1. ‘Mona Lisa and the Cross’
Catch the latest drama from local playwright K.K. Gordon on the Diva Theater stage this weekend.
“Mona Lisa and the Cross” will take place Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the theater, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. Guests can enter the second-floor theater from the rear parking lot.
The love story features adult material and strong language and is directed by Joe Rettura.
For reservations, call 570-209-7766. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
2. Saving Abel and Tantric
Rockers Saving Abel and Tantric come to the Electric City for a night of music alongside several local acts.
The bands will perform Thursday, March 7, at Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton. The 21-and-older show begins at 8 p.m.
Southern rock group Saving Abel is known for such hits as “Addicted,” “Stupid Girl” and “Drowning” and has toured with such groups as Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold and Nickelback. Tantric, meanwhile, saw its self-titled album achieve gold status in 2001 and released its seventh studio album, “Mercury Retrograde,” in October.
Also performing at Stage West that night will be Northeast Pennsylvania bands Behind the Grey, Graces Downfall and the Holtzmann Effect.
Tickets cost $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. For more information or tickets, call 570-343-7100 or visit the Facebook event page.
3. Joe Bonamassa
Guitarist and blues-rock musician Joe Bonamassa will perform Monday, March 11, at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8.
The show comes just five months after the release of Bonamassa’s latest studio album, “Redemption.” The two-time Grammy nominee has had 20 albums reach No. 1 on Billboard’s blues chart, on the back of such songs as “Mountain Time,” “The Ballad of John Henry” and “Sloe Gin.” His backing band includes well-known musicians such as drummer Anton Fig, bassist Michael Rhodes and pianist/organist Reese Wynans plus background singers and horns.
Tickets cost $89, $99, $129, $149 and $199, plus fees. For tickets, visit the box office or kirbycenter.org or call 570-826-1100.
4. Justin Willman: Magic in Real Life
Catch Justin Willman at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp., this weekend.
The St. Louis-born magician/comedian will perform Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. in the Keystone Grand Ballroom. Tickets start at $25.
Audiences might recognize him from the Netflix series “Magic for Humans with Justin Willman,” which featured his street magic and social experiments, or from his appearances on shows including “The Tonight Show” and “Ellen.” Additionally, he has worked as a television writer and performed for the Obamas at the White House and in the 2015 Comedy Central special “Sleight of Mouth.”
Willman recently announced his residency, dubbed “The Magic Show,” at Los Angeles’ historic Roosevelt Hotel.
For tickets, visit the box office or ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.
5. Brian McKnight
Singer Brian McKnight brings his chart-topping music to Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts, 194 Lakeview Drive, Lakeville, on Sunday, March 10.
McKnight has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and earned 16 Grammy Award nominations during his more than 25-year career. He has had numerous songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Back at One,” which peaked at No. 2 in 1999. His most recent album, “Genesis,” bowed in 2017 and included the single “Forever,” which landed in the top 25 on Billboard’s adult R&B chart.
Sunday’s show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $65; admission is included for resort guests. For tickets, visit covepoconoresorts.com.