Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Searching’ for a movie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Technological devices have often been plot devices in movies.

Film-makers Auguste and Louis Lumière scared the heck out of audiences in 1896 with their 50-second-long silent film, “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat” (“Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’).

Director William A. Wellman’s 1927 feature film about World War I fighter planes, “Wings,” received the first best-picture Oscar.

“The Story of Alexander Graham Bell,” released in 1939 and starring Don Ameche as the inventor of the telephone, entered the lexicon when “Ameche” became slang for telephone.

A 9/11 remembrance: Straight on till morning

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by SUSANNAH BIANCHI in Focus

The journalist Mary McGrory, when she couldn’t bring herself to write about John Kennedy’s funeral, said, “In the presence of great grief and emotion, write short sentences.”

I am always humbled to remember the fallen, those who didn’t come home on the 11th of September, 2001. I was living on the same block as the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home then, and I can still hear the sound of bagpipes mewling in the early morning as another firefighter or policeman was laid to rest.

Concert Review: Elton John ‘Yellow Brick Road’ farewell all you could imagine and more at PPL Center, Allentown

Monday, September 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For Elton John, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour” began Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, no less, at the PPL Center, where the superstar and his band, staff and crew holed up for nearly a week to assemble, rehearse and present what is a spectacular retrospective of the iconic pop-rock singer-performer-composer’s 50-year career.

The Family Project: Walking to school

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We live just under a mile from my daughter’s elementary school, and last year we drove her to school every day. This year she will be in third grade, and she wants to walk to school with some friends. Do you think that in this day and age this is safe?

“For one thing, it depends on who are these friends, and where do they live,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said. “I’d like to say, ‘Yes, it’s safe,’ but it also depends on the location where the children will be walking, and if there are crossing guards. There are lots of factors to consider.”

Auditions

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

BACH CHOIR:

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will hold new-member auditions by appointment: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 4; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 6, and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sept. 8, Heckewelder House, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Singers accepted participate in five concerts in the 2018-19 season, the 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival, and may participate in “Bach to School” and “Bach at Noon” educational programs.

Respectfully Yours: Forever home

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I are beginning our search for our forever home. We have started going to open houses and I have some questions about some of the dos and don’ts of open-house courtesy. Can I take photos? Is it OK to look in the closets? Should we take our shoes off? Can you please help us avoid the awkward faux pas of house hunting?

Dear Reader,

Open houses can be a fun way to identify what you want in a home, and there are certainly some things you should try to avoid doing when attending an open house.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Elton John tribute: Lehigh Valley musicians and performers are presenting a tribute concert tor Sir Elton John, starting his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” concert tour, Sept. 8, PPL Center, Allentown. “Egads! We’re Still Standing,” is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. Performing Sir Elton favorites are The Gilbert Family “Sing For America!,” Mainstreet Brass, Jim Loftus (above), Jim Steager, Rody Gilkeson, Julia Lipkis, Arthur Benson II, Jason Adams, Eric Gombert and Dixie Carroll.

First-aid classes

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College, The American Heart Association and the American Health and Safety Institute (AHSI) will offer first-aid classes for adults and children on the main campus in Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Basic First-Aid, 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 25; Dogs, cats injury symptoms, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 10; Pediatric First-Aid, 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 24, 25; Babysitters class, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 3. A Wilderness First-Aid class will be set up upon request: 610-799-1574.

There is a fee for each class.

Musicians, dancers, artists to present Elton John tribute in Allentown

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”

You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.

Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are just moments. With an artist of Sir Elton’s talents, they are transformed into milestones.

Steven Wright a comedian for the social media age

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Steven Wright is a comedian for the social-media age.

One would be hard-pressed to find another individual so adept for an internet platform like Twitter where brevity is key and wit equals followers.

Steve Wright performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to kick off the 2018-19 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton,

Lucky, at least, for fans of keen observational humor, Wright has stayed on the path of the one-liner.