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‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ is funny, lazy

“Johnny English Strikes Again” is silly, predictable, occasionally lazy and not very clever — but I liked it anyway. This new film is the third in a series that began with 2003’s modestly entertaining “Johnny English” — followed eight years later by the uproarious “Johnny ...

Valley Players bring ‘Cliffhanger’ to stage

SUNBURY — The Valley Players are blending dramatic twists and turns with black comedy overtones in their latest offering. Following last weekend’s opening, The Valley Players again present “Cliffhanger” tomorrow and Saturday at the Packer House, 24 North Third St., as a dinner-theatre ...

Young violonist to perform recital at Lycoming College

Violinist Gale Szcze­pkowski, a brilliant 13-year-old violinist from Elysburg will present a recital at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Honors Hall at Lycoming College collaborating with the Russian pianist, Svetlana Rodionova in a program of music by Mozart, Bach, Corigliano and Paganini. The concert is ...

Uptown Music Collective to present ‘More Than a Feeling: 70’s Arena Rock’

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-17 the students of the Uptown Music Collective will celebrate the school’s 30th Major Performance, by paying tribute to the big hair, big voices, and really big guitars of the style known as “Anthem Rock,” “Dad Rock,” “Corporate Rock” or most commonly “Arena ...

Lineup for 2018-19 Ray of Light Awards participating shows announced

Though the event is still seven months away, area high school theater students are already thinking about walking down the Ray of Light Awards’ red carpet. Honoring excellence in high school theatre, the Community Theatre League’s annual Ray of Light ceremony is scheduled for May 25, ...

Printmaker interprets American story with Penn College exhibition

The Gallery at Penn College is presenting an exhibition by Tennessee printmaker Jesse Shaw titled “Jesse Shaw: American Epic,” running from today through Dec. 12, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Madigan Library, 3rd Floor, One College Avenue. A “Meet the Artist” reception ...

Artist to bring ‘Elusive’ collection to Factory Works Gallery

Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory is set to debut “Elusive Ayla: Ekkivnon,” an exhibition of drawings, watercolor paintings, poetry and clothing, Nov. 2-29, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The collection is designed by Elusive Ayla, whose work, much like her moniker, ...

Latest ‘A Star is Born’ remake is well-acted, absorbing

I guess I must have forgotten the ending in the first three versions of “A Star Is Born,” because the new one really took me by surprise. In fact, for only the second or third time in my career, I’m finding it impossible to write a review without discussing the conclusion. So if you ...

Despite frustrating script, ‘Halloween’ brings plenty of scares

Forty years later. Here we are, after almost four decades of horrendous sequels in the “Halloween” franchise, to be presented with a slasher that is as fun as it is gory. While this installation of “Halloween” will by no means be as much of a classic as the first, the theater will still ...

‘War of the Worlds’ has taken on many adaptations over last 120 years

2018 marks a mathematically-tidy triple anniversary for “War of the Worlds.” First published as a book in 1898, H. G. Well’s classic is now 120 years old. Exactly four decades later, American director Orson Welles aired his famous radio adaptation, terrifying the East Coast with fears ...

‘Beaches & Beasts’ exhibit to wrap up at Gallery 425

Only a few days remain to see Luana Cleveland’s “Beaches & Beasts” exhibit at Gallery 425, 425 Market Street. The exhibition, which began on Oct. 3 will close on Oct. 31, giving area residents a little more time to go check it out. Making art has been an integral part of ...

‘Something’s Rotten’ set for several stops in Pennsylvania

Although it may not be stinking up Denmark, something is rotten for sure. And for a musical that is shamelessly-silly but delightfully-entertaining, “Something’s Rotten!” is hard to top. A non-equity company of the hit Broadway show from a few seasons ago is currently touring the ...

‘Heidi’s Monkeys’ headed back to Greenspace Center

LEWISBURG — If the ghosts and goblins of Halloween don’t provide enough horror, there is always “Heidi’s Monkeys.” “Heidi’s Monkeys” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday at the Greenspace Center, 815 Market St., ...

‘Honky Tonk Laundry’ brings clean fun to Millbrook cabaret

MILL HALL — If anyone is searching for a little soap, a few suds and lots of songs, the place to visit is the “Honky Tonk Laundry.” Producing artistic director David Leidholdt and the Millbrook board of directors present “Honky Tonk Laundry” at the Playhouse’s Cabaret as an extra ...

Nearly-perfect ‘First Man’ offers great visuals

Sometimes, when a filmmaker scores an Oscar for direction, he gets free reign on his next project; and this doesn’t always work out well (witness “Heaven’s Gate,” which ended the career of Best-Director winner Michael Cimino). And then there are cases like Damien Chazelle, who has ...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ delivers with intriguing story

Seven strangers. One hotel. A whole lot of conspiracy, chaos and violence. “Bad Times at the El Royale” flaunts its flair a little too much at times, but still maintains a captivating story, even though it is a Tarantino imitator. The El Royale was once a luxurious, booming hotel that ...

Newly-launched website puts regional arts, entertainment events at fingertips

A new online resource was recently launched that curates all of the arts and cultural events in the Bloomsburg, Danville and Berwick areas into one comprehensive arts-focused website. The Exchange, a non-profit arts organization in Bloomsburg, has embarked on this ambitious project to promote ...

Lycoming College art faculty to exhibit works at downtown art gallery

The Lycoming College Art Gallery will present an exhibition of recent work featuring the college’s studio art faculty, who are professional exhibiting artists, as well as exceptional educators. Coinciding with Williamsport’s First Friday events, the show opens Nov. 2 with an artist ...

WSO’s Billtown Brass Band to present Halloween Spooktacular

When you think of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the word “spooky” might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But the symphony is working on that. For the second year in a row, the WSO is offering a Halloween performance. This year’s event, the Halloween Brass Spooktacular, ...