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'Goody Goody' TV pilot premiere first step at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The "Goody Goody" TV pilot premiere at Civic Theater of Allentown is just the first step for its creators.

"Our hope is to just keep going. We're just not sure what that looks like yet," says Diane Wagner, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for The Arts director of theater and one of the creators of "Goody Goody" who also stars in it.

The world debut of the pilot episode of "Goody Goody" is 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

'Goody Goody' TV pilot premiere first step at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The "Goody Goody" TV pilot premiere at Civic Theater of Allentown is just the first step for its creators.

"Our hope is to just keep going. We're just not sure what that looks like yet," says Diane Wagner, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for The Arts director of theater and one of the creators of "Goody Goody" who also stars in it.

The world debut of the pilot episode of "Goody Goody" is 7 p.m. Nov. 28, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Movie Review: 'Birdman' flies to Oscar land

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" is brutal.

"Birdman" transcends realism.

"Birdman" inaugurates a new genre of cinema: Brutalism.

In "Birdman," Riggan (Michael Keaton) is a former superhero blockbuster movie star, the Birdman of the movie's title, trying to revive his career with a dose of acting reality.

What better way than to direct and star in a stage adaptation of the Raymond Carver short story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" (first published in 1981).

Pipeline proximity

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASB concerned for Moore Elementary

A proposed natural gas pipeline is expected to be less than one-half mile from Moore Elementary School and some Northampton Area School Board members are concerned about it.

"It scares me to death," board member Jean Rundle, who represents Moore Township on the school board, told a reporter for The Press after the Nov. 24 NASD school board meeting. "I think it's too close to our school," Rundle said.

Movie Review: To 'Interstellar' and beyond

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Interstellar" goes to infinity and beyond.

While we don't have Buzz Lightyear of "Toy Story" fame, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney of "Gravity" (2013) or the crew of "Apollo 13" (1995), we do have the mystery and awe of "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and its sequel "2010" (1984).

In a word, we have: Wormhole.

It's a concept that even Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, has been at pains to explain in analyzing "Interstellar."

NASD approves $10,000 for Northampton school plays

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new account has been created for the production of theater at Northampton Area High School.

There is now a fall play activity account and a spring musical activity account.

Northampton Area School Board, on the recommendation of the NASD administration, by a 9-0 vote at the Oct. 27 meeting, approved the transfer of $5,000 from the drama club account into each of the new accounts for a total of $10,000.

Movie Review: 'Nightcrawler' broadcasts thrills

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Nightcrawler" is an odd name for a thriller about a freelance broadcast news TV journalist.

Apparently, "Pathological Videographer" was already taken.

And "Pathological Videographer" just doesn't have the same ring to it as does "Nightcrawler."

"Nightcrawler" is an apt description of Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as the pathological videographer.

NASD saves $309,578 annually in energy

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area School District officials have put a lot of energy into saving energy.

Their efforts are paying off.

Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said the district netted a $309,578 savings in energy costs in the past year.

Energy was on the Nov. 10 agenda with approval of a contract extension with the district's electricity supplier.

With the 2015 opening of the new Northampton Area Middle School, there's apparently more energy savings on the way.

The energy savings was accomplished in several ways.

Movie Review: 'St. Vincent' going for the gold

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title "St. Vincent" is ironic.

Vincent (Bill Murray) is the furthest person from a saint. He's an alcoholic. He's profane. He's gruff beyond belief to most everyone he meets. His has a smoke ring for a halo.

And yet, there is, as we find out in the comedy-drama "St. Vincent," the heart of a saint beating beneath Vincent's thick geezer skin.

Spotlight On: Claudia Schmidt brings 'Order' to Godfrey's

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Claudia Schmidt is back with a new CD, new tour dates and renewed enthusiasm for her craft.

Schmidt, a highly-regarded singer-songwriter returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 for a duo concert with Sally Rogers at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Opening the concert is Bonnie Wren.

"It's been spittin' snow a bit," Schmidt says in a phone interview from her residence in the upper Midwest.

At Godfrey's, Schmidt will play old favorites. She will sing lead. Rogers will sing lead, perhaps with Schmidt accompanying on dulcimer. They'll put together the set list that day.