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Sunday, January 27, 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 Domina and DiBussolo. The songwriters, plus Rick Boulay and Mike Roi, perform after the screening.

Wyatt video premiering at Roxy

Saturday, January 26, 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”-type video to honor Wyatt’s memory and raise funds for his family.

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 bodyguard. They travel in a 1962 turquoise four-door Cadillac DeVille.

Respectfully Yours: Turning the tables

Friday, January 25, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, I was out to dinner with my husband and after we were seated, I quickly realized I was seated next to a blazing heater and right under a sound speaker. I asked our server if we could switch to a different table. She moved us to another table but seemed annoyed. Is it bad manners to ask for a different table when you’ve already been seated?

Dear Reader, Sometimes it’s OK. Sometimes, it’s not. The most common restaurant protocol calls for a server to check with the host or hostess to see if tables are reserved.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, January 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Marinated turkey cutlet,rosemary red poatatoes, country blend vegetables, wheat bread w / margarine, dark sweet red cherries.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Beef vegetable soup, pork BBQ on a bun, Amish potato salad, applesauce.

Friday, Jan. 25: Macaroni and cheese w / bacon and tomatoes, green peas, baby kale and spinach salad w / ranch dressing, wheat bread w / margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

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 dream that began when she was four.

American-made: Allentown Symphony explores impact of Gershwin, Copland

Friday, January 25, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

George Gershwin and Aaron Copland are two of the most recognized and respected American composers of the last century. They were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., just two years apart: George Gershwin, in 1898, and Aaron Copland, in 1900.

Both composers were known for exemplifying and developing the “American” sound in music: Copland, for capturing the folk and pioneering spirit, and George Gershwin for incorporating jazz and saxophones into his orchestral pieces.

Stefano Greco reimagines the classics

Friday, January 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Stefano Greco describes a classical musical passage he plans to play, it is like he’s describing a movie.

“I can see the images that inspired the composers,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist. “I want to be able to tell a story. I don’t want to just play notes.”

Greco brings his visual and visceral style to Miller Symphony Hall for the next performance in the intimate “Chamber On Stage” series, 3 p.m. Jan. 27.

Billy Strings connects with bluegrass roots

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Billy Strings is a phenomenon, and one of the most popular young bluegrass guitarists today.

Billy Strings opens for Greensky Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan 31, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 10 “New Country Artists to Know” in 2017, and in 2018 published an article hailing him as “one of the latest breakneck guitar pickers to emerge in the bluegrass world.”