Entertainment events in the area – Times News Online
Whether you’re looking for comedy, music of various genres, classic movies, or even theater, local and regional venues have plenty of entertainment options available over the next two weeks.
325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe
• Jim Breuer: Freedom of Laughter Tour, 8 p.m. May 12. Breuer, named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, was born in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, performing his first official stand-up gig in 1989. The comedian, known for his character Goat Boy and his Joe Pesci impression on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 to 1998, appeared in films such as “Half Baked” and “Zookeeper.”
• Eric Gales with Vanessa Collier, 8 p.m. May 13. A blues rock guitarist, Gales has released 19 albums since 1991. His latest release, “Crown,” features production by Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith, and addresses Gales’ struggles with substance abuse and his personal thoughts on racism, between other subjects. Collier, a multi-instrumentalist, has released four albums to date, with her most recent, “Heart on the Line”, released in 2020.
• The Music of Randy Travis, 8 p.m. May 14. Country singer and “The Voice” alum James Dupré will perform with the original Randy Travis Band. Travis, who suffered a stroke in 2013 which affected his singing, will appear with his wife Mary. Since releasing his debut album “Storms of Life” in 1986, Travis has scored 16 number 1s on Billboard’s country singles chart, including “On the Other Hand”, “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses”. “.
• Fuel, 8 p.m. on May 21. Formed in Harrisburg in 1989, Fuel’s current lineup includes founder, guitarist and songwriter Carl Bell, longtime drummer Kevin Miller and new players John Corsale, Mark Klotz and Tommy Nat. The band’s biggest hits include 1998’s “Shimmer” and 2000’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”. Fuel’s latest set, 2021’s “Anomaly,” marks the first album Bell and Miller have recorded together in 18 years. . Another Day Dawns and Crooked Ways will also perform.
Mauch Chunk Opera
14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe
• Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones: The Prince Show, 8 p.m. May 13. Ford and his band perform, among other music by Prince, the album “Purple Rain” in its entirety.
• Craig Thatcher Band: Eric Clapton Retrospective, 8:00 pm May 14th. Thatcher’s roles include band leader, clinician/international ambassador for CF Martin & Co. of Nazareth, guitar teacher and recording artist. Winner of numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards, Thatcher’s band blends classic rock and blues standards with original tunes. This performance will trace the musical career of Clapton, the only three-time inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
• Security Project: Peter Gabriel Re-Envisioned, 7:30 p.m. May 19. Security Project began performing in 2012, to mark the 30th anniversary of Gabriel’s “Security” album. The group, which performs Gabriel’s early progressive repertoire, includes Jerry Marotta, drummer in Gabriel’s band from 1977 to 1986, as well as King Crimson’s Trey Gunn on touch guitar. Michael Cozzi, David Jameson and Happy Rhodes round out the lineup.
• The Glimmer Twins: Classic Stones Live, 8 p.m. May 20. Hailing from Philadelphia, the Glitter Twins feature frontman Keith Call as Mick Jagger, with Bernie Bollendorf as Keith Richards. The group also includes Michael Rubino, Bobby Corea, Rob Ekstedt, Valorie Steel, Bobby Michaels and Rocco Notte. The Glimmer Twins refers to the pseudonym under which Jagger and Richards produced or co-produced many Stones albums.
• EagleMania, 8 p.m. May 21. The tribute band – which performs the Eagles’ greatest hits, plus solo material from Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh – consists of Frankie Reno, John Gaechter, JD Kelly, Ken Darcy, Jon Weiswasser and Denis Espantman.
The Point at Tamaqua Community Arts Center
125 Pine Street, Tamaqua
• Know Return & Fooling Ourselves: The Music of Kansas & Styx, 7 p.m. May 14. Know Return, a group of musicians from the Philadelphia area, recreates the sound of Kansas. Taking its name from the Kansas song “Point of Know Return”, the tribute act consists of Dave Boardman, Bob Falgie, Patrick Igoe, Thuy Nguyen, Sean Reiter, Howard Whitman and Chuck Whitmore.
Vic’s Jazz Loft at the Stabin Museum
268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe
• DaMoJo and Hector Rosado, 7 p.m. May 13. Pianist/composer Skip Wilkins will join bassist Morrie Louden, drummer Daniel Gonzalez and percussionist Hector Rosado to perform original compositions, traditional bop and Latin, as well as covers of jazz standards.
• Bonito Finito, 7:20 p.m. May. Guitarist Bill Washer, bassist Tony Marino, percussionist Hector Rosado and drummer Daniel Gonzalez form Bonito Fonito.
The Mahoning drive-in cinema
635 Seneca Road, Lehighton
• It’s a Mad Mad Mad Max weekend, May 20-21. General doors open at 6 p.m. The theater will screen all four “Mad Max” films over two nights: “Max Max” from May 20, 1979 and “The Road Warrior” from 1981; “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” from May 21, 1985 and “Mad Max: Fury Road” from 2015. The weekend will feature a Q&A with Wells on both nights between films.
• Sunday Essentials, 6 p.m. May 22. The theater will screen the 1973 martial arts classic “Enter the Dragon,” starring Bruce Lee. Showtime at sunset. Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, authors of “These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World,” will explain how “Enter the Dragon” helped fuel the popularity of kung fu in the United States.
701 Hamilton Street, Allentown
• Megadeth and Lamb of God: Metal Tour of the Year, 6 p.m. May 15. Formed in Los Angeles in 1983, Megadeth’s current lineup includes Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren, with James LoMenzo as a touring member. The group “Symphony of Destruction” plans to release its 16th studio album this summer. Lamb of God, formed in 1994 in Richmond, Virginia, consists of John Campbell, Randy Blythe, Mark Morton, Willie Adler and Art Cruz. Trivium and In Flames will also perform.
• “Star Wars: A New Hope” in concert, 7:30 pm on May 20. The Allentown Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of composer John Williams, as the classic 1977 film plays. “A New Hope” is the first film in the “Star Wars” film series and the fourth chronological entry in the “Skywalker Saga.”
Wind Creek Event Center
77 Wind Creek Boulevard, Bethlehem
• LGBTQ+ Club night, 9 p.m. May 14: The Club at Wind Creek Event Center. Brittany Lynn hosts the event, which features former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Miz Cracker and features Asia Monroe with DJ Mourning Glory. 21 and over. No cover.
• An intimate evening with David Foster, 7 p.m. on May 21. Foster – musician, songwriter and producer, among other roles – has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Stevie Wonder. Also appearing will be singer Katharine McPhee, wife of Foster and runner-up on the fifth season of “American Idol” in 2006.
524 Main Street, Stroudsburg
• Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. on May 12. Formed in Chicago in 1997, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. The group includes Lisa Mackey, Skip Vangelas, Rob Koritz, Dino English, Rob Eaton, Rob Barraco and Jeff Mattson.
• Superunknown, 8:00 p.m. May 13. Singer/guitarist Jason Reed launched Superunknown – which performs the music of late rocker Chris Cornell – solo in 2018. Besides Reed, the band’s current lineup consists of Louis Graff, Tom Laskas, Ron DiSilvestro and Pete Heffley.