ready access for disease organisms to enter the leaves. Also, frayed ends can look ragged...

Movie Review: ‘Pet Sematary’

Friday, April 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Novelist Stephen King is a master of invoking the superstition metaphor of whistling past the cemetery, whereby when one is afraid, one tries to calm one’s fears by whistling.

It seldom helps.

It also won’t help with “Pet Sematary,” the remake of the 1989 film (a sequel, Pet Sematary Two” was released in 1992) based on King’s 1983 horror novel of the same title.

The incorrect spelling of “cemetery” in the film’s title is intentional. The name “Pet Sematary” is scrawled...

Lecture about

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


A lecture, “Bisexual Poets Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Emily Dickinson,” will be presented by Liz Bradbury, 6 p.m. April 29, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, 522 W. Maple St., Allentown.

There will be refreshments and snacks, including Moravian cabbage soup, and cakes baked by Trish Sullivan from an Emily Dickinson recipe.

The talk is part of the “Finding H.D. Project,” presented by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public...


Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


The Korea-Vietnam Memorial, Inc. (KVM) will hold a commemorative program, 2 p.m. April 28, U.S. Armed Forces Plaza, entrance, main campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

The ceremony will honor veterans whose names have been added to the plaza, including a Purple Heart recipient, and members of the Allentown Veterans Outreach Group and Fleet Reserve.

Recognition will be given to long-time KVM officers CEO Frank...

Auditions set

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Auditions for the Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Avenue Q!” are 3 - 6 p.m. May 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. May 6 at the Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road.

Callbacks are at 7 p.m. May 9.

“Avenue Q,” directed by Clair M. Freeman with music direction by Brian Foley and choreography by Joanellyn Schubert, will be presented July 26 - Aug. 11. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 6 p.m.

Those auditioning will perform...

Healthy Geezer: Sleep apnea, anxiety

Friday, April 26, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How can I tell if I’m suffering from sleep apnea?

About 18 million United States citizens have sleep apnea. It’s much more common in older adults and men. Apnea is Greek for “without breath.”

People with sleep apnea stop breathing for as long as 30 seconds at a time. These interruptions can happen hundreds of times a night.

The breathing cessations may wake you and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. These awakenings usually are so brief that you don’t...