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Darlene Love to play CAC show

Maybe you know her from the long and storied music career that landed her in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Or maybe you know her from playing in major motion pictures, like the “Lethal Weapon” franchise. Heck, you might even know her from her starring roles on Broadway in shows like ...

Upcoming Williamsport Music Club show explores international music traditions

Connections to world-wide musical traditions will be explored during the Williamsport Music Club’s program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Robert M. Sides Music Center, 201 Mulberry Street. Program Chair Charles Getchell, has arranged for the audience a delightful tour of various musical ...

BTE bringing magician, one-woman show to stage

BLOOMSBURG — Although the Alvina Krause Theater may have been a movie house at one time, it is now the home of the acclaimed professional ensemble presenting live theater attractions. Still, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble does occasionally offer a double feature. BTE’s double bill is not two ...

Community Theatre League heading to the library

The Community Theatre League’s “Page to Stage” program partners its Educational branch with the James V. Brown Library for a series of workshops and a special event beginning this month. Two workshops will be held at the library hosted by Nana White of the J.V. Brown Library and Brianne ...

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ gives viewers what they want to see

When I was five, my family acquired a friendly border collie named Spiffy. A few weeks later, we went on vacation, leaving Spiffy in the care of friends — and he ran off. Their property was several miles from ours, separated by a creek, a highway and a train track; and Spiffy, who had been ...

Romantic ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ shines with simplicity

The torch has been passed. In the 1970’s, the famous black activist, James Baldwin, created a story focused on unbiased love that only a new set of hands could do justice. Barry Jenkins was the answer. The acclaimed director’s latest work is as warm as any film gets. Patient, poignant, and ...

While not all bad ‘The Upside’ remains forgettable

Boasting an impressive cast made up of Kevin Hart (”Get Hard,” “Central Intelligence”), Bryan Cranston (”Breaking Bad,” “Argo”), and Nicole Kidman (”Lion,” “The Hours”) this movie was destined for success. Unfortunately, “The Upside” has a lot of downsides too. ...

Area filmmaker’s documentary focuses on addiction

When Kaitlin Lunger took her first multimedia class at Hughesville High School several years ago, she didn’t immediately fall in love with the art of making movies. In fact, she didn’t really like the class that much at all. But after taking the course again in a later semester, something ...

Mop of white hair belies youthful energy of Richard McCarty

If there are any accomplished musicians and magicians in the area, chances are that these fair-haired performers don’t have white hair — but Richard McCarty is a definite exception. A native of Philadelphia, McCarty wanted to be an actor as a child, but instead pursued music while ...

‘LEGO The Incredibles’ blends action, storytelling

Growing up, children aspire to be astronauts, firefighters and police officers, but one of the more lofty dreams kids have is being a superhero. Sure, they look up to astronauts and first responders as superheroes, but the ones they see in movies and in comic books are just one step above. I ...

Powerful ‘Green Book’ generates surprising emotional pull

Having waited five weeks for “Green Book” to open in Williamsport, I finally gave up and drove all the way to State College to see the new film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It was worth every mile. In fact, if I’d seen “Green Book” before composing 2018’s ...

Area film critics pick best (and worst) movies of 2018

With the holiday movie season still in full swing, Sun-Gazette film critics Quinn Deitrick and Joe Smith present their five best films (and one bomb) from 2018: QUINN’S BEST MOVIES 5. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” With such a sentimental topic that is more prevalent now than ever, ...

Hamilton-Gibson readies for new season, announces three upcoming performances

Hamilton-Gibson Productions has its own unique way of constructing its season. Although most professional and community theater seasons run from late September or early October until June or July, Wellsboro’s H-G Productions’ season follows the calendar year. So, January means it’s time ...

Uptown Music Collective to raise funds with tribute to Chicago & Friends

At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, the Uptown Music Collective will take the stage at the Community Arts Center for one night only to pay tribute to the group ranked No. 9 on Billboards list of the 100 greatest artists of all time — the rock group Chicago. The concert, titled “25 Or 6 To 4: The Music ...

Revivals bringing theatergoers to Broadway

With the arrival of January, the holiday season has officially ended, but for those who didn’t travel to New York City to attend Radio City Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, there are several new musicals and, more importantly, a couple of revivals that still beacon theatergoers to ...

Billtown Blues announces first wave of festival performers

Vanessa Collier, Nick Moss and Lindsay Beaver have been announced by the Billtown Blues Association to grace the Williamsport Sun-Gazette Stage for its 30th Year Anniversary celebration of American roots music. The iconic Lycoming County music event is set for a three day run June 10-16 at the ...

Kicking off the year with ‘Sparrowhawk,’ ‘Firefly’

I’m bringing in 2019 with a bang. I’m finally hitting up the fine folks at Isle of Comics in South Williamsport and getting on a subscription, so that I know which books will be in every week, even when I can’t make it. No floundering around for missing issues because I wasn’t able ...

A list of the most notable theater productions of 2018

Not that I’m keeping a close count, but having seen nearly three dozen plays and musicals this past year, it’s time to select the “baker’s dozen” which I found to be the most notable, nicely-staged and nifty productions of 2018. In no particular order, here are my top productions ...