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When buying plants, consider life cycle

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

As you go to the garden center and are looking to buy some plants, keep their life cycles in mind.

If you want something that you don't have to plant each year, don't buy annuals.

Here are tips that will help you buy the kind of plants that you want for your flower garden.

Plants are classified by the number of growing seasons required to complete their life cycle. Generally, these groups are annuals, biennials and perennials.

Annuals will provide continuous...

'Oblivion': Cruise drone-alone

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Oblivion" is a stunning sci-fi thriller that transports you to another world: Earth in the not two-distant future.

The year is 2077, intones Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) in the prologue. An alien invasion has made the planet uninhabitable, he tells us. Surviving humans have fled to Triton, a moon of Saturn.

Harper is a kind of space-age mechanic. Only, instead of repairing cars, he repairs drones, which have been developed into all-purpose super-fast, super-lethal security forces...

Bach schedule

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The second weekend of the 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conducts the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

The Festival...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"8th Annual Young Playwrights' Festival and Gala" 7 p.m. May 18, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 484-767-2456

"Beauty and the Beast" May 31 - Aug. 9. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. pashakespeare.org, 610-282-WILL

"The Clean House," 8 p.m. May 8, 14, 15, 21, 21; 6 p.m. May 16, 23. Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

"I Love A Piano," through June 2, 12...

Many benefits to eating whole grains

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. My wife insists on buying nothing but crunchy brown bread because she says it is good for us. I'm a bit skeptical about this and suspect we are victims of hype to sell this kind of bread. What do you think?

I'm presuming that your wife wants to get whole grain bread to put more fiber into your diet.

Whole grains are cereal grains that include the bran, the germ and the core of the kernel known as the endosperm. Bran is a tough, fibrous outer layer, which is a source of fiber...

THEATER REVIEW PYT 'Flat Stanley' deserves big stamp of approval

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

To see the world for the price of a postage stamp is a great benefit if you can fold yourself flat, as Stanley Lambchop finds out in a musical romp around the world.

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," directed by Bill Mutimer, through May 19, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Sand Island, Bethlehem, deserves a big stamp of approval. Timothy Allen McDonald adapted Jeff Brown's classic children's story, "Flat Stanley," for the children's...

CONCERT REVIEW The music of Bach abides in Bethlehem

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was forged by Bethlehem Steel Corp. chieftain Charles M. Schwab who lured J. Fred Wolle back from a University of California professorship to again lead the choir in 1911, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival resuming the next year in Packer Church, Lehigh University.

Wolle had rehearsed and conducted The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's first American performance of Bach's The Mass in B Minor in 1900 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem.

While "The...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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NOLA on the Lehigh: The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) jazz sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, above, opens RiverJazz, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The group, a touring act for half a century, derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter that was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or...

Help 'Create a Symphony' at Miller Symphony Hall

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Have you ever blown across the top of a bottle, or tapped a rhythm on a coffee can or the bottom of a pot? How about shaking a bottle of seeds or beans, or blowing on a straw? All around us, there are everyday objects that you can use to make music.

The Allentown Symphony presents "Create a Symphony," this season's Family Concert, 2 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall. For this concert, I wanted to show how you can make musical instruments out of a variety of household items.

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MORAVIAN

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Claremont Trio performs 8 p.m. May 3, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Hurd Campus, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

The award-winning piano trio performs Mozart, Trio in E Major, K. 542; Gabriela Lena Frank New Work (2012), commissioned by the Claremont Trio; and Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op.66.

Single tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: cmsob.org