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Thursday, July 30, 2015
David Johnson/Discovery Communications via AP Veteran animal trainer Bill Berloni poses with Taran, who was trained to play Winn-Dixie in the movie "Because of Winn-Dixie," on his farm in Higganum, Connecticut. When he isn't performing or modeling, Taran likes to lean on people. Both Berloni and Taran will be in the upcoming Discovery Family Channel show "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," which debuts on Aug. 6.

LOS ANGELES (AP) For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he's making it real.

The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once the animal actors retire, he brings them home to join his 30 dogs, one cat, farm animals and singing macaw that swears like a sailor.

He is bringing the motley crew to reality TV in "From Wags to Riches with Bill Berloni," the Discovery Family Channel's first original series, debuting next week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Minions" is one of the worst animated feature films I've seen in recent memory.

This shouldn't be surprising since "Minions" is the spawn of "Despicable Me" (2010) and "Despicable Me 2" (2013).

The goal of the Minions, after all, is "to serve the most despicable master they can find." Now isn't that a nice anti-social lesson to give the young 'uns?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Entertainer Jay Smar along with othermusicians will provide entertainment Sunday at the 25th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will once again stage a summer extravaganza of food and music for Father's Day.

The society will present the 25th Annual Tamaqua Summerfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Tamaqua, rain or shine.

The free event offers entertainment for the entire family, according to organizers, and is the largest festival of its kind in the region.

"Summerfest is a great way to kick off the summer season and celebrate Father's Day with Dad and the entire family," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NEW YORK Tune in NBC any Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, and, whether live or a repeat, you know what you'll find. It's been that way since October 1975 and, having just wrapped 40 years on the air, "Saturday Night Live" is long overdue for a fitting shrine.

Now it has one. "Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition" has just opened in (where else) New York, and it's a riches-filled destination for the program's three generations of fans those, that is, who can cover the rich admission ($29 for adults, $26 for children under 12).

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Slatedale will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival and Basket Drawing from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Refreshments include hot dogs, hamburgers, pork barbecue, pierogies, baked beans, funnel cake, and strawberry shortcake with or without ice cream. New this year will be entertainment by Jack and Friends. Tickets will be available for the door prize drawing.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP This photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner.

NEW YORK Bruce Jenner's transition is complete.

"Call me Caitlyn," declares a headline on the July cover of Vanity Fair, with a photo of a long-haired Jenner in a strapless corset, legs crossed, sitting on a stool.

The image was shot by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz. Inside, more images depict Caitlyn in gold lame, a black bustier and an off-the-shoulder gown showing off ample cleavage.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Spottiswoode & His Enemies perform with "40 Story Radio Tower" tonight.

Back by popular demand Spottiswoode & His Enemies return to perform another episode of "40 Story Radio Tower" tonight at 8 o'clock.

"40 Story Radio Tower" is a stage show recorded live for podcast. It's a celebration of the spoken word, through plays, comedies, and poetry, and of new live music, all presented in a radio show format.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Swift dominated the Billboard Music Awards with eight wins, including top artist, while Kanye West was booed during his performance that closed the three-hour event.

Swift also won top Billboard 200 album for "1989" and top female artist Sunday night.

"Oh, this is such a good night!" she said after winning the top prize, besting One Direction, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Katy Perry. "Early this morning I watched my brother Austin graduate from Notre Dame ... (and) to anyone who's graduating this year ... this is for you."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Relive the great music of the past at the Tamaqua Community Art Center as the Legends Oldies Band performs a concert of golden hits from the '50s to the '70s.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 9 at the art center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Band members have performed with national acts such as the Drifters, the Platters, the Coasters and Danny and the Juniors. Their music ranges from the "doo wop" sound to American stalwarts such as Del Shannon and Chuck Berry, to the groups that came to America during the "British Invasion."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) – Oprah Winfrey will auction off paintings, furniture, designer clothing and other items from her Chicago residence next month.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said Tuesday that the proceeds will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which tries to prepare disadvantaged high school-aged girls to be future leaders.

The auction house plans a preview exhibit starting April 16. The auction will be held April 25, with bidding in person and online.