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Movie Review: 'Dolphin Tale 2' charming

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

That's not always the cast for Winter, the rescue dolphin of the first "Dolphin Tale" movie that...


Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Chorus, now in its second season under the direction of Chorus Director Eduardo Azzati, will perform Beethoven's 9th with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestra Diane Wittry in its April 11 and 12, 2015, concerts.

There are immediate openings for volunteer chorus members in each voice part. The first two audition dates are 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 2 and 6 - 9 p.m. Nov. 6.

Rehearsal schedule, audition application, and other information is available...


Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Moscow Ballet holds open auditions, 6 p.m. Oct 1, for student dancers age 7 to 16 years, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" Audition Director Olga Aru will select 60 student dancers to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more to perform in the "Great Russian Nutcracker" 3, 7 p.m. Dec 13, State Theatre...


Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus


SOTA benefit: Society of the Arts (SOTA) present its second annual "Luncheon With The Authors" to benefit Allentown Art Museum educational programs and the SOTA Print Fund, Oct. 3, Lehigh Country Club, 2319 Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown. Three nationally-acclaimed authors, Becky Aikman, above, Chris Pavone and Amore Towles, will discuss their books, offer insights about their writing and answer questions. "Saturday Night Widows," a memoir, recounts Aikman's...


Thursday, September 25, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Actors are being sought to portray characters involved in a murder-suicide that took place along the Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg in 1898. The tragedy is the basis for a ghost walk that is part of "Haunted Hugh Moore Park," a new Halloween event sponsored by the City of Easton and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

The ghost walk focuses on 37-year-old John Repher, a disgruntled canal worker who took the life of canal foreman, Dallas Bloss, on April 18, 1898, and then...

Concert Review: Eagles give 'History' lesson of storied career

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Welcome to "Eagles 101."

Not unlike a graduate-level seminar, VH1 "Behind the Music" telecast or Ted (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk, the Eagles demonstrated how it's done before a sold-out crowd of 10,000 cheering and adoring fans for the Sept. 12 opening public event at PPL Center, Allentown.

The arena lights went down at 8:09 p.m. At 8:12 p.m., one by one, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, walked out on stage left and song by song, the Eagles played from a catalogue of...

Bud's View: Nature's air show

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley area residents are fortunate to have Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Albany Township, Berks County. It's a great destination anytime of the year, but late summer and fall are the best times to visit.

There's an Emmy-worthy and possibly Academy Award-winning nature's air show going on during the next couple of months. It's time to put down the TV remotes, video game controls and head to Hawk Mountain for one of Mother Nature's real-life and unsurpassed reality shows.


An opening night standing ovation for PPL Center, staff

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There are so many good things to say about PPL Center, that it's hard to find fault.

However, finding fault is a journalist's duty. Here we go. First, the kudos.

The vibe: The glass-facade entrance at Seventh and Hamilton streets is impressive. There is a sense of grandeur, but also a welcoming feeling.

The arena has the sense of a stadium bowl with a roof. Though it seats 8,500 for hockey games and 10,000 for concerts, the stage and arena floor seems close. I'm not a...

Billy Joel: You should be playing here in the PPL Center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

On so many levels, and especially for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, the Eagles' Sept. 12 christening of PPL Center, home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League's top development team of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, begs superlatives, headline-writer puns and Monday morning quarterback analysis.

For someone as myself, who worked in downtown Allentown for 22 years at The Morning Call, lived in the downtown (and still resides in Allentown),...