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Celebrate women in the arts this Valentine’s Day season. Jess Meoni Design and Events hosts Grrrls Night: The Galentine’s Edition on Friday, Feb. 16, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Ale Mary’s, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Local women will present performances of music, poetry, comedy, dance and more. Limited five to 10-minute performance slots are available. The event is open to all ages, but performances may contain adult content. The event benefits NEPA Youth Shelter. Monetary donations will be accepted, as well as household items like non-perishable snack foods, Ziplock bags, school supplies and art supplies. For more information, visit Jess Meoni Design and Events on Facebook or the event’s Facebook page.
They’re playing it again. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, will present two showings of the film “Casablanca” on Friday, Feb. 16. The Oscar-winning World War II drama stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The matinee showing begins at 1 p.m. and the evening showing begins at 7:30. The film centers on American expatriate Rick Blaine (Bogart), who is now a Casablanca nightclub owner. He discovers his former flame Ilsa (Bergman) is in town with her husband, a rebel running from German forces. Rick must choose between his love for Ilsa or helping her and her husband escape. Matinee tickets are $3 and evening tickets are $5. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and the Kirby Center box office. For more information, visit kirbycenter.org.
‘taking steps’ perFormanCe Theater fans can see an Alan Ayckbourn classic comedy. The Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., will host a performance of the play “Taking Steps” on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The comedy follows the occupants of a crumbling and haunted three-story house over a frantic 24hour period. Tickets range from $18 to $28 and can be purchased online at thetheateratnorth.com.
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Blues fans, get ready to hear some of Northeast Pennsylvania’s best. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., is holding “Winter Blues Guitarmageddon III” on Friday, Feb. 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The performance will feature the Soul Shakers with the Dalton 45s, Dustin Douglas, Jesse Mower and Mike Miz, Joe Kopicki and Se Acabo. Tickets cost $20 and are available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center’s box office. For more information, visit sccmt.org.
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Fireworks and torCh light parade
Residents don’t have to wait until the summertime for fireworks. Montage Mountain holds its annual pyrotechnic musical fireworks display and Torch Light Parade on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be prize giveaways and live entertainment at Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant inside the lodge from 1 to 5 p.m. Guests can view the evening’s displays through Slocum Hollow’s windows, as well. Admission is free, but a lift ticket is required to be on the snow. Visit montagemountainresorts.com for more information.
Clarks Summit Festival of Ice: The Wizarding World of Ice, Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19. Features more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice carving demonstrations, parade Friday night, entertainment, horse and carriage rides and more. Downtown Clarks Summit. theabingtons.org Winter in the City Cocktail Party, Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy local cuisine, live music and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the projects of Scranton Tomorrow. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave. $20. 570-9631575 or facebook.com/MainStreetScranton. Winter Blues Guitarmageddon lll, Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. $20. 570-344-1111 or sccmt.org. Jim Thorpe WinterFest, Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. Train rides, family activities, special shopping, the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk and much more. Historic Jim Thorpe, Broadway and Susquehanna Street, Jim Thorpe. $15 mug walk. 570-325-5810 or jimthorpe.org. Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop with Moka Origins, Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. $35 advance/$40 at door. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org. Ziti with Your Sweetie Dinner Theater, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Menu includes salad, ziti with meatballs, beverage and dessert. Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, Clifford. $10. 570-222-4344. Society of Irish Women Top O’ the Morning Brunch, Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy brunch, Bloody Marys, mimosas and domestic draft beers. Tickets are available by calling Cathy Wechsler at 570-954-1711. Waldorf Park GAF, 13 Waldorf Lane, Scranton. $20. 570-954-1711. Crystal Cabin Fever, through Sunday, Feb. 25. Sculpted Ice Works, 311 Purdytown Turnpike, Lakeville. $15 adults/$10 children/$12 seniors and military/free for children 3 and younger. 570-226-6246 or sculptediceworks.com. Cardboard Box Sled Derby, Sunday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Team sledders compete in categories like most people inside a sled or the most creative sled. Snow tubing party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration required. Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. $30. 855-754-7946 or montagemountainresorts.com. Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party, Friday, March 2, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Features open bar, appetizers and live Jazz entertainment. Glenmaura Country Club, 1 Glenmaura National Blvd, Moosic. $40. 570-344-3931 or email@example.com. Leprechaun Loop, Saturday, March 3. Registration and packet pickup at 9 to 10:45 a.m.; race, 11 a.m. Main Street, Downtown Pittston. $25 (includes long-sleeve T-shirt). $15 runsignup.com. Radisson presents Parade Day, Saturday, March 10. Shamrockfest takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a performance by Nowhere Slow; Trax VIP party 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with performances by Tribes and WD-40. Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. $15 Shamrockfest/$25 Trax VIP Party. 570-558-3919 or radisson.com. St. Patrick’s Parade, Saturday, March 10. Mass, 10 a.m.; Brian P. Kelly memorial 2-mile footrace, 11; parade steps off at 11:45. Downtown Scranton. stpatparade.com. St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party, Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. Features cold drinks, good food and great fun. Admission is free and families are welcome. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Free. 570-344-1111. City of Wilkes-Barre 38th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 11, 2 to 4 p.m. Parade at the intersection of South and South Main Streets. Participants line up at 1 p.m. in their designated areas. Public Square, Main and Market streets, Wilkes-Barre. 570-208-4240 or wilkes-barre.pa.us. St. Patrick’s Day’s Spectacular, Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m. Oldies But Goodies perform ’50s, ’60s and ’70s dance songs featuring artists such as The Everly Brothers, Elvis and The Bee Gees. Doors open at 5; dinner at 6. The Club at the
Singing Sergeants, Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. Tickets for the free event are required through eventbrite.com. Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Free. 570-348-6211 or marywood. edu. Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23. Gypsies Lounge & Night Club at Mount Airy, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. $40/$55. 877-682-4791 or mountairycasino.com. JZ Tours presents Music Fest, Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Features performances Jeffrey James Band, the Wanabees and the Fab Three. Must be 21 or older. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. $10 general standing room only/$15 general seated/$20 VIP seated/$135 table. 570-343-3000 or jztours.com. Broken Arrow (The Classic Neil Young Show), Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $23. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Pocono Manor Resort & Spa, 1 Manor Drive, Pocono Manor. $35. 800-233-8150 or PoconoManor.com/Events. lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23, 9 p.m. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. $8 advance/$12 day of show. 570-420-2808 or shermantheater. com. Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Rapper and singer performs. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. $34 advance/$39 day of show/$70 VIP. 570-420-2808. Kashmir (The Led Zeppelin Show), Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $25. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. Joe Crookston, Sunday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m. Artist performs as part of the Riverfolk Concerts. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. $20 advance/$25 at the door. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org. Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $25-$45 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. In Recital: Marg Davis and Jon Shadle, Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. Marg Davis on harp and Jon Shadle on trumpet. Houlihan-McLean Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St. Free. 570-941-7624 or scranton.edu/music. Albert Cummings, Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $23. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. PNC Chamber Concert Flute & Percussion Duo, Sunday, March 4, 4 p.m. Sordoni Theater at WVIA, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. $35. University of Scranton Performance Music Student Recital, Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. HoulihanMcLean Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St. Free. scranton.edu/music. The Express Clydesdales, Friday, March 9, 3 to 6 p.m. Penn Foster, 925 Oak St., Scranton. pennfoster.edu.
Tenth avenue north live will perform with MercyMe on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun arena at casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park blvd., Wilkes-barre Twp. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald. $20 reserve seating (show only)/$39 premier seating (includes dinner)/$49 VIP seating (includes dinner). 570-499-4904. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 18. This 39th annual event features close to 100 marching units in eight divisions. Downtown Stroudsburg. Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, have brunch and participate in an egg hunt on the front lawn of the Banks Student Life Center. A professional photographer will take photos, with purchase options available. The rain or shine egg hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $15 adults/$8 children 5 to 12/free for children under 5. 570-674-1225 or misericordia. edu/bunnybrunch. Spring Babies Egg Hunt & Hike, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon. Use observational skills to search for eggs along the way. Wear comfortable shoes, all ages welcome. Registration appreciated. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Free. 570-689-9494 or lacawac.org. South Side Farmers Market, through Saturday, May 5, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market features fresh and local produce, baked goods, artisan foods and vendors. UNC South Side Winter Farmers’ Market, 509 Cedar Ave., Scranton. 570-346-0759 or uncnepa.org.
Minas: Brazilian Adventure, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Donations accepted. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org. America, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 to 10 p.m. Grammywinning rock group performs. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $45-$69 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Velvet Caravan, Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Free. 570-3250249 or mcohjt.com. Northern Tier Symphony Open Rehearsal , Friday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. All Instruments are invited, strings welcome. Percussion instruments. Meet-and-greet at the break. Tunkhannock Area Middle School, 200 Franklin Ave., Tunkhannock. 570-289-1090. Nyke Van Wyk Band, Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $23. 570325-0249 or mcohjt.com.
Howard Gospel Choir, Saturday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. An active roster of 70-plus people consists of students and alumni from Howard University. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $10 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Frontiers - The Journey tribute, Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $23. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Gypsies Lounge & Night Club at Mount Airy, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. $55/$65. 877-682-4791 or mountairycasino.com. John Nemeth and the Blue Dreamers, Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. The Groove Merchants also perform. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $20. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. Songwriter’s Roundtable, Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. The Gathering Place, 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 570-586-4721 or gatheringplacecs.org. In Recital: Mark Kosower and Jee-Won Oh, Sunday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. Houlihan-McLean Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St. Free. 570-941-7624 or scranton.edu/music or firstname.lastname@example.org. Open jam session, Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring an instrument and jump in to this weekly musical session. Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 570-586-1380. The Wailin’ Jennys, Monday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 570-674-6719 or misericorida.edu/theartsandmore. Acoustic Bluegrass Jam, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 to 9 p.m. This jam session open to all acoustic instruments. Musicians and audience members welcome. The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Donations accepted. 570-253-2020 or thecooperageproject.org. An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $29.50-$49.50 plus fees. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Little Big Town, Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning country group performs, with support from Kacey Musgraves and Midland. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. $24.50 and up. 570-970-7600 or mohegansunarenapa.com.
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Warm weather brought a big crowd to the 13th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice as they watch Evan Hughes carve “Cats.”
Live ice-carving demonstrations occur in various locations throughout the festival. For updated schedule, visit the Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook.
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A freezing spell falls over Clarks Summit Festival of Ice as it kicks off this weekend with a magical theme. In the festival’s 14th year, visitors of “The Wizarding World of Ice” can participate in a variety of “Harry Potter”-themed activities. They also can enjoy more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and more. The festival begins on Friday, Feb. 16, and closes on Monday, Feb. 19. Admission and parking for the festival are free all weekend. Attendees can fly into the world of The Boy Who Lived and visit Gringott’s Bank, go shopping in Diagon Alley or get sorted into a Hogwarts house. The festival also will offer a “golden snitch” scavenger hunt and a hashtag contest throughout the weekend. Laura Ancherani, executive director of the Abington Business & Professional Association, said this year’s festival is based off the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks in Universal Studios in Florida and California. “I was so mesmerized by the Diagon Alley that they created in Universal. It was so magical and it stayed with me,” she said of the Sunshine State’s park. “I wanted to bring that feeling here, and it’s great for people who can’t go to Universal, so that’s exciting.” Ancherani said more than 20 businesses are participating, and stores will be named after shops
in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade from J.K. Rowling’s stories for the weekend. Additionally, art students from Abington Heights School District are painting windows throughout the town. Ancherani said the festival shows those who attend what the town has to offer. “I’ve heard over the years a lot of retailers say they look forward to it every year, not only because it helps their sales in a time where it’s relatively quiet, but because it makes people aware that they’re there and they make it a point to come back throughout the year,” she said. Over the years, the festival has drawn in 25,000 to 40,000 people for the whole weekend, but if the weather holds up, Ancherani said they could have “record-breaking attendance” this year. Visit the Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook for the festival’s map and list of sculptures. More information also is available on theabingtons.org.
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If you go What: Clarks Summit festival of Ice presents “The Wizarding World of Ice” When: Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19 Where: Various locations in Clarks Summit Details: Admission and parking for the festival are free all weekend. Visit Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook for the festival’s map and list of sculptures. More information also is available on theabingtons.org.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, 1311 Morgan Highway, South Abington Twp. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail 11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances, 312 S. State St. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill, 114 S. State St. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 1 to 3 p.m.: Live music by Jacob Cole and Mark Woodyatt, Citizens Savings Bank, 538 S. State St. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 3 to 7 p.m.: “Half-Blood Prince Blood Drive,” Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St. 5 to 6 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Revolution Trio, La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd. 5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Brenda Fernandes and trunk show with Lisi Lerch, Golden Coast, 535 S. State St. 5 to 7 p.m.: Complimentary trolley tour of the festival with stops at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St.; Abington Community Library; Depot Street; and First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. 5 to 7:30 p.m.: “Care of Magical Creatures,” Abington Community Library 5 to 9 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent, 317 Davis St. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: “Hogwarts 101,” Abington Community Library 6 to 7:30 p.m.: Art show and photography exhibit, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit 6 to 8:30 p.m.: Family fun fair with storytelling, face painting, juggling, DJ and more, The Gathering Place, 304 S State St. 7:30 p.m.: Festival of Ice parade through downtown Clarks Summit, along South State Street
Saturday, Feb. 17
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter movie screenings, local fan art, magical puzzles, take-home crafts for kids, Abington Community Library 10 a.m. to noon: Live music by Wayne Smith, People’s Security Bank & Trust, 1100 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. 10 a.m. to noon: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank 11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration, People’s Security Bank & Trust 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich and Steve Kurilla, The Gathering Place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Potions class, The Gather-
ing Place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.: Sorting hat, The Gathering Place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Art show featuring parishioners and local artists, photography exhibit by Northeast Photography Club, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Diagon Alley, The Gathering Place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Defense Against the Dark Arts crafts and Dementor selfie station, The Gathering Place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill Noon to 1 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration Noon to 5 p.m.: Horse and carriage rides, The Gathering Place Noon to 6 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent 1 to 3 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration and live music by Bill Carter and Presby-Bop 1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.: Silk scarves divination, The Gathering Place 2 p.m.: Damian the Magician, The Gathering Place 2 to 3 p.m.: Magic show with Eddy Ray, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit 2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich, Clel’s Place, 120 Barrett St. 2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Lights Out, Weis Market 3 to 5 p.m.: Live music by Tom Rogo, NOTE Fragrances 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
Sunday, Feb. 18
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Thursday, Feb. 15
bart & urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards The bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Electric Mardi Gras Valen-Boogie Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune elixir bistro bar at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Vine Street Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night Grotto Pizza/skybox sports bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia heat bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke Levels bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Michael Barr, Apache Chief, Lucas Hex, DJ NRG Ose (Oak street express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous Pour boys, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic Thirst T’s bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Dustin Drevitch Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase
Friday, Feb. 16
279 bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: The Husty Brothers ale Mary’s at the bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Rare Form augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Greg Palmer, Line dancing with Chris and Darlene bads, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke bar Louie at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flaxy Morgan benny brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Jordan Ramirez boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Acousticstein breakers at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke The Club at the highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill & Donna Arnold, Bill Arnold Duo elixir bistro bar at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Facing the Giants Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Group Du Jour Grotto Pizza/Grand slam sports bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Funkees Dance Band Grotto Pizza/skybox sports bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Chuck Paul harry’s bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Light Weight heat bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., WilkesBarre: Inferno Drag Show iii Guys Pizzeria & restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Great Rock Pair irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Behind the Grey JJ bridjes restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Crimson Tears Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Liam Alone Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
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Mil & Jim’s Parkway inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Kartune Molly O’sheas at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Emily’s Toybox Ose (Oak street express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Dan the Piano Man and Dance Hall Devils The Other side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Sanction, Forced Out, Tourniquet and Worn Pour boys, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Dashboard Mary r & J’s Wild rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy river street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo streamside bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Luongo Brothers, Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby Thirst T’s bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Small Town Titans The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: D-West Wildflowers New york bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Alex O’Brien Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Mark Riccadonna and Buddy Harris
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279 bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., WilkesBarre: Heads Up Duo ale Mary’s at the bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Orrell backyard ale house, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Harvey & Friends bar Louie at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Weight bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Iron Cowboy
suNday, Feb. 18
bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jack Foley and Robbie Walsh boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons breakers at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flowers For Taco heat bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Marked for Death, Farewell Show Ose (Oak street express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: The Wanabees The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff
MONday, Feb. 19
duffy’s Coffee house, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK
Tuesday, Feb. 20
benny brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia iii Guys Pizzeria & restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Utopix
WedNesday, February 21
bads, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night Ole Tyme Charley’s restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke Ose (Oak street express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Speaker Jam Karaoke The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Ken Norton
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benny brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Rhythm and Booze boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Timepiece breakers at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x elixir bistro bar at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: K8 harry’s bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Drive hog’s hollow saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Mayl Soul iii Guys Pizzeria & restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: MAD Conductor featuring The Queeftones & The Upfux Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Last Call Duo Molly O’sheas at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Double Shot Duo Ose (Oak street express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous and Pink Slip river street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange streamside bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla Thirst T’s bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Enema - Blink-182 tribute Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 7069, 402 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy The V-spot bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Black Tie Stereo Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Mark Riccadonna and Buddy Harris
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The Wailin’ Jennys perform live in concert at Misericordia University on Monday, Feb. 19, in support of their new album, ‘Fifteen.’ The trio, from left, are Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse.
Wailin’ Jennys bring three-part harmonies, mix of originals and covers to Dallas The Wailin’ Jennys began as a onenight-only show in a Winnipeg guitar store. Sixteen years later, they continue to tour as a prominent folk group, releasing albums and performing all over the world. The international folk trio, made up of Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse, brings its national tour to Misericordia University on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in support of its first new album in six years. Founding member Moody explained that because they tour constantly, the concept of releasing an album was out of reach for quiet some time. “We’ve sort of been trying to record an album for a long time,” Moody said. “Our touring schedule has been pretty intense for the last few years... It’s been an interesting challenge to juggle everything, both our professional lives and our family lives. It just became difficult to actually schedule recording.” When they took time off of touring for Moody’s pregnancy, they decided to seize the opportunity to write an album. With only about five days to record, the trio decided an album of covers fit the bill. Thus, “Fifteen” was born.
“It seemed like a fun and more lighthearted way to celebrate our anniversary, just because it’s different to arrange someone else’s song. There’s something a little less serious about arranging covers,” she said. “You can get kind of bogged down when it’s all original materials. We just thought let’s keep this fun.” This new album features covers of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Paul Simon’s classic, “Love Me Like A Rock” and Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” among others. Attendees at the upcoming Dallas show can expect to hear many songs from this new album, combined with a slew of the Wailin’ Jennys originals, Moody said. “The three-part harmony is the signature aspect of what we do,” Moody said. “It’s a hard thing to put words to, but I think there’s just something complete about three voices together — and especially three women. That’s what I hear anyway... it’s a transcendent kind of sound for people. We sure feel it when we’re singing together, we feel those vibrations. We’re especially lucky because our voices sit well together and blend really nicely. There’s a natural blend that makes it so that it really
feels good to sing together.” This signature three-part harmony stands out among other folk bands, but each vocalist also brings a diverse musical background to the trio that adds something more to their sound. Moody, who plays guitar, accordion, banjo and bodhrán, is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who started her career singing and writing Celtic music, while Mehta is a classically trained dancer who was raised on ’70s radio hits and found herself heavily influenced by alternative pop. Mehta also plays guitar, harmonica, drums and ukulele. Then there’s Masse, who learned how to play upright bass while practicing with the Jennys, and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music after studying jazz vocals. Prior to Masse joining the group in 2007, the Wailin’ Jennys were primarily seen as an acoustic outfit. But, since creating the current lineup of the trio, the women have truly “found their home” together, Moody said. “We’ve all pushed ourselves and pushed each other musically,” she added. “When Heather joined the band, she didn’t really play an instrument, but always wanted
to play bass. We encouraged her to play. Two months later she was playing bass on stage. Nicky was inspired by that and decided to learn drums. So for that first show with Heather, all of a sudden we had a rhythm section. I learned how to play banjo around the same time... We’re always trying to stretch ourselves as writers and as singers.” Individually, the ladies forged their way into the music industry, but together, the trio continues to cross new boundaries to create a unique flavor of music for people to enjoy for years to come.
— charlotte l. jacobson
If you go What: Wailin’ Jennys folk trio Where: Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas When: Monday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m. Details: Tickets cost $30 for premium seating and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call the university box office at 570-674-6719 or visit misericordia.edu. Online: thewailinjennys.com
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SIR SLY – Don’t You Worry Honey THE GOOD: Los Angeles indie pop trio Sir Sly comes back with their second. THE BAD: Did the band dodge the sophomore slump? Perhaps, but they also made a record VERY SIMILAR to 2014’s “You Haunt Me.” THE NITTY GRITTY: But what could we expect? Sir Sly is yet another generic rock/ electronic hybrid churning out “safe” stuff for movie trailers aimed at teens, video game soundtracks, and commercial alternative radio stations too damn complacent to take a
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – The Echo of Pleasure THE GOOD: New York indie pop outfit PBPH come back with a mature fourth. THE BAD: No gripes. THE NITTY GRITTY: PBPH is essentially a Kip Berman solo outing on this record. He’s getting older; his life in transition. Berman is now married with a kid. The songwriting
chance on anything genuinely innovative. Joywave. Saint Motel. X Ambassadors. Sir Sly. It’s all the same musical twaddle. A melody grabs you here; a beat pushes you there. But nothing sticks. “Honey” could be a decent jogging record or i-Phone album for those long subway commutes (oh wait — we don’t do that here in NEPA). Other than that though, the set just gets lost in the Spotify shuffle. BUY IT? Download if you must. But skipping it altogether won’t leave a gaping hole in any collection or playlist. and spirit of the whole affair reflects these changes. Still, “Pleasure” remains another sparkling ’80s throwback from a guy who knows how to crank out a satisfying bouncy pop song. This time though, the arrangements are more complex; layered keyboards and neon guitars weaving their way in and out of the mix. In strict retro terms, it’s less Depeche Mode and more Psychedelic Furs. Everything clicks from the swirling “My Only” to the energetic “When I Dance with You.” Female vocalist/keyboardist Jen Goma helps out on harmonies again. When she takes the lead on “So True,” one hears echoes of New Order side project the Other Two. Good stuff all around. BUY IT?: Yes.
other “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” record. The entire affair (especially the first half) flows amazingly well; the individual pieces complementing each other perfectly. Separate the songs though and some can’t stand on their own. THE NITTY GRITTY: “Boo Boo” is less “chill” and more indie pop. Bear continues to gain confidence as a frontman and has further embraced traditional song structures. Tracks like the easy-going melancholy funk jam “Mirage” and the cozy rhythmic sunshine that is “Girl like You” feel effortless; music made for spur-of-the-moment carefree Saturday afternoons. And as the sun sets, we sway to the swirling yearning spread over “You and I.” TORO Y MOI – Boo Boo “Boo Boo” finds that balance between the THE GOOD: Singer/songambient and the focused. The music wraps writer/producer Chaz Bear around the listener like a warm blanket yet (stage name Toro Y Moi) offers always maintains that all-important groove. up his fifth. BUY IT?: Your call. THE BAD: “Boo Boo” is an-
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From left: Ted Wampole, Balwinder Singh, Letts Eat - Flavors of India owner Kavita Syed and City of Wilkes-Barre mayor Tony George stand in the restaurant that has introduced Northeast Pennsylavnia residents to Indian flavors since it opened in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
ive years ago, Kavita Syed and her husband of 18 years, Abid, invested in an empty location at the corner of East Northampton and South Main streets in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Today, Letts Eat — Flavors of India brings new flavors and spices and is an anchor in development and growth of downtown. The couple, who are originally from India and New York City, both come from business-minded families so starting their own was nothing out of the ordinary. “We come from a long line of hard workers and entrepreneurs. I come from a business family and I married into a business family, so I get the business from both sides,” Syed said. The Syed family moved to Northeast Pennsylvania from New York City 10 years ago when Syed’s husband got a business opportunity to own multiple gas stations, as well as tobacco and cigar shops. When she first moved to the area, Syed would walk around the downtown with her daughter during a time when it was in need of a little extra care. She also saw the need for Indian food when she would bring dishes
to school parties or potlucks and discovered a lot of locals didn’t know about her culture. The couple had previously run a fast food roll shop and Syed thought of opening a similar Indian restaurant but her husband saw a different business adventure. As they walked into the location, her husband, whom she refers to as her mentor, financier, friend and rock, knew it was a sit-down restaurant. The passion Syed has for Letts Eat spills out onto the food and radiates throughout the brightly colored scarves that decorate the dining area. Syed wows customers with the restaurant’s buffet items, which are made from scratch daily. She prides herself on the buffet’s freshness, and has staff take home any leftovers. “I would rather give it to someone than throw it out,” she said. “When you are from India, you don’t want to throw things out. You want to use it
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may not like to take direction from the opposite sex. However, she was raised to be savvy thanks to her open-minded father. “I am an only child and my father was about education, not as much about getting married and being in the kitchen and having children. He told me, ‘That’s not the life I see for you,’” Syed said. “Being from a conservative Indian community, he was very broad-minded and people would ask, ‘Oh, you don’t have a son, who’s going to do your last rites when you pass away?’ And he would say, ‘She’s my son, she’s my daughter.’ It was all education, achieving and doing something.” Aside from her own family, Syed also credits her husband’s youngest sister, Nasrin Syed, who made her stand next to her in the kitchen and learn to cook. According to Syed, her sister-inlaw died in an accident just months before the restaurant opened, as did Syed’s father. Two of her greatest inspirations and cheerleaders missed her become a pillar of the community she had adopted. “Without (my sister-in-law) teaching me there would be no restaurant,” she said. “She was a great cook, a great, lovely person.” or give it to somebody.” Syed feels happy to continue to expose While Syed said the Northeast Pennsylvanians to Indian flavors, as well hardest part is convincing as Indian culture, and reaches out to the commulocals to try a cuisine they nity through special events. The restaurant hosts may not be accustomed Henna night every third Friday as well as live music to, the restaurant offers and jazz on the last Friday of the month. Letts Eat something for everyone plans to continue to grow with Wilkes-Barre. including vegan and gluten“Without the community, without people, withfree options and allowing out locals, I don’t think any business is successguests to bring their own beverages. When Syed ful,” Syed said. “You need their support, you need first moved tot eh area, she found residents feared to be there for each other, and we try our best. And Indian food would be too spicy, but assured that’s they have been supportive. That’s why we’re here.” not the case. — Samantha Stanich “All our food here is mild. We can spice it up or tone down depending on how the customer Letts Eat — Flavors of India would like to try it,” she explained. “Indian food Owners: Kavita and Abid Syed spices are made up of spices not chile. It’s like Location: 78 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre cardamom, clove, ginger, garlic, it’s everything Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, put together and the right combination makes 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. the flavor of each dish. And each dish has a Buffet: $11.50 per head, can take the buffet different seasoning.” to go Contact: 570-371-3890 or The restaurateur admits that the biggest chal570-371-3891 lenge in opening and running a business is being Online: letts-eat.com or Letts Eat — a woman and having to give orders to those who Flavors of India on Facebook
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oPeNiNG This WeeK
by Richard Roeper
The 15:17 To Paris
At the age of 87, Clint Eastwood doesn’t waste time. The prolific director’s “The 15:17 to Paris” comes just 2 1/2 years after the real-life incident upon which it is based, when a handful of passengers on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris subdued a heavily armed gunman. Famous for shooting his films quickly and efficiently, and not dallying over multiple takes, Eastwood made the film last summer and turned in a final product with a running time of just 94 minutes. Eastwood even took a shortcut, so to speak, when it came to casting. When he met with the three American heroes from the train — Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos — he abandoned the idea of hiring professional actors and cast the men to play themselves. (It’s not unprecedented in Hollywood history to cast non-actors in lead roles or even to have certain figures play themselves, but it’s a rare and extraordinary step.) A number of passengers on the train — including a Virginia man who was shot and critically wounded but survived — also play themselves in “The 15:17 to Paris,” adding to the docudrama feel of the movie. No doubt it was cathartic for many to return to the moment and relive it, knowing they were going to come out alive. Unfortunately, even though of course we recognize the bravery and selfless heroism of the men on that train who risked their lives to save others, and even though there are a few pulsequickening moments in “The 15:17 to Paris,” the movie is slow-paced and feels padded, even with that running time of just over an hour and a half. And while the three real-life heroes gamely try to re-create their own histories, from the years and months and moments leading up to the attack to their bold and decisive actions on that train, they are amateurs, and they come across as such. Although much of the dialogue was reportedly improvised and the guys clearly are good friends, the dialogue often comes across as flat and somewhat stiff. Working from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal (who adapted a book by Jeffrey E. Stern and the three Americans), Eastwood spends a lot of
“The 15:17 To Paris” time — too much time — on the backstories of Spencer, Anthony and Alek, who bonded over some light troublemaking escapades in middle school in the mid-2000s and delighted in playing war games in the woods. We get numerous scenes of Spencer’s single mother, Joyce (Judy Greer), and Alek’s single mother, Heidi (Jenna Fischer), meeting with school principals or fretting over their mischievous sons. (We don’t see anything of Anthony’s home life.) There’s nothing particularly poignant or dramatic, no pivotal moment, in the boys’ upbringing. It seems to take forever before we’re catapulted a decade forward and we meet up with Spencer, now with the Air Force; Alek, a member of the Oregon National Guard, and Anthony, a student at California State University in their hometown of Sacramento. The three of them meet up in Europe for an extended vacation. While Alek hangs out with a girl in Germany, Spencer and Anthony see the sights in Rome, with Anthony’s ever-present selfie stick helping them capture their times at the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, etc. Eventually
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the guys meet up and go dancing in Amsterdam, and then debate whether or not to visit Paris. Occasionally and for the briefest of moments, Eastwood flashes forward to the incident on the train. But then it’s back to the travelogue, and Spencer talking in philosophical terms about how maybe there’s a larger purpose in store for them. (The structure of “The 15:17 to Paris” is not dissimilar to the framing of Eastwood’s “Sully,” which took us deep into the movie before we actually saw the water landing on the Hudson.) Once we’re on the train and events play out, “The 15:17 to Paris” shifts gears and becomes a taut thriller, effectively conveying the chaos and terror that erupted on the train — and the great heroics of the American, British and French passengers who took down the gunman. It’s impossible to say whether “The 15:17 to Paris” would have been a better movie with professional actors in the lead roles. All we can do is go with what we’ve got, and while acknowledging and saluting and admiring these men and what they did on that train, the story as told here feels more suited for a hourlong documentary than a feature film.
nOW PLaYInG 12 Strong: Chris Hemsworth plays the leader of the real-life U.S. Special Forces team that helped take out key Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds in Afghanistan after 9/11. But with a running time of two hours and 10 minutes, the action-packed but cliche-riddled adventure has at least 20 minutes of scenes that are either unnecessary or repetitive. Rated R for war violence and language throughout. 130 minutes. ★★1/2 — RICHARD ROEPER
Call Me By Your Name: Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino and screenwriter James Ivory. Rated R. 132 minutes.
— LOS ANGELES TIMES
The Commuter: On his daily train ride home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) agrees to an offer that sets off a chain reaction resulting in bloodshed and conspiracy theories and madness. Many ridiculous things happen on the train, and virtually every big twist and every major reveal is telegraphed well in advance. Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. 104 minutes. ★1/2 — RICHARD ROEPER
Darkest Hour: This look back at Winston Churchill’s leadership during the early days of World War II is filled with authentic touches, large and small. Most authentic of all is Gary Oldman’s performance as a flawed but deeply passionate man who summoned all of his courage, all of his
oratory skills and all of his love for Britain at just the right moment. Rated PG-13 for some thematic material. 125 minutes. ★★★1/2 — RICHARD ROEPER
Den of Thieves: For the first hour or so, it appeared as if this Los Angeles-based heist thriller pitting badass sheriff’s lieutenant Gerard Butler against badass gang leader Pablo Schreiber would catch us off-guard in the best way. But just when things should have been heating up, the route grows bumpy and meandering and in some scenes drip-drip-drip SLOW. Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality and nudity 140 minutes.
— RICHARD ROEPER
Fifty Shades Freed: In the third and (thank the cinema gods) final chapter in the vapid, lurid, S&Msprinkled trilogy of slick trash, newlyweds Ana (Dakota Johnson) and Christian (Jamie Dornan) eventually leave the sexy stuff behind and fall into a combo platter of cheesy, easily solved mysterythriller and overwrought daytime soap opera melodrama. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, and language. 105 minutes. ★ — RICHARD ROEPER
Forever My Girl: Corny, twangy romance about a debauched country star (Alex Roe) who returns to his Louisiana hometown to get his life in order and to sort things out with the high school sweetheart (Jessica Rothe) he left at the altar seven years earlier. Wholesome and generic, but the country music actually pretty good, either performed by Roe or selected for the soundtrack. Travis Tritt sings in a cameo. 100 minutes. Rated PG for drinking. ★★
— GARy THOMPSON, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“The Maze RunneR: DeaTh CuRe” The Greatest Showman: Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum, the 19th century empresario who created entertainment known around the world. With Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya. Songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon; story by Bicks. Directed by Michael Gracey. Rated PG. 105 minutes. — LOS ANGELES TIMES
Hostiles: Christian Bale is at the laser-focused top of his game (and perfectly cast) as an Old West soldier escorting a freed Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family to their ancestral land. The brutal violence is not for the faint of heart, but “Hostiles” winds up being about having a heart in
a world that seems almost without hope. Rated R for strong language and violence. 133 minutes. ★★★1/2 — RICHARD ROEPER
The Maze Runner: Death Cure: Action-oriented conclusion to the saga of teens (Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scoladerio) battling an authoritarian figures (Patricia Clarkson, Aiden Gillen) who want to use their blood to develop a serum to combat a deadly plague. Director Wes Ball goes for spectacle over story, and allows many of his scenes to overstay their welcome. With Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar, Barry Pepper and Giancarlo Esposito. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes. ★★
— GARy THOMPSON, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
SMALL SCREENS ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (Crime thriller, PG13, 129 m., 2017). After a long career of working behind the scenes for L.A.’s downtrodden, a socially inept legal savant (Denzel Washington) goes to work at a law firm run by a slick shark (Colin Farrell) who represents everything he despises. The strong performances are ultimately lost in the fog of a strange and confusing and bumpy and sometimes implausible story line. Rating: ★★ WONDER (Drama, PG, 113 m., 2017). What elevates this drama about a brave 10-year-old boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), born with a genetic facial deformity, is the myriad ways in which “Wonder” catches us just a little off-guard and puts lumps in our throats even when Auggie is off-screen. With Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Rating: ★★★ ONLY THE BRAVE (Action history, PG-13, 134 m., 2017). This profile of firefighters who risked their lives to battle monstrous blazes in the Southwest plays like a classic military story about soldiers from various walks of life who bond as brothers. They’re a plausible and likable bunch,
“WOnDeR” thanks to a slow build of their back stories, not to mention the outstanding cast headed by Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges. Rating: ★★★1/2 LBJ (Biography, R, 97 m., 2017). It took two or maybe even three scenes for me to shake off the unconvincing prosthetics and hairpiece and settle in to Woody Harrelson’s excellent performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson. But we got there. It’s a well-calibrated performance, conveying how Johnson felt the weight of the world on his shoulders
in this conventional but absorbing biopic. Rating: ★★★ A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (Comedy, R, 104 m., 2017). Where to go in the sequel to the thoroughly enjoyable “Bad Moms”? Bring on Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski and Susan Sarandon as the bad moms of the Bad Moms! Unfortunately, the inept and lazy and uninspired new movie can’t be bothered with simple things like keeping track of characters or being faithful to the events of the original. Rating: ★1/2 LAST FLAG FLYING (Comedy drama, R, 124 m., 2017). Two middle-aged veterans (Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne) agree to accompany one of their Vietnam War buddies (Steve Carell) as he picks up the body of his son, a Marine killed in Iraq. What a subtle and moving performance from Carell, never more so than in a final scene that will tear you apart. Rating: ★★★★
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (Horror, R, 116 m., 2017). A heart surgeon and father of two (Colin Farrell) befriends a creepy neighborhood teen (Barry Keoghan) who seems to have a hold over him. Nearly everyone speaks in a deadpan manner in this twisted, absurd and disturbing story, which never hedges its bets, never takes its foot off the gas. Rating: ★★★ GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (Biography, PG, 117 m., 2107). This film of rough edges and jagged twists tries to straddle the line between a whimsical origins story about the beloved Winnie the Pooh, and a harsh character study about the bear’s creator, A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson), and his wife (Margot Robbie), unlikable adults who are far better at exploiting a child than loving him. Rating: ★★ GRADE: ★★★★ Excellent,★★★Good, ★★ Fair, ★Poor. Richard Roeper reviews movies for The Chicago Sun-Times. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.
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The Violet Sisters perform in the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
Paul and Sherry Savage of Scranton
From left: Kaitlin Harrison of Union Dale, Peg McDade of Waverly Twp. and Delia Oâ€™Malley of Springville
Michelle Cadden Hayes recently opened Electric City Bakehouse, 314 Penn Ave., organizes a tray of cupcakes.
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First Friday participants braved another cold monthly art walk to enjoyed food, art and live music.
Margi Gillern, left, and Mari Grace GillernLoftus, both of Dunmore
Joann Finnerty of Old Forge, left, and Mary Icker of Scranton
Kaitlyn Jones, left, and Miranda Capezzuto, both of Scranton
Maura and Jason Pica of Scranton
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Tianna Lettieri of Old Forge and Brianna Finnerty of Moosic
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Soaking up the SudS with JameS Crane
ChooSe Big, hearty, fLavorfuL redS to warm up thiS winter Just as wines can cool you off in the summer, they can warm you in the winter. Wines should follow seasonal cuisine and, most often, that means red wines. Deep fruit flavors, tannins, smoky oaks and higher alcohols hit the spot when temperatures drop. The hearty reds include zinfandel and petite sirah, which tend to be high alcohol. The big reds include cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. I recently found some red wines that went down easy and warmed the soul. Any zinfandel is a good bet for the winter. They all tend to be high flavor and high alcohol. The Prisoner 2015 Napa Valley Red Wine blend leads with zin, followed by the fulsome cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, syrah and charbono. The resulting is a flavor bomb, with smells of root beer and maraschino cherry character. The flavors lean toward dark fruit, berry and chocolate, with a flinty, cedar finish topped by a bit of heat from the alcohol. $47 for more current
vintages. ★★★★1/2 Jordan 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a restaurant fixture and you can find some vintages on the shelves or by special order. A broad appeal wine, Jordan is a line drive down the middle, easy drinking when young and versatile with foods. The wine shows character of cassis, currants, and blackberries around a full-bodied frame and gentle tannins. $54. ★★★★1/2 Offering Italian flair with a French approach, Tenuta de Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2015 Toscana blends French grape varieties, creating one of my perennial favorites. This easygoing blend shows a violet nose, with flavors of berry and plum and silky tannins. This is an ideal food wine that would pair with most beef and pork. $20. ★★★★ Go deep and go red for the winter. —david falchek David is executive director of the American Wine Society and reviews wines each week.
grade: exceptional ★★★★★, above average ★★★★, good ★★★, Below average ★★, poor ★.
You can’t properly grow pineapples in Pennsylvania. The climate is just all wrong. Any frost would damage the plant in the very least and with the winters we have, there just isn’t any hope. They are better suited for the tropics. If you want one of those tangy sweet fruits, Hawaii is your best bet. I doubt I just told anyone anything they didn’t know. Obviously, you can’t grow pineapples in Pennsylvania. That’s just how plants work. Each one has a certain climate and region it prefers. Leafy greens bolt too easily when it gets hot and tropical fruits die in the cold. You don’t have to ever have planted a seed to know this. What does this have to do with beer, however? A lot. Different beer styles have developed all over the world for good reason. Each region has different ingredients available. Perhaps even more importantly, they have different environments, which plays into the brewing process in many ways. Lagers came from Germany as the temperatures were cool enough to support the yeast. Pacific Northwest beers tend to be hoppy, as that bud grows great there. There are Belgian beer styles that can’t be brewed anywhere else other than Belgium. Technology has mitigated a lot of these things. Refrigeration allows lagers to be brewed anywhere. A global shipping network means most ingredients can find their way into any market. There are a few hold outs, however. The most noticeable are some of the Belgium brews. A lot of them come down to the wild yeasts and bacteria that live in the very air themselves. When New York brewery Ommegang wanted to brew a Belgian style beer, they did the only reasonable thing: they had it brewed in Belgium. The brewery collaborated with native brewers Liefman to brew Ommegang Rosetta, a Belgium Kriek. It’s a brew aged on sour cherries that is fermented by the wild yeasts in the air itself. The color was a translucent brown with a bit of gold glow. A slight tan head rose on top of it and then quickly dissipated, leaving a ring around the top of the brew for
the entirety of its drinking. The scent was largely like any other kriek. There were sweet cherries, and there was funk. There was a subdued undercurrent of malt if you look for it underneath the sweet and sour notes that hit the nose. Mix in a little tart red apple and honey and you have Rosetta. The taste is a lot of sour and cherries up front. That said, the sourness doesn’t seem to linger as much as it does with other brews, making it a bit more drinkable than other sours. There was a bit of funky lemon, caramel, cider, raspberry, and just a hint of wood underneath it all at the culmination of the swallow. The end was delightfully clean and just dry enough. In a lot of ways, this beer is just like any other kriek. In others, it is quite unique. The little differences are subtle, but really tune this beer in. It manages to create a distinctive brew while still playing completely within the rules of the style. Just because we can’t brew a kriek in Pennsylvania doesn’t mean we can’t drink a good one.
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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
WITH ALAN K. STOUT
Tell us a little about Social Fabric Collective and the work that you do. I can tell you our mission statement: “We’re a nonprofit organization that provides professional photography equipment, education and inspiration to high school students who are as diverse as they are dynamic. Through teaching high schoolers’ the art and discipline of digital photography, we inspire young people to take hold of their ability to transform themselves and the world.” We’re about personal growth and personal transformation in the individual, and how to use photography as a tool to help them grow. It’s also about self-awareness, and helping them realize how they can improve their community. What is the criteria for a student to go through one of your programs? We have a need-based scholarship, regardless of your ability to pay. Essentially, we figured out that the average income for a family of four in this area is $35,000 or less, so if you family makes that, it’s a full scholarship. Between $35,000 and $75,000, it’s a mid-level scholarship, which is $250. And $75,000 and up, it’s $500. They’re all working with the exact same camera and the exact same equipment. The program is for about four months, once a week, and within that there are a bunch of optional things, such as field trips and photoshoots. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Woodturning. I work on a lathe. I like to create.
Jamie Smith Favorite music? Jazz and reggae. Favorite city? New York. I worked there. I lived there. My daughter was born there. My mom was born there. Favorite vacation spot? California beaches. Favorite thing about NEPA? The river. All-time favorite movie? “Field of Dreams.” All-time favorite TV show? “Cheers” Favorite food? Mexican.
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Jamie Smith is the co-founder and operator of Social Fabric Collective in Wyoming. He opened the business with his wife, Jenni. He is a native of California, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and has lived in Northeast Pennsylvania for the past five years. He and Jenni have two children; Eva, 6, and Charlotte, 4. They live in Wyoming. Meet Jamie Smith ….
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Favorite holiday? Valentine’s Day. Favorite quote or catchphrase? “It’s not enough for an artist to see. They have to make others see.” — Edgar Degas Biggest pet peeve? There’s a lot of pressure for people to be specialized, and so there’s less a chance for people to be interested in a variety of things. Favorite book or author? “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. Have you had someone in your life that has helped shape you into the person you are today? My grandmother. She passed away in
1995, when I was a freshman in college, but up until that point, she lived by herself. My grandfather died before I was born, so I didn’t know him. But we’d come out every summer and stay with her. She lived by herself, she still cooked on a coal stove, she still drove herself. We had chickens. We went to church bazaars. We had chores. But we were also given a lot of freedom. She had a big influence.
Alan K. Stout UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with ALAN K. STOUT is a regular feature in electric city, profiling people from all walks of life throughout NEPA. Reach Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. If you’re in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time — if you’re cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your feet on the way down than on the way up. I suspect this is an apt metaphor for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Your necessary descent may be deceptively challenging. So make haste slowly! Your power animals are the rabbit and the snail. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made a few short jaunts through the air in a flying machine they called the Flyer. It was a germinal step in a process that ultimately led to your ability to travel 600 miles per hour while sitting in a chair 30,000 feet above the earth. Less than 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ breakthrough, American astronauts landed a space capsule on the moon. They had with them a patch of fabric from the left wing of the Flyer. I expect that during the coming weeks, you will be climaxing a long-running process that deserves a comparable ritual. Revisit the early stages of the work that enabled you to be where you are now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 2006, five percent of the world’s astronomers gathered at an international conference and voted to demote Pluto from a planet to a “dwarf planet.” Much of the world agreed to honor their declaration. Since then, though, there has arisen a campaign by equally authoritative astronomers to restore Pluto to full planet status. The crux of the issue is this: How shall we define the nature of a planet? But for the people of New Mexico, the question has been resolved. State legislators there formally voted to regard Pluto as a planet. They didn’t accept the demotion. I encourage you to be inspired by their example, Gemini. Whenever there are good arguments from
opposing sides about important matters, trust your gut feelings. Stand up for your preferred version of the story. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ray Bradbury’s dystopian bestseller “Fahrenheit 451” was among the most successful of the 27 novels he wrote. It won numerous awards and has been adopted into films, plays, and graphic novels. Bradbury wrote the original version of the story in nine days, using a typewriter he rented for 20 cents per hour. When his publisher urged him to double the manuscript’s length, he spent another nine days doing so. According to my reading of the planetary configurations, you Cancerians now have a similar potential to be surprisingly efficient and economical as you work on an interesting creation or breakthrough — especially if you mix a lot of play and delight into your labors. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Poet Louise Glück has characterized herself as “afflicted with longing yet incapable of forming durable attachments.” If there is anything in you that even partially fits that description, I have good news: In the coming weeks, you’re likely to feel blessed by longing rather than afflicted by it. The foreseeable future also will be prime time for you to increase your motivation and capacity to form durable attachments. Take full advantage of this fertile grace period! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 2004, a man named Jerry Lynn tied a battery-operated alarm clock to a string and dangled it down a vent in his house. He was hoping that when the alarm sounded, he would get a sense of the best place to drill a hole in his wall to run a wire for his TV. But the knot he’d made wasn’t perfect, and the clock slipped off and plunged into an inaccessible spot behind the wall. Then, every night for 13 years, the alarm rang for a minute. The battery was unusually
6. Imagine you’ve won a free vacation to anywhere you want. Where would you go?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may think you have uncovered the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But according to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’re just a bit more than halfway there. In order to get the rest of the goods, you’ll have to ignore your itch to be done with the search. You’ll have to be unattached to being right and smart and authoritative. So please cultivate patience. Be expansive and magnanimous as you dig deeper. For best results, align yourself with poet Richard Siken’s definition: “The truth is complicated. It’s two-toned, multi-vocal, bittersweet.”
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Was Napoléon Bonaparte an oppressor or liberator? The answer is both. His work in the world hurt a lot of people and helped a lot of people. One of his more magnanimous escapades transpired in June 1798, when he and his naval forces invaded the island of Malta. During his six-day stay, he released political prisoners, abolished slavery, granted religious freedom to Jews, opened 15 schools, established the right to free speech, and shut down the Inquisition. What do his heroics have to do with you? I don’t want to exaggerAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The posh magazine ate, but I expect that you, too, now have the power to “Tatler” came up with a list of fashionable new names unleash a blizzard of benevolence in your sphere. Do it for parents who want to ensure their babies get a in your own style, of course, not Napoléon’s. swanky start in life. Since you Aquarians are in a phase when you can generate SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Trees that are slow good fortune by rebranding to grow bear the best fruit,” said French playwright yourself or remaking your Molière. I’m going to make that your motto for now, image, I figure you might be Scorpio. You have pursued a interested in using one of gradual, steady approach to these monikers as a nickname ripening, and soon it will pay or alias. At the very least, off in the form of big bright hearing them could whet blooms. Congratulations your imagination to come on having the faith to keep up with your own ideas. plugging away in the dark! I Here are “Tatler’s” chic avant-garde names for girls: applaud your determination Czar-Czar; Debonaire; Estonia; Figgy; Gethsemane; to be dogged and persistent Power; Queenie. Here are some boys’ names: Barclay; about following your intuition even though few people Euripides; Gustav; Innsbruck; Ra; Uxorious; Wigbert; have appreciated what you were doing. Zebedee. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The growth you can and should foster in the coming weeks will be stimulated by quirky and unexpected prods. To get you started, here are a few such prods. 1. What’s your hidden or dormant talent, and what could you do to awaken and mobilize it? 2. What’s something you’re afraid of but might be able to turn into a resource? 3. If you were a different gender for a week, what would you do and what would your life be like? 4. Visualize a dream you’d like to have while you’re asleep tonight. 5. If you could transform anything about yourself, what would it be?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Now that you have finally paid off one of your debts to the past, you can start window-shopping for the future’s best offers. The coming days will be a transition time as you vacate the power spot you’ve outgrown and ramble out to reconnoiter potential new power spots. So bid your crisp farewells to waning traditions, lost causes, ghostly temptations, and the deadweight of people’s expectations. Then start preparing a vigorous first impression to present to promising allies out there in the frontier.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
strong! A few months ago, Lynn decided to end the mild but constant irritation. Calling on the help of duct specialists, he retrieved the persistent clock. With this story as your inspiration, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you Virgos to finally put an end to your equivalent of the maddening alarm clock.
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Full time positions for additional managers to work in facility cleaning. These positions are mainly 2nd shift ft. Experience in facility cleaning, floor care and supervisory staff ff required. Travel with 75 miles radius required. Minimum 1-2 years experience. Salary position, with gas allowance, phone, and iPad. Company car provided aft fter 4 months.
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ELMHURST, PA Garden of Prayer Section 1 lot, 1 burial vault, 1 bronze marker on a granite foundation with vase. $2,500 includes $95 transfer fee. Call: 570-878-2115
MAUSOLEUM CRYPT 1 FOR SALEMother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Top row of 6, Walk of The Immaculate Conception. Valued at $4,000, will sell for $3,000.Call 570-357-5587
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Qualifications: •Minimum (1) year sales, marketing, or management •Professional Appearance & Positive Attitude •Enthusiastic, Hardworking, and Reliable •Willing to work some weekends If you think you're the right fit: Contact us today!!!
Scott Twp. 1 memorial monument bronze 44 x 13. Design crown crest rose with granite base 48 x 17. Two (2) plots. $2,000. Buyer pays transfer fees. 570-780-9659
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The Times-Tribune has an immediate opening for an Executive Assistant to the Director of Advertising. Duties include, but are not limited to: order entry, report generating & analysis, accounts receivable, advertising layout, customer service and administration support. The ideal candidate should have a working knowledge of PC applications including Word and a high level proficiency in Excel. They must have understanding of managing data and CSV files, be tech savvy, have strong attention to detail, a desire to provide exceptional customer service, be able to work in a fast-paced multidepartmental environment, and be a well-organized team player. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: Paul Ross Advertising Director The Times-Tribune 149 Penn Ave Scranton, PA 18503 or email: email@example.com No Phone Calls Please EOE DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
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Rite-Temp Associates Inc. has an immediate position for a Sales Professional responsible for calling on commercial, industrial and retail establishments and making presentations for scheduled service agreements. • Knowledge of HVAC systems and equipment is helpful, but not required. • Dynamic personality with a passion for sales growth and achieving goals. • Strong social media skills • Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills. Compensation: We offer an excellent salary and benefit package including health care insurance, disability insurance, profit sharing pension plan, 401K matching contribution plan, paid vacation and holidays. Email us your resume today to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cozy double wide mobile home with private lot. Featuring 3 bedrooms, modern kitchen, washer/dryer hook up. Off street parking, yard and a deck. Great Back Mountain location. Only $24,900. Call 570-466-6334
Licensed Occupational Therapist Starting Salary 27.96/hour
Clarks Summit State Hospital, Clark Summit, PA has an immediate opening for a Licensed Occupational Therapist. Responsibilities include designing, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy programs at Clarks Summit State Hospital, a Commonwealth inpatient facility certified to treat patients with psychiatric illnesses and co-occurring disorders, both with and without physical disabilities.
For test information, Minimum Experience and Training (METs) requirements, and how to apply, read Test Announcement 2018-015 Civil Service main webpage at www.scsc.pa.gov For additional information contact John Luchonok at 570-587-7306 or email@example.com Applications will be accepted February 12, 2018 through February 26, 2018. CLARKS SUMMIT STATE HOSPITAL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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GOULDSBORO 3 bedroom, 2 Bath house. Unfinished basement on large lot. North Pocono School District. Lake rights. No pets. Non smoking. $1,000 month + utilities. References and 1 month security required. Call 570-842-6409.
Single home, 2 bedrooms. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer hook up. $550/month + utilities. Security & references. No pets. Non smoking. 570-822-6255
2nd Floor, modern 1 bedroom apartment, refrigerator, stove, washer & dryer included. Utilities by tenant. $450/month plus security. 570-760-3422
1 bedroom basement apartment. No pets. Non smoking. Stove, refrigerator, heat, water & electric included. $620/ month + security & references. Call/Text 570-954-3619
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Large 2 bedroom apartment, centrally located. Utilities included. Lots of closets. Off street parking. No pets, non smoking. $925/month. 570-241-4234
Half double, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. $650/month. $1,000 deposit required. 570-301-9626
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Large garage, available now. Ideal for landscapers, handyman, contractors. $200/month. Call 570-814-1046
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STRUCTURAL DRAFTERS /CHECKERS
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Pleasant Mount Welding, Inc. is a growing Metal Fabricator and has immediate job openings for Draft fters t and Checkers. Job duties
Full motion, 3 piece set, consisting of a sofa, love seat and a rocker/recliner. The sofa and love seat are upholstered with an attractive charcoal gray fabric. The rocker/recliner is upholstered in a gray, top grade soft leather. Each piece of furniture have power recliners, power headrests and USB ports. This is excellent quality furniture, 100% made in the USA by Southern Motion.
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ALL LIKE NEW.
Job duties include detailing and checking of stairways, platforms, miscellaneous, structural, etc. Will train the right individuals looking for long term careers with a local company.
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Pleasant Mount Welding, Inc. 45 Dundaff Street Carbondale, PA 18407
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'09 Nissan Rogue SV, 4 Cyl., Auto., Air, Moonroof, Newest Inspection $7385 '08 Kia Sorento EX, V6, Auto., Air, Alloys, Local Trade, Looks & Runs Like New! $6975 '06 Chevy Tahoe SE, V8, Auto., Air, Leather, Alloys, 3rd Row Seating, Rear Entertainment, Absolutely Like New! $10,700 '06 Subaru Tribeca B9, 6 Cyl., Automatic, Air, AWD, Alloys, Roof Rack, Local Trade, Newest Inspection, Save Thousands! $6975 '05 Ford Escape XLT, V6, Auto., Air, Alloys, Moonroof, Heated Leather, AWD, Local Trade, Newest Inspection! Needs a little work. $2975 '04 Suzuki Grand Vitara, SUV, V6, Auto., Air, 4WD, New Tires, Newest Inspection, Local Trade SOLD! 04 Mercury Mountaineer, V6, Auto., Air, AWD, Local Trade, (needs a little work). ONLY $1475 '02 Ford Escape XLT, V6, Auto, Air, Alloys, Moonroof, AWD, Local Trade, Fresh Inspection, Extra Nice! $3875 '96 Chevy S-10 Pickup, V6, Auto., Air, Alloys, Looks & Run Great! Nice All Around Truck!! $2475 We CAN Get You Financed! www.tomdriebeonline.com Call: 570-344-8000
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ITEMS FOR SALE: Thompson Center Encor Inline 209 x 50 magnum. Camo, blue barrel with scope and box. Lots of extras. Original owner $500. Call 570-657-6597
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Stock# U-617, (14500 GVW), Isuzu 4HK1-TC Engine, 5.2 L, Aisin A465 6 Spd. Auto.,Trans, 30 Gallon Fuel Tank, 16 ft Dry Van Box w/ Tuck Under Liftgate, Fleet Maintained, This Vehicle Comes Equipped w/ A 3 mth. / 25,000 Mile Engine Warranty That Covers All Major Engine Components.
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531 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton HR single shot 10 gage. 3 1/2” full choke. 36” barrel. Mossy oak Infinity break up camera with 2 boxes of turkey #5 shot. Very good condition $475. M-66 super single 12 gage single barrel Ithaca 3” chambered with blonde stocks $175. New Clay disc thrower with several boxes of clay disc for target practice $50. New 4” & 6” concrete galvanized expansion screens with stakes $50. Heavy duty galvanized pipe 2” + inch and 5/8 pipe, several sizes, call for more information. $200 for all. Vintage Victorian screen doors, black early 1900's, great shape $600. Must see. Wagner power painter plus, model 330, 2000 psi, used once. $100. Jim Thorpe Area. Can text pictures. 570-657-6597
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6 burner stove with oven, $1,350; 4 ft. flat top griddle, $1,200; 3 ft Salamander, $1,500; 3 ft radiant char broiler, $1,350; 4 ft. Steam table, $600; All cooking equipment LP gas. 4 ft. Bain Marie S/C, $1,650; 20 qt. Mixer SS bowl, 3 attachments & safety guard, $1,750; 4 ft. SS Work Table $165.
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FOOD EQUIPMENT: Bakery/Deli Display Cases (FEDERAL) (1)50L. Refrigerator - $3,600 (retail $9,000) ; 6 Shelf Wire Display Rack w/sign (1)-$80 (retail $200) ;Ingredient Bins w/wheels 27 gallon (CAMBRO) (6)-$75 each (retail $195) ALL ABOVE ARE BRAND NEW CONDITION! While Supplies Last. Call or leave message 570-877-5317 (Scranton Area)
FOOD EQUIPMENT: Stainless steel table 30x30- $80 (retail $250); Stainless Steel Storage Cabinet & Shelving $200 (retail $850); POS Register Complete System (DinerWare)-$1,250 (retail $3,200); Laminated Retail/Food Commercial Counters (1) -70L w/glass petition-$650(retail $1,475), (1) – 70L - $375 (retail $1,100), (2)-48L-$325 each (retail $975 each); Batter Filler Depositor Machine with accessories (EDHARD) $3,250 (retail $7,000); PhotoCake IV Cake Decorating System $900 (retail $2,200);Cupcake Tower Display Stand (2)-$30 each (retail $70 each); White/Ivory Fiberglass Display Trays (50)- $5 each(retail $12 each); Commercial 24 Cup Muffin/Cupcake Baking Pans(Chicago Metallic) (16)-$35 each (retail $80 each); Clear Food Storage Box w/lid, 18"x26"x3 ½"(CAMBRO) (50)-$15 each (retail $35 each); ½ Sheet Baking Pans(MagicLine)(30)-$9 each (retail $24 each); Cabinet Storage Box 28x18x31(GLADIATOR)- $95 (retail $220); ALL ARE NEW CONDITION AND NEGOTIABLE! Call, text or leave a message 570-877-5317 (Scranton, PA)
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for possible pole building or large residential project. Jems-Pella-Anderson all $150 negotiable. 48X48, 48x53, 88x75, 7'x61, 30x72, 34 x 8ft, 40x63, 76x65, 6x66, 6x62, 72x93, Triple 5 units crank-outs 21x26, 6x6, 2ftx42, 5'x6', 48x72, 6'x86, 80x69, round tops 40x48, 38x46, 36x70, 30x72, 30x74, 69x60, 71x30, 32x62, 12x7, 32x54, 48x94, 48x88, 48x90, 67x66.5, 6'x6', 68x82, 6x86, 36x72, 64x88, picture windows 32x64, 28x36, 32x34, 48x60, 4x6, 32x64, 76x76, 5x5, 4x4 8 units 66x75 (4) units, 6x6, 36x69, 36x64, 26x65 (2) units. Anderson Slider 6'wx8”H with screen new 3 units $300 each. 30 x 8” (4) units Entrance Door 64x82 with SD lights and road top 36 full view stain glass door $350. (4) full view 34” glass pre-hung $50 each. (2) 36x8ft, slab door $50 each. (2) 36” oak 15 lite French door $100 each. (50) hollow core many sizes $30 negotiable (30) solid cove pre-hung many sizes $50 negotiable – slab door without frames, many styles & sizes (100)doors $25 each negotiable. Sherman William Paint 1 gallon cans, $10 per gallon. (75) gallons white or off white. (60) gallons light & medium tan. (50) gallons grey & greens. (30) gallons water base premium. (25) gallons brown. (75) gallon exterior – many colors. (40) gallons Industrial water base enamels. (40) gallons protective marine coating oil base. (50) gallons semi-glass water base and many other colors. (20) gallon oil base semi0gloss. (60) gallon deck, concrete & house stain. (15) gallon Faux Impression texture paint. 5 gallon pails (40) pails finish stucco $40 each. (50) 5 gallon pails masonry – primer-interior-exterior many colors $50 per all. Sherman Williams miscellaneous items (2) steel work bench 4'x6' with sorter $75 each, Black Beauty and basting sand 4 bags $100. All Beker scaffold like new $300. Granite counter (2) 2' x 4” $40 each. Pallet lift $100. 6” DUC rubber slip lifting approximately 150 – approximately 150 glue PUC fitting drain 8” to 15” for large commercial jobs $500. All 5x10-5x12 Formica sheets-50 per sheet. Champion paper cutter, 3 phase $500 negotiable. 570-937-4055
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Psychologically sound straight talk from syndicated columnist amy alkon
Dr. Strangerlove I’m a 33-year-old woman. Though I don’t want a boyfriend right now, I have a strong sex drive and don’t want to go without sex. I’ve tried the hookup apps, but besides finding sleeping with strangers sexually unsatisfying, I’m always a little surprised at how emotionally empty I end up feeling. (It’s not like I want any of these guys to be a boyfriend.) — Hungry
It’s possible for a woman to have an orgasm from hookup sex — just as it’s possible to spot a white rhino grazing on a roadway median in suburban Detroit. The reality is, hookups tend to work best if you are a man or a trailer. Research by sociologist Elizabeth A. Armstrong and her colleagues finds that for women, hookup sex is particularly problematic in the orgasm-dispensing department. In first-time hookups, women they surveyed reported orgasms only 11 percent of the time — compared with 67 percent of the time from sex in a relationship. However, the more times a woman had slept with her current hookup partner the more likely she was to finish with screams of ecstasy — and not the ones that stand in for “You ‘bout done yet?”
As for why you feel crappy after your latest Captain Hookup shinnies down the drainpipe, I’ve written before about how female emotions seem to have evolved to act as an alarm system against deficient male “investment.” They push women to crave emotional connection after sex — even when they went into it wanting nothing more than a little sexercise with some himbo. Pop the hood on the brain and you’ll see support for this notion. An analysis of findings from 24 brain imaging studies led psychiatrist Timm Poeppl and his colleagues to conclude that “sexual stimulation seems to activate key regions for emotional attachment and pair bonding more consistently in women than in men.” So, it isn’t exactly bizarre that you, as a woman, find hooking up with a stranger about as emotionally and sexually satisfying as a fist bump. This doesn’t mean you have to rush a boyfriend into your life to have sex. You can eliminate some of the problems of hookup sex by finding a regular sex-quaintance — ideally, a guy friend who’s sweet and attractive but who falls steeply short of the qualifications you have for a romantic partner. (That way, you’ll be less likely to let any “activated” brain regions vault you into a relationship.)
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This is somebody you can gradually show around your body and train in the magic trick it takes for you to have an orgasm — as opposed to some single-serving Romeo who approaches your body like a burglar in a pitch-black china shop. And, finally, having at least friendly affection for somebody you sleep with should mean that sex leaves you feeling, if not loved, well, less like a rental car somebody just dropped off. “Note to person checking in this vehicle: Makes weird noises when cornering.” Champagne and Suffering I’m a 30-year-old gay guy. I was laid off, and I’m freelancing crazy hours to try to pay my rent and bills. My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend, and I did what I could timewise (and put a modest gift on my credit card), but he’s totally bent out of shape because he feels like I neglected him. He equates the attention you pay to his birthday with how much you care, which is so ridiculous. — Feeling Bad What kind of friend are you that you couldn’t, say, sell a kidney on the black market and buy the guy a proper gift? Yes, it seems you prioritized frivolities such as paying rent and keeping the lights on without needing to rig a treadmill for your dog to chase a piece of bacon on a string. Of course, putting your financial survival first doesn’t mean you’re a bad friend. The, uh, brat of honor probably just sees it that way
because of what psychologists call “attribution bias.” This describes how we tend to be charitable in explaining our own errors and failings — excusing them as situational (the result of something that’s happened to us) — while attributing others’ to the sort of people they are (compassionless, birthdayhating monsters). Have a sit-down with your friend and explain that you care deeply about him. (Review your history of showing this.) Emphasize that it was a lack of time and funding, not a lack of feeling, that kept you from, say, renting a sufficiently mansionesque bouncy house or hiring David Blaine to make balloon animals on his special day. Apply compassion. Recognize that there’s probably some woundyplace in him that makes him this way, basically expecting his birthday to be treated like some major national holiday. Okay, maybe the guy’s first name is Martin. Chances are, the two that follow aren’t “Luther” and “King.”
Amy Alkon got a problem? Write amy alkon at 171 Pier ave., #280, santa monica, ca 90405 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2016, amy alkon, all rights reserved
Psycho sUdokU “Kaidoku”
Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with wellknown English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!
“Portrayed-Off”--something’s lost in the interpretation.
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Psycho Sudoku edited by Matt Jones email@example.com
ACROSS 1 Trivia contest locales 5 Went over like ___ balloon 10 Sheep sounds 14 Racecar driver Luyendyk whose son is currently “The Bachelor” 15 How some rooms are lit 16 Shrek or Fiona, e.g. 17 Hanging around, being a particle, losing its charge, catching up on reading, etc.? 19 Like some histories 20 Piece of property 21 Gym fixture 23 Take out 25 May honoree 26 Anticipating a little devil? 33 Furor 34 Leachman of “Young Frankenstein” 35 Caffeine-containing nut 37 “Rebel Without a Cause” costar Sal 39 “Superman” archvillain Luthor 40 Abate 41 Tennis player Wawrinka 42 Copper coating 44 “May ___ now?” 45 Nonexistent grades like “G+”? 48 “Westworld” network 49 Photos, slangily 50 Chain that sells a lot of cups
56 Time periods 60 “Free Willy” whale 61 “Give it up!” (or what the theme answers do) 63 Clock face 64 Pulitzer-winning novelist Alison 65 Spiced tea beverage 66 Gardener’s purchase 67 Streisand title role of 1983 68 Russian ruler, before 1917 DOWN 1 NATO phonetic alphabet letter after Oscar 2 Web addresses 3 Confirmation ___ 4 Iroquois League nation 5 Big bother 6 Pick-me-up 7 Abu Dhabi leader, for instance 8 Lip balm ingredient 9 Phenomenal performers 10 Soundstage equipment that hangs high 11 Cultural leader? 12 Kazakhstan border “Sea” that’s really a lake 13 Auction off 18 Exterior finish for some houses 22 Palme ___ (Cannes Film Festival prize) 24 ___ Tuesday (“Voices Carry” group) 26 Water filter brand name 27 Kidney-related 28 “The Dark Knight” trilogy
director 29 “Lady Bird” writer-director Gerwig 30 Hyphenated descriptor for a repairperson 31 Recurrent theme 32 Not-so-subtle promos 33 Contacts online, for short 36 Abbr. on military mail 38 Spellbind 40 Sumptuous 42 In a self-satisfied way, maybe 43 Little bite 46 Flow’s counterpart 47 Look forward to 50 Covers with turf 51 Muse, for one 52 Antioxidant-rich berry 53 Heavy metal’s Mötley ___ 54 “Freak on a Leash” band 55 Barbecue rod 57 Satisfied sounds 58 March Madness gp. 59 Make Kool-Aid 62 ___ Aviv, Israel LAst wEEk’s soLUtion
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