Northampton Press

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Policy is bad news for Good News Club

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District is reviewing a policy approved this spring for use of its buildings by nonschool groups.

At the July 27 NASD Board of Education meeting, Carl Edwards of Allen Township, a volunteer with the Good News Club, a Bible study group meeting after school for 11 years at Siegfried Elementary School, said the policy could prevent his group from meeting.

Old middle school demo moved up

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

NASD adding 'Demo Cam' to website to show real-time action of work, progress

"The Claw..."

We're not talking about the game at the arcade, but rather the excavator claw from those construction site videos you watched with your children and grandchildren.

Soon you and the little ones need to go no further than your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer for "Demo Cam" to see a real-time claw in action for the demolition of the old North-ampton Area Middle School, which began Tuesday.

Theater Review

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 'Henry V' is a play for all seasons

William Shakespeare's "Henry V" is that most fleet of foot in staging, acting and story. From the outset, we're told of the enormity of the task to present such an epic tale, based in history, and played out in the hearts of its protagonists, the mind of its playwright and the imagination of its theater-goers.

ADA 25th, 'Arts & Access,' celebrated

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Papa Raker would be so proud," said Congressman Charles Dent (R-15th).

The "Arts & Access" reception was held at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, Allentown, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The theme for the July 24 event, attended by about 200, was "to celebrate ADA through the lens of the arts." The emphasis was on what some 30 Lehigh Valley arts organizations are doing to make arts events more accessible to persons with disabilities.

Theater Review

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

'Pericles,' as The Bard would like it, at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

The perils of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Pericles" are potentially pandemic.

"Pericles" debuts at PSF to conclude the 2015 season in a production said to be similar in concept to the way plays were presented in Shakespeare's day: no lighting designer, no set designer, no costume designer and no director. Call it Camp Shakespeare.

Movie Review: 'Ant-Man' works out the bugs in the Marvel super-hero genre

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The first reaction was: Not another Marvel Comics movie.

After seeing "Ant-Man," the reaction is: Yes! Another Marvel Comics movie.

"Ant-Man" is this summer's best popcorn movie, and even more entertaining than one of the other top films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Guardians Of The Galaxy" (2014).

Theater Review: 'Pericles' sails forth at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The perils of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Pericles" are potentially pandemic.

"Pericles" debuts at PSF to conclude the 2015 season in a production said to be similar in concept to the way plays were presented in Shakespeare's day: no lighting designer, no set designer, no costume designer and no director. Call it Camp Shakespeare.

Theater Review 'Foreigner' more than 'blasny, blasny'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Blasny, blasny."

That's all you need to know about "The Foreigner," the side-splitting comedy through Aug. 2 (with the same repertory cast for "Henry V," which opened July 18) at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Well, "Blasny, blasny," the phrase repeated by Jacob Dresch (Charlie Baker, "the foreigner" of the show's title), isn't actually all you need to know. For those not familiar with the Larry Shue play, we won't spoil the surprise.