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Five Folks March is Women’s History Month, so we asked:
“Who is a historic woman you admire?” “Maya Angelou. She gives feeling to her poetry and speaks her mind.” Nancy Clay, 19, Baltimore, Md.
“Amelia Earhart, because ever since I was a little kid I wanted to fly an airplane.” Dustin Lusby, West Winfield, N.Y.
“Marie Curie. She was a scientist who sacrificed herself for her work.” Matt Deegan, 24, White Haven
“Rosa Parks. She changed the world by sitting down.” Tom Sheridan, 24, Kingston
“Either Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks. What they did was so brave.”
Shannon McCarthy, 19, Ramsey, N.J.
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rom a distance, Bethany Lindsey is just one of manypeoplewearingold-fashionedrobestorepresent a biblical crowd. • But ask about the character she portrays in the Passion play at High Point Baptist Church in Larksville, and she’ll tell you the back story. • “I’m a leper. Leprosy runs in my family, and lepersarenothighlyrankedinsociety,”saidLindsey,15,of Kingston. “I heard about Jesus and came to see him.”
When the preaching, miracleworking Jesus heals her character, Lindsey said, it’s exhilarating to imagine the joy the leper would have experienced. “You get caught up in the moment.” The miraculous cure is one of many poignant moments in a Passion play titled “Three Crosses,” the15th annual Easter-time drama at High Point. As Jesus teaches the crowd, he also gives sight to a blind beggar, assures a poor widow that God will hear her prayers, heals a boy who’s been shaking with palsy and
shames a group of Pharisees into abandoning their plan to stone to death a woman caught in adultery. He even raises from the dead a child who was being carried toward her grave. Jesus stretches out his hands over the little girl, who takes a deep breath, rises from the litter and hurries to embrace her mother. You’d think a man who does so much for so many would be universally beloved, but he’s not. The Pharisees are always trying to trip him up, and two thieves – here named Isaac and Nabal – are too
busy picking pockets to hear his message. Eventually the thieves find themselves crucified on Calvary, with Jesus crucified in between. Isaac repents and points out to his partner in crime that the two of them deserve their painful death, but Jesus has done nothing wrong and does not deserve the same fate. Director Linda Austin, playwright Aimee Novak and several cast members said they want the audience to ponder that. “I want people to understand the sacrificeJesusmadeforus,”Austin said. “The whole purpose is to show the savior and how he lived and died.” “I don’t want people to see ‘me’ up there,” said Dan Close, 38, of Shavertown,whohasportrayedJesus for the past eight years. “I want everything to be as if they were seeing it back in those days.” Playwright Novak, 34, of WilkesSee PLAYS, Page 4
What: ‘Three Crosses,’ a Passion play Where: High Point Baptist Church, 1919 Mountain Road, Larksville When: 7 p.m. Sunday and Thursday, 7 p.m. April 6 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 7 More info: 371-4404 Admission: Free ••• What: ‘The Prodigal Sons,’ a Passion play Where: St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St, Larksville When: 7:30 tonight More info: 779-9620 Admission: Free ••• What: ‘Erin Dushore, A Story of Redemption’ Where: Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville When: 7 tonight and Saturday night More info: 696-1128 Admission: Free ••• What: Living Stations of the Cross Where: Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood When: 7 tonight Admission: Free ••• What: Living Stations of the Cross Where: St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre When: 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. today Admission: Free ••• What: The Way of the Cross Where: St. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke When: Saturday, doors open at 6 p.m. Admission: Free ••• What: Living Stations of the Cross: Where: Holy Rosary/St. Leo Parish, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley When: 7 p.m. April 6 Admission: Free ••• What: Living Stations of the Cross Where: St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division streets, Wilkes-Barre When: 7 p.m. April 6 Admission: Free
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In this scene at High Point Church, Jesus, played by Dan Close, raises from the dead a little girl, played by Elizabeth Madeira.
In the Passion play at High Point Church, Dan Close of Shavertown, in his role as Jesus, assures a poor widow named Tabitha, played by Kathy Smith of Nanticoke, that God hears her prayers.
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Barre Township, contrasted the characters of the two thieves with that of the poor widow. The widow is generous with the little she has; the thieves are greedy, stealing even from the blind beggar. “She really could be a little more streetwise,” Novak said of the blind character, a role she took on herself To add variety to the Passion plays at High Point Church, Austin said, each year they are told from the point of view of different characters – among them Jesus’ mother, Mary; Peter and Paul, John the Baptist and “doubting Thomas.” In similar fashion at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, also in Larksville, playwright the Rev. Gerald Gurka focuses on different characters. This season marks his ninth Passion play, or his 30th if you include the more simple “Living Stations of the Cross” he previously presented.Toldfromthestandpointof St. Luke – gospel writer, physician and artist – it includes a subplot about two brothers, one who squanders his inheritance while the other is consumed by jealousy. Both are present at the crucifixion in this year’s drama, titled “The Prodigal Sons.” GurkasaidthisishislastPassion play, at least for a while, because he senses his cast is getting tired. “I prayed about it for three days, and every morning I woke up with the same feeling, that we should take a break,” he said after a recent re-
Pontius Pilate (Jeremy Shrawder), in center, condemns Jesus (Richard Wisniewski) to death in the Passion play at St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville as Dylan Weaver, Sara Lechak and Richard Huey IV look on.
Richard Wisniewski, portraying the adult Jesus in the Passion play at St. John the Baptist Church, re-creates a scene with Caiaphas, played by Richard Huey, and a guard, Lucas, played by Dylan Weaver.
hearsal. “It wasn’t really the answer I wanted.” Withmembersandfriendsofthe church portraying Pilate and Herod, shepherds, angels and even animals, the plays have given parents and children a chance to perform together, said cast member Lucy Singer, who calculated she’s been involved with Gurka’s productions for 13 years. “It’s been a really nice thing to do as a family,” she said. “It brings so muchmeaningtotheholyseason.” “Some people ‘give up’ something for Lent,” said Theresa Cochran, who helped with the script. “This is something we ‘do’ for Lent.” “The cast and crew want to thank Father Jerry for the experience,” said Sharon Prohaska, who organized the props. “We’ve learned so much about Easter and the behind-the-scenes of what was going on. He researches and researches.” Gurka based his script on the Gospel of St. Luke as well as Henri
Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” Joan Comay and Ronald Brownrigg’s “Who’s Who in the Bible,” and Allan A. Swenson’s “Plants of the Bible,” along with many other reference works. At the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, meanwhile, actors have been working on “Erin Dushore: A Story of Redemption.” “This isn’t really an Easter play,” director LuAnn Letoski said, but it does have a spiritual message. The story, created by local playwright Phil Miller, follows the life of the title character. “She’s raised in church, but she’s not getting any answers about life’s questions from her mother, her church or her pastor,” Letoski said. “She gets led down the wrong path.” In a dreamlike state induced by a shot of heroin, Erin meets a man in black, a personification of the devil who tells her he is proud of her life. “He takes her through her whole history, but at the end a street preacher shows up and she hears about grace, something she’s never
A merchant, played by Joe Cruz, recognizes two thieves who robbed him, played here by Peter Miller and Christopher Ebert, in the Passion play at High Point Baptist Church.
heard of before,” Letoski said. “She reacts positively, and the man in black,ofcourse,isveryupsetabout this.” By the end of the show Erin realizes God loves her, Letoski said, and that’s the message she hopes the audience gets. “I would hope that people would see God as a loving God who wants toredeemhischildren,notasifhe’s shaking his fist at them. No matter where you are in your life, it’s never thatbadthatGodcan’tpickyouup. His love doesn’t stop just because you’re doing things you shouldn’t be doing.” While High Point, St. John the Baptist and Back Mountain Harvest Assembly have full-fledged plays, other churches have scheduled Living Stations of the Cross, a variation on a traditional Catholic devotion in which actors, often members of the church youth groups or even younger children, re-create at least 14 events Jesus is
believed to have experienced as his earthly life came to an end. The “stations” usually begin with Pontius Pilate condemning Jesus to die and include scenes in which he falls under the weight of the cross, meets his mother, receives help from Simon of Cyrene, is nailed to the cross, dies on the cross and is laid in a tomb. They often continue to the resurrection, which Christians believe took place three days later. At St. Faustina Parish in Nanticoke, the program is called “The Way of the Cross” and is more like a play, parish spokeswoman Pat Botsko said. Their presentation begins with The Last Supper and includes spoken lines for many characters as well as music and sound effects. “When Jesus is nailed to the cross, you hear the sound of nails being pounded in,” she said. “I have goosebumps from my neck to my ankles just thinking about it.”
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Notes on Music
THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Listen Local Music Series, with the six-piece alternative-rock band Red Blue Green and rapper Aayu. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight with doors at 6 and show at 7. $10. 344-1111. Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show, the 4th annual event to benefit the Domestic Violence Service Center, with Patty Leighton as emcee and a slate of comedians headed by MAC Award winner Mary Dimino, plus a silent aucLeighton tion, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 7 to 10 tonight. $60. 823-6799. Smith Family Revival, the Christian-music recording artists. Ekklesia Christian Coffeehouse, River of Life Fellowship Church, 22 Outlet Road, Lehman Township. Tonight with music at 7 and open mic at 9. Dinner menu available starting at 6. Free admission. 717-503-7363. Denny Siewell Jazz Trio, the drummer for Paul McCartney & Wings with John Ciodini (Frank Sinatra’s guitarist) and keyboardist Joe Bagg. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $25. 325-0249. Big Sean, the rapper and Def Jam recording artist. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 tonight. $25. 420-2808. Warrant, Firehouse and L.A. Guns, a tripleheader rock concert. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. 866-605-7325. Artist Celebration, an art exhibit and live performances by students who entered the Congressional Arts Competition along with students spotlighted on WVIA’s “Artist of the Week” series. WVIA-TV studios, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free but reserve a seat at wviatv.org. Elvis on Parade, with Elvis Presley tribute artists Andy Svrcek, Jimmy T and El Tabasco (David Yevko). Presented by the Rotary Club of Plymouth at Wyoming Valley West Senior High School, 150 Wadham St., Plymouth. 7 p.m. Saturday. $15, $8 students. 328-1736.
ic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. 8 p.m. Saturday at Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton; and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. $15. 343-6707. Shostakovich Chamber Music Festival, music of the Russian composer by both professional and student musicians along with choral works by the Madrigal Singers. Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 270-2192. Three Dog Night, the pop-rock band with original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. 866605-7325. Hammer of the Gods, the Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Saturday. $30. 420-2808. Willy Porter, the singer-guitarist performing a cross-pollination of styles. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $22 advance, $25 day of show. 325-0249. American Choral Festival, music of Zoltan Kodaly including the “Missa Brevis” performed by the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania, the Keystone Girls Choir, Alumni Chorus and soloists. United Methodist Church, 87 S. Courtland St., East Stroudsburg. 4 p.m. Sunday. 610-759-6002. In Concert, with the University of Scranton Singers and a chamber ensemble from the Manhattan School of Music’s Brass See CONCERTS, Page 8
Music keeps the members of local alt-rock band 3 to Breathe going. Members are Michael Kaminski, Nick Davison and Cameron Lewis.
BREATHING IT ALL IN
“A lot of bad things happened to me in a short time,” he said, “and here I had this family of aweike Kaminski uses a metaphor born of child- some guys that I could open up around, so a lot of hood to describe the sound of his eclectic our lyrics revolve around what I was dealing with. It’s very intimate and emotional, dealing with grief, band. “You know when you were a little kid and you getting through tough times, suicide awareness.” Other lyrics came out of nowhere. would sit down to eat dinner, your parents would “Sometimes we just jam out songs that are unportion the food out for you?” the 24-year-old lead vocalist and guitarist for 3 to Breathe asked. “Well, planned, and my lyrics form around that,” Kaminski you would always end up mashing it all together said. “Many times the song will sort of tell me what anyway, and it would be delicious and you’d love it. it wants me to say. It might tap into something I’ve been holding in and allows me to just say it.” That’s us.” The trio loves music so much it keeps them alive 3 to Breathe is a Wilkes-Barre-based band that also includes Nick Davison, 24, on bass and Cameron and going, much like breathing, hence the name 3 to Breathe, for which Davison credits Lewis. “In the Lewis, 36, on drums. The guys favor different genres, from classic rock middle of the practice he just stood up and said, ‘I to ska and indie rock, which has helped them pro- got it.’ ” The group plans to travel more and spread its muduce a signature sound. “We all have our own styles, and this is what came sic anywhere and everywhere. “We don’t care about getting out,” Kaminski said. “It wasn’t rich and famous,” Kaminski said. planned, but people started call- IF YOU GO “We want to share what we do ing it things like alt rock and grunge.” What: 3 to Breathe and Ghosts in the with people. It would be good for Attic some kid to hear what I went 3 to Breathe most often hears through and say ‘Hey, I’m not its sound likened to that of alter- When: 10 tonight native metal act Chevelle and Where: Liam’s Place, 760 N. Washing- alone.’ Music has always been a ton St., Wilkes-Barre comfort thing to me. No matter rock band Tool. Cover charge: $5 what kind of day you’re having The group began when Kaminyou have a soundtrack for it. If we ski and Davison were12 years old and had aspirations of putting a band together but can be in somebody’s play list for that, we did our no idea how. The two were diligent in their guitar job.” and bass practicing, but it wasn’t until after high ••• school that they began auditioning drummers. AfIt’s no secret that Warped Tour, a festival dediter many failed attempts they stumbled upon Le- cated to music and extreme sports, has been the wis, who worked with them at Mohegan Sun at Po- place for young acts to break ground and make a cono Downs. name for themselves. This time around OurStage, a 3 to Breathe has a seven-song EP out on its web- site dedicated to getting the word and music out of site, www.3tobreathe.com. The songs were record- unsigned artists, is giving local bands a chance to ed with LCCC professor of musical recording Paul play on the Warped Tour Stage. Sinclair, who has a private studio. Twenty-two bands will be picked to play at a “We made it a free download because we really Warped Tour stop closest to them. Regional enjust want to get our music out there and be heard,” trants can submit their music from now until April Davison said. “We want people to enjoy it.” 22 on the OurStage website, at www.ourstage.com/ Many of the lyrics come from Kaminski. go/warped.
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Wondrous Love, classic American shape-note hymns and spirituals performed by the Symphon-
BEST BET Get nostalgic at the F.M. Kirby Center in WilkesBarre tonight when Joe Nardone presents the fourth installment of his Doo-Wop Series, ‘Malt Shop Memories.’ The harmonies will be as smooth as ever with a lineup of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, the Tymes, Lenny Welch, Linda Jensen & the Angels, the Duprees, and Kenny Vance & the Planotones. The show starts at 7:30. Tickets: 826-1100.
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whole lot of screaming and fainting has been going on in Duryea lately, and if you wonder why, just read the signs some of the girls are holding: • “We love you, Conrad,” the signs proclaim. “Marry Me, Conrad.”
Inspiring this devotion is one Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-like heartthrob who is about to be inducted into the United States military in the musical “Bye-Bye Birdie.” “He wears the black leather pants and the black leather jacket and has the little curl in his hair,” said Lee LaChette, who has choreographed 1950s-style dance numbers for the show, which will be presented this weekend at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center. Director Jennifer Stanton explained Birdie’s popularity to her youngest cast members – ages 7 to 12 – by telling them to imagine
a modern idol. “Justin Bieber is going into the military and you’re all in his fan club,” she said. In “Bye Bye Birdie,” the impending interruption of Birdie’s musical career motivates countless young women to protest. It also sparks a publicity stunt: One of these many fans will be chosen to receive a farewell kiss from Birdie on the Ed Sullivan Show. The prospect of the kiss complicates life in Kim McAfee’s small town, where both her newly steady boyfriend and her father raise objections. Romantic problems also abound for a songwrit-
Young fans protest the disruption of Conrad Birdie’s musical career in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ set for this weekend at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea.
er named Al and his long-suffering girlfriend, Rosie, whom he is afraid to marry for fear of upsetting his domineering mother. “Mama does not like Rosie,” Stanton said. “She makes that blatantly clear.” If the plot sounds familiar, you might have seen a 1963 movie version starring Ann-Margret as Kim, Dick Van Dyke as Al, Janet Leigh as Rosie and Maureen Stapleton as Al’s mother. “We actually had (the Phoenix cast) watch the movie, and we also had them watching some clips
IF YOU GO What: ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Who: Phoenix Kids Where: Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea When: 7 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $10 More info: 457-3589
of the Broadway revival,” LaChette said. That helped the youngsters embrace the ambience of another era, a time when appearing on the Ed Sullivan show was a very
big deal, as was the teenage practice of talking for hours on telephones that had cords and that entire families shared. Did the cast manage to find such antique props? “We had a couple in the theater,” LaChette said, “and we got some more from places like the Salvation Army.” The musical includes such upbeat songs such as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Honestly Sincere” and “One Last Kiss” as well as plenty of dancing in poodle skirts, saddle shoes and rolled-up jeans.
S TA G E THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Youth Praise Night, with musical comedians Dave and Brian, who travel the country performing humorous original songs and stand-up comedy, and praise band Foggy Mountain Glory. For ages 13 and up. The Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 tonight. Free. 824-8741. The Odd Couple, Neil Simon’s comedy about an amiable slob sharing his apartment with a neurotic neat freak. Performed by the Keystone Players at Brooks Theatre, Keystone College, La Plume. 7:30 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $8, $4 students and seniors. 945-8454.
Big Wigs, a Las Vegas-style impersonator show. Corner Bistro Theater, 76-78 Main St., Carbondale. Tonight and Saturday with an appetizer buffet at 7:30 p.m. and show at 8:30 p.m. $15. Reservations: 282-7499. Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley’s comedy-drama about the three Magrath sisters who re-
BEST BET The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre wraps up its production of the razzledazzle Broadway musical ‘Chicago’ this weekend. Catch the self-defined tale of ‘murder, greed, corruption, treachery and exploitation’ in 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago at 8 tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $18. 823-1875. unite to help sister Babe stay out of prison. Performed by Actors Circle at the Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. 8 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10, $8. 342-9707. The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman’s chronicle of the apparent hate-crime death of Matthew Shepard. Performed by the Misericordia Players at
The Misericordia Players rehearse a scene from ‘The Laramie Project,’ on stage today and tomorrow at Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, Dallas. Seated: Jasmine Mae Busi, Joy Sy and Melvin Jay B. Busi. Standing: Samuel Corey and The Green Ridge Youth Theatre will present the musical ‘Fame’ Matthew Cebrosky. tomorrow and Sunday at the South Scranton Intermediate School. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 8 tonight and Saturday. $5, $3 seniors and students. 674-6719. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Lake Silkworth Fire Department, 1875 Route 29, Lake Silkworth. 6 p.m. Saturday. BYOB $20. 7600809 or 690-0580. Fame, the musical based on the adventures of students at New York’s Performing Arts High School. Presented by the Green Ridge Youth Theatre at the
South Scranton Intermediate School. 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. 346-7106.
FUTURE Live from the Met, a high-def transmission of Massenet’s “Manon,” with Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine. Movies 14, 24 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. Noon April 7. 825-4444. Amadeus, the Broadway musical about a fictionalized rivalry
between 18th-century composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. April 12-14; 2 p.m. April 15. $15, $5 students and seniors. 408-4540.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for a June performance of “A Walk in the Woods,” a comedy blending popular fairy See STAGE, Page 10
dren’s Miracle Network. Dallas Middle School Gymnasium, 2000 Conyngham Ave., Dallas. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 with classes on the hour. Signup: 332-4103.
THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 The View with a Scranton Attitude: Let’s Hear It from Both Sides! A local version of the syndicated talk show with area personalities discussing current events and pop culture. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight with cocktails at 6 and show at 7. $6. 344-1111. Benefit for Diane Nevel, a fundraiser for the Hodgkin’s lymphoma victim with food, raffles and music by Jerry’s Finger. Idetown Fire Company, 138 Route 415, Dallas. 6:30 to 11 tonight. $20, $35 per couple. 675-1529. Knit and Crochet Group. All ages welcome. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. 821-1959. Dance for Jayden, a Zumbathon fundraiser for the 7-year-old diabetes victim’s purchase of a trained service dog. With a silent auction, giveaways, refreshments and a Latin dance-inspired fitness party. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., WilkesBarre. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $10, $5 students. 823-2191. Hips for Hope Dance-a-thon, a benefit for victims of last year’s flooding including Zumba, ballroom and line dancing running continuously through the afternoon. No partners necessary. Keystone College, La Plume. Saturday with registration at 1 p.m. and dancing 2 to 5 p.m. $10. 205-9389. International Bowling Tournament, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 372 of Pittston. Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Through April 21. Also: entertainment at the Council Hall Saturdays throughout the tournament including Matt and John from American Fire (8 p.m. to midnight tonight), Rub Yer Soul (8:30 to 11:30 p.m. April 14), Maros (5 to 7 p.m. April 21) followed by karaoke with JR and Friends. 208-2695. Free Movies at the Kirby, a screening of Steven Spielberg’s family classic “The Goonies” (PG). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 826-1100.
SPCA Pet Picnic, sponsored by Jr. Leadership. Bring your pets for a walk around Kirby Park in WilkesBarre from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 7. With food and beverage sales. 825-4111.
New England Contra Dance, with music by fiddler Hope Grietzer, Jill Smith on keyboards and Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer.
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Ramona Singer, star of Bravo’s ’The Real Housewives of New York,’ will attend a meet and greet tomorrow at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono “The Real Housewives of New York,” holds a meet and greet at Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. 866468-7619. March Madness, a benefit for the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center with hors d’oeuvres, buffet stations, desserts and a silent auction. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets at 823-6121. Zen Meditation Gathering, with Zazen meditation, beginners instruction, chanting, walking meditation, Zen talk and vegetarian snacks. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 925-5077. Bingo for Life, a Wyoming Valley Relay for Life cancer fundraiser. American Legion, 354 E. State St., Larksville. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:30 p.m. $10 advance; $12 at the door. 954-2290. Understanding Organic Food Labels, including loopholes in the law and the worst offenders. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. $5. Signup: 842-1506. Thursday Talks! A discussion of “Express Entertaining” with Paul Wanas of Accentuate Catering and Lisa Griffiths of iGourmet. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Thursday with cocktails at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. $7. 344-1111.
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Signings & Sightings, a meet-andgreet session with reality TV star Deena Nicole Cortese of “Jersey Shore.” Sky Bridge, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 8 p.m. April 6. 888-946-4672.
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Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. April 7. $9. 333-4007. 675-1182. Irem Shrine Circus. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. 1:30 and 7 p.m. on April 9 and 14; 6:30 p.m. April 10; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 11 to 13. $18, $14, $11, $10, $6. 714-0783. Civil War Officers, a presentation by Civil War buff Richard Urban. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. April 9. Free. Signup: 675-1182. World Affairs Luncheon Seminar, on “The Greening of Democracy? The Arab Spring and Its Outcomes.” Presented by the Schemel Forum in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall, 300 Madison St., University of Scranton. Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 10. $20. Reservations: 941-7816. Divine Wisdom Lecture, with Dr. David Pizarro of Cornell University speaking on “The Good, the Bad and the Dirty: The Role of Disgust in Moral and Political Judgment.” Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, WilkesBarre. 3:30 p.m. April 10. Free. 208-5957. The Butler Brothers of WilkesBarre, a talk about the two brothers who fought on opposing sides of the Civil War by Tony Brooks, executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. April 10. 675-1182. Men in Black III, presented by the Abington Business and Professional Association. With a men’s fashion show (tuxedos by Sarno & Son), dinner, cash bar and music by The Poets. Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. 5:30 p.m. April 11. $60. 587-5050. Tapped, a film examining the bottled-water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution and reliance on oil. With popcorn and light refreshments. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6 p.m. April 11. Free. Signup: 842-1506. Home Made
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BEST BET Does the arrival of spring weather make you want to jump on a motorcycle and take to the road? Then head to the 16th annual ‘Motorcycle and Powersports Show’ on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township and take a look at the latest in cycles, quads, apparel and safety gear. The show, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Motorcycle Club in partnership with Valley with a Heart Benefits, also offers an opportunity for area cyclists to enter the Bike Contest for prizes and trophies. Stop by from noon to 5 p.m. for added attractions of a leather fashion show, local cuisine, beer, door prizes, DJs, children’s activities and raffles. Tickets are $7.50, and all proceeds benefit the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. 598-9862 or 270-4949.
Conference on Aging Research, with keynote speaker molecular biochemist and geneticist Bruce Ames of the University of California. Rose Room, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 8 a.m. April 12. Free. 941-6353. Meet Todd Gershwin and the cast of “The Gershwins: Here to Stay.” The great nephew of George and Ira Gershwin participates in a fundraiser for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic at a dinner and informal presentation. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 12. $90. Reservations: 341-1568. Restrepo, a 2010 film chronicling one year with a platoon in the deadliest valley of Afghanistan, followed by a discussion. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. April 12. Free. 941-4051. Railroading in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a presentation by
photographer Steve Tyke. Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society. Iron Skillet Restaurant, 98 Grove St., Avoca. 7:30 p.m. April 12. Free. 822-0693. Big Band Society Dinner Dance, with music by the 18-member Lebanon Swing Band. Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. April 13 with doors at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. $31. Reservations: 586-5359 or 654-6454. Spring Film Festival, 14 days of 14 foreign, independent and art films. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. April 13 to 26 with a Gala Opening Night Celebration ($35). Film schedule at 996-1500 or dietrichtheater.com. Step into Spring Fashion Show, with fashions from Buka, Dress Barn, Humphrey’s, Shooze, Snooty Fox, Tallulah and Yuki’s. With light fare and a basket
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Historical Portrayal of John Hay, President Lincoln’s personal secretary by Hugh Taylor of the Lindhill Institute with songs of the era by John McDermott. Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas. 3 p.m. April 14. 675-1182. Auction Night, a fundraiser for the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. With a dinner of traditional comfort foods. VFW, Route 706, Montrose. April 14 with dinner at 5 p.m. and auction at 6 p.m. $10. 278-1881. Grand Civil War Ball, the 8th annual re-creation of a mid-19thcentury formal ball with live music by vintage band Spare Parts playing polkas, waltzes, schottisches and reels. Commemorating the 100th birthdays of the Catlin House and the Titanic Disaster. The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. 7 to 11 p.m. April 14. $35, $60 per couple. All dances taught or join the afternoon Vintage Dance Workshop from 12:30 to 3 p.m. ($10) Period dress admired but not required. 344-3841 or scrantoncivilwarday.com. Zen Meditation Gathering, with Zazen meditation, beginner’s instruction, chanting, walking meditation, a Zen talk by Genro Milton Sensei and vegetarian snacks and tea. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 15. 925-5077.
Orchestra. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. 9417624.
FUTURE CONCERTS I Will Rise, an Easter choir concert. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley. 7 p.m. April 6 and 7. 477-2320. The Heavy Pets, the genremelding rockers from South Florida. River Street Jazz Café, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. 10 p.m. April 6. $5 advance, $10 day of show. 822-2992. The Amazing Kreskin, the magician and mentalist. J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. 8 p.m. April 7. $25, $20; $15 students. 4545451 or ptpashows.org. Sully Erna, the singer and main songwriter of rock band Godsmack. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. April 7. $35, $30, $25. 420-2808. COTA Jazz Scholastic Swing, with Al Cohn and the COTA Festival Orchestra along with area high-school bands. Also: special guest “Blue Lou” Marini, sideman for “The Blues Brothers” and the “Saturday Night Live Band.” Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. 7:30 p.m. April 11. $10. 420-2808.
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EXHIBITS THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 The Visiting Nurse Association of Scranton: One Hundred Years, chronicling the work of the Lackawanna County organization. Through May 4 with a gallery lecture at 5 tonight in Room 228 of Brennan Hall, followed by a reception from 6 to 8. Closed April 17 to May 3 for spring break. Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, University of Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 9414214. William H. Evert: Watercolors, detailed wildlife, landscapes and seascapes by the Northeastern Pennsylvania artist. Opens Saturday with a reception 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Through April 28 at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Saturdays. 629-3061. Senior Exhibit, with works by majors in art education, art therapy, painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration and photography. Opens Saturday with a reception 2 to 5 p.m. Through April 22 at the Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thurs-
BEST BET Back when downtown Wilkes-Barre was the only shopping area in the Valley, a top-hatted, monocled character called Mr. Peanut greeted shoppers and dispensed roasted salty snacks to one and all. The Luzerne County Historical Society Museum celebrates ‘The Wonderful Story of Planters Peanuts,’ the landmark business created in 1906 by immigrants Amedeo Obici and Mario Peruzzi, with an exhibit of photographs, documents and memorabilia. Join in a reception from 5 to 8 tonight ($20) or stop by through Oct. 27. The museum is at 69 S. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre. 8236244. days and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278.
ONGOING EXHIBITS Then and Now, oil paintings by Margi Ackerman. Through Saturday at the Dragonfly Café, 9 E. Broad St., Hazleton. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 4541214.
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Student and Faculty Art Exhibit, including 40 student works in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and watercolor along with works by faculty members Babetta Wenner, Georgiana Cray Bart, David Klevinsky and Skip Sensbach. Through Saturday at the Pauly Friedman Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 674-6250. Heather Martyak and AnnMarie Ciccarelli. Through Saturday at the Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. 969-1040. Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder, self portraits and other works by local and Irish students exploring the notion “What Is Beauty?” Through Sunday at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5. 346-7186. Posing Beauty in African American Culture, an international traveling exhibit exploring ways in which African and AfricanAmerican beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. Through Sunday at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $5. 346-7186.
Factorium, a pictorial essay of once-mighty American factories including the Stegmaier Brewery in Wilkes-Barre by photographer Rebecca A. Battle. Through Monday at CameraWork Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 344-3313.
Man on Earth, artwork created by cultural detritus, investigating man’s impact on the planet by artist Earl Lehman and his students. Through April 20 at the Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 8421506.
Elaborate Alphabets, 70 examples of pen artwork from the ZanerBloser Penmanship Collection with themed hand-crafted alphabets including patriotic, rustic, fanciful, snow-capped and more. Through Thursday at the Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton. 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. 941-6341.
Trio Manifesto, with photographs by Mark Maglioli, paintings by Bernadette Harrison and soldered glass jewelry and mirrors by Sue Obaza. Through April 28 at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 823-0518.
Acrylics and Eggshells, with paintings by Bonnie Mattick and Pysanky eggshell jewelry by Marianne Lurie. Through April 13 at Something Special, 23 W. Walnut St., Kingston. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. 288-8386. Peter Hoffer: Out of the Block, recent prints and collages. Through May 5 with a Gallery Talk 3 p.m. April 18 and a reception 6 to 8 p.m. April 20. Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 348-6278.
Retrospective Exhibit, by noted ceramist William Tersteeg and 20 of his former students. Through April 29 at the Linder Gallery, Keystone College, La Tersteeg Plume. 9458335. Thursday Morning Painters, group exhibit including graphite renderings of local churches, miniature paintings, watercolor landscapes and florals. Through April 30 at Citizens Bank, Wyoming Avenue and Welles Street, Forty Fort. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 288-7538.
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KIDS THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Youth Praise Night, with musical comedians Dave & Brian and band Foggy Mountain Glory. Ages 13 and older. Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 tonight. 8248741. Fundraising Dance for grades 6 to 9 with DJ music, food and refreshments. Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main St., Moosic. 7 to 10 tonight. $5. Proceeds benefit Vikings Helping Vikings. 4578450. Story Time and Book Signing, with children’s author Angela DeMuro. Ages 3 to 8. Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 9 a.m. Saturday. 718-6610. 21st Century Learning, all about iPads, podcasts, the Internet, Voicethread and other technologies. Ages 9 to 13. Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 9 a.m. Saturday. 718-6610. Easter Egg Hunt, with games, toys and a special grand prize. Rock Recreation Center, Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. 6961128. Easter Egg Hunt, with 5000 prizeand candy-filled eggs spread across Public Square in WilkesBarre for children up to age 10 to find. Sponsored by the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association. 10 a.m. Saturday. Followed by Storytime with the Easter Bunny 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble Wilkes-King’s Bookstore, 7 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 2620710.
Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with the Easter Bunny. Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Saturday with hunt at 11 a.m. and brunch seatings at 10 and 11:15 a.m. $10, $5 children. Reservations: 674-6768. Spring Eggstravaganza, with children’s games, prizes, crafts, refreshments, bake sale and the Easter Bunny. Meadows Nursing
Easter Egg Hunt, for area nurseryschool students to sixth grade. Prizes awarded. Bring a basket or container for the eggs. Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1101 Mountain View Drive, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. Saturday. 675-1216. Toddler Story Time, for ages 2 to 3.5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. Saturdays through April 21; 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays through April 18. 823-0156. Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Bear Creek Foundation. With the Easter Bunny, prizes and a free lunch for the children. Bear Creek Township Recreation Park, 3333 Bear Creek Boulevard (Route 115). Saturday with ages 6 and under at 10:30 a.m. and ages 7 to 11 at 10:45 a.m. Free. Signup: 820-4070. Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Duryea Recreation Board. Community Park (behind the borough building) in Duryea. 1 p.m. Saturday. 457-6120. Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the West Side Social Club, 711 McAlpine St., Avoca. 1 p.m. Saturday. For ages 12 and under. 457-3546. Bag-a-Badge for Girl Scouts, with programs “Inventor” for Brownies and “Playing the Past” for Juniors. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. $12 includes snacks. Signup: 346-7186. Easter Egg Hunt, with crafts, games and refreshments. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. Ages 12 and under. 2 p.m. Sunday. 333-4124. Early Explorers, museum-based learning in literature, arts and natural sciences for ages 3 to 5. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Mondays through Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Free. 346-7186. Easter Egg Art Contest. Pick up and decorate a paper Easter Egg available at the library and return your art by Wednesday. For ages 3 and older. Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road. 654-3323. Gamefest, for teens. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. 654-9565.
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tales, to be performed at the Back Mountain Memorial Library. Take the Stage Studio, 5 Dug Road, Trucksville. Tonight with ages 5 to 7 from 6 to 6:30; ages 8 to 12 6:30 to 7:30; and ages 13 to 18 7:30 to 8:30. 690-5439.
Easter Egg Hunt, with pizza, refreshments, prizes and photo ops with the Easter bunny. For age 7 and under. American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 1 p.m. April 7. 675-6542.
Auditions for a May production of “Stepping Out.” Dance experience a plus but not necessary. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 823-1875.
Easter Egg Hunt, along with a visit with the Easter Bunny and refreshments. Ages 12 and under. Old Noxen School and Community Center, School Street, Noxen. 1 p.m. April 7. 298-2052.
Theater Bus Trip to the “Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade” at the American Music Theater in Lancaster with a Smorgasbord Dinner
Joseph Croft and John Gundling play Oscar and Felix in Keystone College’s production of Neil Simon’s comedy ’The Odd Couple’ this weekend at Brooks Theater on the La Plume campus. at Shady Maple. Sponsored by the United Methodist Church of Pittston on Oct. 13. $94. Reservations (by May 31): 603-1915.
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OUTDOORS THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Run for the Red, the third annual 5K Run and Walk throughout the Hanover Industrial Park to benefit the American Red Cross. Northeastern Pennsylvania Region Blood Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., Hanover Township. Saturday with registration 9 to 10:15 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. 823-7161. Protection Connection, a gardening workshop on how to manage and protect your home landscape with the Penn State Master Gardeners. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. Saturday with registration and refreshments at 9 a.m. and workshop 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $5. 963-6842. Volunteer Cleanup at the Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. Lunch provided but bring gloves, loppers, ladders, chainsaws and wheelbarrows. Ages 16 and older. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 836-3835. Container Gardening, with Penn State Master Gardener Jean Kolojejchick. Included: plant selection, soil mix and maintenance. The Lands at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Shavertown. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. 825-1701. Ashley Planes Walk, three easy miles through the mountain cut from Ashley to Solomon’s Gap in Mountain Top on the former site that moved railroad cars over steep inclines from 1837 to 1948. Sponsored by the North Branch
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Signs of Spring, an easy one-mile hike on the Wood Frog Trail at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 403-2006.
Indoor Yard Sale. St. Clare’s Church, 2301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 403-3094.
Pinchot Trail Hike, nine moderate miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, WilkesBarre Township. 9: 45 a.m. Sunday. Free. 825-7200.
Spring Craft Show, with 100 crafters, a silent auction, bake sale and a lunch menu. LakeLehman Junior/Senior High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 477-2935.
Sunday for Singles, a hike to meet new people and explore nature. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 828-2319. Fly Tying Demonstration. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Reservations: 821-1959.
BUYS THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Spring and Summer Clothing Giveaway, with men’s, women’s teen’s and children’s sizes. Plains United Methodist Church, 133 N. Main St., Plains Township. 4 to 7 tonight; 1 to 5 p.m. Sat-
gan and 10 storytellers including Alicia Grega, Conor O’Brien, Jeannine Luby and Tim McDermott. Vintage Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Saturday with doors at 7 p.m. and storytelling at 8 p.m. $5. 504-8451.
FUTURE Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race and Fun Walk with medals to the top three runners in 11 age groups. April 7 with registration 9 to 10 a.m. and event at 10:15 a.m. Meet at the Playground Pavilion, Oak and North Canal streets, Shickshinny. Applications at susquehannawarriortrail.org. 542-7946. Spring Waterfall Tour, a guided tour of area waterfalls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. April 7. $20. 828-2319.
READS THIS WEEK: MARCH 30 TO A P R I L 5, 2012 Scranton StorySlam, a competition in old-fashioned storytelling on the theme “Warning Signs.” With host Conor McGui-
Caterpillars: Friend or Foe? A talk on the benefits of caterpillars with Master Gardener Roberta Troy. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. 6 p.m. April 12. Free. 675-9900. Run for a Purpose, a 5K Run and Fun Walk for local relief efforts. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. April 14 with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15. 740-0732.
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Basket Raffle, to raise funds for Ruth’s Place Homeless Shelter. With 15 baskets on display at Sam’s Club, Route 309 and Highland Park Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednes-
Writers Showcase, with slam poet William James and five other writers sharing work. Wine and refreshments served. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. 878-3970. Book Club, a discussion of “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St.,
day. $1 per ticket. 822-6817.
FUTURE Book Sale. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 2 to 6 p.m. April 12; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14. 654-9565.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Vendors Needed, for a Community Yard Sale on April 28 at the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 2355 Huntsville Road, Shavertown. $10 per space. 477-3748. Vendors Needed for a flea market at the American Legion, 1550 Henry Drive, Mountain Top. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. $10 or $5 if you bring your own table. 332-5658.
Pittston. 6 p.m. Monday. 6549565. Education for Justice Talk, with Karen Greenberg, national security expert and author of “The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 941-4051.
FUTURE Author Visit, by Cecilia Galante (“The Sweetness of Salt,” “Little Wings”). Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 6 to 8 p.m. April 9. 693-1364.
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Perseus (Sam Worthington) must journey to the hot place in ’Wrath of the Titans.’
A worthy trip to hell By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
“C mer, poking fun at his airbrushed good looks as Prince Alcott; and “Mirror Mirror” marks a histor- Nathan Lane, Broadwaying it up as ical moment in cinema: Julia Ro- Brighton, the queen’s hapless berts’ debut as a villain. After near- henchman. Even the Seven ly 25 years of mostly playing heart- Dwarfs, hard-drinking bandits of-gold types — be they a pizza here, are played by charismatic actors, including Jorwaitress, a prostitute dan Prentice and or a crusading lawyer IF YOU GO Martin Klebba. — Roberts becomes What: “Mirror Mirror” ★ Sowhat’stheprobthe Evil Queen in this 1/2 lem? Director Tarsnarky version of the Starring: Julia Roberts, Snow White tale and Lily Collins, Armie Ham- sem Singh (“Immormer tals”) magically saps lays down the gauntlet in an opening Directed by: Tarsem Singh the life out of every performance, but in voice-over: “This is Running time: 106 minutes my story, not hers.” Rated: PG for some fanta- fairness, he’s stuck If only! Roberts sy action and mild rude with a script that twists old material in threatens to steal this humor ways it already has movie, and someone been twisted. Charshould have let her. She clearly relishes the change of acters lapse into modern-speak pace, playing the queen as a malev- (“This queen radiates crazy!”) and olent matriarch straight out of a re- Snow does some feminist swordality show — “The Real House- swinging, but that’s a far cry from wives of Ye Olde Fiefdom,” per- the inspired satire of the1987 classic haps. But as this muddled movie “The Princess Bride” or even last stabs around for the right comedic year’s passably clever “Puss in tone, it loses track of its best asset. Boots.” That’s too bad, because “Mirror In fact, it squanders nearly every member of its fine cast, including Mirror” could have been a shining the appealing Lily Collins as 18- moment for Roberts. Instead, this year-old Snow White; Armie Ham- movie reflects poorly on everyone.
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lash of the Titans” was a nearly humorless, overly digitized remake of a piece of sword-and-sorcery cheese from the ’80s, an inoffensive big-budget trifle whose biggest sin was a post-production conversion to 3-D.
The “Titans” sequel wasn’t converted, so the 3-D is a lot better. And the director of “Battle Los Angeles” and the screenwriters give it a lighter touch, a bit of mythic whimsy among all the muddle about gods, demigods, the father of gods and the end of the age of gods. In a boulder-strewn Greek past of volcanoes but no trees, Perseus (Sam Worthington, stoic as ever) is living the life of a village fisherman and single dad to Helius (John Bell). The kid is growing up without religion,
Sam Worthington’s a warrior and Rosamund Pike a vision in this ‘Titans.’
without his grandpa. That’s because Perseus knows “There’s no such as ‘good gods,’ ” and his dad, Zeus (Liam Neeson, giving his more than it deserves), is entirely too busy for grandparenting. He’s too busy narrating. “The time of the gods is ending,” Zeus narrates. Hades (Ralph Fiennes, always interesting) See TITANS, Page 17
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NEW Two very different animated films top this week’s selections. “HOP,” GRADE B-MINUS: A slacker (James Marsden) helps the Easter Bunny recover. The film, a blend of animation and live action, has enough silliness to entertain young viewers. It’s when the film tries to equally entertain adults that it goes down the wrong rabbit hole. “THE LION OF JUDAH,” GRADE D-PLUS: If films were judged solely on good intentions, this animated film would be a success. It’s a family-friendly film
mins. ★★★ JOHN CARTER — Yes, there is life on Mars, and it’s deadly dull. This is a dreary, convoluted trudge. PG-13 for intense violence and action. 131 mins. ★ 1/2 JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND — Another modern take on Jules Verne. PG for action and brief mild language. 94 mins. ★ 1/2 PROJECT X — Hot young women cavort drunk. R for crude content, nudity, drugs, language. 88 mins. ★★ SILENT HOUSE — The camera follows Elizabeth Olsen around a creepy lake house, and we’re right there with her for every bump, jump and thump. R for disturbing violent content and terror. 88 mins. ★★ 1/2
with a solid religious message. But good intentions aren’t enough. Except for a terrific soundtrack, the film’s a mess. The writing is a jumble of Bible stories held loosely together by a group of animals so annoying you’ll wish Noah had left them off the ark. “I, CLAUDIUS,” GRADE A: A 35th-anniversary edition of the magnificent series with Derek Jacobi in his career-defining role. Also new on DVD this week: “DIE”: Six strangers face a deadly game of dice. “EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE”: A young boy looks for clues to a final message from his father, who was
killed in the 9/11 attacks. “ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED”: Alvin and the gang get stranded on an island. “THE BODYGUARD”: 20th-anniversary edition of the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner film. “A DANGEROUS METHOD”: A Russian woman (Keira Knightley) seeking help for hysteria looks to test Freud’s theories. “IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY”: Angelina Jolie makes her directorial and screenwriting debut with this tale of love and survival set against the Bosnian War. “CASABLANCA”: The Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film is released to mark its 70th anniversary.
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hen you were a child, you might have thrown a handful of Nerds candy into your mouth, only to suck out all the sugary sweetness. The Nerds Martini at Evans’ Roadhouse in Drums uses the same concept but adds some bonus boozy ingredients.
“It’s very sweet but smooth,” bar manager Renee Cumfer said, “almost dangerously so.” Evans’ is constantly coming up with new drinks, and most are a result of throwing things togeth-
er and seeing what works. “A customer suggested this one,” Cumfer said. “I sat with her one night, and we perfected it.” The drink has Citrus and Grape vodka, Watermelon Pucker and Raspberry Schnapps, lending it an incredibly sweet taste almost exactly like the namesake candy. The added bonus is the pile of Nerds at the bottom of the glass, which are softened up by the time they’re reached and go down just as smoothly as the rest of the drink. If you’re a fan, don’t limit your-
self to a single martini. “It’s become very common for groups of people to order it in pitchers,” Cumfer said. ••• NERDS MARTINI Served at: Evans’ Roadhouse, 330 North Hunter Highway (Route 309), Drums Price: $6 martini, $15 shot pitcher Recipe: • 1/2 oz. Citrus Vodka • 1/2 oz. Three Olives Grape Vodka • 1/2 oz. Watermelon Pucker • 1/2 oz. Raspberry Schnapps • 1 oz. sour mix • 1 oz. lemon-lime soda Shake all ingredients together with ice in martini shaker. Rim martini glass with sugar and strain drink into glass. Add a pinch of Nerds candy for extra sweetness.
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aims to hasten that. “You’re sweating like a human, brother,” Hades purrs. “Next, it’ll be tears.” Hades traps Zeus in the underworld with another son of Zeus, Ares (Edgar Ramirez), the god of war. Perseus must round up a team and go get ’em, before god of gods Kronos cracks free and gods and men are drowned in a sea of lava. First among them is Andromeda, a vision in blond hair and armor played by Rosamund Pike. Bill Nighy steals the movie as Hephaestus, blacksmith and armorer to the gods. He makes the old tinkerer a crackpot who carries on conversations with himself, Gollum-style. Then, there’s the disreputable son of Poseidon, “The Navigator” Agenor, given a bemused spin by Toby Kebbell. He’s a reluctant recruit.
IF YOU GO What: Wrath Of The Titans ★★ 1/2 Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman Running time: 99 minutes Rated: PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action
“Would you do me a favor?” he asks Perseus. “Go to hell.” So we know where this is going, and we know who’ll be in the final brawl. But director Jonathan Liebesman and company keep this stripped down (few gods, not too much dialogue) and manage a few surprises and a little fun on the trip. They even trot out Danny Huston as Poseidon, in a beard and get-up that remind us that his dad, John Huston, once played Noah on the big screen. Yes, this “Titans” is going to you-know-where. At least this one manages to make the 3-D ride worth the destination.
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