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Arts and Culture

Local writer pens book highlighting Millbrook’s first 50 years

LOCK HAVEN — It just kept getting bigger. Those were the words Kathy Arndt said with a chuckle while discussing her book “Millbrook: The First 50 Years” which highlights half a century of the playhouse’s history. The book was originally meant to be just a pamphlet when its board ...

Washington helps ‘Flight’ take off

Denzel Washington is one of America’s finest actors. He truly burst on the scene in “Philadelphia” playing attorney Joe Miller for Tom Hanks’ character, Andrew Beckett. Hanks, of course, won an Oscar for that role. Washington garnered a nomination, but didn’t win one until ...

Nobody puts ‘Dirty Dancing’ in a corner

Ah the 80s... what a time to be alive (or so I’ve heard anyway). This wonderful decade gifted us with so many things: Big hair, bold outfits and of course “Dirty Dancing.” “Dirty Dancing” was released in 1987 and stars Jennifer Grey and 80s heartthrob Patrick Swayze. The movie was ...

CPA announces interim director while search continues

STATE COLLEGE — While the search for a new director continues, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Dean B. Stephen Carpenter II has appointed Center for the Performing Arts Assistant Director Lea Asbell-Swanger as interim director. She assumes administrative leadership duties at the ...

Jay Vonada releases DVD

Jazz Trombonist Jay T. Vonada will release a new DVD on Feb. 1. The DVD is titled, “A video concert by Jazz Trombonist Jay T. Vonada Volume II” and features all original music. The DVD runs about 30 minutes and is the second Vonada has released. Volume 1 was released in the spring of ...

CAC announces newest series to start in February

WILLIAMSPORT — The Community Arts Center is starting the new year welcoming local Pennsylvania musicians to the Bill Martin stage for their new “Closer to home” series. The artists slated for the series so far include Gabe Stillman on Feb. 27, Aaron Kelly on March 13, and Craig ...

With passion and fashion, Lady Gaga delivers powerful anthem

A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion. The Grammy winner wore a large dove pin and an impressively billowing red sculpted skirt as she sang into a ...

Tyler Perry and MPTF to get humanitarian award at Oscars

Filmmaker Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund are being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. The group that puts on the Oscars decided to give the award to two recipients this year in recognition ...

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a timeless classic

For once I’m going to stick to a genre when it comes to these reviews. Since I wrote about classic musical “Singin’ in the Rain” I figured I’d review another musical favorite — “The Wizard of Oz.” Obviously this movie, which was released in 1939 by MGM Studios, is well known ...

‘Parasite’ is one worth watching … and reading

I am not a fan of subtitles. Simply put, I don’t like to read when I watch a movie. Back in 2020 (seems so long ago), my son, Jake, was flipping through Netflix one night when he stopped on “Parasite.” I remembered that “Parasite” won the Academy Award for Best Picture in ...

We’re all in this together: Ten years of Concerts with a Cause

STATE COLLEGE— Join the State Theatre, MC extraordinaire Jeff Brown and your favorite local bands for “We’re All in This Together: Ten Years of Concerts with a Cause” on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. streamed live via Youtube and Facebook. This livestreamed event celebrates the theatre’s now ...

PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ marks 50th year with challenges ahead

LOS ANGELES — As PBS’ “Masterpiece” marks its 50th anniversary Sunday, the drama and mystery showcase could rest on its reputation built with acclaimed programs including “I, Claudius” and “Elizabeth R” and polished anew by surprising pop-culture hits “Sherlock” and ...

CCAC announces 2021 exhibit schedule

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Arts Council recently announced its 2021 calendar of exhibits to be held at The Station Gallery, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven. “While we are still under the influence of COVID-19, the gallery will be subject to the laws of the day... and we hope 2021 ...

Reynolds, O’Connor are true stars of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Because I really love pulling complete 180s in life and in these columns... this week I’ll be reviewing a movie that was older than most of the cast of my previous review. “Singin’ in the Rain” is a 1952 musical released by MGM and is considered one of the classics — even being ...

‘Breaking Bad’ is one of the best TV series of all time

My colleague broke through last week with her review of “The Haunting of Hill House,” a Netflix series. I decided to piggyback that review with another television series for this week’s “Throwback Thursday.” I’ll admit that I’ve watched a lot of television during my lifetime. ...

CAC awarded EITC funds from Riverview Bank

WILLIAMSPORT — The Community Arts Center announced it is the recipient of $3,000 from Riverview Bank through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). The contribution will be used to support the approved EITC programs at the CAC. Educational Improvement Tax Credit ...

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is more than just terrifying

I’m taking a step out of my usual “Throwback Thursday” comfort zone into something new this week. Technically “The Haunting of Hill House” isn’t a movie, however I just watched it for the third time since August and I really want to talk about how much I love it. Hill House is a ...

Cruise and Gooding carry ‘Jerry Maguire’ into the end zone

While there are a few New Year’s movies out there, I didn’t feel like reviewing one for this week’s “Throwback Thursday” column. After a month of Christmas movie reviews, I thought I’d go off the board and review one of my all-time favorites — 1996’s “Jerry Maguire.” If ...

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is a wonderful film

Hands down, Christmas Eve is the best night of the year. The entire day feels special, doesn’t it? Most of us are off work, and even if we’re not, it’s usually a short day. Last-minute shopping, wrapping presents, cookies, church services, a special meal ... no matter what you do, it ...

‘A Christmas Story’ is the ultimate Christmas movie

I can’t think of a better movie for my last Christmas themed Throwback Thursday columns than this absolute gem. “A Christmas Story” is the Christmas movie to end all Christmas movies. Everyone knows at least one classic phrase from the 1983 movie released by film giant WarnerMedia even ...