Saturday, April 29, 2017

Musical Spotlight On Nathaniel Rateliff &The Night Sweats

Back in November 2013 Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats played one hellva' encore at The Gothic Theater in Denver, Colorado.

"S.O.B." & "The Shape I'm In"

Last year they appeared on James Corden's Late Late Show in April 2016
""I Need Never Get Old"

Here's an interview published on Mar 8, 2017

Nathaniel and the band travel the world. Unfortunately for us here in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania the closest they will appear--according to their website--will be in a suburb on the other side of Pittsburgh. They will perform at the Keybank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa. on Friday, August 18, 2017. Tickets range from $30 to $80.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Boy Can I Relate

Sometimes when I start to compose a short blog piece it ends up far longer then what I first intended.


Why should you read Tolstoy's "War and Peace"?
Brendan Pelsue- TED-Ed

If you're anything like me few have the stamina for a long read.

Fortunately in 1972-1973 the BBC took on the challenge of producing a film. Alas even that might have been too much for me. If anyone has the endurance to dedicate themselves to watching the series someone posted it HERE on YouTube.

I'd appreciate if someone would let me know in five or six sentences what was the entire film was about and how it ended up. If anyone can do that they're a much better blogger then me when it comes to short pieces.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

5 City Center Supersizing Allentown

The Morning Call: Allentown's Five City Center plans....
"A 1,400-capacity concert hall hosting 200 to 250 concerts a year would be part of a proposed $250 million Five City Center complex in Allentown... the 24-story Innovation Tower at Eighth and Hamilton streets — 225 upscale apartments, a garage with more than 800 parking spaces and the park."

Courtesy: "The Morning Call"

At this point the blank check written in Harrisburg for NIZ is headed towards the $2 billion mark. I really truly hope this building taller then the PPL building works out but is this building too ambitious?

Unless the developer has a very successful plan for relocating New York City businesses here I have my doubts. If he does--and that succeeds--it will finally bring to realization what the NIZ was intended to do all along--bring new businesses into Pennsylvania.

I'm not too sure about the promised 200+ concerts. Seems a over statement. That said sometimes bigger isn't always better. I've never had a desire to live in NYC as much as I like visiting it. Nor do I want Allentown to become like a 6th borough of New York City. However I tend to think this is where we're headed and this will pan out eventually whether I or other old codgers like myself approve or not.

Such is the way of the world when it comes to so-called progress.

Trump's New Hotline For Victims Of Illegal Aliens

On Tuesday (04/26/2017) Trump created a new hotline to ICE for victims of illegals attacks on U.S. citizens.

It's a hotline to report crimes and to offer support to victims.

As one might have expected it's not going well as planned. According to "The Independent" (UK) Donald Trump's new migrant crime hotline is being trolled with reports of lawbreaking extra-terrestrials'

One complained about being abducted aboard a spacecraft and wanted to know what Trump was going to do about it. Others complained of molestation. Still others wondered if he could build a space shield (similar to the wall) to protect us.

One Such Creature Caught On Tape!

A clip from "Explorers" (1985)

Never Lie To Your Rabbi

At Friday night services, Morris goes to his friend Irving and says, "I need a favor. I'm sleeping with the Rabbi's wife. Can you hold him in the synagogue for an hour after services for me?"

Irving is not very fond of the idea, but being Morris' is his very best lifelong friend, he reluctantly agrees.

After services, he strikes up a conversation with the Rabbi, asking him all sorts of stupid questions - just to keep him occupied.

After some time the wise Rabbi becomes suspicious and asks, "Irving what are you really up to?"

Irving, filled with feelings of guilt and remorse confesses to the Rabbi, "I'm sorry, Rabbi. My friend is sleeping with your wife right now, so he asked me to keep you occupied."

The Rabbi smiles, puts a brotherly hand on Irving's shoulder and says, "You better hurry home, Irving. My wife died two years ago!"

Good Ol' Days