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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).

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

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
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.