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Friday, November 15, 2013
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS "Mercedes," right, played by Chrissy Musser, confronts "Mr. Cavendish," left, played by Troy Margerum, who is supposed to be dead, while "Pete" the gangster, center, played by Pat Iezzoni, tries to collect money from Cavendish in this scene from "Backstage," to be performed by the Panther Valley High School Drama Club tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school.

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Panther Valley Drama Club will perform "Backstage."

The script, written by Pat Cook, features a play within a play in which young understudy "Ajax," played by Troy Margerum, will be called upon to deliver the greatest performance of his life in the production of "Don Juan in Cleveland."

However, no one can ever know ... except for his overly superstitious stage manager, his no nonsense director and his zany cast mates (minus one who is left in the dark).

"Ajax" will be faced with many challenges.

Monday, November 11, 2013
 SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A.D.D., local teenage rock band, played at the Sands Event Center.

Local teenage rock band A.D.D. opened for Sammy Hager, the Red Rocker and the Wabos at the Sands in Bethlehem. The young band recently played in front of nearly 2,500 people for about 45 minutes.

The five young musicians were recognized last year with an invitation to attend the National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, California, Jan. 19-22. The invitation was made possible by Magdom Music professionals.

The band members are Tyler Ritter, Nick McGeehan and his brother, Matt McGeehan; Dakota McGeehan, and Paul Ermlich.

Monday, November 11, 2013
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Johnny Searfoss with his mom, Louise Searfoss of Jim Thorpe. "When he was growing up," Louise said, "I kept the records spinning on the phonograph playing the likes of Neil Diamond, Bobby Rydell, and Herman's Hermits."

Johnny Searfoss - it's both the name of the new album and the name of the featured singer/songwriter on the album.

On the album, Searfoss features his original blues and soft rock tunes with guitar and vocals with his band, composed of drummer Nick Lauro, keyboardist Matt McGasko, and Joe Bogwist on harmonica and singing backing vocals, providing the harmonic background.

Searfoss, 47 and a Jim Thorpe native, currently is based out of the Hazleton suburb of Larksville, although he returns to his boyhood home at least once each week to teach and visit with his mom, Searfoss.

Friday, November 8, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Former WWE superstar Gene Snisky stands with his wife, the former Diahann Ouly, left, a Coaldale native, and Lisa Hiles of Summit Hill. Snisky will be featured in the main event of a pro wrestling show to benefit the Ameican Cancer Society at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Panther Valley High School gymnasium.

For five years Gene Snisky wrestled with the World Wrestling Federation. He was featured in many main events during which he wrestled such stars as John Cena, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show.

During those five years, the Nesquehoning native fought in the squared circle in arenas around the world, including Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. "I went through three passports in those five years," he said.

Snisky currently wrestles with Allentown-based WXW C4, which has televised shows weekends on Blue Ridge Communication TV 13.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show will be held at the Parkview Inn in Summit Hill on Nov. 2.

The Parkview Inn, 204 W. Ludlow St., Summit ill will host a "Redneck Birthday Party" dinner show on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The show is a White Rose Production.

This is the last in the series of White Rose Productions.

The show and party has some great down home "fixings", hilarity and some mystery.

The Melonjuice twins, Bobby Jo Bobby and Jo Bobby Jo are throwing a surprise birthday party that will be charged with excitement. When a past redneck lover returns, the party gets hectic.

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Scott Hanna from Riegelsville is an inking artist that draws for both Marvel and DC comics. He is currently working on Iron Man, Wolverine Infinite, and the Adventures of Superman.

From mingling with Star Wars' Mandalorian Mercs and Star Trek's Klingons, to schmoozing with comic book artists and publishers, to trading for a beloved Superman comic book that your mother threw away when you were eleven years old, it was all happening at Lehigh Valley Comic Con.

The Lehigh Valley Comic Con, which is held quarterly, packed hundreds of comic book fans into the Schnecksville Fire House, where thousands of new and vintage graphic novels from action heroes to kid's comedies to Classics Illustrated were sold, traded and discussed among the local fan base.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Renowned folk-music composer and performer Jay Smar to be in concert at St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church, 21 Race Street, Jim Thorpe, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 14.

Rev. John Wagner, pastor of the church, said Smar's performance will be followed by a "folk mass," at which all baptized Christians will be invited to receive Christ's Body and Blood. A free-will offering will be collected.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Greater Hazleton Shrine Club will hold its first annual Dinner Dance Friday, September 20, 2013 at Sand Springs Country Club.

Kicking off the event will be the legendary Richie Molinaro and Mr. lou. Richie and Lou will be doing their tribute to the greatest music of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The fun-filled evening will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and cash bar.

Richie and Mr. Lou will take the stage at 8 p.m. for their high-energy show and dance.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Performing during a rehearsal are, from left, Rachel Rega as "Grandma Hood;" Jocelyn Rega, 11, as "Little Red Riding Hood;" and Cierra Conahan, 10, Amelia Cassell, 11, and Kelsey Kraemer, 8, as "The Three Little Pigs."

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre (TACT) is presenting its musical performance of Big Bad Musical this weekend and next at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Directed by Kevin Killian, the comical musical show will feature 17 local performers between the ages of 6 and 22, involved in a trial in fairytale world.

Some characters represented will be Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma Hood, Three Little Pigs, Shepherd with the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Evil Stepmother, Fairy Godmother and so on.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone and The Hawks perform at the Palmerton Park in a free concert. They will be playing a summer schedule as The Hawks came out of retirement to provide the band Donatone needed.

A concert Sunday at the Gazebo in Palmerton Park featured country singer Nicole Donatone with local duo The Hawks.

The Hawks, longtime performers, had retired from the concert scene several years ago. They agreed to perform as backups this year to Donatone.

Someone casually said to the Hawks, "I'm glad you're making music again," as they walked by the gazebo.

Duane Hawk replied, "We wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't for Nicole."

Four years ago Lisa and Duane hung up the guitar and keyboard and said they were finished playing.