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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.

The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.

During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Despicable Me 2" has nearly all the things you would want to see and hear in an animated feature family comedy.

It has distinctive and charmingly-rendered characters, voice talent that is very expressive, an interesting and entertaining storyline, an overall attention to detail and, most importantly, a sense of fun.

"Despicable Me 2" ("DM2") is co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.

Renaud is a Parkland High School, Class of '85, graduate who attended the Baum School of Art where he received a $1,000 scholarship.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its popular Wine on the Mountain festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 from noon to 5 p.m. both days at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Wine on the Mountain features wine samplings and sales from Lehigh Valley wineries, local artisans displaying their arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase from Roadies Restaurant.

There is also live musical entertainment with the Billy Bauer Duo performing on Saturday and the Jake Kaligis Dynamic Duo performing on Sunday.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Old Crow Medicine Show will be performing at Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. Thursday. The band is noted for the song "Wagon Wheel."

It's a very busy week at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, starting Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Grateful Dead founding member Phil Lesh will be on the state in concert.

If you don't have tickets, you're out of luck. The concert is sold out.

On Thursday night, the Old Crow Medicine Show brings its unique performance to the venue.

Friday night there's a deck party featuring Free Range Folk, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Then on Friday and Saturday, the 10th annual Wine on the Mountain will be held.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

In the western genre of motion pictures, "The Lone Ranger" ranks right up there with the more unusual.

While not as odd as "Cowboys & Aliens" (2011), it's not in the classic style of director Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" (1992), "3:10 to Yuma" (the 2007 version and 1957 original) or director John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956), starring John Wayne.

However, "The Lone Ranger," despite the reviling reactions of many movie critics, has a lot to recommend it.

It is one of the wildest of movies about the Wild West as you're likely to see.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Phil Lesh, a founding member of the Grateful Dead Band, is the next performer on the grand stage of Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert will be held Wednesday, July 24.

Lesh played bass guitar with the Grateful Dead throughout their 30 year career.

Ticket sales are brisk for this concert and there exists a good possibility it could be a sellout.

Friday, July 12, 2013

It's going to be a very busy weekend at Penn's Peak.

Three events are scheduled. They are:

Ÿ Tonight - 7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door.

Ÿ Saturday - Raymond the Amish Comic, 8 p.m. Opening is guest comedian Chipps Cooney. Tickets are $20 at the door. This event contains adult humor.

Ÿ Sunday - Arrival, the music of Abba, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The best things about "Monsters University" occur before and after the animated feature film.

"The Blue Umbrella," a film short preceding "MU," is many of the things that "MU" is not. "Blue Umbrella" is imaginatively to the point, original and thoroughly entertaining.

After the credits conclude for "MU," there is a scene about a snail character, introduced early in the film as he makes his way slowly to class. The outcome of his progress is in the post-credits scene, which is also many of the things that "MU" is not. The scene is very funny, clever and efficient.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us and it's called "World War Z."

That's "Z" as in zombie.

And the only person standing between us and the end of the world as we know it is Brad Pitt, who portrays a former United Nations official called back into service and tasked to find the antidote to a zombie pandemic.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
The rock band TESLA will be performing in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The summer line-up is in full swing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, featuring all genres of concerts as well as weekly deck parties.

Tonight, it's vintage pop as the "Happy Together" tour stops at the venue. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and features The Turtles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night.

Tomorrow night, the rock band Tesla will be on the spacious stage.