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A Christmas Story, Thursday through Dec. 18; Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. A musical version of the popular Christmas movie of the same name. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. $30-$35 dinner and show/$14-$18 show only. 570-283-2195 or musicbox.org. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol, Thursday through Dec. 11; Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Comedic take on the classic presented by Actors Circle. Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. $8-$12. 570-342-9707 or actorscircle.org. Annual Holiday Window Decorating Showcase, Friday through Jan. 2. See shop windows decorated for the holidays. Downtown Scranton. Annual Christmas Show & Sale, Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students of the Day Development Program at First Hospital crafted items for sale, such as ornaments, scarves, hats, jewelry, paintings and baked goods. Proceeds benefit the Abilities Thru Arts Studio and artists. Commonwealth Health First Hospital, 562 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 570-552-3600. Fourth annual ScrantonMade Holiday Market, Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The former Globe Store transforms into a winter wonderland of holiday shopping, music and photos with Santa Claus. There will be more than 100 local vendors. Former Globe Store, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. scrantonmade.com. Keeping Christ in Christmas, Friday, 5 p.m. Includes singing Christmas hymns by candlelight at the nativity display on the courthouse lawn. Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-825-1500 or luzernecounty.org. Dickens of a Christmas, Friday, 5:30 p.m. Seasonal entertainment and, following dinner, Waverly United Methodist Church presents a retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” Guests can grab a selfie with Scrooge. Waverly UMC, Church Street. 570-586-8166 or mwhitlock@ susumc.org. Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. Wanabee Christmas, Friday, 6 to 11 p.m. Christmas celebration with live entertainment by the Wanabees, buffet dinner and cash bar. Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. $20/$5 no meal; checks payable to: The Regal Room, 214 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447. 570-489-1901, regalroom.com or regalroom@epix.net. Candlelight Christmas Dinner, Friday through Sunday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Holiday punch, syllabub, hors d’oeuvres and horse and carriage rides. Music by the Bradley Bunch on Friday and Saturday, and Robert Kopec Trio and Honesdale High School Choir on Sunday. The Settlers Inn, 4 Main Ave., Hawley. $95. 570-226-2993 or thesettlersinn.com. I’m Not Ebenezer Scrooge, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Nuremberg Community Players Inc. present a comedy by Tim Kochenderfer. Reservations suggested. Nuremberg Community Players, 283 Hazle St., Nuremberg. $10. 877-718-7894. Sounds of the Season, Friday, 7 p.m. Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents its holiday show with Ballet Theater of Scranton and the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. $31-$66. 570-344-1111 or sccmt.org. A Guitar Christmas, Friday, 7:30 p.m. The program presented by Marywood University’s Guitar Ensemble

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consists of Christmas and other holiday favorites. Marian Chapel at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. marywood.edu/mtd/events/index.html. It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 102 will usher. Special appearances by Elsa and Santa plus a bake sale by the United Methodist Women. Hawley United Methodist Church, 315 Church St., Hawley. $10 adults/$7 seniors and children. 732-904-5965 or spotlightplayersllc@gmail.com. The Miracle of Bethlehem, Friday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tells the story of the birth of Jesus with animals from Endless Dreams Animals, Benton Twp. Food and hot chocolate will be for sale. St. Faustina’s Alternate Site, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Free; donations accepted. 570-550-7799. The Nutcracker, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Presented by Linn McDonald School of Dance. Scranton High School, 63 Munchak Way. $10. Twelve Twenty-Four TSO tribute, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Band performs Christmas music with a theatrical rock edge to create a popular show suitable for fans of all ages. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $26. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com. Santa on the Trolley, Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. The 10-mile ride goes to the Trolley Works Building at PNC Field and back to the museum. Reservations required. Departs at 10 and 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 570-963-6590 or ectma.org. Eighth annual St. Nicholas 5K run/fun walk, Saturday, 7:15 a.m. Mass at 7:15. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10. Reception with homemade soup in the church basement follows. St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 411 Church St., Archbald. Adults, $25 includes shirt/$20 no shirt; children 14 and younger, $15 includes shirt/$10 no shirt. 570-876-1701 or EdKelly@comcast.net. Christmas Train, Toy, Craft and Collectables Show, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show has more than 120 vendors, some of which offer trains of all shapes and sizes plus different collectables. Taylor Fire Department 1, Ladder 95, 614 Union St. 18th annual Brunch with Santa, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Presented by Misericordia University Alumni Association. A professional photographer will capture the moment. Individual photos and photo packages available for purchase. Banks Student Life Center at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $12 adults/$6 children 5 to 12/free for children under 5. 570-674-6400 or misericordia.edu. Alternative Christmas Craft Fair, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-824-2478. Home Made for the Holidays, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by the Environmental Learning Center with family and friends to create homemade holiday ornament using natural materials. Take a small container for the craft. Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road, Covington Twp. 570-945-7110. Christmas in a Small Town: Santa Train, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The train celebrates its 20th anniversary at six restored train stations: Carbondale, 10:30 a.m.; Archbald, 11:35 a.m.; Jessup, 12:20 p.m.; Olyphant, 1 p.m.; Dickson City, 1:45 p.m.; and Scranton, 3 p.m. Steamtown National Historic Site, 350 Cliff St., Scranton. 570-963-6730 or lhva.org. Holiday workshop, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A family-friendly morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady to get into the spirit of the season. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. Christmas open house, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a horse-drawn wagon. Take photos with Santa; crafts and refreshments available. Moffat Estate, Route 435, Covington Twp. Free. 26th annual Old-Time Christmas, Saturday, Sunday

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and Dec. 10 and 11, 3 to 7 p.m. From soft glowing lantern light to complementary hot chocolate and cookies, enjoy Christmas celebrations. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. $10/$5. 570992-6161 or quietvalley.org/index.html. Grinchy Grinch Grinch Holiday Event, Saturday, 3 to 5 p.m. Grinch activity stations and refreshments available. Open to children of all ages. Call the library to register. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Free. 570-6931364 or wyomingfreelibrary.org. Eighth annual Christmas Village, Saturday and Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. Features live music from Dunmore High School and Penn State Worthington Scranton jazz bands and choirs, Serenity Harpists and other artists plus holiday goodies such as a live nativity, hot cocoa and cookies. Grace Bible Church, 130 University Drive, Dunmore. Free. 570-342-5651 or gracebiblepa.com. Sounds of the Season, Saturday, 7 p.m. Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents its holiday show with Ballet Theater of Scranton and the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 570826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Christmas Concert — Navidad Nuestra, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Draws on folk music of Argentina to tell the Christmas story. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. $15 adults/$12 WVIA members and seniors/free for students with ID. 570-871-0350 or arcadiachorale.org. 49th annual Noel Night, Saturday, 8 p.m. The University of Scranton Singers and Chamber Ensemble with pianist Ron Stabinsky and trumpeter Mark Gould. Houlihan-McLean Center at University of Scranton, 800 Linden St. 570-941-7624 or scranton.edu/music. 15th annual Victorian Winter Weekend, Saturday, 10 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 to 5 p.m. Christmas music, food and shopping take place in an original Victorian home. Past Impressions, 595 Easton Turnpike, Hamlin. 570-6894123 or ilovepastimpressions.com. Santa Breakfast, Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. Santa will have small gifts for the children. West Wyoming Fire Department, 926 Shoemaker Ave. $8 adults/$5 kids. Autism Speaks U Sensory Winter Wonderland, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children with autism and their families are invited to participate in sensory activities including a parachute activity and photo booth. Light refreshments will be served. Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas. Free. 570-229-0086, misericordia.edu/autism or gombitam@misericordia.edu. Christmas in Brass, Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Features Borderline Brass and Friends. Take a canned fruit or a box of cereal for Caring Community Food Pantry. United Methodist Community Church, 436 Main St., Great Bend. 12th annual Christmas program, Sunday, 3 p.m. Presented by Montrose Community Chorale. Light refreshments served in the Missionary Room. Free-will donations accepted. First Presbyterian Church, 367 Church St., Montrose. A Christmas Carol, Sunday, 3 p.m. Local actor Bob Hughes will read and perform a play adaptation of Charles Dickens. Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton. Free. 570-348-3000 or albright.org. Christmas Concert — Navidad Nuestra, Sunday, 3 p.m. Draws on folk music of Argentina to tell the Christmas story. St. Nicholas R.C. Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. $15 adults/$12 WVIA members and seniors/free for students with ID. 570-871-0350 or arcadiachorale.org. Holiday Concert with Crystal Band of Scranton, Sunday, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church of Abington, Main Street and Carbondale Road, Waverly Twp. crystalband.com. Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

Holiday Concert with the Crystal Band of Scranton, Monday, 7 p.m. Viewmont Mall, 100 Viewmont Drive, Scranton. crystalband.com. Christmas Concert — Navidad Nuestra, Monday, 7:30 p.m. Draws on folk music of Argentina to tell the Christmas story. Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazleton. $15 adults/$12 WVIA members and seniors/Free for students with ID. 570-871-0350 or arcadiachorale.org. Gingerbread cookie decorating, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Children and their families will read gingerbread stories and decorate gingerbread cookies. Nancy Kay Holmes Library, 1032 Green Ridge St., Scranton. 570-207-0764 or lclshome.org. 13th annual Toys for Tots open skate, Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone taking a new, unwrapped toy or who donates to Toys for Tots can participate. Snacks and gifts available for guests. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. $5. 570-9707600 or mohegansunarenapa.com. Golden Days of Radio Holiday Performance, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Go back to the golden days of radio during this holiday performance of radio plays presented by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. Christmas concert, Dec. 7, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tenor concert soloist the Rev. Gideon Giatano will perform. Lunch will be served following the concert. Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Christmas classic is shown on the big screen. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free. 570-996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. Annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Takes place in the rotunda. Liberal Arts Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 570-347-6211. International Dinner: Christmas Cheer, Dec. 8. Seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Reserve by Dec. 5. St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. 570-343-5151 or smccenter.com. Leadership Lackawanna Mix, Mingle and Jingle, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine, soda, appetizers, a mystery box raffle and an ugly sweater contest. All proceeds benefit Leadership Lackawanna. Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. $25 online or at door. leadershiplackawanna.com. String Project’s Holiday Concert, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. Presented by the MTD department. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 570-348-6211 or marywood.edu. Sleigh Bells Ring Out, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Grammy Award-winners the Mavericks present a country fusion Christmas celebration. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $35-$69. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Festival of Trees, Dec. 9 through Jan. 9. Annual exhibit focuses on steampunk style. Benefits Toys for Tots. Opening reception: Dec. 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-343-3400 or themarketplaceatsteamtown.com. Hawley Winterfest, Dec. 9 through 11. Annual celebration includes live music, tours, exhibits, Christmas tree sales, cookie walk, snow show demo, artisan fair, meet-the-author book signings, ice sculpture, horse-drawn carriage rides, the Ritz Theater Christmas show, tree-lighting ceremony, living nativity and more. Downtown Hawley. Prices vary; many events offered free. hawleywinterfest.com. An Old-Fashioned Holiday Market, Dec. 9 and 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Arts, craft and food vendors and live entertainment. Public Square, Main and Market streets, Wilkes-Barre. 570-208-4149, wilkes-barre.pa.us or phughes@wilkes-barre.pa.us. Ple ase se e CALENDAR, Page 9


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Christmas in a small town — the santa train

A seasonal tradition marks its 20th anniversary of delivering Christmas cheer to the Lackawanna Valley. Christmas in a Small Town, aka the Santa Train, chugs down the line Saturday, stopping at several town train stations starting with Carbondale at 10:30 a.m., Archbald at 11:35; Jessup at 12:20 p.m., Olyphant at 1 and Dickson City at 1:45 before arriving at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton at 3. Santa swaps his sleigh for a locomotive each year for the trip, hearing children’s Christmas wishes and posing for photos at each stop. Those gathered can enjoy refreshments, take part in free activities and listen to live entertainment. Valley View High School’s marching band will perform at the Archbald and Jessup stations. Train rides are not open to the public during the event. For details, call 570-963-6730, ext. 8200, or visit www.lhva.org.

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49th annual noel night

The University of Scranton presents its 49th annual Noel Night on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Houlihan-McLean Center, 800 Linden St. Doors open at 6:50 p.m., and the prelude starts at 7. Admission is free. The concert includes performances by the university’s singers and chamber ensemble as well as guests Ron Stabinsky on piano and Mark Gould on trumpet. A graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Stabinsky has performed around the world as a solo artist and collaborator in many genres. Gould leads the New York Trumpet Ensemble and chairs the brass department of Manhattan School of Music. He also was the Metropolitan Opera orchestra’s principal trumpet from 1974 to 2003. For more information, call 570-941-7624 or visit www.scranton.edu/musicbn.

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Christmas shows

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Local performers wish audiences a merry Christmas with seasonal shows starting this weekend. Actors Circle presents a take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale with “the Farndale avenue housing Estate townswomen’s Guild Dramatic society’s Production of a Christmas Carol” from Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 11, at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Shows take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The comedy follows a group of women in a fictional dramatic society who stage the Christmas classic. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. For remaining shows, seats are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email tickets@actorscircle.com. The Nuremberg Players, meanwhile, take a comedic look at the Dickens classic with “i’m Not Ebenezer scrooge,” set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at 283 Hazle St., Nuremberg. The story follows an unsuspecting, slightly dim-witted, modern-day penny-pincher, Carter, in a spoof of the quintessential Christmas classic. Tickets are $10; call 877-718-7894. Then this Sunday, Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton, hosts an adaptation of “a Christmas Carol” starring local actor Bob Hughes. The free program starts at 3 p.m. Visit www.albright. org or call 570-348-3000. “a Christmas story,” a musical based off the classic Christmas movie of the same name, comes to Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, from Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 18. Shows run Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., with meals starting 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and younger for the dinner and show, and $18 for adults and $14 for students and military for the show only. Call 570-283-2195.

Musicians, toy soldiers and the big man himself keep the stage bustling this weekend. Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic brings its “Sounds of the Season” show to Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., on Friday and to F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $31, plus fees, and are available at nepaphil.org. Student tickets are $16. “This is our best seller,” said office and patron sales manager Sandy Davis. Both nights feature songs from Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, wooden soldiers presented by Ballet Theatre of Scranton and guest soloist Sara Casey, a Wilkes-Barre native who attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music and McGill University. Assistant conductor Mélisse Brunet leads the production that culminates with an appearance by Santa Claus. The show features a wide array of popular songs, from music from movies and TV shows such as “The Polar Express,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Frozen” to classic carols including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” to pop songs such as “Sleigh Ride.”

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‘EmmEt ottEr’s JuGbaND Christmas’

Jim Henson’s heart-warming Christmas story, “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,” heads to the big screen Friday and Saturday. The Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, shows the film each night at 5:30 and 7. Admission is free. The 1977 television movie with a cast of Muppets follows a poor young otter named Emmet and his mother as they enter a talent contest to win the cash prize just in time for Christmas. The cast includes Henson as Kermit the Frog and other characters plus legendary voice actor and director Frank Oz and longtime Henson collaborator Jerry Nelson. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit dietrichtheater.com.

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The Ataris first earned charttopping success for a pop-punk cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” but now the group brings its winter tour to Scranton for a dose of coldweather rock. The band behind hits such as “In This Diary” and “The Saddest Song” plays Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave. In a recent phone interview from the Chicago area, lead singer, rhythm guitarist and founding member Kristopher Roe said the band looks forward to returning to the Electric City as a sort of winter vacation. Since forming in 1996, the band played Vans Warped Tour and headlined several other crosscountry tours in support of its music catalog, which combines influences as diverse as the Replacements, Foo Fighters and Tom Waits. The newest songs show a more personal side of the band, explained Roe, the main lyricist. “I like more singer-songwriter-storyteller lyrics with vivid imagery,” he said. “I’m from the Midwest originally, so I like that sad, broken beauty

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you find in small-town Americana. I think every song needs these kinds of indepth, detailed pictures, like little postcards. “That became more what this band was about and fans related to as I got better as a songwriter. Musically, the songs are straight-forward rockand-roll songs, but big, kind of atmospheric and droney, with pretty, lush breakdowns.” It’s a marked maturation since the band’s days of popularity in the underground, DIY market that appeals to teen fans. Much of the old audience grew up with the group, but the evolution of its sound brings in new listeners, too. For Ataris supporters old and new, Roe promised a show of old material that sounds new, and new material that harkens back to classic rock artists who inspired the band. “We’re very no-frills, just two guitars, bass and drums,” he said. “I like honesty and unpredictability, that danger that was in rock-and-roll bands in

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the ’60s and ’70s and ’90s, like Nirvana, that’s lost on newer bands. “Being in a band for so long, we definitely see the songs have taken on a new life. When you see us live, we play the songs we feel as a fan you’d want to see, fan favorites. I feel stronger as a live band. There’s a lot more energy; you just have to come out and see it. We evolve on the songs and try to make it different live. We mix it up every night the way the songs come across.” Despite some lineup changes over the years, the Ataris remain as polished and tight as ever, thanks to a shared mentality among band members happy to still play music for a living. “In the studio, the band is a very angular, focused thing. With the live lineup, there’s an energy and vibe of four individuals playing off each other,” Roe said. “For me, the most important thing is the

crowd. You feed off the energy. “Hopefully, people have as much fun as we do. As long as you’re out doing what you love and giving it your heart, there’s not a day in my life I don’t feel blessed or grateful to be doing what I love.” —patrice wilding

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What: the ataris When: thursday, 6 p.m. Where: the Leonard theater, 335 adams ave. DetaILs: tickets are $12 to $17, plus fees, available through eventbrite.com. for more information, follow the event page on facebook.


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Wilkes-Barre. $19.50/$25.50/$29.50 plus fees. 570-8261100 or kirbycenter.org. Holiday party, Dec. 15, 12:45 p.m. Santa visits. Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail. The Polar Express, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. Features a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale. Children also can write letters to Santa. Cookies and hot chocolate served. Call to register. Lackawanna County Children’s Library, 520 Vine St., Scranton. 570-348-3015 or lclshome.org/ childrenslibrary. ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dec. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. Parents and children are invited to enjoy a reading of the holiday classic “The Night Before Christmas” as well as holiday crafts, letter-writing to Santa and other holiday treats. Doors close at 6. Advance registration required. Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. $8 per child. 570-253-3240 or waynehistorypa.org. The Live Nativity of the Abingtons, Dec. 16 and 17, 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 6 p.m. Music, drama and live animals featured. Performance celebration in the church lobby with live entertainment, refreshments and a fire. Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road. 570-586-8286 or LiveNativityOfTheAbingtons.com. The Nutcracker, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.;Dec. 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Presented by Ballet Northeast. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. $22 adults/$15 students and seniors. 570-821-8525 or info@ balletnortheast.org. Christmas at the Cathedral with Ronan Tynan, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. The Irish Tenors member performs. St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. $35-$100. 570-344-7231. Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 17, 9. Menu includes ham, sausage links, scrambled eggs, home fries, French toast sticks, juices, coffee and tea. A second breakfast starts at 11:30 a.m. PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic. $15 adults/$8 kids 12 and younger/free for kids 2 and younger. 570-969-2255 or swbyankees.com. Holiday Celebration, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a trolley ride with Santa at 11 a.m. and then join Mrs. Claus for arts and crafts, balloon art, refreshments and music. Reservations encouraged. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Children, $10 (includes trolley ride and museum); adults, free for museum/$5 for trolley ride. 570-963-6590, ectma.org or arts-culture@ lackawannacounty.org. Elf, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Film that has become a holiday staple will be screened. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. Free. 570-3441111 or sccmt.org. Tea, Tips and Treasures, Dec. 17, noon. The last Tea, Tips and Treasures program for the year will be a Christmas party with a snowman theme. Children 3 and older can enjoy Christmas fun and holiday snacks. Call the library to register. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Free; space limited. 570-693-1364 or wyomingfreelibrary.org. Annual Jingle Ball, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live music all day, craft beer samples, games and giveaways. Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. 570-9550192 or backyardalehouse.com. NEPA Holiday Show, Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Features the Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, We’re Sining the Sw!m and more. Ticket prices increase the day of the show. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. $17.50. 570-344-1111 or sccmt.org. Merry Christmas Darling — A Carpenters’ Christmas, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. This holiday show celebrates the classic Carpenters’ Christmas recordings. The Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton. $30. 570-800-5020 or goodwillnepa.org/theater. Peek-a-Boo Revue Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Holiday spectacle with Philadelphia’s premier neo-burlesque troupe. Doors open at 7 p.m. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $26. 570-325-0249 or mcohjt.com.

15th annual O’Malley Free Christmas Party, Dec. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Children in preschool through fifth grade can attend an event that offers photos with Santa, Goodfella’s Pizza, candy canes and more. Reserve by Dec. 15; call 570346-1828 and leave a voicemail with the number of children attending. Keyser Valley Community Center, 101 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. Free. 570-346-1828. Messiah Sing-Along, Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Arcadia Chorale performs Handel’s masterwork with audience singing the choruses. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. $15 adults/$12 seniors and WVIA members/free for students with I.D. 570-871-0350 or arcadiachorale.org. Magical Music of Christmas, Dec. 18, 4 p.m. The event features appetizers, cocktails and a gourmet Christmas buffet is included with entertainment by Talents of the World. Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. $35. 570-282-1289. The Jolly Seniors, Dec. 22, 12:45 p.m. Group leads a Christmas/holiday sing-along. Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail. Cabinet Holiday Show, Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Featured artist is Holy Bowling. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $20 advance/$25 day of show. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. The Nutcracker, Dec. 26 through 28, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Presented by Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University. Tickets are available two hours prior to show time. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts at Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Free. 570-347-2867 or balletscranton.org. Electric City Trim a Tree Challenge, through Dec. 27. Visit the Trolley Museum and vote for your favorite decorated trees. The trees will be trimmed by elementary students from the Lackawanna County Schools. This year’s theme will be “Christmas Carols.” Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. $3/free for children 3 and younger. 570-945-3617 or ectma.org. New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 29. Luncheon will be held. Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail. Nay Aug Holiday Light Show, through Dec. 30, 5 to 9 p.m. More than 100 light displays can be seen in this annual holiday attraction. Drive or walk through from the entrance at the top of Mulberry Street to the exit near East Gibson Street. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Free; donations accepted. The Holiday Reunion Concert, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Bands performing include Underground Saints, the Five Percent, Bret Alexander, Aaron Fink & the Fury, Death Valley Dreams, Tony Halchak Band. Part of the Live from the Chandelier Lobby Series. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $12 advance/$15 day of show. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org.

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FROM PAGE 4 30th Anniversary of The Nutcracker, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Presented by Scranton Civic Ballet Company. Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. 570-343-0115 or office@ scrantoncivicballet.com. Beyond Harmony Holiday Benefit Concert, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. A cappella group holds a Christmas concert and tree lighting with Santa to benefit Bourger Women with Children Program. Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas. $5 adults/$3 students, children, seniors and alumni. 570674-6719, misericordia.edu/theartsandmore or digirole@ misericordia.edu. Christmas open house, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Enjoy sweet treats, stories and a visit from a special guest. Jacque Adams provides Christmas carols. Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory.org. Stocking Stuffers: A Holiday Comedy, Dec. 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne St. $8 adults/$5 children. 570-348-3616. A Very Kacey Christmas featuring Kacey Musgraves, Dec. 9, 8 p.m. The two-time Grammy winner will showcase songs off her upcoming Christmas album, “A Very Kacey Christmas.” F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $29.50/$39.50/$49.50. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. AARP Christmas Party, Dec. 10. Entertainment by Rich Wilson. Reserve by Dec. 5. Genetti Manor, 1605 Main St., Dickson City. $25. 570-347-2404. A Time To Celebrate, Dec. 10, 1 and 5 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Joan Harris Dancers perform as part of its 35th annual holiday extravaganza. Tickets available at the Joan Harris Centre’s campus in the Harris Conservatory, Luzerne. Dallas High School & Performing Arts Center, 2030 Conyngham Ave., Dallas. $12 advance/$15 at the door. 570-287-7977 or joanharrisdancers.com. SantaCon Scranton, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dress up as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph or an elf and celebrate the holiday season with 12 hours of nonstop music and bar hopping around town. Entertainment at the Leonard Theater includes Adam Bailey, Light Weight, Black Tie Stereo, London Force and DJ Jay Velar. The Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave., Scranton. $10. 570341-0375 or TheLeonardTheater.com. Milford Holiday House Tour, Dec. 10, 3 to 7 p.m. The tour begins at UDGLBT Center, where participants will pick up admission tickets and maps and is presented by Upper Delaware GLBT Center. 201 W. Harford St., Milford. $20 adults/$10 children 18 and younger. udglbt.org. Shirim’s Klezmer Nutcracker, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m. Celebrates the holidays with a klezmer rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Milford Theatre, 114 E. Catherine St. $15-$20; season pass, $110. 570-409-1278 or milfordtheatre.com/milford. Jeffrey James Christmas Party, Dec. 10, 6 to 11 p.m. Entertainment by Jeffrey James Band from 8 to 11 p.m. Open bar from 6 to 11 p.m., and a full-course dinner and dessert. Reservations required by Dec. 5. Regal Room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. $38-$69; groups need to pay $100 deposit. 570-489-1901 or regalroom.com. Holiday Shows, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. Performing Arts Training Academy and Misericordia Players theater troupe team up for a holiday celebration that includes productions of “A Christmas Carol” and original play “Making Christmas Happen.” Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. $5. 570-6746400 or misericordia.edu. Joe Nardone’s Holiday Doo-Wop Extravaganza, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Acts include the Skyliners, the Dubs, the Crystals’ LaLa Brooks, the Earls, the Passions’ Jimmy Gallagher and Classic Sounds. F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $29.50/$39.50/$49.50. 570-826-1100 or kirbycenter.org. Classic Voices Christmas Season Concert, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Carbondale Area’s a cappella choral

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North slope Brewing Company, 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: Jeanne Zano Band The V-spot Bar, Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

sambuca Grill, 234 Penn Ave., Scranton: Paul Ardito

New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Pyscho 38, Queeftones, uMan ERA

The second Wind, 59 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock: The Return

O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Days in Transit, E57

duffy’s Coffee house, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session

OsE (Oak street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Flatland Ruckus

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Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: J.R. Huff The V-spot Bar, Providence Road, Scranton: Behind the Grey, Red Hymns, Ignite the Fire

saTurday 6 string saloon, 1474 San Souci Parkway, Hanover Twp.: Jeanne Zano Band ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Michale Graves Backyard ale house, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Dishonest Fiddlers Bar Louie at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: London Force Bart & urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Tom Graham Blu Wasabi, 223 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Group Du Jour

Ono’s Bar, 236 Zerbey Ave., Kingston: Kluster Phunk Duo (acoustic)

Breakers at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Nowhere Slow

OsE (Oak street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Better Than Bad, Paul’s Turn

Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: FullCircle

Poor richard’s Pub, 125 Beech St., Scranton: DJ Honey Do

Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Robb Brown

POsh at the scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: DJ Matt Michaylo

honky Tonk restaurant & saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Kartune

regal room, 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant: The Wanabees

JJ Bridjes restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Lights Out

Parker house Tavern, 12 E. Parker St., Scranton: The Frost Poor richard’s Pub, 125 Beech St., Scranton: DJ Honey Do POsh at the scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Paul Martin river street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Band ruth’s Chris steak house at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio sambuca Grill, 234 Penn Ave., Scranton: Paul Ardito skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coast To Coast The Tauras Club, 106 W. Market St., Scranton: Millennium Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Light Weight The V-spot Bar, Providence Road, Scranton: Giants of Science

suNday Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: DJ Peter Bayo

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hops & Barleys, 131 Main St., Luzerne: Nowhere Slow (Rick solo) streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Streamside Karaoke The V-spot Bar, Providence Road, Scranton: Mark Sutorka

WEdNEsday Bazil, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Marko Marcinko Jazz Trio The Crimson Lion hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Jeanne Zano Duo Ole Tyme Charley’s restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Village Idiots ruth’s Chris steak house at Mohegan sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Live Music Wednesdays stir Nightclub & Bar, 41 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke with Tony Piazza The V-spot Bar, Providence Road, Scranton: Last Call Trio Whiskey dick’s, 308 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Trivia Night

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SOUNDS

RELEVANCY RETAINED

WILCO — “Schmilco” THE GOOD: Chicago-based indie rockers Wilco give us a subtle 10th. THE BAD: Nope. THE NITTY GRITTY: In 1971, Harry Nilsson released “Nilsson Schmilsson.” Now Wilco offers up “Wilco Schmilco,” a mostly acoustic affair recorded during the same sessions as last year’s “Star Wars.” “Schmilco” is divine in its simplicity, an intimate set that finds frontman Jeff Tweedy writing about his childhood and formative years, sometimes gazing back fondly, sometimes zeroing in on past insecurities. The songs are very

direct; the guys being spontaneous — playing it loose but “together” — replaces any prominent studio experimentation on past efforts. Wilco feels comfortable in its current surroundings (maybe too comfortable); some songs turn into rambling jams giving off carefree vibes (even when the subject matter isn’t so cheery). It’s almost like stumbling in on a rehearsal session that’s going extremely well, one where all the pieces gel effortlessly while creating an instantly enjoyable album with moments that can never be replicated. BUY IT?: I would.

THE PIXIES — “Head Carrier” THE GOOD: Indie legends the Pixies return with their sixth full-length album. THE BAD: Original bassist and female vocalist Kim Deal is NEVER coming back. Touring bassist Paz Lenchantin, who has some mighty big shoes to fill, officially replaced her. Is she up to the challenge?

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THE NITTY GRITTY: Working with new producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Ghost), “Carrier” feels like a completely fresh start for the band. Too bad the relaunch is far less exciting than this seminal group’s past. While the new record is still better and more coherent than 2014’s “Indie Cindy” (an album that was simply three EPs all smashed together), a lot of the sharpness and potential danger of the band’s classic period is sorely lacking. “Carrier” feels too damn safe. Even “All I Think About Now” resembles a watered-down “Where Is My Mind.” Still, “Carrier” boasts more than a few good songs. Perhaps “Doolittle” (1989) or “Bossanova” (1990) can never be topped. So I suggest adjusting your expectations accordingly. BUY IT?: Your choice. GREEN DAY — “Revolution Radio” THE GOOD: California pop-punks Green Day

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release their 12th album overall and first as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. THE BAD: Not “genuine” enough for some? Maybe. THE NITTY GRITTY: These guys still come off as angry young men even if they have next to nothing to be angry about anymore. Rock has been very good to their bank accounts indeed. But “Revolution Radio” strikes all the right chords in all the right places. Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys get political without getting TOO specific, get angry without becoming TOO aggressive and get good and loud without sounding TOO disjointed. So “Revolution Radio” ends up a tight rock album that’s all about an endless barrage of hooks. Tunes such as the title cut and “Say Goodbye” are big on soaring choruses. “Troubled Times” is gorgeous, mid-tempo melodrama. “Too Dumb To Die” is so sing-song it resembles the nursery rhyme “This Old Man.” You get the gist. Dig the surface. Don’t delve too deep. BUY IT?: Sure.

Mike Evans

Mike Evans is a super cool radio guy who doesn’t mess around when it comes to music. Sounds appears weekly in electric city. mevans@timesshamrock.com


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Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple Tickets: 570-344-1111 NEPA Philharmonic: Sounds of the Season, Dec. 2 Let It Show, featuring Lukas Graham, Shaggy, Jacob Whitesides and Daya, Dec. 8 A Madrigal Mixtape Brunch, Dec. 11 Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg Tickets: 570-420-2808 Bad Case of Big Mouth, Dec. 3 Tim Reynolds, Dec. 3 An Acoustic Evening with the Stolen, Dec. 8 P.O.W.W.O.W., Dec. 9 Cedar Green, Dec. 10 MIZIMU, Dec. 17 Patent Pending, Dec. 23 Dana Gaynor Band, Dec. 27 Pink Talking Fish, Dec. 29 A Boy Named John, Dec. 29

Catch bluesman Popa Chubby on Friday night at the Sellersville Theater.

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Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe Tickets: 570-325-0371 Marty Stuart & His Fabulous SuperlaF.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre tives, Dec. 1 Tickets: 570-826-1100 Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe Foghat with Blackfoot, Dec. 3 Girls, Guns & Glory and Kelsey Waldon, Tickets: 570-325-0249 An Olde English Christmas with HerDec. 2 man’s Hermits, Dec. 8 Twelve Twenty-Four — Trans-Siberian NEPA Philharmonic, Dec. 3 DeadPhish Orchestra, Dec. 10 Orchestra tribute, Dec. 2 and 3 Melissa Etheridge’s Holiday Trio, Dec. 4 In My Life: Tribute To John Lennon, Chris Janson, Dec. 17 The Mavericks, Dec. 8 Get the Led Out, Dec. 30 and 31 Dec. 8 Kacey Musgraves, Dec. 9 The Cast of Beatlemania, Dec. 9 Joe Nardone Presents: The Holiday Doo Craig Thatcher & Friends Rockin’ Christ- River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp. Wop Extravaganza, Dec. 10 Tickets: 570-822-2992 mas, Dec. 10 Fuzz 92.1 Presents Milky Chance, Dec. 13 Ryan Montbleau Band, Dec. 16 Clarence Spady, Dec. 2 Michael Carbonaro Live, Dec. 16 MMLE presents A Tribute To Tom Waits, BStreet Band, Dec. 30 Cabinet, Dec. 23 Dec. 3 Hayes Carll, Dec. 28 Start Making Sense — Talking Heads Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, The Holiday Reunion Concert, Dec. 30 tribute, Dec. 9 Wilkes-Barre Floodwood, Dec. 10 Tickets: 800-745-3000 Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub, Mount Chris Young with Dustin Lynch and Bone Jak, Dec. 16 Airy Casino Resort Still Hand String Band, Dec. 17 Cassadee Pope, Dec. 3 Tickets: 877-682-4791 Suze annual Christmas Show, Dec. 25 Thomas Rhett, March 9 Don “DC” Curry, Dec. 3 Broken Arrow: The Music of Neil Young, Kenny G, Dec. 9 Dec. 30 The Verve Pipe, Dec. 30 Sinbad, Dec. 31 DJ Skribble, Dec. 31

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Steel Stacks, Bethlehem Tickets: 610-297-7285 Steel City Sunrise, Dec. 2 The Chaplin Family Holiday Show, Dec. 9 Martin Sexton, Dec. 10 Three Wise Men, Dec. 11 Jorma Kaukonen, Dec. 11 Take Dance Somewhere Familiar Melodies, Dec. 15 Delta Rae, Dec. 16 Scythian, Dec. 17 The Rob Stoneback Big Band, Dec. 22 The Lou Franco Project, Dec. 26 The Fillmore Philadelphia Tickets: 215-625-3681 Roy Woods, Dec. 1 Flosstradamus, Dec. 2 Kip Moore with Jon Pardi, Dec. 3 Andie Cade, Dec. 4 The Mermaid Gang Tour with Felly, featuring Gyyps, Dec. 7 Cole Swindell, Dec. 8 Copeland, Dec. 8 Ripe & Lawrence, Dec. 10 Thievery Corporation, Dec. 10 Questlove Supreme, Dec. 11 Mac Miller, Dec. 14 Electric Factory, Philadelphia Tickets: 215-627-1332 Get the Led Out, Dec. 9

Lotus, Dec. 29 Dark Star Orchestra, Dec. 30 and 31 Keswick Theatre, Glenside Tickets: 215-572-7650 Donovan, Dec. 1 Art Garfunkel, Dec. 4 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Dec. 8 Holiday Doo Wop, Dec. 10 Vienna Boys Choir, Dec. 14 Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular, Dec. 15 Chrisette Michele, Dec. 29 The Wall Live Extravaganza, Dec. 31 Sands Bethlehem Event Center Tickets: 800-745-3000 Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas, Dec. 1 Weezer, Dec. 3 Celtic Woman, Dec. 4 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, Dec. 14 Clutch Psychic Warfare World Tour, Dec. 29 Jerry Blavat, Dec. 31 Sellersville Theater, Sellersville Tickets: 215-257-5808 Popa Chubby, Dec. 2 Street Corner Symphony, Dec. 3 Amy Rau Band and Chely Wright, Dec. 3 Ornament — Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute, Dec. 4 Peter Murphy: Stripped, Dec. 7 Jessy J, Dec. 11 Irish Christmas in America, Dec. 11 Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton, Dec. 15 Taylor Hicks, Dec. 16 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, New Jersey Tickets: 856-365-1300 Impractical Jokers featuring the Tenderloins, Dec. 10 Let It Snow Show, Dec. 11 Tower Theater, Philadelphia Tickets: 610-352-2887 Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider, Dec. 9 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia Tickets: 800-298-4200 Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown, Dec. 1 Jingle Ball, Dec. 7 Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 17 Kings of Leon with Deerhunter, Jan. 19


Jingle bell rocker

Melissa Etheridge dishes out ‘a little Christmas flavor’ From what Melissa Etheridge remembers, the people of Northeast Pennsylvania like to rock and roll — and she looks forward to returning to the rocking region. But this time, she’s here for the holidays. Etheridge plans to wow audiences at F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, when she will weave through hits plus holiday classics off her 2008 album, “A New Thought for Christmas.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. “I haven’t played these songs in six to eight years, so I have a bit of work to do,” she said during a recent phone interview from her Los Angeles home. “The funny thing was that when I thought about this ... little did I know that this would be more of a healing time and an opportunity to talk about peace on earth and goodwill toward men. To have that spirit dictate the show. Now I’m glad I thought of this.” The 55-year-old broke into the music scene with her eponymous album in 1988, but she hit her commercial stride with the 1993 record, “Yes I Am.” Three Top 40 hits came from that album, “I’m the Only One,” “If I Wanted To” and “Come To My Window,” which earned her a Grammy Award. From dozens of Grammy nominations and an Academy Award to a breast cancer diagnosis and even a recent stint on Broadway (in “American Idiot”), the Kansas native has been through it all. After nearly 30 years of touring, Etheridge still finds it hard to leave her family, but luckily she can take her wife on many of the tours. In October, Etheridge released a Memphis tribute album through Stax Records called “Memphis Rock and Soul,” on which she covered Stax R&B legends such as Sam and Dave, Otis Redding and Rufus Thomas. Recently, she flip-flopped between touring with her trio over the summer and playing with a 10-piece band for the Memphis album. But for her Wilkes-Barre show, she’ll be back with the trio, mixing together music with “a little Christmas flavor,” she said. “When you write, everything influences you, everything is your inspiration,” Etheridge said. “When I write songs, I have to start from inspiration, which can be a thought about an emotion or a melody or it’s the words or the rhythm — it just starts with something.” She hasn’t written a new song since June, when she crafted “Pulse” in reaction to the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting. “I really put everything into that,” Etheridge said. “It was a shock and such a sorrow to me that the instant creating of the song — that very day I found out — was very healing and very cathartic. I haven’t put pen to paper much since then. ... I can’t help but be influenced by where we are now, the humanity of our country and looking at people and the fears that are guiding us through this dark night. I will probably write from that more because it is very rich and something that needs to be written about and chronicled.” And when asked if she looks forward to anything in the future, she gave a simple response: “Everything.” — charlotte l. jacobson

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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH 2016 - ADULT COLORING NIGHT De-stress for the holidays and enjoy an evening of coloring. Relax, create and color while you calm your soul and warm your heart. Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. All supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be served A ARTISANS’ MARKET SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2016 5 5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ARTISANS’ MARKET Everything handmade, everything locally made. A juried event featuring talented regional artisans. Unique holiday gifts, from affordable to dreamable. Fresh food from the kitchen and sweet sounding music from the musicians. The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. 570-253-2020 AT THE VELVET MAPLE 968 MAIN STREET HONESDALE,,PA SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH FROM NOON-3PM Come sit on Santa’s Lap and have your annual holiday portrait taken at your favorite little local department store just like the old days

The greater Honesdale area is rich in architectural treasures, many dating back to the 1800s. It features many fine retail and gift shops; friendly, professional services; cozy restaurants and cafes; and architecturally resplendent homes. Whether you’re in the mood to shop, dine, enjoy nature, learn, or simply explore, the greater Honesdale area has something just for you. Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of Americana. We’re waiting to meet you.

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SCREENS

OPENING THIS WEEK

by Richard Roeper

NOW PLAYING

“BAD SANTA 2” H 1/2

Ho Ho No. If you were thinking of checking out “Bad Santa 2” in a movie week where some truly wonderful films are arriving in theaters, this is me, standing at the ticket counter, pointing you to just about anything else available on the marquee. This has been the year of the long-timecoming sequel. Along with the reboots (“Ghostbusters”) and the superhero origin stories (“Deadpool”) and the CGI-fied versions of oft-told oldies (“The Legend of Tarzan,” “Ben-Hur”) and the continuation of franchise thrillers (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”) and the more traditional sequels released shortly after the first chapter (“Ride Along 2”), the great reservoir of creativity that is mainstream Hollywood in 2016 has been all about sequels picking up storylines 10, 15, 20 years after the original hit. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” “Zoolander 2,” “Finding Dory,” “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Bridget Jones’ Baby,” “Titanic: Back in the Water.” OK, fine. There was no “Titanic: Back in the Water,” but there IS a “Bad Santa 2,” arriving in theaters some 13 years after the fantastic, brutally offensive holiday comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton as the alcoholic, sex-addicted, misanthropic department store Santa Claus/professional thief Willie T. Soke. As directed by the black comedy artiste Terry Zwigoff (“Crumb,” “Ghost World”) and with terrific performances by Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham and two greatly missed comedic presences, John Ritter and Bernie Mac, “Bad Santa” was a critically acclaimed, medium-size box-office hit. Over the years it has attained something of a cult classic status. Mostly, it’s funny as hell. Now comes “Bad Santa 2,” a lazy, crummy-looking, poorly paced, why-bother follow-up that lacks the Christmas bells to go full-out politically incorrect. If you’re going to bring back the most offensive Claus this side of “Silent Night, Deadly Night,” and you’re going to get Academy Award winner Kathy Bates to play his morally bankrupt mother, you gotta give us more than Billy Bob half-heartedly reprising his booze-soaked, self-pitying jerk, and Bates downing shots, sporting myriad tattoos and

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“Bad Santa 2” cracking tasteless and stunningly unfunny jokes about her sexual organs and what a little perv her son was back in the day. Not to mention the classy Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) in an embarrassing role as a recovering drug and sex addict who drags Willie into an alley and then onto a Christmas tree lot for selfhating sexual encounters. The bulk of “Bad Santa 2” is set in Chicago, which is clearly not Chicago, based on the architecture and the glimpses of store and transit signs in the background. (Other than the obligatory establishing shots of the skyline, the Water Tower, the Bean, etc., Quebec stands in for Chicago.) Tony Cox’s Marcus — Willie’s partner, the little person who double-crossed him in the original — is out of prison, asking for forgiveness and keen on reteaming with Willie for a surefire caper worth $2 million. They’ll infiltrate a Chicago children’s charity as volunteers and rob the safe on Christmas Eve, during the big pageant when nobody’s paying attention. Right. Because Christmas charities definitely keep all the cash in the safe all the way through Christmas. Willie’s con artist and thief of a mother, Sunny (Bates), is already working for the charity as a Mrs. Claus. When Willie lays eyes on his mother for the

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first time in 15 years, he punches her in the face -- and she mocks him by saying he still hits like his father. This is the first of about two dozen times when “Bad Santa 2” goes for “shocking” humor, which just sits there like a bad fruitcake nobody wants to even look at. Brett Kelly produces a few laughs as the curlyhaired, heavy-set, exceedingly simple-minded Thurman Merman, now 21 but just as naive as ever, and just as devoted to Willie, to the point where he takes a bus to Chicago and wanders around the snowy streets in shorts and T-shirt, asking strangers, “Do you know Willie?” Ryan Hansen is the bland, poorly sketched villain — the rich and corrupt “Regent Hastings,” who runs the charity but “skims 98 percent of the profits for himself,” or so we’re told. Hendricks is his wife, Diane, who has a good heart but seems incredibly dim, and did we mention she’s so self-destructive she yanks the pathetic Willie into alleys and other outdoor venues for demeaning sexual encounters in which she encourages him to insult her? No doubt some critics will slam “Bad Santa 2” as a lump of coal in our holiday movie stockings. To which I would say: Why be so rough on lumps of coal?


NOW PLAYING “Allied” Brad Pitt stars as a World War II intelligence officer romantically involved with French Resistance fighter Marion Cotillard. With Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan. Written by Steven Knight. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rated R. 124 minutes. — Los Angeles Times “Almost Christmas” A wonderful cast including Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union and J.B. Smoove is unable to rescue writer-director David E. Talbert's family comedy/drama, which contains precious few genuine laughs and even fewer legitimately earned heart-tugging moments. Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, drug content and language. 112 minutes. H1/2 — Richard Roeper

ing magical spell. Rated PG-13 for some fantasy action violence. 123 minutes. HHH — Richard Roeper

“Hacksaw Ridge”

“Arrival” As confusing as it is enlightening, Denis Villeneuve's high-end alien invasion movie tells of a linguistics expert (Amy Adams) called upon to communicate with extraterrestrial visitors. Even most of the what-the-heck moments are beautiful and challenging and cool in a thoughtprovoking, intergalactic kind of way. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. 116 minutes. HHH 1/2 — Richard Roeper

“Bleed for This” Miles Teller stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a boxer who suffered a death-defying car accident that severed his spine, only to battle back and reclaim his world title with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney. With Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal. Written by Ben Younger; story by Younger & Pippa Blanco and Angelo Pizzo. Directed by Younger. Rated R. 116 minutes. — Los Angeles Times

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: There’s a whole lot of movie going on in this expansion of the J.K. Rowling cinematic universe. The origin story of “magizoologist” Newt Scaman“Hacksaw Ridge” Director Mel Gibson dishes der (Eddie Redmayne, bursting with absentminded out the symbolism and the sermonizing in blunt professor charm) is populated with critters ranging and unrelenting fashion in a gruesomely effective from the tiny and whimsical to the enormous and and ultraviolent World War II movie about a man ferocious. The result is an effective if not everlast(Andrew Garfield, rising to the occasion) who was

so nonviolent he refused to pick up a gun, even during combat in Okinawa. Rated R for intense, prolonged, realistically graphic sequences of war violence including grisly, bloody images. 130 minutes. HHH — Richard Roeper Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the world-famous neurosurgeon severely injured in a car accident and transformed through mysticism into a potent superhero magician. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tilda Swinton.

Written by Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill. Directed by Derrickson. Rated PG-13. 115 minutes. — Los Angeles Times “Loving” True story of an interracial couple who were jailed for getting married in 1950s Virginia. Their case led to the Supreme Court decision invalidating race-related marriage laws. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some profanity. 112 minutes. HHH — Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

SMall SCReenS “Finding Dory”

to burglarize the home of a tough, blind veteran (Stephen Lang) in an impressively photographed, well-acted, relentlessly paced horror film sure to sicken some and delight others with its twisted sense of humor. Rating: HHH “War Dogs” (Comedy satire, R, 114 m., 2016). Two 20-something potheads (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) appoint themselves arms dealers and work their way up to scoring a $300 million government contract in a slick and sometimes glib but undeniably entertaining, wickedly funny and justifiably cynical satire. Rating: HHH 1/2

“The BFG” (Fantasy adventure, PG, 110 m., 2016). While the special effects are terrific in Steven Spielberg’s film about a 24-foot man taking an orphan into Giant Country, the film overall is painfully cutesy, silly and gross, rather than whimsical and funny. Rating: HH

Pixar have created a gorgeous underwater (and occasionally above-ground) universe and a hearttugging story involving parents and children and the true meaning of family. It’s a solid, entertaining, well-paced sequel that just doesn’t quite reach the soaring heights of the original. Rating: HHH

“Finding Dory” (Animated adventure, PG, 95 m., 2016). Once again, the magic-makers at

“Don’t Breathe” (Horror, R, 88 m., 2016). Things go horribly wrong for three teenagers trying

“Sausage Party” (Animated comedy, R, 89 m., 2016). The raunchiest movie of the year is also one of the funniest, an animated adventure about a hot dog and other anthropomorphic grocery items learning their fate. The cursing and sexual stuff isn’t mean-spirited. It’s just ... stupid. But also pretty smart. Rating: HHH

“Bad Moms” (Comedy, R, 101 m., 2016). Written and directed by the team that penned the “Hangover” movies, “Bad Moms” had me laughing out loud even as I was cringing, thanks to some fantastically over-the-top hijinks, crass but hilarious one-liners and terrific performances from Mila “Hell or High Water” (Western drama, R, 102 Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as suburban m., 2106). Veteran Texas Rangers (Jeff Bridges and moms taking a break from parenting and going Gil Birmingham) pursue bank-robbing brothers wild. Rating: HHH (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) in an instant classic GRADE: HHHH Excellent, HHH Good, modern-day Western, traveling down familiar HH Fair, H Poor. roads, but always, always with a fresh and original spin. This is the best film I’ve seen so far this year. If you tell me you love movies, I can’t imagine you not wanting to see it. Rating: HHHH

Richard Roeper reviews movies for The Chicago Sun-Times. Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.

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Holiday marketplace ignites nostalgia at old Globe Store For ScrantonMade, home is where the holiday marketplace is.

Workshop from the Globe’s heyday. Children can buy small, affordable gifts for their family and friends in a shopping area, too. Valley View and Scranton High School choirs perform starting at 5 p.m. in a ceremony to kick off the marketplace. Organizers then flip the switch to The marketplace changed venue again this year, light up the Globe Store on Friday at 5:30 p.m. In conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk, a moving from Marketplace at Steamtown to the fortrolley will make multiple stops throughout downmer Globe Store on Wyoming Avenue. The event town Scranton, including one right in front of the stretches across three days this year, Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, holiday marketplace. Carolers will roam downtown and sing holiday tunes, and guests can ride a horse 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and carriage around the city. The Globe Store building soon will convert With more than 150 vendors inside the marketto Lackawanna County offices, but in the place, shoppers can snag something for everyone meantime, ScrantonMade’s Cristin Powers on their list. In recent years, Scranton-centric said, her group saw a chance to bring life into an old building — especially one locals art and gifts popped up more frequently at the marketplace, and those items will be on hand this associate with Christmas magic. weekend as well. “We’re hoping that the nostalgia will “More artists saw people come through who get people out,” said Maureen Mcwanted Scranton merchandise,” Powers said. Guigan, the county’s deputy director of “I think more (vendors) have jumped on board arts and culture, which partners with with that.” ScrantonMade on the event. Hungry guests can drop by Terra Preta’s pop-up For a full throwback experience, restaurant for small plates and cocktails each night. youngsters can visit Santa Claus Local musicians provide entertainment all three or walk through Make-A-Wish days, and a large model train and scenery display Wonderland, a play on Santa’s by Anthracite High-Railers Club begins in the foyer

If you go What: Scrantonmade Holiday Market at the Globe G Store When: Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: The former Globe Store, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Details: The first 200 shoppers on Saturday will receive a free goodie bag. For more information, visit www.scrantonmade.com or the event’s Facebook page.

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and travels through part of the marketplace. In the four years since its inception, the marketplace cemented itself as a one-stop destination for shopping, food and holiday activities. “(When it started), we knew it was going to be a unique event and you were going to go and experience something really special,” McGuigan said. “People are finding a real interest in Scranton and Lackawanna County again, and we wouldn’t be able to (continue this event) without that support.” Shoppers can give back this holiday season, too, at a food and essentials drive inside the market. Scrantonmade, along with Valerie Kiser Designs and the Century Club of Scranton, will collect items for local food pantries and charity organizations. Non-perishable items like peanut butter and canned tuna or chicken will be accepted, as well as toothpaste, soap, hats, gloves and socks. Holiday Marketplace welcomes change each year to better serve guests. Though, ScrantonMade never loses sight of why the event began. “The goal is to support local artists, crafters and designers, and branch out to regional (ones),” Powers said. “We’re excited about it and that people want to buy local and support their community.” — gia ia mazur


scranton-based band Hearts Unknown plans to release its debut album, “Without reason,” by the end of the year. Special to electric city

Music froM the hearts scranton-based alternative rockers ready new albuM

Scranton-based band Hearts Unknown spent the last several months working toward creating a sound that mixed together each of the band members’ influences, from Thirty Seconds To Mars to Korn. The group is made up of Ryan Gruttadauria on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Mark Naples on lead guitar, Jonathon Kamor on drums and backing vocals, Eric Curtis on bass and Karl Lewis on lead vocals. After a minor speedbump — another band held the trademark to a name similar to its original one, Ten Stories — Hearts Unknown found its groove. Lewis recently chatted about the band’s creation and future. Q: How did you guys meet? A: I met Ryan, Jon and Mark through one of my co-workers, who happens to be Ryan’s girlfriend.

She introduced me to Ryan, and Ryan introduced me to the rest of the band, who had known each other from high school. Eric joined the band a few months later, and he also went to high school with the others.

for our upcoming album, while Mark wrote all of the lead guitar parts as he went along, and Eric did the same for the bass parts. For singing, Jon and I would work together to find a melody that fit the song, and I would work on a tone from there.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together? A: I remember it being extremely scary. I didn’t expect so many people to be there for our first show. ... Once the show started though, I had a blast despite the fact that our P.A. wasn’t the best and it was hard to hear the vocals.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band? A: Working in the studio was just unreal. It felt so professional and legitimate, like we were making something real. I think that the album came out better than we all could have anticipated.

Q: What is the process like for writing your music? A: Usually, Mark or Ryan will come up with a basic guitar riff that the rest of us base our parts off of. Jon and Ryan wrote the majority of the lyrics

Q: What are your future goals for the band? A: We all hope for the band to be even more successful than it is now. We all love making and playing music, and we can’t wait to release our new album, “Without Reason,” digitally so it can reach a

wider audience. We don’t have a release date right now since there’s some technical things we have to work out before we can send it to iTunes and such. Hopefully by the end of the year, though. —charlotte l. jacobson

Meet Hearts UnknoWn

Founded: 2016 Based out of: Scranton Members: Ryan Gruttadauria, rhythm guitar and backing vocals; Mark Naples, lead guitar; Jonathon Kamor, drums and backing vocals; Eric Curtis, bass; and Karl Lewis, lead vocals. For fans of: Thirty Seconds To Mars, Korn, Megadeth and Breaking Benjamin Genre: Alternative rock Online: Hearts Unknown on Facebook and SoundCloud

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The Scranton Times, 149 Penn Ave., recently held its annual radio tower lighting. Representatives from the Scranton/WilkesBarre RailRiders, which won the Governors’ Cup (the International League championship) and Triple-A National Championship in September, pulled the switch to turn on the hundreds of multicolored lights that climb the radio tower atop the building. The night also featured a holiday-themed display of photos from The Times-Tribune archives in the Newseum, “Santa’s Printing Press” display, food, the Clock Tower Theater Company’s sneak peak performance of “A Christmas Carol,” the Jingle Girls from Ballet Theatre of Scranton, an Ugly Sweater Run and fireworks.

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Favorite vacation spot? I like to go to cities on vacation. And I’ve been to a whole lot of cities. New Orleans, of course New York, Chicago, L.A., London, Dublin. I like big cities. Favorite thing about NEPA? My family.

Phyllis Hopkins is a professional musician and guitar instructor who is a member of the Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio and offers guitar lessons at Rock Street Music, Pittston. She has released three albums. Hopkins, 50, is a native of Pittston and a graduate of Pittston Area High School. She and her husband, Serge Ubiergo, live in Pittston. Meet Phyllis Hopkins …

Favorite food? Cheese.

How long have you been playing guitar? I didn’t start until I was 24, so it’s been 26 years. I fooled around with it at 19 or 20 but took it seriously at 24 when I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan. That was it.

Favorite holiday? Halloween.

All-time favorite movie? “The Color Purple.” Favorite TV show? “Breaking Bad.”

Favorite quote or catch phrase? I always say to myself, “Always do something that other people think you can’t do.”

What was it about his music that you found so inspiring? I just never heard a guitar played like that. I always loved guitar and all of the Zeppelin songs. Jimmy Page was my favorite guitarist before I discovered Stevie Ray and all of the blues people. It was always my favorite instrument. When did you put your first band together? I was only playing a couple of years. It was Little Sister & the Moneymakers. It was around ’96. It just seemed like that’s what you did. I played guitar, and it was the next step. StingRay (Delpriore) used to have these Monday night jam sessions at Lispi’s, and that’s where I met all of the musicians that I know. George Wesley, Clarence Spady … I met everyone at StingRay’s Monday night jam sessions. I also took lessons from StingRay, and he introduced me to a whole world of blues. Magic Sam and T-Bone Walker … there was no going back after all of the stuff that he introduced me to. I also went to see Ronnie Earl, and he was just amazing. He was at the Rolling Stone in Larksville, and I’d never seen anyone play with such intensity. And that kind of really picked up my guitar playing. He taught at a school in Connecticut, and I took a class for a week. It was a summer workshop.

What do you enjoy the most about performing? The dynamics. The interaction with people. I like to play with dynamics in the band. Creating on the spot. When you play with dynamics, you bring it lower, and you bring it higher, and I really like doing that. It makes the music more exciting. I

Favorite book or author? “On Becoming Fearless ... in Love, Work and Life” by Arianna Huffington. Any pets? Connie. She’s a Sheltie/Shepherd mix. Biggest pet peeve? Country music. Guilty pleasure? Marilyn Manson.

PHYLLIS HOPKINS also really like surprising the audience. I think a lot of people, when they see a girl with a guitar, expect folk songs or ballads. We present something completely different, with not-so-famous music, and we usually win people over. To me, if you can do that, it speaks volumes about the performers in the band. And I like smaller places, because it’s intimate and everybody’s right there. I don’t like to play at places where you’re too far away from all of the people. Blues music is meant to be intimate. Though I do love playing at the (Scranton) Cultural Center. (Laughs.) What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Bike riding. My husband and I bike ride and enjoy the outdoors. Or we drive to towns like Jim

Thorpe and the Delaware Water Gap. We like to go to little, quaint towns. Any hobbies? I collect floor lamps and lanterns. And I’m thinking of taking up painting. Favorite city? Paris. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love the culture, the art, everything about it. You don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant. You can just hang out and just walk around, and it’s breathtaking. And the freedom that they have — everybody can be whatever they want in Paris. It’s a great place for musicians and artists.

Is there anything about you that might surprise your friends? The people that I grew up with can’t believe that I play music. If my childhood friends come out to a bar and I’m playing, they’re like, “When did this happen?” — because I started a little later in life. Have you had a defining personal moment? Musically, it would be hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan. That made me do what I’m doing now. If I didn’t hear that, maybe I never would have became what I am.

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 alankstout@comcast.net.

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15. New Laundry Floral Still Life by Dori Spector. Landscapes by Elise Phillips. 16. Northern Lights Espresso Bar The Holiday Show - A selection of old and new. Various Artists. 17. On&On A Vintage Christmas with On&On’s merry handmade, vintage and repurposed artists and vendors. Live Music. 18. Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures Holiday in Glass, Mosaic art and sculpture created by Louise Banks. 19. Terra Preta Restaurant Student of Life: Artwork by Lydia Bagdonas. Music by DJ Honeyman Lightnin’. 20.The Camerawork Gallery Scranton Notorious by Nick Petula. 21. The Leonard Theater A Light in the Darkness: A PhotoVoice Project. Photography project exploring the opioid epidemic in Lackawanna County by Lackawanna College Human Services Club & Creative Arts Club. 22.The Marketplace at Steamtown Steamtown Winter Market, various artists. Music by Tony Vergnetti and The Gerard Mayer Show Band! 23.Tom Grudis Optical/The Bare Accessories Scranton High School Art Students and Live music by the Scranton High School Orchestra. 24.Trinka’s Gallery and Artisan Gifts Recent works and handmade gifts by Trinka Ravaioli.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I frequently tramped 8 or 10 miles through the deepest snow,” wrote naturalist Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” I’d love to see you summon that level of commitment to your important rendezvous in the coming weeks, Aries. Please keep in mind, though, that your “most important rendezvous” are more likely to be with wild things, unruly wisdom or primal breakthroughs than with pillars of stability, committee meetings and business-as-usual.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): For you Tauruses, December is “I Accept and Love and Celebrate Myself Exactly How I Am Right Now” Month. To galvanize yourself, play around with this declaration by Oscar-winning Taurus actress Audrey Hepburn: “I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be, but I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.” Here are other thoughts to draw on during the festivities: 1. “If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone.” — Barbara De Angelis; 2. “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” — E. E. Cummings; 3. “To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections.” — Sandra Bierig; and 4. “We cannot change anything until we accept it.” — Carl Jung.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I don’t recommend that you buy a cat-o’-nine-tails and whip yourself in a misguided effort to exorcize your demons. The truth is, those insidious troublemakers exult when you abuse yourself. They draw perverse sustenance from it. In fact, their strategy is to fool you into treating yourself badly. So, no. If you hope to drive away the saboteurs huddled in the sacred temple of your psyche, your best bet is to shower yourself with tender care, even luxurious blessings. The pests won’t like that, and — if you commit to this crusade for an extended time — they will eventually flee. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez loved yellow roses. He often had a fresh bloom on his writing desk as he worked, placed there every morning by his wife Mercedes Barcha. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to consider initiating a comparable ritual. Is there a touch of beauty you would like to inspire you on a regular basis? It there a poetic gesture you could faithfully perform for a person you love?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “For a year I watched as something entered and then left my body,” testified Jane Hirshfield in her poem “The Envoy.” What was that mysterious something? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are your collaborative projects (including the romantic kind) evolving Terror or happiness? She didn’t know. Nor could she at a slower pace than you expected? Have they decipher “how it came in” or not grown as deep and strong as you’ve wished they would? If so, I hope you’re perturbed about it. “how it went out.” It hovered “where words could not Maybe that will motivate you to stop tolerating the stagnation. Here’s my recommendation: Don’t adopt reach it. It slept where light could not go.” Her experia more serious and intense attitude. Instead, get ence led her to conclude that “There are openings loose and frisky. Inject a dose of blithe spirits into in our lives of which we know nothing.” I bring your togetherness, this meditation to your attention, Virgo, because I maybe even some suspect you are about to tune in to a mysterious high jinks and rowdy opening. But unlike Hirshfield, I think you’ll figure experimentation. The out what it is. And then you will respond to it with cosmos has authoverve and intelligence. rized you to initiate ingenious surprises.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A reporter at the magazine Vanity Fair asked David Bowie, “What do you consider your greatest achievement?” Bowie didn’t name any of his albums, videos or performances. Rather, he answered, “Discovering morning.” I suspect that you Libras will attract and generate marvels if you experiment with accomplishments like that in the coming weeks. So yes, try to discover or rediscover morning. Delve into the thrills of beginnings. Magnify your appreciation for natural wonders that you usually take for granted. Be seduced by sources that emanate light and heat. Gravitate toward what’s fresh, blossoming, just-inits-early-stages. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According to traditional astrology, you Scorpios are not prone to optimism. You’re more often portrayed as connoisseurs of smoldering enigmas and shadowy intrigue and deep questions. But one of the most creative and successful Scorpios of the 20th century did not completely fit this description. French artist Claude Monet was renowned for his delightful paintings of sensuous outdoor landscapes. “Every day I discover even more beautiful things,” he testified. “It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all. My head is bursting.” Monet is your patron saint in the coming weeks. You will have more potential to see as he did than you’ve had in a long time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A journalist dared composer John Cage to “summarize himself in a nutshell.” Cage said, “Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.” He might have added, “Avoid the nutshells that anyone tries to put you in.” This is always fun work to attend to, of course, but I especially recommend it to you Sagittarians right now. You’re in the time of year that’s close to the moment when you first barged out of your mom’s womb, where you had been housed for months. The coming weeks will be an excellent phase to attempt a similar if somewhat less extravagant trick.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Hundreds of years ago, the Catholic Church’s observance of Lent imposed a heavy burden. During this six-week period, extending from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, believers were expected to cleanse their sins through acts of self-denial. For example, they weren’t supposed to eat meat on Fridays. Their menus could include fish, however. And this loophole was expanded even further in the 17th century when the church redefined beavers as being fish. (They swim well, after all.) I’m in favor of you contemplating a new loophole in regard to your own self-limiting behaviors, Capricorn. Is there a taboo you observe that no longer makes perfect sense? Out of habit, do you deny yourself a pleasure or indulgence that might actually be good for you? Wriggle free of the constraints. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “The Pacific Ocean was overflowing the borders of the map,” wrote Pablo Neruda in his poem “The Sea.” “There was no place to put it,” he continued. “It was so large, wild and blue that it didn’t fit anywhere. That’s why it was left in front of my window.” This passage is a lyrical approximation of what your life could be like in 2017. In other words, lavish, elemental, expansive experiences will be steadily available to you. Adventures that may have seemed impossibly big and unwieldy in the past will be just the right size. And it all begins soon. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I have a deep fear of being too much,” writes poet Michelle K. “That one day I will find my someone, and they will realize that I am a hurricane. That they will step back and be intimidated by my muchness.” Given the recent astrological omens, Pisces, I wouldn’t be shocked if you’ve been having similar feelings. But now here’s the good news: Given the astrological omens of the next nine months, I suspect the odds will be higher than usual that you’ll encounter brave souls who’ll be able to handle your muchness. They may or may not be soulmates or your one-and-only. I suggest you welcome them as they are, with all of their muchness.

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Qualified candidate must have experience in both MAC and PC Operating Systems, in-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat). Strong understanding of digital file formats (tif, gif, eps, pdf, jpg) and a comprehensive knowledge of graphic design principles for both print and web. Preflighting and production experience are also desired. Additionally, candidates should possess basic knowledge of conventional and digital print processes. We offer competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Classifieds Work! MAUSOLEUM CRYPT 1 FOR SALEMother of Sorrows Cemetary, Finch Hill. Top row of 6, Walk of The Immaculate Conception. Valued at $3,600, will sell for $3,200.Call 570-357-5587

General

ADVERTISING GRAPHIC ARTIST/CWC

FAIRVIEW MEMORIAL PARK

Elmhurst, PA. 3 lots, in the Garden of Cross, side-by-side. Lot 28. $3,000 value, asking $2,600.

General

Now Hiring CDL-A Dedicated Drivers

$2,000 Sign On Bonus Pittston based Local & Regional Routes Earn $1,000+ weekly, steady 99% No Touch Freight Quarterly/Annual safety bonuses Unlimited $2,000 referral bonus Immediate benefits available 23 years of age, minimum 6 months exp reqd. Call Jack @ (815) 521-6280 for more info

EOE DRUG FREE WORKPLACE ONLY APPLICANTS CONSIDERED WILL BE CONTACTED

CASH IN THE COUNTRY!

The GEICO Local Office

MAKE UP TO $900 PER MONTH

Email qualifications to Kmcguigan@Geico.com

Lake or South Gibson/Lenox areas. Dependable vehicle a must!

CALL LARRY AT 570-840-5482

General

DOCK WORKER

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General

Warehouse Work

400+ employees needed.

Gouldsboro, Pittston. $14.50/hour.$16.50/hour. No experience necessary. All Shifts available. Bring anyone you know looking for work. 235 Main St., Dickson City, 570-483-4167

The Citizens' Voice has delivery routes open in the following areas:

Miners Mills/Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre Potential monthly profit $570 approximately 145 papers If interested contact Shannon@ 570-760-4753 slipinski@citizensvoice.com

The Times-Tribune

An opportunity exists for a part time dock worker, Saturdays only, for The Times-Tribune. The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If interested, please apply in person Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. To 4 p.m. at The Times-Tribune Waverly Distribution Center Route 81, Exit 197 Rte. 632 E. Email: dduffy@timesshamrock.com or call 570-348-9159

Classifieds today.

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Delivering Scranton Times-Tribune

EOE DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

Call (570)348-9157 to place YOUR ad in

ADOPT: A loving financially secure joy filled home/family awaits your newborn. Expenses paid. Diane 800-321-7919

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Applicants should submit a cover letter, salary history and resume to: Times-Shamrock Creative Services 149 Penn Ave. Scranton, PA 18503 Email: resume@tscsdirect.com

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General

If you ever wished you had the opportunity to “Drive” your career to a higher level, now is the time to put yourself in the Captain’s seat!

Martz Trailways is hiring and training Motorcoach Operators for our growing Company. We offer: Free CDL training-the best in the business Pay while you learn Family supporting wages and benefits If you have a clean driving record and like working with people, you owe it to yourself to consider our careers.

Interested candidates should visit Martzgroup.com/careers to complete an on-line employment application or call 570-821-3821 for additional information. Marts is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Vets/Disabilities


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Classifieds WORK!

MERCY CENTER NURSING UNIT, INC.

Trades/Construction

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ENGINEER Controls and processes technical and financial project requirements. Acts as a liaison for project management, field staff and client representatives.

Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Inc.,

Responsible for technical documentation, submittal compliance, identifying and ensuring all critical and long lead material and equipment is procured, executing subcontracts/purchase orders and project closeout.

Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Inc. is seeking the following positions:

Educational and experience qualifications include a bachelors degree in a construction related field or five years equivalent experience. Ability to read and interpret contract documents, scheduling, and prepare work reports.

a Long Term Care facility, is committed to the care of the elderly in Personal Care and Skilled Nursing settings.

NURSING

Pennsylvania Liquor License Available.

OLD FORGE

Lackawanna County distributor. (D type). Only 1 available in Lackawanna County. Can now sell 6 packs, 12 packs, cases & kegs. Contact Sal 570-840-9741. Price Reduced. HOME WARRANTY INCLUDED (1 YEAR) (INCLUDES POOL) Great location. Dead end street. Large lot. Brick/Stucco. Hardwood & tile floors. Fireplace. 8 rooms, 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Finished basement. Florida room, AC, 2 car garage. 16 x 32 in-ground pool. (low taxes) Move-in condition. $285,000 570-457-3019 or 540-0364

JERMYN

Excellent benefits package Salary will commensurate experience.

CNA

7-3 Part Time 6 days per pay- EOW 5-9 Part Time 10 days- EOW 3-11 Full Time days per pay- EOW 3-11 Part-Time 6 days per pay- EOW

RN

Send resumes to: L.R. Costanzo Co., Inc Attn: Human Resources 123 North Main Ave Scranton, PA 18504 Or e-mail resumes to: nicole.dushney@lrcostanzo.com

Classifieds WORK!

Competitive salary and compensation package which includes health insurance including Vacation, sick time and personal days, 403B retirement, credit union, tuition reimbursement.

UNFURNISHED CLARKS SUMMIT - Newton Ransom area. 3 - 1 bedroom apartments available. Priced from $595-$675. Heat included. No pets. Security & 1st months rent required. 570-587-4836 DUNMORE: 2nd floor, 1 bedroom. Off street parking. Water, sewer & garbage included. $600/month. No pets. 570-586-6013

GREEN RIDGE-MARYWOOD:

Lovely, cozy 3 bedroom, 2nd floor apartment. Everything included except electric no pets. 1St & last month + security. 570-344-3939.

KINGSTON

3 bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch with hardwood floors and 2 newly renovated bathrooms. Plenty of open space in lower level. Home comes complete with off-street parking and a spacious back yard. Priced to move at $142,500 570-983-5742

5 room home with new stove and refrigerator with built in microwave oven. Wall to wall rugs. New washer and dryer. Added income from 3 room apartment with long term tenant. Off street parking with 2 car garage. Near medical college. FINAL REDUCED PRICE BEFORE RENTING OUT! ONLY $89,500 570-955-5091

DRIVERS NEEDED

Casual Pool 3-11, 11-7 7-3 Full Time - EOW

Partial Benefits available for part-time employees. If you are interested in joining a compassionate and professional organization, fax resume to 570-674-3132; email to: hresources@mcnu.org, apply in person at Mercy Center, Lake Street, Dallas; or call (570)675-2131 ext 378.

SCRANTON EAST PETERSBURG CORNERS

HARDING

118 Lee Lane – Hex Acres Beautifully redone 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in very nice neighborhood in Wyoming Area School District. New kitchen with granite counter tops & new stainless steel appliances & much, much more. Priced to sell at $159,900. 570-706-5496

2 bedroom, 1st floor apartment. Living room, eat in kitchen, full bath. Washer/dryer hook up. Gas heat. $500/month + utilities. No pets. 570-862-6754

MOOSIC

Modern 2 bedroom, recently remodeled, wall/wall carpet. Small yard. No pets. Water, sewage & garbage included. $575/month + all other utilities. 570-862-1792 OLD FORGE: Modern, 2nd Floor, 2 bedroom. Utilities & Appliances included. Newly remodeled with granite counters & very clean. Central heat & air. On site washer and dryer. Gas, heat, water, electric included. No pets, Non smoking $950/month. Text 570840-0395 or jgilch2320@aol.com OLD FORGE: New condo. 2 bedroom, 2nd floor. Includes air, stove, & washer/ dryer hook up. Off street parking. No pets. $825 + utilities. 570-562-1363. PECKVILLE: 2nd floor, 1 bedroom apartment. Includes sewer, water, heat. Washer/dryer hook up. Off street parking. $650/month. 570-489-5550 from 9am – 5pm. Nights/weekends 570-665-1304

SCRANTON

Scranton

PART – TIME CLASS “B” CDL DRIVERS!! PART – TIME “VAN” DRIVERS!! is looking for Class “B” CDL and “VAN” drivers to haul the Sunday Times Saturday’s 8:00am to 3:00pm Sunday’s 12:00am to 6:00am

Mercy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If interested, please send resume to: dduffy@timesshamrock.com or call (570)348-9159

3 bedroom ½ double. Wall/wall carpet. Large rooms, very nice. Back yard. Garbage & sewer included. No pets. $725/ month + utilities. 570-862-1792 SCRANTON NORTH: 216 Green Bush Street. 2 bedroom, 1 bath half double. Great neighborhood. Full attic and basement. $650/month + utilities. Sewer and garbage included. No pets. 570-351-5832 SCRANTON S: Modern 1st floor, 2 bedroom. Large rooms. Stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer hook up. $590 + utilities. No pets. Gas heat. 570-562-1363. SCRANTON: Newly renovated 2 bedroom. Appliances included. Parking. Yard. $700/month + deposit + electric & gas. Call Phil 917-226-1564.

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UNFURNISHED

Automobiles

Tom Driebe Auto Sales

TAYLOR CORNERS

531 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton ( Near Bolus Motor Lines )

Call: 570-350-4541 Specializing In Vehicles

ANTIQUES ON THE AVENUE Brand New Luxury Apartments. Affordable & Convenient. All New Appliances Included. 3 Stories with Elevator. Handicap Accessible. 140 South Main Street 570-562-3088

We Do House Calls Antiques And Collectibles Bought And Sold • Vintage Jewelry Vintage Ladies Clothing/Accessories Household • Glass • Mid Century Primitives • Religious Old Books & Paper • Layaways Open Fri. 11-7 Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 Appointments Available

UNFURNISHED

1027 Prescott St., Scranton

BACK MOUNTAIN AREA

Single family with 1 car garage. 1st floor living room, kitchen, bedroom, full bath & den. Covered front porch & open rear deck. 2nd floor bedroom, bath, walk-in closet & attic storage. Full basement with washer/dryer hookup. gas heat. $950 + utilities & deposit. No pets. Call 570-696-1821. Leave message.

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8 room, single family home. Water, sewer & garbage included. $875/ month. No pets. 570-489-4573. CLARKS SUMMIT - Newton area. 3 bedroom ranch house. Water & sewer included. No pets. 1 months security & 1st month rent required. $1,300/month. Call 570-587-4836

FAIR HOUSING REGULATIONS

The Times-Tribune, Citizens' Voice, Electric City & Diamond City Classifieds reserves the right to edit any copy that does not conform to Fair Housing Regulations. WAVERLY TOWNSHIP Large 4 bedroom (Mansion) for rent. 4 fireplaces. Living room, dining room, antique baths. $3,500/month. Call 570-382-3357

WYALUSING

Cabins/motels for hunters. Adjacent bar/restaurant. Route 6. $50/night, $200/week. 570-746-2049 or 570-721-2699

Classifieds WORK! SCRANTON: Garage space for rent. 1700 sq. ft. with drive in door $595/month. Also, 529 sq. ft dock space 23 x 23'. $275/month. Electric supplied for lighting only. 570-347-1010 or 570-969-2561 SCRANTON: Garage space for rent. 1700 sq. ft. with drive in door $595/month. Also, 529 sq. ft dock space 23 x 23'. $275/month. Electric supplied for lighting only. 570-347-1010 or 570-969-2561

570-604-0177

TABLES & CHAIRS - FREE Wooden Folding Tables 24 x 96 (20); Card Tables - $2 each; Folding Laminated Tables 24x96(10)-$25 each(value $130); 30x96(25)-$30 each(value $150); Metal Folding Chairs (80)-$5 each(value $15); 12” black and white TV Box NEVER OPENED (3) - $25 each; Wooden Stools (5) - $8 each. Best Offer Single/Quantity. While Supplies Last. Call for Appointment. 570-348-1007 (Scranton Area)

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'10 Toyota Corolla LE, 4 Cyl., Auto., Air, 1 Owner, Local Trade WOW! $6975 '09 Chevy Cobalt, 4 Cyl., Auto., Air, Alloys, LIKE NEW! JUST $4875 '08 Ford Focus SE, FWD, Sunroof, Alloys, Keyless, Local Trade, Nicely Kept! $4975 '05 Ford Taurus, 6 Cyl., Auto., Air, Scratch & Dent Special! $2295 '04 Ford Taurus SE, 6 Cyl., Auto., Air, 1 Owner, Local Trade, Only 66K! $4675 '02 Chevy Cavalier LS, 4 Cyl., Gas Miser, Auto., Air, Alloys, Moonroof, Newest Inspection, Low Miles $3975 '02 Mazda 626, 4 Cyl. Gas Miser, Auto., Air, Local Trade, Needs a little work $1475 '99 Chevy Cavalier, 4 Cyl. Gas Miser Auto., Air, FWD, Newest Inspection, Low Cost Transportation But Still A Nice Car! $1295 '98 Olds Cutlass, V6, Auto., Air, 1 Owner, Local Trade,Only 69K!$2775 We CAN Get You Financed! www.tomdriebeonline.com Call: 570-344-8000

EASTERN AUTO

816 Moosic Rd., Old Forge

570-457-0034

TONS OF FURNITURE - Sofas, fabric chairs, bedroom sets, 1 large king and 2 queen (BRAND NEW) suites, end tables, coffee tables, sports memorabilia, Kunstler Civil War pictures and MUCH MORE! MUST SEE! Call 570-406-0750.

DODGE '05 GR. CARAVAN

NEW RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT

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.

All Equipment NEW 570-620-2693 570-236-6298

Power Doors, Power Rear Hatch, Absolutely Like Brand New! $3995 HO! HO! HO! All Must Go Before The Snow... So Now Is Your Time To $ave Lots Of Dough!

25 BELOW AUTO

19 Hanover St.

Wilkes-Barre

570-371-3470

Featured Special! '05 Pontiac Grand AM

Classifieds Work! ITEMS FOR SALE: Thompson Center Encor Inline 209 x 50. Camel, blue barrel with scope in box. Lots of extras. $650. Vintage Whyam-o crossbow. New in box with 6 hunting arrows. $275. 2 sets of 4 16” Subaru aluminum rims. 1 set has tires on it $250, Other set no tires $150. Craftsman radial arm saw $50. Call 570-657-6597 SNOWPLOW - Never used, BOSS 7'6" sport duty smart shield snowplow. Includes harness, all hydraulics and electronics. Garage kept. Reduced to $3,000.00. Call 570-510-4302

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143K...$1499 '06 Chevy Cobalt $2400 '04 Ford Explorer, V8, 4x4, 220K $2299 '04 Ford Taurus $1990 '04 Kia Spectra $995 '03 Hyundai Santa Fe, 163K $1990 '02 Nissan Maxima $1995 '02 Chrysler Town & Country $1750 '01 VW Passat, 180K $2250 '97 Honda Accord $1350

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Morgan Advanced Materials, an ISO certified manufacturer of carbon block and brushes, has an immediate opening in our East Stroudsburg, PA facility for a 2nd Shift Production Supervisor. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated team player. This person will manage the production and maintenance operations as assigned. He or she will provide guidance and direct activities during the shift. Essential functions include but are not limited to: • Enforce safety regulations and company rules through observations, enforcement, and communications of potential hazards to management and maintenance for correction • Coordinates necessary staffing to accomplish the production loading per schedule and, if necessary, arranges for coverage of unexpected absenteeism and maintains required process records • Works with Block Manufacturing Manager, Sr. Supply Chain Representative, and Process Engineering to communicate needs and changes as they occur • Maintains the quality system compliance by assuring that staff are completing required checks

Example:

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Classifieds WORK!

MERCY CENTER NURSING UNIT, INC. Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Inc.,

a Long Term Care facility, is committed to the care of the elderly in Personal Care and Skilled Nursing settings.

Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Inc. is seeking the following positions:

DIETARY

6-2:30 Full/Part Time Dietary Aide - EOW 10-6:30 Full/ Part Time Dietary Aide - EOW 11-7:30pm Part Time Porter - EOW 11-7:30p. Full/Part Time Cook - EOW

HOUSEKEEPING 7:30-4 Full Time - EOW 7:30-4 Part Time - EOW

KT Auto A Division Of Kelleher Tire 430 W. Market Street Scranton, PA 570-346-1133 25 LOW MILE VEHICLES IN STOCK!!!! VISIT: WWW.KTAUTO.COM

PETILLO MOTORS

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'09 Ford F-150 Extended Cab 4x4 Black w/ Chrome Wheels & Trim A Real Looker! SALE $10,995 '09 Mini Cooper S Turbo, Nicely Equipped, Leather, Double Sunroof, A Fast Car! SALE $6995 '07 Chevy Silverado, 4 Dr., 4x4, New Body, Looks & Runs Great! SALE $10,995 '05 Lexus GX470 SUV, The Big One! A Super Ride...Like New! SALE $9995 Call To Make An Appointment! See Full Inventory @

Partial Benefits available for part-time employees. If you are interested in joining a compassionate and professional organization, fax resume to 570-674-3132; email to: hresources@mcnu.org, apply in person at Mercy Center, Lake Street, Dallas; or call (570)675-2131 ext 378.

Mercy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

'08 HONDA CIVIC

BMW '06 750li

PRICED TO SELL! $8995 '06 FORD TAURUS...........$2495 '05 NISSAN ALTIMA........$3995 '05 VW NEW BEETLE........$2995 '04 JEEP LIBERTY............$3488 '04 FORD TAURUS...........SOLD! '03 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LT 1 Owner.............................$3995 '98 VOLVO S-70...............$1995

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'08 FORD FOCUS SE

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570-569-2746

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employing

Sporty!

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All Vehicles Inspected & Ready To Go!

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Competitive salary and compensation package which includes health insurance including Vacation, sick time and personal days, 403B retirement, credit union, tuition reimbursement.

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Must Have Experience with plumbing and electrical

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910 Moosic Rd.

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Trucks, Vans & SUVs

Tom Driebe Auto Sales

531 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton ( Near Bolus Motor Lines )

Call: 570-350-4541

Specializing In Vehicles Under $5,000! '08 Nissan Rogue, V6, Auto., Air, Nicely Equipped! $6995 '07 Dodge Caliber SXT, 4 Cyl., Auto. Air, Alloys, FWD, 80K, Local Trade $4975 '07 Subaru Forester S, 4 Cyl., Auto., Air, Alloys, AWD, Local Trade, Fresh Inspection SAVE! $4995 '06 Chevy Tahoe SE, V8, Auto., Air, rd Leather, Alloys, 3 Row Seating, Rear Entertainment, Absolutely Like New! $13,700 '05 Cadillac Escalade, Low Miles, Fully Equipped, Newest Inspection WOW! $14,500 '04 Chevy Blazer, V6, Automatic, Air, Alloys, 4x4, Extra Nice!...Newest Inspection! $4975 '02 Lexus RX300, V6, Auto., Air, Alloys, Moonroof, Newest Inspection $6475 '02 Mitsubishi Outlander, V6, Auto. Air, Alloys, Roof Rack, Extra Nice! $4175 '98 Subaru Forester S, 4 Cyl., Air, Allys, AWD, Local Trade $2975 We CAN Get You Financed! www.tomdriebeonline.com Call: 570-344-8000

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Tulle Time A female friend of mine wanted to get married, but her boyfriend was resistant. He’d been married before, with disastrous results. He eventually married her — not because he wanted to be married but because it meant so much to her. Initially, she felt bad about this. She had to give up her romantic dream of getting married because somebody would want to be tied to her forever. Do men just marry women to make us happy? — Wondering Woman

Picture a zookeeper coming in in the morning and going, “Crap — we’ve got a new giraffe. How did he get in here?” On one level, a man pining for a life in sexual captivity makes about as much sense as a wild animal breaking in to a zoo. Evolutionary psychologists David Buss and David Schmitt noted that we humans evolved to choose between two sexual strategies: short-term and long-term. Women typically benefit more from a “long-term sexual strategy” — a commitment model, i.e., getting men to stick around to invest in their children. Men often benefit more from a “short-term sexual strategy” — a lack-of-

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commitment model, i.e., sticking it into a long line of sex friends. That’s because a man can have sex with thousands of women and never end up pregnant with something that needs to be fed, clothed and sent to hipster day care. Though a man gets more shots to pass on his genes with the short-term “I love a parade!” approach, it’s sometimes more advantageous for him to opt for a long-term strategy. It’s a huge time-, energy- and resource-suck to perpetually be on the hunt. Also, Buss explained, because “highly desirable women” can hold out for commitment, men can get a much better woman if they’re willing to go for a long-term thing (buying the relationship stroganoff instead of living off the free samples in the supermarket). Whether to commit generally doesn’t play out in men’s heads in such clear cost-benefit terms, like calculations on whether to go all in on pork futures. It’s emotion that pushes them toward commitment — loving a woman who happens to insist on a commitment and wanting to make her happy. Economist Robert H. Frank called love ”a solution to the commitment problem.” Mushywushy feelings are what keep you with that special someone instead of running off the moment somebody who’s objectively a better deal

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moves in next door or your beloved is tossing their cookies on the side of the road: “Bye, hon … hope somebody nice comes along to hold your hair back!” So a man’s being willing to officially take his penis off the market — even if he isn’t particularly hot on the idea of marriage — is a really big deal. There are two major reasons you spend the rest of your life with one person: Either you realize you love them more than you love your freedom or you’re serving a sentence for a string of really bad felonies. in Thickness And heAlTh My wife isn’t smart. She also doesn’t read books or newspapers or know anything about current events or politics. I knew that when I married her, but we were both kids, and I thought it was kinda sweet and funny. Fifteen years later, it bothers and embarrasses me. I still love her, but I’m depressed by the idea of spending the rest of my life with someone who can’t share some of what I see as life’s basic pleasures. — Hating Myself for Sounding Snobby It’s something of an attraction killer when you look deep into a woman’s eyes — and feel pretty sure you can see clear out the back of her head. Yes, 15 years ago, you pledged to spend forever with this woman — surely intending to follow through, despite how she probably makes major life decisions by consulting fortune cookies. The truth is,

we can lack foresight when we’re younger. (As late as eighth grade, I announced to my parents with great gravitas: “Roller-skating is my life!”) Though you care about her, what you’re missing — being similar in essential areas — is called “assortative mating.” Psychologist Michelle Shiota noted that “studies have repeatedly found that similarity between romantic partners in domains such as socioeconomic status, educational background, age, ethnicity, religion, physical attractiveness, intelligence, attitudes and values predicts higher levels of marital satisfaction and lower likelihood of separation and divorce.” Sure, you could focus on what you love about her and try to get your intellectual needs met elsewhere. However, if what makes you feel alive and connected to somebody is engaging intellectually, this might just be a bridge too far — being with someone who believes the Electoral College is where your 18-year-old niece is going next fall to study bioengineering.

Amy Alkon got a problem? Write Amy Alkon at 171 Pier Ave., #280, santa monica, cA 90405 or adviceamy@aol.com. ©2016, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved

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Put one digit from 1-9 in each square of this Sudoku so that the following three conditions are met: 1. Each row, column, and 3x3 box (as marked off by heavy lines in the grid) contains the digits 1–9 exactly one time; 2. No digit is repeated within any of the areas marked off by dotted lines; and 3) the sums of the numbers in each area marked off by dotted lines total the little number given in each of those areas. Now do what I tell you -- solve!!

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Psycho Sudoku edited by Matt Jones psychosudoku@hotmail.com

across 1 Ebsen costar on “The Beverly Hillbillies” 5 Amts. in recipes 9 “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi 13 “Devil Inside” rock band 14 Long-eared hoppers 16 Nostalgic soft drink brand 17 Open some champagne 19 Clumsy lummoxes 20 “Ambient 4: On Land” musician Brian 21 Tombstone lawman 22 “SportsCenter” source 24 Bad beginning? 25 Freebie with many takeout orders 29 Islamic pilgrimage site 31 “Allergic to Water” singer DiFranco 32 By way of 33 Fabric named for a Mideast capital 36 Religious branch 37 Where ships dock in the Big Apple 41 Some Louvre hangings 42 World’s largest cosmetics company 43 Condition for TV’s Monk 44 Body scanner grp. 46 Lake Titicaca setting 49 One whose work involves moving letters around 53 It may be reached while bingewatching

55 “Frasier” actress Gilpin 56 “Nasty” Nastase of tennis 57 The one squinting at the clues right now 58 Candy packaged in pairs 60 Barbecue menu item, or what’s going on with the theme answers 63 Almond ___ (candy in a canister) 64 Gets the pot started 65 Commedia dell’___ 66 Woolly mamas 67 Ceases to be 68 Pigsty Down 1 Two-legged beast 2 False name 3 “60 Minutes” piece, often 4 U will come after these 5 A mission to remember? 6 Lowest spinal bones 7 Credit, slangily 8 Delivery from a rev. 9 Book publisher Alfred A. ___ 10 Bend forward 11 “Weird Al” Yankovic movie of 1989 12 Understanding start? 15 Ball of yarn, e.g. 18 Jazz devotee 23 “MythBusters” subj. 26 Selfish sort 27 Morty’s mate in animated adventures 28 “2 Broke Girls” actress Dennings 30 Some writeable discs 34 Company with a duck mascot

35 ___-Cat (cold-weather vehicle) 36 Auctioneer’s call 37 One-trillionth, in metric names 38 Brand with “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” ads 39 Most spent 40 Tugged hard 41 “Alley-___!” 44 Driveway stuff 45 ___ cog (blunder) 47 Donkey with a pinned-on tail 48 Bull pen sounds 50 It’s represented by a red, white, and blue flag 51 Rhythmic melodies 52 Oprah’s “Epic Rap Battles of History” foe 54 Hazzard County heroes 58 “American Idiot” drummer Cool 59 “I’m speechless!” 61 College, Down Under 62 Grier of “Jackie Brown”

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©2016 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com). For answers to this puzzle, call (900) 226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Reference puzzle No. 804.

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