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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The last of this year's Concerts Under The Stars will be held tonight in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater at 8 o'clock and in Eurana Park, Weatherly at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Performing will be the Lehighton Band under the direction of Paul R. Smith.

A concert of light music has been planned for this concert and there should be something in the program to please everyone in the audience.

The concert will open with a Sousa march, "National Fencibles" followed by the lively "Bolero" by Mozkowski. "Nocturne," a very beautiful tone poem will follow.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Experience the meaning and magic of "What the Bleep Do We Know!," an internationally renowned movie/documentary, at a free showing at the Angela Triplex Theatre on Sun., Aug. 22.

The event includes an interactive discussion with the audience immediately after the showing. The public is welcome to attend and participate.

The free film event begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Angela Triplex Theatre, 113 E. Phillips St., Coaldale. Seating is limited.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ghost Riders at Opera House

The Ghost Riders will be appearing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Opening will be Citizens Band Radio at 8:30 p.m. The Ghost Riders evolved from the joint forces of members from pioneering bands of Southern rock and country. For ticket information, phone 570-325-0249 or go online to mauchchunkoperahouse.com.

Thursday, August 12, 2010
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Bernadine Daddario of Towamensing Township had her picture taken with Crystal Gayle following a concert at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, Pa. Gayle took time to sign autographs and meet with all the concertgoers who wanted a moment with her. Crystal Gayle is a country singer known for such hits as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "Talking In Your Sleep." She's a younger sister of Loretta Lynn.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When a movie is titled "Dinner for Schmucks," it had better have some redeeming qualities.

Use of the word Schmuck, long considered a derogatory word on the order of "the N word," might not have passed muster for a movie title a few decades ago.

Fortunately, "Dinner for Schmucks" passes muster. The movie is not only funny, it has a thoughtful take-away: a fool may be the wisest of all.

Thursday, August 5, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Guitarist Jake Cinninger of Umphey's McGee delivers a guitar riff onstage at Penn's Peak last year.

Leave it to Umphrey's McGee to find a way to combine football and improvisational, progressive music.

After all, the band has its roots in South Bend, Indiana, at Notre Dame, in the shadow of the Golden Dome and all that gridiron tradition.

In addition to its usually busy schedule of touring, including some of the biggest festivals in the land, the Chicago-based jam band found the time to come up with the first UMBowl on April 24 at their hometown Lincoln Hall.

Monday, August 2, 2010
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Kyle Agnew of Pottstown, son of Michelle and Jon Agnew, gives a high-five to George the Bear, the official mascot of the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, next to railway's souvenir car. The Agnews said Kyle loves Thomas so they brought him for a ride on the Jim Thrope train. They said they rode the train last summer and enjoyed it, so returned again this year.

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Paul Willistein/TIMES NEWS Tom Hollenbach of Salisbury Township with his 1962 Thunderbird, which will be at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

When Tom Hollenbach starts his 1962 Thunderbird, it really thunders.

The four-seat hardtop owned by Hollenbach and his wife, Claudia, of Salisbury Township, will be under the featured car tent at the 47th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6, 7, 8 in Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie.

The Hollenbachs' Thunderbird was the cover story for an issue of Thunderbird Script magazine, published by the International Thunderbird Club.

" We've had it (the Thunderbird) all over the place," Hollenbach says. "We've had it to many international shows."

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The Lehighton Band, directed by Paul R. Smith, performs recently in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. On Saturday, the band will be putting on a free concert at 7 p.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The Lehighton Band, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mauch Chunk Lake Park.

The band will present a concert of music of various styles.

The overture for the evening will be "Overture de Argentina," a very light-hearted composition that is easy to listen to.

At the other end of the spectrum, the band will play "Willy Nelson In Concert," a medley of Willy Nelson hits.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Unless you are a hard core folk music fan, the prospect of an 18 song solo acoustic guitar set can seem more daunting than fun.

Jeffrey Gaines delivered that exact type of set at his Opera House concert on Saturday.

The Harrisburg resident has been making music and touring for over 20 years. While a bad acoustic concert can lead to frantic watch-checking; the skills Gaines has gained on the road were proven by the fact that on Saturday evening he made the time fly by.