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Movie review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

"Kubo and the Two Strings" has been widely praised, so I feel like a party-pooper penning a review that's less than ecstatic. I too found it clever, gorgeous and unique - but the ending left me cold.The stop-motion extravaganza focuses on a Japanese boy with extraordinary skills and a tragic ...

LA art exhibition looks at dying through words, photos

LOS ANGELES - Four years ago photographer Andrew George approached the medical director of a Los Angeles hospital with an unusual request: He wanted to meet and take photographs of people about to die.There was nothing macabre about the request, George said. He simply wanted to learn of and ...

Doug McMinn Blues Band to perform at Brandon Park Bandshell

The Doug McMinn Blues Band will perform from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Brandon Park Bandshell.Featuring an all-star cast of regional musicians, the band has played numerous top-drawer venues throughout north-central Pennsylvania, including the Elk Creek Cafe, the Bullfrog Brewery, the Berwick ...

Joint performance to close Lock Haven Summer Concert Series

LOCK HAVEN - The last Friday concert in the Lock Haven Summer Concert Series will feature the Lock Haven Community Chorus and Central Pennsylvania Community Band at 6 p.m. Friday at Triangle Park.Lock Haven Community ChorusWith a college community orchestra growing, music faculty member Robert ...

Converge Gallery to host joint exhibit by Craig Kaufman and Luana Cleveland

Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St., will present the work of Luana Cleveland and Craig Kaufman in their upcoming exhibition, "34 Trips Around The Sun."The exhibit will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. during First Friday activites on Sept. 2.Cleveland and Kaufman have been together for 34 ...

American at home in Afghanistan, with some help from Prince

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marni Gustavson's eyes brimmed with tears as she watched a dozen Afghan children learning the words to Prince's "Purple Rain.""It's a tribute," she said, to the artist who quietly donated funds that helped pay for the building she was standing in, the headquarters of ...

Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants to perform at Corman Ampitheatre

LOCK HAVEN - Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants will perform at 5 p.m. Saturday on the Floating Stage at the J. Doyle Corman Amphitheater on East Water Street, as part of the Lock Haven Summer Concert Series.Steered by guitarist and singer Gabe Stillman and fueled by bassist Colin Beatty and ...

Family films span generations for Bryce Dallas Howard

LOS ANGELES - Bryce Dallas Howard remembers as a child watching the 1977 film "Pete's Dragon" on repeat until the VHS was worn out. She even hung onto her old "Pete's Dragon" board book to read it to her two children. So when she heard there was a script for a new take on the fantastical story ...

Movie review: ‘Sausage Party’

There's no guessing what the writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will bring about next. The duo have introduced McLovin to the world in "Superbad," shown us exactly how our favorite celebrities would handle the apocalypse in "This is the End," adapted the unadaptable in AMC's ...

Indie band Sundown Sally to perform first show in PA

WELLSBORO - Sundown Sally will open the annual Gallery Music Series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts' Warehouse Theater, 3 Central Ave.The four-piece alternative-indie-Americana band is based in Ithaca, New York. They perform soulful and heartfelt lyrics and ...

Movie review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’

"Pete's Dragon" doesn't have much more going for it than "Look - there's a really cool dragon in an American forest!"Fortunately, that's just enough of a hook to maintain interest for the movie's modest running time. The dragon, after all, really does look cool.Disney's latest is a complete ...

Hamilton-Gibson to host third annual Dueling Pianos

WELLSBORO - Pat Davis and Dave Knauss will challenge each other in a dueling pianos set at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., for Hamilton-Gibson Productions' third annual Dueling Pianos event.The pianists do not rehearse in ...

Lock Haven to host final outdoor movie screening of summer

LOCK HAVEN - The city of Lock Haven will host a showing of "Minions" on a 16-foot inflatable screen - its fourth and final outdoor movie of the summer - beginning at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Triangle Park. The screening is free and open to the public.The Minions of "Despicable Me" get their very ...

Accomplished violinist, pianist to give free performance at Lycoming College

Violinist Lucy Russell and pianist Sezi Seskir will perform a recital of popular pieces from the Classical period at noon on Sept. 1 in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets. Admission is free.The repertory includes two sonatas by Mozart, a sonata and ...

Susquehanna Valley Chorale announces 2016-17 season

LEWISBURG - The Susquehanna Valley Chorale has announced its 2016-17 concert season, which will include four performances in three different communities: Lewisburg, Sunbury and Selinsgrove."It will be powerful, stunning, dramatic and magical," conductor Bill Payn said of the season.The season ...

Taraji P. Henson is busy: Cookie, a NASA hero and a memoir

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Taraji P. Henson almost backed out of writing her autobiography because she was reluctant to expose herself to scrutiny. She could have bypassed a starring role in a film about NASA's unsung female mathematicians because of her taxing work as the formidable Cookie on ...

Theater preview: Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble 2016-17 season

BLOOMSBURG - The acclaimed professional Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 226 Center St., is readying its 2016-17 season.Housed in the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg, BTE announces the diverse attractions of its 39th Mainstage season, which raises the curtain next month.Each ...