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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Lucy" is a foreign art house film masquerading as a blockbuster, or vice versa.

Luc Besson's crackling direction keeps the story moving faster than you can say "CPH4."

CPH4 is the synthetic substance that gives Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) superpowers that would make the Hulk or any Marvel Comics superhero green with envy.

Monday, August 4, 2014
TN FILE PHOTO Professional wrestler Gene Snisky, left, gets hit by a ladder from an opponent in a WXW pro wrestling match. Snisky, a graduate of Panther Valley High School, will be seen Thursday night wrestling for Total Nonstop Action wrestling on Spike Television.

Professional wrestler Gene Snisky, a native of Nesquehoning who wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment under the name "Snitsky," will be featured in a bout on Total Nonstop Action wrestling on Thursday.

TNA is a competitor of the WWE.

Snisky makes a cameo appearance as part of a team put together by villanous owner Dixie Carter.

Following the bout, Carter has a confrontation with wrestler Bully Dudley, who threatens to harm her.

It's one of only two appearances on TNA for Snisky. He did appear briefly on the program last Thursday.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Megastar Kenny Rogers is coming to Penn's Peak.

The sensational performer will be bringing his highly acclaimed annual Christmas show to the venue at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.

With him will be country singer Linda Davis. Tickets are $55 and $65.

It's one of three new shows announced for Penn's Peak.

Uriah Heep has set a date for Friday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 on the night of the concert.

Dark Star Orchestra presents its annual Thanksgiving Eve show on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 on the day of the show.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Incendio will bring Latin music to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday.

Two shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe this weekend capture the very soul of different, but equally transcendent, types of music.

On Friday, Flamenco and World music are at the heart of the Latin guitar sound of Incendio.

On Saturday, the acclaimed Philadelphia entertainer Eddie Bruce pays tribute to the great Tony Bennett, on the eve of the icon's 88th birthday.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Life Itself" is a harrowing, if heartfelt, documentary about movie critic Roger Ebert, best-known sitting opposite Gene Siskel on TV's "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" movie review and movie clips shows.

The documentary, made with the cooperation of Roger Ebert's then-wife and now widow, Chaz Ebert, doesn't pull too many punches in its sometimes brutal assessment of Roger Ebert, who died in 2013.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron Streets, Lehighton, will be hosting its fifth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12, college students and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

This program offers multiple choices for the participants.

They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

There will be a station where musical crafts are designed. This is a favorite for many of the younger participants.

Monday, July 28, 2014
Special to the Times News The rock band Firehouse will be performing at Penn's Peak with Winger on Friday, Sept. 5

Ziggy Marley, a six-time Grammy winner, and Emmy winner, humanitarian, and singer-songwriter, makes a visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday.

The Fly Rasta Tour concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door.

Ziggy Marley has released 12 albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley.

Friday, July 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The McLovins will be playing the music of Phish when they appear Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Two concerts are scheduled this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, the lively music of Latin guitars will be heard when the passionate guitarists of Incendio take the stage. The concert starts at 8 o'clock.

On Saturday, The McLovins do the music of Phish in a concert starting at 8 p.m.

Over the last decade, Incendio, a Latin guitar world fusion group, has committed a unique alchemy of composition, technique and performance to seven critically acclaimed international CD releases.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 44th Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The three-day picnic/festival will be held on the grounds of Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with music provided by "Kartune."

Friday will be Alumni Night.

Saturday features entertainment from the country band "Crazy Hearts" at 5 p.m., while Sunday sees the return of the ever popular "Remember When" at 4 p.m.

A huge flea market will again be a part of the picnic, offering deals and bargains.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Begin Again" is one of the most unromantic romantic comedies in recent memory.

There's little romancing, but lots of talking about romance, and plenty of singing about romance in "Begin Again."

The film is of chief interest for the performance of its star, Keira Knightley, who finally breaks free of her bodice-bound costume drama roles, namely those in "Anna Karenina" (2012),"The Duchess" (2008), "Silk" (2007), "Atonement" (2007), "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) and "King Arthur"(2004).