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The water at Seven Tubs Natural Area in Plains Towship looks refreshingly cool this time of year.

Out of hibernation By MARY THERESE BIEBEL

Welcome to that tug-of-war time of year. Spring has arrived. If anyone wants to dispute the point, just bring out the calendar. Yet winter doesn’t want to loosen its grasp. Those icy tentacles hang on, evident in snow that clings to bushes, in icicles that adorn a rocky overpass. Who will win? Old man winter or the brash young newcomer? With each little crocus blossom that unfurls in a patch of sunlight, with each bit of greenery that peeks through the snow, with each little bud sprouting on a tree limb, we say: Our money’s on spring. Local photographer Mike Burnside, who hardly ever goes anywhere without his trusty Sony digital single-lens reflex camera, has been recording the inevitable signs of a welcome season, such as that tuft of green ground cover that steadfastly pushed aside the snow in his Harveys Lake garden. But those of us who braved snowy roads during this transitional week (spring arrived Wednesday morning) won’t be surprised to see he was still able to shoot some icy scenes. So does Burnside have an equal affection for all four seasons? “I am not fond of cold weather,” Burnside said. “I love walking in the woods in snow, but I don’t do that when it’s 20 degrees and

the wind’s blowing.” So he’ll be glad to see spring usher in the warmer weather, which will give him very different photo opportunities. “One of the most wonderful things about living where we do,” he said, “is the changing seasons.” If you’d like to see more of Burnside’s work, you can log onto Also, make a note that April 20 is the opening date of a joint exhibit he and fellow photographer Phil Dente will have at the Something Special Bakery & Cafe on West Walnut Street in Kingston. The show will include photos the two men have shot on visits to “The Pond,” a body of water, tucked out of the way just a few blocks from Wyoming Avenue in the Forty Fort/Swoyersville area. “What a marvelous place,” Burnside said. “It’s surrounded by a cemetery, a dike, a playground and a railroad right of way, so I think it will stay the way it is. The only way I discovered it was that somebody put a geocache there.” Dente and Burnside stop by the pond regularly and, because their photographic styles are so different, “we can each take 100 images and you’d never know we were in the same place.” Meanwhile, if Burnside’s photos have inspired you to go outside and explore, you might consider hiking a “1000-steps trail” See SPRING, Page 4

Yes, this, too, shall melt.


This road, partly covered in snow, caught photographer Mike Burnside’s attention somewhere between Lake Winola and Tunkhannock in southern Wyoming County. PAGE 3




Hunting season is Here By JOE SYLVESTER


ohn Maday estimates the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Businesses Association will have put out some 25,000 plastic eggs over five years by the time Saturday’s Easter egg hunt on Public Square is over. “We put out 5,000 eggs (each year),” said Maday, chairman of the association’s promotions committee. “This will be our fifth year.” The Wilkes-Barre scamper for eggs is one of several such events in the area this weekend. The fun begins at 10 a.m. in Wilkes-Barre. The committee is inviting families to come to the event, whose egg hunt is designed for children 10 and under. The search gets under way after the Easter Bunny arrives atop a city fire engine at 10 a.m. There will be prizes, of course. Children who participate can gather some of those prize- and candy-filled eggs placed around the Square. “We also give out bicycles,” Maday said. Prizes also will include baskets and other gifts donated by downtown businesses. The association is reminding parents to remember their cameras so they can take their children’s picture with


A horse grazes in the Conyngham area of southern Luzerne County.

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with the Susquehanna Trailers on Sunday. The trail is in the Glen Onoko area outside of Jim Thorpe, and hike leader Sue Eckhart describes it as “8.5 difficult miles.” Other organized events this weekend include a chance to go


Giulianna, 5, and Jackie and Kendall Schineller, 2, look through their eggs at the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association Easter Egg Hunt on Public Square last year. The event is one of the biggest egg hunts in the area.

the Easter Bunny, who plans to hang around the Square for a while after the Easter egg hunt before hopping off to his next stop. Parents also are reminded they can park for free in the Genetti lot on Pennsylvania Avenue. The egg hunt is just the beginning. Afterward, the Easter Bunny will be the featured guest at Barnes & Noble for story time, beginning at 11 a.m. The Osterhout Free Library will host a puppet show and Easter crafts from 11:30

a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a face painter and balloon artist will be in Midtown Village. “The Downtown WilkesBarre Business Association looks forward to hosting the Easter Egg Hunt on Public Square each year because it provides family-friendly fun in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre,” president John Chaump said. “This year, we hope that everyone will spend the day in the downtown enjoying the variety of activities we have planned.”


What: Equinox Extravaganza, a family-oriented celebration of the end of winter When: 1 to 4 p.m Saturday Where: Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry Cost: $5 per child More info: 828-2319 ••• What: Birding with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society Where: Meet at Market Street and Dawes Avenue, Kingston. Proceed

birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society bright and early Sunday. Or consider an “Equinox Extravaganza” at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry on Saturday afternoon that involves learning stations and a nature trail. It promises to be “educational and fun” for the younger family members.

to the Kirby Park Natural Area. When: 8 a.m. Sunday Cost: Free More info: 542-5948 ••• What: 1000-steps hike, 8.5 difficult miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club Where: Meet at the Sears Automotive Center parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township, to form a convoy and drive to the Jim Thorpe area. When: meet 9:45 a.m. Sunday More info: 283-1312

EASTER EGG HUNTS What: Easter Egg Hunt for Dallas borough children 1-10. With games, face-painting and a chance to win a raffle basket. Where: Kenneth Young Memorial Park, Burndale Road and Luzerne Avenue, Dallas When: noon Saturday More info: 675-1389 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and under. Sponsored by Pittston fire and ambulance. When: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: Jefferson Park, New Street, Pittston More info: 655-6663 ••• What: Easter EGGstravaganza, with more than 10,000 eggs, prizes, games, crafts and an inflatable slide. For preschool to grade 6. Bring an empty

container. When: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Where: Faith Assembly of God, 34 Fox Manor Road, Hazle Township More info: 459-2410 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt, with thousands of filled Easter eggs and prizes including a Kindle Fire and bicycles When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: The Rock Recreation Center, Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville More info: 696-1128 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt and brunch with the Easter Bunny, with prizes and photo opps When: Saturday with brunch seatings at 10 and 11:15 a.m. and egg hunt at 11 a.m., rain or shine.

Where: Banks Student Life Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas Cost: $10, $5 children Reservations: 674-6768 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Bunny When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road Cost: $10, advance tickets only More info: 586-8191 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt, for preschoolers to grade 6. Bring a bag. When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1101 Mountainview Drive, Lehman Township More info: 675-1216 •••

What: Easter Egg Hunt, with prizes for all. When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage St., Pittston More info: 654-1411 ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt, for 12 and younger, sponsored by the West Side Social Club. When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: 711 McAlpine St., Avoca ••• What: Easter Egg Hunt, for children under 12. When: 2 p.m. Sunday (Children can show up early to make a craft.) Where: Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas More info: 333-5970

••• What: Easter Egg Hunt for children up to age 12, with candy and prizes, sponsored by Jenkins Township Recreation Board When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Spadi Park (Greenfield Park) Inkerman, Jenkins Township. In case of rain, egg hunt will be held at Jenkins Township Hose Company. ••• What: Egg hunt for dogs. Dress your pups in their best Easter outfit and have them traverse an on-leash obstacle course and win prizes When: 1-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Hollenback Dog Park, 1050 N. Washington St., WilkesBarre Cost: $3 More info: 288-8122

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having practiced them live. “The gig was great. It was the first time AJ Jump vividly remembers his first time I ever played with John. I played with Pat playing with Underground Saints, and for and Mark before. … It was just kind of a good reason. magical thing, so then they’re like, ‘Do you Lead vocalist and guitarist John Smith, want to play?’ ” lead guitarist and vocalist Pat Flynn and After that impromptu night at Mert’s bassist Mark Kiesinger formed the Northin Scranton, the answer was obvious. The east Pa.-based alternative rock group in Saints had instant chemistry, which Jump 2007, but they were without a drummer believes was at its peak by their second gig. Jump when they were writing was at the Pocono RaceIF YOU GO songs over the course way drumming for The What: Underground Saints final of a year for their first Five Percent when he got concert and only album, “Brothe call. When: 10 p.m. Saturday ken Machines,” reWhere: The Rattler, 137 N. Main “On the break, I’m lisleased in 2010. St., Pittston tening to my voicemail, Influenced by The and Mark Kiesinger calls Who, Pearl Jam, U2, me and said, ‘AJ, you’ve The Smiths, The Doors and Radiohead, got to help us out. The new drummer canthey also covered these bands often, most celed last minute, and you’ve got to help us memorably when they played the latter’s hit out.’ So I called him back and I’m like, ‘Man, record “OK Computer” straight through at I can’t do it. I’m up here at this gig. By the a special tribute show at the end of 2010, time I’m done with this, I’m going to literally have to just go home, get my other stuff, which included a second set of additional and come there.’ He said, ‘No, you’ve got to Radiohead tunes. “The mission was to re-create ‘OK Comdo it.’ I’m like, ‘OK, fine,’ ” Jump recalled, puter’ start to finish, and we did. We did already knowing the band’s songs but never just that. We had three other people that


Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt will entertain the crowd Sunday at a RiverFolk Concert at The Cooperage in Honesdale. Abduction. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Tonight with doors at 7:30 and show at 8. $7. 878-3970. Tim Warfield’s Organ Band, a jazz tribute to the legendary Shirley Scott by the tenor saxophonist

we asked to join us … because that album is very, very dense. There are a ton of parts,” he explained. “That was a really cool thing to do just because it’s not easy. It’s one thing to do a cover show and cover a group, but it’s an-

and his group. Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College. Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 8 tonight. $30, $25. 955-1455. Think of 3, the Christian-music duo. Main Bean Coffee House, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. Food menu available. 899-2264. Mike Lewis and William Doney, a concert by the singer-songwriters. Huntsville United Methodist Church, 2355 Huntsville Road, Shavertown. 7 p.m. Saturday. $5. 675-3375. New Visions Concert, with rock bands Kid on Bikes, Down to Six, To Hell with This and Master Fox. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 7:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. $7. 878-3970.

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The Underground Saints will soon be no more. They play their farewell show tomorrow in Pittston.




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aybe you already know that St. Matthew was a tax collector and that he’s credited with writing one of the four gospels. • But if you visit St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville today to watch “The Despicable Disciple,” you’ll find a fascinating backstory. • This latest passion play by the Rev. Jerry Gurka tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion as seen through the eyes of Matthew, whose early behavior is not at all what most people would expect from a saint. PETE G. WILCOX PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER

“He’ll be despised at first, then to cure her because she donated hopefully beloved,” said Daniel loaves and fishes when he was Flannery, 45, of Pringle, who preaching. portrays the title character and “She’s very self-centered,” said fully expects audiences won’t Lucy Singer, 45, of Larksville, like him in the beginning. who has that part. This Matthew folThe script also ties lows his father, Alpha- IF YOU GO together many eleeus, into the tax busi- What: ‘The Despicable ments from Bible stoness, reasoning the Disciple,’ an original ries, casting Matthew “Roman oppressors passion play by the as the father whose Rev. Jerry Gurka need someone to do When: 7:30 tonight son is murdered by their dirty work,” in- Where: St. John the unscrupulous laborsults a very pregnant Baptist Church, 126 ers in a vineyard and Mary when she is ex- Nesbitt St., Larksville listing Barabbas, the pecting Jesus, lives a Admission: Free prisoner later released life of self-indulgence More info: 779-9620 as part of a Passover and looks for every custom, as a killer of opportunity to pocket extra cash. Matthew’s son. “He seems very worldly. He “This is really a fabulous way does skim money from the tax- to study during the Lenten seaes,” Flannery said. “He delights son,” said Helene Flannery of in finery.” Pringle. This story gives Matthew a She portrays Veronica, the wealthy wife named Rebekah woman who wipes Jesus’ face who eventually leaves him, be- and is rewarded by seeing the comes a leper and expects Jesus imprint of his face on her veil.

Rich Wisniewski, center, portrays Jesus in the Rev. Jerry Gurka’s play ‘The Despicable Disciple.’ Other cast members at a recent rehearsal include Kara Yozwiak as Mary Magdalene, left, and Karlene Yozwiak as a temptress.

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Debbie Kester as Satan, left, and Ann Marie Alfano, right, as Legion, tempt Scott Singer, who portrays Judas.


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River St., King’s College, WilkesBarre. 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 15; 2 p.m. April 14. $12, $5 seniors and students. 208-5825. Gemini, a compassionate off-center comedy-drama celebrating the lives of two neighboring and barely functional families living in the Italian ghetto of South Philadelphia. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West River Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 11 to 13; 2 p.m. April 14. $15, $5 seniors and students. 408-4540. A Spotlight on the Jason Miller Playwrights Project, with presentations of two plays: Jason Miller’s “Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer” and K.K. Gordon’s “Taking Liberties with Peter Rosig.” Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., North

THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 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 tonight. $58, $38, $29. 826-1100. 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. 8

tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 3429707. The Music Man, the Broadway musical about con man Harold Hill invading River City, Iowa. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., WilkesBarre. 8 tonight and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 823-1875. 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 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Continues 7 p.m. April 5-6; 1 p.m. April 7. $12. 457-3589. FUTURE Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns, free previews of

“Father Jerry puts a different spin on the Gospel story, telling it through the eyes of real people.” Helene Flannery and her husband, Daniel, have been involved with the play for the past three years or so, ever since they joined the church. She’s portrayed Veronica several times, she said, and always finds herself moved by the poignancy. “Those will be real tears coming down my face,” she said. Several dozen other parishioners have roles in the biblical drama, from Rich Wisniewski as Jesus to a cadre of soldiers who march down the aisle of the church, drumming the handles of their spears against the floor.

Scranton. 8:15 p.m. April 12-13, 16-18 and 23-25. $12.50. Reservations: 344-3656. Gala Performance, by six high school musical theater performers competing for three scholarships to attend this year’s Performing Arts Institute summer program. Amato Auditorium, Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 p.m. April 14. $40 (includes pre-performance reception), $15, $10 students and seniors. 270-2186. 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. 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16. 342-7784.

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“I’m sure the emperor doesn’t have to wait for his water bowl, so why should I?” Shrawder, as Pilate, snarled at two young soldiers, tapping his foot during a pivotal scene. They scrambled to bring him a pitcher and bowl.





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THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 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. Monday. Refreshments served. 675-9269. FUTURE Writers Showcase, readings by visiting and local writers including Stanton Hancock, Laurel Radzieski, Shelby Fisk, Chris Campion, Heather M. Davis and Andrea McGuigan. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. 7 p.m. March 30. Free. 878-3970. 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. Luncheon with a Special Author, with Cecilia Galante, author of six youngadult novels and a children’s chapter-book series. Sponsored by Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. April 18. $26. 675-1182. Everhart Reads, a discussion of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Sponsored by the Everhart Museum at Library Express, Steamtown Mall, Scranton. 6 p.m. April 18. Registration: 346-7186. Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses “Vanished” by Irene Hannon. Buy a copy for $2 while supplies last at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. April 18. Refreshments served. 823-0156. Great Books at Hayfield, a discussion of “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Hayfield House Community Room, Penn State WilkesBarre, University Drive, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 7 p.m. April 22. Refreshments served. 6759269. 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, Wilkes-Barre. 3:30 p.m. April 28. Free. 208-5900, ext. 5487.

THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 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. Today at noon. Events continue Saturday 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. Mountain Spring Wellness Festival, a day of yoga, meditation, relaxation, chair massages, reiki, a drum circle, yoga dance and more followed by an evening concert by New Age musicians Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and pianist Peter Kater. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Noon to 5 p.m. today. $20 festival; $20 concert. 325-0249. Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a bowling fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Stanton Lanes, 470 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 824-8756 or Women in History Display, an exhibit of lifesize cardboard cutouts of notable women. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 654-9847 St. Joseph’s Day Celebration, with a familystyle dinner, refreshments and music by the George Tarasek Orchestra. Ramada Inn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. 823-1611. Helping Women with Cancer, a benefit held in memory of Karen Lavan Bokelman. With food, beer, cash bar, 50/50 and basket raffles, silent auction and music by the Killer Bees. Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $15 advance; $20 at the door. 6961717. 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-

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about the band was that in a “dying, bad economy and dying music scene in this area,” people were still coming to see them play. They were even received warmly in Ireland on a tour with Farley last summer. “We got to go over there and

Barre. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3. 288-8122. Blue Chip 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. Sunday. $10. Supplies for the animal refuge welcome. 313-6574. Meteorites! A presentation of space rocks sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Small samples of a classic Argentina meteorite will be dispensed while supplies last. Moosic Presbyterian Church basement, 625 Main St., Moosic. 2 p.m. Sunday. 287-3602. Women, Leadership and Power, a Women’s Studies Conference with keynote lecture by Dr. Atiya Stokes-Brown, who speaks on “The Dif-

ference Women Candidates Make in Women’s Political Participation.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Monday and Tuesday with keynote address 7 p.m. Monday. Stokes-Brown Free. Registration: 208-5900, ext. 5771. Yoga Dance Party, beginning with an alllevel yoga class set to the music of DJ Conor McGuigan, followed by a dance with music, food and cocktails. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Tuesday with class at 7 p.m. and dance at 8:15 p.m. $10; $5 dance only. 3441111. Vampires at the AFA, a screening of the 1932 German horror classic “Vampyr” in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Everhart Museum “The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Art and Nature.” Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186. FUTURE Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon March 30. 823-0156. Irem Shrine Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. April 1 and 6; 6:30 p.m. April 2; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 3-5. $20, $15, $11, $6. 714-0783 or 714-1792. Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 15 foreign, independent and art films. Begins with an opening-night gala on April 5 ($35) with wine, beer and food along with showings of “Quartet” and “Hyde Park on the Hudson.” Continues through April 18 with showings of “A Royal Affair,” “Amour,” “Run Time,” “A Late Quartet,” “Searching for Sugarman,” “The House I Live In,” “The Impossible,” “Happy People,” “Rust and Bone,” “Emperor,” “Barbara, Ginger and Rose,” “Lore,” “Reality” and “Chasing Ice.” Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $9, $8 matinees. 996-1500.

Columbia County Bicentennial Celebration, Arts & Crafts Building, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds; and a full “pay what you wish” performance 6 p.m. at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. 800-282-0283. Brunch with the Bunny, with free photo opportunities. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. $11.95; $6.95 children. Reservations: 675-1134. Happy Easter 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. 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday. Registration: 823-0156. 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., WilkesBarre. 10 a.m. Thursday. 822-4660. The Tiny Seed, how seeds travel and what they need to grow. For ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration: 842-1506. FUTURE LEGO Club. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 10 to 11 a.m. March 30. Registration: 693-1364. Gaming Club, the initial gathering of the newly formed activity. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 30. Bring cards or board games. Registration: 693-1364. Afterschool LEGO Club, for ages 6 to 12. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays from April 3 to 24. Registration: 693-1364.

Dogs can have some Easter fun, too, at the Egg Hunt for Dogs set for Sunday afternoon at the Hollenback Dog Park in Wilkes-Barre.

play for a totally different set of people that didn’t know us, didn’t know who we were, and they completely embraced us and accepted us like they’d seen us for years. Some of our friends here knew Mark, Pat and John from Bent Blue or knew Pat and Mark from the Mere Mortals days, and then we go over there and these people embraced us like that. It was pretty awesome,” Jump said.

His favorite memories, however, may have nothing to do with the group’s music. “There was a push-up contest that went down in the hotel room in Cincinnati, technically Kentucky, right over the river in Kentucky,” he remembered with a laugh. “That and we got into a fight with a couple Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders outside of Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks. That was a

pretty hilarious set of events.” Times like these make the last Underground Saints show, set for tomorrow at The Rattler (137 N. Main St., Pittston), bittersweet, as Smith prepares to move to Nashville, Tenn. Jump stressed how tough it is to make it in the music business these days, so he was thankful that he had such “great musicians” to work with as they all move on to other musical projects.


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artist touring in support of his latest release “Set You Free.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Wednesday. $45, $40. 866-605-7325. FUTURE CONCERTS Noah Smith, acoustic soul rock from the Ohio singer-songwriter. The Main Bean, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 p.m. March 29. Free. 899-2264.


THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 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. Saturday. 477-2935. FUTURE Craft and Flea Market, an indoor

As Sure As My Redeemer Lives, an Easter concert by the adult choir along with drawings by chalk artist Tom Morris. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road. 7 p.m. March 29 and 30. 477-2320. Punk or Die! With punk-rock bands The Luddites, D-Grade Monsters, Warning Level and TEAM! New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. March 29 with doors at 7:30 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. $7. 878-3970. The BStreet Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 p.m. March

29. $25. 325-0249. Big Daddy Weave and the Redeemed Tour, with Mike’s Chair and Citizen Way. Cross Creek Community Church, 370 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 7 p.m. April 5. $10. 696-0399.

DALA, the Canadian folk duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, winners of the Canadian Folk Music’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 7:30 p.m. April 5. $29.50, $16.50 children. 389-4409.

Bill Cosby, an evening of comedy and storytelling with the famed actor, author and philanthropist. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 5. $125 (Pit seat and meet and greet), $75, $55, $37. 826-1100.



and outdoor fair along with lunch and desserts including Welsh cookies. Eastern Star Building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. 675-4893. Spring Craft Fair, to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Mountain Top Relay for Life, sponsored by the Pretty-N-Pink Team. Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. 592-7765. 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.

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Exhibits THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 A Walk Through Nature’s Glory, landscapes and scenes from nature by artist Diane Tice. Opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 7. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. Through April 19: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 842-1506. Art in Nature, make spring decorations with artist Salley Robertson. Bring a glass jar. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. $20 includes materials. Registration: 842-1506. A 42-Foot Trip to Mexico and Other Sketchbook Adventures, illustrations by Barbara Remington, known for her J.R.R. Tolkien book-cover art. Opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Through May 4: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278. Architectural Gems, pen-andink drawings of landmarks of Lackawanna College by Mark Ciocca, who will discuss the architecture of the buildings at 2 p.m. Sunday. 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. CLOSING SOON Student Art Exhibition: Mixed Media, with works by 40-plus students. Through Saturday at the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 674-6250. Prints in a Series, with works

Works by Dallas ceramics artist Skip Sensbach are included in a group exhibit at Marquis Art and Frame in Wilkes-Barre through April 27. by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, James Rosenquist, Sherry Levine and more. Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Through Sunday: 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. Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke. Through Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0727. Ecclesiastical Architecture, in a variety of media by Charles “Woody” Woodworth of Hunlock Creek. Citizens Bank, Wyoming Avenue and Welles Street, Forty Fort. Through March 30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 288-7538. 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, paintings and collages by Brendan Howells, Misha Howell, Allison LaRussa and Sean McHale. New Visions, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Through March 29: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 878-3970.

Charles ‘Woody’ Woodworth spotlights local churches in his exhibit of ‘Ecclesiastical Architecture’ running through March at the Forty Fort branch of Citizens Bank.

Jennifer Carey, Michael Hungarter, Ed Zebrowski and Lauren Jones sing and dance to the song ‘Lean on Me’ and are accompanied by Chelsea Fufaro on guitar. The group will perform at 6 tonight in the Downtown Arts building in Wilkes-Barre, with a reception to follow.

Singing along with VerVe VertuneS By MARY THERESE BIEBEL

“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain. We all have sorrow. But, if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you’re not strong. And I’ll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on. For, it won’t be long, ’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.” Calling themselves the “Verve Vertunes,” several artists from the Verve Vertu studio swayed to guitar music, rattled homemade maracas and sang infectiously about what friends do for each other. Ed Zebrowski works on a block print at the Verve Vertu Arts stu“I’m her best friend,” Lauren dio. His work can be seen tonight at the Celebrating Community Jones, 39, of White Haven said event at the Downtown Arts Building. afterward, smiling at Jennifer Carey, 29, of Plains Township. IF YOU GO In preparation for a fund-raiser What: ‘Celebrating Community’ singers, a dulcimer player, the called “Celebrating Communi- When: 6 tonight Without Walls dance company ty,” which is set for 6 tonight at Where: Downtown Arts Building, and the Dance Theatre of Wil47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre the Downtown Arts Building in Admission: Donations welcome at kes-Barre. Brown will do her downtown Wilkes-Barre, the sing- the door step dancing, which she studies ers rehearsed, step-dancer Victo- Proceeds: Benefit Verve Vertu with local teacher Linda Sipple. ria Brown practiced her steps, and Art Studio and Fine Arts Fiesta “You should have seen her other artists worked on projects More info: 208-5305 hula last year,” Verve Vertu inthat ranged from block printing to structor Gwen Harleman said. making wallets. pink and yellow when he created “It was terrific.” “I use felt. It comes from a “Lean-On-Me” T-shirt design There will also be lots of visual wool,” Pamela Gregory, 49, of for the Vertunes. arts on display, some of it for sale. Trucksville said early this week If you visit the Downtown Proceeds will benefit the as she added a floral design to Arts Building on North Frank- Verve Vertu Art Studio, which her latest little purse. lin Street tonight, you’ll see live gives developmentally disabled “They’re Easter colors,” Mi- performances by reggae musi- adults a chance to express themchael Hungarter, 33, of Kingston cian George Wesley, pianist Ed selves through art, as well as the said, explaining why he chose Zebrowski, the Verve Vertune Fine Arts Fiesta.




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avemen — they’re just like us! — or so “The Croods” seems to say with its familiar mix of generational clashes, comingof-age milestones and generally relatable laughs. • The animated adventure showcases a strong, star-studded cast and dazzles visually in wondrously colorful, vibrant 3-D, but the script doesn’t pop off the screen quite so effectively. The overly facile message here is: Trying new things is good. It’s a useful notion for children in the crowd to chew on, but their older companions may long for something more substantive.

Still, “The Croods” is brisk and beautiful and should be sufficiently entertaining for family audiences.

“The Croods” might be especially resonant with young female viewers, with a strong, resourceful teenage girl at its center named Eep (voiced by Emma Stone in her usual charming rasp). It’s the prehistoric era, and while the rest of Eep’s family prefers the

comforting safety of a cave, with only sporadic outings for group hunts, she longs to see what’s outside those stone walls. Her dad, Grug (Nicolas Cage), is especially protective, neurotically worrying about every possible unknown and urging the same sort of apprehension in everyone else, including his supportive wife, Ugga See CROOD, Page 20

Thrilling ‘Olympus’ takes us to summer’s mountain early By RICK BENTLEY The Fresno Bee


Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler, Finley Jacobsen, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster are all solid in a summer-style thriller delivered to us at the start of spring.

Check the calendar; we must have jumped a few months ahead. That’s the only way to explain why the super-charged, actionpacked “Olympus Has Fallen” — the kind of movie that fills movie theaters during the summer — is opening this week. This high-powered tale of terrorists who take over the White House is “Air Force One” meets “Die Hard.” Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, a former top Secret Service agent for President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) who ends up with a desk job after a


What: “Olympus Has Fallen” ••• 1/2 Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobsen, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Angela Bassett Directed by: Antoine Fuqua Running time: 100 minutes Rated: R for violence, language

tragic event. He returns to the White House when it’s attacked and taken over and becomes the only person who can save the president, the first son (Finley Jacobsen) and the United States. These kind of big action movies work if the plot seems even remotely plausible, the central hero is

tough enough to handle the job and the action rarely stops. Check, check and check. The “Olympus Has Fallen” script is so solid when it comes to the way the White House is taken over that every step seems logical and feasible. As Banning, Butler has that grizzled look of a man who’s seen way too much death in his life — most of it of his doing. He snarls and snipes his way through the film, creating a character that falls somewhere between hero and anti-hero. Along with Butler’s spotSee OLYMPUS, Page 20


Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode star in the chic thriller ‘Stoker.’

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armony Korine seems to want it both ways, all day, with “Spring Breakers,” his super-stylized descent into a sunbaked hell where bikini-clad, gun-toting college babes serve as our guides.

As writer and director, Korine wants us to be appalled and aroused, hypnotized and titillated. He wants to satirize the debauchery of girls gone wild while simultaneously reveling in it. And damned if he doesn’t pull it off. This is the rare movie I actually found myself liking more the longer I spent away from it and the more I thought about it — mainly See SPRING, Page 20

fairy tale By COLIN COVERT | Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)


‘admission’ needs to polish its resume

sult they have zero chemistry with each other. Fey, as a Princeton University admissions ofWhat should be a hilarious, long-overdue pair- ficer, is always uptight, precise and emotionally ing of two hugely likable, superstar comedians closed-off. Rudd, as the do-gooder founder of an alternative New England high ends up a major disappointment school, is always free-spirited, with “Admission.” IF YOU GO adventurous and open-minded. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd surWhat: “Admission” Even in the fantasy world of roprisingly never have worked • 1/2 mantic comedies where oppotogether. In theory, her smart, Starring: Tina Fey, Paul sites attract and sparks fly, these zingy persona should mesh Rudd, Lily Tomlin Directed by: Paul Weitz two have no business being tobeautifully with his easygoing Running time: 100 minutes gether; they never change each goofiness. Instead, Paul Weitz’s Rated: PG-13 for language other, and that’s supposed to be direction of Karen Croner’s and some sexual material the source of comedy. script is tonally erratic: too fast Fey’s Portia Nathan has been in spots and too much of a slog analyzing and rejecting prospecin others. It certainly doesn’t help that the characters, tive Princetonians for 16 years, and as evidenced based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel, feel like by her tidy office and the verbatim speech she types without much nuance. Even reliable com- gives when visiting the nation’s top high schools, ic veterans like Fey and Rudd can’t find much that’s new or fresh in these people, and as a re- See ADMISSION, Page 20

By CHRISTY LEMIRE The Associated Press


here’s a suggestion characters inflict punishof vampirism in the ment both unsettling and title of “Stoker.” The horrifying, the film asks us stylish chiller shares to ponder whether evil is inits name with Dracula’s au- nate in humanity, a family thor, but its fixation on blood trait like freckles, or a matter moves in a different direction of learned, imitative behav— deposits, not withdrawals. ior. “Just as a flower doesn’t The tale concerns bad blood choose its color,” India detransfused from one clares, “so we don’t generation to the IF YOU GO choose what we are What: “Stoker”(Three next. going to be.” In this and a half stars) The blood relapoisoned fairy tale, tions in question Starring: Mia Wait’s hardly so open sikowska, Matthew are prim, privi- Goode, Nicole Kidman and shut. “Stokleged India Stoker Directed by: Park er” will leave you (Mia Wasikowska), Chan-wook with more queswhose father dies Running time: 99 tions than answers in a car crash on minutes — and quite a few her 18th birthday; Rated: R for disturbnightmares. ing, violent and sexual her icy, passive- content The Stoker estate aggressive mother, is almost a characEvelyn (Nicole Kidman), and ter unto itself, with a forbidlong-absent Uncle Charlie ding basement where hanging (Matthew Goode). Charlie lights go a-swinging “Psycho”views the funeral from afar but style and the old freezer is takes center stage at the wake. just right for a body. As the Projecting self-satisfied charm bodies fall, the big question unbecoming for a bereaved is: Who will be the final heir sibling, he mesmerizes Evelyn of this wealthy and apparentand turns moody India’s head ly doomed lineage? The rich, as well. Soon emotionally in- wide-ranging score provides cestuous vibes are crackling hints. around their old-money manRenowned South Korean sion like static electricity. Is director Park Chan-wook’s Charlie after Evelyn and her first American production has fortune? Or India, with her the enthralling visuals and elpromise and potential as an egantly creepy tone that have accomplice? earned him the devotion of As the attractive, elegant fanboys and critics alike.


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‘Vegas’ has returned to Tuesdays on CBS Q. What has happened with “Vegas?” Another show has replaced it on Tuesday nights. Will it be back? A. Tuesday is a very successful night for CBS, thanks to “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA,” so it has put new drama “Golden Boy” in the 10 p.m. EST hour on that night for a couple of weeks in the hope that fans of the earlier shows will give it a try. “Golden Boy” is set to move to Fridays beginning March 8. “Vegas” will return on March 12 “and, I believe, much more after that,” co-star Michael Chiklis said on Twitter. CBS, after all, has ordered a full season of the show. Q. What happened to bringing all the actors who played James Bond on stage at the Oscars? I thought they were all on board and ready to appear.



A. There was talk about bringing together Bonds-men Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby. But it was never more than talk. Oscars producer Craig Zadan told Reuters before the ceremonies that, while a Bond tribute was planned, “it never included the concept of six guys coming out and standing there awkwardly on the stage.” And while Zadan and producing parner Neil Meron made plenty of mistakes in the Oscars telecast, that was one they avoided; it could have ended up like the telecast’s awkward reuniting of stars from Marvel’s “The Avengers.” 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.

HOROSCOPE BY HOLIDAY MATHIS ARIES (March 21-April 19). How will you lull someone into your world? Good news! Right now, you don’t even have to try. Just show up and make your offer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). By tracking what happened before, you’ll make a good guess as to what’s coming next. You’re excellent at detecting patterns and will use this skill to your advantage. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You like complicated people because they have an interesting point of view. You also know better than to get too close.

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CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may feel

that what’s required of you is unfair. But the fact is that you are asked to do more because you are capable of more. Others see greatness in you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The requests that are made of you may initially seem difficult to fulfill, but instead of protesting or waffling, you’ll show your confidence by just saying yes. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your live-andlet-live policy is interrupted by someone who really does seem to need your help. Tread carefully. An egoless assist could make a difference in the life of another. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The difference between a pro and an amateur is that the pro won’t use as many words.

Excuses, explanations and complaints aren’t a part of the pro’s repertoire. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Nothing good will come of forceful tools, attitudes and ways. A warm, soft style will help you stay connected to the people and things that make you feel safe. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some people think that relatable small talk is not intelligent. They’re wrong. We’re all affected by the weather, and talking about it might be the smartest way to build rapport. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Most of us want to avoid high-maintenance people and situations. If you want help, make it easy for others to get involved in what you’re doing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you find

yourself thinking that you can do it later, that’s called flinching. Flinching causes people to drop the ball. Use the moment in front of you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your creativity may get in the way of the logical statement you are trying to make. Let it interfere. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 22). Dance when you’re asked, sing along, and when in doubt, say yes. Responses like these will hold you in good stead, as the year produces many spur-of-the-moment opportunities that are not to be missed. April and May bring new business and financial betterment. Your lucky numbers are: 17, 35, 48, 20 and 11.

Elderly mom dishes out abuse to daughters trying to help Dear Abby: My 87-year-old mother is narcissistic, selfabsorbed and extremely cruel. Her physician has consulted with my sister and me and verified these challenging traits. When she says something or acts out, she’ll say, “I am who I am, so don’t expect me to change.” How can my sister and I deal with the needs of an elderly parent who continues to verbally and emotionally mistreat us

DEAR ABBY ADVICE and others? My sister is beginning to react in a defensive, angry manner (rightfully so), and all I do is cry and feel guilty for wanting to get away from her. — Reached Wit’s End in Loma Linda, Calif. Dear Reached Wit’s End: Because your mother is behaving the way she always has, her

unpleasantness can’t be blamed on old age. The next time she acts out and tells you, “I am who I am, so don’t expect me to change,” respond by saying: “That’s right. You are who you are, but I don’t have to subject myself to this. If it happens again, I’m out of here.” Then follow through. If that doesn’t discourage her unpleasant behavior, consider hiring a social worker or licensed caregiver to see her needs are attended to. That’s not abandonment; it’s self-defense.


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Dear Jeff: The individual this lady had the fling with is long gone. I doubt at this point whether anyone at that gym cares or remembers. If the “atmosphere” has you worried, go with her, and I’m sure you will quickly realize that the members go there to tone up rather than hook up. 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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QUARTET — Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut — smartly — with this charming and poignant adaptation of the Ronald Harwood stage play about four old friends in a home for retired musicians. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly star. PG-13

for adult themes. 98 mins. ••• SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK — A head-spinner of a movie about love, pain, reinvention and rehabilitation. R for profanity, sex, drugs, violence, adult themes. 120 minutes. •••• SNITCH — As a businessman scrambling to get his son’s federal

prison sentence reduced, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has to play fear, tough love, pity and panic – and he’s a bit in over his head. But that’s the point of this straight-nochaser thriller “inspired by a true story.” PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence. •• 1/2

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‘Les Mis’ will shake you “Les Miserables” (2012, Universal, PG-13, $30), Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical, is a lot of movie. There are wall-to-wall songs and melodrama and revolutionary politics. But as busy as it is, it works thanks to Hooper’s insistence on making you feel the pain of the characters, particularly Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a poor man once imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread who winds up assuming a false identity and becoming a wealthy factory owner. Along the way, Valjean memorably encounters a by-the-books police officer (Russell Crowe) and a factory worker named Fantine (Oscar-winning Anne Hathaway) who is forced into prostitution to support her outof-wedlock daughter. Valjean does manage to rescue Fantine’s child, Cosette (Allentown’s Amanda Seyfried), saving her from her con-artist guardians the Thenardiers (Sa-

cha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter). Seyfried, who made a splash in Seyfried “Mamma Mia” a few years ago, has a long history with musicals. At a youngster, she auditioned for a Broadway revival of “Annie” after noticing an advertisement for applicants at the Lehigh Valley Mall. In preparation for the audition, Seyfried began taking voice lessons. She didn’t get the “Annie” job, but she kept studying, with an eye toward learning how to communicate emotion through music. Seyfried and the rest of the cast members sound terrific in “Les Miserables,” the rare musical that sets out to shake you — and does. Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.

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THIS WEEK: MARCH 22 to 28, 2013 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. Saturday. $15. 967-7275. 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. Saturday. $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. Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, with naturalist and WNEP-TV’s “Outdoor Life” personality Rick Koval who use slides and live creatures to illustrate the 44 local species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and Koval snakes. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 996-1500. 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. Sunday. 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. Tuesday. Free. 945-8555. Container Gardening, how to create bountiful container gardens 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. Tuesday. Open to the public. 868-5564. FUTURE 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.

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spent following every tiny lead in their quest to find bin Laden. This lengthy accounting is so tedious at times that the finale seems as illusive as the man at the center of the manhunt. If nothing else, this movie is thorough in its telling of the story, an attribute that’s not always the best when it comes to a movie where so much detail remains top secret. “RUST AND BONE,” GRADE B: Jacques Audiard’s film starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts is extremely melodramatic, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you have actors this good. Cotillard and Schoenaerts turn in such powerful performances that they both should have been nominated for Oscars. Cotillard is amazing as a woman who learns to live again after she loses her legs in a freak accident. She gets help from a street fighter (Schoenaerts) who is dealing with his own personal problems. Their raw, emotional dance is compelling to watch. “LES MISERABLES,” GRADE B: If you like this story by Victor Hugo that’s set during the French Restoration without all the singing, then this is the DVD for you. It’s a 2002 miniseries set at the beginning of the 19th century. Gerard Depardieu plays Jean Valjean and John Malkovich is Javert. Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” also arrives today, with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in the lead roles. ••• ALSO NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK: “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”: Bilbo Baggins goes on an epic adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. “CYBERSTALKER”: Mischa Barton stars. “HEMEL”: Hannah Hoekstra stars in this story of desires told from a female point of view. “SOUL FOOD JUNKIES”: Culinary tradition goes under the microscope. “BACHELORETTE”: Guys don’t get to have all the fun before a wedding. “STRANGE FRAME”: Animated sci-fi story explores the transformative power of love. “STARLET”: An unlikely friendship develops between a young actress and an elderly woman. “JERSEY SHORE”: The Complete Series”: This is all the antics of the reality show gang.

she has it down to a science. Ironically, though, she hates children — babies, to be specific — and shares a quiet, safe life with her condescending English professor boyfriend (Michael Sheen, stuck in a one-note, one-joke role). When the dean of admissions (Wallace Shawn) announces he’s retiring, Portia finds that she and a rival colleague (Gloria Reuben) are the top candidates to replace him. To distinguish herself, Portia agrees to visit the crunchygranola New Quest school at the urging of its creator, Rudd’s John Pressman, who happens to have been a classmate of hers at Dartmouth. Turns out, John has a particu-

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because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. There is a great deal of genuine artistry in this, the most polished and mainstream film to date from the maker of indies such as “Trash Humpers.” The exquisite images, which range from intimately gritty to eerily glowing, come from Belgian cinematographer Benoit Debie, and Cliff Martinez complements them with a mesmerizing score. But “Spring Breakers” is also provocative in various ways.

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(an underused Catherine Keener), and doltish 9-year-old son, Thunk (Clark Duke). There’s also a sharp-toothed Tasmanian devil of a baby named Sandy and Grug’s mother-in-law, voiced in reliably sassy fashion by Cloris Leachman. One day, Eep dares to escape while everyone else is sleeping

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on work, Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Angela Bassett all turn in solid

lar student in mind for Portia to meet: the slightly odd but obviously brilliant Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), whom John believes is the child Portia gave up for adoption back when they were in college. Jeremiah just happens to want to go to Princeton. At the same time, Portia’s longtime boyfriend unceremoniously walks out on her for another woman (in the kind of scene that only happens in the movies) so now she’s free to be with John, who … isn’t exactly right for her, either. “Admission” awkwardly grasps for serious feelings within all these wacky deceptions and manipulations and forces heavy, third-act emotions on us. Some of the few moments of heft come courtesy of a radiant Lily Tomlin as Portia’s mother, a maverick feminist and intellectual who has


What: “Spring Breakers” (Two and a half stars) Starring: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco Directed by: Harmony Korine Running time: 92 minutes Rated: R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout.

The corruption of formerly squeaky-clean Disney Channel superstars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens may be Korine’s cleverest trick of all: They get to show some range; we get to gawk. But James Franco steals the whole movie away when he arrives about halfway through as a cornrowed, and meets up with the hottest (and only) guy she’s ever seen. Conveniently, he’s named Guy, and he’s voiced by Ryan Reynolds. He has a furry, impossibly cute companion named Belt who holds up his pants (kids will dig this tiny scene-stealer). But he also astonishes her with something she’s never seen before called fire. Guy warns that the world is ending and that she should come with him if she wants to live. When her family’s cave is destroyed, they reluctantly realize they must all go with performances. Director Antoine Fuqua starts the movie with a bang and escalates from there. What makes the film so good is the action isn’t just the kind of mindless carnage that comes across like the slaughter in a video game.

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd play an unlikely pair in ‘Admission.’ The coupling is thrilling but unfortunately does not deliver.

forged her own notion of what it means to be a woman and parent and urges her daughter to do the same. Watching these two groundbreaking comedians share the screen is one of the film’s few real joys.

And seeing the college-application process behind the scenes — the lobbying, the favors, the weeding-out — is actually kind of fascinating if this is indeed how it all goes down. So maybe there were some surprises here after all.

wanna-be gangster rapper named Alien (pronounced a-LEEN). It’s a showy, wonderfully weird performance, but Franco also finds the vulnerability beneath the bravado. The young women of “Spring Breakers” have their own treacherous road to follow. The four longtime friends (Gomez, Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, the director’s wife) long to escape the drudgery of their dreary college life. Spring break in Florida beckons, and after a quickand-dirty, coked-up diner robbery — which three of the girls pull off without the help of Gomez’s character, the churchgoing Faith — they’re headed South.

Clearly these women already were headed for trouble long before they got in the car; they’re essentially wild animals in hot-pink nail polish. They just needed a little shove, which the promise of non-stop partying provides. When they get busted for narcotics possession — and the flashy Alien shows up to bail them out — their fates are sealed. They never feel like real people, these curvaceous banditas, but they are the future of America, and this might be the last, best time of their lives. We’re all screwed, Korine seems to say. It’s very sad — but also kinda sexy.


The themes aren’t exactly groundbreaking, and the plot feels too repetitive with the Croods encountering one unexplored terrain after another and responding in predictable ways. But the oohs, ahhs and scattered laughs come from the various creatures the Croods discover along their journey. Much of the lush landscape and vivid details feel as if they were taken directly from “Avatar,” and a similar sense of wonder propels these stronger segments.

What: “The Croods” (Two and a half stars) Starring: Voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman and Ryan Reynolds Directed by: Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco Running time: 92 minutes Rated: PG for some scary action

Guy. This sets up: a) some basic, tried-and-true road-trip jokes and b) a blossoming romance between Guy and Eep, which dad naturally tries to stifle.

Whether it’s a battle in the skies or a hand-to-hand confrontation, Fuqua knows how to get the most emotional impact. The film has some problems, particularly an overthe-top performance by Dylan McDermott. But any small

miscues get blown off the screen by a production that is pure explosive fun. “Olympus Has Fallen” may be opening in the spring, but it’s such a blast it could still be in theaters when the summer films hit.


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corn-shelled cuties were commendably thin yet packed with meat for their diminutive size, and that meat came with a bite. One of us found them too spicy, but, hey, more for me. I’d order these again and again. Next up? A chicken fajitas skillet for $12.99. While we awaited its arrival, my guest who had chosen this plate — your usual fire-grilled chicken with grilled peppers, onions and pico de gallo, served with corn or flour tortillas as well as rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa and sour cream — could only repeat, “I just hope they are sizzling.” Were they ever. Friends, if you’ve ever ordered fajitas at a Mexican restaurant and been disappointed by a lack of, well, noise and smoke when they arrived, know that will NOT be the case here. This was the sizzle heard ‘round the restaurant, and the scent alone almost made me regret that I’d just ordered a chimi, until my gorgeous chimi ($7.95) arrived. My initial disappointment — I’d ordered the “wet” and asked for the verde, or green, enchilada sauce but received red rojo — was quickly allayed, after one bite, in fact. This huge, crispy-crunchy yet thin tortilla shell was bursting at the seams with my chosen meat (pork) as well as three fantastic cheeses, and the generous red sauce came alive over the whole creation. Whether having a classic burrito or a chimi, I’d advise choosing “wet” and adding the sauce. My guest’s burrito with sauce on the side, while tasty, was simply not quite the same when he tried to spoon the sauce on carefully. Other menu options: Burritos also come in bowl form, similar to a C.K.’s Taco Salad ($7.95), which is a crispy tortilla bowl filled with fresh romaine,


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What: C.K.’s Cantina & Grill Where: 63 A Gerald Ave., Dallas Call: 570-675-5556 Credit cards? Yes Wheelchair accessible? Yes Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Sunday ••• Why we went: Cody Kittle’s seasonal ice-cream and food shack on pretty much the same Back Mountain property has established itself as one of our all-time favorite summer spots. We could only expect more greatness in a dine-indoors atmosphere. Atmosphere: Fresh, fairly spacious and fairly fun. Furniture and paint are new; a false wall separates a large bar from the dining area, where the Mexican touches, such as sombreros and other accents, are just enough. We wouldn’t mind a few more accents, even if kitschy, and perhaps some overhead Mexican music would amp up the ambience. Menu highlights: We absolutely delighted ourselves in a shared C.K.’s Dip Sampler for $7.99, which was a huge plate of thin-and-crispy red, white and blue nachos accompanied by four dippers: guacamole, bean dip, chile con queso and pico de gallo. The contents of one bowl were better than the next — one of those cases where what you were eating at the time was hands-down the best until you moved on to the next. The guac was bright and fresh and not heavy on the avocados (which I consider a good thing); the chile con queso was all warm cheese, all the time, with a kick, so how could you go wrong? The bean dip was pretty much the same as a side of refried, but no fault to that; and the pico de gallo had low cucumber content and was instead high on the cilantro, which thrilled me. We marveled at the obvious freshness, as if each ingredient had been picked and hand-chopped 15 minutes before the bowl arrived on our table. Well-done, C.K.; well-done. An also-shared plate of a dozen mini tacos ($5.95) was another big hit. High marks for looks as well as taste, provided you like a bit of spice in your taco meat, which I do. These

good” on each five-minute mark. After that, plenty of other items intrigued enough to plan a revisit: grilled fish tacos and

seasoned ground beef, beans, tomatoes, onions, croutons, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Our taster must have said “so



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lapia, as well as shrimp tacos and fire-grilled “street” tacos; a combination enchilada plate (of course); and several Americanized options, should you find yourself in plainer company. Think chicken or shrimp scampi, pasta Alfredo or even a Mexican spaghetti bowl. Drinks? Go for a margarita, served not in a margarita glass but in a tall tumbler (which to us means you get more, so we’ll not complain) or a red or white sangria. We chose a white, and I loved that it was decidedly NOT sweet and had just enough diced citrus fruits. My sweettoothed guest would have preferred more sugar but was quick to note she also puts Splenda in her Greek yogurt.


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Desserts? Fried ice cream tempts, but, alas, we could not sample to see if it was truly “fried” because the house had run out during our visit. We were offered complimentary hard ice cream instead, which was high-quality anyway. The fried stuff will wait until next time. Overall impression: Thrilled. Yes, we are simply

thrilled that C.K. is moving up in the world. We’ll still use the outdoor stand throughout summer, but rainy days, and surely other days, will no doubt draw us inside here, where the Mexican is, as it’s said, “real.” Cody reportedly learned his art from his mama, and his mama’s done no wrong by us.

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