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Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay set for Miller Symphony Hall debut

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It took a continent to bring together the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay.

The avant-garde chamber group and the indescribable singer-songwriter bring it all back home in their Lehigh Valley debut, with "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing," performing the music of Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and the Weimar cabaret era, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for 'Nutcracker'

Moscow Ballet holds open auditions, 6 p.m. Oct 1, for student dancers age 7 to 16 years, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Moscow Ballet's "Dance with Us" Audition Director Olga Aru will select 60 student dancers to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more to perform in the "Great Russian Nutcracker" 3, 7 p.m. Dec 13, State Theatre Center for the Arts.

Movie Review: Treat 'Calvary' with reverence

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."

Growing Green: Limit use of pesticides to get rid of yard, garden pests

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press in Focus

Weeds and bugs can be a problem in your yard and garden. All pests need water, shelter and food to live. Yards and gardens provide many, if not all, of these things. The best way to manage pest problems is to prevent them from happening.

It is important to find the best and least toxic way to remove the pests. By using fewer pesticides, you increase the safety of people and the environment and preserve the natural enemies of the pest.

Bud's View: Nature's air show

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Count yourself in, and count raptors, at Hawk Mountain

Lehigh Valley area residents are fortunate to have Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Albany Township, Berks County. It's a great destination anytime of the year, but late summer and fall are the best times to visit.

There's an Emmy-worthy and possibly Academy Award-winning nature's air show going on during the next couple of months. It's time to put down the TV remotes, video game controls and head to Hawk Mountain for one of Mother Nature's real-life and unsurpassed reality shows.

Joan Rivers: An unguarded moment

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by SCOTT STONEBACK Special to The Press in Focus

Editor's Note: With the death of actress-comedienne-television host, Joan Rivers (June 8, 1933 - Sept. 4, 2014), Scott Stoneback, President-Executive Producer, The Media People, Inc. and an Alburtis resident, was asked to share this anecdote.

In 1979, I was Chairman of the Board of the Lehigh County Commissioners. Since this was a part-time elected position, I was also running The Media People from my home and studio in Alburtis.

Billy Joel: You should be playing here in the PPL Center

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

On so many levels, and especially for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, the Eagles' Sept. 12 christening of PPL Center, home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League's top development team of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, begs superlatives, headline-writer puns and Monday morning quarterback analysis.

An opening night standing ovation for PPL Center, staff

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There are so many good things to say about PPL Center, that it's hard to find fault.

However, finding fault is a journalist's duty. Here we go. First, the kudos.

The vibe: The glass-facade entrance at Seventh and Hamilton streets is impressive. There is a sense of grandeur, but also a welcoming feeling.

The arena has the sense of a stadium bowl with a roof. Though it seats 8,500 for hockey games and 10,000 for concerts, the stage and arena floor seems close. I'm not a hockey fan, but the PPL Center makes me want to see The Phantoms play there.

Concert Review: Eagles give 'History' lesson of storied career

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Welcome to "Eagles 101."

Not unlike a graduate-level seminar, VH1 "Behind the Music" telecast or Ted (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk, the Eagles demonstrated how it's done before a sold-out crowd of 10,000 cheering and adoring fans for the Sept. 12 opening public event at PPL Center, Allentown.

The arena lights went down at 8:09 p.m. At 8:12 p.m., one by one, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, walked out on stage left and song by song, the Eagles played from a catalogue of some 27 hits.