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‘Madden 19’ a fine edition to long-running video game franchise

The “Madden” series of football games holds a very contentious spot in the video game community. On one hand, it is one of the longest-running video games series there is. A series that single-handedly can show the leaps and bounds progress games have made since the late 80s. On the ...

Morgan Myles releases fresh single ‘Knew Love’

Over the last few years, Loyalsock Tow­nship native Morgan Myles has been steadily carving out a name for herself on the national country music scene. Though her career has been on a steady incline for a while now, the rising star has had an especially huge summer, beginning with the release ...

Despite high praise, ‘Leave No Trace’ has its weaknesses

“Leave No Trace” earned 100% at RottenTomatoes — which means there wasn’t a single national critic who disliked it. I’m not about to ruin that record with a largely negative review; but for much of this film, I simply wasn’t buying. It’s certainly well-made: excellent acting, ...

Local artist Ellie Freund finds inspiration in her thoughts, feelings

Visual art has been an interest of local artist Ellie Freund as far back as she can remember. As a child, painting rocks was her favorite way to pass the time. As she got older, creative expression continued to be a theme of her formative years, through both art and creative writing. A ...

Area native making big splash in reality TV

For the last few weeks, many in the area have tuned in to watch the new survival reality series “Castaways” on ABC. What most who are watching locally don’t know is that the program’s creator and showrunner, Grant Kahler, has ties to the region. Though the work of his father had him ...

Area musician travels to Italy for opera lessons

Ever since she was a small child, area native Amy Peck has been infatuated with music. After beginning piano and violin instruction in elementary school, she then took on vocal lessons when she was only 13 years old. From there, Peck continued training throughout her high school and collegiate ...

Traditional Irish music coming to Weis Center for free performance

LEWISBURG — David Power, one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers, will join beloved New Jersey fiddler Willie Kelly to bring traditional Irish music to Central PA when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Weis Center Atrium, 525 Weis Dr. The performance is free and tickets are not ...

Alt-rock band Haela has growing base of fans, evolving sound

Though the band Haela has been performing together on the local and regional music scene for roughly the last five years, the group has only been playing in its current configuration for about a year. Once a two-man act, the alt-rock band has now expanded to a five-piece unit and has developed ...

Sawhorse Cafe gets new mural from Los Angeles artist

From a white wall to a mural, the Sawhorse Cafe, in collaboration with Casey Gleghorn, of New York City and formerly of Williamsport, brought in the LA-based artist, Jesse Draxler, to transform the once-blank wall. The mural was installed over three days at the beginning of August. The owners ...

Bloomsburg’s upcoming ArtFest to be bigger than ever this year

BLOOMSBURG — Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange again presents Columbia County’s biggest one-day outdoor art event of the year. The 11th annual ArtFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, returning to the much- improved ...

Legendary rock band ZZ Top set for local concert

SUNBURY — With major hits like “La Grange,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” the legendary rock band ZZ Top has one of the most iconic sounds in the entire genre. Now, the bearded Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are headed to the area this Friday, as the trio is ...

Lock Haven University to host art exhibition featuring Sydni Gause

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University will host an art exhibition featuring the artwork of Sydni Gause titled, “Addressing You & I Addressing We.” Artwork will be on display from Monday through Sept. 21 in the John Sloan Fine Arts Center Gallery on the campus of LHU. An opening reception ...

Rock Lombardo to lead Penn State School of Theatre

UNIVERSITY PARK — Award-winning stage director, artistic director and adapter, Rick Lombardo, will lead Penn State School of Theatre as it readies its expanded season, while offering a sneak peek at its eight-production lineup on We­d­n­esday. Lombardo was named as the new director of ...

Jazz singer Veronica Swift to make Penn State debut

UNIVERSITY PARK — Veronica Swift, a jazz singer whose repertoire is built on the Great American Songbook, plus bebop and vocalese classics, will open the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State 2018–19 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, in Schwab Auditorium. The Emmet Cohen ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is fun, entertaining

I suppose it was an almost impossible task to adapt “Crazy Rich Asians” for the screen. With millions of loyal readers, a complex network of cousins and aunts, and a 527-page plot driven by character and dialog, Kevin Kwan’s runaway bestseller was a screenwriter’s minefield. So ...

Local orchestra awarded National Endowment grant

Lewisburg — The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has recently been awarded a 2019 ArtsWorks grant by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. This award, from the nation’s foremost arts agency, is highly competitive; each year thousands of organizations from across America seek it. ...

Arthaus Projects to debut ‘A Diary of Bodily Pain’ exhibit

For many people that endure a chronic illness, putting their pain into words can be too hard to manage. That’s why Frank Locke tells her story through art. Locke, who has long suffered the affects of irritable bowel syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome, uses her chosen medium of ...

Shenandoah to play free show at Centre County Grange Fair

CENTRE HALL — For many country music fans, the band Shenandoah needs no introduction. The Grammy Award-winning group, which rose to prominence in the genre during the late 80s and early 90s, has 26 Billboard-charted singles and five No. 1 hits, including “The Church on Cumberland Road,” ...

Medieval manuscripts on exhibit at Bucknell’s Samek Art Museum

LEWISBURG — Treasures from the Middle Ages will be on display at Bucknell’s Samek Art Museum, 701 Moore Ave., as it presents “Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th-18th Cent­uries” organized by the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. The exhibition incl­udes more ...