Salisbury Press

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Review: ‘Breakthrough’

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

One wouldn’t necessarily expect a “More cowbell” joke in a Christian-themed movie.

That’s just one of the surprises in “Breakthrough,” based on the true story of a teen whose life floated in the balance after he fell through wintry ice in a pond in St. Charles, Mo. (St. Louis is the closest big city.)

“Breakthrough” portrays a realistic family, not a sanitized family. The family bickers. The son is surly to his mother. The boy is disrespectful of authority at the Christian...

Vic Dibitetto to work his comedy at State

Friday, May 3, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Standup comedian, internet personality and actor Vic Dibitetto performs at 8 p.m. May 11, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dibitetto worked as a school bus driver on Staten Island while performing at local comedy clubs for 35 years.

He started doing standup comedy in 1981 and made his first television appearance in 1991 on “America’s Funniest People” with his son Michael, winning the $10,000 grand prize for their home video mocking a...

New York singer at Holy Spirit

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Jon Satrom presents a concert at 4 p.m. May 11, The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus.

He has appeared in shows at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, The Millbrook Playhouse, Pines Dinner Theatre and The Gallery Players.

Satrom was in the first national tour of “A Year With Frog and Toad.” He has managed the Broadway national tours of “Mamma Mia!” and “Rent.”

He has sung at the legendary New York City venues Don’t Tell Mama and Brandy’s...

Allentown Symphony lands ‘Moon’ concert at State Theatre

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s not the distance from the Earth to the Moon (on average, 238,855 miles), but the distance from Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton (approximately 16.5 miles via American Parkway and U.S. Route 22 East) requires a fair amount of logistics for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 4 “To The Moon And Back!” concert.

The concert asks the cosmic question: Where were you on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took...

Students go ‘Side by Side’ in Allentown Band concert

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When the phrase “Side by Side” is mentioned, one first might think of “Side by Side by Sondheim,” the 1977 Broadway revue of songs by Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The title references the song, “Side by Side by Side,” from the Sondheim musical, “Company.”

The Lehigh Valley has its own “Side by Side” Allentown Band concert, 7:30 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The format for the concert is that the Allentown Band performs the first half of the program, and...

Curtain Rises:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

“It won the Tony Award for best musical, best book and best score, which almost never happens...

Controversial, and proud of it: Roseanne Barr stands up for comedy at Penn’s Peak

Friday, April 26, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Comedy superstar and “Domestic Goddess” Roseanne Barr brings her comedy tour to Penn’s Peak, 8 p.m. May 4.

Barr, an award-winning actress, producer, talk-show host, “Last Comic Standing” judge (2014), best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate, activist, Full Moon and High Tide production company owner, wife, mother and grandmother of six, continues to astound with her real-life, tell-it-al, comedy by using her personal experiences that impact everybody, every day.

“I...

Allentown Band sound rings out in Carnegie Hall concert

Friday, April 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

NEW YORK -- “And to think these two schools from Puerto Rico were devastated and they got to Carnegie Hall,” said Deb Heiney, business manager, Allentown Band, after the band’s stellar performance on the Ronald O. Perelman Stage, Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York City, for the concluding night of the 2019 New York International Music Festival.

The festival, presented by World Projects Corp., brought six high school music groups and two college ensembles, which were...

Growing Green: A strong, green lawn

Friday, April 26, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

May your lawn be strong and green.

However, if you feel that you need some advice, here are some tips that may help.

There are a few things you can do immediately to promote the health of your lawn.

First, start the season off right with a sharp mower blade. A dull blade will fray the ends of the grass and make it more difficult for the plant to heal after each cutting, providing ready access for disease organisms to enter the leaves. Also, frayed ends can look ragged...