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Entertainment

Thursday, September 25, 2014

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."

Thursday, September 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wishbone Ash will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, legendary British rockers Wishbone Ash take the Mauch Chunk Opera House Stage, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, for a concert as part of their 2014 U.S. Blue Horizons Tour Summer Tour.

Led by founding member Andy Powell, the band continues to help define the modern rock sound. Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain's most well-known bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the '70s, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic will be returning to Penn's Peak on Saturday.

The award-winning, hard-touring guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals, making her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

During 2013 she appeared on the cover of several magazines. Her album "Can You Stand The Heat" was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music.

Nearly all of her albums made the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are played regularly on U.S. radio.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Even though the last day of summer is Sept. 22, the domestic summer movie box office season officially ended Labor Day Weekend.

August, a month when movies not expected to perform well are often released, was particularly robust at the box office, led by "Guardians of The Galaxy," which duked it out with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

August 2014 had a box office tally of about $1 billion. That's 10 percent above August 2013.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS If the expression on 18-month-old Joshua Slaby of Palmerton is any indication, the rides at the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival were a big hit with children.

It's the perfect environment for individuals who crave a familiar place occupied by many a friendly face.

Such a relaxed atmosphere permeated from the walkways for the start of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday.

Mayor Chris Olivia offered remarks during the opening ceremony.

He noted there has been a festival in the borough for 50 years.

From 1965-1989, it was known as the Palmerton Hospital Festival. Since 1990, it has been the Palmerton Community Festival.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Boyhood" is really annoying.

The characters played by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane are annoying.

The plotline and scenes in the film by writer-director Richard Linklater are annoying.

And yet, or because, "Boyhood" is about as annoying as real life, the film is a must-see.

That's because, in comparison, you may conclude your life is less annoying than that depicted in "Boyhood."

"Boyhood" is this summer's feel-good movie in reverse.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ted Vigil, left, performs Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. On Saturday, AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle take the stage.

Two popular tribute shows take the stage at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this weekend.

On Friday night, Ted Vigil's Tribute to John Denver takes the stage, followed on Saturday by the Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, with singer-songwriters AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle.

Never mind the amazing physical resemblance to John Denver that Ted Vigil was born with the real story is the way he performs Denver's iconic, timeless songs. Audiences warm immediately to Vigil and his gentle, sunny personality. Once Vigil sings, people are simply amazed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Festival commemorative mug.

The Palmerton Community Festival is marking 25 years with a plastic commemorative mug.

At a cost of $2 the mug can be purchased at a stand along Fourth Street by the refrigerator truck.

During certain times at the Sept. 5-7 event you can fill your mug as often as you like with draft birch beer for 25 cents each time.

Visit the drink trailer from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; and 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, for the 25-cent drinks.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zoostock, an annual, one-day festival in Lansford that has morphed into one of the largest fundraising events in the area for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, will be held Monday at the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar.

This marks the 16th year of Zoostock. It will be held from noon to 8 p.m. and have free music, variety, food and other concessions.

Lisa Hiles, a coordinator of Zoostock, said last year's combined Zoo Crew events enabled them to present the Cancer Society with $23,000 at its annual telethon.