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Sunday, December 15, 2019

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Blues alive: Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan are in concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. The title of Buddy Guy’s 2018 album says it all: “The Blues Is Alive and Well.” The 18th solo LP by Buddy Guy, above, is a followup to 2015’s “Born to Play Guitar,” for which he received a 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album.” Guy, 83, is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced many rock guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Keith Richards. Guy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Curtain Rises: Munopco gives ‘Mamma Mia!’ its Lehigh Valley debut

Friday, October 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When “Mamma Mia” became available for community theaters to stage, Rody Gilkeson didn’t waste any time helping to secure the rights to be the first in the Lehigh Valley to direct it.

“When ‘Mamma Mia!’ got released, Munopco grabbed it because it’s an extremely popular show,” says Gilkeson.

“Once it got released for community theater two years ago, if you were in an area where the national tour was going through, you had to wait.

Curtain Rises: Civic Theatre of Allentown ready for its close-up in Lehigh Valley debut of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ musical

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley is ready for its close-up of “Sunset Boulevard” when the musical makes is Lehigh Valley premiere, Oct. 11-27, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Sunset Boulevard stretches 21 miles from Figueroa Avenue in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Palisades.

It makes a beeline through Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air and Brentwood before descending with often wicked curves to Pacific Palisades and dead-ends at the Pacific Coast Highway.

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse does Agatha Christie justice

Monday, October 7, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is providing a welcome respite from musicals and comedies by staging a whodunit based on Dame Agatha Christie’s novel, “And Then There Were None,” the world’s best-selling murder mystery novel of all time.

“And Then There Were None” continues through Oct. 13 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. The opening night, Sept. 27, performance, was seen for this review.

The Family Project: Smoking and infant

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We are expecting our first child in three months. I do not smoke cigarettes or vape, but most of my relatives do. My husband is adamant that he does not want any smoking or vaping near our baby or in our house. He doesn’t even want them to have any smell of smoke on them or their clothes. Is he being unreasonable? I don’t know what to tell my family.

“Reasonable and unreasonable are personable opinions,” panelist Mike Daniels said, adding, “Everyone is going to have a different decision about whether something is unreasonable or not.”

Respectfully Yours: Tweeting well

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I finally took the plunge and opened a Twitter account. Can you recommend Twitter etiquette for beginners?

Dear Reader,

Getting accustomed to Twitter can be difficult. It can appear to be a baffling and overwhelming social media platform.

As a new Twitter user, you would benefit greatly by learning the decorum of the Twitter community. It’s not as difficult as you may think. It’s a delicate balance of being social and genuine.

Cook with ‘Kitchen Chronicles’ at PBS 39 Studio, SteelStacks

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

An original theatrical piece created by Mary Wright of Bethlehem aims to bring people together in the kitchen to discover how much they have in common.

“Kitchen Chronicles” will be presented Oct. 6 and 7 in the PBS show kitchen at the PBS 39 building at SteelStacks.

The performances are part of Touchstone Theatre’s Festival UnBound, a 10-day artistic community convergence featuring more than 20 free and ticketed events, Oct. 4-13.

Festival Unbound schedule

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Festival UnBound, Oct. 4-13, features more than 20 free and ticketed events in the Lehigh Valley, but primarily in Bethlehem.

Ticketed events include “Prometheus/Redux,” “A Joyful Noise,” “To Hunt a Wild Utopia” and “The Secret.” A limited number of Pay What You Will tickets are available for these events.

Events that are Pay What You Will, with a suggested ticket price, include “Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors,” “Beyond Utopia” and “Starry-Eyed.”

Free events include “Homecoming,” Opening and Closing ceremonies, Sustainability Forum and Community Dinner.