To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.
Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.
Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org.
“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.
It’s short on concept, but long on style.
Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).
Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin) of the movie’s title, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, no less.
“The Zookeepers’ Wife” is a powerful film about courage and bravery during World War II. It’s based on a true story.
Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who founded and ran the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of an estimated 300 Jews following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Jews were smuggled out of the notorious Warsaw Ghetto before its occupants were transported in train boxcars to concentrations camps.
Kinky Friedman is anything but predictable.
That bodes well for his concert, 7 p.m. April 19, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.
Friedman promises a mix of the old and new. In between such Kinky classics as “They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and songs from his most recent album (2015), “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” expect to hear rants and raves from the iconoclastic singer-songwriter who rose to fame, or infamy, in the 1970s with his band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.
“Get Out” is a weird, wild and wacky horror film.
The theatrical movie screenplay and directorial debut by Jordan Peele (Emmy recipient, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, for TV’s ”Key and Peele” (with Keegan-Michael Key), 2016; writer, theatrical feature, “Keanu,” 2016), is also a phenom.
The budget of “Get Out” was about $4.5 million. As of the March 31 weekend, “Get Out” has grossed $156.9 million domestically.
The Disney live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” is a spectacular movie musical that the entire family should enjoy. One of the chief recommendations to see the feature movie is the casting and performance of Emma Watson as Belle. Watson, best-known as Hermione Granger of the “Harry Potter” theatrical movie series.
Sales of houses in the greater Lehigh Valley declined for the second straight month in 2017, but at a lesser rate.
Closed sales dropped by 4.4 percent in February to 433 houses sold, compared to 453 in February 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).
On a bright note again, pending of houses sales in the Lehigh Valley were again up by double digits in February.
Pending sales were up 16.6 percent in February to 687, compared to 589 in February 2016.
The Bethlehem Press was again a big winner in the annual Professional Keystone Press Awards.
Overall, Lehigh Valley Press received 20 Keystone awards in the 2017 contest.
Of the total number of awards received by The Press newspapers, the Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 17 Keystones and the newspaper received the Sweepstakes Award in its division for the fourth year in a row.
It’s called “Logan.”
Who, you might ask, is Logan?
After a blockbuster opening weekend, you may be among the few in the whole wide world who does not know that Logan is the name of Wolverine, here downplayed as a comic book superhero and presented more as a human being, albeit, a so-called mutant human being, played again with brooding gusto by Hugh Jackman.
“The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff” is a multi-media presentation, continuing through at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, about what makes us tick and rings our bells.
It’s around the world in 80 mimes as Emma Ackerman, who created and performs the one-woman show, continuing at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, wordlessly leads the audience through a series of vignettes about the search for the meaning of life.