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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Respectfully Yours: nosy co-worker

Friday, February 9, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

What’s the best way to handle a nosy co-worker who is asking too many personal questions? I don’t know how to answer without sounding rude.

Dear Reader,

When you’re working with the same people every day, co-workers naturally start to become curious about one another. This isn’t unusual considering these are the people you spend most of your waking hours with.

However, there are people who push your personal boundaries to the limits and who want...

30 musicals set for 2018 Freddys

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The State Theatre Center for the Arts has announced that 30 high schools are participating in the 2018 Freddy Awards.

The 16th year of the program again recognizes accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, N.J.

The 2018 Freddys culminate in a three-hour television awards ceremony May 24 at the State Theatre, produced in partnership with WFMZ Channel 69. The show is...

The Family Project: Tantrums

Friday, February 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. When does a child having a tantrum cross the line ino this behavior being a real problem? My nephew, who is age five, has been having major tantrums starting at around age two. My sister keeps saying that he is going to grow out of it. It has been three years, and it is getting worse. Is this normal?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak started the conversation by asking if the child was yelling, throwing himself on the ground or throwing things.

“In other words, is he becoming a danger...

Satori in concert

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

UNITARIAN CHURCH:

Satori performs at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the “Second Sunday Concerts,” Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

Satori’s Nora Suggs, flute; Cheryl Bishkoff; oboe, and Martha Schrempel, piano, perform Telemann’s Sonata No.1 in D Major, Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Hilary Tann’s Shoji, William Grant “Still’s Miniatures” and works by Goosens and Dring.

There’s a post-concert reception.

Tickets, advance or at...

Healthy Geezer: Heimlich maneuver

Friday, February 9, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

A while ago, I wrote a column on the Heimlich maneuver, a well-known method to save choking victims. After the column appeared, I received an email from Peter Heimlich, the son of the late Henry Heimlich, who invented the procedure.

Peter Heimlich said that two of the methods recommended by the Heimlich Institute, which was the source for my column, are “problematic.” These are the methods for treating unconscious victims and infants. He recommended that I contact the American Heart...

‘Riverdance’ steps it up for 20th anniversary

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The international Irish-dance production, “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Riverdance” consists of traditional Irish music and dance and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world, having been seen on stage by more than 25 million.

Amy-Mae Dolan, lead dancer, “Riverdance,” believes Irish dance is so popular in the United States because of the Irish heritage...

Movie Review: ‘Thread’ bared

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Phantom Thread” is a creepy romance about “the mangled tebs we weave” (“the tangled webs we weave”). It’s Masterpiece Theatre meets Alfred Hitchcock.

Director John Paul Anderson’s screenplay is about a 1950s’ fictional London couturier, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lews), who treats people like so many manequins upon which to drape his designs.

“Let’s take her for a walk,” Woodcock says to his new muse in town, Alma (wonderfully chimerical Vicky Krieps), referring not to the...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ASO Classics: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Classical Series” continues with “Scheherazade and Paganini Rhapsody,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, and 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” violin solo is performed by ASO Concertmaster Eliezer Gutman. Chinese composer Zhou Tian’s “The Palace of Nine Perfections” is inspired by a Chinese painting of the same name. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini...

Funny ladies: That ‘Fabulous’ comedy series returns to Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, February 2, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Stand-up comedy is often a man’s world.

Although female comedians have had greater representation on stages during this latest comedy boom, males still comprise most successful working stand-ups.

The “Ladies of Laughter: Funny and Fabulous” aims to prove the naysayers wrong. The second installment of the series tour pays a visit to Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in Allentown.

It’s a long-held misconception that women aren’t funny. This...