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Theater Review: 'Chorus Line' rocks Muhlenberg stage

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Seventeen audition in a process that reveals not only their talent, but personal lives and character.

No, it's not "American Idol," "America's Got Talent" or "So You Think You Can Dance," but rather an inspiration for reality TV talent show competitions.

It's "A Chorus Line," where 17 dancers compete for eight spots in the dancing, singing and acting chorus of a Broadway show.

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of "A Chorus Line" continues through June 29, Paul C. Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Annual financial audit finds 'no problems' in government operations

Salisbury Township's municipal government received a positive audit for 2013.

Todd J. Bushta, CPA, of the firm, Bushta & Company, LLC, Bethlehem, reviewed his 2013 financial audit, saying he found "no problems." Bushta presented his report at the May 22 township commissioners' meeting.

Commissioners praised the condensed 16-page version of the 70-page report.

"This is much easier for us to relate to," township Commissioner President James A. Brown said.

"User fees are all satisfying expenses," Bushta said concerning the Water and Sewer Fund.

Theater Review: A memorable 'Mockingbird' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"To Kill A Mockingbird," through June 15, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, is an example of Lehigh Valley community regional theater at its finest.

From the opening sounds of a summer's day in Alabama in 1935, to the concluding harmonica refrain (by Steven Capwell as a Townsperson), to an impressively realistic set, this is the best non-musical area production seen to date this year.

Movie Review: 'Maleficent' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

Movie Review: 'Maleficent' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

11th Southside Film Festival is for 'reel'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 11th annual Southside Film Festival (SSFF), through June 14 in Bethlehem, brings 75-plus films from around the world to the Lehigh Valley.

About one dozen film-makers are expected for question and answer sessions about their films being shown at SSFF 2014, which kicked off with a June 9 fundraiser and June 10 opening night party.

Look for the crew from director James Arrabito's dramady feature, "Brooklyn Umemployed"; Craig Colton, director, "Cat Power" comedy short; and Amy C. Elliott, director, "Wicker Kittens," a documentary feature about competitive jigsaw puzzling.

Movie Review: 'Maleficient' is no sleeper

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to re-imagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficient," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voiceover narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficient."

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Portrait of Zeus: K-9 patrol dog immortalized, K-9 supporters honored

The Salisbury Township K-9 patrol program was lauded with the unveiling of a portrait of Zeus, the township's first police patrol dog.

Salisbury Township Police Officer Jason Laky, who heads the township police department K-9 program, recalled the last hours of Zeus.

"Zeus just gave some kind of look, like, 'I have to move on,'" Laky recalled.

A painting of Zeus by Jessica Hoffman was shown to township officials and the public for the first time at the May 22 board of commissioners meeting in the municipal building.

Movie Review: X out this 'X-Men'

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer blockbuster movies are orbiting in the Marvel Comics universe.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" uses the plot device of time travel to bring "X-Men" superheroes old and new into the blockbuster fold.

The results are entertaining at best, confusing at worst.

I wasn't a fan of Marvel Comics and DC Comics as a child. Walt Disney, Archie Comics and Classics Illustrated were more my style. I'm not particularly enamored of so-called graphic novels. R. Crumb and Zap Comix were more my speed.