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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Kathy Rimm

It's been a long time since Kathy Rimm performed in her home town of Tamaqua.

For the last 20 years, she's been a working musician throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

On Thursday, July 8, she'll be performing in Tamaqua for the first time in over a decade, at the Summer Concert Series at the historic train station from 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
BUD COLE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Waterfalls in the El Pahuma Orchid Preserve.

I am not a world traveler, although I definitely enjoy seeking new and unique travel destinations. A recent tour to the Cloud Forest in Ecuador followed by a week in the Galapagos Islands was beyond all my expectations. It was truly different than anything I have ever experienced.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saving Abel is coming back to Penn's Peak on Thursday, August 19, with special guests American Bang and Taddy Porter. The appearance is among the stops on the band's tour for their new Miss America album, which presently is number 16 on a Billboard chart.

Rock, pop, country, and comedy are among the genres on entertainment on the spacious Penn's Peak stage in the coming weeks.

Just recently announced at the Jim Thorpe venue is a concert on Thursday, Aug. 19, by Saving Abel, who is making a return appearance, this time with American Bang and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel's newest album, "Miss America," went on sale just three weeks ago and already has soared to number 16 on this week's Billboards rock albums chart. The CD features the single, "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood).

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thrills, chills and Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, too.

"Knight and Day" is a nifty thriller, perhaps the blockbuster season's most sheerly entertaining to date.

As someone asked at the screening: "What's this film about?"

"Tom Cruise," was the reply.

Indeed, "Knight and Day" is on Cruise control. Visceral action scenes are right out of "Die Hard," "True Lies" and James Bond movies. The plot is intriguing as in the "Bourne" films. Visual elements recall scenes from director Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "To Catch a Thief."

Friday, June 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent and bassist Greg Smith (right) jam on stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Perhaps the best way to distinguish Ted Nugent tours these days is by the concert artwork.

The backdrop for Nugent's current outing, the "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour, which roared into Penn's Penn in Jim Thorpe Thursday night, features a caricature of the Nuge, with a maniacal grin, riding in a tank, machine guns blazing in each hand.

Is the 61 year-old Nugent ever going to slow down? Perish that thought!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

After 11 years ("Toy Story 2," 1999) and some 15 years after the original ("Toy Story," 1995), favorite friends return to the big screen in "Toy Story 3," this time in 3-D.

It's fun to see Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang back, including Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Rex (Wallace Shawn). New toys include Lotso (Ned Beatty), a not-so-cuddly purple bear with a strawberry scent.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent, shown here during an 2008 concert at Penn's Peak, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Thursday evening.

For Ted Nugent, there is no such thing as slowing down.

The Motor City Madman has already had a busy year. Here's a partial list of his activities thus far in 2010.

His latest New York Times bestseller, Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, was released in paperback.

He received the Bronze Smokey Bear Award for outstanding service in the prevention of human caused wildfires, for the effectiveness of his public service announcements and print campaign.

Monday, June 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

David Arnao, vocalist for Taunted By Tomorrow, sings during the Palmerton-based band's performance at Penn's Peak Friday night, opening for Winger and April Wine.

Monday, June 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Kip Winger points to the Penn's Peak crowd during Winger's performance Friday night.

Staying power.

Both Winger and April Wine demonstrated they still have it by rocking out at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

The bands have longevity working for them, which means a lot when many of their contemporaries have long packed it in.

This has already been a good year for April Wine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in March.

Winger has been around only half as long, but the quartet's fifth album, Karma, demonstrates that it is still kicking butts and taking no prisoners.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Winger's latest album is called Karma. The band shares the bill with April Wine at Penn's Peak Friday night.

In 2006, the members of Winger reunited and recorded its fourth album.

The comeback continues to provide a new lease on musical life for the quartet, which had its commercial zenith in the late 1980's and early 90's.

The latest product of the rejuvenated Winger is Karma, the band's fifth album, which was released last year on Frontier Records.

Karma demonstrates the band hasn't forgotten how to rock while on hiatus.