It may be that my expectations were too high, but I found The Pines Dinner Theatre’s musical comedy offering through May 13, “A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel,” to be a disappointment.
Despite moderately funny one-liners and a couple of beautifully poignant scenes, the new script by Greta Grosch is no match for the original.
The sequel, co-produced and directed by Oliver Blatt, finds the Minnesota Lutheran ladies still in the basement kitchen in 1969, four years since they first confronted their changes of life and the changes in life.
“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.
What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.
“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a farm.
Jesse Cook, a Juno Award winner and world-renowned nuevo flamenco guitarist, returns at 7:30 p.m. April 21 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
Cook, raised in France, Spain, Austria and Canada, has been a musician all his life.
“I had a little toy guitar I played,” he says in a phone interview. “And I loved to play French records on my mom’s turntable.
“It was at 14, when I was in Arles, Austria, where the Gypsy Kings were neighbors of ours, that I really fell in love with and became a student of flamenco.”
With bedtime approaching, a team of construction vehicles needs to get to sleep, but Crane Truck, Bull Dozer and Cement Mixer find that getting ready for bed is a job in itself.
Beloved by parents and children alike, these characters from the children’s book, “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site!,” come to life in an award-winning family musical, at 2 p.m. April 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, when the sing-along production of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical!” illustrates that everybody, even busy construction vehicles, need their rest.
Q. My five-year-old niece lives in a chaotic household with extended family members. She has had a number of injuries in the last few months that I believe were caused by her seven-year-old cousin. I am concerned that the parent-caregivers in the home are not watching the children. How can I or other family members keep my niece safe?
“At the ages of five and seven, supervision is key,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said. “Supervision is the parents’ or caregivers’ job.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, April 18: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, applesauce.
Thursday, April 19: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Oriental vegetable, banana.
Friday, April 20: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, mixed fruit.
Monday, April 21: Roasted pork, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.
Tuesday, April 24: Chicken dumplings, Capri blend vegetables, pineapple.
Wednesday, April 25: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, April 18: Marinated turkey cutlet, au gratin potatoes, country vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.
Thursday, April 19: Beef vegetable soup, roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, rye bread with margarine, chilled applesauce.
Friday, April 20: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby greens w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.
I attend numerous networking events and I am presented with many business cards. In the moment, I find myself trying not to break eye contact and stare at the card. What should I do when someone hands me his or her business card? And what’s the proper way to present one?
Dear Reader, I want to start by giving you a little history on business card handling. Japanese protocol teaches us everything we know about business card protocol.
As the Allentown Band warms up for its annual series of concerts in West Park, Allentown, and at other Lehigh Valley outdoor bandshells and parks, the Focus section profiles the band’s long-time conductor, Ronald Demkee, and the band’s eldest musician, Ezra Wenner.