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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Try this brief true-or-false quiz:

1. The common word for a gratuity given in a restaurant is an acronym for To Insure Promptness.

2. A U.S. Civil War general named Joseph Hooker lent his name to a slang word for a prostitute.

3. The term GI, used to describe an American soldier, is a satirical play on the military term "government issue."

If you knew that they are all false, then you likely won't be mesmerized (more on that later) by British author Harry Oliver's new ruminations on the "surprising origins of everyday expressions."

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Chris Smither

Blues guitarist Chris Smither will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday night.

On Saturday, The Youngers and Free Range Folk will be on the Opera House stage.

Both concerts begin at 8:30 p.m.

Both are productions of Jtams Productions.

Smither is highly regarded among his peers for his blues and Americana music.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers performs as the headliner at last year's Pocono Blues Festival at Big Boulder Ski Area. The festival is being moved to the Blue Mountain Ski Area outside Palmerton and will be renamed the Pennsylvania Blues Festival for its 20th Anniversary this July.

A popular Blues Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary under a different name and venue in Carbon County.

Known previously as the Pocono Blues Festival, the newly minted Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held July 30-31 at Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton.

Pocono Blues Festival founder Michael Cloeren announced in a press release that the festival - which had been a three-day event staged at Jack Frost/Big Boulder Ski Area for the past 19 years - will continue its legacy.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Gregg Allman released his seventh solo album, "Low Country Blues" this week.

You can't keep a good bluesman down.

Gregg Allman, frontman for the Allman Brothers Band, has released "Low Country Blues," his seventh solo album and his first in 14 years.

The release of the new CD was originally scheduled for last year but was held up by Allman's successful liver transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida last June, which followed his long battle with chronic Hepatitis C.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Saturday night, the rescheduled Gregg Allman concert will be held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert, which starts at 8 p.m., comes on the heels of his new album release "Low Country Blues." It's his first album release in 14 years and consists almost entirely of vintage blues material from the '40s, '50s and '60s.

The album release comes just seven months following a liver transplant.

The list of upcoming Penn's Peak shows is as follows:

January

Ÿ 22 - Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

February

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) – A judge in Florida says former teen idol David Cassidy is expected to enter a plea of guilty or no contest following a drunken driving charge in November.

Cassidy didn't show up for a status hearing Tuesday, but St. Lucie County Cliff Barnes says he expected the 60-year-old "Partridge Family" star to enter a plea without attending a court hearing. If Cassidy enters the written plea, he'll likely be sentenced Feb. 16.

Cassidy was arrested Nov. 3 after authorities said they spotted his car weaving on Florida's Turnpike near Fort Pierce.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cool car.

That is the major take-away from "The Green Hornet."

Seth Rogen is cool, too.

"The Green Hornet" is entertaining in a way that should please fans of Rogen, cool cars and action films.

Is "The Green Hornet" entertaining enough to pay the premium to see it in 3-D?

Probably not, since, as with the car that the Green Hornet (Rogen) and Kato (Jay Chou) tool around in, the film's 3-D has after-market additions. The film's end credits list "3-D Enhancements."

Friday, January 14, 2011
Crooked Still will be performing at 8:30 p.m. today in the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Crooked Still, a Boston-based band which does some Americana, some pure folk, and some old-fashioned bluegrass, has been producing music for nearly 10 years. It's anniversary will be coming up this year.

Founding member Corey DiMario said although the band does extensive traveling - including a tour of Europe - he doesn't expect they'll ever reach the plateau of a Bruce Springstein or Garth Brooks.

"We're lucky to be able to do what we like to do and bring music to our fans," said DiMario, who was waiting out a snowstorm in Newton, Mass.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's another Coen Brothers' classic and a western, to boot.

Writers-Directors Ethan and Joel Coen have made a classic western or, rather, remade, a classic western, "True Grit."

The Coens' film stands alone, and, as with their best, is one that can be appreciated again and again.

t's not the first time the Coens have remade a cinematic classic. Their "Ladykillers" (2004) was a remake of the 1955 British classic that starred Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band

The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a concert on November 27, 2010, in the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium.

The Boys and Girls Band traces its roots to 1910 when the Engine Company No. 2 Band was founded. Several name changes followed: in 1911 the name changed to the Boys Band of Engine Company No. 2, in 1913 to the Lehighton Boys Band, and in 1981 to the present Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.