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Review: ‘Thor’

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a bore.

Yes, there’s plenty of action, lots of quips, and terrific computer generated imagery, but “Thor: Ragnarok” fails in that most essential benchmark of cinema achievement: emotional involvement.

Now, this is from the perspective of a movie-goer (yours truly) who’s not a fan boy, has no interest in attending a Comic-Con convention and doesn’t engage in Cosplay (costume play). Heck, I’m one of those folks who long ago stopped dressing up for Halloween.

Northampton Area High School curriculum changes detailed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Additions, deletions and restoration — revisions to requirements and prerequisites and changes in descriptions for courses in the curriculum at Northampton Area High School are in store for students.

The 2018-19 NAHS program of studies, presented by Northampton Area High School Principal Robert Steckel and Assistant Principal Kimberly Levin at the Nov. 6 school board meeting, is expected to be on the agenda for an up-or-down vote by the board of education at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the NASD Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller Symphony Hall during a Nov. 12 interview with The Press.

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ astounds at PPL Center

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve never traveled to Las Vegas and have not seen a Cirque du Soleil performance there, the amazing performance organization that has been at the forefront of the new circus movement is traveling to you.

Right here in the Lehigh Valley, through Nov. 12, at PPL Center, Allentown, Cirque du Soleil is back with “Varekai,” an extraordinary, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring performance. “Varekai” is nothing short of acrobatic ballet.

Movie Review: ‘Loving Vincent’ is cinematic art

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Loving Vincent” is a cinematic work of art. The film, which is much more than Vincent van Gogh’s paintings brought to life, is by turns a “CSI” or “Forensic Files” psychological thriller.

Without setting up a “Spoiler Alert!” here, the storyline in “Loving Vincent” (It’s a somewhat unfortunate title in that van Gogh seemed incapable of loving himself, but readily and eagerly embraced the world, people, and everything and everyone in it. Then again, maybe the title is the height of irony.) has to do with the how he died. The film also celebrates how he lived.

Galas galore: Baum School of Art notes building’s 30th anniversary; Civic Theatre celebrates 90th anniversary of venue

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The season of galas draws to a close as the year 2017 comes to an end. Two of the most recent fun and fund-raisers benefited the Baum School of Art and Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The Baum School “Fall Gala,” held on several levels of the school, honored the Baum Family for its support of the school and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Russell E. Baum Building, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

Architect for new school is hired

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Lehigh Elementary project goes to same firm that completed NAMS

Adding new curriculum and building a new school are two projects moving forward in Northampton Area School District.

The NASD Board of Education voted 9-0, on the recommendation of the administration, to approve an agreement with KCBA Architects, Hatfield, as reviewed by district Solicitor Atty. C. Steven Miller, to provide architectural services to NASD for the new Lehigh Elementary School grades K-5 project.

New supervisor of facilities appointed for school district

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new supervisor of facilities for Northampton Area School District has been appointed.

By a unanimous 9-0 vote, NASD Board of Education appointed Jonathan Jenny as supervisor of facilities, effective Dec. 4, at a salary of $63,000, with benefits.

Robert J. Yanders continues as NASD director of operations, to whom Jenny will report.

In other business at the Oct. 23 board meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve:

Resignation: Jason Winchenbach, assistant boys volleyball coach, effective July 18;