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Movie Review: 'Inside Out' an emotional rescue

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Inside Out" is an animated look inside a pre-teen girl's brain, with individuals or creatures depicting five emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), is going through a difficult time much to the consternation of her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) after the family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Personality islands," the "control console," "core memories" and the "train of memory" are shown and explained.

'Hairspray' has hold on Sing for America

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A production of the stage version of "Hairspray" couldn't be more timely.

Taryn Gilbert says her family's Sing For America (SFA) production of "Hairspray" wasn't planned that way.

"It just happened to fall at a time when all these things were going on. We had decided to do this show last year. It just happened to be perfect timing," Gilbert says.

SFA presents "Hairspray," 7:30 p.m. July 8 - 11; 10 a.m. July 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. July 11 and 12, Diamond Theater, Lehigh University Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

'Things are starting to come together'

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Board members briefed on progress of new middle school

With the countdown to the teachers' first day, Aug. 24, in the new Northampton Area Middle School only about two months away, the finishing touches are being put on the classroom wing and the final round of teachers is being hired.

"Furniture has been delivered to the first floor and is being set up and has been delivered to the second," said Christopher W. Haller, senior project manager, D'Huy Engineering, Inc., in his report at the June 22 NASD board of education meeting.

Hearing on emissions set for June 30

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The proposed increase in lead emissions from a Northampton plant will not only affect persons who live in Northampton, but residents of Bath, claims a Northampton resident.

Northampton Generating Company, 1 Horwith Drive, Northampton, has applied to increase its lead emissions from 0.0027 pounds per hour to 0.059 pounds per hour. The latter quantity is below United States Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Side by side by Civic

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Performers return 20 years later for 'Follies' in concert

"Follies" has stood the test of time to place several of the musical's songs by Stephen Sondheim firmly in the firmament of the American Songbook: "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind."

As is often the case with great works of art, "Follies" was ahead of its time. While the musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and received seven Tonys, the original 1971 Broadway production, which ran for 522 performances, lost money for its investors.

Movie Review: 'Jurassic World' is dino might

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You'd think they would've learned. Not when there was the possibility of another record-breaking box office blockbuster.

When "Jurassic Park" was released June 11, 1993 (becoming the then highest-grossing movie to date with $350 million domestically), it changed the way special effects movies were made. Stop-motion animation was considered for "Jurassic Park." Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), in one of its most extensive uses at the time, was chosen. Thus, the ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) Era dawned.

Theater Review: To funny and beyond at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's funny, there's very funny and then there's hilarious.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Around The World In 80 Days" goes to funny and beyond: It's fantastically funny.

One is tempted to state "Around The World In 80 Laughs," but this comedy delight, through July 12, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, provides more like a laugh or more a minute. With the play clocking in at about 2 hours, not including a 15-minute intermission, that's way more than 80 laughs.

Theater Review: To funny and beyond at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's funny, there's very funny and then there's hilarious.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Around The World In 80 Days" goes to funny and beyond: It's fantastically funny.

One is tempted to state "Around The World In 80 Laughs," but this comedy delight, through July 12, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, provides more like a laugh or more a minute. With the play clocking in at about 2 hours, not including a 15-minute intermission, that's way more than 80 laughs.

Theater Review: To funny and beyond at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's funny, there's very funny and then there's hilarious.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Around The World In 80 Days" goes to funny and beyond: It's fantastically funny.

One is tempted to state "Around The World In 80 Laughs," but this comedy delight, through July 12, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, provides more like a laugh or more a minute. With the play clocking in at about 2 hours, not including a 15-minute intermission, that's way more than 80 laughs.

Theater Review: To funny and beyond at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's funny, there's very funny and then there's hilarious.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Around The World In 80 Days" goes to funny and beyond: It's fantastically funny.

One is tempted to state "Around The World In 80 Laughs," but this comedy delight, through July 12, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, provides more like a laugh or more a minute. With the play clocking in at about 2 hours, not including a 15-minute intermission, that's way more than 80 laughs.