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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: ‘Quiet Place’

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.

What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.

“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a...

Liebman eclectic, electronic

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Saxophone legend Dave Liebman returns to “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. April 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. This time, he brings keyboardist Bobby Avey to compliment his musical offerings.

Liebman has done it all. He’s a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master.” He has been named first place in the soprano sax category for Jazz Ed, Jazz Times, and Downbeat.

He has been named Jazz Man of the Year; honored for Best Record of The Year, nominated for...

Veteran journalist pens Northampton County history book

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Local residents of a certain age can catalogue a host of changes they’ve witnessed in Northampton County over the years.

Veteran Lehigh Valley journalist and professor Glenn Kranzley has covered all the bases in his new book, “Still Changing, Still Home: Northampton County Since the 1950s.” He catches it all: from shrinking farmland to the traffic crunch, the economy, environment, culture, sports - you name it.

Kranzley presents a lecture, “Northampton County After Earth Day,”...

And the band plays on

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

As the Allentown Band warms up for its annual series of concerts in West Park, Allentown, and at other Lehigh Valley outdoor bandshells and parks, the Focus section profiles the band’s long-time conductor, Ronald Demkee, and the band’s eldest musician, Ezra Wenner.

Theater Review: ‘Brighton’ shines at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

I was reminded of just how superb Neil Simon is as a playwright when I attended Pennsylvania Playhouse’s impressive staging of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a semi-autobiographical comedy about a Jewish teenager growing up in the turmoil of a Great Depression-era Polish-American family.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” through April 22 at the Playhouse, is full of hilarious one-liners, as well as Simon’s unfailing insights into the human condition.

Director Rody Gilkeson has created a...

Bernstein at 100:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Leonard Bernstein is an iconic figure in the history of music.

As a composer, conductor, author, and lecturer, he was a person who influenced so many people’s lives, especially with his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic.

Bernstein (1918 - 1990) would have been 100 in August. Orchestras all over the world are celebrating his centennial.

Leonard Bernstein was a trail-blazer, and without him and his influence, I am not sure if I would be standing on a...

Movie Review: Virtually ‘Ready’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.

Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-...

Press newspapers receive 25 awards in 2018 Keystone contest

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 25 awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2017.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Salisbury Press received four Keystone Awards.

Parkland Press received three Keystone Awards.

Northampton Press received three Keystone Awards.

Catasauqua Press received two Keystone Awards.

East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.

“We are...

Theater Review: ‘Dictators’ on parade at Touchtone Theatre

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Touchstone Theatre is holding a “telethon” on stage through April 15 for a very unworthy cause, that is, celebrating political tyrants, and raising funds so that their children’s despotic dreams can come true.

The “Tyrants of Tomorrow Telethon” is the fictional setting for the musical satire, “Dictators 4 Dummies,” written and directed by Christopher Shorr, with input from his fellow Touchstone company members. The April 6 performance of the world premiere production was seen for this...