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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Respectfully Yours: cell-phone talk

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, While I was sitting in a automotive service department waiting room, a woman sat down next to me. She was on her cell phone, having a long, loud, animated conversation. Me and everyone else in the room could hear every single word of her conversation. Is it not common practice to leave the room when you get a call in a confined space? Do people not realize that they are being intrusive?

Dear Reader,

Some people honestly don’t realize their actions are disrupting...

Book sale June 28, 30

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Allentown

Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown, is hosting a used book “bag sale” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 28 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30 in the book sale room at the library.

Shoppers may purchase a brown paper bag from the library for a small fee and fill it up with books.

There will be an assortment of used books on all topics to choose from at the sale.

All proceeds benefit the library.

Information: allentownpl.org

Theater Review: CKP ‘Eyes’ challenging material

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP), noted for antic productions of orginal comedies, is presenting the world premiere of a serious drama, “A Softening Of Her Eyes,” written and directed by CKP co-founder Ara Barlieb.

The two-act play, featuring many of the CKP stable of players, continues at 8 p.m. June 15, 16 and 2 p.m. June 17 on the main stage of the Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.

The show, set during a courtroom trial and at a radio station broadcast, is part of the...

Theater Review: ‘Yankee Doodle’ grand at Pines

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

What’s not to like about the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest offering, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” when you have music and lyrics by the great George M. Cohan?

Pines Co-producer Oliver Blatt, who also wrote the book for the musical, has woven into the storyline of Cohan’s life many recognizable tunes, such as “45 Minutes to Broadway,” “Give my Regards to Broadway” and “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Playing through July 1, the musical offers interesting highlights into Cohan’s personal...

Theater Review: ‘Newsies’ delivers at NCC Summer Theatre

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Whether playwrights will be writing musicals about the internet and social media only time time will tell.

The media, and newspapers, in particular, have long been the subject of stage dramas and movies, going back at least to “The Front Page” (1931) and up to and including “The Social Network “ (2010) and “The Post” (2017).

Usually, the protagonist is an overly-enthusiastic reporter, hard-driving editor, or wise-cracking femme fatale. You don’t often find a musical entirely...

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival explores new terrain for 2018 season

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s one of only seven places in North America, where you can see three of Shakespeare’s plays at one event.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 27th summer season at Desales University in Center Valley is poised to attract patrons from across the globe with its professionally-produced Shakespeare and so much more.

This year, in addition to three Shakespeare plays (the popular “Twelfth Night,” the history play “King Richard II,” and the bittersweet comedy “All’s Well...

From ‘Harry Potter’ role to ‘King Richard II’ at PSF

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is known for bringing big-name film and Broadway stars to perform in its renowned festival at DeSales University in Center Valley. And the 27th summer season promises to be no exception.

An actor best-known for his role in the “Harry Potter” film series will join actors who have been seen on Broadway, the West End, opera and in film and television, to perform in six different plays through Aug. 5.

Christian Coulson, who played Tom...

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Friday, June 8, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Real-life drama: Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) presents the world premiere of “A Softening of Her Eyes,” opening June 8, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Behlehem. The play, written and directed by CKP co-founder Ara Barlieb, is based on the true story. A black man on trial tells his story on a radio show. Will Alexander, above left, plays the lead, Emmanuel Thorogood Morris. Trish Cipoletti, above right, plays Leslie Grant, the radio show host. Tickets: The Charles A. Brown IceHouse box office,...

The Family Project: pre-teen’s visits

Friday, June 8, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 12-year-old daughter wants to start “hanging out” with her friends. I know I need to give her more freedom as she gets older, but this is so hard. What should I be checking out or asking her when she wants to go with her friends to the mall or a park?

The first questions to ask, according to panelist Pam Wallace, are: “Who are you going with? Where are you going? What will you be doing? Will there be an adult with you?”

The mother should stress that she needs to ask these...

Healthy Geezer: Vitamin D

Friday, June 8, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m 68-years-old and I want to know how much Vitamin D you need to be healthy.

The Office of Dietary Supplements in the National Institutes of Health recommends the following daily dietary allowances: 400 IU for children under one year; 600 IU for everyone 1-70 years old, and 800 IU for everyone more than 70-years-old.

The recommended upper limit for vitamin D is 2,000 IU a day. Vitamin D can be toxic when taken in higher doses. Vitamin D is included in most multivitamins,...