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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Taddy Porter will perform at Penn's Peak on Thursday night as part of a bill with Saving Abel, American Bang and Sugar Red Drive.

Taddy Porter is named after a beer and has a lead singer whose family has a background in baseball.

So what is the deal with the bird perched on the amplifier on the band's self-titled debut album, which has just been released?

"That's the scissored-tailed flycatcher, which is the state bird of Oklahoma," explained Taddy Porter's Andy Brewer, in a phone interview while on the road in North Carolina this week.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One thing that's not expendable in "The Expendables" is the action.

And there's plenty of it in "The Expendables," which represents a return to the familiar territory of the "Rambo" series of action films for writer-director Sylvester Stallone.

What brings fans into the movie theater to see "The Expendables" is Stallone's gathering of nearly every action film star known to Hollywood.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, held its first Music Academy under the direction of Brad Cressley and Laura Cressley. Singing the song "Dancing Queen" are, l-r, Amanda Yoder, Zoryana Duda, Erin McGinley, Edie Cordes, Ally McGinley, and Breanna Hoffner. Forty students were involved in the project.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Forty attend Music Academy in Lehighton

The first annual Music Academy was held in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton, under the direction of Brad Cressley and Laura Cressley. Forty students took part in the event. Laura Cressley and Brianna Paul play "When the Saints Go Marching In" on their recorders during the event.

Friday, August 13, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Carl Kern of Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 holds an umbrella while giving a weather report live from the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton. No umbrellas will likely be needed for the weekend events of the fair. The 11th annual fair continues through Sunday.

The 11th annual Carbon County Fair, staged along Little Gap Road just east of Palmerton, concludes its annual run on Sunday.

There's a lot of entertainment scheduled tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. The entertainment is free with the cost of fair admission.

Friday

Last year, Elvis impersonator Elvis Presley attracted the largest crowd ever at the fair.

He's back and with the forecast for pleasant weather, it's a sure bet there will be a great crowd again to see him.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last of this year's Concerts Under The Stars will be held tonight in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater at 8 o'clock and in Eurana Park, Weatherly at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Performing will be the Lehighton Band under the direction of Paul R. Smith.

A concert of light music has been planned for this concert and there should be something in the program to please everyone in the audience.

The concert will open with a Sousa march, "National Fencibles" followed by the lively "Bolero" by Mozkowski. "Nocturne," a very beautiful tone poem will follow.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Saving Abel makes a return visit to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, Aug. 19. Opening for them will be We Are The Fallen, American Bang, and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel have achieved another milestone in their notable career. The quintet's follow up to their gold-certified self-titled debut "Miss America" entered the Billboard album chart at 24. This is the highest position the band has held with any album on the Top 200.

The lead single "Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)" is flying up the rock charts, currently bulleted at 12, while the accompanying video is in rotation on MTV2.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two more shows have been announced for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Beatlemania Now, a tribute to Liverpool's Fab 4, will be coming back to Carbon County's largest concert venue on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The group goes through several costume changes including one in which they wear apparel from the band's "Yellow Submarine" tour.

Besides sounding like The Beatles, Beatlemania Now also looks like the original John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

A Journey Tribute with Voyage will be staged at Penn's Peak on Saturday, Nov. 13. Featured will be Hugo, formerly of Evolution.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Experience the meaning and magic of "What the Bleep Do We Know!," an internationally renowned movie/documentary, at a free showing at the Angela Triplex Theatre on Sun., Aug. 22.

The event includes an interactive discussion with the audience immediately after the showing. The public is welcome to attend and participate.

The free film event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Angela Triplex Theatre, 113 E. Phillips St., Coaldale. Seating is limited.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ghost Riders at Opera House

The Ghost Riders will be appearing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be Citizens Band Radio at 8:30 p.m. The Ghost Riders evolved from the joint forces of members from pioneering bands of Southern rock and country. For ticket information, phone 570-325-0249 or go online to mauchchunkoperahouse.com.