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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Despicable Me" is an enjoyable 3-D movie that should be seen in 3-D.

The animation feature touts its eye-popping effects and indeed they are, especially in 3-D. There's a roller coaster sequence that puts you right in the seat and staring down the tracks. There's an amusement park game of chance scene where you're front and center. You'll blast off to the moon and experience what near zero gravity might be like.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.

It was an exuberant Peter Frampton who took to the Penn's Peak stage Tuesday night.

Wearing a black Martin Guitars T-shirt and jeans, Frampton was loose and comfortable, perpetually with a smile as he served up a dose of the best he has to offer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Unless you are a hard core folk music fan, the prospect of an 18 song solo acoustic guitar set can seem more daunting than fun.

Jeffrey Gaines delivered that exact type of set at his Opera House concert on Saturday.

The Harrisburg resident has been making music and touring for over 20 years. While a bad acoustic concert can lead to frantic watch-checking; the skills Gaines has gained on the road were proven by the fact that on Saturday evening he made the time fly by.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone sings old and new country favorites as opening act for Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak.

Opening for country star Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak was local songstress, Nicole Donatone and "The Who Knows Band."

She opened with a little Patsy Cline in "Write Me in Care of the Blues" and "I Fall to Pieces," followed by "I Feel Lucky," and LeAnn Rimes' "Blue." She paid tribute to country's queen, Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and belted out Miranda Lambert's "The House that Build Me" and ended with a soulful "Last Blue Moon of Kentucky."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sammy Kershaw sings country music like "back when country was country" at Penn's Peak.

Sammy Kershaw made his first appearance on the Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe on Friday night, to the delight of a house full of fans.

He appeared out of a hazy fog, as if stepping from a Louisiana bayou, of which this Kaplan, Louisiana boy knows something about.

He also knows something about making hit songs and started the evening with a Cajun kick singing his 2000 hit "Louisiana Hot Sauce," followed by "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Anywhere But Here" and "Yard Sale."

He told the crowd that he loves country music.

Monday, July 26, 2010
Bachman and Turner will perform on Thursday at Penn's Peak.

Not long ago, C.F. "Fred" Turner thought he was retired from the music business.

It was then that Turner received a call from Randy Bachman, with whom he teamed up for a string of guitar driven hard rock hits in the 1970's as part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

That has resulted in an unexpected return for Turner, who is now back together with his former cohort for a new lease on the rock life as Bachman and Turner. The reunited partners are currently on tour, including a visit to Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Monday, July 26, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton, shown here in a previous Penn's Peak performance, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Tuesday, July 27.

In looking back to his past, Peter Frampton has moved his music forward.

For his latest album, Thank You Mr. Churchill, the man responsible for one of the top-selling live albums of all time offers some personal reflections on his life, as well as other topics.

Between the recording of 2006's Fingerprints, for which he won a Grammy Award in 2007 for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and the release of Mr. Churchill, Frampton had to come to terms with the death of his parents.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In writer-director Christopher Nolan's "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio falls asleep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt falls asleep, Ellen Page falls asleep -- and I nearly fell asleep.

I can barely stay awake just thinking about "Inception" in order to finish this movie review.

"Inception" is officially the 2010 summer blockbuster season's worst movie, given its $160-million budget and advance hype. It's, arguably, the most ludicrous movie since "Dune" (1984).

It's Nolan's first original movie since his feature film debut, "Following" (1998).

Friday, July 23, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Old Crow Medicine Show performs on stage at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The six-member band attracted a good crowd. Most in the audience were on their feet for the entire concert, which lasted over two hours.

The Old Crow Medicine Show made their first appearance at Penn's Peak last night and brought with them a musical elixir which worked wonders.

Most of the audience members stood for the performance, clapping, stomping their feet, singing, and even dancing.

While their music was obviously bluegrass, there was enough blues, folk, and Americana injected into the selections that the appeal to the band is widespread.

"It sounds bluegrass but it's more than that," said Kasey Dunmyer of Lancaster. "They're unique. They're terrific entertainers."