Salisbury Press

Monday, June 24, 2019

More than Bach and beer in Bethlehem: 112th Bach Festival adds concerts, events, venues

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Legendary journalist H.L. Mencken wrote of his attendance at the Bethlehem Bach Festival during Prohibition in terms of Bach and beer.

The 2019 Bach Festival of Bethlehem, in its 112th year, is much more than that.

In his 36th season, Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld has added depth and dimension to the Bach Festival.

The festival is May 10, 11 and May 17, 18 in Bethlehem, principally on the Lehigh University campus, with some events at a southside Bethlehem church and on the downtown Moravian College campus.

Curtain Rises:

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic’s ‘Fun Home’ puts the fun in dysfunction

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.

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.”

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 ventriloquist act.

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 middle school he attends and on the school basketball team on which he’s a standout player.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, May 1: Cream of chicken vegetable soup, hot dog on a bun, baked beans, Amish potato salad, iced brownie.

Thursday, May 2: Baked meatloaf w / gravy, scalloped potatoes, flame-roasted corn, wheat bread w / margarine, chilled apricots.

Friday, May 3: Beef vegetable soup, Italian hoagie, macaroni, fresh apple slices.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Moon shot: The Allentown Symphony, with Diane Wittry, Music Director-Conductor, presents “To The Moon And Back!,” 7 p.m. May 4, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The concert by the acclaimed ASO celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with spectacular music accompanied by photos from NASA. Where were you on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface?

Healthy Geezer: Body piercings

Friday, May 3, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My granddaughter came home with a belly-button ring. God help us all. What is going on with these body piercings?

Body piercings have become more popular in the last 25 years, but they are certainly not a new thing.

People in most cultures have pierced themselves for thousands of years. There are mummified remains of a human in Egypt that was pierced more than 5,000 years ago. Body piercings are also mentioned in the Bible.

Piercing the body and inserting jewelry in the holes is classified as a form of skin adornment, a fashion statement.

The Family Project: Meeting teacher

Friday, May 3, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My one child (age seven) is almost always “in trouble” in school, and the other one (age 10) is the star student. We don’t have any major issues at home with either of them, although they are very different. We don’t want either of our children to get labeled or have a reputation that follows them through school. How do we keep this from happening?

The panel began by stating that children should never be compared or labeled.

Golf Tournament

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN MUNY:

The Stanley H. Roth Master’s Golf Tournament will be held May 18 at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, 3400 Tilghman St., Allentown.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Injured Marine Semper FI Fund, which provides immediate and long-term support for post-9-11 injured and critically-ill members of the United States Armed Forces.

Registration: Rick Sherer, rsherer203@aol.com; 610-285-2194