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Works from Ashcan School in Baum School of Art exhibit

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Twenty-five rarely seen works were guest-curated by New Jersey collector Gary T. Erbe for “John R. Grabach and Henry M. Gasser: New Jersey Masters,” an exhibition in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Grabach, born in 1880, taught at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Gasser, one of his top students, was born in 1909. The talented New Jersey-based artists became colleagues when Gasser was hired as the Newark school’s...

Healthy Geezer: Post-Polio Syndrome

Friday, November 24, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. A friend of mine had polio when he was a youth and now the disease seems to be coming back in his old age. Have you heard of this?

The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that more than 440,000 polio survivors in the United States may be at risk for Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), a condition that strikes polio survivors decades after they’ve recovered from an attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Researchers estimate that PPS affects from 40 to 80 percent of polio survivors....

Zen is when at Symphony Hall

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You may not achieve nirvana but you can experience “The Music of Zen,” that is “The Music of Zen For Primates,” in the “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

When asked to characterize the group’s music, which has been dubbed “cabaret rock,” Krisukas, a founder, composer and guitarist of Zen For Primates, says, “I really can’t describe it. It’s too complex to explain in one sentence. Part of the approach from the beginning was to...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Korean comedy:Margaret Cho presents a standup comedy show, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem. Cho was born into a Korean family in San Francisco. She has performed in film, television, theater and music and is an author. Cho has received five Grammy Award nominations (two for music albums, “Cho Dependent” and “American Myth”) and an Emmy nomination for “30 Rock.” Cho created and starred in the ABC sitcom, “All-American Girl” (1994 - 95). In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine named her...

LV Arts Council makes ‘ArtsCount’ via grants

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council made “ArtsCount with $39,711 in Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) grants awarded to 26 area artists, musicians and arts nonprofits.

ArtsCOUNT 2017, run by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, was held at the National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem.

“There are many stories about how the arts have made a difference in someone’s life,” said Lehigh Valley Arts Council executive director Randall Forte before he and grant coordinator Zach...

For Colin Mochrie, audience part of the act at State Theatre

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Much like the cliff swallows returning to Capistrano, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood’s annual improvisational comedy roadshow migrates to the Lehigh Valley and the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for the “Scared Scriptless” tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Year after year, flocks of comedy fans journey to the State Theatre to enjoy an evening of laughs and interactive performance as only the two beloved “Whose Line is it Anyway” veterans can deliver.

It is said that If you...

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller...