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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.

Friday, September 3, 2010

There's something patently false about "Eat Pray Love."

And it's not just the missing commas in the transition from the covers of the 9-million copies sold of Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia," to the big screen film adaptation starring Julia Roberts as the globe-trotting, bed-hopping, and chow-downing author.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Debbie Harry smiles for the Penn's Peak crowd during Blondie's performance Wednesday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Blondie rode the new wave of the late 1970s to the top of the record charts and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The question is, where do Debbie Harry and company go from there?

Blondie's lively performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Wednesday night revealed some answers for those who caught this recent edition of the band in action.

The 2010 model includes original members Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke along with a trio of cohorts who were able to summon up whatever musical whims the band conjured up.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beatlemania Now, a tribute to the Beatles, is making a return to Penn's Peak on Saturday, Sept. 11. The band goes through several costume changes during its concert. Members not only sound like the Beatles, but look like John, Paul, George and Ringo. Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 on the day of the concert.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming" will be presented at the Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The event will be held Sept. 10 through Oct. 24.

Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m.

For more information, call the box office at 610-433-2333 or visit the Web site at

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"The Switch" is charming, funny and thought-provoking, although you might not realize it from the movie's unimaginative title.

Not the least of the romantic-comedy's charms are Jennifer Aniston as a single woman who decides to become a mother; Jason Bateman, as her best buddy of 13 years; Jeff Goldblum as the boss at the investment firm where Bateman works; Juliette Lewis, as one of Aniston's friends; and Thomas Robinson as Aniston's son, Sebastian.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"The Amazing Lehighton Race," sponsored by the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee, will be held in Lehighton on Sunday, Sept. 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

Todd P. Zimmerman, coordinator, said the LIDC is looking for teams of two to compete in this "mildly physical and mental competition."

The course will be a minimum of 3.5 miles in length with several stops along the way.

Each stop will give a clue to the next position.

A couple of the stations have mental and minor physical challenges that one of the members must complete.