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Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Ronettes’ Christmas: Ronnie Spector’s “Best Christmas Party Ever,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 is a raucous, rocking, and intoxicating blend of her Christmas classics, Ronettes’ hits including “Be My Baby” (named by Billboard magazine as the No. 1 Greatest Girl Group Song of All Time), “Walking In The Rain,” “Baby I Love You,” plus a splash of doo-wop and Spector’s inimitable off-the-cuff commentary. As The New York Daily News stated, “Go and experience the ultimate sonic stocking stuffer!” The New...

Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Follies’ explores season’s wonder, with laughter

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you thought vaudeville was dead, then you obviously haven’t seen “Christmas City Follies XIX,” continuing through Dec. 23, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

An annual vaudevillian holiday tradition for the past two decades, “Follies” has a talented seven-member ensemble that sings, dances, jokes and satirizes its way through its original music and scripts.

Dressed as Christmas trees, part of the ensemble opens the show singing a tribute to “O Tannenbaum,” and playing green...

Movie Review: ‘Creed II’ packs a powerful punch

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You may wonder why we need another feature movie about boxing.

There have been so many great movies about the pugilistic arts, among them: “Raging Bull” (1980), with Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, and directed by Martin Scorsese, voted by movie critics as the best movie of the 1980s; “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956), with Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano; “Body And Soul” (1947), starring John Garfield; “Requiem For A Heavyweight” (1962), starring Anthony Quinn; “The Harder They Fall...

RDT’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows with each passing season

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.

Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum...

Christmastime arrives on tiptoes

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Not unlike a child on tiptoes taking a peak in wide-eyed wonderment at Santa’s toys, Christmastime performances of the beloved classic, “Nutcracker,” get ballet dancers en pointe.

If you haven’t seen the “Nutcracker” on stage, there are again several opportunities, including the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley’s 50th anniversary performance (for that preview, see the Dec. 12 and 13 Focus section).

See the previews here of Repertory Dance Theatre’s 32nd annual “Nutcracker” at...

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ promotes peace, harmony

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.

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No strings attached: Pip the Mouse is back

Friday, December 7, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.

The regional favorite continues through Dec. 31 in the museum in Zion’s United Church of Christ,...

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Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kenny G at Christmas: For the first time ever, Kenny G is in concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. On his highly-anticipated holiday tour, the phenomenal saxophone instrumentalist performs some of his greatest hits, including songs from 1994’s “Miracles: The Holiday Album.” His two other holiday albums are “Faith,“ 1999, and “Wishes,” 2002. The 16-time Grammy nominee received a Grammy in 1994 for Best Instrumental Composition for “Forever in Love.” In a...

Loch:

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Loch celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Nov. 17.

Farmers all of their life in Loch Valley, they also owned a milk-hauling business, K&R Loch Hauling, for 22 years.

They are members of St. Paul’s Church, Seiberlingsville, Albany Township, Lehigh County.

The Lochs also are members of Weisenberg, New Tripoli, Kempton and Kutztown fire companies.

They were married at the home of the late Rev. William Wolford.

They are both retired...

The Family Project: popularity

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My pre-school daughter is always chosen last as a playmate. I think that she has good social skills for her age, but she is a bit overweight. Could this be a problem already at age four?

The panelists noted that there are two issues involved in this week’s question: a concern that the daughter may not be popular as a playmate with other children, and the mother’s linking of that concern to her assessment that the four-year-old is “a bit overweight.” Speaking to the first issue,...