Broadway hit “Kinky Boots” struts into town this weekend.
Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents the Grammy- and Tony Award-winning musical at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m.
Inspired by true events and based on a British film of the same name, “Kinky Boots” tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits a shoe factory on the brink of bankruptcy from his father. He forms an unexpected partnership with Lola, a drag performer, and attempts to save the factory by creating high-heeled “kinky boots” for men and selling them in a niche market.
“Kinky Boots” continues to run on Broadway and features 16 original songs by singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, a book from Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein and choreography by Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell.
Jos N. Banks, who plays Lola in the touring production, said the “remarkable” and family-friendly show makes viewers laugh and cry.
“It’s one of those shows where you think you’ll feel one way, and you leave completely changed,” Banks said. “It’s one of those shows where you kind of end up having a lot of thoughts — and they’re all positive — but about ways you can be a better person.”
While each version of “Kinky Boots” now running shares the same music, choreography and storyline, Banks said, the traveling production stands out because it has “so much heart.”
“People see ours, and they say that often,” he said. “(There’s) just so much heart and honesty in the work, and truth. I take pride in that because, as an actor, that’s what we are (supposed) to do. We dive into the work and allow people to see a bit of us, but mostly (it’s about) the story and the heart and the integrity of the piece.”
The title tends to throw people off and make them question what the show is about, said Albert Nocciolino, president and CEO of NAC Entertainment, which partners with Broadway Theatre League to produce the show in Scranton. But the message and theme of the show may surprise audiences.
“They’ll see the story about acceptability, the story about understanding, the story about relationships and understanding that it’s OK to be who you are and accept people for who they are,” Nocciolino said. “It’s not just about the boots. It’s a story of human beings and caring and accepting.”
Nocciolino, who earned a Tony Award in 2013 for his work co-producing “Kinky Boots” on Broadway with the Independent Presenters Network, will speak at an educational program at noon before Saturday’s matinee performance. He will discuss various aspects of production and the process of taking a show from the Broadway stage onto the road for a tour.
The $25 ticket price includes Nocciolino’s presentation, lunch, admission to the day’s 2 p.m. performance and a talk-back session with cast members. Educational program tickets can be purchased by calling 570-342-7784 or by visiting the league’s office at 345 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
If you go
What: Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents ‘Kinky Boots’
When: Friday, March 16, 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets are $45 to $77, plus fees, and are available at ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or through the cultural center’s box office.
What: ‘Kinky Boots” educational program with Albert Nocciolino, ‘Kinky Boots’ producer and president and CEO of NAC Entertainment
When: Saturday, March 17, noon
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets are $25 and include the presentation, lunch, admission to that day’s 2 p.m. “Kinky Boots” performance and a talk-back session with cast members. For tickets, call 570-342-7784 or visit Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 345 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
— Brooke Williams
St. Patrick’s Parade returns to downtown and beyond for day of Celtic culture and camaraderie
Scranton’s favorite day of the year is here once again. The St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County presents the annual St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10.
With more than 12,000 participants each year, Parade Day has been a staple of Irish heritage in Scranton since 1962. A cavalcade of Irish groups and organizations — including 11 pipe bands, eight local high school bands and the Irem Temple Shriners — join floats and large balloons making their way through downtown as thousands revel in the streets. New to the lineup this year is the Navy Band Northeast from Rhode Island.
“There’s a lot of Irish in the Scranton area, a lot of immigrants who came to Scranton. It’s just a lot of Irish history,” said Jim McLaughlin, president of the parade association. “A lot of families stayed here, and it’s evident by the size of the parade and the size of our committee. The committee continues to grow, and the parade just gets bigger and bigger.”
The day’s festivities begin with a Parade Day Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., at 10 a.m., followed by the Brian P. Kelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Parade 2-Mile Footrace at 11 a.m. The race starts in front of Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., and follows the parade route in reverse.
Registration is $15 and runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. that day at Lackawanna College Student Union Center, 600 Jefferson Ave. Two top male and female finishers in various age categories will win medals.
The parade steps off at 11:45 a.m. from Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue. It marches down Wyoming Avenue for three blocks then turns left and heads along Lackawanna Avenue for about three more blocks. The marchers will turn left onto Spruce Street for three blocks, make a final right turn on to North Washington Avenue for three more blocks and finish on Vine Street.
Thomas J. Langan serves as grand marshal of the parade, and Michael Gordon is honorary grand marshal. Attorney Timothy M. Doherty is parade marshal and Clarence Duffy is honorary parade marshal, while attorney Thomas J. Munley acts as parade commander this year.
Parking is available in the Marketplace at Steamtown garage and other paid lots and garages across the city. Guests are encouraged to arrive early before the streets close at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, visit stpatparade.com or the Scranton St. Patrick Parade Facebook page.
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., opens at 9 a.m. and presents music by Tom Graham, Indigo Moon Brass Band, Justin Mazer and Friends, DJ Justin and bagpipers throughout the day.
The Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., hosts live music on Courthouse Square when it opens at 9 a.m.
Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., is hosting two parties. Check out Shamrockfest outdoors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a performance by Nowhere Slow. Indoors, the Trax VIP Party from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. features performances by Tribes and WD-40.
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., will offer specials all day. Check out performances by Eric Rudy and Rachel Galassi at 9 a.m., Black Tie Stereo at 11 a.m., Tom Graham at 1:30 p.m. and Reach For the Sky at 4 p.m.
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., opens at 9 a.m. and will feature music by Lost in Paradise and the Benderz. It also offers a separate VIP area that includes a buffet and open bar under a heated tent.
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., opens at 9 a.m. and hosts a meet-and-greet session with the band We the Kings at 3 p.m., plus music by Breakdown Jimmy and Dance Hall Devils, Tommy Guns band, Southside Bandits and more throughout the day.
For those looking to take on the day early, Cooper’s Seafood House, 701 N. Washington Ave., hosts brunch from 7 to 10 a.m., followed by a menu of traditional Irish fare from 11 a.m. until close. EJ the DJ, Jack Bordon and Jim Cullen and the Wanabees will entertain throughout the day.
Rise and shine with “Kegs N’ Eggs” from 9 to 11 a.m. at Waldorf Park Social Club, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton. Breakfast includes a buffet, domestic drafts and specials on Mimosas and Bloody Marys. At 3 p.m., enjoy a ham and cabbage dinner. Entertainment includes DJ Pat Dougher, New York Sanitation Bag Pipe Band and Irish Step Dancers.
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., opens with no cover for an hour starting at 9 a.m. ahead of its full day of live music, including Black Tie Stereo, Ale House Funk Band, Mace In Dickson Band, Mike Mizwinski, Light Weight, Tom Graham and a special appearance by the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums.
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton, opens at 7 a.m. to celebrate with all-day drink specials and food available.
Outside center city
Downtown Scranton isn’t the only place to celebrate.
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant, opens at 9 a.m. with specials and giveaways all day. Performances include Alex O’Brien at 4 p.m., Blind Choice at 7:30 p.m. and Hold Fast at 9:15 p.m.
At the edge of Green Ridge, Andy Gavin’s Pub & Eatery, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, opens at noon and offers traditional Irish cuisine including ham and cabbage, corn beef cabbage, cabbage shepherd’s pie and corn beef Reuben. There also will be music by Drive, the Fab Three and bagpipers throughout the day. A portion of the $6 cover benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Scranton.
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton, hosts a Pearl Jam Parade Day featuring Lost Dogs tribute band. Doors open at noon with music scheduled for the evening.
McNally’s Scranton, 219 E. Market St., will have a heated tent and music by bagpipers after it opens at 11 a.m.
Blinded Passenger Duo and bagpipers will perform at Morgan’Z Pub & Eatery, 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton, which opens at 11 a.m.
Check out Bud’s Bar & Grill, 402 N. Main St., Archbald, for drink specials and entertainment from DJ Services by Carl.
McGrath’s Pub & Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton, celebrates Parade Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with entertainment by Jonny D, Maloney Bagpiper Band and Mace in Dickson and a limited menu including Corned Beef Reubens.
At the end of the day, head to Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 314, 493 Meridian Ave., Scranton, for an After-St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party from 7:30 to 11 p.m. In addition to drink specials, they’ll serve ham and cabbage dinners and ham sandwiches and have music all night.
Parade Day offers much more than a good time at the bar — it also includes festivities for the whole family.
Visit Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., for its annual Parade Day party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Friends Celtic Band and bagpipers, step-dancers and more from the parade provide entertainment. Admission is free, but a cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.
Head over to POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., for the St. Paddy’s Day Stache Bash from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include breakfast buffet, DJ, dancing, Irish bagpipes, games and mustache awards. For adults, $37 plus fees includes breakfast and bar, or $23 plus fees includes breakfast and non-alcoholic drinks. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $15 plus fees, and kids 5 years and younger are free. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Carbondale lighted parade
The city of Carbondale will host a lighted parade downtown on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. to commemmorate the first St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Lackawanna County in 1833. The route will travel approximately five blocks along Main Street.
— brooke williams
Here are a couple of places to celebrate during Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 10. Entertainment and drink specials will be offered throughout the day all over the downtown and beyond. Slainte!
♣ St. Patrick’s Parade
Mass, 10 a.m.; Brian P. Kelly memorial 2-mile footrace, 11; parade steps off at 11:45, downtown Scranton. stpatparade.com.
♣ Parade day at Andy Gavin’s
Opens at noon and offers traditional Irish cuisine including ham and cabbage, corned beef cabbage, cabbage shepherd’s pie and corned beef Reuben. There also will be music by Drive and the Fab Three with bagpipers throughout the day. A portion of the $6 cover benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Scranton. 570-346-8864 or andygavins.com.
♣ Parade Day at Ale Mary’s at The Bittenbender
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music by Black Tie Stereo, Tom Graham, Eric Rudy and Rachel Galassi and Reach for the Sky. Drink specials all day. 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. $10 cover; must have valid ID. 570-955-0176 or alemarysnepa.com.
♣ Parade day at Backyard Ale House
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; no cover from 9 to 10 a.m. Entertainment by Black Tie Stereo, Ale House Funk Band, Mace in Dickson Band, Mike Mizwinski, Light Weight and Tom Graham. Special appearance by the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums. 523 Linden St., Scranton. $10 cover after 10 a.m. 570-955-0192 or backyardalehouse.com.
♣ Parade Day at the Bog
Doors open at 9 a.m. Entertainment by Tom Graham, Indigo Moon Brass Band, Justin Mazer and Friends, DJ Justin and bagpipers throughout the day. 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. $10 cover. 570-341-6761.
♣ Parade Day at Cooper’s Seafood House
Brunch from 7 to 10 a.m. Walk-ins welcome; reservations encouraged. Traditional Irish fare will be served from 11 a.m. until close. Entertainment by EJ the DJ, Jack Bordon and Jim Cullen and the Wanabees. 701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. $15 for brunch. 570-346-6883 or coopers-seafood.com.
♣ Drunken Improv
8 to 10 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Improv Beyond. AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. $5.
♣ Parade Day at Harry’s Bar
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drink specials and entertainment by the Barrel Chested Beer Bellies. 302 Penn Ave., Scranton. $5 all-day cover. 570-969-9100.
♣ Parade Day at Irish Wolf Pub
Doors open at 9 a.m. 503 Linden St., Scranton. $5 cover. 570-342-0401.
♣ St. Paddy’s Parade Day at McGrath’s Pub & Eatery
Doors open at 11 a.m.; happy hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 cover until 3 p.m. Entertainment by Jonny D, Maloney Bagpiper Band and Mace in Dickson. Enjoy a limited menu including corned beef Reubens. 112 E. Main St., Dalton. 570-563-2668.
♣ Kegs N’ Eggs
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Breakfast includes a buffet and domestic drafts. Drink specials on mimosas and bloody Marys. At 3 p.m., enjoy a ham and cabbage dinner. Entertainment by DJ Pat Dougher, New York Sanitation Bag Pipe Band and Irish Step Dancers. Waldorf Park Social Club, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton. $12 breakfast. 570-348-2285.
♣ Parade Day at Kildare’s Irish Pub
Doors open at 9 a.m. Entertainment by Lost in Paradise and the Benders. 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. $30 green VIP pass includes free T-shirt and first beer; $80 gold VIP pass includes T-shirt, open bar and buffet and heated tent. 570-344-4030 or kildarespub.com.
♣ Parade Day at Levels Bar & Grill
Meet and greet with We the Kings at 3 p.m. Entertainment by Breakdown Jimmy and Dance Hall Devils, Tommy Guns band and more. 519 Linden St., Scranton. Entry fee starts at $10. 570-237-2076.
♣ Parade Day at McNally’s Scranton
Opens at 11 a.m. Bagpipers will perform. There also will be a heated tent. 219 E. Market St., Scranton.
♣ Parade Day at Morgan’Z Pub & Eatery
Open at 11 a.m. Entertainment by Blinded Passenger Duo and bagpipers. 315 Green Ridge St., Scranton. 570-344-8300.
♣ Parade Day at O’Leary’s Pub
Music starts at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment by Giants of Science, B-Street Band and Jerry Trapper Band. 514 Ash St., Scranton. 570-344-3209.
♣ Pearl Jam Parade Day
Doors open at noon. Lost Dogs (Pearl Jam tribute band) performs at night. Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton. 570-347-8010.
♣ Radisson presents Parade Day
Shamrockfest takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a performance by Nowhere Slow; Trax VIP party 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with performances by Tribes and WD-40. 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. $15 Shamrockfest/$25 Trax VIP Party. 570-558-3919 or radisson.com.
♣ St. Paddy’s Day Stache Bash
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes breakfast buffet and open draft bar, DJ, dancing, Irish bagpipers, games and mustache awards. All proceeds will be donated to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. $37 plus fees includes breakfast and bar/$23 plus fees includes breakfast and non-alcoholic drinks/$15 plus fees for children 6 to 12/free for children 5 and younger. eventbrite.com.
♣ St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple
11 a.m. Entertainment by Old Friends Celtic Band, bagpipers and Irish step dancers. Open bar and light fare available for purchase. Admission is free, and families are welcome. 420 N. Washington Ave. 570-344-1111.
♣ After St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party
7:30 to 11 p.m. Features ham and cabbage dinners and ham sandwiches. All-day drink specials, music and fun. Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 314, 493 Meridian Ave., Scranton. 570-961-5495.
♣ Parade Day at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill
Doors open at 9 a.m.; entertainment from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. by Alex O’Brien, Blind Choice and Hold Fast. There also will be an appearance by the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band. Specials and giveaways throughout the day. 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant. 570-489-9901.
♣ Parade Day at Waldo’s Tavern
7 a.m. All-day drink specials. The kitchen will be open, and there will be no cover to get in the door. 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton. 570-961-8904.
Signs of shamrocks and Celtic music mean it’s time to paint the town green for the annual Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Parade, which takes to the streets Sunday, March 11.
The 38th annual parade steps off at 2 p.m. at South and South Main streets, with participants lining up in their designated spots at 1 p.m.
Eighty groups will march this year, totaling around 1,200 participants, according to Patty Hughes, Wilkes-Barre city special events coordinator. Those participants include five pipe and drum bands, including local favorites the Wyoming Valley and Ceol Mor Pipe and Drum bands, plus Coughlin, Meyers and GAR high school marching bands.
Additional entertainment includes music from the Donnybrook Band and Three Imaginary Boys, as well as dance troupes from Scoil Rince Connemara Dancers, David Blight, Encore School of Dance and the Conservatory of Dance.
Kingston company Express Employment Professionals turned it up a notch this year with the addition of six Clydesdale horses pulling a stage coach, while the NEPA Military Vehicle Collectors Association promises vehicles from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm.
“Star Wars” fans may rejoice to see their favorite characters marching as the Keystone State Troopers Imperial Outlanders join in on the fun, and those who missed the official Super Bowl parade in Philadelphia can share their Eagles pride as the NEPA Bird Gang walks through downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Grand Marshal Jay Delaney, Wilkes-Barre’s fire chief, leads the festive downtown procession. The parade will travel north down South Main Street, around Public Square, where Delaney and other dignitaries will enter the reviewing stand to see the participants who follow them, and will end at North Main and Union streets.
The day’s celebration of Irish heritage centers around the parade, but the festivities begin much earlier.
On North Washington Street, the celebration at Beer Boys gets going at 9 a.m. with its annual Kegs and Eggs, featuring the tapping of a special firkin of Susquehanna Brewing Co. Mimosa.
Senunas’, 133 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, opens early at 9 a.m., with the traditional Hibernian food menu rolling out at 10 a.m. Food specials include Guinness stew, corned beef and Blarney fries in addition to the regular menu.
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, has plenty of traditional Irish food offerings including shepherd’s pie, Reubens and corned beef and cabbage, as well as fish and chips and traditional burgers and sandwiches. Entertainment includes Don Shappelle at noon and the Black Kocks of Echo Creek — which includes members from Breaking Benjamin, Stoney Creek and Death Valley Dreams — around 3:30 p.m.
Following the parade, CrisNics Irish Pub, 189 Barney St., Wilkes-Barre, will have your Irish food needs, including ham and cabbage, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish bangers and more. Tori Viccica takes the stage around 5 p.m., while the Wyoming Valley Pipe and Drum Band comes in at 7:45 p.m. to crank up the Celtic pride.
Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub, 259 E. State St., Larksville, remains one of the big stops for the Wyoming Valley Pipe and Drum Band after the parade. The bagpipers arrive at 8:45 p.m., while regular food specials like Irish nachos and Irish Setter Wing Bites will fly out of the kitchen. Pipe and drum bands from the parade will make stops in local bars and restaurants throughout the afternoon and night.
The Renal Race 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk hits the pavement at 10 a.m. on Public Square. Registration for the race begins at 8 a.m. at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center on Market Street. The entry fee is $20.
Medals and race gear will be awarded to the top three male and female winners per age group. The first 100 participants in the race will receive free T-shirts. During the race, a Chinese auction, raffle baskets, refreshments and entertainment are held to further benefit research to fight kidney cancer. Visit therenalrace.org for information.
For more information, call the Wilkes-Barre office of special events at 570-208-4149.
It’s been a long time since Judas Priest slept in a van outside of a London recording studio.
Vocalist Rob Halford explained that in the “vampire days of recording,” overnight rates in studios were cheaper to rent. So for the band’s first studio album, “Rocka Rolla,” they found themselves sleeping in the van during the day and recording overnight.
“I remember when we had our first record contract, we were tremendously excited and very ambitious,” Halford said. “We thought big time, big money — wrong. In the early days, it’s a slug. It’s really, you’ve got to pay your dues. Nothing comes fast and easy in life, as I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older, but you do whatever it takes to get through that journey.”
The heavy metal group has enjoyed nearly 50 years of success and is gearing up to release its 18th studio album, “Firepower,” which hits record stores Friday, March 9.
The Firepower 2018 tour kicks off Tuesday, March 13, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp., with opening acts Saxon and Black Star Riders.
“It’s the excitement and the anticipation; it’s all wrapped up into (the first night),” Halford said. “We’ve been building this tour for many months — the stages, the costumes, the lights and the special effects and everything … While that’s building, of course, our fans will finally be able to get their metal claws onto ‘Firepower’ and become associated with the songs.
“The launch of any project or any tour has to start at a specific spot. In this case, Wilkes-Barre is holding the torch for heavy metal as we take off.”
Judas Priest originally formed in the 1970s in Birmingham, England. The band created some of heavy metal’s most notable records, including “British Steel” and “Screaming for Vengeance,” and also appeared at the legendary Live Aid in 1985.
The group was one of the first to exclusively wear leather and studs, a look that began during this era and was eventually embraced by metal fans across the globe.
Although fans can expect to hear the beloved Judas Priest sound at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. show, Halford emphasized that each of the band’s albums are created with the intention of writing something new and different.
“We treat them completely separately as the belief is all our records from ‘Rocka Rolla’ up to ‘Firepower’ — they all have their own metal legs to stand on in terms of identity and sound,” he said.
The title song — and opening track — on ‘Firepower’ resonates most with Halford, because he believes it speaks to the rest of the record.
“I think the opening track of any album, if you’re a fan of that band, it can be a make-or-break type of situation,” he said. “The impact, the energy, the ferocity, the overall feeling of ‘Firepower,’ is a very important song. It sends a lot of really good solid metal elements that Priest has maintained over the years.”
In February, the band announced that longtime lead guitarist Glenn Tipton would not be touring with the band after being diagnosed with late-stage Parkinson’s disease. He lived with the early stages of the degenerative disease for a decade, but its progression left him unable to play some of the band’s more complex material. Although he will not tour, he remains an active member in the group. “Firepower” producer Andy Sneap picks up the guitar in his stead.
“You’ll be seeing Priest as you want,” Halford said. “There will be a slight adjustment … but (Tipton) wants it to be a very successful ‘Firepower’ tour. And then we’ve got the blessing of Andy, who is one of producers of ‘Firepower,’ so he knows all the music. He’s also a hardcore Priest fan.
“I think a lot of people are going to be drawn to the show for the simple fact that they love Priest and they want to hear the songs again and again,” Halford added. “They want to hear the heavy metal acts, like (opening acts) Saxon and Black Star Riders, that they see only every three years or so. There’s a lot of positive love and support happening right now.”
In order to prepare for the show each night, Halford said he limits his speaking to a minimum to he can preserve his voice, and also tries to remain healthy so he can utilize his “instrument” to its fullest potential. At this point in his life, he said his voice is “more precious than ever.”
And although it’s been nearly five decades since the beginning of Judas Priest, Halford does not see an end in sight.
“You can’t really turn it off,” he said. “If you’re lucky enough to be a creative person that is still hungry and curious and has a sense of adventure … That’s the driving force in me, and that’s the same in Glenn and Scott and Richie and Ian. It’s something you can’t really switch off. It’s there within you.
“When you’re amongst like-minded people, that’s when the metal magic starts to happen. It’s really hard to ping down in words, because so much of it is internal.”
If you go
What: Judas Priest
When: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets start at $36.75, plus fees, and can be purchased at the arena’s box office, by calling 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. There is a $10 fee to park in the arena’s lot. For more information, visit judaspriest.com.
On Scranton’s most festive occasion, it’s all about the wearing o’ the green from head to toe.
Weekend Times focuses on the former with Parade Day makeup looks.
Keiera Kisel, makeup artist and owner of KeieraLanay MUA in Archbald, gave tips on how to stand out in a sea of green on Parade Day.
From clover green and the colors of the Irish flag to shimmering gold or a bright rainbow, possibilities for Parade Day makeup looks are endless.
To find ideas, look no further than social media. Use hashtags on Instagram or keywords on YouTube to search for tutorials from all over the globe. Also, a trial-run beforehand is a must.
Delicate or dramatic
Whether going big or going small with your makeup, you don’t have to be blah when expressing “Erin Go Bragh.”
Keep it simple by focusing on a single area to go all out, Kisel suggested. Whether it be a dramatic eye or a bright lip, keep the rest of the face basic.
If you don’t want to go too far with your look, Kisel suggested subtle looks to celebrate Parade Day. A simple pop of color or glitter along the crease of your eye or a bright green lip can go a long way.
Whatever you choose, let your imagination take over.
Live in color
Whether serious or subtle, color is everything for Parade Day makeup looks.
Kisel suggested using highly pigmented eyeshadows to create looks. Makeup Geek eyeshadows in shades of green such as Fuji, Shimmermint, Limelight, Voodoo and Jester can be worn on the eyelid for full color, or smudged under the lash line for a subtle pop of color.
Liquid lipsticks — cropping up in beauty shops and drugstores alike in funkier colors — also make for long-lasting, waterproof pigments to use on skin.
Besides pigments, gems, glitter, stickers and stencils are your best tools for taking your look to the next level, Kisel said.
Can’t find the right shade of green lipstick for a Parade Day pout? Create your own. Mix green eyeshadow with petroleum jelly for a custom shade.
Make it last
A good base and a good finish make all the difference. For the best results, use makeup primer to fill in pores, lines and creases and help makeup or paint go on smoother.
On the eyes, start with a primer before you lay down your pigment, Kisel said.
“This ensures colors won’t crease, blend effortlessly and remain vibrant throughout the day,” she said, suggesting a soft, long-wear primer such as MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot to keep shadow in place.
To ensure your look stays put, set anything liquid- or cream-based with a translucent powder or, for more vibrancy, use eyeshadow.
Take it off
After a day of shamrocks and shenanigans, it’s important to safely and correctly remove the makeup just as carefully as you applied it.
“Removing your makeup at the end of the night is just as important if not more than the actual final look you want to achieve,” Kisel said.
The makeup artist suggested Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover to take away powder eyeshadow and other eye makeup without oily residue. For a handheld option, try Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes to erase any trace of eye and face makeup.
The Times-Tribune and the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) are recognizing the talent of local young artists.
In celebration of Art in Education Month, the 11th annual “Art for All Seasons” exhibit will display 75 pieces by area high school students in the Scranton Times Building lobby, 149 Penn Ave., throughout the entire month of March during regular business hours.
An opening reception as part of the First Friday Art Walk will be held at the Scranton Times Building on Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
This year’s exhibit features pieces selected by 23 teachers from 17 high schools within 16 districts in The Times-Tribune’s coverage area. The pieces represent a variety of mediums and all center around the themes or winter, spring, summer or fall.
A panel of judges from The Times-Tribune’s newsroom staff selected 12 of the pieces as winners. One winner will be featured each month as the “Student Artist of the Month” on the calendar page of The Sunday Times print edition, online at
TheTimes-Tribune.com and on a billboard.
Judges based their decisions on aspects like originality and mastery of the technique and medium. They chose three pieces to represent each season.
“It’s hard to narrow it down to twelve because there’s always more than (that) that are good enough, and art is all subjective,” said Kevin O’Neill, Times-Tribune staff artist and organizer of the exhibit.
O’Neill said participating in this juried competition and having work displayed and published can benefit art students and act as a resume builder.
“It gives them a public venue to display their work if they’re considering continuing their art education in college or entering a profession,” O’Neill said.
Dr. Catherine Richmond-Cullen, regional director of the Arts in Education program at the NEIU, said the NEIU values their relationship with the newspaper, especially via a project that gives young people the opportunity to have work published before graduating high school.
“I think it’s very important that we cultivate the talent and abilities of young people, especially in the arts,” Richmond-Cullen said. “This program is an exceptional opportunity for us to do so as a partnership team.”
She also said the arts are a vital part of education because they “engage the whole brain.”
“Learning through the arts enhances students’ cognitive abilities. Additionally, I feel the arts encourage creativity and imagination,” she said.
Since the exhibit typically draws in a large crowd each year, O’Neill said it allows The Times-Tribune to engage with the greater Scranton community.
“It’s showing them the local talent that we have around here. It’s exposing the public to the visual arts,” he said. “It’s a chance for us to display these students’ work in the paper, and that makes a strong connection with the students and their families.”
– By Brooke Williams
Dour — as classified in the dictionary — is an adjective that refers to something that is relentlessly severe, stern or gloomy in manner or appearance.
Chadd Jenkins of Scranton thinks that word suits his metal and punk band perfectly.
“It’s a very fitting name for the band and its lyrical and musical content,” Jenkins said.
The five-piece punk outfit includes Jenkins on guitar and vocals; vocalist Bobby Keller; Billy Breen on guitar, bassist Cory Casey and drummer Chris Baranowski. Guitarist Jenkins recently went On the Record to discuss the band’s first performance together and how the Northeast Pennsylvania music scene influenced its sound over the years.
Q: How did you all meet?
A: We all met through the punk scene in Scranton years ago. The bands we have played in were Alfhole, Dead Radical, Bob and the Sagets and Cell 13, to name a few.
Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We have been in bands for a while.
Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The first time we ever played out as DOUR was the day we released our self-titled demo. We played two shows in one day. First in Wilkes-Barre at Curry Donuts and the other was at the Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton. No one heard us until these two shows. The reaction was very positive.
Q: What is your songwriting process?
A: One of the guitar players bring a riff to practice, and we build off of it. So, the input from each member is there. It’s definitely a group effort.
Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: We would have to say we haven’t changed that much, but we definitely excelled with our capabilities as musicians.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Between shows and recording, and even just practice, it’s an adventure with us. It’s hard to say memories because we don’t really look back, we just keep moving forward.
Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: The music scene has changed quite a bit over the past years. There (aren’t) too many bands who are unique anymore. A lot of it sounds the same. But at the same time, there are really good bands in this area. Everyone just has to look harder.
Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: We all listen to different things and some of the same; a lot of metal, punk, hardcore, grindcore — stuff like that.
Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: No challenges. If we keep working as hard as we do, we’ll get to where we want to be.
Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: We are going into the studio sometime in the spring to record a seven- inch, and then going on a small weekend tour in April with local shows scattered in the spring and summer.
Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about the group?
A: Support local underground music.
Broadway’s singular sensation “A Chorus Line” swings into Scranton this weekend.
Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Theater fans will have four opportunities to see the show: Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center box office.
The musical focuses on 17 dancers auditioning for a role in a chorus line. As the show progresses, the characters share their personal stories and struggles through song and dance, shedding light on the “glamour and grind” of show business.
Audiences can expect to hear classics like “One,” “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love” and more.
Frank Blasi, BTL’s executive director, said the production will feature the same choreography, music and costumes as the original “A Chorus Line” production that premiered in the 1970s.
Until “Chicago” beat it out, “A Chorus Line” held the record for the longest-running American musical, Blasi said.
“At the time, it really changed the face of Broadway,” Blasi said.
Additionally, Baayork Lee, who starred as Connie Wong in original productions of “A Chorus Line,” serves as the tour’s director and choreographer.
Ryan Koerber, who plays Bobby in the musical, said the characters take after real Broadway actors. He said his role is based on the life of Thommie Walsh, who played Bobby in the original productions after inspiring the character.
“It’s truly the full show you would see on a Broadway stage in New York,” Koerber promised.
Koerber also noted that audiences can expect to hear funny monologues from Bobby in addition to seeing his character’s passion and perseverance, which he hopes people will find relatable.
“I hope people are reminded of things that happened in their life through adolescence and adulthood, and that they leave the show with something resonating inside of them,” Koerber said.
Blasi said each year, BTL brings in a combination of both new and classic touring shows, and that “A Chorus Line” last visited Scranton about seven or eight years ago.
“The new tour had a lot of excitement and buzz in the Broadway community,” Blasi said.
If you go
What: Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents “A Chorus Line”
When: Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets are $37 to $69 plus fees, available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center’s box office.
— Brooke Williams
A freezing spell falls over Clarks Summit Festival of Ice as it kicks off its 14th year with a magical theme.
In the festival’s 14th year, visitors of “The Wizarding World of Ice” can participate in a variety of “Harry Potter”-themed activities. They also can enjoy more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and more.
The festival begins on Friday, Feb. 16, and closes on Monday, Feb. 19. Admission and parking for the festival are free all weekend.
Attendees can fly into the world of The Boy Who Lived and visit Gringott’s Bank, go shopping in Diagon Alley or get sorted into a Hogwarts house.
The festival will also offer a “golden snitch” scavenger hunt and a hashtag contest throughout the weekend.
Laura Ancherani, executive director of the Abington Business & Professional Association, said this year’s festival is based off the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park in Universal Studios in Florida and California.
“I was so mesmerized by the Diagon Alley that they created in Universal. It was so magical and it stayed with me,” she said of the Sunshine State’s park. “I wanted to bring that feeling here, and it’s great for people who can’t go to Universal, so that’s exciting.”
Ancherani said more than 20 businesses are participating, and stores will be named after shops in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade from J.K. Rowling’s stories and films for the weekend. Additionally, art students from Abington Heights School District are painting windows throughout the town.
Ancherani said the festival shows those who attend what the town has to offer.
“I’ve heard over the years a lot of retailers say they look forward to it every year, not only because it helps their sales in a time where it’s relatively quiet, but because it makes people aware that they’re there and they make it a point to come back throughout the year,” she said.
Over the years, the festival has drawn in 25,000 to 40,000 people for the whole weekend, but if the weather holds up, Ancherani said they could have “record-breaking attendance” this year.
Visit Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook for the festival’s map and list of sculptures. More information also is available on theabingtons.org.
Live ice-carving demonstrations occur in various locations throughout the festival. For updated schedule, visit Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook.
Friday, Feb. 16
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, 1311 Morgan Highway, South Abington Twp.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail
11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances, 312 S. State St.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill, 114 S. State St.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
1 to 3 p.m.: Live music by Jacob Cole and Mark Woodyatt Citizens Savings Bank, 538 S. State St.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
3 to 7 p.m.: “Half-Blood Prince Blood Drive,” Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St.
5 to 6 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Revolution Trio, La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd.
5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Brenda Fernandes and trunk show with Lisi Lerch, Golden Coast, 535 S. State St.
5 to 7 p.m.: Complimentary trolley tour of the festival with stops at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St.; Abington Community Library; Depot Street; and First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St.
5 to 7:30 p.m.: “Care of Magical Creatures,” Abington Community Library
5 to 9 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent, 317 Davis St.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: “Hogwarts 101,” Abington Community Library
6 to 7:30 p.m.: Art show and photography exhibit, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
6 to 8:30 p.m.: Family fun fair with storytelling, face painting, juggling, DJ and more, The Gathering Place, 304 S State St.
7:30 p.m.: Festival of Ice parade through downtown Clarks Summit, along South State Street
Saturday, Feb. 17
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter movie screenings, local fan art, magical puzzles, take-home crafts for kids, Abington Community Library
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Live music by Wayne Smith, People’s Security Bank & Trust, 1100 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank
11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration, People’s Security Bank & Trust
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich & Steve Kurilla, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Potions class, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.: Sorting hat, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Art show featuring parishioners and local artists, photography exhibit by Northeast Photography Club, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Diagon Alley, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Defense Against the Dark Arts crafts and Dementor selfie station, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill
Noon to 1 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
Noon to 5 p.m.: Horse and carriage rides, The Gathering Place
Noon to 6 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent
1 to 3 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration and live music by Bill Carter and Presby-Bop
1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.: Silk scarves divination, The Gathering Place
2 p.m.: Damian the Magician, The Gathering Place
2 to 3 p.m.: Magic show with Eddy Ray, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich, Clel’s Place, 120 Barrett St.
2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Lights Out, Weis Market
3 to 5 p.m.: Live music by Tom Rogo, NOTE Fragrances
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
Sunday, Feb. 18
9 a.m. to noon: Art show featuring parishioners and local artists, photography exhibit by Northeast Photography Club, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Live music by Brass Reflections, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Bird education station at “Eeylops Owl Emporium” in Diagon Alley, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Sorting Hat, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Diagon Alley, Harry Potter trivia, Defense Against the Dark Arts crafts, dementor selfie station and magical science demonstrations throughout the day, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill
Noon to 5 p.m.: Horse and carriage rides, The Gathering Place
Noon to 5 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Raptors Rule: Live Birds of Prey Show, The Gathering Place
1 to 3 p.m.: Live music by Dixieland Allstarsat, Gerrity’s Market
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live music by Joe Cole & Ken McGrawat, Abington Community Library
— Brooke Williams
The Wailin’ Jennys began as a one-night-only show in a Winnipeg guitar store. Sixteen years later, they continue to tour as a prominent folk group, releasing albums and performing all over the world.
The international folk trio, made up of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse, brings its national tour to Misericordia University on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in support of its first new album in six years.
Founding member Moody explained that because they tour constantly, the concept of releasing an album was out of reach for quiet some time.
“We’ve sort of been trying to record an album for a long time,” Moody said. “Our touring schedule has been pretty intense for the last few years… It’s been an interesting challenge to juggle everything, both our professional lives and our family lives. It just became difficult to actually schedule recording.”
When they took time off of touring for Moody’s pregnancy, they decided to seize the opportunity to write an album. With only about five days to record, the trio decided an album of covers fit the bill. Thus, “Fifteen” was born.
“It seemed like a fun and more lighthearted way to celebrate our anniversary, just because it’s different to arrange someone else’s song. There’s something a little less serious about arranging covers,” she said. “You can get kind of bogged down when it’s all original materials. We just thought let’s keep this fun.”
This new album features covers of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Paul Simon’s classic, “Love Me Like A Rock” and Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” among others. Attendees at the upcoming Dallas show can expect to hear many songs from this new album, combined with a slew of the Wailin’ Jennys originals, Moody said.
“The three-part harmony is the signature aspect of what we do,” Moody said. “It’s a hard thing to put words to, but I think there’s just something complete about three voices together — and especially three women. That’s what I hear anyway… it’s a transcendent kind of sound for people. We sure feel it when we’re singing together, we feel those vibrations. We’re especially lucky because our voices sit well together and blend really nicely. There’s a natural blend that makes it so that it really feels good to sing together.”
This signature three-part harmony stands out among other folk bands, but each vocalist also brings a diverse musical background to the trio that adds something more to their sound.
Moody, who plays guitar, accordion, banjo and bodhrán, is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who started her career singing and writing Celtic music, while Mehta is a classically trained dancer who was raised on ’70s radio hits and found herself heavily influenced by alternative pop. Mehta also plays guitar, harmonica, drums and ukulele. Then there’s Masse, who learned how to play upright bass while practicing with the Jennys, and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music after studying jazz vocals.
Prior to Masse joining the group in 2007, the Wailin’ Jennys were primarily seen as an acoustic outfit. But, since creating the current lineup of the trio, the women have truly “found their home” together, Moody said.
“We’ve all pushed ourselves and pushed each other musically,” she added. “When Heather joined the band, she didn’t really play an instrument, but always wanted to play bass. We encouraged her to play. Two months later she was playing bass on stage. Nicky was inspired by that and decided to learn drums. So for that first show with Heather, all of a sudden we had a rhythm section. I learned how to play banjo around the same time… We’re always trying to stretch ourselves as writers and as singers.”
Individually, the ladies forged their way into the music industry, but together, the trio continues to cross new boundaries to create a unique flavor of music for people to enjoy for years to come.
If you go
What: Wailin’ Jennys folk trio
Where: Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas
When: Monday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m.
Details: Tickets cost $30 for premium seating and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the university box office at 570-674-6719 or visit misericordia.edu.
— charlotte l. jacobson
Jared Eichelberger grew up in the Monster Jam family.
Eichelberger’s father, Tom Meents, reigns as the most successful driver in Monster Jam World Finals history and runs Monster Jam University, a training institution for potential drivers. So it was no surprise when he ditched his degree in agriculture and turned to monster trucks nearly three years ago.
Eichelberger and Monster Jam cruises into Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. from Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 11. Tickets start at $15 and are available at ticketmaster.com, the arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000.
Prior to becoming a driver for Max-D, Eichelberger worked as a crew member, mechanic and crew chief for both his father and his younger brother, Colton, who started driving a year before he did. When the 29-year-old finally got the opportunity to test, he jumped on the chance.
Now, the three all drive for the Max-D team and assist one another throughout each show.
“Our dad is our biggest teacher,” Eichelberger said. “I idolize him and try to drive like him. He’s given us a lot of tips and helpful instruction, from interviewing to driving to just associating with fans and to helping out everyone at the show. It’s a big team project. We all have to work together to accommodate to make it work and give a good performance. Working with them is pretty neat… When the weekend is over we’ll have Monday dinner together to talk about the weekend and talk about how we can improve.”
Max-D, formerly known as Maximum Destruction, can easily be spotted on the track with its orange and silver paint and spikes protruding from the truck’s body. According to Eichelberger, Max-D really shines during the Two-Wheel Skill Competition, as performing tricks and balancing acts such as nose wheelies.
Super fans better not miss the two pit parties prior to the matinee shows on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. These parties give fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Monster Jam trucks and drivers.
Even though Eichelberger barely hit three years as a driver, he has driven in more than 100 shows. The driver has become very comfortable in the trucks and arenas, he said, but there is always more to learn from his father and other veteran drivers.
“Just having a great coach at home has really been beneficial,” Eichelberger said. “We have Monster Jam University in my hometown; my dad trains drivers and I work there when I’m not on the road.”
Although Eichelberger admitted that staying at the top of the game is a major challenge he faces, the constant pressure to live up to his father’s legacy brings the most pressure.
“There’s a lot of pressure to compete and to be as good as him, to represent him and to represent the brand Max-D,” he said. “I take that pressure and I use it for my advantage out on the track. ”
If you go
What: Monster Jam
When: Friday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m.
Where: 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets start at $15 and are available at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. There is a $10 fee to park in the arena’s lot. Tickets for pit parties are $10, and can only be purchased by those with show tickets.
— Charlotte l. Jacobson
John Kascht started his art career at the age of 14 in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
This weekend, 30 years of his work comes together in an exhibit in his adopted home of Northeast Pennsylvania.
The caricature artist presents retrospective exhibit “Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht,” which opens Friday, Feb. 2, at Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St. Kascht will be in the gift shop from 5 to 8 p.m. to meet patrons and sign posters on the opening day.
As a young teenager, Kascht drew political cartoons for a newspaper in Waukesha. Eventually, he realized he preferred portraits over politics and pursued a different path.
“I realized at some point that I wasn’t interested in politics or being a political commentator, but people and drawing portraits,” Kascht said. “In spite of early beginnings as a political cartoonist, I split from that and went in the direction of portraits and caricatures.”
After years of working in illustrator and designer positions at different newspapers across the country, Kascht became a freelance artist and created caricatures for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and more.
Throughout his career, Kascht has created caricatures of numerous politicians and celebrities, many of which will be on display at the Everhart.
Photo by A. Greg Raymond
“People can expect to see an overload of wrinkles, jowls, foreheads, slouches and posture. People can expect a fun show,” Kascht said. “One of the things I’m pleased about is that it’s enjoyable. Anybody, even people who don’t like art, can go and have a good time.”
Opening day of the exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibit remains on display until Monday, May 7. According to Kascht, “Making Faces” will not just feature “funny pictures,” but explanations of the “work and sincere thinking” that went into the process of creating them.
“I think caricatures are often seen as a negative art form that makes fun of people, but that’s not how I approach it. It’s seeing what makes a person unique and bringing out those characteristics. Hopefully it’s a show that celebrates us and celebrates humanity.”
Kascht said he never decided to be a caricaturist; it’s just always been with him. As a child, he used to follow his parents and friends around, mimicking the way they walked and talked. His interests in impersonation and drawing merged, he said.
“I had an instinct to impersonate people,” he said. “Caricatures are a visual form of impersonation, and my interest grew out of that instinct to mimic or impersonate the people around me.”
Additionally, watching his father, a forensic scientist, perform autopsies had an influence on his art and taught him about human anatomy and physiology while he was growing up. While it isn’t obvious at first glance, natural science and caricatures can overlap, he said.
“People think of it as cartooning, but there’s really a kind of scientific mindset,” he said. “You look at a face or body and what makes it unique. Like a scientist, you think ‘what’s going on here?’”
Kascht will be part of upcoming events at the museum. He will conduct tours of his exhibition at the Everhart on Thursday, March 22. This event costs $25 per person and includes light refreshments at 6 p.m. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. On Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., Kascht will be one of the presenters in a new, free monthly series at the Everhart, “Tête-à-Tête: An Everhart Conversation.”
When the exhibit closes in Scranton, “Making Faces” will travel to Kascht’s hometown of Waukesha and then move its way out west. While he’s been involved with group exhibitions, this is his first solo and traveling exhibition.
“I’m really excited about this exhibition,” he said. “I love the Everhart Museum and I think it’s gonna be great. I’m pleased to open to the hometown crowd and be starting it here.”
If You Go
What: The Everhart Museum presents the exhibition “Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht”
Where: The Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St.
When: Friday, Feb. 2 through May 7
Details: Kascht will meet patrons and sign posters on opening day from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit everhart-museum.org.
— Brooke Williams
Nobody puts “Dirty Dancing” in the corner.
Thirty years after the film hit theaters for the first time, the story continues to draw new viewership across all generations. Now, those same viewers can see their favorite scenes live on stage.
The staged production of the classic film, “Dirty Dancing” twirls into the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Wilkes-Barre for two performances, Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Leading a company of 24 is Aaron Patrick Craven as Johnny Castle and Kaleigh Courts as Frances “Baby” Houseman. As in the celebrated film, written by Eleanor Bergstein, the story follows the young love between Johnny and Baby during a summer at a Catskills resort in 1963. When Baby stumbles upon the staff quarters, rowdy with an all-night dance party in full swing, she becomes enamored with the raunchy dance moves and pounding rhythms. Her life is forever changed as she is thrown in the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on- and off-stage.
The film version experienced waves of popularity over the years, beginning with the original film’s release in 1987, starring Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze. As of 2009, the film earned over $214 million worldwide, and became the first film to sell more than a million copies on home video.
For the live production, Bergstein wrote 20 additional scenes, which includes musical numbers to classic hits like “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me” and, of course, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” A total of 36 musical numbers are performed throughout the show by a live band, and nine styles of ballroom dance are featured, along with the “dirty dancing” styles famous in the film.
“The film has been transformed for stage with more scenes, more music and more dancing,” Craven said. “All the famous characters and classic lines are represented. … The extra scenes delve into a richer, more complex story and a deeper understanding of the characters and their relationships.”
The added scenes lend to the audience learning more about the time period in which the show takes place, Craven added, primarily the changes in social climate. Fans also can feel more connected to their favorite characters, especially Johnny and Baby, who have additional scenes written specifically to explore the pair’s relationship and personalities.
This theme, along with the music, coming-of-age aspects and tale of love resonate strongly with both Craven and most audiences, which has secured the story’s place in pop culture over the past three decades.
“Even if you know the movie by heart, nothing can compare to seeing this unfold live on stage,” Craven said.
If you go
What: “Dirty Dancing” live
Where: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
When: Wednesday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 1; 7:30 p.m.
Details: Tickets start at $45, and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, by calling 570-826-1100 or at kirbycenter.org.
In her teens, Brianna Collins sang along to Dashboard Confessional’s impassioned lyrics and felt moved by the band’s stirring melodies.
This weekend, Collins, along with fellow Tigers Jaw band member Ben Walsh, will share a stage with Dashboard Confessional during the inaugural ALT 92.1 Snow Show.
The show takes place Sunday, Jan. 28, at 6:15 p.m. at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets to the Times-Shamrock Communications radio station’s concert are $20 to $35 general admission or $92.10 for VIP and Meet and Greet. Tickets can be purchased at kirbycenter.org.
In addition to Dashboard Confessional and Scranton-borne Tigers Jaw, acts on the show also include indie pop band AJR and one-man project SYML.
Dashboard Confessional’s music became synonymous with young love and heartbreak in the 2000s, thanks to its songs — including “Hands Down” and “Vindicated” — appearing on teen TV dramas and movie soundtracks of the time. Walsh became friends with Dashboard’s Chris Carrabba some years ago, Collins said, but this is Tiger Jaw’s first time performing on the same bill as the band.
“It’s just very cool to play with a band you grew up listening to that still makes great music,” Collins said during a recent phone interview from her home in Kingston. “To do it in Wilkes-Barre and have that be a hometown show, that makes it even better.”
Though Tigers Jaw is based out of the region, the band tours throughout the country and parts of the world. Aside from the annual NEPA Holiday Show with fellow natives the Menzingers, Collins said she and Walsh don’t get the chance to play to their hometown crowd often.
“I’m just excited to play the Kirby Center,” she said. “It’s nice to play at a venue that’s literally across the bridge from where I live.”
Tigers Jaw released their fifth studio album “Spin” last spring, which Collins said, after lineup changes, is the first that only included she and Walsh. They’re eager to play songs from their new album, she said, but the band also doesn’t want to disappoint those who enjoy their earlier music. Fans can expect a good mix of both old and new at the Kirby Center stop.
“We’re overall just ecstatic to have new music out and play shows and play the news songs,” Collins said, adding “Spin” also marks the first album she wrote for. “That’s always fun and special to get to do.”
After their hometown gig, Tigers Jaw will get ready to embark on a European tour. When not touring, Collins said she and Walsh (who lives in Philadelphia) are typically working on things to promote the band, which doesn’t allow for much downtime.
Their hard work pays off, however, as fans all over the world who enjoy the band’s melodic indie punk. Collins also recalled her brother, a local high school teacher, told her he notices his students wearing Tigers Jaw merchandise, which makes her happy.
“This is or full time job,” she said. “We’re living our dreams.”
If you go
What: ALT 92.1 Snow Show featuring Dashboard Confessional, Tigers Jaw, AJR and SYML
When: Sunday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m. doors open, 6:15 p.m. show starts
Where: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Details: Tickets are $20 to $35 general admission or $92.10 for VIP and Meet and Greet. Tickets can be purchased at kirbycenter.org.