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Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Interstellar" goes to infinity and beyond.

While we don't have Buzz Lightyear of "Toy Story" fame, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney of "Gravity" (2013) or the crew of "Apollo 13" (1995), we do have the mystery and awe of "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and its sequel "2010" (1984).

In a word, we have: Wormhole.

It's a concept that even Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, has been at pains to explain in analyzing "Interstellar."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy "Cheaper By the Dozen" this weekend. Some of the main characters include, from left: mother Lillian Gilbreth (Regan Welkey); father Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads); daughter Ernestine Gilbreth (Angelica Ramierz); son Frank Gilbreth Jr. (Kurt Ammermann); daughter Ann Gilbreth (Hayley Blanding); and schoolteacher Miss Brill (Amina Jones).

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy, "Cheaper by the Dozen" Friday through Sunday to kick off its 2014-15 theater season.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," based on the real life story of the Gilbreth Family, is set in the 1920s and tells the story of the well-known efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads), an industrial engineer and a leader in the field of scientific management who manages his family with the same efficiency he would expect from a factory.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Steeped in Irish tradition, the Brock McGuire Band brings its repertoire to Tamaqua tonight with a concert at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, the band's tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizes mostly Irish music, but there is also a sprinkling of impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The 'The Band' Band Last Waltz Celebration live comes to the The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday. The original Band's final performance, in San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, was called The Last Waltz, and set the standard by which all farewell concerts are measured. We celebrate that great night back in 1976.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Nightcrawler" is an odd name for a thriller about a freelance broadcast news TV journalist.

Apparently, "Pathological Videographer" was already taken.

And "Pathological Videographer" just doesn't have the same ring to it as does "Nightcrawler."

"Nightcrawler" is an apt description of Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as the pathological videographer.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn Phillips performs at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Friday.

Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic musicians to come out of the early '70s singer-songwriter boom, but his music is difficult to categorize. His refusal to shape his music which crosses between folk-rock, jazz, progressive, pop, and classical to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Martina McBride

One of country music's premiere talents will be performing Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Martina McBride, who has had many number one hits, has won virtually every possible award in country music, and has sold out major arenas over the years, is making a stop with her "Everlasting Tour."

This is the second time McBride has come to Penn's Peak. Two years ago she attracted a capacity crowd.

She is best known for the moving song about domestic violence, "Independence Day," whose video was ranked number two country video of all time by CMT.

Friday, November 7, 2014
T. Stephen Morales/Special to the Times News Double Grammy Award winner Kenny Loggins, who had a platinum record with "Flashdance," is at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

It's another big concert weekend at Penn's Peak, with star performers visiting tonight and Saturday.

Tonight, two of country music's up-and-coming stars will be appearing. Jerrod Niemann headlines with Chris Lane in a show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets for the double-header are just $29.

Saturday night, Kenny Loggins, who had a platinum record with "Footloose," will be taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $41 and $44.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Craig Thatcher Band and Friends will perform live at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Long a well-known bluesman and rocker in the Lehigh Valley, Thatcher has assembled a band of many outstanding talents, much to the delight of audiences in Pennsylvania as well as around the country.

About to release a new CD, the Craig Thatcher Band storms into the Opera House with a magnificent set of new music combined with classics performed in their inimitable, magnetic style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Battlefield Band

The Battlefield Band, masters of Celtic music, both ancient and modern, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe Friday. Show time is 8 p.m.

The Battlefield Band is recognized in its native Scotland in the same way the Chieftains are revered in Ireland. They have appeared multiple times with Garrison Keillor on his A Prairie Home Companion radio show, which is no small feat and a nod to their prodigious talent.