For the past 20 years, the professional acting ensemble of Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, has presented its “Christmas City Follies” to help audiences celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, while satirizing the commercialization and human foibles that continue to distract from the true meaning of the holidays.
Directed by Jp Jordan, and utilizing original vaudeville-style sketches filled with humor, music and shopping carts, the “Follies,” through Dec. 22, is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of shopping, package-wrapping and party-going.
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Q. I’m going on my first cruise and I was concerned that I might get stomach flu. What should I do?
Many senior citizens frequent cruise ships because vacationers can enjoy what is probably the most relaxing form of getaway. You travel with your own bedroom and all the amenities you can think of.
But there are a lot of people on these floating paradises. That means lots of germs are along for the ride.
Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.
It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.
“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.
It is the fifth time “The Singing Policeman” returns to sing with the Allentown Band for the its annual holiday veterans’ concert.
Daniel Rodriguez, known internationally as “The Singing Policeman,” says Allentown is a place he “keeps coming back to.”
Rodriguez, also known as “America’s Tenor,” accompanies the Allentown Band, El Sistema Lehigh Valley Children’s Chorus and guest musician, Michael Mergen, a cornet player with the U.S. Marine Band, for the “Americans We Tribute to Veterans-Holiday Concert,” 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, December 11: Breaded pork chop, grilled cabbage and bow ties, fresh Waldorf salad, wheat bread w/margarine, Rice Krispie treat.
Thursday, December 12: Cream of potato soup, sausage sandwich w/ green peppers and onions, pasta salad, chilled pears.
Friday, December 13: New England clam chowder, smoked turkey, salami and provolone cheese on a roll, cole slaw, tropical fruit.
Christmas “Daze”: “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” brings its latest electrifying and reimagined family holiday spectacular to The State Theatre for one performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. The extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure with 20 world-classe acts, 300 costumes and holiday scenes by Broadway director Neil Goldberg.
Q. My 12-year-old daughter’s best friend has a 16-year-old sister who just got her learner’s permit. My daughter told me that they went on a long highway drive with the older sister driving and the father in the passenger seat. I am furious that my daughter was in a car driven by someone who has little experience, and hasn’t even taken driver’s ed yet. Should I confront the parents, not let my daughter go over to her friend’s house, or just let it go?
The immediate response from panelist Denise Continenza was “None of the above.”
The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley presents the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet in the Lehigh Valley, now in its 51st year (1968-2019).
The beloved and whimsical production, with a splendid score by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is a holiday delight.
With a cast of more than 100 professional, pre-professional and student performers, performances are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, December 11: Baked whitefish w/ onion lemon seasoning, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, ambrosia.
Thursday, December 12: Beef w/ onion and Dijon mustard sauce, cauliflower Au Gratin, sautéed red cabbage, dinner roll, spiced apricots.
Friday, December 13: Creamed turkey, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, biscuits, orange gelatin.
Monday, December 16: Pork and pea carbonara (light egg and cheese sauce), Italian vegetable blend, spaghetti, fresh fruit salad.
This year I’ll be going to my first company holiday office party. I sometimes drink socially and co-workers have told me there is an open bar at the event. What are the rules for drinking at a company holiday party?
Beware: You may think the holidays are the time to eat, drink and be merry. But the holiday office party should be approached with more caution than the rest of the events on your social calendar.