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Thursday, May 26, 2011

If it's, as the Disney World ride song goes, "a pirate's life for me," then 3-D would seem the way to go.

While you're at it, add Imax.

But should you for ""Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"?

Well, of course, you don't really want to be a pirate (other than at Halloween). "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," as with the Orlando, Fla., theme park attraction, provides a fun ride.

That's what it's all about, after all: Entertainment.

Friday, May 20, 2011
Todd Snider

TAMS Productions Presents Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller, Todd Snider at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, May 21 at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, "The Devil You Know" found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There's almost a genre of independent films with seemingly ironic names for actual geographic places as their titles.

For example, there's "Paris, Texas," "Scotland, Pa." and "Truth or Consequences, N.M."

And now there's "Lebanon, Pa."

Bethlehem Steel is long-gone from Lebanon, when thirtysomething Will (Josh Hopkins), a Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, advertising firm account executive arrives in his green "Punch Buggy" (retro VW Beetle) for his father's funeral.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Thor," the latest 3D comic-book to cinema extravaganza, is as mono-syllabic as its title.

And we're not only referring to the dialogue, which rarely ventures past more than two syllables.

"Thor" is not a bore. Thor the character is boring, which is odd. He is, after all, the God of Thunder.

Chris Hemsworth, sure to be a huge star post-"Thor," is a combination of Brad Pitt boyish good looks; Arnold Schwarzenegger physique and Pierce Brosnan reserve.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lehighton Rotary Club is presenting an Elvis tribute show on Saturday, May 14 at Lehighton American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a turkey dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Dancing to some oldies, country, and class rock will begin at 7 p.m., followed by "Elvis in Concert."

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick will be the featured entertainer.

Monday, May 9, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs before a capacity crowd at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Friday night.

Gary Allan's secret to success is just being himself. Nothing fancy. Very little chit-chat.

The country singing maverick was at Penn's Peak Friday night and attracted a sell-out crowd.

He delivered a 22-song set that kept the audience captive for well over an hour-and-a-half.

There was a light moment late in the show when his English sheepdog sprinted from behind the curtain to his side. After Allan petted him, the well-mannered dog turned around, climbed a set of stairs to a small balcony, and then laid down as if to listen to the remainder of the concert.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Model sea airplane demonstrations and displays will be held at the beach area of the Mauch Chunk Lake Park on Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, weather permitting.

There is free parking and free admission to the event. The food and snack stand at the beach area will also be open and refreshments will be available.

The beach provides an excellent view of the air show that will be presented by the Tuscarora RC Flyers and other model airplane enthusiasts.

Be sure to bring your folding chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
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Country music singer Gary Allan will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak. Officials at Penn's Peak say only a limited number of tickets remain for this concert. The visit to Penn's Peak is part of Allan's "Get Off The Pain" tour, in promotion of his eighth studio album. The performer's hits include "Nothing On But the Radio," "Tough Little Boys," and "Life Aint Always Beautiful."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

More concerts have been added to the Penn's Peak schedule.

Singer and actor Chris Isaak makes his debut at the Jim Thorpe venue on Sunday, June 12.

In addition, coming in September is a "British Invasion Show" featuring The Yardbirds and The Spencer Davis Group.

One more show added is Hollywood Nights with special guest Separate Ways the Band on June 17.

Isaac is touring as the result of his latest CD, "Mr. Lucky."

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Hailey Hoherhack, left, and Josiah Behrens have lead roles in "South Pacific," being presented Friday and Saturday in Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.

The Drama Club of Jim Thorpe Area School District will present the musical "South Pacific" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

South Pacific was written in 1949 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

The musical is based off the book "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener.

The story weaves together characters and elements from several stories into a single plotline about an American nurse at a U.S. Naval base, during World War II, who falls in love with an ex-patriot French farmer with a dark past.