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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Movie Review: Nanny dearest, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.

Nor is it as good as I wanted it to be.

“Pish posh,” as Mary Poppins might say.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is the near-perfect 2018 holiday season release.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is paced by a terrific performance by Emily Blunt as the nanny Mary Poppins.

It also features a great performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter.

Focus theater review list 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Here is the Lehigh Valley Press Focus theater review list for 2018.The list includes production title, theater company, review publication date and reviewer’s name.

The publication dates correspond to dates where the reviews are archived on the Lehigh Valley Press web page:

thelehighvalleypress.com/focus

Focus 2018

theater reviews

“Christmas City Follies XIX,” Touchstone Theatre, Dec. 11. Carole Gorney.

“A Christmas Carol,” Civic Theatre of Allentown, Dec. 5. Carole Gorney

Movie Review: ‘Ralph’ rules ‘The Internet’

Monday, December 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ralph Breaks The Internet” is not about the latest Ariana Grande music video going viral nor about a Russia troll farm hacking United States’ social media.

The animated sequel to “Wreck-It-Ralph” (2012) is more clever than that. Ralph doesn’t only “break” the internet, he wrecks it. They don’t call him “Wreck-It-Ralph” for nothing.

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 19: Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, carrot, banana, wheat bread.

Thursday, Dec. 20: Pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie, wheat bread. bread

Friday, Dec. 21: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, zucchini, applesauce, wheat bread.

Monday, Dec. 24: Centers closed. Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, Dec. 25: Centers closed. Christmas Day.

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, apple.

Thursday, Dec. 27: Soup and sandwich.

Respectfully Yours: How to eat pizza

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was engaged in a friendly debate recently on what is the right etiquette for eating pizza. When, if ever, is it OK for someone to eat pizza with a fork and knife? I say eating pizza with your hands is totally acceptable. Am I right?

Dear Reader, This answer depends entirely on your location and who you are eating with. Many foods are meant to be eaten with your hands.

Wraps with fillings may fall out, tacos, crispy bacon, and corn on the cob should be eaten with your hands.

Jim Brickman brings joyful exchange to Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

‘Tis the season that piano sensation Jim Brickman hits the road.

The Grammy-nominated pianist understands that being a successful entertainer is about more than creating captivating and beautiful music. Brickman’s easy as Sunday morning style resonates with his audience and it’s part of the reason they keep coming around for more.

Brickman’s 30-city United States holiday tour, “A Joyful Christmas,” lands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Healthy Geezer: Contact dermatitis

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes rashes?

The most common cause of a rash is contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that comes from direct contact with irritants or allergens. A red, itchy rash from contact dermatitis isn’t contagious, and usually goes away in two to four weeks.

Irritants or allergens include: detergents, soaps, makeup, deodorant, clothing, chemicals, rubber, metals, jewelry, fragrances, plants and medicinal lotions.

There are two types of contact dermatitis.

Irritant contact dermatitis is caused by a substance such as bleach that irritates the skin.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, Dec. 19: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, broccoli florets, Italian bread w/margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, Dec. 20: Christmas meal: Baked ham, praline sweet potatoes, green beans almondine, molded fruit salad, fresh baked roll w/margarine, pumpkin spice cake.

Friday, Dec. 21: Baked meatloaf w/gravy, wheat bread w/ margarine, Boston cream pie.