Disney’s live-action remake of its animation feature film, “Aladdin,” is good, but not as great as the original. How could it be? As legendary animator Chuck Jones said of the raison d’être for animation: “You couldn’t put Charlie Chaplin in a milk bottle.” When it comes to the Genie in the lamp, to quote Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Ay, there’s the rub.”
The third time’s the charm for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.
Attendance more than doubled from the first season to the second season and is poised to increase for the summer 2019 season.
“I think we’re moving forward. We grow each year, which is great. The quality of work is really strong. We’re putting out a solid product that I’m really proud of,” says Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Mutimer, now in his fifth year as Chair of the NCC department of theater, succeeding Norm Roberts, who retired.
It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.
“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 9, 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.
CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics of rape and PTSD, and “Unspeakable,” which dealt with child sexual abuse.
With the imminent retirement of Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles, a consultant has been hired to assist township officials in choosing Stiles’ successor.
At the May 23 township meeting, Stiles announced his last day as township police chief is July 12.
Stiles, who was eligible to retire June 1, is noting his 25th anniversary as Salisbury police chief, having been appointed in June 1994.
Food trucks have returned to the South Mall for the second year in a row.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve food trucks at the South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township.
Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners Vice President Debra Brinton moved to bring the matter to a vote, seconded by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman.
The vote at the May 23 meeting followed a conditional use hearing, chaired by Salisbury Township Solicitor, Atty. John W. Ashley, held 7 p.m., prior to the start of the commissioners meeting.
Lehigh Valley house sales rebounded in April, reversing a three-month decline for the first quarter of 2019.
Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 3.8 percent in April, with 651 houses sold, up from 627 houses sold in April 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released May 14.
Closed sales for the first four months of 2019 are down slightly, 0.7 percent, to 2,174, down from 2,190 for the first four months of 2018.
When curating the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) season, Patrick Mulcahy looks for themes, resonances and connections between the plays by William Shakespeare and classic works of theater and the Broadway stage.
For PSF’s 28th annual season, Mulcahy’s 16th season as PSF Producing Artistic Director, beginning in 2003, he says, “The season is stacked to be a blast, just a lot of fun. There’s also this thread of rebellion throughout the season.”
The PSF 2019 season at Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is:
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In its sixth year, the Salisbury Township Fire Inspector Program again posted an increase in the number of fire inspections, an increase in the fees revenue and an increase in the program’s deficit.
There were 404 fire inspections in 2018, an increase from 364 fire inspections in 2017, an increase from 356 fire inspections in 2016 and an increase from 296 fire inspections in 2015.
Dave Goddess is still rocking and recording.
The Dave Goddess Group performs 9 p.m.-midnight May 25, The Shanty on 19th, 613 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Goddess will preview songs from an upcoming CD, plus songs from Daddy Licks, the popular rock band he founded with his brother Kevin Goddess.
Joining Dave Goddess, guitar, lead vocals, are Mark Buschi, bass, vocals; Tom Brobst, sax, flute, keyboards; Gary Gipson, guitar, vocals, and Chris Cummings, drums.
“I have a really great band now. I really feel privileged they want to play my songs,” says Goddess.
“The White Crow” takes its title from a Russian term for someone who is “unusual, extraordinary, an outsider” to tell the story of the defection in 1961 of Soviet Union ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
The film is directed at a studious and measured pace by Ralph Fiennes, who appears as Alexander Pushkin, ballet teacher to Nureyev at Leningrad Choreographic School (now Vaganova Ballet Academy).