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‘Les Mis’ a Labor of
intense Love By MARY THERESE BIEBEL | firstname.lastname@example.org
AIMEE DILGER PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER
Jean Valjean (Jason Sherry) keeps his promise to the dying Fantine by taking care of her child. Little Cosette is played by Grace Parsons.
Madam Thenardier, the innkeeper’s wife, played by Dr. Toni Jo Parmalee, treats little Cosette harshly. LEFT: Little Cosette (Grace Parsons) sings of her dream of a better life. RIGHT: Fantine (Wendy Popeck) sells her locket, her hair and ﬁnally herself in an effort to save her little girl.
hen Jean Valjean sits down at the is I can see the intensity on the face of evbishop’s table, you can see how ery cast member, even if this is their ﬁrst hungry he is by the way he shoves food time acting,” Sherry said. into his mouth with his hands. One of the ﬁrst-timers, Danielle Venturi When her co-workers at the factory of Rice Township, said she became inseize Fantine’s letter, every push and pum- volved because her daughter has been in mel shows what a vicious bunch of busy- several shows with KISS Theatre, which bodies they are. usually is a venue for children and teens. Javert jabs at chain-gang prisoners with “I’m a KISS mom; that’s what they call a club, Madame Thenardier pulls at little us,” Venturi said. Cosette’s ear, and the hair hag leads FanBut who says her 13-year-old daughter, tine away by holding a knife to her jaw. Reagan, should have all the fun? All these nuances underscore the pathos “I’m a beggar and a townsperson,” said and grittiness of “Les Miserables,” and Venturi who has been a fan of “Les Misthey show the ﬁne tuning that has gone erables” since reading Victor Hugo’s novel into the KISS Theatre production, which when she was about the age her daughter opens tonight in Wilkes-Barre Township. is now. Then there’s the singing — songs of sorThe story is full of poignant scenes, row, songs of angry men, songs of love and she said, suggesting the most moving is prayerful pleading. “Valjean’s visit with Fantine “You wouldn’t know when she’s dying and leaves IF YOU GO they’re not professionals,” (her daughter) Cosette in What: ‘Les Miserables’ director Christa Manning Valjean’s care. As a parent, I Who: Performed by Kiss said of her cast, which she put myself in that situation.” Theatre Co. described as one of the Valjean’s own situation Where: 58 Wyoming ﬁrst community-theater has not been easy, starting Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township groups in the country to with those 19 years he spent When: 8 p.m. Thursdays bring the full-length verin jail “for stealing a mouththrough Saturdays and sion of the popular musiful of bread.” 2 p.m. Sundays through cal to a stage. “In the book, he escaped April 28 How did KISS Theatre four times, which accounts Tickets: $22 achieve that coup? for the length of his senMore info: 829-1901 “We’ve done so many tence,” Sherry said. “He just shows through (the licenscan’t submit to what he sees ing agency) Music Theatre International. I as injustice.” try to use them for a lot of children’s shows Sherry shares the role of Valjean with and I kept telling them, when ‘Les Mis,’ Dane Bower, and some of the other major is coming out, let me know right away,” singing roles also have been double cast to Manning said. “When they called I was spare the voices of the lead players, Manﬂabbergasted and very honored.” ning said. “I had enough talent (among the Soon, Manning said, it seemed “every- singers) to do it.” body who was anybody” in local theater Among the smaller roles, some actors wanted to be part of the show. have multiple parts in each show. “It’s the role of a lifetime,” Wendy “I’m ﬁve different people: a farmer, a Popeck of Forty Fort said of portraying the constable, a beggar, a guest of ‘the master forlorn mother Fantine. “It’s the saddest of the house’ and a dancer at the wedding,” role I’ve ever played, but it’s a great story Walt Mitchell of Bear Creek Township of love and sacriﬁce.” said. Popeck, who calls herself an “equalA veteran thespian with decades of exopportunity actor,” has appeared on many perience, Mitchell said, “In all my years local stages, as have many other cast mem- of theater, I’ve worked with some terriﬁc bers. actors and singers and dancers, but this But others are novices, and they’re do- is by far this is most broadly and deeply ing a terriﬁc job, said Jason Sherry, one of talented cast, from principals through the two principal actors who alternate as Jean ensemble, with which I’ve ever worked. Valjean. “This is a great gang, singularly focused “Here, one of the things I enjoy the most and very serious about their efforts.”
How can you keep from singing? By MARY THERESE BIEBEL email@example.com
f you’re used to hearing Johnny Cash’s solo voice singing his hits, director Paul Winarski said, “you’re in for a treat” if you stop by the Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola. “We have solos turned into duets or trios or ensemble numbers. Some have been reorchestrated for a group of six,” he said, describing the musical numbers that will be part of the show “Ring of Fire,” which opens tonight. The six singers in the cast are Dawn Winarski, Bryn Harvey, Jesse McNatt, Mike Marone, David Baker and Bill Lipski, and while none of them speciﬁcally portrays Cash, they all have a part in representing him or someone close to him. At a point in the narration that represents Cash’s early years growing up in an Arkansas sharecropper family, Winarski said, one person takes on young Johnny’s personality while the others suggest his father, his mother and a brother. At another point, the director said, “We have three Johnnys and three Junes on stage,” portraying The Man in Black’s relationship with his wife, June Carter Cash. “It’s very low on dialogue, very song heavy,” Winarski said, citing numbers that range from “Five Feet High and Rising,” which tells of ﬂood waters washing away the crops yet leaving a hidden blessing and “Jackson,” which talks about a “hotter-thana-pepper-sprout” couple who have considered separating “ever since the ﬁre went out.” Among the unusual twists on Cash’s music, Winarski said, “there’s a beautiful moment in Act II when Dawn, Bryn and Jesse sing ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down,’ which was a troubadour song for Johnny, written by his friend Kris Kristofferson. Here it’s been turned in to wistful, morning-after song for these ladies.” A big fan of Cash’s music himself, Winarski said the show will appeal to many. “Johnny Cash is an icon and a legend,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a country fan or not. His music transcends genre, like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra or the Beatles.” ••• For another musical option,
Mike Marone, Jesse McNatt, Dave Baker, Bill Lipski and Dawn Winarski will pay tribute to the music of Johnny Cash in ‘Ring of Fire’ at the Grove Theatre in Nuangola.
Jimmy Williams, Amanda Reese, John Kennedy and Dana Feigenblatt are the four performers who will sing about love in all its phases at Music Box Playhouse in Swoyersville.
look to Swoyersville where, beginning tonight, the Music Box Dinner Playhouse will present “Loving You Has Made Me Bananas,” subtitled “50 Shades of Love Songs.” “We go from baby love right through ﬁnding (grown-up) love to marriage to breaking up and all the hardship along the way,” director Debbie Zehner said. “It goes through all the emotions of love and so many genres,” she said. “I have country. I have pop. I have Broadway. I have movies. We want to make you cry and make you laugh.” The four performers in the show, Jimmy Williams, Amanda Reese, John Kennedy and Dana Feigenblatt, portray people in many stages of life and love. “They start out as babies, with baby bonnets,” Zehner said. “The pace is fast and furious.” The numbers include songs as diverse as “I love You a Bushel and a Peck,” “My Boyfriend’s
IF YOU GO
What: ‘Ring of Fire’ Where: Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola When: 8 tonight and Saturday as well as April 19, 20, 26 and 27; 3 p.m. Sunday as well as April 21. Tickets: $20 Reservations: 570-868-8212 ••• What: ‘Loving You Has Made Me Bananas’ Where: Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville When: Tonight through April 21 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Meal served 90 minutes before curtain More info: 570-283-2195
Back,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Looking Through the Eyes of Love,” “So Happy Together,” and then a few about some of love’s not-so-positive consequences, among them “Good-bye Earl” (two women kill an abusive husband) and “Copacabana” (one-time showgirl Lola loses her See CASH, Page 5
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 All Shook Up, a musical based on the songs of Elvis Presley, performed by students at Wyoming Valley West High School, 150 Wadham St., Plymouth. 7 tonight and Saturday. $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, WilkesBarre. 7:30 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Monday. Free. 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 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10, $5 seniors and students. 408-4540. Working: A Musical, a revue of working people singing about their jobs and how they feel about the employment picture, based on the 1974 Studs Terkel bestseller. Lemmond Theater, Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 8 tonight and Saturday. $5, $3 students and seniors. 674-6719. 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 tonight, Saturday, Tuesday through Thursday. Continues 8:15 p.m. April 23 to 25. $12.50. Reservations: 344-3656. The Wedding Singer, about a New Jersey man who attempts to make all weddings miserable after his girlfriend leaves him at the altar. Performed by the Liva Arts Company in Jefferson Auditorium, Leahy Hall, University of Scranton. Tonight through Tuesday. 941-7462. Real Story of Red Riding Hood, along with “Big Bad Musical,” two one-act plays performed by the Lake-Lehman Theatre Troupe. LakeLehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 7 Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $10, $8, $6. 901-1259. Gala Performance, by six highschool musical theater performers competing for three scholarships to attend this year’s Performing Arts Institute summer program. With a special appearance by lyric soprano Melanie Goerlitz, a PAI alumna and now a professional singer. Amato Auditorium, Wyoming Seminary Lower School, Goerlitz 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 p.m. Sunday. $40 (includes preperformance reception), $15, $10 students and seniors. 270-2186. Hair, the exuberant 1960s musical about young Americans searching
The Lake-Lehman Theatre Troupe will present two oneact plays: ‘The Real Story of Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Big Bad Musical’ on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Lake-Lehman High School. Pictured are (front) Ronnie Ziomek and Courtney Richards; (back) Jasmine Moku, Katelyn Sincavage and Aleah Ashton.
Wilkes University will present Albert Innaurato’s comedydrama ‘Gemini’ tonight through Sunday at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre. Starring are (standing) Cierra Cellerari and Corey Martin and (seated) Jimmy Basquill and James Daly. 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. Monday and Tuesday. 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. Wednesday. $52, $27. 855-9458743. The Vagina Monologues, presented by the student chapter of the National Organization for Women in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 3 p.m. Thursday. Free. 740-0429. ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for the Music Box Playhouse’s May production of “The Misadventures of Little Red Riding Hood.” 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Monday. Bring sheet music of a song of your choice. 283-2195.
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youth, her Tony and her mind.) The songs are so catchy, Zehner
said, she expects and welcomes audience members to join in. â€œI expect a lot of singers out there.â€?and Dana Feigenblatt, portray people in many stages of life and love. â€œThey start out as babies, with baby bonnets,â€? Zehner
said. â€œThe pace is fast and furious.â€? The numbers include songs as diverse as â€œI love You a Bushel and a Peck,â€? â€œMy Boyfriendâ€™s Back,â€? â€œI Think Weâ€™re Alone Now,â€? â€œLooking Through the Eyes of Love,â€?
â€œSo Happy Together,â€? and then a few about some of loveâ€™s not-so-positive consequences, among them â€œGood-bye Earlâ€? (two women kill an abusive husband) and â€œCopacabanaâ€? (one-time showgirl Lola loses
her youth, her Tony and her mind.) The songs are so catchy, Zehner said, she expects and welcomes audience members to join in. â€œI expect a lot of singers out there.â€?
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Teenage mother Thelma Thomas screams “My baby, my baby!” but people don’t understand her heart-rending cries because she is speaking Lebanese. They just want her to to step into a lifeboat — without her child. Thomas doesn’t know that a woman named Edwina Troutt has carried her baby son onto another lifeboat — and that her brotherin-law, Charles, who handed the baby over to this stranger, will go down with the ship and most of the other men on board. Another doomed passenger, Antoni Yazbeck, helps his new bride, his sister-in-law and two young nephews into a lifeboat. According to the family story, he is leaning over to kiss his wife goodbye when an ofﬁcer ﬁres a shot and warns him the boat is for women and children only. Ironically, that very lifeboat will carry a much wealthier man to safety. The president of the White Star Line made sure to save himself. “You just feel chills when you hear some of these stories,” said broadcast journalist Dave DeCosmo, who will discuss these local ties to the Titanic disaster at the Hoyt Library in Kingston during
What: Titanic Tea When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday Where: Hoyt Library, Wyoming Ave., Kingston Tickets: $10 Reservations: 570-287-2013
1. Proceeds beneﬁt St. Faustina’s Youth Group. 735-4833. Motorcycle and PowerSports Show. Beneﬁts the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $7.50. 540-6778. Travel Show, with 2013 tour highlights, entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and show at 1. Free. 655-8458. Designer Bingo, with prizes by Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Lia Sophia, Longaberger and more. Sponsored by the Jonathan Grula Memorial Foundation at St. Andrew Church, 316 Parrish St., WilkesBarre. 1 p.m. Sunday. $20/20 games. 829-0971. Entrepreneurs R Us Series, a lunchtime session with Bill Corcoran of Corcoran Printing on market research. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Monday. Free. 821-1959. Importance of Keeping Records for Libraries and National Archives, a lecture by William J. Bosanko of the National Archives. Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 674-6225. A Downton Abbey Celebration!
Enjoy ﬁlm clips from the second season, tea, scones, clotted cream and Eton Mess while discussing the hit PBS series. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 821-1959. Raising a Money-Smart Kid, a ﬁnancial seminar at Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Reservations: 823-6836, ext. 1070. Back Mountain Chamber, Business & Community Expo, with more than 60 Back Mountain businesses. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. 674-6400. Vampires @ the AFA, a screening of the vampire ﬁlm “The Last Man on Earth” with Vincent Price. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Blood Is the Life” at the Everhart Museum. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Free but donations accepted. 346-7186. Annual Jean Yates Award Dinner, with honoree Ed Ackerman, editor of the Sunday Dispatch. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center, 241 William St., Pittston. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $60. 654-9565. Nosh & Knowledge, a talk by Alicia Nordstrom of Misericordia
Mary Madeline ‘Maddie’ Lewis is portraying a sailor, Samantha Nordmark is Charles Thomas, and Alexandra McHale is Thelma Thomas in this scene from their History Day presentation. The girls’ presentation won second-place in regional competition at Penn State/Wilkes-Barre, and they will present it during the Titanic Tea.
an afternoon tea on Monday, the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the famous ship. People who attend the Titanic Tea also will be entertained by Mary Madeline Lewis, Alexandra McHale and Samantha Nordmark, sixth-grade students from Good Shepherd Academy who will perform a 10-minute presentation focused on the story of
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 15 foreign, independent and art ﬁlms. Through Thursday at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. $9, $8 matinees. 996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, with Trudy Rubin, foreign-affairs correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sponsored by the Schemel Forum in Room 509, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. today. $20. Registration: 941-7816. Getting Started in Genealogy, with Times Leader columnist Tom Mooney. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 654-9847. Career and College Counseling 101. For parents and students in grades 8 to 11. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. 693-1364. Spring Gala and Auction, a beneﬁt for Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley with a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and music by Groove Train. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday. $110. 823-5144. Downton Abbey Dinner, a formal
Thomas and her baby. “They do a wonderful job. I’m so proud of them,” advisor Doris Brady said, adding the girls, after taking second place in regional History Day competition at Penn State/ Wilkes-Barre, will compete on the state level in May. Their history presentation has prompted the three stu-
dents to compile statistics, Brady said, explaining they now understand the survival rate for women and children who were traveling ﬁrst and second class was quite high, while more than half of the women and two-thirds of the children traveling third-class perished, along with more than 80 percent of the men from all three classes of travelers. Among the men who died were Antoni Yazbeck, whose Borek relatives (the name was changed from Moubarek) settled in the Wyoming Valley, and Charles Thomas, who had relatives in Wilkes-Barre. Before Thelma Thomas died in her late 70s, DeCosmo said, he was pleased to help her make a connection with the woman who had carried her baby to safety. “I had done an interview (with Thomas), found out that she was being escorted on the Titanic by her brother-in-law, he was carrying her baby, she was put into a
Olivia Williams, Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ one of the selections for the Spring Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock running through April 18. dinner party with a sumptuous Edwardian repast. Evening dress required. Frederick Stegmaier Mansion, 304 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $63. Reservations: 406-1435. 50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Pay per card. Proceeds beneﬁt the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 298-2052. Basket Rafﬂe Fundraiser, with more than 100 baskets. St. Stanislaus Gymnasium, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 10:30 a.m. and rafﬂe drawing at
lifeboat without her baby, and he handed the baby to a woman in another lifeboat,” DeCosmo reﬂected. “Then I watched ‘The Today Show,’ and an English woman named Edwina Troutt MacKenzie was telling the same story, only she had been given a baby. I contacted ‘The Today Show,’ and they got Mrs. MacKenzie on the phone with Mrs. Thomas.” Thelma Thomas’ surviving daughter, Mae, still has some of letters and cards MacKenzie exchanged with her mother, DeCosmo said. The story of the Titanic continues to fascinate people, including Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who has commissioned the building of a replica, Titanic II. “If all goes well, it’s supposed to set sail in 2016,” DeCosmo said. “In many ways it will be a duplicate, but realistically enough, it will have enough lifeboats, the modern kind.” Adding to the experience at the Titanic Tea, librarian Carol Dalmas said, participants will ﬁnd out via a rafﬂe-type drawing whether they’ll ﬁnd room “in a lifeboat” or not. There also will be a creativehat contest, and guests are invited to bring their own fancy cups for the tea tasting. University on “Psychics, ESP and Clairvoyance: Exploring the Science of the Paranormal.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Reservations: 824-4646. Mark Piazza: Extremely Mental, an evening of mind-boggling demonstrations and psychological mysteries. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Reservations: 821-1959. Crafters Night Out, a gathering of anyone working on a project from beginner to advanced. Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth St., Dallas. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. 855-9693. Wyoming Valley’s Silent Motion Picture Production Era, a talk by historian F. Charles Petrillo on the Forty Fort company The U.S. Motion Picture Corp. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 674-8036. Health and Wellness Fair. The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Road, Dallas. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Free. 675-8600. Cooking Demonstration, with executive chef Dale Lewis, who will See EVENTS, Page 19
The art of transformation and more By MARY THERESE BIEBEL email@example.com
The angel doesn’t have a head, or legs either, and perhaps that’s for the best. “He’s a creature of the air. You see him as more of a force,” Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., said, explaining how, without the distraction of appendages, you can concentrate on the struggle depicted in the University of Scranton’s eye-catching sculpture “Jacob and the Angel.” To learn more about the campus’ collection of eye-catching outdoor sculptures, you can participate in one of two walking tours, set for Wednesday and for April 28, or visit the university’s Hope Horn Gallery, where an exhibit offers insight into the creation and installation of the pieces. “We have a photo of (Swoyersville artist) Gerhard Baut on a crane, checking St. Ignatius’ face,” Miller-Lanning said, describing a ﬁnishing touch for a sculpture called “Metanoia.” That Greek word means “transformation,” Miller-Lanning said, and “Metanoia” speaks to a change of heart experienced by the man who would become St.
Ignatius and found the Jesuit order of priests that established the university. “It’s kind of a cubist representation of St. Ignatius, who was a Spanish soldier. He was injured, and while he was recuperating he started to rethink his life. It shows him turning his sword around so it becomes a cross-like form and offering his service to God.” Jacob’s struggle with the angel deals with changes, too, said Miller-Lanning, who is director of the Hope Horn Gallery. “In the biblical story of Jacob and the angel, he’s at a transitional point of his life, coming to terms with who he needs to be.” When you’re a university student, Miller-Lanning said, “you
Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. 9414000. 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 Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 585-2525. A 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. 836-3200. Under the Sea, a group exhibit with underwater photographs of tropical ﬁsh by Morrell Devlin, ﬁber “sea creature” sculptures and nautical mixed media by Megen Fuller, and glass sea shells and funtional wear by Kyle Lavery. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Through April 26: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 878-3970.
‘Christ the Teacher’ is outside the Weinberg Memorial Library on the University of Scranton campus.
have to make a lot of big decisions about what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. It’s kind of scary.” So it’s appropriate that Jacob and his transitional struggle, designed by Philadelphia artist Arlene Love, is “near a lot of dorms.” Also ﬁtting for a college campus is a piece called “Christ the Teacher,” which depicts Jesus standing
Three Artists: Three Years Later, a group show by artist Ryan Hnat, ceramic potter Skip Sensbach and photographer Marguerite Fuller. Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., WilkesBarre. Through April 27: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 8230518. Art of Rich Scott, paintings of local buildings and areas of Wyoming Valley. 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. The TV Show, watercolors, photography and book art by Ivana Pavelka. Marquis Art and Frame, 515 Center St., Scranton. Through May 1: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 344-3313. A Collection of Two Masters, paintings and photography by Michael Molnar and Sam Cramer. Schulman Gallery, Campus Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through May 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0727.
‘Jacob and the Angel’ by Arlene Love is among the pieces in ‘Imagination and Spirituality: Public Sculpture on The University of Scranton Commons’ exhibit.
by another person, one whose identity could be a bit mysterious. “There are a lot of interpretations,” Miller-Lanning said, explaining the artist, Trevor Southey of San Francisco, has suggested the other ﬁgure represents “one of ‘the least of these,’ a person who is anonymous, one of the poor or lonely or forsaken, because everyone has divinity in them and
Sea-creature ﬁber sculptures by Megen Fuller are in the group exhibit ‘Under the Sea’ running through April 26 at New Visions Studio and Gallery in Scranton. Nature All Around Us, photographic images of nature by artists Terry Flatt, Jim Bell, Marc Beerman, Eric Goins and Narlene Jacobs. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Through May 2: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays. 629-3061. A 42-Foot Trip to Mexico and Other Sketchbook Adventures, illustrations by Barbara Remington, known for her J.R.R. Tolkien book-cover art. Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Through
‘we’re all in this together.’ ” Other people see the sculpture as representing Jesus with a disciple, she said, and some see it as “an image of the resurrection, with Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene.” As to the gender of the person with Jesus, the director said, “I think Southey kind of left it open. It’s androgynous.” A fourth sculpture, “Doorway to the Soul” by Lisa Fedon of Pen Argyl, is a bas-relief attached to the wall of a building. “It’s a series of panels representing the levels you might go through in a procedure of personal growth,” MillerLanning said. To learn more about the artwork and how they express the ideals of the University of Scranton, you can visit “Imagination and Spirituality: Public Sculptures of The University of Scranton Commons,” which will remain on display at The Hope Horn Gallery through May 10. The exhibit is part of the gallery’s “Landmarks and Milestones” 2012 -2013 series, celebrating signiﬁcant dates and architecture in the region.
The exhibit ‘Nature All Around Us,’ running through May 2 at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center in Stroudsburg, includes this work by photographer Narlene Jacobs. 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. ANNOUNCEMENTS Call for Entries, for the 7th annual Northeastern Biennial Twenty Thirteen Exhibition with $3,000 in cash awards and solo exhibition opportunities to take place Oct. 19 to Nov. 13 in four Lackawanna County venues. Deadline: June 15. Information at 348-6211 or marywood.edu/galleries.
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Children’s Art Exhibition, with juried works by local students from kindergarten through 12th grade. T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and April 20 with an Awards Reception 2 to 4 p.m. April 20. 392-3103. Student Exhibition, the 25th annual event showcasing works by students in mass communication, sculpture and drawing classes. Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Continues through May 4: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 208-5900. CLOSING SOON 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 Sunday 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.
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show at 8. $25. 21 and older. 888946-4672. Northern Tier Symphony Spring Concert, with works by Strauss, Schumann and Aaron Copland. Tunkhannock Middle School, 200 Franklin St. 8 p.m. Saturday. $8 advance, $9 at door. 289-1090. Homegrown Music Concert, with folk duo Bella Ruse and singer Tora Fisher. Sordoni High-Deﬁnition Theater, WVIA Studios, 100 WVIA Way, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. 8 p.m. Monday. Free but reservations required. 655-2808. FUTURE CONCERTS Soul Searching, Christian music at Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. April 19 with dinner menu at 6 p.m., concert at 7 and open mic at 9. Free. 717-503-7363. Open Mic Night, with musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others. Followed by the improv comedy troupe Here We Are in Spain. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. April 19 with open mic at 7 p.m. and improv troupe at 8:15. Free. 996-1500. Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert, classical, contemporary, sacred and secular choral music by the King’s College choir. J. Car-
roll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20. Free. 208-6044. New Visions Concert, with regional bands Eye on Attraction, Atlas Arrows, Static in the Attic and In Writing. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. April 19 with doors at 7:30 p.m. and show at 8. $7. 8783970. A Night at the Oscars, the annual cabaret-style pops concert by the Robert Dale Chorale with guests the Doug Smith Jazz Trio. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 8 p.m. April 19. $15, $12 seniors, $7 students. 871-0350. Cross I Bear, a local Christian band. Amazing Taste, How Sweet the Grounds Christian Coffee House, First United Methodist Church, Route 11 and East Butler Street, Shickshinny. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 20. 256-3759. ’70s Flashback, a concert by the eight-piece band. The Factory Theater, School and Apple streets, Nuremberg. April 20 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7:30. $15 beneﬁts the Factory Theater Players. 384-3648. Celebrate Harmony: 75 Years, See CONCERTS, Page 16
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Ryan Gosling is a tatted-up, bottle-blond, biker bad boy but nevertheless willing and compelling baby daddy in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’
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worThy desTinaTion By KRISTIN TILLOTSON | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The Place Beyond the Pines” tells three overlapping stories that center on the legacies — voluntary or not — fathers leave their sons, and the splitsecond decisions that can shape them. The title is the English translation of the Mohawk word for the ﬁlm’s setting, Schenectady. It’s a ﬁtting romanticizing of reality for the ﬁlm’s characters, who all hope for something better than what they have. As bottle-blond, tat-splattered motorcycle-stunt driver Luke, Ryan Gosling has never been better. When he runs into former one-night stand Romina (his real-life love, Eva Mendes) and ﬁnds out he’s a baby daddy, the ramblin’ man goes gooey at the prospect of having an insta-family. Never mind Romina’s live-in boyfriend. Determined to support his toddler son, Luke teams
with a mechanic (the alwayssuperb Ben Mendelsohn, last seen as the junkie in “Killing Them Softly”) to rob banks, and his single-take getaway chase scene — for which Gosling reportedly trained six hours a day for two months — is a nail-biter. Director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance, whose deSee PINES, Page 18
Eva Mendes is a former one-night stand turned mother in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’
longer one, as we see Robinson selected to integrate baseball by the cagey old Brookarnest, righteous, historically lyn Dodgers general manager and presiaccurate and often entertain- dent, Branch Rickey. ing, Brian Helgeland’s “42” It’s shocking to see Harrison Ford take is pretty much all you could on a performance this complex — a voice, hope for in a Jackie Robinson ﬁlm biog- a pose and a whole demeanor, doing raphy. Minus the excitement, which given justice to a religious man whose spoken how well-known Robinreasons for integrating IF YOU GO son’s story is to baseball America’s pastime — What: “42” fans, is no cardinal sin. Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harri- “Dollars aren’t black And the cast is more ad- son Ford, Lucas Black, Nicole Beharie, or white. They’re Christopher Meloni equate than thrilling. GREEN” — isn’t the Directed by: Brian Helgeland It’s the sort of story whole truth and nothRunning time: 128 minutes you ﬁnd yourself hoping ing but the truth. Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements they don’t screw up — Rickey hunts high including language that the baseball will be and low for a black convincing, that the racism isn’t watered ballplayer of talent, modesty and forbeardown, that the actor playing Jackie (Chad- ance. He needs a star who can take a lot wick Boseman) comes off as a human be- of racist abuse from fans, players, umpires ing, not an icon. And in those regards, and others. Robinson, a four-sport athlete “42” scores. at UCLA and star of the Kansas City MonA brief history lesson — the narrated- archs, ﬁt the bill. over-newsreel footage context of the end of World War II — is followed by a much See 42, Page 18
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‘Scary Movie’ take ﬁve What: “Scary Movie V” Starring: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen Directed by: Malcom D. Lee Genre: Comedy Plot summary: A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital. With the help of home-surveillance cameras
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is mind-bending but little else By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer
lot-twisting puzzlers are a bubble market in the movies these days, with an arms race of “Inception”-like reality reversals that flip like a coin until dizzy audiences lose all interest in how it lands. That’s certainly the case with Danny Boyle’s “Trance,”
a mind-bending neo-noir with continually shifting layers but little beyond its flashy plot machinations. The movies used to be content to be the stuff of dreams. Now they aim for hypnosis, limbo and headache-inducing dreams within dreams. Advil might soon replace popcorn. “Trance” starts promisingly enough. James McAvoy
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Still Showing on a journey to ﬁnd a new home after their cave is destroyed. In 3-D. PG. 92 mins. EVIL DEAD — This remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” — they dropped the “The” in the title — presents, for your ediﬁcation and enjoyment, some of the most graphic horror violence ever seen on screen. But Fede Alvarez’s homage to the original “Cabin in the Woods” tale lacks the offhanded gooﬁness and brittle jokes of young people facing death at the hands of something supernatural. R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language. 92 mins. 1/2 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION — A better-than-average, gravity-
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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN — A disgraced Secret Service agent is called back to duty when the White House is taken over by terrorists.
R for strong violence and language throughout. 119 mins. 1/2 OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL — 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. TYLER PERRY’S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR —An ambitious married woman’s temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal and recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content. 111 mins. 1/2
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New ‘Five-0’ has made some changes Q. Recently I was watching the original “Hawaii Five-O” with Jack Lord and James MacArthur. I noticed that one of the characters had been replaced — that Kono, played by Zulu, was no longer there but someone was by the name of Ben, played by Al Harrington. Why was there a change in the cast of the program? A. From 1968 to 1972, Gilbert “Zulu” Kauhi, an entertainer in Hawaii, played detective Kono Kalakaua. The nickname Zulu reportedly came from rumpled hair that to his friends looked African. According to a story in the Honolulu Advertiser after his death of complications from diabetes in 2004, Zulu “was fired after an altercation with the show’s publicist in which he acknowledged making loud racist comments.” (He was apparently unhappy with the way his character was being presented.) A story in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin after his death said the actor also annoyed star Jack Lord by falling asleep between takes. “He wasn’t that impressed with Jack,” one journalist said. “Zulu thought he was just as important as anyone else on the show.” Harrington, who had been playing guest-starring roles on the show, was cast as a new detective, Ben Kokua, and remained with the series until 1975; the original version of the show ended in 1980. Harrington, by the way, has also been on the newer version of “Five-O,” which began in 2010, as Mamo Kahike, a family friend of the McGarretts. Do you have a question or comment for the mailbag? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to the Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44309.
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to say that it’s the things you don’t do that you’ll regret later. But those people haven’t experienced unfortunate consequences of truly foolish action. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You think the world of someone. But should you? Today you’ll gain more perspective and perhaps discover that it’s best to put stock in the one you know better: you! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). No prize makes you happier than knowing you have earned it. The integrity and loyalty of your ways will be proved once more in today’s unfolding of events. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Avoid the tendency to complicate things. The answers
will be simple now, but they may not be the answers you want to hear. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can’t help how you feel, but a funny thing happens once you accept and express those feelings. They change. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are times to pretend like you understand what’s going on, but today you’re better off asking questions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You have the complete package, including the judgment that tells you when and how to share it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). While striving for greatness in a pursuit, it is only natural and necessary to know what isn’t helping and to be critical of that. Mastery
moves beyond that criticism and begins accepting the so-called “defects.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You sometimes want to hear that the other person is sorry. Note that you don’t need this; you just want it because it allows you to get past what you perceive as a slight. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 12). You’ll get serious with relationships both personal and professional. The next seven weeks are about buckling into commitment, and it’s a secure feeling once all is resolved. June brings a trade. The investment you make in your physical environment will pay off in three years. August brings laughter and friendly good times. Taurus and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 49, 2, 22 and 17.
Deceased military veteran’s two families quibble over flag Dear Abby: My ex-husband, the father of our two children, was retired from the Air Force. He passed away 18 years ago. He had a full military funeral, with draped flag and all. His wife at the time was presented with the flag, which was proper. They had no children. When she passes on, would it be proper for her family to give the flag to his biologi-
DEAR ABBY ADVICE cal children? After all, they were with him — as was I — throughout his entire 22-year military career. When my daughter mentioned it to his wife, she got angry. — C. in Texas Dear C.: Your former husband’s wife was entitled to whatever property was left after his
demise. The flag is hers to bestow — or not. I don’t know how your daughter’s request was phrased, but the woman may have been offended by the way the question was asked. I can’t think of any other reason she would become angry. Dear Abby: I am writing regarding a letter you printed Jan. 26 from “Wants to Be Polite.” I appreciate the person’s sentiments because I, too, want to use good manners and a “You’re welcome” or “Have a
nice day” is a pleasing reply to hear. What I do NOT like is a “No problem” reply to a “Thank you.” It does not seem like a sincere response to me. In fact, it sounds like I was expected to be a problem and just happened not to be one. Any thoughts on this? — Arkansas Lady Dear Arkansas Lady: You may not like hearing it, but you had better get used to it. While “You’re welcome” may
be more gracious, saying “No problem” reflects a generational shift in the vernacular. And while it may seem jarring, it is intended to be a polite response, so accept it graciously.
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is Simon, a London auctioneer who describes the emergency protocol of the high-end auction house “in the event of an event.” As he does so, such an event is under way: A well-planned gang led by Frank (the excellent Vincent Cassel) brazenly attempts to steal Francisco Goya’s “Witches in the Air.” Simon attempts to foil the heist, but we soon realize he’s in on the plot, too. But something has gone awry. A blow to the head has sapped Simon of his memory, leading the crew to enlist a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to elicit the location of the missing painting from Simon’s banged-up brain. This is, naturally, when the script by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge begins to play with Simon’s hypnosis. The
anniversary Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, “The Sandlot” (1993, Fox, PG, $20) has aged surprisingly well. The action is set in 1962 and follows ﬁfth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) as he tries to adjust to life in Florida with his mom (Karen Allen) and new stepdad (Denis Leary). No sooner does Scotty arrive in town than he’s recruited by some neighborhood kids (Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi) for their ragtag baseball team. Every day, the pals head off to a dilapidated sandlot, where they spend hours
movie drifts in and out of consciousness, guided by Dawson’s silky voice. Is Simon our protagonist or villain? Is Elizabeth Lamb (Dawson) pulling out Simon’s memories or implanting them? Pubic hair, you will be happy to learn, figures prominently in the answers to these questions. Boyle and his cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, saturate the film with reflected images and a sleek, colorful palate. “Trance” is never more than a minute away from a striking image, though the glassy, frenetic compositions only heighten the movie’s lack of depth. It’s Dawson’s fleshy, commanding presence that helps melt the right angles of “Trance.” Her character gradually moves to the forefront of the film, such that you might mutter “James McA who?” by the time she, like a goddess, disrobes. But before a full pic-
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just playing the game. With his vibrant, episodic screenplay, Evans avoids many of the clichés of sports movies. There’s no big game, no weepiness, no cringe-inducing life lessons learned. During the ﬁlm’s second half, the action is mostly devoted to the kids’ attempts to retrieve a BabeRuth-signed baseball from the yard of a man (James Earl Jones) with a big, snarling dog. Sure, these comedy sequences are a smidge too broad. But Evans gets so much right about adolescence and the joys of baseball that “The Sandlot” is never less than a charmer.
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ture of Elizabeth arrives, the movie’s succession of implausible trap doors has rendered any big reveal about as satisfactory as a punch line to a 20-minute-long knock-knock joke.
GRADE B: The second season of this political and human drama starring Kelsey Grammer as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane steps up the intensity of the ﬁrst season. Grammer’s ﬁrst year was good enough to earn him a Golden Globe. The second season comes with an even stronger performance from Grammer, who portrays a politician battling to hold his career together despite having a debilitating brain disease. It helped that new actors added to this pot boiler, including Sanaa Lathan, Jonathan Groff and Tip “T.I.” Harris, playing characters who replenish Kane’s inner circle that was devastated in the ﬁrst season. ••• ALSO NEW ON DVD: “HYDE PARK ON HUDSON”: Bill Murray portrays President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “VIETNAM: THE TEN THOUSAND DAY WAR”: Richard Basehart narrates this four-DVD set that covers from 1945-1975. “INTO THE COLD”: Documentary follows two men as they retrace and commemorate Robert E. Peary’s successful expedition to the North Pole.
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It’s another week of slim pickings with new DVD releases: “HOWDY KIDS: SATURDAY AFTERNOON WESTERN ROUNDUP,” GRADE B-PLUS: If you grew up in the 1950s, then this is a three-DVD set you have to own. It’s a fun trip back to Saturdays when heroes, who rode horses, ﬂew planes and even got around in a Jeep, ruled the television airwaves. There are 25 episodes of live-action programming originally designed to entertain children. Included are episodes of “The Lone Ranger,” “The Range Rider,” “The Riﬂeman,” “The Adventures Of Rick O’Shay,” “Fury,” “The Roy Rogers Show,” “Annie Oakley,” “The Adventures Of Kit Carson,” “The Adventures Of Champion,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Sergeant Preston Of the Yukon,” “Sky King,” “Red Ryder” and “Buffalo Bill Jr.” Everyone will have their favorites, but two of the standouts are “Sky King,” who battled bad guys using an airplane, and “Sergeant Preston Of the Yukon,” whose companion was King, a dog billed as a husky by was really an Alaskan Malamute. “BOSS: SEASON 2,”
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Beauty and the Beast, the Disney musical performed by the Scranton Prep Players. St. Robert Bellarmine Theater, Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Through April 21: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $10, $8 students. 941-7737. Bears … Oh My!! Learn all about black bears with environmental educator Rebecca Lesko. Geared for preschool to grade three. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900. Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 3.5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturdays through April 27 at 10 a.m.; Wednesdays through April 24 at 10 and 11 a.m. Registration: 823-0156. Furry Tails. Practice your reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 10 a.m. Saturday. 654-9565. Bag-a-Badge for Scouts, the Naturalist Activity Badge for Cub Scout Webelos. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. $12 includes a snack. Registration: 346-7186. National Library Week Kick-Off, with one free book distributed to each child who stops by the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 823-0156. 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. Sunday with pre-concert activities at 1 p.m. and concert at 2 p.m. $9. 341-1568. Kids with Adults Craft Club, for ages 5 to 12. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 6 p.m. Monday. Registration: 654-9565. Family Fun Storytimes to celebrate National Library Week. With a new author each day and related crafts. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Registration: 823-0156. 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. Wednesday. Free.
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Spring Writers Series, with Tim Parrish, author of the story collection “Red Stick Men.” Kirby Hall, 202 S. River St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Monday. Free. 800-945-5378. Luncheon with a Special Author, with Cecilia Galante, author of six young-adult novels and a children’s
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic will perform Sergei Prokoﬁev’s beloved tale ‘Peter and the Wolf’ in a special children’s concert at the Scranton Cultural Center at 2 p.m. Sunday. 996-1500. FUTURE 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. Bag-a-Badge for Scouts, the Girl Scout Brownie Hiker Badge. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. April 20. $12 includes a snack. Registration: 346-7186. Earth Day Fun, earth-friendly projects for children. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 20. Registration: 823-0156. Young People’s Introduction to Zen, the basics of zazen meditation for ages 10 to 13. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 21. Registration: 925-5077.
chapter-book series. Sponsored by Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. 11:30 a.m. Thursday. $26. Reservations: 675-1182. Everhart Reads, a discussion of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6 p.m. Thursday. Registration: 346-7186. Franklin Street Sleuths. The mystery book club discusses
THIS WEEK: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Spring Rummage Sale, with a soup sale, bake sale and snack bar. Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1011 Mountainview Drive, Lehman Township. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (Bag Day). 6751216. Rummage Sale. St. Thomas More Parish, Theodore Street and Main Avenue, Scranton. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 4033094. Spring Craft Festival. The Marketplace at 10th Street Plaza, 95 E. Tenth St., Bloomsburg. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 401-8845. Monthly Flea Market, with food and desserts. Mountain Grange #567, 1632 W. Eighth St., Carverton. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 406-7749. Spring Craft & Flea Market, with a lunch menu available. Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Lunch menu available. 693-0905. Craft Show, with a bake sale and refreshments. Tunkhannock Area Middle School, 200 Franklin St. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Middle School Band. 836-8247. Madison’s Angel Craft & Vendor
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with the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus and guest quartets Da Copo, Sounds Abound and Young Men in Harmony. Wyoming Area High School, 20 Memorial St., Exeter. 7:30 p.m. April 20. $20, $15. 287-2476. The University of Scranton Jazz Band with soloist Erica von Kleist on saxophone and flute. Houlihan McLean Center, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. April 20. 941-7400. Scotty McCreery, the fastrising country star and former “American Idol” winner. F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 20. $99 (VIP with meet and greet), $75, $49. 826-1100. American Voices, contempo-
“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. Thursday. Refreshments served. 823-0156. FUTURE Local Buzz. Join local poets for a reading and discussion of their works and the genre of poetry. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. April 20. Free. Registration: 821-1959.
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Society. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26; 8 a.m. to noon April 27 (Bag Day). 6753859. Community Yard Sale. Vendors welcome at $10 per space. Huntsville United Methodist Church, 2355 Huntsville Road, Shavertown. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27. 477-3748. Spring Book Sale. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27; noon to 4 p.m. April 28. 941-4078. House and Garden Show, the 21st annual event with home interior and landscape professionals, hundreds of gift ideas, workshops and a cafe-style luncheon. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. $6. 586-8191. ANNOUNCEMENTS Vendors Wanted, for a craft show at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston. May 4 and 5. 704-6520 or 654-4568. Vendors Wanted for the Sons of the American Legion 5th annual Flea Market at Mountain Post 781, Mountain Top. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. $10 under cover with table or $5 in the yard with your own table. Reservations: 474-2161.
rary British and American composers by the Choral Artists Ensemble of the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 20. $15. 343-6707. The Four Freshmen, the second incarnation of the veteran vocal harmony group begun in 1948. Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College. Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 8 p.m. April 20. $30, $25. 955-1455. Chris Young, the winner of “Nashville Star” performing selections from his latest release “Neon.” Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. April 20. $35, $25. 420-2808. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza, the second annual presentation for children and adults by the Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the American Guild
of Organists. With pizza, music and a talk on the historic Austin pipe organ at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jefferson Avenue and Vine Street, Scranton. 2 to 4 p.m. April 21. Free. 881-2301. Smith Family Revival, Christian music at Ekklesia Christian Coffee House, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. April 26 with dinner menu at 6 p.m., concert at 7 and open mic at 9. Free. 717-503-7363. Youth Night, with entertainment by young Christian singers and musicians including 14-year-old Kendall Mosley. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 p.m. April 26. Free. Broadcast live on WVHO (94.5 FM). 735-1760.
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. Susan Vreeland, author of “Clara & Mr. Tiffany,” the story of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s chief glass designer, will be the keynote speaker at the Glass Artisans Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s
dinner. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. April 26 with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. $60. 982-6272. 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: APRIL 12 to 18, 2013 Chainsaw Day. Volunteer to cut and clear winter debris. Free food and T-shirts. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration: 967-7275. Early Spring Bird Walk, a leisurely stroll on the Kettle Creek trails. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Salamanders, Frogs and More! Explore nearby breeding pools for egg masses. Nets and collection jars provided for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and old clothes. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5. 828-2319. Spring Peeper Search. Listen to the impressive choir of these tiny tree frogs while carefully catching, studying and releasing them. Bring a ďŹ‚ashlight. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8
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seek out songbirds. Meet at the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. April 20 and May 18. Free. 675-9900. Earth Day Celebration, a cleanup session around the greenhouses and barns at The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20. Wear gloves and bring rakes and shovels. 888-887-7811. Fishing Tackle Loaner Day, ďŹ rst come ďŹ rst served basis. Bring your own bait. Driverâ€™s license required to sign out equipment. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon April 20. Free. 403-2006. MetroCast Giving Back 5K Run and Walk, to beneďŹ t local organizations involved in the preven-
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Helgeland provides his most clever touches in the ways he makes Robinson’s story resonate today. The California native had bristled at Southern segregation while in the Army. Helgeland plays up the racial threats Robinson received in spring training at Sanford, Fla. (where teen Trayvon Martin recently met his death). He shows us a grand arc among the players, many of whom signed a petition to keep Robinson off the Dodgers. They witness the racism of opponents, fans and others and blush in shame. The writer-director gives his star a lot of quiet moments, but Boseman, the center of it all, makes for a rather stoic and bland Robinson, which was what Rickey was shooting for, but it doesn’t do the movie any favors in the spark department The rest of the cast of “42” is no slam-dunk of A-listers. Hamish Linklater (TV’s “The New Adventures of Old Chris-
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caying-marriage tear-jerker “Blue Valentine” also starred Gosling, has built a reputation as idealistic and uncompromising, brilliant at creating mood amid an airtight structure. But where that film jumped back and forth in time, this one is linear — and that’s about the only storytelling convention Cianfrance follows as he plays with narrative arc and alternates between bursts of high-octane action and the gritty, foreboding yet dreamy feel of “21 Grams.” The second story, emerging before the first is quite over, gives us Bradley Cooper as wounded-hero cop Avery, facing corruption among his cohorts (including Ray Liotta). Avery soon reveals some serious ethical elasticity of his own. He builds on his “Silver Linings Playbook” serious-actor cred, with shifty, nervous eyes conveying the self-doubt and fear
tine”) isn’t built like an athlete of this or any other era. John C. McGinley seems totally wrong. Christopher Meloni suggests little of what earned manager Leo Durocher the nickname “Leo the Lip.” And Ford seems nothing like the real Rickey, even if he wins us over with gruff charm. But Alan Tudyk gives a spittle-spewing racist vent to Phillies manager Ben Chapman, and Lucas Black is absolutely perfect as the drawling star Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese, whose role in that season that changed America — 1947 — easily could have been forgotten, but which Helgeland movingly remembers. It’s the setting, the tone and the sentiment that “42” masters — the comically primitive attitudes of some of the white majority, the black fans and children inspired by Robinson’s odyssey, the barriers that today’s youth might be shocked to know ever existed. And it’s that affection for the game and the history that make “42” a number not just worthy of retiring from every major-league roster but worth experiencing as a movie.
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he can’t express verbally. Avery’s father (Harris Yulin), a judge who can’t completely hide his disappointment in his son’s blue-collar career path, adds another generational element to the theme. Avery and his wife (Rose Byrne) also have a young boy. Jumping ahead, the third and weakest story in the film intertwines the fates of the sons of the cop and the criminal when they reach their teens. Unfortunately, the tail end of the triptych can’t sustain the dramatic tension that came before it without toppling an already precarious believability. Still, with so much to chew on, it doesn’t feel like that matters too much.
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