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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Times News file photo Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, will be appearing at Penn's Peak on April 16.

Ten more concerts for 2015 have been announced at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, including Poison lead singer and TV star Bret Michaels, country stars Clint Black and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the return of Three Dog Night.

Tickets for seven of the shows go on sale this weekend to the general public.

The concerts are:

Ÿ April 16 Bret Michaels (Tickets on sale March 6 at 10 a.m.).

Ÿ April 17 Mary Chapin Carpenter, with special guest Lunasa. Tickets are available.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Paula Deen has found a new publishing home.

Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it had reached a distribution deal with the celebrity chef's Paula Deen Ventures. Hachette's plans include selling and distributing a new title, "Paula Deen Cuts the Fat," and reissuing such older works as "The Lady & Sons" and "A Savannah Country Cookbook." Todd McGarity, Hachette's vice president of client distribution services, said in a statement that Deen's "trademark warmth and culinary flair are as appealing as ever."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Oscar spread the largesse at the 87th Academy Awards last Sunday.

Thematically, Oscar again typically voted for disease ("The Theory Of Everything," "Still Alice") and dysfunction ("Birdman," "Whiplash," "Boyhood").

The big categories went to "Birdman," which received four gold statues for Picture, Director (Alejandro Inarritu), Original Screenplay (Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo) and Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, a two-year in a row recipient, following "Gravity" in 2014).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Still Allice" cuts to the core of human existence.

"Still Alice" examines the essence of communication.

"Still Alice" asks: When is Alice still Alice?

The film drama, "Still Alice," sensitively examines what happens when the brain no longer functions properly.

Alice (Julianne Moore) is a respected Columbia University professor of linguistics and an author. She is married to a successful medical researcher (Alec Baldwin). They live in a beautiful, charming and tastefully decorated Manhattan townhouse.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"Drum roll, please!"

"Whiplash" has five Oscar nominations, for picture, supporting actor (J.K. Simmons as Terence Fletcher, the hard-driving music teacher), adapted screenplay, editing and sound mixing.

Even for those who don't know the difference between a single paradiddle and a double-stroke roll, "Whiplash" is a must-see for the performance of Simmons alone, the presumptive supporting Oscar recipient. It's the role of a lifetime for Simmons, a noted character actor.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's an embarrassment of riches at this year's Oscars.

While 2013 was regarded as one of the best years in a decade for great films, one could make the case, based on the Oscar picture nominees alone for the 87th Academy Awards, that 2014 was even better.

The year 2014 will be remembered as the year of the director.

There was writer-director Richard Linklater's "12 Years a Film," i.e., "Boyhood," filmed over the course of 12 years with the same actors as we see lead actor Ellar Coltrane grow from an elementary school student of age 5 to a college teen of 18.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Matt Ryan performs as Bruce Springsteen in previous "Bruce in the USA" concert at Penn's Peak. He'll be returning to the Peak this Friday, Feb. 21.

Who hasn't heard of Bruce Springsteen?

"The Boss," as he is also known, had such great hits as "Born in the USA" and "Dancing in the Dark."

You can hear the hits of Springsteen at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday night when Matt Ryan, from the World Famous "Legends In Concert" cast, brings his "Bruce in the USA" show to the venue.

Ryan began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in the Legends "full scale" Las Vegas show. The great success with "Legends" evolved his character into the Bruce In The USA show.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Foxcatcher" is a fictional account of one of the most bizarre crimes in United States history.

"Foxcatcher" is nominated for five Oscars, including actor for Steve Carell in a transformative performance as John E. du Pont, supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo as wrestling coach David Shultz, director for Bennett Miller; original screenplay for E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and makeup and hairstyling.

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.