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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Allentown Symphony season-opener weds the old, new, borrowed and blue

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

I remember when I got married, this was the saying that everyone followed in order to ensure a good and happy marriage.

Well, I am coming up on my silver anniversary, 25th years, as music director and conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and I think we’ve had a pretty happy and successful relationship.

During this time, we’ve grown the orchestra artistically, expanded the classical concert...

Lehigh Valley housing market spurs Carbon County real estate

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by KRISTINE PORTER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley continues to see a shortage of houses for sale for the number of people looking to buy. Those eager to purchase a house are not waiting. Instead, they are coming to Carbon County.

“Carbon is having a nice run on their market,” said Justin Porembo, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR). “We’re happy to see a robust Carbon County market. The whole geographical footprint has seen a strong market.”

The number of houses with pending sales...

‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s an odd movie title: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”

How can a movie present two of its characters?

Perhaps the title was chosen so as to not confuse the movie with the “Calvin and Hobbes” daily newspaper comic strip (1985-1995) by United States cartoonist Bill Watterson.

Just kiddin.’

There’s no confusing the comic strip with “Hobbs & Shaw,” although the action movie’s plot line is paper-thin and the dialogue might as well be enclosed in...

Quevedo exhibition

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG:

An opening reception will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. Sept. 18 for the exhibition, “Ronny Quevedo: Space of Play, Play of Space,” continuing through Nov. 2, with an artist’s talk, 7 - 8 p.m. Oct. 15, Martin Art Gallery and Trexler Library Field, Baker Center for the Arts, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The exhibition is part of Muhlenberg’s Center for Ethics 2019-2020 programming, “Borders, Nationalisms, Identities: The Ethics of Global Citizenship.”

The Martin Art Gallery is...

The Family Project: Cyber school?

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. The school year is just beginning and my daughter is talking about switching to cyber school. My husband and I don’t like the idea of her sitting in her room on the computer more than she already does, but I also want to be sensitive to the idea that kids do get bullied, and school is tough for some kids. Please help.

The consensus of the panel is that switching to a cyber school is a very complicated decision, with serious logistical and social ramifications to be considered....

Respectfully Yours: Lunchtime interview

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m nervous about an upcoming lunchtime job interview. Can you please share some tips on how to prepare for a lunch interview?

Dear Reader,

You’ve passed the first phase of the job interview process and, as if that were not stressful enough, enter the lunch interview.

A lunch interview usually means that the interviewer is evaluating your social skills. Not only will you be judged on your qualifications and skills, your table manners will be...

Auditions Oct. 10

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ASO CHORUS:

Auditions for new members of the Allentown Symphony Chorus are 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 10, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Chorus is a professional-level chorus that accompanies the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in at least one concert per season.

For the 2019-2020 season, the chorus performs with the ASO Feb. 8 and 9, 2020, and April 18 and 19, 2020. The chorus has about 50 persons.

There are also...

‘Festival Unbound’ volunteers sought

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Volunteers are sought for “Festival Unbound,’ Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day festival of original art and community conversation, Oct. 4-13.

Volunteer tasks include ushering, setting up folding chairs, helping audience members dance their way down the South Bethlehem Greenway, and being a “Closing Ceremony Ambassador.”

“What gets me so excited is how different aspects of the festival touch on all these parts of Bethlehem, all these different communities and age groups and parts of...

Society of Arts author luncheon benefits Allentown Art Museum

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Art Museum Society of the Arts (SOTA) presents its Seventh annual “Luncheon With The Authors,” 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 3, Lehigh Country Club, Allentown.

Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Juliet Lapidos, Christopher J. Yates and Lyndsay Faye, will share remarks, participate in a panel discussion and sign books for attendees.

PBS39 “News Tonight” reporter K.C. Lopez is emcee for the Allentown Art Museum benefit.

Lapidos is author of “Talent,” a modern-day...