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Thursday, December 18, 2014

There was no way that the teenaged Butchy Sochorow would miss the final concert of his first tour with the Grateful Dead, his favorite musical tribe. It was one of many examples of "Deadication" for Sochorow, who attended more than 200 shows by the Grateful Dead from 1984 to 1995, the year the band disbanded after Garcia died.

Sochorow and his Splintered Sunlight mates will perform Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, where 15 months ago they re-created a Dead Halloween gig from 1980, which is preserved in a free download on the opera house website.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"It looks like a penguin," goes the Monty Python line.

It looks like a whole lot of penguins in "Penguins of Madagascar."

In one of the opening scenes of the animated feature film, there's a line of penguins as far as the eye can see.

The four most important penguins are Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Private (Christopher Knights) and Rico (Conrad Vernon).

The four penguins, who are secret agents modeled along the lines of James Bond and Austin Powers but with the tuxedoes on all the time, have super powers but are not super smart.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – Joan Rivers left her daughter in charge of her fortune in a revocable trust.

Rivers' 2014 will was filed in New York state Surrogate's Court. In it she made her only child, Melissa Rivers, the executor with "the broadest and most absolute permissible direction" over a fortune estimated as high as $150 million.

The late comedienne asked that her business manager Michael D. Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon be named co-executors of the living trust.

Monday, November 24, 2014
Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for "Midnight Memories" and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday in Los Angeles.

American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show.

One Direction also won favorite band, duo or group pop/rock and favorite album pop/rock for "Midnight Memories" at the fan-voted show on Sunday night.

"This has been a real perfect day ... America feels like a second home to us," Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night's first award. The group released its new album, "Four," last week.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Dark Star Orchestra

Dark Star Orchestra, the band which recreates the sounds of the Grateful Dead by playing historic set lists, is returning to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 at the door.

For over 17 years as of this tour, Dark Star Orchestra has embodied the Grateful Dead's live experience for fans both old and too young to have ever seen their own Grateful Dead show.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Special to the Times News Free Range Folk will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera Houseon Wednesday.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe presents the Third Annual Harvest Jam with Free Range Folk on Thanksgiving Eve.

Enjoy the bounty of the season with Free Range Folks and friends during this evening of good music and local organic food prepared by the 14 Acre Farm. Dance with friends to the music and get yourself in the mood to give thanks the following day.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Special to the Times News The Sultans of String will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday.

Sultans of String bandleader and violinist Chris McKhool acknowledges that a lot of bands like the Sultans mix different styles from around the world. But the Toronto-based band a trio from the group performing Saturday in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Opera House plays their music in one voice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy "Cheaper By the Dozen" this weekend. Some of the main characters include, from left: mother Lillian Gilbreth (Regan Welkey); father Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads); daughter Ernestine Gilbreth (Angelica Ramierz); son Frank Gilbreth Jr. (Kurt Ammermann); daughter Ann Gilbreth (Hayley Blanding); and schoolteacher Miss Brill (Amina Jones).

Pleasant Valley High School will present the classic comedy, "Cheaper by the Dozen" Friday through Sunday to kick off its 2014-15 theater season.

"Cheaper by the Dozen," based on the real life story of the Gilbreth Family, is set in the 1920s and tells the story of the well-known efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth (Nathaniel Rhoads), an industrial engineer and a leader in the field of scientific management who manages his family with the same efficiency he would expect from a factory.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Steeped in Irish tradition, the Brock McGuire Band brings its repertoire to Tamaqua tonight with a concert at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire, the band's tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizes mostly Irish music, but there is also a sprinkling of impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The 'The Band' Band Last Waltz Celebration live comes to the The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday. The original Band's final performance, in San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, was called The Last Waltz, and set the standard by which all farewell concerts are measured. We celebrate that great night back in 1976.