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Monday, August 19, 2019

Baum School faculty, staff display art in latest exhibit

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A “Third Thursday” opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 for the “Faculty & Staff Exhibition,” which continues through Sept. 11, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Instructor Dana Van Horn has several works in the exhibit, including a watercolor of two seagulls, a small oil of a white pig in mud, and a large oil portrait of his adult son.

“Logan Van Horn” (2019; oil on canvas; 40 in. x 32 in.) presents Van Horn’s son...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Relaxing jazz: Chaise Lounge eases back into Miller Symhony Hall, Allentown, for the “Jazz Upstairs Series,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Charlie Barnett, Marilyn Older, Tommy Barrick, Gary Gregg, Joe Jackson and Pete Ostle perform music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and found its way onto a contemporary CD. The five Washington, D.C. area jazz musicians play arrangements of standards and original tunes, featuring the vocals of Marilyn Older. Tickets: Miller...

Allentown Band is all on board for Buster Keaton classic

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band is on board to perform a live soundtrack for the 1926 Buster Keaton silent film, “The General,” to be shown on the big screen, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“I’m using Civil War music whenever I can,” says Allentown Band Conductor Ron Demkee, “but also the kind of background music that fits the action onscreen. There are obvious chase scenes.”

“The General,” a comedy-action-adventure film based on a true story that happened during the...

36th annual Musikfest continues in Bethlehem

Friday, August 9, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 36th annual Musikifest continues through Aug. 11 in Bethlehem’s Historic District on the city’s northside and SteelStacks on the city’s southside.

There is music at 16 of Musikfest’s 18 venues, with more than 500 free music and art performances during the 10-day event.

Also, there are 40-plus food vendors, 45 artisans, street performers and art attractions.

Musikfest hours are noon-11 p.m. through Aug. 11.

Concerts at the Wind Creek Steel Stage (formerly Sands...

Curtain Rises: Clair Freeman a natural to direct ‘Avenue Q’ at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Friday, August 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Avenue Q” might not be your grandfather’s or grandmother’s musical. It could be your millennialist’s musical, though.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a professor at two colleges, I talk to a lot of young people,” says Clair M. Freeman, an adjunct faculty member in the Cedar Crest College performing arts department and the Northampton Community College theater department.

“This generation now has a new set of musicals. I grew up with ‘Oklahoma!’ The ones that excite them and the ones...

Review: ‘Once’ again

Friday, August 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You pretty much know what you’re going to get with a film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

There’s going to be knucklehead characters just on this side, or that side, of the law.

There’s going to be pop culture-infused quippy dialogue and visuals.

And there’s going to be an explosion, or explosions, of violence.

You get all this and more in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood.”

The emphasis in the film’s title is “Once Upon a Time.”...

The Family Project: Separated father

Friday, August 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a recently-separated single father with primary custody of my six-year-old daughter. Her mother has her every weekend and sees her weekly during activities and dinner. Her mother recently started dating a man and their posts on Facebook include them drinking and partying on weekends when she has our daughter. Should I be concerned?

This question has two somewhat connected issues to it, panelist Mike Ramsey said.

“One, the father is worried about the supervision of his...

Respectfully Yours: Overstaying welcome

Friday, August 9, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Some weeks ago, my husband and I invited another couple to our home for dinner at 6 p.m. I hadn’t seen them in years and my husband didn’t know them. They got to know each other over a nice dinner. Around 11 p.m., I was starting to get nervous because I had an important meeting in the morning. How does one politely tell a guest that it’s time to leave?

Dear Reader,

One of life’s trickier social situations is when you find yourself sitting across from...

Healthy Geezer: Hypnosis: Now read this

Friday, August 9, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. Can hypnosis help me to quit smoking?

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods said to be useful by an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The panel found that hypnosis may be helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviated anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, and controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures.

Hypnosis is also promoted to change undesirable behaviors, such as smoking...