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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.

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