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Thursday, November 4, 2010
The John Lennon Project

JTAMS Productions presents The John Lennon Song Project Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Friday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m.

One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon's music comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a 7-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare.

Together, they have produced "Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project," a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of Lennon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Angel Band

On Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 p.m. the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe will host the stage from which Angel Band soars.

Boisterous, sad, sweet, goofy, glorious and angelic. Any which way you look at it this stuff gets your attention. Whether it's the crazy tight three part harmony, the killer backup playing, the stories, the passion, it gets your attention.

The songs are mostly self-penned, weaving vivid images, powerful lyrics, musical integrity and "chops" to write home about.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Woody Allen's films arrive in theaters each year with the predictability of the falling leaves.

There was an epiphany while viewing Woody Allen's latest, "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger." For while the leaves change color, Allen's films do not always.

Allen, who wrote 64 films, directed 46 films, acted in 40 films (but not "Stranger") and has "Midnight in Paris" in post-production, basically does stand-up comedy with pictures.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Little Big Town will be performing at 8 p.m. Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The short career thus far of the band Little Big Town "has been the best we could ever imagine," said member Philip Sweet.

They were nominated for a Grammy, have charted 12 songs, and recently released their fourth album, "The Reason Why" on which is contained their top 10 hit "Little White Church" and their current single "Kiss Goodbye."

"The Reason Why" was number one on Billboard's country albums chart.

Tomorrow night, the four-member band makes a return appearance to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in a concert set for 8 o'clock.

Tickets are $37 and $32.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

That Clint Eastwood is one of the cinema's most outstanding living directors there can be no doubt after seeing "Hereafter."

Put aside the multiple Oscar nominations that are sure to come. "Hereafter" is profoundly invigorating. It is cinema of the highest caliber by a master film-maker.

Eastwood, working from an original screenplay by Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Last King of Scotland," "The Queen," "The Other Boylen Girl") meets the challenge of successfully juggling and advancing three parallel story lines.

Monday, October 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Larry Stewart of the band Restless Heart sings during concert Saturday at Penn's Peak.

It's been awhile since the band Restless Heart has had a big hit.

In the music industry, there's a saying that if you don't keep recording, you're quickly forgotten.

On Saturday night at Penn's Peak, it was obvious that the fans still very well remember the sextet.

Restless Heart performed a 15-number set that included every one of the band's seven number one hits.

Among them including "The Bluest Eyes in Texas, a ballad which proved to be one of the crowd's favorites judging by the applause.

Monday, October 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson, shown here at a 2008 Jethro Tull concert, performed a solo concert to a sold out Penn's Peak audience Sunday night.

Ian Anderson has been the front man and musican driving force behind Jethro Tull for more than four decades.

The question is, where does Jethro Tull end and Ian Anderson begin?

On his latest solo tour, which included a sold out performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Sunday evening, Anderson gave a glimpse of the answer.

Billed as "An Evening with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson," the crowd got exactly that: a career spanning two-set show culled from the Tull repertoire and Anderson's solo works, with some new stuff mixed in.

Friday, October 22, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Restless Heart will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be vocalist Nicole Donatone.

Restless Heart, a country music band that in the mid 1980s had six number one hits in a row, is working on a comeback.

The group, whose hits include "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "I'll Still Be Loving You," bring their harmony to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

Opening will be local country singer Nicole Donatone. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 and $19.

This is the first appearance at Penn's Peak for Restless Heart.

Friday, October 15, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS The Blood, Sweat and Tears horn section (from left) Steve Jankowski, Teddy Mulet, Tom Timko and Jens Wendelboe showcases its talents at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Blood, Sweat and Tears is a musical institution, a brand name for horn-driven, brassy pop and a home for talented players.

All of that remains true and was on display as the 2010 edition of BS&T took the stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

As pioneers of the jazz rock sound, BS&T's hits from the late 1960's and early 70's are enduring, and the band, 10 musicians strong, took great delight in delivering lively renditions of them.

With original member Steve Katz back in the line-up, BS&T is also aware of its own sense of history.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson, shown here performing with Jethro Tull at Musikfest in Bethlehem in 2008, will make Penn's Peak a stop on his solo tour on Sunday, Oct. 24.

As the frontman and creative force behind the classic British rock band Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is accustomed to performing for large crowds around the world.

Anderson has now embarked on a 22-city solo tour, which is bringing him to more intimate venues.

Billed as An Evening with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, the tour includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The tour provides a change of pace for Anderson, whose singing and flute playing have been hallmarks of Jethro Tull for four decades.