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69th Kutztown Folk Festival: Attractions added for Pennsylvania-Dutch celebration

Monday, June 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

Large-scale model trains, an authentic harvest celebration and a 100-year-old printing press are some of the new attractions at the 69th annual Kutztown Folk Festival, which brings all things Pennsylvania-Dutch to the Kutztown Fairgrounds June 30 - July 8.

And there are new crafts and new foods to join with all the old favorites at the annual celebration of Pennsylvania-Dutch, ne, German culture.

Steve Sharadin, Kutztown Folk Festival Director, says the volunteers preparing the...

Theater Review:

Monday, June 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Schubert Theatre in Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University is a kind of thespian trampoline. The three-sided stage with arena-style seating on each of the three sides lends itself to actor-audience interplay.

The actors seem to leap off the stage. They are up close and personal. You can see the gleam in their eye. You can sense the weight of the role on their shoulders. They use direct-address to the audience, make eye contact and may include you in the action...

Movie Review: ‘Incredibles 2’

Monday, June 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s just “Incredibles.”

Yes, the sequel, “Incredibles 2,” outdoes “Incredibles,” released nearly 15 years ago, in 2004.

“Incredibles 2,” as with many Disney-Pixar animation features films, is preceded by brief interviews with those who voice the characters, including Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr-Mr. Incredible) and Holly Hunter (Mrs. Parr-Elastigirl), who joke about the lag time between the original and its sequel.” To paraphrase, they promise, “It’s worth the wait.”

They...

Fans choose their Poison at PPL Center

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

One of the United States’ legendary rock bands, and Pennsylvania’s own, Poison, takes the stage with the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018 Tour,” 7 p.m. June 24, PPL Center, Allentown.

Opening the concert are Pop Evil and Cheap Trick. The tour is to conclude July 1 at the Hard Rock Event Center, Hollywood, Fla.

Poison, a glam, hard-rock, heavy-metal band that started out in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, has continued to be one of the top acts in the music industry with multi-...

ASO extends Wittry contract

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, has extended her contract with the Allentown Symphony Association for another three years, Board of Associates President Mike Torbert announced June 11.

“We are excited that she will be continuing to bring worldwide, aspiring artists and programs to the Lehigh Valley community,” Torbert stated in a press release.

Now in her 23rd season with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Wittry was named one of...

The art of Ellen Grim Harter in the Baum tradition

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A reception for “It’s All About Color,” more than 30 colorful works by Ellen Grim Harter on exhibit through July 6 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, will be held at 6-8 p.m. June 21, at The Baum School of Art, Allentown, as part of Allentown’s Third Thursday series.

As one of nine grandchildren of Walter Emerson Baum, who founded The Baum School of Art and was a founder of the Allentown Art Museum, Harter often watched the artist at work on his sketches and paintings...

Entries sought for art exhibit, ‘To Sir Elton, With Love’

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites local and regional artists to participate in a juried exhibit, “To Sir Elton, With Love,” Sept. 8-Oct. 5. An artists’ reception is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 20.

The exhibit will be juried by Deborah Rabinsky, Curator; Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, and Paul Willistein, Focus Editor of Lehigh Valley Press.

Sir Elton John’s final tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road,” kicks...

Respectfully yours: wedding attire

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I am going to a wedding and I would like to wear a black cocktail dress. My friends are telling me I should avoid wearing black to a wedding. The wedding is semi-formal and I feel a black dress is an appropriate choice. What’s your opinion about wearing black as a wedding guest?

Dear Reader,

Decoding the rules of wedding attire confuses most people.

The time of the event will dictate what you should wear. If it’s an afternoon or early evening event, reach...

The Family Project: Father’s day?

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am the father of nine- and 11-year-old daughters. Years ago, I made some very bad decisions, including leaving my wife and my children, and losing custody. I have grown up, straightened out and have established myself. I want to reconnect with my daughters, but don’t know how to go about it.

The panelists strongly urged the father not to try and contact his daughters on his own, while also discouraging him from going to the girls’ school.

“It’s a legal matter now,” said...

LV Stage: Summer Theater

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Tickets: pashakespeare.org; 610-282-9455

“Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre

“Ragtime,” through July 1, Main Stage

“Twelfth Night,” June 21-July 15, Schubert Theatre

“Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Main Stage

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Baker Center for the Arts, Trexler Pavilion

2400 Chew St...