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Aaron Kelly to play fundraiser show at Genetti Hotel

Even though his run as a Top 5 finalist on "American Idol" ended nearly a decade ago, many area music fans still love watching Aaron Kelly perform live anytime they can. Fortunately, Kelly makes catching his live gigs easy for those in Central PA, as he makes regular trips back to the area from ...

Upcoming Good Friday concert at Jeremiah’s to feature six bands

At 7 p.m. tomorrow, six area bands will be coming together for a five-hour Good Friday concert at Jeremiah’s on the second floor of the Bullfrog Brewery. The show was arranged by Jeff Pittinger, the owner and operator of Pennsylvania Pipeline Music TV, who said he is “very excited” to ...

Summer theater returns to PSU with three fantastic productions

STATE COLLEGE — Summer theater is returning to Penn State. After concluding his first season as Director of Penn State’s School of Theatre, and Artistic Director of Penn State Centre Stage, Rick Lombardo acknowledges hearing how many people missed the school’s summer ...

‘Missing Link’ already one of 2019’s best films

“Missing Link” is the first film I’ve seen this year that made me want to start my best-of list. This animated gem from the reliable Laika studio (“Coraline,” “Kubo and the Two Strings”) can be overly silly, and its ending pushes too hard; yet it is nonetheless a deliciously ...

Despite good performance by Harbour, ‘Hellboy’ remains a big disappointment

Never having watched a “Hellboy” movie, I went into this with an open mind. I didn’t have a bias on the fact it’s a reboot or that the actors were different. I just wanted to have a fun time and see some carnage unfold. Even without a knowledge of or love for the previous films, I still ...

‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ proves to be faithful, funny

Nearly 350 years ago, a jailed Puritan pastor named John Bunyan brought forth a little book called “Pilgrim’s Progress”; it has since been translated into more than 200 languages — and reliably dubbed the second-best-selling book in English (after the Bible). Bunyan’s allegorical ...

Alabama, Charlie Daniels Band to play show at Bryce Jordan Center

UNIVERSITY PARK — It was only nine months ago that area country music lovers were given the chance to see Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels play live at the Community Arts Center. Soon, fans will get a second opportunity to see Daniels display his masterful skills on the fiddle — but this time, ...

Uptown Music Collective to pay tribute to Tom Petty at CAC

Though many have tried, few musicians have made an impact on rock ‘n’ roll the way Tom Petty did during his 40-year career. Producing music as a solo artist and with a number of wildly popular bands, Petty managed to sell upwards of 80 million records worldwide by cranking out dozens of ...

RiverStage bringing ‘Oleanna’ to stage

LEWISBURG — Although penned by David Mamet in 1992, “Oleanna” sounds like it almost springs from the recent #MeToo movement. RiverStage Community Theatre presents the gripping drama “Oleanna” at 7:30 p.m April 5-6, 12-13, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on April 14 at the Greenspace Center, ...

CTL presents ‘Rabbit Hole’ this week

The Community Theatre League will present David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy “Rabbit Hole,” directed by Philip J. Vonada, from Friday to Sunday in the Moyer Studio Series. “Rabbit Hole,” which won a Tony for Cynthia Nixon and was adapted into an acclaimed 2010 ...

Live-action ‘Dumbo’ is charming, visually stunning

The new “Dumbo” is nearly 50 minutes longer than its 1941 predecessor — so one might justly worry that they padded out the slender storyline with cheesy musical numbers, excess sentiment and/or unnecessary action scenes. Let me lay those fears to rest. Tim Burton’s live-action ...

Craig Karges to bring mystery and illusion to CAC

Even though he has performed well over 5,000 shows throughout his 38-year career in magic, Craig Karges still gets hit with a wave of nervous energy each night before he takes the stage. The self-proclaimed “extraordinist” performs at a wide array of venues from day to day — including ...

Larry Fuller Trio coming to Lycoming College

Larry Fuller is a lifelong jazz musician who began studying the piano when he was just 11 years old, and has been playing professionally since he was a pre-teen. His life in music has taken Fuller to virtually all corners of the globe and allowed him to work with some of the greatest jazz ...

‘Mamma Mia’ to be performed on many area stages

In a moment of sheer excitement or surprise, anyone — even those without any Italian ancestry — might exclaim “Mamma Mia.” But these days, local and regional theatergoers might say “Mamma Mia” for completely different reasons. The powerhouse, fun-filled musical, based upon the ...

Blues musician Stacia Abernatha to hold EP release show tonight

When local blues musician Stacia Abernatha was a child, she used to play the “air guitar” while holding a broom in her hands. Now, a picture of her doing exactly that serves as the cover art for her new album, “A Girl Like Me,” which will see its official release party at 7 p.m. tonight ...

FUSE Productions to stage musical ‘Bat Boy’

STATE COLLEGE — There is probably no subject more unusual for a musical than “Bat Boy.” “Bat Boy: The Musical” is a mixture of a horror show and musical comedy which descends when FUSE Productions stages this cult classic at 7:30 p.m. March 29-31 at the Singing Onstage Studios in ...

Allenberry Playhouse to stage two versions of ‘The Odd Couple’

BOILING SPRINGS — Allenberry Playhouse brings new meaning and twists to the term “in rep” with its latest offerings. It may be commonplace for community and professional theaters to stage the comedy classic “The Odd Couple,” either the original male version or the more contemporary ...