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Performer profile: Russ Wynn

Although he's a seasoned performer and vocalist on stage, Russell L. Wynn Jr., in recent years, is more frequently seen - or not - backstage, occupying the director's chair.Born and raised in Sunbury, Wynn's earliest memory of performing was in a talent show."It may have been for the Sunbury ...

Legendary blues drummer Cedric Burnside to perform at Rusty Rail Live

MIFFLINBURG - The Cedric Burnside Project, featuring four-time Blues Music Awards Drummer of the Year Cedric Burnside, will hit the Rusty Rail Live stage at 9 p.m. Friday at the Rusty Rail Brewing Co., 5 N. Eighth St.Widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world, Burnside is known ...

Movie review: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’

"Everybody Wants Some!!," the self-described spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," is about as easygoing and aimless as anything you've seen. It follows a group of unlikeable college baseball players in the 80's with two things on their minds - baseball and girls - who ...

Sequels, once a sure thing, are slumping at the box office

NEW YORK - Sure things in Hollywood are beginning to look like an endangered species.Sequels, for years the industry's most "can't miss" assets, are struggling at the box office this year. The downturn, which continued over the weekend with the low turnout for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out ...

With ‘Hamilton’ dominating, no real surprises in store for the Tony Awards

"And the winner is ... "Who else? - Hamilton.That's what presenters may announce quite often during Broadway's biggest night. CBS will telecast American theater's prestigious Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, live from New York's Beacon ...

Movie review: ‘Me Before You’

Despite some fine acting, "Me Before You" has one key problem: It isn't edgy enough.Any love story about a quadriplegic ought to pack plenty of punch. And indeed, "Me Before You" gets a solid one-two from its sensational leads, but this feel-good romance never shows enough of the anguish, ...

Billtown Blues Festival to return for 27th year

HUGHESVILLE - Keeping with its traditional theme of presenting blues of all shades, the Billtown Blues Association once again will cover the gamut with the lineup for its 27th annual Billtown Blues Festival, which begins at noon June 18 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds.Patrons will experience ...

Canton Wine & Cheese Festival announces entertainment lineup

CANTON - The Canton Wine & Cheese Festival committee has announced the entertainment for the annual festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at the Manley-Bohlayer Farm, 141 E. Canton Cross Road.Acoustic Pawnshop will kick off the festival with their performance from ...

Michael Grandage goes from theater to film with ‘Genius’

NEW YORK - Michael Grandage, the noted theater director, has made his first movie. And it's about another world of the arts entirely - books."Genius" is a biopic about literary editor Max Perkins and his client Thomas Wolfe, who wrote "Look Homeward, Angel" and "Of Time and the River." The ...

Who, Stones, Bowie made 1971 rock’s best year, says author

"Never a Dull Moment: 1971-The Year That Rock Exploded" (Henry Holt), by David HepworthIf there is a Rock and Roll Hell, an inner circle is devoted for old fans who insist on telling you how the music was so much better back in the day. You know the argument: musicians were more creative, the ...

Review: ‘Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’ is overdue poetry in motion

In most first-person video games, the act of running and jumping is something a player does while shooting enemies in the face. The creators of "Mirror's Edge" slickly subverted that overused convention in 2008 with a focus on acrobatic toes instead of trigger fingers. After a nearly ...

A way with art

It has been 60 years since artists began gathering in the city's picturesque Ways Garden, Maynard and West Fourth streets, for the Ways Garden Art & Craft Show. Slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12, this year will mark the show's diamond anniversary a symbol of unwavering ...

Art, music, planetarium shows and more to be featured during First Friday

Artists and crafters will line the streets and music on Pine Street will feature the Uptown Music Collective, kicking off their 2016 Blues-a-Thon, when First Friday returns to downtown Williamsport.Friday's activities run from 5-9 p.m., except where otherwise noted, and include the ...

Regional exhibit to open at Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center

WELLSBORO - The 2016 Gmeiner Regional Art Exhibition will open with a reception from 2-4 p.m Sunday at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St. The winners will be named and awards presented at 3 p.m. The Wellsboro Art Club is providing refreshments. Admission to the reception ...

Paul Simon: Still adventurous after all these years

NEW YORK - Look at the liner notes on Paul Simon's new disc, "Stranger to Stranger," and it seems like a laboratory of exotic instruments. Musicians use a mbira, a bamboo marimba, cloud chamber bowls, a chromelodeon, a zoomoozophone - and a cheap clock.It's an album as notable for its sound as ...

Wellsboro First Friday to feature music, art and more

WELLSBORO - First Friday will return to downtown Wellsboro Friday, with events beginning at 5 p.m., rain or shine.An "Earth Day Every Day" scavenger hunt will be held at various locations. Entry sheets are available at any downtown business.A sidewalk chalk art contest will be held in front of ...

Movie review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

In superhero movies the stakes are always high, the world's always ending and we already know the outcome - that our heroes will save the day and that they will survive, usually unscathed. The struggle to make those stakes feel real in these movies is an almost impossible task to overcome. In ...

Bloomsburg to host 6th annual wine festival

BLOOMSBURG - The 6th annual Central PA Wine Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bloomsburg Airport, 301 Airport Road.Tickets are available at The Inn at Turkey Hill, 991 Central Road; Marley's Brewery and Grille, 1323 Columbia Blvd.; and Shade Mountain Winery and Vineyard ...

Telling their stories through art

LEWISBURG - The third annual Samek Art Museum Teen Summer Workshop: Tell Your Story for incoming high school sophomores and outgoing high school seniors will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20-22 at the Downtown Gallery, 416 Market St., and the Samek Gallery, Elaine Langone Center, Bucknell ...

The Oracular Beard presents…so you wanna be a comic book nerd

If you've been keeping track of the articles, the coverage I've given to my first love of DC Comics has been abysmally low. Sure, I need to be a well-rounded reviewer, and you could say that I've boasted a lot of articles from DC's Vertigo imprint or off-the-beaten-path series and graphic ...