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hoosh! If you’re feeling adventuresome, maybe you’re ready to brave a 40-foot ice slide. Or perhaps you’d prefer to admire an oh-so-temporary Trojan horse, or Big Ben, or an elephant carved from ice. Then again, maybe you’d like to kiss someone through a frozen pane. In any case, area ice festivals are the place to be. You’ll find a choice of three this weekend, in Lakeville, in Mountain Top and in Clarks Summit, where co-chair Barry Kaplan is hoping for weather “warm enough for people, cold enough for ice.” “We’re right at the edge where it could go either way,” he said earlier this week as he looked forward to the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Even if temperatures hover near 40, Kaplan said, he is optimistic the frozen figures, including an ice bobsled that will be outside his downtown store “Everything Natural,” will endure for a while. “People think about an ice cube melting, but remember, when you have a 300-pound block of ice, it takes a little longer to melt. Plus, this year, our sculptors are making sculptures a little thicker so they can withstand a warmer temperature longer.” The theme in Clarks Summit is “The Frozen Games,” which salutes the Olympics and Olympians of both summer and winter. So you might see snowboarder Shaun White represented, along with figure skater Scott Hamilton or maybe a diver from the summer games. Because the 2012 summer games will take place in London, some of the ice figures will give a nod to Big Ben, Kate and William and even a British-style phone booth. Friendly competitions have been scheduled for Saturday, including a crawling race for babies at 1 p.m. at the borough building and a mock snowball fight with other “Frozen Games” for fourth-through sixth-graders inside the Abington Community Library. Olympian Abby Peck, a Waverly native who excelled in women’s rowing, will be on hand for questions and photos at 1 p.m. Sunday in the borough building. “She’s an engaging personality,” Kaplan said. ••• Frozen fun also can be found about 90 minutes from Wilkes-Barre in Lakeville, near Hawley, where an ice sculpture exhibit with the theme of an African safari will give you a
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chance to see giraffes, rhinos, a safari jeep and even an elephant you can “ride.” A 40-foot ice slide adds to the excitement for both children and adults, staffer Amanda Dickson said. You should wear snow pants to partake in that ride, and afterward you might want to enjoy wine tasting or free hot chocolate in the “ice café.” ••• Closer to home, the “Roman Holiday” continues at Damenti’s Restaurant in Mountain Top, where you’ll find an ice-carved Trojan horse and many other exhibits that hearken back to “b.c.” “That’s ‘before cars,’ ” Damenti’s owner Kevin McDonald said. “It keeps getting better and better,” McDonald said of the ice display, which keeps increasing as more carvers come and show their stuff. Soon he plans to include an “oil lamp” made of ice, which he expects will actually have a flame. Weather permitting, the Roman Holiday ice exhibit will last for a month, McDonald said, and will encompass many events. On Feb. 28, for example, he expects to host a “Kiss for the Cure,” in which people will press their lips to “looking-glass mirror made of ice.” “It’s hysterical,” he said, explaining it’s fun and amusing for people on either side of the kiss. “And funnier for people on the side looking through.”
IF YOU GO What: Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Where: Downtown Clarks Summit When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday More info: www.theaJIM GAVENUS/ bingtons.org TIMES LEADER FILE PHOTO ••• An ice sculptor works What: ‘Roman Holiday,’ with a chainsaw and ice-sculpture exhibit block of ice to create with ice bar, themed his art during a previice windows, Trojan horse and more. ous Clarks Summit Where: Damenti’s ResFestival of Ice. taurant, 870 N. Hunter Highway, Mountain ON THE COVER: Top When: 5 to 10 p.m. Tues- Little folks make use of the 40-foot ice days through Satslide set up at Sculpturdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays ed Ice Works in LakeMore info: 788-2004 ville. ••• What: ‘Crystal Cabin Fever,’ safari-themed ice-sculpture exhibit with elephants, giraffes, jeep and 40-foot ice slide When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 Where: Sculpted Ice Works, Route 590, Lakeville Admission: $10 adults, $6 children More info: 226-6246
THE GUIDE Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 8:30 tonight. Free. 674-1483.
EVENTS T H I S W E E K : F E B 17 TO 23, 2012 World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, on “Can We Feed the Planet Without Destroying It? Our Global Challenge” with Tim Searchinger of Princeton University. Presented by the Schemel Forum in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 300 Madison St., University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. today. $20. Reservations: 941-7816. A Benefit for Tina, a fundraiser for cancer victim Tina Mosca. Bart and Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 tonight. 970-9570. Night at the Races, sponsored by the Mountain Top Welcome Club to benefit the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, the Wright Township Park Expansion and Candy’s Place. Wright Township Fire Company, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Tonight with doors at 6:30 and races at 7. $5 includes food, beer, “Best Pizza on the Mountain Taste Challenge,” raffles and DJ music. 868-6467. Back Mountain Has Talent, with instrumentals, singing, dancing, poetry reading, theater, comedy and more. Auditions for all ages 6:30 tonight with the top three winners performing 7 p.m. Saturday along with Christian-music group WatersEdge. Prizes awarded. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. Free. 675-3131. Black History Month Film Series, a screening of “Night Catches Us,” about political and emotional forces in race-torn Philadelphia. Alden Trust Room 219,
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Special Olympic Multi-County Competition for Bowling. Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 Wilkes-Barre Blvd., WilkesBarre. 9:15 a.m. Saturday. 2399650. Model Railroad Winter Meet, exhibits and demonstrations by the Aikenback Live Steamers, the Warrior Run Loco Works and the Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society. Included: running live-steam rail cars, electric G-scale and other assorted gauges. Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. 735-5570. Jim Thorpe Winterfest, with ice carving, wood carving, Civil War re-enactments, Mug Walk, children’s entertainer Al Grout, a piñata busting, the Faculty Brass (Saturday), the Allentown Band (Sunday), shopping and dining promotions, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 325-5810. How to Meditate – Simple and Effective Methods for Everyone, with Mark Stavish, author of five books on spirituality, including “Kabbalah for Health and Wellness.” Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 693-1364. Tribute for the Troops, food, music, raffles and games to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Wright Township Fire Company, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $12 advance; $15 at the door. 233-5195 or 239-1122. Blue Ribbon Gala, the 2nd annual fundraiser for Marley’s Mission, which provides equine-assisted therapy to children and families who have experienced trauma. Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. Saturday. $125. 6870927 or 575-7950.
German Night, with a Germanstyle buffet and music by the Walt Groller Orchestra. St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $25 advance, $30 at the door. 823-7736. Night at the Races, sponsored by the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist. Seton Catholic High School, 37 William St., Pittston. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5; $10 per horse. 654-0053. Night at the Races. St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple St., Kingston. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. Free; $10 per horse. 287-5358. Pink Elegance on Parade, with a fashion show, luncheon, basket raffles and cash bar. Wear pink to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure cancer-awareness organization. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 1 p.m. Sunday. $40. Reservations: 947-5852. 10 Days in Black History That Changed America, a journey from 1863 to the present highlighting significant events in black history. Bethel AME Church, 714-716 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 3 p.m. Sunday. 341-0754. Mardi Gras Celebration, with beads, masks and King Cake. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Reservations: 287-2013. Black History Month Film Series, a screening of “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” about the music of the American Civil Rights Movement. Alden Trust Room 219, Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 8:30 p.m. Monday. Free. 674-1483. Mardi Gras Party, with a Cajun Buffet, basket raffles, door prizes, naming of the King, Queen and Jester and entertainment by CNR. Sponsored by the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club at Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1258
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BEST BET Ready for a Carnevale? You’ll find lots of Mardi Gras merriment in the Wyoming Valley early next week. Enjoy King Cake at the Hoyt library on Monday or a Cajun buffet at Gober’s Deco Lounge on Tuesday, among much other planned excitement involving plenty of beads and masks.
Wyoming Ave., Exeter. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. $20. 6553929. JCC Institute of Learning, with Penn State Hazleton professor Justin Nordstrom speaking on “Food and the Telling of American History.” Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., WilkesBarre. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Free. 824-4646. Hoop It Up! A workshop with the Whirlygig Hoopers. Arts SEEN Gallery, 71 Main St., Pittston. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. $10. 9702787. Project H.O.P.E. Dinner, in celebration of Black History Month. With keynote speaker educator Charles “Chick” Woodard on his personal experiences growing up in the 1960s. Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Free but reservations required. 674-1483.
FUTURE Signings and Sightings, with Alex McCord of “The Real Housewives of New York.” Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. 888-946-4672. Candy’s Place Spin 4 Life, a spinning fundraiser for the Center
for Cancer Awareness and the Brandon J. Case Memorial Scholarship. With free refreshments and mini-massages. Candy’s Place, 190 Welles St., Forty Fort. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25. $20 for a 45-minute ride includes a free T-shirt. Signup: 714-8800. Placemat Workshop, make a vinyl-coated themed placemat using recycled greeting cards. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 1 p.m. Feb. 25. $5 includes materials, but bring your own greeting cards. Signup: 675-1182. Toy Show, the 18th annual event with displays and sales of old and new toys for all ages. Sugarloaf Fire Company, 95 W. County Road, Sugarloaf. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Free admission; vendor tables $10 and $20. 233-3937. Healthy Heart Fair, with free blood-pressure screenings, body-fat analysis, massages, educational games and information. The Mall at Steamtown, Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Hosted by the University of Scranton Exercise Science Club. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25. 941-5841. Nite at the Races. St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. Feb. 25 with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $5; $10 per horse. 825-6669.
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Sam Falbo, Michael X. Fallon and Connie Shelhamer star in the Scranton Public Theatre’s production of ‘The Best of the Best,’ four one-act comedies through tomorrow at the Olde Brick Theatre in North Scranton.
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Cassidy Conroy and Cierra Cellerari star in Wilkes University’s production of ‘Little Women: The Musical’ tonight through Feb. 26 at the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center in Wilkes-Barre.
rari, 20, a musical-thea- IF YOU GO ter major from Pittston What: ‘Little Women, the Musical’ who stars as Jo in “Little Women, the Musical” at Wilkes University’s Dorothy Dickson Darte Center this weekend and next. Jo March wants to become a writer and begins by penning “over-the-top, overly dramatic” plots, Cellerari said. Eventually the character learns the best stories will spring from what is close to her heart – memories of growing up in a loving family that includes her mother “Marmee,” her father, a Civil War chaplain, and sisters Meg, Beth and Amy. Jo’s friendship with boynext-door Laurie, Meg’s ro-
Where: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, Wilkes University When: 8 tonight, Saturday and Feb. 24-25; 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 26 Tickets: $15, $5, free to Wilkes students with valid ID More info: 408-4540
mance with the tutor, John Brooke, Amy’s chance to go to Europe and Beth’s death are all part of the story. “Beth is the most pure character out of all of us,” Cellerari said. “The fact that she dies is the most awful part. Meg is the romantic. She’s very girly, and she carries herself well. Amy is kind of whiny. She’s still very young, and she wants to be elegant like our Aunt March.” Fans of the novel will soon realize the musical is substantially different. “It appears it’s more about Jo’s self-realization and ambition,” said director Naomi
Baker, who recently read Alcott’s novel for research. The book so strongly follows the characters’ struggles to grow up to “become good people,” Baker said, “I wonder, if it were to be published today, if it would be presented as a Christian novel.” The musical begins with Jo as a woman who remembers her youth in flashbacks, and it showcases lots of strong singing. “We have a lot of incredible voices,” Baker said. The story has universal appeal, the director added. “It’s not a kids show and not just a women’s show. It’s a good story, no matter how old you are.”
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THIS WEEK: F E B. 17 TO 23, 2012 As You Like It, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy by the Wyoming Seminary Middle School Players. Lower School Amato Auditorium, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 7 tonight and Saturday night. Donation. 270-2192. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst. By the King’s Players at the King’s College Theatre, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 tonight through Sunday. $5. 208-5825. The 39 Steps, a Tony Award-winning comedy-thriller based on the Alfred Hitchcock movie about an ordinary man caught up in a spy ring. By Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10, $8. 342-9707. Best of the Best, four one-act comedies by Scranton Public Theatre as part of the Jason Miller Playwrights Project. Olde Brick Theatre, 128 W. Market St., North Scranton. 8:15 tonight and Saturday. $10. 344-3656. The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a young black woman in the early-20th-century South. By a national touring company at Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University. 8 p.m. Saturday. $34.50, $19.50 children. 389-4409.
BEST BET Get ready for some eye-popping fun as the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville debuts ‘The Full Monty,’ the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical smash about out-of-work blue-collar workers who put on a strip show to make ends meet. The show runs tomorrow through March 4 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays with an optional dinner 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets are $18 to $39. 283-2195.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for a murder-mystery dinner theater by the Music Box Repertory Company, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 283-2195. Auditions for the Elvis-inspired musical “All Shook Up.” Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28. 283-2195.
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Casting a new character By SARA POKORNY firstname.lastname@example.org
he dreams of her often, that girl with the pink hair.
Angela DeMuro, author, illus-
trator and Pittston native, met Kat Sinclaire, the focus of her latest book release, in a dream almost four years ago. “It was so incredibly vivid; it was like I was there.” DeMuro knew from that moment exactly who Kat was: a girl who lived with her three aunts who were witches. The witches in the dream went along with people from DeMuro’s life, her greatgrandmother and aunts, strong female figures in her life whom she respected. “My grandmother’s house was always so magical,” she said. “I remember visiting there as a child and being in awe of it, as well as the women who were around.” DeMuro recalls a group of very strong and independent married women who were friends. As a gift for her 43rd birthday, her mother gave her the last quilt the women ever made, a treasure DeMuro said eventually will pop up in Kat’s travels. DeMuro, who also pens the Mu Bird series of books available in several local shops, came up with the idea for Kat before Mu even came to be, but she held off on diving into Kat’s world. “I filled seven moleskin journals with stories about her,” she said, “and I finally thought, ‘Maybe I should do something with this.’ ” With what she calls “gentle encouragement” from her friends (whom she also refers to as Kat’s midwives), DeMuro finally decided it was time to bring her quirky character out for
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all to see. Kat’s story was set in stone for a while, until DeMuro came across the Pearsall House in Forty Fort. “I read about it and was enamored. All I DeMuro could think about is how this is exactly where Kat would hang out. It was whimsical. I read how one of the daughters had a canopy bed, which is something I had drawn for Kat, how there was an ice cream bar in the kitchen, a fireplace in the center of the living room.” DeMuro was so inspired and enthralled, in fact, that a mere week ago she scrapped what she had for Kat’s introductory story and began again, in both writing and illustration. “I started Thursday and ended Saturday,” DeMuro said of the 64-page book. “It was a crazy process, but I knew it was right.” The easy-reader book, for ages 6 and up, focuses on Kat, her family and her magical abilities. She loves spells, though they never seem to come out right, until one day she discovers exactly what’s needed to make them successful.
Kat Sinclaire loves casting spells but tends to botch them.
DeMuro will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow. She also is having a contest for a chance to win a personalized, signed Kat Sinclaire book. “There’s no age limit, and the only requirement is that those who enter have to wear something that Kat would wear,” DeMuro said. “It can be so much as a fullon pink wig or a strand of pink hair. It can be red boots, or striped tights; you just need to look like her.” The winner will be drawn that night from a hat, at 7 p.m.
KIDS T H I S W E E K : F E B. 17 TO 23, 2012 Preschool Story Time. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 11 a.m. to noon Fridays through March 30. Ages 3 to 5. 693-1364. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR., a children’s musical based on the book series by Jeff Brown. KISS Theatre Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 tonight; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 829-1901. At WVMS, We’re Doggone Wild About Reading, a book-fair fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Montessori School with therapy dogs, reading, scavenger hunt, crafts and café samplings. Barnes & Noble, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 829-4210. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3.5 to 5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. Saturday. 823-0156. Children’s Winter Carnival, with games, a used-book giveaway, coat giveaway, therapy animals, face painting, balloon animals and food. Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Noon to 3 p.m. Monday. 824-8741.
IF YOU GO What: “Kat Sinclaire: The Pink-Haired Girl” book signing with author and illustrator Angela DeMuro When: 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow Where: Barnes & Noble, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township
My Grownup and Me, play time and stories for ages 1 to 3. North Branch of the Osterhout Library, 28 Oliver St., WilkesBarre. 10 a.m. Thursdays through March 1. Reservations: 822-4660.
FUTURE Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by Scranton Public Theatre. Old Forge High School, 300 Marion St., Old Forge. 1 p.m. Feb. 25. $5. 344-3656.
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Sixty-one year old Carol Kozak of Wilkes-Barre started playing piano in 1957 and has never let up. She loves the piano, keyboard and organ and even composes her own music, having filled about 30 discs. But she never actually sees her instruments. Kozak is blind. She is one of many performers who tonight will play classical, jazz and original compositions at a concert of blind performers at Arts YOUniverse. Other performers include Vivian Williams and John Sutton of Philadelphia, Sue Showers of Williamsport and Bronwen Tagoe of Harrisburg. Tagoe is also a painter, and her work will be displayed at the gallery. Proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and Luzerne County Council of the Blind. Luzerne County Community College students Justin Jon Nepenthe and Tricia Tyson organized the event. Nepenthe’s blind grandmother, who is president of the Council of the Blind, had spoken of a talent show at a camp called Beacon Lodge. “She always told me that the talent of these people would knock your socks off,” Nepenthe said, “so I thought it would be great to let them showcase what they can do for many more people to see.” Kozak was a young Catholic schoolgirl when she gave the piano a try for the first time. “One of the nuns at school really encouraged me. She told me I had a gift. I would hear a song
Bronwen Tagoe, a blind musician and painter, will perform tonight in a concert at Arts YOUniverse, where some of her artwork also will be on exhibit.
IF YOU GO What: Concert of blind performers to benefit the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind and the Luzerne County Council of the Blind When: 6 tonight Where: Arts YOUniverse, 156 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre Cost: $5 donation at door
and just be able to play it back, which has always fascinated other people. If someone asks me how I do it, I honestly don’t know, I’m just able to.” Kozak gave Braille music a shot in college but didn’t like that it took too long to get right. You could play with only one hand and read Braille with another. Instead, she memorizes. She went to Wilkes University for music education and Misericordia University for psychology but got the bulk of her music training in Waco, Texas. She is excited about tonight’s show. “God gave me this gift,” she said. “That’s how I feel, and it’s for me to use for other people.”
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St. Valentine’s Massacre Concert, with New York City band Midnight Mob, A Social State, the Agarwals, Silhouette Lies, Eye on Attraction, Those Clever Foxes and Crock Pot Abduction. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 7. $8. 878-3970. The Smith Family Revival, Christian music. Two Marys Coffeehouse, Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free. 899-2264. Gene Yevich Memorial Concert, the New York Trumpet Ensemble with Mark Gould, Joseph Boga, Caleb Hudson and Mat Jodrell; pianist Adam Birnbaum and bassist Phil Keuhn. Houlihan-McLean Center, University of Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 941-7624.
Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli returns to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre tomorrow night.
Pink Floyd Experience, the tribute band with the entire “Animals” album. F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 8261100.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the renowned group performs its “Folk Traditions.” Sponsored by Community Concerts at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 955-1455.
FUTURE CONCERTS ZoSo, a Led Zeppelin tribute band in a benefit for the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts. J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $15 advance, $18 at the door. 454-5451.
Top-selling country-pop group Rascal Flatts arrives in town tonight for a show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township promising plenty of power ballads, inspirational lyrics and southern rock. In tow are country singers Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes. The show starts at 7:30 with tickets at $59.75, $39.75 and $25. Call 800745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for seats.
Lisa Lampanelli, the equal-opportunity offender comedian. F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Saturday. $37.75. 826-1100. Ed Kowalczyk, ex-lead singer of the band Live. Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. 8 p.m. Saturday. $40, $25. 866-468-7619. Don’t Frack with the GDAC, a benefit concert for the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition with Mike Miz, progressive rockers ASIZ and classic rock with Mother Nature’s Sons. River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $10 includes food. With basket raffles. 266-5116. John Pinette, the food-obsessed comedian. F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Sunday. $34.75. 826-1100.
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‘Secret World’ too Earthbound By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The new anime version of “The Borrowers,” titled “The Secret World of Arrietty” by screenwriter and “supervisor” Hayao Miyazaki, has the fascination with household “spirits,” the same lovely color palette and attention to detail for which his films are famous. But Miyazaki, director of “Ponyo,” “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” didn’t direct this Studio Ghibli film. Perhaps that’s why it lacks his sense of whimsy, that little sprinkling of Miyazaki magic that the Japanese director has given his best work over the decades. Mary Norton’s oft-filmed 60year-old novel is about the miniature people who live in the walls and below the floorboards of old houses, creatures who “borrow” what they need from the “human beans.” Every shopping trip is an expedition — nabbing one cube of sugar that could last them months or a cracker that can be crushed to make Borrower bread. They live by two rules. “Borrowers take only what they need,” and once they’ve been seen, it’s time to move. Those humans and their curiosity are nothing but trouble for Borrowers. Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit
Strong-willed Arrietty, left, is voiced by Bridgit Mendler in ‘The Secret World of Arrietty.’
IF YOU GO What: “The Secret World Of Arrietty” ★★ 1/2 Starring: Voices of Bridgit Mendler, Carol Burnett, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Running time: 94 minutes Rated: G
Mendler of TV’s “Good Luck Charlie” and “Wizards of Waverly Place”) is a 13-year-old straining at the limits of her world. She only knows her family, can only hope there are other Borrowers, still surviving elsewhere. She sneaks outside, tempts the evil ravens who wouldn’t mind gobbling her up as a snack and is spied by a sickly human boy. Shawn (voiced by David Hen-
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K, who knew Tom Hardy, the new Batman villain and “Warrior” warrior, could be so funny? Reese Witherspoon? Sure. Chris Pine? No surprise there. But Hardy? In “This Means War,” Hardy and Pine play CIA pals who always get their man. And they play guys who call on all their
spycraft — and a lot of nationalsecurity infrastructure — in competing to woo the same winsome blond, Lauren, played by Witherspoon. Dating a spy, as we learned in “Safe House,” is a tricky proposition. He or she is going to lie. Or at least be a little disingenuous. “Have you ever killed anySee WAR, Page 14
IF YOU GO What: “This Means War” ★★★ Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler Directed by: McG Running time: 98 minutes Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, some violence and action and for language
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NEW ON DVD “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 1,” B-MINUS: The wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) could create a big vampire-werewolf battle. “PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR: OPERATION GET DUCKY,” B-PLUS: This release includes missions with new pal Ducky and some bunny friends. “TINY FURNITURE,” D-PLUS: This coming-of-age film might have been tolerable if the central figure, a slacker who’s reached a dead end in life, was more appealing. ••• ALSO NEW ON DVD: “THE RUM DIARY”: A journalist (Johnny Depp) re-evaluates his life.
If you watch the credits of a trio of new DVDs, you can spot the names of three Eastern Pa. artists. ••• “BOARDWALK EMPIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” (2011, HBO, UNRATED, $60): Unshowy Steve Buscemi might seem an odd choice to play A.C.’s Nucky Thompson, a Prohibition-era politician/crime lord. But he grows on you, as does the show’s slowburn story. Martin Scorsese’s pilot displays the talents of assistant art director Dan Kuchar of Bethlehem. “I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT” (2011, ANCHOR BAY, PG-13, $30): Investment manager and perennially frazzled mom Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) leads a manic life in this comedy from Douglas McGrath (“Emma.”) Greg
STILL SHOWING ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED – ’Munks overboard. G. 87 mins. ★ 1/2 THE ARTIST – Black and white, wordless and magical. PG-13. 100 mins. ★★★ BIG MIRACLE – Stranded whales = international cause. PG. 107 mins. ★★★ CHRONICLE – Superpowers at play. PG-13. 84 mins. ★★★ CONTRABAND — Mark Wahlberg, master criminal gone straight. R. 109 mins. ★★ 1/2 THE DESCENDANTS – Clooney in crisis. 115 mins. R. ★★★★ EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE — Sept. 11 drama. PG-13. 129 mins. ★★
Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan are in good form as the men in Kate’s life, but when the action sags – and it does – check out the gorgeous interiors of Kate’s apartment, which were overseen by production designer, Wilkes-Barre native and King’s College grad Santo Loquasto. “THE ENGLISH PATIENT” (1996, LIONSGATE, R, $20): If ever a movie benefited from Blu-ray, it’s Anthony Minghella’s visually spectacular, old-school romance. Ralph Fiennes is the title character, a cartographer badly burned in a desert plane crash. As a compassionate nurse (Juliette Binoche) cares for him, his epic love affair with a married woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) is slowly revealed in flashbacks. The costumes were designed by Bangor resident Ann Roth, who won an Oscar for her efforts.
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THE GREY — Liam Neeson, stranded in the tundra. R. 117 mins. ★★ JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND — A second modern take on Jules Verne’s wild fantasies. PG. 94 mins. ★ 1/2 ONE FOR THE MONEY – Kathryn Heigl and many no-names. PG-13. 89 mins. ★ SAFE HOUSE — Denzel Washington stars in quite the shoot ’em up. R. 115 mins. ★ 1/2 STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE IN 3D – Stunning in 3D. PG. 136 mins. ★ 1/2 THE VOW — Old-fashioned amnesia tale. PG-13. 89 mins. ★ 1/2 THE WOMAN IN BLACK – A nice nerve-jangler. PG-13. 96 mins. ★★★ UNDERWORLD AWAKENING 3D – A war between species begins. R. 88 mins. ★★
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Father’s sudden death reveals the secret part of his life Dear Abby: My father died suddenly a year ago. My sister went to his house and discovered that Dad was secretly gay. There were lots of materials in his home that I’m sure he never intended for us to find. I find his interests fascinating, but my sister was unhinged by it. After all, she made the discovery. Now she’s obsessed with finding out if Dad was having relations with men while Mom
DEAR ABBY ADVICE was alive, and if Mom know about it. I have tried telling her that there were probably lots of things that happened between our parents that are none of our business, but my sister can’t let it go. I’m glad Dad was fulfilling his needs. My sister was always “Daddy’s girl.” Any suggestions on how I can help her? — Dad’s Son in Miami
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Dear Abby: I have been dating “Jared,” who is the nephew of my sister’s husband. Due to the family situation, this is a very weird relationship. Is it wrong to date Jared? How do I introduce him to family and friends? My sister always refers to him as her nephew. That makes me feel like my relationship with him is incestuous. — Mixed Up in Wisconsin Dear Mixed Up: Because Jared isn’t a blood relative, your
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‘Black Bird,’ an ink and watercolor by Beth Tyrell, is one of the works in the group exhibit ‘The Examined Life’ at New Visions Studio & Gallery in Scranton through Feb. 25. LAST CHANCE Colors of the Season, landscape paintings by Earl W. Lehman, Jack Puhl, Bill Teitsworth, Brooke Wandall, Mark T. Malak and Wes Bulla. Through Thursday at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 7400727. Small Side of Life, macro-photography by Crystal Wightman. Through Thursday at Widmann Gallery, King’s College, WilkesBarre. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 2085900.
BEST BET There’s still time to catch the exhibit by two heavyweights of the art world now at Misericordia University in Dallas. Woodcut prints by landscape painter and printmaker Winslow Homer and early works by American master Edward Hopper are on display through March 4 along with works by Michael Molnar, a regional academic painter in the traditional sense. The exhibits are in the Pauly Friedman Gallery and the MacDonald Gallery in Insalaco Hall. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 674-6240. Lost Voices: A Remembrance, Poland 1940-1945, photographs and photo encaustic works by Michael Mirabito of concentration-camp sites as they look today. Accompanied by “Voices Speak: A Musical Journey,” a musical suite by Dr. Douglas Lawrence. Through March 18 with reception 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays/Thursdays/Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays/Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays/ Sundays. 348-6278. Paul McCrone Retrospective (1975-2011), expressionistic and figurative works by the Scranton artist. Through Feb. 24 at Artists for Art, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Noon to 5 p.m.
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The Examined Life, paintings of everyday life by seven artists. Through Feb. 25 at New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. 8783970.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Art Museum Bus Trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the 40-masterpiece Vincent Van Gogh exhibit with the Hazleton Art League. Leaves from Genetti Best Western, Hazleton, at 9 a.m. March 25. $105 includes audio tour of the exhibit and brunch at Bistro St. Tropez. 454-3124. and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, North River and West Chestnut streets, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 8997816.
THIS WEEK: F E B. 17 TO 23, 2012 Book Discussion, of “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi. With coffee and bagels. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 10 a.m. Saturday. 654-9565. Book Signing, with G.R. Westover, author of the juvenile novel “The Fireplace: Where Usual and Unusual Things Happen.” Perfect Blend Espresso & More, 135 W. Front St., Berwick. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 752-3522. Book Signing, with Kelly Sutherland, author of the thriller “The Long Black Train.” Tommy Boy’s, 12 Market St., Nanticoke. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 926-5407. Poetry Series, spotlighting “Found Poetry” by Dawn Leas. Oster-
hout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. 823-0156. Wyoming County Reads, discussion of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St. 7 p.m. Wednesday. 836-1677. Mystery Booktalk, on “Good Night, Sweet Prince” by David Dickinson. Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. 823-0156.
OUTDOORS THIS WEEK: F E B. 17 TO 23, 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count. Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. Saturday/ Sunday. Free. 403-2006.
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Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, a presentation on state parks and natural areas by Jeff Mitchell (“Hiking the Endless Mountains” and “Backpacking Pennsylvania”). Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 996-1500.
Frances Slocum State Park Hike, six miles with the Susquehanna Trailers. Meet at park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
Bird Feeding Basics. Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 403-2006.
Arctic Tale, a film about polarbear cub and a walrus pup. Wilds Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. 675-9900.
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body with your bare hands?” “Not this week.” Hardy plays Tuck, the shy dad who is split from his little boy’s mother, vulnerable enough to be attractive to online date Lauren, who works as a product tester at a marketing company. And Pine is F.D.R., a rich playboy spy always ready with a line: “I know movies. And women.” That pickup is as out of date as the video store he tries it out in. Lauren goes from alone and lying about it to juggling two guys in a heartbeat. Who might be Mr. Long Term? But because these guys are spies, naturally they find out. And as Bugs Bunny used to put it, “Of course you know, this means war.” So they set up rules — a “gentleman’s agreement”: “Don’t tell her” that they know, “stay out of each other’s way” and “no hanky panky” are among them. This action-packed romantic comedy was directed by “Charlie’s Angels” vet McG, who han-
This action-packed romantic comedy was directed by “Charlie’s Angels” vet McG, who handles the shifts in tone with the requisite skill. dles the shifts in tone with the requisite skill. One minute they’re shooting it out with the villain (Til Schweiger) and his henchmen, the next they’re employing every gadget and invasion of privacy known to the CIA in their battle to woo the girl and keep the other guy from getting her. The generally nameless assistants aren’t necessarily in on why they’re employing wiretaps and spy satellites to keep tabs on this woman. The guys play more fully
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fleshed-out characters, and Hardy in particular seems to relish showing off a softer, sillier side. Witherspoon’s character is on shakier ground. Let’s see, she’s single and insecure about it but confident and mercenary enough to play these two in ways any frat boy would appreciate. And no matter what she’s done, she gets to play the victim. “This Means War” feels packaged and market-researched and factory sealed for our protection, from the comical way the boys treat an impending torture scene all the way down to giving comic Chelsea Handler, as Lauren’s confidante, a purse packed with zingers. But it’s a brisk sprint over familiar ground with just enough appeal to action addicts and romantic-comedy lovers to amuse fans of both genres.
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Carol Burnett voices an old housekeeper who longs for the day when she can catch a real Borrower and be exonerated from those childhood charges that she was “crazy,” one of the film’s many lightly humorous touches. And there are hints of the larger world of Borrowers beyond this garden cottage. Norton wrote more than one book in the series, after all. But Miyazaki, who co-wrote the script, had nowhere to take it. Either the Borrowers leave, or they stay. They’re either discovered and survive or captured and exposed. There’s no romance, no way to open the tale up, despite the fact that they’re using that most fantastical film form, animation. So as pretty as it is, this “Secret World” is too Earthbound by far.
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