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Movie Review: 'Her': love at first gigabyte

Monday, February 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Her" is a brilliant, prescient and unsettling romantic comedy by director Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; director, "Adaptation," 2002; "Being John Malkovich," 1999).

The "Her" of the film's title is an OS1 (as in "Operating System," the recorded voice within a phone, mobile device or computer).

"Her" takes place in Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future where Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a Cyber Cyrano, composing hand-written love letters for folks at a loss...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show and final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390

"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715

"Little Shop of Horrors," 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 21; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 23: Performing Arts Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins...

Pick Oscar winners

Monday, February 10, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 86th Academy awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 86th Academy Awards for 2013 outstanding film achievements, 8 p.m. (EST) March 2, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles. The ceremony is televised live on the ABC television network.

The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre,...

Bud's View: The birds of winter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

My wife, Bev, and I feed the birds year-round, thus enjoying their daily visits to our feeders. The bird visits not only provide us with hours of enjoyment, they furnish us with a natural calendar marked by their arrivals and departures.

Although many Canada geese have become year-round residents, migrating geese and other bird species that do not stay in the Lehigh Valley for winter provide a sign that fall is in the air. Many species follow a specific time schedule to migrate south...

Oscar Contest Entry Form

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:

Actor, Male

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Actor, Female

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Sandra Bullock, "...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days: DANCE

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11

Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25

Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION

Empire...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

Open Mic, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5

Chick-fil-A Trexlertown at the Allentown Public Library, 2 p.m. Feb. 8

Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 12, 19, 26

"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p...

Growing Green: Buy houseplants with care

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press in Focus

Picture a tropical paradise: sun warming the earth, a fresh moist breeze blowing in from the ocean. A refreshing early morning shower passes. Dappled shadows appear under tall palms as the sunshine returns to dry the rain.

Well, that pretty much describes the environment of most of our houseplants in their natural state: warm temperatures, moist breezes and plenty of bright light.

It's no wonder that adjusting to our household environments is quite a challenge for tropical...

Theater Review: 'The Bride' vows to entertain at The Pines

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Return with us to the days when newspaper editors were tyrants, entry-level journalists were treated like chattle and the ever-present sound of the newsroom was the rhythmic rat-tat-tat of manual typewriters.

That's the setting for a world-premiere musical, "Here Comes the Bride," through March 9, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Neophyte scribe Abigail Winthorpe (Annie Locke) lands a desk, mailroom slot and column inches at The Weekly Bugle newspaper in...

Bringing 'Memphis' to State Theatre

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"First and Foremost, it's about the music," says Colin Byrne, cast manager for the Tony Award-winning, "Memphis," to explain the popularity of the Broadway hit that comes to the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

Byrne, an Easton native and 2000 graduate of Wilson Area High School, says the musical evokes the spirit of the 1950's when music bridged the gap between blacks and whites.

"It's inspired by true events when radio deejays were able to...