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Soloists, Allentown Band, in multicultural ‘Arts at St. John’s’ concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A multicultural program featuring outstanding soloists will mark the Allentown Band’s concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St, Allentown as part of the “Arts at St. John’s” series.

A Curtis Institute trained trumpet player, an Allentown mezzo-soprano who has performed internationally and St. John’s cantor highlight the program that includes selections from eight different countries, says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the Allentown Band.

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Don Braden to preview tunes from album at ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, September 27, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Don Braden brings “Earth, Wind and Wonder” to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.

Braden, adept on saxophone and flute, is a prolific composer, arranger and educator. He has toured worldwide with such jazz greats Kenny Barron, Betty Carter, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Williams, as well as with the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

He has...

Movie Review: ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ soars

Monday, September 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon” is, to quote Spanky in the “Our Gang (The Little Rascals)” comedy shorts (1932-1942), “bringmarkable.” It’s a film that defies categorization and stereotypes.

The narrative fiction film is one of the best of 2019 and deserves several Oscar nominations, especially for Zack Gottsagen, a person with Down Syndrone, who plays Zak, the character of the film’s title who has Down Syndrome.

The title, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” refers to the name of the...

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ASO season opening: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra 2019-2020 Classical Season opens, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, with guest soloist, renowned pianist Olga Kern, accompanying the ASO to perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Kern received a Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, celebrating her 25th ASO season, also leads...

Movie Review: ‘It” takes two; too long

Friday, September 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is a very long chapter.

At nearly three-hours-long, “It Chapter Two” makes the case for more than one sequel. This is one case where two sequels would have been better than one.

At least each sequel would have probably been shorter.

“It Chapter Two” returns us to the fictional Derry, Me., 27 years later. The impetus is a pact made by The Losers Club, when they were pre-teens, to return to Derry if Pennywise, the killer clown, ever returns to his malevolent ways.

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Prospective students

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will hold an open house for prospective students and their families, 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Community Services Center, main campus, Schnecksville.

LCCC admission and financial aid representatives, academic advisors and academic program coordinators will be on hand to answer questions.

The open house is an opportunity for students of all ages to tour the campus, learn about the LCCC admissions process, attend presentations about...

The Family Project: Sharing duties

Friday, September 20, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My hours recently changed at work, so now I must start earlier. I used to take care of the morning routine myself, but since I started this new schedule, my husband has not offered to help me in the morning. When I mention that I could use some help, he gets irritated. How can I approach this?

The panel agrees that this is a communication and problem-solving situation, where timing and tone are important.

“The mother needs to have a conversation with her husband about this,...