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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 ...

Franchesko Marx Band brings unique act

It’s fair to say the Fran­­ch­esko Marx Band is one of the most unique musical acts in the local area. For starters, the band’s sound blurs the lines between folk, punk, indie, ska and classic rock music, to create something with a very fun and bouncy feel to it. Though the music alone ...

The Gallery at Penn College opens new season with ‘Mindful’

To open its 13th season, The Gallery at Penn College offers an opportunity to encounter and unde­r­s­tand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft, with its first exhibition, “Mindful,” which opens today and runs thr­ough Oct. 11. “The new season offers a series of ...

RiverStage Community Theatre expands attractions this year

LEWISBURG — GreenSpace isn’t a name that is typically associated with a theatre. But in Lewisburg it is. That’s because the old Lewisburg High School, 815 Market St., is currently owned by Greenspace Properties, LLC., who have renamed the building the “Greenspace Center” to reflect ...

Bucknell’s Weis Center to offer free outdoor concert to kick-off new season

LEWISBURG — Banda Magda will perform their unique style of French-pop, Latin and jazz music on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. outside on the Weis Center Plaza,525 Wells Dr., to kick off the Weis Center’s new 2018-19 season. The family-friendly performance is free and tickets are not required. The rain ...

CTL summer camp students to bring ‘Madagascar Jr.’ to stage

For the last 17 years, the Community Theatre League, 100 West Third St., has hosted a summer theater camp that runs for five weeks from July to August. Drawing in tons of campers each year, from 4-year-olds up through college students, the camp has one simple goal — to put every kid on stage ...

Gabe Stillman Band set for Deane Center show

WELLSBORO — Gabe Stillman Band brings their skill and high energy music to to the Coolidge Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St. The trio’s electrifying sound is unmistakably rooted in American blues and are influenced by soul ...

‘BlacKkKlansman’ will be remembered for years to come

In Spike Lee’s latest provocation, “BlacKkKlansmen,” an Afri­can American detective goes undercover to investigate the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s Lee’s most successful film, both commercially and critically, in more than a decade, and for good reason: ...

Broadway playwright Peter Filichia visits Millbrook Playhouse

MILL HALL — It’s not an everyday occurrence to see an acclaimed Broadway playwright travel from Manhattan to Mill Hall’s Millbrook Playhouse. But that’s what happened after Peter Filichia responded to an invitation from Robert F. Schneider, who was directing a production of “I Love ...

George Thorogood and The Destroyers set for local show this weekend

SUNBURY — Over the last four decades, George Thorogood has produced some of the most heavily-played blues-rock music of all time. With a fiery and distorted sound that blends his growling vocals with a roaring slide guitar tone, Thorogood and his band are well-known for hits like “One ...

WCJO set for Brandon Park concert this weekend

Founded in 2011, the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra was created to give local musicians an opportunity to play jazz music for passionate cro­wds and to foster an appr­e­ciation for jazz in youn­ger generations. To that end, the orchestra has scheduled a concert for 7 p.m. this Sunday at ...