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Wellsboro to host inaugural First Friday of the season

WELLSBORO - First Friday will return for its third season in Wellsboro beginning Friday. Rain or shine, music, art, games and other activities will be held from 5-8 p.m.The sidewalk chalk contest again will be held in front of Stained Glass Reflections, 87 Main St., with Apryl Tubbs of the ...

Family fun in the Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY - It's springtime in New York and Broadway is buzzin'.The source of much jubilation is that the annual Tony Award nominations were announced earlier this week, and many Broadway shows, including some family friendly fare, are raking in record-breaking weekly grosses.For many ...

Local stars return to their roots

The Community Academy of Stage and Theatre, the recently-opened educational branch of the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., will welcome home talented former students who now are professionals in their fields. Performers for this summer's concerts are: Tess Marshall on May 28; Zack ...

St. John’s School of the Arts to present annual spring performance

The dance ensemble of the Saint John's School of the Arts, 2101 Newberry St., will present its Annual Spring Performance at 2 p.m. May 14 in the auditorium of the Williamsport Area High School.The performance will feature 20 numbers involving 175 dancers, representing 11 different ...

Williamsport Flute Choir to hold annual spring concert

The Williamsport Flute Choir will present its fourth annual spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, located at the corner of Basin and Fourth streets. Parking lot is accessible adjacent to the hall, as well as on street.Saturday's program will include, among ...

Converge Gallery to host exhibit by Williamsport native, art professor

Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., will present works by local artist, painter, printmaker and photographer John McKaig for its latest exhibit, "Just Another Sentinent Being." The exhibit will open with a reception at 6 p.m. May 6 and the artist will be in attendance during the ...

Movie review: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’

Lifeless and uninspired, "The Huntsman: Winter's War" is the unwanted, unnecessary followup to 2012's lucrative "Snow White and the Huntsman," which successfully flipped the fairytale on its head with its dark and gritty approach."The Huntsman: Winter's War," with its phenomenal cast, ...

Documentary turns Disney-loving autistic man into a star

NEW YORK - Owen Suskind had largely retreated into silence in the years after his autism began to manifest, around age 3. Three painfully mute years later, and after countless rapt hours spent watching Disney animated movies, a word broke through."Juicervose!"His parents, Ron (a Pulitzer Prize ...

Hamilton-Gibson children and youth choirs to tour Pennsylvania, West Virginia

WELLSBORO - The Hamilton-Gibson Children and Youth Choir will leave May 5 for a four-day performance tour. Going on the trip will be 40 choir members and nine adults.Thomas Putnam is the director of the Children's Concert Choir and the Young Men's Choir. Directing the Young Women's Choir is ...

Finding a new home

About five years ago, a music venue called The Ground Floor was started in Williamsport, in the basement of City Church on East Fourth Street. Over time, however, the youth group that was running the venue had problems keeping order and keeping up with the staff at the church. The pastor of the ...

Keeping it ‘Civil’

BLOOMSBURG - The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 226 Center St., has aptly dubbed May as Civil War Month.The acclaimed professional regional theater performing at the Alvina Krause Theatre has two attractions scheduled in May, both with a Civil War theme.The first attraction is BTE's season finale ...

Southern drama ‘Belles,’ packing an emotional punch, takes the CTL stage

Packed with an emotional punch, the Community Theatre League's Playwright-in-Residence Mark Dunn brings "Belles: A Play in Two Acts and Thirty-nine Phone Calls" to the stage at 7:30 p.m. May 6 and 7 May 12-14 and 2 p.m. May 15.The CTL, 100 W. Third St., has a long-standing relationship with ...

Mansfield-based artist exhibit to open at Wellsboro’s Gmeiner art center

WELLSBORO - The Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main St., will present the opening reception for "Color Through the Eyes of an Artist," an exhibit of paintings by Russell Richard, of Mansfield, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.On ...

I’d Watch That website asks public to make, judge TV ideas

LOS ANGELES - You're mystified by the number of destined-for-failure shows on TV and figure you could make better picks than network executives.Or you sneer at the recycled concepts of too many dull series when you have a killer original story to tell.Whether you fall into either camp or both, ...

Musicians invited to join Wellsboro Town Band; summer concerts scheduled

WELLSBORO - Musicians now are being invited to join the "Almost World Famous" Wellsboro Town Band. The band is open to all interested instrumentalists, from students who will enter high school this fall as ninth graders to adults of all ages. There are no fees and all musicians are welcome.Four ...

Movie review: ‘Nina’

The questionable casting of Zoe Saldana is only one of the many problems with Cynthia Mort's limp and misjudged Nina Simone biopic "Nina." Little of the High Priestess of Soul's searing clarity of voice or profound struggle comes through in this insipid film whose fakeness is writ across ...

Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts to close with free music festival

LEWISBURG The 2016 Lewisburg Celebration of the Arts will close with a free music festival, Lewisburg Live!, beginning at 6 p.m. May 7. This year features bands in eight different venues throughout downtown Lewisburg between 6 p.m. and midnight. Music ranges from classical to rock to jazz to ...

Performer profile: Steven K. Lindenmuth

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1959, Steven K. Lindenmuth is a versatile, personable performer who resides in Bloomsburg.After graduating from Southern Columbia High School in 1977, Lindenmuth attended Susquehanna University for two years, transferring to Bloomsburg University and graduating in ...

‘Shades’ of meaning as W. Kamau Bell probes cultural divides

NEW YORK - "America's Best Bigots" is NOT the name of W. Kamau Bell's new CNN series - "although that would be a great name for a show," says the popular black comedian who hosts it.Bell's series, which premiered Sunday, is instead titled "United Shades of America," and, while it will routinely ...

State College gallery to present ‘Pastel Passions and Beyond’

STATE COLLEGE - More than 70 paintings by local artists will be displayed at the State College Framing Co. and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive, from May 6 to June 11. The event will open with a reception from 5:30-8 p.m. May 6, when visitors can meet the artists and watch demonstrations.The ...