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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 ...

‘Philadelphia’ features Tom Hanks at his best

For this week’s “Throwback Thursday,” we are headed back to 1993 for an amazing film called “Philadelphia.” While I am no fan of the City of Brotherly Love, I am a fan of the award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. For those who have never seen ...

Roxy raring to reopen

LOCK HAVEN — After being closed since March due to COVID-19, the Roxy Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Lock Haven is opening its doors to movie viewers tomorrow, Friday, June 12. So why not get out of the house and take in a show this weekend. Here’s the line-up of movies for ...

Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest goes virtual

BELLEFONTE — The Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest goes virtual as they celebrate Arts for Everyone, June 19 through 21. The three day festival isn’t all the organization is offering. There will be a week’s-long series of events leading up to the festival involving over 30 companies, ...

Local jazz trombonist releases DVD

AARONSBURG — Aaronsburg based trombonist Jay T. Vonada has recently released a new DVD entitled “A Concert of Original Music.” The DVD is a half hour long program featuring new compositions by Vonada including “Literally Saige,” “Believe,” “Jay’s Minor Mood” and more. ...

Wyrope donates to Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

Wyrope Williamsport Federal Credit Union presented the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra with a $3,000 check in support of the Symphony’s concert on Sept. 22 “Thrills & Triumph.” At right, Brittany Baker, president of Wyrope Williamsport FCU presents the check to Janet Harris, Director ...

Throwback Thursday: ‘Bring It On’ has a deeper message

Looking back on all my movie reviews I’m starting to realize just how all over the map my tastes are. And once again that realization is cemented having gone from reviewing “The Goonies” last week to early 2000s cult classic “Bring It On” this week. “Bring It On” was released ...

‘Ghost’ is a chick flick with a different spin

It was the summer of 1990 and couples flocked to the movie theatres for the love story “Ghost.” It was a “chick flick” before the term was even invented. Unlike other romance films, “Ghost” takes an interesting angle. Early in the film, Sam Wheat (played wonderfully by the late ...