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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Meg’ low mania

Monday, September 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Meg” is a by-the-screenplay-book thriller about a prehistoric shark run amok.

Think: “Jaws” (1975) meets “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) meets “The Abyss” (1989).

The movie’s title, “The Meg,” refers to a 75-foot-long megalodon shark, a prehistoric creature thought to be extinct. The creature resurfaces from the deep to wreak havoc on a nuclear submarine, a research vessel, and a beach resort. The movie is based on a 1997 book, “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” by Steve Alten...

To the Valley and beyond: Partnership key in 2018-19 for Allentown Symphony

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Allentown Symphony Orchestra is embracing “one giant leap for mankind” as it embarks on its 2018-2019 season.

The orchestra will present three programs celebrating the exploration of space and particularly the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, including, for the first time, a lunar-themed concert performed at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra, says it is part of the orchestra’s outreach to the...

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Friday, September 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Reggae rising: Ziggy Marley brings his “Rebellion Rises 2018 Tour” to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, 8 p.m. Sept. 16. The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer is the son of Bob Marley. His seventh album, “Rebellion Rises,” was recorded primarily at his Los Angeles home studio during 2017. After eight records with The Melody Makers and three Grammy Awards, he kicked off a solo career in 2003 with “Dragonfly.” He received a Grammy Best Reggae Album in 2006 (“Love Is My...

Allentown Marine Band in step for ‘Pennsylvania March’ debut

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.

Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.

Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Pennsylvania does have an official state song...

Healthy Geezer: Highways to health?

Friday, September 14, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Isn’t living in the country healthier than living in the city?

I don’t think there’s a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.

However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a national nonprofit organization, gave me some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.

Here are some of the...

Defining Zen music 101 in ‘Jazz Upstairs’ series

Friday, September 14, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

If I speak of Zen, it won’t be Zen I’m speaking of.

That statement applies equally to Zen Buddhism and to the delightful mix of jazz, pop, classical, and world music produced by Mike Krisukas and Friends.

Krisukas, along with both old and new band-mates, reprises the music of Zen For Primates plus some new music in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Of the music, Krisukas says, “There really is not a...

Parents’ arguing affects their children

Friday, September 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q, I have been married to my husband for nine years now and for the last two years we have not been getting along. Our arguments have escalated into screaming matches with curse words that my five- and seven-year-olds hear. They are starting to act out at home and in school, not listening to teachers or following directions. Do you think our arguing could be affecting them and, if so, what can I do?

The panelists agreed that the children’s exposure to the arguing definitely was having...

Auditions

Friday, September 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

YOUNG MUSICIANS

Young musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition for The Young Musicians Club of Allentown.

Auditions will be held during the club’s first meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Zentz Hall, Fellowship Community Center, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

Prospective members who sing or play a musical instrument may audition by performing two pieces, one by memory. To be eligible, members must be taking private music lessons.

The Young Musicians Club is...

Ziggy Marley brings voice of love to Penn’s Peak

Friday, September 14, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.

The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988...

Respectfully Yours: Keep it civil

Friday, September 14, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I work in a chain drug store in a small community. From time to time, we have employee meetings. I encounter some pretty rude behavior at these meetings, including gum-chewing and interrupting. I am appalled by my colleagues’ disrespectful behavior. Since I am middle-aged, perhaps my ways are just old fashioned and outdated. What do you think?

Dear Reader,

I don’t think your ways are old-fashioned or outdated. Good manners are key to successful...