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Friday, February 23, 2018

Lynnie Godfrey wants to share her expertise, inspire children to sing

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Stage and screen veteran Lynnie Godfrey is looking for a few good friends, young friends, to accompany her in a holiday concert.

Godfrey is holding vocal auditions 1 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, for kindergarten through fifth grade students in Allentown School District to perform with her in a December holiday concert at the church.

The Broadway actress and lauded vocalist seeks to provide a community music education...

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

If the shoe fits: “Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, plays the State Theatre Center for the Arts for two performances, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17. The musical, starring, above, Leslie Jackson and Tatyana Lubov, originally written for television, debuted in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. The show, which made its Broadway debut in 2013, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, new book by Douglas Carter Beane, original book...

Readers Pick

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 90th Academy Awards.

PICTURE

- “Darkest Hour”

- “Dunkirk”

- “Phantom Thread”

- “Get Out”

- “The Post”

- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

- “The Shape of Water”

- “Lady Bird”

- “Call Me by Your Name”

DIRECTOR

- Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

- Guillermo del Toro, “The...

Simon Mulligan in ‘Jazz Upstairs’ series for fifth time

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The fifth time is the charm.

Pianist Simon Mulligan returns to Miller Symphony Hall’s “Jazz Upstairs” series for the fifth time at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, accompanied by Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums.

Mulligan has classical and jazz chops. He studied music at St Paul’s School and the Royal Academy of Music, both London, and the International Piano Academy, Lake Como, Italy.

He has performed and-or recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony,...

‘Cinderella’ goes to source

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“This is not the Disney version,” says Leslie Jackson, who plays Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” being staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Most of us have grown up knowing some version of the story, but this is a more current version of the classic fairy tale,” says Jackson in a phone interview.

The...

‘Punk Rock Flea Market’

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

BETHLEHEM LIBRARY:

Tape Swap Radio and the Bethlehem Area Public Library host “Lehigh Valley Punk Rock Flea Market,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17, at the library, 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem.

Expected are 20 vendors from Lehigh Valley businesses, artists, and crafters, 21,000 CDs and vinyl records on sale, and music by DJ Reverbiscar in a benefit for renovation of the library’s Bob Cohen Room.

Information: bapl.org

‘Putin’s Russia’ talk

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Andrew Felkay, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at Kutztown University, presents a talk, “Putin’s Russia: An Update,” 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Felkay is author of “Yeltsin’s Russia and the West,” and other books.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

Growing Green: Tree trunk frost cracks

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Cracks and splits in tree trunks are fairly common and may occur for various reasons, but are usually not a significant threat to the tree.

Usually there’s not much you can do about them once they occur. Tree-trunk cracks and splits, however, occasionally signal a serious problem that may eventually kill the tree.

One of the most common reasons for cracks and splits on tree trunks is frost cracks, which occur during cold winter weather.

When winter temperatures plummet...

Enter Student Poetry Project

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Healthy Geezer: Myasthenia gravis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Could you do one of your columns on this subject so everyone in our family can understand it?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a muscle disease. The name comes from Greek and Latin words meaning grave muscle weakness. Myasthenia gravis (my-us-theen-ee-uh-grav-us) affects the muscles that control the eyes, face, breathing, chewing, talking, swallowing and limbs.

MG was first described in detail in the late 19th century, when...