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Entertainment

Friday, July 18, 2014

B.B. King, whose name is as synonymous with blues as Hank Williams is to country, will make a special appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe this evening.

The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door. Ticket prices are $45 and $55.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Earth To Echo" echoes several summer sci-fi and coming-of-age movies, notably "Cloverfield" (2008), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), "E.T." (1982) and "American Graffiti" (1973).

While "Earth To Echo" is derivative, it is "the" discovery of the 2014 summer movie season so far, with performances by four pre-teen relative unknowns in their big-screen leading role debuts.

"Earth To Echo" is simply a lot of fun. It's uncomplicated, unassuming and naive in its story of teen-age angst. It can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A music double-header comes to Penn's Peak this evening, when John Hiatt and The Combo appear with The Robert Cray Band.

Concert time is 8 o'clock and tickets are $45 reserved and $55 premium.

The concert by Hiatt, one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters, comes one day after the release of his new album, "Terms Of My Surrender."

Monday, July 14, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Mary Fulton, left, and Jackie Colancecco cook up some tasty wings at the St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill last year. Wings are just one of the many ethnic and American foods that will be available during the 80th annual St. Joseph's Festival July 18-20.

Hurry, hurry, hurry. Step right up.

It's time for the St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the annual three-day event. The festival will be held July 18-20 on the grounds of the church on West Ludlow Street. Hours of operation are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Transformers: Age Of Extinction" is a transformative movie-going experience.

It's one of those movies that makes you feel differently after you depart the movie theater.

The fourth installment of "Transformers" (seen in Imax 3-D for this review), delivers for fans of the series as this summer's No. 1 blockbuster movie so far.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is collaborating on a book about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice" will be released by Alfred A. Knopf on Nov. 4. The book will be co-written by Washington Post correspondent and editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

After Frank Sinatra and before Bruce Springsteen (those other Jersey Boys), there was The Four Seasons, one of the top pop groups of all time, having sold 100 million records.

The Four Seasons were so popular, the group rivaled The Beatles on the record charts, resulting in the 1964 Vee-Jay promotional album, "The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons: The International Battle Of The Century."

The Four Seasons' recordings influenced not only Springsteen, but Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and a generation of songwriters and hitmakers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The animated feature sequel, "How To Train Your Dragon 2" (HTTYD2), could have been subtitled "The Dragon Whisperer."

Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), the lead Dragon Rider, cajoles his charge, Toothless (Randy Thom) back to the fold.

The challenge this time around in "HTTYD2" is that of Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), the evil overlord of the dragons. He controls the dragons to control humans.

Hiccup must overcome the challenge to rally the Vikings and their dragons to ensure his role as heir-apparent and become chief of the Vikings on the island of Berk.

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Chef" has the ingredients to become this summer's sleeper hit.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Walt Disney Studios officials may have thought: Who better to reimagine "Sleeping Beauty" than the "imagineers" (as Disney has called its creative team)?

Thus, "Maleficent," which purports to tell us, in prodigious voice-over narration, the story that we weren't told.

The original fairytale, as told in Disney's classic 1959 animation feature, "Sleeping Beauty," appears charming and quaint in comparison to "Maleficent."