Parkland Press

Monday, June 17, 2019

Movie Review: Rudolf Nureyev, defection and all

Friday, May 24, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The White Crow” takes its title from a Russian term for someone who is “unusual, extraordinary, an outsider” to tell the story of the defection in 1961 of Soviet Union ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The film is directed at a studious and measured pace by Ralph Fiennes, who appears as Alexander Pushkin, ballet teacher to Nureyev at Leningrad Choreographic School (now Vaganova Ballet Academy).

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to our beautiful campus,” she says. “We are hoping to build on last year’s numbers.”

Mayfair 2019 schedule

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by The Press in Focus

2019 Mayfair

Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown

4 p.m. - 10 p.m. May 24; Noon - 10 p.m. May 25 - 26. Free admission. Free parking

May 24

Main Stage

Anthony Cubbage, 4 - 5 p.m.

Stefanie Johnson featuring Mike Anthus, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Funk Authority, 7 - 10 p.m.

Bandstand Stage

Allentown School District, 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Allentown Music Scene, 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Tap Ties, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Old Town Wake, 7 - 8 p.m.

May 25

Main Stage

Brian Dean Moore Band, noon - 1:30 p.m.

Curtain Rises: Bethlehem ‘Suffragette City’ for ‘19: The Musical’

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bethlehem becomes “Suffragette City” May 25.

Crowded Kitchen Players presents the Lehigh Valley debut of a concert version of “19: The Musical,” a work in progress with performances planned in 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in the United States.

Performances of the 75-minute (with no intermission) “muscal overview of the play” are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 25, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. The performances are part of the “IceHouse Tonight” series.

Allentown Symphony ‘Inside the Score’ unveils world premiere

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a classical piece of music is created, developed and brought to the concert stage, you won’t want to miss “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concerto” by Matthew Quayle, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra featuring cello soloist Jameson Platte, 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Matt Quayle, the composer, is good friends with Jameson Platte, our principal cellist,” says Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor.

Night on the Town: Steve Brosky working on his Tavern Tan at Godfrey’s

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steve Brosky has been working on his tan, as in Tavern Tan, for a double bill, “Tough Tales & Rock Solid Saloon Songs,” 8 p.m. May 23, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

“Godfrey’s is a staple here in the Lehigh Valley. It’s a real gem,” Brosky says.

Tavern Tan is Doug Ashby, guitar, vocals; Andrew Brubaker, guitar, vocals; Tom Aczel, harmonica, vocals; Bill Melcher, bass, and Dave Joachim, drums, vocals.

Growing Green: ‘Mulch volcano’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Overmulching landscape trees is common.

This is most obvious when mulch extends up the trunk, smothering the root flare and root zone.

This practice, known as “volcano mulching,” results in a “mulch volcano,” and is never recommended and should not be utilized.

As beneficial as mulch is, too much mulch is harmful.

Deep mulch may suppress weeds, but it wastes time and money and can cause major health problems that lead to tree decline and possibly death.

There are many problems associated with overmulching.

Gečytė, Perla return for sixth ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Viktorija Gečytė and the Gene Perla Trio are making their sixth appearance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The 7:30 p.m. May 17 concert is part of the group’s 11th annual tour. After Lehigh Valley and New York area concerts, the group heads to the Bay Area. Then it’s off to Europe where the ensemble plans to make a recording.

2019 Freddy nominations list

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Here’s the list of the 2019 Freddy Awards nominations:

Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Freedom, “Anything Goes”

Nazareth Area, “Curtains”

Parkland, “Curtains”

Phillipsburg, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Saucon Valley, “Curtains”

Southern Lehigh, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Warren Hills Regional, “The Addams Family”

Scenery

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Dieruff, “Once on This Island”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Emmaus, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Healthy Geezer: Three topics

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I get low blood pressure after I eat a meal. It makes me a little woozy. What can I do about it?

This is a senior malady called “postprandial hypotension.” When you eat, blood pours into your digestive system. To maintain your blood pressure, your heart pumps more often and your blood vessels constrict. These compensatory mechanisms don’t work for some people.

To help prevent postprandial hypotension, eat small portions several times a day and limit high-carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.