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Must-haves for every comic nerd this holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not that we comic readers need more piles of stuff hanging about the house, but publishers and movie executives see the holiday season as a chance to really pounce on our reading, watching and buying sensibilities when it comes to new product. ...

Williamsport Flute Choir to present free holiday concert

The Williamsport Flute Choir will present its 2018 Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 426 Mulberry St. The free concert will feature a talented group of flutists playing bass, alto, C flutes, and piccolos. The group is under the direction of Richard Coulter and ...

Sidewalk Prophets coming to Mansfield University

MANSFIELD — The Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets looks to spread some Christmas cheer as they bring their First Annual “Great Big Family Christmas Tour” to Mansfield University for a performance at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. This inaugural event is one the band hopes will offer many ...

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ performance coming to Divine Providence Hospital

Resounding Cymbals Perf­orming Arts in Williamsport is proud to present the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, in the ...

‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to Country Cupboard

LEWISBURG — A familiar phrase often tossed out during the Christmas season is Ebenezer Scrooge’s “Bah, humbug!” Theatergoers who relish hearing miserly Scrooge snarwl those words in “A Christmas Carol” have an opportunity to hear Gerald Charles Dickens utter them again at the ...

William Goldman leaves Hollywood legacy behind

When I was a teen in the 1970s, my mother often rewarded patience on shopping expeditions with a paperback from those massive book-racks that were then so prevalent in pharmacies and department stores. One year, I picked up a well-reviewed thriller by an author who was new to me: William ...

Great storytelling makes ‘Creed II’ a knockout

The bell has rung. The decision is in. “Creed II” is a knockout. The highly anticipated sequel continues the great storytelling and execution of the first, with some new moves thrown in. While it remains slightly formulaic to the Rocky films, the punches still hit just as hard. The son ...

Repasz Band to present holiday concert at CAC

The historic Repasz Band will present its 2018 Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street. As always, the Repasz Band seeks to channel many of the various spirits of the winter holidays through an exciting variety of repertoire. This concert ...

CAC Student Summer Stock Production will be Disney’s ‘Newsies’

The Community Arts Center announced that its 2019 Student Summer Stock production will be Disney’s “Newsies.” Join Jack, Davey, Katherine, and others as they take a stand against Joseph Pulitzer’s unfair labor practices. Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, ...

Fisher to perform at WSO’s holiday show after winning competition

The 45th Annual Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Friends of the Williamsport Symphony and organized by the WSO Education Committee was held on Sept. 22 at Lycoming College. The competition featured nine contestants performing one movement of a standard concerto for their instrument. ...

Beach Boys bringing holiday concert to CAC

When the Beach Boys played a free show at Lamade Stadium during the Little League World Series last summer, the seven-song set was thrilling for those who were lucky enough to be there but also left many in the area wishing they could spend a little more time listening to the iconic band play ...

Williamsport Music Club to hold ‘Christmas Music by Candlelight’

The Williamsport Music Club will hold its annual “Christmas Music by Candlelight” program at 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The program will be held in the sanctuary at Pine Street United Methodist Church. Chaired by Sara Scott, the program will feature festive and reflective musical performances ...

‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ headed to CTL stage

These are familiar words that 9 year old Ralphie Parker hears in his quest for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle in “A Christmas Story”. As a family holiday treat, the Community Theatre League presents “A Christmas Story: The Musical” with 7:30 p.m. ...

‘Widows’ features crisp writing, lacks action

Early ads for “Widows” quoted one review that stressed its “bone-rattling action.” That is not an accurate description of this movie. Though it has some excitement, I’ve heard several viewers complaining that the film was too slow; please don’t go to “Widows” seeking some ...

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ lacks unified story

It seems like the wizarding world still has a little magic left in it. Though this film is getting heavy support from leaning on the crutch of the next film, there is still plenty of charm to be found in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” When the all-powerful Grindelwald ...

‘Instant Family’ tugs on heartstrings

If you plan to enjoy “Instant Family” — and I certainly recommend that you try — then you’ll have to accept some artificiality and manipulation. Fortunately, the film’s important central issue, together with a solid cast, makes it easy to submit to the usual Hollywood ...

Uptown Music Collective to open Herman’s Hermits show at Scottish Rite

The British are coming! The British are coming! Specifically, the British beat rock band Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone are coming. The band, which became massively popular in the mid-1960s during the height of the cultural phenomenon known as the British Rock Invasion with hits like ...

WCC kicks off 75th season with ‘Journeys: Within and Beyond’

The Williamsport Civic Chorus will celebrate its 75th year with its first concert of the season, “Journeys: Within and Beyond,” at 3 p.m. Nov.18 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street. “Journeys: Within and Beyond” explores the paths that we all take throughout our ...