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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Monday, January 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.

Simply still-lifes at Baum School of Art

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.

Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.

Respectfully Yours: Declining alcohol

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, The one thing that sets me apart from my friends is I do not drink alcohol. A big part of my problem is feeling awkward in social situations. Is there a casual, polite response I could say when someone asks why I’m not drinking?

Dear Reader, Not everyone chooses to include drinking in their lifestyle and it is possible to say no to alcohol in a polite way.

There’s absolutely no reason to feel awkward. Not everyone drinks alcohol.

To the Shanty and back: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay stirs it up at Allentown bistro for hit Fox reality-TV show

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

To say Joe Tatasciore was nervous is an understatement.

At 8 p.m. Jan. 9, his restaurant, Shanty on 19th, was featured on the Fox-TV reality show “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.”

The Allentown bistro was given a makeover by the celebrity chef for for his television show, which began its second season Jan. 2. The Shanty is featured on the second episode of the 2019 season.

“I’m definitely nervous to see how they portray us,” Tatasciore says. “Let’s just say it’s made for television.”

The Family Project: Nutritious meals

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single mom with two young children. Nearly all my income goes to rent, keeping my car on the road and bills. “Good” food is expensive. I can already see my six-year-old getting fat on what I can afford. What can I do? I’m not sure they will eat vegetables and salad, but they sure love macaroni and cheese.

“The idea that good food is necessarily expensive isn’t exacting accurate,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “Grandmother showed us that if you have chicken tonight, you have chicken salad for lunch tomorrow and chicken soup the next day. You can stretch things.”

Healthy Geezer: Stay cool outdoors

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m 74 and I don’t seem to be able to endure hot weather the way I used to when I was younger. Is this a common experience as we age?

Yes. I don’t play golf when it’s more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit because it makes me a bit woozy even if I drink a lot of water and seek out the shade. My reaction to heat is caused by blood pressure drugs that I take, my advanced age, and some extra pounds I’m struggling to lose.

Too much heat can make you sick. Heat-related conditions come under the heading, “hyperthermia,” which means “high heat.”

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Recording Fusion: The Fusion Jazz Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall. Bring your applause. The Fusion Jazz Trio will record the concert for a new CD, “Out of the Shadows.” The Fusion Jazz Trio, Vernon Mobley, drums; Brian Bortz, bass, and George Grund, keyboards, will be joined by Joe Mixon, guitar, and Chet Brown, vocals. The Fusion Jazz Trio, formed in 2002, blends bold percussion, funky and innovative bass lines and electrifying keyboard refrains. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N.

Movie Review: Great ‘Scots,’ Elizabeth I

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Queen Of Scots” is bold, beautiful and brutal.

The history-based biography-drama has two extraordinary performances: Saoirse Ronan as Scotland’s beleagured queen, and Margot Robbie as England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Director Josie Rourke, in her theatrical motion picture directorial debut, directs from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (Oscar nominee, adapted screenplay, “The Ides Of March,” 2011; creator, writer, TV’s “House Of Cards,” 2013-18) and John Guy (“Mary Queen Of Scots” is based on his book, “My Heart Is My Own,” 2004).

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: Chopped steak w / onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.

Friday, Jan. 11: Battered fish w/ tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.

Monday, Jan. 14: Spaghetti w / meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Veal w/ mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, pears.