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Five Folks This week we asked people to finish this sentence:

“YOU KNOW IT’S SPRING WHEN …” “The ice cream places open up.”

Jeffrey Ford, 23, Nanticoke

“You start to see robins.” Bruce Biehner, Wilkes-Barre

“The robins come up and the motorcycles come out.” Jimmy Weaver, 51, Courtdale

“I get out a new hat.”

Gloria Earlow, Wilkes-Barre

Back By Popular Demand, This 2ND Edition Of The Fun-Filled Musical Revue Features Your Old Favorites Plus New TV and Movie Theme Songs.

“We have the first day of baseball season.” Ethan Davis, 39, Luzerne

March 15 to 17, 2013

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The Emerald Isle Step Dancers practice their steps for three St. Patrick’s Day parades. They will dance in Scranton on Saturday, in Jim Thorpe on Sunday and on March 16 in New York City. By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

Sometimes you march behind horses and wonder what you might step in. Sometimes you march in front of fire engines and skedaddle when those vehicles are called to an emergency. And sometimes your souvenir from a St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes people wonder if you’ve been kissed by a leprechaun. “I guess I did feel kind of lucky,” 18-yearold Miranda Warunek of Pittston said with a laugh, remembering how a green sticker she sported on her face one sunny parade day resulted in a tan line shaped like a perfect shamrock. “It lasted for a couple days. I was in about sixth grade.” Those are just a few of the memories Warunek and her sister Letitia, 20, shared Tuesday evening as they waited their turn to practice jigs and reels with the Emerald Isle Step Dancers in a rehearsal room in Pittston. The group, whose members range from

wee colleens through grown lasses, will dance their way through the streets of Scranton tomorrow, Jim Thorpe on Sunday and New York City on March 16. They’ve dedicated their appearance in New York’s parade to the memory of Kevin Nelson, the late grandfather of three young dancers, Kit, Fiona and Lizzy Neville. The girls’ grandfather was a co-director of the big parade in the Big Apple, Emerald Isle director Jennifer Woss explained. And, if they weren’t going to be marching and dancing in New York, Woss said, the local group would have enjoyed appearing in the Wilkes-Barre parade, which also is scheduled for March 16. The Wilkes-Barre parade will include lots of musicians, among them the Wyoming Vallley Pipe and Drum Band, the Ceol Mor Pipe & Drum Band, the Syra See PARADE, Page 4

Sometimes you get by with a little help from your mom. Pittston’s Liam Brown, looking a lot like a leprechaun, needed some maternal coaxing last year.

Sounds like St. Paddy’s Day By JOE SYLVESTER jsylvester@timesleader.com

With local St. Patrick’s Day parades this weekend and next, Irish music will fill the air day and night. After the bagpipers and other musicians performing in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre parades have come and gone, performers of the Emerald variety, some from the parades, will play in local establishments as well. At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Wyoming Valley Pipe & Drum Band will play at Rooney’s Irish Pub in Pittston, on the heels of the group’s performance in the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The appearance at the Pittston pub is the first of several in Luzerne County See PADDY, Page 4

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cuse Scottish Pipe Band, the Avalon String Band, Three Imaginary Boys and the Irem Shriners String Band. The marching bands from GAR, Meyers and Coughlin high schools will be represented, along with the Scoil Rince na Connemara dancers and David Blight dancers. Parade Day in downtown Wilkes-Barre boasts other activities as well, including St. Patrick’s Day stories for the little ones at Barnes & Noble at 11 a.m., face painting at noon and a 1 p.m. performance of the Irish folk group The Hooley Boys, who will appear on the reviewing stand on Public Square. Wilkes-Barre’s parade begins at 2 p.m. March 16 at South and South Main streets, proceeds to Public Square and then on to North Main Street, where it disDON CAREY/TIMES LEADER PHOTO bands at the intersection with Director Jennifer Woss, far right, standing against wall, confers with her helpers as they watch the 7- to 10-year-old group of EmerUnion Street. Scranton’s parade kicks off at ald Isle Step Dancers rehearse on Tuesday. 11:45 a.m. tomorrow at Mulberry TIMES LEADER FILE Street and Wyoming Avenue and if you go PHOTO proceeds along Wyoming Avenue What: Scranton St. Patrick’s Day The Meyers to Lackawanna Avenue, then to Parade High School Jefferson Avenue, to Spruce Street When: 11: 45 a.m. Saturday Marching and to North Washington Avenue. Where: Downtown Scranton, Band is one of beginning at Mulberry Street and Described on its website as the several musiWyoming Avenue. second largest in the nation, the ••• cal groups that Scranton St. Patrick’s Day parade What: Carbon County St. Patrick’s will march in boasts 10 divisions named after Day Parade Wilkes-Barre’s such saints as Patrick, Brigit, When: 1 p.m. Sunday annual St. Brendan, Finian and Columba. Where: Downtown Jim Thorpe, Patrick’s Day Trivia buffs may be pleased to Carbon County Parade. note the website gives St. Colum- ••• ba credit for rescuing someone What: Wilkes-Barre’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade from the Loch Ness Monster. When: 2 p.m. March 16 Runners, for their part, may Where: Downtown Wilkes-Barre, be pleased to know Scranton’s beginning at South and South race is preceded by the Brian P. Main Streets. Kelly Memorial foot race at 11 a.m. Next weekend on Wilkes- celebrate the steady approach of Barre’s race day, the second an- spring and experience a dose of nual Renal Race run/walk will Celtic culture. “It’s a great opportunity to long.”The Wilkes-Barre parade Ceol Mor Pipe & Drum Band, Really, how often do you have start off the morning at 9. show the community what we’ve will include lots of musicians, the Syracuse Scottish Pipe Band, When the parades start, spec- the chance to hear bagpipes? Or been practicing,” Letitia Wa- among them the Wyoming Vall- the Avalon String Band, Three to watch the flashing feet of Irish tators will have a chance to adrunek said. “We do this all year ley Pipe and Drum Band, the Imaginary Boys and the mire floats, recognize friends, dancers?

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establishments for the St. Patrick’s weekends. “We’re working on an Irish theme for the other nights,” owner Gene Rooney said.

The celebration gets under way next weekend at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub in Larksville, with Lee Strumski on Friday night and Whiskey Rebels, a traditional Irish duo band, on Saturday night. The next night, St. Patrick’s, the Wyoming Valley Pipe & Drum Band will perform at 6.

At Flaherty’s Eating & Drinking Establishment in Kingston, “We’re going to play Irish music over our sound system, open to close, all three days (Saturday, Saturday and St. Patrick’s Day),” owner Jerry Flaherty said. In the mood for the live music of long-time area group The Irish Lads? They will play at a

number of area venues over the next two weekends. Tomorrow afternoon, they will sing and play at Murphy’s in Swoyersville, beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, they’ll be at the Hazleton Elks at 4 p.m. On March 15, the Lads will entertain in the pub at Beech Mountain Estates in Drums,

starting at 8:30 p.m. The next day, March 16, parade day, their venue will be Bart & Urby’s on South Main Street in Wilkes Barre at 4 p.m. On St. Patrick’s Day, The Irish Lads will fill Kevin’s Bar & Restaurant in Kingston with Irish music.


Monster trucks will mash it up at arena

By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

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or his sons’ “best birthday party ever,” Steve Sims blindfolded Steve Jr., who was turning 11, and Trevor, who was turning 6, and drove them to a site where the monster truck known as Grave Digger was set up waiting for them. The boys, both April babies, were thrilled. So was Sims, who soon purchased a monster truck of his own. You can see him driving Stone Crusher this weekend, when many teams will bring their powerful vehicles to Monster Jam at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township Sims, who hails from Virginia

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What: Monster Jam When: 7:30 tonight; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., WIlkes-Barre Township. Tickets: $40, $35, $25 Info: 800-745-3000

Beach, Va., might not have picked up this avocation if Grave Digger’s owner, Dennis Anderson, hadn’t wanted some countertops back in 2005. Sims, who owns the family business Custom Stone Co., swapped some in return for Grave Digger’s better-than-cake-and-icecream appearance at the party. When Anderson told Sims about another truck that was for sale, he became a proud owner. And on the day his driv-

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Learn the colorful art of pysanky egg-making at the West Pittston Library at 2 p.m. Saturday. Exploring the Civil War Through Poetry, including battle narratives along with struggles and sacrifices along the front. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 963-4804. Fundraiser and Art Auction, to benefit the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition with music by Mother Nature’s Son and singer Maria DuBiel, a pasta bar and raffles. River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $10. 719-9986. The Menu, how to prepare gourmet seafood with ease including oysters, lemon-pepper shrimp and pan-seared scallops. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Monday with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $7. 344-1111. Internet Safety Program, ways to avoid child exploitation and protect privacy on the Internet. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Signup: 823-0156. Learn to Use Facebook or Twitter. P air up with a tech-savvy

Steve Sims will drive Stone Crusher during the Monster Jam at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

No doubt his younger son won’t be far behind.

Orchestrated? A talk by shalegas economics expert Deborah Rogers. Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursday. 719-9986. Railway Talk, by Amtrak official Gary Pancavage, who discusses the Amtrak Acela and FOTOLIA.COM PHOTO the Norfolk Southern Heritage locomotives. Sponsored by the You can learn to prepare gourmet seafood such as oysters at Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society the Scranton Cultural Center at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, on Monday. Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 822-0693. teen to create accounts and FUTURE learn to “tweet” and “friend.” National Women’s History Month Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Luncheon, with speaker Susan Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 Belin, president of the Distinto 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. Signup: guished Daughters of Pennsyl823-0156. vania. Glen Oak Country Club, Socrates Cafe, a group discussion 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Sumon a topic chosen that evening. mit. March 15 with cash bar at Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. noon and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 $25. Reservations: 585-8113. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 823-0156. Polar Bear Plunge, to benefit Civil War Roundtable, with histoAmerican Cancer Society, Pole rian Ryan Lindbuchler discussing 89, Harveys Lake, noon, March Civil War veterans of Northeast16. Info: 690-1724. ern Pennsylvania. Daddow-Isaacs Indoor Cycling Benefit, a American Legion, 730 Memorial fundraiser for Fallen Officers Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. Remembered to raise money for $3. 675-8936. bulletproof vests. Vive Health The Unconquerable Human and Fitness, 500 Third Ave., Spirit: Five Degrees of DiversiKingston. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March ty, a film-and-discussion series 16. $25 for a 50-minute cycle celebrating the human spirit class and free T-shirt. Registrawith screenings of “Sunrise at tion: 407-2300. Campobello,” “Rising from the Loch’s Maple Open House, the Rails,” “Farewell to Manzanar,” 16th annual event with guided “A Class Divided” and “Gantours of the maple woods, the dhi.” Offered by Penn State sap house and the maple fiber Wilkes-Barre at Movies 14, 24 E. mill along with demonstrations Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. of soap making, hand spin7 p.m. Thursdays through April ning, blacksmithing, weaving, 18. Registration: 675-9253. quilting, knitting and broom Shale and Wall Street: Was the making. Loch’s Maple, Cokely Decline in Natural Gas Prices Road, off Route 29, Springville.

“It’s family fun for us,” Sims said.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16-17. Free.965-2679 or lochsmaple. com. Also a pancake breakfast at the Springville Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 16. Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon March 16. 823-0156. Women in History Display, life-size cardboard cutouts of notable women. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 to 5 p.m. March 16; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Free. 654-9847 Ham Bingo, with door prizes, raffles and refreshments. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. 1 p.m. March 17. $3. 457-8275. After the American Century: The Moral Challenge of China’s Rise, an ethics lecture by Richard Miller of Cornell University. Walsh Room, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. March 18. Free. 208-5957. Spanish Film Club Series, a screening of “Even the Rain” (2010), about a Spanish film crew attempting to make an epic in Bolivia. With English subtitles. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 7 p.m. March 19. Free. 941-6160. Dress for Success, the 14th annual luncheon and fashion show. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 11:45 a.m. March 20. $40. Reservations: 941-0339. Pysanky Workshop. Create tradiSee EVENTS, Page 8

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THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 Film Festival, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Today with screenings of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” (noon), “In the Name of the Family” (3:30 p.m.) and “Apache 8” (5:30 p.m.). Discussions follow each film. Free. 941-6194. Pysanky Eggs, a discussion and demonstration with master Pysanky artist Marianne Lurie. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 654-9847. 50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Pay per card. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 298-2052. Spring Bingo, with a Chinese auction, food and bake sale. Sponsored by the Newport Township Women’s Activity Group at St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Lyon. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:15 p.m. 736-7038. Annual Ham Bingo, with cash and ham prizes and raffles. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 411 Allegheny Ave., White Haven. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 for 25 games. 443-9944. The Making of ‘The Molly Maguires,’ a talk by Jim Burke, who worked at Paramount Pictures and was instrumental in the selection of Eckley as the 1970 movie’s location. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. 636-2070.

er, Gary Wiggins, “took a bad hit and got a concussion,” Sims stepped in and started driving. “I loved it! I didn’t want to get out,” he said. Driving a monster truck with wheels that are 66 inches high over other vehicles and mounds of dirt is a thrilling experience that requires skill, Sims said in a telephone interview. “You have to think, and you have to react on instinct,” he said, “and you have to know where all four corners of the truck are at all times.” “So far, knock on wood, nothing has happened. No injuries,” he said. “I wear my safety gear.” Sims feels so comfortable with monster trucks that he’s welcomed his older son, now 18, to the sport.

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Rehearsing for ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ are Marianne Virnelson, Mike Kishbaugh, Joel Paden, Zach Sessock, Alexa Martino and Tabitha Scerbo.

Lots of L-A-U-G-H-S in county bee By MARY THERESE BIEBEL mbiebel@timesleader.com

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illiam Barfee uses his “magic foot” to tap out words on the floor before he spells them aloud. Leaf Coneybear wears a cape, carries a stuffed animal, and somehow finds himself spelling the names of one South American rodent after another. Don’t forget Marcy Park, who is so good at academics, so good at sports and so sick of winning. You’ll meet them all, along with the rest of their competition, if you attend “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” brought to the stage of the J.J. Ferrara Center in Hazleton this weekend by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts. If you’ve ever been part of a bee, or even if you’ve ever been an awkward adolescent, you’re bound to feel sympathy for this motley little group. “They ARE characters,” director Jessica Benjamin said with a laugh. “They all have their quirks.” The speller who really tugs at people’s hearts, the director said, is a little girl named Olive. “The part of Olive Ostrovski, played by Katy Childs, is almost sad. Her parents aren’t there.

What: ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Who: Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts Where: J.J. Ferrara Center, West Broad Street, Hazleton When: 7 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinner Buffet: Available 90 minutes before all performances Tickets: $16, $14 for show only; $32 and $28 for dinner and show. Reservations: 454-5451

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Her mom’s off (on a spiritual quest to India) and her dad’s not really there either. But she’s a friendly, happy kid.” At first, Olive is hopeful her dad will show up and pay her entrance fee. Later, she worries in the song “I Love You” that she might actually win the Putnam County Bee and be sent to the National Spelling Bee. “If I go to Washington, will I be on my own?” she frets. “Because if I go to Washington, who will be my chaperone?” “It’s very dream-like,” Benjamin said of the song. “Her parents join in. They’re not really there, but she’s hearing them. It’s so wonderful; you get chills.” Most of the show is less haunting and, to borrow a root word from the bee, it doesn’t

have quite so much in common with a mystical, fanciful c-h-i-me-r-a. Audience members can expect near-constant laughs, Benjamin said, as well as singing and dancing and a celebration of words. “We love talcum on our towels. We love consonants and vowels,” the ensemble explains in one number. “We are the fearless spellers.” If you’re itching to join the cast on stage, you should probably arrive early and talk to a “representative of the Putnam County PTA” who will be out in the lobby looking for replacements for a few students who apparently went on a field trip and couldn’t attend the bee. “We just ask that they can spell and be able to take a joke,” Benjamin said of the substitute spellers. But, she warned, the words you might be given won’t necessarily be easy. “There’s no rhyme or reason to the words that come up,” she said. “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee” appeared on Broadway more than 1,100 times from 2005 to 2008 and won two Tony Awards. Because of adult language, it is not suitable for young children.

THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 Flood Stories, Too, tales of the heartbreak and survival that came about after the 2011 flooding by Tropical Storm Lee. Written by Gerald Stropnicky and performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, the Bloomsburg University Players and the Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir. Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Through March 17: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Donation. 784-8181. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of young star-crossed lovers with a cast of performers age 12 to 21. Kiss Theatre Company, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at kisstheatre.org or 829-1901. Seniors of the Sahara, a romantic comedy about a retired school teacher who returns from a trip to India with a geriatric genie named Eugene. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Opens Thursday and continues through March 24: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707. FUTURE Francesca da Rimini, Zandonai’s compelling opera inspired by an episode from Dante’s Inferno with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani as the doomed lovers. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. Noon on March 16. 825-4444 or 9615943 or fathomevents.com. The Music Man, the Broadway musical about con man Harold Hill invading River City, Iowa. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. March 16 to 24: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 823-1875. The Despicable Disciple, a story of greed, malice, loss and redemption as seen through the life and writings of tax collector and evangelist Saint Matthew. Directed by the Rev. Gerald J. Gurka at St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville. 7:30 p.m. March 22. 779-9620. Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Tony Award-winning comic operetta about young Frederick who is on his way to becoming a full-fledged pirate. Performed by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. March 22. $58, $38, $29. 826-1100. Cathy Rigby Is Peter Pan! The Tony Award-nominee takes flight in an all-new production of the classic children’s story. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center,

420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 5; 2 and 8 p.m. April 6; 1 and 6 p.m. April 7. 342-7784. Richard III, Shakespeare’s history play about politics, ambition, power and greed. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 15; 2 p.m. April 14. $12, $5 seniors and students. 208-5825. Hair, the exuberant 1960s musical about young Americans searching for peace and love. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16. 342-7784. Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a poor milkman trying to keep his family’s traditions alive in a small Russian village. Performed by a national touring company at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. April 17. $52, $27. 855-945-8743. Auntie Mame, the musical comedy about the irrepressible eccentric Mame Dennis who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. April 24 to 27; 3 p.m. April 28. 996-1500. Giulio Cesare, David McVicor’s lively production of the Handel opera starring countertenor David Daniels opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. April 27. 825-4444 or 961-5943 or fathomevents.com. DreamGirls, the Broadway musical about the triumphs and tribulations of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. May 10; 2 and 8 p.m. May 11; 1 and 6 p.m. May 12. 342-7784. The Temptation of the Muses, a dance and chamber-music performance by Asian-American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and the Ahn Trio. Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. May 11. $34.50, $19.50 children. 389-4409. Cinderella, performed by Ballet Northeast. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 1; 2 p.m. June 2. 821-8525. ANNOUNCEMENTS Writing a Better 10-Minute Play, a workshop with playwright Alicia Grega. Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $5-$10 donation. Reservations: 591-1378.


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THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 Spring Craft Show, the 11th annual event with lunch, a soup sale and desserts including Welsh cookies. Eastern Star Building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 675-4893. Monthly Flea Market, with food and desserts. Mountain Grange #567,

1632 W. Eighth St., Carverton. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 406-7749. Antiques at Bloomsburg, with more than 75 dealers and exhibitors. Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St., Bloomsburg 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 323-5108. (Not Just a) Craft Fair, sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 21 at the LaSalle Academy, 625 Dundaff St., Dickson City. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday. $1. 489-0061. FUTURE Spring Craft, Vendor and Food Fair. St. Joseph Church, 721 Monroe St., Berwick. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16. 752-5010. Spring Craft and Gift Fair, with one-of-a-kind items from home

decorations and body products to baked goods and jewelry. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16. $15 per vendor table. 675-1134. Spring Craft Show, sponsored by the Boys Soccer Club. Dallas Middle School, 2000 Conyngham

Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17. 762-2717. ANNOUNCEMENTS Vendors Wanted, for a craft show at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston. May 4 and 5. 704-6520 or 6544568.

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Outdoors THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 Sugar Shack Scramble, an orienteering expedition to the Two Saps Sugar Shack followed by cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $15, $10 children. Reservations: 828-2319. Basic Boating Course, sponsored by the state Fish and Boat Commission. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 4064041. Gardening for Birds and Butterflies, with Penn State Master Gardener Roberta Troy. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. Saturday. $5. Registration: 825-1701. Fly Fishing Program, covering equipment, casting, strategy, fly tying, basic entomology and local fishing areas. Included: a film, slide program and raffles. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $8. Registration: 629-3061. Birds of Prey, the natural history of various species with live raptors on hand. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900.

Kids THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 PNC for Me, for You, for Later, a financial education workshop for children. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. today. Free. Registration: 654-9847. Maple Sugaring for Scout Groups, a day in the sugarbush with tours and demonstrations followed by pancakes with syrup. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Programs can be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. $5 adults, $3 scouts. Reservations: 629-3061.

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Mocanaqua Loop Hike, seven difficult miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200. Amphibian Search, seeking out frogs and salamanders. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $5. 828-2319. Container Gardening, growing herbs and vegetables for those with limited gardening space. Luzerne County West Side Annex, 2009 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 1 p.m. Wednesday. $5. Registration: 825-1701. FUTURE Mystery Birding Field Trip, to an area announced the day of the trip determined by pre-trip scouting and reports on the best avian site. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 15. $20 includes van transportation. Bring a lunch and binoculars. Reservations: 629-3061. The Renal Race, a 5K and Fun Walk to raise money for kidney cancer throughout downtown Wilkes-Barre before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. March 16 with registration at Rodano’s on Public Square at 7:30 a.m. followed by the race at 9 a.m. $15 advance, $20 day of event. Information at therenalrace.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun, stories, crafts and snacks for age 4 and older. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 823-0156. Storytime with Step by Step, with representatives from the organization reading stories to increase children’s sensitivity to individuals with disabilities. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday. 8294210. Infant Storytime, for up to age 2. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesdays through March 27 at 10 and 11 a.m. Registration: 823-0156.

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tional wax-resist eggs decorated with a Romanian pattern. Ages 16 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. March 20. $30. Reservations: 346-7186. Joining a CSA, information on community-supported agriculture programs that offer fresh, seasonal locally grown produce. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20. $5. Registration: 842-1506. Columbia County Bicentennial, the kickoff of the 200th birthday with proclamations, dignitaries and re-enactments by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Columbia County Courthouse and Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. Noon on March 22. Events continue March 23 with a 5K Run and Walk at noon at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds; Fairground Arts and Crafts Show 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; a parade along Main Street at 2 p.m.; a time capsule sealing at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at the Fairgrounds. 389-5608. Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Stanton Lanes, 470 Stanton St., WilkesBarre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23. 824-8756 or bbbsnepa.org.

My Grownup and Me, a play time and story circle for children ages 1 to 3. North Branch of the Osterhout Library, 28 Oliver St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. Thursdays through March 28. 822-4660. St. Patrick’s Day Storytime. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 829-4210. Elmo’s Super Heroes, a “Sesame Street Live” production with Elmo and the Fabulous Five, teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Thursday. Continues 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 15; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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March 16; 1 and 4:30 p.m. March 17. 970-7600. Elmo and Super Grover will visit the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to greet kids and offer photo opportunities. Registration: 823-0156.

Reads THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 The Power of Story, an illustrated talk by award-winning novelist and journalist Suzanne Fisher Staples about her experiences in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 3 p.m. Sunday. Registration: 996-1500. Book DisFisher Staples cussion of “Every Last Cuckoo.” Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Refreshments served. New members welcome. 6543323. FUTURE Writing Workshop, informal themed writing classes with the Campion Literary Society. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, WilkesBarre. 7 p.m. March 18. Free. 208-5900, ext. 5487. Everhart Reads, a discussion of “Bloodwork: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution” by Holly Tucker. Sponsored by the Everhart Museum at Library Express, Steamtown Mall, Scranton. 6 p.m. March 21. Registration: 346-7186.

FUTURE Robotics Demonstration, a hands-on session with Stephen Goodale of the Weatherly Institute of Robotics and Engineering. For age 7 and older. Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road. 11 a.m. March 16. Registration:

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n the movies’ version of March Madness, Sam Raimi turns out to be a much better Tim Burton than Bryan Singer. Unlike “Giant Slayer” Singer, Sam’s got a sense of humor. Taking on a prequel to the fairytale that frightened generations, Sam does scary. And does it well. • “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a winning backengineering of the Oz fantasy, a “How the Wizard got to be wonderful” romp that is a stunning update “The Wizard of Oz’s” effects, and the most gorgeous use of 3-D since “Alice in Wonderland.”

Screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire manage just enough whimsy to make the movie’s two hours pass without irritation. Raimi, having cut his teeth on horror and brought “Spider-Man” to life, was the right guy to make this emerald-tinted world pop off the 3-D screen. But the cast, plainly packed with second or third choices, lets it down. Is there anything in

James Franco’s past that suggests larger-than-life, a fast-talking, womanizing con-man? And the three witches — Theodora, Evanora and Glinda — are Bland, Blander and Blond Bland. Oscar “Oz” Diggs is a magician who escapes the cut-rate Baum Bros. Circus in 1905 Kansas only to be swept, by tornado, to the Merry Olde Land of Oz. Where things aren’t See OZ, Page 20

New on DVD Vampires, Wolverines and videogame characters populate this week’s new DVD releases: “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 2,” GRADE B: The Cullens must find a way to stop a war between the vampires. Robert Pattinson stars. Edward and Bella are not only newlyweds, but proud parents of bouncing baby Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) who, because of her odd DNA, grows and matures at an incredible rate. Jacob has now shifted his

focus from Bella to Renesmee, which eventually will lead to some awkward Thanksgiving meals. With no love triangle to create tension, the majority of the production is devoted to rounding up fellow vampires — the most intriguing played by Lee Pace — who can witness that Renesmee’s not the threat that the crotchety ruling Volturi gang thinks she is. Director Bill Condon manages to keep the tempo of the film at a solid

pace. “RED DAWN,” GRADE B: The remake of the 1984 film about a group of teens who band together to fight an invading army brings the same patriotic bravado and coming-of-age emotions that made the original so popular. It’s like waving the American flag each time this rag-tag team of teens show maturity beyond their years to make life miserable for the North Korean army that’s taken over Spokane,

Wash. The film’s an explosive enough nod to the original to make this new band of Wolverines real winners “WRECK-IT RALPH,” GRADE B: The villain of a classic arcade game wants to be a hero. This likable movie will entertain old and young because of the wide range of video games that serve as the backdrop for the stories. Director Rich Moore has done a masterful job of blending all of the varied degree of visuals that

come with arcade games. ALSO NEW ON DVD: “THE INTOUCHABLES”: Film based on the true-life friendship between a quadriplegic and the man he hires to care for him. “SEVEN YEAR HITCH”: Two best friends discover they are legally married. “PLAYING FOR KEEPS”: A man returns home to rebuild a relationship with his son. Gerard Butler stars. “THE NATIVITY STORY”: Keisha Castle-Hughes stars.


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One of the strangest indie hits of the late ’80s, “Bagdad Café” (1988, Shout Factory, PG, $15) is back in print — and worth a second look. Germany’s Marianne Sagebrecht stars as a woman who splits up with her companion in the middle of the desert and finds herself hoofing it to the nearest motel. At first, Sagebrecht clashes with the angry, stressedout owner (C.C.H. Pounder) but it’s only a matter of time before the two women are best pals. Among the oddballs who populate the Bagdad Café is Tony (the scenestealing Jack Palance), a former set designer for the movies who’s smitten with Sagebrecht. Palance, who hailed from Lattimer Mines, Hazle Township, made a career out of playing tough guys. See “Panic In The Streets” and “Sudden Fear.” The easy-going, bandana-

wearing Tony is a real departure for him. In fact, the more Palance dials back the intensity, the more charming Tony becomes. The actor, who was born Volodymyr Jack Palahniuk, even speaks some of his native Ukrainian as he’s trying to woo Sagebrecht. Three years away from his Oscarwinning turn as the leathery trail boss in “City Slickers,” Palance saw his film career revitalized by “Bagdad Café.” He’d follow it up with roles in “Young Guns,” “Tango & Cash” and Tim Burton’s “Batman.” Sagebrecht and Palance might be the best reasons to check out “Bagdad Café,” but if you can make it past the film’s choppy beginning, you’ll discover a comedy that has warmth, humor, emotion and characters that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

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What: “Dead Man Down” Starring: Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper Directed by: Niels Arden Oplev Genre: Action/Crime/Drama Plot summary: Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once-happy life.

As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor’s dark secrets, she threatens to expose him

unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Running time: 110 minutes Rated: R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality Source: IMDB

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Jason Bateman is the initially bemused but increasingly frustrated straight man. These opposites are stuck on a crosscountry road trip together. R for sexuality and language. 107 mins. 1/2 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER — In the make-believe middle ages of the children’s tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” it’s highly unlikely that anyone ever said, just before attempting some feat, “I got this.” But it’s this little anachronism — a slight nod to modernity without pushing it too far — that makes the updated retelling, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a breezily enjoyable blast of sword-wielding fantasy. PG-13 for intense fantasy action

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Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Ronan Tynan. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. 8 tonight. $59.50, $39.50. 826-1100. Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, the premier Billy Joel tribute show. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $22. 866-605-7325. Enter the Haggis, the Toronto Celtic band blending rock, fusion, bluegrass and Latin flavors. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 tonight. $25. 325-0249

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Singer-songwriter Mike Lewis, a former WNEP news anchor, performed during a dinner fundraiser for cancer victim Laura Lesoine at the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon.

for himself. The local weekly TV and online series “Windsor Park Stories” has used his music. He’s also performed as the opening act for various artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys. “I’ve been writing for a long time,” said Lewis, who has no regrets about leaving the business he had known since he was a child. The Columbus, Ohio, native’s father was a news anchor, his cousin is a news producer, and Lewis had worked in TV news in Virginia as well as Pennsylvania. “I miss the process sometimes, the storytelling and the steady paycheck,” he said, cracking a smile. “But I’m happy doing what I’m doing.” Lewis, who has played guitar since he was a young boy, wanted to follow his passion in music. It goes back to something else he grew up with. Just out of high school, he toured with a band out of Nashville, slinging gear for it. He watched the process as the band recorded an album. He counts among his influences those who work behind the scenes, including producers and songwriters such as Gary Nicholson, who wrote the music to

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the Bonnie Raitt song “Shadow of Doubt,” and legend Jimmy Webb, who has written songs from “Up, Up and Away” performed by The 5th Dimension to Glen Campbell’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman” and Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park.” Among his own songs, Lewis favors one called “Shine” on his latest CD, “Do Whatcha Gotta Do,” which also includes a tune with a reference to his former career, “Surfin’ Killed The Evening News.” “My goal is to find a song that touches people,” Lewis said.

Queensryche, the eighties rock band (“Silent Lucidity”) with funk-infused, hard-rock band Bang Tango. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30 advance, $35 day of show. 866-6057325. Wishbone Ash, the veteran progressive-rock band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $27. 325-0249. Lenten Concert, by the Catholic Choral Society. 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Therese Parish, 64 Davis St., Shavertown; and 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Parish, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. Free. 575-1040. Ken Cowan, a concert by the renowned organist to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Berghaus pipe organ at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 4 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 students and seniors.704-7055.

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Former news anchorman Mike Lewis says he’s not trying to be a country-music star. Don’t even classify him as a country-music performer. He defines his music more as Americana or contemporary, and he just wants to write and play songs that touch people. Now working on his fourth CD, Lewis splits his time between Lackawanna County and Nashville, playing gigs and writing songs. “I record in Nashville, but I’m not country,” the 55-year-old Lewis said during an interview Monday at SI Studios in Old Forge. “I don’t do bars and that kind of stuff. I do my own stuff; I don’t do covers.” He was spending time at the studio to lay down some acousticguitar melody, with backup from drummer Carl Canedy of Carbondale. Engineer Joe Wegleski of Scranton manned the control board in the booth. Lewis plans to take the recording to Nashville and turn it into a demo. His music career wasn’t a spurof-the-moment decision. Even before he left WNEP-TV four and a half years ago when the station did not renew his contract, he did a six-song CD for a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls clubs. The station sold 10,000 copies and raised $80,000. These days he’s a regular performer at Northeastern Pennsylvania coffeehouses and fundraisers, accompanying himself on guitar as he sings his songs. In Nashville, he plays where other musicians and songwriters frequent, such as the Bluebird Cafe, to try to boost his career. The competition is tough. When he played recently at the Bluebird, another songwriter named Larry Henley also performed. When Lewis was introduced to him beforehand, he wasn’t sure who Henley was. He found out. Henley, who received a standing ovation before he performed, played the song for which he is best known, “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” “Nobody plays in Nashville to get paid,” Lewis said. “So many people in town are so exceptional, they play for free.” But Lewis is making a name

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Before Café Italia opened in the fall of 2010, owner Sam Marranca felt that there was something lacking in the Wyoming Valley. Marranca, a Pittston native, saw the potential to open a casual, family oriented Italian restaurant where the meals can be made fresh to order. Marranca found the perfect place to open his restaurant, on River Road in Jenkins Township. He felt that this would be the perfect location for the restaurant, not only because it is near his hometown, but also because it is a convenient, central location for both Luzerne and Lackawanna county patrons. Sam’s dreams of running the restaurant were crushed just merely a year after opening when the flood hit in September 2011. His restaurant was completely demolished by the flood. But Sam’s determination and will was strong. Café Italia reopened just 55 days later. With new floors, fresh paint and new state of the art kitchen equipment, Sam felt that his restaurant and menu would be better than ever. And he was right. Every weekend his restaurant is filled with over 80 customers in the main and private dining rooms. It seems that the stuffed long hot peppers with procuitto and provolone, eggplant rollantini, manestra and seafood fra diavolo are among the more popular dishes at the restaurant. “The cioppino entrée has also been a perfect Lenten dish,” Marranca said. “If its your first time dining at Café Italia, you need to try the chicken or pork tenderloin calabrese. I also recommend the veal bracciole made with 3 cheeses and fresh herbs.” These dishes are among his favorites. His chef, sous chef and line cook are busy in the kitchen every day creating their favorite dishes. Not only have the chefs brought their love of cooking and their combined 35 plus years of cooking experience to the kitchen of Café Italia, but Sam Marranca also brought his fair share of ideas to the menu. Marranca only uses his old family recipe for the sauce in every dish that is made at the restaurant, which was voted the winner of the 2012 Sauce Wars at the Pittston Tomato Festival. And it’s not only the sauce that the patrons are raving about. Café Italia was also voted the Best Italian Restaurant by the Sunday Dispatch readers in 2012.

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This award winning restaurant is open Tuesday- Saturday from 11am- 9pm. They are located at 1723 River Road in Jenkins Township. BYOB. Reservations suggested. (570) 299-7724


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dance and comedy. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. March 15. $32. 325-0249. Northeastern Pennsylvania Bach Festival, the 28th annual celebration. Begins at 4 p.m. March 16 with an Organ Concert by Kevin O’Malia at Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., Scranton, followed by a Chamber Music Concert at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, offering Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 performed by the Bach Festival Orchestra. Culminates with Bach’s monumental “Mass in B Minor” performed by the Robert Dale Chorale, the Wilkes University Chamber Singers and Bach Festival Orchestra 3 p.m. March

17 at St. Luke’s Church. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 871-0350. St. Patty’s Eve Celebration, with a ham-and-cabbage dinner and other food along with entertainment by Optimum. Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. March 16 with doors at 5 p.m. and music at 7. $4 cover benefits the Lehigh Burn Trauma Center. 954-8147. Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. March 16. $20. 325-0249. Sham-Rock Show, with bands The Great Party, Chet Williams Band, Eureka Driver and Filthy Gentlemen. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. 8 p.m. March 16. $7. 878-3970. Marshall Tucker Band, the southern rockers with opener SwampDaWamp. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. March 16. $24 advance, $29 day of show. 866-605-7325.

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merry. The king is dead, and “the prophecy” says that only a great wizard can replace him. Plainly, the guy with the same name as the place is their man. Intrigues? The witch Theodora (Mila Kunis, never prettier) is smitten with him, her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz) is jealous. They want the wizard to rid Oz of the Great Menace, Glinda (Michelle Williams), which Oz, easily

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Exhibits THIS WEEK: MARCH 8 to 14, 2013 Student Art Exhibition: Mixed Media, with works by more than 40 students including ceramics, paintings, drawings, jewelry and printmaking. Opens Wednesday and follows with a reception 2 to 5 p.m. on March 16. Pauly Friedman Gallery, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Through March 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 674-6250. Drawcorps Dracula. Create a mural inspired by vampires, dress like your favorite creature of the night and enjoy live music and impromptu performances. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Art and Nature.” Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10. Reservations: 346-7186. ONGOING EXHIBITS Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat: The First 10 Years, works by artists who received residencies at the Laceyville retreat, which welcomes visual artists, writers and composers. Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street, University of Scranton. Through March 15: noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 941-4214. A Closer Look, photography by Lawrence Lang including landscapes and macros. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Meet the artists at a Gallery Talk and reception 6 to 8 p.m. March 15. Through April 5: Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900, ext. 5328. Suzanne Maria Rossetti Memorial Juried Art Exhibit, the 32nd annual contest for students in grades seven to 12. Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through March 26: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0727. Art of Alyssa Amori, more than 60 pieces depicting animals, flowers, foliage and local scenes. Through March 29 at the Glenburn Township Municipal Building, 54 Waterford Road, Dalton.

New Visions in downtown Scranton will host the exhibit ‘Not Your Average Art’ through March 29. Included is this untitled collage by Misha Howell of Scranton.

969-6029. Cohabitation, photographs by Julie Barnofski. Through April 2 at CameraWork Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 510-5028. Halena, oil paintings along with old-world inspired works of art by Helen Warenda. The Fly on the Wall Gallery, Dragonfly Café, 9 E. Broad St., Hazleton. Through April 11: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 454-1214. Penmen, Artists and Educators: 125 Years of the Zaner-Blower Penmanship Company, American ornamental penmanship from the late 19th and early 20th centuries focusing on the company’s educational work in the classroom. Through April 14 in the Heritage Room, fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. Limited hours for spring break March 22 to April 1. 941-4000. Within, art work by Lisa Wray. Through April 25 at the Wyoming County Courthouse Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 8363200. What’s in the Cloud? Bats on the Atlantic Coast, photographs and current research on bats in Pennsylvania and the Caribbean. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Through July 1: noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5. 346-7186. The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature, a multidisciplinary exploration of vampires in fact and fiction along with bloodsucking creatures in nature, literature, film and contemporary art. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Through July 2: noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5. 346-7186. ANNOUNCEMENTS

‘Monhegan Sky’ is one of the paintings in local artist Brian Keeler’s one-man show at the Rodger Lapelle Gallery in Philadelphia through March 31.

Call for Entries, for the Juried Children’s Art Exhibition sponsored by the Wyoming Free Library in April. Open to artists in kindergarten through twelfth grade. $5 per entry. Drop off artwork at the T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave.,

Wyoming between 2 and 5 p.m. on March 25, 27 or 29. 693-1364. Bus Trip, to view the exhibits of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia at its new location, which includes some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism

and early modern art. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, 7 a.m. April 11 and returns approximately 10 p.m. $135 includes transportation and guided tour of the museum. Reservations: 996-1500.

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