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'Oz' not so 'Great,' 'Powerful'

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

At one point in "Oz The Great and Powerful," Oz (James Franco) says to China Doll, a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) character voiced by Joey King, "One rule in show biz: Never work with kids or animals," adding, "I already have this ... ," as he gestures to another CGI character, Finley, a monkey in a bellhop suit voiced by Zach Braff.

To that show-business adage, it could be added, "Never work with CGI characters."

At least in "Oz the Great and Powerful," for James Franco and other live-action actors, it's a losing battle.

Spring Equinox Celebration at Hawk Mt.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary holds its annual Spring Equinox Celebration, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 23 in and around the Visitor Center.

The annual event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox to herald the arrival of the spring season. Trail fees apply for non-members.

The day begins with "Raptors Up Close!," 11 a.m., followed a guided nature walk at 12:30 p.m. for all age skill levels. Those interested in the walk should sign up upon arrival, as participation is limited, and a trail fee applies.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Annual event helps scientists answer questions

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event drawing participants of all ages to count birds visiting their backyards and surrounding areas.

The GBBC gives a real-time snapshot of what bird species are found in specific areas. The results are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y. The 16th annual count was Feb. 15 - 18.

My wife, Bev, and I have been participating and sending in our bird counts for about seven years. This is the first year that records have been accepted from anywhere in the world.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by PHOTO BY KENNY EK in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

The world according to Mo: "Parallel Lives," written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, opens Allentown Public Theatre's 2013 season, 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 28 - 30, April 4 - 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, Antonio Salemme Foundation, Suite 203, 542 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. Variety has praised the two-person show as "a humorous romp with a feminist sensibility ...

Textbook cases

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

LearnSmart, Tegrity Campus provide collegiate edge

Spring break is over for most. College students are back in class. The spring semester is full-speed ahead for those working on their higher education degrees.

A new year and new semester often leads students to create higher expectations and goals for themselves, but student slacking is prone to happen as the semester continues.

McGraw-Hill Education has created study tips and tools for college-level students intended to improve their grades, results and learning habits.

Sleep problems not normal part of aging

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. I have found that I don't sleep as well as I used to when I was younger. How common is this?

Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging.

Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults: seven to nine hours a night.

THEATER REVIEW Changing the 'Born' identity in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players' production of Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday" is a fast-paced comedy directed by Ara Barlieb about greed and sex in post-World War II Washington, D. C.

The play continues weekends through March 24 at McCoole's Arts & Events Place, Quakertown.

When smarmy, hard-drinking lawyer Ed Devery, played with erudite flair by Jay Fletcher, starts handing out cash, he finds congressional hands eager to be greased.