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Friday, October 24, 2014
Popa Chubby

Larger-than-life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard-hitting, face-melting, blues-rockin' funky soul. And he'll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with a CD Release event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for his smokin' hot new studio album, "I'm Feelin' Lucky."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas show with Linda Davis to Penn's Peak on Dec. 20. He'll also do some of his all-time great hits like "Lucille" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

Several major performers are on the concert schedule for the coming months at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Recently announced were:

Ÿ Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on Dec. 14.

Ÿ Pink Floyd Experience on Feb. 28.

Ÿ The Lettermen on May 29.

If you're making New Year's Eve plans, consider the Get the Led Out, which will be performing both Dec. 30 and 31. Get the Led Out is a Led Zepellin tribute band.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One mark of an entertaining movie is what scenes, lines of dialogue or laughs, tears and thoughts stay with you after you depart the theater.

After I saw "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," I was still chuckling to myself.

"Alexander," based on the children's book by Judith Viorst, is in the genre of family dilemma comedies. This is somewhat of a lost art in contemporary Hollywood studio film-making since many comedies are animation features or teen and college-age R-rated raunch.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shannon Blocker, president of Blocker Enterprises, 497 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, sits on 2012 Yamaha Roadline 1900cc motorcycle, which is being given away during the 2015 Penn's Peak Radio cruise. Standing is Layne "Doc" Roberts of Penn's Peak Radio, cruise coordinator. The cruise will be May 10-17 from New York to Bermuda.

Layne "Doc" Roberts of Penn's Peak Radio is making plans for the ninth annual spring cruise.

It will be held May 10-17 and sail from New York to Bermuda.

This tour will offer a special prize: A 2012 Yamaha Roadliner 1900cc motorcycle.

Roberts is excited about this cruise and said, "It's on a Norwegian Ship, a five-star resort on water."

The cruise has such activities as walk the plank, bowling alley, video arcades, activities for children, swim area, water park and ropes.

Monday, October 20, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Singer Tommy James performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Saturday. James sang all his major hits including "Crimson and Clover" and "Hanky Panky."

It was pretty obvious why singer Tommy James had a sellout crowd at Penn's Peak on Saturday.

His performance was incredible, he sang every one of his major hits, he signed autographs, and he delivered what the audience wanted to hear.

Wearing all black, James put on a 75-minute concert that had the crowd cheering, clapping, and even dancing.

There was one minor problem early in the show but it wasn't his fault. His amplifiers quit working just when he ended his first song.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton is again hosting its ecumenical Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The cantata was created by former Zion UCC Director of Music Paul R. Smith 40 years ago. The current Director of Music, Brad Cressley, has continued the tradition.

Last year's cantata featured 80 voices which represented 22 different chuches and organizations.

Cressley said, "This year we hope to have a choir of 100 strong and the group is once again looking for vocalists to join the cantata."

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seventh and Coal streets.

The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Julie Harris, parade chairman, said paraders are permitted to toss candy and gum to parade viewers. They are not allowed to stop and perform in front of the judges' stand.

The grand marshal is retired Lehighton Area School District music teacher Paul Smith, who serves as director of the Lehighton Band.

The lineup is as follows:

Division 1

(Form on Coal Street between Eighth Street and Beaver Run Road)

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Gone Girl" is one of the best suspense thrillers in decades. It has thrills, chills, plot twists and turns. At times, it's terrifying.

It's a real nail-biter. (Believe me, I know. I did.)

There are several reasons why you should see "Gone Girl."

First, of all, it's very entertaining. Second, the actors are excellent. Third, the direction is superb.

Finally, because there should be several Oscar nominations, "Gone Girl" should be on your must-see list.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells fame will beperforming at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The story of Tommy James from the pop band Tommy James and the Shondells is soon going to be a movie.

The band was known for a bunch of major hits, including "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson and Clover" and "Sweet Cherry Wine."

Saturday at 8 p.m., the congenial singer will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $33 and $38 and are available through TicketMaster or at Penn's Peak box office.

While music was always James' first interest, his determination to succeed led him to cross paths with the mob. This made him a targeted man.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"The Boxtrolls" is a film more to be admired than loved.

The film utilizes stop-motion animation, whereby each, or several frames, of film are shot with minor adjustments to the figurines before the next shot.

As if to emphasize the exactitude of this process and how painstaking it is, during "The Boxtrolls" end credits, the filmmakers pull back from the set to reveal in fast-motion, and in shadow, a puppet animator guiding each move of one of the film's main characters.