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“Akeeleh and the Bee” will be part of Open Stage of Harrisburg’s 2017-18 season, showing Feb. 1 through March 11. Photo by Haley Harned.

Open Stage of Harrisburg presents 2017-18 season under new artistic director

HARRISBURG — The acclaimed theater tucked away on the ground level of a parking garage in downtown Harrisburg has a new artistic director — and it’s Stuart Landon. Landon, who has been with Open Stage of Harrisburg for ten years acting, marketing, producing and directing many of the ...

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Movie review: ‘Friend Request’

When you feel like you’re alone in this world, the window into the lives of the popular, rich and famous that social media provides (reality television, too) might seem like some sort of utopian world. For Marina, the central loner and outcast of “Friend Request,” the latest ...

PBS gives Broadway musicals a second run with ‘Great Performances’

There is really an alternative to attending Friday Night Football. Fans of music theater may avoid area gridiron rivalries in favor of just staying home on Friday evenings to watch television. Not just any television series, but tuning the remote to Public Television on Friday nights as PBS ...

Juried art quilt exhibit to open Oct. 6 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center

WELLSBORO — The Juried Art Quilt Exhibit will open Oct. 6 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main St. The reception will be in the Main Gallery from 5-7 p.m. On exhibit from Oct. 6-29 will be 15 art quilts. The names of the artists and the quilts they created are: Nancy Cooledge, ...

FILE - This file image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows, from left, Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle." The R-rated spy comedy ÒKingsman: The Golden CircleÓ has taken over the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $39 million debut. The 20th Century Fox release pushed the Stephen King sensation ÒItÓ into second place in its third week of release.(Giles Keyte/Twentieth Century Fox via AP, File)

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ dethrones ‘It’ with $39M debut

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The R-rated spy comedy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” displaced the horror sensation “It” as the No. 1 film in North America, while the second “Lego Movie” spinoff of the year didn’t assemble the expected audience. The 20th ...

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like ‘nun’ other

By AMY TAXIN Associated Press GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of electric guitar and a rock ‘n’ roll beat. Known as “Siervas,” the band was born in a ...

Celebrity birthdays

Sept. 24-30 Sept. 24: Singer Sonny Turner of The Platters is 78. Actress Harriet Walter (“The Crown”) is 67. Actor Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules: Legendary Journeys”) is 59. Singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 55. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos is 55. Drummer Shawn Crahan of Slipknot is 48. Drummer ...

The Community Theatre League presents ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

The Community Theatre League will be one of the first theatre organizations in Pennsylvania to present the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” 100 W. Third St. This CTL production will be presented with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sept. 28-30, and 2 p.m. on Oct ...

Love is in the air …

By A.M. WERTZ Sun-Gazette Correspondent MUNCY — Artist Nella Godbey-Storm is in love and, while the object of her eye may not have a beating heart, it is full of life. “Love Letter to Lycoming County,” an exhibit up for viewing at the Peter Herdic House, 407 W. Fourth St., through the ...

Movie review: ‘mother!’

It’s a rare occasion when the most daring and provocative release of the year is playing at everyone’s local multiplex. Both ideologically deranged and experimentally ambitious, director Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” is sure to enrage and inspire in equal measure. You’ll either exit ...

Brandie Posey brings the funny to The Ground Floor 2.0

In such harrowing, divisive, and intense times as these, the old adage “laughter is the best medicine” seems the most appropriate. Luckily for those planning to be in attendance 7 p.m. Sunday at The Ground Floor 2.0, 2925 W. Fourth St., comedian Brandie Posey, along with others, is giving ...

Nancy Wilson of Heart debuts new side project band Roadcase Royale

By JASON KLOSE Sun-Gazette Correspondent STATE COLLEGE — Nancy Wilson, guitarist, singer, songwriter and co-founder of the rock band Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase ...

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ resonates with audiences even today

BLOOMSBURG — Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original dramatization of “The Diary of Anne Frank” grippingly opens Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s historic 40th season of professional theater. The harrowing tale has 7:30 p.m. performances, tonight, Friday and Saturday, and on Sept. ...

Veteran rocker Al Stewart performs at the State Theatre

STATE COLLEGE — When Al Stewart plays the State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., this weekend, he brings 50 years’ experience on the road and in the studio. Best known for the radio staples “Year of the Cat” (1976) and “Time Passages” (1978), the veteran rocker will appear with his ...

Movie review: ‘American Assassin’

“American Assassin” is a decent action movie — if you can suspend your disbelief on a couple of key points. The film has gotten lousy reviews, but nearly three-fourths of ordinary viewers liked it, and I did too. The tale of a young man bent on infiltrating terrorist cells to avenge ...

Americana mountain music comes to the Campus Theatre

LEWISBURG — Americana mountain music will be performed by Anna & Elizabeth at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St.. Featured during the performance will be the Bucknell University Choir; Beth Willer will serve as conductor. There will be a free lecture and ...

Millbrook Playhouse shows what fancy really is with ‘Fancy Nancy’

By JACK FELIX Sun-Gazette Correspondent MILL HALL — It’s perfectly permissible to try to be fancy a second time. Millbrook Playhouse’s artistic director David Leidholdt announces the return of “Fancy Nancy” after the show’s popular run this summer as part of the Saturday ...

In ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ King passes a baton to Emma Stone

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer TORONTO (AP) — Walking through a tunnel alongside Billie Jean King at the grounds of the U.S. Open, Emma Stone gasped at the size of its main court. King, of course, was more familiar with the sprawling tennis center in Queens, New York — it’s named after ...

Uptown Music Collective announces 2017-18 performance season

Another year has arrived at the Uptown Music Collective and with that another exciting performance season on the horizon. Over the years the school’s performance program has become the public face of the non-profit school of music. Clearly demonstrating the success of its high-quality music ...

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Movie review: ‘It’

Brevity is key in movie reviews, so I won’t mince words: “It” isn’t a perfect horror movie — if there is such a thing — but it’s close, and it’s as good an adaptation of a Stephen King novel that both readers and non-readers could hope for. Adapted from the 1986 novel of the ...