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Night on the Town: Greensky Bluegrass in its own music genre

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Greensky Bluegrass is described as a rock band, jam band and bluegrass band.

“We are happy just to be ourselves,” says Anders Beck, who plays Dobro and lap steel in Greensky Bluegrass, in concert, 8 p.m., Jan. 30, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Opening the concert is Ghost Light.

Greensky Bluegrass combines elements of all three genres of rock, jam and bluegrass, The band uses traditional acoustic instruments of guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro and acoustic bass. Many of the group’s...

Movie Review: Down the ‘Rabbit’ hole

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Jojo Rabbit” is in the tradition of satire that includes the movies of Monty Python (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” 1975; “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” 1979, and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life,” 1983), a tradition that goes back at least to the infamous Jonathan Swift essay (“A Modest Proposal,” 1729).

Since “Jojo Rabbit” is, in large part, a satire about Adolph Hitler, its satiric movie predecessors include Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (1967) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The...

Curtain Rises: Neil Simon ‘Biloxi Blues’ favorite at Pennsylvania Playhouse

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Theatergoers never seem to get enough of Neil Simon plays.

Simon’s combination of humor and humanity might be best represented by his semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy.” The second of the series, “Biloxi Blues,” opens Jan. 31 and continues weekends through Feb. 16 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Simon, who died in 2018, had already written most of his best-known works when he began to write more thoughtful plays based on his own life. He began to infuse more drama...

‘Celebrate Memories’: New Disney on Ice show skates into PPL Center

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Disney On Ice returns to PPL Center, Allentown, with “Celebrate Memories,” 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Feb 1 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 2.

The ice-skating show, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., features Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and his pals, as they travel through beloved Disney settings from movies such as “Fantasia” and “Frozen,” including Arendelle.

“In this new Disney On Ice production, we pay tribute to Walt Disney and the true...

Readers Pick the Oscar winners

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2020 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 9, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients in the contest’s...

Readers Pick Oscars Entry Form

Sunday, January 26, 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...

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...

Lehigh County senior menus

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, January 22: Egg and cheese baked Monterey, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole wheat dinner biscuit, fresh dinner roll.

Thursday, January 23: Mexican baked chicken, chuck wagon corn, black beans, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

Friday, January 24: Open face hot pork sandwich, split pea soup, mashed potatoes, orange.

Monday, January 27: Swedish meatballs, green beans, whole wheat noodles, tropical fruit...

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Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A side of hits: The Hit Men, classic rock’s super-group of sidemen, returns, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The group’s musicians have backed Paul McCartney, Elton John, Frankie Valli, Foreigner, The Who and Toto in concert and recorded for some 85 albums, many of which went gold and platinum. The Hit Men are keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist-vocalist Jimmy Ryan, bassist-vocalist Jeff Ganz, keyboardist, percussionist and vocalist...