Arts & Entertainment
There’s a reason we hold our annual Best Of party at Breakers. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is place our readers can bet on for a full spectrum of bells and whistles to scratch most any entertainment itch. With construction started on its new hotel, the destination offers numerous restaurants and boutiques to go along with the appeal of table games, slots, and horse racing. The casino’s diverse booking of live music acts is a draw as well with original and cover bands like Emily’s Toybox and M-80 rocking the bar side stage and more sultry acts like Erin Malloy adding ambiance for truly fine dining.
R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14 takes home the title as the place to watch all of the blockbuster films of 2012 while The Dietrich Theater wins top spot to see all of you favorite independent films. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is one of the indie films featured at The Dietrich in 2012 and our Diamond City readers crowed the movie featuring Ed Norton and Bruce Willis as the best flick of the year.
With acts like The Allman Brothers and Zac Brown as the headlining attractions, The Peach Music Festival wins as the 2012 concert that everyone is still talking about and praying that some form of the show will return in 2013. PA Summerfest: ‘80s Mega Mix featuring eighties greats Flock Of Seagulls and Tommy Tutone as well as hair metal acts Warrant, Trixter and Firehouse wins the award for the area’s best new event.
For as much as you love its ‘80s hair band soundtrack, the sunken Rock of Ages ship could not be saved by could Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. And votes came pouring in begging for no more “sketti” references as TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is voted as the worst thing to happen on the boob tube since Ashley Simpson’s lip-synching on Saturday Night Live.
While on the subject of let downs, Five Second High (www.facebook.com/5secondhigh) left you feeling less than elated about its uninspired band name. Describing its sound as “high energy pop-punk,” the Dickson City cover band is a regular at the aformentioned Breakers. All music aside, the name is a puzzling choice. Who wants to be high for only five seconds? You’d think they’d make it three minute high — as long as a song — or a four-hour high — as long as a gig. On the other side of the blade, The Invisible Swordsmen have impressed.
As the ongoing success of the Fine Arts Fiesta points, theatre, dance and the visual arts are still prioritzed in The Valley. This summer’s Pennsylvania Theatre of the Performing Arts production of 1776 at the J.J. Ferrara Center in Hazleton pleased you in part for the performances of Dawn Winarski as Abagail Adams and Scott Colin (Woolnough) as Thomas Jefferson. The two laudable actors consistent prove their talents on whatever stage across the region offers the greatest acting challenges of the season.
“The only thing consistent about my work seems to be its inconsistency,” repeat award winner John Pacovsky says of his paintings in an ultra-brief online bio (www.johnpacovsky.com). Sure enough, a walk through his portfolio reveals people and animal portraits, aquatic murals at the YMCA, surreal landscapes, realistic still lifes, and commercial alcohol ads for Absolut, Absente and others.
Best Art Venue Marquis Art & Frame • Best Big Concert Venue Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza • Best Casino Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs • Best Celebrity Kimberly McLendon • Best Concert in 2012 The Peach Music Festival • Best Dance Company Northeastern PA. Academy of Dancing • Best DJ Jeff Walker DJ Service • Best Independent Movie Theater The Dietrich Theater • Best Local Actor Scott Colin • Best Local Actress Dawn Winarski • Best Local Author Angela DeMuro • Best Local Band Name The Invisible Swordsmen • Best Local Blogger blackdiamondcomedies.org • Best Local Dancer Barbara “Bobbi” Ann Anzalone • Best Local Festival Fine Arts Fiesta • Best Local Visual Artist John Pacovsky • Best Mainstream Movie Theater R/C Wilkes Barre Movies 14 • Best Movie in 2012 Moonrise Kingdom • Best Museum Everhart Museum • Best New Event PA Summerfest: ‘80s Mega Mix • Best New Local CD The Great Party • Best Ongoing Cultural Event Pittston Tomato Festival • Best Open Mic River Street Jazz Café • Best Original Band Emily’s Toybox • Best Party/Cover Band M80 • Best Place to Shoot Pool Chacko’s Family Bowling Center • Best Solo Musician Erin Malloy • Best Theater Production PA Theater of Performing Arts’ production of 1776 • Best TV Show in 2012 Grey’s Anatomy • Worst Concert in 2012 2012 Vans Warped Tour • Worst Local Band Name Five Second High • Worst Movie in 2012 Rock of Ages • Worst TV Show in 2012 TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo