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Five Folks With Wilkes-Barre’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepping off tomorrow, we asked: “WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY?”

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“Just the festivities. Everybody’s out having a good time. It’s kind of a relief from school.” Jonathan Gilmore, 22, Bear, Del.

“I’m from the South, and I think it’s exciting how people around here have unbridled passion for their Irish heritage.” Mike Berry, 52, Shavertown

“I like sugar cookies with green sprinkles.” Kady Zawadski, 18, Bethlehem

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Irish melodies to please one and all IF YOU GO


So, I asked Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman, do fans ever bring any little gifts to your group? Oh yes, she assured me. “We do a lot of PBS meet-and-greets, and people are so generous. They bring us Irish chocolates and tea and beautiful letters, sometimes four or five pages long, about how our music has changed their lives.” What prompted my question was a conversation earlier this week with Ellen Wilkes Irmisch of the group Tartan Terrors, who told me the town of Jim Thorpe holds the record for the most beers (137) brought to the stage during a Terrors concert. The contrast made my fingers itch to start typing about all the ways these groups seem so very different, though both will bring to the region concerts that could figure into your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The women of Celtic Woman, those tea-appreciating chanteuses, will be in Scranton on Tuesday. The co-ed Tartan Terrors will be in Jim Thorpe tonight, no doubt with fans who aim to meet or exceed that beer record. Celtic Woman is likely to sing “Danny Boy” with three voices and a fiddler, as well as the inspirational “You Raise Me Up,” and, judging by PBS specials, if the singers move at all it will be to gently glide along the stage. The Tartans are likely to present “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” and other rousing

Who: Tartan Terrors What: Celtic music, dance, comedy Where: Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe When: 8 tonight Tickets: $32 More info: 325-0249 ••• Who: Celtic Woman What: Female Irish musical ensemble When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton Tickets: $102, $62, $42. Group rates available. More info: 344-1111

ABOVE: The rambunctious Tartan Terrors will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe tonight. BELOW: Celtic Woman will bring polished songs and style to Scranton.

tunes accompanied by lots of high-energy leaping about in kilts and, for the women, shorter skirts. One group has been compared to Disney princesses, the other to a mix of “Riverdance” with “Saturday Night Live.” But, as Irmisch pointed out, what of it? Think of bluegrass and hip hop and half a dozen other genres, she said. American music isn’t all the same, so why should anyone expect Celtic music to be? Fair enough. So, fans of Celtic music, perhaps you already know which concert you might prefer. Or maybe you want to attend both. In any case, here are some reflections from Celtic Woman’s Agnew and the

Tartan Terrors’ Irmisch. “The Irish have a song for everything, for the hardest of times and the happiest of times,” Agnew said. “They’re great storytellers.” “We’re bringing back some of our well-known classics, like “You Raise Me Up,” she said. “You sing the first few bars, and you hear people singing along.” Not only do people sing along at Celtic Woman concerts, Agnew said, she’s often touched to notice certain songs have moved them to tears. “It’s really very, very special to see them open up their emotions,” she said. By the way, she told me, the women of Celtic Woman don’t just glide. They do spend part of a show dancing. And when they’re not dancing, she said, “It’s

important to be able to just stand there and sing. We want people to focus on the music.” For the Tartan Terrors, along with traditional tunes and championship-caliber bagpiping there will be quite a few spoofs such as “I Drink Every Scotch,” which is a play on Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” The set list is likely to include sea chanteys, traditional work songs, a Gaelic call to arms and a tribute to modern military as well as a tribute to the Molly Maguires of the 19th century, several of whom were put to death, many say unjustly, in Jim Thorpe. “Their history speaks so true to the heart,” Irmisch said, explaining the effect the story of the Molly Maguires has on the members of the band. “Think of the men losing their lives and the women dealing with the loss of their husbands, and the children dealing with the loss of their fathers.”





Notes on Music

Concerts THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 to 21, 2013 Smith Family Revival, the Christian-music recording artists. Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. Tonight with dinner menu at 6, concert at 7 and open mic at 9. Free. 717-503-7363. Northeastern Pennsylvania Bach Festival, the 28th annual celebration. Begins at 4 p.m. Saturday 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. Sunday at St. Luke’s Church. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 871-0350. Up and Coming Comedy, with headliner Howard G and opener Luke Thayer. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Saturday with cocktails and music at 7 p.m. and comedy at 8 p.m. $16. 344-1111. Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $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. Saturday. $7. 878-3970. Here We Are in Spain, the awardwinning improv comedy group with openers The Wha Happened? AFA (Artists for Art) Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton., 8 p.m. Saturday. $7, $5 students. 604-1874. Marshall Tucker Band, the southern rockers with opener SwampDaWamp. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $24 advance, $29 day of show. 866-605-7325. Hammer of the Gods, the ulti-

Comedian Howard G, left, will headline Saturday’s ‘Up and Coming Comedy’ in Scranton, and Luke Thayer, right, will open it. mate Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30. 420-2808. Doug Drost, a concert celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by the guitarist along with an art exhibit “Women’s Work,” a collection of 80 works in various media by local female artists. Hazleton Art League, 225 E. Broad St. 1 p.m. Sunday. Bring an instrument for a jam session following the concert. Light refreshments served. $10. 817-1075. Opera Is for Lovers, a concert of opera selections by the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater. Cecilia Cohen Recital Hall, East Stroudsburg University. 3 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 students and seniors, $5 children. 328-5864 or Manhattan Lyric Opera, Irish and Broadway favorites spotlighting baritone Nat Chandler and bel canto soprano Anne Tormela with pianist Renee Guerrero. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 5 p.m. Sunday. $20, $15 seniors, $10 children. 325-0249. Circa Survive, the alternative indie rockers with progressive rock band Minus the Bear. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 420-2808. The Brothers Four, the folk revival harmony group (“Green Fields”). Presented by the Greater Hazleton Concert Series at Hazleton High School, 1601 W. 23rd St. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $30; $10 students. 7884864. The Promised Land, a concert of sacred music by the Spring Arbor University Chamber Choir in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 824-2478.

The folk harmonies of the Brothers Four will fill Hazleton High School on Thursday, a presentation of the Greater Hazleton Concert Series.

Pittsburgh-based band Instead of Sleeping will play the Vintage Theater in Scranton tonight.

Instead of Sleeping awakens to a

new Sound



here was a time when Pittsburgh-based band Instead of Sleeping had no voices. No, really: All of its songs were instrumental. “It was weird,” Woody Wright said with a chuckle, discussing when the band played shows in public venues back in 2008. But then its voice was found, and things turned around. “After about a year, we decided to add singing to one song,” Wright continued. “But then, seriously, just overnight, all of our songs had vocals on them. It was this huge transformation.” The band has since evolved into what Wright calls a “melodic indie-rock” act. Wright plays guitar, keyboards and auxiliary percussion and is joined by Shawn Sweeney on vocals and guitar, Jeff Bonando on bass and vocals and Corey McClaine on drums. The group is somewhat of an odd fit down in Pittsburgh. “Once we started singing we started playing out with other bands, which was still kind of weird because it’s nothing but


What: The Ides of March show with Instead of Sleeping, Silhouette Lies, The Soviet, A Fire with Friends and team! When: 8 tonight Where: The Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., Scranton More info: 589-0271

metal around here,” Wright said. The guys still jam hard enough to be able to hang with such tough acts, producing dynamic tunes that focus on swelling music and what Wright refers to as “epic” parts. The band is out on the road playing shows in support of its latest release, a five-song EP titled “The Reds, The Blacks, The Greys,” which came out in September. Tonight, the guys will perform at the Vintage Theater in Scranton as part of The Ides of March show. The tracks on the latest release are a big departure from previous ones. “We found what we like to do and what we do well,” Wright said. “On an old full-length we

put out there are three tracks right in a row. One has an electronic beat, one’s really jazzy, and the other’s straight rock. It was all over the place. I like all the songs on that album, but there was no focus.” That doesn’t mean “The Reds” is full of cookie-cutter tracks. “They’ve all got different sounds, still, but they’re more concentrated at what we’re good at,” Wright said. The group has enjoyed opening for acts such as one of Wright’s personal influences, Deer Hunter. During that show, Wright and his bandmates heard words that stick with them to this day. “We were talking to Nick, from the band, and he asked us if we all wanted to do this full time, and of course we said yes. And he said, ‘OK, cool, but be prepared to suffer.’ ” It’s one of the things we remind ourselves of when we’re out and maybe a show doesn’t go well, or we’re promised to get paid somewhere and we don’t, that this is all just part of the journey. One day it’ll pay off.”

Please don’t call them ‘a nostalgia group’




“Put your head on my shoulder, hold me in your arms, baby …” “There’s a summer place, where it may rain or storm, yet I’m safe and warm ….” “You’re just too good to be true. Can’t take my eyes off of you …” The Lettermen have decades of hits, so which ones will they be sure to sing in concert at Misericordia University on March 22?

The Lettermen, Bobby Poynton, Donovan Tea and founder Tony Butala, will sing at Misericordia University on March 22.

IF YOU GO What: The Lettermen, romantic standards by the male harmony ensemble Where: Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas When: 7:30 p.m. March 22 Tickets: $35, $20 More Info: 674-6719

“They want to forget about war and the fiscal cliff. They want to be transported for two and a half hours.” Audiences seem to appreciate the effort. “It’s been 45 years or more since we failed to get a standing ovation,” said Butala, who formed the group in 1957 and happily notes its “32 straight Billboard Top 10 albums.” Over the years, Butala said, “I was looking for the best-looking guys, the guys who could move the best, the guys who had the best solo voices. We have three lead singers. It’s not one lead singer and the other guys doing doo-wop.” Butala grew up in western Pennsylva-

nia in a rural community where people bartered eggs and cheese. His grandfather made wine there, and his father was the air-raid warden during World War II. The recent economic downtown hit the place hard, Butala said, and he wants to help by establishing a museum of vocal groups’ memorabilia there. Given his interest in the genre, it’s no surprise he’s a wealth of information regarding its history. Just ask how The Lettermen got their name, for example, and he’ll explain the monikers that were popular during much of the 20th century. During the 1920s, he said, birds influenced names. “Singers would identify with Mellowlarks, Skylarks, Sparrows, Wrens and Crows,” he said. “By the ’30s and ’40s the names were Ames Brothers and Mills Brothers and Andrews Sisters. They really were brothers and sisters, but even people who weren’t from the same family called themselves brothers and sisters. “In the ’50s, all of a sudden it was cool to sound like a car: The Impalas, The Ca-

dillacs, The Fleetwoods.” By the late ’50s, it was all the rage to have a name that smacked of school days, like Danny and the Juniors or The Four Freshmen. Enter The Lettermen, a clean-cut group sporting varsity-letter sweaters. By the time The Beatles and Iron Butterfly came along in the ’60s, Butala said, “School names were unhip, but it was too late to change.” The Lettermen trio of the early ’60s actually tried to bill itself as “Jim, Tony and Bob” in the style of the folk trio “Peter, Paul and Mary” but decided to stick with the original name, having already built a following. Nowadays, Butala is the only original member of The Lettermen. “Donovan Tea has been with me for 29 years,” he said. “He’s tall. He’s handsome. He’s a great songwriter. Bobby Poynton joined in ’88 then left for a while, but now he’s back. He’s one of the nicest guys. “This group is very dynamic,” he said. “It’s the best Lettermen group I’ve ever had.”


“That’s a simple question,” group founder Tony Butala, 72, said in a phone interview. “Here’s the simple answer. The Lettermen believe ‘you’ve got to dance with the one that brung ya.’ ” So it all depends on the audience, he said, hinting he and his fellow singers, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton, will get a sense during the concert of which era the audience prefers. “We had hits in the early ’60s, the mid’60s, the late ’60s. The people who come to hear them are not the same ‘THEY’ that come to hear songs from the ’70s,” he said, adding The Lettermen have continually updated themselves. “The worst thing you could do is call us a nostalgia group,” Butala said, explaining how the music evolved from “slow and sweet” to more of a “beat-ballad” sound. Take a look at the album covers, he added with a chuckle. “You can watch our hair grow.” Indeed, the group’s sideburns did seem to widen with the fashions of the day. “At one point, I even had an Afro,” Butala said. But for The Lettermen, Butala said, some things have never changed, including their commitment to show the audience a good time. “It’s important that we inspire people, that we uplift them,” he said. “Let’s say a couple has enjoyed our hit records. They heard them on the radio. Maybe they had their first kiss to one of our songs and had another played at their wedding. We take it very seriously that we’re part of their lives. “If ‘Joe America’ takes his wife to see The Lettermen, they’ve got to fill the car with gas, find a babysitter for the kids, park the car, maybe walk through slush, be bombarded by people selling teddy bears and photos and programs and they go through that with a big sigh of relief. They’ve finally made it. If they’re gonna go through all that hassle, it’s up to us to give them the best darn show of their lives




Mets’s tale of doomed lovers is next up on the big screen

throughout history.” So, thanks for making sure Opera websites describe Ric- your sister will have a misercardo Zandonai’s “Francesca da able life, Ostasio. You’re all Rimini” as “a tale of doomed heart. lovers.” But wait. But you might also call it “a The cast includes yet anothtale of horrible brothers,” and er brother. Giovanni and Paolo you could argue about who has have a younger sibling, Malatthe worst sibling. estino, who makes advances to Does Francesca? Or does her Francesca. When she refuses beloved Paolo? him, he makes sure Giovanni If you visit Movies 14 in learns about Francesca’s relaWilkes-Barre or Cinemark 20 in tionship with Paolo. Moosic on Saturday You can guess to watch the live- IF YOU GO what happens next from-the-Met perbecause, of course, formance, you can What: ‘Francesca da Giovanni will seek decide for yourself. Rimini,’ live from the revenge. Inspired by a Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan scene from Dante’s When: Noon Saturday Opera’s 240-minute Where: Movies 14, “Inferno,” the story 24 E. Northampton telecast stars Dutch begins with Franc- St., Wilkes-Barre, and soprano Eva-Maria esca’s brother, Osta- Cinemark 20, 40 Glen- Westbroek in the sio, tricking his sis- maura National Blvd., title role and Italian ter into an arranged Moosic tenor Marcello Giormarriage with the Tickets: $15 to $26 dani as Paolo. More info: 825-4444 “cruel” and “de- or 961-5943 or fathZandonai isn’t one formed” Giovanni. of the most wellPart of his deceit known composers, involves having her said Garber, who exmeet Giovanni’s handsome pects Saturday’s performance younger brother, Paolo, so she to be the first time she’s ever will mistakenly believe he is heard his work. It also will be her future husband. the first time she’s heard WestPaolo and Francesca fall in broek’s voice. love and never stop loving each She’s looking forward to the other, though by Act II she will new experience and urges othbe dutifully married to Giovanni. er music fans to join her in at“She had no choice in the tending the telecast. matter. She was just handled,” “Some people are put off by the said opera fan Jeannette Garber length of time involved,” she said, of Wilkes-Barre, who hopes to “but there is an intermission so see “Francesca da Rimini” this you can stretch your legs. Some weekend. “We all know wom- of my friends are in their 90s, but en haven’t been fairly treated they’ll be walking the halls.”


Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani star in the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of ‘Francesca da Rimini.’

Playing the townsfolk of River City are several teams of family members, among them Lisa Gumbravich of Hanover Township and her daughter Christa, Lisa Zurek and her son, Gregori, Marikate Sullivan and her brother, Luke, and Heather Paglia. Standing are Dave Baker and his brother, Brandon, Bill Ulichney and his sister Mary Ann Ulichney, and Michael Paglia and his son Ben.

This ‘Music Man’ is a



rofessor Harold Hill might be a con man, but at least he’s a lovable one. “He kind of wins you over in the relationships he makes,” said Angel Berlane-Mulcahy, who is directing “The Music Man” for Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre. Hill arrives in small-town River City, Iowa, with big talk of a marching band he can establish. It will keep the youths away from the pool hall, out of trouble, and not-so-coincidentally give him a chance to sell musical instruments and uniforms they might never get a chance to use if he skips town. Marian, the local librarian, sees through the swindle — but loses her heart anyway. “She says in a song that she doesn’t need a Lancelot or an angel with wings, just ‘someone to love me,’ ” Berlane-Mulcahy said. Hill, for his part, might be ready to give up his life of dishonesty and settle down. “It’s that time,” the director said. “He needs change. He needs someone to wake him up, and Marian is that somebody.” For “The Music Man,” Ber-

What: ‘The Music Man’ Where: Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre When: Opens Saturday and continues through March 24 with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. More info: 823-1875

Mandy Gambal of Pocono Lake is Marian the Librarian and Scott Colin of Larksville is Professor Harold Hill.

lane-Mulcahy is in charge of a large cast of close to 40 people, among them several sets of family members. Appearing as townsfolk are real-life relatives Lisa Gumbravich of Hanover Township and her daughter, Christa, Lisa Zurek of Ashley and her son, Gregori, Marikate Sullivan of Wilkes-Barre and her brother, Luke, Michael Paglia of Shavertown and his children, Heather, Ben and Dan, Bill Ulichney of Wilkes-Barre and his sister, Mary Ann Ulichney, Dave Baker of Luzerne and his brother, Brandon, and Jen Kozerski of Bear Creek

and her sister, Missy. “It’s nice to see so many families. They’re enjoying it together and having that bonding time,” said the director, who knows whereof she speaks. She and her brother and sister, who were home-schooled, often appeared in plays together when they were growing up, and their mother often helped with costumes or worked the sound board. More recently, her mother was handling sound for a 2003 production of “Footloose” at Little Theatre when she introduced Angel, who had the major role of Ariel, to Bernard Mulcahy, who was taking care of the lights. Angel and Bernard are married now, and if he can get off from work, he’ll be helping out with this play, perhaps helping to dispel any trouble that might arise in River City.

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Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical giving favorite fairy tales a new twist. Performed by the Limelight Players (ages 6 to 24) at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409-411 Main St., Duryea. 7 tonight and Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Continues 7 p.m. March 23-24 and April 5-6; 1 p.m. March 24 and April 7. $12. 457-3589. Into the Woods, a witty and irreverent reimagining of favorite classic fairy tales. MMI Preparatory School, 154 Centre St., Freeland. 7 tonight and Saturday. $5, $3 students. 636-1108. 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. 7:30 tonight; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Donation. 784-8181. 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. Through March 24: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 3429707. The TV Guide Musical, a revue of theme songs and commercials from popular TV shows from the 1950s to the present. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20 includes a spaghetti dinner served 90 minutes before show time. Reservations: 2832195.

plays (5 to 15 minutes) using Nay Aug Park as inspiration will be accepted through May 15 for the September Dyonisia ’13, the third annual Jason Miller Playwrights Project Invitational. Information at 591-1378. The Music Box Dinner Playhouse is seeking directors, choreographers and musical directors for 2013 shows including “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! (April 12 to 28), “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (June 13 to 23), “Les Miserables” (July 19 to Aug. 4), “Nine to Five: The Musical” (Sept. 13 to 29) and “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 5 to 22). Send resume to 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville, PA 18704. 283-2195.

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and community members collaborate on ‘Flood Stories, Too’ tonight through Sunday at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Bloomsburg.

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THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 to 21, 2013

THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 TO 21, 2013

Jewelry Party, to benefit the Osterhout Free Library. Stop in Outrageous, Midtown Village in downtown WilkesBarre where 20 percent of purchases will be donated to the library. 11 a.m. today and Saturday. 208-7805. Spring Craft, Vendor and Food Fair. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Monroe St., Berwick. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 752-5010. Craft Fair, sponsored by the MOMS Club of Scranton. Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 675-1134. Spring Craft Show, sponsored by the Boys Soccer Club. Dallas Middle School, 2000 Conyngham Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 762-2717.

National Women’s History Month Luncheon, with speaker Susan Belin, president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. Glen Oak Country Club, 250 Oakford Road, Clarks Summit. Today with cash bar at noon and luncheon at 12:30 p.m. $25. Reservations: 585-8113. Jeremiah Taylor, of Anchor and Oak handmade soaps will demonstrate the soap-making process and answer questions about skin care at Outrageous, Midtown Village, downtown Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 tonight. 208-7805. The St. John’s Bible, a presentation on the contemporary illuminated version of the Bible, sponsored by the Calligrapher’s Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Included: a review of the book “Illuminating the Word” by Christopher Calderhead. Room 225, Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 7:30 tonight. Free. 296-6507. Indoor Cycling Benefit, a fundraiser for Fallen Officers Remembered to raise money for bulletproof vests. Vive Health and Fitness, 500 Third Ave., Kingston. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $25 for a 50-minute cycle class and free T-shirt. Registration: 407-2300. Loch’s Maple Open House, the 16th annual event with guided tours of the maple woods, the sap house and the maple fiber mill along with demonstrations of soap making, hand spinning, blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, knitting and broom making. Loch’s Maple, Cokely Road, off Route 29, Springville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free.965-2679 or Also a pancake breakfast at the Springville United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. 823-0156. Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Bridge Building Competition, with participation by students from area schools. Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 10:45 a.m. to noon Saturday. 586-0197. Women in History Display, an exhibit of life-size cardboard cutouts of notable women. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Free. 654-9847 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the annual march along South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre with pipe-and-drum corps, string and marching bands, step dancers, floats and civic groups. 2 p.m. Saturday. 208-4149. St. Patty’s Eve Celebration, with a ham-and-cabbage dinner and other food along with entertainment by Optimum. Knights of

FUTURE Spring Craft Show, with more than 100 vendors offering Easter- and spring-themed items for the home and garden along with a bake sale and lunch menu. Sponsored by the Band Boosters at Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23. 477-2935. Spring Craft Fair, to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Mountain Top Relay for Life, sponsored by the Pretty-NPink Team. Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. 592-7765. Spring Craft Festival. Marketplace at 10th Street Plaza, 95 E. Tenth St., Bloomsburg. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13. 4018845. Monthly Flea Market, with food and desserts. Mountain Grange #567, 1632 W. Eighth St., Carverton. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13. 406-7749. Craft Show. Tunkhannock Area Middle School, 200 Franklin St. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. 836-8247.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Vendors Wanted for a Craft and Flea Market at Wyoming United Methodist Church. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13. 693-1303. Vendors Wanted, for a craft show at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston. May 4 and 5. 7046520 or 654-4568.

Get up close and personal with the sap bucket this weekend at the 16th annual Loch’s Maple Open House in Springville. You can take guided tours of the maple woods, the sap house and the maple fiber mill as well as enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Springville United Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Ethics scholar Richard Miller will discuss ‘After the American Century: The Moral Challenge of China’s Rise’ on Monday at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center of King’s College. Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 5 p.m. and music at 7 p.m. $4 cover benefits the Lehigh Burn Trauma Center. 954-8147. St. Paddy’s Polka Dance, with music by Eddie Derwin and the Polka Naturals along with a hamand-cabbage dinner and refreshments. 33 Center Ave., Plymouth. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $15. 7799154. Ham Bingo, with door prizes, raffles and refreshments. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Vine St., Old Forge. 1 p.m. Sunday. $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, WilkesBarre. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 2085957. 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. Tuesday. 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. Wednesday. $40. Reservations: 941-0339. Pysanky Workshop. Create traditional wax-resist eggs decorated with a Romanian pattern. Ages 16 and older. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $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, Moscow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5. Registration: 842-1506.

FUTURE Columbia County Bicentennial, the kickoff of the county’s 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 Fair-

grounds; 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 St. Joseph’s Day Celebration, with a family-style dinner, refreshments and music by the George Tarasek Orchestra. Ramada Inn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. March 23 with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. 823-1611. Egg Hunt for Dogs. Dress your pups in their best Easter outfit and have them traverse an on-leash obstacle course and win prizes. Hollenback Dog Park, 1050 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 1 to 5 p.m. March 24. $3. 288-8122. Blue Chips Farms Fundraiser, with food, raffles, giveaways, cash bar and music by Teddy Young & the Aces and the Dawgs. Dupont Hose Company, 308 Main St. 2 to 6 p.m. March 24. $10. Supplies for the animal refuge welcome. 313-6574. Women, Leadership and Power, a Women’s Studies Conference with keynote lecture by Dr. Atiya Stokes-Brown, who speaks on “The Difference Women Candidates Make in Women’s Political Participation.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, WilkesBarre. March 25-26 with keynote address 7 p.m. March 25. Free. Registration: 208-5900, ext. 5771.


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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. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. 970-7600. Robotics Demonstration, a handson 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. Saturday. Registration: 654-3323. Etiquette Class for Children, with “Pass the Peas, Please” for ages 4 to 7 and “Dining Boot Camp for Kids” for ages 8 to 14. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Saturday with the younger children 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the older age group 2 to 4 p.m. $25. 586-8191. St. Patrick’s Make and Take, a holiday craft session for age 4 and older. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. 8230156. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 829-4210. 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. Just Between Us: A Parent and Daughter Event, an “American Girls Club” fun workshop. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 829-4210. 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.



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Guest Storytellers, a reading of “Peter and the Wolf” along with some musical fun with members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road. 4 p.m. March 22. Registration: 654-3323. Easter Egg Hunt, the fifth annual event with 5000 eggs, prizes including bicycles, Easter baskets and plush toys along with the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Sponsored by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. March 23. 823-2101. Spring EGGstravaganza, a free family event with vendors, games for children, crafts, prizes, refreshments, bake sale and visits with the Easter Bunny. The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. 675-8600. Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with





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Reads THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 To 21, 2013 Writing Workshop, an informal themed writing class with the Campion Literary Society covering poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Room 117, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, WilkesBarre. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 2085900, ext. 5487. Everhart Reads, a discussion of “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder” by Holly Tucker. Sponsored by the Everhart Museum at Library Express, Steamtown Mall, Scranton. 6 p.m. Thursday. Registration: 346-7186. Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “Farewell, My Lovely” by Raymond Chandler. Buy a copy for $2 while supplies last at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments served. 823-0156.

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FUTURE Electric City Poetry Forum, presented by the Scranton Public Theatre and the Jason Miller Playwrights Project. Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., North Scranton. 8 p.m. March 22 and 23. $10. 344-3656. Great Books at Hayfield, a discussion of “Hadji Murad” by Leo Tolstoy. Hayfield House Community Room, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, University Drive, off Old Route 115, Lehman. 7 p.m. March 25. Refreshments served. 675-9269. Open Readings, share creative works either original or favorites by other authors including poems, short stories and creative nonfiction. Sponsored by the Campion Society at Regina Court, between North Main and North Franklin streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 10. Free. 208-5900, ext. 5487.

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“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY,” GRADE B: A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It’s beautiful to look at but it isn’t fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. “HITCHCOCK,” GRADE B:

Movie Amy By AMY LONGSDORF For The Times Leader

A tip of the hat to the folks at Universal who are, slowly but surely, releasing all the seasons of “Law & Order” on DVD. The latest set, issued earlier this month, is “Law & Order: The Twelfth Year” (2002, Universal, unrated, $36.) Most shows run out of steam by the time they’ve reached their third seasons let alone their 12th. But this iconic, New York-shot procedural manages to stay interesting thanks to always-surprising

The director’s softer side is revealed during his filming of “Psycho.”Anthony Hopkins stars. Like walking into a dark movie theater from a sunny day, it’ll take your eyes a little while to adjust to director Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock.” Both the story and Hopkins’ performance as the groundbreaking director Alfred Hitchcock can’t be judged at first glance. The casting and story show that any thoughts that this is a typical Hollywood biopic are for the birds. “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS,” GRADE C-PLUS: The Immortal Guardians come together to save the innocence of children around the globe. The film, based on “The Guardians of Childhood” books by William Joyce, reveals that North (Alec Baldwin), better known as Santa Claus; the Easter Bunny (Hugh

Jackman); The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher); and the Sandman (no talent as he never speaks) have a bigger calling than just providing gifts, eggs, quarters and sweet dreams. ALSO NEW ON DVD: “LIFE OF PI”: A man and a tiger must find a way to survive a shipwreck. “JAY AND SILENT BOB GET IRISH: THE SWEARING O’ THE GREEN”: Kevin Smith stars. “SAMSON AND DELILAH”: Director Cecil B. DeMille’s masterpiece is re-released. “SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON”: Tom Kenny is the voice talent for this sea tale. “CURIOUS GEORGE SWINGS INTO SPRING”: George explores wonders of the season.

crimes, plenty of local color and realistic performances. Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterson star as the detectives and prosecutors out to solve and try cases that range from dog maulings to arson-murders. Arguably the most indelible cast member is Jerry Orbach, who stars as the dry-witted Detective Lennie Briscoe. Born in the Bronx, Orbach grew up primarily in Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Scranton. He’d already enjoyed a successful career as a star of Broadway musicals when he joined “Law & Order” during its third season in 1992. He replaced a departing Paul Sorvino, who, coincidentally, now lives part of

the year in Scranton. Orbach quickly became a fan favorite, winding up as one of TV Guide’s top 50 television detectives of all time. The actor already knew he had the cancer that would take his life when he left “Law and Order” in 2004 for what he hoped would be a lighter work load on “Law & Order: Trial By Jury.” But he was only strong enough to shoot the first two episodes of new series before he was forced to quit. Orbach died on December 28, 2004, at the age of 69. Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.

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n all-star comedy that leans on its stars to conjure laughs out of thin air, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” is about veteran magicians who find themselves suddenly less relevant when Mr. New and Edgy shows

up and upstages them on the Vegas Strip. An art-imitating-artist moment for Steve Carell and Jim Carrey? Maybe. But when you have those two, Oscar winner Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, Steve See WONDERSTONE, Page 20

IF YOU GO What: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” •• Starring: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini Directed by: Don Scardino Running time: 100 minutes Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language




A more-grown-up Abigail Breslin plays a 16-year-old kidnapping victim in ‘The Call,’ a screamer of a film with a dialed-down ‘Silence of The Lambs’ quality.



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are is the thrillBut up until then, from er that goes as the moment Casey (Breslin) completely and makes the frantic, gasping, utterly wrong as tearful call to the moment “The Call” does at almost logic takes a holiday, “The precisely the one-hour mark. Call” works. Which is a crying shame, Berry’s character, Jordan, because for an hour, this is a is the daughter of a cop, riveting, by-the-book kidnap- dating another cop (Morris ping, an “Amber Alert” with Chestnut), somebody whose a Hollywood budget and a di- dad taught her that she has rector with a sense of to be able to handle urgency and camera IF YOU GO the knowledge “that lenses that put the What: “The you might be the action, fear and hor- Call” difference between ror right in your face. Starring: Halle somebody living Brad Anderson Berry, Evie and somebody dyturns this novel Thompson, ing.” She’s been procedural, a serial- Abigail Breslin, struggling with that Morris Chestkiller hunt set inside nut, Michael since her blunder LA’s 911 Call Center Eklund and Miled an intruder to a (“The Hive”), into chael Imperioli victim six months a real edge-of-your- Directed by: before. seat thriller. Given Brad Anderson Now, on an afHalle Berry, as a Running time: ternoon when she’s veteran 911 opera- 90 minutes walking recruits Rated: R for tor whose mistake violence, disthrough training at months ago haunts turbing content The Hive, explainher, and Abigail and some ing the technology Breslin as a kid- language to them (and to the napped teen on the audience), another cell phone from a darkened girl is grabbed. This one has car trunk, and a half-decent a phone and she’s calling tale of horror, guilt, problem from the trunk. Breslin (“Litsolving and redemption, An- tle Miss Sunshine”) makes derson couldn’t go far wrong. us feel her terror, mainly in Until he, and the movie, do. See THE CALL, Page 20








‘Breaking Bad’ final season will continue Q. I’ve read that “Breaking Bad” will be returning for one last season. Could you tell me when this might happen? A. Part of it already has. AMC has split the last season into two parts. Eight episodes aired in the summer of 2012. The remaining eight are due this coming summer, according to AMC; “Breaking” co-star Aaron Paul tweeted not long ago that those last episodes will begin airing on July 14. Q. David Janssen was one of my favorite actors. He was in a movie in 1973 called “Birds of Prey.” I have had no luck finding it on DVD. Any help? A. The made-for-TV movie starred Janssen as Harry Walker, “a World War II ace turned traffic reporter for a Salt Lake City radio station,” says Alvin H. Marill’s book “Movies Made for Television.” While on the job, Walker observes a bank robbery and begins to pursue the robbers. (This should not be confused with the TV series “Birds of Prey,” also on DVD.) lists a DVD of the Janssen “Birds of Prey” from 2005, although customer comments indicate the ’40s music from the original soundtrack has been deleted. And that release does not appear to still be in print; even a used copy on Amazon will cost at least $79.95 and a new copy is considerably more expensive. Do you have a question or comment for the mailbag? Write to me at or by regular mail to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.

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be soothed by stretches of silence and the peace of uneventful hours. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Excellent conversation, television and other entrancements will seem like a necessity — and they very well may be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Free time seems in short supply, but since no one can tell you how to think, your mind will create mini-vacations while you attend to the demands of the day. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sometimes when you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, common courtesies like eye contact go out the window. For a thriving relationship, bring them back. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Being overly generous is your norm. You’re in the

mood to go over the top to show your love, interest, support, enthusiasm and whatever else you may be feeling. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because the other person’s mouth is shut doesn’t mean he or she is listening. Minds do have a way of drifting. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 15). You’ll involve yourself where you are needed and wanted and will make a huge difference there. You’ll rid yourself of extra baggage in the next 10 weeks. April closes a deal. May brings a happy meshing of hearts and lifestyles. Following a new interest this summer will bring about a change in the way you make money. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 14, 3, 20 and 38.

Boys being boys on campus flirt with sexual harassment Dear Abby: I am a young woman on a predominantly male college campus. One morning, while walking to a class, I had the misfortune of walking a few feet ahead of a pair of boys who were having an offensive and loud conversation about their sexual interests. It was derogatory toward women, and just plain disgusting. In a situation like this, would it have been inappropriate for

DEAR ABBY ADVICE me to turn around and say something, or was it better to just hold my tongue and walk faster? I have discussed this with some of my sorority sisters and I’m not the only one who has encountered this. — Offended in Georgia Dear Offended: You were right not to challenge them. Because

this isn’t an isolated incident, what you have described could be considered a form of sexual harassment. You and your sorority sisters should — as a group — bring this to the attention of the dean because you are a minority on that campus and the boys apparently haven’t learned to function in an integrated environment. Dear Abby: I have been studying my whole life to become a classical singer. Many people have put great effort into helping me to succeed, especially


my mother, who wanted to be an opera singer when she was my age. She is not a pushy stage mother, though. I chose to pursue music myself. However, I have recently realized my heart is not fully in it and that I’d rather go to law school. I’m afraid to tell my mother and the other people because they have invested so much in me. I don’t want to disappoint, but my passion is now constitutional law. How do I share the news without breaking my mother’s heart? — Singing a Different Tune



Dear Singing: Your mother may be disappointed, but her heart will heal. If your passion is not in opera singing, the truth is you won’t go very far in the field. Wanting to be a lawyer is nothing to be ashamed of. Follow your dream. To receive a collection of Abby’s most memorable — and most frequently requested — poems and essays, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby’s “Keepers,” P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)




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Outdoors THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 to 21, 2013 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. Saturday 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 Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk through the park to seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental area, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900. Apple-Tree Grafting Workshop. Bring two landscape pots at least 10 inches deep to pot your new trees. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $30 includes root stock, scions and soil. Registration: 992-6161. Master Gardener Tips and Tricks, including container gardening, maintenance and design, discouraging unwanted animals and gardening shortcuts. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. Registration: 825-1701. Fossil Trail Hike, a 1.25-mile trek past a vernal pool and a mature hardwood ravine with fossils along the way. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $10. 828-2319. Woodcock Walk, an evening walk to observe the spectacular mating ritual of the American woodcock. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 6 p.m. Saturday. $5. Age 10 and older. 828-2319. Tobyhanna State Park Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 315, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8101. A Lifetime of Birds, a presentation by photographer Dave Fisher. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 586-5156. Oceans of North America, a talk by oceanographer John Dickinson covering marine life and information about climate seen on ice cores. Presented by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 479-0400. Woodcock Watch, a brief presentation of the history and amazing courtship display of this entertaining bird followed by a trip to the Tannersville Bog to observe the woodcocks. Monroe

County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. $5. Binoculars suggested. Registration: 629-3061.

FUTURE Tree Pruning Class, the how, why, where, what and when to prune with forester Jim Kessler. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 9 a.m. March 23. $15. 9677275. The Woods in Your Backyard, a sustainable landscape workshop on planning and implementing simple stewardship practices to make a positive difference in the environment. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 23. $25. Registration: 825-1701. Hooray for Hummingbirds, all about their characteristics and habitat preferences along with how to invite them into your backyard. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 to 11 a.m. March 23. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with naturalist and WNEP-TV’s “Outdoor Life” personality Rick Koval. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 23. Free. 996-1500. Equinox Extravaganza, a family-oriented event to celebrate the end of winter with educational and fun stations on a guided trail. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. March 23. $5 per child. 828-2319. Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. 8 a.m. March 24. Free. 542-5948. 1000 Steps Trail Hike, 8.5 difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. March 24. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312. Sunday for Singles, a hike to meet new people and explore nature together. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. March 24. Free. 828-2319. Sustainability Series, a session on “Understanding and Managing Environmental Opportunities and Challenges Related to Marcellus Shale: Groundwater, Energy, Ecosystem” with DEP representatives, Marcellus Shale industry officials, geologists, wildlife biologists and elected officials. Environmental Education Institute, Keystone College, La Plume. 6 p.m. March 26. Free. 945-8555. Container Gardening, how to create bountiful container gar-

dens using annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables with Master Gardener Sandy Visintainer at the monthly meeting of the Mountaintop Garden Club. Rice Township Municipal Building, 3000 Church Road, Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. March 26. Open to the public.

868-5564. Sounds of a Spring Night, an indoor session followed by an outdoor walk. Bring a flashlight. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 7 to 8 p.m. March 30. Free. Registration: 403-2006.

Live Native Animals. Get up close and personal with native birds, reptiles and mammals of the Pocono Wildlife Rehab Center. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 3. $5. Registration: 842-1506.



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Exhibits THIS WEEK: MARCH 15 To 21, 2013 Three Artists: Three Years Later, a group show by artist Ryan Hnat, ceramic potter Skip Sensbach and photographer Marguerite Fuller. Opens tonight with a reception 5 to 8. Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Through April 27: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 823-0518. Wyoming Valley Art League Exhibit, with a reception 5 to 8 tonight. Rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 288-1020. Architectural Gems, pen-and-ink drawings of iconic landmarks of Lackawanna College by Mark Ciocca. Opens tonight with a reception 5 to 8. Also: A Gallery Talk by the artist who discusses the architecture of the buildings 2 p.m. March 24. B&B Art Gallery, 222 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township. Through April 12: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 585-2525. A Closer Look, photography by Lawrence Lang including landscapes and macros. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, WilkesBarre. Meet the artist at a Gallery Talk and reception 6 to 8 tonight. Through April 5: Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900, ext. 5328. Student Art Exhibition: Mixed Media, with works by more than 40 students including ceramics, paintings, drawings, jewelry and printmaking. Through March 23 with a reception 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 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.

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Sherry Levine and others from the Maslow Collection. Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Through March 24: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278. 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. 969-6029. Not Your Average Art, with paintings and collages by Brendan Howells, Misha Howell, Allison LaRussa and Sean McHale. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Through March 29: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 878-3970. Illuminations, paintings by Kingston artist Nina Davidowitz. ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Through March 30: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 207-1815. Visions of Music, photographs by Allison Murphy and Dino Perrucci. Also: “The Ballinglen Suite Prints” by Donald Forsythe and sculpture by David Green. Through March 30 at Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Open noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. 969-1040. Painterly Pursuits, landscapes

and figure paintings by Wyalusing artist Brian Keeler. Rodger Lapelle Gallery, 122 N. Third St., Philadelphia. Through March 31: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 215-592-0232. 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. 5105028.



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Still Showing 21 AND OVER — When a straight-A college student’s two best friends take him out for his 21st birthday the night before an important medicalschool interview, what was supposed to be a quick beer becomes a night of humiliation, overindulgence and utter debauchery. R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking. 93 mins. •• A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD — A parody of itself, right? That’s the only way to explain this ridiculously over-the-top, repetitively numbing fifth film in the “Die Hard” franchise. R for violence, language. 97 mins. •• ARGO — Ben Affleck stars in, and directs, the far-fetched but nonetheless factual tale of a CIA plot to extricate six U.S. embassy workers from Tehran as the 1979 Iran hostage crisis unfolds. 120 minutes. R for violence, profanity, adult themes. •••• DARK SKIES — As the Barret family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teen. 95 mins. • DEAD MAN DOWN — A rising gangland player has infiltrated the crime empire run by a ruthless kingpin with the single purpose of making him pay for destroying his oncehappy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, he watches and is watched by a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality. 110 mins. •• ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH — A nerdy alien has to go to Earth to save his super-studly space-exploring older brother, who has been captured by the U.S. government. PG for action, mild rude humor. 95 mins. •• IDENTITY THIEF — Melissa McCarthy is the brash wild card with an off-kilter sense of humor and a dangerous streak. 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

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Buscemi and James Gandolfini in your cast, the four guys you paid to write this thing should have no trouble finding a laugh a minute. We meet Anthony and Albert as bullied 10-year olds who find escape, and purpose, in a “Become a Magician” kit — VHS instruction tape included — featuring veteran prestidigitator Rance Holloway (Arkin). Thirty years later, Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and partner Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) have their own theater at Bally’s, a steady fan base, gullible groupies (for Burt) and a boss (Gandolfini) who puts up with Burt’s diva-demands and lifestyle. They go through assistants like candy, and Burt is so arrogant that he calls them all “Nicole,” even after the latest Nicole quits

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her voice. Berry wears the dread that panicked voice gives her on her face. She can’t help herself. Jordan breaks the cardinal rule of 911 operators — “Never ever make promises. Because you can’t keep ‘em.” She promises this girl she’ll live. “The Call” lets us reason along

and fetching backstage assistant Jane (Olivia Wilde) is pressed into service. First good gag of the movie? The skin-baring bombshell Wilde (“TRON,” “Butter,” “Deadfall”) going all stumbling, demure and embarrassed by the skimpy stage costume. The crowds still come, even though this act is as stale as its “Abracadabra” theme song (Steve Miller’s last big hit), even though Burt hurls insults at Anton backstage after every “impossible feat of impossibility.” Until the day that Steve Gray rolls into town. Jim Carrey turns Gray into a long-haired guru of the gross — a magician/ stuntman who rolls up with a guerrilla film crew and stuns bystanders with routines that involve self-injury, followed by self-stitches. Carrey, sporting an “Escape from What?” tattoo and a Zen master-meets-street thug ethos — “Bad things don’t happen to us, they happen FOR us” — makes this guy so scary and fun that you wish his “Brain

Rapist” TV show were real. Because we’d watch it. But to Burt? Gray’s not a real magician: “He doesn’t even have a costume.” “Burt Wonderstone” lets us see the rise, and then fall of Burt and Anton, their changing hairstyles and unchanging act. It takes Burt from the man with the “biggest bed in Las Vegas” — “Would you like to see it, nakedly?” — to a drunk reduced to entertaining the seniors at a retirement home. That’s where he meets Rance — and tries to get his old magic mojo back. The laughs come fast and furious for about 30 minutes, then they fade into occasional chuckles of recognition and the odd hear-Carell-make-funny-whimpering-sounds gag or see clueless Anton deliver unwanted magic kits to starving Third World kids. Few jokes take us by surprise, but enough comic haymakers land to make “Burt Wonderstone” credible, if not exactly “incredible.”

with the operator and the caller, figuring out options. They are a mix of by-the-book details and amusing examples of thinking outside the box. And unlike last fall’s found-footage 911 kidnapping tale, “Amber Alert,” it shows us the kidnapper (Michael Eklund), another in a long line of Norman “Psycho” Bates twitchy psycho-killers. Anderson teases out solutions, tempts us with bystander help and shows how the system can work in a case like this — linking

calls, triangulating cell-phone signals (not easy with a disposable phone), dispatching cops, trying to beat the clock that they’re racing against. It’s only when the story needs to string out its finale that the film goes wrong, only when our Oscar-winning heroine puts down the phone and sets out to do some sleuthing of her own that “The Call” disconnects, turning into something far more generic, far more routine and far less exciting.

RestauRant Review

American favorites with some Irish spin

What: Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub Where: 259 East State St., Larksville Call: 570-714-3220 Why we went: Why, the approach of St. Paddy’s Day, of course. We picked a number between 1 and 10, 10 being the number of local Irish pubs we could think of offhand, and Fiddler’s Green corresponded randomly. Atmosphere: Bar. All tables are high-tops. Style of food: All pub fare, all the time. Mostly American with Irish names or twists. Standouts: Well, wings. No, they’re not Irish, but they do have some fun Gaelic names. Traditional wings are called Celtic wings (cute) and were fat and crispy with a well-poised, not-too-thin, not-too-thick sauce, of which we’d have liked a bit more. At 10 for $5.95, the price was right. A half-pound of Leprechaun Bites, also $5.95, represented the Irish version of the boneless bite. These were outstanding in a bath of “Drunken Irish Whiskey” sauce, perked up even further by the addition of garlic to create a “sauce of the week.” The runaway hit of the night. Fish and chips ($9.25) were another tasty and classically Irish/English choice. Two huge portions of battered cod joined a teeming basket of hand-cut fries, long, thin and sufficiently brown. Our only nit to pick was an excess of oil. Nothing a napkin could not remedy. The fish

itself was flaky and pearly white. We had mixed opinions on the jalapeno poppers, which are homemade and therefore completely different from what most of us are used to. The pieces — four to an order here — are much smaller for one thing, and the filling is exposed, with no batter or breading to speak of. A healthier choice? No doubt. This writer’s issue was that the small flattened pepper pieces themselves, which held the cheese filling, tasted more like ordinary green peppers than jalapenos, lacking that signature, spicy kick. And the filling was light and creamy with a bit of an aftertaste, more akin to a cheese mix than a filling of pure cheese. My guest, however, was a fan from bite one, so that goes to show you how all things are indeed a matter of opinion. Kudos to the chef, in any case, for even having a homemade version of a popper. After all, anyone can dump a frozen premade creation into a deep-fryer and call it a day. Finally, pizza was somewhat interesting here. A bar pie is six substantial rectangular cuts, while “Sicilian” is actually thinner and less bready, though still rectangular. I expected the reverse, but no matter. Both were fine choices. Other menu options: Irish nachos would have been fun if we had more people to share. (Think homemade potato chips topped with all the good stuff.) Sandwiches all have Irish names. The Blarney Burger is ordinary in its makeup, though it does promise Angus beef, as well as lettuce, tomatoes and onion, delivering the effect of an Irish flag, presumably. Turkey and corned beef also come on rye bread with Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing in either the “Reuben O’Grady” or the “Rachel O’Grady.” Each comes with chips and a pickle. And speaking of pickles, they’re available breaded and fried here, with Ranch dressing, for $4.25. Cheesesteaks and

chicken sandwiches, as well as chicken tenders, round out your menu options. Beverages: Two thumbs up for Breaker Brewing Company’s Lunch Pail Ale on tap. Other

choices are fairly typical, with more options on the bottles list. Prices: Apps hover at the $4 price point, and meals don’t even reach $10. Priciest thing on the menu is a bucket of wings

for $15. A good choice for the budget-conscious. Overall: Fun enough place. Friendly and efficient service. Pleasant staff, pleasant patrons. Definitely a why not?



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