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Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls' is admirable

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Boxtrolls" is a film more to be admired than loved.

The film utilizes stop-motion animation, whereby each, or several frames, of film are shot with minor adjustments to the figurines before the next shot.

As if to emphasize the exactitude of this process and how painstaking it is, during "The Boxtrolls" end credits, the film-makers pull back from the set to reveal in fast-motion, and in shadow, a puppet animator guiding each move of one of the film's main characters.

LV native Stephanie Gardner goes to Kickstarter for film

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A New York City-based film-maker and Emmaus High School Class of 2004 graduate is using Kickstarter to fund completion of her next film.

Stephanie Gardner, who needs to raise $6,000 by Oct. 17 for "If I Had a Piano (I'd Play You The Blues)," is using Kickstarter, a social media web site for funding-raising, for the first time.

"It's a little scary because it's all or nothing. But for the backers, it's risk-free. If I don't raise the full $6,000, I don't get any of the money," says Gardner. "We can exceed the goal."

Lehigh Valley debut

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

'Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical' stomps onto Civic Theatre of Allentown main stage

Franken-steen or Franken-stine?

That's just one of the musical questions in "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical," making its Lehigh Valley debut, Oct. 10 - 26, as Civic Theatre of Allentown opens its 2014 - '15 season at the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Frankenstein is pronounced "Frankenstine." In the German language, when there are two vowels, the second vowel is pronounced (for example: Oscar Hammerstein, Michael Feinstein).

Spotlight On: Puss n Boots are friends who play together

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A Puss n Boots concert is like three friends sitting around swapping licks and putting on a harmony.

That's because the three women in Puss n Boots are friends who trade licks and harmonize beautifully (think The Roches).

Puss n Boots performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The lineup is Catherine Popper, vocals, bass, acoustic guitar; Norah Jones, vocals, electric guitar, fiddle, and Sasha Dobson, vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, bass.

Theater Review: Couples' therapy in song, dance and laughs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is an "Our Town" about couples only.

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" continues weekends through Oct., 12, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Not unlike playwright Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," which time travels through decades of life in a small town, playwright Joe DePietro's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" traverses the bumpy road in the lives of couples.

Salisbury Township Planning Commission

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

New zoning ordinance seen headed for approval by year's end

Salisbury Township Planning Commission members were not only splitting hairs, they were splitting proverbial logs as they discussed tree-cutting verbiage in the township's proposed zoning ordinance.

"We're now really down to the minutia," Stephen J. McKitish, Jr., planning commission vice chair said, who chaired the Sept. 9 meeting in the absence of Charles Beck, commission chair.

McKitish urged fellow planners to review the latest draft of the zoning ordinance so it might be voted on at the next meeting.

Movie Review: Get lost in 'The Maze Runner'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Maze Runner" is the latest entry into the genre of movies based on best-selling Young Adult (YA) teen dystopian novels, following on the heels of "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Justin Bieber's Believe."

JK (Just Kidding) about the 2013 Justin Bieber documentary. Then again, given the dystopian trajectory of his career, maybe not.

"Twilight" is a curious mix of corny vampire family in their modern manse scenes and CGI action (no, not those involving Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart).


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Stanley Avenue, Salisbury Road subdivision plan tabled

A minor subdivision along Salisbury Road and Stanley Avenue on Salisbury Township's east side has been tabled in order for details to be resolved before the preliminary-final minor subdivision plan is reviewed again.

The plan proposes to subdivide one existing residential parcel into two parcels in addition to consolidating two parcels and the existing paper alley into one parcel.

Movie Review: 'Dolphin Tale 2' charming

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

That's not always the cast for Winter, the rescue dolphin of the first "Dolphin Tale" movie that was outfitted with a prosthetic tailfin after its fin was caught in a crab trap.

Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay set for Miller Symphony Hall debut

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It took a continent to bring together the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay.

The avant-garde chamber group and the indescribable singer-songwriter bring it all back home in their Lehigh Valley debut, with "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing," performing the music of Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and the Weimar cabaret era, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.