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Monday, April 19, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Cheri Martorana of Rubix Kube brings the 80's back to life at Penn's Peak.

Trying to capture the electricity of the music of the 1980's on stage is like time traveling in that Delorean from Back to the Future; you had better be moving at 88 miles an hour to catch the lightning.

It's a challenge that New York City 80's tribute band Rubix Kube pulled off during a fast paced debut at Penn's Peak Friday night.

The key to pop music success in the 80's was that artists could no longer merely rely on their music. Due to the explosion of MTV onto the scene, acts with a visual flair (and a hot music video) were the ones who topped the charts.

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Date Night" puts the sparks back in the romantic comedy genre.

The light comedy, with a dash of adventure and mayhem, is an entertaining mainstream movie about keeping the life in married life. There are some thoughtful moments, too, about trust, fidelity and keeping the home fires burning.

Monday, April 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – Put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio and you're bound to make musical fireworks. Maybe even a Broadway show.

That's the premise behind "Million Dollar Quartet," a fictional recreation of their celebrated jam session on Dec. 4, 1956, apparently the only time these music legends ever played together. This high-energy entertainment, which opened Sunday at the Nederlander Theatre, is part jukebox concert, part history lesson of '50s pop music and part cautionary tale about the ups and downs of show biz.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Youngers will be performing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Special events are planned on both Friday and Saturday nights at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, both being presented by JTAMS Productions.

On Friday night, the Reading area multi-talented band "The Youngers" will perform at 8:30 p.m. Opening for The Youngers will be Tin Bird Choir.

"Girls Night Out," which has proven very popular in the past at the Opera House, will be held on Saturday night.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Temptations will be making an appearance at Penn's Peak on Thursday, September 23. The group is best known for hits such as "My Girl," "Get Ready," and "Just My Imagination." Tickets for the concert are on sale.

If you enjoy comedians, one of the nation's funniest will be coming to Penn's Peak in June.

Steven Wright, whose CDs are "I Have A Pony" and "I Still Have A Pony," will be bringing his act to the Jim Thorpe venue on Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday but are already available to Sneak Peak Club members.

Known for his deadpan delivery, Wright has built up quite a following on his stand up alone.

He won an Oscar for his short "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings" (1988).

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer, guitar player and accordionist Danny Farole of Nesquehoning will again be performing on the telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Once again there is a stellar lineup of entertainment for the annual telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

The telethon is being held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight both days. It is being broadcast live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Telethon regulars such as folk singer Jay Smar, the Pa. Villagers polka band, the talented Jim Cimms, Maury Rutch, Becky and the Beasts, Pat McGeehan, Maury Rutch, Danny Farole, and Angela Nardini will be among the performers.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

An enchanted evening filled with music, food, and dancing is planned during the "Night of Music" at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

This annual event will be held on Saturday, April 10, and includes a sit-down dinner with baked ziti, meatballs, along with salad and various desserts.

Providing entertainment will be the Jim Thorpe High School Jazz Band, the Eclectic Fusion, the Don Bell Quintet, and various student singers.

Doors open at 6 p.m. where guests will be greeted by the sounds of the steel drums played by Wesley Holmes.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For movie reviewers and entertainment writers who make sport of the Melodrama Industrial Complex that is Nicholas Sparks, his book titles alone are target-ready: "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to Remember," The Notebook," "Nights in Rodanthe," "Dear John" and now, "The Last Song."

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will be holding its 16th annual Spring instrumental concert on Thursday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

The fifth and sixth grade band, under the direction of Mr. Weidner, will begin the program.

"Starsplitter Fanfare," composed by Brian Balmages will be their first selection.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The humorous, adventurous and eye-popping 3-D animated feature, "How to Train Your Dragon," slays the myth of the dragon-slayer.

An unusually-named young Viking, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), is an apprentice to Gobber (Craig Ferguson), the village smithy teaching Dragon Fighting 101.

The village is constantly attacked by dragons. Hiccup's dad, Viking leader Stoick (Gerard Butler), worries that the skinny lad won't be up to the task.