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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Get ready for "Sherlock Holmes" the video game, coming soon to an Xbox or Wii near you.

While the latest "Sherlock Holmes" movie is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes' purists might be annoyed by Robert Downey Jr.'s magnificent nonchalance in his portrayal of the detective, as well as Guy Ritchie's highly-stylized direction.

Dear Watson, this is not your grandfather's Sherlock Holmes.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Gregg Allman will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Gregg Allman's legacy as a pivotal figure in the development of both Southern rock and the jam band movement has been long secure.

For four decades, as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Allman's vocals and keyboards have graced ABB's finest moments.

Both the laid back and hell raising parts of his persona have surfaced during his solo turns, highlighted by 1987's hard rocking anthem, "I'm No Angel".

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My avatar was going to review "Avatar," but I couldn't tear it away from Turner Classic Movies' epic-movie marathon.

Director James Cameron's "Avatar" is epic in every sense and is his latest big-screen release since his previous epic, "Titanic" (1997).

The movie was screened in 3-D, which is the best way to appreciate it. Cameron ("Aliens," "The Terminator," "True Lies") creates another world set in the year 2154 on the mythical planet Pandora.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Invictus" means "unconquered." The poem of that name, by 19th century Scotsman William Ernest Hensley, is said to be Nelson Mandela's favorite. As the title of Clint Eastwood's new film, which opened last week in the U.S., the word has a dual significance. Mandela, played to perfection by Morgan Freeman, claims that it helped carry him through his 27 years of incarceration at the hands of the Apartheid.

Thursday, December 17, 2009
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS The cast of "Santa Goes Green" gets ready to sing a number during dress rehearsal this week. The 45-minute play by the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will be performed this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the Lehighton Annex.

Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre presents "Santa Goes Green," a 45-minute musical for the entire family.

It's Christmastime at the North Pole, and everyone is excited about the commitment they have made to making this year an environmentally-friendly holiday. Everyone, that is, except the main attraction, Santa Claus. He just doesn't understand the whole "green" push and how it applies to him.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

CLEVELAND (AP) – ABBA is dancing its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges.

The list of the next class of inductees was released Tuesday by the Cleveland hall. ABBA and The Stooges made it in this time after being nominated previously but not making the cut.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a video contest that challenges filmmakers to produce short, creative videos that highlight the "Three Rs" of individual consumption: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The agency is accepting submissions for the contest, called "Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice," through Feb. 16.

Entries should be either 30 or 60 seconds in length. The video should creatively promote steps individuals and organizations can take to minimize negative environmental impacts within their communities on the following topics:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Seven children will be selected to be part of the Penn's Peak Radio studio audience on Dec. 23 for a reading of "The Night Before Christmas."

Also present will be Santa Claus, as well as Layne "The Doc" Roberts, host of Penn's Peak Radio's morning show.

The program will air live on Blue Ridge Communication's Channel 113.

All the youngsters will also receive free gifts from Penn's Peak Radio and Blue Mountain Ski Area.

Selection of the children will be by radom drawing.

The rules are:

Ÿ Children must be ages 3-8 only.

Thursday, December 17, 2009
David Cassidy from "The Partridge Family" TV show will be making a return appearance to Penn's Peak on Feb. 12.

Two classic rock bands are paying a visit to Penn's Peak in 2010.

Skid Row and FireHouse will be appearing in a twinbill on Friday, July 30. Tickets, costing $24 in advance and $29 on the day of the show, go on sale Saturday, Dec. 26.

Also just announced is Big Shot - Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute, on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tickets at $17 in advance go on sale this coming Saturday, Dec. 19.

A reminder that tickets to any Penn's Peak event make great Christmas gifts.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"The Princess and the Frog" is a delightful change in animated features.

"Princess" is a return for Disney to old-school, mostly hand-drawn animation, similar in style, pace and appearance to the successes, "The Little Mermaid" (1989) and "Aladdin" (1992), which revived the studio.

"Princess" is in keeping with the studio's traditional animation that stretches back through "The Fox and the Hound" (1981), "The Rescuers" (1977), "101 Dalmatians" (1961), all the way to Disney's first animated feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).