1. ‘Art in Bloom’
Spring is in the air — and in the galleries — at the Everhart Museum.
The Scranton museum, 1901 Mulberry St., will host its inaugural “Art in Bloom” program Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. The program, which takes place at museums across the country, challenges local floral designers to create fresh arrangements based on museum paintings.
A preview reception will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and include music, food, and cocktails catered by POSH at the Scranton Club. Tickets cost $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers.
Then, on Saturday, guests can check out the event for free when the museum hold its Community Day from 1 to 4 p.m. The day will include will guided workshops, lectures and gallery tours.
Guests can donate to vote for the People’s Choice Award, and that money will go toward the Everhart’s participation in Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Match Day fundraising initiative.
While at the museum, guests can check out a related exhibit, “Art of Nature,” in Gallery 7 on the first floor. The collection of floral prints and paintings as well as pressed botanicals will be on display through Monday, May 20. The museum is open Mondays and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 570-346-7186 or visit everhart-museum.org.
2. Soul Shakers CD release party
The Soul Shakers, a NEPA funk rock, blues and R&B known for throwing the jam-fest showcase “Winter Blues Guitarmageddon” at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, will host its CD release party on Friday, April 26, at Arlo’s Country Store & Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale.
The album, titled the “Northeastern Pennsylvania Rockin’ Blues Sampler,” includes 10 tracks — mostly recognizable covers — with features from many well-known local musicians, such as Phyllis Hopkins, MiZ and Mojomo, among others. Some of these guest artists may join the Soul Shakers during the release show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re highlighting some of the talent we have here. It just amazes me constantly,” said bassist Bill Coleman. “A lot of them have done blues jams with us at Arlo’s (before), and that’s sort of the genesis of this.”
Keyboardist Eric Brody agreed, calling NEPA a “hidden gem” for high levels of musical talent and noting that the Soul Shakers’ release show will serve as both another great showcase of live performance and a way to provide fans with a tangible way to revisit the band’s best songs.
“This is for the regulars who come out all the time and want to have something in hand to play,” Brody said.
3. Blasts from the past
Two shows coming to Lackawanna County this weekend focus on hits from yesteryear.
On Friday, April 26, the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton, hosts “The Rat Pack Together Again.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.
Audiences will hear hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Tickets cost $25 to $35 and are available at the box office and thetheateratnorth.org.
Then, on Sunday, April 28, head to Fiorelli’s Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville, for the “Jersey Four Dinner Show” featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Music begins at 3 p.m. with the main act taking the stage at 6:15.
Tickets start at $62 and include entertainment and dinner. The Luongo Brothers and Elvis tribute artist Giovanni “Gino” Mercuri will open the show, and Joe Long, an original member of the Four Seasons, will make an appearance.
For more information, visit jztours.com or call 570-344-2212.
4. Purse bingo fundraiser
A purse bingo set for Sunday, April 28, looks to raise money for children and adults with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Pocono will host the 20-game bingo at the Space at Olive, 541 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Doors open at noon, and tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Participatnts will have a chance to win Coach, Dooney & Bourke and Michael Kors purses in addition to raffles. Four special games also will be available for an extra $5 each.
Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA will provide concessions.
For more information, contact Theresa Russell at 570-839-6140 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Facebook event page for tickets.
5. Bob Lewis and Megan Palmer
A Northeast Pennsylvania native returns to the region for a show with a fellow Nashville songwriter.
Bob Lewis, who now calls East Nashville home, will perform with Megan Palmer on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at Karl Hall, 57 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 7:30.
Lewis spent two decades performing in the local punk and rock scenes and released his latest EP, “End of an Error,” in November. Palmer, meanwhile, is known for her violin-playing and songwriting skills. She released the album “What She’s Got To Give” in 2016, and her recent cancer battle inspired her newest single, “Stetson.”
Wilkes-Barre songwriter and music producer James Yamrus, an engineer at Wilkes-Barre’s King Room Studios, also will take part in the show. His upcoming album is titled “Awake.”
Tickets cost $10 and are available at karlhall.org and eventbrite.com.