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CPA will not present artists at Penn State this fall

UNIVERSITY PARK — Due to state and university limitations on large group gatherings, plus requirements for physical distancing and challenges faced by touring artists, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has decided to not present public performances by artists on campus during ...

John Stevens Polka Band to perform in Triangle Park Friday

LOCK HAVEN — The John Stevens Polka band will perform this Friday, July 3 at Triangle Park, for the Lock Haven Summer Concert Series. The concert will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Those interested in attending the free concert are invited to bring their own chair. The John Stevens Polka band ...

‘The Last Airbender’ was a mistake, watch the cartoon instead

I think this is the first negative review I’ve written since I warned readers to avoid the new “Cats” movie at all costs. But with the resurgence of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” on Netflix I can’t help but choose its less-than-great live action counter part for this week’s ...

‘The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh’ is so bad … it’s good?

Ever watch a movie so bad you cannot stop watching? I have a lot of movies that fall into that category. A lot of sequels are like that — “Major League II,” “Airplane II” and “Caddyshack 2” come to mind. But my absolute favorite bad movie is the 1979 classic “The Fish That ...

The revolution comes again: Miranda and Kail on ‘Hamilton’

NEW YORK — Lin-Manuel Miranda likes to picture the millionaire, Mr. Howell, from “Gilligan’s Island,” saying the brag. You know the one. “Well, I saw it with the original cast.” On Friday, Miranda will steal that boast from anyone who ever saw “Hamilton” in its blistering ...

New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A small northern New Mexico Native American tribe has opened a movie studio in a former casino that it hopes will lure big productions. The Tesuque Pueblo recently converted the building near Santa Fe into a movie studio campus called Camel Rock Studios with more ...

A summer of music

LOCK HAVEN — The Jeremy Edge Project will perform this Sunday, June 28 on the Floating Stage to kick off the Lock Haven Summer Concert Series on the river. The concert will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Former Candlelight Red guitarist Jeremy Edge has just released a new independent ...

A summer of music

LOCK HAVEN — Big Willy will perform this Friday, June 26 on Grove and Main Street to kick off the Lock Haven Summer Concert Series. The concert will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., and those interested in attending the free concert are invited to bring their own chair, or enjoy the band while ...

Throwback Thursday

After the first time I watched “Tremors” as a kid I was kinda terrified to walk on the ground. At least until I was reminded that we live in a more rocky area than the flat plains of Nevada. “Tremors” came out in 1990 and stars well known names like Kevin Bacon, Reba McEntire, Fred ...

Throwback Thursday

I don’t try to hide the fact that I’m a big Michael Keaton fan. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed watching Keaton on the big screen. Perhaps my affinity for him comes from the fact that he’s from my hometown, Pittsburgh. He actually started his career working on “Mister ...

Warner Bros to hold massive virtual event for DC Comics fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con may be canceled this year, but Warner Bros. will convene a 24-hour virtual gathering of the biggest names in the DC Comics universe. The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome will be held on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. PDT. The event will feature talent ...

Amid pandemic, Live Nation announces drive-in concert series

NEW YORK (AP) — Tour promoter Live Nation has announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July, months after the live music industry has been on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment company on Monday announced “Live from the Drive-In” — a ...

A dream realized: Wilkes-Barre man pens book on his love of the outdoors

WILKES-BARRE — There’s something powerful about when an author claims to have written their life’s work. Bernard Charles Barnick, of Wilkes-Barre, didn’t use those exact words — “life’s work” — in an interview about his recently published paperback, but it indeed reflects ...

The special secret sauce in John Legend’s album: the Grammys

NEW YORK — At the 2020 Grammy Awards, John Legend excitedly walked around with “a special secret,” as he puts it: He had just finished recording a batch of songs and felt like his new album was near done. And though he performed and won his 11th gramophone at the show, he productively ...

‘The Outsiders’ was a stepping stone for its cast

When I was in the 7th or 8th grade I, along with the rest of my English class, were forced to read the book “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. Now, I enjoy reading but I don’t like being told to read something, so I hated the experience. What made it somewhat bearable was watching the ...

30 years later, Burton’s ‘Batman’ holds up well

For this week’s “Throwback Thursday” movie, we are hopping in the time machine and headed back to the summer of 1989. That year, the movie that everyone was talking about was “Batman,” starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. I can still remember standing in a long line at ...

‘Live from Here,’ successor to ‘Prairie Home’ show, canceled

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — American Public Media Group announced Tuesday it has canceled musician Chris Thile’s “Live from Here” radio show, the successor to Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The media organization said it was ending national production of Thile’s show ...

Sunday evening concerts are coming to Talleyrand Park

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association will start their Sunday evening concerts beginning at 7 p.m. in Talleyrand Park starting June 28 with the music of classic and acoustic rock group Eventide. The remaining schedule includes: — 50s and 60s acappella doo wop ...

Rays of Light

Productions put together by students at Central Mountain and Jersey Shore area high schools are being recognized this year at the annual Ray of Light Awards. Since 2009, the Community Theatre League in Williamsport has presented the annual Ray of Light Awards for excellence in high school ...

A heart-warming story about chosen family

“Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in most.” Although I’m not a man and this speech wasn’t necessarily meant for me, these words always move me every time I hear them spoken by Robert Duvall in “Secondhand Lions.” When I was ...