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Saturday, February 22, 2020

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...

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.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts...

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.

‘LV Black History’

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LVHM:

The “Lehigh Valley Black African History Project” Exhibit opens Feb. 1 and continues through Feb. 29, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This exhibit highlights important aspects of African-American experience in the Lehigh Valley,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum, adding, “This is a vital part of our community’s story that is often overlooked.”

The exhibit explores a variety of...

Respectfully Yours: Cancelled dinner plans rankles friend

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I had plans to have dinner with a friend last Saturday night. The person called and said to change the reservation for a later time. Not too long after, there was another call to cancel the dinner. What happened to keeping commitments and not letting people down?

Dear Reader,

There is something to be said about the importance of keeping your word.

When social commitments are made and not followed through, feelings can get hurt. Unfortunately, there...

Healthy Geezer: What’s the attraction with magnets?

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can magnets relieve pain?

Here’s the official position of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the medical research agency of the federal government:

“Scientific evidence does not support the use of magnets for pain relief. Preliminary studies looking at different types of pain, such as knee, hip, wrist, foot, back, and pelvic pain, have had mixed results. Some of these studies, including a 2007 clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that looked at...

The Family Project: Advice for pre-teen girls concerns dad

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single dad with full custody of two pre-teen daughters. I have no idea how to talk to them about the “womanly facts of life.” My mother is gone, and I have no close female friends. What do I do?

Panelist Mike Ramsey said, “Communication on any subject is based on what relationships you have with the other parties. Obviously, the father can’t relate to some of the issues his daughters are dealing with, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be supportive and help get them to...

2020 Bach Fest offers youth performance opportunities

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The 2020 Bethlehem Bach Festival will offer two performance opportunities for young musicians with Zimmermann’s Coffee House and the Chaconne Project.

The Coffee House is part of the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May. Auditions for college and high school students are 1-5 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, Heckewelder House, Bach Choir offices, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Also at this year’s Festival, the Choir offers students a chance to participate in The Chaconne Project,...

Lecture series marks women’s voting rights

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE:

A lecture series, “A Century of Struggle: Women’s Rights Before and After Suffrage,” begins with “Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the United States,” presented by Allison Lange, Assistant Professor of History at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, A-Level, Trexler Memorial Library, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

The series marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States...

Lehigh County senior menus

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, January 22: Egg and cheese baked Monterey, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole wheat dinner biscuit, fresh dinner roll.

Thursday, January 23: Mexican baked chicken, chuck wagon corn, black beans, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

Friday, January 24: Open face hot pork sandwich, split pea soup, mashed potatoes, orange.

Monday, January 27: Swedish meatballs, green beans, whole wheat noodles, tropical fruit...