• Kurt (Drew Boardman) throws a punch at J.D. (Michael Roman) during “Heathers: the Musical.” playing
at EPAC through Nov. 5. (LNP file photos)
    Bust out the teased hair and neon shoes

    EPAC presents ‘Heathers: the Musical’ The year was 1988. Radio stations pumped out Enya, Robert Palmer, and Kylie Minogue. The eldest Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in the Presidential election. Movie tickets averaged $3.50 … and “Heathers” hit...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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  • Ben Affleck portrays Christian Wolff, an accountant with highfunctioning
autism who gets caught up in corporate espionage,
in “The Accountant.”
    ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ and ‘The Accountant’

    Cruise vs. Affleck I have to admit, I forgot all about “Jack Reacher. Reacher,” played by Tom Cruise, which first hit the screens in 2012 and brought in over $218 million worldwide. Reacher is the product of...

    • Posted October 26, 2016
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    Beer tour below the Mason-Dixon line

    Good friends of mine have been insisting I take a trip south of the Mason-Dixon and check out what is going on with the beer scene around Columbia, Md. Our first stop was one of the most...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Emily Blunt portrays troubled, alcoholic Rachel in the film version
of award-wining novel “Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins
    ‘The Girl on the Train’ but not ‘The Dressmaker’

    Ladies first … and last If you’ve read the book “The Girl on the Train” or are waiting to see the movie, please know this column will be full of spoilers. “The Girl on the Train” is...

    • Posted October 12, 2016
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  • Funck’s Restaurant, Leola, now has 40 pumpkin-infused beers on tap. Beer critic Michael Upton recommends Elysian’s Punkachino,
Penn Brewery’s Pumpkin Roll Ale, and Terrapin’s Cranberry Pumpkinfest. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    It’s pumpkin chuggin’ time!

    Fall is here — and that means pumpkin beers are, too. Now, I know some people despise pumpkin beers — the bartender at Funck’s restaurant on Saturday surely did — but the release is still a popular fall occurrence. Rest...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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    ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Blair Witch’

    The West and the woods revisited More of a reinvention than a remake “The Magnificent Seven” opened with good results over a slow movie weekend. The retold western beat out the Warner Bros. animated kid-flick “Storks” to...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • The Ephrata House was still in its glory during the '40s.
    1941 turns murderous: Chamber hosts historical murder mystery dinner

      Michael Showalter went back in time to find inspiration for his upcoming murder mystery dinner. The event, which kicks off at EPAC at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 1, will raise money for the Ephrata Area Chamber of...

    • Posted September 22, 2016
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    Eat your beer!

    Local brew-enhanced food offerings If you read the Hop’in Around about my visit to the Little Big Beer Fest in May, you know beer is not just for drinking. At the fest I found Harrisburg-based Fudge-o-lutely and...

    • Posted September 21, 2016
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  • Tim Riggs, Kenneth Seigh, Noel Smith, Kevin Ditzler and Sean Young bring Glengarry Glen Ross to the stage at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.
    ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ cast is incredible

    I first saw the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross” while I was living in Maine. The movie had been out for a couple years and it instantly went on my list of all-time favorites. The all-star...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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    Books that became movies

    Read first or watch first? School is back in session and the National Book Festival (Sept. 24, 2016) is right around the corner, so what better time to talk about books … and their movies. There have...

    • Posted September 14, 2016
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