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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.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Downey Jr. was seeing double at the People's Choice Awards.

The star of "The Judge" and "Iron Man" picked up the trophies for favorite dramatic movie actor and favorite movie actor at Wednesday's fan-favorite ceremony honoring stars in film, television and music.

"This is perfect for me because I love people, I'm crazy about movies, and I prefer people who love my movies," Downey said.

Friday, January 2, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Premiere Paul McCartney Concert Experience will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $30.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, announces upcoming events. See www.mcohjt.com or call 570-325-0249 for more information.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday The McCartney Years: Praised by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein the guy who brought the original Beatles to North America as "the best on the scene today," The McCartney Years is a note-for-note faithful re-creation of a mid-1970s Paul McCartney concert. Tickets $30.

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.