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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

New chamber music series: Decoda, a New York City-based chamber ensemble launches a new classical music series at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, with a concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 4. “Our appointment of Decoda as the first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall recognizes the quality of its work,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. Now in its fifth season, Decoda,has performed in South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong,...

Author to speak about

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV Heritage museum:

New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis will recount the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in a lecture and signing of his book, “More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War,” 1 p.m. Nov. 3, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This year is the hundredth anniversary of the Spanish flu, the worst pandemic in modern history,” said Joseph Garrera, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Executive...

LCCC honors veterans

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) honors veterans with several events during Veterans Awareness Week, Nov. 5-10, Main Campus Schnecksville.

The college will create a “Faces of Honor” tribute displayed in the Student Union.

A Veterans Day flag ceremony will be held, 11 a.m. Nov. 8, at the flagpole outside the Student Services Center.

The week concludes with the second annual LCCC Military Bingo Gift Card event, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 10, Scheller-Woodman Community Services...

The Family Project: Two-year-old’s biting

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My two-year-old daughter has a huge biting problem at her day-care. I get a note almost every other day that she bit someone. We have contacted her doctor, who says it is normal at this age. But I don’t think it is normal if it happens this often. We have done time-outs, talked to her, and spanked her, but she doesn’t understand that biting hurts and she should not do it. What can we do?

The panel began by talking about what not to do.

“The first thing to do is to stop...

Theater Review: ‘Brigadoon’ appears splendidly at Muhlenberg College

Monday, October 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s easy to see why The Princeton Review 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges” ranked Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance Department No. 9 for “Best College Theater,” placing the program among the Top 12 in the United States in 10 of the past 11 years.

You need to look no further to see why the accolades are deserved than Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance Department’s splendid production of “Brigadoon,” a showcase for Muhlenberg student talent and the department’s expertise,...

Baum School of Art gets smart with phone images

Monday, October 29, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Sarachek began her career as a street photographer and photojournalist in the mid-1960s. The Moore College...

Movie Review: ‘Old Man’ Oscar

Monday, October 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Old Man & The Gun” is a throwback to 1970s’ “New Hollywood” film-making and the early films of, among others, directors Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steve Spielberg and Brian Di Palma.

That “The Old Man & The Gun” has a 1970s’ look in production design, including cinematography, lighting, sets, costumes, vehicles, and music, shouldn’t be surprising because the fact-based story takes place in 1981 in Texas and nearby states and harks back to events...

‘Rise’ to the occasion Daniel Rodriguez sings, Daniel Roebuck narrates, in ASO Veterans’ Day concerts

Friday, October 26, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

The Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, was the document that ended the fighting on land, sea, and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany. The signing of this document took place at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. It is a national holiday in many countries.

Over time, the name was changed in the United States in order to honor veterans who have served in the military. We now call Nov. 11 Veterans Day.

In honor of 100th...

Renovated 19th St. Theatre is more than a building

Friday, October 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.

In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.

Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.

“This is more than a building,” says Maria DeFebo-Edwards...