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Thursday, June 29, 2017

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Hair”here:The 50th anniversary of the rock musical “Hair,” above, June 14 - July 2, opens the 37th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Join the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the freewheeling counterculture of the 1960s with a “tribe” of non-conformists as they groove to the music, including 1960s hits “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” Director James Peck returns to MSMT following last season’s production of “In the Heights.”...

Contest to select

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN FAIR

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen who will represent the Fair during the event’s Labor Day week run, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that has operated the Fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties.

Women 16 - 20 years of age may enter the competition that awards a $1,000 scholarship presented by Lehigh-...

Healthy Geezer: grandparenting

Friday, June 9, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. We’re about to have our first grandchild. I was wondering whether you are a grandfather and have any tips?

My wife, Gale, and I entered grandparenthood with a thud. We were given seven grandchildren in less than seven years. Let me give them all a plug. They are Morgan, 17; Carly, 15; Ethan, 13; Maggie, 13; Christian, 13; Aaron, 11, and Patrick, 10.

First, let me tell you what most grandparents know: you can’t imagine how happy these little people will make you. And I think...

Review: ‘Pirates’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadmen Tell No Tales” could more aptly be subtitled “Lousy Screenplays Tell No Tales.” Therein lies the problem with the fifth sequel in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series that stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who doesn’t so much swashbuckle as sashay, speaks with an at times difficult to understand drunken lisp, and rolls his eyes at every ironic aside in the grand manner of a silent movie star.

“DTNT” drowns in a sea of CGI (Computer...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Tuesday, June 6: Vegetable juice, battered haddock, seasoned potato wedges, cole slaw, wheat bread with margarine, cherry turnover.

Wednesday, June 7: Cranberry juice, fried chicken breast on bun w / lettuce, tomato and mayo, pasta salad, fresh canteloupe.

Thursday, June 8: Roast pork w / gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, rye bread with margarine, oatmeal cranberry cookie.

Friday, June 9: Closed. Senior games....

Nominees sought

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Alumni Association nominating committee is seeking new officers for the Alumni Board.

Nominations may be submitted to the Office of College Relations, Student Services Center, Room 112, or to Jane Wilchak, jwilchak@lccc.edu. The deadline is 5 p.m. June 18.

To nominate someone or to be considered for the Alumni Board, you must be a graduate of LCCC or an associate member of the Alumni...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 31: Dijon chicken, lentils, carrots, sugar cookie, seasonal fruit.

Thursday, June 1: Pot roast, smashed potatoes, broccoli, strawberries.

Friday, June 2: White fish, cavatelli with roasted mushroom and asparagus, summer vegetables, oatmeal cookie.

Monday, June 5: Sloppy joes, warm berry crisp, side salad.

Tuesday, June 6: Sausage, sauteed noodles, sauteed cabbage, canteloupe.

Wednesday, June 7: Honey...

Non-traditional casting chosen for one-act staged readings

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Of all the performance venues on ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, director Lynnie Godfrey finds that her favorite is the Fowler Blast Furnace Room.

“It’s a great space. I feel like I have to say I created the space that you see,” she says, laughing. “It’s a general room to hold weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and so on. When we use it for these sorts of performances, we rebuild the stage and black out parts of the room and create an intimate setting.”

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Shakespeare for everyone: Broadway in Center Valley returns to DeSales campus for Pa. Shakespeare Festival

Friday, June 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), with its Main Stage Theatre production of “Evita” opening June 14, bodes to be bigger and better than ever for its 26th season.

Already, the 2017 season has set a record.

PSF set a new one-day sales record Feb. 15, opening day of single-ticket sales for the summer 2017 season. In one day, 938 tickets were sold for a more than $43,000 total. That’s a 64 percent increase, compared to the first day of single ticket sales in 2016, the...

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival warms up to ‘The Ice Princess’

Friday, June 2, 2017 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

A brave princess meets new friends, learns a valuable lesson, and discovers magical powers in “The Ice Princess.”

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) show, ideal for children ages 3 to 12, opens June 2 and continues through Aug. 5 in Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Children can get a front row seat for the show with onstage carpet seating, and they can meet the actors after performances for photos and...