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CTL to serve up series of murder-mystery dinners

Having set sail on the high seas — well, maybe really only the Susquehanna River — the Community Theatre League will continue its murderous deeds on dry land. “Murder, Medium Rare” not only sounds like a tasty concoction, but is the name of CTL’s newest venture, an audience ...

CTL opening Moyer Studio season with ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

The Community Theatre League, 100 West Third Street, is set to open its third Moyer Studio Season with Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” on Oct. 5, 6, and 7. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son ...

Baroque classical music ensemble to play Weis Center

LEWISBURG — Les Violons du Roy will perform with renowned countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Weis Center, 525 Weis Drive. There will be a free pre-performance talk with Music Director and Conductor Jonathan Cohen from 1:15-1:45 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The ...

Aqueous to headline Liberty Pumpkin Ball

ROARING BRANCH — Through the years, the Liberty Festival Grounds, 173 Taylor Run Road, have become a favorite summer destination for many area music fans, as thousands turn out each July for Liberty Fest, where they can spend a few nights enjoying music, art and food. This year, festivalgoers ...

Charlie Daniels Band brings great show to CAC

Though he may be 81-years-old, Charlie Daniels brought the energy of a man half his age to the stage of the Community Arts Center last Friday evening, when the Charlie Daniels Band put on a great and lively show for thousands of area country music lovers. Emerging from backstage donning his ...

‘Life Itself’ a disappointing mess, lacks structure

Don’t let the previews fool you —“Life Itself” is not a happy movie; if you show up expecting one, you’re going to want your money back. Personally, I didn’t foresee either happy or sad; but I sure expected something better from Dan Fogelman. He’s the writer behind Disney’s ...

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ provides surprising objectivity

Conservatives beware. Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” provocatively tackles controversial issues with a comedic approach that demonstrates his signature style. Nonetheless, with the divisive state of our political climate, it could not be more timely. In this political documentary, ...

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ provides old-fashioned charm

Having enjoyed the young-adult novel, I was surprised to learn that Eli Roth would direct “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” He’s the horror-meister behind such bloody and brutal films as “Hostel” and “The Green Inferno”; but thankfully, Roth clamps down on the gross-out ...

Tony Danza to play Community Arts Center

With a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Tony Danza has cemented himself as one of the most recognizable actors in all of showbusiness. After rising to prominence in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s on the hit television shows “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss,” Danza has starred ...

Community Theatre League announces changes to staff

The Community Theatre League has announced some major changes to its staff, as it begins to implement a strategic plan two years in the making. As of Aug. 20, the league has promoted Seth Spon­house to executive director and Phillip Vonada to general manager; and has hired on Abby Palaski for ...

Area musician Robert Hunter to open for Charlie Daniels Band at CAC

Over the last several months, Danville native Robert Hunter and his wife Becky have been driving around the country in a 29-foot RV. The duo, which already has 37,000 miles under their belt, set out with the goal of playing 300 shows in all 50 states over a five-month span for Robert’s ...

Local band Moonlicker brings psychedelic-folk vibe to stage

Local psychedelic-folk group Moonlicker has an experimental sound that blends Americana-ins­pired jams with tones of country, reggae and old-time music to create something that is relatively-unique on the area music scene. The group is comprised of Andrew Moat, on upright bass; Owen ...

Penn State School of Theatre opens season with ‘Polaroid Stories’

UNIVERSITY PARK — As the Penn State School of Theatre was readying its upcoming season, it notably revamped its long-standing format. Penn State Centre Stage, long considered the professional arm and training ground for the School of Theatre, has retained its productions highlighted in the ...

BTE opens new season with ‘The Explorer’s Club’

BLOOMSBURG — Theater­goers who wish to explore Blooms­burg Theatre Ensemble’s 41st season are urged to check into “The Explorer’s Club.” The acclaimed professional ensemble opens its 2018-19 season with “The Explorer’s Club,” with 7:30 p.m. performances, tonight, tomorrow ...

‘Unbroken: The Path to Redemption’ holds attention

In 2014, director Angelina Jolie gave us “Unbroken,” the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who crashed in the Pacific during World War II, spent 47 days on a rubber raft and was then captured by the Japanese, who tortured and mistreated him for 18 brutal months. Based on ...

Acclaimed Bagpiper, Cristina Pato, to perform with her band at the Weis Center

LEWISBURG — In­ter­na­tio­nally-acclaimed Galician bagpiper master and classical pianist Cristina Pato will perform with her band at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Weis Center, 525 Weis Dr. There will be a pre-performance talk with the artist the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the ...

Book of local author adapted for Hallmark movie

When Muncy-based author Michelle McLean first penned her rom-com novel “Truly, Madly, Sweetly,” which was published in 2016, she never imagined that one day she would get the chance to watch the words she wrote play out on a television screen. But McLean will get to do just that this ...

‘A Simple Favor’ is a straightforward thriller with an uneven tone

In the last 10 minutes of “A Simple Favor,” director Paul Feig strikes just the right tone. If he had struck it earlier, this would be a much better movie. Mind you, the new mystery starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively is not bad; folks seeking a slick, one-step-ahead-of-you thriller ...

‘White Boy Rick’ misses its opportunities, underwhelms

I’m puzzled about what this film’s problem was. I’m not sure if there was too much content in too little time or not enough content in a drawn-out film. Whatever it was, “White Boy Rick” turns an interesting true story into one that is boring and forgettable. In 1980s Detroit, Rick ...

Pepper Street Band is one of area’s premier classic rock groups

Area music lovers wanting to shake, rattle and roll to an eclectic mix of classic rock and oldies need to look no further than the Pepper Street Band. Pepper Street Band is a five-piece classic rock and rock ‘n’ roll oldies cover band, playing a diverse blend of ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ...