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Movie Review: ‘Guardians’ turns up the ‘Volume 2’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.

The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The...

Happy, creative campers to return for ‘City Arts Camp’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 19th annual “City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids” takes place June 26 - 30. This fantastic opportunity is open to youngsters ages of 7 - 10.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes at each one of these Allentown arts nonprofits.

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Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Smile’ commemorates World War I Centenary

Friday, May 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was the “War to End All Wars.”

It was “The Great War.”

It was “World War I.”

World War 1 was waged from July 28, 1914, until Nov. 11, 1918.

The First World War Centenary is observed in 2017 in the United States, which on April 6, 1917, joined Britain, France and Russia to fight Germany.

To commemorate the Centenary, or more to the point, to explore themes of the war, the soldiers who fought in it, and the families who stayed behind, the Crowded Kitchen...

Bach reimagined: Renowned Bethlehem Choir marries tradition, innovation for 110th edition of Festival

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the 34 years that Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, he’s found new ways to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Leipzig cantor whose music, you might say, “baroque” through to lay the foundation for classical music.

“We’re always thinking about how we want to present Bach’s music and how to engage and how to intrigue the listener,” Funfgeld says.

The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, May 13, 14 and May 19, 20,...

110th Bethlehem Bach Festival unfolds the weekends of May 12, 19

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass

Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder

Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

12th on 13th:Touchstone Young Playwrights’ Festival celebrates its 12th year as local students, community members, and professionals showcase new plays written by elementary, middle, and high school students, May 13, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Cente. Young Playwrights’ Lab is an eight-week arts and literacy residency developed by Touchstone Theatre and the Bethlehem Area School District. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and collaborative critique, each student writes an original one-...

Healthy Geezer: surgeons

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’m having surgery and I’m afraid that the doctor will operate on the wrong side of my body. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Absolutely. Ask your surgeon to mark the site of the operation. Some surgical organizations recommend that their members use a marking pen on patients. Don’t be reluctant to request this service to make your surgery safe.

Every year, more than 15 million Americans have surgery. The process of surgery from the...

First Ladies topic

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

“America’s First Ladies” is the subject of a Mother’s Day Celebration, 1 p.m. May 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to learn about a fascinating chapter of American history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The presentation is about the public and private lives of iconic First Ladies. A First Ladies Trivia Contest will be held. After the program,...

Review: ‘The Circle’

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Will “The Circle” be unbroken?

Based on the ambiguous conclusion of the movie, “The Circle” is broken.

The up-to-the-minute examination of the cyberworld we live in stars Emma Watson. Shedding her Hermione Granger robes of the “Harry Potter” movies, Watson plays Mae, a smart twentysomething who becomes a valued employee of The Circle. It’s a Google-Facebook-Twitter Silicon Valley, Calif., social media company that seeks to make the world a better place through “transparency.”...

Touchstone’s Young Playwrights brings community to the stage

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For many students, the “Young Playwrights’ Festival” may be the best way to present their creative talent to their peers.

“The schools look at their students a little differently,” explains Mary Wright, Young Playwrights’ Lab coordinator.

“They may not always be as successful in a classroom setting, but they really flourish in this program. So, seeing teachers and principals get it, that’s exciting for them, and for us.”

It’s the 12th year the program has been helping to...