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Friday, December 10, 2010
Johnny Winter (second from left) and his band, including (from left) Vito Liuzzi, Paul Nelson and Scott Spray, return to Penn's Peak Saturday night.

Johnny Winter remains one of the best standard bearers for the blues ever to pick up a six-string.

Now 66, the legendary Texas guitar slinger is still alive and well, to borrow the title from one of his songs.

Winter and his band have made several appearances at Penn's Peak over the years, and they return to the Jim Thorpe area venue on Saturday night, headlining an evening of blues music.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Disney animation elves have been busy. They've created a holiday treat, a new do for Rapunzel, titled, appropriately enough, "Tangled."

You're probably familiar with the story of Rapunzel, a teen locked away in a tower by an evil witch. And her hair grows and grows and grows. In this version, Rapunzel is rescued not by a prince, but a bandit, albeit one who makes good.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Lehighton Area High School Chorus will be presenting their 55th Annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The program entitled "Swing Into Christmas" will be held in the auditorium at Lehighton High School.

A nominal admission fee is charged. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and Holiday Educare.

The concert will feature the schools Concert Choir which is a mixed curricular ensemble and the award-winning show choir "Music Express".

Monday, December 6, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Brent Harris, left, and Joy Dougherty combine for a solo during cantata held last night at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton. The cantata was comprised of choir members from 21 churches.

They made a joyful noise unto the Lord last night in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Singers from choirs of 21 churches combined for a cantata, with the program filling nearly the capacity the massive auditorium of Zion UCC.

Entitled "On This Very Night," the cantata had selections by the ecumenical choir, by soloists, and, of course, audience participation.

The narration was by Doc Holiday and Kathy Long.

Accompanying the vocalists was the 21-piece Zion Festival Orchestra.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Eminem's Grammy wins are in the double digits, but despite a career that has been as commercially successful as it has been critically acclaimed, he's never won a trophy for album of the year on music's biggest night.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The concept of compound interest is enshrined in American cinema, notably director Frank Capra's holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946), in which Jimmy Stewart single-handedly saves the Building and Loan he operates in Bedford Falls from the clutches of Mr. Potter.

"Inside Job" is no "It's A Wonderful Life."

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Lead singer Doug Gray, an only original member of The Marshall Tucker Band, sings during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Marshall Tucker Band is returning for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Two popular Southern rock bands will be appearing Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are The Marshall Tucker Band, with the opening act being The Bounty Hunter Gang.

The Marshall Tucker Band is a Southern rock band originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. The band's blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, and gospel[1] helped establish the Southern rock genre in the early 1970s.

The band has recorded and performed continuously under various lineups for nearly 40 years.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Harry Potter" movies span a generation and nearly a decade, beginning with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001.

If you' re a fan of the movie and author J. K. Rowling's books about Hogwarts and its students and associated wizardry, the latest and seventh big screen release, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is a must-see.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Eddie Money works the stage during his Penn's Peak concert Friday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

A pair of classic rock singers served up their hits in contrasting styles Friday night at Penn's Peak.

Eddie Money pulled out all the stops, with a brightly lit stage, a huge banner with his name logo and a full band.

Meanwhile, special guest John Waite performed on a dimly lit stage with spare accompaniment, providing acoustic versions of his songs.

Both were effective in their own way at The Peak, in a show presented by WLEV.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

JTAMS Productions Presents Tony Kenny and an extravaganza of Irish talent at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Capture the magic of Christmas Time in Ireland with internationally acclaimed performer Tony Kenny and his all-star cast as they perform a holiday celebration of music, song, dance and comedy.

Tony Kenny needs no introduction to American audiences. He is the star of "Jury's Irish Cabaret" in Dublin, Ireland's longest running Irish music show.