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Movie Review: 'Spider-Man' amazes yet again

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

How amazing is "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"? Pretty amazing.

Thanks to terrific casting, "TASM2" pulls you in and makes the characters and storyline stick.

Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network," 2010) is a slender, tentative, conflicted Peter Parker-Spider-Man. He is tremulous of voice, with a perplexed look, complete with furrowed brow, and body language that's more puppy dog than pit bull. Even in the Spider-Man suit, Garfield projects world-weariness and a snarky attitude.

Spotlight On: Paul Barrere's Feat do the walking at the Peak

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For 45 years, Little Feat has been at the forefront of what became Americana and jam-band music.

"Little Feat was known as this band of eclectic guys who would perform all these styles of music and a lot of improv like the jazz septets of the 1950s," says Paul Barrere, guitarist, a member of Little Feat since 1972, joining after the release of "Sailing Shoes."

'Cosby College' taught on Moravian campus

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

When he took his seat on the dais in Johnston Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Bill Cosby wore a gray hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with "Moravian College" and sweatpants with "Temple," his alma mater, printed on the right pants leg.

After a nearly nonstop one and one-half hour talk, mostly in response to a handful of questions, the audience of 1,200 students, parents and members of the Moravian College community, were, by, degrees, symbolic graduates of another institution of higher learning: Cosby College.

NASD board wants proposed tax hike cut to 2 percent

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

It was a lesson in Tax Hike 2.0

How low can you go with the proposed Northampton Area School District tax hike?

How about 2 percent?

In a surprise move Monday night, a majority of those on the NASD school board, led by board President David Gogel, hung tough and balked at the administration's proposed 2.68 percent tax hike, saying they want the hike to not exceed the state-mandated allowable 2.5-percent tax hike index and want the hike driven down to 2.0 percent.

Concert Review: java and jive with the young J.S. Bach

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Young Meister Bach," a comic opera commissioned by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, which made its Bethlehem Bach Festival debut May 3, provides a fun and fascinating insight into the early years of Johann Sebastian Bach.

"Young Meister Bach" is presented again during the festival's second weekend, 10:30 a.m. May 10, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.

The approximate one-hour and 10 minute take on young Bach humanizes a classical music icon, not unlike the stage play and movie, "Amadeus."

Concert Review: Bach Festival lives up to heavenly billing

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Music of Heaven On Earth" is an audacious title for the 107th Bethlehem Bach Festival. Based on the first weekend of this year's festival, it has the ring of truth.

The festival, which is repeated May 9 and 10 mostly on the Lehigh University campus, offers a full immersion for the Bach devotee, from scholarly lectures, to a comparison of early and later Cantatas to the centerpiece, "The Mass in B Minor." Approximately 1,000 attend each weekend.

Movie Review: More than a country 'Bears' jamboree

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Bears."

The title says it all.

It's as simple as that in the Disneynature documentary about a family of Alaskan Kodiak Brown bears.

Wait.

Where's the voice of Morgan Freeman?

Morgan Freeman is the go-to guy for voice-overs, television commercials and animal kingdom documentaries. "March of the Penguins" (2005) wouldn't have been the same without the voice of Morgan Freeman.

John C. Reilly narrates "Bears."

Yes, that John C. Reilly, known for playing goofy, doofus-like clods in comedies, i.e., "Step Brothers" (2008).

Theater Review: Civic gives Broadway the business

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Urinetown: The Musical" takes care of business -- show business.

It's "the" show to see so far in the Lehigh Valley regional theater's year.

Civic Theatre's "Urinetown" is top-notch in directing, acting, singing, music and production. It's on par with what you'd experience in New York City or Philadelphia.

Northampton Area School District may reduce AP sign-up minimum

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area High School students have made a plea for more difficult courses.

And the Northampton Area School Board gave them a willing ear.

The students came forth at the April 14 school board meeting following a presentation about Advanced Placement Courses by Northampton Area High School Principal Steven Seier and NASD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Programs Lydia Hanner.