Catasauqua Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Morrie’ celebrates life

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It might seem incongruous to call a theatrical production about dying a feel-good play, but that is a perfect way to describe Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” through May 20, Alumnae Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

Written originally as a best-selling memoir by sportswriter Mitch Albom, then turned into a TV movie and later a play by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, “Tuesdays with Morrie” celebrates life and death as natural progressions.


Movie Review: Avenge of the movie reviewer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Spoiler Alert: This movie review is going to avenge “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The hit movie, which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set records, is a bloated, computer-generated-imagery mess.

The Mavel Cinematic Universe is a very crowded universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with just about every character known to superhero fans in the movie, short of Inspector Gadget. Yes, I know he’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic...

Thinking outside the Bach: There’s a ‘new guise’ in town for Bach Choir 111th Festival and its 120th anniversary year

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Bach is getting unbuttoned and heading outside this year for the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival taking place over two weekends May 11-12 and 18-19 in Bethlehem.

New this year, the annual festival is presenting “Bach Outdoors!” a free performance kicking off the festivities at noon both Fridays on Payrow Plaza between the Bethlehem Public Library and City Hall. Organizers hope the new free event will engage people about the music of Bach in an entirely new way.

The music will be...

Camp introduces children to the arts

Friday, May 4, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 20th annual City Arts Camp returns June 25 and runs through June 29 in Allentown.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes run by the Allentown arts nonprofits.

The camp is for children from ages 7 to 11 and is held 9 a.m. - 4 p.m....

Civic visits ‘Morrie’ again

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

When Civic Theatre of Allentown first staged “Tuesdays With Morrie” in 2008 it was an intimate production presented on the then new black box stage of Theatre514.

This time around, the two-person play about a student and his teacher dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, opens May 4 on the much larger stage of Cedar Crest’s Alumnae Hall.

Director Bill Sanders says the material is strong enough to make the transition: “The moments need to be a little bit larger. But most of it is taking...

Get your Bach on at the 111th Bach Festival, Bethlehem

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.

The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.

The choir, celebrating its 120th anniversary, is the oldest Bach choir organization in the United States.

The Festival kicks off both...

Respectfully Yours: office attire

Friday, May 4, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, With summer approaching, I could use suggestions regarding appropriate summer attire for work. I would like to put away the dark pants and wear some dresses. How can I update my office wardrobe while taking care to not overdo it?

Dear Reader,

It’s important to strike a balance between comfortable and appropriate when it comes to work attire.

The first thing you’ll want to do is consult dress code of the company. Businesses have a variety of policies...

First-Aid classes

Friday, May 4, 2018 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College, The American Heart Association and the American Health and Safety Institute offer First-Aid classes for adults and children, as well as in specialty cases, at the main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Pediatric First-Aid is intended for day-care providers, school staff, Scout leaders, coaches or others who work with youth. It includes CPR, AED and First-Aid for children. Class are 6-9 p.m. May 15, 16.

To register,...

Emmaus Film Fest: ‘Femmes’

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

Emmaus native and award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Gardner wanted to spotlight local films directed by and starring women in her second film festival in her hometown.

“I was excited to find out how many women are making films in the Lehigh Valley,” Gardner says. “It was bigger than I expected.”

She could only include four local films in her red carpet screening at The Emmaus Theater May 5, but they are paired with six international films by women for “Emmaus Film Fest...

The Family Project:crying baby

Friday, May 4, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a young father of a two-month-old. I really enjoy being a dad except when the baby won’t stop crying. What should I do?

The panel members began by congratulating the father for recognizing the problem. They said they have all been through the baby-crying situations themselves.

“You feel like this will never end,” panelist Denise Continenza remembered, “but it does get better, and it does end.” Assuming that the baby’s pediatrician has ruled out any health problems that...