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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The stage at Lehighton Area High School will take on the look of the "The Wild, Wild, Wildest West," or "How the West Was Dun," when the Drama Club performs a hilarious musical spoof this weekend. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12; and Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. From left performing the song "Always Darkest Before the Storm" during the dress rehearsal are, front row, Elyse Kistler, Schyler Cordova and Kaitlyn Piekarski; and back row, Alyssa Huntington and Matt McGeehan

Lehighton Area High School Drama Club will be performing "The Wild, Wild, Wildest West," or "How the West was Dun," at 7:30 both nights of Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Directors are Robert Barowski and Kim Laird.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Professional wrestler Tony A. J. Petrucci, who is part of the Masked Destroyers tag team, does a somersault onto his opponent during bout in the Loco Gym in Feasterville, Bucks County. The Destroyers are the tag team champions in the Loco Wrestling Association, holding the belts for several months. Petrucci, who got his start in the World Wresting Federation, still does the somersault at age 61.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. A near capacity crowd attended the show which featured the country star performing numerous songs from his newest album, "Set You Free."

Most new country artists often mix other genres into their concerts.

Some add some pop. Others a little rock.

Heck, Jason Aldean even added some rap.

Gary Allan doesn't stray. He keeps it pure country.

Last night Allan performed at Penn's Peak before a near capacity crowd. Throughout his 22-set, from the opening number of "Tough Enough" to his finale "Songs About Rain," he sang ballads, love songs, story songs. He stuck to the brand and it was obvious the audience appreciated it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, the Mauch Chunk Opera House presents Irish and Broadway Classics: From Danny Boy to Phantom.

It's the 100-year anniversary of the first public performances of the song Danny Boy.

To recognize the occasion, the American actor and singing sensation Nat Chandler joins soprano Anne Tormela and the Manhattan Lyric Opera in a dazzling foray through Irish and Broadway classics.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, tonight at the Opera House, performing will be Splintered Sunlight in a concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Stone Crusher, driven by Steve Sims, is among the Monster Trucks to be featured at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The first time Steve Sims witnessed a "Monster Truck" event, he knew it was something he wanted to do.

Sims, of Virginia Beach, Va., managed to become a part of the big rig experience through bartering.

He operates a business, Custom Stone Company, in Virginia, which also does countertop installation.

Sims got driver Dennis Anderson to bring his big-wheeled vehicle, "Grave Digger," to his son's birthday party. In return, Anderson wanted new counter tops.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The year 2012 in cinema will be remembered as one of the best ever.

Many of the Oscar-nominated pictures garnered critical and popular acclaim. Look for Oscar to share the gold.

The Oscars will air on ABC at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Here are domestic box-office grosses, as of Feb. 17, of the Oscar picture nominees:

"Amour" - $3.9 million, four Oscar nominations

"Argo" - $126.8 million, seven Oscar nominations

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"- $12 million, four Oscar nominations

"Django Unchained" - $156.9 million, five Oscar nominations

Friday, February 15, 2013
Tusk, the Ultimate Fleetwood Max Experience, will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House tonight and Saturday. The Allentown Band will be at the Opera House at 7 p.m. Sunday.

It's a big concert weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight and Saturday, Tusk - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience, will be presented. Opera House officials said Tusk is here for two evenings because the last time the band performed it sold out.

There are two special events occcurring with this concert.

Tusk will be releasing its "Live CD" recorded at last year's Mauch Chunk Opera House concert.

Also, Tusk will be joined at both performances by singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Zion Opera Workshop will be presenting "Crazy For You," which is a romantic comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin.

This is the 43rd annual production of the Workshop.

The musical will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, March 1, and March 2 in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton. A 2 p.m. matinee is also scheduled for March 2.

Released in 1992, "Crazy For You" was billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy."

Friday, January 18, 2013
Savoy Brown, a British blues/rock band, will be returning to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

One of the longest, continuously running, blues/rock bands in the world today, blues-rock innovators Savoy Brown, will appear in concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Formed by British guitarist and songwriter Kim Simmonds in 1966, Savoy Brown's fusion of blues, rock, and jazz music was revolutionary for late-1960s England.

Friday, January 11, 2013
Dancin' Machine will be bringing their fun show to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Saturday night.

Tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, a band that has everyone dancing to non-stop hits from the disco era is back.

Dancin' Machine is a retro dance party and tribute to the hit days of disco by a premiere nine-piece band.

Once again recapture the days of Boogie Fever and do The Hustle to all of the top Disco hits of the 70's.

Dancin' Machine makes every concert event a party. Don't forget your bell bottom jeans and polyester shirt. It's time to party with the East Coast's hottest Disco tribute.