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Lecture series marks women’s voting rights

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE:

A lecture series, “A Century of Struggle: Women’s Rights Before and After Suffrage,” begins with “Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the United States,” presented by Allison Lange, Assistant Professor of History at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, A-Level, Trexler Memorial Library, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

The Family Project: Advice for pre-teen girls concerns dad

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single dad with full custody of two pre-teen daughters. I have no idea how to talk to them about the “womanly facts of life.” My mother is gone, and I have no close female friends. What do I do?

Panelist Mike Ramsey said, “Communication on any subject is based on what relationships you have with the other parties. Obviously, the father can’t relate to some of the issues his daughters are dealing with, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be supportive and help get them to resources they need.

Respectfully Yours: Cancelled dinner plans rankles friend

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I had plans to have dinner with a friend last Saturday night. The person called and said to change the reservation for a later time. Not too long after, there was another call to cancel the dinner. What happened to keeping commitments and not letting people down?

Dear Reader,

There is something to be said about the importance of keeping your word.

When social commitments are made and not followed through, feelings can get hurt. Unfortunately, there will always be people who, for some reason or another, make promises and then change direction.

Fasnacht exhibit talk

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE:

Heide Fasnacht, in conjunction with her exhibition, “Past Imperfect,” through Feb. 8, Martin Art Gallery and Galleria, presents a “Visiting Artist Talk,” 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Recital Hall, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Copies of Fasnacht’s catalog are available at the Gallery desk.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Joker,” the first R-rated theatrical motion picture to garner more than $1-billion-plus at the box office, leads the Oscar race with 11 nominations, with “The Irishman,” a partly-Pennsylvania-set mob opus; “Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood,” an LA story rewritten large, and “1917,” the World War I “one-shot” wonder, receiving 10 nominations each.

“Parasite,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” each received six nominations.

Movie Review: ‘1917’ a year to remember

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“1917” is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in cinema history.

Director Sam Mendes, working with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, is said to have filmed “1917” in one take.

However, based on the names listed in the “1917” end credits, dozens if not hundreds of artists and technicians were employed to accomplish the film’s computer generated imagery.

It would be more accurate to describe “1917” as having been filmed in continuous takes for numerous scenes.

Father Duggan back for Bach at Pa. Sinfonia ‘Winter Vivaldi’

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Nothing promises to warm up a cold January afternoon like the return of Father Sean Duggan, whose guest performance of a Bach concerto on piano is a highlight of Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra’s “Winter Vivaldi” concert Jan. 26.

It will be the 14th year that Duggan has come to Bethlehem to perform in what is his only appearance with Sinfonia this season.

Bakithi Kumalo returns to ‘Graceland’ at Zoellner

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It seems that Bakithi Kumalo will always be best known for playing bass on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland,” despite the fact that he has recorded and performed with many other well-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and Mickey Hart. And he is known for being one of the best electric bass players in the world.

Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band perform, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Kumalo launches mentorship program

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is grateful for his success in music, and wants to share his knowledge.

Kumalo was talking to the staff at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center about his Jan. 24 concert in Baker Hall. The concert is billed as Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band.

Kumalo spoke about wanting to teach younger musicians, which led to the start of Zoellner’s Music Master Mentor Program.