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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.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone sings old and new country favorites as opening act for Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak.

Opening for country star Sammy Kershaw at Penn's Peak was local songstress, Nicole Donatone and "The Who Knows Band."

She opened with a little Patsy Cline in "Write Me in Care of the Blues" and "I Fall to Pieces," followed by "I Feel Lucky," and LeAnn Rimes' "Blue." She paid tribute to country's queen, Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" and belted out Miranda Lambert's "The House that Build Me" and ended with a soulful "Last Blue Moon of Kentucky."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

In writer-director Christopher Nolan's "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio falls asleep, Joseph Gordon-Levitt falls asleep, Ellen Page falls asleep -- and I nearly fell asleep.

I can barely stay awake just thinking about "Inception" in order to finish this movie review.

"Inception" is officially the 2010 summer blockbuster season's worst movie, given its $160-million budget and advance hype. It's, arguably, the most ludicrous movie since "Dune" (1984).

It's Nolan's first original movie since his feature film debut, "Following" (1998).

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Met a star

Sydney Strubinger, 8, a second grade student at the L. B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, gets a hug from country singer John Michael Montgomery when she attended concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Sydney is the granddaughter of Jim and Diane Strubinger of Jim Thorpe. She attended the show with her "grammy."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Childhood's End, a national touring Pink Floyd tribute Band, performs at The Mauch Chunk Opera house, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, July 17, at 8:30 p.m.

Childhood's End is a central NY based Pink Floyd tribute band featuring over 100 years of combined experience in all facets of the business.

The current line-up of Eric Garboushian on drums, Gregory John on guitars, Jimmy Puma on bass and vocals, Tim Robinson on guitars and vocals and Steve Schad on keyboards and vocals provide a complete visual and dynamic musical performance.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The annual combined picnic of the Bowmanstown/Parryville Lions Club, Bowmanstown Fire Co., and Bowmanstown Fire Co. Auxiliary will be held Friday through Sunday at the fire company.

On Friday, the ultimate oldies' group, Remember When, will be performing.

One of the most popular oldies' band in the region, Remember When plays the best of the oldies, on stage from 7-10 p.m.

Keyboardist Bud Wychulis, guitarist Jim Martuscelli, and drummer Rick Martuscelli have been entertaining audiences for a combined total of nearly 70 years.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Ron Gower/times news

A feature attraction at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville are the African penguins. This one looks like he's posing for photo. The zoo has dozens of animals besides the penguins, including zebras, ostriches, tortoises, and kangaroos.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Professional wrestling, a tractor pull, and two demolition derbies are highlights at the 11th annual Carbon County Fair.

The fair will be held Aug. 11-15 along Little Gap Road near Palmerton.

At this year's fair, there will be live entertainment, along with a wide array of fair food, agricultural displays, exhibits and rides. Not to disappoint you, get ready for two demolition derbies, the antique field stock tractor pull and new this year, a professional wrestling event that includes a ladies bout as well as a steel cage match.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Old Crow Medicine Show at Penn's Peak

The Old Crow Medicine Show, which recorded songs such as "Wagon Wheel" and "Down Home Girl," will be coming to Penn's Peak for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22. The music of Old Crow Medicine Show blends American roots, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass and rock. This is the band's first appearance at Penn's Peak. Tickets are available for $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A spectacular fireworks display Saturday night will occur at the annual block party of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The festival will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the fire company grounds.

On Friday, the band Nite Flyte will entertain, with a seafood dinner served from 4-7 p.m.

On Saturday, Night Wind is the featured band, followed by the fireworks display.

The band Boomerang entertains on Sunday.