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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"San Andreas" is an over-the-top "what-if" action movie about 9-plus magnitude earthquakes that hit California from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The movie, seen in the 3-D format for this review, is akin to an amusement park thrill ride. It's a nail-bitter.

There's a huge "Wow! Factor," with jaw-dropping computer-generated special effects: the collapse of Hoover Dam, falling skyscrapers (as well as the toppling of the iconic Hollywood sign) in Los Angeles, the Golden Gate Bridge shaking like a Slinky and San Francisco, the City by the Bay, becoming the city in the bay.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Slatedale will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival and Basket Drawing from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments include hot dogs, hamburgers, pork barbecue, pierogies, baked beans, funnel cake, and strawberry shortcake with or without ice cream. New this year will be entertainment by Jack and Friends. Tickets will be available for the door prize drawing.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

When you take away the fine acting, gorgeous cinematography (Charlotte Bruus Christensen), sweeping score (Craig Armstrong) and all the earmarks of a sumptuous costume (Janet Patterson) drama, you basically have a love-triangle melodrama in "Far from the Madding Crowd."

That's not an altogether bad thing.

"Far from the Madding Crowd" is an entertaining, well-crafted and satisfying potboiler by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt," 2012; "It's All About Love," 2003; "The Celebration," 1998).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner.

NEW YORK Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.

"Call me Caitlyn," declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool.

The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Inside, more images depict Caitlyn in gold lame, a black bustier and an off-the-shoulder gown showing off ample cleavage.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
SUBMITTED PHOTO The Weight, featuring former members of The Band, will perform the music of The Band June 12 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Come and take a load off June 12 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe with The Weight.

Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Pitch Perfect 2" is not quite as compelling as "Pitch Perfect," the 2012 surprise hit about a college women's competitive a cappella singing group. The original film grossed $115 million worldwide. The sequel outgrossed the original in five days.

Both films, based on the nonfiction book, "Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory," by Mickey Rapkin, benefit from a cultural trend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Spottiswoode & His Enemies perform with "40 Story Radio Tower" tonight.

Back by popular demand Spottiswoode & His Enemies return to perform another episode of "40 Story Radio Tower" tonight at 8 o'clock.

"40 Story Radio Tower" is a stage show recorded live for podcast. It's a celebration of the spoken word, through plays, comedies, and poetry, and of new live music, all presented in a radio show format.

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.