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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Son’s prom manners

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My son will be going to the prom soon, and he asked for my help in doing everything right and being a gentleman. I thought that was very endearing, but I don’t really know what to tell him. What are some proper prom manners I can share with him?

Dear Reader,

I am thrilled your son cares and wants to make a good impression on his prom date.

To be prepared for a prom date, or any date for that matter, there are a few rules to follow that can make or...

Healthy Geezer: Fructose intolerance

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Fruit juices give me a stomach ache. Do you think I’m allergic to them?

I never diagnose because I’m not a physician. I’m just a journalist. If you have a problem digesting fruit juices and this is getting in your way, you should get a medical check-up.

Meanwhile, you might want to keep a diary of the food you eat. This can be the first stope to isolate foods that are giving you digestion problems. The intensity of your reaction can help determine whether you are allergic to...

The Family Project: Teen daughter stress

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I often hear my teenage daughter and her friends talking about all the stress they are under. Sometimes I even hear them crying together. When I ask them if everything is OK, they change the subject, start laughing or simply say, “Nothing.” Why are teens under so much stress, and how can parents help?

The panel agreed that teens are under a lot of stress from school work, sports, social activities and the like.

Cell phones, along with the need to multitask, were named as...


Saturday, May 11, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival. Tickets: bach.org; 610-866-4382

Directions, parking: bach.org/directions-parking/

Friday, May 10, 17

Bach Outdoors: Festival Brass Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra principal violist Paul Miller, electric violin, noon, Payrow Plaza, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem. Free

Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Dr. Michael Marissen: “Significance of Calov Bible,” 2 p.m., Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Lehigh...

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Saturday, May 11, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.

The script, based on lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, chronicles the author’s childhood and youth in the Bechdel family in rural...

More than Bach and beer in Bethlehem: 112th Bach Festival adds concerts, events, venues

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Legendary journalist H.L. Mencken wrote of his attendance at the Bethlehem Bach Festival during Prohibition in terms of Bach and beer.

The 2019 Bach Festival of Bethlehem, in its 112th year, is much more than that.

In his 36th season, Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld has added depth and dimension to the Bach Festival.

The festival is May 10, 11 and May 17, 18 in Bethlehem, principally on the Lehigh University campus, with some events...

Polka rocks on: Alex Meixner to explore Lehigh Valley music roots

Friday, May 3, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Alex Meixner Band performs a celebration of the “Roots of the Lehigh Valley,” 7:30 p.m. May 7, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The multi-talented Meixner, a Lehigh Valley native, literally learned music at his father’s knee. He represents the fourth generation of the Meixner family in the music business. Starting piano at age three, he made his stage debut in his father’s band at age six playing the accordion.

There followed multiple gigs on multiple...

Curtain Rises:

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

“It won the Tony Award for best musical, best book and best score, which almost never happens...