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‘Rocketman’ hits all the right notes

“Rocketman” is better than “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the same way that Elton John was a better songwriter than Queen. There, I said it — go ahead and hate. Then ask yourself who had more hits. And whether Queen ever made a record as good as “Tumbleweed Connection.” Or “Madman ...

Uptown Music Collective ready for Blues-A-Thon

A 24-hour music marathon isn’t the type of thing you see every day. However, those in the area can at least see it once per year. The Uptown Music Collective’s annual Blues-A-Thon is coming back to Williamsport for the 11th time. Scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m. June 7 on Pine St., the ...

Pittsburgh artist bringing ‘Catalyst’ exhibit to Factory Works Gallery

Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory invites you to its next exhibition, which may conjure up memories for many residents in the region. “Catalyst,” an immersive sculptural installation by Pittsburgh oil painter Paige Hemke Kleinfelder, consists of a series of representational oil ...

Allenberry Resort and Playhouse to stage popular musicals this summer

BOILING SPRINGS — Ah, summertime, and the living is easy — and those theater lights are steamy! The historic Allenberry Resort and Playhouse has a couple of popular musicals to cool down and entertain area theatergoers in June, July and August. The resort’s inns and theater, located ...

Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ is less magical than the original

Imagine an art project that is made by drawing; then, picture the same piece of art, this time painted instead. It looks pretty similar but knowing that it is a replica makes it not as appealing. The same could be said for the remake of the 1992 classic Disney animated film, “Aladdin.” The ...

Kira Crissinger to release single ‘Fire’ as solo artist

After spending two years serving as lead vocalist for the alt-rock band Haela, local musician Kira Crissinger is ready to branch out on her own. With a new sound that blends elements of pop and R&B with other genres, Crissinger has a new album in the works and is ready to release her single ...

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ gives fans exactly what they wanted

The Boogeyman is back. Stocking up with a few extra bullets (as well as knives) to double down on the action at the expense of the story may seem like a sin, but with “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” it is an undoubtable win. Picking directly up after the events of the second film, ...

Legendary punk bassist Mike Watt reflects on making music his way

Widely regarded as one of the greatest bassists on the planet, Mike Watt is often referred to as the best punk bassist to ever pick up the “thudstaff,” as he likes to call it. With a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, it comes as no surprise that Watt, who is a founding member of ...

Mike Watt uses web show to inspire listeners

The most important thing to know before chatting with former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt is that for every question you ask him, you can expect an anecdotal response that only circles back to its initial topic after a 20-minute journey. At times, this can make Watt hard to follow during a ...

Liberty Arena to host Summer Beach Party

For many people in the area, a day spent at the beach is the ultimate way to unwind. The only problem is that beaches aren’t exactly easy to come by in landlocked Central Pennsylvania. But that’s nothing 50 tons of sand and some inflatable palm trees can't fix. From 1 to 9 p.m. June 1, ...

Ray of Light Awards returning to CAC

For area theater students, few events are as exciting as the Community Theatre League’s annual Ray of Light Awards. The event, which is styled after the Tony Awards, serves to highlight local high school drama programs and brings attention to the brightest student performers around. Now in ...

Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions to perform ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

MILTON — Anne Frank’s tale is always worth retelling. Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 6:30 p.m. June 13-14, with a 4:30 p.m. matinee on June 15. The dinner-theatre production will be presented at Christ Wesleyan Church Auditorium, 363 Stamm Rd ...

Sean Farley to release new EP ‘Raising the Grain’

Sean Farley has a lot to celebrate. He is releasing a new EP titled “Raising the Grain” and will be hitting the road for a tour out west. It only makes sense that he should have a release party to share his hard work. “There will be multiple music performances and I will play the songs ...

FUSE Productions to host showing of musical ‘The Prince’s New Pet’

STATE COLLEGE — FUSE Productions turns its attention to a new children’s musical “The Prince’s New Pet” as its next attraction. Written by Penn State Alumnus Anthony De Angelis, “The Prince’s New Pet” will be performed at 10 a.m. today in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State’s ...

For longtime fans, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ pleases

The long-running failures of video-game adaptation films comes to an end thanks to the emergence of the odd paring of a little yellow Pokemon with the voice of Ryan Reynolds. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” will certainly please long-time fans of the source material; the same cannot be said for ...

Despite a few laughs, ‘The Hustle’ is pure agony

As a long-suffering critic who’s reviewed many bombs and duds, here’s a little film-going tip: It’s not a good sign when a movie has seven writing credits. This generally means they couldn’t figure out what to do with the thing, and just kept hammering away until it was as flat as ...

Open Stage of Harrisburg to end season with ‘Ragtime’

HARRISBURG — In the final production of its ambitious 2018-19 season, Open Stage of Harrisburg is swirling historical and fictional characters in the melting pot that was America in the early 20th century. These colorful characters pursuing the American dream are featured in the musical ...