Salisbury Press

Thursday, December 14, 2017

King of social-media comics brings it to the State

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

During winter, usually before a predicted snowfall, comedian Vic DiBitetto receives renewed attention. Although not a household name, DiBitetto has attained a cult following and an enviable road calendar that is booked through 2019.

The 56-year-old comic has managed to stay relevant in large part because of savvy use of social media. If you aren’t familiar with his stand-up, you may have seen him in the feature film, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” or perhaps you know him as the “bread and milk guy” from the viral video DiBitetto posted in 2013 on YouTube.

Theater Review: Laughter center stage in Civic’s ‘SantaLand’

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Featuring a single actor on a small black-box stage, “The SantaLand Diaries” boasts a level of intimacy that rivals the casual conversation you might have with people at home.

It often feels like the audience is chatting with the main character, David, as he rants and raves about his difficult and often hilarious work as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland in New York City in “The SantaLand Diaries,” through Dec. 17, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Cookbook sale benefits public library

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“What’s Cooking at the Library: 100 Years of Good Taste” is available at the Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The spiral-bound cookbook contains 344 recipes contributed by more than 30 library employees and families.

The cookbook includes an eclectic mix of handed-down family recipes and modern dishes. There are tried-and-true favorites, including German Potato Salad, Chicken Divan. Pork Barbecue and Moravian Sugar Cake.

Copies are being sold through Dec. 28 at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Proceeds benefit the Allentown Public Library.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: New England clam chowder, roast turkey and Swiss on bun w/ lettuce-tomato and mayo, sour cream cucumber salad, Rice Krispie treat.

Thursday, Dec. 7: Butternut squash bisque, cheese steak sandwich, potato chips, Italian marinated vegetable salad, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, Dec. 8: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed greens with French dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Monday, Dec. 11: Baked meatloaf w/ gravy, scalloped potatoes, red beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, dark sweet red cherries.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Hear “A Child’s Christmas”:For its annual Christmas concert, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents the first concert performance of its CD, “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem,” 8 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 10, First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Joining The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, directed by Greg Funfgeld, is The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, led by Joy Hirokawa.

Dutch Christmas

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM

A slide-lecture and discussion, “Christmas Among the Pennsylvania Dutch,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Lehigh County Historical Society

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This talk is for anyone interested in the history of Christmas in America. The Pennsylvania-Dutch introduced many holiday traditions to our popular culture,” Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum, said.

Return to ‘SantaLand’ at Civic

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

During the season when “A Christmas Carol” dominates the stage and “It’s a Wonderful Life” dominates the silver screen, Civic Theatre of Allentown Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager Will Morris is excited to bring a different flavor of Christmas to the Civic stage.

Morris again directs Jarrod Yuskauskas in the one-man show, “The SantaLand Diaries,” Dec. 8 - 17, Theatre514, Allentown. The show, with Yushauskas playing a not so happy elf, had its Lehigh Valley debut during the 2016 holiday season at Civic to sold-out shows.