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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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The 80s rock band Slaughter, consisting of Mark Slaughter (pictured), Dana Strum, Blas Elias, and Jeff "Blando" Bland, will be returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on March 25. Also performing will be Jani Lane, formerly of Warrant.

The Saw Doctors, who have +achieved much success in their home country of Ireland, are going to be touring in the United States and Penn's Peak is one of their stops.

Formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they have achieved 18 singles in the Top 30 in Ireland, including three number ones.

Their first number one, "I Useta Lover," topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country's all-time biggest-selling single.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.

It was another busy year for concerts at Penn's Peak.

From classic rock to blues to country to jazz to tribute bands, The Peak had something for everyone in 2010.

Here is a list of the top 10 favorite shows that this reporter caught at The Peak in the past year, not counting the tribute shows. These are primarily on the rock side (sorry, country fans).

1. Ian Anderson (Oct. 24) - Catching the Jethro Tull frontman in an intimate venue is a rare treat, and he responded with a performance spanning his four decades in Tull, as well as his solo works.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rusted Root, a native Pennsylvania band (Pittsburgh to be exact), will be occupying the stage at Penn's Peak tonight.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The group has been together since the early '90's. The music community quickly embraced them and their genre of roots music and world rock.

Their debut album was 1992's "Cruel Sun," which they self released. This album helped them get signed with Mercury Records and their 1994 debut album with Mercury got Rusted Root noticed.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Little Fockers" is a well-intentioned comedy that, true to its title, lands the little laughs, if not the big ones.

The title refers to the girl and boy twins of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). In the storyline for the movie, the children are not much more than titular.

The third installment is more about the "Big Fockers," mainly Greg and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), and their control, as well as their out-of-control, issues.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Gregg Allman concert, scheduled for this evening at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, has been postponed.

The performance is rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored for the Jan. 22 event.

Gregg Allman's website says the concert date was changed because of the East Coast blizzard.

Allman is presently touring along the East Coast.

There are two more concerts scheduled this week at Penn's Peak.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Dark Star Orchestra makes a return appearance to the venue.