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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Billboard’ lampoons radio-station stunt

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For better or worse, over the decades, the Lehigh Valley has made the regional, national and international news.

In recent years and decades, there’s been the 15-year sentencing of former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski on 38 counts of political corruption (October 2018); the Allentown car-explosion that killed three (September 2018); the renaissance in the past 10 years of center city Allentown, including the successful PPL Center (opening in 2014) and the champtionships of its Lehigh...

Movie Review: Skateboarding hits the concrete in ‘Mid90s’

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mid90s” is the theatrical feature film directorial debut of Jonah Hill.

Hill, who turns 35 in December 2018, has had a prolific acting career with some 60 roles, including increasingly serious roles (Oscar nominee, supporting actor, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” 2013; Oscar nominee, suporting actor, “Moneyball,” 2011) after starting out playing raunchy characters in comedies (“Superbad,” 2007).

“Mid90s,” for which Hill also wrote the screenplay, shows the serious side of Hill. “...

Movie Review: ‘Colette’ seeks her writes

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Right before the credits roll at the end of the film, “Colette,” there are photos of the real-life Colette and information about her life as a novelist, music hall performer and journalist.

There’s a lot more to the life of Colette than what is included in “Colette” the film.

It makes you wonder why more details weren’t included in the fact-based “Colette.”

At any rate, “Colette” is a good introduction to the French novelist who wrote the 1944 novella, “Gigi,” that...

Zeke Zelker’s ‘Billboard’ having its world premiere at Nineteenth St. Theatre

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, will have its world premiere, 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown.

Lehigh Valley filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard” will be the first film shown in the newly renovated theater which reopened after a one-year $5.5-million capital campaign project.

“Billboard” a fictionalized account of the real-life contest held by a local radio station in which three men camped on a...

‘Chamber On Stage’ turns musicians, audience around

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association is turning the Miller Symphony Hall stage around for its new chamber music series.

For the 3 p.m. Nov. 4 concert that opens the hall’s “Chamber On Stage” series, the New York City group Decoda will play on the main stage, but with the performers’ backs to the orchestra seats in which the audience usually sits.

And audience members will be seated toward the back of the stage facing the performers.

Diane Wittry, music director and...

LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

How do the arts enhance your life?

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.

The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”

The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St...

Healthy Geezer: minerals, second-hand smoke, lumbago

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Should I take minerals?

It’s important to talk with your doctor before you take mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you’re taking.

Minerals are “micronutrients” your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can’t make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere.

Minerals come from the earth...

Miller:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Janet M. (Zimmerman) and Ralph T. Miller Jr. celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 23.

Janet is the daughter of the late Marie and George W. Zimmerman.

Ralph is the son of the late Mildred and Ralph T. Miller.

The couple was married Aug. 23, 1958, in the home of the Rev. Peters in Allentown.

In honor of their anniversary, a Hawaiian-themed social was held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fullerton.

Registration

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Students interested in taking classes in the spring 2019 semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) can register for courses beginning in November. Classes start Jan. 18.

Veterans and members of the military receive preferential registration, which begins Nov. 2. Online registration begins Nov. 5 and runs through Jan. 17, 2019. In-person registration begins Nov. 12. New students can apply for admission online at: lccc.edu. Registration for the accelerated winter...

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Thursday, November 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

New chamber music series: Decoda, a New York City-based chamber ensemble launches a new classical music series at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, with a concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 4. “Our appointment of Decoda as the first-ever Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall recognizes the quality of its work,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. Now in its fifth season, Decoda,has performed in South Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong,...