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WYOMING — The ﬁve young boys sitting around the table in the library activity room were focused on snapping together the tiny plastic LEGO bricks. They seemed oblivious to the several parents and other adults standing near them. There on the table, besides the piles of assorted pieces, sat a multicolored plastic box of some sort, a Transformer-like Ninjago Samurai
Warrior and its drag-racer-type Warrior Bike with big back wheels, front track and cannons. The box, it turns out, was a donation built by some of the boys in the Wyoming Free Library’s Lego Club. Luke Garrison Fuller, 6, of Dallas, had added the hot tub and rocket ship to the top of the box. Zachary Shultz, 6, Swoyersville, called it a spy house. The youngsters were just a few of the children who have been com-
ing around the library to play with LEGOs. As if proof were needed to show the ever-growing popularity of the classic plastic construction toy, some 80 kids ages 6 to 12 are signed up to participate in one of three groups that meet throughout the month — the ﬁrst and last Saturdays and every Wednesday after school. “It took off like gangbusters,” liSee LEGO, Page 4
WANT TO JOIN? - The Wyoming Free Library LEGO Club is ﬁlled up, but there is a waiting list. For information, call the library at 693-1364. - The Pittston Memorial Library also has a LEGO Club. For information, call the library at 654-9565. DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
Vincent Contardi, 7, left, and Luke Garrison Fuller, 6, look over a ‘Ninjago’ Samurai Warrior made of LEGOs at the Wyoming Free Library. They are part of the LEGO Club at the library.
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brary volunteer Colleen Garrison, Luke’s mom, said. Garrison, who attends Misericordia University through the Women With Children program, started the club as a communityservice project. But she plans to continue it because of its popularity. The Pittston Memorial Library also has a LEGO Club. Director Anne Hogya said attendance varies, from 20 children to more than 50 in summer, when there are two programs per week. Garrison started the club at the Wyoming library after seeing an article in a local magazine about a similar program at the Carbondale library and getting the OK from library executive director John Roberts. “I knew we’d get a turnout,” she said. So many children signed up, there are two groups of 30 that meet on the ﬁrst and last Saturdays of the month, respectively. But because of even more demand, an after-school group of 20 was formed and meets on Wednesdays. Approximately another dozen children are on a
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Members of the Wyoming Free Library’s LEGO Club made the library’s donation box.
waiting list, Garrison said. “People are asking us to expand,” she said. “I committed to two Saturdays and the Wednesdays.” As each of the boys worked on their own LEGO construction projects, Vincent Contardi, 7, West Pittston, placed a speedboat he made on to what looked like a boat trailer, both made of LEGOs. Riley Knaub, 8, West Wyoming, was building a kind of house on stilts. Or was it a robot? “I like making cities,” Vincent said. He turned the “boat trailer” into a long car with a few adjustments.
Later, Luke, Riley and Russell VanAuken, 8, of West Wyoming, were off playing with their various creations on the carpet in the middle of the room, Luke with his Ninjago Sumarai Warrior, Russell with the Warrior Bike and Riley with his house on stilts/robot. Vincent’s dad, Paul Contardi, said his son started getting into LEGOs a couple of years ago. “He makes a lot of different things,” Contardi said. “The best thing about it is they build something,” said Marlene Knaub, Riley’s mom and a member of the Friends of the Wyoming Free Library. “Their imaginations can run wild, and it builds their vocabulary.” Garrison said LEGOs were donated to use for the club. Among the donors was the Friends of the Library group, which contributed nearly $500 worth of the toy to the club. The youngsters will get to create some LEGO art for the library’s Children’s Art Exhibit April 13, 14 and 20 at T.W. Shoemaker Art in Wyoming. The LEGO Club also will travel
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- The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well.” - The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, a grandchild of the founder. It has come a long way during the past almost 80 years — from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of toys. The brick in its present form was launched in 1958. The interlocking principle with its tubes makes it unique and offers unlimited building possibilities. It’s just a matter of getting the imagination going — and letting a wealth of creative ideas emerge through play. Source: The LEGO Group
to New York City by bus on May 11 to go to the LEGO and Nintendo stores. But if their play is any indication, they are happy just going to the library to build stuff. There, at each session, they work on a theme, such as space,
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THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to April 4, 2013 Noah Smith, acoustic soul rock from the Ohio singer-songwriter. The Main Bean, 161 Main St., Luzerne. 7 to 9 tonight. Free. 899-2264. 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 tonight and Saturday. 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. Tonight with doors at 7:30 and show at 8. $7. 878-3970. The BStreet Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8:30 tonight. $25. 325-0249.
The Luddites will perform at the ‘Punk or Die!’ concert tonight at New Visions Studio & Gallery in Scranton. selections. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. 3 p.m. April 6. $18; $15 seniors and students. 325-4794. Rock Out Cancer Concert, a fundraiser rock concert with Those Mockingbirds, Fairmont, Rob Lately & the Haunts and Mumbling Lucy. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. April 6. 420-2808. Bloch Chamber Music Festival, instrumental and vocal works by composer Ernest Bloch performed by students and professional musicians. Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. April 6; 2 p.m. April 7. Free. 270-2192. Mid-Winter Concert, classical repertoire by the Children and Youth Choirs of the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. April 7. $10, $8 seniors and students. 343-6707. The Manhattan School of Music’s Brass Orchestra, joined by the University of Scranton Singers and organist Tim Smith. HoulihanMcLean Center, Mulberry Street
at Jefferson Avenue, Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 7. Free. 941-7400. Neon Trees, anthems of adolescent angst and lost love by the foursome blending slick pop hooks and organic rock. Sponsored by Wilkes University at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 8. $28. 826-1100. The Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 7:30 p.m. April 9. Free but tickets required. 344-1111. Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, presenting “The Music World of John Quincy Adams,” with Barbara Hopkins on historical ﬂutes and Judy Handler on guitar. The Colonnade, 401 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. April 11. $29. 270-4444. Ron White. The cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon returns on his “A Little Unprofessional Tour.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. 7:30 p.m. April 11. $51.75, $41.75. 826-1100. Breakfree, Christian music at
Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. April 12 with dinner menu at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and open mic at 9 p.m. Free. 717-5037363. Soul Shine, Christian music at The Truth Cafe, New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 to 9 p.m. April 12. Free. 301-7081. Freedom Hill Ministries, Christian music at My Cup Runneth Over Christian Coffee House, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, South Main and South streets, Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 13. 824-2991. The Streisand Songbook, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and award-winning vocalist Anne Hampton Callaway performing Barbra Streisand favorites. 8 p.m. April 12 at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and 8 p.m. April 13 at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. $29 to $60; $15 students. 341-1568. Gabriel Iglesias, the comedian on his “Stand-Up Revolution
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FUTURE CONCERTS Freedom Hill Ministries, Christian music at Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. April 5 with dinner menu at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and open mic at 9 p.m. Free. 717-503-7363. 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. Jeanne Jolly, the classically trained vocalist performing Americana, country and ballads. Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley. 7:30 p.m. April 5. $16 advance; $20 at the door. 588-8077. 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. Satisfaction, the international Rolling Stones tribute show. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. April 5. $15 advance, $20 day of show. 866605-7325. Artists Celebration, spotlighting student musicians and artists from the Congressional Arts Competition and WVIA’s Artist of the Week program. WVIA PNC Studio, 100 WVIA Way, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. April 6 with exhibit at 1 p.m. and musical performances at 1:30 p.m. Free. 602-1175. Bach and Handel Chorale Easter Concert, performing Bach’s “Easter Oratorio,” Handel’s “Hallelujah! Amen!” along with other
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If you attended last year’s event, Shrine Circus manager Amy Oberst said, you may remember “the surprise.” An aerialist known as “the ice princess” was hanging by her hair, so just about everyone in the audience would have been looking up. That’s when the “snow” came down, adding to the fun and spectacle the Royal Hanneford Circus brought to the 109th Field Artillery Armory. “I know there’s a surprise this year, too,” Oberst said, explaining that of course you’ll have to come to ﬁnd out what it is. She can say the circus — the 64th to be brought to Wilkes-Barre by the Shriners — will include trapeze artists, clowns, a high-wire act, motor-
cycle riders and all sorts of animals and their trainers, joined this year, “for the ﬁrst time in a long time,” by a bear act. It’s all designed to help people of all ages feel young at heart, she said. And, if you didn’t already hear about this, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn you can watch an outdoor preview of the circus for free on Tuesday. “A lot of moms come with kids in strollers,” Oberst said. “We’ll have 250 boxes of popcorn to give away and some novelties.” The pubic is welcome to the preview, which will take place near the Millennium Circle on North River Street. Organizers suggest downtown workers might want to pack a light meal and spend their lunch break at “Circus on the Common.” “It should be a good hour of enter-
tainment,” Oberst said. The larger, three-ring show will be presented 11 times from Monday through April 6 at the Armory. “It’s so rewarding when the lights go down and the music starts,” ringmaster Billy Martin said. “I know what’s in store for children of all ages. I can feel their excitement.” Martin grew up in Olean, N.Y., where he would “drag my parents to see every circus I could.” Other circus performers have grown up with traveling shows and are the third and fourth generations See CIRCUS, Page 22
IF YOU GO What: Irem Shrine Circus Where: 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre When: 1:30 and 7 p.m. Monday and April 6; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday through April 5. Tickets: $20, $15, $11, $6 More info: 714-0783 or 714-1792 Circus on the Common: Free lunch-time preview, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Millennium CIrcle Portal, River Common, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre
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THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to ApRIl 4, 2013 Knit and Crochet Group, for all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. 823-0156. Scranton StorySlam, a storytelling competition with 10 participants each sharing a true, ﬁve-minute tale inspired by the theme “West Side Stories.” Spots open for audience participants. Haggerty’s Tavern, 421 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and event at 7:30 p.m. $5. 470-6861. Discover Malaysia, a multimedia presentation about the history and culture of the Southeast Asian country along with food sampling. DeNaples Center, University of Scranton. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 941-6312. FUTURE Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 15 foreign, independent and art ﬁlms. Begins with an openingnight 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. The View with a Scranton Attitude, a twist on the popular daytime talk show with local personalities discussing hot topics. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 5 with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $6. 344-1111. Wood Shop Open House. Watch the transformation of farm-harvested wood to works of art with the LumberJocks at The Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. Noon to 4 p.m. April
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STAGE THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to ApRIl 4, 2013 patchworks: life and legends of the Coal Towns, free previews of the 2013 Theatre in the Classroom production by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Noon on Saturday at the Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St.; and 2 p.m. April 27 at Phillips Emporium, 10 E. Main St., Bloomsburg (during the Renaissance Jamboree). 784-8181. FUTURE Cathy Rigby Is peter pan! The Tony Award-nominee takes flight in an all-new production of the classic children’s story. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 5; 2 and 8 p.m. April 6; 1 and 6 p.m. April 7. Optional dinner available April 5-6 at 6 p.m. $29. 342-7784. play On! Rick Abbot’s comedy about a theater group trying to put on a play in spite of constant interference from the proud author who keeps revising the script. Dallas High School, 2000 Conyngham Ave. 8 p.m. April 5 and 6. $5. 675-5201. Dance a Jig for the pediatric Health Clinic, a benefit performance by the Emerald Isle Step Dancers along with a basket raffle. Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St. 1:30 p.m. April 7. Proceeds benefit the Care and Concern Pediatric Health Clinic in Pittston. 954-1104. All Shook Up, the musical based on the songs of Elvis Presley, performed by students at Wyoming Valley West High School, 150 Wadham St., Plymouth. 6:30 p.m. April 10; 7 p.m. April 11 to 13. $8, $5 students. 779-5361. Richard III, Shakespeare’s history play about politics, ambition, power and greed. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 15; 2 p.m. April 14. 208-5825. Gemini, a compassionate offcenter 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 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. Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a poor milkman trying to keep his family’s traditions alive in a small Russian village. Performed by a national touring company at the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. April 17. $52, $27. 855-9458743. Annie, the Broadway musical about the little orphan escaping the evil Miss Hannigan and being adopted by billionaire Mr. Warbucks. Performed by the Phoenix Kids at the Phoenix
Performing Arts Center, 409 Main St., Duryea. April 19 to 28: 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, $10. 457-2489. Auntie Mame, the musical comedy about the irrepressible eccentric Mame Dennis who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. April 24 to 27; 3 p.m. April 28. 996-1500. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magician and his daughter dealing with shipwrecked nobles and their plots to assume power. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. 8 p.m. April 26-27. $4 advance; $5 at the door. 270-2192. Giulio Cesare, David McVicor’s lively production of the Handel opera starring countertenor David Daniels opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. A live presentation from the Metropolitan Opera. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and Cinemark 20, 40 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 12:55 p.m. April 27. 825-4444 or 961-5943 or fathomevents.com.
Superior Donuts, Tracy Letts’ comedy about a down-on-hisluck Vietnam draft dodger who owns the donut-shop hangout where a group of colorful characters search for their version of the American dream. Performed by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. May 2 to 19: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $25, $20 seniors, $11 students. Contains adult language. 784-8181. DreamGirls, the Broadway musical about the triumphs and tribulations of an up-and-coming 1960s girl group. Performed by a national touring company and presented by the Broadway Theatre League at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. May 10; 2 and 8 p.m. May 11; 1 and 6 p.m. May 12. 342-7784. ANNOUNCEMENTS play Submissions, short 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. Theater Bus Trip to the Hunterdon Playhouse in Hampton, N.J., for a performance of “Wake Up, Darling” on May 23. Sponsored by the Irem Women’s Auxiliary. $85 includes transportation, lunch and show. Reservations: 824-6418 or 822-4976. 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. 2832195.
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present “Into the Woods” April 5 through 7. “An ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye, a witch who raps. They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale,” as director Kim Crofchick described the show. One of the ﬁrst “cockeyed characters” you’ll meet is Jack’s Mother, who has a lot of complaints. “I wish my son were not a fool. I wish my house was not a mess. I wish the cow was full of milk,” she sings. “I wish the
house was full of gold. I wish a lot of things.” She’s not the only villager who’s dissatisﬁed. Son Jack would like his cow to give milk. Cinderella wants to go to a festival, and it’s safe to say she’d rather not pick out the lentils her stepmother threw into the ﬁre. Meanwhile, the baker and his wife wish for a child. And, soon they’ll learn why they haven’t been able to become parents. A witch put a spell on their family after she found Jack’s father stealing from her garden to satisfy the cravings of a pregnant wife. “Rooting through my rutabaga. Raiding my arugula. Ripping up my rampion,” she remembers. In order to break the curse, the baker and his wife have to ﬁnd “a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold.” With Jack having a cow, Red Riding Hood on her way to visit her grandmother, the blonde Rapunzel locked in a tower
and Cinderella’s feet encased in special shoes, they’re bound to ﬁnd what they need. But, will everyone live happily ever after? Will anyone? After a giant arrives, stepping down from the heavens “and straight upon some beloved characters,” Crofchick said, “It takes a few lives before the survivors realize they have to act together in order to succeed.” Along the way to that discovery, the director said, audiences can expect to see a lot of hilarity, as when “the three little pigs are chasing their wolf with baseball bats while Little Red Riding Hood comes skipping along,” oblivious to the danger from her wolf. In addition to two wolves, the show boasts two princes. Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince are brothers. At ﬁrst, they are both “heartbroken over their girls,” Crofchick said, but by Act II each of them will be pining for someone else.
f you’ve watched the recent movie “Jack the Giant Slayer,” you’ve heard Jack’s angry uncle order him to sell his lovely white horse. Maybe your memory protested: “Hey, isn’t it supposed to be his angry mother, who insists he sell the family cow?” That’s just one example of the diverse forms a fairy tale can take. For another, compare the ending of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (Ariel marries her prince) with Hans Christian Andersen’s story, in which she gets to exist as “a daughter of the air” as a reward for not murdering the prince, who had just married someone else. To see some traditional fairy tales really turned on their heads, you’re invited to the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea, where The Limelight Players will
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ollywood has always shown a fondness for adapting books — whether classic, contemporary or comic — into movies. Not only does this provide instant fodder for a script, but it guarantees a built-in audience. It also comes with some inherent problems, including cutting the story to ﬁt a movie timetable and translating the characters from the images readers create in their minds to the ones that appear on the large screen.
What: The Host • • 1/2 Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Max Irons and Jake Abel Directed by: Andrew Niccol Running time: 125 minutes Rated: PG-13 for violence, sensuality
‘The Host’ blends the kind of lofty topics that are the heart of sci-ﬁ productions with a complicated love story that’s made Stephenie Meyer’s books so popular.
Director Andrew Niccol faced both problems with his ﬁlm adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host.” He only successfully handles one of them. Niccol — working with Meyer
— managed to edit the 600-plus page book into a workable and interesting script about an alien invasion. The bodies of humans have been taken over by space travelers who look like neon caterpillars. Only a few humans have escaped.
The aliens suggest this invasion is good because it eliminated war and saved the environment. To humans, it means the loss of free will. When an alien known as The Wanderer ends up in the body of the spunky Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), another problem arises. Melanie’s not ready to give up her identity, and she and the alien begin living a dual relationship that gets even more complicated when the young woman makes her way back to her family, friends and boyfriend. Niccol’s script blends the kind of lofty topics that are the heart of sci-ﬁ productions with a comSee THE HOST, Page 21
ALSO OPENING What: “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” Not screened for cities. Starring: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones and Brandy Norwood Directed by: Tyler Perry Genre: Drama Plot summary: An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. The Ivy Leagueeducated relationship expert who makes her living dispensing marital advice, but is so bored with her own marriage, breaks her professional code and cheats with a smoothtalking client only to realize she has made a huge mistake. Running time: 111 minutes Rated: PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content Source: IMDB
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Movie Amy Recently released on Blu-ray, “Arachnophobia” (1990, Disney, PG-13, $20) is an old-fashioned monster movie outﬁtted with newfangled special effects. Exec-produced by Steven Spielberg, the ﬁlm stars Jeff Daniels and Wilkes-Barre native Harley Jane Kozak as a San Francisco physician and photographer, respectively, who decide to move to the country with their children for some peace and quiet. Little do Daniels and Kozak know that their barn is home to a rare tropical spider that can kill with one bite. In no time, the arachnids have spread all over town, and members of the community are dropping like, well, ﬂies. The ﬁlm grows a bit redundant in the home stretch, but it does crawl with plenty of laughs, most of which are supplied by John Goodman as an exterminator who’s never met a bug he can’t kill.
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Two Oscar nominees for this year’s Best Picture hit stores this week. “LES MISERABLES,” GRADE B-PLUS: This big-screen version of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s book stars Hugh Jackman. To transform the much-beloved musical from stage to screen, director Tom Hooper had to ﬁnd a way to maintain — and amplify — the emotional power of the original words and music with the trappings of a big-screen production. His efforts have created a beautiful and moving version of the stage production that’s loyal enough to its origins to appease Broadway musical fans yet is theatrical enough to stand as a feature ﬁlm release. Jackman’s expressive face and competent singing voice bring a depth to the role that serves as a centerpiece for telling this dramatic tale. Anne Hathaway is tres magniﬁque. Hooper was smart enough to know that while the actress might not have the singing skills of those who have played the role on stage, Hathaway’s acting abilities more than make up for any musical deﬁciencies. Hooper leaves the camera on her face as she sings the showstopping “I Dreamed a Dream” with such haunting refrain that it makes you think that this must be what it’s like when angels cry. “LINCOLN,” GRADE B-MINUS: Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in this drama about the 16th president’s battle to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish
Back in the late ’80s and ’90s, Kozak appeared in a number of high-proﬁle ﬁlms, including “Parenthood,” “The Favor” Kozak (which is best remembered as one of Brad Pitt’s early roles) and “All I Want For Christmas.” But in 2000, she retired from acting to raise her three children. She’s since written a series of mystery novels, three of which were published by Doubleday. Kozak gives her character in “Arachnophobia” a tartness that complements Daniels beautifully. The NEPA native might never have become a big movie star, but she’s one of those actors who can spin a web of fascination out of even the most underwritten role. Amy Longsdorf writes about DVD and Blu-Ray releases with local connections.
slavery. It’s a little-told story in the Abraham Lincoln oeuvre despite how much this effort deﬁned his legacy. The task of portraying the ordinary man with a strong moral core goes to British actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whose makeup makes him look like he posed for the $5 bill. Day-Lewis plays Lincoln as a man of vision, often given to making his points through rambling stories. “PARENTAL GUIDANCE,” GRADE B: Billy Crystal plays Artie Decker, the veteran voice of the Fresno Grizzlies. After a life-changing moment, Decker and his wife, Diane (Bette Midler), head to Atlanta to babysit their three grandchildren — Harper (Bailee Madison), Turner (Joshua Rush) and Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) — while their parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) are away at an awards ceremony for a week. Crystal and Midler have such a nice chemistry that it’s easy to believe their characters have been together for decades. Both have good solo moments, but they really are at their best when they are on screen together. This is the ﬁrst time they’ve worked together, but it should deﬁnitely not be the last. ••• ALSO NEW ON DVD: “HOUSE ARREST”: A woman (Stacey Dash) must adjust to a new life after being arrested. “BANGKOK REVENGE”: Man without emotions trains to be a killing machine. “THIS IS 40”: A couple take a look at their marriage. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star. “PARTY OF FIVE: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON”: Matthew Fox headlines the family TV drama.
Tina Fey stars as the strait-laced Ivy League admissions counselor in the aptly titled ‘Admission.’ ADMISSION — A strait-laced Princeton admissions ofﬁcer visiting an alternative high school run by a former college classmate is caught off guard when she meets a gifted young man who might be the son she gave up for adoption years ago. With Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Michael Sheen. PG-13 for language and some sexual material. 110 mins. •• THE CALL — Long a bit player in movies, the 911 dispatcher ﬁnally gets a starring role. Halle Berry is an emergency operator in Los Angeles, where the trauma of a ﬁrst kidnapping case has forced her to hang up the headset. But, having shifted to a trainer position, she’s lured back for a second kidnapping call when a rookie dispatcher can’t handle the frightening pleas from a taken teenager (Abigail Breslin) trapped in a car’s trunk. R for violence, disturbing content and some language. 95 mins. •• THE CROODS — In this animated ﬁlm, a prehistoric family embarks on a journey to ﬁnd a new home after their cave is destroyed. With the voices of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. In 3-D. PG. 92 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 cross-country road trip together. R for sexuality and language. 107 mins. • 1/2 THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE — The only incredible thing here is the way this comedy makes Steve Carell so thoroughly and irreparably unlikable. In a ﬁlm about magic tricks, this is the most difﬁcult feat of all. Burt Wonderstone is a selﬁsh and ﬂashy Las Vegas magician who
once ruled the Strip alongside his longtime friend and partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), but now ﬁnds his act has grown outdated and unpopular. PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language. 101 mins. • 1/2 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER — In the make-believe middle ages of the children’s tale “Jack and the Beanstalk,” it’s highly unlikely that anyone ever said, just before attempting some feat, “I got this.” But it’s this little anachronism — a slight nod to modernity without pushing it too far — that makes the updated retelling, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” a breezily enjoyable blast of sword-wielding fantasy. PG-13 for intense fantasy action violence, some frightening images, brief mild language. 114 mins. •• 1/2 OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN — A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists. With Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. R for strong violence and language throughout. 119 mins. ••• 1/2 OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL — Screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire manage just enough whimsy to make the movie’s two hours pass without irritation. And director Sam Raimi was the right guy to make this emerald-tinted world pop off the 3-D screen. But the cast, plainly packed with second or third choices, lets it down. PG for action, scary images and brief mild language. 130 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 ﬁnd a way to get his son’s federal prison sentence reduced, Dwayne “The Rock” John-
son 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-no-chaser thriller “inspired by a true story.” The pacing is off, and too many scenes lack dramatic punch and play like ﬁller. But Johnson is pretty good at being a guy in over his head, sharing scenes with ﬂinty pros like Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry Pepper. PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence. •• 1/2 SPRING BREAKERS — Harmony Korine seems to want it both ways, all day, with 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. R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout. 92 mins. •• 1/2 STOKER — This stylish chiller shares its name with Dracula’s author, but its ﬁxation on blood moves in a different direction — deposits, not withdrawals. The tale concerns bad blood transfused from one generation to the next. The blood relations in question are prim, privileged India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), whose father dies in a car crash on her 18th birthday; her icy, passive-aggressive mother, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman), and longabsent Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). Charlie views the funeral from afar but takes center stage at the wake. He mesmerizes Evelyn and turns moody India’s head as well. Soon emotionally incestuous vibes are crackling around their old-money mansion like static electricity. R for disturbing, violent and sexual content. 99 mins. ••• 1/2
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b e t t e r- t h a n - a v e ra g e , gravity-defying ninja duel leads to an epic chase — by leaps, swings and ziplines — through the Himalayas in the big set-piece sequence of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Masked villains in red ninja suits chase Snake Eyes and Jinx as they attempt to spirit a ninja villain out of a mountaintop lair.
They scamper, by rope, across impossible slopes, swinging their swords. And when a line is cut, the victim yowls into the void. It may be the most dazzling bit of business of its kind from the age of digital stunts. The rest of the movie? Seriously, it’s a live-action version of an ’80s cartoon that was designed to sell toys. This is “Transformers” without the Bumblebee Camaro, a lot of action, a few one-liners and a lot of gunplay. And it was entrusted to the director
of the Justin Bieber concert documentary. How good can it be? It has the biggest body count since, well, “Olympus has Fallen” — stabbings, shootings, blowings to bits. And barely a drop of blood. But it has Dwayne Johnson, an action hero who knows his way around a raised eyebrow and a catch-phrase. His character, the G.I. Joe-force sergeant known as See RETalIaTIon, Page 21
review What: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” Starring: Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, RZA and Jonathan Pryce •• Directed by: Jon M. Chu Running time: 110 minutes Rated: PG-13 for intense combat violence and martial-arts action throughout and for brief sensuality and language
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Gold records perplex on ‘Mike and Molly’ Q. We are fans of “Mike and Molly,” and we noticed on the wall of Carl’s grandmother’s house are two framed gold records. Was she a singer in a previous entertainment career? A. We don’t exactly know. It has been established that Grandma, played by Cleo King, can sing. But the writers and producers on the CBS comedy have not yet established exactly what her background is. Q. The other day I was reading a story on the Internet about a dog that wouldn’t leave the church where his master’s funeral had taken place and it reminded me of a movie I saw many years ago, “Greyfriars Bobby.” I think it was a true story that took place in England in the last century? Anyway, was wondering if it was available on DVD. It was such a heartwarming story.
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a top-secret mission, would you tell anyone? Today your discretion will be tested and trusted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some have commented — in wondrous, complimentary tones — that they don’t know how anyone can do what you do. And yet, you still aspire to so much more. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Relationships have just the right amount of tension to make them exciting — maybe even electrifying. Bonus: A lull in your work scene
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with experience, ideas and a defined style will lead the way to success. It’s likely that leader is you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Proper attention to detail makes your work remarkable, your friendships fun and your love connections tight. However, focusing too small has the opposite effect. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you continue to take on work that is below your abilities, you’ll stagnate. But right now, the easy work will suit your life just fine. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). One way to never be disappointed again is to stop expecting things. Unfortunately, that’s also a way to make sure the people you
know behave according to the lowest belief of their abilities. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Arrive early. It’s amazing what a 15-minute head start will do for your confidence. You’ll feel like you’re ready for whatever develops. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re ready to step up your game, and the opportunity comes. Your reputation for excellence exists in part because you show enthusiasm for what you do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Passion is self-serving by nature. But the outcroppings of passion often help many people. By yielding to desire, you put energy and excitement into an otherwise dull scene. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Working alone will put you in a down position. By
inviting more minds to collaborate on your work, you’ll quickly refine, simplify and improve it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re up for a search, and you have a talent for this. You’ll have to sift through muck in order to get to the good stuff, and this makes the treasure you find more valuable. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 29). There’s much to celebrate, including your thriving health and a love most fulfilling. Tread carefully in your professional decisions over the next three weeks because they will have long-term ramifications. The end of April brings a bonus. May puts a creative spin on your lifestyle. Wedding bells ring in June. Your lucky numbers are: 15, 2, 39, 49 and 6.
Pressure to have sex causes girl to feel relationship angst Dear Abby: My boyfriend and I have been dating for several months. He’s fun and caring, and we spend a lot of time together. My only concern is our relationship physically. He makes it very clear that he wants to go all the way with me. He isn’t pushy about it. I don’t want to rush into anything. We are both virgins, and while I have known him for a long time, I don’t know him as well as I’d like.
DEAR ABBY ADVICE I want to wait until we have dated for at least six months. He says he respects my decision and says he doesn’t want to pressure me. I still feel a little rushed. I don’t want it to be about our hormones in the heat of the moment. I hate saying no to him. I know he won’t leave me, but I feel bad for leaving him frustrated. Would it be wrong to
agree to having sex with him even if I don’t know if we’re ready for the next step? — Unsure in Canada Dear Unsure: Yes, it would be wrong. The first time you have sex it should be because you are 100 percent sure you are ready, and he is the right person. And as for feeling guilty because you are leaving him frustrated — I have a solution. Spend less time alone together. That way there will be less
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THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to ApRIl 4, 2013 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. Saturday. Bring cards or board games. Registration: 693-1364. Happy Birthday pigeon! Storytime and fun activities revolving around Mo Willems’ book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 829-4210. 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. Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 3.5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesdays through April 24 at 10 and 11 a.m.; Saturdays from April 6 to 27 at 10 a.m. Registration: 823-0156. FUTURE The little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle, the little blue engine learns the value of hard work and determination in this children’s presentation. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 11 a.m. April 6. $8. Preceded by a Wiggles and Giggles Workshop at 10 a.m. ($4). 344-1111. Jazz for Kids, with Bill Carter & the Presbybop Quartet along with special guest Mr. McFeeley, the delivery man from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. 4 p.m. April 7. Free but donations accepted. 586-6306. Mrs. pA Storytime, with Mrs. Pennsylvania 2012 Kimberly McLendon and her reading pal Annabelle, a yellow lab who loves to listen to children read. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. April 9; 6:30 p.m. April 11. 829-4210. Natural Wonders: Spring Winds, stories, art and outdoor exploration for ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 11. Registration: 842-1506. peter and the Wolf. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic performs Sergei Prokoﬁev’s tale in a special children’s concert. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. April 14 with pre-concert activities at 1 p.m. and concert at 2 p.m. $9. 341-1568. Tom Knight puppet Show, a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals and books. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1:30 p.m. April 17. Free. 996-1500.
Furry Tales Reading program. Practice your reading skills with a trained therapy dog and receive a treat for paw-ticipating. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 10 a.m. April 20. 693-1364. Junior Friends of the library, a book club for children in grades three to six. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. April 20 with lunch at 11 a.m. and meeting at noon. Signup: 693-1364. Mad Hatter’s Tea party, with a special menu “created by the Mad Hatter” along with photo ops with Alice and her friends. Optional “Alice in Wonderland” dress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Wyoming Free Library at the United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. Reservations: 693-1364. American Girl party, with excerpts from the latest American Girl books, crafts, activities and snacks. Age 8 and older. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. April
20. Registration: 654-9847. Natural Wonders: Nature’s Sensations, a “sensory” walk around the estate for ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 25. Registration: 842-1506. Storytime with Misericordia, conducted by speech and language students. Also: tips for parents on language and literacy. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. April 26. Free. Registration: 654-9847. Books and Babies, for ages 1 to 3. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Tuesdays from May 7 to 28 at 9:30 a.m. Registration: 823-0156. Children’s Book Week Carnival, with games and prizes. Come anytime and play at your own pace. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. May 11, 1 to 3 p.m. with special events including a sack race at 1:30 p.m., bingo at 2 p.m. and an egg relay at 2:30 p.m. Registration: 654-9847.
Celebrate the 10th birthday of Mo Willems’ pigeon at storytime sessions Tuesday morning and Thursday evening at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Wilkes-Barre Township.
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EXHIBITS THIS WEEK: MARCH 29 to ApRIl 4, 2013 Art of Rich Scott, paintings of local buildings and areas of Wyoming Valley. Opens Monday and continues through April 30 at Fidelity Bank, 247 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. A percentage of sales will be donated to Making a Difference Ministries. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 899-2264. ClOSING SOON Ecclesiastical Architecture, created in a variety of artistic media by Charles “Woody” Woodworth of Hunlock Creek. Citizens Bank, Wyoming Avenue and Welles Street, Forty Fort. Through Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 288-7538. Illuminations, paintings by Kingston artist Nina Davidowitz. ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 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 Saturday 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 Sunday: 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. 510-5028. A Closer look, photography by Lawrence Lang including landscapes and macros. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, WilkesBarre. Through April 5: Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900, ext. 5328. Halena, oil paintings along with old-world inspired works of art by Helen Warenda. The Fly on the Wall Gallery, Dragonﬂy Café, 9 E. Broad St., Hazleton. Through April 11: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 454-1214. Architectural Gems, pen-and-ink drawings of iconic landmarks of Lackawanna College by Mark Ciocca. 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. Satur-
‘Monhegan Sky’ is one of the paintings in local artist Brian Keeler’s one-man show at the Rodger lapelle Gallery in philadelphia through Sunday. days; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 585-2525. penmen, Artists and Educators: 125 Years of the Zaner-Blower penmanship Company, American ornamental penmanship from the late 19th and early 20th centuries focusing on the company’s educational work in the classroom. Through April 14 in the Heritage Room, ﬁfth ﬂoor of the Weinberg Memorial Library, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. Limited hours for spring break March 22 to April 1. 941-4000. A Walk Through Nature’s Glory, landscapes and scenes from nature by artist Diane Tice. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. Through April 19: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 842-1506. Within, art work by Lisa Wray. Through April 25 at the Wyoming County Courthouse Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 8363200. Three Artists: Three Years later, a group show by artist Ryan Hnat, ceramic potter Skip Sensbach and photographer Marguerite Fuller. Marquis Art &
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Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 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 Wilkes-Barre, University Drive, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 7 p.m. April 22. Refreshments served. 675-9269. 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.
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Ronan’s performance is out of this world, and she’s one of the few young actresses who would even come close to making this character work. But despite her best efforts, the scenes where Melanie and The Wanderer argue in her head often come across as silly. It’s the type of thing that works far better when it’s read in a book than when it’s seen on screen. The mental ping-pong match take away from the nicely paced story, beautifully shot scenes and interesting acting performances — especially by William Hurt. It’s hard to get past the unintentionally funny way the close encounters of the body-sharing kind are portrayed.
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