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Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Say Cusack: Movie star John Cusack presents a screening of his 1989 hit film, “Say Anything,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, followed by a conversation and audience question and answer session. With four decades’ worth of roles in more than 70 films, Cusack will share stories from his career, answer audience questions, and give a behind-the-scenes look into his breakout role as Lloyd Dobler. Cusack went on to star in “High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank” and “Being John Malkovich.” A limited number of...

The Family Project: the new man

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 10-year-old daughter’s father and I never married, and he has not been very involved in her life. I have been seeing a very nice man, and I think it is getting serious. What is the best way to introduce her to this new relationship, especially when she is used to it being only the two of us?

Panelist Mike Daniels said that it was a great opportunity to have a conversation about needs and relationships: “Ten-year-olds know about dating, and if the mother hasn’t had a conversation...

Respectfully Yours: arguing football

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our house gets much harder to live in when the pro-football season rolls around. Between our children, my spouse, and me, there are die-hard fans of at least three different teams. It’s hard enough watching a game on TV when it’s my favorite and “just some other team,” but when it’s my team playing one of their teams, it gets loud and occasionally heated. How can we all get through the season without a referee in the family room?

Dear Reader,

As you very...

John Cusack may ‘Say Anything’ at Easton’s State Theatre

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 1989 film “Say Anything” set the standard for teenage romance comedies for decades to come. Every high school girl wished for her crush to stand outside her window, serenading her with a boom box. Every boy wanted to be Lloyd, who gets his dream girl.

John Cusack, who played Lloyd, the “every-boy” who gets the girl in “Say Anything,” has built a respected career as an actor, film producer and screenwriter with films such as “High Fidelity” (2000) “Being John Malkovich” (1999), “...

‘Brigadoon’ magic for director Rody Gilkeson at Munopco

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

By KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS

Special to The Press

“Brigadoon” has a special place in Rody Gilkeson’s heart.

As a child, the 1954 movie adaption of the musical was often playing on television in his house.

“My mother used to love to watch movie musicals,” he says. “When it was on TV, she would sing along with the songs.”

Gilkeson says his mother was a big fan of actor Van Johnson, who played the best friend of Gene Kelly’s Tommy Albright in “Brigadoon,” so the...

Movie Review: ‘Meg’ low mania

Monday, September 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Meg” is a by-the-screenplay-book thriller about a prehistoric shark run amok.

Think: “Jaws” (1975) meets “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) meets “The Abyss” (1989).

The movie’s title, “The Meg,” refers to a 75-foot-long megalodon shark, a prehistoric creature thought to be extinct. The creature resurfaces from the deep to wreak havoc on a nuclear submarine, a research vessel, and a beach resort. The movie is based on a 1997 book, “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” by Steve Alten...

To the Valley and beyond: Partnership key in 2018-19 for Allentown Symphony

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Allentown Symphony Orchestra is embracing “one giant leap for mankind” as it embarks on its 2018-2019 season.

The orchestra will present three programs celebrating the exploration of space and particularly the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, including, for the first time, a lunar-themed concert performed at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Diane Wittry, Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra, says it is part of the orchestra’s outreach to the...

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Friday, September 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Reggae rising: Ziggy Marley brings his “Rebellion Rises 2018 Tour” to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, 8 p.m. Sept. 16. The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer is the son of Bob Marley. His seventh album, “Rebellion Rises,” was recorded primarily at his Los Angeles home studio during 2017. After eight records with The Melody Makers and three Grammy Awards, he kicked off a solo career in 2003 with “Dragonfly.” He received a Grammy Best Reggae Album in 2006 (“Love Is My...

Allentown Marine Band in step for ‘Pennsylvania March’ debut

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.

Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.

Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Pennsylvania does have an official state song...