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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will bring his well-known brand of humor to the F.M. Kirby Center tonight. In honor of Seinfeld’s visit, we asked: “WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER ON SEINFELD’S LONG-RUNNING TV SITCOM?”
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Jerry Seinfeld sure has made something out of nothing. His sitcom may have ended years ago, but he’s still so popular the F.M. Kirby Center sold out not one but two of tonight’s shows in hours. “Between walk-ups, phone calls and Internet sales, the first show went very quickly,” Kirby marketing and sales director Will Beekman said. “We were down to scattered single seats in about an hour.” The second performance sold out in less than a day. All told, Seinfeld has done seven sold-out shows in four Kirby visits. Why such crowds? He’s relatable, local fans say. Horowitz “I love it because it’s real life,” Valerie Horowitz, 35, of Dallas, said of the nine-season show. “Everyone knows a Kramer, a George, an Elaine,” Peter Chiles, 43, of Dalton said, “and I think everyone sees a bit of Jerry in them.” “I often find myself in life saying, ‘This could make for a SeinSebolka feld episode,’ ” Gabrielle Salerno, 27, of Ashley said. Twophrasesseemtohavethemoststayingpower: “No soup for you!” and “A Festivus for the rest of us!” “The Soup Nazi” (Season 7) is about a cook with a hottemperandstrictcustomerprotocol,whileFestivus (Season 9) is a Frank and George Costanza “holiday”thatincludesafakecharity(TheHumanFund), an aluminum pole and an “Airing of Grievances.” But several other episodes have stuck with locals. “‘Who’sgonnaturndownaJuniorMint?It’schocolate; it’s peppermint; it’s delicious,” Horowitz recalled, before adding, “Or no, my all-time favorite, ‘Maybe the Dingo ate your baby.’ ” “‘You double dipped the chip! That’s like putting your whole mouth right in the dip!’” long-time fan Stella Meade, 52, of Duryea quoted. MattSebolka,25,ofSwoyersville,meanwhile,will long remember, “I’m at the corner of first and first. How can the same street intersect itself? I must be at the nexus of the universe.” The Kirby staff is similarly in the Seinfeld spirit. “Pretzels seem to be making all of my co-workers thirsty nowadays, and everyone suddenly has an UncleLeointheirfamily,”Beekmansaid.“There’sareal buzz in the office, too. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.”
John Pinette, Kathleen Madigan and Lisa Lampanelli will laugh their way to the Kirby.
ith a quartet of comedy shows kicking off tonight with Jerry Seinfeld, the F.M. Kirby Center will become a veritable laugh factory this winter. Of course, unless you’re one of the fast-fingered few who snatched up tickets for two sold-out performances the moment they went on sale in December, your only chance to catch the former sitcom star might be from your couch, in repeats. Fortunately, the three other upcoming showcases all spotlight top-notch comedians — and one of them even appeared in the infamous “Seinfeld” finale. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Here’s the lay of the laughs: ••• KATHLEEN MADIGAN The St. Louis native will make her Kirby Center debut on Jan. 27. And by the time her instantly relatable act ends, fans likely will be asking themselves, “What took her so long?” She’s insightful, charming and darn funny. Her bit about single-person Christmas cards is a bundle of welcome holiday jeer. When: 8 p.m. Jan. 27 Tickets: $27 Where you’ve seen her: As a contestant, and later a judge, on NBC’s comedy competition “Last Comic Standing,” in her own standup special “Gone Madigan,” and numerous times on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Comedic gem: “Missouri was recently ranked No. 1 in crystalmeth labs. We were No. 2 last year, and like Oprah told us to, we set a goal. We kicked Tennessee’s a** back to No. 2 where they belong.” ••• LISA LAMPANELLI By all accounts, “The Loveable Queen of Mean” had them howling during her sold-out show at the Kirby in September. Tickets are still available
for her return engagement in February, but even the balcony is filling up, so act fast. But be warned: The outrageous, often raunchy Lampanelli is not for the faint of heart. Expect racist jokes, sexist one-liners … and to be rolling in the aisles from the moment she takes the stage. When: 8 p.m. Feb. 18 Tickets: $37.75 Where you’ve seen her: As the bomb-dropping, ego-decimating scene-stealer of Comedy Central’s popular celebrity roasts and on “The Howard Stern Show.” In February, you’ll see her as a contestant on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Comedic gem: There aren’t many clean ones, but her roast of future boss Donald Trump yielded this nugget: “Donald, you’ve always gotten beautiful women; you’ve ruined more models’ lives than bulimia.” ••• JOHN PINETTE With his cherubic face and Bahston accent, Pinette kills with relative cleanliness — think Seinfeld or Bill Cosby slice-of-life stories — but dissertations on food are the big man’s bread and butter. He gets fired up into a red-faced rage talking about Cold Stone Creamery, a Chinese buffet and trying to order Italian food in France. Trust us, it’s all delicious. When: 7 p.m. Feb. 19, all-ages Tickets: $36.75 Where you’ve seen him: In his gut-busting standup specials such as “Show Me the Buffet, I’m Starvin’!” and “Still Hungry.” (See a theme?) He also famously appeared in the finale of “Seinfeld,” guest starring as the woebegone car-jacking victim Jerry and gang refused to help. Comedic gem: “One trainer put me on a no-carb diet. They said, ‘After a week you won’t have any carb cravings. I felt lied to. I had cravings. When you drive by a bakery and you jump out of a moving vehicle, that’s a craving!”
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Junior Bird Club: Eagle Watching, along the Delaware River. Dress warmly and bring a lunch. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5 for new members. Registration: 403-2006.
All aboard at the Hazleton Station, one of the detailed recreations by the Anthracite Model Railroad Club, whose open houses in Hazle Township wrap up this weekend.
Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., WilkesBarre. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 2392040.
Pennsylvania Farm Show, the agricultural extravaganza showcasing the state’s farm industry. Farm Show Complex, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 717-7875373 or farmshow.state.pa.us.
JCC Institute of Learning, with Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky speaking on “Jewish History Takes More Than an Hour, Part II.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Free. 824-4646.
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Winter in the City, with cocktails, food from area restaurants and entertainment by 2 for the Road. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 5:30 to 8 tonight. $15. 963-1575. Malanka, the annual Ukrainian New Year dinner dance. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. 7th Ave., Scranton. Tonight with doors at 5:45 and event 6 to 1 a.m. $40. Reservations: 822-5354. Fresh Year, Fresh Start! A health-and-wellness fair with screenings, children’s activities, giveaways and more. Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 586-7762. Model Railroad Open House at the Anthracite Model Railroad Club, 1057 Hanover Court, Hazle Township. With detailed local scenes. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 459-1804 or amrclub.org. Get a Strike for Autism, a senior project of Nate Sauers with bowling, pizza, T-shirts and prizes.
Thursday Talks! A session on wings recipes and beer suggestions for Super Bowl parties. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Thursday with cocktails at 6 p.m. and event at 7 p.m. $7. 344-1111. The Knox Mine Disaster: The Anthracite Mineworker and the Culture of Corruption, a talk by historians Robert Wolensky and William Hastie. Room 104, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 606-6924.
FUTURE Climate Reality Project, the facts about climate change and how to solve it. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley, 20 Church Road, Wyoming. 7 p.m. Jan. 20. 9727856. Pre-Souper Bowl Party, a soup cookoff , homemade food, bake sale, raffles, auction and vendors. St. Mary Church, 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Wapwallopen. 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 21. $3. To benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Soup registration: 709-2745.
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munity College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 7400727.
Wii Football Tournament, with bracket-style match-ups. For ages 14 and older. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 10 a.m. Saturday. 654-9565. Are You My Mother? A colorful musical about a baby bird searching for its mother. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 11 a.m. Saturday. Preceded by a “Wiggles and Giggles” workshop at 10 a.m. $8, $4 workshop. 344-1111.
Outdoors T H I S W E E K : JA N . 13 TO 19, 2012 Hickory Run Hike, nine moderate miles at the state park. Meet at the Mountain Top Hose Company, Routes 309 and 437, Mountain Top. Bring lunch and water. 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979. Cross-Country Ski, a three-hour swoosh at the Bruce Lake Natural
Book Club, a discussion of “The Help” by Katherine Stockett. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 10 a.m. Jan. 21.
County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. $4. 822-1727. Mad About Hats, vintage headwear. Through Jan. 31 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. $4. 822-1727.
CLOSING SOON Creating Ceramic Tiles, a talk by artist Sandie Trocki on designing Visual Truths, photography by earthenware tiles. Wyoming Valley Sally Wiener Grotta and Niko J. Art League, Rear 132 S. Franklin St., Kallianiotis. Through Jan. 28 at Wilkes-Barre. 8 tonight. Free. With Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lacka- Winter Traditions of Poland and Saturday workshop 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. wanna Ave. Scranton. 969-1040. Polish America. Through Jan. 31 829-4139. at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum. $4. 822-1727. Beauty of Nature, photographs by Colors of the Season, landscape George Clark. Through Jan. 30 paintings by Earl W. Lehman, Jack at the Wyoming County CourSmall Side of Life, macro-photogPuhl, Bill Teitsworth, Brooke Wanthouse Gallery, 1 Courthouse raphy by Crystal Wightman. dall, Mark T. Malak and Wes Bulla. Square, Tunkhannock. 836-3200. Through Feb. 23 with an Artist Opens tonight with a 6-to-8 recepTalk 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Widtion. Through Feb. 23 at the Schul- The Polish in Luzerne County. mann Gallery, King’s College, Through Jan. 31 at the Luzerne Wilkes-Barre. 208-5900. man Gallery, Luzerne County Com-
Best Bet It’s become a January tradition. This year, “Disney On Ice” has gone with the theme “Treasure Trove,” which commemorates a medley of animated Disney films and includes the characters Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and more. The show is at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township, at 7 tonight, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $55 (rinkside), $36, $24 or $15. Call 800-745-3000.
Rapunzel has let down all that hair for this week’s ‘Disney On Ice’ performances.
Story Time, for ages 18 months to 3 years. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 14. Registration: 654-9565.
Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to pre-kindergarten. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 14. Registration: 654-9565.
Area of Promised Land State Park. Hike if no snow. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 10 a.m. Sunday. Free. 388-2338.
kelman. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., WilkesBarre. 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 21; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 $7, $3 children. 709-8378.
Snowshoe Stroll Along the Lehigh. Meet at the Union Pacific Caboose at the White Haven Shopping Center. 10 a.m. to noon. Thursday. Bring snowshoes or reserve them when registering. 403-2006. Hunting and Fishing Expo, with national and regional vendors, outfitters, seminars, games and television personality Babe Win-
654-9565. Author Talk, with Crystal Kuykendall, educator, human-relations expert and author of “From Rage to Hope: Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students.” Diversity Institute Dinner, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas.
BEST BET Lewis Wickes Hine’s Crusade Against Child Labor is documented in ‘Let Children Be Children’ opening Monday at the Sordoni Art Gallery of Wilkes University. The photographs, organized by the George Eastman House, depict child labor in the early 20th century at canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms and sweatshops. On Tuesday, historian Bob Wolensky will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. in Room 166 of Stark Learning Center. The gallery, at 150 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre, is open noon to 4:30 p.m. daily. 408-4325.
FUTURE Eagle Watches, field trips to the Upper Delaware River to view bald eagles. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10. $20 includes transportation. Reservations: 629-3061.
5:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Reservations: 674-1483. Book Signing, with Kelly Sutherland, author of the thriller “The Long Black Train.” Tommy Boy’s Bar & Grill, 12 Market St., Nanticoke. 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18. 9265407.
Notes on Music
The Great Party lives up to its name
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The Listen Local Music Series at the Scranton Cultural Center welcomes Bobby Davis & the Smartest Man tonight.
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Choose This Day, local Christian recording artists. Ekklesia Christian Coffeehouse, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman. 7 tonight with doors at 6/open mic at 9. Free. 717-503-7363. Listen Local Music Series, with Bobby Davis & the Smartest Man and Harmony Constant. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 tonight. $10. 344-1111. Tavares, the funky R&B group. Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. 8 p.m. Saturday. $40, $25. 877-682-4791. Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, a classical-music concert. Great Hall, Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 270-2192. Martin Luther King Celebration, with Barry Wilson, former member of Acapella, performing Negro spirituals. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, Wilson Dallas. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Free. 674-6400. King’s Dream Performance, a multimedia production honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, Dallas. 8 p.m. Thursday. Free. 674-7400.
FUTURE CONCERTS Darius Rucker, country crossover star and ex-lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Jan. 20. $92, $62, $52. 826-1100.
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Mike Nordberg, Matt Mang, Rosaleen Eastman, Mike Eastman and Matt Hannon make up The Great Party, a Scranton-based indie-rock-pop band.
and Mang. This is the Eastmans’ first time in an official band. Nordberg has played locally with The Swims and Underground Saints, Mang was in Mr. Echo and The Reigning Toads, and Hannon, originally from Philadelphia, played with Gildon Works. The Great Party has nearly completed its first EP, which will include six songs. For now, three tracks, “Cupcake,” “Teresa” and “Hecho En Mexico,” are on the band’s Facebook page. “If you want to be in a room with five good-looking people, you should probably come see us play,” Mike Eastman joked. The Great Party will play at the Vintage theater tomorrow in a three act-show. Kid Icarus, an indie trio of Eric Schlittler, Jeff Gilotti
and Justin Marchegiani of Scranton, will kick off the night. Philadelphia’s Starwood, which includes former members of local acts Felix Sarco and Alien Red, will make its first NEPA appearance and offer a theatrical psychedelic show. ••• Is that…could it be Led Zeppelin? Nope, but Kashmir, hailed as the nation’s No. 1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, could fool you. Lead singer Jean Violet has an uncanny resemblance to Zeppelin lead Robert Plant as well as a nearly identical voice. The band, which will play the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, also includes Andy Urban (Jimmy Page) on lead guitar, Cary Fields
Robert Plant he is not, but Jean Violet bears a striking resemblance to the Led Zeppelin frontman. Violet is the lead singer of Kashmir, considered the nation’s No. 1 Zeppelin tribute show.
IF YOU GO What: The Great Party, Kid Icarus, Starwood When: 8 p.m. tomorrow; doors at 7. Where: Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Scranton Tickets: $7 ••• What: Kashmir When: 8:30 p.m. tomorrow; doors at 7:30. Where: Mauch Chunk Opera House, 23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe Tickets: $23
(John Paul Jones) on bass, keys and mandolin, and Paul Cooper (John “Bonzo” Bonham) on drums. Kashmir has played more than 500 shows, performing to crowds as large as 30,000.
‘Good-looking guys with no shirts’ roll in By SARA POKORNY firstname.lastname@example.org
“They don’t get totally naked, right?” Sandra Moskowitz, 56, of Sugar Notch looked to her friends for the answer to her inquiry about the Chippendales. They just laughed. “Wait, do they?” she asked again. “No, they can’t,” Emily Horne, 48, of Nanticoke said, “but they do get pretty close.” The men of the well-known all-male revue will strut their stuff (as much is allowed, of course) for the women of Northeastern Pennsylvania at 9 tonight in the Grand Ballroom of the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre. The “Ultimate Girls Night Out” tour marks the Chippendales’ first appearance in the area since the 1980s.
IF YOU GO What: Chippendales “Ultimate Girls Night Out Tour” When: 9 tonight, doors at 8 Where: Genetti Grand Ballroom Tickets: VIP Seating: $45 in advance; general admission: $30 in advance, $40 at door
“What many don’t realize is that the Chippendales that have been coming to the area in recent years are frauds,” event organizer Thom Greco said. “A man took their name, ads and even photos to promote a group that was not the actual Chippendales. But this time around, it’s really them.” He said Genetti’s expects 500 people for the show, and, though tickets are still available, it has sold well. No big surprise, considering plenty of women aren’t shy about going to see the act.
The Chippendales will take it all off (as much as they are allowed to) at 9 tonight in the Genetti Grand Ballroom.
“I didn’t realize they were coming. If I did I’d have tickets already,” Jean Kaufer, 45, of Wilkes-Barre said. “Maybe I can convince some friends to go. Wouldn’t that be fun?” “I would love to be able to say I saw the Chippendales,” Jean
Bale, 54, of Wilkes-Barre said. “Who wouldn’t? They’re goodlooking guys with no shirts; I see no problem with that.” Unlike many strip shows, the Chippendales act is held in high regard, likely owing to production company and venue. “It’s a very theatric thing,” Greco said. “There is a lot of production, lighting, choreography; it’s a real stage event.” “Also, they’re on the strip in Vegas five nights a week or more as an ongoing show. Respectable casinos carry shows like this.” Chippendales have been a resident act the past two years at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. “A male show is an occasion, if you will,” said Cheryl Sayers, 38, of Scranton. “You can go to a strip club any day of the week. But the Chippendales only come around every so often.”
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Birthday Bash, with Mike Albert as the older Elvis and Scot Bruce as the early Elvis, backed by the Big E Band. Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 2 p.m. Jan. 22. $35, $30, $25, $18. 861-0510.
On the surface, The Great Party is what you’d expect of a band with such a name. The Scranton-based members — Mike Nordberg, 29, on keys and guitar, Matt Mang, 34, on bass, Matt Hannon, 33, on drums, and husband-wife duo Mike and Rosaleen Eastman, 34 and 27, exude energy. But stop to really listen to the sound and realize it’s unlike anything else on the local music scene. The band classifies itself as indie rock and pop, heavily influenced by our friends across the pond. “There’s creative music with a pop sensibility, but there’s also a lot of thought to it,” Mike Eastman explained. “It’s like you’re getting bubblegum, but you also get a really cool wrapper.” “We all like an enormous amount of genres, so there are a lot of different opinions of music clashing into each other, which creates a really good mix,” Rosaleen Eastman said. The band has been together for a year and a half. Mike Eastman and Nordberg began playing together eight years ago. After Mike married Rosaleen, who had been writing songs on her own, he introduced her to Nordberg. The trio then brought in friends Hannon
Agolino’s rises from the flood waters
Can’t keep a good restaurant down. Hear that, Susquehanna? Youcanspilloveryourbanksonce again—butpleasedon’t—andpeople around here will come back. So will businesses. And so will people come back to businesses. Especially to long-loved restaurants, which will rise up anew like the phoenixes they are. (You can mentally substitute flood mud for ashes.) That picture couldn’t have been painted more clearly than on a Sunday afternoon outside Agolino’s, that Italian-centric, family-owned institution in gingerbread West Pittston. “Standingroomonly,”declareda duo of diners leaving with leftovers, maybe all too happy they’d gotten in when they did. “Aagh. This wait’s going to be an hour,” grumbled a man not inclined to stick it out. Not to be sexist,butleaveittoaman.(Sorry,sorry. Just kidding.) The good news is though the crowd was indeed a spillover one, the wait was nowhere near an hour (more like 20 minutes), and that’s no doubt a testament to the efficiency of the entire staff. The bad news, for those without patience anyway, was the food was well worth the hang time. We realized that from the first
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Fire and Ice has the cure for post-holiday blues: Naughty Nog. Bartenders Todd Dyer and Alaina Matysik and chef and coowner Gary Edwards created the drink and pulled in a little help from another local business. “The eggnog is from right down the street at Hillside Farms,” Dyer said. “We try to use as much local product as possible.” The eggnog is the base of the
After the devastating flood that took a major toll on West Pittston, Agolino’s restaurant is back to packing in the crowds on Luzerne Avenue.
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spoonful of soup of the day ($2.75/ cup), which happened to be good old-fashioned chicken noodle bursting with flavor. If I lacked pride, I’d have picked up my cup to drink the last drop. No surprise we saw a man departing with a minivat of the stuff for takeout. We can’t honestly say this soup was packed with chicken or noodles, but when decent helpings of each mingle with stellar flavors, it’s easy to decide a winning recipe isn’t necessarily about abundance. French onion soup gratinee (baked with mozzarella) for $4.75 wastheothersoupchoice.Splitdecision here: Two tasters highly approved, and the other, a fussbudget on occasion, noted an overpowering tasteofwhatheassumedwassherry.
Wedismissedhim(fairornot)and movedontodinner,startingwithtwo Traditional Favorites: Mom’s Meatloaf, a house specialty, and Chopped Sirloin Steak, each $10.95. Themeatloafwasbasic:twoslices in brown gravy, but, again, the minglingofflavors,bothinthegravyand in the meat, made the meal. The meat was soft yet firm to a fork and the gravy a perfect balance of thick and thin, neither runny nor glue-y. Thechoppedsteak,gussied-uphamburger minus the bun, was made even better by a generous topping of fried mushrooms and browned-toan-almost-crisp onions. (I scored a few of those for the meatloaf and quite enjoyed the tasty bonus.) Each dish was served with choice of potato – the baked are
drink. Added are Captain Morgan spiced rum, Smirnoff vanilla vodka and 43 Cuarenta y Tres, also known as Licor 43. Cuarenta y Tres is a bright yellow Spanish liqueur made SARA POKORNY/ from fruit and ciTHE TIMES trus juices and flaLEADER vored with vanilla, which is the prevalent taste if consumed by itself. Topping the drink off is key. “Cinnamon and sugar,” Dyer
said. “You can’t have some eggnog without that.” ••• NAUGHTY NOG Served at: Fire and Ice on Toby Creek, 111 S. Main St., Trucksville Price: $5.50 Recipe: ½ oz. Captain Morgan spiced rum ½ oz. 43 Cuarenta y Tres ½ oz. Smirnoff vanilla vodka 1 ½ oz. Hillside Farms eggnog Shake all ingredients together with ice, pour, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
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What: Agolino’s Where: 22 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston Call: 570-655-3030 Credit cards? Yes Wheelchair accessible? Yes On the Web: www.agolinos.com Special notes: Not a hotspot for the late-dinner crowd. Check the website for specific hours.
huge and done right (fluffy) – and vegetable of the day or pasta. From an array of chicken, fish and vealspecialties,wekeptitclassicand tried a $12.95 chicken parmigiana, whose twist was the chicken came not in breasts or cutlets but in more delicate tenderloins. Breaded with a light but not stingy hand, they looked gorgeous, and the taste more than held up. Bright colors on so many plates just screamed fresh. Perhaps the presentation prize of the day, however, went to a sausagebroccoliniraviolispecial,whosepasta pillows came in the happiest, brightesthueofyellowacarbeverworeand enjoyed a lush smothering of basil cream sauce. The sausage had a fantastic hot-pepper taste that was not overpowering, and sundried tomatoes were a kicky interior touch.
And just when we thought we couldn’t be more impressed with family basics done so well, out came dessert. A lineup of pies and cakes is available, of course, but the runaway house hit would have to be something called Lemon Lush, which starts with a light, crunchy grahamcracker crust, to which is added a combo layer of cream cheese and whippedcream,thenamostdreamy double layer of lemon crème. The crèmepartiskeyhere.Thinknotofa tart meringue but something more pudding-like – and pastel yellow. To say the lemony taste was not conspicuous here is highest praise. The happy Sunday crowds must have agreed. About to make our happy exit, we heard the Lemon Lush ticked off the list to one poor customer then quickly redacted. “Oops,sorry.We’reoutofLemon Lush.” No surprise there. All the more reason to get in early, while the getting is good. Good to have you back, Agolino’s.Wedohopeyou’regladtohave us back as well, knocking down your old-familiar doors.
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Stage T H I S W E E K : JA N . 13 TO 19, 2012 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Broadway musical comedy about two scam artists. By the Pennsylvania Theatre of the Performing Arts at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Saturday through Jan. 29: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. No show on Jan. 27. $16, $14 seniors, $10 children. 454-5451.
FUTURE Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. A barbaric haircutter exacts revenge on a judge. Kiss Theatre Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 20 to 29: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $14, $9. 829-1901. Shrek: The Musical. Presented by the Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 21; and 1 and 6 p.m. Jan. 22. 342-7784. Live from the Met, a high-def transmission of “The Enchanted Island.” Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 12:55 p.m. Jan. 21. 825-4444. Forever Plaid, the Broadway musi-
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BEST BET The Misfit Players are ready to entertain you with ‘The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim.’ The Broadway revue spotlights 40 young NEPA singers and actors ages 8 to 21 in scenes from ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Evita,’ West Side Story,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and more. Head to Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre for shows at 7 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 (cash only) and available at the door. 406-3976.
cal about a 1950s male singing group. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Jan. 21 to 29: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. 823-1875.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for a spring production of “Bye Bye Birdie” for ages 8 to 13. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 457-3589.
Auditions for the Actors Circle’s March production of “Crimes of the Heart.” Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 3429707. Auditions for the May-June production of “Titanic: The Musical” by the Limelight Players. First Welsh Presbyterian Church, 74 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Jan. 20); 3 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. 814-6790
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‘Carnage’ is a verbal triumph
‘Contraband’ brings goods, excitement
By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
They try to keep things civil. It’s what enlightened urban bourgeoisie do. Yeah, one family’s son whacked the other family’s son in the face with a stick in the heat of an argument at a New York City park. But they’re 11. No sense losing one’s cool over that. But “Carnage” is all about losing one’s cool. Two couples — four parents — meet and over 75 testy, often hilarious minutes, they charm, bicker, cajole, parse words, reason with and bait one another in this very entertaining Roman Polanski film based on a French play. It’s one couple vs. the other, then one husband and the other wife against the other two, then wives team up against husbands, all delicious in the age of helicopter parenting. One minute, it’s the guys (John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz) shrugging, “Boys will be boys,” another it’s victim’s mom (Jodie Foster) shrieking “Their son is a threat to Homeland Security!” Then the guys mix it up, the housewares seller (Reilly) pushing the buttons of the corporate lawyer (Waltz). Was the one boy “armed” or just “carrying a stick?” The wording matters to the lawyer and his businesswoman wife (Kate Winslet) because the other parents insist on their boy’s victimhood. Michael (Reilly) tries to agree with everybody at once. His wife, Penelope (Foster), a shrill idealist, wants to hold the whole world accountable. Alan (Waltz) has an office crisis and a
Mark Wahlberg delivers the goods in “Contraband,” a boozy, New Orleans-set B-movie. It may follow the “one-last-heist” formula, but the collapse of one best-laid plan after another and the odd jawIF YOU GO droppers give this What: “Contraband” thriller its share ★★★ of nail-biters. Starring: Mark WahlWahlberg plays berg, Giovanni Ribisi, Chris Farraday, a Aaron Guzikowski, smuggler who Diego Luna, Ben has gone legit — Foster selling household Directed by: Baltasar alarm systems. Kormakur Running time: 110 min- His old man, Bud, utes is in prison. His Rated: R for violence, wife, Kate (Kate pervasive language Beckinsale), runs and brief drug use a beauty salon. They have two kids. He’s wised up and left “the life” behind. But his wife’s brother (Caleb Jones) hasn’t. After he dumps drugs overboard when Customs and Border Protection boards his ship, the kid’s in the hole to a bad hombre (Giovanni Ribisi). To save the kid and his own family, Chris takes on that last job. No help from pals (Ben Foster, Lukas Haas) will make it go smoothly. Hiring Baltasar Kormakur, director of the Icelandic film this is based on, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam,” has paid off. He ratchets up the suspense as the tale ups the ante. As we see Chris forced to take one wild gamble after another as he tries to pick up his contraband in Panama, sure, we pretty much know where this is going. But with its sleazy side of the Big Easy settings and Scandinavian spin on action-violence, it’s still a thoroughly entertaining boat ride.
Couples battle it out in ’Carnage,’ starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet.
IF YOU GO What: “Carnage” ★★★ 1/2 Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly Directed by: Roman Polanski Running time: 80 minutes Rated: R for language
cell phone that won’t stop ringing. And Nancy (Winslet) would love to find common ground and get this meeting over with. Foster is the most wound up, but there isn’t a bad turn in this quartet. Waltz’s crude, cruel lawyer stands out. He’s riveting as a guy who sees himself as a macho Wall Street killer. Polanski, filming this mostly in close-ups and tight, tense two-shots, plops these four into a crucible and grinds away. Ugly truths, about prejudices, pets and parenting, couples secrets, men married to work and women married to causes, pour out. There’s no literal blood, but they titled this one right. It’s carnage at its most personal and emotional.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ is as timeless as ever
By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
That “tale as old as time” returns to the screen, now in 3-D. But “Beauty and the Beast,” the greatest animated film ever made, hardly needs sprucing up. A timeless French fairy tale about a cruel young man cursed to live as a beast in his enchanted home if he cannot change and be worthy of another’s love, it delivers sparkling wit, lovely songs, stunning animation, terrific vocal performances and just enough Disney cute to earn that over-used label “masterpiece.” There’s marvelous new depth of field to the images, background details pop out more, and 3-D does give Gaston’s riotous bar brawl and other fights a more in-your-face quality. But the limitations of cell animation are thrown into sharp relief, character movement made jerkier by the conversion. No matter. It’s still glorious, from sto-
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What: “Beauty And The Beast” ★★★★ Starring: The voices of Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, Angela Lansbury, David Ogden Stiers Directed by: Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale Running time: 84 minutes Rated: G
’Beauty and the Beast’ has been rereleased in theaters in 3D.
ry to songs to the message this 1991 Disney tale passes on: Don’t let custom and social restrictions hold you back. Be yourself, girls, especially if you “want much more than this provincial life.” If only Lady Gaga was this eloquent. This was the high-water mark of the great music/lyrics team of Alan Men-
ken and Howard Ashman. Ashman was dying of AIDS as this was made, and it’s always seemed as if the poignant title song was his farewell to love and life. Thanks to these two, “Beauty and the Beast” still can move you to tears. As a bonus, Disney has added an adorable new sight-gag-packed “Tangled Ever After” short cartoon to this re-release that captures Rapunzel’s marriage to Flynn, with the huffy horse and dizzy chameleon in charge of the wedding rings until comic disaster strikes. It’s six silly but rollicking minutes.
Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah star in the ’Glee!’-meets-gospel musical ’Joyful Noise.’
‘Joyful Noise’ sings a familiar melody By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
“Joyful Noise,” a “Glee!”-meets-gospel choral musical, makes a pleasant enough racket. It’s a cheerful crowd-pleaser that rarely breaks formula. Writer-director Todd Graff lured Dolly Parton back from the surgically altered wilderness and paired her with Queen Latifah. They play two big belters with competing visions of how their integrated, uplifting small-town church choir can win the big Joyful Noise choir contest. Will they wear the IF YOU GO robes, keep showmanWhat: “Joyful Noise” ★★ ship to a minimum Starring: Queen Latifah, and perform unadulDolly Parton, Keke terated gospel pop? Palmer, Courtney B. Or show some flash, Vance, Jeremy Jordan adapt mainstream Directed by: Todd Graff love songs of the past Running time: 115 minand rock the house? utes You remember “SisRated: PG-13 for some ter Act.” You know language, including a the answer to that. sexual reference Vi Rose (Latifah) takes over as choir director when longtime director (Kris Kristofferson) has a heart attack and dies after a performance. G.G. (Parton), his widow and the choir’s big financial benefactor, isn’t happy but grits her teeth and carries on. Graff scatters Southern similes through the script: “You’re so country, you’ve been married three times and you’ve still got the same in-laws!” “Don’t you look as happy as a puppy waggin’ two tails!” And this Vi Rose warning — “There’s always free cheese in the mouse trap!” She drops that one on her pretty soloist daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer), whom the boys are noticing, especially G.G.’s randy grandson, Randy (Jeremy Jordan). His talent only comes out when he joins the choir to hit on Olivia. Then there’s Vi Rose’s other kid, Walter (Dexter Darden), whose Asperger’s Syndrome takes the form of an obsession with songs of one-hit wonders. Graff’s script is a real cut-and-paste-from-thezeitgeist affair, from the movie disease of choice to the hard times of a small town in a down economy. Vi Rose is essentially a single mom because her husband is in the Army. What Graff fails to do in this “big-game” formula film is give the story a villain. He rubs the edges off his two leads, who harmonize on stage and barely set off sparks in arguments off. Graff gave his PG script a PG-13 edge by peppering it with profanity and winking at premarital sex, but the music makes this a fine vocal showcase, and everybody gets his or her solo.
By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher has Oscar written all over her. It’s an uncanny turn by the screen’s greatest actress, an acting job with towering bombast and marvelous subtlety. She nailed the look, tone and speech patterns and even the little snap of the head of the imperious British prime minister. Bloody brilliant. Phyllida Lloyd cast this to perfection, putting Streep toe to toe with the A-list of British character players, led by Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Lloyd celebrates and to a far lesser degree criticizes a woman who inspired a generation of conservatives. We watch the elderly Lady Margaret, long-retired, lose her sanity in tiny increments. She still chats with her long-dead husband, still manages to slip out to the grocer’s, unrecognized. At times, she still thinks she’s prime minister. Streep just masters little-old-ladydom. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and the great Broadbent as Denis, a goofy charmer who can do a deft Chaplin walk and keep his complaining minimal. Alexandra Roach is the younger Margaret, a grocer’s daughter who absorbed Dad’s Tory politics during the London Blitz, who learned the hard way how to crack into the boys’ club that was British politics of the 1950s. “One’s life must matter,” the young Margaret tells her future husband (Harry Lloyd). No quiet wife to be, she means to change Britain. This story amounts to Maggie’s Greatest Hits: her first political victory, her party’s victory, plus riots, IRA bombings and hard times. We get an earful of Thatcher’s bootstraps economic policy, crushing unions, shuttering British industries and becoming the most hated prime minister ever before her political tide turned. Streep’s delivery of a line like “People don’t think anymore, they feel,” will have even the most hardcore liberal questioning core beliefs. But a political speech won’t matter at the end of the day. An Oscar acceptance will.
Still Showing THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN – Tintin, world icon, makes his mark in the states. PG for mock violence. 107 minutes. ★★★ ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED — It’s diminutive friends overboard on a vacation cruise. G. 87 minutes. ★ 1/2 THE DARKEST HOUR – In Moscow, five young people lead the charge against an alien race. PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some language. 89 minutes. ★★
IF YOU GO What: “The Iron Lady” ★★★ 1/2 Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd Running time: 104 minutes Rated: PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity
gore. 87 minutes. ★ THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO — A stark but enthralling adaptation of the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy. R for brutal violence, rape, torture, sexuality, graphic nudity and language. 158 minutes. ★★★ 1/2 MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — GHOST PROTOCOL — This is the best of the “Impossible” movies and, luckily for Tom Cruise, one of his finest action flicks. PG-13 for intense action and violence. 132 minutes. ★★★
THE DEVIL INSIDE – A woman becomes involved in unauthorized exorcisms during a fact-finding, mother-centered mission. R for nudity, intense violence and
SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS — Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law bicker, banter, bob and weave with diminishing returns. PG-13 for in-
It’s Friday the 13th, the perfect day to hole up with some scary movies. Check out this trio of discs you’ll need to watch with the lights on. ••• “SPLICE” (2010, WARNER, R, $28): If you ever wondered what “Frankenstein” would look like directed by David Cronenberg, check out this disturbing creature feature about geneticists (Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley) whose latest experiment is a half-human/half-bird creature named Dren (Delphine Chanéac). Adorable at first, Dren keeps mutating and mutating. A genre film that delivers plenty of thrills, “Splice” will give you something to think about while scaring the bejesus out of you. ••• “THE AMBULANCE” (1990, MGM LIMITED EDITION, R, $20): A small cult has sprung up around this oddly entertaining Larry Cohen thriller about a comic-book artist (Eric Roberts) who turns detective when an acquaintance (Janine Turner) disappears via vintage ambulance. The movie was shot on a shoestring budget so it doesn’t always make sense, but there’s a shaggy-dog charm to the tale, which includes funny-weird performances by James Earl Jones as a cynical police officer and Red Buttons as a New York Post reporter. ••• “CAT PEOPLE” (1982, UNIVERSAL, R, $13): Critics ripped it to shreds initially, but time has been kind to Paul Schrader’s overthe-top remake of the Val Lewton classic. From David Bowie’s hypnotic title song to Nastassja Kinski’s sensual performance, this New Orleans-set saga of bestiality, gumbo and killer leopards is stylish fun. Amy Longsdorf also profiles celebrities for the Sunday Etc. section of The Times Leader.
New on DVD tense violence, action and drug material. 129 minutes. ★ 1/2 THE SITTER — Jonah Hill, world’s worst babysitter. Enough said. R for crude/ sexual humor, pervasive language, drug material and violence. 81 minutes. ★ 1/2 TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY – A concise, precise and very gray adaptation of the spy thriller. R for violence, adult themes. 127 minutes. ★★★★ THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART I – Swoony to the point of delirium, the one where the Virgin marries the Vampire. PG-13 for sexual suggestion, vampire and werewolf violence, surgical candor. 117 minutes. ★★★ WAR HORSE — Steven Spielberg’s sweeping, historical epic. PG-13 for intense war violence. 146 minutes. ★★ WE BOUGHT A ZOO — A family buys a zoo. It’s surprisingly charming. PG for language and theme. 123 minutes. ★★ 1/2
“MONEYBALL,” GRADE B-MINUS: This follows the real-life efforts by Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) to compete in a major-league baseball world where everything is driven by money. He uses computer data to find players he can afford who can still generate the runs he needs to make it to the World Series. Although Pitt turns in a solid performance, this deals so much with the ins and outs of professional baseball, it gets too complicated for its own good. “ANSWER THIS!,” GRADE B-MINUS: Christopher Gorham plays Paul Tarson, a perpetual college student/teaching assistant who rebels against his father’s influence to become a member of a bar trivia team. The film has a message but never gets preachy. ••• ALSO NEW THIS WEEK: “WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?”: A woman (Anna Faris) reflects on old romances and flings, wondering whether one of the men might have been her true love. "KILLER ELITE": An ex-special ops agent comes out of retirement to rescue his mentor.
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THE DESCENDANTS – George Clooney is a lawyer coping with a family crisis and daunting inheritance. 115 minutes. R for profanity, drugs, adult themes.
NEW YEAR’S EVE — Garry Marshall again directs a script that weaves together a dozen or so plotlines crisscrossing a holiday prone to sentimentality. PG-13 for language, sexual references. 117 minutes. ★ 1/2
CELEBRITY Q&A BY R.D. HELDENFELS
BY MICHAEL ARGIRION & JEFF KNUREK
Bing Crosby’s sons don’t sing like Dad Q. I watched “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby the other night, which prompted me to wonder what became of his four boys from his first marriage. Did one or more inherit his singing voice? A. According to the official website bingcrosby.com, Bing had seven children: Gary, twins Dennis and Philip, and Lindsay from his first marriage to Dixie Lee Crosby (who died of cancer in 1952), and Harry, Mary and Nathaniel from his second marriage, to Kathryn Grant Crosby, still with him when Bing died in 1977. Dixie’s four sons all tried out singing at various times, including as the Crosby Boys; Gary, later an actor on TV shows such as “Adam-12,” had several hit singles in the early ’50s. But none achieved the success of their father. Indeed, life proved difficult for them, with the website saying each “constantly struggled with alcoholism and had embarrassing scrapes with the law.” Gary wrote a memoir claiming that Bing had been an excessively strict parent but, according to the website, he did so to improve sales and later recanted “large portions” of the book. Gary was hoping to revive his career by overdubbing some of Bing’s recordings when he discovered he had cancer and died in 1995. By that time, both Lindsay and Dennis had committed suicide, in 1989 and 1991 respectively; Philip died in 2004 at the age of 69. For more about Bing and his family, see bingcrosby.com. 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.
HOROSCOPE BY HOLIDAY MATHIS
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You could miss
something by living too much in your head or approaching every situation from an intellectual standpoint. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Something that only takes a moment or two — for instance, keeping your keys in the same place consistently or writing down all appointments. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An old saying goes “loose lips sink ships,” and that’s not all they sink. Relationships and reputations also hang in the balance now.
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CANCER (June 22-July 22). You haven’t
had the time to read. An obligation will drop from your schedule, and the ideal way to spend this will be with your nose in a book. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). One person sees a dog and thinks: threat. Another person sees the dog and thinks: friend. Realizing that others don’t perceive things as you do gives you an advantage. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are those who will take up your time with pointless chatter. You’ll take precautions not to be caught in the same situation again. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There will be an opportunity to make money while learning. You probably won’t be making much, but the education is valuable.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Gentle move-
ment will bring harmony to your world. The sensory input of the scenery is like a wonderful workout for your brain. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll embody the qualities of compassion, patience and love just when someone in your midst most needs this influence. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll have a competitive edge because you don’t mind seeing an endeavor for the competition it really is. Others might say it’s “just for fun,” but part of the fun is that only one team can win. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Mix with those who have experience in the realm in which you want to succeed. Learn from someone who has “been there and
done that.” You’ll gain insights and create the same success for yourself. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll be surprised by the shards of past pain that reemerge long after you thought you were past it. Be patient. Moving on is a process. You’re developing perfectly. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 13). You’ll be more perceptive and attuned to the world around you. In the next 10 weeks, you’ll seize an opportunity to make money. You’ll accept a proposition in March. Travel and adventure are connected to what’s going on with your family in April. You’ll be widening your skill base and experience in July. Aquarius and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 10, 2, 13 and 28.
Sorority sisters who support paddling are behind the times Dear Abby: I have been accepted to a school that’s the alma mater of several of my relatives. My mother, several aunts and other family members all belonged to one sorority at this college. They are urging me to pledge there and uphold the family tradition. They say they had some of the best times of their lives as members of that sorority chapter. The members do
DEAR ABBY ADVICE well academically, as the sorority insists on it. They made lifelong friends, and their sorority contacts have been extremely helpful personally and professionally. Although this chapter is very exclusive and accepts only the best-of-the-best, I will have no problems getting in, not only because of my academic record but also because I’m a “legacy.”
So what’s the problem? This sorority chapter still uses the paddle. Technically they don’t haze — that is, have any initiation stunts — but they do use the paddle for disciplinary purposes. When I mention my concerns about the paddling to my mother and aunts, they say I should suck it up, as the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. One of my aunts said she thinks the rules and discipline would be beneficial for me because she considers me kind of a “wild child.” Abby, I don’t know if you
know anything about sororities, but I’m asking for an objective opinion from someone not directly involved. — Possibly Paddled Pledge Dear P.P.P.: I joined a sorority in college, and I NEVER heard of a sorority hitting pledges or active members. Some fraternities may have allowed it, but certainly not sororities. Whether your aunt thinks you could use the discipline is beside the point. Striking someone with a paddle is as-
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It was like a real-life soap-opera storyline. Network cancels soaps, fans protest, network doesn’t change mind, production company saves day by offering to bring soaps online, fans feel hopeful, then before it happens company pulls plug. That’s what happened to two of ABC’s daytime dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” when Prospect Park failed at its attempt to bring them online. “All My Children” ended in September,and“OneLifetoLive”will bidfarewellat2p.m.todayafterits 43-year run. The soap, set in the fictional town of Llanview, Pa., will be replaced by “The Revolution” on Monday. When I was younger, “One Life” wasn’t one of my favorites. I always seemed to watch “General Hospital” instead. But on maternity leave last year, my interest was revived. I couldn’t turn away from the DNA-tampering storylineinvolvingtwinsistersNatalie and Jessica Buchanan’s babies. Thentherewasthereturnofthereal Todd Manning (who I knew would resurfacesomeday).AndShaneMarasco getting bullied by Jack Manning, resulting in the death of Shane’s mom, Gigi. Or as we later found out, her evil sister Stacy. Asthestorylineskeptchanging, I kept watching. Sometimes I’d – C A R E E R
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even check online spoilers to see what was going to happen. That’s why it’s so disappointing to see it all go. But before its final farewell, “The View” will honor the longrunning soap with a special onehour show at 1 1 a.m. today. Sixtime Emmy Award winner Erika Slezak (“Victoria ‘Viki’ Lord”), who has been a fixture on the drama for decades and played several alter egos, including Niki Smith, will be guest co-host. Creator Agnes Nixon is scheduled to appear along with former and current actors on the soap. Speculation remains that Prospect Park might still be trying to form a deal (it holds the digital rights for “AMC” until September 2012 and “OLTL” until January 2013, according to online sources). Sowhoknows?Maybe“OneLife” may someday see a second life, not uncommon in the soap world.
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in Business Celebrating 36 Years DINE IN OR PICK UP ONLY
Lunch Tuna Wrap
served with french fries, pickle & a drink
Dinner Veal Lollipop w/Cognac Cranberry Sauce As Seen on PA Live!
served with risotto includes soup or salad and bread
198 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre 822-2168
POTATO PANCAKES Al so
B atter Sal es
for individuals to bazaars
The Potato Shack
27 Wilson Street, Larksville O pen Fri . 11:30-9:00 S at. & S un. 4:00-9:00
www.omarscastleinn.net • 675-0804
12 oz. Brazilian Lobster Tail $25.00 1 lb. NY Strip $18.95 glazed onions & cognac flamed mushrooms (Served w/ salad, veg. & pot.)
MIKE BOBACK IS BACK with Piano & Vocals Classic Rock
HAPPY HOUR 7-9PM
OAK ST • PITTSTON TWP. 654-1112
Sunday-Thursday 4pm - 6pm.
Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville (570) 714-7777 WWW.COSTELLOS.INFO
To Get Fresher Seafood You’d Have To Catch it Yourself. Come sea us for the freshest seafood inland
16 Carverton Road Trucksville
Mon. - Thurs. 4pm to 10pm Fri 11am to 11pm • Sat. 12:30pm to 11pm Sun. 2pm to 10pm
SUNDAY & MONDAY SPECIAL
2/3 Pound Broiled Lobster Tail Dinner
Served w/ French Fries & Cole Slaw
Cooper’s Seafood House
Waterfront 304 Kennedy Blvd Pittston • 654-6883
Costello’s is now offering off-site Catering! For information and pricing call 714-7777
PIZZA • WINGS AND MORE!
SAME ORIGINAL RECIPE, HAND MADE, HAND BAKED FRI 9-1
Our famous home-style Chicken & Biscuits served with mashed potatoes and gravy Mmmm..what a way to go!
Please inquire about our private dining room for any and all occasions.
THIS WEEK’S SPECIALS
with Creole shrimp sauce, roasted red potatoes and vegetable
259 Overbrook Road • Dallas, PA 18612 Phone: 570-675-2727 • www.overbrookpub.com
www.carpenterdental.com 651 Wyoming Ave. • Kingston 283-4322 • 283-4323
Cornmeal Crusted Catﬁsh Filet
BEL L ES
N’S E W G
AVENUE SALON Women’s Haircut
Goldwell Hair Color
IIncludes: Shampoo & Style
779 WYOMING AVE. • KINGSTON
283.5610 • 287.4715 • gwensalon.com
DALLAS AMERICAN LEGION SATURDAY JANUARY 14 MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD 9:30 - 1:30
WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS!
Special Rates For Hall Rentals Available Call 674-2407
730 Memorial Highway Dallas • 675-6542
Barney Inn 189 Barney Street • Wilkes-Barre
Creative American Cooking
In the Bar ONLY 1pm-7pm 1 Dozen Clams $5 • 6 Cuts Pizza $4 Stuffed Mushrooms $6 Peel & Eat Shrimp $5.50 Loaded Nachos $6.50 Large Boneless Wings $ 6.50 Small Boneless Wings $4.50 7 oz. Lobster, fries, slaw $13.95 Turkey dinner, potato, veg $7.50 Chicken or Delmonico Cheesesteak, fries & slaw $7.95 $2 Pints of Coors Light & Miller Lite
CHICKEN & SHRIMP MARSALA
SAT & SUN FOOTBALL SPECIALS
1lb. T-BONE STEAK With Mushrooms & Onions Over Linguine Pasta
CHESAPEAKE MAC & CHEESE With Stewed Tomatoes
ROADHOUSE PORK CHOPS With a sweet bourbon glaze
NOW SERVING DRAFT ROOT BEER & BIRCH BEER MONDAY & TUESDAY 2 Can Dine For $16.99 NOON - 8:00PM
on Northampt orner ofinE.Wilkes-Barre at the Csi . St de & Hill
PECIAL S Y L K E E W - 8 OZ. ND SHRIMP STEAK A FRIED CHOICE OF JUMBO DELMONICO WITH NUT SHRIMP INCLUDES SHRIMP OR COCO SLAW $10.95 FRIES AND COLE
ECTIFISAHL CHTEHEFRNSFRP IED CA OU
HOURS KITCHEN 1-8PM PM Y A SUND Y - THURSDAY 5-8M MONDA - SATURDAY 5-9P FRIDAY
Happy “28th” Birthday, Mom!
24 Cut Box • 12 Cut Box French Bread Pizza 3 Slices Per Pack
Since 1941, Nardone Bros. has been bringing nutritious, high quality products to you and your family.
Visit our retail location to purchase our Pizza items. 123 Hazle Street, Wilkes-Barre Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-3pm
S FRIES AND COLE SL INCLUDES FRENCH7.95 $
Friday the 13th is our Lucky Day, because 28 years ago you had open heart surgery and today you are better than ever! We are so thankful that you are here to share each and every day with us! We Love You! Join us at this weekend as we celebrate Mom’s “birthday”. Our banquet room is the perfect place for you to host some of your life’s most memorable occasions! For available dates, call 283-6260 Accepting Reservations for Valentine’s Day Dinner 2/10, 2/11 & 2/14
Like Us On Facebook for Special Privileges www.vanderlyns.com 239 Schuyler Ave. Kingston, PA
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