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Monday, April 24, 2017

Liberty: ‘West Side Story’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The iconic musical “West Side Story” comes to the stage at Liberty High School at 7 p.m. April 27, 28 and 29, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, the musical opened on Broadway in 1957.

The tragic tale of two rival teenage gangs in an Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City is inspired by Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet.” Taking place in the mid-1950s,...

Charter Arts: ‘Hair’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The psychedelic 1960s comes to the stage at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts with “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” at 7 p.m. April 26, 27, 28, 29 and 2 p.m. April 30, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, “Hair” debuted off-Broadway in 1967 and opened on Broadway in 1968.

A “tribe” of politically-active hippies live the...

A Cosy Sheridan retrospective at Godfrey Daniels

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cosy Sheridan first made her mark on the folk scene in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Sheridan’s 1992 CD, “Quietly Led” (Waterbug Records) received critical acclaim. From then on Sheridan continued to create a steady stream of insightful, well-crafted albums, culminating in 2014’s “Pretty Bird” and 2016’s “Sometimes I Feel Too Much.” West Side Folk dubbed her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful...

Dieruff ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Jesus Christ Superstar” comes to the stage at Dieruff High School at 7 p.m. April 27, 28 and 2 p.m. April 29, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

The Gospel-themed rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, opened on Broadway in 1971. Loosely based on the Biblical narrative of the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, the anachronistic musical ends with Christ’s crucifixion. Much of the plot focuses on Judas Iscariot,...

Review: ‘Boss’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.

It’s short on concept, but long on style.

Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).

Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin)...

‘Clay Shoot’ benefits

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

SACRED HEART:

The 4th Annual “Shoot for a Cause Clay Shoot” to benefit Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, is May 9, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, 2750 Limestone St., Coplay, Lunch is catered by Grumpy’s BBQ. There’s a continental breakfast.

This year’s fund-raising goal is $35,000.

Sponsorship information and to register: Jackie Jones, 610-776-5906; shh.org

Growing Green: Ephemerals

Friday, April 21, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Across southeast Pennsylvania it has been a different winter. It has been a winter of little snow and scarce cold weather. Some will recall it as a great winter. Others might wonder what it means, especially to our spring flowers.

As February came to a close there were sure signs of spring. Spring garden flowers, crocus, daffodils, grape hyacinth, were pushing up. The careful observer also noted some tree buds swelling early.

Flower buds on trees have only one chance each...

Theater Review: ‘Church Basement Ladies’ serves up hilarity

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Church Basement Ladies,” the latest offering through May 14 in The Pines Dinner Theatre’s eighth season, is a musical-comedy gem, filled with hand-clapping songs, witty lyrics and crazy antics.

The musical, written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlk, was inspired by the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran,” a humorous remembrance by Janet Letnes and Suzann Nelson of being Lutheran in the Midwest during the 1950s.

The storyline in the show, co-produced by Oliver Blatt and...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 19: Beef tips with gravy, scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, banana.

Thursday, April 20: Herbed pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, April 21: Tilapia, whole grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit.

Monday, April 24: Swedish meatballs, whole wheat pasta, Capri blend vegetables, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, April 25: Baked ham with glaze, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food...