Friday, March 24, 2017


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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Preliminaries for the Jim Thorpe Idol 6 competiton will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Jim Thorpe High School.

Jim Thorpe residents can particate and there are no are requirements.

The competition starts on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the high school. An admission fee is charged.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Blondie will perform at Penn's Peak on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Blondie, a mainstay of the new wave music scene of the late 1970's that made it big on the pop charts, has survived beyond most of the bands from that movement.

The band fronted by singer Debbie Harry has been active in its latest phase since reforming in 1997 and is set to release a new album later this year, with the title "Panic of Girls."

Monday, August 23, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) – "True Blood" co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer have taken their true love to the altar.

The couple's publicists said in a statement the 28-year-old Paquin and 40-year-old Moyer were married Saturday night at a ceremony in Malibu, Calif., "surrounded by their family and friends."

On the hit HBO series, Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a Southern waitress who falls for vampire Bill Compton, played by Moyer. Compton is a Confederate veteran who was turned into a bloodsucker around the Civil War era.

Friday, August 20, 2010
Singer Jared Weeks and bassist Eric Taylor of Saving Abel are out front during their Penn's Peak performance Thursday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

The mantle of southern rock is large enough to encompass a variety of sounds.

Take Thursday evening's bill of hard rocking bands at Penn's Peak, three of which hail from south of the Mason-Dixon line, as an example.

Saving Abel, a quintet from Cornith, Mississippi, headlined the bill, which also included American Bang from Nashville, Tennessee and Taddy Porter from Stillwater, Oklahoma. While each have Southern roots, they showcased their own approaches to being part of the latest wave of Southern rock bands without having to hoist Confederate flags.

Friday, August 20, 2010

As kids head back to school, it's a perfect time to check out these new school-themed books: