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Monday, October 23, 2017

Movie Review: ‘mother!’

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no movie in 2017 has been as controversial upon its release as “mother!” Yes, we’ll honor the conceit of the noncapitalized title and exclamation point.

No, that’s not what upset folks with director Darren Aronofsky’s metaphorical take on motherhood, misogyny and the mass media.

As with Aronofsky’s previous directorial efforts (“Noah,” 2014; Oscar nomination, director, “Black Swan,” 2010; “The Wrestler,” 2008; “The Fountain,” 2006; “Requiem for a Dream,” 2000; “Pi,”...

Exhibit on zinc, Palmerton

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV HERITAGE MUSEUM:

A new exhibition, “Zinc and Palmerton, Pennsylvania,” opens at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, with a talk by Peter L. Kern, former Senior Vice President of Research and Development, the New Jersey Zinc Company.

“The histories of Palmerton, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Zinc Company are inextricably intertwined, and that’s the emphasis of our exhibit,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum...

Theater Review:

Friday, September 29, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Always … Patsy Cline,” through Oct. 22 at The Pine’s Dinner Theatre, Allentown, is an entertaining musical written by Ted Swindley, producer and director of more than 200 plays during the past two decades, and a prolific playwright whose scripts include “Honky Tonk Angels,” a successful Pine’s production earlier this season.

As in “Angels,” the latest Pines production is loaded with nostalgic country music, but that is where the similarities end. “Always...Patsy Cline” provides an...

Baum scholarships awarded

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Baum School of Art has awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 60 students from age five through 17 during the closing reception of their “Children and Teen Student Exhibition” in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Executive director Shannon Fugate emceed the event, where event sponsors Mike and Wendy Stout of Stout Associates, LLC presented certificates to the enthusiastic scholarship recipients. Full tuition scholarships were given to art students...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Putin talk:Dr. Andrew Felkay, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at Kutztown University, presents a talk, “To Understand Vladimir Putin Examine Russian History,” 1 p.m. Sept. 30, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. “Most Americans remain unaware that today’s current issues have deep and important historical roots,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. “This talk will offer a fresh perspective on Russian-American relations...

‘Symphony On Ice’ back at PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley’s favorite new holiday tradition, “Symphony On Ice,” is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, PPL Center, Allentown.

Showcasing the arts and Lehigh Valley community organizations, “Phantoms Charities Presents Symphony On Ice” will feature the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra and performances by local choirs and members of the Penguin Skating Club.

This year, Phantoms Charities presented by Air Products will be the...

College Fair Oct. 3 at LCCC

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) hosts the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling Lehigh Regional College Fair, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Berrier Hall Gymnasium, main campus, Route 309, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

With more than 100 colleges and universities represented, the College Fair is expected to be the largest in Lehigh County.

Interested students can learn about academic programs, admissions requirements, campus life and scholarship...

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British...

Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Varekai’ to PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Cirque du Soleil returns to Allentown with one of its signature productions, “Varekai,” for seven performances, Nov. 9 - 12, PPL Center.

“Varekai” performances are: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11; 1:30, 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets: PPLCenter.com; 610-347-TIXX; PPL Center Box Office.

“Varekai” showcases an acrobatic extravaganza with the theme of Icarus for an amazing display of high-level acrobatics and performers ready to accomplish gravity-defying feats.

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