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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.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Special to the Times News/John Clauser Ten-year members of the Northeast Variety Band are: Joe Gutosky, alto sax, Weatherly; John Trethan, accordion, Lehighton; Harry Dunheimer, tenor banjo, Pottsville; Ed Williams, tenor banjo, Allentown, Ken Clauser, plectrum banjo, South Whitehall; Mary-Jane Sterling, accordion, Summit Hill; Annette Miller, drums, Roseto and Marianne Williams, alto sax, Allentown.

The Northeast Variety Band announces the celebration of its 10th year anniversary on July 18. It is a rare event for a band to reach that milestone.

Eight members who belonged to several different bands met at a restaurant in Hamburg to talk about forming an entirely new and different type of band. A new name was chosen to reflect the area the members live in and the style of music they would play.

Through word of mouth the band now numbers 20 members and our latest gig was playing on a float in the Wyomissing Fourth of July parade to an enthusiastic crowd.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Ted Nugent makes a return appearance to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Aug. 14. The concert at the Peak will be broadcast live on HDNet beginning at 9 p.m.

Ted Nugent's show at Penn's Peak will be broadcast live on HDNet!!

Officials of Penn's Peak said they are honored to be a part of Ted Nugent live on HDNet on Sunday, Aug. 14th at 9 p.m.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. with Lisa Bouchelle opening for him.

Nugent has appeared at Penn's Peak several times in the past.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
PAUL WILLISTEIN/special to the TIMES NEWS Bob Kuntz with his 1969 Camaro, which will be displayed at Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6 and 7 at Macungie Memorial Park, Main Street-Route 100, Macungie.

Bob Kuntz is a Chevy man.

It's not only that he has worked for 26 years at Rentschler Chevrolet, Slatington, where he is parts manager.

It's the Camaros.

Kuntz has five Chevrolets, three of them collectible Camaros.

The 1969 coupe, painted "Olympic Gold" with black "hockey-stick stripes" along the sides, has rally wheels and a 350 automatic.

He's owned it since 1990.

"Basically, that was in good condition. We repainted it. It wasn't a full restoration."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aug. 6

Ÿ 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: The Macungie Band

Ÿ 12:30 - 2 p.m.: Jake Kaligis & The New Constitution

Ÿ 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Mike Dugan Blues Mission

Ÿ 4 - 6:30 p.m.: Crazy Heart

Ÿ 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.: King Henry & The Showmen

Aug. 7

Ÿ 11 a.m. - Noon: Steve Brosky 'n' Jimmy Meyer

Ÿ 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.: The BC Combo with Bev Conklin

Ÿ 2 - 3:45 p.m.: The Vince Pettinelli Swing Band

Thursday, August 4, 2011

You may be familiar with the popular movie, "The Horse Whisperer," a 1998 fictional feature movie directed by and starring Robert Redford.

The documentary film, "Buck," a Sundance film festival audience winner, takes a look at the man behind the mythology of the horse whisperer.

Buck Brannaman is no myth. But he is legendary. No less than Robert Redford, who is interviewed in "Buck," marvels at his technique.

Brannaman apparently was the inspiration for Nicholas Sparks' "Horse Whisperer" novel and was a consultant for the movie version.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Streets, Lehighton will be holding the second annual Music Academy starting Sunday, Aug. 7 and continuing through Aug. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Zion UCC church .

The academy is open to the public and is for children and teens of all ages.

This year there will be a middle school age and high school age band, vocal opportunities, and a music recorder class.

Once again, they will also feature "recycled rhythm" which is a craft opportunity for youngsters to create rhythm instruments out of household and recycled items.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Captain America: The First Avenger" is an entertaining addition to the Marvel Comics universe. It's possibly the best among the offerings since "Iron Man."

Director Joe Johnson ("Jurassic Park III," "October Sky," "The Rocketeer," "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids") captures the flavor of the World War II era when Steve Rogers is transformed into Captain America.

Johnson has a knack for period pieces, especially those of the pre- and circa World War II era. "Captain America" has a warm sepia tone. The sense for the first part of the movie is that of "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Monday, August 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Shakura S' Aida performs on the main stage during the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Sunday.

They juked and jived to the soul and rhythm like there was no tomorrow.

Hip was indeed in at the Pennsylvanis Blues Festival, which celebrated 20 years of Blues in the Poconos this past weekend as the event made a seamless transition to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Prior to this year, the event - then known as the Pocono Blues Festival - had been held from 1992 to 2010 at Big Boulder Ski Area in Kidder Township.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone performs at Penn's Peak on Friday night.

From the moment Peter Noone entered the stage at Penn's Peak, his high energy excited and entertained his fans who came as far away as Canada and Brazil to see his show. Peter played to a nice size crowd on Friday night at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Noone's charisma and boyish looks brought fans from all ages, from young children to women who are in the 80s.

The first 20 rows of seats were filled with "Noonatics" those special fans who attend nearly every show and are part of his fan club.

Noone announced that for "Rose of Canada," this was her 605th Peter Noone show.