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Friday, February 22, 2019

Readers Pick the Oscar Winners Entry Form

Saturday, February 2, 2019 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 91th Academy Awards.

LEADING ACTOR

- Christian Bale,

“Vice”

- Bradley Cooper,

“A Star Is Born”

- Willem Dafoe,

“At Eternity’s Gate”

- Rami Malek,

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

- Viggo Mortensen,

“Green Book”

LEADING ACTRESS

- Yalitza Aparicio,

“Roma”

- Glenn Close,

“The Wife...

‘Buyer & Cellar’ dream role for Allen Township native

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Doug Atkins first read the play “Buyer & Cellar,” there was no doubt in his mind he would one day star in the show.

The absurdist one-man play is about an out-of-work actor who takes a job curating the Malibu basement of superstar Barbra Streisand.

“I didn’t know how or when, but I knew I was going to do it,” the Allen Township native says.

Atkins, who now lives in Houston, Tex., plays the role for the third time and for the first time in his native state, in “...

The Family Project: Relatives’ divorce

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My sister and her husband are going through a separation and probably a divorce. My children, ages eight and five, keep asking questions like why their aunt comes to visit them alone. We keep telling them that Uncle Kevin is out of town, but eventually we will have to be honest with them. How do we explain divorce to children?

The panel stressed the importance of being honest with children when answering their questions, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go into great detail...

Theater Review: The butler didn’t do it at The Pines

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It’s a whodunit with a comic twist and a motley cast of characters worthy of any rogues’ gallery.

It’s The Pines Dinner Theatre’s highly-inventive, wildly-funny, season-opener “Who Done It?,” an audience-participation murder-mystery stage show.

The show was presented Jan. 18, the performance seen for this review, and Jan. 19, 25, 26 and Feb. 2 at the Allentown theater.

With script, lyrics and direction by Pines’ long-time artistic director Oliver Blatt; original music by...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Dr. Sax: Dr. Paul Cohen of the Manhattan School of Music headlines the first Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Saxophone Festival,” Feb. 4 and 5, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Area saxophone players can enhance their skills and meet other Lehigh Valley musicians. Middle school, high school and college students and adults with a minimum of three years experience are eligible. Participants must be able to learn and perform festival music and attend rehearsals and the concert. The schedule is:...

Review: ‘Disney On Ice’ enchants at PPL Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment” brings that Disney magic to PPL Center, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

The ice show has incredibly-skilled skaters, a huge cast, impressive choreography, props and scenic backdrops, spectacular lighting, pyrotechnic and fog effects and, of course, the beloved characters from Disney feature movies.

True to its title, “Disney On Ice” enchants with entertainment that can be enjoyed by the family.

The show is divided into two acts, and...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Remembering Wyatt: “The Warrior,” a music video featuring Lehigh Valley musicians honoring Wyatt Newhard, premieres at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 27, Roxy Theater, 2004 Main St., Northampton. Newhard, 14, of New Tripoli, died Nov. 3, 2018, after battling cancer for 11 years. Vini Lopez, above, left, founding drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, gave drum lessons to Newhard, above right. “The Warrior” has music by Frank DiBussolo and lyrics by Jim Steager, Jordan White, Frank Porter, Gloria...

Wyatt video premiering at Roxy

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Gloria Domina heard that Wyatt Newhard had died Nov. 3, 2018, she says she sat on her couch and cried.

She says she “couldn’t stop crying” for the 14-year-old New Tripoli boy who fought cancer for 11 years.

But then, she says, she decided to “take that energy and do something positive with it.”

Domina, owner of Thirteen Butterflies Productions and director and producer of the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA), started writing a song envisioning a “We Are The World”-...

Icing on the ice at PPL Center: Reading native living the dream as ‘Disney’ skater

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Figure skater and Reading native, Leocadia Lellig, joins the spectacular wonderland of “Disney On Ice,” where she’s performing for audiences across the United States.

The exuberant and talented Lellig graduated from Exeter Township High School and was accepted to The Pennsylvania State University.

She auditioned for “Disney on Ice,” and to her delight, was chosen in the summer of 2018. Lellig began touring in September and has put her college career on a hold while she lives a...

Movie Review: ‘Green Book’ quite a trip

Friday, January 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Green Book” is a road movie about travels through the United States south when there was no light left on at motels along the highway for persons of color.

In the film, which is based on a true story, Dr. Don Shirley (played by the remarkable Mahershala Ali) is a jazz concert pianist booked for a concert tour in the midwest and the racially-segregated south of the U.S. in 1962. Dr. Shirley hires a driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (played by the great Viggo Mortensen), who doubles as a...