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Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Kashmir" The Ultimate Zeppelin Tribute, will be at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Kashmir The Live Led Zeppelin Tribute Experience wanted to celebrate what some consider to be the number one rock radio song of all time "Stairway to Heaven." This is occurring 40 years to the day at the Opera House.

Kashmir is lead by lead singer Jean Violet who not only has what is widely considered one of the very best "Robert Plant" voices but he has an uncanny resemblance to the "Golden God" Robert Plant.

Friday, February 25, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in "The Music Man," being presented March 3-5 by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton, are Bryan Buffington, left, as Harold Hill, and Jessica Schafer, who plays Marian Paroo.

"The Music Man," the musical by Meredith Wilson that has in it the catchy tune "Seventy-Six Trombones" is coming to Lehighton.

It will be the 42nd annual production of the Zion Opera Workship, a non-denomination community theater based at Zion U.C.C. Church, Lehighton.

The show will be staged in Derr Hall of the church on March 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Sea Chanters Chorus of the U.S. Navy Band will be performing at Lehighton Area High School on Friday, March 18. The event is co-sponsored by the TIMES NEWS and Lehighton Area High School Chorus.

Sea Chanters Chorus, an ensemble of the U.S. Navy Band, will be appearing in Lehighton Area High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on March 18.

The event is being co-sponsored by the TIMES NEWS and the Lehighton Area High School Chorus.

Advance tickets can be secured by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: TIMES NEWS, Concert Tickets, P. O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235.

Specify how many tickets (up to 4) that you will need.

The Sea Chanters is the United States Navy's official chorus.

Friday, February 11, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Heroes's Couch, a comical play by Rob Frankel, will be presented by more than 30 Tamaqua Area Middle School Drama Club students in the Tamaqua Auditorium today starting tonight at 7 p.m. Mrs. Kristine Schellhammer is the Drama Club Advisor. A special showing of the play was also held Thursday afternoon for students during school hours.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce hosts its 17th annual WinterFest Weekend, February 19 and 20, on President's Day Weekend.

A mix of family-activities, special shopping and dining promotions and Opera House performances mark a weekend of winter fun.

Ice and wood carvers ply their trades in the downtown Josiah White Park next to the Jersey Central train station and also give demonstrations two blocks up the street at the Mauch Chunk Opera House both afternoons.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

JTAMS Productions Presents TUSK "The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience" on Valentine's Day Weekend, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8:30 p.m.

TUSK "The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Experience" Covers the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection, they not only play the music but they recreate the stage show of this great band. TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Unlike most frantic new fathers, Elton John isn't stressed out about the two very different offspring in his life: newborn Zachary Jackson Levon and "Gnomeo & Juliet," an animated film that he's been parenting for more than a decade. In fact, when talking to the pop legend about his monumental new arrivals, he's surprisingly sedate.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Try this brief true-or-false quiz:

1. The common word for a gratuity given in a restaurant is an acronym for To Insure Promptness.

2. A U.S. Civil War general named Joseph Hooker lent his name to a slang word for a prostitute.

3. The term GI, used to describe an American soldier, is a satirical play on the military term "government issue."

If you knew that they are all false, then you likely won't be mesmerized (more on that later) by British author Harry Oliver's new ruminations on the "surprising origins of everyday expressions."

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Chris Smither

Blues guitarist Chris Smither will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday night.

On Saturday, The Youngers and Free Range Folk will be on the Opera House stage.

Both concerts begin at 8:30 p.m.

Both are productions of Jtams Productions.

Smither is highly regarded among his peers for his blues and Americana music.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Joe Plasko/TIMES NEWS Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers performs as the headliner at last year's Pocono Blues Festival at Big Boulder Ski Area. The festival is being moved to the Blue Mountain Ski Area outside Palmerton and will be renamed the Pennsylvania Blues Festival for its 20th Anniversary this July.

A popular Blues Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary under a different name and venue in Carbon County.

Known previously as the Pocono Blues Festival, the newly minted Pennsylvania Blues Festival will be held July 30-31 at Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton.

Pocono Blues Festival founder Michael Cloeren announced in a press release that the festival - which had been a three-day event staged at Jack Frost/Big Boulder Ski Area for the past 19 years - will continue its legacy.