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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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES On his 93rd birthday, comedian Marty Allen could easily rest on his laughs.

Instead, Allen was marking Monday's milestone onstage at a Las Vegas hotel with his wife, singer Karon Kate Blackwell. The act includes her songs, his comedy, and photos and anecdotes about the celebrities that Allen has worked or brushed shoulders with over the years.

"I lived in a time of superstars that will never come again," said Allen, who opened for singers that included Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn and Tony Bennett, just to name a few.

Friday, March 20, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wayde Leonard, Don Plowman and Craig Thatcher will pay tribute to Cream at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe this Saturday.

Guitarist Craig Thatcher, along with bassist/vocalist Wayde Leonard and drummer Don Plowman, will appear Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, featuring an explosive Cream tribute show.

The show will include all of Cream's greatest hits like "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room," "Crossroads" and "Badge."

The band also plays Cream's jams "Spoonful" "I'm So Glad" and "Toad."

They pay homage to the world's first blues/rock/psychedelic super trio with this spectacular show.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) – Show-biz sweetheart Betty White is about to get another dose of love, this time from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The 93-year-old will be honored with this year's lifetime achievement award next month at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

In the 1960s, White was a frequent contestant on "Password," where she met and subsequently wed its host, Allen Ludden. She also appeared on "The Match Game" and "The $25,000 Pyramid."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Times News file photo Bret Michaels, lead singer of Poison, will be appearing at Penn's Peak on April 16.

Ten more concerts for 2015 have been announced at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, including Poison lead singer and TV star Bret Michaels, country stars Clint Black and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and the return of Three Dog Night.

Tickets for seven of the shows go on sale this weekend to the general public.

The concerts are:

Ÿ April 16 Bret Michaels (Tickets on sale March 6 at 10 a.m.).

Ÿ April 17 Mary Chapin Carpenter, with special guest Lunasa. Tickets are available.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) Paula Deen has found a new publishing home.

Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it had reached a distribution deal with the celebrity chef's Paula Deen Ventures. Hachette's plans include selling and distributing a new title, "Paula Deen Cuts the Fat," and reissuing such older works as "The Lady & Sons" and "A Savannah Country Cookbook." Todd McGarity, Hachette's vice president of client distribution services, said in a statement that Deen's "trademark warmth and culinary flair are as appealing as ever."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Oscar spread the largesse at the 87th Academy Awards last Sunday.

Thematically, Oscar again typically voted for disease ("The Theory Of Everything," "Still Alice") and dysfunction ("Birdman," "Whiplash," "Boyhood").

The big categories went to "Birdman," which received four gold statues for Picture, Director (Alejandro Inarritu), Original Screenplay (Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo) and Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, a two-year in a row recipient, following "Gravity" in 2014).

Friday, February 6, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Dennis DeYoung bring "The Music of Styx" to Penn's Peak on Friday, Feb. 13. The following evening, Remember When will performing a Valentine's Day show at the venue. This is part of Remember When's final tour. The band is retiring at the end of 2015.

You don't have to burrow inside for six more weeks of winter.

Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe has a hectic concert schedule over the next two months that offers a wide variety of music to get you out and about.

Next week, there are two big events scheduled.

On Feb. 13, Dennis DeYoung, a founding member of the band Styx, brings "The Music of STYX" to Carbon County's largest music venue. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

This is a return appearance for DeYoung. All his performances have attracted large crowds at the Peak.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Donna the Buffalo wlll perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Donna the Buffalo will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Donna the Buffalo's sound is groove-oriented, danceable and often socially conscious music that began over 20 years ago with roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric Americana mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country.

They have been performing original roots music since 1989.