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Thursday, April 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The musical "West Side Story" will be presented at Marian Catholic High School this weekend. Cast members include, from left, Christian Legath, Olivia Sposato, Kelsey Hurst, Joseph Letcher, Philip DeSantis and Mary Susan McAndrew.

The Marian Catholic High School Class of 2014 will present "West Side Story" this weekend, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theater's finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is transported to New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American Jets" and the "Puerto Rican Sharks."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a return to form for the action genre.

The Marvel Comics superhero sequel wisely eschews an overdependence on computer-generated imagery. Instead, the film concentrates on character development, dialogue scenes between the main characters and several impressive live-action scenes.

"Captain America" bristles with the kinetic energy of some of the best of the action-movie genre, including "The Terminator" (1984), "Total Recall" (1990) and "Die Hard" (1988).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Underwater Sounds

With a sound that is reggae fusion, with distinct overtones of ska, funk and rock, the Underwater Sounds headline JimThorpe's Earth DayCelebration on Saturday, April 26, along with special guests, The WallaceBrothers.

The band from Philadelphia has impressive credentials their 2010 record was voted number one debut album by WXPN.org's The Key, and in 2011 the Underwater Sounds were nominated for two Asbury Park music awards, Best Groove Band and Top Female Vocalist.

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – "Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox's "Rio 2" in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale "Rio 2" debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.

Monday, March 31, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS In a scene from Panther Valley High School's "Harmony Scholars" are students, l-r, Claudia Smith, Kayla Reese, Tayler Nalesnik, Hunter Davidyock, Darrian DeMatto, Kayla Kashlak, and Jordan Devitt. The performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

Virtually all schools have concerts and plays.

Harmony Scholars, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Panther Valley High School auditorium is different.

Advisor and director Kathy Crampsie describes it as a "parody of songs." There are 20 numbers ranging from Broadway to "Saturday Night Live." All have lip-syncing.

For each selection, students do the lip-syncing to skits, wearing outlandish outfits.

In some, boys dress as girls, wearing short dresses and wigs. It's all about fun.

Friday, March 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Legendary guitarist Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown visit the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday.

Pack a bag. Buckle up. Hit the gas. British rockers Savoy Brown visit Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Featuring the legendary guitarist Kim Simmonds, they celebrate the release of their brand-new CD, "Goin' To The Delta," and invite you to ride shotgun on their musical road trip.

It's the sound of a band with the wind in their sails. Following 2011's acclaimed "Voodoo Moon" and last year's whip-cracking live set, "Songs From The Road," Savoy Brown are in a swagger, and you can hear the momentum on these 12 love letters to American blues.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Sideguys featuring Davy Knowles will performing live at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House,

The Sideguys featuring Davy Knowles will performing live at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway.

A two-for-one ticket special is available. Cost is $20 for two.

The Sideguys is a team of R&B, Rock and Jazz musicians who have worked with the biggest names in the music industry, all with solo recordings themselves dating as far back as the mid 1980s and 1970s.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A free performance featuring great classical music and large, elaborate puppets will take place Saturday at the Sovereign Majestic Theater in Pottsville.

The Museum of Music will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sovereign Majestic Theater, 209 Centre St., Pottsville.

This fun family event is free.

Museum of Music is a fun, creative event for all ages linking many cultures and ethnicities to great classical music. Large, elaborate puppets come to life and, together with handlers and professional musicians, tell the lively story of how music has evolved from around the world.

Musical selections include excerpts from jazz, opera, Hungarian, Russian, German, English, Spanish, Latin and American repertoire.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Tartan Terrors will be performing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

The Tartan Terrors return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

They perform at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, at 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, March 8, which is the evening before Jim Thorpe's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor.

With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing-room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares "(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!"