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Monday, August 19, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Yesterday’ never knows

Monday, July 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film title, “Yesterday,” is ironic.

The film is about a today when the only person who seems to remember The Beatles and knows the Fab Four’s songs is down-on-his luck folksinger Jack Malik (Himesh Patel). When Jack plays his own original songs, he’s used to performing for one person at a beachside gig, a few friends at a pub and gets by with a little help from his daytime job at a retail discount warehouse store. Jack begins playing Beatles’ songs. He becomes a one-man Beatles’...

Silver Jubilee: A ‘Season of Celebration’ for Conductor Diane Wittry in her 25th anniversary year with the Allentown Symphony

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

quarter of a century is a significant milestone: a silver jubilee.

For Diane Wittry, her 25 years as Allentown Symphony Orcestra Music Director and Conductor will be celebrated all-season-long in 2019-2020. It’s a “Season of Celebration.”

During Wittry’s 25 seasons of artistic leadership, the Allentown Symphony has risen to increasing standards of excellence, performing with passion and dedication and honored nationally with the prestigious “American Prize” for artistic quality...

Theater Review: ‘Anything Goes’ is the top at MSMT

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Anything Goes,” through July 28, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is exquisite.

From the bright, brassy, intense nine-piece orchestra conducted by Music Director Bryan L. Wade; to the classy, sassy tap-lines, of Choreographer Shelley Oliver; to the charming ocean liner set, which opens up like a pop-up book, by Scenic Designer John Raley, combined with Lighting...

Theater Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ conflicted loyalties at PSF

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra,” through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is big, sprawling and grand.

The drama, believed to have been first performed in 1607 possibly at the Globe Theatre, by Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, is a hybrid in the Shakespeare canon of a history play, a tragedy and a problem play.

One thing “Antony & Cleopatra” is not: It...

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that idie rock

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

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Friday, July 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Counter Culture tenor: Art Garfunkel is in concert, 8 p.m. July 24, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The New York Times described Garfunkel as a “beautiful countertenor.” Garfunkel is best-known as one half of 1960s’ counter culture folk-rock group, Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights of Garfunkel’s solo music career include a Top 10 hit, three Top 20 hits, six Top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary Top 30 singles and five Adult Contemporary No. 1 hits. Through his solo and collaborative...

No concert with

Friday, July 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

HAINES MILL:

The Allentown Band free outdoor concert, 6:30 p.m. July 21, Haines Mill, Cetronia, South Whitehall Township, has been postponed because of the Extreme Heat Warning issued for the Lehigh Valley.

The concert, hosted by the Lehigh County Historical Society, is to be rescheduled.

The nationally-renowned Allentown Band has played for 10 United States presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jimmy Carter.

The Allentown Band has been...

Heathy Geezer: blood pressure

Friday, July 19, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Whenever I go to the doctor and she takes my blood pressure it is a little high. Then, at the end of the office visit, she takes my pressure again and it’s normal. Do you know what causes this?

What you describe is a common symptom of “white-coat hypertension.” This means that your blood pressure goes up whenever anyone in a white coat (or reasonable medical facsimile) comes near you. I suffer from this myself so I have a visceral understanding of the problem.

In a study...

Respectfully Yours: Loaned item

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My neighbor borrowed my tree trimmer a while back and he hasn’t returned it. I would like to do some yard work and really need my trimmer. How do you politely ask someone to return something that you let them borrow?

Dear Reader, This happens to most of us. We kindly lend an item to someone, trusting he or she will return it as soon as they are finished.

Time goes by and we forget until we need the item. Now we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation...