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“What do you do to help save the Earth?” “I always make sure to unplug everything when I’m not using it because I know electric things are always ‘on,’ and I always recycle.” Samantha Brant, 19, New Milford, Conn.
The Commissioners of Plains Township announce a Clutter Clean Up for the residents of Plains Township to take place during the month of May. Clutter Clean Up will be as follows:
“I take quick showers so I won’t waste water.”
If your garbage pick up is Monday, your clutter clean up is May 2- 5. If your garbage pick up is Tuesday, your clutter clean up is May 9 - 12. If your garbage pick up is Wednesday, your clutter clean up is May 16 -19. If your garbage pick up is Thursday, your clutter clean up is May 23 - 26.
Josh Harvey, 18, Califon, N.J.
“We recycle, and I try not to litter.” Natalie Johnson, 20, East Norton
Eight (8) items are permitted. Each item must have a sticker. The ﬁrst four (4) items are free, the other four (4) items are $5.00 each. A list of permitted items is on display at the Municipal Ofﬁce. Township registration and stickers are available and can be obtained at the Municipal Ofﬁce, 126 North Main St. from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays the municipal ofﬁce is open 8:00A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
“I conserve water when I’m brushing my teeth, and I spend less time in the shower.” Celia Rader, 20, Scranton
“I try my best to recycle empty soda bottles or water bottles as often as possible.” Anthony Melf, 21, Wilkes-Barre
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Animal trainer Vincent Von Duke will coax his tigers to jump through flaming rings at the Irem Shrine Circus, which begins Monday at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.
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f the recently released movie “Water for Elephants” makes you eager to experience the sights and sounds of a circus in person, you’re in luck. • The 62nd annual Irem Shrine Circus will perform at the 109th Field Artillery Armory on Monday through April 30. There’s even a free outdoor preview scheduled for noon Tuesday on the River Common, near the Luzerne County Courthouse in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “We’ll bring over some clowns and some dogs,” circus chairman Noel Conrad said, “maybe some of our uniformed units and a strutter with his feathers on.”
What: Irem Shrine Circus When: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday and April 30; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through April 29 Where: 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Tickets: $18, $14, $11, $10, $6 More info: 714-0783
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THE GUIDE Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club with food, entertainment, games and prizes. Public Square, WilkesBarre. April 29 at 6 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. 309-2367.
EVENTS THIS WEEK: APRIL 22 T O 2 8 , 2 0 11 Friday Night Cruise, with classic cars, street rods, muscle and custom vehicles. Viewmont Mall, Scranton. Tonight, 6 to9. 3469165. James Bond Movie Fest, a screening of “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) starring Roger Moore. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Monday at 5:30 p.m. Free. 823-0156. Circus on the Common, a lunchtime show with acts and animals from the Hamid Circus including clowns, acrobats and stunt men along with food vendors. River Common Landing near the Luzerne County Courthouse, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m. Rain date: Wednesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. 823-2101, ext. 128. Historical Preservation Plan Forum, the first in a series of statewide regional discussions to gain public involvement and input in planning a new Statewide Historic Preservation Plan for 2012-2017. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Registration at phmc.state.pa.us/bhp. Bernadette of Lourdes, the Navis Pictures production of the story of a young French girl who experienced visions of the Virgin Mary. Sponsored by Catholic Underground at the Cinema and Drafthouse, 31 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. $5. 403-3094.
Spring Film Series: The Illusionist, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film from the creators of “The Triplets of Bellville.” In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 1 ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
FUTURE Car Cruise, sponsored by the
Luzerne County Historical Society Annual Dinner, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a presentation by Harold C. Buckingham Jr. on the Butler Brothers Papers about the Wilkes-Barre brothers who fought on opposing sides of the Civil War. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. April 29 at 6 p.m. $75, $65 members. Reservations (by April 23): 923-6244. You Live Here, You Should Know This! A local-history quiz show with teams including area personalities and business professionals Steve Corbett, Laurie Cadden, Dave Wenzel and Paul Nardone. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. $10, $5 students. 344-3841. Mom Prom, a ladies-only fundraiser for the Greater Northeast Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Wear your old prom gown, bridesmaid and wedding dresses and dance to DJ music while enjoying a Queen Crowning, tackiest-dress contest, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. April 29, 8 to 11 p.m. $30 advance, $35 at the door. 762-2319. Whole Earth Holistic and Psychic Fair, the 6th annual event with body workers, reiki, reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy, aura photos, vendors, authors, artists, readers and mediums. Hilton Garden Inn, 242 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. April 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $4. 2704767. Renaissance Jamboree, the annual street fair along Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. With hundreds of arts-and-crafts booths, food vendors, carnival games, three stages of live entertainment, an extreme aerial trampoline show by Flippenout, karate, dance and children’s activities. April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 784-2522. Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual springtime event with family-friendly entertainment, food vendors, puppet show, amusement rides, games, pony rides, petting zoo, an outdoor recreation show, car show and
handmade arts and crafts. Saturday spotlights local dancers with “Pirouettes in the Park,” performances by 16 local dance groups; Sunday’s entertainment includes John Stevens’ Doubleshot, Farmer’s Daughter, k8, Mother Nature’s Sons, Pop Rox and Miz. Kirby Park, WilkesBarre. April 30 and May 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 208-4292.
Riley’s Road to Recovery, a benefit for Riley Daniel Schmidt, who suffers from renal disease. With a spaghetti dinner, raffles, Chinese auction and entertainment. Wright Township Fire Company, 477 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. April 30, noon to 6 p.m. 4012090. International Migratory Bird Day, with family-oriented activities for all ages, including demonstrations of block-printing, Create-a-Bird Poster, music by Bill Frye, art with Earl Lehman and dance with the Vince Brust Studios. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. 346-7186. Cynonfardd Eisteddfod, the traditional Welsh competition in music and poetry. Dr. Edwards Memorial Church, Main and Church streets, Edwardsville. April 30 with children’s performances at 1 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. ($10, $5 children), a Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) at 6:30 p.m. and the adult competition at 7 p.m. $1 admission. 868-5928. Victorian Tea, with a discussion of the customs, fashion, etiquette and roles of women of Victorian society, a watercolor demonstration by Gary Embich and a menu of teas, scones and tea sandwiches. Shawnee Inn, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. April 30 at 1 p.m. $15. Come in period dress or wear a fancy hat. Reservations: 420-9404. Night at the Races, sponsored by Our Lady of Hope Church at Marymount Parish Center, 154 S. Hancock St., Wilkes-Barre. April 30 with doors at 6:30 p.m. and post time at 7 p.m. $10 per horse. 824-7832. Night at the Races, a fundraiser sponsored by the parents of eighth-grade students at WilkesBarre Academy. St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. April 30 with doors at 6:30 p.m. $3. 823-7574. Buzz Cuts Fundraiser. Stop by the Shabby Shek Salon on Route 6 in Tunkhannock and get a trim or buzz cut for $5. All proceeds
You’ve hiked along the trail of 22 waterfalls, canoed on Lake Jean and picnicked under the pines. Think you know all there is to know about the 13,050-acre Ricketts Glen State Park? Stop by Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University in Dallas 7 p.m. Tuesday for a talk on ‘The History of Ricketts Glen.’ Historian and author Charles Petrillo will divulge the story behind the popular park. Free. 674-6216.
benefit the Danny Did Foundation to prevent deaths from epileptic seizures. May 1, noon to 4 p.m. 687-1203. Designer Bingo, with prizes including a Pandora bracelet and bags by Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Fossil and Vera Bradley. Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company, 329 Orange Road, Dallas. May 1 with doors and kitchen open at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $15 advance, $20 (limited amount) at the door. 8559693. World Laughter Day, an afternoon of fun and laughter with storytelling by Angela DeMuro, laughter yoga led by Jeannine M. Luby of “Laugh to Live,” a kids joke-telling contest, face painting and a “Happy Print” station. Pavilion near the pool, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. May 1, 2 to 7 p.m. Also: a comedy show from 5 to 7 p.m. with standup comics John Walton, Kenny Jay, Bobby Keller and many more. Free. 650-7518. Max Rosenn Lecture Series, the 30th anniversary event with Michelle Rhee, president and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., Public Schools. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West
South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, WilkesBarre. May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Free but registration requested at wilkes.edu/savethedate. 4087787. James Bond Movie Fest, a screening of “Casino Royale” (2006) starring Daniel Craig. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 2 at 5:30 p.m. Free. 823-0156. Mindful Meditation, to calm anxiety and reduce stress. For all ages. Prince of Peace Church, 420 Main St., Dallas. May 4, 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Reservations: 6751723. Renaissance Faire, with carnival booths, Renaissance costumes, music and dance. Monarch Court, King’s College, WilkesBarre. May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 208-5957. May I Have the Pleasure of This Dance? An overview of the history of dance along with its cultural and social implications. Also: a mobile museum of related artifacts, including clothing, dance manuals, ball cards and more. Presented by the PennSee EVENTS, Page 7
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The Ricketts Glen Hotel is a welcoming, cozy spot just a jaunt down the street from the popular Ricketts Glen State Park and neighboring Lake Jean.
The surrounding scenery is as soothing as the downhome ambience found within the restaurant.
and ended up picking a house favorite, an interesting-sounding pasta dish and a simple basket. “Roast Beef Ricketts” ($6.75) was a large, tasty beef sandwich, with thinly sliced beef flavored with a perky touch of horseradish. A chicken-and-fish basket ($6.95) was tasty but fairly ordinary, though generous and filling. The chicken stood out more than the fish, for its clean, white meat, fresh flavor and light breading. I must have liked the flavor quite a bit actually because I forgot to even taste the side of barbecue dipping sauce. (Honey mustard was the other choice.) The most interesting meal to
IF YOU GO What: The Ricketts Glen Hotel Where: 221 Route 118, Benton (One mile west of Ricketts Glen State Park) Call: 570-477-3656 Credit cards? Yes Handicapped accessible? Yes Other: Reservations suggested on weekends
look at and ponder was a chicken ravioli ($15.95), which was chicken strips with mushrooms, sweet red and yellow peppers and prosciutto in a creamy parmigiana sauce over pasta. Creamy parmigiana? Could mean something like an Alfredo, we thought, or perhaps a vodka sauce of sorts? We asked
Cinco De Mayo looms, friends, and we all know what that means. It’s margaritaand-more time. Times Leader chowhounds want to know your go-to Mexican restaurants. A chain? A local mom and pop where you can guarantee Telemundo will be on in the background? Or somewhere in between? We’re looking for the coolest local cantina experiences and would love for you to help us. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can spread the word. P.S. It’s also OK if you recommend the best Mexican nights offered by non-Mexican restaurants in the area.
first. It was indeed in the Alfredo family, and it more than passed our taste test. A Caesar salad was included (fresh and fine) as was a potato. We bypassed mashed, baked or See HOTEL, Page 6
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When you think of a hurricane, fun images usually don’t come to mind. But enter the Tipsy Turtle, either on Market Street in Jenkins Township or Owen Street in Swoyersville, and your thoughts might change quickly. Both Turtles offer a huge drink selection, and among the most popular this time of year are hurricanes. Forget names that go with televised weather events also called hurricanes. The Turtle’s lineup includes names such as Fruit Loop, French Kiss and Tipsy at Sunset. The most popular is Turtle Gone Bananas. “Among all the ingredients in it, banana comes out the strongest, but not overwhelmingly so,” manager Kari Karey said. The drink is packed with tropical flavors, with strawberry and coconut also part of the mix. Hurricanes are extremely sweet drinks, but Gone Bananas adds an extra ingredient to take the edge off. “We mix lemonade in, which makes it easy to drink,” Karey said. “It gives it a sense of refreshment.” Traditionally, hurricanes are poured into tall, curve-cut glasses that closely resemble the shape of a hurricane lamp. No matter what it’s poured in, the drink is a barrage of banana that will quench your thirst and leave you wanting another. Don’t let the light taste fool you, though; this packs quite a punch and is perhaps a Category 5 assault on the senses. ••• TURTLE GONE BANANAS Made by: Kari Karey The Tipsy Turtle Price: $6 Recipe: 1 shot strawberry schnapps 1/2 shot Malibu Coconut Rum 1/2 shot 99 Bananas Mix all together in martini shaker with ice and lemonade Shake until a pink color is achieved. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with a cherry.
onveniently located in the middle of nowhere.” As soon as we caught sight of that catchy slogan, on the sign facing front, we knew we were going to like it here. For a place in the middle of nowhere, it sure draws a crowd. Even the bar was packed. On a Sunday afternoon. Thing is, this time of year, the middle of nowhere is exactly where plenty of folks want to be. Particularly if “nowhere” includes the soothingly beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park, chock full of waterfalls and hiking paths. Before, after or in the middle of a day spent there, this is the cutest, most comfortable place for nourishment and refreshment. We started with a shared appetizer of assorted, golden fried vegetables ($5.50), which reminded me again how much I adore breaded cauliflower. The health-conscious may fault the breading, but it’s not especially heavy here, and the florets themselves are large and plump, so, yes, you actually do taste the vegetable. Same was the case with the mushrooms and zucchini. If you’re trying to sneak a vegetable into a child, these aren’t, perhaps, the way to go. If you’re an adult trying to sneak a guilty pleasure onto a vegetable, by all means … Next up was soup. There were three of us, and the three soups offered grabbed us each in turn. New England clam chowder is an everyday soup here, and that was as sumptuous as the menu promised. (Loaded with clams, too, which is always a good thing.) A creamy potato-and-bacon soup was as appealingly rich, and my choice, a steak and black bean, was tantalizingly fabulous. Abundant pieces of shredded beef barely shared the rich brown broth with the beans, and that’s a good thing, too. I’m good-crazy about black beans but was pleasantly surprised to see the beef crowd them out a bit here. Most soups are $3.50 per cup, and every spoonful convinces you that’s money well-spent. Having arrived between lunch and dinner, we fretted over our main-course choices
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fries in favor of a more intriguing “potato log,” which was a nifty scoop of potatoes mashed with cheese and chives, rolled up into a log and lightly fried. This was a delicious cross between a potato cake and a gourmet scoop of mash. The cheese and chives were appreciated, essential ingredients. Dessert was every bit as tasty. We chose a fresh, generously sized yet light-looking pina colada cake and a smaller but richer chocolate-topped cheesecake
($4.95) and were sweetly satisfied. I’d not mention drinks at all, except I must give a shout-out to the iced tea I ordered. I got a nice, tall, frosted glass of unsweetened and a refill carafe besides. My guests were jealous and wanted the same. So they reordered. Perfect tea, and not all are. (It’s not as easy as it seems.) As we refilled and refueled at our cozy corner table by the gas fireplace, we pondered the beauty all around us, not only inside the cozy, warmly decorated place (which actually is a hotel and does rent out a few basic rooms) but outside the windows on a glorious spring day that actually felt like spring. The small lake (to the
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The outdoor spectacle can serve a dual purpose – to build enthusiasm for the full-length circus shows at the Armory and to get people excited about a summer filled with outdoor activities on the renovated River Common. “(It) marks the unofficial start to the River Common Summer Season,” said Karl Borton, director of River Common programming and outreach. Downtown employers are encouraged to buy food tickets in advance and distribute them to company employees. A portion of the sales will be donated to support RiverCommon.org’s summer programming. As for the Irem Shrine Circus, most of the action will take place inside the 109th Field Artillery Armory. Some of the highlights will be aerialists, dog and elephant acts, a magic act, clowns
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Sarah Hodle of Mountain Top has some fun with a bubble gun while sitting on her mom’s lap during last year’s Irem Shrine Circus.
and motorcyclists who drive their bikes inside a globe, Conrad said. The Shriners will be busy in the refreshment stands, he added, cooking hot dogs, popping corn and serving ice treats and cotton candy. “We make everything,” he said. “We do all that ourselves.”
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side of the restaurant) was peaceful, rippling and pretty, and the country road to the front, canopied in tall trees, seemed to call all to fresh air and perhaps a night in a tent.
A black chow, that rarest of breeds, played with his masters on the grassy waterfront, and we watched mesmerized. Maybe he’s a regular here, we thought. Maybe everyone is. (Seemed like
that sort of place.) But the better news is the staff didn’t know us from Adam and treated us just the same. Now we have a whole new reason to plan a hiking trip.
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The dealer can be a player’s best friend at the blackjack table. Play solid basic strategy consistently, and as concentration wanes and you’re about to make a foolish play, the dealer often will hesitate as if to ask, “Do you really want to do that?” Sometimes, the dealer actually will ask something such as, “Do you really want to hit? I have a 4.” New players often get a similar treatment, a little hesitation to give them a chance to reconsider. Depending on policies in place at a casino, the dealers often are a source of information for players. Players who realize there is a correct basic strategy for blackjack but do not know what it is or have not memorized every situation often will turn to others at the table – or the dealer – and ask what they should do. There are often references to
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sylvania Humanities Council as part of PNC’s TV series “Humanities on the Road.” Be part of the live audience at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. May 5 at 6 p.m. Free but reservations required. 346-7369, ext. 122.
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the “book,” which is not actually one book but multiple published charts on the correct mathematical play for each situation. The obligation for others at the table and especially the dealer, who is looked to as a knowledgeable information source, is to be certain you are giving correct advice or give none at all. I even preface any answer I ever offer with, “They’re your cards so do what you want, but according to the odds, the basic strategy
says to … ” One troubling thing about blackjack play in Pennsylvania since the start of table games last year is how common it is to hear bad advice from dealers. Most give the right answers, but the wrong answers come out too frequently. Casinos have every right to set their own policies on whether dealers should answer strategy questions, but one policy that needs to exist is that the dealers
Erwine, Nancy Medico, Abe Hobson, Bob Stanley, Ed Ackerman, Anna Cervenak and many more. Also: dancers from the Vince Brust Dance Studio and music by Millennium. Mr. Tony’s Martini Bar, North Main and East Union streets, Wilkes-Barre. May 5, 6 to 10 p.m. 823-7626.
week of fun and fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life with various businesses in downtown WilkesBarre decorated in purple. Included: a Cinco de Mayo Party at Bart and Urby’s May 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and a Luminaria Candlelight Vigil May 7 at dusk on Public Square. 905-2540.
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THE GUIDE The Hangout Club, a Young Adult Book Club for high-school students. Discussed: “The Angel of Death” by Alane Ferguson. Copies available at the checkout desk. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Monday at 6 p.m. New members welcome; refreshments served. 654-9565.
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Great Books at Hayfield, a discussion of “A Pen Warmed Up in Hell” by Mark Twain. Hayfield House Community Room, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman. Monday at 7 p.m.
Refreshments served. $2. 6541008.
GOOD BUYS FUTURE Spring Rummage Sale, with lunch and a bake sale. Dallas United Methodist Church, 4 Parsonage St., Dallas. April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; April 30, 9 a.m. to noon. 696-3485 or 675-0122. Flea Market, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 143 of Swoyersville. Hose Company #2, 299 Slocum St., Swoyersville. April 30, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. 762-2677. Spring Book and Plant Sale. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library, Monroe Avenue, University of Scranton. April 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; May 1, noon to 4 p.m. Donations welcome. 9414078. Flea Market. Vendors welcome at $10 (under cover) and $5 (outdoors) per table. Sons of the American Legion, Mountain Post 781, Church Road, Mountain Top. May 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 474-2161 or www.alpost781.org. Annual Penny Auction. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 100 Rock St., Hughestown. May 1 at 2 p.m.
Flea Market and Collectibles Show, with craft and food vendors, raffles and themed-basket auction. Sponsored by the Alumni Association at the Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. May 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 740-0735.
Estate, North Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. Thursday at 11 a.m. $25. 675-1182.
Listeners welcome; refreshments served. 675-2171. Luncheon with a Special Author, sponsored by the Friends of the Back Mountain Memorial Library. With author Mary Slaby Garrity Slaby who writes under the pen name Molly Roe (“Call Me Kate”). Appletree Terrace, Newberry
Book Discussion of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Limited number of free copies available. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments served. 829-1959.
FUTURE Book discussion, of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale,” the James
Bond thriller. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments served. Free copies available on a first-come, first served basis. 823-0156.
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KIDS THIS WEEK: APRIL 22 T O 2 8 , 2 0 11 Pre-School Storytime, with storytelling, crafts and snacks for ages 3 to 5. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Fridays through May 13 (except Good Friday) from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration: 693-1364. Easter Egg Hunt. Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Saturday with registration at The Rock Recreation Center at 9 a.m. and hunt at 10 a.m. Open to the public. 696-1128. Easter Egg Hunt, open to all children age 12 and younger. Hanover Recreation Club, 318-320 Front St., Nanticoke. Saturday at 10 a.m. Participants should assemble at the corner of Pine and Jones streets with the Nanticoke Police Department and Easter Bunny leading the parade. 7359868. Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by
Easter Egg Hunt, for children age 8 and younger. Golden Living Center, 30 Virginia Drive, Tunkhannock. Saturday at 2 p.m. With prizes and refreshments. 8365166.
Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5 with age-appropriate stories, songs, activities and free play. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Tuesday at 1 p.m. 654-9565.
Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 3.5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m.; Saturdays through April 30 at 10 a.m. Registration: 823-0156.
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OUTDOORS THIS WEEK: APRIL 22 T O 2 8 , 2 0 11 Earth Day Cleanup, with litter pickup, trail maintenance, raking, mulching and planting. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the park office. 696-9105. Nature Ramble, a wander through the forest to look for animal signs and observe bald eagles and plant life. Weather permitting. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 265 Vosburg Neck Road, Tunkhannock. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 836-3835. Trail Day at Salt Springs. Help prepare the 12 miles of park trails for the summer season. Free t-shirts and food. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up at 967-7275. Outdoor Photography Workshop, with image artist Michael Burnside presenting indoor and outdoor sessions. Lacawac Sanctuary, off Ledgedale Road, near the southern tip of Lake Wallenpaupack. Saturday, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Reservations: 6899494 or lacawac.org. Earth Day Hike and Tree Planting, with tips to make the Earth greener. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. Saturday at 1 p.m. Free. 967-7275.
Protecting Your Property with a Conservation Easement, a review of the process with the Lackawanna Valley Conservancy. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $4. Registration: 842-1506. Do It for the Kids 5K Run, a loop from Wilkes-Barre’s Millennium Circle at the River Common to Kirby Park and back. Also: a free Kids Fun Run between the portals on the River Common. Sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Wednesday with registration at 5 p.m. and race at 6 p.m. with the Kids Fun Run at 6:05 p.m. Followed by a Post-Race Bash and Happy Hour at Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. $15 race, $20 bash. 714-1246. Celebrating the American Chest-
Senior Citizens Outing, a visit to Promised Land State Park for an easy mile walk around Conservation Island, a visit to the wildlife viewing area and lunch at the Fairview Café & General Store in Tafton. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Thursday at 9 a.m. 343-5144.
FUTURE Spring into Gardening Workshop, an all-day session covering vegetables, garden pests and diseases, native plants, herbs, sustainable lawns, period gardening and new-plant introductions. With special guests WNEPTV meteorologist Tom Clark and landscape designer Rob Rave. Also: a plant sale and flea market along with garden-related giveaways. Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at the Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman. April 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 825-1701. Cancer Awareness 5K Run and Fun Walk, sponsored by the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department at Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. April 30 with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10 a.m. $10 advance, $15 day of event. 740-0237. Earth Day Celebration. Help prepare the gardens for spring planting and perform cleaning chores around the farm. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. April 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch provided. 6964500. Spring into Action Park Cleanup. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. April 30, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration: 4032006. Do It for the Kids Walk-a-Thon, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. April 30 with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. Followed by a Family Celebration with children’s activities, games, food and music. 714-1246. Seedling Sale, with a variety of evergreens, sugar maples, tulip poplars, white dogwoods and red buds packaged in quantities of five ($4.50), 10 ($8) and 25 ($16). Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. First come, first served. 629-3061. Make a Difference Day. Learn to
The bald eagle is almost like the animal of the hour these days, and those who join the Nature Ramble at the Endless Mountains Nature Center in Tunkhannock on Saturday may spot a few with the help of an expert guide.
The earth celebrating continues this weekend with the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center, in the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, plans a day full of activities, including hands-on learning stations, green-building displays, conservation exhibits, live animals, crafts, food, music and lots more. The center is on Brisco Mountain and Emery roads in Dingmans Ferry (see peec.org for directions). $5 per carload. 828-2319.
be “green” with energy experts who advise on simple ways to save water, conserve energy and minimize impact on the planet. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 6293061. Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride, an eight-mile all-ages Fun Ride and 30-mile Challenger Ride through the Back Mountain beginning at Penn State WilkesBarre, off Old Route 115, Lehman. May 1 with registration at 7 a.m. and ride at 8 a.m. $35, $25 youths includes t-shirt, rest stops and snacks. Benefits Habitat for Humanity. 820-8002. Wildflower Walk. Celebrate May Day and the blossoming of spring with a walk in the woods. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. May 1, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. 828-2319. Zazen and a Walk in the Woods, a Zen nature walk with naturalist Kevin Hilsey on the Atta Dipa Trail along with meditation instruction, chanting, vegetarian lunch and a Zen talk by Genro Milton Sensei. Endless Mountain
Learn how to make those plants thrive at a Spring Into Gardening workshop at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on April 30. Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. May 1, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. Registration: 925-5077. Earth Day Celebration, with live animals, climbing walls and high-rope activities, hikes, MakeYour-Own Tie Dye, “Mrs. U’s Creature Feature,” local Native American history with Little Wolf, the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, crafts, giant swing, food booths, boating and other outdoor activities. Bear
Creek Camp, 3601 Bear Creek Blvd., off Route 115, Bear Creek Township. May 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5. 472-3741. Celebration of the Bluebells, with a wildflower hike to the blooming patch of Virginia Bluebells, native-garden tours, children’s crafts and activities, seed planting, native-plant sale, face painting and more. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 265 Vosburg Neck Road, Tunkhannock. May 1, 4 to 5:30 p.m. 836-3835.
BEST BET S TA G E THIS WEEK: APRIL 22 T O 2 8 , 2 0 11 The Good Shepherd, the annual Wyoming Valley Passion Play, a musical retelling of the last days of Christ as seen through the eyes of a shepherd who was present at Christ’s birth. High Point Baptist Church, 1919 Mountain Road, Larksville. Tonight at 7; Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. 3714404 or 574-6308. Love Letters, A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-winning romance about lovers who share a lifetime of letters. Performed by Center Stage Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Through May 1: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093. An Evening of One-Act Plays, directed, produced and performed by King’s College students. Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $1. 208-5957. Brown Bag Theatre Series, lunch time productions of one-act plays. King’s College Theater, Administration Building, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday and Friday (April 29) at 12:10 p.m.; Thursday at 12:40 p.m. Free. 208-5957. Ghost-Writer, Michael Hollinger’s play about a deceased novelist’s assistant trying to complete his “masterpiece” through inspira-
thew. KISS (Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) Theatre Company, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. April 29-30 at 7 p.m.; May 1 at 2 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors, $5
With the support of a Fox Fellowship, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble member Laurie McCants has created a solo musicaltheater piece, “Industrious Angels,” evoking women’s secret McCants creativity, motherdaughter bloodlines – and the ghost of Emily Dickinson. The work will embark on a national tour next year, but you can catch a preview at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moose Exchange in downtown Bloomsburg. For tickets, call 784-8181.
Literary and Performing Arts, Monroe Avenue between Linden and Mulberry streets, University of Scranton. April 29 to May 8: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 941-4318.
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Singer k8 has been a Concert for a Cause regular. She will perform at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on Stage 1 of the Streamside Bandstand. By SARA POKORNY firstname.lastname@example.org
round this time each year, the familiar signs start popping up. Commercials, billboards and ads promoting “Concert for a Cause”sweepthroughthevalley,butthisyearisthelastyou’llsee them. After a13-year run, “Concert for a Cause,” initially called “Concert for Karen,” is coming to an end. CFC, the creation of Alan Stout, began as a tribute to Karen Greenberg Revit, who died of leukemia in 1998 at the age of 33. Karen was well-known in the local music community through her work at Sound Check music magazine and Jitterbugsnightclub.Theshowbroughtseveralareabandstogether to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Karen’s memory. After the first four shows, the event was reimagined. “Though the event was very successful, and was very much supported and appreciated by Karen’s family, it got so much publicity each spring that it also became somewhat painful for them to go through each year,” Stout said. “The next year, the show was reinvented as ‘Concert For A Cause,’ and while working with the United Way, it has aided a different local human-service agency each year.” To date, CFC has raised $191,930. For the last show, all proceeds will go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters Anti-Bullying Program.
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Eric Manley, Nick Van Wagenen, Dave Frable and Raf Pimentel make up the indefinable Silhouette Lies.
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eclectic musical interests, which run the gamut from Judas Priest to the Decemberists to Dave Matthews. “The hardest question to answer is, ‘What do you guys sound like?’ because we sound like a lot of different stuff,” vocalist Nick Van Wagenen, 21, said. “When we have to label it, we say it’s post-hardcore, in the vein of Thrice.” “We’re not the heaviest band on earth, but we’re not light by any means either,” guitarist and vocalist Raf Pimentel, 21, said. “We kind
of take from hardcore but incorporate a little ambience, melody, things you wouldn’t normally find in a hardcore band.” Van Wagenen was raised on ’80s metal, such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Pimentel listens to pretty much everything. Guitarist Eric Manley, 22, was raised on the Beatles and classic rock, and drummer Dave Frable, 23, listens to stuff Pimentel said he’s “never even heard of.” Do these conflicting musical views call for a compli-
Vocalist Nick Van Wagenen
cated production process? “I think it works to our benefit,” Van Wagenen said. “A band like KISS, that Raf can’t stand, which is fine, may have a progression in a song that I like, so I have him listen to it, and he
might think it’s cool and take something from it. Even though he’s not crazy about the song, he still gets the concept. We do that a lot. We’re always recomSee MUSIC, Page 15
When the guys of Silhouette Lies say it’s hard to categorize their style of music, they aren’t kidding. In listening to the band’s first EP, you get: • A rocker with a Rise Against feel. • A song that sounds mysteriously like a tune out of a James Bond movie. • A ballad, a sweet, sweet ballad that comes as a breath of fresh air before launching into a final track that’s nothing short of epic. The distinctly indistinct sound is a result of the guys’
“The hardest question to answer is, ‘What do you guys sound like?’ because we sound like a lot of different stuff. When we have to label it, we say it’s post-hardcore, in the vein of Thrice.”
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CFC has always had widespread community backing. “It didn’t grow into a big event; it started that way,” Stout said. “I think most of that is a tribute to Karen.” The show took place in several venues, including Jitterbugs and theVoodooLounge,buthasmadea home at the Woodlands Inn & Resort in Plains Township for the past 10 years. “It had gotten so big, we really needed something the size of the
Grand Ballroom,” Stout said. “Even since then, it’s grown. We started there with two stages, and we now have four. We started with seven bands; we now have 35.” Since the first “Concert For Karen”in1999,morethan70actshave performed at the show. The headliners for the first outingwereUUU,FlaxyMorgan,40lb. Head, Clove, Crush, The Badlees and Mere Mortals. UUU, Flaxy, 40 lb. Head and the Badlees will participate in the last show on Wednesday. EricKleinhasplayedeveryshow while in four bands: Liquid A, popShop and Days Before Tomorrow, aswellasUUU.Hewillreunitewith UUU for the first time in 11 years.
IF YOU GO What: Concert for a Cause 9 When: Wednesday Where: The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Township Musical schedule: Streamside Bandstand (Stage 1) Charles Havira: 6:30-7 p.m. Shawn Z: 7:15-7:45 p.m. The NonRefundables: 8-8:30 p.m. k8: 8:45-9:15 p.m. Eva Katherine: 9:25-9:45 p.m. Miz: 9:50-10:20 p.m. Panacea: 10:30-11 p.m. The Badlees: 11:15-11:45 p.m. Eddie Appnel: 12-12:10 a.m. Ed Randazzo: 12:10-12:20 a.m. Lemongelli: 12:30 -1 a.m. Graces Downfall: 1:15 a.m. Club Evolution (Stage 2) The Pennalites: 7-7:30 p.m. Nicole Carey: 7:45-8:15 p.m. The Five Percent: 8:30-9 p.m.
George Wesley: 9:15-9:45 p.m. OurAfter: 10-10:30 p.m. Cabinet: 10:45-11:15 p.m. Plus 3: 11:30 p.m.-midnight Nowhere Slow: 12:15-12:45 a.m. The SilenTreatment: 1-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom (Stage 3) Go-Go Gadjet: 7-7:30 p.m. Farmer’s Daughter: 8-8:30 p.m. Jeanne Zano Band: 9-9:30 p.m. Bad Hair Day: 10-10:30 p.m. M-80: 11-11:30 p.m. UUU/Eric Klein: Midnight-12:30 a.m. Destination West: 1-1:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom (Stage 4) Mr. Echo: 7:30-8 p.m. Iron Cowboy: 8:30-9 p.m. Flaxy Morgan: 9:30-10 p.m. 40-Lb. Head: 10:30-11 p.m. Tribes: 11:30 p.m.-midnight Lessen One: 12:30-1 a.m.
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musical spectrum. “I Spy” creeps up slowly, then quickly turns chaotic with a peppering of dual screaming from Van Wagenen and Pimentel amid pounding drum beats. “ ‘I Spy’ started out as a joke,” Pimentel said. “The guys were fooling around writing music, and Eric came off with a riff that sounded like something from GoldenEye, so I jokingly told Nick that we should write a song about spies. Then we did.” The most notable track on the EP is “Forgotten Lake,” the ballad of the collection. “Eric, being the finger-picking
demon that he is, just came up with a really pretty riff and asked if I could write a love song to it,” Van Wagenen said. “I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ ” “Lake” brings a feeling of serenity, which is what Manley had in mind when he wrote the riff. He said it reminded him of a placid lake. Van Wagenen’s light vocals match the equally soft lyrics. Silhouette Lies is ever-changing. “We could write something, be completely happy with it,
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mending songs to each other, if only for particular music bits or vocal stylings.” The band’s border-crossing helps in terms of bookings. “We kind of sit in the middle of a couple of genres,” Van Wagenen said. “We can play with a punk band, as well as a hardcore band or alternative band. We’re able to tailor our set list to wherever we’re playing.” The band, which will play Scranton’s Vintage Theater at 6 p.m. Saturday, released a fivetrack EP in February, “The War Within.” It was produced by Tom Borthwick and Joe “Wiggy” Wegleski at Sounds Investment Recording Studios in Old Forge. “This is the first major, actual band we’ve all been a part of, so recording was something we wanted to do for a very long time,” Van Wagenen said. Pimentel said the EP served as a demo for the band, which one day would like to release a fulllength album. For now, “War Within” serves up a pretty good idea of what Silhouette Lies is all about: a collaborative effort that produces a
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FUTURE CONCERTS Some Kind of Jam 6, a music-andcamping festival with three stages of music. Bands include the Budos Band, RAQ, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Goosepimp Orchestra, Fat Apple, Wisebird, Dopapod, the Big Dirty, Psychedelia, the Primate Fiasco, Beaucoup Blue, Sonni Shine & the Underwater Sounds, Driftwood, the Greens, Terry Dame & Electric Junkyard Gamelan, Pia Mater, Uzo, the Headlocks, the Coal Town Rounders, Mike Miz and more. Also: food and craft vendors, jam sessions, light shows, fire performances, parades and workshops. Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road, Schuylkill Haven. April 29 to May 1. $50. Information at jibberjazz.com. Avenged Sevenfold, the hard-rock metal band on its “Welcome to the Family” tour with special guests Three Days Grace and Sevendust. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., WilkesBarre Township. April 29 at 7 p.m. $44.75, $39.75, $25. 800745-3000. Cantores Christi Regis Spring Concert, a program of choral
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play it out a few times, but then take it back and play with it and tweak it,” Van Wagenen said. • Also on Saturday, Brothers Past will play at the River Street Jazz Café in Plains Township at 10 p.m.
Gary Allan, the singer-songwriter performing country fused with rock, chamber-pop and gospel. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. May 6 at 8 p.m. $45, $40. 866-605-7325. Spring Fling and Battle of the Bands. Dionne Campus Green, University of Scranton. May 7 beginning at 11 a.m. Free. 9416233. In Concert with the University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 941-7624.
THIS WEEK: APRIL 22 T O 2 8 , 2 0 11 Taking Back Sunday, the pop-punk and emo recording artists reunited with their original lineup. With guests post-hardcore band Circa Survive. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Thursday at 8 p.m. $30. 4202808.
F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre; and May 7, 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington St., Scranton. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. $56, $51, $41. 341-1568.
music by the King’s College choir. J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, West Jackson and North Franklin streets, Wilkes-Barre. April 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 2085957. Stefon Harris Jazz, a concert by the vibraphonist and composer. Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg University. April 29 at 7:30 p.m. $30. 3894409. In Concert with the University of Scranton String Orchestra. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 9417624. The Music of Simon & Garfunkel, classic hits and more obscure songs of the hit duo re-created by AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. Presented by Scranton Community Concerts at the Mellow Theater, 501 Vine St., Scranton. April 29 at 8 p.m. $28, $20; $15 students. 955-1455. Ham n’ Smidgens: A Comedy Revue, original sketches and traditional-style improv games with Here We Are in Spain and I Miss Trevor. Olde Brick Theater, Rear 126 W. Market St., North Scranton. April 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. $7. Reservations: 6045808.
country artist. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. April 29 at 8 p.m. $42, $37. 866-6057325. Praise the Roof, a Battle of the Church Bands to benefit the Monroe County Habitat for Humanity. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. April 30 at 6 p.m. $10. 420-2808. Childhood’s End, a Pink Floyd tribute band with high-tech lighting, cutting-edge sound and note-perfect renditions of the classic songs. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. April 30 at 8:30 p.m. $23. 325-0249. Jim Florentine, the VH-1 and Comedy Central standup comedian. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. April 30 at 9 p.m. $15. 866-4687619. Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, the country rocker (of the Flying Burrito Brothers) and string musician (Desert Rose Band). Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. May 1 at 7 p.m. $28. 325-0249.
Travis Tritt, the platinum-selling
Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet, a CD-release concert for the group’s latest album “Interior Window.” First United Presbyterian Church, 115 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. May 1 at 7 p.m. Free. Followed by a “Meet
The group started as a weekly bar band in Westchester in 2000, eventually coming to play nationally at such venues as Bonnaroo and SXSW. Brothers Past is an electronic jam band with layers of electronic and instrumental elements. Its sound ranges from jaunty, beatdriven tunes to more mellow tracks. Improv between the band members is interspersed during each live performance.
Self-released works include the 2001 “Elements,” 2003 fulllength album “A Wonderful Day” and 2004 EP “statEPolice.” The band’s first work under a label, SCI Fidelity, is “This Feeling’s Called Goodbye.” Brothers Past consists of Tom Hamilton on vocals and guitar; Tom McKee on keyboards and vocals; Clay Parnell on bass and vocals; and Rick Lowenberg on drums.
the Artists” reception. 654-8121. True Heart Quartet, the men’s gospel group from Milton. Oakdale United Methodist Church, 485 Oakdale Drive, Hunlock Creek. May 1 at 7 p.m. 864-3791. Ensemble Evening, student performances by the jazz, wind and flute ensembles along with the Chamber Singers. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 674-6719. An Evening of Violin and Piano, with John Vaida and Timothy Burns. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 6746719. Wilkes University Civic Band, showcasing solo performances by Ellen Flint (Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”), Alicia Lindsey (“Rhapsody for Flute and Band”) and Frank DelPiano on two marimba solos. Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street at South River Street, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Free. 408-4420. Masterworks: Inspiration, the final concert of the season by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Included: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” the world premiere of David Stock’s Percussion Concerto and Ravel’s “Bolero.” May 6, 8 p.m. at the
Wyoming Seminary Spring Concert, with the Chorale, the Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, Handbell Group, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble, Flute Quartet and Chamber Ensemble. Great Hall, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. May 7 at 8 p.m. Free. 2702190. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the New Jersey bluesrock band that topped the charts in the 1960s and ’70s. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. May 7 at 8 p.m. $38, $34, $28. 420-2808. Stephen Lynch, music-driven, standup comedy by the star of Broadway’s “The Wedding Singer.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 7 at 8 p.m. $35, $29.50, $24.50. 8261100. Artemis Pyle Band, southern rock and blues by the Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and his band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. May 7 at 8:30 p.m. $26. 325-0249. Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, with conductor Yoon Jae Lee presenting classical favorites by Wagner, Grieg and Tchaikovsky. May 8, 8 p.m. at Great Hall, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston; and May 10, 8 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Free. 270-2190.
IF YOU GO Who: Silhouette Lies, with new bassist Nick Savinelli What: “A Social State” CD release When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Scranton Tickets: $5 More info: 570-589-0271
••• Who: Brothers Past When: 10 p.m. Saturday with doors at 8 p.m. (21 and over) Where: River Street Jazz Café, Plains Township Tickets: $15-$18 More info: 570-822-2992
so changed, the people behind the concert continue to change, and we wanted to make sure CFC ended with grand style, just as it began. We wanted to go out on our own terms, let everybody know in ad-
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around since day one. “The first one was always the most memorable,” Kossuth said. “It was a concert for Karen, and she and I were friends, so it hit a little closer to home.” He wishes no end were in sight. “It’s a sad thought, to be honest. I really thought we would go on forever, but that would have been tough. There’s a lot that goes into these shows, especially for Alan, who started them.” Regardless, he’s happy to have been a part of something so huge. “We’ve played a lot of benefits in the past, but CFC was about a certain person that touched people’s lives,” he said. “Then it was for some new and great cause every year. It was always a great time performing, knowing that the people are there to help the cause.” For Stout, one of his favorite parts of the CFC experience was what happens after the show, when the money is presented to the beneficiary. “There is no overhead or red tape,” he said. “Everything is donated, so every dime raised goes right to the agency, and that happens immediately. The show is on
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Flaxy Morgan was one of the first bands to perform when the concert series started in 1999 as ‘Concert for Karen.’ The band will play at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Stage 4 in the Grand Ballroom.
Wednesday, and by Thursday the money will already be helping people.” CFC has helped raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Child Development Council of NEPA, United Way Autism Programs and the Children’s Service Center, among others. As to why the show is ending, Stout simply says it’s time. “I had a goal of raising $200,000, and we will pass that on Wednesday night. The music scene has al-
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Sing the summer blues Blues fans can look forward to another eventful Northeastern Pennsylvania summer. On the festival circuit, first up, from noon until 10 p.m. June 12, will be the Billtown Blues Festival at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. Performers will include Doug McMinn’s 30th Anniversary Blues Band, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout, Bill James and the Chicago Playboys, the Laurie Morvan Band, George Kilby Jr. and the Road Dogs. For more info, call 584-4480. •••
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Next up is the 14th annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival, an outdoor event with headliners Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, James Armstrong and the Alexis P. Suter Band. The event will take over Briggs Farm, 88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck, on July 8 and 9, and discounted tickets are now available. Call 379-2003 or visit briggsfarm.com. ••• And finally, another popular festival will return to Palmerton in July. Michael Cloeren, founder and producer of the Pocono Blues Festival, has announced the li-
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ONGOING EXHIBITS Face to Face: Interface, contemporary portraiture of the Northeast by Bill Benson, Marylou Chibirka, Russell Recchion, George Strasburger, Brian Keeler, Barbara Sowinski, Robert Stark, Tom Wise and Marty Poole. Through April 29 with a closing reception at 6 p.m. with poetry readings and demonstrations of live-model portraiture. $10. Blue Heron Gallery, 20 Main St., Wyalusing. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 7464922. Art Exhibit, drawings and paintings by internationally known artist and author Nathan Goldstein and his wife, Harriet Fishman. Through April 29 at the Linder Gallery, Keystone College, La Plume. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m. 945-8461. St. Patrick’s Day and Easter Cards, vintage holiday cards from the permanent collection. Through April 30 at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 326-3326. Art of Bob Schmitz, vibrant works in acrylic and oil. Through April 30 at Bakehouse Bakery & Café, 152 United Penn Plaza, Kingston.
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Wilkes-Barre. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8230518. Elise Wagner: A Decade in Painting, works by the American painter using the medium of encaustic to explore the relationship between science and art with symbols found in astronomy, alchemy and meteorology. Through May 22 at the Sordoni Art Gallery, 150 S. River St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. Open daily, noon to 4:30 p.m. 408-4325. Emily Dickinson Art Show, works inspired by the American poet with several portraits by Gregory Paul Owens. Through May 26 at the Moose Exchange, 203 Main St., Bloomsburg. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 784-5530.
Collected & New Works, by Barbro Jernberg and Kelly Olszyk including landscapes and mixed media. Through May 7 at Marquis Art & Frame, 122 S. Main St.,
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THE GUIDE REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID? Michael Scott said the darnedest things, didn’t he? Long after he leaves Scranton for good, we’ll remember the man’s immortal words, most notably “That’s what she said,” which, if you’ve been living under a rock, was his witty, sly and HRunsanctioned way of making innuendo whenever someone inadvertently or otherwise let a double entendre slip. We culled our own memories (and consulted official websites to make sure those memories served us) to bring you these other famous or at least completely lovable Scott-isms: ••• At his most vulnerable: “You know, a lot of people say that if you dig long enough and hard enough, you will get to China, and that may be true. But what they don’t tell you is that if you dig long enough and hard enough in a conversation, you get to a friend.” ••• “This is just not the way a Dunder Mifflin manager should go, I’m sorry. Alone, out of the blue, not even have his own head to comfort him.” ••• At his most clueless: “I just got a new account, gentlemen’s club in Carbondale. It is called Curves. I went by there the other day, saw some of the women walking in, not really my cup of tea. Actually, Kevin, you might like it.” ••• On his role as boss: “A boss’s salary isn’t just about money. It is about perks. For example, every year I get a $100 gas card. Can’t put a price tag on that.” ••• “Remember when people used to say ‘boss’ when they were describing something really cool? Like, ‘Those shoulder pads are really boss, man.’ ‘Look at that perm; that perm is so boss!’ It’s what made me want to become a boss. And I looked so good in a perm and shoulder pads. But now, boss is just slang, for jerk in charge.” ••• “I guess the atmosphere that I’ve tried to create here is that I’m a friend first and a boss second, and probably an entertainer third.”
••• On Scranton: “Scranton is great, but New York is like Scranton on acid. No, on speed. Nah. On steroids.” ••• On life in general: “When I discovered YouTube, I didn’t work for five days. I did nothing. I watched Cookie Monster sing ‘Chocolate Rain’ about a thousand times.” ••• “Christmas is awesome. First of all, you get to spend time with people you love. Secondly, you can get drunk and no one can say anything. Third, you give presents. What’s better than giving presents? And fourth, getting presents. So, four things. Not bad for one day. It’s really the greatest day of all time.” ••• On love (or in love) “I think that we are one of those couples with a long story, when people ask how we found each other. I will see her every now and then, and AP PHOTO maybe one year she’ll be with somebody and the next year I’ll be with somebody. And it’s going to take a long time ... and then it’s perfect. I’m in no rush.” ••• “Here’s the sitch. Two weeks ago, I was in the worst relationship of my life. She treated me poorly; we didn’t connect; I was miserable. Now I am in the best relationship of my life, with the same woman. Love is a mystery.” ••• “That is a $200 plasma TV you’ve just killed. Good luck paying me back on your zero-dollars-a-month-plus-benefits salary, babe!” (Said to an angry Jan, who got a little destructive one night.) ••• “I used to think that she was the one. Or at least a the one.” ••• “Holly Flax, marrying me will you be?” And Holly responded, in true Yoda fashion: “Your wife becoming will I be.” ••• And that pretty much was the beginning of the end of Michael Scott as we all knew him. Tune in Thursday and pass the tissues. ••• -- Sandra Snyder
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When the lovable, clueless Michael Scott, a.k.a. Steve Carell, departs Scranton forever, will the city lucky enough to have landed him as its most famous, most bumbling boss ever be the same again? NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” put Northeastern Pennsylvania on the map, for sure, and made Michael Scott a household name. Mention that name, and it’s most often met with one of his signature “that’s
what she said” cracks or a memory of his legendary stupidity. Audiences knew they were in for a ride from the second episode of the first season, “Diversity Day,” when Michael tried to have an in-office tolerance seminar that offended more than educated. From then on, he kept viewers chuckling with everything from an exaggerated foot injury and a near-plunge into Lake Scranton while obeying a GPS to the creation of his own paper company and an incredibly awk-
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cranton, if not the world, was nominated for lead actor in a comedy series in 2006, the
ve Carell leaving ‘The Office,’ but his legacy will remain “If I personally had him for a boss, I would probably drink myself silly every night,” said Pam Wintersteen, 40, of Dallas. “He goofed off a lot, but he was an OK guy. He really cared about his employees.” “Michael was such an awesome boss because, although he did make a lot of lessthan-brilliant decisions, he truly cared about each of his employees, except maybe Toby,” said Billie Lafty, 25, of Exeter. “Also, See MICHAEL, Page 23
TAKE ‘THE OFFICE’ TOUR IN SCRANTON If Michael Scott’s impending departure from “The Office” makes you misty with memories, you can still head to Scranton to take an official Office Fan Tour and walk where he walked, figuratively, of course. The show has turned certain previously not necessarily noteworthy spots in the city into havens for fans of the hit series. The tours began in 2009 and take die-hard fans to see sites such as the Penn Paper Company, the Mall at Steamtown and Poor Richard’s Pub, places mentioned on the show. In the past cast members such as Melora Hardin, who played Jan, and Andy Buckley, otherwise known as David
Wallace, have accompanied the tours. The next tour is right around the corner, and seats fill up quickly, so grab a spot while you can. ••• What: The Office Fan Tour When: Noon-4 p.m. May 21 Tickets: Over 21, $55; under 21, $45. Purchase at www.officetally.com. Where: The tour begins at 149 Penn Ave., Scranton. Tickets include: Transportation around Scranton, lively tour guides, history of the city, stories from cast appearances, food and drinks at Cooper’s, drinks at Poor Richard’s Pub and a gift bag with Dunder Mifflin items from the NBC store.
ward bromance of sorts with his second-incommand, Dwight Schrute. On Thursday, Scott will take one last look out the famous blinds inside his windowed office overlooking an equally famous parking lot and say goodbye to all of us as he moves to Colorado with his sweetheart and bride-to-be, Holly Flax. Carell’s spot-on comedic timing and ability to remain as lovable as he is offensive helped turn Michael into one of TV’s most beloved characters.
hen Michael finally proposed to Holly this season, he did so in authentic Scranton fashion: by using a box from Boccardo Jewelers, which does business in the city. Given the role Boccardo played in helping Michael pop the question, we asked owner Jim Boccardo: Did Michael make the right decision holding out for Holly, or should he have tried harder to make it work with Jan? Or was one of his other previous women perhaps a better choice? “Holly was definitely the right decision. The two of them seem to click perfectly together,” Boccardo said. “And also, it was pretty convenient that she lived out of town because it became the perfect way for Steve Carrell to exit the show.” ••• We also asked other locals to weigh in on the choice: ••• “I think Holly and Michael are so much alike that the chemistry is undeniable between the both of them.” Nicole Gardecki, employee at Boccardo •••
“As far as the writing is concerned, I think they made a great choice for who he ended up with and for a way to have him exit from the show.” Samantha Schroder, 25, Lake Ariel ••• “I don’t think he’ll ever make the right choice. He’s just bad with decisions to begin with. He’s always making the wrong ones.” Amy Chache, 22, Scranton ••• “I think they rushed it, but Holly was definitely the right one for Michael. I like how in the beginning, you could see how similar they were to one another. She’s just as weird as he is, and I think they’re right for each other. I didn’t really like anybody else that he dated.” Matt Camella, 28, Drums ••• “He loved Holly from day one and never stopped. He wasn’t weary like he was with Jan. He even denounced his own movie, his life’s work, when Holly didn’t like it.” Ted Black, 27, West Wyoming ••• “Is it bad that I want to say I was on ‘Team Pam’s Mom?’ ” Joe Costa, 30, Swoyersville
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Michael Scott might be leaving Scranton for Colorado, but his memory will live on, if only in the form of “The Office” merchandise that bears his image or evokes his spirit. Bob Melley of Duryea runs a Dunder Mifflin kiosk inside The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton, bringing the masses NBC-licensed “Office” memorabilia. “You would think that there’s a ton of stuff with Michael on it, but it’s kind of rare,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with Dwight.” Still, you can find a collection of magnets, stickers, glassware and T-shirts that have something to do with the iconic manager. Scott’s signature “World’s Best Boss” mug retails for $12, as does the mug with his head plastered over a blue star, given to him by Kelly for an “America’s Got Talent” party she organized. Raise some awareness while
Michael Scott might be bidding adieu to Dundler Mifflin, but if you still need your weekly Steve Carell fix, try renting a couple of his movies. Here are a few of his more well-known offerings:
working out when you grab the $8 water bottle that reads, “Michael Scott’s Fun Run Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Race For the Cure.” Meredith, in whose honor that run took place, would appreciate that. Then, of course, there’s the classic Michael Scott Bobblehead, which sells for $19, and an assortment of stickers and magnets adorned with Scott’s catch phrase, “That’s what she said.” The stickers sell for $3 and the magnets for $5. The kiosk is on the first floor of the mall across from Journeys, just before the center court.
••• “The 40 Year Old Virgin” (2005, Universal, R, $15): If there was any doubt Carell could carry a big-budget comedy, this filthy yet sweet laughfest settled the debate by earning a remarkable $175 million at the box office. Everybody remembers the outrageous body-waxing sequence and the sparring between Carell and his pals (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch), but underneath all the raunch is an unexpectedly lovely romance between two lonely souls (Carell, the great Catherine Keener). All that and a groovy “Age of Aquarius” ending, too. ••• “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006, Fox, R, $15): Members of a funky New Mexico family (Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear) hit the road to Los Angeles in a yellow VW
van so their youngest (Abigail Breslin) can enter the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Along for the ride is Alan Arkin as the drug-addicted grandpa, Paul Dano as the withdrawn son who’s taken a vow of silence, and Carell as Collette’s suicidal gay brother. It’s shouldn’t work, but it does. Beautifully.
••• “Despicable Me”(2010, Universal, PG, $28): Here’s a cartoon that scores big with a combination of brainy humor and sleek computer animation. “Ice Age” impresario Chris Meledandri supervised the adventure about a sneaky super villain named Gru (voiced beautifully by Carell) who hatches a scheme to steal the moon. To carry out his wicked plan, Gru needs the help of three adorable Girl Scout-cookie-selling orphans. Cue the melting of the bad guy’s heart. The warmth and charm of the flick, not to mention the scenestealing turns by the hundreds of adorable worker robots called minions, easily overshadow the clichéd plot twists. “Date
••• Night” (2010,
PG-13, $30): As a Teaneck, N.J., twosome who get more than they bargained for from a trip to Manhattan, Carell and Tina Fey pass the chemistry test with flying colors. The movie, a witty mash-up of “The Out-of-Towners” and “After Hours,” tags along with the pair as they experience a night full of car chases, dirty cops and a shirtless Mark Wahlberg. The action scenes are generic, but when Fey and Carell are riffing on retainers and book clubs – or performing a pairs-only pole dance – the movie is killer funny. ••• “Dinner For Schmucks”(2010, Paramount, PG-13, $30): “40 Year Old Virgin” stars Carell and Rudd reteam for another crazy comedy, but the results aren’t quite as appetizing. Carell, wearing capped teeth and reddish hair, stars as Barry, a weirdo who builds dioramas out of dead mice. Rudd plays a corporate climber who invites Barry to a cruel party where the attendees make fun of the “schmucks.” A banquet of brainlessness, this “Dinner” has some yuks, but it’s primarily for hardcore Carell addicts only.
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What: Michael Scott departs “The Office” When: 9 p.m.-9:50 p.m. Thursday on NBC
he was always concerned with office morale. I think that’s one of the reasons why the Scranton branch lasted so long while all of the other branches failed.” For some, it’s simpler than that. “Michael was a good boss because he has a mug that says ‘World’s Best Boss.’ They don’t just give those out, you know,” joked Ted Black, 27, of West Wyoming, referencing the signature coffee vessel that has become a staple of “Office” fandom. Michael has had many a shining moment, but one of the most legendary is the “Lake Scranton” incident. “My favorite moment was when he drove his car into Lake Scranton with Dwight in the car with him because the GPS told him to ‘turn left now,’ ” Wintersteen said. “Left was obviously into the lake, but he didn’t care,” said Jane Murry, 32, of Mountain Top. “It was typical Michael.” Many now speculate that the show has run its course with Carell’s exit, but plenty are still willing to tune in. Bob Melley of Duryea runs the Dunder Mifflin kiosk in the Steamtown Mall in Scranton. He sees no signs of slowing. “The sales have been, and are still, moving right along, even though Michael is leaving,” he said. “If anything, I think they’re going to continue to grow.” He attributes the interest to the show’s writing. “The unique thing about the
show is that there are a lot of different storylines to get attached to that Michael’s not involved in. I know for a while I was tuning in to see where Erin and Andy’s relationship was going.” So, where do we go from here? Will Ferrell is already on the scene as the new No. 1 (but perhaps on borrowed time) and Will Arnett, Ray Romano and Ricky Gervais, who created and starred in the British version of “The Office,” have been mentioned as guests and possible fill-ins. Those are pretty big names tossed around to fill pretty big shoes, and this replacement won’t be an easy one. The ultimate decision will come under the close scrutiny of local fans. “You need the perfect person to take Michael’s place, and I think that’s going to be very hard to do,” said Matt Camella, 28, of Drums. Many champion existing Dunder Mifflin employees. “Anybody that they try to replace him with will end up being a disappointment, so the writers should work on developing some of the current, less-noticed characters instead,” Lafty said. “I think promoting Dwight to manager would be a great alternative to bringing a new character on.” “I think Jim deserves it,” Ryan Boensch, 25, of Philadelphia, said. “Also because I think the best story line going on with the show is Jim and Pam, and topping that is Jim vs. Dwight. Seeing that play out more would be insanely funny.”
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“Michael Scott and The Office go hand in hand,” Murry said. “There’s always going to be a little hole that Michael left, but I don’t think he would have wanted it any other way.”
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Earth Day becomes Mother’s Day in “African Cats,” a magnificent new wildlife documentary from Disneynature. It’s an engrossing and oftenmoving film built around the fierce protect-my-young instincts of a lioness and a female cheetah struggling against the odds on the Kenyan Masai Mara savanna. Almost every shot is a postcard-perfectAfrican vista, and every animal is
shown in majestic close-up — lions, cheetahs, hyenas, aardvarks and even the homely wildebeest, their snouts covered in flies. And yes, almost every situation and story thread duplicates what National Geographic did with its March documentary, “The Last Lions.” But it’s not a put-down of the darker and morestraightforward“LastLions”to suggest “Cats” is to “Lions” what poetry is to prose. Music, image and narration combine in the Disney film to present life
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Starring: Loretta Devine, Bow Wow Directed by: Tyler Perry Plot: “For Colored Girls” didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, so Perry once again dons the plus-sized muumuu of his beloved (in some quarters at least) alter ego Madea for another story of personal redemption and lots of lowbrow humor. Basically, Madea springs into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health. All Shirley wants is to gather her three adult children around her and share the news as a family. But Tammy, Kimberly and Byron are too distracted by their own problems. It’s up to Madea, and Aunt Bam, to gather the clan together and make things right the only way she knows how: with tough love, laughter ... and the revelation of a long-buried family secret. Running time: 100 minutes Rated: PG-13 for drug content, language and some mature thematic material.
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ater for Elephants” is partly a sawdust love story, partly a survival story. It opens with an old man’s reminiscence, as Jacob Jankowski (Hal IF YOU GO Holbrook) tells a young circus What: “Water For Elephants” hand about his own Depression-era Starring: Reese Witheradventures under the big top. spoon, Robert Pattinson, He didn’t join the show out of any Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook romantic impulses about carnival Directed by: Francis Lawlife. The well-planned veterinary rence career he expected was torpedoed Running time: 115 minutes by a family tragedy. And the first Rated: PG-13 for moments of intense violence and train he could hop just happened to sexual content be carrying roustabouts, a menag- ★★★ 1/2 erie, a gorgeous trick rider, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), and her possessive husband, the circus’s owner and ringmaster, August (Christoph Waltz). That’s where the romance enters. And the survival drama, too.
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Reese Witherspoon welcomes some occasional disorder By NICOLE SPERLING Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — As far as tightly wound actresses go, Reese Witherspoon tops the list. She insists upon a strict sense of order in her life. Her production company is called Type A, a moniker her latest costar, Robert Pattinson, says fits her strong sense of self perfectly. And even when she appears to be having a spontaneous moment, lamenting that her well-orchestrated career built around an avoidance of bikinis has been breached by her current role as a leotard-clad circus performer, it turns out the line is a well-rehearsed quip that’s been repeated, practically on a loop, to scores of media outlets. Which makes it all the more confounding that the 35-year-old actress would subject herself to the unpredictable behaviors of circus animals such as the nearly 9-ton elephant Tai and a slew of trick horses when she shot the adaptation of the Depression-era romance “Water for Elephants.” “I have anxiety. I get nervous, and I shake,” Witherspoon says. The night before shooting with the elephant, “I didn’t sleep, and I literally shook and shook and shook,” she says, feigning relaxation in a hotel room chair, still perfectly coiffed in a gray dress and 3-inch heels after a long day of enchant-
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Twentysomething Jacob (Robert Pattinson, looking much nicer tanned and smiling than he does in the “Twilight” series) gets a crash course in circus etiquette. The workers hate the performers, the train doesn’t slow down when deadbeats get tossed off, the coochie dancers like to tease virginal lads and the animals produce staggering quantities of manure. As to the age-old commandment Keep Your Hands off the Boss’ Wife, he is respectful. At least initially. A handsome, expensive-looking adaptation of Sara Gruen’s 2006 bestseller, “Water for Elephants” balances the colorful glitz of a three-ring spectacle with the atmospheric realism that a rich drama demands. The sideline characters are hokey stereotypes, but the
Reese Witherspoon stars in the Depression-era romance ’Water for Elephants.’
ing the international press corps. “But the performances with the elephant were really magical for me. Against my better instincts I decided to ride the elephant with no harness, with no safety equipment. It was pretty great.” Could it be that Witherspoon is finally loosening up? The native Southerner seems to be doing a lot of leaping without a protective net lately. After ending her eight-year marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe in 2007, she recently began a new chapter in her life, tying the knot with Jim Toth, an agent who represents the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson at CAA main trio is well-developed. Witherspoon, doing her best work since her Oscar-winning “Walk the Line,” is a decent, dutiful wife struggling with her feelings for Pattinson’s kind, hunky animal-lover. Waltz gives his role surprising depth. He’s a commanding personality, shading into cruelty, but you don’t want to poke his eyes out. He can be both ruthless and kind, and when he acts out violently he’s contrite. After savagely beating Rosie the elephant, the new star attraction, he’s mortified for losing control and sends her bottles of his best whiskey in apology. But some infractions can’t be excused, and Marlena and Jacob find themselves dancing a very precarious tightrope duet of suppressed desire. Their animal attraction eventually pours out with catastrophic results. This is a story with one happy ending and many unhappy ones.
“You can’t dwell on the disappointments. You have to keep moving and making interesting choices.” — Reese Witherspoon
where Witherspoon is also repped, in a private wedding ceremony just a week before embarking on a publicity tour for “Elephants,” which opens today. She’s moved easily between big studio projects and smaller films throughout her career, but “Water for Elephants” is something of a hybrid. It’s a roughly $40-million adult drama — a genre that’s had a hard time mak-
ing it at the box office in recent years — but it’s based on a bestselling novel by Sara Gruen and costars one of the hottest properties in town in Pattinson. Though its Easter weekend release date hasn’t traditionally been strong for such films, Bruce Snyder, 20th Century Fox’s head of distribution, said the spring date was simply intended to fill a void in the marketplace, noting
Director Francis Lawrence is right at home in the artificial milieu of a 1930s circus. The scenes of spectacle, spangly aerialists and lion tamers are few. The film’s focus is on the dramatic interplay among its topline actors, shot in adoring close-ups. Witherspoon’s costumer did a great job fitting her with theatrical spotlight attire and sleek Jean Harlow gowns for romantic nights on the town; her hairdresser spun her locks into an alluring platinum haze. Pattinson seems to improve as the movie goes along, over-indicating at first but gradually relaxing into his naive, awkward character. And the endlessly entertaining Waltz moves beyond his silky-monster thing to create a character who deserves admiration and pity, as well as scorn. Even if your circus taste runs more to Soleil than Ringling, there’s a lot here to like.
there has been little in theaters for women since Christmas. “The timing seemed perfect, and the picture was ready,” Snyder said. Witherspoon, whose successful “Legally Blonde” movies in the early 2000s led to her earning up to $20 million a picture, starred in one of those December releases, the romantic comedy “How Do You Know” from James L. Brooks, a film so eagerly anticipated it made it onto many Oscar watchers’ lists before it had even screened. But it wound up as both a critical and boxoffice failure. “It’s a disappointment that audiences didn’t go to the movie and didn’t love it,” the actress said. “You can’t dwell on the disappointments. You have to keep moving and making interesting choices.” Working with unpredictable animals would certainly seem to qualify. Her commitment to the demands of “Elephants” surprised even her director, Francis Lawrence. “A lot of people talk about training and practicing and what that really means is not very much. I was impressed by her physicality, training with the animals, getting good and conquering it when it feels scary,” Lawrence says. “She also got really into the body language. Costume designer Jackie West and I gave her a bunch of movies from the ’30s, and she really studied these women and how they moved and spoke and held their bodies. She changed a lot about herself physically for this.”
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man isn’t yet the biggest threat; other lions and everybody’s favorite monster, the crocodiles, are. A river separates two prides of lions. In one, the aged Layla raises herfemalecub,Mara,livingunder the dubious protection of Fang. On the other side of the river, Kali and his sons covet Fang’s pride and plot their assault. Sita the cheetah raises her brood of five cubs on her own, a single mom. “Built for speed, but not staying power,” as Samuel L. Jackson narrates, she can run down most any game animal she sees. But protecting her cubs, taunting and luring away threatening lions and hyenas, eats up much of her energy. Filmmakers Keith Scholey and Alistair Fothergill showcase the animals to great effect, letting us
appreciate their beauty and exquisite design. The filmmakers occasionally capture the cute — cuddly cubs wrestling. But they don’t shy away from the daily brutality of the “circle of life” — as we see in slow-motion takedowns of gazelles and zebras, whole herds of thembleatinginalarm.Deathwas more gruesome and more emotionally wrenching in “The Last Lions,” which treated us to one cute cub pulled under by a croc and another, broken-backed and left to die after an assault by other lions. There’s nothing remotely that traumatic in “African Cats.” But Jackson’s enthusiastic narration, even managing the odd joke, the splendid images and especially the wonderful sound — cheetah calls, grunting aardvarks wrestling, lionstryingtomusteruptheirmost menacing roar — makes “the Disney version” of the hard life both educationalandterrific,kid-friendly entertainment.
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ho says you can’t go to Cuba? Figuratively at least, friends of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic went there, in style, on Saturday night. “A Night In Havana” was the theme for the rollicking “Lovin’ The Music” fundraiser inside the Seasons Ballroom at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Guava, pineapples and cigars were plentiful. 1. Paul Flores rolls a custom cigar. 2. Barbara Hughes and organizer Martin Toth hit the dance floor 3. John Barancho, Bob Stanley and Paul Kabacinski get in some guy time. 4. Lisa Stoyko, Lizzy Kuna, April Allegrezza, Annmarie Spyidon and Lauren Stoyko made a colorful group. 5. Bob Clements and Mike Last were among the tuxedoed men. 6. Elizabeth Dorn and Annie Kite-Misiura were glammed up.
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‘SNL’ was not Berle’s finest hour Q. Is it true Milton Berle hosted one of the early “Saturday Night Live” telecasts and the show was so terrible Lorne Michaels vowed it would never be on the air again? A. TV legend Berle, who died in 2002, hosted SNL during its fourth season, 1978-79. The 1986 book “Saturday Night,” by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad, says Michaels was so unhappy with Berle and his performance that he refused to let the show be repeated. (There are also stories of Berle’s conduct in “Live From New York” by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller.) Eventually the show was rescued from the archives, and it is in the DVD box set of the fourth season. I revisited it when that box set came out in 2008 and, yes, Berle is awful.
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Adulterous dad’s TV bribe doesn’t offer a pretty picture Dear Abby: My father is a state worker who has “furlough Fridays.” My sister, “Dee,” went home early from school last Friday because she wasn’t feeling well and found him in bed with one of his coworkers. Mom was at work, so apparently Dad thought he was safe. If Mom ever found out, their marriage would be over. Dad is begging Dee not to tell. Dee and I have been saving for a large HDTV for our
DEAR ABBY ADVICE bedroom. Dad is now offering to pay for it. He says he’ll tell Mom he’s helping us because we have been working so hard to save the money. Actually, he’d pay for the whole thing and let us keep our money. Dee is all for it. She says we can use Dad’s affair to get more from him in the future. I’m shocked and disappointed in my father, and while I don’t
want to see my parents’ marriage destroyed, I don’t feel right about letting him bribe us. What should I do? — California Girl
you may be to your mother, if she should find out what’s been going on — and it ALWAYS comes out — and realize her daughters were aware of it, her pain will be magnified.
Dear California Girl: Your father is a piece of work. That he would attempt to rope his daughters in as co-conspirators shows the extent of his lack of character. Please do not go along with your sister’s plan to accept the payoff. It’s extortion. As difficult as hearing about this from
Dear Abby: How long after you are married can you take a honeymoon? My husband and I dream of going to Venice so we can kiss on the Bridge of Sighs. We’re saving our money, but won’t be able to afford to go until after our first anniversary. Is there a rule that a honeymoon must be taken within the first
year of marriage? — Liza in Alaska Dear Liza: There’s no such rule that I know of. Because it’s your first big trip together, call it a “deferred honeymoon,” and you need not apologize for doing so. To receive a collection of Abby’s most memorable — and most frequently requested — poems and essays, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 ($4.50 in Canada) to: Dear Abby’s “Keepers,” P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included.)
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If you think you can’t find a network carrying the royal wedding on April 29, here’s the first thing to ask: Have you turned on your TV? Coverage of the event will air on ABC, NBC and CBS as well as cable-news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Most of those networks are starting their pre game shows, so to speak, at 4 a.m. This is the Super Bowl of nuptials after all. Or if you want a veddy, veddy British atmosphere, you can tune in to BBC America, which is billing itself as “the home of the royal wedding.” It plans to go live and commercial-free starting at 3 a.m. — an hour that should work for insomniacs, mothers of newborns and the most avid royal watch-
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Britain’s Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton, share a lighter moment during a visit to St Andrews University, St Andrews, Scotland. William and Kate, who first met while studying at the University of St Andrews, helped mark the start of the 600th anniversary of the university’s foundation. The couple will be married at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
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JUNIOR’S Mediterranean Grill and Bar formerly Cafe Olivia
Now Taking Mother’s Day Reservations Serving Monday thru Saturday, 4:30pm ‘til Close
THEOS METRO Greek American Cusine
Full Menu Available: Steak, Seafood, Fish, Chops, Pastas, Burgers & more
2 for Tuesdays Mondays 12 oz. Lobster Tail Dinner $2495 2 Can Eat for $22 Thursdays - Lamb Night Wednesdays - Greek Night $ 00 2 off any Greek Specialty Entree Dinners Starting At $1295
Sundays - FREE Kids Meal With Each Adult Entree (under 10)
596 Mercer Ave. Kingston 283-2050
• Pizza • Homemade Pastas • Fresh Seafood • Veal • Steaks • Chops • Appetizers • Salads and More!
For A Complete Menu & Coupon Visit www.theosmetrorestaurant.com
APRIL SPECIAL Sicilian Pizza $9.95 + tax Round Pizza $7.95 + tax
204 Broad Street, Pittston LE E
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Eat in or Take out Dough Made Daily. A
BAR HOURS: 11:00AM-2:00AM 7 DAYS A WEEK
Open Mon-Thu 8-7 • Fri, Sat 8-8
316 Hazle St., Wilkes-Barre