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‘The Haunted Mansion’ is as good as any Halloween movie

Keeping in my theme of reviewing scary and then not-so-scary movies I’ve chosen 2003’s “The Haunted Mansion” this week. When I was a kid, and even now, when I think of a children’s Halloween-type movie I automatically think “Hocus Pocus” or “Casper” but “The Haunted ...

‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is one of Carpenter’s best

There are a few names that are synonymous with cinematic horror. One of this pantheon is, without a doubt, John Carpenter. Most known for “Halloween” and “The Thing,” Carpenter has a library’s worth of cult classic horror films stretching from the 1970s through the 1990s. “In the ...

Given to Vote: Pearl Jam gets political again during hiatus

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stone Gossard made some serious promises this campaign season. Pearl Jam fans who answered FaceTime calls from the rhythm guitarist got something extra for taking a vote-by-mail pledge — the latest offering from the band in a career full of activism and advocacy for ...

Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival Playwriting Competition kicks off

STATE COLLEGE — The Central PA Theatre and Dance Festival is sponsoring a playwriting competition as part of the Festival’s 4th year. Writers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit their previously unproduced, original works for consideration. The winning entries will ...

Remake of ‘It’ is the perfect Halloween treat

When it comes to Stephen King’s works translating to the big screen, it’s usually a 50/50 proposition. Some of his works, like “Misery” and “The Dead Zone” have worked well. Others, like “Cujo” and “Christine,” have flopped. Maybe that’s why I was hesitant to watch ...

1990’s ‘It’ is a horror classic

When you think of horror movies, especially classics, I’d be shocked if 1990’s TV mini-series “It” isn’t one of the first that comes to mind. Although it didn’t get the large hype that its predecessor would — mostly due to the major leap putting horror on public television like ...

Indie bookstores launch anti-Amazon ‘Boxed Out’ campaign

NEW YORK — With many independent bookstore owners facing the most dire financial crisis in their lifetimes, the American Booksellers Association has teamed with an award-winning advertising agency known for “culture hacking” to dramatize the threats of the pandemic and the growing ...

Sculptor will be first Black woman to represent US at Biennale

Simone Leigh is renowned for creating artworks that transcend race and gender to celebrate Black women and give them a voice. Now she’s sculpting her way into history. She’ll be the first Black woman ever to represent the U.S. at the prestigious Venice Biennale arts festival, the State ...

Wave of ‘Nutcracker’ cancellations hits dance companies hard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For many, it’s not Christmas without the dance of Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. But this year the coronavirus pandemic has canceled performances of “The Nutcracker” around the U.S. and ...

Disney reorg to further bolster company’s focus on streaming

Disney said Monday that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — ...

New York Philharmonic cancels entire 2020-21 season

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Tuesday ...

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until May 30

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of Broadway will have to wait a little longer for shows to resume — until at least late May. Although an exact date for various performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows ...

Farewell to a true guitar hero

When you’re talking about the greatest guitarists of all-time, there’s Eddie Van Halen. And then there’s everyone else. Eddie Van Halen died on Tuesday after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65. If you were a fan of Van Halen, you can recognize his signature riffs. Whether ...

‘Underworld’ still compels despite tired trope

I don’t write very often, but I had to get in on Spooktober for Throwback Thursday. I’ll be reviewing two movies: the first of which is presented here, ‘Underworld.’ To be clear, it would be something of a stretch to call ‘Underworld’ a horror film. It’s much closer to a Gothic ...

‘Jennifer’s Body’ is criminally underrated

We’re going to switch gears from child friendly, fun-for-all-ages like last week to something a lot more teen/adult rated. (Although ethically teens shouldn’t be watching movies rated R either but I’m not your parent.) I have been planning to review this movie for MONTHS since starting ...

CPA to host virtual series with Michael Mwenso

UNIVERSITY PARK — Michael Mwenso, cross-genre artist and leader of jazz-funk band Mwenso and The Shakes, will make a virtual return to the Center for the Performing Arts with his “Meeting the Moment” livestream series. Each monthly episode, during the fall and spring semesters, will ...

Keaton spreads his wings in fantastic ‘Birdman’

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that one of my favorite actors is Michael Keaton. Keaton is one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons. He actually started his career in the Steel City, working behind the scenes at PBS’ “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” and performed stand up. He ...

It’s not spooky season without ‘Hocus Pocus’

And now ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for... Halloween! Well technically it’s 31 days away but if Christmas can have basically November and December then Halloween can have all of October. This is my absolute favorite time of year and I have been itching to ...

Shania Twain reflects on breakout album that changed country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The record that turned Shania Twain from a struggling singer-songwriter from Canada into a global superstar also changed country music for years to come. Twain is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “The Woman in Me” with a deluxe reissue set out ...

Two art faculty honored as Art of the State finalists

WILLIAMSPORT — Showcasing the creative endeavors of Pennsylvania artists, the 53rd annual Art of the State exhibition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania has selected works created by two Pennsylvania College of Technology art faculty members. David M. Moyer, assistant professor of ...