Northwestern Press

Friday, August 23, 2019

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...

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.”...

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...

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...

Lancaster’s Big Boy Brass to hold forth at Zinzenplatz

Friday, August 9, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based brass band, performs at Musikfest, 5 p.m. Aug, 9, Guardian Insurance Company of America Zinzenplatz, Main and Lehigh streets, Bethlehem.

Big Boy Brass plays an eclectic genre-bending blend of high-energy rock, pop, funk and traditional jazz with a twist.

The ensemble includes Connor Devlin, sousaphone; Vincent Shickora, Ben Ewing, Nolan Wible, trumpets; Dominic Mascaro, trombone; Sam Yoder, trombone and guitar; Nick Franks and Paul Berry,...

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...