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Monday, June 27, 2011
Kenny Ek/Special to the TIMES NEWS Lauren Curnow (Marian the Librarian), left, and David Masenheimer (Harold Hill), right, dance in "The Music Man," through July 3, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

"The Music Man," the legendary, award-winning iconic stage hit by Meredith Willson, has so many great songs that one can tend to overlook how funny and insightful an American musical it is.

"The Music Man" is about heartland America, with a cast of characters not unlike you and me. Well before Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegone eccentrics on "A Prairie Home Companion," there were the good folk of River City, Iowa.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Uriah Heep, an English hard rock band which is on its 40th anniversary tour, makes a stop Friday night at Penn's Peak.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door.

"Into the Wild" is Uriah Heep's 23rd studio album, which follows the completion of the band's 40th Anniversary Tour.

Uriah Heep arrived in the United States for the American leg of its tour about two weeks ago.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"Green Lantern" "The Green Hornet," "X-Men," "Thor."

Welcome to this summer's edition of comic book superheroes at the cinema.

It's all a blur. The 3-D glasses didn't help.

"Green Lantern" is based on the DC Comics character first introduced in 1940. DC revived the Green Lantern comic book in 1959 and again in 1970 and plans a relaunch in the fall.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Having the lead roles in the production of "Winnie-the-Pooh," which will be held at the Lehighton Borough Annex, are, Pooh, Zane Bachert; Rabbit, Mike Kabana; Piglet, Marissa Miller, and seated, Christopher Robin, Keith Shelly II.

The Children's Musical Theatre Group of Musique Performers will present "Winnie-the-Pooh" on Friday and Saturday in Lehighton

The musical will be staged in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show.

Zane Backert as the lead role of Winnie-the-Pooh and Kane Zerbe plays Eeyore.

Others in the performance are Kanga (Teah Garisson), Roo (Kim Klein), Owl (Ryan Mirorelli), and many of Christopher Robin's (Keith Shelly II) other friends as they journey through the Hundred-Acre Woods.

Monday, June 20, 2011

A new Woody Allen film at the start of the summer movie blockbuster season is, well, out of season.

Allen, who has virtually cranked out a film per year since long about 1969, used to release films with the predictability of falling leaves.

Just about when Allen's fans would be putting on their corduroys, a post-Memorial Day Allen film would be just around the corner on art cinema marquees.

That was back when Allen made nearly all of his films within walking distance of his Manhattan apartment.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Two concerts are featured this weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Ÿ Tonight, Hollywood Nights will appear with Separate Ways the Band at 8 p.m. Hollywood Nights pays tribute to Bob Seger. Separate Ways the Band features music from Journey.

Ÿ On Saturday, Robin Trower will be making a return visit to Penn's Peak in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Trower is engaged in a national tour supporting his latest CD, "The Playful Heart."

Monday, June 13, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Chris Isaak performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, giving an incredible show that consisted of ballads, up-tempo songs, and some covers from the 60s and 70s.

Chris Isaak has been given the nickname "Mr. Lucky" because of the success he's had with his music and acting.

Last night at Penn's Peak, it was obvious that his talent and showmanship are probably more responsible for his amazing accomplishments than Lady Luck.

Isaak put on a terrific show, singing his own songs as well as an assortment of cover tunes of his recording heroes like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.

He demonstrated a personality rarely seen by modern performers.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
David Wilcox

Singer-Songwriter, David Wilcox will perform Friday, June 10, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

"I write like my life depends on it." said Wilox.

He has sold over 750,000 discs and has been writing songs for 30 years.

Wilcox's music is distilled in a solid folk/blues/pop mode. He believes that the right song at the right time changes people's lives.

Wilcox sings with a mellow fluency that suggests James Taylor and the late Nick Drake.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone appears in 2010 concert at Penn's Peak. The singer with his Herman's Hermits band is back at the venue on Friday, July 22.

If you grew up in the 60s, you obviously know who Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits are.

This phonomenal band who brought us such hits as "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" and "Henry the Eighth" is coming to Penn's Peak on Friday, July 22.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale Saturday for a July 21 concert by Sweet. This is the debut appearance for Sweet, a 70s band best known for the song "Little Willie."

Next Friday, June 17, on the Penn's Peak stage will be Hollywood Nights, with special guest Separate Ways the Band.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Chris Isaak will stage a concert Sunday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The event begins at 8 p.m.

On Sunday night, coming to Penn's Peak is a star of the Showtime television network, a performer who has been in numerous films and TV shows including the acclaimed 2006 "Superbowl Sunday" edition of Friends, and who has had 25 years of success as a recording artist.

Chris Isaak, a rocker from San Francisco who is touring to promote his latest album release Mr. Lucky, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $47 and $42.