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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Stone Crusher, driven by Steve Sims, is among the Monster Trucks to be featured at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The first time Steve Sims witnessed a "Monster Truck" event, he knew it was something he wanted to do.

Sims, of Virginia Beach, Va., managed to become a part of the big rig experience through bartering.

He operates a business, Custom Stone Company, in Virginia, which also does countertop installation.

Sims got driver Dennis Anderson to bring his big-wheeled vehicle, "Grave Digger," to his son's birthday party. In return, Anderson wanted new counter tops.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just when one thought that France's "Rust and Bone" set the mark for depressing cinema, there's "Amour."

"Amour" was nominated for five Oscars, picture, actress (Emmanuelle Riva), director (Michael Haneke), original screenplay (Haneke) and foreign-language film (Austria's entry).

"Amour" received the Oscar for foreign film at the Feb. 25 awards show.

The film won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Think summer at Penn's Peak tonight

Changes In Latitudes, the country's premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett, will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tonight. The event begins at 8 o'clock and tickets are $20. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls and leis flying, dancing conga lines, and "Trop Rock" fun for all. You can expect to hear such classics as "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," "It's Five O'Clocl Somewhere," "Cheeseburger In Paradise," "Volcano," and, of course, "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Ben Affleck's Argo really took me back. Jimmy Carter was president. The Shah of Iran was deposed. The U.S. allowed him to come to the New York-Weill Cornell Medical Hospital for treatment of his cancer. The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after years of exile and an Islamic republic was declared. Outraged at America's refusal to repatriate the Shah for trial and likely execution, the regime instigated mob violence at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The climax was the storming and occupation of the compound on November 4, 1979.

Friday, February 22, 2013
Bruce in the U.S.A., a Bruce Springsteen tribute, will be featured at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.

It's a great weekend for pop music at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, the band Jessie's Girl will be on stage at 9 p.m., with its "Back to the 80's" show. Opening will be Hugo, who play's Journey's Steve Perry in the tribute band Voyager.

Then tomorrow night, making a return to the area's largest entertainment venue is "Bruce in the U.S.A.," which is a Bruce Springsteen tribute.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Jessie's Girl will be performing tunes - and skits - from the 80s on Friday at 8 p.m. at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tomorrow night, Bret Michaels, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Rick Springfield, and M. C. Hammer all will be at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Well, not really.

But it will seem that way.

On the vast, open stage of the venue will be "Jessie's Girl," a band which plays 80s music and has costumes like many of the bands they represent. It will be like being in the audience of the aforementioned performers.

This is the first appearance by Jessie's Girl, which consists of four former members of the group Rubix Kube.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Side Effects" is a good crime thriller with a twist that you probably won't see coming.

Jude Law plays Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist who is paid as a consultant for a pharmaceutical company that is doing trials with a new drug.

One of his clients, Emily (Rooney Mara), is institutionalized after she negotiates an NGRI plea (Not Guilty For Reasons of Insanity) plea over the death of her husband Martin (Channing Tatum).

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The year 2012 in cinema will be remembered as one of the best ever.

Many of the Oscar-nominated pictures garnered critical and popular acclaim. Look for Oscar to share the gold.

The Oscars will air on ABC at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Here are domestic box-office grosses, as of Feb. 17, of the Oscar picture nominees:

"Amour" - $3.9 million, four Oscar nominations

"Argo" - $126.8 million, seven Oscar nominations

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"- $12 million, four Oscar nominations

"Django Unchained" - $156.9 million, five Oscar nominations

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Three more concerts have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The Skid Row "United World Rebellion Tour" will arrive on Friday, May 31, at 8 p.m.

With Skid Row will be Saliva and L.A. Guns.

Tickets, priced at $24 in advance and $28 the day of the show, go on sale today.

The other two concerts, of which tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 23, are:

Ÿ Rockapella on Friday, June 7. Tickets are $25 and $20.

Ÿ Gordon Lightfoot, "50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour," on Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $37 and $42.

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Django Unchained," with five Oscar nominations, has been on my must-see list of movies in theatrical release.

Still, there was trepidation about seeing "Django Unchained." I delayed seeing Quentin Tarantino's latest opus and an opus it is because of advance word about its depiction of graphic violence and the extensive use of the "N" word.

That said, "Django Unchained" deserves the Oscar Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), Cinematography and Sound Editing nominations.