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Lighter, brighter Imagine Dragons emerges after dark times

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — A weird thing happened when the four members of the alt-rock band Imagine Dragons sat down to listen to their new album all the way through. They actually liked it. “This was the first record that I think after we created it and we ...

More Carell, but fewer ideas in ‘Despicable Me 3’

By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer One of the many — and we mean many — subplots in “Despicable Me 3” is about a girl’s obsession with finding a unicorn. The adorable tot spends her waking hours wishing and hoping and dreaming, and she comes close — but in the end what she ...

At 70, John Prine is the hippest songwriter in Nashville

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached. “I said, ‘Hey, my name is Kacey and I am a really big fan. I ...

July First Friday events

Summer is in full effect and there is something for everyone downtown at First Friday. • Epic Percussions Drum Circle 4:30-6 p.m. Pine and Fourth streets • Healthy Happy Hour with Elisa Gardner Artist Elli Groninger 4:30 p.m. Peter Herdic House, 407 W. Fourth St. • Author ...

Taking hiatuses from his work inspires artist Tyler Coey

Kansas City native artist Tyler Coey makes his return to Converge Gallery after a two-year hiatus from art with his aptly named show, “ ... It’s Been a Bit...”, July 21 to Aug. 26 at Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St. “ ‘It’s Been a Bit’ were the first four words that came to ...

Lock Haven summer concert series continues

Friday’s concert, beginning at 6 p.m. in Triangle Park, will feature a solo vocal performance by Nick Fiasco. Known throughout the tri-state area as “The Fabulous Voice of Class, Romance and Swing,” Nick will entertain all those in attendance with hits from his repertoire of over 400 ...

What a long, strange trip it’s been

This has been quite the month for monumental comics issues. Among my current reads are “Birthright” from Image and both DC’s Batman and Superman. They’re all hovering in at issue No. 25, and while “Birthright” is a solo title, much of DC’s stable of issues is hitting the mark this ...

Comic shop seeks to highlight ‘nerd’ diversity for patrons

By NICOLE HIGGINS DESMET The Burlington Free Press WILLISTON, Vt. — Another sloppy Saturday brought dozens to Killer Rabbit Comics at the Taft Corners Shopping Center to unload hoarded games and maybe pick up a few more to fill the void. But don’t make assumptions about who was ...

Movie review: ‘Baby Driver’

It would be easy to say that “Baby Driver” was a case of all style and no substance — but it would not be true. While the film is certainly hip, fast and flashy, it also has solid acting, weighty characters and — for a piece that wears its edginess like a badge of honor — ...

Hamilton-Gibson offers Art of Improv workshop

WELLSBORO — Register now for Hamilton-Gibson Productions free, five-night Art of Improv Workshop being held Aug. 7-11 in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Ave. The workshop is for novices and the more experienced. Participants will learn the key elements of improvisation, ...

Comedy ‘Pirates of Penzance’ comes to Riverstage

LEWISBURG — Some pirates are prone to plunder, while others simply prefer to sing — especially if the pirates hail from Penzance. RiverStage Community Theater launches its summer production of “The Pirates of Penzance” with 7:30 p.m. performances July 14 and 15, with a 2:30 p.m. ...

Movie review: ‘Colossal’

By JORDAN MUSHENO jmusheno@ sungazette.com In Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal,” a desperate online magazine writer finds her alcoholism is destroying more than just herself. That might sound like a strange premise for a kaiju movie with ads featuring a giant robot fighting a giant ...

Area theaters show the ‘fun’ in funeral

“Fun Home” is a show that bears several distinctions, including one that accurately designates this as the first Broadway musical that has a lesbian as its protagonist. The groundbreaking musical has drawn the attention of dozens of theater companies around the country, including three ...

Czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention

By KAREL JANICEK Associated Press PRAGUE — It’s an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow and Jerusalem. Its next stops are New York, Washington and Chicago. The Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague an ...

Gone, But Not Forgotten

“A Look at Death During the Victorian Period,” an exhibit curated by Galen Betzer, funeral director of Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service in Muncy, will show through Aug. 27 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. Owner of the Betzer Funeral Home in Muncy and Montgomery, Galen ...

Sculpture exhibit at Lycoming College Art Gallery explores travel and time

Works by sculptor Heather Ramsdale evoke feelings about the passage of mind and body through space, emotions and time in her exhibit, “Slide Out of View,” held in the Lycoming College Art Gallery from July 28 through Sept. 9. A reception will be held Sept. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a talk by ...

‘Don’t Label Me’

Despite Mama’s advice not to “judge a book by its cover,” people often make assumptions about one another based on how they look. Within seconds of viewing someone, we can produce a label for them: geek, jock, soccer mom, gamer — the list is endless. Photographer Emma Daniels ...

Twin Peaks: In Hour 8, Lynch outdoes Lynch

If you thought “Twin Peaks” couldn’t get any weirder, you were wrong. And the latest hour of David Lynch’s “18-hour movie” has proven that. It’s exceeded, even shattered, all expectations. And it’s by far and away the strangest, most mysterious, horrifying and mystifying hour of ...