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Legendary band Chicago to play Central PA show next week

SUNBURY — In June of 1975, the legendary rock group Chicago played a show at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. Among those sitting in the sea of fans at the performance was a 10-year-old Keith Howland, who was sandwiched between his parents and getting his first live taste of Terry ...

‘Mamma Mia!’ to be performed by RiverStage Community Theatre

LEWISBURG — To commemorate its 50th production, RiverStage Community Theatre plans on whisking its audiences away to a picturesque Greek Island. It’s not only a gala wedding that is being planned, but an entertaining spot where everyone can hear ABBA’s popular tunes. RiverStage ...

FUSE Productions to bring ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to stage

UNIVERSITY PARK — FUSE Productions is ready to rock the Schwab Auditorium. “What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening!,” chants the ensemble surrounding Jesus, hoping that he will spread news and gossip. The news is that the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” has 7:30 p.m. ...

Repasz Band keeps on going, has many shows planned this summer

The Repasz Band has a history dating back to 1831, and shows no plans of stopping anytime soon. Today, the Repasz Band is known as the community band of Williamsport. The group performs at patriotic and civic celebrations, the Little League World Series, hospitals and nursing homes, and annual ...

‘Not Another D&D Podcast’ keeps the laughs coming

If I have inherited anything from my dad, it’s my explosive laugh. Thankfully, it doesn’t come out as often as his, but when it does, it sounds a lot like a pitched-up car horn — the kind you hear when one of your neighbors has a friend waiting outside. It’s loud. The point of this is ...

WCC to bring taste of American choral music to Ireland

The Williamsport Civic Chorus is taking their show on the road, as they will begin their concert tour of Ireland June 28, bringing the Emerald Isle a taste of American choral music. As a treat for their local fans, the chorus will perform selections from the tour “across the pond” in a free ...

Emma Thompson provides another great performance in ‘Late Night’

Ladies and gentlemen, Emma Thompson has done it again. This time, though, she had help from Mindy Kaling. More than 25 years after Thompson took Best Actress for her sensational work in “Howards End,” she continues to burn up the screen in the terrific new dramedy “Late Night,” with a ...

‘Men in Black: International’ lacks depth, has generic feel

“I want another Men in Black movie,” said no one ever. “Men in Black: International” cashes in on the chemistry Hemsworth and Thompson had in Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” barely salvaging the rest of the film from becoming a train wreck. Determined newcomer MIB agent, M (Tessa ...

Even with weak writing, ‘Shaft’ has its moments

If you can stomach the nonstop swearing and bad behavior, “Shaft” is a fascinating cultural artifact. In the ongoing debate about modern masculinity — between a more genteel, millennial maleness and old-fashioned sexist tough-guys — this entertaining actioner comes down squarely on ...

The Clark McLane Band to hold album release party in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — For about eight years, guitarists Clark McLane and Shawn Carr comprised a musical duo that played shows all over the area at local bars, fire halls, weddings, potluck dinners and pig roasts. But because the two musicians were only playing for fun, they would often change the ...

Mike Reid’s ‘The Last Day’ coming to Penn State Centre Stage

STATE COLLEGE — What does “The Last Day” refer to? Avid theatergoers may know that it is the title of the first of a trio of productions returning to Penn State Centre Stage. Rick Lombardo, completing his first year as producing artistic director of Penn State Centre Stage, acknowledges ...

Hilarious ‘Sexy Laundry’ coming to Millbrook Playhouse cabaret

MILL HALL — There’s neither a washer nor a dryer to be found in this laundry. But this is no ordinary laundry—it’s a “Sexy Laundry.” Millbrook Playhouse kicks off its four-show cabaret lineup by presenting “Sexy Laundry’ with 7:30 p.m. performances tomorrow, Friday and ...

Still around after all these years: Chicago to play show at Spyglass

It was 1972, and Dad was taking me to my first rock concert. The band was Chicago — who after several radio hits had again seized the airwaves with “Saturday in the Park.” As we turned onto the highway, Dad wondered aloud whether Chicago would still be around in 40 years. He explained ...

‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ exudes averageness

There was a time when the X-Men franchise made people excited for their newest endeavor. After numerous reports claimed that “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” would be an absolute disaster, followed by abysmal reviews, it was difficult to have much hope. After viewing, it is safe to say that the film ...

‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ suffers from lackluster script

The sequel to “Secret Life of Pets” sort of succeeds in spite of itself. For much of the film, I couldn’t figure out whether they were trying too hard — or not hard enough. There’s no question it’s poorly written, with a rambling story and only a few decent laughs. Yet somehow ...

CTL bringing ‘Guys and Dolls’ to stage

Anyone looking for an illegal floating crap game and a fun-filled musical fable should check out “Guys and Dolls” at the Community Theatre League. The last Mainstage musical of the 2018-19 season, “Guys and Dolls” has 7:30 p.m. performances on June 21-22, 27-29, with a 2 p.m. matinee ...

Billtown Blues Festival returns bigger than ever for 30th year

On June 24, 1990, the first ever Billtown Blues Festival was held on private property along the Susquehanna River. At the time, the event, which was being referred to as a “blues picnic,” was an experiment to see what kind of traction the blues could get in Central PA. In the years since, ...

Actor James Goode provides versatility for BTE

BLOOMSBURG — If James Goode had a middle name, it might very well be “versatile.” Although born in Huntington, West Virginia, Goode is a longtime resident of Columbia County, and a very versatile member of the professional Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. His first memory of ...

Nels Jacobson bringing rock poster art to Arthaus Projects

Since the 1960s, gig posters have been revered and collected as valuable in their own right, apart from the performances for which they were created. More than just publicizing an upcoming concert, gig posters have taken on a life of their own and have become iconic, singular pieces of art. ...