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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Travis Tritt will perform at Penn's Peak next Thursday.

Country music superstar Travis Tritt will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on May 28.

No sky is bluer, no air crisper, no leaf greener than after a storm, and Tritt is adding a musical addendum to that list with the release of "The Calm After ..."

Part metaphor and surprisingly literal, the title is reflective of a fresh and focused start for one of the most successful and acclaimed musical creators of his era.

"I feel so humbled and blessed to be where I am right now," says Tritt, who released the album on his own Post Oak Records.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift dominated the Billboard Music Awards with eight wins, including top artist, while Kanye West was booed during his performance that closed the three-hour event.

Swift also won top Billboard 200 album for "1989" and top female artist Sunday night.

"Oh, this is such a good night!" she said after winning the top prize, besting One Direction, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Katy Perry. "Early this morning I watched my brother Austin graduate from Notre Dame ... (and) to anyone who's graduating this year ... this is for you."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"Avengers: The Age Of Ultron" succeeds on multiple levels, despite a title that sounds like an ad slogan for a new household cleaning product.

"Avengers: Ultron" has its share of kitsch, in dialogue, characterization, editing and visuals. And yet the spoofing around isn't hit or myth. If anything, it enhances the Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's not exactly the Magic Kingdom.

However, Disneynature's "Monkey Kingdom" contains its own kind of charm.

The setting is the ruins of an ancient city in the Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa jungle. The ruins (known as Kiri Vihara, Manik Vihara and Rankoth Vihara), and in particular an outcropping called Castle Rock, has been taken over by a species of monkeys known as toque macaque.

In the excellent and personable narration by Tina Fey, the monkeys are given names and a storyline unfolds. A female monkey is named Maya. Her son is called Kip. The father is called Kumar.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"While We're Young" is a bit of a departure for writer-director Noah Baumbach.

It's is one of his more mainstream movies.

That's not to say the comedy is filling up the screening rooms at the multiplex. No, you'll still find Baumbach's latest at the art house, independent film and foreign film venues.

Still, "While We're Young" has a discernable plot and a storyline that is more accessible than in many of Baumbach's previous movies.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Relive the great music of the past at the Tamaqua Community Art Center as the Legends Oldies Band performs a concert of golden hits from the '50s to the '70s.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 9 at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Band members have performed with national acts such as the Drifters, the Platters, the Coasters and Danny and the Juniors. Their music ranges from the "doo wop" sound to American stalwarts such as Del Shannon and Chuck Berry, to the groups that came to America during the "British Invasion."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Woman in Gold" is a compelling tale of political obstinacy, one woman's quest to regain her birthright, and the lawyer who fought for her cause.

The story is not unfamiliar: The looting of priceless family treasures and art by the Nazis during World War II.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Furious 7" is one wild ride.

If you like action films, the action is, true to the series' titles, fast and furious.

"Furious 7," generically named because it's the seventh in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, reunites the band of brothers and sisters, including Paul Walker, who died in a nonfilm-making related car crash before his scenes were completed for the seventh installment.

In scenes that weren't completed, the image of Paul Walker's head was, through the magic of computer-generated imagery, grafted onto the body of his brother.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"Home" is an entertaining animated feature that should be especially entertaining for elementary-age and preschool children.

The science-fiction fantasy is about an alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), who is from a species called Boov.

The leader of the Boov is Captain Smek (Steve Martin). The Boov, led by Smek, have fled to earth to escape the Gorg, their arch enemies.

On earth, Oh meets Gratuity "Tip" Tucci (Rihanna), whose mom, Lucy (Jennifer Lopez), is one of the humans relocated by the Boov to Humansville, which is somewhere in Australia.

Friday, April 3, 2015

With "Cinderella," it's about the shoes.

That qualifies the live-action "Cinderella" as a chick's flick.

Yet, just as a pair of ruby slippers is part of Dorothy's quest along the yellow brick road in "The Wizard Of Oz" (1939), there's much more to the "Cinderella" story than a pair of glass slippers.

In the live-action "Cinderella," narration by Helena Bonham Carter (onscreen a stunning Fairy Godmother) keeps the story on track, fills in the blanks and appeals to the movie-goer's sense of being read to from a storybook.