Friday, November 28, 2014


Monday, November 4, 2013
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley from the band America perform Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The band America took a large Penn's Peak crowd back in time on Saturday night - back to the days of the Vietnam War; to the era when pop was tops.

Lead singers Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell put on an incredible show, singing the hits that made them famous, songs from their most recent project, and videos that accentuated their musical era.

It was about the fourth appearance at Penn's Peak for America, and like the previous concerts the auditorium was packed with fans of all ages.

Friday, November 1, 2013

"I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,

It felt good to be out of the rain.

In the desert you can remember your name,

'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.

La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la

La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la"

Most people have heard of this catchy song, "Horse With No Name," from 1972.

It was a major hit for the band America, which began as a trio consisting of Gerry Buckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.

The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.

The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Gravity" is a masterful achievement in cinema. It will be regarded as a classic and a landmark film.

Look for Oscar nominations in the double digits, including actress: Sandra Bullock; supporting actor: George Clooney; director: Afonso Cuaron; original screenplay: Cuaron and his son, Jonas; cinematography, and numerous technical categories.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Salinger" is a seemingly honest documentary about J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye" who wrote a heralded, controversial, generation-shifting novel and never published another.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot, who had the giant hit "If You Could Read My Mind," will be at Penn's Peak on Oct. 26.

Some very popular artists are coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe including Gordon Lightfoot, America, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, and Vince Gill.

Tonight at the venue, country singer Chris Cagle will be on stage, while opening for him will be Mallory Hope. The concert gets underway at 8 p.m.

Next Thursday, Marvin Seals & JGB will be bringing the music of the Jerry Garcia Band to the local stage.

Then on Oct. 18 and the 25, two bands which play great oldies songs will be featured.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
**FILE** (AP Photo/John Russell) Country music star Chris Cagle is shown Oct. 17, 2000 at Virgin Records in Nashville, Tenn. Cagle was anticipating the birth of his first child, only to discover after the baby was born that he isn't the father. Cagle, 36, also said in the statement, posted Monday Oct. 3, 2005, "As excited as I was about becoming a new father, my disappointment now is equally as strong. So out of respect for all that are involved, please allow this situation to remain private."

Country singer Chris Cagle will be performing Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening for him will be Mallory Hope. The show starts at 8 p.m. Cagle has two gold albums, two number one albums, and 12 charted songs. Tickets for the concert are just $24 and $29.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

When it comes to psychological thrillers, "Prisoners" takes no prisoners.

"Prisoners," paced by an intense, carefully-crafted and completely believable performance by Hugh Jackman, is a tension-filled nail-biter with a plot twist that you probably won't see.

Keller Dover (Jackman) is a middle-class father living in western Pennsylvania who owns his owns remodeling business. He and his wife, Grace (Maria Bello), have a teen son, Ralph (Dylan Minnette), and young daughter Anna (Erin Gerasimovich).