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Monday, December 18, 2017

Movie Review: ‘Express’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.

While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.

The latest film’s premise is that the legendary train has derailed, rather than being stuck in the snow,...

The Family Project: Mom and rehab

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have been struggling with addiction for many years. I want to go into a rehabilitation program, but I don’t know how to tell my children, ages eight and 11. They are going to think that I am a terrible person and mother. What should I say to them?

All the experts agreed that the mother was very courageous to face the problem, and several asked what would her children think of her in future years if she didn’t go into rehab.

Panelist Pam Wallace recommended that the mother...

Holko-Gresham:

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Sharon and Andrew Holko Jr. of Orefield announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah, to Charles “Tripp” Gresham III, son of Kelley and Charles Gresham II of Newport News, Va.

Sarah and Tripp are 2013 graduates of The College of William and Mary.

Sarah, who graduated with a business degree, majoring in accounting, has completed her CPA certification.

She is a market manager with Norfolk Southern in Virginia.

Tripp is in his final year at Eastern Virginia...

Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s...

Zen is when at Symphony Hall

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You may not achieve nirvana but you can experience “The Music of Zen,” that is “The Music of Zen For Primates,” in the “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

When asked to characterize the group’s music, which has been dubbed “cabaret rock,” Krisukas, a founder, composer and guitarist of Zen For Primates, says, “I really can’t describe it. It’s too complex to explain in one sentence. Part of the approach from the beginning was to...

LV Arts Council makes ‘ArtsCount’ via grants

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council made “ArtsCount with $39,711 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) grants awarded to 26 area artists, musicians and arts nonprofits.

ArtsCOUNT 2017, run by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, was held at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem.

“There are many stories about how the arts have made a difference in someone’s life,” said Lehigh Valley Arts Council executive director Randall Forte before he and grant coordinator Zach...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Korean comedy:Margaret Cho presents a standup comedy show, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem. Cho was born into a Korean family in San Francisco. She has performed in film, television, theater and music and is an author. Cho has received five Grammy Award nominations (two for music albums, “Cho Dependent” and “American Myth”) and an Emmy nomination for “30 Rock.” Cho created and starred in the ABC sitcom, “All-American Girl” (1994 - 95). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine named her...