Catasauqua Press

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘Boss’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.

It’s short on concept, but long on style.

Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).

Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin)...

‘Clay Shoot’ benefits

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

SACRED HEART:

The 4th Annual “Shoot for a Cause Clay Shoot” to benefit Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, is May 9, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, 2750 Limestone St., Coplay, Lunch is catered by Grumpy’s BBQ. There’s a continental breakfast.

This year’s fund-raising goal is $35,000.

Sponsorship information and to register: Jackie Jones, 610-776-5906; shh.org

Growing Green: Ephemerals

Friday, April 21, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Across southeast Pennsylvania it has been a different winter. It has been a winter of little snow and scarce cold weather. Some will recall it as a great winter. Others might wonder what it means, especially to our spring flowers.

As February came to a close there were sure signs of spring. Spring garden flowers, crocus, daffodils, grape hyacinth, were pushing up. The careful observer also noted some tree buds swelling early.

Flower buds on trees have only one chance each...

Theater Review: ‘Church Basement Ladies’ serves up hilarity

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Church Basement Ladies,” the latest offering through May 14 in The Pines Dinner Theatre’s eighth season, is a musical-comedy gem, filled with hand-clapping songs, witty lyrics and crazy antics.

The musical, written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlk, was inspired by the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran,” a humorous remembrance by Janet Letnes and Suzann Nelson of being Lutheran in the Midwest during the 1950s.

The storyline in the show, co-produced by Oliver Blatt and...

The conversation that matters Writer Ellen Goodman to deliver seventh St. Luke’s Littner lecture

Friday, April 14, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and founder-director of The Conversation Project, will speak on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having” at the seventh annual Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement, 7:30 p.m. April 19, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is also sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network.

A career journalist, Goodman worked for Newsweek...

Movie Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Zookeepers’ Wife” is a powerful film about courage and bravery during World War II. It’s based on a true story.

Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who founded and ran the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of an estimated 300 Jews following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Jews were smuggled out of the notorious Warsaw Ghetto before its occupants were transported in train boxcars to concentrations camps.

Jessica Chastain is Antonina, the mother of a son, Ryszard Zabinski (Timothy Radford,...

Allentown Central: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, cruises to the stage at Allentown Central Catholic High School, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

Written by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, the musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1934.

“Anything Goes” features the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean...

Healthy Geezer: Blepharospasm

Friday, April 14, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Every so often, my left eye twitches. It goes away after a while, but it’s annoying. Is there a remedy?

Eye-twitching, which is also called eye spasms or blinking disorder, is known technically as blepharospasm. It usually is not a serious condition.

In most cases, eyelid spasms stop on their own. The most common causes are fatigue, stress, prolonged staring, eye strain, and caffeine. The best remedies are more sleep, relaxation techniques, reduced caffeine, warm soaks, eye...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, April 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Sly dog:Kinky Friedman, above left, Texas singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist and politician, performs at 7 p.m. April 19, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th St. Bethlehem, Friedman, who styles himself in the tradition of American satirists Will Rogers and Mark Twain, formed the band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, releasing his first satiric country-rock album in 1973. Among his infamous tunes are “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.” In 2006, he ran for governor of Texas. In 2007,...