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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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The musical group Free Range Folk will be performing at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Valentine's Day, with special guest Gene Morrison.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It has been nearly half a century since Paul Smith, former musical director at Zion United Church of Chirst in Lehighton, created the Zion Opera Workshop for amateur performers.

It's a community theater that has continued with annual musicals for 46 straight years.

This year, the Workshop presents "Annie Get Your Gun" on March 5, 6 and 7.

The performances, held in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, usually sell out so advance tickets are recommended.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen as highly predictive of which film will triumph at the Oscars, which will be held Feb. 22.