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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Forty attend Music Academy in Lehighton

The first annual Music Academy was held in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, under the direction of Brad Cressley and Laura Cressley. Forty students took part in the event. Laura Cressley and Brianna Paul play "When the Saints Go Marching In" on their recorders during the event.

Friday, August 13, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Carl Kern of Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 holds an umbrella while giving a weather report live from the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton. No umbrellas will likely be needed for the weekend events of the fair. The 11th annual fair continues through Sunday.

The 11th annual Carbon County Fair, staged along Little Gap Road just east of Palmerton, concludes its annual run on Sunday.

There's a lot of entertainment scheduled tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. The entertainment is free with the cost of fair admission.

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Last year, Elvis impersonator Elvis Presley attracted the largest crowd ever at the fair.

He's back and with the forecast for pleasant weather, it's a sure bet there will be a great crowd again to see him.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last of this year's Concerts Under The Stars will be held tonight in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater at 8 o'clock and in Eurana Park, Weatherly at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Performing will be the Lehighton Band under the direction of Paul R. Smith.

A concert of light music has been planned for this concert and there should be something in the program to please everyone in the audience.

The concert will open with a Sousa march, "National Fencibles" followed by the lively "Bolero" by Mozkowski. "Nocturne," a very beautiful tone poem will follow.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saving Abel makes a return visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, Aug. 19. Opening for them will be We Are The Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel have achieved another milestone in their notable career. The quintet's follow up to their gold-certified self-titled debut "Miss America" entered the Billboard album chart at 24. This is the highest position the band has held with any album on the Top 200.

The lead single "Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)" is flying up the rock charts, currently bulleted at 12, while the accompanying video is in rotation on MTV2.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two more shows have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Beatlemania Now, a tribute to Liverpool's Fab 4, will be coming back to Carbon County's largest concert venue on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The group goes through several costume changes including one in which they wear apparel from the band's "Yellow Submarine" tour.

Besides sounding like The Beatles, Beatlemania Now also looks like the original John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

A Journey Tribute with Voyage will be staged at Penn's Peak on Saturday, Nov. 13. Featured will be Hugo, formerly of Evolution.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Experience the meaning and magic of "What the Bleep Do We Know!," an internationally renowned movie/documentary, at a free showing at the Angela Triplex Theatre on Sun., Aug. 22.

The event includes an interactive discussion with the audience immediately after the showing. The public is welcome to attend and participate.

The free film event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Angela Triplex Theatre, 113 E. Phillips St., Coaldale. Seating is limited.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ghost Riders at Opera House

The Ghost Riders will be appearing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be Citizens Band Radio at 8:30 p.m. The Ghost Riders evolved from the joint forces of members from pioneering bands of Southern rock and country. For ticket information, phone 570-325-0249 or go online to mauchchunkoperahouse.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bernadine Daddario of Towamensing Township had her picture taken with Crystal Gayle following a concert at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, Pa. Gayle took time to sign autographs and meet with all the concertgoers who wanted a moment with her. Crystal Gayle is a country singer known for such hits as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "Talking In Your Sleep." She's a younger sister of Loretta Lynn.
Thursday, August 12, 2010

"The Other Guys" is amusing, if you're a fan of Will Ferrell and his drier than dust countenance.

Ferrell, here with curly short hair and wire-rim aviator glasses popular when George H.W. Bush was president, is king of the humor of tedium.

You'll find Ferrell extremely funny or excruciatingly unfunny. The droll tomfoolery is enhanced, or detracted from, by his reteaming in "Other Guys" with writer-director Adam Mckay ("Step Brothers," "Talladega Nights," "Anchorman"). Theirs is the comedy of discomfort, the comedy of squirm, the comedy of desperation.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When a movie is titled "Dinner for Schmucks," it had better have some redeeming qualities.

Use of the word Schmuck, long considered a derogatory word on the order of "the N word," might not have passed muster for a movie title a few decades ago.

Fortunately, "Dinner for Schmucks" passes muster. The movie is not only funny, it has a thoughtful take-away: a fool may be the wisest of all.