Fab 5 – November 29, 2018

Fab 5 – November 29, 2018

1. Chamber Singers Concert
The Marywood University Chamber Singers’ Christmas concert will take place Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in Marian Chapel at Marywood, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton.
Composer Frank Martin’s “Mass for Double Choir a Cappella” will be the featured piece of the afternoon. The group also will perform works by late composers such as Steven Stucky, Stephen Paulus, David Willcocks, John McCabe and Conrad Susa.
Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call 570-348-6268.

2. ‘Andy Cooney’s Irish Christmas’
Get into the holiday spirit with “Andy Cooney’s Irish Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Andy Cooney, dubbed “Irish America’s Favorite Son” by the New York Times, aims to celebrate the holidays in the Irish tradition. He is a member of the New York Tenors and has been a part of seven sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall. Cooney also recorded 19 albums and is also known for his “Cruise of Irish Stars,” a Carribbean cruise that draws more than 1,000 guests to enjoy Irish entertainment.
Doors to the event will open at 2:30 p.m., and the show will start at 3.
Tickets cost $30 to $40 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.

3. Fifth Annual Snow Forge
Old Forge will celebrate its fifth annual Snow Forge on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Snow Forge is a free event organized completely by volunteers. It will take place in the 300 and 400 blocks of South Main Street in Old Forge.
Activities will include a trolley ride with Mrs. Claus, the lighting of Old Forge’s Christmas tree, Santa’s Village Craft Fair, pictures with Santa and horse-drawn wagon rides. Rudolph and his reindeer, a third horse-drawn carriage, also will make an appearance this year.
Main Street will be closed to traffic during the event to ensure that guests can safely enjoy all of the activities.
For more information, send a message to the event’s Facebook page or email SnowForgePA@gmail.com.

4. Golden Days of Radio Players Performance
Return to radio’s past with a performance of live sound effects and music Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
The Golden Days of Radio Players show will take place at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, and is presented by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players.
Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. The performance will also be followed by a light reception.
For questions or to reserve a seat, call 570-996-1500.

5. Santa Train 
The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and Steamtown National Historic Site are hosting a multi-location event, “Christmas in a Small Town.”
Watch Santa Claus ride his steam-powered train as he visits fans along a six-station stop on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Santa’s train is scheduled to make stops in Carbondale at 10:30 a.m., Archbald at 11:35 a.m., Jessup at 12:20 p.m., Olyphant at 1 p.m., Dickson City at 1:45 p.m. and Steamtown’s turntable in Scranton at 3 p.m.
Each town that Santa stops in will have its own celebration.
This once-a-year event is free for all ages.

An Up Close & Personal Gift Guide

An Up Close & Personal Gift Guide

I consider myself lucky to write the Up Close & Personal feature for Electric City. The people I meet open my eyes to incredible talent and kindness here in NEPA, and I make many friends in the process. I have witnessed first-hand skilled artisans pour their heart and soul into what they do. I looked through past Up Close & Personal articles and put together a guide to help you find the perfect gift for all the important people in your life. This holiday season, know that when you buy from any of the people below, each product is made with exceptional love and care.

Accessorizor. Give a piece of personalized jewelry to a special someone. AOS Metals, 527 Bogart Place, Scranton, features handmade and custom-made jewelry that can be personalized on the spot. Whether you want a name, sports team or other sentimental word stamped on, owner and metalsmith Kari Johnson will help you come up with the perfect piece.
“Sometimes … A client will tell me it has to do with a pet they’ve lost or a child they’ve lost. It’s just these moments that you’re able to create for someone as a memory, and it tugs at my heartstrings, and to be a part of something that special and to make something for someone that they’re going to hold that close to their heart,” said Johnson during an interview in March.

Scent lover. Do you know someone who loves perfume, but is picky about the perfect scent? Give a custom perfume experience and let that person design his or her own perfume. NOTE Fragrances, located at 401 Spruce St., Scranton, and at 312 S. State St., Clarks Summit, features owner, Danielle Fleming’s own creations of body butters, candles, lip balms and perfumes, but she is also there to help customers create a special scent that is unique and personal.
“We’ve had people make fragrances to connect to loved ones who passed away or for a loved one. That is the powerful effect of aroma and how it works with our brain. Some have been brought to tears going through the experience,” said Fleming during an interview in April.

Up-and-coming musician. Give the gift of music lessons. Tyler Dempsey is a professional drummer and drum instructor who teaches out of his home and at private studios in Wilkes-Barre and Moscow. For drum lessons with Tyler Dempsey, visit tylerdempseymusic.com.
A professional musician and DJ, Neil Nicastro has been teaching guitar for more than 20 years. He teaches at Neil Nicastro Music, Entertainment and Instruction in Dunmore. Visit nnusic.com.

Practical person. For that someone who loves functionality, try a personalized, hand-crafted wood item. Don Fisch Jr., owner of DF Custom Concepts, builds household items such as step stools, business card holders and children’s growth rulers to track your child’s height, as well as made-to-order items. Fisch cuts each piece of wood and works with each customer to add a special touch, whether it be a silhouette of their favorite character or their name, on every piece. Visit dfcustomconcepts.com.

The light of your life. Give a gift that will brighten someone’s day. Mechanical Concepts owner, Shawn Jennings combines his love for cars and art to create unique lamps using scrap metal, particularly old car parts. The mechanic takes pride in the artistic aspect of exemplifying shadows casted by light and the ambience it gives off.
“All of my work is original where I don’t duplicate anything,” said Jennings in an interview in November. “I’ll have the same concept, but everything is a little different about each piece. They’re signed, numbered and dated, and I keep a catalog record of them all, so it adds a little extra specialness to each person’s piece.” Jennings’ products are available at On&On, 1138 Capouse Ave., Scranton.

Scrantonian. Show off your NEPA pride by giving a Valerie Kiser Design home and lifestyle item. Hoping to spread positivity with her brand, Valerie Kiser Design features stylish, high-quality clothing, home decor and more, all of which feature Kiser’s hand-printing and sewing, including her line featuring the iconic Electric City sign.
“I love Scranton and feel good about it. There are so many naysayers in our area, and it gets a bad rep … If somebody gets very negative about Scranton, I try to shut that down,” said Kiser in an interview in August. Share a symbol of Scranton with someone who also loves this city or take a piece of Scranton and give it to friends and family from out of town. Kiser’s collection is available at Lavish Body and Home, 600 Linden St., Scranton and valeriekiserdesign.com.

Wine enthusiast. Share a bottle of wine that will have everybody laughing. Located at 134 N. Main Ave., Scranton, Lucchi Family Wine Cellars offers both sweet and dry wines. With names such as “PMS” (Pineapple Mango Sangria) and “Sexy Sisters,” give a bottle that will tell your loved ones how you really feel about them.

This holiday season, support these local crafters who are working tirelessly to make sure you get the best. Enjoy the shopping season.

— Emma Black

Pick up homemade gifts, goodies at variety of local craft shows

Pick up homemade gifts, goodies at variety of local craft shows

Cross off your Christmas list with homemade, personal gifts picked up locally this year.
In the coming weeks, several organizations in the area will host craft and vendor fairs filled with handcrafted items, basket raffles, food and more, with many of the events raising money for local causes, too. Weekend Times has rounded up a few of the spots getting crafty this holiday season.

American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region Holiday Craft Show
This 24th annual event will feature more than 150 vendors selling handmade, homemade crafts such as soap, jewelry, food and clothing. Wine tastings and homemade cookies and candies also will be available. Proceeds support the Red Cross’ programs and services in the Wyoming Valley.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kingston Armory, 280 Market St.
Details: General admission costs $5, and children 12 and younger enter for free. Parking also is free. For more information, call 570-823-7161 or visit the Facebook event page.

Small Business Saturday Artisan Marketplace
Vendors at this event will sell only handmade products on two floors, and visitors also can enjoy live music.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale
Details: Admission costs $2. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Seventh annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace
Guests will find sellers spread across five floors of Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple and can choose from items such as fine art, jewelry, wine, food, children’s accessories and pet gifts. The first 1,000 shoppers receive a free reusable shopping bag. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.
When: Sunday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Admission costs $2. Visit scrantonculturalcenter.org or the Facebook event page or call 570-346-7369 for more information.

Old-Fashioned Holiday Market
The two-day event will include not only arts and crafts but also food, entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides. Proceeds benefit CASA of Luzerne County and Wyoming Valley Children’s Association.
When: Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Details: Call 570-208-4149, email phughes@wilkes-barre.pa.us or visit the Facebook event page.

Alternative Christmas Craft Fair
The event features handmade crafts from local artisans, a white elephant table, fair-trade items and wreath-making using fresh greenery. Guests also can enjoy a light lunch.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre
Details: Call 570-824-2478 or visit the Facebook event page.

Abington Heights Education Association Craft Fair
In addition to vendors, the fair will hold basket raffles, offer pictures with Santa and host food trucks. Free basket raffle tickets with admission. Proceeds benefit AHEA’s scholarship fund.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp.
Details: Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company annual Cookie Walk and Craft Fair
After you check out the various crafts
for sale, grab some homemade cookies
for $7.99 per pound, with proceeds
benefiting the fire company.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire
Company, 405 Cortez Road
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Cookie Walk & Victorian Luncheon
First Presbyterian Church of Hawley will sell more than 30 varieties of homemade cookies for $11 per pound. Gluten-free options will be available. The church also will host a reservations-only Victorian luncheon, which will feature scones, quiche, finger sandwiches, desserts, coffee and tea.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8; cookie walk, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sell out; Victorian luncheon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, 815 Church St.
Details: Reservations are required for the luncheon; tickets cost $11 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Call 570-226-4835 for reservations or more information.

Frances Willard Elementary School PTA Craft Fair
The PTA’s inaugural craft fair will include numerous vendors selling items such as makeup, jewelry, essential oils and clothes.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Frances Willard Elementary School, 1100 Eynon St., Scranton
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Greater Scranton YMCA Holiday Craft Fair
The YMCA aims to offer something for everyone at this annual event.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore
Details: Email jleshuk@greaterscranton
ymca.org, call 570-342-8115 or visit greaterscrantonymca.org.

Seventh annual Holiday Artisans’ Market
Pick up items made by artisans from across the Upper Delaware spread across two floors.
When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale
Details: Visit thecooperageproject.org or call 570-253-2020.

Abington Heights High School Music Department Vendor Sale
Pick up some food, crafts, clothes and more in this weekday fundraising show. Part of the proceeds will benefit Abington Heights High School’s music department.
When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road, South Abington Twp.
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Fab 5 – November 22, 2018

Fab 5 – November 22, 2018

1. Tis the Season StorySlam
Have a story to tell?
Scranton Fringe Festival presents “Scranton StorySlam: Tis the Season!” on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8 to 10 p.m.
During the event, participants will be given a theme about which they must share a true, five-minute story with the audience. No notes are allowed. The themes are general, so storytellers have the flexibility to choose if they want to tell a heartwarming or heartbreaking tale. Angelia Petrillo will serve as the night’s emcee. The evening’s winner will win $50 and a Slammy, the coveted StorySlam trophy. The event takes place on the third floor of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton.  Tickets cost $7 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. If you are interested in participating and sharing your story, reach out to the Scranton Fringe Festival at 570-591-1282.

2. The Jersey Shore Medium
Linda Shields, the “Jersey Shore Medium,” is coming to the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315 Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Shields has been in the public eye for over 24 years doing psychic readings. She says that helping people plan their futures and assisting them in communicating with those who have passed to the other side are a part of her life’s mission. She also has authored books for Sterling Publishing with works including “Angel Inspirations for Serenity and Love,” “Crystal Power” and “12,000 Dreams Interpreted.”
The show will start at 8 p.m.Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or from the box office. For more information, call 570-831-2100.

3. Kansas
Progressive rock band Kansas takes the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, on Friday, Nov. 23. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30.
Kansas released its debut album in 1974 and has since sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The band’s catalogue includes 15 studio and five live albums. The group is known for singles including “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”
For this show, Kansas will play the “Point of Know Return” album in its entirety as well as some of the band’s other classic songs and fan favorites, including some that have not been played live in decades.
Tickets start at $49.50 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the venue’s box office.
For more information, call 570-826-1100.

4. Celtic Fashion Show
Cronin’s Irish Cottage will host a Celtic fashion show to showcase clothing entirely sourced from Ireland.
The show starts at 2 p.m. and includes pieces such as sweaters, capes, shawls, tweed vests, jewelry and more.
Complimentary Irish tea and snacks will be served. Guests also will be able to enjoy 10 to 20 percent discounts on pieces featured in the fashion show.
Cronin’s Irish Cottage is located at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton.
For more information, call 570-342-4448.

5. 8th Annual Bruce Bash
On Saturday, Nov. 24, the original Bruce Springsteen tribute band, The B-Street Band, hits the stage at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton.
Dance the night away with the New Jersey-grown band, which has has been making music since 1980.
Giles Davis, who has performed alongside Springsteen and several other icons, will kick off the show at 7 p.m.
The B-Street Band follows at 8:30.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and Coors Light will be on special.
Tickets start at $15 for general admission. Table seating is available for $20 per ticket and VIP seats closer to the stage can be bought for $25. Purchases can be made online at jztours.com.
For more information, call 570-344-2212.

‘Tis the season Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings Christmas show to arena

‘Tis the season Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings Christmas show to arena

Members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra — the international best-selling rock-opera band — look for certain things in the audience from their vantage point on stage.
Amid the thunderous, firey blasts and blazing lights that accompany the symphony of electrified classical music that fills arenas around the globe, the small gestures and body language cues catch the musicians’ eyes and let them know the crowd loves the spectacle.
So how do they spot the audience having a good time?
“A lot of smiles … and a lot of granddaughters hugging their grandpas. And a lot of fists in the air, and a lot of people singing along with the songs,” said Al Pitrelli, music director and lead guitarist. “You know, there’s a lot of tells in the audience, but I spend most of the show kind of like watching what’s going on with the band, and if it sounds really good in my ears and the production’s firing, then I know that the audience is going to be OK.”
TSO is set to return to Wilkes-Barre Twp. with a pair of shows in the band’s 20th anniversary tour on Sunday, Nov. 18. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” — which features fan-favorites “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep” and “This Christmas Day” — takes over Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 3 and 7:30 p.m. that day.
This marks the third year TSO has toured with this presentation, though 2018’s edition promises all-new set designs and production values, plus a fresh second set of songs that will include other TSO hits.
The tour celebrates the continuation of a much-loved holiday tradition for many, though the TSO family has suffered big losses in the last couple of years. Bassist David Zablidowsky was killed in a Florida car crash in July 2017 (which eventually claimed the life of local musician Janet Rains, too), and TSO founder Paul O’Neill died in April 2017 after accidentally ingesting a lethal cocktail of medicines prescribed to him for numerous chronic illnesses.
Yet the longtime collaborators of both carry on the stage show in their honor, and also for the sake of the fans who continue to make each tour a sell-out success.
But even for the most devoted TSO fans, the concert still holds surprises guaranteed to make “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” feel new.
“We’ve been through this for all these years, and it’s pretty obvious now who has seen the show before and who hasn’t, just by kind of the, at times, the dumbfounded, surprised look on certain people’s face,” said Jeff Plate, the band’s drummer.
“They have no idea, really, what’s coming next,” he added. “A lot of the audience that’s been coming to see us over the years, they may have an idea of what’s around the corner or whatever, but, you know, I think the real test or the real answer to that is, is there any empty seats at the end of the show? And we’ve been fortunate that we fill these arenas up and people stay to the very last note.
“And that’s the biggest rush of all, is just to know that everybody has been connected with us for over two hours, and they don’t want to leave. If you’re getting a standing ovation at the end of the show, and you know these people are going to come back and see you the following year, that’s what it’s all about.”

If you go
What: Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Tour: “Ghosts of Christmas Eve”
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets start at $38.50 and are available through the box office, Ticketmaster outlets and
trans-siberian.com.

Downtown parades to fill streets, region with holiday cheer

Downtown parades to fill streets, region with holiday cheer

Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Christmas cheer, Santa Claus and some furry friends.
During the annual Santa Parade in downtown Scranton on Saturday, Nov. 17, Dave Ragnacci School of Dance will perform to pop singer/songwriter Sia’s “Puppies Are Forever.” The dancers will march along with two animal rescues, One Life To Live Pet Rescue & Adoption Inc. and NEPA Pet Fund and Rescue. The dancers and their families also will walk their own dogs along the parade route while singing along to the chorus of the song.
The heartwarming fun doesn’t stop there. The all-ages, family-friendly parade steps off at 9:15 a.m. with entertainment, twirlers, marching bands, community groups, Christmas carols and more, concluding around noon. Guests also can peruse Santa’s Gift Shop on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square and meet Santa. This year, the grand marshals will be the 2018 Tunkhannock Girls Little League softball team that finished second in the Little League Softball World Series.
Kids can write a message to Santa, which Times-Tribune elves will collect during the parade. Make sure to include your full name and address to ensure a return letter. If you can’t attend the parade, you can submit letters through Friday, Dec. 7.
Meanwhile, in Wilkes-Barre, the annual Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting Ceremony will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, with free holiday activities throughout the day including ornament crafting, story time, a chance to meet the Grinch at Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s and a performance by Broken Road Duo, presented by Making a Difference Ministries. Young violinists of YOUniversal Suzuki Strings will perform in the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts lobby, and there will be a Christmas carol sing-a-long with Mary Baker in the center of Public Square. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. at South and South Main streets and continues north along Main Street, looping around Public Square and concluding on North Main Street. Immediately following the parade, the tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Public Square with a performance by Wilkes-Barre Mohegan Sun Choir. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
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What: Santa Parade
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:15 a.m.
Where: Throughout downtown Scranton; begins at Spruce Street and Franklin Avenue and ends at Adams Avenue and Spruce Street
Details: Lackawanna Avenue from Cliff Street to Penn Avenue, Mifflin and Franklin avenues from Lackawanna Avenue to Linden Street, and Spruce Street between Mifflin and Franklin avenues will close to traffic for parade line-up that morning. Admission to the all-ages event is free. For more information, visit santaparade.net.

What: Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting
Ceremony
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; parade, 3 p.m.
Where: Wilkes-Barre Public Square
Details: Admission to the all-ages event is free. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Fab 5 – November 15, 2018

Fab 5 – November 15, 2018

1. NEPA Philharmonic Chamber Series
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents the first concert in its Chamber Series on Thursday, Nov. 15. In “The Viennese Schools,” violinist Gabriel Schaff will perform music of the First and Second Viennese Schools — works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and more. Pianist Steven Masi will join him. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 7 at WVIA Sordoni Theater, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at nepaphil.org. For details, call 570-270-4444.

2. Annual Artisans’ Marketplace
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the 35th annual Artisans’ Marketplace at Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road.
Taking place Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the marketplace will showcase the original wares of local artisans and craftspeople. Products will include photography, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, textiles and more. Constantino’s Catering & Events Inc. will provide the food for the weekend from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Homemade desserts from the Comm Bake Shop also will be available. Tickets cost $5 and grant guests admission for both days. All proceeds raised will benefit the Comm. For details, call 570-586-8191.

3. University of Scranton shows 
Two plays will take place at University of Scranton this weekend.
The University of Scranton Players will present “The Beyoncé,” by the first Humanities Initiative Artist in Residence, Eliza Bent, from Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. The comedy debuted in New York in July and is based on Anton Chekhov’s short story, “The Fiancé.” The story focuses on a young, engaged woman named Nadia who searches for her place in the world. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors, faculty and staff. Call 570-941-4318 for more information. Liva Arts Company, meanwhile, will present “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” from Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 and 8 p.m. The musical comedy looks to tackle truths and fictions about relationships.
Tickets cost $5 and can be reserved online at livaartscompany.ludus.com. Liva strongly recommends that guests reserve seats in advance.

4. Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic Celebration
Indulge in all of the wizardry and magical lore of the Harry Potter series this weekend at Barnes & Noble, 250 East End Center, Wilkes-Barre Twp.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m., guests can celebrate the release of the new film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” at the Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic Celebration. Activities include coloring, activity sheets and a DIY pop-op art build that guests will be allowed to take home. Trivia will take place at 3 p.m., and there also will be a standee and props to take photos with.
Raffles and giveaways will take place, and everyone who attends will receive a raffle ticket. The raffle will begin at 4:30 p.m. In addition to all of the activities, guests can check out exclusive merchandise and enjoy rewards and discounts on their purchases. Guests can register for the free event online at barnesandnoble.com. For more information, call 570-829-4210.

5. All Wrapped Up Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Carbondale UNICO will present the All Wrapped Up Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Sunday, Nov. 18. The marketplace will be open from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Hotel Anthracite, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Admission costs $5, and proceeds benefit local charities and community projects.
More than a dozen vendors will participate and sell such wares as candy, jewelry, crafts, wreaths, coffee and more. For details, visit the Facebook event page.

Son of a  nutcracker ‘Elf: The Musical’ jingles all the way into Scranton

Son of a nutcracker ‘Elf: The Musical’ jingles all the way into Scranton

The national tour of a Broadway musical looks to spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear.
Based on the hit Will Ferrell film of the same name, “Elf: The Musical” sweeps into Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for a weekend of four shows just in time for the holidays. Presented by Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, shows will take place Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11.
“It’s kind of hard to watch the show and not smile a little bit,” said Mackenzie Lesser-Roy, who plays Jovie, a department store employee whose life turns around when an elf from the North Pole arrives.
That elf, Buddy, actually is a grown human man who ended up as part of Santa’s crew when he unknowingly wandered into the toy sack as a toddler on Christmas Eve. Raised by Santa’s elves, Buddy comes to New York City to find his real father and ends up transforming the lives of those he meets. 
Lesser-Roy, who grew up in Westchester County, New York, said the musical does differ from the film but has the same sense of joy and many details that will make audiences laugh.
“The whole show is really fun,” she said. “I think some of these musical numbers … kind of hit you in the face. There’s so much going on, but it’s so entertaining. It’s non-stop, too.”
The character Lesser-Roy plays differs from others in the cast in that she’s more ordinary, and even more negative, than the over-the-top, exaggerated people around her, she noted. Jovie is not a holiday person and has always been alone during Christmas, something audience members might relate to, Lesser-Roy said.
“She does find the Christmas spirit,” Lesser-Roy said. “That’s why it’s so fantastic when (Buddy) does instill some happiness and Christmas in her.”
The actress praised her fellow castmates who play elves by dancing on their knees and said a song they sing is “just adorable.” Lesser-Roy has had many of the songs from the show stuck in her head and said audiences can expect a lot in particular from the tune “The Story of Buddy the Elf,” which comes toward the end of the show.
“It’s this big number where he’s telling the story and the whole ensemble comes in, and it’s this big, catchy, jazzy dance number. … The ensemble is incredible,” she said.
Lesser-Roy recently saw the sets for the first time, too, and said they blew her away.
“It is so colorful,” she said. “It’s also like 3-D in a way, so it almost feels like it’s coming out into the audience. It’s pretty brilliant. There are so many layers of set, and the set changes happen so quickly.”
And with the tour coming to Scranton as the holiday season kicks into high gear, Lesser-Roy expects “Elf” to put people in the right mood.
“I’m sure that there have been some holidays … where you were expecting it to be something different, maybe something better, and Buddy manages to instill Christmas spirit in different people that he meets,” Lesser-Roy said. “I mean, he meets people in a store, and two minutes later, he has them dancing and singing. So I think that it will absolutely get people into the Christmas spirit, and it will remind them of the purest reason for Christmas, which is to spend time with your loved ones and just to give back and to experience joy in the purest form with lots of people you love.”

Fab 5 – November 8, 2018

Fab 5 – November 8, 2018

1. Community Day
Come out to the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art to enjoy the free, family-friendly Community Day on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.
This biannual event gives guests the chance to tour the collections and participate in interactive activities at the museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton.
The theme for the event is “Transformation,” as the museum introduces the public to changes the 110-year-old building recently underwent. The museum will celebrate the official opening of its renovated second-floor galleries, new classroom spaces and a zine library. The museum also is launching a new logo.
The first 500 guests to enter will receive a free tote bag full of coupons and treats from the event’s sponsors and other community partners.
For more information, visit everhart-museum.org or call 570-346-7186.

2. John Fogerty
Rock and roll singer and songwriter John Fogerty will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp., on Friday, Nov. 9 ,at 8 p.m.
Fogerty’s career has spanned more than 50 years, from when he co-founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival to his work as a solo artist. He’s known for classic hits including “Born on the Bayou,” “Green River” and “Proud Mary.” Rolling Stone has considered Fogerty one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists,” “100 Greatest Songwriters” and “100 Greatest Singers.” He’s also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was a New York Times best-selling author after publishing his memoir, “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music.”
Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, at the box office and by calling 800-745-3000.

3. Sixth annual Taste of the Town
Indulge in the food and drinks from almost two dozen restaurants and wineries at the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual Taste of the Town. This event will showcase local fare Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hotel Anthracite and Kol Steakhouse, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale. Chris Mullineaux will perform music throughout the afternoon, and there also will be raffles.
Tickets cost $25, and proceeds will benefit the chamber’s efforts in developing workforce and educational programs. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com, contact a chamber board member or call 570-282-1690.

4. ‘It’s Only a Play’
Head over to King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, to watch the stage comedy “It’s Only a Play.”
The story from four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally follows characters involved with the production of a new play on Broadway. The playwright, a lead actor and others party at the producer’s penthouse while they wait for critics’ reviews to pour in after the play’s opening night. Catch this show Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s George P. Maffei II Theatre. Tickets cost $12 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
For more information, call 570-208-5825 or email boxoffice@kings.edu.

5. Run Against Hunger
Choose from a two-mile walk or a 5K or 10K run at the seventh annual Run Against Hunger.
The races will begin Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Olive Street Trailhead of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Awards, raffle prizes and soup will follow the race.
The 5K run and two-mile walk cost $25, and the 10K run costs $30. Proceeds will benefit St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton. The first 400 registered participants will get a free Run Against Hunger race shirt.
Participants can pick up their race packets Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 7 p.m. at Scranton Running Co., 3 W. Olive St., or before the race on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
To register, visit runsignup.com/runagainsthunger.

Concerts – November 8, 2018

Concerts – November 8, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
The National Reserve and MiZ, Thursday, Nov. 8
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Sunday, Nov. 11
Petula Clark, Wednesday, Nov. 14
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17
Ray LaMontagne, Sunday, Nov. 18
Kansas, Friday, Nov. 23
Johnny Rivers, Sunday, Dec. 2
Chris Tomlin Christmas, Friday, Dec. 7

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24
(Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8
(Gypsies Lounge)
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Dec. 28
(Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, Nov. 9
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 10
Boote Family Benefit, Sunday, Nov. 11
The Lizard, Friday, Nov. 16
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones, Saturday, Nov. 17
MiZ and Mazer with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and the Woodstock Horns, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Thursday, Nov. 22
Subnotics, Friday, Nov. 23
Mark Rose of Spitalfield, Friday, Nov. 30
Bumpin Uglies with Kluster Phunk, Saturday, Dec. 1

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Thursday, Nov. 8
Charlie Daniels Band with the Outlaws, Nov. 9
The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Saturday, Nov. 10
An Evening with Air Supply, Sunday, Nov. 11
Blue Oyster Cult, Friday, Nov. 16
Slightly Stoopif, Saturday, Nov. 17
Dark Star Orchestra, Wednesday, Nov. 21
An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Thursday, Nov. 29
Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, Friday, Nov. 30
Sara Evans at Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 1

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Jay Critch, Friday, Nov. 9
Humble Pie, Saturday, Nov. 10
Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2018, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Kitchen Dwellers, Saturday, Nov. 24
The Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band, Saturday, Dec. 1
Ghost, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Alive! ’75: A Tribute to KISS, Saturday, Dec. 8
Kamikazu, Friday, Dec. 14
Echoes, Saturday, Dec. 15
Patent Pending, Friday, Dec. 28

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9
Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Friday, Nov. 9
Tony Lucca, Thursday, Nov. 15
Billy Bauer Band Tribute to Dave Matthews Band, Friday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks and the Sofa Kings, Saturday, Nov. 17
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Wednesday, Nov. 21
TUSK, Friday, Nov. 23
The Large Flowerheads, Friday, Nov. 30
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Thursday, Dec. 6
Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, Wednesday, Dec. 12

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Kamasi Washington, Friday, Nov. 9
REZZ, Saturday, Nov. 9
H.E.R., Friday, Nov. 16
The Story So Far, Saturday, Nov. 17
San Holo, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Thom Yorke, Friday, Nov. 23
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, Nov. 30
Adam Conover, Saturday, Dec. 1
Joe Perry featuring Brad Whitford and Gary Cherone, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Get the Led Out, Friday, Dec. 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24
Travis Scott, Saturday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Mumford and Sons, Friday, Dec. 7
Lil Uzi Vert and Friends, Saturday, Dec. 8
Dave Matthews Band, Tuesday, Dec. 11
Justin Timberlake, Monday, Dec. 17
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 21

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Elton John, Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9.
Josh Groban, Sunday, Nov. 16
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Monday, Nov. 19
Travis Scott, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28
Dave Matthews Band, Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30
John Legend, Monday, Dec. 3
Jimmy V Classic, Tuesday, Dec. 4
Mega Bash 2018, Wednesday, Dec. 5

Giving back in gratitude – God Box’ show to raise money for local hospice

Giving back in gratitude – God Box’ show to raise money for local hospice

Grief can be the mother of all emotions.
Ever since her mom died suddenly in 2006, Mary Lou Quinlan’s journey to acceptance pinballed between humor and pain before finally landing at release.
Quinlan shared this emotional odyssey in her best-selling book, “The God Box,” so named for the collection of prayers, notes of goodwill and faith-filled wishes for every person her mom came into contact with over several years, which were discovered after her passing.
Quinlan turned her book into a heartfelt one-woman play — in which she plays herself along with her mom, dad and brother — called “The God Box, A Daughter’s Story,” which comes to Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 8. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave. Tickets cost $25, and proceeds benefit Hospice of the Sacred Heart. 
From the first performance five years ago, Quinlan’s show has hit stages hundreds of times, including at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, off Broadway and in 10 cities in Ireland. She has donated nearly half a million dollars from these performances to local women’s health-related charities in memory of her mom.
The Nov. 8 show marks Quinlan’s return to the Electric City after a well-received keynote speech at the Society of Irish Women’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner in March. Before the program began, Quinlan gravitated to Laurie Cadden and Diane Baldi, R.N., who respectively are the development director and CEO of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
The trio struck up a friendly chat about Quinlan’s passion for supporting hospice care via her show and the need for a celebratory event in November, which is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
“When we made that connection, I realized they were the exact women to talk to,” Quinlan said during a recent phone interview from New York. “The play opens in Pennsylvania, in Bucks County, so it felt like it belongs here.”
Quinlan donated proceeds from book sales at the society dinner to Hospice of the Sacred Heart — which has offices in Wilkes-Barre, Dunmore and Moosic — and after sharing portions of her story in her speech, she promised to bring her play to Scranton in the future.
“We were just so honored and pleased and grateful for her to donate the proceeds back in March and come back and do the same,” Baldi said. “What I saw at that dinner was remarkable, and I thought she was so engaging. When she spoke, you could hear a spoon drop. She’s kind, she’s witty, she’s smart, and she speaks from her heart.” 
“The God Box” book reads as a memoir and tribute to a mother-daughter relationship, while the play takes the perspective of a daughter who has lost her mother and digs into the soul of someone who loves, goes through the losing process, and tries to keep control and hold on, Quinlan explained.
“It’s the experience I had from growing up — truly growing up — and learning to let go,” she said. “It has music, video and visuals throughout. It’s a recreation of a life story and a very human experience.”
Handing over the proceeds is Quinlan’s way of giving back in gratitude for the care her parents each received at the ends of their lives, she added.
“‘The God Box’ is an expression of (my mother’s) compassion,” Quinlan said. “It only seems right the play itself have a heart to it.”
The show’s tagline, “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to call your mother,” came naturally from the conversations Quinlan had with the audience after performances. Those who lost moms told her how they wished they could talk to them once more, and those with mothers still living expressed a need to reach out after seeing the play.  
“It does bring back beautiful memories that they have about their mothers. In the end, it’s about them and their families,” Quinlan said. “People also say they want to go home and start their own God box, and my mother would be so thrilled about that.”
Theatergoers often question her about how she handles telling such a sad and personal story on stage, but Quinlan called it the best way to remain positive about the woman she misses.
“I feel like she’s with me when I do this play,” Quinlan said. “I get to have her and keep her in this world.”

Fab 5 – November 1, 2018

Fab 5 – November 1, 2018

1. ‘Dancing Stars of Wilkes-Barre’
Local celebrities paired with professional dancers will face off on the dance floor Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. during ‘Dancing Stars of Wilkes-Barre.’
Presented by KISS Theatre in Joe Amato East End Centre, Wilkes-Barre, the show mimics the popular TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” but with a local twist. Seven local celebrities will be featured in this year’s dance-off. TUX, the official mascot of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, will take to the stage along with Fast Freddie Fabbri, Kyle Reed, Anne E. Rodella, Bruce Lefkowitz, Kimberly McLendon and Ed Ciarimboli.
WNEP-TV anchor and reporter Julie Sidoni and Dave Reynolds, an associate professor of theater at King’s College and artistic director of Gaslight Theatre Company, will host the event.
A People’s Choice trophy will go to the dancing team that receives the most votes from the public, and a Judge’s Choice trophy will go to the team that receives the highest score.
Tickets cost $25 and $35 for adults and $15 for students and are available at dancingstarsofwilkesbarre.com.

2. Founders Art Exhibit
View the artwork of three former faculty members who helped found Keystone College’s Linder Gallery in the Founders Art Exhibit, now showing at the La Plume college.
On display until Saturday, Dec. 1, the exhibit is a part of a series commemorating Keystone’s 150th anniversary and features pieces from Karl Neuroth, Cliff Prokop and Bill Tersteeg. The three professors worked together to develop the art department and, combined, have touched the lives of more than 10,000 students.
The gallery is on the first floor of the Miller Library, and entry is free. For gallery hours or more information, call 570-945-8335.

3. ‘A Bad Year for Tomatoes’
Join Actors Circle as it presents the story of a television actress who, over her career, moves to a town to write her memoirs in “A Bad Year for Tomatoes.”
The show will take place at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, on Thursday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Directed by Art Walsh, the show stars Kelly Ann Walsh, Chris Eibach, K.K. Gordon, Carol Davis, Lorrie Loughney, Warren Cox and Justin O’Hearn.
In the play, the actress settles in Beaver Haven with the expectation that it will be a quiet place to write, but it always seems that someone is around to interrupt her.
Tickets cost $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com. Visit actorscircle.com for more information.

4. A Taste of Greater Pittston
Spend the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 4, sampling food and drinks from local restaurants, breweries and wineries at A Taste of Greater Pittston.
Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., will host the event from 2 to 5 p.m. in its John P. Cosgrove Center.
Only 200 tickets will be sold and cost $30 in advance, available at the library.
In addition to the food and drink samplings, guests can enjoy such activities as basket raffles and entertainment by Mike Dougherty. They will be able to vote for the best red wine, best white wine and best brew.
All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the library. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

5. ‘Nick and Ophelia’ 
Join Scranton Films for the premiere of its first feature film, “Nick and Ophelia,” on Friday, Nov. 2, on the second floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackwanna Ave., Scranton.
The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m., with the film starting at 7. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening, and audience members can meet the filmmakers and Scranton Films team.
The movie falls into the genres of romance, drama and horror. Parental discretion is advised, as the film is not suitable for small children.
Vendors at the food court will be open to provide food and refreshments.
For more information about the event or Scranton Films, email scrantonfilms@gmail.com.

Wanda Sykes postpones Wilkes-Barre show

Wanda Sykes postpones Wilkes-Barre show

UPDATE

WILKES-BARRE — Comedian Wanda Sykes postponed her Nov. 1 show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

Citing a scheduling conflict, Sykes rescheduled the show for 8 p.m., Sat., April 6,. Tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds will be offered at the point of purchase.

 

Wanda Sykes has never shied away from confronting the controversial or sharing her informed — and often hilarious — opinion on a matter.
When the celebrated comedian brings her “Oh Well” tour to Wilkes-Barre in April, audience members can expect plenty of observational humor, some of which may even touch on current news and events. Sykes will perform at 8 p.m. on April 6 at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.
“I have my set show that I’m gonna do, but if there’s like a big news story or something crazy happens, I do tend to throw that in — if I have a funny point on it,” Sykes shared recently during a phone call from Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of stuff on the fly.” 
Sykes made a name for herself through her stand-up, though she segued this success into a notable film and television career as well. Her movie credits include “Snatched” with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, “Monster-in-Law” with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez and “Evan Almighty” with Steve Carell, while on TV audiences have seen her in such shows as “Black-ish,” “Broad City,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
As a writer, she’s lent her talents to “The Chris Rock Show,” which won her an Emmy, plus “Last Comic Standing” and her various namesake programs.
Sykes also released a book, “Yeah, I Said It,” in 2004, in which she shared her takes on family, race and other hot topics. It’s familiar ground for the noted activist, who often speaks out for causes she believes in, whether it’s on stage or in awareness campaigns.
“I do like to talk about social issues to give a voice to people who are in the margin,” Sykes said. “For me, I like to say something with my comedy. … It feels like it’s my responsibility. It’s just my taste.
“That’s just how I guess my mind works. But I also can tell a funny story about my family, too. I like to mix it up. If I think there’s injustice going on, I’m going to say something about it.”
Sykes still relishes the rush of performing on stage, where she said she gets to share part of her life with the crowd. Live shows present the opportunity for give and take, she explained.
“The feeling you get of the euphoria, when you’re saying something … and you can make this whole audience crack up laughing, it’s powerful, and I love making people laugh,” Sykes said. “I get just as much out of it as people get from me. It feels like a loving environment.
“They get a better sense of me — who I am — and also the jokes are memorable. I like for them to walk away with something they will remember. I love my audience. They’re just cool people. Just good people.”

 

Rescheduled laser concert tackles Pink Floyd’s greatest hits

Rescheduled laser concert tackles Pink Floyd’s greatest hits

When the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular finally makes its way to town following a summertime rain-out, you’ll wish you were here.
The laser and music show presented by Rock 107 (a Times-Shamrock Communications property) has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Ritz Theater in downtown Scranton. Initially set for August at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, the show was moved after excessive downpours caused damage and forced a delay. Original tickets will be honored for the new show, and those who missed out the first time can still buy tickets online at eventbrite.com.
Producer and creative director Steve Monistere started with the show in 1986 and has watched it grow, change and improve in the years since then as technology ramped up.
“It started off very simple because technology was simple back then,” he said. “As computers progressed, so did the show. It’s like something you haven’t seen before in the sense that with the lasers and video and lighting, we really create a psychedelic experience right in front of you.
“And, of course, set to the music of Pink Floyd, it worked very well,” Monistere added. “It’s a concert experience without the band.”
The show will be conducted via multiple high-definition screens that set the scene against the familiar strains of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits.
“If you can imagine going to a large-scale concert with a lot of lighting and production value to support what the band is doing live … we take a different approach,” Monistere explained. “The lighting and the lasers are the stars of the show. We give visuals to what you hear. More cerebral, creative types that lean to quality music, they’ll love it.”
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If you go
What: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
When: Saturday, Oct. 27; doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton
Details: Original tickets will be honored for this rescheduled show, and new tickets may be bought through eventbrite.com. For more information, call 570-241-1135.

Students to immerse audiences in fears

Students to immerse audiences in fears

From snakes to clowns, face your fears this weekend.
West Scranton High School Players present Haunted Hallways of West Scranton High School, a theatrical horror guided tour, on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the school, 1201 Luzerne St.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. with each guided tour lasting about 40 minutes, said Angela Franek, high school speech and drama teacher and theater arts adviser. Haunted Hallways is different from a typical walkthrough haunted house, as guests are lead from room to room with a scene happening in each, she said. This year’s theme centers on fears, phobias and manias, and, like in the past, the students wrote the scripts and designed the costumes, makeup and more to bring their ideas to life.
“They have a lot of fun with it. They’re doing the research, working on character development, there are storytelling elements — beginning, middle and end — doing the props, the costumes,” Franek said. “They do a really nice job. They really love it.” 
Action starts with the tour guide, a “psychiatrist,” leading the group throughout the school hallways. Each scene depicts a different fear or phobia, from coulrophobia (fear of clowns) and claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) to pediophobia (fear of dolls) and iatrophobia (fear of doctors), and the tour guide will give a little background on the fear. Then, the guests will find themselves immersed inside the fear.
Senior and drama club president Enzo Cicco said he’s playing someone with intense arachnophobia, or fear of spiders. After a short scene between Cicco’s character and his “doctor,” the group will find itself inside his mind and biggest fear. And the more realistic for the audience, the better, Cicco said.
“It’s a really good feeling when people have to leave the room or when they turn back since it’s not for them,” said Cicco, who’s been involved with the event throughout all of high school. “It’s always fun to know something you did was that scary.”
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the drama club. A limited number of pre-sale passes for specific times cost $20 and are available through the West Scranton High School Players Facebook page.
Another fun part for the 100-plus students involved is the time they spend together over the weekend. After school Friday, they transform the hallways and rooms into horror scenes, perform all weekend and then tear down the sets on Sunday night before school resumes Monday. It’s a long weekend, but it’s worth it.
“It’s you and all your friends all weekend, so you get close with each other,” Cicco said. “It’s hard work and grueling hours, but it’s cool to see everything come together, working with each other and watching all the ideas come to life.”

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If you go
What: Haunted Hallways of West Scranton High School
When: Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne St.
Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the drama club. A limited number of pre-sale passes for specific times cost $20 and are available through the West Scranton High School Players Facebook page.