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Movie Review: Treat 'Calvary' with reverence

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."

New name

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Courts to be named after tennis coach

Tennis courts will be dedicated in honor of a longtime Northampton Area School District educator and tennis coach.

The courts will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 in honor of Eileen Carbone, a Northampton Area Middle School English teacher in the NASD for 35 years from 1963-1998 and head girls tennis coach for 40 years from 1974-2013.

"It is wonderful to see someone who is so dedicated to our schools and our students," school board member Jean Rundle said of Carbone.

Billy Joel: You should be playing here in the PPL Center

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

On so many levels, and especially for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, the Eagles' Sept. 12 christening of PPL Center, home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League's top development team of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, begs superlatives, headline-writer puns and Monday morning quarterback analysis.

An opening night standing ovation for PPL Center, staff

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There are so many good things to say about PPL Center, that it's hard to find fault.

However, finding fault is a journalist's duty. Here we go. First, the kudos.

The vibe: The glass-facade entrance at Seventh and Hamilton streets is impressive. There is a sense of grandeur, but also a welcoming feeling.

The arena has the sense of a stadium bowl with a roof. Though it seats 8,500 for hockey games and 10,000 for concerts, the stage and arena floor seems close. I'm not a hockey fan, but the PPL Center makes me want to see The Phantoms play there.

Concert Review: Eagles give 'History' lesson of storied career

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Welcome to "Eagles 101."

Not unlike a graduate-level seminar, VH1 "Behind the Music" telecast or Ted (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk, the Eagles demonstrated how it's done before a sold-out crowd of 10,000 cheering and adoring fans for the Sept. 12 opening public event at PPL Center, Allentown.

The arena lights went down at 8:09 p.m. At 8:12 p.m., one by one, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, walked out on stage left and song by song, the Eagles played from a catalogue of some 27 hits.

Poet of the punchline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steven Wright explains why he's so funny - seriously

The first thing you may wonder about Steven Wright is whether he sounds the same offstage as he does onstage.

Wright, the poet laureate of standup, is noted for his minimalist approach. He's a comedian of few words, with a spare, almost stark pace. His methodical delivery is full of word-play and vocabulary twists and turns. Wright exemplifies cerebral comedy at its finest.

In a phone interview prior to his 8 p.m. Sept. 20 appearance at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Wright sounds exactly like he does onstage.

Was summer movie season a bust for blockbusters?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Even though the last day of summer is Sept. 22, the domestic summer movie box office season officially ended Labor Day Weekend.

August, a month when movies not expected to perform well are often released, was particularly robust at the box office, led by "Guardians of The Galaxy," which duked it out with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

August 2014 had a box office tally of about $1 billion. That's 10 percent above August 2013.

School officials are hopeful

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

State meetings could help improve education funding and allocations

Harrisburg may finally be hearing school board members' and school district administrators' pleas about Pennsylvania education funding, school officials say.

Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh and school board member Dr. Michael Baird attended a "Basic Education Funding Listening Tour" Sept. 8 at Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem.

Kovalchik told the board and administrators Monday night that the Bethlehem meeting had to do with revamping "the way that school districts receive money from the state."

Valley race route ready for Via Marathon

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Social News

The Lehigh Valley Health Network Via Marathon course is divided into five legs.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7, Lehigh Valley Hospital, passes the Lil Le Hi Trout Hatchery and goes through Lehigh Parkway. Opening ceremonies are at 6:40 a.m.

The Salisbury Township portion is in the first leg, which is 6.2 miles, starts at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Boulevard and I-78, and continues to the Parkettes, Martin Luther King Drive and South Fourth Street.

At Mile 7, runners enter the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

Spotlight On: Nellie McKay one of the COTA cats at The Gap

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Poconos resident Nellie McKay has appeared on Broadway, performed on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and tours coast to coast.

Now, she'll be one of the COTA cats.

McKay performs a rare solo concert in the region, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at the 37th annual Celebration Of The Arts (COTA), Delaware Water Gap.