Light Weight plays Mert’s in Scranton on Friday, Feb. 26.
Thursday, February 25
Blu Wasabi, Clarks Summit — Mark Woodyatt
The Bog, Scranton — Panked! Dance Party
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — Halfway to Hell (AC/DC tribute)
Formosa, Clarks Summit — Ron Leas and Kenny McGraw
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Kevin Champion
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Open Jam w/Jerry Trapper
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Music for Models Trio
Sambuca Grill, Scranton — Paul Ardito
Friday, February 26
Arlo’s Tavern, Union Dale — Heads Up Duo
Augustine’s Club 17, Old Forge — Millenium
Blu Wasabi, Clarks Summit — Fuzzy Park Band
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Tompkin Street duo
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — Jeanne Zano Band
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — Q-Ball
Kenny’s Pub, Archbald — Open Mic Night
The Keys: Beer and Spirits, Scranton — The Charming Beards, Skip Monday, Pity Party, The Clamstompers
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, Dalton — Nowhere Slow
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Destination West duo
Mendicino’s Pizza, Covington Twp. — Jim Carro Duo
Mert’s Piano Bar, Scranton — Light Weight
New Penny, Scranton — Speaker Jam
Olde Brook Inn, Moscow — Sugar Ray
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Soul Shakers
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
The RavenHaus Tavern, Lake Ariel — Jigsaw Johnny
Ridge Restaurant at The Hotel Belvidere, Hawley — Lennie James
River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp. — Consider the Source
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Sambuca Grill, Scranton — Paul Ardito
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 25, Scranton — Marilyn Kennedy
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Russted Rose
Saturday, February 27
Arlo’s Tavern, Union Dale — Front Porch Rockers
Augustine’s Club 17, Old Forge — Facing the Giants
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — Fake Uncle Jack
Blu Wasabi, Clarks Summit — Marty Edwards and the Heartbeats
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — Flaxy Morgan
Capra Collina Winery, Honesdale — Ian James
Cooper’s on the Waterfront, Pittston — Lewis Lake duo
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — RJ Scouton
Evolution Nightclub at The Woodlands, Plains Twp. — Dance Party
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit — Take 3
Mecca’s Place, Dunmore — Backwoods Rockin’ Country
Mendicino’s Pizza, Covington Twp. — Dan Reynolds Duo
Mert’s Piano Bar, Scranton — Nowhere Slow
New Penny, Scranton — Rooted Impact
Olde Brook Inn, Moscow — Dodge City Duo, Paul Martin
Poor Richard’s Pub, Scranton — DJ Honey Do
The RavenHaus Tavern, Lake Ariel — Tom Osbourne (The Fallen)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Sambuca Grill, Scranton — Paul Ardito
Skytop Lodge, Skytop — Doug Smith Orchestra
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 7069, Clarks Summit — Marilyn Kennedy
Wellington’s Pub & Eatery, Clarks Summit — Dishonest Fiddlers
Sunday, February 28
Arlo’s Tavern, Union Dale — Matt Bennick and The Blues Mine
Bazil, Clarks Summit — John Oclese and Geri Featherby jazz duo
Olde Brook Inn, Moscow — East Coast Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Rick Manwiller Memorial Benefit
Monday, February 29
Duffy’s Coffee House, Clarks Summit — Open Jam Session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Erin McClelland
Sabatini’s Bottleshop & Bar, Exeter — Coal Town Rounders
Tuesday, March 1
Blu Wasabi, Clarks Summit — Toby and Franky
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Erin McClelland
Wednesday, March 2
Bottlenecks Saloon & Eatery, Wilkes-Barre — Jam with Abstract Peoples and DJ Hersh
Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton — Jack Bordo and Jim Cullen
Executive Lounge at The Woodlands, Plains Twp. — Marty Edwards and Heartbeat
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, Plains Twp. — Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, Scranton — Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Erin McClelland
Stir Nightclub & Bar, Wilkes-Barre — Karaoke with Tony Piazza
Thursday, March 3
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. — Green River (Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute)
Formosa, Clarks Summit — Ron Leas and Kenny McGraw
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Plains Township — Music for Models Trio
Sambuca Grill, Scranton — Paul Ardito
Our Fab 5
5 great things to do this week
Splashin’ with Compassion
Are you anxious to kick off winter after the unseasonable warm weather? The third annual Splashin’ with Compassion gives you the chance to jump right into the cold climate. Scranton’s only polar plunge event is on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton. The actual plunge kicks off at 11 a.m.
Admission is $35 and free for spectators. The event is sponsored by Friends of Shannon McDonough, a local non-profit who profit emotional and financial support to 16-25 year old individuals battling cancer in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.
Those taking the plunge have a chance to win prizes tagged to underwater rings. There will also be a DJ, a gift basket raffle, sleigh of cheer, ski-up bar, a kids table and health-related vendors. Costumes are encouraged by not required.
For more information, visit friendsofshannonmcdonough.com. — cl
New Winter Beerfest
What’s better than having a beer with friends? How about trying over 75 craft stouts and ales on tap? You can do that at the inaugural Pocono Winter Beerfest on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg.
You can find a new beer to enjoy at your Super Bowl party next weekend, or simply spend the afternoon listening to live music and eating food while you sample a variety of beer and styles. Tickets are $35 and include a souvenir tasting glass. Limited VIP tickets are available for $50 which include early admission to the event at noon for a private tasting of specialty beer. Designed driver tickets are $10 and will receive complimentary soft drinks, coffee and bottled water.
For more information and a complete list of featured breweries, visit shermantheater.com. — cl
Women & One Acts
Turning to the attention to women on and off stage, the Diva Theater is hosting “Women and One Acts” at The Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. Shows are Thursday, Jan. 28, to Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. “Women and One Acts” consist of an all-women cast in a program of original one-act plays by local writers that were directed by women.
Playwrights include Marnie Azzarelli, Christopher Conforti and E.J. Leeson, Meredith Miner-Reese, Sarah Jayne Regan, Art Walsh, and William Zeranski. Directors include Liz Stanton, Debbie Buck, Meredith Miner-Reese, April Holgate, Marnie Azzarelli and Kelly Ann Walsh.
Diva Theater is a non-profit theater company of Showbiz Kidz, Duryea Dinner Theater and the resident company of The Olde Brick Theatre. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended and can be done by calling 570-209-7766 or by visiting the facebook event page. — cl
Babble is back to deliver emotion through stories, songs, art and any form of expression. On Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 p.m., Babble II will be at The Lamp Post, 47 N Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, on the third floor. The event is free.
Babble is part of The Lamp Post, which is a series of music, dance and visual art events created by Bianca Roman. Originally designed to be a showcase for writers, poets, readers or anyone who had something to express, Babble has evolved to include feature a variety of artistic expression that include not saying a word by adding art pieces to the event. Babble II will feature spoken word, a gallery exhibit of artwork, a dance performance and musical acts.
For more information and a list of featured performers, visit the Facebook page. — cl
Grateful Dead Resurrected
Multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller brought together a cast of musicians to present their tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead with as much “deadication” as he could find. Dead On Live returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, for the fourth time presenting their Grateful Dead sing-along show on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Audience participation is at the heart of the concert and the setlist will capture this to keep the sing-along strong with fan favorites like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Box of Rain” and more. In staying true to the spirit of the Grateful Dead, every Dead On Live show also features a whole lot of jamming and improvisation.
Dead On Live recently presented Terrapin Station as released in 1977, note for note in its entirety, featuring the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at mcohjt.com. — cl
Our Fab 5
5 great things to do this week
Peculiar Concert Series
The Tony Halchak Band will play next in the Peculiar Concert Series on Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m., at the Peculiar Culinary Company, 30 Center St., Hughestown. Spend the evening listening to The band’s blend of folk, rock, blues and Americana while enjoying a three course dinner. The event will be filmed for a special DVD release.
A Wilkes-Barre native, Halchak released his latest album, Even Giants Despair, in August 2015. Halchak has composed and written for film and television and has shared the stage with artists like Colorado folk musician Gregory Alan Isakov, New England’s Caravan of Thieves and River James out of Nashville. Several tracks he wrote and co-wrote currently spin on radio stations in the Northeast.
The event is BYOB. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved by calling or texting 570-947-2548. For menu information, visit peculiarculinary.com. — cl
Northeastern Philharmonic Chamber Series
Hear Philharmonic musicians up close and personal and broaden your knowledge of composers as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic begins their first Chamber Concert Series of the New Year at the WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston on Jan. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Warm yourself up on a cold winter night by listening to the music of Bach and Crumb performed by principal cellist Alberto Parrini. Audience members are also invited to attend a reception immediately following the performance where they can meet and converse with Parrini.
Born in Italy, Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010. He also performs with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. A founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet, he has given performances of the compete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at nepaphil.org/chamber. — cl
A cat painting by Pittston artist Heidi Van Leuven
Fire and Ice
A night of art, mingling, food and drink is what the Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station offers at their second annual Fire and Ice Fundraiser at The Colonnade, 401 Jefferson Ave., Scranton on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station, a nonprofit organization that offers a diverse set of natural areas, facilities and outreach programs for children grades K-12. The event is open to the public, but is a 21 and older event. There will be hors d’oeuvres provided and a cash bar will be available. Attire from casual to formal is welcomed.
An exhibit titled “Immersion” by Heidi Van Leuven (artwork shown) will be featured at the event. Van Leuven is an NEPA based artist and recent Lacawac artist-in-residence.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door and can be purchased at fire-ice-2016.brownpapertickets.com. — cl
Decompress from Holiday Stress
Still haven’t calmed down from the chaos of the holiday season? Symmetry Studio, 3350 N Main Ave., Scranton, invites you to relax and unwind at their Decompress from the Holiday Stress event on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The event includes a one hour restorative yoga class, 10 minute chair massage and a 15 minute Reiki session. Time slots for massage and Reiki will be available before and after the restorative class along with snacks and a Young Living Oils informational session. After purchasing your ticket, an email will be sent to you to choose a time slow for your massage and Reiki.
Registration is required to attend. The entire event is $30 and the restorative class only is $15. Tickets can be purchased at symmetrystudionepa.com. — cl
Holistic Health Fair
Don’t quit on your New Year’s resolutions to be healthy so soon! Everything Natural, 426 S State St., Clarks Summit, is hosting its annual Holistic Health Fair on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can meet local practitioners of alternative and holistic therapies and traditional treatments. Information about acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and digital thermally imagining will be available. The event will give you the pros and cons about the newest trends in health and wellness. The Visiting Nurses Association will can check your blood pressure before you head to have a chiropractic assessment from Pro-Active Chiropractic.
If you’re looking to relax, look no further than receiving a massage from Utopia Spa and Wellness and from reflexologists Kim from Footprints and Maureen Watkins. Restore your body in a yoga class led by Everything Natural instructors Eileen Harte and Barbara Cohen.
Enjoy a healthy lunch sampling and learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals at home.
For more information, visit everythingnaturalpa.com. — cl
Our Fab 5
5 great things to do this week
The Appalachian Gypsy Tribe is traveling back to the 570 to perform at The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. Opening acts include Serene Green and Ol’ Cabbage. The cover change for the night of psychedelic rock is $5.
The Appalachian Gypsy Tribe members began playing in 2012 and since have performed at festivals that include Woodstock Reunion, Cosmic Jam and Goodtimes Getdown. They’ve shared the stage with acts such as The Golden Gate Wingmen, Splintered Sunlight and Flux Capacitor. They’ve recently released a self-titled debut album that can be purchased on cdbaby.com.
Serene Green is a folk and bluegrass band whose song selection includes traditional songs and well as original and Ol’Cabbage’s original tunes deliver a combination of rock and jazz.
For more information visit their Facebook event page. — cl
Free Admission Day
To celebrate te National Park Service turning 100 in 2016, there will be 16 days this year that all National Park Service sites will offer free admission and the Steamtown National Historic Site, 350 Cliff St., Scranton is partaking.
The first day with no admission fee with be on Monday, Jan. 18. Other dates include National Park Week on April 16 to 24, National Park Service Birthday Weekend on Aug. 25 to 28, National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24 and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
The Steamtown National Historic Site is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the entrance-fee-free days will include guided walking tours at the site.
There are 409 National Parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days offer and opportunity to discover a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.
For more information, visit nps.gov. — cl
’90s Throwback Party
If you haven’t gotten into the spirit of the new year yet and are feeling nostalgic for a decade when your biggest responsibility was making sure your Tamagotchi was alive, then head over to the Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton on Saturday, Jan. 16, for the ’90s Throwback Dance Party at 9 p.m.
The retro dance party is hosted by Hectic Management and Promotions and Scranton native DJ Quoth. Spiff up your Macarena muscles and prepare to bust a move to fly hits from the ’90s that range from alternative to hip-hop and everything in between.
Quoth is also an electronic musician who was nominated for the Steamtown Music Award Electronic Musical Act of 2015. His debut album, The Alter Egos, was released in 2012 and his craft of electronic music grew to help deliver dance parties in the 570.
For more information, visit their Facebook event page. — cl
Winter in the City
Continue celebrating this season while supporting a charitable cause at the first Winter in the City cocktail party on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at POSH, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton.
Tickets are $20 at the door and include food, entertainment, beer, wine and soda. A cash bar will also be available. If you’re feeling lucky you can enter a $5 chance to win a pallet of beer.
This year, there will be one ballroom dedicated to food from more than 40 local restaurants and another ballroom where attendees can enjoy live music from Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change Band.
Proceeds from the event benefit Scranton Tomorrow and their operational expenses as well as programs and projects that are offered free to the community. Scranton Tomorrow is committed to the economic, recreational, cultural and collective improvement of the Greater Scranton area.
For information on parking, call 570-963-5901 or visit Scranton Tomorrow online at scrantontomorrow.org. — cl
Looking to balance your life after the hectic holidays? The Wonderstone Gallery, 100 N Blakely St., Dunmore, is offering two events that might help.
Learn about the benefits of essential oils for you and your home at the Young Living Essential Oils Make and Take on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. The $12 class fee includes making your favorite scent into your own organic body cream.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. join the gallery for a Holistic Living Winter Gathering where you can find information for Reiki, cranial temple activations, intuitive/medium readings, angel card readings, tarot card readings, chakra scans, crystal healing and advisement and essential oils. This event is free to attend, but there are nominal fees for selected mini-sessions. There will be representatives from Rainbow Juice, Scranton Shillelagh Company and Dana Pallo and Associates counseling. Vanessa Leigh White Fernandes will also lead a talk on the book, The Four Agreements.
For more information, visit the Wonderstone Gallery, LLC Facebook page. — cl
On a crisp winter day when most people might head to the ski slopes, some will bundle up, grab a boat and hit the water for ShiverFest 2016. Saturday, Jan. 16, marks the second event from the Lackawanna River Corridor Association (LRCA) — paddlers will kayak and canoe three miles down the Lackawanna River at noon, followed by a Thaw Party at the Hilton Scranton and Conference center from 2 to 5 p.m.
As the 2016 season starts to show signs of winter, hitting the water seems like an odd idea. Bernie McGurl, executive director of the LRCA, said last year’s inaugural event during a frigid polar vortex weather pattern showed people in the 570 aren’t afraid to suit up and jump in.
“We learned that people will always be up for a surprise,” McGurl said. “We had nearly 50 people paddling in our event last year. We thought we’d announce it and maybe five or 10 people would come out for it, but we were pretty delighted that so many people came out to paddle! And two or three times the number of people, friends and family, came out to cheer them on. We had a couple hundred people along the river on a very, very cold January day last year.”
ShiverFest started as part of the LRCA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the Lackawanna River and help generate funds for cleanup and improvement projects. McGurl said cold-weather paddling was a unique idea to show the river’s year-round potential.
“It’s January and we thought almost everybody is hibernating in the winter,” McGurl said. “But the river is still flowing — there were big ice chunks last year, but it was passable — and we thought let’s let people know the Lackawanna River is out there and usable and accessible 12 months out of the year. It’s a river for all seasons. There are opportunities for fishing and boating and hiking and running and nature watching — it’s a way to enjoy our beautiful Lackawanna County right along the river any day of the week, any time.”
The winter event is a kickoff for a larger season of LRCA events, including the flagship RiverFest event that draws hundreds of paddlers.
“It’s our first event of the year; we’re just out of the starting gate with a whole series of activities big and small,” said McGurl. “This is something we make a big splash with, but it’s not as large as our summer paddle event RiverFest. That’s our big, signature event that brings almost 2000 people to the river. In the fall we have the Rock’n the River, and we’re looking at doing a 5k run, as an alternative to the Steamtown Marathon if people want to do a shorter run along the river. We also have a variety of smaller events planned throughout the year, like the Firkin Friday we’re doing at Cooper’s in April.”
Grabbing a kayak or canoe and hitting the river might be associated with much warmer weather, but with the proper equipment, McGurl said a chilly trip is within the realm of possibility for many people.
“Number one, there are people among us who like to live life to the fullest and participate in any variety of extreme sports,” McGurl said. “This has a bunch of risks to it, obviously, but it’s also relatively safe if you’ve got the right gear. We encourage everyone to wear a wetsuit or drysuit to stay warm.”
ShiverFest participants can check in or register at 11 a.m. at the launch point on Parker St. in Scranton. After the noon launch, the course will take paddlers about three miles to the new LRCA access point, Sweeney’s Beach, off Poplar St. in the Pine Brook neighborhood.
Supporters who don’t want to get wet are welcome to ShiverFest to cheer on the boaters and participate in their own on-shore fun, and of course attend the after-party.
“We’ll have a big bonfire to get everybody warmed up, and once we get everyone off the river and out of their wetsuits we’re inviting everyone to the Hilton downtown for a post-party with a DJ from 2 to 5 p.m.,” said McGurl. “We want to get people together to have fun and share our message about the Lackawanna River and the mission of our organization to involve our community with the river in mutually beneficial ways.”
Aside from the cold-weather gear, McGurl said the course is less challenging than the full 14-mile RiverFest event — the fairly short trip and after party are meant to bring a more festive vibe.
“It’s about getting warmed up and sharing some camaraderie and enjoying one another’s company afterward,” he said. “It’s a fun event, there’s no real heavy whitewater, it’s a relatively safe, Class 1 whitewater section. We’ll have a bunch of spotters. If there’s a need for first responders they’ll be there quickly.”
In contrast, RiverFest has several active companies of first responders to handle any mishaps through the more difficult course.
ShiverFest will occur in all but the worst of conditions — McGurl said as long as roads are passable, paddlers should expect to arrive and get in the water. While the weather might still be up for debate, McGurl said he doesn’t expect things to be as frigid as the first event.
“It doesn’t look like there are any polar vortexes coming down like we had last winter,” McGurl said. “It’s going to be a great time.”
Our Fab 5
5 great things to do this week
A unique Australian alternative rock band is set to invade Scranton this weekend. You can see Atlas Genius take part in The Fuzz 92.1 Private Artist Showcase at the Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theatre, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. The show is all ages. Sign up for free tickets at fuzz921.com. Tickets are first come, first served.
The band’s second album, Inanimate Objects, features the single “Molecules,” which was released on Aug. 28. Inanimate Objects is produced by Atlas Genius and Frederik Thaae. The album is the follow-up to the duo’s first full-length album, When It Was Now, which was praised by the Rolling Stone as a “spritely, melodic debut album.”
After signing with Warner Bros. Records, the band has been on two national tours opening for Imagine Dragons and Silversun Pickups, and has played at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Firefly. They’ve also performed on numerous television shows including, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Visit fuzz921.com for more information. — cl
A Look Back at Laramie
The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, N. Main St., closes its 93rd season with a production of The Laramie Project. Directed by Deirdre Lynch, the show runs Nov. 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 15 and 22 at 3 p.m.
The Laramie Project details the reaction of community members after the murder of gay student, Matthew Shepard. In October 1998, Shepard was kidnapped, beaten and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Five weeks later, Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project recorded more than 200 interviews with the people of the town over the course of a year. From these interviews, along with the company’s own journal entries and published news report, Moises Kaufman wrote The Laramie Project.
Tickets are $17 and can be purchased online at ltwb.org, ticketfly.com or be calling 570-823-1875. — cl
Let the good times roll this spring at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2015 Mardi Gras celebration – a family-friendly version of the “N’awlins”-inspired festival at Universal Studios Florida. On select nights Feb. 7 through April 18, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with delicious Cajun cuisine, an awe-inspiring parade and a live concert by one of today’s most popular musical acts.
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Put on your country boots and head out to listen to the famous baritone voice of Trace Adkins. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry performs at the Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Pennsylvania 315, Wilkes-Barre, at the Keystone Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.
Trace Adkins has sold more than 10 million albums, with hits that include “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House” and “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins).” All but one of his studio albums has earned gold or platinum certification in the United States.
The singer is also a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross and has performed seven USO tours. He was the winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and raised more than $1.5 million for the American Red Cross.
For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com. — cl
Kinda the King
Whether you listened to The Jackson 5 on repeat, fell in love to “Human Nature” or learned all the moves to “Thriller,” Who’s Bad celebrates the king of pop’s music through dance and song. Who’s Bad performs at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.
Who’s Bad is the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one to predate his passing. The band has performed for fans of all ages all over the world for the last 10 years. The band boasts having more than 100 years of collective professional experience. Each member has paid studious attention to Michael Jackson’s original groove. They’ve shared stages with Aretha Franklin, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops, Boys II Men and Pitbull. Michael Jackson’s friend and manager, Frank DiLeo, said after a Who’s Bad performance in Nashville, “the show was great … Michael would have been proud!”
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at shermantheater.com. — cl
If you’re looking for a place where heroes, villains, mysterious worlds and the time of yesteryear exist all at once — you’re in luck. The Scranton Comic Book Convention is coming back for another year.
The convention takes place at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is hosted by America’s Most Wanted Comics and Collectibles.
Special guests include: Jared Brown, Greg LaRocque, Jason Lenox, Aletha Martinez, Brian Middleton, Chris Ring, Gerry Stankiewicz and a special appearance by Michelangelo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Comics on the Green will accept books for submission to the Certified Guaranty Company.
Attendees can register at the door for a chance to win hourly prizes, with the grand door prize drawn at 4 p.m.
Admission is $5. Kids 5 and younger are free.
For more information, visit the convention’s Facebook page “Scranton Comic Book Convention.” — cl
Sounds of Joy
Award-winning singer-songwriter Ed Randazzo is releasing his new album, If You Don’t Bring Me Joy (Be On Your Way). The Peculiar Culinary Company, 30 Center St., Hughestown, hosts and caters the release party this Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
A family-style soul food dinner will be served to highlight the soulful blues music of the night as Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander will perform with 3 Imaginary Boys opening.
The album consists of 10 new recordings with six original songs written by Randazzo and Alexander. The remaining tracks include songs written by Alexander, Nina Simone and two traditional gospel readings.
The BYOB event is $30 and includes dinner, concert and a copy of Randazzo’s new album.
To place your name on the waiting list for reservations, call 570-947-2548.
Friday Evening Art
Downtown Scranton is a great place for art, music and shopping — especially on the first Friday of every month. First Friday Scranton is a nonprofit organization that hosts a free art walk at dozens of galleries and businesses in downtown Scranton from 6 to 9 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 6, a variety of art exhibits, entertainment, music, performances and showcases will take place throughout downtown. The cultural events are found in the city’s restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques and other local small businesses. Art exhibits include photography, sculptures and painting, while music ranges from jazz to choral played by bands and soloists alike. The year-round event offers a trolley to shuttle attendees to participating venues from 6:30 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
First Friday connects artists to prospective venues, art lovers seeking entertainment and venues looking to attract customers.
For a list of venues and events, visit firstfridayscranton.com.
Comedy fans are in for a laugh this weekend with a terrific trio. The Gallagher “Joke’s On You Tour,” featuring Gallagher, Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson, makes a stop at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m.
Gallagher, the famous watermelon smasher, was the No. 1 comedian in ticket sales and ratings for almost 15 years. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime and 3,500 live shows to capacity crowds.
Artie Fletcher has performed in film, television, commercials, voice-overs and live stand-up comedy. Fletcher has opened for Joan Rivers, Regis Philbin, Howie Mandell and Tony Bennett.
Known for his comedic characters and impersonations, Bob Nelson fills his show with spontaneity and zaniness. He has performed live thousands of times at hundreds of venues including the Las Vegas strip, Radio City Music Hall and on NYC’s Broadway.
Tickets start at $45 and are available at the Kirby Center Box Office, kirbycenter.org or by calling
Be a part of a live audience at WVIA’s Homegrown Music Concert on Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., at the Sordoni High Definition Theater, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston.
The concert features blues and rock musician John Ginty and local bluegrass band Coal Town Rounders. John Ginty is an organist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer. He has recorded and toured with artists such as Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Bad Religion and more. He also was an original founding member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
The Coal Town Rounders is a Scranton-based bluegrass quartet with a passion for combining Appalachian music and harmony singing while bringing them into the 21st century. They have opened for acts including The Lumineers, Emmy Lou Harris and more.
Seats are free but limited and can be reserved by calling 570-655-2808 or by visiting wvia.org.
Día de los Muertos is the holiday known as the Day of the Dead and is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. This weekend, Scranton will take part in the celebration. The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, is hosting its own Day of the Dead-themed night on Friday, Nov. 6. at 9 p.m.
Traditionally, the holiday honors departed loved ones as family and friends pray for and remember them. The Keys pays homage to the holiday with live music. The bands performing are The ClamStompers, Umbriel and Skip Monday (pictured). Music begins at 9:30 p.m.
There is a $3 cover change. Attendees must be 21 and older with ID.
For more information, visit the “Day of the Dead at The Keys” Facebook page.
Local Calendar Offers Local Support
For many, November is not the only month that razors are ignored. Tami Nasser and Jason Riedmiller are the organizers of The Beards of Scranton, a fundraising calendar showcasing beautiful beards. The release party takes place during this First Friday Scranton, Nov. 6, at Loyalty Barber Shop and Shave Parlor of Scranton, 342 Adams Ave., at 6 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Catherine McAuley Center.
Nasser was inspired by the idea from one of Riedmiller’s pictures online. Someone had commented on a picture of a local bearded man, electric city and diamond city editor Tom Graham, saying that there should be a hashtag entitled “the beards of Instagram.”
“It got me thinking about what the beards of Scranton would look like and somewhere along the way, I thought a calendar would be a great idea to raise money for charity,” Nasser said. “I proposed it to Jason and he thought it was a great idea.”
The chosen charity, The Catherine McAuley Center, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and children in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. The center ministers to women and the poor, provides temporary shelter, assists women to attain safe, permanent housing, provides support services and helps clients attain medical and community resources.
Its administrative office is located on Pittston Ave., Scranton and it has residential houses located throughout the city. The goal of the Beards of Scranton is not only to help fundraise to support the programs at the Catherine McAuley Center, but also to raise awareness of the services it offers.
“The Catherine McAuley Center is a partner with the Junior League of Scranton, which I’ve been a member of for five years,” Nasser said. “The Junior League of Scranton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We created a project called Project Vitality, focusing on park and neighborhood revitalization, and partnered with the Catherine McAuley Center in Scranton to plant a community vegetable and fruit garden with their clients. I fell in love with the organization and wanted to do more.”
Nasser and Riedmiller began working in June and organized what their expectations and goals were, who the models might be, and how they would set up the photo shoots.
“We thought we would have a hard time getting enough people to do it, but we wound up with way too many,” Riedmiller said. “We blew our goals out of the water. Thank you Scranton!”
In total, there were 21 beards photographed in eight weeks. Unfortunately, the calendar couldn’t feature all of the participants. Twelve men were selected to be models for each month of the year and the photographs of the others will be on display at the release party.
“We obviously didn’t have room for all of them, but the men were enthusiastic so we wanted to show them off,” said Nasser.
At the release party there will be additional photographs of beards who are in the calendar, as well as those unable to be selected; the 1980’s Wool Willy game to create your own artistic beard; a photo booth with props; and an associate from the Catherine McAuley Center to answer any questions and light refreshments.
Riedmiller said that scheduling all of the photo shoots was the most difficult part of the project.
“So many people were so busy, but I preplanned them in my head and banded them out as quickly as possible,” Riedmiller said. “A lot of the models didn’t have the time to spend an hour doing it and most shoots were done in about five minutes.”
Though Nasser and Riedmiller organized the calendar and event, they were both thankful for those in the community who helped. They mentioned graphic designer Ashley Kujat, who donated her time to create the logo and Center City Print for printing the calendars, especially Samantha Nardelli and Alex Molfetas.
“All of our sponsors have been fantastic and excited about the project since it’s so different.” Nasser said.
The calendars will be sold for $10 at the release party and at the Scrantonmade Holiday Market on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Mall at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton.
The full list of beards featured in the calendar or in the show include: Tom Bonomo, James Callahan, Brian Craig, Morgan Evans, Aaron Ferranti, Carmine Gatto, Earl Granville, Mike McCully, Garry Melville, Dave Morrison, Billy Nasser, Lou Pasqualicchio, Ronak Patel, Gene Philbin, Justin Simo, Jim Simon, Robert Szescila, Justin Troutman, John Wearing, Woody Wodock and John “Fud” Zavacki.
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It’s time to break out the fishnets and heels because the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre presents its second annual Rocky Horror Show live on stage. Performances take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at midnight and Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m.
Innocent young Brad and Janet seek refuge in a mysterious castle on a rainy night. Inside, they encounter the lab of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter and his madcap gaggle of aliens and misfits, who lead the young couple on an intergalactic adventure of sexual discovery and rock-and-roll.
Attend the performance as your favorite character or dress up for fun. Prop bags will be available and audience participation is encouraged. The Friday, Oct. 30, performance allows audience members to come on stage after the show to take pictures with cast members for a donation.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at ltwb.org or by calling 570-823-1875. — cl
Get into the Halloween spirit by listening to acts of horror, thrill, shock and eeriness as the Grrrls Night open mic hosts its Mischief Edition. The event takes place on Friday, Oct. 30 at Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton, at 7 p.m. with 12 female performances sharing music, comedy, poetry, spoken word, short stories and more with spooky elements.
The lineup includes Iris Johnston, Chelsea Taylor, Teri Granahan, Michelle Morgan, Dee Culp, Jeannine Luby, Jess Meoni, Mandalyn Rose, Pinky Stanseski, Tracy McDermott, Cathleen Lathrop and headliner Alicia Kulick. Created by Jess Meoni, the event’s intention is to celebrate art created by women and to encourage them to participate in events that support their artistic endeavours. This is the final Grrrls Night of the year.
The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to purchase food and drink from Ale Mary’s to support the establishment. The audience is open to all, though there may be adult content. — staff
Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz
Whether it’s rustic American rock or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. While Cabinet might have musical roots in the past, its sound is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now. Cabinet invites fans to celebrate the Halloween holiday at the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, on Saturday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 7 p.m. and showtime is at 8 p.m. The band will play three sets, including a very special acoustic set.
General admission tickets are $17 and $20 at the door. Cabinet VIP package tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. The VIP package includes early entry, access to lobby happy hour sponsored by 3 Guys and a Beer’d, a signed limited edition poster, a free digital download of the show one week before anyone else and a VIP laminate.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit cabinetmusic.com or shermantheater.com. — cl
A Poet Performs
Warm yourself as the weather turns cold with wine and expressive words from a local poet. Joe A. Hazzouri will deliver “A Poetic Performance” on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Old Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton, from 7 to 9 p.m. The West Scranton poet shares his original creative poetry from Crossing Jackson Street, a collection of poems. Mark Montella provides percussion accompaniment during the evening.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with a pre-show wine reception at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and a signed copy of his book is included in the price of admission. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Olde Brick Theatre at 570-209-7766. Reservations are requested. Cash, check, Master Card and Visa are accepted.
For more information, visit the facebook event page for “A Poetic Performance.” — cl
One woman, one accordion and one amazing story. Come experience a dynamic entertainer up close and personal. Five-time Grammy-nominated, storyteller and motivational entertainer, Lynn Marie, shares songs and stories about her life journey at the Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with showtime at 7:15 p.m.
Throughout her career, Lynn Marie has released 13 recordings and has had the honor of writing, recording and performing with artists such as Vince Gill, Hal Katchum, Dobie Gray, Air Supply, Riders in the Sky, Rickey Skaggs and Willie Nelson. For many years, she collaborated with Nashville guitarist and producer Charlie Kelley.
Tickets are $16 and include a pasta dinner.
To purchase tickets or for more information, email email@example.com or call 570-383-9413. — cl
The Boo Bash takes place this Friday, Oct. 30, in the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, starting at 7 p.m. The event features a costume contest with a grand prize of $1,000 and live music from The Chatter until midnight.
Haunts and Happenings Around The 570
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 29, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Safe trick-or-treating event where children can safely walk from car to car to collect Halloween treats. Also find food, music and a bonfire. Call Shannon at 570-702-8950 to host a car or email Sean Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Johnson College, Scranton. Free. 570-702-8963.
Rock School Halloween Party, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. This family event with Scare Master J includes buffet dinner, games, raffle, cash bar, music by DJ Zip-T and Rock School students. Proceeds benefit “Making Music Matter for Kids.” Woodloch Pines Resorts, Hawley. $10-20; additional $5-10 fee for Woodloch Haunted Hayride after 8 p.m.. 570-685-8000 or woodloch.com.
Welcome to the Haunted Hotel Halloween Party, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Caution: This program is spooky. Ages 6-12. Lackawanna County Children’s Library, Scranton. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org/childrenslibrary.
The Rocky Horror Show, Oct. 29 through 30, 8 p.m., Oct. 31, midnight, Nov. 1, 3 p.m. Thomas Franko directs this one-weekend only run of the classic musical by Richard O’Brien with musical direction by Kimberly Johnson. Audience is welcome to dress in costume; participation encouraged. Prop bags will be available. The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-1875 or ltwb.org.
Downtown Carbondale Trick or Treat, Oct. 30, 3 to 5 p.m. The Youth Board presents this Halloween event with 35 participating businesses. Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale. 570-282-1690 or carbondale-pa-coc.com.
Mysticlers Halloween Sock Hop, Oct. 30, 6 to 11 p.m. Regal Room, Olyphant. 570-489-1901 or regalroom.com.
Boo Bash, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Holloween party and costume contest with cash prizes and live music by The Chatter. Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Plains Twp. 570-831-2100 or mohegansunpocono.com.
Gravestone Manor, through Oct. 30, Fridays-Saturdays, 7 to 11 p.m.; Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from this annual volunteer-run haunted house benefit the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Not suitable for very young children. Trion Warehouse, Plains. $10. 570-821-6500 or gravestonemanor.com or email@example.com.
Halloween Film Series, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Catch three classic Halloween tales starting with ParaNorman at 7 p.m. and followed by The Exorcist at 9:30 p.m. and The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. $5 per movie. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.
The Scariest Stories: Witch Hunts, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. The Rev. Brian Pavlac, Ph.D., professor of history at King’s College, presents an illustrated talk on when and why Christian authorities began to believe in and fear witches and persecute the accused. A short penitential service will follow. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. Free. 570-825-6653 or ststephenswb.org.
1970s Disco Halloween Party, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Includes dancing, DJ and emcee Mr. David of Florida’s Copacabana. Costume prizes. Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Hawley. 570-226-1337 or ledgeshotel.com.
A Night with Poe, Oct. 31. Program is offered at 6 and 8 p.m. Annual dramatic reading of works by Edgar Allan Poe. Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford. 570-296-9625 or greytowers.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dracula’s Forest Haunted Hayride and Walk of Doom, through Oct. 31, Fridays-Saturdays. Midway opens at 6:30 p.m. First hayride departs at dusk. The Fall Festival also offers a Halloween shop offering costumes, masks, and other seasonal items. The option of a Little Screamer’s Not So Scary Hay Ride is available Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. only. Attraction may close in the event of inclement weather. Check website or Facebook for status. Dracula’s Forest, Clarks Summit. $15 hay ride only or $8 children age 10 and younger with paying adult; $25 hay ride and walk combo ticket; $8 little screamers hay ride. Parking fee of $3 (cash only) also applies. 570-587-2323 or draculasforest.com.
Estella Sweet’s Sweet Transvestite, Oct. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show begins at midnight. A tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Heat Bar & Nightclub, Wilkes-Barre. $5. 570-266-8952.
Halloween on Main, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Find festive events throughout the day including a Spooky Sketch Crawl, ghost treasure hunt and trick-or-treat, Haunted Gallery at Origins, storytelling, monster and zombie dance, costume contest, music and more. Downtown Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg. PoconoArts.org.
Halloween Trip through Nay Aug Tunnel, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Special holiday excursion. Reservations required. Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton. $5 ages 6 and older. 570-340-5200 or nps.gov/stea.
Karate & Tumbling Halloween Costume Party, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes free karate class and tumbling class. Treats will be served. Registration requested. Parents must remain within the Dojo for the duration of the event. Rising Sun Dojo, Stroudsburg. Free. 570-369-3341 or RisingSunDojoEmail@gmail.com.
Healthy Trick-or-Treat Open House, Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. Meet the center’s practitioners, learn more about available wellness services and pick up healthy treats for the kids. Pathways to Inner Healing, Moscow. Free. 570-842-2401.
Knights of Columbus Children’s Halloween Party, Oct. 31, 3 to 5 p.m. Dunmore Community Center, Dunmore. 570-207-3969 or dunmoreseniors.org.
Trail of Treats, Oct. 31, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Halloween event for children. Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake. 570-729-7011 or beachlakeumc.com.
Trolley of Terror with Leatherface, Oct. 31, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. Meet Dan Yeager, the actor who played Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3D as The Lackawanna County Electric City Trolley Station and Museum hosts a haunted trolley ride and museum tour. Reservations required. Electric City Trolley Museum, Scranton. $10. 570-963-6590 or ectma.org.
Halloween Party, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. First Primitive Methodist Church, Dickson City. 570-489-3452.
Horror Hall, through Oct. 31, Fridays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. ; Sundays, 6 to 10 p.m. Theatrical haunted house with high-tech special effects. Not recommended for children younger than 10. Horror Hall, Nanticoke. $13 or $18 fast pass. 570-735-7899 or horrorhall.com.
Boolesque, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Madame Corsetiere and Dragontown Burlesque present this annual Halloween celebration of Burlesque, the classic art of the striptease, starring Bunny Bedford, Venus Mantrapp, Roby Von Vanity, Dulce Devine, Biance Dupree, Scarlet Starlet and more. Audience is encouraged to dress in costume. Advance ticket purchase recommended as this event does tend to sell out. Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe. $20-35. 570-325-0249 or paburlesque.com.
Dr. Pankenstein presents: PANK-inhead’s Bog Of Eternal Quench, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Normally held the last Thursday of the month, this popular monthly dance party features music by DJs Conor McGuigan and Brian Langan a.k.a. DJ Boo Edition and DJ Chugula with a smoke machine, dance and costume contests. The Bog, Scranton. $5. 570-341-6761.
Draculackawanna, Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m. The Pop Up Studio presents a Halloween dance and costume party. Snacks and open bar; ages 21 and older only. The mash-up theme challenge is to combine two ideas into one costume. The Leonard Theater, Scranton. $20 advance; $30 door. 570-341-0375 or thepopupstudio.org.
Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Hayride, through Nov. 1, Fridays-Sundays. Includes haunted hay ride, Lost Carnival outdoor forest walk, “Pitch Black” indoor walk-through scare, and the Sector 13 interactive maze of psychological scares and torment. Food is available for purchase. No cameras, cellphones or weapons permitted. Closed, flat shoes required. Not recommended for children younger than 10. Reaper’s Revenge, Scott Township. $35 inclusive. 570-253-4746 or reapersrevenge.net.
Circle of Screams, through Nov. 1, Fridays-Sundays, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Attractions include the Hayride of Torture, 3D Carnival of Fear and Asylum Vortex. Horror film screening included. Full concession stand available. Not recommended for children younger than 10. Circle Drive-In, Dickson City. $25 inclusive or $45 double scare pass; $5-8 movie only. 570-489-5731 or circleofscreams.com or email@example.com.
Scare at St. Mary’s Villa, through Nov. 1, Saturdays-Sundays, 6 to 9 p.m. Halloween walk-through benefitting Susan G. Komen. Food and refreshments available for purchase. St. Mary’s Villa, Moscow. $5 donation. 570-795-2810 or stmarysvilla.com.
Haunted! Mind Mysteries & the Beyond, through Nov. 29, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Psychic Theater presents the story of a historic murder/suicide that took place on-site through the multimedia framework of a seance. Starring paranormalists and mystery entertainers Dick Brooks & Dorothy Dietrich, this show has been running since summer 2005. Advance reservations required. The Houdini Museum, Scranton. $35 includes pizza, snacks and refreshments at intermission. 570-342-5555 or PsychicTheater.com.
Scranton Ghost Walk, through Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Held daily with reservations from Courthouse Square; weather permitting. View historic locations believed to be haunted, many of which have been certified by local paranormal investigation groups. Downtown Scranton. $15-20. 570-383-1821 or ScrantonGhostTours.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Yeager, who portrayed Leatherface in 2013’s Texas Chainsaw 3D, will be a guest rider on the Electric City Trolley Museum ride at 5 and 6 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31. The excursion will board at the Cedar Avenue platform at the Iron Furnaces in Scranton. The cost is $10 per person and parking is available at the University of Scranton’s Fitzpatrick Field. A small fee will be charged for discussions and autographs with Yeager. Yeager will also be in town for several more events, including “Trick or Tort” at the Steamtown National Historic Site and Sidel’s Halloween Party on Oct. 30 and the Scranton After Dark Walking Tour and Trax’s Halloween Bash on Oct. 31.
Find our full calendar of events online at calendar570.com.
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This weekend, you can participate in a global fundraising event held on the same time around the world with thousands of others. “Thrill the World” is an annual international dance event and world record-breaking attempt for the “Largest Simultaneous Dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller,’” where participants emulate the zombie dance scene from the famous music video.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the event will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, with the official dance at 6 p.m. Dance lessons are included with registration at the Scranton Cultural Center on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Register online at firstgiving.com, at a dance lesson or at the event. Adults are $15, children and students with a valid student ID are $10. Registration includes thriller dance lessons, event T-shirt while supplies last, admission and access to downtown “Zombie Crawl” discounts.
All proceeds benefit the Scranton Cultural Center. — cl
Still Having Fun, Fun, Fun
“Wouldn’t it be nice” to pick up some “good vibrations” by seeing The Beach Boys deliver their classic surf-rock pop hits? The Beach Boys perform at The F.M. Kirby Center on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. The tour marks the 50th anniversary of their 1964 hit song, “Fun Fun Fun.”
With more than five decades of touring experience, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. At the 2001 Grammy Awards, The Beach Boys were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston, the current band line-up includes Christian Love, Randall Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten.
Tickets start at $52 and are available at the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org or by calling 570-826-1100. — cl
Take It on the Run
Fans of REO Speedwagon can keep on loving the classic rock icons at their performance at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Keystone Grand Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m.
REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 and has been fronted by vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1973. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on leader guitar and drummer Brryan Hitt, not a year has gone by where the band has not performed live, playing hits like “Can’t Fight this Feeling,” “Take it on the Run” and “Keep on Lovin You.”
REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums, achieved 13 Top 40 hits and numerous Gold and Platinum records throughout the nearly five decades of performing.
Tickets are available at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office, ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster’s toll free number 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. — cl
Funny man Ron Babcock makes his return to the area with two shows this weekend. Babcock performs at The University of Scranton on Friday, Oct. 23 and The Bog, on Sunday, Oct. 23.
As the bio on his website, heyron.com, will tell you, he has been on TV, “not enough to be super-famous, but enough to make kids from his high school impressed.” Babcock, a native of Wilkes-Barre and a graduate of The University of Scranton, has performed on Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim, The Rotten Tomatoes Show and a slew of commercials. He was a “New Face” at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown, RIOTLA and the Las Vegas Comedy Festival (which he won). He currently lives in Los Angeles.
For more information and to see clips of his stand-up, visit heyron.com. — tg
They’re creepy and they’re kooky and they’ll be performing at the Grove Theatre. Catch a performance of The Addams Family at the Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuagola Rd., Nuangola through Nov. 1. The musical comedy stars Brandon Frashesfki and Amanda Reese as Gomez and Morticia in an original story line, as their daughter, Wednesday, falls in love with a “normal” outsider.
The cast, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, is composed of Angela LaRose as Wednesday, Jimmy Williams as Uncle Fester, Eyanna Gruver as Grandma Addams, Landon Wolk as Pugsley and Christopher LaFrance as Lurch.
Performances are Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m., Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. and Oct. 31 at midnight.
Tickets are $20. Discounts are available for groups, students and special events listed on their website. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 570-868-8212 or by emailing GroveTickets@Frontier.com. For more information, visit NuangolaGrove.com. — cl
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Strip It Down
Chris Cornell goes unplugged for an up-close and personal acoustic tour this fall. The multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter performs at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. Cornell will play songs that span his entire career, as well as material from his recently released fifth solo album, Higher Truth, produced by Brendan O’Brien.
The iconic rocker achieved multi-platinum success selling more than 30 million records worldwide with three legendary bands — Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Known for his role as one of the architects of the ’90s grunge movement, Cornell remains one of the most recognizable rock voices of all time.
The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, an organization that supports children facing tough challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect, will receive $1 from every ticket sold.
Tickets can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, by calling 570-826-1100 or online at kirbycenter.org. — cathleen lathrop
Art for All
The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen, the largest recurring art exhibit held in Lackawanna County, is open to the public from Oct. 17 to Nov. 12. The public opening on Oct. 17 is a culinary, musical and visual art experience. The event opens at four venues. Starting at 2 p.m. at The Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton, it moves onto AfA Gallery and ArtWorks from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and concludes with a presentation of awards at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery at 5:30 p.m.
The exhibition is juried by art dealer Hal Bromm, who opened Tribeca’s first contemporary art gallery in 1976, where “new talent” shows introduced Keith Haring and David Salle to collectors before they became well-known.
The Northeastern Biennial Twenty Fifteen is the eighth juried exhibition in an ongoing series of biennials presented in Lackawanna County since 2000. The event provides a look at contemporary art in Scranton and surrounding communities.
For more information, contact Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning at 570-941-4214. — cl
Listen to the sounds of Love — Love the post-punk/hardcore/pop record that the local band Clever Clever created. The band performs its album release show at The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 p.m. The band’s first full-length record, Love was engineered and mastered by Eric Ritter of Windmill Agency Recording Studios in Mount Cobb. Clever Clever plans to perform the entire album in order of track listing. Established in 2014, the members of the band are: Michael Hurst, guitar; Anthony Magraner, guitar; Gabe Fasciana, drums; Dave Senecal, bass; and Aaron Ferranti, lead vocals.
The album and the release show will be dedicated to the late Mario “Hefty” Lozada, an area musician whom Clever Clever counted as a close friend. Lozada recently passed away.
Special guests for the night include Heart Out and Little.Plastic.Raleigh. For more information, visit cleverclever.us. — cl
In Like Flint
Flint Eastwood is the creative evolution of Detroit-based artist Jax Anderson. Anderson takes the stage at The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.
The band has a mix of sounds, from electronic, bluesy, Motown, to pop, and adds theatrical elements during live performances. Their unique sound produced sold-out shows as headliners in their hometown where hundreds of people enjoyed the show. The band has also toured through the Midwest, mixing festival appearances at Electric Forest, Mopop Festival and Midpoint Music Festival, with club appearances alongside acts such as Foxy Shazam, X Ambassadors and Andrew WK.
Their new EP, Small Victories, will be available Oct. 23. Small Victories is a six-song piece about the loss of Jax’s mother last year. Small Victories was crafted and polished in Detroit’s second oldest church, which is now repurposed as Assemble Sound, a hub of Detroit creativity.
The EP may be pre-ordered at flinteastwoodmusic.com and flinteastwood.bandcamp.com. — cl
Ms. Jones Comes to Town
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones kicks off her fall tour at the F.M. Kirby Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. The pop and jazz singer-songwriter has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. In 2002, Jones launched her solo career with the release of Come Away with Me. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, selling more than 26 million copies and earning her five Grammy Awards. Since then, she has released a series of critically acclaimed solo albums — Feels Like Home (2004), Not Too Late (2007), The Fall (2009) and Little Broken Hearts (2012). The 2010 album …Featuring Norah Jones showcased her versatility by collecting her collaborations with such diverse artists as Willie Nelson, Outkast and Foo Fighters. Fans attending the concert can expect to hear a variety of songs from Jones’ entire musical repertoire.
Tickets can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, by calling 570-826-1100 or online at kirbycenter.org. — cl
Haunted attraction reviews by Joe Rovinsky
2828 Rock Road, Clarks Summit
Dracula’s Forest has been providing scares for the past 32 years and boasts probably the most perfect “atmosphere” for a creepy haunted attraction, set in the dense forest of Ransom. The attraction’s design has a distinctively vintage feel, with a hayride that features some of the most unique, classic props, gritty animatronics, action-packed scenes and a haunting soundtrack which makes for an entertaining yearly visit.
This year Dracula’s Forest has added a new walk-through addition — “The Walk of Doom” — which shows great potential.
Perhaps Dracula’s Forest can incorporate more mature nights, to complement its family-friendly atmosphere to cater to haunt fans of all interests. Several haunted attractions host special nights such as “contact nights” or “black-out nights” and Dracula’s Forest can utilize a similar strategy to reach its potential of being one of the most terrifying haunted hayrides in the northeast.
The “Haunted Hayride” is the centerpiece of Dracula’s Forest and one of the best hayrides you can visit in 2015. The set design has an old-school feel, featuring gory props, interactive animatronics and scenes which feature some classic horror monsters and actors who are hidden within the darkness. The set designs and props are unique and are likely from generations past. From the Crypt Keeper who sits atop his “treasure,” a disturbing “wizard,” animatronic witches and a graveyard scene, the visuals you will see at this attraction are some of the most memorable in any haunted attraction. The hayride is action-packed, with little downtime between sets and actors are hidden around every corner. Some actors have impressive masks and costume designs, while others are characters dressed in hooded sweatshirts/ jeans. Dracula’s Forest can improve its attraction by enhancing the overall FX and make-up designs of its actors to differentiate between each scene. Furthermore, aggressive actors who rely on jump scares/screaming can be balanced with those who “act” and interact with guests on the hayride. Simply yelling in guests’ faces does not always generate scares. A balance of jump scares and interactive actors, coupled with improved costume/makeup designs, could make the hayride a more diverse experience. The hayride’s finale — the“Tunnel of Terror” — has also improved (although slightly) from last year. Incorporating Michael Myers, insane clowns and chainsaws, the ending was far more effective than previous years. If the actors were again allowed to turn up the level of aggression, to perhaps touch or interact with guests this ending can be even scarier than it already is for more mature guests. The attraction, at times, seems like it’s holding back from turning up the fear. The potential is present and we look forward to what Dracula’s Forest has planned next year.
The new outdoor haunted trail — the “Walk of Doom” — is guided by an actor through the dark forest. The walk has several interesting set designs, such as an impressive werewolf scene, a creepy clown scene and a set in which a “guest” is abducted by a maniac. The walk can improve its experience by adding a few more actors along the dark trail and perhaps ditch the guide who takes guests through the trail. A self-guided trail with small groups through the forest can be an effective and entertaining addition.
Dracula’s Forest provides an entertaining, old-school haunted attraction that at times seems to be holding itself back from being one of the most terrifying in the area. The gritty, vintage set pieces, set upon the dark backdrop of the evil forest is the perfect environment for a fantastic haunted attraction experience. A trip to Dracula’s Forest is an experience that is rooted in haunts of years past. Hopefully this attraction finds its own niche to compete with the ever-expanding haunted attraction industry in the northeast.
Field of Screams
191 College Ave., Mountville
Field of Screams is a major mainstream scare-park with an expansive midway featuring games, food options, photo opportunities and four unique haunted attractions. It’s extremely popular and we recommend the VIP upgrade for each attraction to avoid long wait times.
Field of Screams is a must-visit haunted attraction this year, as it continues to be a leader in using impressive animatronics, set designs and talented actors to generate intense scares. Field of Screams’ regular price of $34 (with $10 per attraction VIP upgrades) provides four unique attractions that cater to the interests of diverse haunted-attraction fans. Each attraction is highly detailed and incorporates effective use of lighting, sound and misdirection to allow the actors to perform at their best. While we had some minor issues regarding line back-up and some actors who were out of place and a few who broke character, overall these issues are minor compared to the quality and value associated with this attraction. As you move from attraction to attraction, take in the incredible midway, which features a multitude of food and entertainment options. Also watch out for some incredible actors who roam the midway, from psychotic clowns to Michael Myers. The midway itself can be considered an additional attraction.
The first attraction visited, “Den of Darkness,” is a walk-through haunted house attraction which starts off with an effective séance scene which builds anticipation and tension. The “Den of Darkness” is the most physically interactive of the two houses at Field of Screams as guests must navigate tight corridors and crawl at times to escape the attraction.
“Frightmare Asylum” is the second indoor walk-through haunted attraction visited at Field of Screams. The scenes and props found in the Frightmare Asylum are disturbing, lifelike and augment the talented work of actors who do a shockingly good job at portraying “disturbed” individuals. The patients begging for mercy and lunatic doctors who reside in this attraction work tirelessly to interact with each guest.
“Nocturnal Wasteland” is an outdoor trail which received extensive upgrades for the 2015 season. “Nocturnal Wasteland” is a fall-out themed attraction, in which inhabitants have “survived” some post-apocalyptic accident. “Nocturnal Wasteland” was our favorite walk-through attraction at Field of Screams as the trail features incredible set designs, from abandoned structures, to large-scale pyrotechnic/electrical displays. Guests must escape the wasteland through sewer tunnels, as mutants, hillbillies and other horrifying creatures relentless with their attacks. The trail is highly interactive, as we were jolted and moved by unstable walkways, and bridges which added additional realism to the surreal experience.
The “Haunted Hayride” at Field of Screams was our favorite of the four attractions this year because the actors were allowed to interact with guests on a whole new level. The space on the wagon allowed for several actors to board and allowed for them to entertain and interact with each guest in a personal manner. The large-scale set designs and animatronics found throughout the hayride are some of the most impressive in the industry. We enjoyed our trip through an evil carnival and our visit at the slaughterhouse.
Field of Screams continues to improve each year and, despite minor issues, is one of the best mainstream haunted attractions you can visit for the 2015 season. Every attraction is built and designed to be of the highest quality. The actors do an incredible job of interacting with the large number of guests who attend this attraction.
The Moosic Youth Center was alive with huge hits and screaming fans Saturday, Oct. 10, for Grand Slam Wrestling’s (GSW) Zombie Lucha event. With heavyweight and tag-team titles on the line, GSW thrilled the audience for more than three hours, leaving fans smiling even after an alarming last-minute upset.
Moosic-based GSW has seen its audience grow as its family-friendly events continue to appeal to wrestling fans of all ages.
“We were very happy with the crowd Saturday night,” said GSW co-owner Brad Czankner. “It’s been getting progressively bigger and this one was no different. It’s good to see a lot of kids in the crowd, which means the parents are enjoying it too and keep coming back.”
After a Halloween costume contest for children in the audience, the ring started shaking with the opening match featuring fan-favorite AJ Evers against The Cash Masters’ Clay Drasher. Drasher reveled in the boos and taunted the crowd, but ultimately fell to a brutal takedown by Evers. After the match, Evers grabbed the microphone to announce his new campaign, “Make Wrestling Great Again.”
“When AJ puts his time into something like that, he can really accomplish things and get the fans to get behind it,” said Czankner. “He sold out of all his T-shirts on Saturday. He wants to make wrestling great again, and that’s what we’re doing here at GSW as well. For so long this area was devoid of anything good related to wrestling. We’re trying to turn it around, and every show we’re getting more and more fans, and new fans.”
Among several other stunning matches, the GSW Championship Match featuring returning champion Stevie Shields against British Wolf was a highlight for the audience.
“It’s a representation of all the hard work I’ve put in,” said Shields. “All the training, the pain, the sacrifice. To be the champion means I am the top dog. I have to be the best I can and live up to the expectations of the fans and the other wrestlers. It puts a lot of pressure on the guy holding that belt. As the champion, I represent the company. The integrity of GSW and the heavyweight title rests on my performance and my actions. Personally, I love that challenge and that pressure.”
Another fan favorite, Jay Freddie, returned to GSW after wrestling in Japan to a huge response from the crowd with a win by submission over Isys Ephex. With the night drawing to a close, mayhem was on the menu with a four-way tag-team title match. One by one, teams were gruelingly eliminated until The Impeccables — Kit Cassidy and Keita Murray — ultimately remained the last men standing.
Much to the crowd’s surprise, however, Clay Drasher leapt into the ring and smashed the GSW Aggro Cup over Cassidy’s head to challenge The Impeccables with Cash Masters’ teammate Shawn Andrews.
“The tag-team match was ridiculous, it just goes to show you never know what’s going to happen with GSW,” said Czankner. “Clay had exhausted his title shots earlier in the season. Every time he faced Stevie Shields he could never get the job done, and I guess he felt that teaming up with his Cash Master teammate and going after a very beat-down Impeccables was the way to go about getting that title belt around his waist. You take what you can get, and he took on a team who had just faced three other teams just then. Kit Cassidy has a bum knee right now, and you smash a trophy over a guy’s head and that’s not going to help a guy much either.”
The GSW season winds down with two more shows. The Turkey Bowl takes place Nov. 14. Fans are asked to bring canned food donations to benefit Feed A Friend. GSW’s final event in December will benefit Toys for Tots. Czankner said he hopes fans can top last year’s donations while enjoying a high-quality wrestling show.
“We’re happy with the fans we have, but we’re also happy to see new faces and new kids, new adults who enjoy the product,” he said. “If you look back even a year or two ago, the production quality was lower, the crowds were smaller, even the in-the-ring stuff wasn’t as hard-hitting as it is today. That’s all turning around now. The crowds are here, we’re showing we can put on a great show with a great hard-hitting product that has high-flying, fast-paced action. It goes both ways, our guys are giving it all for the fans and the fans are giving back by bringing friends or kids or colleagues from work to see this great show we’re doing.”
Skater Johnny Weir performs with Halloween on Ice
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Two-time Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, five-time World Champion Kurt Browning and three-time U.S. Champion, two-time Olympian Johnny Weir (pictured) headline an all-star cast as Halloween on Ice makes its way to Mohegan Sun at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, on Thursday, Oct. 8.
See some all-time favorite skaters perform in costume to Halloween-themed music in a newly created show for the family. This year, there will be a costume contest for kids, skating experiences and picture-taking opportunities.
Other skaters scheduled to appear include Alissa Czisny, Jozef Sabovcik, Nicole Bobek, Denney and Coughlin, Navarro and Bommentre Akop Manoukian and Aidas Reklys, Alex Murphy and Shawn Sawyer.
Tickets are available at the NBT Bank box office at Mohegan Sun Arena, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $25 to $85. A VIP post-show meet and greet with the skaters is available for an additional $75.
For more show information, go to halloweenonice.com. — staff
Go the Distance
The fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop for the 20th annual Steamtown Marathon. Come and cheer on the 3,000 runners who signed up for the 26.2 mile trek on Sunday, Oct. 11. The course begins at the Forest City High School at 8 a.m. and travels along the Lackawanna River before ending at N. Washington Avenue in downtown Scranton.
A post-race party open to runners, their families and volunteers will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Scranton Cultural Center. The party will feature a performance by rock band Take 3.
The marathon benefits St. Joseph’s Center and has donated $1.3 million to the foundation since 1996. The center assists families in need and children who are neurologically impaired and have multiple handicaps.
Runner’s World named Steamtown Marathon one of the nation’s 10 best for first-time marathoners. For more information, visit steamtownmarathon.com. — staff
Jacob Cole of Rogue Chimp
What’s better than a night out enjoying beer and delicious food with friends? A whole weekend of it. The Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton, hosts its seventh annual Backyard Fall Festival from Friday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m., to Sunday, Oct. 11.
The festival features craft beer sampling, a pig roast, live musical performances and a homebrew demonstration. Sunday will feature a chili cook-off where contestants can enter homemade chili by 12:30 p.m. for a chance to win a medal and a gift card. There will also be a Beer Geek Blind Tiger tasting where entrants will sample hard-to-get craft beers on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. Registration is $10.
The music lineup includes Rogue Chimp (pictured), Indigo Moon Brass Band, Mace in Dickson, Jung Bergo, Justin Mazer and more.
Visit backyardalehouse.com to register for the events or for more information. — staff
Lovett and Hiatt
Two legendary singer/songwriters join forces for a unique and intimate acoustic performance this Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. The F.M. Kirby Center and Dan Smalls bring legendary musicians Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt to the Diamond City.
As a Grammy-award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. He fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. The Americana Music Association recently awarded him with its inaugural Trailblazer Award.
John Hiatt’s career as a singer, guitarist and prolific songwriter has spanned more than 30 years with 24 albums. His work has been covered by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King and Iggy Pop. Hiatt was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and won the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
To purchase tickets, visit kirbycenter.org or call 570-826-1100. — staff
I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost
Be on the lookout for paranormal activity in Scranton this Saturday, Oct. 10.
The East Coast Para Con, a paranormal group from the Pittston area, brings various paranormal investigators and teams together to educate and entertain the public. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Paranormal Association, the ECPC welcomes anyone interested or experienced with paranormal activities to the conference. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m at The Mall at Steamtown.
Vendors and psychics will fill two large storefronts in the mall, while a stage area will be set up for guest speakers. Guest speakers will share their knowledge about topics ranging from UFOs, Bigfoot investigations and real-life hauntings, to alternate realities, psychic abilities and paranormal investigations. Holisitc healers and medicine, gemstones, psychic readings, aromatherapy oils and more will be available. The conference will have tables set up for children to color and draw.
Admission to the event is $10.
For event details, visit eastcoastparacon.com. — staff