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Movie Review: A director is born

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The vagaries of fame and the music business have been covered in story and song many times over.

The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (1967) pretty much said it all.

The Rolling Stones weighed in with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965).

Prominent in the music rags-to-riches story in cinema is, of course, “A Star Is Born”: 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and directed by Frank Pierson; 1954, Judy Garland and James...

Jumping for joy: Lehigh Valley premiere of Elton John musical, ‘Billy Elliot,’ reopens restored 19th St. Theatre

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical.

“Billy Elliot.”

“Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical.

Sanders saw “Billy Elliot” six times on Broadway. The musical,...

‘Broadway Tenors’ sound big with Symphony Pops

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In the 1990s, “The Three Tenors” were all the rage. Opera singers Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti had joined forces and created an operatic tenor super group.

Brent Barrett, who at the time had starred in numerous Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Grand Hotel,” thought he could use the same concept, but instead with some of the talented Broadway leading men he knew.

In 2000, Barrett launched “The Broadway Tenors” with...

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Tenors of our times: The Allentown Symphony Pops series presents “The Broadway Tenors: Ultimate Broadway,” 7:30 pm. Oct. 13, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Featured are Broadway show actors Brent Barrett (“Chicago”), Matt Cavenaugh (“West Side Story”) and Kyle Dean Massey (“Pippin”). Ronald Demkee, Pops Conductor, leads the symphony. The three tenors will sing songs from Broadway’s Golden Age. “Individually, each is a spectacular artist. Together, they present an infinite and kaleidoscopic...

Muhlenberg College, WMUH ring out at Libety Bell Museum

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End,...

Maria Bamford has Rx for her standup comedy

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Maria Bamford’s comedy can be difficult to describe.

Imagine if all the voices in your head decided to put on a show while embodied in an adorably nervous human chihuahua and you might get a clue as to Bamford’s original comedic brand.

Maria Bamford returns to Musikfest Cafe, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Bamford’s brew, a comedy stew, is part performance art, masterful vocal manipulation, physical comedy, cathartic confessional and stand-up...

Book talk, signing

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Sally McMurry will speak about and sign copies of her book, “Pennsylvania Farming: A History In Landscapes,” 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Her slide-lecture will include images from Pennsylvania farms. McMurry, who received a PhD from Cornell University, is Professor Emerita of American History at The Pennsylvania State University.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

Healthy Geezer: Cardiac ablation

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. When doctors perform a cardiac ablation, what do they use to clean the heart?

This question made me laugh because I had the same misconception as the correspondent. We both confused ablation with ablution. Ablation is a surgical excision of tissue. Ablution is a cleansing with water or another liquid.

Cardiac ablation corrects heart arrhythmias by destroying tissue that blocks the electrical signal traveling through your heart to make it beat. By clearing the signal pathway...

Respectfully Yours: College roommate

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m a freshman in college and this is the first time I’ve had a roommate. I’m having trouble adjusting because we have drastically different social lives and study habits. Our dorm room is small and we can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. What can I do to survive living with my roommate?

Dear Reader,

First-year college students like you have a lot on their minds: making new friends, navigating the campus, and choosing a major.

There’s so much...