Well-known U.K. journalist to speak in Midland
March 4, 2010
By Scott Tady, Times Entertainment, Beaver County Times
MIDLAND — One of Great Britain's best-known music critics will deliver the keynote speech May 27 at the annual LAVA Festival at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
Neil McCormick, columnist for London's Daily Telegraph, will discuss his career, which began as a 17-year-old punk-rocker and schoolmate of future members of famed Irish rock group U2. In 2003, McCormick published his memoir "Killing Bono" (published in the United Kingdom as "I Was Bono's Doppelganger"), which is being adapted into a movie now being filmed in Ireland.
U2 singer Bono described the book as "very funny, very moving," and asked McCormick, a regular guest on BBC television and radio, to collaborate on his band's biography.
Tickets to see McCormick are $5, available through the Lincoln Park box office at (724) 643-9004.
Lincoln Park's LAVA Festival, formerly called Synergy, is a two-day celebration of the literary and visual arts, featuring professional and student exhibitions and readings.
Past keynote presenters have included New York Times best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow ("The Last Lecture") and horror film maker Bill Hinzman.
About Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org) is a Pennsylvania public school providing a state-approved academic program and pre-professional training for grades 7-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing, health science arts and media arts. The school enrolls students from more than 65 surrounding school districts.
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