Northampton Press

Friday, February 21, 2020

Do the Freddys: Get your tickets now to attend region’s high school musicals

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The road to the Freddys begins deep in winter when trees are bare and concludes in spring when flowers are in bloom.

The 2020 Freddy Awards program leads up to a three-hour ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, that’s telecast live on WFMZ and streamed on wfmz.com.

The adjudication of musicals presented at the 29 participating schools begins about three months earlier in late February.

Not only judges are on the road to the Freddys. Students and parents are, too.

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Concert Review: Simon Mulligan elegant in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Nothing is musically more elegant than the Simon Mulligan Trio.

On Valentine’s Day night, in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums, did a show of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.

The members of the trio were stylishly-attired in black for their seventh appearance in the room. Mulligan noted that for the Feb. 14 concert, red might have been more appropriate.

Theater Review: Insightful ‘Blues’ at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has chalked up another memorable production, this time with Neil Simon’s masterful Tony Award-winning play “Biloxi Blues,” on stage through Feb. 23.

This is the second chapter in a semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” that includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound.” All three cover the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter-ego.

Mozart. Haydn works well-suited to Pennsylvania Sinfonia

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Spend a Sunday afternoon with two of the premier composers from the 18th century Vienna when Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents “A Viennese Afternoon,” 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Enjoy the music of classical composers Mozart and Haydn in an intimate program that marks the Sinfonia debut of Bethlehem native and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School graduate Fiona Gillespie singing the soprano solo on Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.”

The Family Project: Helping son adjust to kindergarten

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is having trouble adjusting to his kindergarten class. He was in pre-school for many years with the same children and did very well. He went from being a leader with lots of friends, to a classroom where he is being picked on. How can I help him adjust?

“Adjustments for some children can take months,” panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo said, adding, “The mother needs to give her child some time.”

Panelist Denise Continenza said that the son may be a child whose temperament doesn’t adjust to change very well.

Respectfully Yours: Perfume triggers coworker’s allergies

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am sensitive to scents, particularly perfume. The aroma triggers my allergies. I sit close to a coworker whose perfume is overpowering. How do I nicely tell someone her she’s wearing too much perfume?

Dear Reader,

Working in close quarters can sometimes be challenging.

For people who are sensitive to smells, overwhelming perfume can present an unhealthy work environment.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Jazz valentine: Simon Mulligan Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. It’s an evening of romantic jazz with Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums. The British pianist has been described by The Times of London as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” Mulligan was 19 when he began worldwide tours and recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at major international venues as well as live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards.

Lehigh County senior menus

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, February 12: Honey glazed turkey, Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cinnamon baked apples.

Thursday, February 13: Vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, cauliflower, diced peaches.

Friday, February 14: Cheeseburger, potato and ham chowder, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, fresh melon.

Monday, February 17 - Closed - President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 18: Chicken and dumplings, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, scalloped pears.

Student Poetry Project accepting entries

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.