"The Wolverine" gets deeper into the psyche of Logan, aka Wolverine, the Marvel Comics superhero, thanks to an intense performance by Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the title character, and thoughtful and compelling direction by James Mangold.
As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."
It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.
Windfall revenue from natural gas drilling, or fracking, in regions of Pennsylvania far from Salisbury Township could aid the planning for improvements to a popular east side park.
Salisbury Township officials are applying for a grant to fund a master plan for Laubach Park, an east side destination for many sporting events, including those of the Salisbury Youth Association.
The grant could result in a master plan, similar to a plan completed for Lindberg Park on the township's west side.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Study recommends 25 mph speed-limit, 'Watch Children,' signs for Lehigh Avenue
A Salisbury Township Police Department traffic study of Lehigh Avenue recommends posting four 25 mph speed-zone signs and two "Watch Children" signs along the township east side thoroughfare.
Results of the study were presented at the July 25 township Board of Commissioners meeting by township Police Officer Bryan S. Losagio, who conducted the study.
Losagio also recommended township east side police patrol units make extra rounds to establish a greater police presence to deter unsafe and reckless driving.
The long-closed bridge on Fairview Road, a north-south connector street between Emmaus Avenue and East Susquehanna Street in eastern Salisbury Township, is expected to reopen this fall.
Salisbury Township Department of Public Works Director John Andreas told township officials in his July 25 meeting report the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun work on the Fairview bridge.
The contractor is J.D. Eckman, Atglen, Chester County, which completed the Linden Street Bridge, Allentown, replacement project.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.
The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.
Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.
The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.
During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.
"Despicable Me 2" has nearly all the things you would want to see and hear in an animated feature family comedy.
It has distinctive and charmingly-rendered characters, voice talent that is very expressive, an interesting and entertaining storyline, an overall attention to detail and, most importantly, a sense of fun.
"Despicable Me 2" ("DM2") is co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
Renaud is a Parkland High School, Class of '85, graduate who attended the Baum School of Art where he received a $1,000 scholarship.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," through Aug. 4, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a marvelous feast of double-crossing stratagems, low comedy and high drama.
With Shakespeare, you usually get a drama or comedy. With the Bard's "Measure for Measure," you get both. The play could be regarded as the first of what is now known in TV and movie parlance as a "dramedy," or, more traditionally, a tragicomedy.
A group of eastern Salisbury Township residents is seeking speed humps to be installed on Lehigh Avenue to reduce the speed of vehicles they claim endanger the safety of youths and families in the vicinity of Laubach Park.
Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano said pedestrian safety and traffic at Laubach Park could be looked at in a proposed master plan for the park.
At the July 11 township board of commissioners' meeting, Rita Bittner and Colby Jackson presented a Lehigh Avenue speed humps request petition they said was signed by 45 Laubach Park area residents.