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LV native Stephanie Gardner goes to Kickstarter for film

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A New York City-based film-maker and Emmaus High School Class of 2004 graduate is using Kickstarter to fund completion of her next film.

Stephanie Gardner, who needs to raise $6,000 by Oct. 17 for "If I Had a Piano (I'd Play You The Blues)," is using Kickstarter, a social media web site for funding-raising, for the first time.

"It's a little scary because it's all or nothing. But for the backers, it's risk-free. If I don't raise the full $6,000, I don't get any of the money," says Gardner. "We can exceed the goal."

Lehigh Valley debut

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

'Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical' stomps onto Civic Theatre of Allentown main stage

Franken-steen or Franken-stine?

That's just one of the musical questions in "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical," making its Lehigh Valley debut, Oct. 10 - 26, as Civic Theatre of Allentown opens its 2014 - '15 season at the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Frankenstein is pronounced "Frankenstine." In the German language, when there are two vowels, the second vowel is pronounced (for example: Oscar Hammerstein, Michael Feinstein).

Spotlight On: Puss n Boots are friends who play together

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A Puss n Boots concert is like three friends sitting around swapping licks and putting on a harmony.

That's because the three women in Puss n Boots are friends who trade licks and harmonize beautifully (think The Roches).

Puss n Boots performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The lineup is Catherine Popper, vocals, bass, acoustic guitar; Norah Jones, vocals, electric guitar, fiddle, and Sasha Dobson, vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, bass.

NASD approves three resignations

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Three resignations were accepted by the Northampton Area School Board by a vote of 8-0 with one school board member absent at the Sept. 8 meeting:

· Patricia Jones, English teacher, for retirement, effective June 1, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;

· Stephanie Wuchter, custodian, for retirement, effective Jan. 8, 2015; and

· Matthew Frailey, assistant wrestling coach, effective Aug. 21.

School board members also voted 8-0 at the Sept. 8 meeting to approve:

NASD support personnel to receive wage hikes averaging 2.3 percent

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A new contract between Northampton Area School District and the Northampton Area Education Personnel Association calls for salary increases of 2.3 percent over the duration of the contract.

The NASD School Board voted unanimously at the Sept. 22 meeting to approve the three-year contact, retroactive to July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2017.

The contract covers approximately 150 members of the association that includes district secretaries, instructional assistants and cafeteria and hall monitors. There is a range of salaries.

Theater Review: Couples' therapy in song, dance and laughs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is an "Our Town" about couples only.

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" continues weekends through Oct., 12, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Not unlike playwright Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," which time travels through decades of life in a small town, playwright Joe DePietro's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" traverses the bumpy road in the lives of couples.

Movie Review: Get lost in 'The Maze Runner'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Maze Runner" is the latest entry into the genre of movies based on best-selling Young Adult (YA) teen dystopian novels, following on the heels of "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Justin Bieber's Believe."

JK (Just Kidding) about the 2013 Justin Bieber documentary. Then again, given the dystopian trajectory of his career, maybe not.

"Twilight" is a curious mix of corny vampire family in their modern manse scenes and CGI action (no, not those involving Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart).

Movie Review: 'Dolphin Tale 2' charming

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

That's not always the cast for Winter, the rescue dolphin of the first "Dolphin Tale" movie that was outfitted with a prosthetic tailfin after its fin was caught in a crab trap.

Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay set for Miller Symphony Hall debut

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It took a continent to bring together the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay.

The avant-garde chamber group and the indescribable singer-songwriter bring it all back home in their Lehigh Valley debut, with "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing," performing the music of Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and the Weimar cabaret era, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Pre-K gets good marks

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Based on studies of its first two years, the Konkrete Kids Pre-K Program is yielding results for incoming students in Northampton Area School District.

This year, the program, based at George Wolf Elementary School, Bath, has doubled, from 20 to 40 students, following a school board approved collaboration with Community Services for Children, which runs Lehigh Valley Head Start programs.

Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, NASD director of data, grants and special programs, in a 30-minute presentation, "Journey to Pre-Kindergarten," outlined the program's history and future.