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ou could be the kind of athlete who runs a 10K or a half-marathon and then relaxes afterward with a15- or even 30-mile bike ride. • “For the triathlon crowd, that’s a cooldown,” race organizer Rich Pais said. • Or maybe your favorite sports involve practicing yoga, paddling a kayak, strolling at your own pace or simply learning more about gymnastics. If so, you too will find opportunities during the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Family Fitness Weekend, which begins at 5 p.m. today.

And even if the most athletic thing you want to do is “hoist your elbow and peel some shrimp,” Pais said, there is an event for you, too. That would be the Saturday-evening concert at the River Street Jazz Café. The concert and all the fitness activities of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Weekend are meant to draw attention to the need for foster care and adoption “We need to lift them up, to love them,” Pais said of the children – perhaps 3,000 in Pennsylvania – who don’t yet have “a forever family.” From 5 to 9 tonight, the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids weekend opens with food, games and music on the River Common in Wilkes-Barre. Several adoptive families, including Pais with his wife and children, will be there, ready to answer questions from anyone who’s interested. “We’ll have people there from

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guided walks through the historic 1807 church, the area’s oldest religious edifice, with box pews, elevated pulpit and hand-carved columns. 20 River St., in the Forty Fort Cemetery. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. $2, $1 children. 287-5214.

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Denison House Tours, guided tours of the restored 1790 home of early settler Nathan Denison, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30. $4, $2 children. 288-5531. Summer Film Series: “Marley,” the documentary about reggae musician and revolutionary Bob Marley. Preceded by a lobby reggae performance by the George Wesley Band. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednes-

agencies, with profiles of kids who are ready to be adopted. And adoptive families will have answers to questions an agency person might not know, something like ‘What does it feel like to suddenly get a brother the same age as you?’ ” Tonight’s events include the Wet Paint Mile at 7 p.m., which is the conclusion of a three-race series to determine the area’s “fastest man” and “fastest woman.” It begins at Pickering and Riverside Drive in South Wilkes-Barre and finishes at Northampton Street. At 6:15 p.m., there’s a 3-kilometer “Wet Paint” race, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a non-competitive “Walk for Home,” sponsored by Harrold’s Pharmacy, which will give an adoptive family a chance to win a vacation to a location of choice. Tomorrow’s events include the 13.1-mile half-marathon and the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) races, day. $6, $4 (matinee); $3 students. 826-1100. World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, on “A Middle East Update” with UCLA history professor David Myers. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison St., University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. $20, $30 per couple. Registration: 941-7816. The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Economic Justice for All After 25 Years, a symposium with a keynote address by Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Scranton Diocese followed by an in-depth discussion by scholars and academics of economics, business and entrepreneurship. Lemmond Theater,

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Runners mill around the Northampton Street portal before the start of previous Wendy’s Wonderful Kids half-marathon and 10K races in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

both of which begin at 8 a.m. While the races are taking place, past the King’s College and Wilkes University campuses with a loop (or two, for the longer race) through South Wilkes-Barre, friends and family members who aren’t racing can take a yoga class, watch a gymnastics demonstration and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Children of race participants can take part in a Cross Fit kids exercise session but should pre-register by tonight. There’s also an Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 674-6400

option to paddle a kayak or canoe on the Susquehanna. The Colours Benefit Bike Ride begins tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., by which time some racers may be finished running and ready to hop on a bike. Of course, if you just want to be part of the bike ride, and not run, that’s possible, too. Finally, tomorrow evening, a concert from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Jazz Café will benefit WilkesBarre Racing and its adoption/ foster-care causes.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff happening,” Pais said, noting the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids event in Wilkes-Barre has grown since its inception in 2010, becoming “bigger and more regional,” with more and more out-of-state participants joining the hometown crowd. In the half marathon, the records to beat were set by Mike Carriglitto of Pottstown at 1:13:37 last year and by Heidi Peoples of Scranton with 1:16:55 in 2010.

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FUTURE First Friday Architectural Walking Tour, highlighting the history and architecture of churches and civic buildings in downtown Scranton. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Meet at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 5 p.m. Sept. 7. 344-3841. PensFest, the third annual celebration of the upcoming start of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey season. With a free skating session, autograph sessions with players, live music, outdoor activities and music by the Chixie Dix. The Ice Rink, Coal Street Park, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to See EVENTS, Page 7

Does the sound of racing lawnmowers make your heart beat faster? Do you thrill to the crunch and tire-squealing of demolished cars? There’s only one place to find this action, and that’s at a county fair. The Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair is still on for this weekend so fans can watch the ladies wreck their vehicles in the Powder Puff Derby tonight, see the Tuff Trucks compete Saturday and the lawnmowers drag race Sunday morning. And if racing motors aren’t your thing, escape to the farm-animal exhibits, where things will be much more serene. Head to Route 6 in Meshoppen for the final four days of the fair, open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Labor Day. Tickets are $10 and can be had at 836-5502.


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arlic salsa, garlic chili dogs and, yes, garlic doughnuts, too. Where can you find them? • How about carnival rides, goats, chickens and homecanned tomatoes? • Or, a tribute to Dean Martin, songs from pizza man Carmelo Raccuglia and a Mass that starts with “nel nome del Padre?” • If you’ve guessed the Pocono Garlic Festival in Shawnee on Delaware followed by, respectively, the 50th annual Luzerne County Fair in Dallas and La Festa Italiana in Scranton, congratulations. You know your festivals. • But, wait, there are more.

Coming right up, with caboose rides, a LEGO display and a Union-Pacific Big Boy is Railfest 2012 in Scranton, soon to be followed by Funfest in Hazleton, which boasts celebrity tricycle races, pierogie contests and Christmas cookies. Christmas cookies? “Our theme this year is ‘Christmas in September,’ ” executive director Judiann McGrogan explained, adding the Funfest parade will include the kind of balloons you might see in Macy’s annual extravaganza. As for the pierogie contests, they will involve the eating of pierogies and the hitting of frozen pierogies with a hockey stick. “The Penguins are involved,” McGrogan said. “They usually send Tux down for that.” For children, there is an event in which they can toss a frozen pierogie through a hole in a backboard. “It’s all about precision.”

“We go for the unique,” said McGrogan, who admitted last week she was recruiting a few more good sports for those adult tricycle races Here’s a list of some highlights of fairs and festivals you can enjoy as summer winds down into the fall harvest season. ••• POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL You can expect: Lots of garlic-laced foods, nonstop music, cooking demos and a petting zoo. Festival hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Garlic-eating contest: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, main tent Cooking demos: 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days, educational tent Where: Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware

Dean Martin impersonator Andy DiMino will perform on Labor Day evening at La Festa Italiana in downtown Scranton.

Admission: $10 More info: 421-7231 ••• LA FESTA ITALIANA You can expect: Loads of Italian food, two stages and fireworks on Sunday. See FESTS, Page 4

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Where: Downtown Scranton Festival hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday Italian Mass: 10 a.m. Sunday in St. Peter’s Cathedral Dean Martin show: 7:30 p.m. Monday with tribute artist Andy DiMino Singing pizza man Carmelo Raccuglia from New York: 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday More info: lafestaitaliana.org ••• RAILFEST 2012 You can expect: A chance to ride a caboose, tour a Big Boy cab and see many full-size and model locomotives. Where: Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton Railfest hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Excursions from Scranton to Moscow: Leave 12:30 p.m., return 3 p.m. both days. Continuous shuttle service from Steamtown to La Festa Italiana, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. More info: 340-5204 ••• LUZERNE COUNTY FAIR You can expect: Agricultural exhibits, farm animals, carnival rides and musical acts. Where: Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 3605 Route 118, Dallas Charles Thomas’ Drifters: 7:30

EVENTS T H I S W E E K : AU G . 31 T O S E P T. 6 , 2 0 1 2 AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club with food, entertainment, games and prizes. Public Square, WilkesBarre. Tonight at 6 with awards at 9. 309-2367.

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Cruise Night, with the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club. Quaker Steak and Lube, 3004 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City. 6 to 9 tonight. All vehicles welcome. 344-2014. Labyrinth Walk on the Blue Moon, an evening walk along with a talk on labyrinths and refreshments. Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose. 7 tonight. Reservations: 278-

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Zachary Updyke of Mountain Top checks out old train items on display at the Steamtown National Historic Site during Railfest 2011.

p.m. Wednesday Tommy Guns Band (country): 7 p.m. Thursday The Badlees (rock): 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Bowzer’s Rock-’n’-Roll Party: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Rick K and the Allnighters: 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 Shawn Klush, Elvis tribute artist: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Fair hours: 4 to11p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, continues 4 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Admission: $8 More info: 675-3247 ••• FUNFEST You can expect: games, children’s crafts, a car show, garage sale and even a fruitcake drop to

9256. Downtown Scranton Walking Tour, highlighting classic architecture and memorials around Courthouse Square. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Meet at Washington Avenue and Linden Street, Scranton. 11 a.m. Saturday. 344-3841. Stroudfest, the annual street festival in downtown Stroudsburg with artisans, crafters, food vendors, children’s activities, a community-wide yard sale and four stages of entertainment including Jazz Juice, Los Diablos, Miami Cakes and Donuts, Flyin’ Blind, Functional Flow, Soul Intent and more. Main Street, Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 420-2808. Back to School Celebration and Adoption Day, to benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care and Rescue for Domestic Animals.

see which durable cake crumbles the least. Where: Downtown Hazleton Funfest Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 Car show: noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Adult celebrity tricycle race: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 Sampling Christmas cookies and meatballs: people’s choice awards, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Pierogie eating contest: 1 p.m. Sept. 8 Pierogie slapshot contest: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 Fruitcake drop: 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9 Latin music: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 More info: 455-1509 or hazletonchamber.org

With face painting, lemonade stand, bake sale, raffles and prizes including a back-to-school supply basket along with animals for adoption. Big Lots Store, 3409 Birney Ave., Moosic. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 961-2082. Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Moscow powered by a historic steam locomotive. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday and Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 2:30 p.m. return. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. Reservations: 3405204. Avondale Mining Disaster Remembrance, a community observance of the 143rd anniversary of the event that took 110 lives. With taps, a gun salute, reflections, speakers, music by Jay Smar and actress Karen Esak as “Mother Jones, the Miners’ Angel.” Washburn Street

Danny Farole, the ‘Singing Troubadour’ from Nesquehoning, serenades Norm and Kim Phillips with his accordion during a previous Funfest in Hazleton.

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Patrons wander the Luzerne County Fairgrounds on a previous opening night.

Cemetery, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. Saturday. 715-252-6742. St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with ethnic and American foods, pony rides, petting zoo, Chinese auction, games and entertainment by John Stevens’ Doubleshot (Saturday) and Joe Stanky and the Cadets (Sunday). St. Mary’s Church, 150 Main St., Mocanaqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. 864-3159. Holy Spirit Parish Festival, with homemade ethnic foods, Chinese auction, games for all ages, flea market, the Flower Club Sidewalk Café, chicken and ham dinners on Sunday and entertainment by Covert Action (Saturday) and Al White & Friends (Sunday). St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. 8643780.

Mount Airy Fireworks, a free pyrotechnics show set to music. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 9 p.m. Saturday. 243-5240. Reunion Car Show, sponsored by the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 344-2014. Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, the fifth annual event sponsored by the Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company. With judging in 15 categories, music, flea market and a chicken barbecue. Hunlock Township Ball Field, behind Hunlock Creek Elementary School, 21 Sunset Lake Road. Sunday with registration from 9 a.m. to noon, judging from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. 256-3548. Forty Fort Meeting House Tours, See EVENTS, Page 5


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Breakfast passes its inspection

We chowhounds have been getting up earlier lately. Not really. (How unlike some us.) Fortunately, however, weekend breakfast often extends well past noon at some of our favorite local haunts, and the new(er) Leggio’s, just off the Dallas Highway, is no exception. We’ve been here before and heaped high praise upon the modest-budget Italian specialties in the spacious and fairly artistic, stonework-heavy dining room. We’ve also enjoyed the weekend brunch buffet, one of the nicest in the area, and were a bit disappointed when that came to an end. So we were quite delighted to see a new breakfast menu (available at both locations) advertised lately. Worth checking out? Why not? We found the offerings fairly standard, but that’s not a criticism exactly. After all how many ways can you do breakfast? And don’t we all like our eggs, pancakes and French toast anyway? The good news for seekers of the new and different is there are a couple of not-so-often-seen items on this menu, including egg, cheese and choice of meat on a croissant (as well as the more standard En-

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What: Leggio’s Where: 64 East Center Hill Road, Dallas Call: (570) 675-4511 Credit cards? Yes Wheelchair accessible? Yes Note: Another location, the original, is at 1092 Highway 315 in Plains Township.

Leggio’s, with one of its two locations in Dallas, is well-known for pizza and Italian specialties but has rolled out a new breakfast menu.

glish muffin) and creamed chipped beef on toast, which I believe old military salts like to refer to as “SOS.” (If you don’t know what that is, Google it. One of those S words just won’t make it past our good-taste testers. Sorry, friends.) I was tempted to try this nodoubt-fine dish, in memory of a father who spoke of it quite fondly, but just couldn’t pass up the croissant sandwich. I was not disappointed. For $5.95, the full plate included a large and particularly flaky and buttery croissant with a huge portion of egg and one of the

most satisfyingly well-seasoned sausage patties I’d ever tasted. The cheese also was plentiful and nicely melted. Home fries came as a sidecar, and those weren’t remarkable but nothing to complain about either. A few sprinkles from the NaCl shaker livened them up a bit. A senior member of our party made sure to take Leggio’s up on one of its senior-special offers and took care to point out that folks her age like to know when and where these smaller portions are available, which is not always and every-

where. Here a $4.95 plate of two fluffy but still large pancakes and side of sausage links more than satisfied, and she praised the pancakes especially for their lightness of being. Another of us had not-so-great luck with a basic one egg, homefries, toast and choice-of-meat meal and noted she often does have this sort of trouble unfortunately. Problem is she’s not an egg dipper and takes pains to order her eggs over-hard but usually gets them somewhat runny. Tradition held, and this was the case again. Not that the staff wasn’t willing to correct, of course. Disappointment, however, in the first liquid yolk did not deter her enjoyment of the flavorful sausage. (Again, both forms of the king of breakfast meats are quite good here.) So, on a sidenote, is the coffee,

which is a nice, light roast, very drinkable and crowd-pleasing. Only problem on our visit was refills weren’t quickly offered, but that could have been because of the packed house. (A late Sunday morning, and the place was indeed full with new folks sometimes waiting a few minutes.) Finally, the renegade among us decided to pass over the eight omelets available and skip the French toast, too, and instead order a turkey burger for “breakfast.” It ultimately perplexed him, but that’s probably his fault. He’s been trading beef lately for turkey in favor of better heart health and asked for some wifely advice on how this one grabbed her, seeing as he’s so used to good old-fashioned red meat. This large, attractive whitemeat patty was great, she said, noting even the nicely textured, softon-the-inside roll, zesty seasonings and lack of that strong turkey-turkey taste. Her only complaint, really, was the fries, which came with a fishy essence likely because they’d been fried in shared oil. This may not bother many, but non-seafood fans (we had two with us) might want to take note. See LEGGIO’S, Page 7

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Here comes fall – and with it some festive new beers

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Some might not want to hear it, but it must be said: Fall will soon fall upon us. Though summer is just now coming to a close, the brewing industry has been in full swing when it comes to the new season’s beers. “We’re nearing the middle of the fall beer season right now,” Charlie Vennarini Jr., an owner of Plaza Beverage in Pittston, said. “You see most of the beers coming in from the third week of August to about the second week in September.” Fall beers fall into two main categories: Oktoberfest and pumpkin ale. Oktoberfest is also known as Märzen or Märzenbier, which means “March beer” in German. Oktoberfests are amber,

malty lagers that are traditionally brewed in March and aged until closer to fall. Pumpkin beers are brewed with either hand-cut pumpkin pieces or pumpkin puree and flavoring. Most tend to be flavored with many spices found in pumpkin pie, such as ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Vennarini said there are popular mainstays year after year. “Sam Adams Oktoberfest just kills on the market,” he said. “Stegmaier Oktoberfest also does really well. We’re still waiting on their pumpkin, though. It should be in the first week of September.” Though the usual breweries are back for another round this fall, there’ve been some changes. Warsteiner and Yuengling are bottling Oktoberfests for the first

time this year. Big-name companies such as Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery have rolled out Oktoberfests already. Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon Pumpkin and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale also are brews to look out for when seeking a taste of fall. ••• OKTOBERFEST AND PUMPKIN ALES Sold at: Plaza Beverage, 3 Rachael Drive, Pittston. 6542680. • YUENGLING OKTOBERFEST Brewed by: Yuengling, Pottsville Alcohol by volume: 5.2 percent

Price: $23.99 per case of 24 bottles • WARSTEINER OKTOBERFEST Brewed by: Warsteiner Brauerei, Germany Alcohol by volume: 5.90 percent Price: $39.99 per case of 24 bottles • SMUTTYNOSE PUMPKIN ALE Brewed by: Smuttynose Brewing Co., New Hampshire Alcohol by volume: 5.84 percent Price: $38.49 per case of 24 bottles • NEWCASTLE WEREWOLF

Brewed by: The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited, United Kingdom Alcohol by volume: 5.00 percent Price: $34.99 per case of 24 bottles • FLYING DOG DOGTOBERFEST Brewed by: Flying Dog Brewery, Maryland Alcohol by volume: 5.30 percent Price: $34.99 per case of 24 bottles • WILD ONION PUMPKIN ALE Brewed by: Onion Pub and Brewery, Illinois Alcohol by volume: 5.40 percent Price: $38.99 per case of 24 cans


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8:30 p.m. Sept. 7. 208-7367. Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival, with raw and processed fibers, yarn, clothing, spinning and weaving supplies, fiber arts and crafts, sheep shearing, felting and more. Harford Fairgrounds, 14028 Fair Hill Road, Harford. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. $3. 465-3360 or pafiberfestival.com. Big Band Night, a dinner dance with big-band standards by the Statesmen and catering by A WEDNESDAY at our MARKET STREET PUB

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Kick It for a Cause, a kickball tournament for all ages to benefit Boy Scout Troop 100 and the Osterhout Free Library. Birchwood Hills Field, Plains Township. Sept. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. $20 per person with 10 people to a team. Ages 12 and older. Registration: 899-4090. Cars on Campus, the annual car show with 20 different vehicle THURSDAY at our OWEN STREET PUB

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classes along with food and entertainment. Johnson College, 3427 N. Main Ave., Scranton. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9. $5 per vehicle. 702-8963 or download an entry form at johnson.edu.

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On the whole, though? We still give Leggio’s high marks. The original location’s been around forever, which has to mean something, and the new one, a

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Incredible Insects, an interactive program with mounted specimens and live examples. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Free. 696-9105.

The Band Perry, the award-winning sibling group. With opener country singer Easton Corbin. Great Allentown Fair, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. 7 tonight. $39, $20. 610-433-7541.

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Originality has always been John Phillips’ focus, particularly when it comes to music. But, really, he sees all original works as a great asset. “Anything original, be it music, art, whatever, is what ultimately spawns a scene, spawns an actual culture,” the 31-yearold Scranton resident said. “We need more of that.” A bigger, more supported original-music scene is exactly what Phillips would like to see in the area. He and those who have put on the Steamtown Original Music Showcase in Scranton for the past seven years have helped foster local original acts in hopes of building up the scene. The Showcase this year will serve as the last time original bands play at one particular venue, the Hardware Bar, which is shutting down this weekend in Scranton to make way for the Boom Boom Beach Club. A shortage of venues is part of the reason Phillips has watched the local original-music scene dwindle in recent years. “It’s in complete disarray because people aren’t going out to see these bands as much because there really just aren’t

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Graces Downfall is a rock band from Scranton that will take the stage as part of the Steamtown Original Music Showcase this weekend.

places for them to play,” he said. Come Sunday there will be plenty of performance space. The Steamtown Showcase will occupy nine Scranton venues, and more than 50 original acts will perform. This year there was an addition to the Showcase in the form of the Steamtown Music Awards, a contest in which locals could vote for original artists in several different categories, from best female singer to best band. The awards were slated to take place tomorrow night, before the Showcase, but due to an overwhelming response that’s been changed. “We wanted to be able to de-

Ourafter is a local rock band and one of the many that will perform Sunday in Scranton.

velop it more,” Phillips said. “We’re shooting for a Sunday in November, and we’d like to do it a bit more formal, a gala-style dinner where everyone can come and hang out.” Where does Phillips hope the Showcase will go in the coming year? “I honestly don’t know. I need to see where the scene lies after this,” he said. “This year will be a really big test. I’ve heard rumors of other venues in the city closing up, which changes things. Will I continue to do it in Scranton? Possibly. Will I just let it fold, go out on the best note possible? That’s also an option. I need to see where the area lies with wanting to make this something of importance. And it’s not really up to just me or just the bands. It’s up to everybody.”

• 11:10 p.m.: Tony Halchak ••• Scranton Hardware Bar, 519 Linden St. What: Steamtown Original 346-8465. Music Showcase • 6:45 p.m.: Minshara Where: Scranton, various venues • 7:30 p.m.: Small Town Titans When: Sunday • 8:30 p.m.: True Becoming More info: www.steamtownshowcase• 9:15 p.m.: Madrone .com • 10 p.m.: Hierosonic ••• • 10:45 p.m.: Nowhere Slow Schedule (by venue) • 11:30 p.m.: Super Bob New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 • 12:15 a.m.: Graces Downfall Vine St. 878-3970. • 1 a.m.: Ourafter • 1:30 p.m.: Off the Coast ••• • 2:15 p.m.: As We Whisper Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St. 342-0401. • 3 p.m.: Where Horizons Meet • 7 p.m.: Eye on Attraction • 3:45 p.m.: Bad Answers • 8:30 p.m.: CrimZn • 4:30 p.m.: Sound Logic • 11:15 p.m.: Unstable Minds • 5:15 p.m.: Warning Level ••• • 6 p.m.: JC The Banshee, 320 Penn Ave. 969-4248. • 7:30 p.m.: Young Historians • 7:55 p.m.: Melissa Krahnke • 8:15 p.m.: The Teeth • 9:55 p.m.: A Fire With Friends • 9 p.m.: Captain We’re Sinking • 10:55 p.m.: Dave Joyce and the Slow • 9:45 p.m.: Down to Six Pitch Band • 10:30 p.m.: One Last Time • 11:55 p.m.: The TASTE ••• ••• The Keys, 244 Penn Ave. 344-3388 Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave. • 6 p.m.: Those Clever Foxes 344-4030 • 6:40 p.m.: Silhouette Lies • 8 p.m.: The Ions • 7:25 p.m.: Days in Transit • 9:30 p.m.: Kriki • 8 p.m.: A Social State • 10:15 p.m.: Farley • 8:30 p.m.: Drew Breeze • 11 p.m.: My Pet Dragon • 9 p.m.: Ethereal Collapse • 11:45 p.m.: Gino Lispi • 9:45 p.m.: The Curse of Sorrow • 12:30 a.m.: Sunset Villains • 10:30 p.m.: The Great Party • 1 a.m.: Apache Chief • 11:15 p.m.: Empire of the Sea ••• • 12 a.m.: Survay Says! The Bog, 341 Adams Ave. 341-6761. • 12:45 a.m.: The Stereo Clique • 9 p.m.: Zac Lawless ••• The Backyard Alehouse, 523 Linden St. • 11 p.m.: The Ballroom Thieves • 12:05 a.m.: Van Larkins 955-0192 ••• • 6 p.m.: Edelweiss Trax Bar and Grille at the Radisson, 700 • 7:20 p.m.: Running Late Lackawanna Ave. 342-8300. • 8:20 p.m.: XVSK • 9:20 p.m.: Endless Mike and the Bea- • 8 p.m.: Shannon Marsyada • 9 p.m.: Indian Summer Jars gle Club • 10 p.m.: Kira Lee Krakovesky • 10:20 p.m.: Rob Brown

Headbanging music with a positive message By SARA POKORNY spokorny@timesleader.com

What: Cause of Affliction with Eye on Attraction and EverRage When: 10 tonight Where: Diane’s Deli, 206 S. Main St., Pittston Cover charge: $5 More info: 602-5200 ••• What: The Allentown Band When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, $8 children 12 and under More info: 325-0249

ing guitar riffs and pounding percussion is the result of the members’ different styles coming together. While hard rock and metal hold their place among the list of influences – Edrington

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Cause of Affliction brings hard rock to the local original-music scene, a sound tinged with a positive message.

points to Metallica and Megadeth, while Touch cites Pantera and White Chapel – a different influence comes from Tobin.

“I’m nothing but a misplaced blues player,” he joked. “I loved blues and alt rock, and that was it.”

“He actually didn’t like metal at first and told Matt he didn’t know if he could do it, but then he just couldn’t stop listening to it,” Touch said. Tobin’s bluesy background was easy to incorporate into the band’s sound. “Everything comes from blues anyway,” Edrington said, “so it’s really not that big of a stretch that he’d have no problem playing metal.” The diversity in musical tastes sets Affliction apart. “What makes us unique is the variety of influences we have,” Tobin said. “You mix us all together, and you’ve got Cause of Affliction: punk to blues to hard rock to metal.” Another aspect of Affliction’s See AFFLICTION, Page 10

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Everything isn’t always sunshine and roses, but that’s the point of heavy metal. “Not everybody can be happy all day long,” Gary Edrington, lead vocalist and guitarist for local metal/hard-rock band Cause of Affliction said of the appeal of metal. “The genre of music is a good way to get that out, to have a positive release.” The 28-year-old Pocono Lake musician is joined in the Cause of Affliction quartet by guitarist Billy Tobin, 36, of Wilkes-Barre, bassist Matt Van Fleet, 28, of Old Forge, and drummer Mandy Touch, 24, of Jessup. The band formed in September of last year and began playing shows in February. Cause of Affliction’s booming sound of driv-

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music is more understated. “People have labeled us a Christian band, but we aren’t,� Touch said. “We are all very strong in our Christian faith, and it comes into the music in a subtle way, but it’s not like we’re shoving it down people’s throats.

We just so happen to be four Christians that play in a band together.� “If you know our background, you would probably get the Christian aspect,� Edrington said, “but if you didn’t you could just take it and relate it to something else in life.� For all the heaviness that comes with the metal label, Affliction strives to bring light to its sound. “This kind of music is a dark

music, but it doesn’t have to be just that way to be a heavy band,� Tobin said. “Some people out there just need to hear a good message, and that’s what we’re trying to give them.� “As far as the direction and sound of our music goes, we want people to be able to find that positive release,� Edrington said. “As for the lyrics, we want people to feel better about themselves and

think on what they’re doing in their life, and try to take away something positive.� ••• One of the oldest civilian concert bands in the United States will perform close to home at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Sunday. The Allentown Band has kept the tradition of concert music alive since 1828. The original



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on with Emily?” we’re noticing all these odd things going on with Emily. Moths fly out of f you only see ONE demonic posses- the box and infest dad’s house. Overnight, sion/ Jewish exorcism movie this Emily turns into a Goth girl, taking her fashion tips from the ghost in “The Ring.” year, make it “The Possession.” “Why is the box so important to you?” Swap the clerical collars for a yarmulke, change the sacred incantations Dad wants to know. “Don’t know. Just is.” from Latin to Hebrew, leave out the pea Teenagers. soup, and you have a She’s hearing voices, passable PG-13 version wearing a ring from the of “The Exorcist,” the I F YO U G O box that changes the granddaddy of all exorcolor of her hand and What: “The Possession” ★ 1/2 cism movies. when she gags, she sees Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, But don’t forget the fingers sticking up OUT Kyrqa Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, box where the demon Matisyahu of her throat. possessing this little Directed by: Ole Bornedal Yeah, “odd.” girl came from. AccordRunning time: 91 minutes Dad starts looking for ing to Jewish folklore, a Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic answers — from a JewDybbuk Box — the material involving violence and ish academic at his coloriginal title of this disturbing sequences lege, a Hasidic commuthriller, back when it nity in Brooklyn. was rated R and slated Meanwhile, everyone to come out last fall — is where the canny who threatens the box is assaulted by an and the devout can lock up an evil spirit. Until that evil spirit whispers into the ear invisible assailant that flings them against of some innocent victim and slips out and walls and through windows. We see the first attack in the film’s opening scene. takes over the victim’s body. Inspired apparently by a 2004 newspaJeffrey Dean Morgan stars as Clyde, a per article detailing the “bad luck” felt by newly divorced college basketball coach trying to make his weekends with his folks who possessed a Holocaust-era box, daughters (Natasha Calis, Madison Daven- “The Possession” has a perfunctory “Amport) pleasant. Then he hits the wrong ga- ityville Horror” feel. The effects are chilling enough, and the rage sale, and Emily (Calis), the youngest, buys an odd wooden box with hidden locks build-up has its ominous moments. But the film lacks impact, those horrific sucker and Hebrew carvings on it. Before Clyde can ask the ex (Kyra Sedg- punches that take you by surprise and raise wick), “Have you noticed anything odd going the hairs on the back of your neck. By By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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LOS ANGELES — It can be hard to keep up with pop culture. One Direction — is that a band? That new redheaded Disney starlet — what’s her name? It’s a peril of modernity that no matter how much a person wants to stay tuned in, there’s just no way to keep up. So when something such as “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” rolls around, it is understandable to start wondering: Was this a big hit in Denmark or a sensation in Australia? Did I miss something? Should I know this? The answer, in every way imaginable, is no. “The Oogieloves” are not an already-beloved set of characters, but a prefab construction meant to appear like a beloved set of characters. Kenn Viselman, described in publicity materials as “the marketing visionary” of “Teletubbies” and “Thomas the Tank Engine,” has overseen writer Scott Stabile and director Matthew Diamond in presenting three brightly colored, oversize felty young friends along with a talking pillow, fish, window and vacuum cleaner. While it’s tempting to call the plan cynical, the results are so ineffectual and disengaging that it may be better to call it just plain dumb. Goobie, Zoozie and Too-

I F YO U G O What: “The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure” ★ Starring: Chazz Palminteri, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and Cloris Leachman Directed by: Matthew Diamond Running time: 83 minutes Rated: G

fie get Schluufy some magic balloons for his birthday. When the balloons get away from them, they set off on an adventure around Lovelyloveville to get them back, aided by Ruffy, Windy and J. Edgar (yes, he’s the vacuum). No more can be said of the story. Chazz Palminteri, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and Cloris Leachman appear in brief roles, all looking slightly confused and vaguely embarrassed. The film, which has a curious 2009 copyright date, should have just stayed on whatever shelf it had been sitting on. Viselman describes it as “the world’s first interactive movie” for the way it cues audiences to get up to dance and sing. At a recent press screening, the youngsters in attendance lost steam at a steady clip, stopping with the standing and the sitting in favor of simply running up and down the aisles. For the sake of the children, “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” should be allowed to quietly float away.


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here’s a haveyour-cake-andeat-it quality about tales of outlaws at the end of their crooked road. We get the thrill of identifying with the powerful men committing murder and mayhem, then the satisfaction of seeing them punished. But because “Lawless,” a

What: “Lawless” ★★★ Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Noah Taylor and Nick Cave

Directed by: John Hillcoat Running time: 115 minutes Rated: R for strong bloody violence, language, and some sexuality/ nudity

powerhouse about the rise and fall of a moonshine dynasty, is historical fiction inspired by the real experiences of Depressionera roughnecks, justice isn’t

meted out in preordained ways. The Bondurant Boys were fearsome roughneck moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Va., during

Prohibition. Their operation was surprisingly open: They delivered home brew from the back of flatbed pickups. Their tavern didn’t operate behind peepholes and bolted doors but welcomed customers as casually as a restaurant. The characters carry themselves like mythic figures from a folk song. Their story demands authenticity and artifice, vioSee LAWLESS, Page 18

Breaking up hard to do, artfully done I F YO U G O

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What: “Celeste And Jesse Forever” ★★★ 1/2 Starring: Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg Directed by: Lee Toland Krieger Running time: 91 minutes Rated: R for language, sexual content and drug use

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Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones make a believable, likable couple on the brink in ’Celeste & Jesse Forever.’

just rolled off the couch after a day of playing video games. The cell rings; he answers; it’s awesome news. Relatively speaking. She’d been hoping for a job offer that would end his unemployment. Instead it’s a surfing pal letting Jesse know if he heads to the beach now, he can still catch some great waves. She smiles. He grins.

Awesome indeed. Marriage itself serves as the framing device here. Jesse and Celeste were highschool sweethearts who wed young — she grew up, he didn’t. They are slated to be best man/ womanattheirclosefriends’coming nuptials — another almost perfect couple, Tucker and Beth.

The rest of the narrative winds around those opposite poles — one marriage happily approaching, another sadly falling apart. There are moments when the film is a little too precious, taking time to preen at just how clever it is. Director Lee Toland Krieger lets things get too loosey-goosey along the way. But more often than not “Celeste and Jesse Forever” delivers an affectionate and intelligentlookathoweventheclosest couples can find that breaking up is so very hard to do.

Nearly two decades after his death, Wilkes-Barre native Joseph L. Mankiewicz remains one of Hollywood’s most celebrated filmmakers. Need proof? Consider this: Mankiewicz is the only movie maven to win both the Best Director and Best Screenplay Oscars two years running for 1949’s “A Letter To Three Wives” and 1950’s “All About Eve.” He’d go on to net three more nominations for “5 Fingers” (1953), “The Barefoot Contessa” (1955) and “Sleuth” (1973). Back in the early ’30s, Mankiewicz was a lowly staff screenwriter, concocting comedies for the likes of the affable Jack Oakie. “Million Dollar Legs” (1932), the best of the bunch, turns up in “Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930s” (1932-1937, TCM, unrated, $50), a newly released four disc set that also includes “Belle of the Nineties” with Mae West, “Artists and Models” with Jack Benny and “Souls at Sea” with Gary Cooper. It was the craziness of the 1928 Olympics that reportedly inspired Mankiewicz to craft a comedy that used the Games as a backdrop for funny business about a brush salesman (Oakie) who takes up residence in Klopstockia, a country on the brink of bankruptcy. Along with the Klopstockian president (W.C. Fields), Oakie gets the idea to enter the tiny nation in the Olympics, which sets the stage for, to quote Mankiewicz biographer Kenneth L. Geist, “a 64-minute blitz of outrageous sight gags, wild verbal jokes and zany performances.” “Million Dollar Legs” is not as consistently hilarious as Marx Brothers’ pics such as “Horse Feathers” and “Monkey Business,” both of which were produced by Joseph’s brother Herman Mankiewicz. But the movie is full of enough inspired silliness to instantly raise your spirits. Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD releases with local connections. She also profiles celebrities for the Sunday Etc. section of The Times Leader.

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LOS ANGELES — What’s an almost perfect couple to do if the relationship works but their marriage doesn’t? Divorce, of course, but stay best friends. The breezy, ironic indie “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, attempts to figure out if that’s even possible. Written by Jones and Will McCormack, who plays a stoner buddy, the romantic comedy is loosely based on their own experiences of dating and trying to remain friends after the breakup. The film starts by dropping us into an ordinary day in the life of Jesse (Samberg) and Celeste (Jones). It’s possible to see the bones of contention right away. She’s in a smart suit slipping into the car after a day of work at her marketing firm. He looks like he

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‘Mad Men’ will start sixth season in 2013 Q. Can you tell me what happened to “Mad Men.” It has not been on for awhile. A. The Emmy-winning series makes only about 13 episodes per season, and so ended its fifth season in June. New episodes will begin airing in 2013. Q. In the 1950s, I saw a movie called “You Can’t Run Away From It” with Jack Lemmon and June Allyson. It was a remake of “It Happened One Night” with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. For years, I have been unsuccessful in my search for this movie. I cannot find it in stores, at the library, or any site online. Are you aware of it being available anywhere? I would so enjoy being able to see it again.

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A. The search for old movies and TV shows has gotten trickier. Not only are there DVDs and Blu-rays for sale in retail stores and from online vendors, not to mention some sellers of old VHS tapes, there are copies of some films made on demand by distributors like Warner Bros., and online downloads and streaming of productions via Hulu, Netflix, Amazon.com and iTunes. I do not know of a hard copy of the 1956 musical “You Can’t Run Away From It” but did see it available as a download on Amazon.com, both for rental and purchase.

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roundings could be sending the wrong message about you. You suddenly care about being seen as powerful. The power position includes something luxurious in your surroundings. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your emphasis on self-discipline borders on the superstitious, mostly because you realize the stellar impact supportive habits have on your destiny. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll take an unexpected journey. Where you wind up looks almost nothing like the image you started out with in your mind, and yet there are some similarities. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You won’t be in the mood to leave anything to

chance. These strategic actions are adding up to a pretty exciting future. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Inflexible goals impede new possibilities. Stay open to where life leads. When you go to bed tonight, you’ll feel good about the way you grew through the day. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Time is an equalizer: Everyone gets the same amount in a day. You plot your hours carefully now, realizing there are barely enough for all you want to accomplish. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 31). You’re motivated to make a difference. This drive to do good in the world guides key decisions through the end of the year. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 30, 41, 9 and 49.


When to bury father’s ashes causes flare-up within family Dear Abby: My father died eight years ago. Mother couldn’t afford to bury him, so he was cremated. Mom asked me to keep his ashes until her time was up so they could be buried together. I have had them ever since. It makes me feel like he is still with me, that I have not totally lost him. However, over the last year, my brothers and sisters have led my mother to believe that I won’t respect her

DEAR ABBY ADVICE wishes to have them buried together when the time comes. She is pressuring me to bury him NOW. To this day, my siblings say mean things about Dad, claiming he was a “terrible” father and husband. The father I knew was a caring, loving man, and it drives me crazy to hear my siblings speak ill of him. Abby, I don’t know what to

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Film Lane. R for bloody violence. 101 mins. ★ 1/2 HIT AND RUN – A fun little carchase comedy. R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, violence and drugs. 99 mins. ★★ 1/2 HOPE SPRINGS — You’ll want to go home and have sex with your spouse. PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality. 99 mins. ★★★. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT – Scrat again causes a cataclysmic event. PG for rude humor, action. 87 mins. ★★ MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS – Joss Whedon’s effects-driven Marvel superheroes smash-up. PG-13 for violence, adult themes. 143 mins. ★★ 1/2 THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN — A childless couple is mystically granted a test run at parenthood. PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. 104 mins. ★★ PARANORMAN — The frequently wondrous and whimsical visuals far surpass the disappointingly slipshod story of an 11-year-old boy named Norman who can see and speak to the dead. PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, rude humor and language. 92 mins. ★★ PREMIUM RUSH — This is director David Koepp’s thrill ride, an enjoyable, two-wheeled action

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dy dog – yet. “THE LUCKY ONE,” GRADE C-MINUS: A soldier (Zac Efron) searches for the person in a photograph who saved his life. The film’s not a total loss. Efron is believable as the confused ex-Marine, and there are some emotional moments. Those just aren’t enough to make up for a film that, with any bit of logical thinking, would end before the first teardrop fell. “BATTLESHIP,” GRADE C: The Navy must stop an alien invasion. Watching “Battleship” is like getting ready to play the board game on which the film is based but then having to sit through an hour of vacation photos before you can start. ••• Also new this week: “LIFE HAPPENS”: An unexpected pregnancy changes the lives of three friends. “DARLING COMPANION”: Married couple reunites with their children at a wedding.

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My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the music of Ole Blue Eyes from the 1940s swing era to Las Vegas and the Rat Pack. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Sept. 7 to 23: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $20. Pre-show dinner available on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. ($15 with reservations by Sept. 9.) 8683582. A Walk Through the Past, an original play about a father and daughter touring the Scranton Iron Furnaces with historical personages from the past appearing to tell their story. Presented in conjunction with Family Fun Day at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton. 1 p.m. Sept. 8. Free. 963-4804. Forces of Nature, a staged reading of Stephen Most’s play about three giants of the American Conservation Movement: Gifford Pinchot, John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt, who address the issues of preservation and conservation of natural resources. Grey Towers, 151 Grey Towers Drive, Milford. Sept. 8 with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. followed by the per-

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Storytime, stories and fun including “Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers.” Barnes & Noble, Wilkes-Barre Township. 1 p.m. Sunday. 829-4210.

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lence and lyricism, and director John Hillcoat does it justice. Shia LaBoeuf plays young Jack Bondurant with conviction. He’s lived long in the shadow of his middle brother, protective yet lethal Forrest (Tom Hardy) and unstable eldest, Howard (Jason Clarke). With reckless ambition, Jackpushesforbiggerstills,faster cars and criminal alliances. Gary Oldman brings swagger to his brief turn as a Chicago kingpin, but the real villain is a lawman, Special Deputy Charlie Rakes, a sadistic clotheshorse assigned to crush the Appalachian

formance. $75. 296-9625. Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical about a quintessential Valley Girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School, where she realizes she has a lot more to offer than a pretty face. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Sept. 15, 21-22; 3 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23. $18. 823-1875. Lattimer Massacre Radio Drama, a historical retelling of the 1897 event in Hazleton which pitted coal-company owners, the sheriff of Luzerne County and striking miners against each other with deadly consequences. Presented by Bill Bachman, senior instructor of communications at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. Sept. 16. Free but reservations required. 675-9269.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for Applause Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Needed: males and females age 8 to adult. Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 3132548. Auditions for “The TV Guide Musical,” a new musical comedy revue with favorite theme songs from TV history. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 3 p.m. Sept. 9. 283-2195. Broadway Bus Trip, to see “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” starring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 8 a.m. Sept. 12 returning at approximately 11 p.m. $220 includes transportation, play and dinner at Carmine’s. Reservations: 996-1500.

mavericks. With his hair dyed unnatural ebony and his eyebrows shaved, Guy Pearce makes Rakes a vivid nightmare. There are strong women’s roles, too, a rarity in yarns this masculine. “Lawless” is gripping, muscular work, though a bit too rich. Colorful minor characters fight for their turn in every sequence. The standouts include Dane DeHaan as Jack’s boy-scientist sidekick, Noah Taylor as Oldman’s henchman and screenwriter/ punk rocker Nick Cave as a shortlived bootlegger. Hillcoat provides bruising action, solid performances and local color, but the storyshiftsfocustoooftentobuild the headlong momentum it deserves.


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Giant Neighborhood Yard Sale, with food and a bake sale. Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Montgomery Ave., West Pittston. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. $10 per vendor space. 654-3261.

Book Signing with historians Joseph Kubic and Darlene Miller-Lanning, who collaborated on “Mountain Top,” a new release in the “Images of America” series. Barnes & Noble, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 1 p.m. Saturday. 829-4210. Book Signing, with Thomas Lipovsky, author of the historical novel “The Slovakian,” which traces the saga of the Slovaks’ struggle for survival. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon on Sunday. 829-4210.

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If he could have any kind of circus job, Patrick Cleary of Dallas knows what he’d like best. “I’d like to be the head of it, the one in the middle,” he said. “The ringmaster.” “Oh, wouldn’t he be just perfect?” Theresa Popiolek remarked. “I can see it,” Gwen Harleman agreed. “He’d be the star of the show.” Harleman and Popiolek, who is her assistant, are instructors in the Verve Vertu art program for challenged students, which is part of the Deutsch Institute. Their students have been thinking about circuses lately, specifically the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which will present several shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township in November.

Animals, an acrobat, a clown – they’re all part of a 6-by-8 mural the Verve Vertu group has been painting during the past few weeks in their studio at the Downtown Arts Building in Wilkes-Barre. The circus commissioned them to create the mural, which will be displayed throughout the community at various festivals. “I painted the sky,” Pamela Gregory of Kingston said proudly. “I painted the horse,” said Erin Dougherty of Dallas, pointing out an animal that appears to bow to its audience. Lisa Zavada of Wilkes-Barre, meanwhile, started working on clay that she would shape into the kind of decoration a circus elephant might wear on its head. While they worked, the artists explained what they like and dislike about circuses.

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Watercolor Explorations, paintings of Italy along with landscapes and florals by area artist Linda Keck. Through Wednesday at Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 3443313.

‘Eckley,’ an acrylic impasto with collaged inclusions, is one of the 300 hexagonal art pieces in ‘Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground’ by Dallas artist Sue Hand on display through Sept. 28 at the Widmann Gallery at King’s College.

4x8 Landscapes: Furniture by Paul Ludick, three-dimensional objects incorporating two-dimensional wood grain of fir plywood to blend utility with aesthetics. Opens Tuesday and continues through Oct. 14 with an artist’s reception 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays;

9x9x3: New Visions, an exhibit by the Textile Study Group of New York defined by the title dimensions. Opens Tuesday and continues through Oct. 14. Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 3486278.

Riverworks III: Lackawanna River Corridor Association Celebrating 25 Years, a juried exhibit focusing on the Lackawanna River and its watershed. Opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 29 with a First Friday reception 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7. ArtWorks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 207-1815.

CLOSING SOON BEEyond, the world of bees as

Pennsylvania Artisans Exhibit, including glass, pottery, sculpture, paintings, mixed media and drawings. Through Thursday at the Schulman Gallery, Campus Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0727. Two Travelers, pastel paintings and photography of France including Normandy, Brittany and Paris by artist Mary Lou Steinberg and her niece Kate Senunas. Through Sept. 8 at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 823-0518. Kiln to Film, Pottery and Animation, with decorative and functional ceramic art by Ellen Mulvenna and drawings geared

one comes out of a cannon, I don’t like that. It scares me.”

toward animation and character design by Gerry Stankiewicz. Also: art from the Studio on Salem, part of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program at NHS Human Services in Carbondale. Through Sept. 8 at A Thousand Words Fine Art Gallery, 253 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. 899-5578. Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground, a series of 300 hexagon-shaped historical illustrations of mining in Northeastern Pennsylvania by Dallas artist Sue Hand. Through Sept. 28 with an artist’s talk 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900.

FUTURE EXHIBITS I Like Tic Tacs, collaborative works by German artists Stefanie Schairer and Jana Jacob. Opens Sept. 7 with reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Marquis Art & Frame, 515 Center St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 344-3313.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Call for Entries, for the 8th annual Glenburn Township Art Show and Sale. Accepting two-dimensional artwork, paintings in all media and photography. Opening reception on Oct. 7. Call 954-1489 for entry form.

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Our Land, large-format photographs of natural landscapes of the Poconos and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area by Jordan D. Lewis. Opens Tuesday with a meet-the-artist reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8. Through Sept. 28 at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays. 629-3061.

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278.

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