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Theater preview: Summer musicals in Centre County

STATE COLLEGE - June is "busting out all over" State College.A couple of theater groups in Centre County - one a community theater and the other a professional group will lure theatergoers to State College in mid-June with their productions of the musicals "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "My Fair ...

Elkland-based artist’s exhibit to be on display at Deane Center lobby

WELLSBORO - Beginning June 6 and continuing through July 5, original paintings and framed prints by award-winning artist C. Fred Lawrenson, of Elkland, will be on exhibit in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St. This free exhibit can be seen whenever the Deane ...

‘Hamilton’ star Daveed Diggs enjoys access to new world

NEW YORK - These days, Daveed Diggs finds himself in the eye of a hurricane. And it is quiet.The Ivy League-educated rapper and actor from California has earned a Tony Award nomination for his work in the biggest Broadway show in a generation and that means he's needed for endless appearances ...

Shaking it up for the summer

The warmth and excitement of summer are just around the corner. Several official holidays fall during the summer months, but the mere existence of the season is cause for celebration.It is in this vein that the Resounding Cymbals Theatre Group is presenting "A Summertime Variety Show," at 7:30 ...

Uptown Music Collective to host 8th annual Blues-A-Thon

The Uptown Music Collective, 848 W. Fourth St., will present its eighth annual Blues-A-Thon fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Pine Street as part of Williamsport's First Friday festivities. It then will move to the Uptown Music Collective for the overnight events. On Saturday, the festivities will ...

The perfect season to kick back and groove

In keeping with the "Kick Back" theme of the year, the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has announced the performers in its "Kick Back and Groove" summer concert series.Bluegrass band Stained Grass Window will headline the first performance from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 during First Friday ...

Montoursville teen accepted to prestigious summer piano academy

Parker Konkle, pianist for the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Bartholdi Trio, has been accepted into the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Piano Academy 2016.This academy is one of the premier pre-college piano institutes in the world. Admission to this academy was ...

Lycoming Arts Alliance to hold open sidewalk show and sale

The Lycoming County Celebrates the Arts Alliance will hold a sidewalk art show and sale open to all individuals from 5-9 p.m. June 3 on West Fourth Street, as part of First Friday activities.The theme of the show is "Self Portraits," and artists may bring up to 10 pieces of art to show and ...

Converge Gallery to hold first-ever juried exhibit

Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., will present its first juried exhibition, "Selfie," which will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. June 3 during First Friday activities.An awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m.In April, artists were asked to find a way to redefine the self portrait in ...

Movie review: ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’

"Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," the follow-up to 2014's hilarious hit comedy, "Neighbors," is a rare kind of a sequel. It's one that is more prevalent and timely than its predecessor, but only half as funny and half as good. As funny as "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" often is, though, too many ...

American roots artist Megan McGarry to perform at Deane Center

WELLSBORO - Megan McGarry, an up-and-coming American roots artist, will perform at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts' Coolidge Theater, 104 Main St.The performance is free and open to the public. It is one of seven free concerts being given during the Laurel Concert ...

Theater review: ‘5 Women Wearing the Same Dress’

SELINSGROVE - Why are those "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress"?A bevy of bridesmaids are hiding out in a bedroom, which happens to be on stage at the Courtyard Theater, 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, in Alan Ball's comedy "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," with 7 p.m. performances Friday ...

26th annual Forksville Powwow to be held on Father’s Day weekend

FORKSVILLE - The 26th annual Forksville Powwow, operated by the Eastern Delaware Nations, will be held on Father's Day weekend, June 18-19, at the Sullivan County Fair Grounds.Gates open at 10 a.m. and the grand entry ceremony is scheduled at noon both days, rain or shine. Veterans and those in ...

Making a new home for the summer

If there's anything enticing to outsiders of Williamsport, the booming and growing art community definitely tops the list. With an equal mix of culture between the downtown streets displaying the city's talent to the views of agriculture and wilderness you can see in a short drive, it's no ...

Laughing it up with the ladies

Humor is something that can bring everyone together - and when it's a unique take, like an all-female showcase of standup comedians, so much the better."The thing is, there are shows all the time around here where the whole roster is dudes, and nobody ever questions that," said Antares J. Barr, ...

Magicians Steve Hyde and Ashlyn Williams to perform at Knoebels

ELYSBURG - Magicians Steve Hyde and Miss Ashlyn Williams will bring their brand of magic to Knoebles Amusement Resort, 391 Knoebels Blvd., at 1 p.m. June 4 and 5. Additional showtimes for the weekend are TBA.Their shows will take place inside The Roaring Creek Saloon. Hyde and Williams recently ...

Movie review: ‘The Nice Guys’

Writer-director Shane Black has a bit of a reputation for offbeat action-comedies like "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight." "The Nice Guys" will put some polish on that reputation, though I don't think it's going to rake in the bucks. The film is clever, funny and exciting, but ...

Quiet fall, President Sutherland and Jimmy Kimmel’s old foil

NEW YORK - Something seemed missing this week when the major broadcast networks gathered advertisers to preview their new programming for the fall.That's it! That's what was in short supply: New fall programming.The tradition of networks rolling out new shows in September is as old as ...

‘Overwatch’ game developers find creativity in diversity

IRVINE, Calif. - When the makers of the globe-hopping video game "Overwatch" were coming up with the backstory for a character with the ability to freeze enemies and erect ice walls, their initial inclination was to make her homeland a stereotypically chilly place, someplace like Iceland, ...