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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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"Bruce in the USA," a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, will be at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Saturday night. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is one of two concerts at the venue this weekend. On Friday night, Dickie Betts and Great Southern will be at the Peak at 8 p.m. Betts is a former member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Friday, February 11, 2011
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Heroes's Couch, a comical play by Rob Frankel, will be presented by more than 30 Tamaqua Area Middle School Drama Club students in the Tamaqua Auditorium today starting tonight at 7 p.m. Mrs. Kristine Schellhammer is the Drama Club Advisor. A special showing of the play was also held Thursday afternoon for students during school hours.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Railroad Earth

It's a double-header weekend at Penn's Peak.

On Friday night, a crowd favorite - Railroad Earth - returns to the venue. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

Saturday night, forget the cold with Parrot Beach singing the songs of Jimmy Buffet. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of the show.

Members of Railroad Earth don't define what "kind" of music they play – they just play it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Gary Allan

Several more concerts for spring and summer in 2011 were announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Just recently announced were the return of two country superstars, Randy Travis and Gary Allan.

Travis, whose hits include "Three Wooden Crosses" and "On the Other Hand," will be at the Peak on Friday, April 1. Tickets are already on sale for this event.

Allan, whose number one songs include "Nothing On But the Radio" and "Tough Little Boys," is making a return to the venue on Friday, May 6. Tickets for the Gary Allan concert will be sold to the general public on Feb. 26.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce hosts its 17th annual WinterFest Weekend, February 19 and 20, on President's Day Weekend.

A mix of family-activities, special shopping and dining promotions and Opera House performances mark a weekend of winter fun.

Ice and wood carvers ply their trades in the downtown Josiah White Park next to the Jersey Central train station and also give demonstrations two blocks up the street at the Mauch Chunk Opera House both afternoons.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

JTAMS Productions Presents TUSK "The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience" on Valentine's Day Weekend, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8:30 p.m.

TUSK "The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Experience" Covers the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection, they not only play the music but they recreate the stage show of this great band. TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Unlike most frantic new fathers, Elton John isn't stressed out about the two very different offspring in his life: newborn Zachary Jackson Levon and "Gnomeo & Juliet," an animated film that he's been parenting for more than a decade. In fact, when talking to the pop legend about his monumental new arrivals, he's surprisingly sedate.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Yellow Brick Road

Gerald Brann has a degree in jazz piano. He's played piano all his life and, thus, appreciates the masters such as Billy Joel and Elton John.

This is one reason he put together a band eight years ago that plays tribute to Sir Elton.

Appropriately named "Yellow Brick Road," the tribute band makes its debut Saturday night at Penn's Peak in a concert starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 on the night of the show.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Will the internet trump the radio star?

That's the question with Oscar frontrunners "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech."

The 83rd Academy Awards will be presented at 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood and telecast on ABC-TV.

"The King's Speech" leads nominees with 12 Oscar nominations. "True Grit" is next with 10 nominations. "Inception" received eight.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Remember when "Flashdance" made oversize tops the craze. And the Madonna look was a fashion statement?

It was in the 80's and Friday night at Penn's Peak you have a chance to re-live those days.

Performing at Penn's Peak on Friday is Rubix Kub, the ultimate 80s tribute band.

In conjunction, there will be an 80's dress contest.

Rubix Cube will pull five members of the audience, who they feel look "like totally awesome" to participate in the contest.

All five will be given gift bags.

Then, three special prize winners will be announced.