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Entertainment

Saturday, July 2, 2011

JTAMS Productions Presents Greg Ransom's Benny and the Jets, an Elton John Tribute, at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, July 2, at 8:30 p.m.

Bennie and the Jets is the world's premiere Elton John Tribute Band. Greg Ransom whose vocals, on stage mannerisms, and piano playing are exactly like those of Elton John.

Greg has the ability to make you believe that you're at an Elton John concert.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Cars 2" takes its audience for a ride. That's not necessarily a good thing.

The sequel lacks the charm of the 2006 original animated feature. It borrows standard plot devices and smashes them together in an attempt to take a, ahem, different turn.

The Pixar Animation looks great. The spiffy polish of the cars (and the rust on the tow truck, Tow Mater, as well), the renderings of glass, trees, inflatable promotional balloons, road surfaces well, just about everything is remarkable.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will present a Summer Band concert on Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the middle school.

The sixth through eighth grade combined band will perform several pieces including "Sugar Creek Saga," "Bugs That Bug Me," and the theme from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Furthermore, selected clarinet, saxophone, flute, and low brass students will be featured during the small ensemble portion of the concert.

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.