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Friday, February 6, 2015

"Selma" is a good film. It needed to be a great film.

Nonetheless, "Selma," which purports to tell the behind-the-scenes public and personal politics of the 54-mile march in the African-American Selma Voting Rights Campaign in 1965 from Selma to Alabama's capital of Montgomery, is an important film and should be seen.

Friday, February 6, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dennis DeYoung bring "The Music of Styx" to Penn's Peak on Friday, Feb. 13. The following evening, Remember When will performing a Valentine's Day show at the venue. This is part of Remember When's final tour. The band is retiring at the end of 2015.

You don't have to burrow inside for six more weeks of winter.

Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe has a hectic concert schedule over the next two months that offers a wide variety of music to get you out and about.

Next week, there are two big events scheduled.

On Feb. 13, Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of the band Styx, brings "The Music of STYX" to Carbon County's largest music venue. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

This is a return appearance for DeYoung. All his performances have attracted large crowds at the Peak.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Donna the Buffalo wlll perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Donna the Buffalo will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Donna the Buffalo's sound is groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music that began over 20 years ago with roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country.

They have been performing original roots music since 1989.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The musical group Free Range Folk will be performing at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Valentine's Day, with special guest Gene Morrison.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Don't be put off by the provocative title, "American Sniper."

Don't be put off by the empty chair.

Clint Eastwood is clearly and firmly in the director's chair for "American Sniper," perhaps the boldest and probably the most controversial film in the career of the 84-year-old director-actor-producer (it's the 37th film Eastwood's directed; he has 67 actor credits).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It has been nearly half a century since Paul Smith, former musical director at Zion United Church of Chirst in Lehighton, created the Zion Opera Workshop for amateur performers.

It's a community theater that has continued with annual musicals for 46 straight years.

This year, the Workshop presents "Annie Get Your Gun" on March 5, 6 and 7.

The performances, held in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, usually sell out so advance tickets are recommended.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen as highly predictive of which film will triumph at the Oscars, which will be held Feb. 22.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"The Imitation Game" tells a story that needs to be told. It's yet another insightful look into an aspect of World War II and the Greatest Generation.

Alan Turing was certainly one of those, one of the Greatest Generation. Turing and his team of early "gamers" cracked the Nazi Germany Enigma Code.

It's said their success saved some 16 million lives and shortened World War II by two years.

Turing is also credited with inventing, or developing, the first computer, which crunched combinations of letters and numbers to crack the Nazi code.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Special to the Times News Mipso will bring bluegrass to the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Rooted in the music of North Carolina's mountains, Mipso will bring its blend of bluegrass and 21st century energy to the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The group includes Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Wood Robinson on double bass and Libby Rodenbough on fiddle.

They are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory.

Monday, January 19, 2015
Special to the Times News Justus will perform at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Jan. 31.

One of the members of the band Justus is celebrating a milestone birthday in January, a cause for celebration according to his bandmates.

Jack Kulp, vocalist and blues harp player, is turning 65, so the band will celebrate by performing at the recently renovated Performing Arts Hall at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. The event is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 31 and will include dinner and an opening act, The Local Boys. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.