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‘Cougar for a Day’

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Prospective Lehigh Carbon Community College students can “Be a Cougar for a Day.”

Students may experience a typical day on the main campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville. Learn about LCCC’s admission process, attend a college class and experience student life, including dining in the cafeteria and taking a campus tour.

Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with an LCCC admissions representative.

Events are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m....

Healthy Geezer: Aspirin may provide health benefits

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about the health benefits of aspirin. Is it some kind of cure-all or am I a victim of hype?

I wouldn’t call it hype. There’s a lot of research that indicates aspirin is good for many ailments.

Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates, which work by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, swelling and blood clots.

Aspirin is used to treat mild to moderate pain, fever or inflammation. It is sometimes used to treat or...

Fresh off ‘Trio,’ Jake Shimabukuro makes ukulele fun

Saturday, February 15, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Jake Shimabukuro will change your mind about the ukulele, with his dramatic and lively mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, flamenco, and traditional Hawaiian music. Shimabukuro, 43, has developed a sound filled with music improvisation.

The Jake Shimabukuro Trio performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArttsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, with Dave Preston, guitar, and Jackson Waldhoff, bass.

Shimabukuro is releasing a new album, “Trio,” a few...

Isn’t it romantic? Simon Mulligan in Valentine’s Day jazz concert

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

A visit by Simon Mulligan has become a tradition this time of year at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall.

The Simon Mulligan Trio will appear for the seventh time in Miller Symphony Hall, for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, on Valentine’s Day.

Appearing with Mulligan is Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums.

Last year, English pianist Mulligan played two sold-out concerts with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performing George Gershwin’s “...

Theater Review: Symbolizing ‘The Humans’ condition at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Lehigh Valley premiere of “The Humans” at Civic Theatre of Allentown through Feb. 23 hits a little too close to home as it peels away the layers of a typical family’s relationships and issues, and leaves the audience wondering what it had just experienced.

The one-act, approximately two-hour, drama written by Stephen Karam features members of a dysfunctional Scranton, Pennsylvania, family. The play opened on Broadway in 2016, and won that year’s Tony Award for Best Play. It was...

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...

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...

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...