• LR20150219_CEntReel
    Oscar predictions

    And the winner is… The Oscars ceremony takes place this Sunday and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will — along with other prizes — crown best actor and actress for 2014. Over the past...

    • Posted February 18, 2015
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  • King Triton and Halli Upton
    Under the sea … out of this world

    EPAC presents Kids4Kids production of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.’ This past summer the family and I headed out on our version of the great American road trip. We went to Asheville, N.C. for daddy (the craft...

    • Posted February 11, 2015
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  • St. Boniface regular Jeff “Chud” Faulds (facing camera, lower right) braved the crowds to get a few
celebratory pints. (Photos by Michael Upton)
    Happy anniversary, St. Boniface

    A steady stream of craft beer fans flooded St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company as the popular business celebrated its fourth anniversary Saturday. Barbecue, sweets, and music filled the Ephrata brewery while customers collected tickets to win St....

    • Posted February 11, 2015
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  • “Boyhood,” directed by Richard Linklater is nominated for Best
Picture this year. The movie, filmed over a 12-year period, follows
the life of a young boy, played by Ellar Coltrane, who ages
before the eyes of the viewer. (Photo courtesy of austintexas.org
    Oscars preview: Beyond ‘Boyhood’

    February is here, which means the 87th Academy Awards are right around the corner. So, which movie will take home the Oscar for the most coveted position in this year’s lineup? Let’s take a look at the...

    • Posted February 4, 2015
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  • JoBoy's recent release, Session IPA.
    Session time out

    Whatever you do, don’t call it light beer! A couple years ago many craft beer drinkers came to the same conclusion: Sometimes bigger is not always better. Thus, the term session beer entered the popular lexicon of beer...

    • Posted January 28, 2015
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  • Benedict Cumberbatch portrays WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” (Photo courtesy of whysoblu.com)
    ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

    Seriously, with this review I want to make it blatantly obvious I am speaking about the movie “American Sniper” and not the real life warrior the movie is based on, Chris Kyle. Kyle’s legacy is a national...

    • Posted January 21, 2015
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  • Appalachian Brewing Company’s Aero-Head Bock is a lightly
hopped beer with slightly sweet maltiness.
    Bock around the clock

    ABC introduces Aero-Head January 9 marked the beginning of a new era at Appalachian Brewing Company. All locations began pouring Aero-Head Bock. This keg tapping officially launches a new series of flagship beers for the brewery; over...

    • Posted January 14, 2015
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    New Year and ‘The Interview’

    It’s been a rather predictable couple weeks at the box office (except for the hullabaloo surrounding the release/postponing/release of “The Interview,” see below). “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has done exactly what film fans...

    • Posted January 7, 2015
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  • Not sure what to get? Try a Black Forest sampler.
    Black Forest Brewery opens

    There’s a new brew in town. Actually there are five new brews in town. While I was busy getting “canned” at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company for their six pack release, a new brewery in Ephrata was...

    • Posted December 30, 2014
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  • The dwarven company of Thorin Oakenshield (and one hobbit) — each of them a gifted actor — couldn’t save “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” from being a cap on a canister of film to put this double trilogy to bed.
    Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    The end is nigh … or is it just the beginning? In the story of Middle Earth “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is just the midpoint. But this is the end of the films...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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