Galas galore: Baum School of Art notes building’s 30th anniversary; Civic Theatre celebrates 90th anniversary of venue
The season of galas draws to a close as the year 2017 comes to an end. Two of the most recent fun and fund-raisers benefited the Baum School of Art and Civic Theatre of Allentown.
The Baum School “Fall Gala,” held on several levels of the school, honored the Baum Family for its support of the school and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Russell E. Baum Building, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.
If you’ve never traveled to Las Vegas and have not seen a Cirque du Soleil performance there, the amazing performance organization that has been at the forefront of the new circus movement is traveling to you.
Right here in the Lehigh Valley, through Nov. 12, at PPL Center, Allentown, Cirque du Soleil is back with “Varekai,” an extraordinary, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring performance. “Varekai” is nothing short of acrobatic ballet.
“Loving Vincent” is a cinematic work of art. The film, which is much more than Vincent van Gogh’s paintings brought to life, is by turns a “CSI” or “Forensic Files” psychological thriller.
Without setting up a “Spoiler Alert!” here, the storyline in “Loving Vincent” (It’s a somewhat unfortunate title in that van Gogh seemed incapable of loving himself, but readily and eagerly embraced the world, people, and everything and everyone in it. Then again, maybe the title is the height of irony.) has to do with the how he died. The film also celebrates how he lived.
Salisbury Township commissioners are seeking a replacement following a resignation from the Salisbury Township Planning Commission.
The resignation of Stephen J. McKitish Jr., vice chairman of the planning commission, was accepted with a 4-0 vote, with one commissioner absent at the Oct. 26 township meeting. Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to bring the motion to a vote.
There’s a naive charm to “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” especially when Tyler Perry’s on-screen as Madea.
Perry, who wrote, directed, produced and stars in “Boo 2,” not only puts on the dress, hair and makeup to play Mabel “Madea” Simmons, he also plays Brian Simmons, the put-upon husband, and Uncle Joe Simmons.
Medical Marijuana Facilities regulations have been approved for Salisbury Township, even though no facilities are publicly proposed for the township.
By a vote of 4-0, with one commissioner absent, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners approved the amendment to the township Zoning Ordinance at the Oct. 26 township meeting. Commissioner Debra Brinton made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to vote on the ordinance.
Across-the-board tax hikes are in the offing in 2018 for Salisbury Township residents: 7 percent annual millage increase, $2 per quarter garbage-hauling increase and a pass-along Lehigh County Authority water and sewer rate increase.
The proposed hikes received the consensus backing of four of five commissioners during the workshop of the Oct. 26 township meeting as part of the first public airing of the 2018 budget.
Director Stephen Frears is enamored of the themes of royalty, the British upper-class, minorities, and societal disruption.
“Victoria And Abdul” is based on a true story of the friendship between Queen Victoria and a man from India who became her confidante.
Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined as the summer selling season ended.
Closed sales decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.
For the year to date, closed sales increased 4.2 percent, to 6,322, compared to 6,065 for the year to date in 2016.
On a positive note, pending sales increased 12.5 percent in September to 739, compared to 657 in September 2016.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is expected to consider a vote on a medical marijuana dispensary zoning ordinance amendment at the 7 p.m. Oct. 26 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
The agenda for the Oct. 26 township meeting, includes, under New Business, the topic, Ordinances: Zoning Ordinance Amendment to include Medical Marijuana Facilities. Commissioners would need to approve and second a motion to vote on the ordinance. Public comment can be taken prior to the vote.