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Pulling the rug out

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Legislation would end property tax funding of districts

On a day when Northampton Area School Board members took an on-site tour of the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project, officials learned that legislation proposed in Harrisburg could jeopardize financing the $80.7-million construction project.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate property taxes to fund school districts in the commonwealth, is touted as a gift to beleaguered property owners who face losing their homes to sheriff's sales each year when they can't afford to pay their property taxes.

Movie Review: 'Captain Phillips' commanding

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.

The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.

The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."

For Gia Mora, 'Einstein' is about the science of love

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You've heard of "Bill Nye, The Science Guy" and his educational television show.

Gia Mora is "The Science Gal," but not of television fame (not yet, that is), but of the stage, and more in the entertainment realm than education, although there is that.

Mora's "Einstein's Girl," 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre Cabaret in the Acopian Ballroom, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, brings the, ahem, elements of entertainment and education together -- in a supercollider of comedy.

Theater Review: 'Spring Awakening' no child's play at Civic

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Youthful exuberance lights up the stage in the Civic Theatre of Allentown production of "Spring Awakening," continuing through Oct. 27.

Civic Artistic Director William Sanders directs a cast of college and high school all-stars in what is a rock opera of tragic proportions and emotional triumph.

The on-stage, seven-piece orchestra, conducted by Music Director Justin Brehm, doesn't overpower excellent solo vocals and choral work.

Movie Review: Lost in space: the 'Gravity' of it all

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Gravity" is a masterful achievement in cinema. It will be regarded as a classic and a landmark film.

Look for Oscar nominations in the double digits, including actress: Sandra Bullock; supporting actor: George Clooney; director: Afonso Cuaron; original screenplay: Cuaron and his son, Jonas; cinematography, and numerous technical categories.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP: St. Luke's Riverside Drive Project at dead-end

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The proposed relocation of Riverside Drive in eastern Salisbury Township, Fountain Hill and Bethlehem has apparently become the road to nowhere.

Relocation of the road, which roughly parallels the Norfolk Southern Railway railroad track on the south side of the Lehigh River and north of Lehigh Mountain, was proposed by St. Luke's University Hospital to provide an alternative access to the hospital.

Brighton Street was to be extended north to Riverside Drive to provide access to the St. Luke's Fountain Hill campus.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players' whirlwind of mirth

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) perform a neat trick in its production of "A Flea in Her Ear," through Oct, 12, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, Quakertown.

CKP co-founder and "Flea" director Ara Barlieb turns inside out the stereotypes exploited by the French farce written by George Feydeau in the version by David Ives by casting against stereotype.

The results are a whirlwind of mirth.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Playhouse 'Spelling Bee' letter-perfect

The Pennsylvania Playhouse (TPP) production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" creates a conundrum: Is it this community theater or regional theater?

Yes, TPP's "Spelling Bee" is that good. You might say it's letter-perfect. Wordsmiths should not miss "Bee," which spells out many unusual words (syzygy, cenacle, elanguescence), has a plethora of puns and a dollop of double-entendres.

Movie Review: 'Prisoners' takes no prisoners

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When it comes to psychological thrillers, "Prisoners" takes no prisoners.

"Prisoners," paced by an intense, carefully-crafted and completely believable performance by Hugh Jackman, is a tension-filled nail-biter with a plot twist that you probably won't see.

Keller Dover (Jackman) is a middle-class father living in western Pennsylvania who owns his owns remodeling business. He and his wife, Grace (Maria Bello), have a teen son, Ralph (Dylan Minnette), and young daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich).