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Movie Review: Two thumbs up for 'Life Itself'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Life Itself" is a harrowing, if heart-felt, documentary about movie critic Roger Ebert, best-known sitting opposite Gene Siskel on TV's "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" movie review and movie clips shows.

The documentary, made with the cooperation of Roger Ebert's then wife and now widow, Chaz Ebert, doesn't pull too many punches in its sometimes brutal assessment of Roger Ebert, who died in 2013.

PSU LV dedicates gallery, scholarship

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The gift that Ron DeLong gave us put us over the $3-million mark," said Dr. Ann Williams, Chancellor, The Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley campus.

The third floor gallery was unveiled as the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley before a gathering of PSU students, teachers and administration, and members of the area arts community July 23 at the PSU LV campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

New middle school pool work under way

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Don't plan on taking a dive into the new Northampton Area Middle School swimming pool just yet.

However, work is under way on the long-awaited replacement for the deteriorating swimming pool at the old Northampton Area Middle School.

"Foundation work, the subgrade work for the pool, is done," said Christopher W. Haller, senior project manager, D'Huy Engineering Inc.

The middle school includes a new swimming pool, cafeteria and library.

NASD to continue community education

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District Community Education Program will continue for the 2014-15 school year.

NASD school directors are satisfied that losses in the program have been minimized.

"Some of these programs are central to the new middle school," said school board Vice President Jennifer Miller. "The possibilities are endless with the new facility."

"I don't think we should view this [community education] as a profit center," said board member Charles Longacre.

The many muses of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's an extraordinary exhibit this summer at the Baum School of Art.

"Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso: Symbolism & Romance" surrounds you with the realm of the senses.

Dr. Christine I. Oaklander, former Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Allentown Art Museum; Arts Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and guest curator, brought together 19 pastels and oils by Gonzalez Dellosso, who teaches figure drawing and painting at the National Academy School, New York City.

Movie Review: 'Begin Again' a major-key minor film

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Begin Again" is one of the most unromantic romantic comedies in recent memory.

There's little romancing, but lots of talking about romance, and plenty of singing about romance in "Begin Again."

The film is of chief interest for the performance of its star, Keira Knightley, who finally breaks free of her bodice-bound costume drama roles, namely those in "Anna Karenina" (2012),"The Duchess" (2008), "Silk" (2007), "Atonement" (2007), "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) and "King Arthur"(2004).

Bright lights, big sign for NASD campus

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Friday night lights could get a lot brighter at Al Erdosy Stadium in Northampton.

A new marquee in front of Northampton Area High School may tout student accomplishments.

And Northampton Area School District students and residents may be able to pay their respects to those who've gone before.

These are three of the finishing touches under consideration for the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project.

Theater Review: Bank on the 'Tenor' of comedy at PSF

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Lend Me A Tenor" has all the ingredients for side-splitting laughter: A mistaken-identity plot, five slamming doors right out of a Feydeau farce, characters silly beyond belief, and split-second timing.

Jim Helsinger directs a cast of PSF "all-stars," missing no opportunity to mine the play's laugh lines.

PSF's "Lend Me A Tenor" generates laughter of operatic proportions.

Theater Review: A sunny, very funny 'Spamalot' at MSMT

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

James Peck is "The Minister Of Silly Laughs" at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).

Peck directs "Monty Python's Spamlot" with liturgical attention to the canon for Python acolytes. The resulting non-stop laughs continue on stage through July 27, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

Whether you're a Pythonite or not, "Spamalot" is hilarious thanks to actors' line delivery timing, orchestra music cues, sound effects, numerous set changes and exciting lighting effects.