Northwestern Press

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’ deficient

Friday, November 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a hodgepodge of movies that have gone before: “Lord of the Rings” (2001), “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009), “The Hobbit” (2012) and, of course, “Maleficent” (2014).

The Maleficent character is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale (1697) and Walt Disney’s animation theatrical feature film “Sleeping Beauty” (1959).

Angelina Jolie is back in the title role of Maleficent, fairy godmother of Aurora, again played by Elle Fanning.

Harris...

LCCC seminar set for teachers

Friday, November 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Teacher Education department hosts the annual “Super Saturday” teacher education seminar, featuring “The Community Action Poverty Simulation,” 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Lisa Jane Scheller Community Services Center (CSC), main campus, Schnecksville.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Sessions include information on behavior strategies, selecting authentic literature for an inclusive classroom, understanding the Adverse Childhood Experience Study,...

Respectfully Yours: Rudeness to server

Friday, November 1, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a friend who is rude to the servers whenever we eat out for dinner. I end up trying to counter the rudeness by going over the top to be polite. How should you deal with a friend who is rude to restaurant wait staff?

Dear Reader,

People can and will be disrespectful to any number of people for any number of reasons. One of the times where this occurs the most is in restaurants. Customers are paying not only for the food they eat but also for the...

Matthew Blum ‘Windows’ in Baum exhibit

Friday, October 25, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Photographer Matthew Blum’s “Windows of the Past: Lehigh County” opens Oct. 24 in the David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Views of 17 historic buildings captured by Blum’s camera lens will be on view through Nov. 21 when a closing reception is scheduled 6 - 8 p.m. to coincide with Allentown’s “Third Thursday.”

In conjunction with Blum’s exhibition, students in Baum School of Art instructor Heidi Reuter’s photography class will feature their work in “View...

Allentown Band to present German music concert for Oktoberfest benefit at Christ Lutheran Church

Friday, October 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A day after performing at Miller Symphony Hall, the Allentown Band presents a concert of German music as part of an Oktoberfest celebration at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

“It will be be whole afternoon of music by 19th-century German composers,” says Allentown Band conductor Ronald Demkee. “It will be quite a variety of masterworks.”

The band performs a free concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 Hamilton St, Allentown, with a festive Oktoberfest of German...

Allentown Band member Stephen Reisteter composes original score to accompany silent film classic ‘Nosferatu’ screening at Miller Hall

Friday, October 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

See Oktoberfest concert: Page B5

With perfect timing, just five days before Halloween, “Nosferatu” the original vampire film, comes to Miller Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Allentown Band will play an original score composed by one of their own to accompany the classic silent film that introduced the concept of a vampire inspired by Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel “Dracula.”

Universally recognized as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, the 1922 German...

Healthy Geezer: ED and heart problem

Friday, October 25, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is erectile dysfunction a possible symptom of heart problems?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), which is inadequate erection for sex, can indicate that something is wrong with your heart. Here’s why:

Blood flowing to the penis creates erections. Plaque buildup narrows and hardens arteries (atherosclerosis), reducing blood flow throughout the body.

The arteries supplying blood to the penis are smaller than those for the heart. So, ED can be an early sign of atherosclerosis,...

Euclid Quartet

Friday, October 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

CMSOB:

The Euclid Quartet performs at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

The quartet will be joined by cellist Adrian Daurov.

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem program is: Robert Paterson, “Quartet No. 2” (2018) and Schubert, “String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Cello Quintet.

Tickets: at the door; cmsob.org; 610-435-7611

The Family Project: Picky-eater

Friday, October 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Our five-year old son is a picky-eater. I am thinking about making him the food that he wants. My husband is against this and wants him to eat what I make for us. What is the best way to handle this?

Panelists Chad Stefanyak and Mike Ramsey agreed that this is a very common problem.

“Everyone thinks their five-year-olds are picky-eaters,” Stefanyak said, “and this argument between parents probably occurs in many households.”

Said Ramsey, “From the parents’ side, I...

Film series at JCC in Allentown

Friday, October 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Jewish Film Nights at the J” begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Jewish Community Center, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown.

The first film, “93Queen,” is described as “an upbeat, inspiring and revealing documentary that takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y.”

“93Queen” follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in New...