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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...

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...

Margaret Cho: Laugh it like it is

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Funny, fierce, fabulous, feminist, author, activist, actress, artist, icon and iconoclast are a mere smattering of words to describe a woman who defies description. Margaret Cho is candid about her past struggles with body image and substance abuse, is a vocal advocate for the LGBT community and an unrelenting critic of past and current political regimes.

Perhaps most-widely known as a stand-up comedian, Cho who this year was named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand-up Comics of...

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...

Review: ‘Thor’

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a bore.

Yes, there’s plenty of action, lots of quips, and terrific computer generated imagery, but “Thor: Ragnarok” fails in that most essential benchmark of cinema achievement: emotional involvement.

Now, this is from the perspective of a movie-goer (yours truly) who’s not a fan boy, has no interest in attending a Comic-Con convention and doesn’t engage in Cosplay (costume play). Heck, I’m one of those folks who long ago stopped dressing up for Halloween....

Respectfully Yours: Holiday manners

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have two children ages 7 and 10, who will be spending time visiting extended family during the holidays. I am concerned. They are typical kids and sometimes have trouble remembering to use their manners. It would help if I could explain to them why they need to use manners and would be grateful for any tips to help.

Dear Reader,

During the holidays when children are consumed in the holiday excitement, it is extremely difficult for them to remember their...