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Thursday, December 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull had his solo tour stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in October.

It was another busy year for concerts at Penn's Peak.

From classic rock to blues to country to jazz to tribute bands, The Peak had something for everyone in 2010.

Here is a list of the top 10 favorite shows that this reporter caught at The Peak in the past year, not counting the tribute shows. These are primarily on the rock side (sorry, country fans).

1. Ian Anderson (Oct. 24) - Catching the Jethro Tull frontman in an intimate venue is a rare treat, and he responded with a performance spanning his four decades in Tull, as well as his solo works.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rusted Root, a native Pennsylvania band (Pittsburgh to be exact), will be occupying the stage at Penn's Peak tonight.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.

The group has been together since the early '90's. The music community quickly embraced them and their genre of roots music and world rock.

Their debut album was 1992's "Cruel Sun," which they self released. This album helped them get signed with Mercury Records and their 1994 debut album with Mercury got Rusted Root noticed.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Little Fockers" is a well-intentioned comedy that, true to its title, lands the little laughs, if not the big ones.

The title refers to the girl and boy twins of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife, Pam (Teri Polo). In the storyline for the movie, the children are not much more than titular.

The third installment is more about the "Big Fockers," mainly Greg and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), and their control, as well as their out-of-control, issues.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Gregg Allman concert, scheduled for this evening at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, has been postponed.

The performance is rescheduled to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

All tickets purchased for tonight's show will be honored for the Jan. 22 event.

Gregg Allman's website says the concert date was changed because of the East Coast blizzard.

Allman is presently touring along the East Coast.

There are two more concerts scheduled this week at Penn's Peak.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Dark Star Orchestra makes a return appearance to the venue.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fans of ballet might be disappointed with "Black Swan," which uses a New York City production of "Swan Lake" as backdrop for a twisted, lurid and controversial psychological thriller.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
AL ZAGOFKSY/TIMES NEWS With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

With the release of Modern Beauty, the music of Jim Thorpe's multitalented singer/songwriter John David Ambrose is in the limelight with seven original blues/rock tracks. Ambrose wrote, sang lead and back-up, played drums and a variety of guitars, as well as mixed all tracks on the album.

What a difference three years has made-for until the age of 16, Ambrose had no connection with music. Growing up with his mom, not having known his dad, Ambrose was a loner, prone to trouble-which caused him to be bounced around through the local private, public, and alternative schools.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The year 2010 is rapidly coming to a close, with just three more concerts scheduled at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are Greg Allman on Dec. 28, Dark Star Orchestra on Dec. 29, and Rusted Root on Dec. 30.

Several concerts have been added for 2011, including Rubix Kube, the Ultimate 80s Tribute Band, on Feb. 4; Yellow Brick Road, which is a tribute to Elton John, on Feb. 5; Dickie Betts and Great Southern on Feb. 18; The Saw Doctors on March 5; Vanilla Fudge with Nazz on May 9, and Styx on Aug. 26.

December

Ÿ 28 - Gregg Allman, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $32.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next" is the third and final film (not counting upcoming American remakes) in the stunning trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling novels.

Larsson's "Hornet's Nest' made many of the 2010 best-of book lists. The movie version belongs on 2010 best-of cinema lists.

"Hornet's Nest" stands alone. You can see it without having seen the two previous films in the series, or having read the books. Flashbacks and recounting narrative bring you up to speed.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

National Wildlife Federation has teamed up with the Warner Bros Picture film Yogi Bear to inspire kids and families to learn about wildlife and get outside

The film opens nationwide on December 17, with NWF serving as the production's official education partner.

A live-action/CG animated adventure, Yogi Bear brings everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear to the big screen in eye-popping 3D.

The story centers around Jellystone Park™, which has been losing so much business that greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Johnny Winter plays the blues at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Johnny Winter still knows how to let his fingers do the talking.

The Texas guitar legend returned to Penn's Peak Saturday night, headlining an evening of hot blues players.

Mike Zito, another Lonestar State guitar slinger, preceded Winter on stage with a fiery set, but was still reverent to Winter, proclaiming what an honor it was to be on the same bill.

When Winter took to the stage at about 9:45 p.m., he didn't disappoint. It might have been cold outside, but Winter heated things up at the Peak.