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‘Yesterday’ provides an odd story with great writing

I’m not a huge fan of screenwriter Richard Curtis, as I didn’t care for the loose sexuality in “Love, Actually” or “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” But there’s no question the man can write, and “Yesterday” is proof of that. The new film’s surreal storyline needed just the ...

Marshall Tucker Band and other big acts to play show at Spyglass

SUNBURY — Even though Pennsylvania is located above the Mason-Dixon Line, Southern rock music has a huge base of fans in the state. That’s especially true in rural areas like the West Branch Valley, where the music can often be heard blasting from pick-up trucks, cars and motorcycles as ...

The Never Do Anythings release new album ‘Change’

Back in November of 2017, Travis Bickert and Shaun Levine were working together at a call center, when they realized that they both had a passion for making music. With that in common, the two decided to collaborate together in a group that would eventually be named The Never Do Anythings. A ...

‘The Fox on the Fairway’ comes to Millbrook cabaret

MILL HALL — Millbrook Playhouse’s next show in a line of entertaining productions scheduled for its 56th season is a hilarious farce by the incomparable Ken Ludwig, “The Fox on the Fairway.” The show will run from tomorrow through July 14 in the Poorman Cabaret Theatre, 258 Country Club ...

‘Mamma Mia!’ continues at Millbrook Playhouse

MILL HALL — Although Millbrook Playhouse opened its 56th season with a small-scaled family show, the rafters of the old barn theatre are now almost shaking as the big, full-throated songs of “Mamma Mia!” burst forth. So, Producing Artistic Director David Leidholdt may not have had his ...

‘Toy Story 4’ hits audience right in the feels

In “Toy Story 4,” familiar toys from the first three movies — plus one notable newbie — embark on a road trip with their owner and family. Correspondents Quinn Deitrick and Joseph Smith are likewise embarking on a new stage in life: Quinn graduated from Loyalsock High School with the ...

Legendary band Chicago to play Central PA show next week

SUNBURY — In June of 1975, the legendary rock group Chicago played a show at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Among those sitting in the sea of fans at the performance was a 10-year-old Keith Howland, who was sandwiched between his parents and getting his first live taste of Terry ...

‘Mamma Mia!’ to be performed by RiverStage Community Theatre

LEWISBURG — To commemorate its 50th production, RiverStage Community Theatre plans on whisking its audiences away to a picturesque Greek Island. It’s not only a gala wedding that is being planned, but an entertaining spot where everyone can hear ABBA’s popular tunes. RiverStage ...

FUSE Productions to bring ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to stage

UNIVERSITY PARK — FUSE Productions is ready to rock the Schwab Auditorium. “What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening!,” chants the ensemble surrounding Jesus, hoping that he will spread news and gossip. The news is that the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” has 7:30 p.m. ...

Repasz Band keeps on going, has many shows planned this summer

The Repasz Band has a history dating back to 1831, and shows no plans of stopping anytime soon. Today, the Repasz Band is known as the community band of Williamsport. The group performs at patriotic and civic celebrations, the Little League World Series, hospitals and nursing homes, and annual ...

‘Not Another D&D Podcast’ keeps the laughs coming

If I have inherited anything from my dad, it’s my explosive laugh. Thankfully, it doesn’t come out as often as his, but when it does, it sounds a lot like a pitched-up car horn — the kind you hear when one of your neighbors has a friend waiting outside. It’s loud. The point of this is ...

WCC to bring taste of American choral music to Ireland

The Williamsport Civic Chorus is taking their show on the road, as they will begin their concert tour of Ireland June 28, bringing the Emerald Isle a taste of American choral music. As a treat for their local fans, the chorus will perform selections from the tour “across the pond” in a free ...

Emma Thompson provides another great performance in ‘Late Night’

Ladies and gentlemen, Emma Thompson has done it again. This time, though, she had help from Mindy Kaling. More than 25 years after Thompson took Best Actress for her sensational work in “Howards End,” she continues to burn up the screen in the terrific new dramedy “Late Night,” with a ...

‘Men in Black: International’ lacks depth, has generic feel

“I want another Men in Black movie,” said no one ever. “Men in Black: International” cashes in on the chemistry Hemsworth and Thompson had in Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” barely salvaging the rest of the film from becoming a train wreck. Determined newcomer MIB agent, M (Tessa ...

Even with weak writing, ‘Shaft’ has its moments

If you can stomach the nonstop swearing and bad behavior, “Shaft” is a fascinating cultural artifact. In the ongoing debate about modern masculinity — between a more genteel, millennial maleness and old-fashioned sexist tough-guys — this entertaining actioner comes down squarely on ...

The Clark McLane Band to hold album release party in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — For about eight years, guitarists Clark McLane and Shawn Carr comprised a musical duo that played shows all over the area at local bars, fire halls, weddings, potluck dinners and pig roasts. But because the two musicians were only playing for fun, they would often change the ...

Mike Reid’s ‘The Last Day’ coming to Penn State Centre Stage

STATE COLLEGE — What does “The Last Day” refer to? Avid theatergoers may know that it is the title of the first of a trio of productions returning to Penn State Centre Stage. Rick Lombardo, completing his first year as producing artistic director of Penn State Centre Stage, acknowledges ...

Hilarious ‘Sexy Laundry’ coming to Millbrook Playhouse cabaret

MILL HALL — There’s neither a washer nor a dryer to be found in this laundry. But this is no ordinary laundry—it’s a “Sexy Laundry.” Millbrook Playhouse kicks off its four-show cabaret lineup by presenting “Sexy Laundry’ with 7:30 p.m. performances tomorrow, Friday and ...

Still around after all these years: Chicago to play show at Spyglass

It was 1972, and Dad was taking me to my first rock concert. The band was Chicago — who after several radio hits had again seized the airwaves with “Saturday in the Park.” As we turned onto the highway, Dad wondered aloud whether Chicago would still be around in 40 years. He explained ...

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ exudes averageness

There was a time when the X-Men franchise made people excited for their newest endeavor. After numerous reports claimed that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” would be an absolute disaster, followed by abysmal reviews, it was difficult to have much hope. After viewing, it is safe to say that the film ...