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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"The Switch" is charming, funny and thought-provoking, although you might not realize it from the movie's unimaginative title.

Not the least of the romantic-comedy's charms are Jennifer Aniston as a single woman who decides to become a mother; Jason Bateman, as her best buddy of 13 years; Jeff Goldblum as the boss at the investment firm where Bateman works; Juliette Lewis, as one of Aniston's friends; and Thomas Robinson as Aniston's son, Sebastian.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"The Amazing Lehighton Race," sponsored by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee, will be held in Lehighton on Sunday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

Todd P. Zimmerman, coordinator, said the LIDC is looking for teams of two to compete in this "mildly physical and mental competition."

The course will be a minimum of 3.5 miles in length with several stops along the way.

Each stop will give a clue to the next position.

A couple of the stations have mental and minor physical challenges that one of the members must complete.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preliminaries for the Jim Thorpe Idol 6 competiton will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Jim Thorpe High School.

Jim Thorpe residents can particate and there are no are requirements.

The competition starts on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the high school. An admission fee is charged.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Blondie will perform at Penn's Peak on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Blondie, a mainstay of the new wave music scene of the late 1970's that made it big on the pop charts, has survived beyond most of the bands from that movement.

The band fronted by singer Debbie Harry has been active in its latest phase since reforming in 1997 and is set to release a new album later this year, with the title "Panic of Girls."

Monday, August 23, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) – "True Blood" co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have taken their true love to the altar.

The couple's publicists said in a statement the 28-year-old Paquin and 40-year-old Moyer were married Saturday night at a ceremony in Malibu, Calif., "surrounded by their family and friends."

On the hit HBO series, Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a Southern waitress who falls for vampire Bill Compton, played by Moyer. Compton is a Confederate veteran who was turned into a bloodsucker around the Civil War era.

Friday, August 20, 2010
Singer Jared Weeks and bassist Eric Taylor of Saving Abel are out front during their Penn's Peak performance Thursday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The mantle of southern rock is large enough to encompass a variety of sounds.

Take Thursday evening's bill of hard rocking bands at Penn's Peak, three of which hail from south of the Mason-Dixon line, as an example.

Saving Abel, a quintet from Cornith, Mississippi, headlined the bill, which also included American Bang from Nashville, Tennessee and Taddy Porter from Stillwater, Oklahoma. While each have Southern roots, they showcased their own approaches to being part of the latest wave of Southern rock bands without having to hoist Confederate flags.

Friday, August 20, 2010

As kids head back to school, it's a perfect time to check out these new school-themed books:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – You too will dance to U2.

Bono tells Rolling Stone that the band is working on "club-sounding" album.

The bands also plans to release a rock album and "Songs of Ascent," a set of tunes from the recording session of their latest disc, 2009's "No Line On the Horizon." Bono and The Edge will also score for the upcoming Spider-Man musical.

Bono had emergency back surgery in Munich in May. The group's 360-degrees World Tour resumed on Aug. 6 in Turin.

Bono says he thinks he "could have made a limp work."

Thursday, August 19, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Vocalist Chris Antos of Live Wire, shown here during a 2009 performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, returns to The Peak on Friday night with Live Wire's Ultimate AC/DC Tribute show. The band plays songs from all phases of AC/DC's career. Opening the evening will be special guest Bad Medicine, performing a Bon Jovi tribute. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets for Live Wire and Bad Medicine are $19 in advance and $24 the day of the show for general admission seating.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Taddy Porter will perform at Penn's Peak on Thursday night as part of a bill with Saving Abel, American Bang and Sugar Red Drive.

Taddy Porter is named after a beer and has a lead singer whose family has a background in baseball.

So what is the deal with the bird perched on the amplifier on the band's self-titled debut album, which has just been released?

"That's the scissored-tailed flycatcher, which is the state bird of Oklahoma," explained Taddy Porter's Andy Brewer, in a phone interview while on the road in North Carolina this week.