Salisbury Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

For Shore: Steven Van Zandt brings Jersey Sound, ‘Summer of Sorcery’ to Easton’s State Theater

Friday, July 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When Steven Van Zandt looked for a folllowup album to his critically-acclaimed “Soulfire” (2017), he knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to capture that sure-fire sensation of summer.

In the midst of the Summer of 2019, his Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul tour stops at 8 p.m. July 26, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton.

At the center of the concert, part of a seven-month tour that takes him and the band across the United States to Europe and back again, are selections from Van Zandt’s “Summer of Sorcery” album.

Theater Review: These ‘Private Lives’ shine at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Private Lives,” but the lives of two couples are on public display in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) sparkling new production of the 1930 Noel Coward classic comedy of manners, or perhaps, of ill-manners, through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Final payments approved for Lindberg Park upgrade

With the expected final payments for work approved, a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the conclusion of improvements to Lindberg Park is planned.

The date for the probable ribbon-cutting ceremony has not been announced.

“All the work is completed, but we’re going back and doing a final list to tie up some things,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich told commissioners before the vote at the July 11 meeting.

After the meeting, Bonaskiewich told a reporter for The Press the time and date of the ribbon-cutting ceremony is to be announced.

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that indie rock

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

Wonderground played July 19 at the Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Movie Review: ‘Yesterday’ never knows

Monday, July 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film title, “Yesterday,” is ironic.

The film is about a today when the only person who seems to remember The Beatles and knows the Fab Four’s songs is down-on-his luck folksinger Jack Malik (Himesh Patel). When Jack plays his own original songs, he’s used to performing for one person at a beachside gig, a few friends at a pub and gets by with a little help from his daytime job at a retail discount warehouse store. Jack begins playing Beatles’ songs. He becomes a one-man Beatles’ cover band and worldwide web sensation. He’s the Fab One.

Silver Jubilee: A ‘Season of Celebration’ for Conductor Diane Wittry in her 25th anniversary year with the Allentown Symphony

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

quarter of a century is a significant milestone: a silver jubilee.

For Diane Wittry, her 25 years as Allentown Symphony Orcestra Music Director and Conductor will be celebrated all-season-long in 2019-2020. It’s a “Season of Celebration.”

During Wittry’s 25 seasons of artistic leadership, the Allentown Symphony has risen to increasing standards of excellence, performing with passion and dedication and honored nationally with the prestigious “American Prize” for artistic quality in 2014 and 2017.

Single tickets for the 2019-2020 season go on sale Aug. 1.

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that idie rock

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

Wonderground returns July 19 to The Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Theater Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ conflicted loyalties at PSF

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra,” through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is big, sprawling and grand.

The drama, believed to have been first performed in 1607 possibly at the Globe Theatre, by Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, is a hybrid in the Shakespeare canon of a history play, a tragedy and a problem play.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Eastside residents want crackdown on firecracker ‘bombs’

The Fourth of July is long gone, but the sounds of the annual holiday are still ringing loudly in the ears of some eastern Salisbury Township residents.

The residents brought vocal fireworks of their own to the July 11 Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting when they demanded a crackdown on firecrackers.

“I hate to use the word ‘fireworks,” Jamie Rindock said, adding, “These are bombs that are going off.”

Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr., who represents Ward 1 on the east side, said, “I hear it. The windows rattle.”