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Michael Jackson’s contributions to music, dance and fashion made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. For one night only, the students and alumni of the Uptown Music Collective will come together to pay tribute to that legacy with a concert featuring the greatest hits ...

The Williamsport Music Club celebrates year 2017

At 7 p.m. Jan. 24, the Williamsport Music Club will journey through the coming year, musically highlighting many traditional holidays and other events which our country observes regularly. The January program, entitled “The Rhythm of Our Celebrations,” will take place at the Robert M. Sides ...

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents ‘Cinderella’ at CAC

“Cinderella,” an enchanting story of wishes that really do come true, will be presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. Set to the music of S. Prokofiev and inspired by the timeless fairy tale, “Cinderella” is one ...

Movie review: ‘Patriots Day’

Most Americans are familiar with the facts of the ghastly Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. But did you know about the subsequent manhunt for the two men responsible — culminating in a carjacking, more police deaths and a shootout in a residential neighborhood, with over 200 rounds fired, at ...

Singers invited to join Mansfield festival chorus

MANSFIELD — Area singers are invited to join the Mansfield University Festival Chorus for the spring semester. The Chorus, directed by Peggy Dettwiler, will meet on Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m. in Steadman Theatre beginning Jan. 24. The chorus will prepare for two performances of the Five ...

From word to song: Raymond J. Howlett featured on ‘The Best of HillTop’ CD

Williamsport native Raymond J. Howlett never expected to be a writer.  “I went on a trip to Maine in 2002, and while I was driving home, I kept thinking about all the covered bridges and how interesting it would be to write a story about one,” said Howlett.  And thus, his first novel, ...

Auditions to be held for ‘The Last Romance’

Auditions for Hamilton-Gibson’s production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy “The Last Romance,” will be at 7 p.m. Jan 27 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave., Wellsboro. Anyone who is interested but cannot audition either day is asked to call the Hamilton-Gibson office ...

Shutterbugs hold annual creative photography show and reception

The Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs have set the opening night reception for their 23rd annual Creative Photography Show from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Thomas Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St. The public is invited to come and vote for their favorite ...

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‘Chubby is comin’ to town, I want everyone to be there’

Chubby Checker won’t take no for an answer with the attendance of his concert at the Community Arts Center on Jan. 27. A born entertainer, Checker got his start in the church, with the nudging of his mother. Coupled with his first sight of a then 13-year old piano player, Sugar Child ...

Nice guys finish last — and maybe not at all — in the world of ‘Taboo’

There’s much to be said about humanity in the second episode of “Taboo,” the new FX show starring Tom Hardy, and almost none of it is good. In one scene the mere existence of goodness is scoffed at; in another, kindness is disparaged as so small as to be insignificant. That the inherent ...

Seasoned director and actress passes on her theater knowledge

By JACK FELIX Sun-Gazette Correspondent Although she has not appeared on stage for several years, Ellen J. Boyer has for decades substantially impacted countless  youngsters, adults and theater groups with her insightful advice and precise, award-winning direction. Ellen Arbogast was ...

Movie review: ‘Live by Night’

As a filmmaker, Ben Affleck hasn’t missed a beat. He’s done everything from winning an Oscar for writing “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon to winning Best Picture for “Argo.” As a director, he’s three for three. “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town” and “Argo” all are ...

Lentz and Waggoner to perform in Friends of the Pipes winter series opener

LOCK HAVEN — The Friends of the Pipes at Great Island invite all to enjoy the music of Marisa McCollough Lentz, accompanied by Eric Waggoner, in the first concert of the 2017 winter recital series, at 2 p.m. Jan. 28, in the Great Island Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 12 W. Water St. Soprano ...

Get your winter blues on

For 15 years, Ron and Teresa Kodish have been raising money in support of the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania through the Smoked Country Jam. In 2002, Teresa was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus, an incurable autoimmune disease, and the couple wanted to do something to raise awareness and some ...

Comedienne brings her real life material to the Keystone Theatre

Growing up in Chicago, Marina Franklin gained life experience from moving from a predominantly white suburb to the predominantly black Southside of Chicago. “It was a little late for me, but that experience is what made me who and what I am today,” Franklin said. Along the way, Franklin ...

Don Draper and ‘Mad Men’ archive land at U of Texas

By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas  — The last America saw of Don Draper, he was meditating on a Pacific hillside, imagining one of the most iconic ads in television history. What’s left of the flawed protagonist of “Mad Men” has now gone to Texas. Show creator ...

‘I’ll gut ya like a catfish — you’ll leave holding your face”

If you would have asked a 29 year-old Ron White if he saw himself standing infront of crowds of thousands, selling millions of records, selling out stadiums and multiple Grammy nominations, he would have given you a husky laugh and continued on with his day. “I never really thought about ...

Spoken Word Season 6 starts this Friday

Spoken Word keeps rocking into the new year with Season 6! This Friday Converge Gallery, 140 W. Third St., will start the evening off with our featured artist, Penn College student poet Kody Dribble. After Dribble, local poets, lyricists, comedians and whoever else is in attendance will be ...

Friends of the Pipes at Great Island announces 2017 artists

LOCK HAVEN — The Friends of the Pipes at Great Island Presbyterian Church, 12 W. Water St., announces its 2017 Winter Recital Series featuring talented regional musicians presenting concerts from January through March. “Nothing like this exists in Lock Haven,” said Christina Frank, who ...