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Local Entertainment

Monday, May 14, 2012
Dark Star Orchestra, best known for re-creating concerts of the Grateful Dead, has a concert set for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, May 31.

Three more concerts have been announced to the 2012 lineup at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are:

Ÿ Lita Ford on Thursday, July 12. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 18.

Ÿ Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 18.

Ÿ The Lettermen - The Christmas Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets go on sale to the public on June 2.

Tickets for all three concerts are available to Sneak Peek Club members.

Monday, April 30, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Performers from left are Dave Shiffert, Lehighton; Kathy Rimm, Hazleton; Ivan Munoz, 17, Hometown; Faith Roberts, 12; Damian Munoz, 16, Hometown; Steven Moyer, 18, West Penn; Nathan Gerace, 14, Tamaqua; and Jack Kulp, Tamaqua.

Numerous youth and adult performers took to the stage during the Tamaqua Community Arts Center free Open Stage event held recently at the center.

The next free open stage event will be held May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the center, 125 Pine Street.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact center director Micah Gursky at (570) 668-6899 or via the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership website, www.tacp.info

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The 33rd annual Carbon-Tamaqua ACS Telethon airs Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 live from Penn's Peak beginning at noon and continuing until midnight each day.

The telethon can be found on Blue Ridge Cable TV 13 and Service Electric TV channel 22, but area residents are encouraged to come and see the live performances of some of the area's best talent, while supporting the ACS at Penn's Peak, located on Maury Road in Jim Thorpe.

There is no charge for admission and dining services are available at Roadies Restaurant located at The Peak.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Alicia Hirsch of the Lehigh Valley, author of "Wildwood by the Sea: Nostalgia and Recipes" will be signing books at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The book is packed with photos, recipes, and memories of the boardwalk, beach and ocean at the New Jersey vacation spot.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, the Philadelphia Zoo in partnership with the world-renowned Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. present the opening of "Trail of the Lorax," an engaging exhibit that educates visitors on conservation and saving wildlife.

The Zoo is also happy to partner with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's new 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

The "Trail of the Lorax" exhibit at the Zoo will run from March 31st through October 31st.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Judy Hoppes, left, and Pam Zelinsky, both of New Ringgold, laugh as they dance together during the Power of Purple pre-relay event.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities held their "Power of Purple" pre-event party over the weekend in honor of those who survived cancer, as well as to remind people of their June Relay For Life.

The Power of Purple event, which was held at the Hometown Fire Company, consisted of music, games, dancing, door prizes, giveaways and food.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Foghat will be appearing Friday night at Penn's Peak. Opening will be the Dave Goddess Group. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

The band Savoy Brown decided they wanted more out of their blues boogie music of the '60's, so, in 1971, they enlisted the help of Rod Price and Tony Stevens and gave their music a more rock 'n roll flavor.

This new lineup of Roger Earl, Lonesome Dave Peverett, Rod Price and Tony Stevens became what is now the classic rock band, Foghat.

Foghat makes a return appearance at Penn's Peak on Friday night.

Opening will be the Dave Goddess Group.

Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 the night of the show.

Monday, March 5, 2012
The Barley Boys will be bringing an Irish flavor to the Mauch Chunk Opera House when they perform at 8 p.m. Friday.

Two Irish shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe PA, kick off the weekend leading up to the 15th annual Carbon County Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which will be held in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, March 11, starting at 1 p.m.

The Opera House festivities get started when The Barley Boys take the stage on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.

Appearing Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. will be Irish standup comic Noel V. Ginnity and Taylor's Irish Cabaret.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Elvis Presley tribute artist Johnny M wraps a purple scarf around Marlene Basiago, Summit Hill.

Lively entertainers performed music, song and dance from both the 50's and 60's during a high energy performance called "Dance Stand USA" held recently at the Summit Hill Heritage Center (SHHC) in Summit Hill.

Guests were treated to rock-and-roll entertainment by Main Street Cruisers, dancers and Elvis tribute artist Johnny M.

The show, which was performed as if the audience was participating in a live broadcast with an emcee and professional dancers, also provided audience members a chance to participate in voting for their favorite hits and dancers.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's good news for 25 – not just 24 – singers on "American Idol."

After the "Hollywood Week" and Las Vegas performance rounds, "Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler narrowed the field from 42 contestants to 24 semifinalists on Wednesday's installment of the Fox singing competition, but they apparently cut too many.