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Friday, August 26, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Don Williams sits during his concert last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

When you go to a Don Williams concert, you don't expect fancy stage decor or a lot of dialogue from the singer. You just expect great, traditional country music.

Williams, the "gentle giant" of country who has had 42 singles in the top 10, keeps it basic.

He performed last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, with a large crowd in attendance. Backed by a five-piece band, he sang 19 of those big hits. The thing about Williams is there's no deviation from his straight-music agenda. And that's what his fans seem to love about him.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Three concerts are on the Penn's Peak schedule for this weekend.

Tonight, Styx will be performing beginning at 8 p.m.

The Outlaws with special guest Blackberry Smoke take the stage to rock the venue tomorrow night at 8 o'clock.

On Sunday, country music sensation Trace Adkins makes a return here at 8 p.m., with newcomer Kip Moore opening.

Styx has garnered several albums with platinum certification. Their hits include "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Sarah's Key" is a film that ranges from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other.

It's an important film that, despite a parallel story line that dips into melodrama, should not be missed.

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Julia, a contemporary American journalist living in Paris where she works for a magazine. She investigates the little-known expulsion of some 13,000 Jews to Nazi death camps.

Monday, August 22, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Rubix Kube band members from left are Scott Lovelady, Eric Presti, Sky, Cherie Martorana, Drew Mortali and John LaSpina.

Hundred's of 80's music fans attended the Rubix Kube tribute band's "Back to the Eighties" show held at Penn's Peak Friday night. Some fans chose to dress in parachute pants, sunglasses and leg warmers while others carried on with their own personas.

Totally decked out in appropriate 80's attire, the band entertained the enthusiastic crowd, some dressed in leg warmers and mini-skirts, with all types of memorable hits like 'You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC, 'Mickey" by Toni Basli, 'Footloose' by Kenny Loggins and Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The fall Oscar nominee season has started early with a little help from "The Help."

Look for a best actress Oscar nomination for Viola Davis ("Doubt") for her extraordinary performance as Aibileen Clark, a thoughtful maid in Jackson, Miss., during the Civil Rights Movement.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A first occurred at Penn's Peak on Sunday.

A concert was televised live on international television.

The concert was by rocker Ted Nugent, who played before a sell-out crowd.

The event was broadcast live on HD Net, which was carried on the Blue Ridge Communications network for hi definition subscribers.

Nugent, who formed the band Damn Yankess in 1989 but has since embarked on a successful solo career, is also an avid outdoorsman and a proponent for the National Rifle Association.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Marrakesh Express will be performing Saturday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

There are hundreds of tribute bands performing the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, and other monsters of rock. But Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young?

Next to none.

A band dedicated to tributing CSNY is unheard of due to the difficulty in replicating the 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies that made the group international superstars.

Marrakesh Express excels at reproducing CSNY's complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Willie Nelson will be making an appearance at Penn's Peak on Sunday night, Oct. 30.

Saturday is a big day at the box office for Penn's Peak.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for six upcoming concerts including one scheduled Oct. 30 by the incomparable, legendary Willie Nelson.

Other shows for which tickets go on sale Saturday are Rusted Root on Sept. 23, Journey Tribute with Voyage on Sept. 24, Jo Dee Messina on Oct. 1, and Vanilla Fudge - the Farewell Tour on Dec. 2.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 20, tickets go on sale for two more concerts: The Australian Pink Floyd show on Aug. 20 and Dark Star Orchestra on Nov. 23.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LVW heavyweight champion Kekoa the Flyin' Hawaiian will defend his pro wrestling title Sunday at the Carbon County Fair in Palmerton.

Professional wrestling returns to the Carbon County Fair on Sunday, with match time set for 4 p.m.

There's a double main event, both of them steel cage matches.

The Rebel with Mr. Saturday Night, currently the tag team champions in the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Federation, opposes Dominic Monroe with Kras Van Tasse.

The other steel cage match has Tech, a former LVW heavyweight champion who is one of the most arrogant performers in the squared circle, takes on "Pretty Boy" Eric Hiller.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

If you're curious about the origins of hip hop and rap music, "Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" is a good place to start.

The engaging film provides insight into the creative tensions, personality clashes and business and personal decisions that are part of professional music careers.

The documentary film is directed by Michael Rapaport, an actor perhaps best known as Frank on TV's "My Name is Earl" and a teacher on "Boston Public," and the boxer in Woody Allen's feature film, "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), in his big-screen directorial debut.