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Monday, October 10, 2011

You'll laugh.

You'll cry.

It's your choice.

Choice is an underlying theme in the movie, "50/50," where the title refers to the 50 percent chance of a cancer patient to survive.

The cancer patient, Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), is a successful 27-year-old Seattle public radio station reporter, diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer.

His buddy, Kyle (Seth Rogen), who is always on the prowl, becomes his champion.

Thursday, October 6, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kitty McVeigh of Bethlehem joins "The Doc" Layne Roberts as co-hosts of The Daily Bump and Grind on Penn's Peak Radio. The program airs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Friday, a special program beginning at about 11:30 a.m. will have Roberts having heart tests live, on the air, at a local cariology center.

You might remember her from morning shenanigans on Cat Country 96 a few years back. Or maybe you had heard her when she was the voice on The Hawk oldies station from the Lehigh Valley.

Kitty McVeigh, who left the area for a job in Cincinnati, is back and joined "The Doc" Layne Roberts as a co-host on Penn Peak's daily radio program, "The Bump and Grind."

McVeigh, who resides in Bethlehem, is a 20-year veteran of radio.

Although she wasn't supposed to begin her new job until Monday, she and The Doc are already up to their morning fun this week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The sound of the keys as passerbys marvel at the change of the leaves on the trees.

That combination figures to once again churn out a smash hit at the fourth annual Rock the Fall Festival, scheduled this weekend at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township.

The two-day event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Country singer Loretta Lynn will be making a return to Penn's Peak on Friday, Oct. 14. Lynn is shown in a previous Penn's Peak concert.

Melvin Seals is best known for his friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon Jerry Garcia.

He has spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band and in doing so helped pioneer what has now become "Jam Band Music."

Melvin continues to bring his unique brand of melodic flavor to the stage with his latest projects, Vitamin B-3 and The Mix, Melvin Seals JGB Band and Melvin Seal Rhythm Factory.

Tomorrow night at Penn's Peak, Melvin Seals and JGB make a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Sunday.

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot put on a two-hour, no-nonsense concert Sunday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and the large audience in attendance loved every minute of it.

People came from as far away as West Virginia and Delaware for his performance, during which he sang 31 songs - interrupted only by a 15-minute mid concert break.

Monday, October 3, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Jo Dee Messina performs during her Music Room Series at Penn's Peak on Saturday.

Country singer Jo Dee Messina wasted no time getting the audience into a festive mood during concert Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

She opened her show with a chorus of "Let It Snow."

After that, she tried hard to keep the show upbeat as she presented her "Music Room Series," which consisted of fielding questions from the audience, introducing her 2-year-old son, and, of course, singing her songs.

Friday, September 30, 2011
Country singer Jo Dee Messina will be performing in her "Music Room Series" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Jo Dee Messina, one of country music's most congenial performers who has had a long string of hits, makes a return to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe tomorrow.

She's back with her popular "Music Room" series, during which she takes fans' requests, tells stories, and likely has some special surprises.

Messina said she is looking forward to returning to the venue, which is her third time performing here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"There's no crying in baseball," Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) told us in "A League of Their Own" (1992).

There is crying in "Moneyball" and not only when Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) hears his daughter, Casey (Kerris Dorsey) sing "The Show" (the original was released in 2008 by Lenka). This scene alone should net an Oscar actor nomination for Pitt, who may be a dual nominee (his other Oscar actor nod could be for "The Tree of Life").

Monday, September 26, 2011

"I Don't Know How She Does It" is an entertaining romantic comedy more of a drama with comedy.

Sarah Jessica Parker plays Kate, a high-powered Boston investment firm executive married to Richard (a fine Greg Kinnear), an architect whose career has just taken an upward turn.

Kate's boss (Kelsey Grammer) assigns her to a new account, which requires additional domestic travel, especially to New York City to meet with the prospective client, Jack (a charming Pierce Brosnan).

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rusted Root is one band that doesn't fit neatly into one musical category.

Blending folk, acoustic, and world music with African, Native American, and Latin American influences, the Pittsburgh-based sextet defies explanation.

This hard-touring group of musicians could easily stake a claim as one of the great jam bands on the scene today.

Their performance at Penn's Peak on Friday night was no exception.