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'The Place' for fine acting

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Place Beyond The Pines" is a complex drama with three parallel plots telling three interlocking stories. Each is about an individual's choice, and the truth or consequences that result, depending on the choices made.

"Pines" is an indie film crime caper that is of chief interest for its clever if somewhat convoluted screenplay and a bevy of stellar performances by some of the United States' best hot young movie stars.

THEATER REVIEW DeSales Act 1 'Chicago' has all that sass

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Chicago" is as brash a musical as can be expected to be set in America's second-city, where crime, scandals and front-page newspaper headlines are second to none.

The musical, directed stunningly with that brash spirit by Dennis Razze, chair of theater, DeSales University, and Associate Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, continues 8 p.m. May 1 - 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 on the main stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Shovelfuls of hope for future

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD breaks ground for new middle school, secondary campus project

The silver shovels were lined up and ready for the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project groundbreaking ceremony.

But it seemed all Northampton Borough Councilman Ed Pany had to do was raise his arms skyward and, like Moses parting the Red Sea, the ground would part, too.

Even so, shovels were put to the test for the $80.7-million project as Earth Day became earth-moving day along a grassy slope on the edge of Northampton Borough Park.

Putting them to the test

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD transitioning from PSSAs to Keystones

Students, teachers and school districts are being put to the test in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Northampton Area School District is no exception.

The rigor of student testing is taking its toll not only in student stress but also in classroom teaching time, according to Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction.

Tests and preparing for tests are taking up more of the school year.

THEATER REVIEW Touchstone's 'Ulysses Dreams' realized

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Vouchsafe it to say that nothing like Touchstone Theatre's "Ulysses Dreams" was going on when the outdoor theater work was being presented for only its fourth performance April 14 at the Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater no, not in any park, in any city, anywhere in the United States, or in any nation in the whole wide world.

'JP3D': New life in old dinos

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Why would anyone want to see "Jurassic Park" in 3D when director Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 1993 movie has been available in multiple formats for two decades?

Two words: Steven Spielberg.

And you thought I was going to say: T- Rex.

Oh, T-Rex is big and frightening especially in 3D.

However, T-Rex wouldn't exist in "Jurassic Park" if not for Spielberg, perhaps the United States' best contemporary director who can and does direct all genres (for contrast, see "Lincoln").

"Jurassic Park" is "Jaws" of the jungle.

School project to start early

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Grab your hard hats: Groundbreaking set for April 22

The construction schedule for the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project has been accelerated by one month.

"I've been informed by D'Huy that the project will be accelerated," Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik announced at Monday night's NASD board of education meeting.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Grades 6, 7 and 8 middle school and campus project is set for 4:30 p.m. April 22 at the former Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical satellite campus building, Northampton.

Doug Roth: The other side of D Smash

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was Dougie Roth's last show.

And, true to form, it was Dougie's show all the way.

Family members recalled a talent raw and near-genius, a personality at once hilarious and often off-putting and, in the end, a brother, a son, an uncle and brother-in-law who, after being a brother in arms seemingly railing against the world achieved an apotheosis of, if not contentment, then peace with family, friends, and so it seemed, himself.

A kind of 'Croods' charm

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Croods" has its own kind of, ahem, "crood" charm.

Yes, there's lots of punching and smacking, fighting, rolling around, chasing, ugly faces, insults and did we say? fighting.

And that's just the Crood family of cavemen or is it cave persons? and doesn't include the prehistoric creatures.

Admittedly, I resisted seeing "The Croods." It was a case of 3D-animation feature overload. Also, I may have been wondering how "The Croods" could improve upon TV's "The Flintstones" (1960 - '66) for me the tabula rasa of prehistoric humor.