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Arts and Culture

Williamsport alumnus wins second Grammy

WILLIAMSPORT — Recently, Dashon Burton, a Williamsport High School alumnus, won a second Grammy for his musical talents in both a vocal ensemble and now as a soloist. “I am so thrilled,” he said. “It calls attention to the incredibly hard work.” The solo artist album he created ...

‘400 years of tradition’: Violin-crafting in ‘idyllic’ place

BELSANO, Pa. — Robert Gordon III can hear, and even see, the music inside a piece of wood before he transforms it into a finished violin. To demonstrate how, Gordon, a second-generation luthier, twisted a Douglas fir top to a violin made based on a Guarneri mold that was handed down to ...

‘Holes’ translates from book to movie perfectly

There are very few movie adaptations that I feel actually do a good job of capturing the feel and plot line of a book perfectly. Disney’s “Holes” is one of those few. Like many my age, in middle school we read the 1998 novel “Holes.” This was followed by watching the movie ...

‘City Slickers’ is a fun guy flick

We often hear the term “chick flick.” Usually, those films are romantic comedies or sappy love stories that you might find on the Hallmark Channel. Quite frankly, I’m not a fan of romantic comedies and I fly by the Hallmark Channel when scrolling through on my remote. One night, my ...

British guitarist Thompson’s memoir revisits golden rock era

In 1968, the year “Hey Jude” hit the charts, Richard Thompson turned down an invitation to Paul McCartney’s birthday party. On other occasions over the years, Thompson shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix. He also pranked Buck Owens. Those are among the fun facts found in Thompson’s ...

Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price. The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced ...

A new ‘Kung Fu’ debuts at a crucial time for Asian Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — Up-and-coming actors will sometimes claim to know a variety of skills to be considered for roles, but Olivia Liang set a boundary early in her career. “When I started off in the industry, people would ask me why martial arts wasn’t on my resume because it was such a ...

Uptown Music to perform at Community Arts Center April 16, 17

WILLIAMSPORT — The Uptown Music Collective is set to return to the Community Arts Center stage to present “Good Times Bad Times: The Music of Led Zeppelin” for three live performances on April 16 and 17. This high-energy tribute from the area’s premier school of music will feature ...

Hopper shines in the darkness of ‘Blue Velvet’

The film’s cold open begins, cloaked in a vibrant picturesque American Dream that is reflected in the model array of red roses, white picket fences, and a baby blue sky. The town starts its day in a cheerful and orderly conduct. A slow-motion montage of the town’s morning rolls on, all ...

Moreno, Wood captivate in ‘West Side Story’

I’m back after a week away and with a classic for today’s Throwback Thursday. Recently I’d begun rewatching the reboot of “One Day at a Time” on Netflix. Among the many talented actors on this show is award winning actress Rita Moreno. So it seemed like fate when one day while ...

Shoppers encouraged to take part in DLH Shop Hop Friday and Saturday

LOCK HAVEN — Downtown Lock Haven will be hopping tomorrow and Saturday as area businesses get in the Easter spirit. Over a dozen businesses will be taking part in an Easter egg hunt while also encouraging shoppers to check out the plethora of local stores the city has to offer. And the ...

The Cakery holds ribbon cutting in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — Hello, old friend. On Tuesday, the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting to mark the re-opening of The Cakery at its new location at 105 N. Potter St., in Bellefonte. Bellefonte Chamber president Tamara Schuster and executive director ...

‘Music’ comes in every color

When I sat down to watch the film, “Music,” with my pen and paper, I prepared myself to be angry, frustrated and confused — and I was all of those things, especially when it came to the idea of casting a neurotypical person, Maddie Ziegler, to play a character, Music, who just happens to ...

Reel Time

COLLEGE 9 3031 Carnegie Drive State College 814-272-3050 www.uecmovies.com OPENS AT 11:30 A.M. NOBODY (R) — 1:00 1:40 3:10 4:10 5:20 6:45 7:30 RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (PG) — 1:20 1:40 4:00 4:25 6:30 7:00 TOM & JERRY (PG) — 1:30 2:10 4:15 4:40 6:40 7:00 THE MARKSMAN ...

‘Promising Young Woman’ earned its Oscar noms

I’ll be the first to admit this is just barely a Throwback Thursday. However, with its multiple Oscar nominations — among others — this year I think a review of “Promising Young Woman” is completely warranted. After first seeing the trailer for this 2020 dark comedy thriller I knew ...

‘American Beauty’ is a tour de force for Spacey

Last week, I got away from the dark and depressing stuff to review a comedy. This week, it’s back to the dark stuff. I decided to watch “American Beauty” for the first time in a few years. I first watched “American Beauty” with my brother, Art, at the Super Saver Cinema 8 in ...

Calming us down or revving us up, music can be good for the heart

Stuck in traffic, with a nasty storm making a stressful commute even worse, Joanne Loewy reached for the car radio. “I felt my heartbeat rise,” said Loewy, director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. “So I switched to the ...

Original ‘SNL’ player’s memoir looks back in fondness, humor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Laraine Newman recounted only her experiences as an original “Saturday Night Live” player — a storied ensemble that included Gilda Radner and John Belushi — she’d have plenty of memoir material. But she has other adventures to share in “May You Live in ...

BEA Drama Club set to perform ‘Freaky Friday’

WINGATE — Bald Eagle Area Middle/High School will perform “Freaky Friday the Musical,” with opening night set for Thursday, Dec. 22, at Bald Eagle Area Middle/High School auditorium. The show highlights the lives of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter when they magically swap ...