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Thursday, April 14, 2011
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One of the acts of Harmony Scholars poses for pictures at dress rehearsal. The show performs on Friday, April 15 and Sat., April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Front l-r are Andrea Rodgers and Chrissy Macholik, while standing l-r are

Brandon Gurka, Lyndsay Kusko, Breanna Cullen, Brittany Erbe, Thad Ogozalek, Tayler Banditelli, Zack Stanko, Ellen Krajcir, Michael Hadesty, Nick McArdle.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Country singer Collin Raye and oldies group Paul Revere and the Raiders will be among the main performers at the 2011 edition of the Schuylkill County Fair.

This year's fair will help with the bicentennial celebration of Schuylkill County.

The annual event will be held Aug. 1-6 at the fairgrounds along Route 895 in Summit Station. The entertainment is free with the cost of fair admission.

The fair lineup is as follows:

Ÿ Aug. 1 - TBA.

Ÿ Aug. 2 - Twitty Fever Band.

Ÿ Aug. 3 - Choir Contest and the Schuylkill County Idols.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Hop" gets the jump on the Easter holiday with an easy-going, oft-times laugh-out loud funny twist on the Easter Bunny tale.

The movie combines live action and animation seamlessly. Compare "Hop" to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), one of the first contemporary cinema era merging Computer Generated Imagery with live action, and you will see how far Hollywood's technical wizards have advanced in two decades.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Jim Cimms of Jim Thorpe is one of dozens of performers on the 32nd annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, which airs Saturday and Sunday on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The 32nd annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society airs this weekend on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The event, from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday, has numerous special events in addition to a full slate of entertainment.

Among those special events is a "Survivor Salute" at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and the presentation of "Courage Awards" between 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday.

There will be interviews with medical professionals. Among them:

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Dave Mason

With a career spanning over 37 years, Dave Mason has truly left his mark on the music industry.

The talented performer has a concert slated next Thursday, April 14, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show.

Mason was a producer, a performer and a songwriter, not to mention being one of rock's great guitar players.

At the early age of 18, he teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood and formed the band Traffic.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Lehighton Band's Spring Concert will be held Sunday, April 10, in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The director of the band, Paul R. Smith, has announced the soloists for the program.

Lora Krum and Beth Cressley will play a novelty number called "The Elephant And The Fly." As you might expect, you will hear two instruments that are completely opposits in musical range. Cressley will portray the elephant on her bassoon while Krum will play the fly on her piccolo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is about as poor an excuse for a sequel that one could imagine.

And, while anti-bullying programs and efforts are in place in most school districts and the home, you'd never know it from "Wimpy Kid."

Bullying is the premise for this mostly insufferably unfunny comedy.

Without the older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), a high school student, bullying his younger brother, Greg (Zachary Gordon), a seventh grade middle school student, there would be no movie. That the brothers "make nice" toward the end of movie scores some points.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Willy Porter

Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Willy Porter will be performing at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Porter, a guitarist ,singer, songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer, defies labels and bends genres, moving between slide blues, acoustic folk, grooving rock, and soulful pop, creating a unique sound.

Porter's emergence as one of the artists at the forefront of the modern folk-music scene dates back to 1990 with his debut CD, "The Trees Have Soul."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Lehighton Band will open its 147th season with their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will be held in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Rd. in Lehighton.

The concert, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will feature a wide variety of musical styles.

Beginning with the famous Sousa march, "Washington Post" the program gets off to a rousing start.

Monday, April 4, 2011
@$:Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Randy Travis performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, singing most of his hits as well as a couple of songs from a new 25th anniversary album scheduled for release in June.

You could tell that country singer Randy Travis felt pretty comfortable on the Penn's Peak stage, Friday night.

He smiled a lot. He told jokes. Most important to the large crowd who came to see him, he delivered his songs flawlessly.

Travis made his fourth appearance at the venue before what was probably his largest audience. The neotraditionalist country star delivered a set of more than 20 songs and virtually every one was met with robust applause.