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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saving Abel makes a return visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, Aug. 19. Opening for them will be We Are The Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel have achieved another milestone in their notable career. The quintet's follow up to their gold-certified self-titled debut "Miss America" entered the Billboard album chart at 24. This is the highest position the band has held with any album on the Top 200.

The lead single "Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)" is flying up the rock charts, currently bulleted at 12, while the accompanying video is in rotation on MTV2.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two more shows have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Beatlemania Now, a tribute to Liverpool's Fab 4, will be coming back to Carbon County's largest concert venue on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The group goes through several costume changes including one in which they wear apparel from the band's "Yellow Submarine" tour.

Besides sounding like The Beatles, Beatlemania Now also looks like the original John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

A Journey Tribute with Voyage will be staged at Penn's Peak on Saturday, Nov. 13. Featured will be Hugo, formerly of Evolution.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Experience the meaning and magic of "What the Bleep Do We Know!," an internationally renowned movie/documentary, at a free showing at the Angela Triplex Theatre on Sun., Aug. 22.

The event includes an interactive discussion with the audience immediately after the showing. The public is welcome to attend and participate.

The free film event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Angela Triplex Theatre, 113 E. Phillips St., Coaldale. Seating is limited.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ghost Riders at Opera House

The Ghost Riders will be appearing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be Citizens Band Radio at 8:30 p.m. The Ghost Riders evolved from the joint forces of members from pioneering bands of Southern rock and country. For ticket information, phone 570-325-0249 or go online to mauchchunkoperahouse.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bernadine Daddario of Towamensing Township had her picture taken with Crystal Gayle following a concert at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, Pa. Gayle took time to sign autographs and meet with all the concertgoers who wanted a moment with her. Crystal Gayle is a country singer known for such hits as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "Talking In Your Sleep." She's a younger sister of Loretta Lynn.
Thursday, August 12, 2010

"The Other Guys" is amusing, if you're a fan of Will Ferrell and his drier than dust countenance.

Ferrell, here with curly short hair and wire-rim aviator glasses popular when George H.W. Bush was president, is king of the humor of tedium.

You'll find Ferrell extremely funny or excruciatingly unfunny. The droll tomfoolery is enhanced, or detracted from, by his reteaming in "Other Guys" with writer-director Adam Mckay ("Step Brothers," "Talladega Nights," "Anchorman"). Theirs is the comedy of discomfort, the comedy of squirm, the comedy of desperation.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When a movie is titled "Dinner for Schmucks," it had better have some redeeming qualities.

Use of the word Schmuck, long considered a derogatory word on the order of "the N word," might not have passed muster for a movie title a few decades ago.

Fortunately, "Dinner for Schmucks" passes muster. The movie is not only funny, it has a thoughtful take-away: a fool may be the wisest of all.

Monday, August 9, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee sings and plays in the midst of the band's dazzling light show at Penn's Peak Friday night.

Umphrey's McGee is a band that dwells in different musical realms.

There has even been a term coined for what the Chicago-based sextet does - "improg", a combination of improvisational and progressive rock music.

The improvisational part appeals to fans of the jam band circuit, to which Umphrey's McGee (the band took its name from a relative of guitarist Brendan Bayliss) is often linked. The band demonstrated its stamina Friday night at Penn's Peak with a three-hour performance, including two sets and an encore.

Friday, August 6, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Carl Palmer drives the beat for Asia at Penn's Peak Thursday evening.

Asia has been defined as a supergroup, since it is comprised of members from other British progressive rock bands.

Fans of the genre sometimes don't reserve the reverence for Asia that they do for Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music and other bands that preceded it, but Asia continues to chart its own path and shouldn't take a backseat to anyone.

The secret to Asia's commercial success, upon the release of its multiplatinum debut album in 1982, is that the quartet create a whole even greater than it's the sum of its formidable parts.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Guitarist Jake Cinninger of Umphey's McGee delivers a guitar riff onstage at Penn's Peak last year.

Leave it to Umphrey's McGee to find a way to combine football and improvisational, progressive music.

After all, the band has its roots in South Bend, Indiana, at Notre Dame, in the shadow of the Golden Dome and all that gridiron tradition.

In addition to its usually busy schedule of touring, including some of the biggest festivals in the land, the Chicago-based jam band found the time to come up with the first UMBowl on April 24 at their hometown Lincoln Hall.