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Monday, October 23, 2017

Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Varekai’ to PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Cirque du Soleil returns to Allentown with one of its signature productions, “Varekai,” for seven performances, Nov. 9 - 12, PPL Center.

“Varekai” performances are: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11; 1:30, 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets: PPLCenter.com; 610-347-TIXX; PPL Center Box Office.

“Varekai” showcases an acrobatic extravaganza with the theme of Icarus for an amazing display of high-level acrobatics and performers ready to accomplish gravity-defying feats.

World-class opera stars to join Allentown Symphony Orchestra to open classical music series

Friday, September 29, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As I was growing up, opera was a type of music that I didn’t think appealed to me, but I really didn’t know much about it. I had heard all the jokes about opera music and the loud wobbly voices and crazy plots, and so I decided I didn’t like opera music.

When I was young, I also didn’t like vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, or avocados, until later in my teens when I actually tried them. Then I realized they were really quite good. I’ve enjoyed vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, and avocados, especially guacamole, ever since.

‘Movies At The Mill’ takes it to The Rooftop in Easton

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Movies At The Mill” film festival has traveled to several venues in Easton.

This year, “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, is at The Rooftop of the Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

The film shorts are expected to unreel at about 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Fusion Trio performs at 6 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, the “Movies At The Mill” seminar series continues with a Skype interview and question and answer session, “Effecting The Story,” with visual effects supervisor-producer Karen Heston.

8 DAYS A WEEK Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, September 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Power Pop:Pop star and actor Rick Springfield, above, is in concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Penn’s Peak Jim Thorpe. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the 1980s, a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 United States Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He most recently starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film, “Ricki and the Flash,” gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr.

Pain Awareness Month: For Julian Phillips, chronic pain is an everyday fact of life

Friday, September 22, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

For Julian Phillips, chronic pain is an everyday fact of life. Nothing in Phillips’ active childhood years in England, where he was born, indicated that he would later be living a life of constant physical agony.

September is “Pain Awareness Month” in the United States. Phillips again this year brought the American Chronic Pain Association awareness program to the attention of the board of commissioners in Salisbury Township, where he resides. Township commissioners agreed to allow “Pain Awareness Month” signs to be placed in the township.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, September 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Sept. 20: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled apricots.

Thursday, Sept. 21: Baked lasagna, seasoned roasted cauliflower, Caesar salad, Italian bread w/ margarine, sliced pears.

Friday, Sept. 22: Cranberry juice, smoked turkey-salami and provolone on roll /mustard, carrot raisin salad, peanut butter cookie.

Monday, Sept. 25: Calves’ liver w/gravy, red potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, wheat bread w/ margarine, ambrosia.

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).

Healthy Geezer: Salmonella infection

Friday, September 22, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What exactly is Salmonella and how can I avoid it?

Salmonella are microscopic living creatures that spread from the feces of people or animals. Salmonella can be found in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and unwashed produce. Any food can become contaminated. Salmonella is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United States.

Salmonellosis is an infection of the intestinal tract from the bacteria. Symptoms of the infection, which usually last four days to a week, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever and headache.