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Buchanan talk

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. Michael Birkner, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, speaks about James Buchanan and the Civil War, 1 p.m. Nov. 23, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Buchanan, of Franklin County, was the only United States president from Pennsylvania (1857 - 1861).

Birkner is the author or editor of 14 books and many articles on 19th and 20th century U.S. political history, including three edited volumes about Buchanan and three others...

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ returns to State: An improv interview with Brad Sherwood

Monday, November 18, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” starring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

In the comedy show, part of their “Scared Scriptless” tour, Mochrie and Sherwood combine audience participation and improvisation.

In a recent interview, Sherwood combines interviewer participation and improvisation.

“We make improv look difficult so that more people don’t try it,” Sherwood quips, adding, “Job security.”

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8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, November 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The “Lowdown”: It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs’ latest album is “Out of the Blues” since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. For the second time, singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs takes the stage, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The concert is rescheduled from the June 21 show that was postponed at the State. Tickets for that show are being honored for the Nov. 19 performance. Scaggs began his career as a vocalist and guitarist in the...

Movie Review: South Korea tragicomedy an Oscar contender

Friday, November 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Parasite” is a powerful piece of film-making. It’s uncompromising cinema. This is a level of film-making far above most films, and beyond the reach of most film-makers.

The psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your theater seat almost from the beginning to the end of the film.

The acting is flawlessly naturalistic. The cinematography (director of photography Kyung-pyo Hong) is intensely personal. The pacing (film editor Jinmo Yang; production designer Ha-jun Lee...

Respectfully Yours: Park emotions waiting for parking spot

Friday, November 15, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During the holidays, things get fairly crowded and looking for a parking space is difficult. There are times people appear to be leaving but sit in their cars. Is there a polite way to ask another driver in this situation if they will be leaving the spot?

Dear Reader,

It tries our patience to wait for someone to leave a parking spot the person is taking his or her sweet time.

It’s no secret that manners tend to break down when cars are involved....

Ulysses String Quartet

Friday, November 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Ulysses String Quartet performs, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Faith United Church of Christ, 5992 Route 378 South, Center Valley.

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem program is: Haydn, “String Quartet in E Flat Major,” Op. 33, “The Joke”; Paul Frucht: “Rhapsody”; Komitas, “Armenian Folk Songs,” Beethoven, “String Quartet No.4 in C Minor,” Op.18 No.4

The Vision String Quartet cancelled. Tickets: at the door; cmsob.org

Author to talk

Friday, November 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

New York Times best-selling author Peter Stark Speaks on “Why Pennsylvania Isn’t the End of the Road: Joseph Brant, Christian Post, Tecumseh and the ‘Indian Barrier State’ That Would Stop the Western Movement in Early America,” 1 p.m. Nov. 16, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Few Americans today realize how close Pennsylvania came to being the nation’s westernmost state,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

In...

The Family Project: Daughter’s cell phone photos upset mother

Friday, November 15, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have a beautiful, awesome 16-year-old daughter. She does well in school and she doesn’t get into trouble. This morning I dropped her off for swim team practice and saw that she left her cell phone in the car. A text caught my eye, and I snooped. She has been sending naked pictures of herself over her phone to a couple of boys. What do I do?

Starting off, panelist Denise Continenza said, “When the mother can be calm, she needs to talk to her daughter about the photo, but she...

Hobgood’s ‘Jazz Upstairs’: expect old-school stylings

Friday, November 15, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Laurence Hobgood brings his trio to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Hobgood has had a 30-year career as a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer. The Grammy recipient has performed at venues throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood and the White House.

Hobgood is known for his 20-year collaboration with singer Kurt Elling...