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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Fresh off ‘Trio,’ Jake Shimabukuro makes ukulele fun

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Jake Shimabukuro will change your mind about the ukulele, with his dramatic and lively mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, flamenco, and traditional Hawaiian music. Shimabukuro, 43, has developed a sound filled with music improvisation.

The Jake Shimabukuro Trio performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArttsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, with Dave Preston, guitar, and Jackson Waldhoff, bass.

Shimabukuro is releasing a new album, “Trio,” a few days before the Bethlehem concert.

Theater Review: Symbolizing ‘The Humans’ condition at Civic Theatre

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Lehigh Valley premiere of “The Humans” at Civic Theatre of Allentown through Feb. 23 hits a little too close to home as it peels away the layers of a typical family’s relationships and issues, and leaves the audience wondering what it had just experienced.

The one-act, approximately two-hour, drama written by Stephen Karam features members of a dysfunctional Scranton, Pennsylvania, family. The play opened on Broadway in 2016, and won that year’s Tony Award for Best Play. It was also a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Isn’t it romantic? Simon Mulligan in Valentine’s Day jazz concert

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

A visit by Simon Mulligan has become a tradition this time of year at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall.

The Simon Mulligan Trio will appear for the seventh time in Miller Symphony Hall, for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, on Valentine’s Day.

Appearing with Mulligan is Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums.

Last year, English pianist Mulligan played two sold-out concerts with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performing George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm Variations” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Your ‘Mission’ is to read this theater review

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to eat, drink and solve a murder before dessert is served.

That’s the assignment at the Pines Dinner Theatre, where through March 7, “Mission: Improbable: Super Spy Edition” (aka “Impossible,” as in the TV series and movies) is challenging audiences to follow the clues to find out “whodunit” from among the suspects on and off stage.

During the Jan. 25 “murder investigation,” aka, performance, witnessed and reviewed by this theater sleuth, several clues were uncovered.

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

Concert Review: The big Kiss-off at PPL Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by LORI PATRICK in Focus

“The End of the World” tour brought Kiss to PPL Center, Allentown, Feb. 4, for what’s billed as the group’s last concert tour.

“Rock and Roll all Night,” which concluded the concert, could have been the group’s first song to set the mood of what was to come.

It was a concert filled with fire, musicians at the top of their skill levels, video backdrop, light show and surprises to electrify the arena.

The fans, often referred to as the “Kiss Army,” did not disappoint. Many dressed in Kiss attire and full makeup.

Readers Oscars Contest Entry Form

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett Johansson,

“Marriage Story”

- Saoirse Ronan,

“Little Women”

- Charlize Theron,

Bringing ‘Rent’ character to life rewarding for actress

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

The 20th anniversary tour of the award-winning rock musical “Rent” stops for two performances, 3 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” tells the story of seven struggling artists trying to find their place in the world while pursuing their dreams without selling out. The action and drama unfold in Lower Manhattan’s East Village during the heyday of the Bohemian Alphabet City neighborhood, with the HIV-AIDS epidemic not only looming largely in the background, but playing a pivotal role in the musical’s storyline.

Presidents’ book talk

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Kenneth C. Davis presents a lecture and book-signing about his book, “Don’t Know Much about the American Presidents,” 1 p.m. Feb. 15, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Presidents Day Weekend is the perfect time to explore the American Presidency and how it has evolved,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Davis will discuss the origins and development of the American Presidency.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074