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Entertainment

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Chef" has the ingredients to become this summer's sleeper hit.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to reimagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voice-over narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Lehighton Band will begin its 150th season of providing music to the Carbon County area with its first "Concert Under The Stars" in Eurana Park, Weatherly at 7 p.m. Sunday. The second concert will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19 in the Lehighton Park.

There is no rain date for Weatherly.

In the event of inclement weather, the Lehighton concert will be held in the Boys and Girls Band Hall, Sixth and Cypress streets, Lehighton.

The concert will feature Lora Krum, flutist, playing Chaminade's "Concerto."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Slippery When Wet (NJ), The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band, will be bringing the songs and music of the rock megastar to Summit Hill on Saturday night.

The group is one of three bands performing in a benefit for the Diligence Fire Company in Summit Hill.

Also on stage will be SSA (formerly Camel Toe) and Jay DeMarco.

The music starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) A New Orleans-based librarian known as "the book lady" for her dedication to her community has won the inaugural Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer blockbuster movies are orbiting in the Marvel Comics universe.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" uses the plot device of time travel to bring "X-Men" superheroes old and new into the blockbuster fold.

The results are entertaining at best, confusing at worst.

I wasn't a fan of Marvel Comics and DC Comics as a child. Walt Disney, Archie Comics and Classics Illustrated were more my style. I'm not particularly enamored of so-called graphic novels. R. Crumb and Zap Comix were more my speed.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound,

He pulls the spitting high tension wires down."

"Godzilla,"

Blue Oyster Cult

"Godzilla" is one big dumb beast of a movie.

"Godzilla" has impressive computer-generated special effects, excellent production values and a cast of fine actors.

That can't rescue a poorly conceived story, predictable screenplay and choppy directing.

"Godzilla" is front-loaded with a back-story about nuclear power plant official Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his scientist wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Oscar season gathers steam with "The Railway Man."

If Academy Award voters remember the September through December Oscar season is a ways up around the bend look for multiple Oscar nominations for "The Railway Man," including actor (Colin Firth) and actress (Nicole Kidman).

"The Railway Man" is superbly accomplished cinema. It's an unconventional film about an unconventional topic that resonates on multiple levels in the contemporary international socio-political climate. "The Railway Man" is transformative.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dark Star Orchestra, in its 16th year of doing Grateful Dead tribute concerts, returns to Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. Friday.

Friday night, Dark Star Orchestra makes a return visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They keep coming back because they draw very well at the local area's largest venue.

Dark Star's shows are built off the extensive catalog of the Grateful Dead. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often played covers to create a unique set list for the show.

This allows music fans both young and old to share in the experience.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Lehighton Area High School Choral Department will present its 97th annual Spring Choral Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The program will feature members of the Concert Choir, Music Express, Sextet, and Varsity Voices.

The concert is titled "An Afternoon of Pop Music" and will feature popular music selections from the recent past. A donation will be collected at the door to help support the program.