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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Baum Gala celebrates family ties

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Baum School of Art annual Fall Gala honors the Baum Family, who have supported the school since it was founded in 1926 by Walter Emerson Baum.

J. Lawrence “Larry” Grim, Jr. and Kathleen O’Dea will receive recognition. Grim is the grandson of Walter Emerson Baum.

The Gala at The Baum School of Art begins with a silent auction with approximately 70 items and a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Dinner, provided by Catering by Karen Hunter, begins at 8 p.m. Attire is black-tie optional.

When they’re the Hot Club, they’re hot

Friday, October 20, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

What’s cool and hot at the same time? Easy: The Hot Club of Philadelphia. This ensemble gives a contemporary twist to Gypsy Jazz as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The group traces its origins back to 2001 when guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig created an ensemble dedicated to Gypsy Jazz music of the legendary Hot Club of France Quintet. That group featured jazz legends guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

The Family Project: Affection

Friday, October 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you have a parenting question you would like answered in The Family Project column, email Project Child:

Q. I have two young children. My first child is affectionate and loving, but my second one does not like to be held or cuddled. I am starting to feel as if he doesn’t love me, or that I have done something wrong. Can you tell me why they would be so different?

Sounding Beethoven: with ASO, Eroica Trio, and a Bertoia premiere

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

There has long been a connection between art and music, with one often inspiring the other. Many musicians are also artists and vice-versa.

Years ago, when I first started conducting the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, someone asked me if I had ever heard any of the sound sculptures created by the artist Harry Bertoia. At that point I had not, so they invited me out to Harry’s Barn and Studio in Bally, Berks County, along Route 100, about 15 miles from Allentown.

Sixth Fall Fest

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Independent designers, crafters and vendors are invited to sell their wares at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Foundation’s sixth annual scholarship Fall Festival, Nov. 4, main campus,

Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in a larger facility this year, Berrier Hall, to accommodate more vendors. The gymnasium facility, which meets ADA requirements, has wireless internet, tables and chairs, and free parking.

Reservations are first-come, first-served.

Late-night comics make it at State

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

A comic is said to be on the path of “making it” in showbiz once they have booked a spot on a late-night TV talk show.

During the heyday of the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” an appearance there could launch a comedian’s career, especially if the legendary talk show host asked the comic to “take the couch” after their set.

At minimum being able to add “As seen on the [such and such TV show]” after one’s name can increase a comedian’s bookings at rooms and provide club owners with a valuable tag on the marquee to fill seats.