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Movie Review: 'Mr. Turner' paints a masterpiece

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Mr. Turner" is a film of stunning beauty.

At times, viewing director Mike Leigh's lovely film is like seeing a landscape painting put into motion.

Some scenes depicting British landscape painter, Joseph Mallord William "J. M. W." Turner (1775 - 1851) are outlined as a solitary stroll against the ocean, cliffs or fields. The movie-goer is given the point of view of what the painter might be seeing.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by The Press in Focus

Palette Club

A reception for the Bethlehem Palette Club exhibition, "Paint-in & Paint-Out Exhibit," which continues through April 19, The Heller Homestead Art Gallery, 1892 Friedensville Road, Lower Saucon Township, will be held 7 - 9 p.m. March 30.

On Wednesdays during summer, club members hold "Paint-Outs" in the Lehigh Valley. In the winter, they meet indoors for portrait work at "Pain-Ins." The exhibit includes work from both events.

Information:, 610-838-1199

Raymond does comedy the Amish way

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Twenty years ago, the man known these days as Raymond the Amish Comic was toiling away at a screen-printing factory. It would be the last day-job he would hold.

"In 1996, I was fired when I returned from my Christmas vacation," says Raymond, who lives in Emmaus. "I saved up my vacation so I could do some headlining from Christmas to New Year's in Reading: two shows a night, all sold-out.

'Mediterranean Mosaic' at Scottish Rite

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by JENNIFER MCKEEVER in Focus

"It is time for a feast of the belly and feast of the soul," exclaims Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, Producing Artistic Director of Mosaic Dance Theater Company, which performs "Mediterranean Mosaic," 5 p.m. March 28, Scottish Rite Center, 1544 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The evening's festivities include a buffet of Mediterranean cuisine prepared by chef Naji Jabbour, Scottish Rite Center's catering manager.

Imagine, with your baba ghanoush and hummus, the stage becoming a portal to villages and places that transforms your palate with indigenous music and dance.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Nicely, Nicely: "Guys and Dolls," above, one of the greatest musicals of the American stage, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 1, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. The show's many memorable songs include "Fugue for Tinhorns," "The Oldest Established," "I'll Know," "A Bushel And A Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were A Bell," "Sue Me," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" and "Luck Be A Lady." Music and lyrics are by the legendary Frank Loesser. The masterfully witty book is by Joe Swerling and comedy legend Abe Burrows.

Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul sing Godfrey's at 39 going on 40

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Godfrey Daniels, Lehigh Valley's legendary listening room, celebrates its 39th anniversary with its Fifth Annual Membership Appreciation Concert and Party featuring Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. March 20, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

The concert is first in a year-long slate of concerts leading up to Godfrey's 40th anniversary.

Kicking off Godfrey's slate of performers post membership party are Davey O with Jessica Smucker, 8 p.m. March 21, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Rudy Ackerman's life in art celebrated in 'Living the Dream'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"It covers everything," says Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman of his recently-published book, "Living the Dream," which traces his career as Baum School Of Art Executive Director and Moravian College Art Department Chairman.

A book release and signing of "Living the Dream," written by Ackerman and edited by Tim Higgins, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 28, The Baum School of Art, 510 W Linden St., Allentown.

The 87-page book includes 30 black and white photographs.

Theater Review: 'Still Confused,' but laughing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The pre-show music for "But I'm Still Slightly Confused," a new comedy by Lawrence B. Fox, is Neil Young's "Old Man" and The Tempations' "Ball Of Confusion."

These are apt choices, setting the tone of growing old and hopefully wiser for the two-act compendium of nine loosely-connected sketches in the comedy.

Directed by Ralph Montesano and featuring a cast of Lehigh Valley stage veterans, "But I'm Still Slightly Confused," continues at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. March 22, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Elaine Zelker's book of hands with stories to tell

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by LISA KOCAY in Focus

"If you could choose one object that represents your journey, what would it be and why?" is the question Elaine Zelker asked people before photographing their hands holding an object for her book "The Hand-Some Journey."

Zelker signs copies of her book at 1 p.m. March 22, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

Zelker was a nurse when she began her photography project in 2009 after losing her parents in 2006 and 2007. Upon their deaths, she started working in hospice care and would sit with patients, talking to them and holding their hands.