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‘Standing Up, Falling Down’ features one of Crystal’s top performances

If you’re a fan of Billy Crystal, you really ought to see “Standing Up, Falling Down.” Directorial debut for industry newcomer Matt Ratner, this charming, low-key indie premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and is now available online. It features what may be Crystal’s ...

Millbrook Playhouse retains Leidholdt, announces season

MILL HALL — Millbrook Playhouse is the bearer of good news. David Leidholdt is returning to Clinton County’s old barn theatre for a seventh season as its producing artistic director. During his tenure, the genial Leidholdt has seen the professional theatre draw new, appreciative ...

‘The Way Back’ offers one of Affleck’s most personal films

Do not be mistaken. While on the surface this may appear to be a rehashed sports film, this redemption story of a rag-tag basketball team and the real-life struggle of Ben Affleck’s battle with his alcoholism elevates it above most. Perhaps his most personal film since “Good Will ...

20 under-the-radar films for the folks stuck at home

This local movie critic will use time stuck at home to finish his forthcoming book on “under-the-radar” movies — that is, worthwhile films that were either poorly attended or unjustly trashed; it also includes older flicks that are now largely unknown or ignored. So while everyone else ...

‘Shrek: The Musical’ to complete theater season at Lycoming College

Anyone that doubts it’s “not easy being green” should check with Dr. Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian. Lycoming College, which often presents two shows in the fall semester and an additional two in the Spring, is focusing on only one this semester — “Shrek: The Musical,” which will be ...

‘Onward’ puts Pixar back in the realm of greatness

After starting out with an (ahem) incredible 11 perfect movies in a row, Pixar has spent the last few years alternating between great (“Coco,” “Inside Out”) and merely okay (“Cars 3,” “Toy Story 4”). With “Onward,” this studio is back in the realm of the good and the ...

Dallas String Quartet bringing eclectic show to CAC

When most people think of a string quartet, it conjures up images of classical music being performed in a big symphony hall. What usually doesn’t come to mind is the music of Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay and Lady Gaga. But the Dallas String Quartet has set out to ...

Comedian Nate Bargatze bringing show to PA

WILKES-BARRE — Hailing from Tennessee, comedian Nate Bargatze has steadily built a huge following of fans over the last several years. Initially gaining national attention through his set on “Comedy Central Presents,” Bargatze further boosted his popularity by appearing on “Late Night ...

Diane Scott uses her many talents to perform with area theater companies

Some individuals are comfortable when acting a role, while others are adept at playing their instrument at a concert or musical production. Few are equally “at home” whether performing up on a stage or playing a score down in the pit. But then, few can duplicate the talents of Diane ...

‘The Invisible Man’ offers an expertly directed scare-fest

Sometimes you pick a movie because your friends want to see it. Sometimes you just like the cast or director. And sometimes the trailer reveals an irresistible plot-hook. For me, it was the latter with “The Invisible Man,” a crackerjack new thriller about an abused woman who flees her ...

BEAL and CCAC combo exhibit returns

In 2015, the Bald Eagle Art League and Clinton County Arts Council came together to create a juried exhibition that includes artists from both organizations. Five years later, the joint show continues to flourish, with many members of both leagues participating in the annual event. This ...

CTL schedules auditions for upcoming farce

“It Runs In The Family” triggered hearty peals of laughter the first time it was presented by CTL, so maybe it’s time to “run with it” again. The Community Theatre League will hold open auditions for “It Runs In The Family” at 7 p.m. on March 1-2 at the downtown theatre, 100 West ...

‘The Call of the Wild’ is thoroughly entertaining despite CGI

With “The Call of the Wild,” I had one big surprise and one major disappointment. My let-down was that the film does not use actual dogs; it’s all done with computer animation! But I was impressed that this enjoyable new version retains the book’s ending. Published to wide acclaim ...

WSO to perform ‘Heroes and Heroines’ show at CAC

If you love movies and the music scores that help them evoke emotion, you’re in luck! The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra is set to host its “Heroes and Heroines: A Movie Night” performance at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth St. The night will feature ...

Soup and a Bowl fundraiser to feature many area potters

According to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, one in every 10 area residents struggles to keep food on their table. That’s why the organization began its annual Soup and a Bowl fundraiser more than two decades ago — to serve as a reminder of the many unfilled bowls within our ...

‘Star Trek: Picard’ may leave diehard fans disappointed

There’s no doubt “Star Trek: Picard” wants to go in a different direction. Streaming its fourth installment today on CBS All Access, the new show boasts a sedate, violin-heavy theme song; lots of CGI; a couple of F-bombs; a largely earth-bound setting for its first three episodes; and ...

CTL’s Evening with a Star to feature Santino Fontana

The Community Theatre League, Williamsport’s leading community theatre, has announced its fourth annual Evening with a Star fundraising concert and master class will feature Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana on Feb. 22. Fontana has cemented himself as one of Broadway’s foremost leading ...

Lewis Black to perform at Community Arts Center

Though he’s known for being loud and angry on stage, comedian Lewis Black had only nice things to say about Williamsport while discussing his upcoming trip back to the city. Now out on his “It Gets Better Every Day” tour, Black will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Community Arts ...

Trip the Light to host Valentine’s Day show

Those still looking for a way to celebrate with the one they love on Valentine’s Day don’t need to look any further, area party band Trip the Light has got you covered. For the third year in a row, the eight-piece group will be hosting its Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Dance Party. This ...