Clubs – February 15, 2018

Clubs – February 15, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 15
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Bobby Kean’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: karaoke with Edwin.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Electric Mardi Gras Valen-Boogie
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Vine Street
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Michael Barr, Apache Chief, Lucas Hex, DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Pour Boys, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dustin Drevitch
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Feb. 16
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Brothers
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Rare Form
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Greg Palmer, Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Jordan Ramirez
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Acousticstein
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill & Donna Arnold, Bill Arnold Duo
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Facing the Giants
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Group Du Jour
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Funkees Dance Band
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Chuck Paul
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Light Weight
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Great Rock Pair
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Behind the Grey
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Crimson Tears
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Liam Alone
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Kartune
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Emily’s Toybox
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Dan the Piano Man and Dance Hall Devils
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Sanction, Forced Out, Tourniquet and Worn
Pour Boys, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Dashboard Mary
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Luongo Brothers, Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Small Town Titans
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: D-West
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Alex O’Brien
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Mark Riccadonna and Buddy Harris

Saturday, Feb. 17
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Heads Up Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Harvey & Friends
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Weight
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Iron Cowboy
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Rhythm and Booze
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Timepiece
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: K8
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Drive
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Mayl Soul
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: MAD Conductor featuring The Queeftones & The Upfux
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Double Shot Duo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous and Pink Slip
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Enema – Blink-182 tribute
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 7069, 402 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Mark Riccadonna and Buddy Harris

Sunday, Feb. 18
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flowers For Taco
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Marked for Death, Farewell Show
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Wanabees
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Feb. 19
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Feb. 20
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Utopix

Wednesday, February 21
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ken Norton

Fab 5 – February 15, 2018

Fab 5 – February 15, 2018

1. ‘Casablanca’ showing

They’re playing it again.
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, will present two showings of the film “Casablanca” on Friday, Feb. 16. The Oscar-winning World War II drama stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The matinee showing begins at 1 p.m. and the evening showing begins at 7:30.
The film centers on American expatriate Rick Blaine (Bogart), who is now a Casablanca nightclub owner. He discovers his former flame Ilsa (Bergman) is in town with her husband, a rebel running from German forces. Rick must choose between his love for Ilsa or helping her and her husband escape.
Matinee tickets are $3 and evening tickets are $5. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Kirby Center box office. For more information, visit kirbycenter.org.

2. Grrrls Night: The Galentine’s Edition

Celebrate women in the arts this Valentine’s Day season.
Jess Meoni Design and Events hosts Grrrls Night: The Galentine’s Edition on Friday, Feb. 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Local women will present performances of music, poetry, comedy, dance and more. Limited five to 10-minute performance slots are available. The event is open to all ages, but performances may contain adult content.
The event benefits NEPA Youth Shelter. Monetary donations will be accepted, as well as household items like non-perishable snack foods, Ziplock bags, school supplies and art supplies. For more information, visit Jess Meoni Design and Events on Facebook or the event’s Facebook page.

3. ‘Taking Steps’ performance

Theater fans can see an Alan Ayckbourn classic comedy.
The Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., will host a performance of the play “Taking Steps” on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The comedy follows the occupants of a crumbling and haunted three-story house over a frantic 24-hour period.
Tickets range from $18 to $28 and can be purchased online at thetheateratnorth.com.

4. Fireworks and Torch Light Parade

Residents don’t have to wait until the summertime for fireworks.
Montage Mountain holds its annual pyrotechnic musical fireworks display and Torch Light Parade on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m.
There will be prize giveaways and live entertainment at Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant inside the lodge from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests can view the evening’s displays through Slocum Hollow’s windows, as well.
Admission is free, but a lift ticket is required to be on the snow. Visit montagemountainresorts.com for more information.

5. Soul Shakers Winter Blues Guitarmageddon III

Blues fans, get ready to hear some of Northeast Pennsylvania’s best.
Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., is holding “Winter Blues Guitarmageddon III” on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The performance will feature the Soul Shakers with the Dalton 45s, Dustin Douglas, Jesse Mower and Mike Miz, Joe Kopicki and Se Acabo.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center’s box office. For more information, visit sccmt.org.

Clubs – February 8, 2018

Clubs – February 8, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 8
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Rice Crew Music
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Fuzzy Mudd
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Open mic with Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ed Randazzo & Husty Bros
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Feb. 9
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
3 Jack’s Burger Bar, 233 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Dashboard Mary
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Lily Mao
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: DJ Envy and All-Black Attire Affair
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Karaoke by Tiffany
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streetlife Serenaders
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Doug and Sean
Bentley’s Nightclub, 2300 Route 309, Ashley: Tekashi69
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: RJ Scouton
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Switzer Duo
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Flaxy Morgan
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: New Revolution
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fake Uncle Jack
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: D-West Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Shelly’s Underground
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: The Frost Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Crobot — acoustic
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan & Lynette
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Traverse the Abyss, City of Ember, Terrorize This and If Not For Me
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Ron Morgan
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Myal Soul
M&J’s Bar N Grill, 542 Wildcat Road, Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: The JOB (Jay Orrell Band)
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Trio
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Chad Szeliga, Jon Nova and Ryan Dougherty
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Bumpin Uglies, Elephants Dancing and Jordan Ramirez
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Torey and Sembrat and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Greg Vaccariello and Paul Spratt

Saturday, Feb. 10
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Empire in Decline
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Neil Nicastro
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: K. Michelle Pre-Valentine’s Day Bash
American Legion Post No. 558, 99-101 E. Carey St., Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan
Ariel View Inn, 1400 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Q-Ball
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Barrel-Chested Beer Bellies
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Dashboard Mary
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Strawberry Jam
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Acousticstein
Bentley’s Nightclub, 2300 Route 309, Ashley: DEJ Loaf
Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: FullCircle
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Sammich Kings
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: The Loons
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Serenade your Sweetie Karaoke
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Mardi Gras
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jim Carro Duo
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Weight Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Kids Laughing, Antidepressants and Mesos
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Floodwood and Trey Anastasio Band
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Asialena
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coast 2 Coast
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Chatter and Buzz
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Militia
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Greg Vaccariello and Paul Spratt

Sunday, Feb. 11
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale: Dashboard Mary
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Feb. 12
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Feb. 13
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Mardi Gras Party with Midgets with Attitude
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Mardi Gras
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Bryan Banks

Wednesday, Feb. 14
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow Duo

Voices For Freedom – Celebrate Black History Month with word and song of African-American figures

Voices For Freedom – Celebrate Black History Month with word and song of African-American figures

Some of history’s most noteworthy African-American voices will come alive this weekend.
Bright Star Touring Theatre performs its original show “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History” Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Using powerful songs, poems and speeches, “Let Freedom Ring” touches on significant periods in African-American history, including the abolition movement, Jim Crow laws, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout the performance, the audience can expect to hear from significant figures in African-American history like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and Barack Obama.
One of the famous poems featured in the production is “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, which is echoed later on in the play with Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.”
Josh Batenhorst, who contributed to writing and editing “Let Freedom Ring” and directed it in its early stages, said the production should have a lasting effect on viewers because it teaches history in a unique way.
“(Theater) has the ability to really impact someone in a short period of time and sometimes in ways that a classroom experience can’t,” Batenhorst said. “A lot of times, you go away from a movie and you’ll remember for years later how the movie affected you or a play, also. Whereas a lot of us don’t remember a lot of what happened in fifth-grade science class.”
Bright Star Touring Theatre is a North Carolina-based traveling production company that brings original shows to schools and communities throughout the country, many of which have educational components in areas like history, literature and more.
Camille Reinecke, Cultural Center arts and education outreach manager for the cultural center, said the Scranton Cultural Center regularly schedules shows for children that help bring art and education together. The idea behind bringing in this show was to educate the public for Black History Month.
“We thought it was a good fit seeing as it is February and we’re celebrating, we wanted to embrace that and bring our audience to celebrate with us,” Reinecke said.
She believes the performance will give the audience something to think about.
“This is geared for young kids and families, people of all ages, and a great opportunity to teach people about the history of civil rights, and to expose them to some aspects of that history that they may not be familiar with,” she said.
Reinecke said it’s important for people to know the history because there is a lot more to be done to ensure that all people are treated equally. Additionally, she hopes the music and poetry in the show achieves more than just narrating the hardships people of color experienced.
“I’m hoping it exposes a lot of the beauty that these people created,” Reinecke said.

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If you go

What: Bright Star Touring Theatre presents “Let Freedom Ring: Music and Poetry of Black History”
When: Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets: $5 for the show only; $9 for show and Wiggles and Giggles Craft Workshop at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on ticketmaster.com, sccmt.org, at the box office or by calling 570-344-1111.

— Brooke Williams

Fab 5 – February 8, 2018

Fab 5 – February 8, 2018

1. Valentine’s Sweetheart Spectacular

Debra Records presents “Saturday Night Live with the Oldies Vol. 3: Valentine’s Sweetheart Spectacular” on Saturday, Feb. 10, at The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald.
Desire, an Easton doo-wop and oldies band, will perform love songs, doo-wop, ‘50s and ‘60s classics and Motown tributes. Tommy Zito opens the show. Buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7.
VIP seating by the dance floor, which includes dinner and the show, is $49. Premier seating with dinner and show is $39, and general admission is $20.
For reservations, call Joe Tutino at 570-499-4904.

2. Shiver by the River

Beat cabin fever and get active this weekend. 
Scranton Running Co. holds Shiver by the River on Saturday, Feb. 10. Race registration is 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. 
Participants have the options of a 5k run, a 10k run and a two-mile walk along Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. All races begin at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is available online at runsignup.com/shiverbytheriver2 until Thursday, Feb. 8, at 11:59 p.m. 
Runners who pre-registered can pick up their registration packets on Friday, Feb. 9, from noon to 7 p.m. at Scranton Running Co., 3 W. Olive St. For more information, call 570-955-0921.

3. College SnowJam

College students can take a break from homework this weekend to have some winter fun.
Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, hosts College SnowJam on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The day includes skiing, snowtubing, rail jam, games, live entertainment, food, kegs and more.
In advance, lift tickets (from noon to 9 p.m.) are $20, rentals are $15, snowtubing is $20 and rail jam entry is $10. Regular ticket rates will apply if purchased the day of the event.
Tickets are available online at montagemountainresorts.com. For more information, call 570-969-7669.

4. ‘Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl’ 

Travel back in time with ‘80s tribute band Jessie’s Girl. 
On Friday, Feb. 9, the band will perform its“Back to the Eighties” show for all ages at the Ice Box Sports Complex, 800 Providence Road, Scranton, at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and EJ the DJ will spin tunes before the Jessie’s Girl takes the stage.
The band is known for high-energy performances and signature looks, reminiscence of the decade of Rubik’s Cubes, Spandex and DayGlo. Fans can expect to hear Jessie’s Girl’s take on classics including, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Shadows of the Night” and more.
The event, presented by the Piazza Law Group, Sheeley’s Drug Store and Coors Light, benefits Friends of the Scranton Knights, and a portion of the ticket sales will go to the organization.
General admission tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

 

5. Rainbow Adult Board Game Night

Board and card game lovers can play their favorites this weekend during NEPA Rainbow Alliance’s Rainbow Adult Board Game Night. The event takes place Friday, Feb. 9., at The Vault Tap & Kitchen, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton, from 7-11 p.m.
The evening will include board games, card games and dice, in addition to food and drinks for sale. Participants can bring their own games or choose from the variety of games provided.
For more information, call 570-972-2523.

Fab 5 – February 1, 2018

Fab 5 – February 1, 2018

1. ‘Broadway Spotlight’

Theater lovers can see their favorite Broadway stars without a trip to New York City.
NYC casting director Stephen DeAngelis will host “Broadway Spotlight” at The Theater at North at 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. The show will feature performances by Jeanna De Waal of “Kinky Boots” and “American Idiot,” Jennifer DiNoia of “Wicked,” Kara Lindsay of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “Wicked” and “Newsies” and more. Eugene Gwozdz will be the show’s musical director and accompanist. The Broadway stars will perform songs from their respective shows, share backstage stories and participate in a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets are $40 each and available online. For more information and tickets, visit thetheateratnorth.com.

2. Galentine’s Day

Celebrate the women in your life this Valentine’s Day season. Chippy White Table, 5 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, will hold “Galentine’s Day” on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mother, daughters, sisters and girlfriends can get together to make mini bouquets and sugar skin scrubs, enjoy treats and a goodie bag and get your photo taken by Photography by Seneca. Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations, private message Chippy White Table on Facebook at facebook.com/chippywhitetablevintage. For more information, visit chippywhitetable.com or call 570-706-6935.

3. Mountain Sky Winter Carnival

Mountain Sky and Brookvalley Farm will hold their first ever winter carnival on Saturday, Feb. 3, from noon to 4 p.m., 63 Stillmeadow Lane, Jermyn. The carnival will offer both indoor and outdoor activities, including horse-drawn sleigh rides, a petting zoo, a bonfire, homemade food, a hot chocolate bar, face painting, storybook readers, frozen bubbles, scavenger hunts, photo props and more. For more information visit mountainsky.net.

4. ‘An Empty Place at the Table’

Join Women’s Resource Center as it raises awareness of the dangers of domestic abuse. As part of First Friday, the center will display their “Empty Place at the Table” memorial exhibit at The Century Club of Scranton, 612 Jefferson Ave., on Friday, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit serves to commemorate people in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties who lost their lives to domestic violence through table settings that display their personal items. The event is free and open to the public, and the Women’s Resource Center will accept donations. For more information, visit wrcnepa.org or call 570-346-4460.

5. UNC to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’

 The Youth Department of the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) is working with REV Theatre Company to put on a production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The performance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Burns Auditorium in the Oppenheim Center for the Arts, at 1004 Jackson St., Scranton. UNC aids low-income families, youth and senior citizens in Northeast Pennsylvania. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angel Atell at 570-961-1592.

About Face John Kascht shows 30 years of portraits with retrospective  exhibit at Everhart Museum

About Face John Kascht shows 30 years of portraits with retrospective exhibit at Everhart Museum

John Kascht started his art career at the age of 14 in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
This weekend, 30 years of his work comes together in an exhibit in his adopted home of Northeast Pennsylvania.
The caricature artist presents retrospective exhibit “Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht,” which opens Friday, Feb. 2, at Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St. Kascht will be in the gift shop from 5 to 8 p.m. to meet patrons and sign posters on the opening day.
As a young teenager, Kascht drew political cartoons for a newspaper in Waukesha. Eventually, he realized he preferred portraits over politics and pursued a different path.
“I realized at some point that I wasn’t interested in politics or being a political commentator, but people and drawing portraits,” Kascht said. “In spite of early beginnings as a political cartoonist, I split from that and went in the direction of portraits and caricatures.”
After years of working in illustrator and designer positions at different newspapers across the country, Kascht became a freelance artist and created caricatures for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and more.
Throughout his career, Kascht has created caricatures of numerous politicians and celebrities, many of which will be on display at the Everhart. 

Photo by A. Greg Raymond

“People can expect to see an overload of wrinkles, jowls, foreheads, slouches and posture. People can expect a fun show,” Kascht said. “One of the things I’m pleased about is that it’s enjoyable. Anybody, even people who don’t like art, can go and have a good time.”
Opening day of the exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibit remains on display until Monday, May 7. According to Kascht, “Making Faces” will not just feature “funny pictures,” but explanations of the “work and sincere thinking” that went into the process of creating them.
“I think caricatures are often seen as a negative art form that makes fun of people, but that’s not how I approach it. It’s seeing what makes a person unique and bringing out those characteristics. Hopefully it’s a show that celebrates us and celebrates humanity.”
Kascht said he never decided to be a caricaturist; it’s just always been with him. As a child, he used to follow his parents and friends around, mimicking the way they walked and talked. His interests in impersonation and drawing merged, he said.
“I had an instinct to impersonate people,” he said. “Caricatures are a visual form of impersonation, and my interest grew out of that instinct to mimic or impersonate the people around me.”
Additionally, watching his father, a forensic scientist, perform autopsies had an influence on his art and taught him about human anatomy and physiology while he was growing up. While it isn’t obvious at first glance, natural science and caricatures can overlap, he said.
“People think of it as cartooning, but there’s really a kind of scientific mindset,” he said. “You look at a face or body and what makes it unique. Like a scientist, you think ‘what’s going on here?’”
Kascht will be part of upcoming events at the museum. He will conduct tours of his exhibition at the Everhart on Thursday, March 22. This event costs $25 per person and includes light refreshments at 6 p.m. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. On Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., Kascht will be one of the presenters in a new, free monthly series at the Everhart, “Tête-à-Tête: An Everhart Conversation.”
When the exhibit closes in Scranton, “Making Faces” will travel to Kascht’s hometown of Waukesha and then move its way out west. While he’s been involved with group exhibitions, this is his first solo and traveling exhibition.
“I’m really excited about this exhibition,” he said. “I love the Everhart Museum and I think it’s gonna be great. I’m pleased to open to the hometown crowd and be starting it here.”

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If You Go
What: The Everhart Museum presents the exhibition “Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht”
Where: The Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St.
When: Friday, Feb. 2 through May 7
Details: Kascht will meet patrons and sign posters on opening day from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit everhart-museum.org.

— Brooke Williams

Clubs – February 1, 2018

Clubs – February 1, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 1
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: David Cupano
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Blues Broker Records Blues Jam
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sarah Carne
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Casper NYHC Gomez
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jonathan Dressler
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Eric Rudy

Friday, Feb. 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Tori Viccica
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Black Tie Stereo
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: All White Attire Affair
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Chris Ross and The North
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Hot Coffee
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: County Lines
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boozer’s Sports Bar, 635 Main St., Avoca: Facing the Giants
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Doug Drost
The Club at The Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Joey and Tina
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Area 52
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Dashboard Mary, Dashboard Mary
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Empire in Decline
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Leighann & Company
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: TopCatt’s Cabaret: NYC Takeover Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Better With Beer
JJ Bridjes, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Sarafinko Trio
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Tony Vergnetti and Robby Walsh
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Broken Road Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Fake Fight and Vine Street
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Riley Loftus, Brett Alexanders and Joe Cigan
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Small Town Titans
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Jeff Lewis
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Tim McGurl
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Brennan and Tyler Rothrock

Saturday, Feb. 3
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Talking Machine
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Flatland Ruckus
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: The Soul Shakers
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: 20Lb Head
Bottler’s Tavern, 200 Delaware St., Jermyn: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: That 90’s Band
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Cruise Control Acoustic Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Bearlesque One-Year Anniversary
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Sister Esther
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Seize Fire
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Bounty Hunter
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Grass Is Dead
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Popstar Drive (formerly amRadio)
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Nowhere Slow and John Quinn
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Graces Downfall
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Giles Davis and Jerry Trapper, Jam Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kevin Brennan and Tyler Rothrock

Sunday, Feb. 4
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Honeychilds’, 109 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Super Bowl Party
Omnia Bar Grill and Bottle Shop, 223 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre: Super Bowl Sunday
Slocum Hollow Bar and Restaurant at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton: Pair of Nuts Acoustic Duo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Feb. 5
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh & Michael
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Feb. 6
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tom Osbourne

Wednesday, Feb. 7
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Last Call Trio

Fab 5 – January 25, 2018

Fab 5 – January 25, 2018

1. ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Sign of Four’
Actors Circle presents “Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Sign of Four” for two weekends at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Performances take place Thursday, Jan. 25, through Saturday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 3, all at 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.
Adapted by Dennis Rosa and based on the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, the play is a classic Sherlock Holmes story highlighting the fictional British detective’s fantastic observation and logical reasoning, plus his knack for forensic science. “Sign of Four” revolves around stolen treasure and murder, as Holmes and Watson are pitted against diabolic Professor Moriarty.
Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students.
For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com. Reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

2. ‘The Molly Maguires’ screeing 

F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts hosts a screening of the 19th-century coal mining drama “The Molly Maguires.”
The movie will be shown Friday, Jan. 26, at 1 and 7:30 p.m. at the Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes- Barre. Doors open at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
The movie, starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris and filmed on location in Northeast Pennsylvania, centers on a secret society of Irish miners that used violence to fight for better working conditions.
The village of Eckley and the courthouse in Jim Thorpe are prominently featured in the film, which held its world premiere at Wilkes-Barre’s Paramount Theatre in January 1970.
Tickets are $3 for the matinee and $5 for the evening show. For tickets or more information, call 570-826-1100 or visit kirbycenter.org.

3. ALT 92.1 Snow Show Pre Party
They got the mic if you got the mosh pit.
Relive the days of emo music at the Snow Show Pre Party Friday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at Senunas’ Bar & Grill, 133 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, presented by ALT 92.1.
To kick off the Times-Shamrock radio station’s inaugural winter concert featuring emo rock band Dashboard Confessional, Screaming Infidelities: Emo Night will spin emo, punk, pop punk and indie tunes from the 2000s all night long. Guests are encouraged to get up on the microphone and sing their hearts out to songs by Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, The All-American Rejects and more at the nostalgic event.
At the pre-party, guests can enter to win tickets to Snow Show, which also features indie acts AJR and SMYL, and Scranton-borne Tigers Jaw.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

4. Back Breakers Training Center wrestling show 
Watch it go down in the squared circle Saturday, Jan. 27, when Back Breakers training Center presents “A Mid Winter Nights Warfare” at the wrestling school, 1008 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 featuring matches with BBTC students, wrestlers and trainers.
BBTC opened its doors in 1995 under the direction of Hazleton-based pro wrestler Johnny Glitter to educate wrestling hopefuls in extreme performance and athletics. Today, it’s owned and operated by Justyn Glory, who has worked with World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action.
Tickets to the event are $15 each and free for children ages 5 and under. Food and drink also will be available for purchase.
For tickets or more information, visit Back Breakers Training Center on Facebook.

5. Action for Jackson benefit
Local musicians, venues and community members band together on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Three venues across Scranton will host Action for Jackson, a benefit for musician Jackson Vee, to aid with his medical costs after hospitalization in November. The guitar player and singer is known for donating his time and talent at regional benefits and, according to the event’s Facebook page, friends and fans want to do the same for Vee.
The benefit takes place at city venues Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., 1 to 11 p.m.; The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, 1 to 8 p.m.; and Morganz Pub, 315 Green Ridge St., 2 to 7 p.m. It will include live music by more than two dozen bands and musicians, basket raffles and 50/50.
Tickets are $5 at the door of each venue or $10 for a jumper pass wristband. Wristbands can be purchased at any participating venue. For those with a jumper pass, a shuttle bus will be available between 2 to 9 p.m. to take guests between venues at the top of each hour.
For more information, visit the event’s or participating venues’ Facebook pages.

Fab 5 – January 18, 2018

Fab 5 – January 18, 2018

1.  AMSOIL Arenacross

Indoor professional motorcyclists will compete Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21, at noon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
The AMSOIL Arenacross Series visit will feature an indoor, hand-made track where riders will race for the Ricky Carmichael Cup. The professional race will take place Saturday, while amateurs get a crack at the track on Sunday.
Tickets range from $15 to $82, plus fees, and are available the box office, Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. Parking is $10, cash only, for general admission and $20 for reserved parking available in advance at Ticketmaster and the box office.
For details, call 570-970-7600 or visit mohegansunarenapa.com.

2. Winter in the City

Escape your cabin fever with a wintertime tradition.
Scranton Tomorrow will hold its Winter in the City cocktail party on Friday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. The $20 admission includes wine, beer and soda plus samples of food from more than 30 regional eateries. Guests also can hear music from Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change and check out the silent auction featuring items from local businesses.
The nonprofit community and economic development has held the parties for more than 15 years and put the proceeds toward its numerous community projects. It will hold a second Winter in the City cocktail party on Friday, Feb. 16, also from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 570-963-1575 or visit facebook.com/MainStreetScranton.

3. Arrival from Sweden

ABBA lovers can hear their favorite songs live at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts this weekend. Arrival from Sweden brings its tour to the downtown Wilkes-Barre venue Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.
The ABBA tribute show will feature many of the legendary Swedish group’s most popular songs, including “Mamma Mia,” “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo.” Formed in 1995, Arrival from Sweden has sold out shows around the world during its numerous tours and dons copies of ABBA’s original clothes.
Tickets are $25 and $35, plus fees, available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.

4. Slambovian Underground with Phoebe Legere

The Slambovian Underground and Phoebe Legere will perform as part of the next RiverFolk Concert at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. The show takes place Sunday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m.
Alt-folk group the Slambovian Underground formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York, more than 10 years ago and has headlined several major music festivals. Legere, a Canadian musician and artist, opened for David Bowie in 1991 during his national tour and earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for music in 2000. She released her 17th album, “Heart of Love,” last year.
Tickets for the BYOB show are a suggested donation of $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For reservations or details, email riverfolkconcerts@frontier.com or call 845-252-6783. Visit thecooperageproject.org for more information.

5. ‘Nugget & Fang’

Kids can watch an undersea adventure about friendship unfold on stage in the next ArtsPower show at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
“Nugget & Fang” takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. and tells the story of a minnow and shark who are friends until the minnows learns he’s supposed to be afraid of his buddy. The show is recommended for children in pre-K through grade three and lasts 55 minutes.
A Wiggles & Giggles Craft Workshop for parents and children precedes the show at 10 a.m.
Admission is $9 for the workshop and show and $5 for the show only. Tickets are available at the box office, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

Chillin’ Out: Annual Lake Wallenpaupack winter festival returns with frozen fun

Chillin’ Out: Annual Lake Wallenpaupack winter festival returns with frozen fun

Bundle up to tee up at Wally Ice Fest.
Looking to return after two years of warm weather prevented the festivities, the event features not only a golf tournament but also a pond hockey competition, golf-ball driving contest and curling demonstrations, all on the frozen surface of Lake Wallenpaupack.
Activities run Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28, on the ice outside Silver Birches, 205 Route 507, and the Boat House Restaurant, 141 Route 507, both in Palmyra Twp.
While a lack of enough ice kept the festival from going forward in recent years, this winter’s cold snap froze about a foot of the lake’s surface heading into last week’s warmer weather, said Keith Williams, Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center manager and one of the event organizers.
“Granted, ice doesn’t form uniformly across the entire lake, but it’s a really good start to the season. … We keep a close watch on it, so ideally we’re looking for 10 inches of ice for safety, to be able to handle the activity that we have planned on the ice,” he said.
If the lake does not freeze, enough, however, the pond hockey tournament and curling demonstrations will be moved to nearby Promised Land State Park for the weekend (the golf tournament and driving contest would be canceled). Organizers used to set aside an alternative date for the festival later in the season in the event of low ice levels, but with hockey players coming from outside the area to participate, Williams said, “it’s real difficult to shift people’s vacation schedule to accommodate” another date.
Under current plans, the adult pond hockey tournament will take place both days, and teams will play four-on-four games with two 15-minute periods and a five-minute intermission. Registration is $360 per team of four to six players, and teams are matched against one another based on skill level. Organizers will set up two rinks outside Silver Birches and four by the Boat House.
Long organized by Chamber of the Northern Poconos, the Ice Tee Golf Tournament runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and participants can register in advance for $20 and each day for $25.
“Sunday’s going to be the bigger day,” Williams said. “We’ll have some kind of prizes with craziest sled, craziest hat, those types of things.”
Golfers will compete on one of two nine-hole courses outside Silver Birches, where they will tee off from an artificial green and aim for a Christmas tree marking each extra-large hole (which do not go all the way through the ice).
Golfers will receive a colored golf ball, scorecard and map and should bring two clubs plus a putter.
“You don’t need any special shoes, although we recommend people dressing warm,” Williams said.
Throughout the weekend, Anthracite Curling Club of Wilkes-Barre will give free demonstrations of the Olympic sport near the Boat House and let visitors try it as well.
“That’s kind of another unique piece to (the weekend),” Williams said.
On Sunday, visitors can see how close they can hit a golf ball to a 6-foot-tall snowman dubbed Wally in a driving contest benefiting the chamber. The three hitters who come closest win prizes.
“You don’t have to play golf (in the tournament) to do that,” Williams said. “You can go down and just try.”
Participants and spectators are encouraged to park at lots off Route 507 across from Tanglwood Resort; East Shore Lodging, 2487 Route 6; the visitors center, 2512 Route 6; and Wallenpaupack Area High School, 2552 Route 6, all in Palmyra Twp., and take the shuttle bus to both event locations, since the restaurants have spaces reserved for patrons. Organizers estimate the trip will take about five minutes between each stop.
Visitors can watch the on-ice activities for free, and Williams said the festival also gives guests a chance to dine at local restaurants, visit cultural sites such as the Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour & Ice Harvest Museum in Lakeville, which will provide ice sculptures at each tee and an ice bar at Silver Birches, plus other winter activities in an area known as a summer destination.
“We’ve got really great restaurants and pubs, and this is a really great way to bring business … to those folks,” he said.
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If you go
What: Wally Ice Fest, featuring pond hockey and Ice Tee Golf tournaments and curling demonstrations
When: Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28
Where: The Dock on Wallenpaupack and Silver Birches, 205 Route 507, Palmyra Twp., and The Boat House Restaurant, 141 Route 507, Palmyra Twp.
Details: Participation costs $360 per hockey team, and $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event for the golf tournament. Register for the adult pond hockey and Ice Tee Golf tournaments online at WallyIceFest.com. Curling demonstrations are free.

 

Multimedia piece brings  Langston Hughes’  words to life

Multimedia piece brings Langston Hughes’ words to life

Jazz trumpeter Ron McCurdy picked up where poet Langston Hughes left off.
A former professor at University of Minnesota, McCurdy created an educational, multimedia piece for a Harlem Renaissance-themed exhibit there, and 20 years later, he continues to present it around the globe.
The Ron McCurdy Quartet, a multimedia concert involving spoken word and poetry, presents “The Langston Hughes Project — Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” at Misericordia University’s Lemmond Theater on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert’s spoken-word artistry, live music and images recreate Hughes’ vision of the global struggle for freedom from the Harlem Renaissance to the early 1960s. By way of videography, the performance links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of people, places and events mentioned throughout the poem.
“It set out as an academic venture,” McCurdy said. “But now, we’re always modifying, tweaking it, making it relevant and keeping it entertaining. Originally, I was standing at a podium reading the poem. Now, it’s a bit more theatrical, less academic. Langston Hughes’ words are the same, but they are delivered in a more theatrical fashion.”
Hughes wrote “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” in 1960 after he was asked to serve as the master of ceremonies for Newport Jazz Festival, where the likes of Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald and more were set to appear. It was oversold by about 2,000 tickets and shut down when a riot ensued because people were not allowed in.
“Langston wrote this piece as a commentary on the struggle with African-Americans in the 1960s,” McCurdy said. “It’s very beautiful work.”
Originally, Hughes intended to collaborate with Charles Mingus and Randy Weston on the full performance of his masterwork, but it was only in the planning stages when the poet died in 1967. He wrote musical cues alongside the poem, however, which McCurdy used to create his multimedia performance.
McCurdy has faced the challenge of people not wanting to give the project a chance because it sounds too academic to them. But all of the effort seems worth it when “the light bulbs come on” in audiences’ brains and McCurdy notices them understanding and asking questions about the show, he said.
“The poem is so beautifully written,” McCurdy said. “It was written well over 50 years ago, but the text and the words are so relevant today, and they were relevant when we started doing this. … It was initially an academic presentation; we were using it as a teaching tool to help students think about their own core values.
“Langston was about bringing people together, and lord knows, given our political climate today, this is certainly a time we could use more connectivity between people from all different backgrounds. It’s important for us to understand that we are more alike than different.”

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If you go
What: The Langston Hughes Project presents “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”
Where: Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas
When: Thursday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Details: Tickets cost $10 for general admission and are free to Misericordia staff and students. They can be purchased at the door or by calling the box office at 570-674-6719. For more information, visit
langstonhughesproject.org.

American dream  Tony winner, Hamilton’s Odom brings smooth, crisp sound to Wyoming Seminary stage

American dream Tony winner, Hamilton’s Odom brings smooth, crisp sound to Wyoming Seminary stage

Leslie Odom Jr. follows his passion. The man is non-stop.
The Tony Award-winning performer has been on a whirlwind since he rose to fame as Aaron Burr in hip-hop Broadway musical juggernaut “Hamilton.” Odom earned critical acclaim and several accolades including a Tony Award, for his portrayal of the charismatic, vulnerable and complicated founding father.
When he left the show in 2016, Odom kept pushing further, pursuing a solo career and touring to spread his love of performing to fans around the country.
He brings his multifaceted solo show to the area on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. when he performs at Wyoming Seminary’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston.
“I’m kind of lucky I get to bring as much of myself in able to into the work,” Odom said during a recent phone interview, enroute to travel from Los Angeles to Indianapolis. “It’s all deeply personal to me, touring and connecting with fans in a more open way. … I’m up there telling the stories about my life and singing songs I love.”
Since 2016, Odom put out two albums: a self-titled work of jazz standards, showtunes and originals he released just before his exit from Broadway and “Simply Christmas,” which is full the performer’s crisp, smooth take on seasonal classics.
These works can be expected during his stop in Kingston, but Odom promised fans that’s not all. He doesn’t believe in people leaving disappointed after a concert and will perform some songs from “Hamilton” plus selections from other work he’s known for, including NBC’s musical television show “Smash.”
Many of these songs take on different meanings for Odom during his concerts. When performing “Hamilton” songs, like “Dear Theodosia,” a ballad Burr and Hamilton sing about their children, or “Wait For It,” on Burr’s undying determination, he’s singing these as himself, which transports the music into a different realm.
“Songs from the show are really nice to perform out of context,” he explained. “Bringing it in to a concert, you get to color outside the lines. Some songs take on new meaning when it’s not Aaron Burr singing it.”
In between making music and touring, Odom’s kept busy acting, like appearing in last year’s “Murder on the Orient Express” alongside Daisy Ridley, and continues to pursue different avenues. His book, “Failing Up” is due out in March and is written in the style of a commencement speech. The narrative details how Odom’s greatest successes came from his greatest risks and how he allowed himself to be open to defeat.
“The better part of it is the story of how everything in my life turned around the first time I gave myself permission to fail,” he said. 
Odom worked as an actor on stage and television before landing his big break but admits it was a challenge. He kept working toward his goal and what made him feel alive but success didn’t happen immediately.
“That can be the biggest eye roll, ‘Yeah, but you had ‘Hamilton,’ but I didn’t know that seven or eight years ago, struggling, trying to get jobs,” Odom said with a laugh. “I didn’t know that the role of a lifetime would come to me. I was just following my passion and my heart. … and eventually found my way to ‘Hamilton.’”
Odom’s advice to young people finding their path echoes his own life. He encourages anyone to surround themselves with what makes them happiest. Whether it be a career in performing arts, math or medicine, keep moving toward it and be open to where it takes you.
“Read about, talk about it, learn as much as you can about it. Follow your passion and those things will love you back,” he said. “Keep walking toward those things that light you up. … I didn’t know take this step, then take this step. I just loved it, you know? I loved it and found a way to dream myself into the world I loved so much.”
Odom took the holidays to unplug and clear his mind and is coming into the new year feeling refreshed, focused and balanced. He’s ready to continue to challenge himself and to reach as many people as he can through his passion.
“(It’s) the fact that I got to express myself in such a way that felt total and complete and now get to sort of be the architect of the rest of my journey and go where my inspiration leads,” he said. “It’s that I get to go around the country and meet fans and people who didn’t have a chance to see the show and some that may never get to go to New York (City) to see the show. We get to bring it to them.”

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If you go
What: Sem Presents! featuring Leslie Odom Jr.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wyoming Seminary’s Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston
Details: Tickets are $35-$70 and can be purchased online at wyomingseminary.org/arts/sempresents.

Fab 5 – January 11, 2018

Fab 5 – January 11, 2018

1. Jim Breuer

“Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jim Breuer will deliver the laughs Saturday, Jan. 13, at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. The 21-or-older show begins at 8 p.m. in Gypsies Lounge & Night Club.
Breuer starred on the classic late-night sketch show from 1995 to 1998 and then in the films “Half Baked,” alongside Dave Chappelle, and “The English Teacher,” a 2013 Julianne Moore movie set in Kingston. Breuer also appeared in such TV shows as “Kevin Can Wait,” “Family Guy” and “Motorcity.”
Tickets for his Mount Airy show are $45 and $55. For more information, visit mountairycasino.com or call 877-682-4791.

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Celebrate the legacy of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with special programs.
King’s College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day program will take place Monday, Jan. 15., at 11 a.m. in the Snyder and Walsh rooms of Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The college will honor King’s service and contributions. For more information, call 570-208-5875 or visit kings.edu.
Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, will screen the critically acclaimed film “Selma,” shown in the photo below, which focuses on King’s voting rights campaign and historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It is the first of four films about race the university will screen in honor of Black History Months in Lemmond Theater. Call 570-674-6400 or visit misericordia.edu for details.

3. ‘The Blues in Art & Music’

Kitson Arts Alliance will open its latest exhibit this weekend at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
“The Blues in Art & Music” will remain on display in the theater’s Earnshaw and New galleries from Friday, Jan. 12, through the end of March. It features musician- and blues-themed paintings and other works from local artists Erika Gibson-Bertram, Catrina King, Joe Kluck, Scott Nichols, John Rockland and Joe Welden.
The alliance will hold a reception at the galleries Sunday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors can meet the artists and hear live blues music from the Matt Bennick Project and Phyllis Hopkins featuring the Electric Trio.
For details, visit the event’s Facebook page or kitsonartsalliance.org or call 570-836-1022.

4. Winter Carnival

An inaugural winter carnival will take over Mountain Sky, 63 Stillmeadow Lane, Greenfield Twp., on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Hosted by the venue and Brookvalley Farm, the family-friendly carnival runs from noon to 4 p.m. and features activities such as sleigh rides drawn by Belgian draft horses, a bonfire pit with storybook readers, a petting zoo, vendors and more.
Visit the event’s Facebook page for details.

5. ‘Disenchanted’

Phoenix Performing Arts Centre opens its 2018 season with the Musical Comedy “Disenchanted.”
The show runs Friday, Jan. 12, to Sunday, Jan. 21, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at 409 Main St., Duryea. It focuses on 10 princesses — including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Snow White and Mulan — who share what happened after they found their happily ever after, from narcolepsy to weight issues and more. The show includes adult humor and some language and is not suitable for children, so parental discretion is advise.
Tickets are $12. To reserve seats, call 570-457-3589.

Year Ahead

Year Ahead

Festivals
Whether for food or fun, a number of festivals take place around the region each year. Enjoy the wonders of the Lackawanna River during Shiverfest on Saturday, Jan. 13, then head to Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, for two film festivals featuring foreign, independent and art films. Winter Fest runs Friday, Feb. 16, through Thursday, March 8, and the Spring Film Festival then takes place Friday, April 13, through Thursday, May 3, with special activities on each opening night. There will be special previews on Thursday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, March 29, and free post-festival discussions Friday, March 9, and Friday, May 4.
Join one of the biggest events in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the annual Fine Arts Fiesta on Public Square, in May. Celebrate a Midvalley tradition, St. Ubaldo Day and Race of the Saints, in Jessup over Memorial Day weekend.
The region celebrates its love of food with the annual Edwardsville Pierogi Festival, June 8 and 9, Plymouth’s annual Kielbasa Festival, held the second weekend of August, while the Pittston Tomato Festival takes place the third weekend in August.
Labor Day weekend offers the chance to commemorate the area’s rich locomotive history during Railfest at Steamtown National Historic Site and its Italian heritage at La Festa Italiana on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.

Kids and family
Children can learn through a series of free stage shows geared toward grades three to eight at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre: “Four Score and Seven Years Ago” on Wednesday, Feb. 21; “Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad” on Friday, March 16; and “Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi” on Tuesday, April 24. The Kirby Center also will host family-friendly fare such as “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour” on Friday, April 27; animal expert Jack Hanna on Saturday, April 28; “Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Surprise” on Tuesday, May 15; and the free “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told” on Saturday, May 19.
At Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp., families can catch “Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” from Thursday, Jan. 11, through Monday, Jan. 15; AMSOIL Arenacross Series on Saturday, Jan. 20, and Sunday, Jan. 21; “WWE Live” on Friday, Jan. 26; Monster Jam Triple Threat Series from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 11; the Harlem Globetrotters on Saturday, Feb. 24; and “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” from Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 6.
In Scranton, families can get into the Irish spirit with the city’s 57th annual St. Patrick’s Parade, set for Saturday, March 10, while Wilkes-Barre sees green with its parade on Sunday, March 11.

Theater
Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania has five more shows coming to Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., in the new year: “A Chorus Line,” Friday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 25; “The Illusionists Present Adam Trent,” Friday, March 2; “Kinky Boots,” Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18; “Chicago,” Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15; and “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” Tuesday, May 8, through Sunday, May 13. Ticket costs vary. 
Five Broadway vocalists — Jeanna De Waal, Jennifer DiNoia, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Jon Peterson — will perform hits from throughout the Great White Way’s history on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. “Broadway Spotlight,” also includes behind-the-scenes stories and a question-and-answer session.
At F.M. Kirby Center, theater fans will find “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Thursday, Feb. 1; “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” on Wednesday, Feb. 7; “The Wizard of Oz” on Friday, April 13; and “Cabaret” on Thursday, May 17.
The region’s numerous amateur and student theatrical troupes will present shows throughout the year as well.

Comedy
Laugh throughout the year with comedy events all over the region.
Residents have the chance to see Jim Breuer at Gypsies Lounge inside Mount Airy Casino, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono, Saturday, Jan. 13. Gypsies also hosts Bob Saget on Saturday, Feb. 3; Tracy Morgan Saturday, March 3; and Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6.
Breuer makes another stop in the area Wednesday, Feb. 28, at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, which then hosts “Blue Collar Comedy” star Ron White on Thursday, March 8. Jerry Seinfeld will deliver two performances there Friday, April 6.
Kevin Hart brings his Irresponsible Tour to the region Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Crowds also can catch live comedy shows weekends at Wisecrackers Comedy Club inside Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Plains Twp.

Concerts
Music fills Pavilion at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton, through the summer, with Camp Bisco gliding into the venue Thursday, July 12, through Saturday, July 14, and Peach Music Festival hitting the mountain, Thursday, July 19, through Sunday, July 22. Vans Warped Tour plays Scranton for the final time on Thursday, July 26, according to its website, although a venue was not announced. 
Mohegan Sun Arena also will host a couple big-name concerts, with country act Little Big Town, joined by Kacey Musgraves and Midland, coming Thursday, Feb. 22, and Judas Priest playing Tuesday, March 13.
Wyoming Seminary will host “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. for a concert Wednesday, Jan. 17, in its Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston.
At F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, concert highlights include the inaugural Snow Show featuring Dashboard Confessional, presented by Alt 92.1 on Sunday, Jan. 28; Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thursday, Feb. 8; “American Idol” star Scotty McCreery, Saturday, Feb. 10; America, Thursday, Feb. 15; Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28; Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10; the Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24; Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4; the Drifters, Saturday, April 14; and Yanni, July 31.

By Gia Mazur and Caitlin Haney West