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Monday, February 22, 2010
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The annual performance of Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, which this year is "Once Upon A Mattress," will be held March 4, 5, and 6 at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton. A special matinee performance is set for March 6. Among the starring roles in the production are, l-r, Eric Werley as Sir Harry, Alissa Grell as Lady Larken, Mindy Tkach as Princess Winnifred, Michelle Stoudt as Queen Aggravain, and Mike Muffley as Prince Dauntless. Tickets can be purchased from any Zion Opera Workshop member or at Carbon County Music and More.

Monday, February 22, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Noted songwriter and country singer Jamey Johnson performs on the spacious Penn's Peak stage, Sunday. A crowd estimated at about 900 attended the concert.

When Hank Williams sang his sad country songs some 60 years ago, there was a distinct wail in his voice.

When Jamey Johnson does a ballad, the tenderness and hurt of the song is is accented by his voice, sad eyes, and trepid demeanor.

Johnson, a mountain of a man with the appearance of a mountain man, was at Penn's Peak last night. His song set consisted mostly of the type of song traditional country music is about - life's sad chapters.

The rising star who had three Grammy nominations in 2008 performed virtually non-stop for 2 1/2 hours, singing a total of 30 songs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Country singer Jamie Johnson will make his first appearance at Penn's Peak during a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday.

If you're a fan of heartland rock, then you'll be interested in Saturday night's concert at Penn's Peak.

If country music interests you, then Sunday's concert at the venue would be worth attending.

Appearing at Penn's Peak this weekend:

Ÿ Saturday - Bruce in the USA, the acclaimed number one tribute to "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Show time is 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Valentine's Day" is a fluffy, often amusing romantic comedy with an alphabet list of some 20 Hollywood stars.

The ensemble cast to end ensemble casts includes first names starting in J: Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts; T: Topher Grace, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift; A: Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher; B: Bradley Cooper, Bryce Robinson; and E: Eric Dane, Emma Roberts.

Monday, February 15, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Bob Fatzinger, center, plays King Sextimus in the Zion Opera Workshop "Once Upon A Mattress" being staged March 4, 5, and 6 at Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. Other performers are Brent Harris, left, a minstrel, and Marcus Kunkle, a jester.

"Once Upon A Mattress," will be the annual production of Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton on March 4, 5, and 6.

This is the 41st annual musical by the community theater. It will be staged in Smith Hall of Zion United Church of Christ Lehighton

Show times all three nights are 7:30 p.m. This year, a matinee will be held on Saturday, March 6, at 2 p.m.

"Once Upon A Mattress," which takes place in a fictional medieval kingdom, was written as an adaptation to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea."

Friday, February 12, 2010
David Cassidy

Two big events are happening this weekend at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

David Cassidy, star of the TV series Ruby & the Rockits, wll be appearing Friday at 8 p.m. for a concert.

On Saturday, a Valentine's dinner-dance will be held starting at 5 p.m. Music will be by Remember When and reservations are required.

For the dinner-dance, tickets can be purchased either in person at the Penn's Peak ticket office or by phone. Phone orders will be accepted for this show only through The Penn's Peak ticket office at 866-605-7325.

Friday, February 12, 2010
Tusk presents "The ultimate Fleetwood Mac experience" at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

TAMS Productions Presents Tusk "The ultimate Fleetwood Mac experience" at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway on Saturday, February 13, at 8:30 p.m.

Then on Sunday, Valentine's Day, pianist Helen Beedle will be entertaining at 5 p.m.

Tusk, "The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Experience" covers the music of Fleetwood Mac. They not only play the music but they recreate the stage show. Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Dear John" is a sweet, inspiring romantic-drama.

Amanda Seyfried is Savannah, a Charleston, S.C., college student who falls for John (Channing Tatum), an Army Special Forces Sergeant on leave.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, John extends his service overseas. Their adieu, "I'll see you soon." is ironic when her letters, the "Dear John" of the title, become his life support.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Boys and Girls Band is celebrating is centennial this year.

This marks a special year for the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.

The unit is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Founded in 1910, the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band has been offering musical opportunities to the youth of Lehighton and surrounding communities for many years.

Their winter concert, held January 20, was the first concert of the centennial observance for the band.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Appearing locally  The Penn State Glee Club is performing at two local schools this weekend. Tomorrow night, the vocalists will be at the Lehighton Area High School for a 7:30 p.m. concert. On Saturday, a concert will be presented at the Pleasant Valley High School at 2 p.m. Additional information for either event can be obtained by contacting David Perkins at (610) 377-6180. during school hours or by e mail at dperkinslehighton.org.

The Penn State Glee Club is performing at two local schools this weekend. Tomorrow night, the vocalists will be at the Lehighton Area High School for a 7:30 p.m. concert. On Saturday, a concert will be presented at the Pleasant Valley High School at 2 p.m. Additional information for either event can be obtained by contacting David Perkins at (610) 377-6180. during school hours or by e mail at dperkinslehighton.org.