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Friday, June 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent and bassist Greg Smith (right) jam on stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Perhaps the best way to distinguish Ted Nugent tours these days is by the concert artwork.

The backdrop for Nugent's current outing, the "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour, which roared into Penn's Penn in Jim Thorpe Thursday night, features a caricature of the Nuge, with a maniacal grin, riding in a tank, machine guns blazing in each hand.

Is the 61 year-old Nugent ever going to slow down? Perish that thought!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

After 11 years ("Toy Story 2," 1999) and some 15 years after the original ("Toy Story," 1995), favorite friends return to the big screen in "Toy Story 3," this time in 3-D.

It's fun to see Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang back, including Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Rex (Wallace Shawn). New toys include Lotso (Ned Beatty), a not-so-cuddly purple bear with a strawberry scent.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent, shown here during an 2008 concert at Penn's Peak, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Thursday evening.

For Ted Nugent, there is no such thing as slowing down.

The Motor City Madman has already had a busy year. Here's a partial list of his activities thus far in 2010.

His latest New York Times bestseller, Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, was released in paperback.

He received the Bronze Smokey Bear Award for outstanding service in the prevention of human caused wildfires, for the effectiveness of his public service announcements and print campaign.

Monday, June 21, 2010
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David Arnao, vocalist for Taunted By Tomorrow, sings during the Palmerton-based band's performance at Penn's Peak Friday night, opening for Winger and April Wine.

Monday, June 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Kip Winger points to the Penn's Peak crowd during Winger's performance Friday night.

Staying power.

Both Winger and April Wine demonstrated they still have it by rocking out at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

The bands have longevity working for them, which means a lot when many of their contemporaries have long packed it in.

This has already been a good year for April Wine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in March.

Winger has been around only half as long, but the quartet's fifth album, Karma, demonstrates that it is still kicking butts and taking no prisoners.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Winger's latest album is called Karma. The band shares the bill with April Wine at Penn's Peak Friday night.

In 2006, the members of Winger reunited and recorded its fourth album.

The comeback continues to provide a new lease on musical life for the quartet, which had its commercial zenith in the late 1980's and early 90's.

The latest product of the rejuvenated Winger is Karma, the band's fifth album, which was released last year on Frontier Records.

Karma demonstrates the band hasn't forgotten how to rock while on hiatus.

Thursday, June 17, 2010
April Wine performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

Mention April Wine, and most American pop music fans will recall the band's 1981 power ballad, "Just Between You and Me".

In its native Canada, however, April Wine is much more of a national musical institution.

The band, which formed in 1969 in Montreal, has been active for four decades, give or take a mid-80s hiatus, releasing 17 albums. April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this past March.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"The Karate Kid" is emotionally-charged melodrama with a winning performance by Jaden Smith and a performance by Jackie Chan that should please fans.

The movie is not so much a remake of the John G. Avildsen ("Rocky") directed 1984 movie and 1986 and 1989 sequels starring Ralph Macchio as the "kid" and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (who died in 2005) as his mentor. It's a new take on the theme of martial arts, or any sports activity, for that matter, in teaching respect, discipline, dedication, the work ethnic and moral values.

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long of Lehighton holds copies of books she has written and CDs she had produced. She has put some of her favorite, self-composed stories onto a CD and will have a CD release party at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Kathy Long of Lehighton, well known artist and storyteller, will be holding the official release of her CD "The Legend of Glen Onoko and Other Stories" as well as her other CD "Spiders & Pickles & Mango, Oh My! Tales for the Holiday Season" at Godfrey Daniels.

This free show will happen on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. Godfrey Daniels, 7th East Fourth St. in South Bethlehem, is part of the Lehigh Valley Story Festival 2010.