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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The title of "Grown Ups" is ironic, given the movie's juvenile humor.

Adam Sandler co-wrote the script with Fred Wolf, former "Saturday Night Live Writer," who wrote the screenplays for "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" and "Joe Dirt."

Sandler also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for his movies, "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Little Nicky," "The Waterboy," "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison."

So, you know what to expect with "Grown Ups": tart and often humorous observations about perceptions, mistakes and learning from them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
JOSEPH CULTICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The B-52s (from left, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson) will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday.

Nowadays, The B-52s are well-established as prime purveyors of party music for their danceable rhythms and campy songs.

They have also registered their share of quirky hits along the way, including "Love Shack", "Roam", "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho" and "Channel Z".

There was a time, however, when the band's offbeat approach landed it right in the vanguard of the burgeoning New Wave scene of the late 1970's.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Raymond the Amish Comic keeps the Penn's Peak crowd laughing. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Raymond the Amish Comic is a fixture of the July schedule at Penn's Peak.

Raymond's show has been running the same weekend at the Jim Thorpe venue for so long that he has become attached to it. He told the crowd there Saturday night that if he passes away before next year's date, he would haunt anyone who was booked to fill it.

Raymond's popularity at The Peak is strong enough to survive the summer, which is normally a lull time for comedians. He did note, however, that this year he lost some of his regular fans for the show due to pig roasts.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Peter Noone entertained fans at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, on Friday night.

They came from 24 states, plus Canada and England for the first Fabfun Noonefest at Penn's Peak and then they stayed on Friday night for the Peter Noone concert which followed the inaugural event.

While it was the first time Elizabeth Stevens of Nesquehoning saw Noone in concert, she met up with the Noonatics from all over the country who follow Noone everywhere.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

LONDON (AP) – She dreamed a dream, and now Susan Boyle says she wants to make someone else's dream come true.

The Scottish singer is searching for an unknown to duet with her on her upcoming album, "The Gift."

Aspirants can upload videos of themselves singing "Silent Night" to Boyle's website (www.susanboylemusic.com) and her YouTube channel. The competition closes July 23, with a winner announced July 26.

Friday, July 9, 2010
Aaron Lewis performs Staind hits on acoustic guitar at Penn's Peak Thursday night. JOE PLASKO TIMES NEWS

Staind has sold millions of albums with its brand of power-packed, stinging metal and brooding hard rock.

At the heart of those songs is frontman Aaron Lewis and his signature Gibson guitar.

Lewis has embarked on a solo acoustic tour, a vehicle that has its appeal not only to Lewis but to his Staind fans, with 1,000 of them showing up to Penn's Peak at Jim Thorpe Thursday night to catch him in action, up close and personal.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

On Sunday evening, July 11, the Lehighton Band along with their guests, the Zion Opera Workshop, will present a concert at the band shell in Eurana Park, Weatherly beginning at 7 p.m.

This concert will feature a varied selection of band pieces including marches, patriotic selections, music from the movies as well as a very delightful overture, "Overture De Argentina."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A free showing of the film version of "The Secret," the New York Times bestselling book, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Coaldale's Angela Triplex Theatre.

"The presentation of 'The Secret' represents the start of a series of spiritual-based films projected to air at the Angela as a way to help people see and act on the potential existing in the world around them," says Kathy Ruff, Coaldale. "It's my hope these programs will be a catalyst to bring people of different faiths together to make a difference."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Playing acoustic is nothing new for the Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who brings his solo acoustic tour to Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. July 8. His career began with an acoustic guitar and a dream.

"The solo shows bring things full circle for me. It's something that I used to do before I ever met the guys in Staind. It was a way that I put money in my pocket since I was 17," Lewis says in a recent phone interview from his home in Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stephen King has written some awesome books: "Carrie," "Christine," and "The Shining," to name a few.

His latest release, "Blockade Billy," is entertaining, but it won't be placed on the same literary pedestal as the above titles.

Granted "Blackade Billy" is a novella, and not a novel, but perhaps we've gotten too used to King's suspenseful tales that grip you from cover-to-cover. "Blockade Billy" doesn't do that.

"Blockade Billy" is a delight for baseball fans. It even mentions some old-time greats like Clete Boyer.