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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stephen King has written some awesome books: "Carrie," "Christine," and "The Shining," to name a few.

His latest release, "Blockade Billy," is entertaining, but it won't be placed on the same literary pedestal as the above titles.

Granted "Blackade Billy" is a novella, and not a novel, but perhaps we've gotten too used to King's suspenseful tales that grip you from cover-to-cover. "Blockade Billy" doesn't do that.

"Blockade Billy" is a delight for baseball fans. It even mentions some old-time greats like Clete Boyer.

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Peter Noone will be performing with Herman's Hermits for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

A disc jockey could easily have an hour-long show just playing Herman's Hermits hits from the 60s.

Just some of the band's charted songs include:

"Silhouettes."

"No Milk Today."

"Henry the Eighth."

"Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter."

"Into Something Good."

"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat."

Tomorrow at Penn's Peak, Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone makes its venue debut. Anyone who has ever seen Noone performs knows the ageless singer puts on a high-energy show.

Always present for his performances are his "Noonatics."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Kathy Rimm

It's been a long time since Kathy Rimm performed in her home town of Tamaqua.

For the last 20 years, she's been a working musician throughout Pennsylvania and beyond.

On Thursday, July 8, she'll be performing in Tamaqua for the first time in over a decade, at the Summer Concert Series at the historic train station from 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
BUD COLE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Waterfalls in the El Pahuma Orchid Preserve.

I am not a world traveler, although I definitely enjoy seeking new and unique travel destinations. A recent tour to the Cloud Forest in Ecuador followed by a week in the Galapagos Islands was beyond all my expectations. It was truly different than anything I have ever experienced.

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Saving Abel is coming back to Penn's Peak on Thursday, August 19, with special guests American Bang and Taddy Porter. The appearance is among the stops on the band's tour for their new Miss America album, which presently is number 16 on a Billboard chart.

Rock, pop, country, and comedy are among the genres on entertainment on the spacious Penn's Peak stage in the coming weeks.

Just recently announced at the Jim Thorpe venue is a concert on Thursday, Aug. 19, by Saving Abel, who is making a return appearance, this time with American Bang and Taddy Porter.

Saving Abel's newest album, "Miss America," went on sale just three weeks ago and already has soared to number 16 on this week's Billboards rock albums chart. The CD features the single, "Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood).

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thrills, chills and Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, too.

"Knight and Day" is a nifty thriller, perhaps the blockbuster season's most sheerly entertaining to date.

As someone asked at the screening: "What's this film about?"

"Tom Cruise," was the reply.

Indeed, "Knight and Day" is on Cruise control. Visceral action scenes are right out of "Die Hard," "True Lies" and James Bond movies. The plot is intriguing as in the "Bourne" films. Visual elements recall scenes from director Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "To Catch a Thief."

Friday, June 25, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent and bassist Greg Smith (right) jam on stage at Penn's Peak Thursday night.

Perhaps the best way to distinguish Ted Nugent tours these days is by the concert artwork.

The backdrop for Nugent's current outing, the "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour, which roared into Penn's Penn in Jim Thorpe Thursday night, features a caricature of the Nuge, with a maniacal grin, riding in a tank, machine guns blazing in each hand.

Is the 61 year-old Nugent ever going to slow down? Perish that thought!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

After 11 years ("Toy Story 2," 1999) and some 15 years after the original ("Toy Story," 1995), favorite friends return to the big screen in "Toy Story 3," this time in 3-D.

It's fun to see Cowboy Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang back, including Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and Rex (Wallace Shawn). New toys include Lotso (Ned Beatty), a not-so-cuddly purple bear with a strawberry scent.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Ted Nugent, shown here during an 2008 concert at Penn's Peak, returns to the Jim Thorpe venue on Thursday evening.

For Ted Nugent, there is no such thing as slowing down.

The Motor City Madman has already had a busy year. Here's a partial list of his activities thus far in 2010.

His latest New York Times bestseller, Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, was released in paperback.

He received the Bronze Smokey Bear Award for outstanding service in the prevention of human caused wildfires, for the effectiveness of his public service announcements and print campaign.

Monday, June 21, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

David Arnao, vocalist for Taunted By Tomorrow, sings during the Palmerton-based band's performance at Penn's Peak Friday night, opening for Winger and April Wine.