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Saturday, August 19, 2017

‘Cool’ award Whitehall artist again honored in national watercolor exhibition

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut received a Ruth G. Rosenau Silver Medallion in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors for “A Cool Sip” (dry brush watercolor, 35 in. x 54 in.).

Wiltraut’s long-time friend, Bob Schaffer, posed for the watercolor near the “Poughkeepsie Bridge,” a 19th-century railroad trestle south of Slatington along the Lehigh River. This is the third time Schaffer modeled for an award-winning work by Wiltraut. The award presentation for “A Cool Sip” was Aug. 4...

Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be...

Growing Green: Native plant kits

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

New to gardening? Want to plant native species to help our pollinators and other local wildlife?

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards of Lehigh and Northampton counties are selling native plant kits that correspond with small garden designs by Lehigh Gap Nature Center to help take the guesswork out of gardening.

The kits also utilize plant plugs, which offer an inexpensive way to start your garden. Plant plugs are first-year seedlings. With fall...

‘Seussical Jr.’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

JCC:

Auditions will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 for Stagemakers at the J’s production of “Seussical Jr.,” at The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

Those auditioning only have to attend one of the two audition days.

Call backs will be held 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

A parent information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.

Auditions are free and open to the community.

A participation...

Hill:

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Bruce and Diana Hill, formerly of Heidelberg Township, gathered June 17 with family at Brickerville House, Lititz, to celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Their wedding took place at Egner Memorial Chapel, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, with the Rev. Dr. Russel Stine presiding.

Bruce retired from the Allentown Housing Authority as its director of social services and personnel.

Before that, he served the Lutheran Church in America as director of Christian education at...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, August 16: Orange juice, smoked turkey- salami and provolone cheese on roll, corn and tomato salad, rice krispie treat.

Thursday, August 17: Breaded veal patty w/ gravy, seasoned red potatoes, roasted broccoli, wheat bread w/ margarine, ambrosia.

Friday, August 18: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Monday, August 21: Cranberry juice, baked meatloaf w/...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Jazz violin:The Scott Tixier Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Tixier is an award-winning French jazz violinist and recording artist. Grammy Award-winning bassist Marcus Miller said Tixier “is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound.” Said guitarist Pat Metheny, “[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite...

Theater Review: ‘Sister Act’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Sister Act,” though Aug. 20 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, is an evening of heavenly entertainment, from staging to acting to music direction to set design.

A convert from the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical stage version of “Sister Act” showcases music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.

Director Chip Rohrbach assembled a well-balanced and talented cast of singer-actors, somewhat of a miracle given that he had to...

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has third annual record year

Friday, August 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set attendance and ticket revenue records for the third consecutive year.

With nearly 150 performances in just under 10 weeks, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival season concluded with landmark attendance records, ticket revenues exceeding $1.2 million, an 8 percent increase in subscription sales and a main stage production playing to 103 percent capacity.

The Festival’s 26th season closed Aug. 6 in the Labuda Center for the Performing...