Parkland Press

Monday, November 12, 2018

LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

How do the arts enhance your life?

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.

The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”

The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Healthy Geezer: minerals, second-hand smoke, lumbago

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Should I take minerals?

It’s important to talk with your doctor before you take mineral pills, especially if you take prescription medicines, have any health problems or are elderly. Taking too much of a mineral can cause problems with some medical tests or interfere with drugs you’re taking.

Minerals are “micronutrients” your body needs in small but steady amounts. Your body can’t make most micronutrients, so you must get them elsewhere.

‘Chamber On Stage’ turns musicians, audience around

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association is turning the Miller Symphony Hall stage around for its new chamber music series.

For the 3 p.m. Nov. 4 concert that opens the hall’s “Chamber On Stage” series, the New York City group Decoda will play on the main stage, but with the performers’ backs to the orchestra seats in which the audience usually sits.

And audience members will be seated toward the back of the stage facing the performers.

Respectfully Yours: Bus passenger’s cold

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I recently took a bus trip to New York City. The bus was packed and I was seated before the long line of passengers piled onto the bus. The seat next to me was available and a woman sat down next to me. As soon as the bus pulled out, I noticed she had a cough and head cold. I knew I was in for an unpleasant bus ride. I worried that I would catch her cold. Why do people travel when they are visibly sick? What do you recommend I do if this happens again?

Dear Reader,

Zeke Zelker’s ‘Billboard’ having its world premiere at Nineteenth St. Theatre

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, will have its world premiere, 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown.

Lehigh Valley filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard” will be the first film shown in the newly renovated theater which reopened after a one-year $5.5-million capital campaign project.

Movie Review: ‘Old Man’ Oscar

Monday, October 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Old Man & The Gun” is a throwback to 1970s’ “New Hollywood” film-making and the early films of, among others, directors Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steve Spielberg and Brian Di Palma.

That “The Old Man & The Gun” has a 1970s’ look in production design, including cinematography, lighting, sets, costumes, vehicles, and music, shouldn’t be surprising because the fact-based story takes place in 1981 in Texas and nearby states and harks back to events of the previous decade.

Baum School of Art gets smart with phone images

Monday, October 29, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Healthy Geezer: Stay positive

Friday, October 26, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

A common cold, exhaustion, stress, hunger, sleep deprivation, even allergies can make you depressed, which leads to negative thoughts.

However, in many cases, depression can be caused by negative thinking. Our feelings follow what we are thinking. Dwelling upon negative thoughts can send us spiraling down into depression.

I found many techniques for fending off negative thoughts and becoming a happier person. The following are ones that worked for me.