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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Fasnacht exhibit talk

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE:

Heide Fasnacht, in conjunction with her exhibition, “Past Imperfect,” through Feb. 8, Martin Art Gallery and Galleria, presents a “Visiting Artist Talk,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Copies of Fasnacht’s catalog are available at the Gallery desk.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Joker,” the first R-rated theatrical motion picture to garner more than $1-billion-plus at the box office, leads the Oscar race with 11 nominations, with “The Irishman,” a partly-Pennsylvania-set mob opus; “Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood,” an LA story rewritten large, and “1917,” the World War I “one-shot” wonder, receiving 10 nominations each.

“Parasite,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” each received six nominations.

Movie Review: ‘1917’ a year to remember

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“1917” is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in cinema history.

Director Sam Mendes, working with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, is said to have filmed “1917” in one take.

However, based on the names listed in the “1917” end credits, dozens if not hundreds of artists and technicians were employed to accomplish the film’s computer generated imagery.

It would be more accurate to describe “1917” as having been filmed in continuous takes for numerous scenes.

Father Duggan back for Bach at Pa. Sinfonia ‘Winter Vivaldi’

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Nothing promises to warm up a cold January afternoon like the return of Father Sean Duggan, whose guest performance of a Bach concerto on piano is a highlight of Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra’s “Winter Vivaldi” concert Jan. 26.

It will be the 14th year that Duggan has come to Bethlehem to perform in what is his only appearance with Sinfonia this season.

Bakithi Kumalo returns to ‘Graceland’ at Zoellner

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It seems that Bakithi Kumalo will always be best known for playing bass on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland,” despite the fact that he has recorded and performed with many other well-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and Mickey Hart. And he is known for being one of the best electric bass players in the world.

Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band perform, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Kumalo launches mentorship program

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is grateful for his success in music, and wants to share his knowledge.

Kumalo was talking to the staff at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center about his Jan. 24 concert in Baker Hall. The concert is billed as Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band.

Kumalo spoke about wanting to teach younger musicians, which led to the start of Zoellner’s Music Master Mentor Program.

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).

I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).

I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).

What do you do at age 69 on the cusp of 70 (May 17) to challenge oneself?

Movie Review: ‘Women’ on the March

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Little Women,” not “Little Girls.”

The latest theatrical movie version of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel is about the journey from childhood to womanhood of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. The novel, which Alcott based on herself and her three sisters, was a commercial success and critically-acclaimed.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, January 15: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, January 16: Baked smoked ham, maple sweet potatoes, green beans, rye bread w/ margarine, rice pudding.

Friday, January 17: Navy bean soup, tuna salad hoagie, potato chips, pasta salad, oatmeal cranberry cookie.

Monday, January 20: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sports Classics: Allentown Symphony Pops concert got game with scores connection

Friday, January 17, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Quidditch to Queen, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra explores the relationship between sports and music at the next “Pops Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, led by guest conductor Carl Topilow of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

“Music and Sports” looks at how music captures the emotional impact of sports, from the unforgettable theme (“Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti) to “Rocky” (1976) with Rocky Balboa running up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, to the inspirational theme from Vangelis that is the backdrop for the Olympic runners in “Chariots of Fire” (1981).