Parkland Press

Friday, May 29, 2020

Coronavirus closings viral in Lehigh Valley: Update on Wind Creek, A&E venues, shows

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Sometimes, the show must not go on.

That’s that case with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has gone viral ‘round the world, including in the Lehigh Valley where arts, entertainment and cultural venues have shuttered temporarily, and canceled or postponed performances and events.

In an abundance of caution to mitigate transmission of the Coronavirus, persons are urged to keep their distance from one another, known as social distancing, and avoid crowds. This includes...

LVHN sets up COVID-19 test centers in region

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has established designated, stand-alone COVID-19 assessment and testing centers in the Lehigh Valley the region.

For those who think they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, LVHN officials advise staying at home.

LVHN is providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app.

LVHN officials...

St. Luke’s has COVID-19 hotline

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has launched a coronavirus telephone and email hotline to respond to inquiries from patients and the public:

1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7


The 24/7 hotline is led by St. Luke’s nursing staff who can provide information and guidance based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department...

Movie Review: ‘The Call of the Wild’ CGI

Friday, March 13, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Call of the Wild” has been lambasted for its Computer Generated Imagery creation of the lead character, Buck, a 140-pound St. Bernard–Scotch Collie mix.

The wags’ snarky sendups went something like this: Harrison Ford acts opposite a CGI dog. Well, yes, and it’s remarkable.

“The Call of the Wild” provides a rollicking good yarn based on the Jack London novel set in 1897 during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Canadian Yukon, Canada. Sled dogs were nearly as good as gold. Buck...

Akropolis Reed Quintet to play in ‘Chamber on Stage’ concert

Friday, March 13, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A program of American music from the last century played on oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon highlights the next concert in Allentown Symphony’s two-year-old “Chamber on Stage” series.

The award-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet performs, 3 p.m. March 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Akropolis Reed Quintet will present its “These American Stories,” which features Gershwin’s famous “American in Paris” arranged for reed quintet, as well as an arrangement of Nina Simone’s “...

Curtain Rises: ‘Silence! The Musical’ LV premiere April 3-11 at Civic Theatre

Friday, March 13, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Silence! The Musical,” April 3 - 11, Civic Theatre514, Allentown, is based on the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

At first glance, this stage adaptation might not seem like a good idea.

But “Silence!” is so over the top, the psychological horror does not hit home in the way it does in the film, and it is overshadowed by laughs.

Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders, who’s...

Entry deadline March 13

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Respectfully Yours: Let ‘nice’ gentlemen down easy, and soon

Friday, March 13, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’ve been dating a very nice gentleman. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling that “spark” to take it further. I can see he is definitely interested in taking things to a serious romantic place. What is the best and kindest way to part company?

Dear Reader,

There’s no perfect way to end a relationship with someone. But you can try to let them down as gently as possible.

The best place to start is to let them know as soon as possible. Dragging out a...

NORTHAMPTON: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The popular fairy tale with a social justice point-of-view waltzes onto the stage at Northampton Area High School with “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Director and choreographer Gianna Neal is assisted by music director Phil Diaz, costume designer Judy Pursell, set designer Damon Gelb and set builder Tony Beleno.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics...