Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Machine more than Pink Floyd tribute band

Friday, April 6, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band in its 30th year, has sold out theaters and clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, and appeared at music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, and Germany’s “Rock of Ages.”

“The Machine: America’s Premiere Live Pink Floyd Experience” stops at 8 p.m. April 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Expect to hear a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including faithful renditions of popular hits and obscure gems. States Spin magazine: The Machine “sounds exactly like Pink Floyd.”

Healthy Geezer: Here comes the sun

Friday, April 6, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Most public health messages have focused on the hazards of too much sun exposure. But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the body’s vitamin D supply. In seniors, vitamin D protects against osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones become increasingly brittle. Vitamin D also protects against cancer, heart disease, and other maladies.

There are other benefits a daily dose of sunlight.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects people when they don’t get enough sunlight.

‘Dictators 4 Dummies’ musical is Touchstone world premiere

Friday, April 6, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For writer and director Christopher Shorr, the creation of “Dictators 4 Dummies” started as early as 2014.

“Dictators 4 Dummies” has its world premiere, April 5-15, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

“It began as a research into a phenomenon. I was looking into the odd situation of people not seeming to recognize these ... moves from ‘The Fascist Playbook,’ if you will,” Shorr explains.

ASO Series

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S:

The second 2018 “ASO Chamber Series” concert, presented by the Allentown Symphony Association with Arts at St. John’s, features Jonathan Clark, Principal Horn, Allentown Symphony Orchestra; Michael Toth, Principal Pianist, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Ruotao Mao, violinist, 12:10 p.m. April 10, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Alentown.

Charter Arts: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts with “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7 p.m. April 11, 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. April 15, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, “The Drowsy Chaperone” opened on Broadway in 2006, receiving 13 Tony nominations and receiving five Tony Awards.

Respectfully Yours: hotel tipping

Friday, April 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our family plans on traveling more frequently this summer. I’m never sure how much and when to tip housekeeping, concierge, valet, etc. I would like to know the basic guidelines for tipping hotel staff.

Dear Reader,

Hotel tipping is one of those things that can confuse even the most experienced of travelers. The hospitality business model is built on showmanship and catering to you. When you arrive at a hotel, people immediately spring into action to make your stay more comfortable.

Allen: ‘Aida: School Editiion’

Friday, April 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The William Allen High School theater department presents “Aida: School Edition,” a musical about Aida, a captured Nubian princess; Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the Egyptian soldier they both love, at 7 p.m. April 12, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. April 15, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The William Allen production is directed and produced by John T. Sechler, assisted by choreographer-assistant director Dawn Blanco, music director Brandon Remp, and technical director Marc Hissam.

‘Rent’ 20th anniversary tour stops at State Theatre

Friday, April 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes

“How do you measure, measure a year?”

It’s been 20 years since the late Jonathan Larson’s famous lyrics were first sung on Broadway, creating an enduring hit.

The 20th anniversary tour of “Rent” is on its national tour, with a stop at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 12, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.