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Monday, August 19, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far from’ super

Friday, August 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” is the equivalent of a 1950s science-fiction drive-in flick.

One big difference is that “Spider-Man: Far from Home” has a $160-million budget.

The budget for “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959) was $60,000.

In “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” there’s a student field trip, but this being the 21st century, rather than going to the area planetarium, as in “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), it’s a trip to Venice, Austria and Prague.

Theater Review: ‘Avenue Q’ clever, funny at Pa. Playhouse

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Somewhere along the way from “Sesame Street” to The Muppets, there’s a musical neighborhood called “Avenue Q,” where humans and puppets struggle to find their purposes in life.

While normally residing in New York City, from now through Aug. 11, the locals of “Avenue Q” are bringing their joyful songs, personal struggles and hysterical antics to the stage of The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Theater Review: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ energetic, spiritual at NCC

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is an interesting and challenging choice for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre’s 2019 season-closing production, through Aug, 4, Lipkin Theater.

The July 24 opening night performance was seen for this review.

“Superstar” is a rock opera that began as a 1970 concept album by Andrew Lloyd Weber and his frequent collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice.

Theater Review: ‘Henry IV, Part 1’ essential, great at Pa. Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

They do Shakespeare the old-fashioned way in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “Henry IV, Part 1,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

It’s old-fashioned as in some 420-years old-fashioned when The King’s Men staged William Shakespeare’s plays at The Globe Theatre, London, England, sans director and sans costume, scenic and lighting designers. The PSF production follows such so-called “original practices.”

Respectfully Yours: Occupation tact

Friday, July 26, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

When I meet someone new, I always ask what they do for a living. This seems like good conversation starter, but I’m not sure if it’s polite. Is it rude to ask someone you just met what they do for living?

Dear Reader,

It’s not so much that the question in itself is rude as it is a matter of sensitivity of context.

I suggest starting off with an ice-breaking question to set the context so your question doesn’t come out of the blue. It’s better to start with “Tell me a little bit about yourself.”

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Under the big tent: Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns for “Amaluna” July 24-Aug. 25, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, Montgomery County. The show, said to be “a celebration of women,” is created and directed by Tony Award-winning Diana Paulus. The storyline is inspired by Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The large-scale production has a cast mostly of female artists, including Alix Croop of Allentown, who trained at the Parkettes Gymnastic Training Center, Allentown.

Fair contest books available

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair’s Premium List booklets detailing procedures and categories for entering the Fair’s blue-ribbon competitions are available at the Allentown Fair Office. PDF versions are available for downloading at: allentownfairpa.org.

Placement ribbons and cash prizes are awarded in each exhibitor category judged just prior and throughout fair week, Aug. 27 - Sept. 2. There are contests for youths in addition to the all-age categories.

Allentown Band, soloists go Broadway in concert

Friday, July 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band has increased its performance schedule from three to six concerts at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“We’re getting to be the house band,” quips Allentown Band Conductor Ron Demkee.

This includes “Broadway and Beyond,” with tenor Eric Fennell and mezzo-soprano Lauren Curnow, 7:30 p.m. July 27, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Last year, Symphony Hall initiated the summer series. One was a Broadway-themed concert by the band. The other was ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ with the band accompanying the silent film,” says Demkee.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, July 26, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, July 24: Chicken cordon bleu, roasted zucchini and yellow squash, mashed potatoes, roll, fruit sorbet.

Thursday, July 25: Fiesta pork chop, chuck wagon corn, oven roasted potatoes, roll, fresh fruit salad.

Friday, July 26: Open face roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, cream of broccoli soup, potato salad, rice pudding.

Monday, July 29: Herb roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, roll, fruit bread pudding.

Tuesday, July 30: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, cottage cheese and berries.