Catasauqua Press

Friday, May 25, 2018

Concert Review: Stunning debut, milestones, and good vibrations at Bach Fest 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.

The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.

In recent years, the festival has added performances and events, for...

Movie Review: ‘Hedy’ hopper

Monday, May 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a fascinating documentary film that, if it wasn’t based on a true story, would sound like fiction.

Lamarr, who was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 and died in 2000, was an Austrian-born United States film actress.

While the dark-haired Lamarr wasn’t a Bombshell in the Hollywood movie style of platinum blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Lamarr was regarded as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen.

Her...

Mosaic of art: 33rd annual Baum School of Art auction offers something for every art collector

Friday, May 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.

“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).

by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, May 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Special “Evening”: “An Evening with Michael McDonald” will be presented at 8 p.m. May 20, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. With a career that encompasses five Grammys, McDonald’s “Wide Open,” set for release Sept. 15, will be his first album of original material in 17 years. McDonald, above, was a member of Steely Dan before joining the Doobie Brothers in the mid-1970s. He was singer, keyboardist and songwriter on the Doobie’s Top 40 singles, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “...

Parkland tops Freddy noms

Friday, May 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Among the 154 Freddy Awards nominations for 2018, Parkland tops the list with 15, with Emmaus next with 14. Here’s the tally:

Parkland: 15

Emmaus: 14

Bangor Area: 13

Dieruff: 10

Southern Lehigh: 10

Saucon Valley: 9

Northern Lehigh: 9

Freedom: 8

Belvidere: 7

Hackettstown: 7

Easton Area: 6

Moravian Academy: 5

Northampton Area: 5

Warren Hills Regional: 5

Whitehall: 5

Allentown Central...

Banquet celebrates book release

Friday, May 18, 2018 by JENNIFER SANTIAGO in Focus

The author, defender of homeless people and human rights activist, Eugene Lee McDuffie celebrates the book release of “Scars” May 18 with a banquet at 6 p.m., East Hills Moravian Church, 1830 Butztown Road, Bethlehem.

From 6 p.m.-7 p.m., McDuffie will sign copies of his book. At 7 p.m., testimonies will be shared by Lex Diaz, Jerry Delgado, Mike Kingsley and Renaldo Nazario about how McDuffie influenced them through his ministry.

McDuffie has written three books: “Missing Love...

Respectfully Yours: Men’s office attire

Friday, May 18, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently read your column on summer office attire for women. Could you please give ideas for men’s attire for the summer season at the office?

Dear Reader, The summer months are here and the warm weather doesn’t immediately imply casual. There is no excuse for looking lazy. You merely need to adapt to the season.

Every workplace has different dress code policies. No matter the temperature, it is always important to look professional and appropriate....

Nominations for 2018 State Theatre Freddy Awards on WFMZ-TV

Friday, May 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The 2018 Freddys Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 24 from the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are made available through participating schools.

Rehearsal tickets and Freddy Awards Preview Party tickets are available for the May 23 awards ceremony dress rehearsal. Ticket information: freddyawards.org.

Rehearsals for the opening number of the broadcast featuring four students from each of...

The Family Project: Unreported assault

Friday, May 18, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old daughter recently shared that her close friend was sexually assaulted by a relative who is now in jail. She has never gone for counseling, is not doing well in school, is becoming withdrawn and doesn’t want to talk about it. My daughter said her friend doesn’t want anyone to know what happened. What can I do?

The first advice that was given by the panel was to contact the girl’s school. “Every school is mandated to have a student assistance team,” said panelist Chad...