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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Northampton: ‘The Addams Family’

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“The Addams Family,” with ironically macabre characters created by Charles Addams for his single-panel gag cartoons, lurches onto the stage with show times at 7 p.m. March 22, 23, 24, and 2 p.m. March 25, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Gianna Beleno is director and choreographer of the Northampton Area High School production, assisted by music director Phil Diaz, pit director Angela Mitchell, set designer Damon Gelb, set builder and advisor Tony Beleno, and Dan Crawford, lighting and sound.

Healthy Geezer: warts and all

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can you get rid of warts with duct tape?

For starters, check with your doctor before beginning any self-treatment for warts. You might mistake another kind of skin growth for a wart and hurt yourself.

The jury is still out on duct-tape therapy for warts. A recent study showed that duct tape wiped out more warts than conventional freezing did. In this study, warts were covered with duct tape for six days. Then, the warts were soaked in warm water and rubbed with an abrasive such as pumice stone. The treatment was repeated for as long as two months.


Thursday, March 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Take Mintel: The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The quartet is: Eric Mintel, piano; Nelson Hill, saxophone, flute; Jack Hegyi, bass, and Dave Mohn, drums. The quartet expected to play new original music written by Mintel, compositions by Dave Brubeck, and classic TV show themes in a jazz setting.

Respectfully Yours: grocery etiquette

Friday, March 16, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Trips to the grocery store can be downright exhausting and I have noticed that the grocery store checkout lane is a place where I encounter bad manners. What are your thoughts on grocery store etiquette?

Dear Reader,

The grocery store is fraught with inconveniences, but knowing how to navigate the grocery store will make your shopping experience a bit more pleasant.

Emmaus: ‘West Side Story’

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The iconic musical “West Side Story” comes to the Emmaus High School stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24, and 2 p.m. March 25, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

Director Jill Kuebler also produces the Emmaus High School production, assisted by musical director and choreography coordinator Rita Cortez, choreographer Luke Csordas, pit orchestra conductor Doug Bolasky, costume designer Lori Ross, and sound and lighting designer Dave Dougherty.

Healthy Geezer: The Plague

Friday, March 9, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does the plague still exist?

In the 1300s, the Black Death, as the plague was called, killed about one-third of the people in Europe. A combination of antibiotics and improved living conditions have made the plague rare today.

Plague is found throughout the world, except for Australia. The greatest number of human plague infections occurs in African countries. However, the largest concentration of infected animals is in the United States and in the former Soviet Union.

State a Fab Faux favorite

Friday, March 9, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, has developed a fiercely devoted cult following in the Lehigh Valley and the United States over the years.

“We are grateful for our fans,” says Fab Faux drummer-lead singer Rich Pagano, “We have a lot of Beatles’ fans, but we also have a lot of music fans.”

The Fab Faux returns to one of the group’s favorite venues, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. March 10.

Shirley Binkley: She tells it like it is, in rhyme

Friday, March 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It seems to Lehigh Valley author Shirley Binkley that everything she thinks about or experiences turns into a poem.

Actually, more than 300 and counting.

At 82, Binkley has published her first book of poems, “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood,” a compilation of 198 poems written during the past two decades.

How it all got started is a story in itself.

“My writing began on a dare,” Binkley recalls.