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Jesse Cook: World music, world musician

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Jesse Cook, a Juno Award winner and world-renowned nuevo flamenco guitarist, returns at 7:30 p.m. April 21 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Cook, raised in France, Spain, Austria and Canada, has been a musician all his life.

“I had a little toy guitar I played,” he says in a phone interview. “And I loved to play French records on my mom’s turntable.

“It was at 14, when I was in Arles, Austria, where the Gypsy Kings were neighbors of ours, that I really...

Review: ‘Quiet Place’

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.

What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.

“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a...

Liebman eclectic, electronic

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Saxophone legend Dave Liebman returns to “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. April 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. This time, he brings keyboardist Bobby Avey to compliment his musical offerings.

Liebman has done it all. He’s a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master.” He has been named first place in the soprano sax category for Jazz Ed, Jazz Times, and Downbeat.

He has been named Jazz Man of the Year; honored for Best Record of The Year, nominated for...

Veteran journalist pens Northampton County history book

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Local residents of a certain age can catalogue a host of changes they’ve witnessed in Northampton County over the years.

Veteran Lehigh Valley journalist and professor Glenn Kranzley has covered all the bases in his new book, “Still Changing, Still Home: Northampton County Since the 1950s.” He catches it all: from shrinking farmland to the traffic crunch, the economy, environment, culture, sports - you name it.

Kranzley presents a lecture, “Northampton County After Earth Day,”...

And the band plays on

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

As the Allentown Band warms up for its annual series of concerts in West Park, Allentown, and at other Lehigh Valley outdoor bandshells and parks, the Focus section profiles the band’s long-time conductor, Ronald Demkee, and the band’s eldest musician, Ezra Wenner.

Respectfully Yours: business cards

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I attend numerous networking events and I am presented with many business cards. In the moment, I find myself trying not to break eye contact and stare at the card. What should I do when someone hands me his or her business card? And what’s the proper way to present one?

Dear Reader, I want to start by giving you a little history on business card handling. Japanese protocol teaches us everything we know about business card protocol.

Until recently, most...

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 18: Marinated turkey cutlet, au gratin potatoes, country vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, April 19: Beef vegetable soup, roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, rye bread with margarine, chilled applesauce.

Friday, April 20: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby greens w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

Monday, April 23...

Theater Review: ‘Brighton’ shines at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

I was reminded of just how superb Neil Simon is as a playwright when I attended Pennsylvania Playhouse’s impressive staging of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a semi-autobiographical comedy about a Jewish teenager growing up in the turmoil of a Great Depression-era Polish-American family.

“Brighton Beach Memoirs,” through April 22 at the Playhouse, is full of hilarious one-liners, as well as Simon’s unfailing insights into the human condition.

Director Rody Gilkeson has created a...

Bernstein at 100:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Leonard Bernstein is an iconic figure in the history of music.

As a composer, conductor, author, and lecturer, he was a person who influenced so many people’s lives, especially with his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic.

Bernstein (1918 - 1990) would have been 100 in August. Orchestras all over the world are celebrating his centennial.

Leonard Bernstein was a trail-blazer, and without him and his influence, I am not sure if I would be standing on a...