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Saturday, March 31, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ASO Chamber Series: The Allentown Symphony Association announces its second annual collboration with the Arts at St. John’s for the “ASO Chamber Series” at St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Alentown. Allentown Symphony Orchestra musicians, along with guests soloists, will perform four 50-minute concerts during April in the beautiful nave of the stained-glass church. The first, at 12:10 p.m. April 3, features Eliezer Gutman, violinist and Concertmaster of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Lotus Cheng, pianist.

Gallery View: Chocolate block photos

Friday, March 30, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.

Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.

“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my often-forgotten desires. As markers of time, they recalled what fell away and what was gained.”

Theater Review: ‘Love’ stories entirely in song at The Pines

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“They say that breaking up is hard to do,” but not when it’s done to music in the Pines Dinner Theater production of “Love is a Many Splintered Thing.”

Packed with four decades of Top-40 hit songs from Neil Diamond and Cher to Elton John and Gloria Estefan, not a word was spoken by the cast the entire evening. Instead, the story of six friends and their romantic relationships from high school to adulthood is told entirely through the lyrics they sing.

Theater Review: The Dude arrives and abides at CKP

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“The Second Coming” is the title of a poem written by William Butler Yeats in the aftermath of the carnage of World War I. Its allegorical reference is to the Christian belief that Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” After asserting that “the blood-dimmed tide is loosed,” Yeats’ poem concludes: “Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand.”

Respectfully Yours: Baby visit

Friday, March 23, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Can you please share your advice on the etiquette of visiting a friend’s house after a new baby arrives? I was excited to visit the newborn and I am afraid I made things more stressful. Do you have any “ground rules” for visitors after the baby is born?

Dear Reader,

There are few things in life more heartwarming than meeting a newborn baby for the first time. But for the parents who have just had a baby, there are few things that are more stressful than too much company.

Kathleen Madigan: Her comedy laughs are outside the box

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The comedy album was a staple at adult gatherings during the mid to latter 20th century.

Known informally as “party records,” these stand-up comedy recordings rivaled popular music as the background sound of choice at house parties.

Albums by the likes of Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and other popular stand-ups and comedy duos often featured bawdy riffs on controversial topics, as well as X-Rated or so-called “blue” material.

‘Blessings of Bach’ in Emmaus

Friday, March 23, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Experience the life of Jesus Christ through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in “Blessings of Bach: A Festival Choir and Orchestra Concert,” 7:30 p.m. March 23, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus.

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Music Director Sharon MacCabe describes the concert as a collaboration between congregation members and community musicians. MacCabe conducts and accompanies on harpsichord.

‘Boys’ to Men

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“There had never been a spin-off group from a Broadway musical before The Midtown Men,” says Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff of The Midtown Men.

The Midtown Men, four stars from the original hit Broadway musical, “Jersey Boys,” perform at 7:30 p.m. March 23, State Theatre Center for The Arts, Easton.

Hoff is joined by Tony Award-winners Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer, performing songs by The Beatles, The Rascals, The Four Seasons and more.

‘High Notes’ showcases students in fundraiser

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

More than 100 Allentown School District students will perform a showcase of music theater, choral arts, instrumental music and dance in the annual “High Notes 2018” gala fundraiser to support Allentown School District programs.

“High Notes” begins with a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 24, Miller Symphony Hall, followed at 8:30 p.m. by the show by students from each of the Allentown School District high schools and middle schools.

Also, there’s a “High Notes” 2018 Dress Rehearsal, 6 p.m. March 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.