Fine Arts Fiesta takes over city center with exhibits, music and more
As the sun goes down on the second day of the Fine Arts Fiesta on Saturday, May 18, the horns of headlining act Lucky Chops will sound to raise spirits and inspire a dance party. The New York City brass band with a funk soul hits the main stage on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square for a lively set that starts at 8 p.m. The group is one of dozens of performing arts outfits that will lend talent to the 64th annual Fine Arts Fiesta, which runs from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, on the city’s downtown plaza. The festival highlights creativity from Luzerne County and beyond, with musical performances by local high school bands and acts as varied as Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble and jam groups Dot Gov and the Alexis P. Suter Band, plus juried art exhibitions, children’s activities, vendors and more. For details and a complete lineup, visit fineartsfiesta.org. During a recent phone interview, Lucky Chops founding member and trombone player Josh Holcomb said he looks forward to playing the event, partly because of the way Northeast Pennsylvania’s natural beauty can influence the band’s energy.
“It’s so much fun. For us, we are inspired by nature, especially being from New York City, where we don’t have any nature at all,” Holcomb said with a laugh. “To get to play in places outdoors and with beauty around, that natural inspirations seeps into the crowd, too.” Lucky Chops emerged about 13 years ago from a group of classmates who studied at Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. The musicians were all members of the school’s band program who wanted to use their instruments to play different styles than what the jazz band and orchestra allowed.
“We started experimenting, playing music we would hear on the radio or (that came) from our different cultural backgrounds,” Holcomb explained. “That’s kind of how we got started — playing in Central Park, on subways, then touring the world and playing in rock venues.” Lucky Chops is set to release an album of original music next month, he noted, though it frequently plays covers with its “own spin on things.” For the Fine Arts Fiesta, Holcomb said Lucky Chops will bring a high-energy show that is sure to delight everyone from casual strollers at the festival to kids accompanying their parents. “We believe music is for all ages,” Holcomb said. “Since our music is instrumental, we think of it as a universal language, regardless of background or life story. We try to unite people of all backgrounds who may be in the audience. “We want the takeaway to be the power of these instruments, especially since you don’t usually get to see them live,” he added. “We aim, with the live show, to show people how powerful the energy of a live concert can be. It’s crowd participation-heavy. It’s a nice kind of gathering.”
Chocolate and wine make for the perfect pair. Savor all the rich, sweet flavors during the Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival, set for Saturday, May 18, along the borough’s Chestnut Street. Tickets to the rain-or-shine event cost $20 in advance and are available online at chocolatewinefestival.com until Thursday, May 16. The event started more than a decade ago and has only grown larger since then, festival president Tom Follert said. “It’s always been an event where we focus on locally made items, food, wine or beer and that goes for music, too,” he said, adding the entertainment is full of regional acts who play originals and cover songs. “It gives everyone there a place to showcase what they do.” The day begins with the Run for Life 5K run/walk and kids’ fun run, which Follert said goes “hand-in-hand” with the festival and also includes its own set of vendors, food and activities for kids at the Green, 126 Maple St., Montrose. Proceeds from the event benefit the Button-Weller Family Cancer Fund through the Endless Mountains Community Foundation, which helps those with cancer in Susquehanna County.
Participation costs $20 for the run/walk, and the kids’ fun run is free. Registration begins at 9 a.m., but runners can sign up in advance online at runsignup.com. The fun run starts at 9:30, and the run/walk follows at 10. At 2:30 p.m., the chocolate and wine festival begins and will go until 7:30. Guests can choose samplings from Pennsylvania wineries, grab microbrews on tap, and snack on food from gourmet vendors and, of course, chocolates. Crowds also can peruse wine-, chocolate- and art-related products from local artisans and watch the at-home wine-making demonstration. Tickets also are available for purchase at select businesses. Wine-tasting tickets will be available at the gate the day of the event for $30, cash sales only. Entry for non-drinkers, ages 16 and older, costs $10. Entry is free for ages 15 and younger. Non-drinker tickets are available for purchase at the gate only. Regardless of when guests buy tickets, identification is required for proof of age. In addition to featuring wine and chocolate, the event also started as a way to give back to the community, Follert said, and this year’s beneficiaries include Susquehanna County Library, United Fire Company, Susquehanna County Interfaith and Pink Arrow Arts.
“Every dollar goes back to the community,” Follert said, adding that the festival has raised over $280,000 over the past 11 years. “When we think back to when this first started, we can’t believe it’s, A., gone on this long; and B., raised over a quarter-million dollars. We’re just thrilled.” Guests can enter the festival at Maple and Chestnut streets or at Church and Chestnut streets. Street parking will be available throughout Montrose as well as in a few designated areas. Organizers hope the event continues to show Montrose residents and visitors everything the community has to offer, Follert said. “We want people to just have a good time, and we really hope people leave feeling good about what they did that day,” he added. “When you come in, you get a sampling of wine, a chance to hear some really fantastic live music (and) spend time with friends … For us, it’s really the kickoff to summer.”
Dan Schreffler owns and operates Space Time Mead & Cider Works, 419 S. Blakely St., Dunmore. He promotes sustainability through mead making and hopes others will pick up on those ideals. Schreffler is a graduate of West Hazleton High School and Penn State Worthington Scranton, where he studied computer science. He worked as the director of information technology at MetLife for 26 years before some life-altering news helped him discover a passion for mead. He and his wife Lisa live in Dunmore.
Meet Dan Schreffler…
Q: Tell me a little about yourself. A: I was raised in Hazleton. After college, I worked for a small, family-run computer company called Computer Techniques — great people. Then I transitioned to MetLife; I worked there for 26 years. It was a great crew. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed (with) and treated successfully for rectal cancer. I had a change of perspective and thought, “Someday I’d like to do something different.” Well, someday might never come, so you rethink. When I went back to MetLife, I didn’t have the same passion for the job. It was a couple years prior that I actually discovered home brewing and making my own beer.
Q: How did you begin your own brewing? A: A good thing about MetLife was we got to travel a lot. When you’re traveling, you’re on the West Coast, and I realized beer can actually be good. When I came here, the opportunities were limited. The local bars didn’t have it. Some friends of mine used to home brew at one point and said, “Let’s dust off this equipment and just try it.” I just fell in love. We did a batch of mead honey wine just because it’s geeky, and we were geeks. We started making beer, wine, mead, cider; we entered competitions and did fairly well. It was something I was good at. It was a creative outlet for me. You’ve got to go to New Jersey, Allentown or the Finger Lakes to find mead; I thought this could fit in here.
Q: Can you describe mead? A: Simply, it’s honey wine. Instead of fermenting grapes, we’ll ferment honey and water or honey and some fruit. The cool thing about mead is it’s just as diverse a product as grape wine. It can be bone dry, or it can be candy in a glass or anywhere in between. We mix things with coffee, raspberries, blueberries, chipotle pepper — it’s just a huge palette to play with. Same with alcohol content. It can be 5.5% like a beer strength, or our most alcoholic content one right now is 15.5%, but we can push it if we wanted to.
Q: How does sustainability fit into your company? A: In our guiding principles, we wanted to make sure that whatever we do doesn’t cause any harm and in fact it attempts to improve the planet we’re on. We’re using natural ingredients. We depend on bees, trees, clean water, so we want to make sure we do nothing to jeopardize that and everything to improve it. Our electricity is 100% wind power; obviously there are no windmills, but that’s what we chose to purchase even though we pay a little more. We show off with our solar panels. We are concerned about solid waste, so we weigh every garbage bag that goes out of here. I’ll use corks and donate them to crafters. If we use bottles, we donate them to other home brewers, so pretty much the stuff we’re throwing out is only stuff you’d want to throw out. It really comes down to my grandfather. He always said “Waste not, want not.” He saved everything and said you never know when you’ll need something. I learned the value of everything we use and not wasting it. Now it’s really practicing what I preach. To me, it’s second nature and it’s not that hard; it’s just a choice.
Q: What is something about running this business that surprised you? A: We wondered, “Is a meadery the right thing in Dunmore? Who knows what mead is?” The community has been unbelievably supportive. The walk-in traffic that we’ve been getting is a surprise. People are open to mead.
Q: What have been some of your highlights doing this? A: My last amateur award was the American Wine Society’s best amateur mead in 2017. I entered some meads, and I was selected. What was even cooler was when we entered it commercially in 2018, we also won the … best commercial mead, so we were the first amateur to turn pro and win back-to-back awards. The other one — this is pretty much the mead-makers’ Olympics — it’s called the Mazer Cup International. We got two silvers this year, so for being not even a year old, that was pretty exciting. It helps to validate what we’re doing.
Q: What does your name Space Time Mead mean? A: One, we wanted to stand out from other wineries. We didn’t want to be “Schreffler’s Vineyard or Meadery.” When someone walks in here, they’re buying a wine for a particular moment and particular place. I want to have something for that particular space and at that particular time. The other things is, folks don’t know what mead is. It’s the oldest beverage on the planet, but since the 1860s the mead market went away. So I’m like a time traveler reintroducing this thing that’s been written about in “The Canterbury Tales” and Chaucer’s books and Norse mythology and that (kind of work). The third reason is, I love science. I’m a huge science-fiction guy. Not only does mead give me a huge palette to play with but (it also lets us use) space references, sci-fi references and pop culture references on labels. I’m a science nerd and a geek at heart.
Q: Are you part of any clubs, community groups, etc.? A: I belong to two local home-brew clubs. The Wyoming Valley Home Brewers is what really got me educated and gave me a good foundation. I’m one of their officers. The Scranton Brewers Guild is another excellent organization. I’m involved with the Dunmore Historical Society and Lackawanna County League of Women Voters. Those are the other hats I wear right now. Even though it’s a full-time job, the happiest place I am is in the meadery.
Q: What other hobbies and interests do you have? A: Hiking is one, and thank goodness for the Scranton running community. That was a huge help for me. The Run Around Scrantons on Thursdays, any 5K that’s a fundraiser, I’m out on a Saturday or Sunday. I’d like to shout out to Honey Hole Winery in Drums. I got to apprentice with him for a year. It’s one thing to do it on a five-gallon small scale, (but) it’s another thing to scale up on 1,000-liter tanks. I learned a lot about commercial making, and that was a huge part of me getting the confidence to do this.
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? A: The power to see the future. My fear, though, is that I’d be able to see the future and not be able to make a darn change about it. I’m always hopeful, so there might be disappointment in that.
Q: Can you pinpoint a specific event in your life that has helped shape your perspective today? A: I talked about the cancer, but the other is my mom passed away about two-and-a-half years ago. The last years were pretty brutal for her. That gives you the perspective on trying to stay as healthy as you can and make everyday count.
Raise a glass to — and by — local vintners. The Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau has announced the introduction of the Lackawanna County Wine Trail, which will spotlight 11 wineries stretching from one end of the valley to the other. The year-round initiative also includes partnerships with transportation companies to provide travel among destinations.
“Wine trails have been very popular for a while now, not only in our area but across the country,” said Curt Camoni, executive director of the county visitors bureau. “Why not us? We certainly have the amenities for it. “We have a lot to celebrate in Lackawanna County, and we’re fortunate in the visitors bureau to have the job of telling everybody how great it is. It’s going to give us a chance to show off.” A consortium of wineries got together to pitch the idea to the bureau to promote the growing wine industry in Northeast Pennsylvania. Mark Lucchi, owner of Scranton’s Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, said the county initiative simply makes official the efforts he and his fellow vintners always made for each other. “We all work together,” Lucchi said. “Everybody thinks it’s a competition, but we all talk to each other and have our own niches. We collaborate.” The trail starts in Childs, Carbondale Twp., with Marilake Winery, which a pair of Italian immigrants founded, then moves to Maiolatesi Wine Cellars in Scott Twp., which features a Tusan-themed tasting room. Next there’s Case Quattro Winery of Peckville, where the Sebastianelli family produces more than 20 varieties of wines. At the next stop, in Blakely, Capra Collina Winery keeps alive generations of winemaking by the Betti family. Then, revisit Case Quattro at its Dunmore location.
The trail incorporates craft meads and ciders along with wines at Dunmore’s Space Time Mead & Cider Works before heading to downtown Scranton’s Center City Wine Cellar in the Marketplace at Steamtown. A short distance away in West Side, Lucchi Family Wine Cellars showcases the art of homemade winemaking for visitors before they move down the line to Talerico’s Tropical Winery in Taylor and Mucciolo Family Wines in Old Forge, which is housed in a renovated 1920s general store. The trail ends with Wood Winery in Madison Twp., where guests can enjoy small-batch wines made at the Wood family home.
“People will see what we have to offer, including these wonderful wineries with amazing traditions and heritage,” Camoni said. “Most are bringing family recipes from a very, very long and historic tradition. “The wine and food stems back generations, and it’s just really quality,” he added. “We want to bring attention to it and spread the word. It helps tourism and hospitality, which helps economics.” Lucchi agreed, explaining that the wine trail creates a logistical framework for tourists visiting the area from the Poconos and beyond. “Instead of running up to the Finger Lakes, enjoy what’s in your backyard,” Lucchi said. “It opens up the public to experience what they have here. It’s good all around. “It’s trickle-down economics,” he added. “People stay in the hotels; they go out and sample local restaurants. It’s nice. It’s a win-win for the whole entire area.”
Moms deserve credit for all their hard work and the love they give year-round, but with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, there’s plenty to do this weekend in Northeast Pennsylvania to show how much you care. We’ve rounded up some out-of-the-box ideas for ways to celebrate the moms and motherly women in your life. On Friday, May 10, drop in at the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton, for a Mother’s Day Succulent Make and Take. Join staffer Carol between 2 and 4 p.m. to create an arrangement as a surprise or with the special mom in your life. The project uses upcycled items for the pots, with a minimum $5 donation suggested to cover soil and plant costs. The greenhouse also will have a wide variety of additional succulents available for purchase, including pre-made arrangements in decorative containers for those who don’t have time to stop in and make their own. Support first responders by shopping for a unique Mother’s Day gift at the inaugural Mother’s Day Craft Show set for Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dickson City Emergency Medical Services, 2 Eagle Lane. Admission is $2. Enjoy the bounty of Mother Nature with a Mother’s Day Paddle hosted by Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals, 2374 Sullivan Trail, Falls Twp. On May 11 and 12, starting at 8 a.m. both days, bring your mom along for a scenic journey on the waterway. Moms paddle for free with a party of four, with trips starting at $45 per person. After, treat her to brunch or dinner at Ardee’s Foodrinkery. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12, while dinner service runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required for kayaking (call 570-388-6107) and are suggested for brunch and dinner, too (call 570-388-2511). Looking for something really different? Treat mom to ringside seats at the Mother’s Day Melee on May 11, when Back Breakers Entertainment comes to Falcon’s Nest, 403 Hudson St., Mayfield. At its first show outside the Back Breakers Training Center, see BBE and BBTC students and wrestlers, including Carver Cross, Coach Cal, Rex Taylor, Alexander Bateman, Cyrus Mars, Adena Steele, Harszang, Trevor Trudeau, Tucker Riley, Demitrius Raid and Rodd Wylder as well as a variety of local independent stars, including Clay Drasher, Ken Andrews, Jak Molsonn, Danny Hamel, Kimberly Spirit, Zac Belmont, Karlo Vice and many more. The night also promises a Battle Royale for the No. 1 contender’s spot, the winner of which will then face off against BBE’s Squid Sterling for the BBE Heavyweight Championship during the main event of the night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with bell at 7. Ringside tickets cost $20, and general admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Falcon’s Nest, online at http://bbemelee.bpt.me or at the door. All advance ticket-holders gain early access to the venue at 6 p.m. and can meet all the wrestlers. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Support a good cause with the Mother’s Day Weekend Fundraiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on May 11. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Spirited Art, 253 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, invites painters 16 and older to bring in a special mom, aunt or lady to create a butterfly portrait. Tickets cost $35 and are available through rezclick.com, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the society. Arrive 15 minutes before the class to pick a seat. Check out the fifth annual Mother’s Day Brunch at Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic, on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guests will start with a gentle yoga class and gratitude meditation, then sip on mimosas (or fresh juice) and enjoy butlered hors d’oeuvres and a healthy lunch from Nearme Café. Admission is $55 for two, $75 for three and $90 for four, with group pricing valid only when purchased together. You must sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Call 570-840-3220 for more information. It takes a village to raise a child, and so Misericordia University, Dallas, will host its fourth annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch to benefit the student mothers of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program on May 12 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Proceeds will help provide tuition support for student mothers in the program. The menu includes scrambled eggs, Potatoes O’Brien, cinnamon vanilla French toast, bacon, sausage, a waffle station, granola, yogurt, fruit, Viennese pastries, muffins, Caesar salad, ham carving station, roasted turkey, mustard-glazed salmon, sautéed green beans, tortellini a la vodka and an assortment of desserts. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served along with Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. A special children’s buffet will feature macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, cheese hot dogs, corn and french fries. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and seating begins at 11. The brunch also includes a silent auction and basket raffle, with some baskets offering more than $500 worth of prizes. (A pre-sale on tickets for the “Parade of Baskets” will be held May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Insalaco Hall lobby.) Tickets cost $50 for adults and $20 for children 12 to 18; children under 12 enter for free. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Visit cougarconnect.miseri cordia.edu/wwcbrunch19 or call Kim Caffrey at 570-674-1877 to register or get more information. Celebrate the importance of mom’s role with a theatrical performance at Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, on May 12. The Music Box Players will stage the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” with a special meal offered to enhance the experience. The menu includes choice of Chicken Parmigiana over Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Beef Tenderloin Tips, Crab-stuffed Flounder or Pasta Primavera with salads, side dishes and choice of desserts. Mothers also will receive a flower. The price for the dinner and show is $38, with show-only tickets also available for $20. Doors open at 1 p.m., dinner is served at 1:30, and the curtain rises at 3. For reservations, call 570-283-2195 or email email@example.com. And Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton, will present a Mother’s Day Concert featuring Tom Petty tribute band Damn the Torpedos on May 12. Doors to the 21-and-older show open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 8. General admission costs $25 (seating is not guaranteed). The venue also will have food and refreshments for sale. No matter what kind of mom you love, NEPA has the right entertainment to treat her to a special time this week.
Mark Kentucky Derby Day with events around the region
Celebrate the greatest two minutes in sports with hours of fun at area venues. Many local Kentucky Derby Day parties even support good causes, so grab a big hat and hit the town for the horse race set for Saturday, May 4. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre, gets a jump on Kentucky Derby Day activities with advance wagering opening at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3, aka Kentucky Oaks Day. On Saturday, May 4, the casino will host what it promises to be “the biggest party North of Churchill Downs” with a Champagne brunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a double-header of live harness racing at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The full bar opens in the Clubhouse Lobby at 11 a.m., while the trackside bars and food concessions open at 3 p.m. Guests also can enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet between 5:30 and 9 p.m. at Pacer’s Clubhouse, though reservations are required by calling 888-946-4672. Mint juleps will be available in souvenir Kentucky Derby 145 glasses. From 2 to 6 p.m., a $3 donation to Standardbred Retirement Foundation earns guests a turn in a souvenir photo booth, and a Run for the Roses Hat Revue will offer cash prizes in six categories. To compete, register in the racing lobby between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., with judging set to take place at 5:30 in front of the Winner’s Circle.
Visit any of the following on May 4 for Derby Day fun:
The Jive, 113 Van Brunt St., Moscow, inside the former public library building, will host a Kentucky Derby Party from 3 to 9 p.m. The party will include drink specials and prizes for the best hats. The bar offers craft beer, a wine bar and fresh, original food made from scratch for sale. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Nick’s Lake House, 20 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, will host a Kentucky Derby Party starting at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature horse betting and 50/50 chances, Derby-themed bake sale and food and drink specials, and a contest for hats and Best Dressed. Proceeds support the Penn Kidder Library. For more information, call 570-722-2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Facebook event page.
The Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, will be the place for a Kentucky Derby Party hosted by the Voluntary Action Center of Northeast PA from 4 to 8 p.m. The event costs $90 in advance or $100 at the door and includes buffet, open bar, games of chance and live music. The party is VAC-NEPA’s largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds being used to support the organization’s community programs. For more information, call 570-347-5616, visit vacnepa.org for tickets, and check the event Facebook page for updates.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton, will have a Blue Moon Kentucky Derby Party from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will be able to grab up Blue Moon dress vests, handkerchiefs and collector Kentucky Derby 22-ounce glasses — which can be filled with Blue Moon for $4 — all while supplies last.
Jack’s Draft House, 802 Prescott Ave., Scranton, will host a Kentucky Derby Day Party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door and includes one mint julep drink, with proceeds supporting educational programs at the Greenhouse Project in Nay Aug Park. The Hill Section tavern will offer a cash bar plus food off the regular menu for sale, and there will be a hat contest for the best men’s, women’s and upcycled or handmade head gear. For advance tickets, visit eventbrite.com, and for more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Ballet Theatre senior company to stage ‘Cinderella’ for spring production
For Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s senior company, “Cinderella” proved to be a perfect fit. Dancers from the studio will present the fairytale classic as their spring production on Saturday, May 4, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Tickets cost $15-$25 and can be purchased at tututix.com. While audiences can’t expect the animated Disney version of the story, Ballet Theatre artistic director Joanne D. Arduino said they will see the close relationship between Cinderella and her father, as well as the conflict between the young girl and her stepmother. The third act features dances that highlight Andalusian, far Eastern and other cultures that represent the prince’s journey to find who fits the slipper. “And from there, the story holds true,” Arduino said. “He does find Cinderella and they live happily ever after.” Selena Knowlton, who danced with Ballet Theatre up until last year, stars as Cinderella, and Jose Hurtado portrays the Prince. Both are students at the Rock School for Dance Education, Philadelphia, and “talented young dancers,” Arduino said. They are among a cast of more than 50 regional dancers plus Ballet Theatre alum Elizabeth Conway, who will dance the role of Fairy Godmother. The show will be complete with dreamy fairy tale scenery and costumes, a life-size pumpkin coach and a technical team that includes Emmy Award-winning light designer Dennis M. Size, who frequently returns to Scranton to lend a hand with Arduino’s productions. The production is based on the Bolshoi Ballet production in Russia and was originally staged by international ballet master (and another frequent Ballet Theatre collaborator) Henry Danton in 1994. That same year, area native Karen Keeler, creative director for the Rockettes, starred as Cinderella. The production was restaged in 2011 and Ardruino chose it again this year. “We do a lot of the classics but it’s always nice to get back to a fairy tale,” Arduino said, adding that any little ones who come to the show are welcome to dress up in princess costumes. “It’s nice that it’s a new generation of dancers and a new generation of audiences that get to experience this ballet.”
While audiences can’t expect the animated Disney version of the story, Ballet Theatre artistic director Joanne D. Arduino said they will see the close relationship between Cinderella and her father, as well as the conflict between the young girl and her stepmother. The third act features dances that highlight Andalusian, far Eastern and other cultures that represent the prince’s journey to find who fits the slipper. “And from there, the story holds true,” Arduino said. “He does find Cinderella and they live happily ever after.” Selena Knowlton, who danced with Ballet Theatre up until last year, stars as Cinderella, and Jose Hurtado portrays the Prince. Both are students at the Rock School for Dance Education, Philadelphia, and “talented young dancers,” Arduino said. They are among a cast of more than 50 regional dancers plus Ballet Theatre alum Elizabeth Conway, who will dance the role of Fairy Godmother. The show will be complete with dreamy fairy tale scenery and costumes, a life-size pumpkin coach and a technical team that includes Emmy Award-winning light designer Dennis M. Size, who frequently returns to Scranton to lend a hand with Arduino’s productions. The production is based on the Bolshoi Ballet production in Russia and was originally staged by international ballet master (and another frequent Ballet Theatre collaborator) Henry Danton in 1994. That same year, area native Karen Keeler, creative director for the Rockettes, starred as Cinderella. The production was restaged in 2011 and Ardruino chose it again this year. “We do a lot of the classics but it’s always nice to get back to a fairy tale,” Arduino said, adding that any little ones who come to the show are welcome to dress up in princess costumes. “It’s nice that it’s a new generation of dancers and a new generation of audiences that get to experience this ballet.”
When the red light goes on, the night begins. That signal, long tied to old-time bawdy houses and the city underworlds in which they operated, today announces that a new downtown hot spot is open for business. Madame Jenny’s — with its vintage decor and seating and cabaret-style stage — will open Friday, April 26, in the former private event space at the rear of Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton, and help usher in a new era of drinking, dining and entertainment in Scranton. “When I first purchased the Bittenbender Building more than six years ago, I envisioned opening a gastro pub and a speakeasy from the start,” said the building’s developer, Arthur Russo. “Madame Jenny’s is the culmination of that original vision. It’s something unique not only in downtown Scranton but in the entire area. We’re able to do this now that someone like Wendy (Wilson) has come on board with me. It’s something an older (crowd) is looking for and a younger crowd will appreciate.”
Local musician Tyler Dempsey will lead the venue’s house band, Madame Jenny’s Jazz Orchestra, during Friday’s sneak peek, when guests can enter for free. The grand opening then will take place the next night, Saturday, April 27, when Tansy Burlesque Troupe out of New York City comes to town. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9. Tickets start at $35 and are available on Madame Jenny’s website. Wilson, the venue’s hospitality director, hopes the speakeasy will attract locals as well as people from the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos. “We’re putting together a lot of incredible programs,” she said. Vintage style Russo previously converted the building’s upper levels into apartments and established bar/restaurant Ale Mary’s on the ground floor. He and Wilson, a longtime friend, had wanted to work together on a project for many years and finally united for the speakeasy. Joined in the project by Russo’s son, Zach, the group named the space for Jennie Duffy, who operated a bawdy house in Scranton for many years in the early 20th century. They renovated the space to reflect the style of the 1920s, the height of the Prohibition Era in which more than 150 speakeasies sprang up in Scranton, Wilson said. “There’s honestly nothing around like this,” Zach Russo said. Deep-red walls and dark wood envelope the room, which features a stage perfectly sized for small ensembles at one end and a bar to one side, all with vintage lighting, seating and glassware originally from the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel. “Arthur, who is an aficionado of all things classic architecture, was able to get this through auction,” Wilson said. In front of the stage, they set small tables, while larger booths and tables reach to the back of the room. Wilson said they envision guests being able to reserve the stage-side tables for an additional cost during some performances. But the venue also can arrange tables and chairs to accommodate various types of private events, including weddings and showers.
An adjacent lounge, meanwhile, boasts leather-inspired walls and a bar and will serve as another event space to complement the main room. If that main room is hosting an event, for example, guests can gather in the lounge until the main room is cleared for the next one, Wilson said. Madame Jenny’s will open Wednesdays through Saturdays at 5 p.m. with entertainment beginning around 6 or 6:30, Wilson said, and it will follow what the crowd demands in terms of how late it stays open. The venue will accept reservations. Guests can enter Madame Jenny’s through Ale Mary’s and into the outer lounge, where an old vault door from the property will lead them through a hallway designed to feel like a back alley taking them to a hidden speakeasy. Or, guests can come through a door in Raymond Court, the alley behind the Bittenbender. Both doors will have a red light outside them that, when lit, will let guests know Madame Jenny’s is open for business. All that jazz and more Wilson expects to bring in not only musicians but also stand-up comedians and burlesque, and with Jenny’s just a two-hour drive from New York City, it could attract national acts, too. She sees it as a revival of the old adage that if you can play Scranton, you can play anywhere. The venue’s soft opening earlier in April, for instance, featured an Édith Piaf-inspired ensemble featuring members of the touring “The King and I” production in its debut performance. “The audiences here love these artists, and that inspires them,” she said, noting that out-of-town performers can stay overnight in an apartment above the venue. Madame Jenny’s “goes hand in hand” with jazz, Dempsey said, who expects his group to perform a mix of jazz styles, from classic piano trio songs to New Orleans-influenced tunes on Friday nights. “As soon as I was in and saw the stage and the space, I was thrilled. … It feels like a concert atmosphere,” he said. “(It) feels like a listening room.” Madame Jenny’s will share a kitchen with Ale Mary’s, and Chef James Bodnar has crafted a French-inspired menu of small plates to compliment what Wilson called the classy, classic cocktails Madame Jenny’s bar will serve.
“We want someone to come in here and have the best Manhattan they’ve ever had in their life,” she said. Zach Russo noted that they have named drinks after “people of the time,” such as other local madams and the Scranton mayor who led the shutdown of speakeasies and bawdy houses. They want Madame Jenny’s to complement Ale Mary’s, he added, with mixed drinks in the speakeasy and craft beer in the restaurant up front. Wilson said she has been “so impressed” by the people who already found Jenny’s through social media and word of mouth. And seeing people gather for the soft opening brought tears to everyone’s eyes, she said. “Once (my father) actually saw everybody sitting down, watching the show, seeing what we had on stage, he was blown away,” Zach Russo said.
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Fundraising can be a drag. At least, that’s what the board members of Scranton’s Temple Hesed are banking on being true for their next big event. On Saturday, April 27, the temple at 1 Knox Road will host “Callaway-We-Go,” a comedic lip-synch concert featuring drag performers Carol Ann Carol Ann and Sharron Ann Husbands. The show presents a different version of drag, the stars explained, and is meant to be an homage to the Tony-nominated sister act of Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway. Based on the Callaways’ legendary 1996 cabaret show, which was recorded and went on to become a force of its own, “Callaway-We-Go” is a recreation of the staged collection of American standards, Broadway and Great American Songbook classics. “Their harmonies are just unbelievable, as only siblings can have, and the arrangements of the music are beautiful. They locomotion right out of you,” said Jerry Schmidt, who performs as Carol Ann Carol Ann. “It’s fun to listen to, and it draws the audience in.” His longtime stage partner, Tim Hahn, aka Sharron Ann Husbands, noted that his own theater background lends a different flavor to the revue, making it unique from other drag performances guests may have seen. “Manipulating the script to make it your own is so, so much fun,” said Hahn, a Pittston native. “We interact with the crowd, and whatever happens, happens — but we always make our way back to the script. “There’s so many different types of drag,” Hahn added. “We do a lot of songs that you need to be convincing with. You need to memorize every breath, every intake, every elevation of voice. You have to make it seem like it’s really you singing. It really is so fun.” “Our hope is that line is blurred. When we nail that, it’s just incredible,” Schmidt said. He and Hahn have met the real Callaway sisters several times, which Schmidt noted helps inform the performance. “It’s always fun to see someone you’re impersonating,” Schmidt said. “How they hold the mic, how they breathe. These two women have embraced us and are just so fabulous.” Though parents should exercise discretion since the show begins at 8 p.m., the performance is considered family-friendly. Temple Hesed board member and fundraiser chairwoman Jennifer Novak said she plans to bring her kids to the show.
The Dunmore resident, who joined the temple after moving to the area more than six years ago, wanted to “raise the bar” with this year’s fundraiser, opting to book “Callaway-We-Go” instead of the usual comedians for the fundraiser. “We wanted to create a similar but more elaborate event,” Novak said. “The committee brainstormed, and we tried to go along with the mission of the temple. One thing we like about it is it’s very diverse and inclusive — we try to do a lot with LGBTQ. We’re a very welcoming temple. “But I wanted to shake things up a little, and I think history might be being made, because I think this might be the first drag show being held in a temple in Scranton,” she said. “It’s going to be a light evening. The drag queens are going to be campy and bantering.” Proceeds from the event will be used to support the temple’s programming, which includes efforts for Jews and non-Jews alike, such as backpacks for kids who can’t afford all their school supplies, and food drives. “I always feel like it’s great to do these events to bring the temple community together, but even better if the greater NEPA community comes together to support them,” Novak said. “It’s a great way to show them all the great things temple offers, even for the non-Jewish. It plays a very influential role, and we do a lot of social-action programs.”
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Fabulous Thunderbirds headlining Rock 107 Birthday Bash
Rock 107 will celebrate the last year of its thirties with a party filled with drinks, giveaways and prizes, and tons of live music. Ain’t that “tuff enuff?” The Times-Shamrock Communications radio station marks its 39th year with its annual Birthday Bash on Thursday, April 18, at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp. Doors to the 21-and-older event open at 7 p.m. This year’s party features headliners the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Texas-born blues-rock band best known for the 1986 song “Tuff Enuff.” Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson has been all over in his decades-long career, but Pennsylvania remains a standout through his travels. Plus, he’s always happy to connect with fans on the road. “There’s very few places I’ve never been before, but (Pennsylvania) is a cool state. It’s got beautiful scenery,” Wilson said during a recent phone interview from his home in San Juan Capistrano, California. “When I get out (on the road), I embrace it. I enjoy going to other places and seeing what each place is about.” Before the Thunderbirds hit the stage at 10 p.m., M-80, Flaxy Morgan and Rockstar Revolution will open the show. The night also will feature games, prizes and, of course, birthday cake. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, but the radio station also will give away hundreds of free tickets ahead of time.
Rock 107 personality Prospector will hand out free tickets to the show today from noon to 1 p.m. at Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships of Greater Hazelton, 508 Susquehanna Blvd., Hazle Twp. Radio station promotions director Mark Hoover, meanwhile, give out the tickets today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Angry Irishman, 1259 Bryn Mawr St., Scranton. Audiences are in for a unique experience, Wilson said, as the band always matches the crowd. They never use a set list but rather play off of the vibe of the room and each other. “That’s the only way to play — to play as a unit,” he said, adding the air of improvisation keeps the band loose and on its toes. “When we’re all together, just feeding off of each other and each other’s energy, it’s a pretty cool thing. Everybody is great in this band. I love working with these guys.” While he insisted every show is different, Wilson said the band brings a lot of energy and camaraderie into each performance. The frontman mentioned how important the band’s fans are to the group members and that “without them, we’re nothing.” He doesn’t do a lot of talking during performances but makes sure to thank the crowd “profusely” for its support. With their fans in tow, the Fabulous Thunderbirds are ready for the party in Northeast Pennsylvania. “It’s going to be great to be in Wilkes-Barre,” he said. “We’re gonna have a ball.”
Cannabis festival hopes to keep drawing in crowds with day of action
The fifth annual Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival will take over Nay Aug Park in Scranton for a full day of music, education, food and more. Founded in the city in 2015, the free festival this year will take place Saturday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m. and featuring 10 hours of live music on three stages. Set to attend are Root Shock, Suburban Sensi, Philadelphia Slick, Brahctopus, the Holtzmann Effect, Rogue Chimp, Young Lion, Eric Harvey & Friends, Dee Maple Band, Canary Circus and Friends of the Family. The Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival is a celebration of the cannabis culture and also will include live art, vendors and guest speakers. Since its conception, Pennsylvania has legalized the use of medical cannabis, but other uses remain outlawed.
“We will continue to hold this event for years to come even after the cannabis prohibition is lifted,” festival spokesman Jeff Zick said. Festival speakers will come in from around the country to educate people about cannabis and its potential values. The festival also will have around 250 merchandise vendors and 20 food vendors, including Manning’s Ice Cream, Uncle Bucks BBQ and West Side Flavas. Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival has grown greatly over the last few years, with more than 10,000 attending last year. And organizers believe it has had a great impact on the local community. “Two or three years ago, people would arrive just in time for the event and leave as quickly as they could in fear of getting in trouble for speaking about cannabis,” Zick said. “Now we have trouble finding hotel rooms for people because people come in on Friday before the event and book all of the hotel rooms from Wilkes-Barre to Waverly.”
The growth of the festival also has had a positive effect on local businesses, Zick noted. “People travel from all over the place to come to this festival, and they shop in downtown Scranton as well as stop and eat at all of the local restaurants,” he added. “It is really great for the community.” This year, organizers expect at least 15,000 people to attend. “The event continues to grow every year, no pun intended,” Zick said.
If you go What: Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival When: Saturday, April 20, starting at 9 a.m. Where: Nay Aug Park, Mulberry Street and Arthur Avenue, Scranton Details: penncannafest.com
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Enjoy natural wonders, activities at local posts during National Park Week
Enjoy the outdoors, learn some history and celebrate “America’s best idea” during the annual National Park Week. The action happens nationwide from Saturday, April 20, through Sunday, April 28, including at the National Park Service sites in Northeast Pennsylvania. All park entrance fees are waived on April 20, and other days throughout the week will commemorate different groups and topics, such as “Wild Wednesday,” “Friendship Friday” and “BARK Ranger Day.” For more information, visit nps.gov. Meanwhile, here’s how you can join the fun locally.
Steamtown National Historic Site Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 350 Cliff St., Scranton Details: 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea
The free railroad museum and home to historical trains and related machinery has been part of the National Park Service for 33 years, and it will celebrate not only National Park Week but also National Volunteer Week to honor the people who help keep it chugging along. This year’s park week celebrations include the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial spike that connected the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads to mark the completion of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad. The park also will release the seventh edition of a series of collectible trading cards and a new Steamtown Junior Ranger badge (available starting Saturday, April 20), with one day dedicated to Junior Rangers that week. On Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can check out games, activities and other information about the health benefits of the outdoors during Park RX Day. Scranton Limited short train rides also will return, and the site will offer extra tours.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Hours: Most of the park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (check with visitors centers for specific hours) Where: Park headquarters, 1978 River Road, Middle Smithfield Twp. Details: 570-426-2452 or nps.gov/dewa
The recreation area and nearby Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee, will host the annual volunteer-led cleanup of River Road on Saturday, April 27, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Safety gear, a continental breakfast, post-cleanup appreciation lunch and T-shirt (while supplies last) will be provided to volunteers, who should meet at the Shawnee River Sanctuary Pavilion on the resort’s Grand Front Lawn at 8:30 a.m. The program will take place rain or shine. To volunteer, register at https://a.pgtb.me/sZ8MgR. For more information, contact Nicole Althouse-Garced at 570-424-4050, ext. 1408, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Where: The site encompasses the upper echelon of the Delaware River; traveling from Scranton, take Interstate 81 to Route 6 East (Exit 187) through Carbondale and Honesdale to Route 652 East to Narrowsburg and New York Route 97. Hours: River use, 24 hours a day, year-round; public river access, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Details: 570-685-4871 or nps.gov/upde
Park visitors can hit the Delaware River for boating, rafting, fishing and other water-based fun, or stay on land for hiking. Guests also can hit up one of the area’s notable sites, including the Roebling Bridge, which is open 24 hours a day and crosses the river from Lackawaxen to Minisink Ford, New York; the Towpath Trail, which is open year-round (access the trailhead near the parking lot entrance on the New York side of the Roebling Bridge); and the Roebling Bridge Toll House, 4225 Route 97, Barryville, New York, which is open daily (weather permitting), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Record Store Day has evolved into an international phenomenon since its creation in 2008. Every year, thousands of people go to local independent record stores across the country to enjoy live music, food and drinks, exclusive releases and much more. This year, Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 13. Businesses such as Embassy Vinyl, 352 Adams Ave., Scranton, look forward to the annual event, which has become an important shopping day. In the age of digital music, people going out and buying physical copies of CDs and vinyl records keeps the records stores open, alive and well. R.J. Harrington, owner of Embassy Vinyl, described it as a day for anyone with a love and passion for music and an opportunity for music lovers to celebrate their shared interests.
“Get out in your surroundings,” Harrington said. “Just get out and look at stuff, even if you don’t buy anything.” His downtown store, which opens at 10 a.m. that day, will offer giveaways, merchandise, stickers, shirts and a selection of free records to choose from. There also will be a raffle for a chance to win turntables. With exclusive Record Store Day titles from the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Lennon and the Grateful Dead, “there will be something for everyone,” Harrington said. Meanwhile, Gallery of Sound — with locations at 237 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, and 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre — has plenty planned for the big day as well. Owner Joe Nardone Jr. is set to release a Record Store Day exclusive that serves as a tribute to his own dad. Nardone will resurrect some of his father’s work as part of Joe Nardone’s All Stars for a seven-inch red vinyl record with a full picture sleeve under the title “Shake a Hand.” Another release of local note will be a rare recording of Emerson, Lake & Palmer from a show that previously was only available on CD in a boxed set. “Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 8th July 1972” will be a sought-after find pressed on yellow-and-brown vinyl. Both Gallery of Sound stores will be open at 8 a.m. on Record Store Day and collectively have more than 400 exclusive releases for the day, mostly as vinyl records but also including the debut of a mini record player, as well as giveaways of stickers, bags, tickets, music and other swag. Susquehanna Brewing Co. will set up a beer garden with an exclusive Record Store Day beer at the Wilkes-Barre shop. Shoppers are encouraged to line up early for exclusive and limited releases.
There also will be 12 bands playing between both Gallery of Sound stores, including Joe Burke, American Buffalo Ghost and James Barrett. The annual celebration is more than just a good time — it’s a critical part of small business success, Nardone noted. “Record Store Day saved the industry of selling records,” he said. “People like to collect things and show off their collections, and people like to sit at their homes and play the records and appreciate the artwork.” Nearby in Luzerne County, Musical Energi at 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, will extend Record Store Day into an two-day weekend event, opening Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday, April 14, at noon. The store will feature more than 400 releases, including the mini record player, and have giveaways of merchandise such as slipmats, records, bags, CDs and more. DJs Matt R and Odd Pocket Selector and artists such as Brendan Brisk, Tori V and Simple Doria will provide live entertainment and music. There also will be a raffle to win gift cards and other merchandise, plus discounts and specials all day. For more information and updates, visit the store’s Facebook page. “This is probably going to be the best one yet. I think the releases are really good this year,” said Musical Energi owner Jay Notartomaso. “A lot of good stuff (is) coming out. Everybody has their favorites, but I’m really excited.”
With all the charms of musician life, the fans are the best part for Charlie Daniels. The legendary country musician has toured and performed with his namesake band — best known for its No. 1 hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” — for over 50 years. He’s a Grammy Award-winner, been inducted into Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, and written books including “Never Look at the Empty Seats” and “Let’s All Make the Day Count.” Though it’s the times on stage connecting with fans that he holds in highest regard. “The best thing I can say is they’re going to have a good time when they come in,” Daniels said during a recent phone interview from Des Moines, Iowa, after a slew of sold-out shows. “From the time we walk out on stage, there’s a lot of things that go into it. The sequence of our songs, the pace of the show. … We really want to give the audience a great show.” The Charlie Daniels Band will appear with country and Southern rock band Alabama on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp., during its 50th anniversary tour. Alabama, known for hits such as “Tennessee River” and “Dixieland Delight,” has sold a combined 75 million records worldwide. Though the band went its separate ways after a farewell tour in 2003, it reunited in 2010 and has recorded and toured ever since.
The Charlie Daniels Band, meanwhile, has toured for six decades, and fans can expect a show with lots of energy and familiar songs. With six musicians on stage, the vibe of the show is built upon the experience they’ve had together, and each person plays off of each other to create a one-of-a-kind experience. He and the band often see familiar faces in the crowd. The band holds a special section for fans who’ve seen more than 100 shows. The “Century Club” members get prime seating as well as a commemorative belt buckle. Daniels also noted the loyal fans who make Charlie Daniels Band shows a family affair. “You definitely see the generations coming year after year,” he said. Even after decades of performing for and entertaining thousands of people, Daniels treats every show like it’s something special. And he wants the crowd to feel the same. “We want them to leave talking about what a great show it was: ‘That was so good we’re going to come back next time,’” he said.
1. Fourth annual Buy Local Spring Fling Head to Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for the fourth annual Buy Local Spring Fling Marketplace on Saturday, April 13. The event will feature around 75 local vendors, including local businesses, artisans and wineries. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $2, and the first 1,000 guests will receive a free reusable shopping bag. For more information, visit the Facebook event page, email Rachel at email@example.com or call 570-344-1111.
2. Third annual carpentry auction Johnson College will hold its third annual carpentry auction benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA on Thursday, April 11. The auction will take place in the carpentry shop of the college’s Woolworth Hall, 3427 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Doors open at 5 p.m. for registration and browsing, and the auction will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preregistration is encouraged. Donations are to be made either by cash or check. Additionally, guests can stop by the shop and view auction items on Wednesday, April 10, during regular campus hours. For details and to preregister, visit the Facebook event page. Email Matthew Darrow at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3. ‘In Concert’ Scranton Civic Ballet Company presents its next show, “In Concert,” on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. “In Concert” features various excerpts from ballets portrayed by members of the senior, apprentice and junior companies. The show will be choreographed by artistic director Helen Gaus. For tickets, visit the ballet company studio, 234 Mifflin Ave., Suite 1. Tickets also will be available at the box office on the day of the show. For more information, call 570-343-0115.
4. ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ The University of Scranton’s Liva Arts Company presents the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” this weekend. The all-ages show — which tells the Biblical story of Joseph, his family and his “coat of many colors” — will take place Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, at 2 and 8 p.m. in Room 133 of the university’s Loyola Science Center. The musical features lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Liva is the university’s student-run musical theater troupe that draws participants from a variety of majors. Tickets cost $5. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson comes to F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, with the Strangers on Sunday, April 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7. The three-time Grammy winner has recorded 30 albums and appeared in more than 70 films in his more than 50-year career. Tickets range from $35 to $75, plus fees, and are available at the box office, kirbycenter.org and 570-826-1100.