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Curtain Rises: ‘The Humans’ in LV premiere is ‘real life’ comedy-drama at Civic

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

“The Humans” premieres in the Lehigh Valley at Civic Theatre of Allentown, opening Feb. 7 and continuing through Feb. 23.

You may not have heard of the play, but you will probably find that the characters in the play are very familiar.

“You feel that they could be your friends,” says director Will Morris, Civic Theatre Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager, who’s directing the show at Civic.

“You can watch a character and say, ‘You know that person.’ You might...

Enter Readers Pick Oscar winners contest

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2020 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 9, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients in the contest’s...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Readers Oscars Contest Entry Form

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett...

Movie Review: Down the ‘Rabbit’ hole

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Jojo Rabbit” is in the tradition of satire that includes the movies of Monty Python (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1975; “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” 1979, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” 1983), a tradition that goes back at least to the infamous Jonathan Swift essay (“A Modest Proposal,” 1729).

Since “Jojo Rabbit” is, in large part, a satire about Adolph Hitler, its satiric movie predecessors include Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1967) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The...

4th ‘Jakopa’s Punch Bowl’ benefits Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

Imagine hearing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” performed with a boisterous Bourbon Street twist.

The resulting sound and image best describes the nine-piece music ensemble Jakopa’s Punch.

The Touchstone Theatre house band performs its fourth annual Mardi Gras-themed “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

The evet, a fundraiser for the south side Bethlehem theater, includes New Orleans-style food and complimentary wine and beer.

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Night On The Town:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

After 35 years in the business, Mike Portnoy is still hungry.

He is also a little under the weather and yearning for a good night’s sleep.

“But I know once I hit that stage, I know I’ll come alive and the adrenaline’s gonna kick in. I love each and every show,” Portnoy says in a phone interview.

“When it comes to performing, it’s always the audience that inspires me.”

Portnoy plays drums in the progressive hard-rock super group Sons of Apollo, in concert, 8 p.m....

The Family Project: With puppy love comes responsibility

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband just surprised me and our children with an eight-week-old puppy. I think my husband should have talked to me about this first. I know I am going to be the one who is going to take care of this dog, and I am not happy. What should I do?

The panel agreed with the mother that she should have been consulted before the husband brought the puppy home, but the panel first focused on how other decisions are made in the family.

“If it is happening in other situations, this...