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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.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Robin Trower

Six more concerts have been added to the 2011 schedule at Penn's Peak.

Among them is Thin Luzzy, a Dublin, Ireland rock band which has Penn's Peak as its first stop on an American tour.

The shows, and the dates tickets go on sale, are as follows:

Ÿ Thin Lizzy, with opening act Supersuckers, Thursday, March 24, 8 p.m. Tickets, $32 and $27, on sale Feb. 4.

Ÿ Get the Led Out, Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. Tickets, $23 to $33, on sale Saturday.

Ÿ Easton Corbin, Thursday, June 2, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show. Tickets on sale Feb. 4.

Friday, January 28, 2011

"The Fighter" is a raw, heartfelt and inspirational drama based on the true professional boxing careers of "The Pride of Lowell," Dicky Eckland (Christian Bale), a Massachusetts fighter who descended into becoming a crack addict, and his younger half-brother, "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), who rose to become the 2000 World Boxing Union light welterweight champion.

Monday, January 24, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Gregg Allman sings behind his keyboard for the sellout/sell out audience at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

During his rendition of the Allman Brothers Band classic "Dreams I'll Never See," Gregg Allman sang a verse about "putting on a new face" so he can "get on back in the race."

These days, that fits Allman, who is a new man and back on the road after undergoing a successful liver transplant last June.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer made his fourth solo appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday night, in a concert that was rescheduled from Dec. 28 due to a winter storm.

Friday, January 21, 2011
Starring in the Hallmark Original Movie "Smooch," which airs Saturday, Feb.5 on the Hallmark Channle, are Kellie Martin, Keith Christian, and 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka.

The Hallmark Channel has three original movie in its "Countdown to Valentine's Day."

"A Valentine's Day" starring Elisa Donovan airs at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, "Smooch" will be aired at 9 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m., "Accidentally In Love" airs.

"A Valentine's Date" is about a single mother who hopes to find out there's more to life than just raising her kid and sparring with her ex.

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.