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Monday, October 21, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ lots of fun at Munopco

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” is one of those fun musicals: serious, but not too serious, frivolous, but not too frivolous, and nearly all-singing and all-dancing, from beginning to end.

It’s fun in the sense that the stage musicals “Hairspray” (2003) and “Bye Bye Birdie” (1960) are fun. You can’t help but get caught up and depart with a smile on your face.

Munopco Music Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” in its Lehigh Valley community theater debut, through Oct. 20 at Scottish Rite...

Movie Review: Judging ‘Judy’

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Judy” is a marvelous and complex biographical portrait of movie icon and pop singer Judy Garland.

The movie is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Judy Garland, best-known for her starring role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and her rendition in that movie of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” a song with which she would always be identified.

Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, June 10, 1922, died at age 47 on June 22, 1969, in London from an apparent accidental barbiturate...

Broadway legends: Allentown Symphony Pops salutes Sondheim, Webber

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Two of the greatest living composers of Broadway theater music will be honored by the Allentown Symphony Pops by featuring three musical veterans, including a Tony winner and the actor who portrayed the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 2,000 times.

The “ASO Pops Series,” with the orchestra conducted by Ronald Demkee, presents “The Best of Broadway: A Tribute to Sondheim & Lloyd Webber,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The soloists are Tony...

Ilene Hochberg Wood handbag collection in museums’ ‘Pursenoality’ exhibitions

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

When Ilene Hochberg Wood’s mother gifted her a little red handbag as a child, there was no way to know that the bag would become the basis of a world-class collection.

Now, years after the first bag that started it all, a portion of Wood’s collection is being displayed in several museums

“PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History,” opening Oct. 11, will showcase more than 400 handbags at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and Moravian Museum...

Kacper Abolik in Baum exhibition

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.

His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides...

Festival Unbound schedule

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Festival UnBound continues through Oct. 13.

Ticketed events include “Prometheus/Redux,” “A Joyful Noise,” “To Hunt a Wild Utopia” and “The Secret.” A limited number of Pay What You Will tickets are available for these events.

Events that are Pay What You Will, with a suggested ticket price, include “Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors,” “Beyond Utopia” and “Starry-Eyed.”

Free events include “Homecoming,” Opening and Closing ceremonies, Sustainability Forum and...

‘Fall Fitness Fest’ Oct. 19 at LCCC

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and its Foundation hosts “Fall Fitness Fest,” Oct. 19, main campus, Schnecksville.

This year’s events focus on raising money for student scholarships and LCCC’s Cougar Cabinet food pantry, the latter created to address food insecurity among LCCC students.

Participants may register for one or all of these events:

5k run-walk follows a course around LCCC’s main campus and along Orchard Road. Registration, 7:30 a.m.; warmup, 8:30 a.m...

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Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Blues alive: Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan are in concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. The title of Buddy Guy’s 2018 album says it all: “The Blues Is Alive and Well.” The 18th solo LP by Buddy Guy, above, is a followup to 2015’s “Born to Play Guitar,” for which he received a 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album.” Guy, 83, is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced many rock guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Keith...

Healthy Geezer: Teeth, poison, headaches

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes my old teeth to decay?

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, a layer of bacteria. Plaque can build up quickly on the teeth of older people.

In addition, seniors have a greater tendency to get decay around older fillings. And we have more fillings than younger people because we didn’t all grow up with fluoride added to drinking water.

Cavities in the roots of teeth are also more common among older adults because the roots are exposed when our...

St. Luke’s offers public findings on health needs

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine invites the public to presentations on its 2019-2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) findings and recommendations, including:

St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus: Quakertown High School, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13

Light refreshments will be provided.

St. Luke’s University Health Network recently completed its 2019-2022 its CHNA, which identified three health priorities:

1. Improving access to care and...