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Going inside at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.

At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The...

'Shrek The Musical' makes Valley debut in Sing for America benefit for veterans

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by DIANE BAKOS Special to The Press in Focus

"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.

It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.

But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military...

Ways to reduce pesticide use in garden

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better.

This is a serious mistake and a misuse of pesticides.

Pesticide overuse has a number of adverse effects:

It makes food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time.

It makes handling plants dangerous.

It may harm or kill beneficial insects, earthworms, birds and pets.

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HAWK MOUNTAIN

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Free programs will be presented 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 13 for the re-opening of the expanded Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.

Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is expected to attend the noon-time ribbon-cutting.

Schedule: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6000

Tapping into tunes at Hotel B

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Remember your mother telling you if you played the piano you'd always be welcome at parties?

A crowd would gather round, the singing would start and the party would begin?

No, I didn't practice enough to make that dream come true either, but I'm always grateful when somebody like CJ Steinway did.

CJ, a Fountain Hill native and Moravian College Class of '91 graduate, was with friends celebrating the holidays at the Hotel Bethlehem last Christmas when he began picking out...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK

Esther M. Lee, left, and her daughter, Jessica L. Lee, right, with their self-portraits in the exhibition, "Reflections: A Self-Portrait Show," Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, through Aug. 26, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Payrow Plaza, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem. Esther Lee was the first African-American elected to the Bethlehem School Board "and the last," she says. Jessica Lee is the Director of Multimedia Design at WLVT, PBS-39. The title of Jessica...

That cicada song

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

"They're here" is the familiar quote from the 1982 horror film, "Poltergeist."

The line was repeated, with a slight variation, in ""Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986) as "They're back."

The quotes refer this time, not to a young girl and ghosts, but to this year's return of the Brood II Cicada.

These cicadas were born in 1996. They dropped to the ground and dug their way below the surface where they waited 17 years before emerging to continue their lengthy life cycle...

Excuse you?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Philosophers and theologians may disagree on whether or not humans have a soul, but nobody disputes that humans, like other animals, have bodies.

And bodies, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are heir to a thousand natural shocks.

Natural shocks like gas. Like runny noses. Like pimples. And smells. Things that people don't necessarily like to talk about in polite company.

All of these things are explored in their wonderfully loud, smelly and graphic reality in the exhibition, "...