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Friday, September 24, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS @$:The Temptations perform at Penn's Peak before a large crowd, Thursday night.

It wasn't just a concert last night by the Temptations at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. It was a show; a choreographed song and dance act by some of the most dapper gentlemen that have ever visited the Peak.

The Temptations took the audience down Memory Lane not just with an array of 60s and 70s hits like "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Get Ready," but with stage presence that is such a trademark of the 60s Motown: bands like the Four Tops, The Supremes, and The Jackson 5.

Friday, September 24, 2010

When Cuban Ballet-trained dancers Victor Alexander and Maray Gutierrez defected their native Cuba fifteen years ago, their biggest concern was to assimilate happily and productively as Americans.

Now, performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 25 as members of the Chicago contemporary dance company, Concert Dance, Inc. they are especially inspired to present a series of dance compositions based on their experiences in Cuba and from the group's recent travels in China, the Czech Republic and Scotland.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"Going the Distance" has dreadful cinematography, including poor lighting and composition; pedestrian editing and a rudimentary screenplay with a [Judd] Apatow for destruction.

So, what's to like?

Drew Barrymore, she of the Hollywood screen family dynasty, and her sometimes on, sometimes off again, real-life boyfriend Justin Long, he of the Apple-PC television commercials (he was Apple).

While they are no Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, Long and Barrymore are likeable enough to nearly make going the distance with "Going the Distance" worth it.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Enter the Haggis

JTAMS Productions presents Enter the Haggis live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m.

The band will be collecting non-perishable goods at the show, which will be donated to local charity organization as part of what the band is calling the ETH Community Initiative.

Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto's Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The 40th annual Lehighton Area Halloween Parade will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

Julie Harris said there are only two members of the Halloween Parade Committee who were members when the parade was revitalized in 1970. They are Charles Harris and Hilbert "Hilly" Haas.

The registration deadline for the parade is Friday, Oct. 15.

Registration forms can be obtained at:

Ÿ Larry Markley Insurance (Coal Street).

Ÿ Carbon County Music and More (First Street).

Ÿ Diggity Dog (First Street).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Movie night for children ages 6-10 will be staged Saturday in the Summit Hill Community Center.

Monica Marshall, president of Summit Hill Recreation Commission, said the movie night will be from 6-8 p.m

She said popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Adults can either let their children at the Center or are welcome to stay and see the movie, too, Marshall said.

For more information, contact Marshall at 570-645-2305, ext. 4.

Other upcoming events are Halloween on the Hill on Oct. 23 and Christmas on the Hill on Dec. 4.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"The Hillbillies from Hell" will be presented Saturday night at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill. For reservations to see the hilarious, murder-mystery, call (570) 645-3555.

A Mudpatch family reunion occurs in Summit Hill on Saturday, with some great down home "fixings," hilarity, and some mystery.

The event, "The Hillbillies from Hell," is a dinner show at the Parkview Inn, which is located along West Ludlow Street.

Sharon Chapman, an owner of the Parkview, says, "Come on over and meet the Mudpatch family."

There's cousin Maybelline, who is very excited about using the indoor plumbing.

Her husband, Buford, really did not want to attend the reunion and leave all the comforts of the trailer, but Maybelline insisted.

Monday, September 13, 2010
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band made an appearance during the performance of Beatlemania Now at Penn's Peak Saturday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Cable music channel VH-1 broadcast a series called "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time" last week.

Topping the list, as they have on past occasions, were The Beatles.

While that might not seem surprising, it is worth noting that the list was compiled from a poll of about 200 current musical artists, most of whom weren't even alive when The Beatles broke up 40 years ago.

To this day, the impact the Fab Four had on modern music and culture is immense, which is why they keep popping up at the top of such "Best of" lists.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jtams Productions Presents, Real Diamond a passionate re-creation of a live Neil Diamond experience, live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m.

Curt Di Domizio fronts an 11-piece band with an amazing interpretation of Neil Diamond himself. Dance and sing along to four decades of incredible, irresistible and unforgettable songs.

Di Domizio has been entertaining crowds since elementary school singing Elvis, Neil Diamond, Elton John and others.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"The American" is a thriller that has you in its grip so much so that you'll jump when a hand proffering affection enters the left side of the screen during one of the movie's many splendid scenes.

That's because Netherlands director Anton Corbijn structured the movie at a deliberate, even leisurely, pace with many passages of near silence, so that when action occurs, it's all the more powerful, especially compared to noisy Hollywood action films, with their relentless Computer Generated Imagery bombast.