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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gypsy jazz goes ‘Upstairs’

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Hot Club of Philadelphia presents its contemporary take on gypsy jazz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“I really rediscovered gypsy jazz around 2000,” said Hot Club of Philadelphia founder and guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. “I saw a show at Lincoln Center and then another player doing that style.

“I was astounded at the whole ‘le pompe’ the sound,” he says, refering to the pumping sound of the two...

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not only one of the best rock music biopics, it provides a reassessment of the music of the British rock band Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer and one of the founders of Queen.

The movie has a stunning lead star turn by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Malek isn’t the only reason to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he’s the main reason. Look for an Oscar lead actor nomination for Malek.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” follows the life of Freddie Mercury,...

Theater Review: ‘Walkin’ in the Christmas season at The Pines

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you are eager to get into the Christmas spirit or if you just can’t get enough of the carols and holiday cheer, then The Pines Dinner Theatre’s spirited musical “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland,” continuing through Dec. 23, is just the ticket.

It’s non-stop singing and dancing, with lots of references to the memories and traditions that make the season special.

There are also many musical and staging innovations that make this Pines’ production special as well. As seen Nov. 9...

Lauding Larry: 2018 Baum School of Art gala honors long-time advocate Miley

Monday, November 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There was sumptuous food, a silent auction, action-painting, a friendly kidnapping, tango dancing, and a major donation in the name of Larry Miley, the 2018 honoree at The Baum School of Art “Fall Gala.”

Friends of Miley, a Baum School of Art board member for five decades, joined to honor him with donations to benefit the school.

Among them, Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander, Art Consultant and Independent Art Historian, donated a signed copy of the book to which she contributed...

Theater Review: ‘Greetings!’ puts the fun in dysfunctionalism

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Global ImpActors Group production of Tom Duzick’s “Greetings!” is an insightful, witty and all too relevant exploration of intolerance and other things that divide us, continuing through Nov. 11 at The Macungie Institute, Macungie.

Set in Pittsburgh at Christmastime in 1990, “Greetings” introduces the Gorskis, a working-class family headed by Phil, a staunchly Catholic, traditionalist father, and his perpetually-anxious wife Emily.

Living at home is Mickey, the...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, November 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Salute the vets: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Diane Wittry, music director, presents “Veterans’ Tribute: 100th Anniversary Of Armistice Day,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concerts celebrate the United States through a commissioned work inspired by the experiences of soldiers in world wars. Bethlehem native and actor Daniel Roebuck narrates Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” with excerpts from “The Gettysburg Address.” Daniel...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, November 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Nov. 8: Veterans eat free today. Chicken breast with creamy pesto sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple tidbits.

Friday, Nov. 9: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.

Monday, Nov. 12: Centers closed. Veterans Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Three cheese ziti w/meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.

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The Family Project: Bedtime strategies

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughters aged seven and four are giving me a lot of trouble when I put them to bed, and then again in the morning. At night, they don’t want to settle down and go to sleep. In the morning, they are tired and do not want to get out of bed. I wake up anxious because my mornings are always horrible, and bedtime is chaos. I’ve tried reward charts and timeout, and have taken toys away. I just don’t know what else to do. I am really overwhelmed and looking for help.

The panel said it...

Slide-lecture looks

Friday, November 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

A slide-lecture to commemorate World War I and Allentown’s Camp Crane will be presented at 1 p.m. Nov. 10, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

After years of official neutrality, the United States joined the fight against Germany, to make the world “Safe for Democracy.”

U.S. soldiers trained as ambulance drivers and medical personnel at Camp Crane in the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew and Liberty streets, Allentown.

“Most...