East Penn Press

Saturday, September 22, 2018

What’s in a name? For 311, the story is true

Friday, August 24, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

It’s been 27 years since the Omaha, Neb., quintet, 311, brought its unique sound of reggae, hip-hop, funk and heavy metal to the ears of fans throughout the world.

“All of the styles mentioned are accurate ingredients. Personally, jazz has been a big influence. With jazz, you don’t let things get too obvious. 311 used to be more hip-hop but we’ve moved into more reggae, always with rock as the largest ingredient,” says Nick Hexum, says 311 front-man and lead guitarist in a phone...

Movie Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ insightful fun

Monday, August 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Crazy Rich Asians” is loaded.

It’s loaded with glitz, humor and heart. It’s a film that’s deeper than its title would indicate.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is the Cinderella and her prince story transported from medieval Europe to 21st-century Asia.

The storyline has its roots in the 17th century fairy tale, “Cendrillon,” by French writer Charles Perrault, with a stop along the way at Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, “Pride And Prejudice,” all the way up to HBO’s “Sex And The City” (...

Screen screams: Allentown Band to accompany 1925 ‘Phantom Of The Opera’

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Allentown Band is the oldest civilian concert band in the United States. Since its first documented performance on July 4, 1828, and now celebrating its 190th year, the band preserves the tradition and heritage of musical Americana.

The Allentown Band is recognized worldwide, having appeared on television and radio and being featured in four European concert tours. The band distributes an ongoing recording project, “Our Band Heritage,” that has reached listeners in the U.S. and 23...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Summer Festival: Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg’s 57th annual Summer Festival is back, noon - 8 p.m. Aug. 18 and noon - 5 p.m. Aug. 19 on the north side of the hospital campus near Routes 22 and 378, off Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Admission is free. “Thanks to the community’s support, we have helped raise millions of dollars that have gone towards improving services at the hospital,” said Harold Fabian, founder and former chairman of the festival committee. There’s entertainment,...

National Museum Of Industrial History offers printing, paper-making workshops

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

National Museum of Industrial History Education coordinator Kitsa Behringer says workshop participants will enjoy a hands-on experience while learning the art of making paper by hand and machine; setting type; printing on a hand-fed, foot-powered press; and bookbinding.

Paper-making expert Tom Necker joins master printer Bob Mueller and bookbinding expert Ulla Warcholl to supervise the “apprentice printers” in the labor-intensive processes.

During each three-hour session, while...

Tony Tixier and trio finds poetry in jazz

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Tony Tixier Trio brings an exciting style of jazz to the Rodale Community Room for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Tixier, a French native, began piano studies at age six. By age 14, he received a degree in Classical Piano. One of his teachers encouraged him to study jazz.

”The teacher was kind of square, classical. I thought, ‘No way.’ Jazz was for old people, people who are cheesy. I was thinking more of swing jazz,” Tixier...

Respectfully Yours: Enjoy movie

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My wife and I were at the movies last weekend, and the couple behind us made loud noises unwrapping their candies and talking during the movie. Their voices were not loud whispers, but normal conversation voices and their crinkling of wrappers was irritating. We looked back at them several times but they did not stop. We got up and moved. Should we have told them to be quiet instead of moving?

Dear Reader,

Moving to another seat in the theater was the...

Recorder, oboe featured in Valley Vivaldi concert

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Guest artist Rainer Beckmann performs on the recorder for the final Valley Vivaldi 2018 summer concert presented by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra at 7 p.m. Aug.19, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.

Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach figure prominently on the program, as well as Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Telemann and Marin Marais. The composers are from the mid- to late-17th century through the 18th century.

Beckmann and the PSO perform Vivaldi’s “...

Ears of Corn Fest

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

INDIAN MUSEUM:

Native American, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Miller performs at the 38th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native-American Indian Festival, is 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 19, Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

Entertainment includes host drum Youngblood Singers, Shinnecock Indian Nation, N.Y.; guest drum Black Bull Moose Singers, Anishnawbek Nation, Canada; Aztec Dancing by the Salinas Family...