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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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's a common complaint among movie fans – that the Academy Awards honors films no one has seen.

Not quite right, but closer to the mark this year than most.

For the first time in the three years since Oscar organizers expanded the best-picture category to more than five films, there's not a single blockbuster in the running. Billion-dollar worldwide hits such as "Avatar" and "Toy Story 3" have been in the best-picture mix the last two years, along with such huge smashes as "Up," "Inception" and "The Blind Side."

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Playing the role of Hot Box dancers in the musical "Guys and Dolls," which is being presented by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton on March 1, 2, and 3, are, front l-r, Kaitlyn Piekarski, Elyse Kistler, Laura Cressley; second row l-r, Evy Heckman, Alyssa Huntington, and Casi Reichard, and back l-r, Alissa Muffley and Tina Becker.

Zion Opera Workshop, which has been presenting annual musicals in Lehighton for nearly half a century, continues with the staging of "Guys and Dolls" on March 1, 2, and 3.

The show will be on the stage of Smith Auditorium in Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Sts., Lehighton.

"Guys and Dolls" is a story that all centers on a bet.

Nathan Detroit (Michael Muffley) bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson (Brent Harris) that Sky cannot persuade Save-A-Soul Missionary Sister Sarah Brown (Jessica Schafer) to accompany him on a trip to Cuba.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
special to the times news The Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke is one of three bands performing at "Winter Jam," at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday at 8 p.m.

Two nights of explosive music are set for Penn's Peak, this week.

Friday night, it's Winter Jam, featuring Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke along with Citizen Band Radio and Cabinet. The concert action starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $22 at the door.

On Saturday night, it's a tribute to Bruce Springsteen with "Bruce in the USA" performing on stage. Tickets for this event are also $22 at the door.

Winter Jam

Blackberry Smoke is more than Southern rock.

The band's bio states:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
PHOTO COURTESy ALLENTOWN BAND The Allentown Band, shown at a Kennedy Center performance, is the oldest civilian concert band in the United States. The Band will perform a special Winter Festival concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Sunday afternoon, February 19.

The confluence of two historical musical icons are about to create a historic event.

The Allentown Band, the oldest civilian concert band in the United States, performs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, a renovated Victorian concert hall, for a special Winter Festival - Presidents' Weekend & Valentine's Day performance on Sunday afternoon, February 19.

Friday, February 10, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Western Pocono Community Library's TAB and NiteLite groups, performed their interpretation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."

Charles Dickens, the master story teller of the 19th century, would certainly have approved of his 200th birthday tribute by the TAB and NiteLite groups of the Western Pocono Community Library (WPCL).

The young people gave a lively performance of an adaptation rewritten by one of their members, Megan Bush-Weiss, and adviser, Patti Weiss, and as interpreted by, the WPCL TAB and NiteLite groups, of Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist." It was done in six scenes.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) – Adele is nominated for six Grammys, and she'll be on deck to collect anything she wins: The 23-year-old singer is set to perform at the awards show.

Adele had surgery on her vocal cords last year, and the Grammys will be the first time she has performed live in five months, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Smith Auditorium in Zion United Church of Christ, 2nd and Iron Sts. in Lehighton is a hub of activity right now but it's not just during Sunday morning worship services.

Zion Opera workshop, which has been a mainstay at Zion UCC for the last 42 years, is in full swing once again.

This year's chosen show is Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls. It will be staged on March 1, 2, and 3.

It's a story that all centers on a bet.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Performing at the free rock 'n' roll show on January 28 at the Laurel Mall are, l-r, Jeff Bonomo ( There and Back Again ), Denise Betz ( The Laurel Mall), Richie Molinaro ( Richie Molinaro and Mr. Lou), and Mario Jordan ( The Fuzzy Park Band). Molinaro is the coordinator of the event.

Richie Molinaro's fourth annual Rock 'n' Roll Show will be held at the Laurel Mall in Hazleton on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Another talented line up of performers are scheduled to appear.

Molinaro in association with the Laurel Mall will once again present their annual FREE Rock n Roll Show. This years line up will include "There and Back Again" one of North Eastern Pennsylvania's top high energy bands.

There and Back Again will perform tunes from the 80's to today's hottest hits.

Monday, January 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Ronna Halpin directs performers in song during the musical.

A special post-holiday musical called "Hope Has Hands" was held Sunday night at the Calvary Evangelical United Methodist Church in Lewistown Valley, Walker Township, near Tamaqua.

The musical, which was arranged by Russell Mauldin, featured musical performances by Dale Cresswell, Carol Metzler, Phyllis Paisley, Kelly Boyd, Denise Hafer, Carol Steigerwalt, Delroy Steigerwalt, Helen Leatherman, Terry Messner, Carl Heisler, Debbie Berk, Margie Heisler, Carol Stein, Marlyn Wehry and Jazmine Goho.