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ast year, if you remember, Kirby Park was more than soggy. Water was lapping at the base of the Martz Amphitheatre, heavy, carnival-type rides couldn’t be brought in, and organizers had to cancel the Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival. “It was so sad,” remembered Lore Majikes, WilkesBarre event coordinator. gauge the audience and figure out what’s most likely to please them. “We try to be unpredictable,” Vern Jones said with a laugh. His wife said the couple loves the Cherry Blossom Festival. “The blossoms are beautiful (when they’re still around); it’s a family-friendly atmosphere; it gets people out of the house and brings them together. It’s winwin,” Diane Jones said. “We’re really looking forward to it.” “We try to showcase a lot of different genres, something for everyone,” Majikes said, pointing out the concerts will include polkas, rock-’n’-roll covers and more. “All the bands are local and tend to have their local following.” On Saturday, representatives of about 15 dance companies will have their turn – offering ballet, modern dance, Irish dance, Middle Eastern dancing and more. A group from the Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre last week rehearsed a piece teacher Gina Malsky patterned after Cirque du Soleil performances. “I’d like to be an acrobat,” Jessi Mendoza, 16, of Dallas told a reporter. “I’d like to walk a tight rope,” said Julie Mazaleski, 11, of Duryea. That’s if they could join a circus. Their spirited dance sequence may be the next best thing. Performances at the WilkesBarre Cherry Blossom Festival will take place rain or shine, Majikes said, explaining seating is available under a tent. The inflatable plastic balls
IF YOU GO What: Wilkes-Barre Cherry Blossom Festival Where: Kirby Park When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Saturday performers: Arabesque Academy of Dancing, Ballet Northeast, The Conservatory of Dance, Dance Contours, Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, David Blight School of Dance, Encore School of Dance, Fusia Dance Co., Haifa & Izdihaar Belly dancers, Kerry Dancers, PA Dance Vision, Scranton Dance Center, Symmetry Dance Co., Turi Studio of Dance and Without Walls Dance Co. Sunday performers: 11 a.m.: John Stevens Doubleshot (Polka)
Wendy and Chris Turcotte of Kingston plan to display will be one interesting new addition this year. They had envisioned offering rides down the levee to people who would be securely harnessed inside but learned the Department of Agriculture so far has not approved the devices for use in Pennsylvania. So they’ll just bring the balls so people can see them. ••• On May 5 and 6, cherry-blossom action swings a few miles upriver, where the West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival is planned for Susquehanna Ave-
Noon: Windfall 1 p.m.: Mother Nature’s Sons 2 p.m.: Wilkes Civic Band with Wyoming Valley West High School Band 3 p.m.: K8 4 p.m.: Nowhere Slow 5 p.m.: Robb Brown 6 p.m.: Farmer’s Daughter ••• What: West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Where: Susquehanna Avenue at Fireman’s Memorial Bridge When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 5 and noon to 6 p.m. May 6 Parade: Noon May 5 Little Miss Cherry Blossom Contest: 1 p.m. May 5 West Pittston Idol Contest: 5:30 p.m. May 5
nue, near the Firefighters Memorial Bridge. The 41st annual West Pittston Cherry Blossom Parade begins at noon May 5, and any individual or group interested in participating may contact Ralph Salerno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-0231. The Little Miss Cherry Blossom Festival pageant, open to greater Pittston girls 4 to 8, is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. To register, contact Gina Malsky at 332-7817. Another way to show off your talent in West Pittston is to take part in the West Pittston Idol contest, set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Singers 5 and older are invited to participate.
This year should be different. Though we did experience heavy rainfall earlier this week – and it may have washed the last clinging blossoms from Kirby Park’s ornamental cherry trees – the area is actually in a rain deficit. And the forecast is for a mostly rain-free Saturday and Sunday. So children should be able to ride the ponies and the giant slide and have their faces painted. Families will be able to look at – though not ride inside – large plastic balls that are capable of giving people a head-overheels trip down the levee. And Saturday will be devoted to dance performances, a.k.a. “Pirouettes in the Park,” while Sunday will be devoted to “Music in the Park.” “We’ve got some phenomenal outdoor music in store, with kind of a reggae feel,” said Robb Brown of Wilkes-Barre, whose band will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday. “We’ve got that spring vibe in the air. It’s the gateway to summer.” Also celebrating the season will be the band Farmer’s Daughter, which plans to bring “a lot of the new, modern country” music, starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. “We’ll probably do ‘Old Alabama’ by Brad Paisley, ‘Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy,’ songs from Rascal Flatts and some Sugarland songs, also some of the older stuff like Johnny Cash,” said George Pegula of Olyphant. Vern and Diane Jones of Pittston, the duo known as Windfall, said they will choose from their wide repertoire after they
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Julia Randazzo, Lauren Gardner, Jessi Mendoza, Julie Mazaleski and Morgan Novakovich rehearse for this year’s ‘Pirouettes in the Park’ portion of Wilkes-Barre’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
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THIS WEEK: APRIL 27 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 AACA Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club with food, entertainment, games and prizes. Public Square, WilkesBarre. Tonight at 6 with awards at 9. 309-2367. Paddlemania Fundraiser, with vendors, food, games and more. Sponsored by the Plymouth Public Library at the American Legion, 33 Center Ave., Plymouth. 6 to 9 tonight. $5. 7794775. Bullied, a screening of the documentary followed by a discussion on bullying. Tunkhannock Area High School, 120 W. Tioga St. 7 tonight. Free. 836-8223. Renaissance Jamboree, the annual street fair with craft booths, food, games and entertainment. Main Street, Bloomsburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 784-2522. Money Smart Week @ Your Library, a program with Kara Zoeller of Saving by Design who discusses using coupons and other tips to save money on groceries. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 823-0156. Holistic and Psychic Fair, with massage therapy, reiki, aura imaging and more. Hilton Garden Inn, 242 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $3. Knit and Crochet Group, all ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday. Free. 823-0156. Spring Festival and Art Walk, with games, rock climbing, dunk tank, moon bounce, international food, tricky trays, crafters, art walk and entertainment by the Tune Bandits, the Emerald Isle Step Dancers and All That Dancin’ along with the MMI Chorus, String Orchestra and Drama Club. MMI Preparatory School, 154 Centre St., Freeland. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 455-3533.
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Party, sponsored by St. John the Evangelist church. With a light lunch and prizes including cash awards. The former Seton Catholic High School cafeteria, Church Street, Pittston. 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. 654-3936. Evening of Fine Food and Wine, the annual fundraiser with a silent auction and signature dishes from Carmen’s at the Radisson, Fire and Ice on Toby Creek, the Hilton Scranton, Patsel’s and the French Manor including wines and desserts. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $85. 344-1111.
Taste of the Parish, with samplings of more than 40 food items along with a themed basket raffle. St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10, $5 youths. 288-4664.
Mixologists for Miracles, a celebrity-bartender event with Mayor Chris Doherty of Scranton, Bryan Thompson of 105 FM The River, Dave Kuharchick and Monica Madeja of WBRE-TV and more. State Street Grill, 114 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. All tips benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. 271-6188.
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Barre. 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through May 15. 823-0156. One Book Every Young Child, a reading of “Stop Snoring, Bernard!” by Zachariah O’Hora along with activities and crafts. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Free. Signup: 654-9847.
THIS WEEK: APRIL 2 7 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 Salamanders: Fun for Kids, a story and talk on salamanders with Rebecca Lesko of the Endless Mountains Nature Center. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. 675-9900. Healthy Kids Day at the Y, with information tables, healthy snack-making, gardening, swimming, games, fitness classes, the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department’s Fire Safety Smoke House and more. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 823-2191. Save Your Pennies. Stop by to make your own piggy bank to help you start saving. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Signup: 823-0156. El Dia de los Ninos, a bilingual storytime with songs, games, crafts and finger-plays in English and Spanish. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 10:30 a.m. Monday. 823-0156. 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. Barbie on the Fashion Runway. Bring your favorite Barbie doll
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BEST BET The Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will offer another delightful children’s presentation, ‘The Mouse’s Marriage,’ this weekend. In this Japanese folk tale, a sweet young mouse couple are deeply in love. But the girl’s father insists that she marry only the ‘strongest, smartest, best husband in the world.’ Find out how the clever girl proves she knows the best match of all. Shows are at 10 a.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday. Free. 9961500.
for a fashion show along with crafts, raffles and refreshments. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday. For kindergarten to sixth grade. 287-2013. Books and Babies, story time for ages 1 to 3. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-
Stop Snoring Bernard, a reading of the book by Zachariah O’Hora along with games, crafts and fun activities. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. 823-0156.
FUTURE Father/Daughter Weekend, with campfires, an ice cream social, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, rock climbing, high ropes and zipline. YMCA Camp Kresge, 382 Camp Kresge Lane, White Haven. May 4-6 or 11-13. Check in 5 p.m. Friday and check out 11 a.m. Sunday. $185 per parent/child includes cabin accommodations and all meals. 823-2191 or campkresge.com. Lights, Camera, Legos! A Lego competition for ages 5 to 14 with teams vying to complete a building task and a Lego Stop Action Film. No knowledge of filmmaking required. Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St., Bloomsburg. 6 to 9 p.m. May 4. Register online at boxoflight.org. $15 per team of two to three members. 764-2388. Free Children’s Movie, a screening of “The Jungle Book” with free popcorn and soda. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. May 5. 9961500.
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OUTDOORS THIS WEEK: APRIL 27 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 Bird Watching Walk. Bring binoculars and a field guide. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. 8 to 11 a.m. today. Free. 836-3835. Do It for the Kids, the 20th annual Walk-a-Thon sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m., Walk-a-Thon at 10 a.m. and awards and post-walk celebration at 10:45 a.m. With games, food and music. 714-1246. Spring into Action Park Cleanup. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Signup: 4032006.
Spring into Gardening, a day of workshops on vegetable gardening, ground covers, pesticides, pruning, pollinators and more. With keynote speaker Paul Epsom of PBS’ “The Epsom Victory Garden.” Also: a plant sale and flea market. Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. Saturday. $30. Reservations: 877-489-1398 or http://extension.psu.edu/ events.
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ith hearty shouts of “Woo!” “Yeah!” and “All right!” three endurance athletes set off running on the Boulder Field Trail. Fresh from splashing through a stream at Hickory Run State Park near White Haven, they’d just heard how the Boulder Field Trail becomes steadily rockier, and they were excited about tackling that next. “Bring it!” Shan Egan Evans, 42, shouted as he and his teammates Michele Dougherty, 41, and Kate Solomon, 40, dashed up an incline and out of sight. “It was great,” Dougherty reported after the excursion, explaining the trio did not abandon their exercise that Wednesday despite a sudden April sleet. Why do these athletes push themselves so hard? Ha! Because a morning run over rocks and through sleet is a gentle stroll compared with the Tough Mudder, an 11mile obstacle event set for tomorrow and Sunday at Pocono Manor, near Mount Pocono. Among the obstacles Evans, Solomon, Dougherty and the rest of their 12-member team will face there are the “Spider Web,” in which they’ll climb over two cargo nets; the “Creek Crusade,” in which they’ll slosh through waist-high sludge; and the “Log Bog Jog,” in which they’ll climb over or crawl under fallen logs in a swampy area. Dougherty, a veteran of two previous Tough Mudders, dreads jumping from a 15foot platform and swimming through an icy pond for “Walk the Plank.” But, she said, taking part in a “Tough Mudder” is all about working through fears. It’s also about teamwork and camaraderie, said Evans, a professional musician – and son, incidentally, of the famous ’60s rock-’n’-roll singer Chubby Checker and his
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sylvania. With children’s activities, educational tables and DJ music. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Sunday with a Family Festival at 3 p.m., Kids Fun Run at 5 p.m., 5K and 10K Walk at 5:30 p.m. and 5K and 10K Run at 6 p.m. with Awards Ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Register at active.com. 969-7313. Waterfall Hike, a 1.5-hour hike on fairly level terrain, sponsored by the Pocono Avian Research Center. Meet at the CVS Pharmacy, 958 Route 390, Cresco. 7 p.m. Sunday. $10. 595-8620.
wife, Dutch beauty queen Catharina Lod- many cities around the world – or the “Dirty ders. Evans has made a hobby out of train- Girl Mud Run,” an all-female event set for ing for such events. May 5 in Scranton. He co-leads a team whose members hail But Tough Mudder participants – includmostly from Southeastern Pennsylvania, ing Dougherty, who works in the insurance and he says he’s not a really fast runner. But industry, and Solomon, who is a flight atas one of the stronger people, he can boost tendant – like to believe they’re in “the other teammates over toughest event on the walls. planet.” “I’ll be that anchor IF YOU GO “There’s a spot a few guy,” he said. “That What: Tough Mudder miles into the Mud means I’m usually the When: Saturday and Sunday; waves Run,” Evans said, last one over.” “where a sign says ‘If start about 8 a.m. The Tough Mudder Where: Pocono Manor, but all parking you were on a Warrior website explains the enDash, you’d be finished is at Pocono Raceway, 1234 Long durance events are the now.’ ” Pond Road, Long Pond brainchild of Will Dean, Spectator tickets: $40 at the event Fees range from $90 a former counterterror- More info: toughmudder.com to $200 for participants ism agent for the British and $20 to $40 for specgovernment. They’re tators, depending how held in several countries and, the website re- soon you sign up. Several hundred athletes ports, have raised $2 million to support the expect to take part this weekend, and more Wounded Warrior Project. will attend a second event May 12-13. You might compare a Tough Mudder to A Tough Mudder isn’t a race, Evans exthe “Warrior Dash” – an event also held in plained, but a mental and physical chal-
na Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. $5. Signup: 842-1506. Tannersville Bog Walks, 2.5-hour guided walks through the northern boreal bog. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 1 p.m. Wednesdays through June 6. $5. Reservations: 629-3061. Bird Identification for Beginners, a presentation on size and shape, habitat, color and patterns, and behavior. Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. 836-3835. Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages
people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.
FUTURE Spring Bird Walk, a trek through the 400-acre preserve to spot spring migrants. Meet in the parking lot at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 6 a.m. May 5. 879-4244. Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Educa-
Michele Dougherty, Shan Egan Evans and Kate Solomon make their way down steep, rocky terrain.
lenge that promotes working together to solve problems. “Michele (Dougherty) is a perfect example,” Evans said, explaining she was worried she’d feel claustrophobic in a narrow tunnel. He went first and told her to follow. “I talked her in. I said, ‘Don’t look at anything but my shoes.’ She made it through because I led the way.” As the team overcomes such obstacles as running past burning hay bales, perhaps with shirts over their faces to cut down on the smoke inhalation, a sense of “pure exhilaration” kicks in, Evans said. “We can do this now,” Solomon said. “We are healthy and injury-free. We might not always be able to do this, but since we can, we do, and it makes us feel alive.”
tion Center and boat rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. May 5. Free. 675-9900. Salt Springs Roadside Cleanup. All supplies provided. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. 9 a.m. May 5. 967-7275. Walk to Cure Diabetes, a 3.5-mile trail walk. Meet at the Pump ’n’ Pantry in Montrose. May 5 with registration at 9:30 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. 289-4062 or walktocurejuvenilediabetes.org. Plant Swap. Bring native plants, vegetable seedlings or indoor plants to trade. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. 403-2006.
Memorial Pet Walk, with a balloon release, Chinese auction, basket raffle, psychic readings, flea market, vendors, pets for adoption and food booths. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. May 5 with registration at noon. 457-1625. Astronomy Day. Observe the heavens with the Lackawanna Astronomical Society. Telescope setups at the Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory, Route 107 and Hack Road, Fleetville. 7 p.m. May 5. Free. 586-0789. Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride, a 30-mile ride through the Back Mountain to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. May 6. Register at 7 a.m. and ride at 8 a.m. Begins at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 820-8002.
Fungus, Moss and Lichens Walk, an identification walk with naturalist Deanna Lickey. Lackawan-
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Michele Dougherty, Kate Solomon and Shan Egan Evans run through a creek in Hickory Run State Park as part of their training for the Tough Mudder.
THIS WEEK: APRIL 27 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 Planted on Paper, botanical illustrations by Sue Hand. Opens tonight with a reception 4 to 6 and an Artist’s Talk at 5. Through July 30 at the Wyoming County Courthouse Art Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 675-5094. The Titanic Memorabilia Exhibit: plates, photocopies of 1912 newspapers, blueprints, books, games and more plus paintings by Ali Woods Wilson and Ben Jackson. Through Monday with reception 5 to 8 tonight. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Open during movies. 996-1500. Ike Design Group, rustic and imag-
‘The Storm,’ a photograph by Jessica Krzywicki, is among the works at the 24th annual King’s College Student Exhibition through May 4 at the Widmann Gallery in Wilkes-Barre. inative handcrafted works, including lighting, furniture and home accessories using reclaimed barn wood, tin, pallet wood and more. Opens tonight with a reception 5 to 7. Through June 7 at the Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through
Meeting of the Art Waters, an exhibit of photographs by a group of New York City artists. Opens Saturday with a reception 4 to 8 p.m. Through June 30 at the T.W. Shoemaker Art Gallery, 312 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Hours by appointment. meetingoftheartwaters.com.
CLOSING SOON Senior Exhibition, by Keystone College art students. Through Saturday at Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., and Artworks Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 969-1040.
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renderings of local churches, miniature paintings, watercolor landscapes and florals. Through Monday at Citizens Bank, Wyoming Avenue and Welles Street, Forty Fort. 288-7538. New Season – New Works, a group show by apprentices and alumni of the Ani Art Academies Waichulis. Through Monday at Mainstreet Galleries, 370 Pierce St., Kingston. 287-5589.
various media by Marywood University students. Through Tuesday at Marquis Art Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. 3443313. Student Exhibition, in drawing,
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Scranton: One Hundred Years, chronicling the work of the Lackawanna County organization. Through May 4 at the Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, University of Scranton. 941-4214.
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we received three – yay us) were something special. The meatballs themselves were monstrous and flavorful, the red sauce had personality aplenty, and the sweet, grainy Ricotta melted over the entire dish almost like a second sauce. A definite orderagain. Salads also were special, even the basic tossed, with a shout-out going to homemade honey balsamic dressing and a nice mixture of fresh field greens. After fretting over whether to order Veal Sorrentino, tempting
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Cider is a refreshing drink for fall, often associated with hayrides and changing leaves, but throw a little alcohol in the mix and you have a new libation entirely, one enjoyable year-round. Hard cider has gained popularity in the States over the years but has always been a tradition in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Now Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre is serving Magners Irish Cider, the only Irish cider in the United States. The use of cider dates to the
14th century, when children were baptized in it, given it was deemed cleaner than water. Cider was used as a form of payment to farmers in the 18th century and was once said to be the cure for upset stomach, rheumatic disease and various other ailments. Though Magners serves none of these purposes today, it provides a crisp drink made using methods originating in 1935,
when production began in Ireland. The brewery uses 17 varieties of apples and lets the cider ferment in oak vats for up to two years to ensure a quality taste. The cider tastes dry but redapple sweet, carbonation is light, and, its creator says, it’s best sipped over ice. ••• MAGNERS IRISH CIDER Served by: Beer Boys, 176 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre Price: $4 Type: Cider Alcohol by volume: 4.5 percent
as it was with its requisite eggplant plus prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and pomodoro sauce, or a more standard steak, my guest settled instead on a nightly special that tweaked a chef specialty, which is Chicken Champagne: breast of chicken sauteed with jumbo lump crab meat, tomato, spinach and a Champagne and cream sauce. He got all of this but subbed veal for the chicken and was so content he momentarily didn’t even realize he was eating veal. The king crab meat was so large, the first impression was that this was a seafood dish. When he did hit veal, however, he found the portion more than generous and pounded to thin tenderness, enough to satisfy and then some. Steamed broccoli and dressed-up mashed potatoes accompanied, with neither receiving complaints. I chose the pasta route after hearing the homemade vodka sauce was quite the crowd-pleaser. Over a hearty portion of homemade cheese ravioli, it more than held its own, only missing the ex-
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cellence mark because it was served lukewarm. Still, I appreciated the texture especially, neither chunky nor smooth but happily in-between. One dessert seemed enough, so a blueberry-banana cheesecake it was. My guest noted it had a heavier texture than he preferred and didn’t have an ultrafresh taste. He also deemed it a bit dry and clumpy but nonetheless devoured it. The crumb or two left on the plate indicated obvious forgiveness. You know what that means, right? A second visit is surely in order. Service was professional and pleasant, our server was patient and conversational, and the small crowd on a weeknight seemed content, possibly representing the regulars who know all the secrets. In retrospect, we should have asked them about the bar menu, which we bypassed but with regrets. It’s a good one, boasting homemade mozzarella sticks, hand-cut fries with bacon and cheese, homemade potato pancakes, Angus burgers (full size and slider), wings, bites and cheesesteaks, and even edamame with sea salt, a pleasantly healthy little offset to all those guilty pleasures that seem to come with special twists. Can you think of a better reason to return? Times Leader food critics remain anonymous.
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Just for the Record. Bring your vinyl records to share and discuss. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Monday. 823-0156.
Education for Justice Film, a screening of “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” followed by a discussion. Brennan Hall, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. 941-4051.
Philadelphia Art and History Trip, a day trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an audio tour of “Van Gogh Up Close,” a 1.25mile walk around the historic section and dinner at the 1773 City Tavern. Departs 8 a.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration, with free food samples, music, entertainment and customs unique to Mexico. Luzerne County Community College’s Hazleton Center, 100 W. Broad St. 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Free. 740-0753.
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‘Raven’ a witty thrill By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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The image of Edgar Allan Poe passed down to us is that of a dour, pale and morbid drunkard, a poet haunted by lovers who died in his arms. But he also was a playful wordsmith, an eviscerating critic. That’s the Poe of “The Raven,” a fanciful, witty and suspenseful revision of his last days that is more entertaining than it has any right to be. John Cusack gives America’s first great suffering artist an intellectual’s goatee, a cape and swagger. He may be broke, but he is famous, he insists. He has invented detective fiction and the suspense thriller. Stories such as “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-tale Heart” have ensured his legend, and that poem about the black bird comes to mind every time we see such birds in the dingy skies above 1840s Baltimore (actually, Budapest and Belgrade). Then people start dying. A
What: “The Raven” ★★★ Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Luke Evans Directed by: James McTeigue Running time: 111 mins. Rated: R for bloody violence and grisly images
pit-and-pendulum murder here, a victim possibly walled up in a sewer there. Somebody is imitating the deaths in Poe’s fiction, and Detective Fields is “in dire need of your un-wholesome expertise.” Not that Poe can be of much help. Until the killer ups the ante and Poe is trapped in a ticking-clock thriller of his own invention. Cusack, in the most dashing role of his career, is a delight, manic one moment, overwhelmed by regret in the next. Dread and foreboding hang over the film, and the script is fun, especially for Poe fans, who might be tempted to cast a jaundiced eye on this endeavor.
‘Pirates’ has some swag By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
There’s an inviolable law of animated films: The more “names” you have in the voice cast, the weaker you know your film is. A pirate picture too late to the party to have much in the way of fresh gags, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” is stuffed with name voice actors, from Hugh Grant to Salma Hayek. All of them sat in a recording booth and struggled to find funny things to say or funny ways to say not-so-funny things. Amusing in small doses, “Pirates” is the first film from Aardman to suffer a serious shortage of sight gags, the first where the whimsy feels forced. Hugh Grant’s Pirate Captain (that’s his name) is all stutter and “glittering eyes and glorious beard.” As a pirate, he’s something
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of a bust, even though his crew adores him. He figures he’s due for the “Pirate of the Year” award, but he’s always come up short in booty and pillaging. Then, in 1837, he captures Charles Darwin (David Tennant), a scientist who craves fame as much as The Pirate Captain. And Darwin recognizes the Captain’s pet “parrot,” Polly, as something altogether more amazing: the last Dodo bird.
He talks The Pirate Captain into sailing to Britain, under the nose of pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), where Darwin hopes to present the bird to The Royal Society, whose entryway is marked “Playing God since 1807.” So you have pirates roughly 120 years after their heyday and a scheming Darwin paired with his evolved chimp pal, a “Man Pan Zee,” he calls him. You have other See PIRATES, Page 15
Action movie plays it ‘Safe’ By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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A slow-building, B-movie thriller, “Safe” is nothing new for Jason Statham. A girl needs his protection from assorted gangs of bad men, and the dialogue crackles with flinty one-liners. “Don’t lose sleep. He had it coming,” he tells bystanders after killing a boatload of bad guys. His bald skull and perma-stubbled face lean into the camera, bristling at the bit, ready to get on with the serious citywide buttwhipping he’s about to lay on the Russian and Chinese mobs and New York cops on the take. We meet Mei (Catherine Chan), who is in a Russian mobster’s office. He wants something from this 11-year-old. A number.
What: “Safe” ★★ 1/2 Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chang, Robert John Burke, James Hong Directed by: Boaz Yakin Running time: 94 minutes Rated: R for strong violence, language
DVD releases that sing big, walk tall and go deep hit stores this week: ••• “CAMELOT,” GRADE A: The 45th anniversary of the film version of the Tony Award-winning stage production from Lerner and Loewe is being marked with the release of a special Blu-ray that includes 36 pages of photos, trivia and more. The wonderful musical, directed by Joshua Logan, based on T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” looks at the lives
He says he’ll subject her to “one of those tortures you people are so famous for.” Nobody in “Safe” is politically correct. And nobody thinks anything of menacing a little girl. Flash back to a year before, when Mei was in a Chinese school correcting her teacher’s math. A Chinese mobster (James Hong, reliably evil) needs her as and loves of those during the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s a tale of honor, betrayal and duty. “THE WALKING TALL TRILOGY,” GRADE B-MINUS: The new Blu-ray set includes “Walking Tall,” “Walking Tall Part 2” and “Final Chapter: Walking Tall.” They all tell the story of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser (Joe Don Baker), who not only walked tall but carried a big stick. He survived several assassination attempts to dish out a brutal justice to clean up his town. ••• Also new on DVD this week:
his courier. Writer-director Boaz Yakin keeps us off balance, spending much of the film’s first half hour following Mei, winning sympathy for her plight. Shipped to America, in the care of a murderous adoptive dad (Reggie Lee), she’s had to learn “business” the hard way — witnessing torture, murder and corruption. Then, there’s mixed-martialarts cage fighter Luke (Statham), a man who has just crippled an opponent in a fight Luke was supposed to throw. The Russian gamblers plan elaborate punishment. They kill his pregnant wife and turn him loose, promising to murder anyone he gets See SAFE, Page 15
“Titanic”: British miniseries starring Toby Jones offers multiple looks at the historic sinking. “The Innkeepers”: Two employees look into the haunted past of the hotel where they work. Sara Paxton stars. “Young Goethe in Love”: German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe finds his inspiration. “Contraband” A man (Mark Wahlberg) must return to the life he left to protect his family. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”: Alec Guinness stars in John le Carre’s classic Cold War spy drama.
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By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic
he documentary “Bully” is essential to see, whether you’re a parent or a kid, whether you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of cruelty. But it’s also frustrating to watch, because while the stories included here are undeniably moving, they’re not exactly told in the most artful way.
One bland dramedy By ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service
IF YOU GO What: “The Five-Year Engagement” ★ 1/2 Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Jacki Weaver, David Paymer Directed by: Nicholas Stoller Running time: 124 minutes Rated: R for sexual content, language throughout
feeling. Emily Blunt and Segel are Violet and Tom, young lovers in San Francisco planning a wedding. Until she gets a fellowship to study and work at the University of Michigan, in that “Water Winter Wonderland” better suited for wolverines than big-city folk. He gives up his job as sous chef at a trendy restaurant, and the wedding, a big wedding, is postponed. He’s resigned to it and supportive. She’s distracted, even after the pep talk with her ditzy sister (Alison Brie, a stitch). Much of the comedy here is
built around the funk that Tom goes through far away from his dream life in his dream city and his dream job. He gets a little too into hunting, becomes a little too fond of dining on deer and dons Ted Nugent facial hair. His first faculty cocktail party in Ann Arbor tells him all he needs to know. He mentions he’s a chef, and all anybody can think of to ask is if he saw the Pixar cartoon “Ratatouille.” Violet is spending too much time at the office, running psychological experiments with her “bad decisions” specialist mentor (Rhys Ifans, funny enough) and judging Tom by what she’s learning. And the wedding plans keep tumbling backward. Any chef knows that the more you add to the soup, the more watered down you make it. Whatever spicy moments it manages, “The Five-Year Engagement” is still just broth — weak broth — in the end.
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The Five-Year Engagement” plays like a five-episode, R-rated story arc from “How I Met Your Mother.” With more profanity and more explicit sex. And considerably less drinking. And no Neil Patrick Harris. Jason Segel, co-star of both the TV show and the movie, and his “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” team, feed us two hours-plus of recycled gags from the show (e.g. Segel’s “Big Foot” impersonation) and bits that might have been in the sitcom but were too expensive for it. They layer the soundtrack with music by Van Morrison, whose love songs are used so often in the movies that they’re collected on a CD, “Van Morrison Goes to the Movies” (which apparently Segel, co-writer and director Nicholas Stoller and I all own). All that adds up to is an occasionally engaging romantic dramedy that never blows away that “Where have I seen this before?”
Director Lee Hirsch’s film grows repetitive and seems longer than its relatively brief running time. It bounces with no rhyme or reason between a handful of students across the country who’ve suffered from bullying. Still, if “Bully” does nothing more than provide the impetus for a dialogue, it succeeds. Hirsch spent a year with about a half-dozen families with children who’ve been bullied at school — teased, abused, humiliated and ostracized — behavior adults too often sweep aside with the cliche that kids will be kids. Among them are David and Tina Long of Murray County, Ga., whose17-year-old son, Tyler, hanged himself. Tina bravely shows the closet where the family found him, in his bedroom since turned into an office, and the death has turned the Longs’ quiet suburban life into a crusade for awareness. Among the movie’s other stories is 12-year-old Alex, a scrawny kid from Sioux City, Iowa. His parents acknowledge he’s a bit weird, but as his mom points out, he’d be the most devoted friend to anyone who would accept him. Hirsch’s camera captures Alex’s grueling daily school-bus ride as big, mean kids use him as their punching bag. In conservative Tuttle, Okla., 16-year-old Kelby has been shunned since she came out as a lesbian, as have her parents. She finds a small circle of friends who accept her as she is, including a girlfriend, but she feels discouraged when she can’t open up more minds and hearts. Her parents’ evolution is inspiring. These are just some of the stories Hirsch shares in “Bully.” Any one of them might have served as its own complete film. This is especially true of a tale that comes toward the end: that of Kirk and Laura Smalley, whose 11-year-old son, Ty, took his own life because of bullying. These are admittedly simple, small-town folks, with longtime family roots in the area who are forced to re-examine everything that defines them in a teary haze. Kirk’s honesty and purity of emotion are haunting, and our time with this family is tantalizingly brief.
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THIS WEEK: APRIL 27 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 The Jacobs Brothers, the gospelmusic trio. Noxen Bible Baptist Church, 3604 Route 29, Noxen. 7 tonight. Donation. 298-2030.
Fun with Harmony, the 34th annual concert by the Endless
Mountains Barbershop Chorus. With guest quartet Anything Goes and jazz pianist Rick Pedro. Tunkhannock Area High School, 120 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Saturday. $9 advance, $12 at
the door. 335-3379. Cantores Christi Regis, a choral concert of classical, contempoSee CONCERTS, Page 21
Members of the King’s College choral group Cantores Christi Regis rehearse for the spring concert set for tomorrow at the Campus Ministry Center in Wilkes-Barre.
B.L.E.S.T., a Christian-music concert. Voice of Hope Christian Coffeehouse, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. 7 to 9 tonight. Free. 735-1760. Bob Weir, the former Grateful Dead musician in an intimate solo acoustic show. F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 8 tonight. $49.50, $34.50. 826-1100.
Start Making Sense, a seven-piece Talking Heads tribute band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $18. 325-0249.
Aaron Tippin, the baritone-voiced country-music singer (“You’ve Got to Stand for Something”). Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. 8 tonight. $30, $25. 866-605-7325.
Choral Concert, a student performance of sacred, American folk, ethnic, patriotic, Broadway and pop selections. Holy Redeemer High School, 159 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday and Sunday with a
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Top 40 gets touch of metal
Lipstyk picks up the beat with eclectic members
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irty, sexy rock-’n’-roll. Local cover band Lipstyk delivers this and more as it lends its own hard-edged sound to classic and Top 40 tunes. “We take everything and make it a little heavier,” vocalist and keyboard player Kate Mangan, 30, of Exeter said. “We do it just so that it’s still accessible yet has a nice, unique vibe to it.” Mangan is joined by bassist and vocalist Tony Garuba, 53, of Pittston, drummer Chris Bubblo, 39, of Harding and Eric Fusco, 26, of Exeter, who tackles the guitar. The band has more than 100 years’ combined experience. Garuba, spot-on in his AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne renditions, played in bands such as Onyx and Bare Knuckle and was always into heavy metal. Bubblo’s passion for hard rock and his ability to produce driving beats adds an edge, as does Fusco’s guitar versatility. The band covers all sorts of songs, from The Beatles’ “Come Together” and Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” to Out-
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field’s ’80s hit “Your Love” and the grunge sounds of Nirvana. Mangan, with a musical-theater background, tends to look at herself as the odd woman out. “I trained classically both vocally and on piano, so moving into rock was a big stretch for me, but I love it,” she said. Mangan said she has become accustomed to “angry chick rock” and is partial to Alanis Morissette and Adele. Lipstyk has been on the scene for a year now and finds itself with a loyal fan following. “We try to rotate as many songs as possible but always stick to the favorites that people want to hear,” Mangan said. “We’ve come to find that people are looking for that Lady Gaga or that Adele with the harder edge.” Lipstyk strips off its edge, though, when it cuts down to
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three members for an acoustic set. “Things are so pure,” Mangan said. “You can hear every single note, every single tone and how our voices blend. I think our acoustic is as good or even better as the hard-rocking set.” All the members have full-time jobs and are just happy they can set aside time for that little extra. “To be able to fulfill that part of us outside of our jobs is really a key thing,” Mangan said. “We just want to give everyone a good time when they come to see us,” Mangan said.
Lipstyk infuses a rock edge into its entire repertoire, aiming to pump up the crowd. From left: Tony Garuba, Kate Mangan, Chris Bubblo and Eric Fusco.
••• Summer concert series announcements are rolling in, and the Mountain Laurel Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Center, or The Mount, has slated its first five acts for the season. The season kicks off June 8 with The Guess Who, with tickets ranging from $37.50 to 67.50. That show will be followed by a double bill of Robert Cray and Little Feat on June 9, with tickets ranging from $45.50 to $75.50. Ziggy Marley will perform June 15, with prices ranging from $42.50 to $72.50. Motown band The Temptations will take the stage July 22, with tickets ranging from $32.50 to $62.50. The
The kinder, gentler requiem SAFE IF YOU GO
As a lyric soprano who knows her way around a requiem, Laura Choi Stuart is familiar with the segments about “nature quaking” and “heaven and earth in ashes burning” that composers like Verdi and Mozart included. “The ‘Dies Irae’ is just flat-out terrifying, about the wrath of God and fires of hell,” she said. But Brahms is different. He’s the composer, after all, who’s famous for the tender strains of his lullaby. When he wrote his German Requiem in the late 1860s, he left out the scary parts about the Day of Judgment in favor of a gentler approach. “His requiem is designed to comfort the living,” said Stuart, who will be a guest artist when the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents its final Masterworks concert of the season tonight in Scranton. “It speaks to the heart.”
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Stuart is the soprano soloist, and Robert Gardner is the baritone soloist. Also playing a major role will be a 140-voice choir made up of singers from the Wilkes University and Marywood University choruses as well as the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. “This is a piece that relies on an excellent chorus as much as an excellent orchestra,” conductor Lawrence Loh said. As for the singers, they feel privileged to take part, said choirmaster Steven Thomas, who teaches music at Wilkes. “It’s one of the most beautiful things ever written,” Thomas
said. “Brahms knew how to write for the voice. It’s challenging for the singers, but he knows how to get the choir to sound the way he wants it to sound. It’s so expressive, so exciting in some points and so heartbreaking in other points. It’s got such an emotional range. It’s just gorgeous.” The requiem, written not in Latin but in the German vernacular of Brahms and his original audience, is “one of the iconic masterpieces of Western culture,” Thomas said. “For me, as a teacher. I’m so excited my students are going to be part of this performance. I can’t wait.”
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close to. It’s a promise we see them keep. Mei slips free of her captors but only temporarily. When Luke sees her he finds a purpose: keep her “Safe.” What we have here is basically an American “Transporter,” with Statham caught up in the most jaw-dropping, quick-cut fights. He plows through Rus-
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scientists, hoping to win acclaim with everything from airships to a Rubik’s Cube. You have competing pirates, all swagger and swordplay. What you don’t have is a lot of laughs. The Pirate Captain amusingly attacks all manner of
sians on the subway, Chinese gangsters in a casino and cops in between. Mei speaks the fractured English of an 11-year-old learning English as a second language: “Now you know everything. Happiness for you?” The dialogue and the characters are better than the plot. And the fights are better than even the one-liners. Statham never phones it in, though his roles can seem one long version of the same guy: haunted and hunted, in need of a shave. un-lucrative prey — a ghost ship, aschool“fieldtrip”ship,aplague ship (changed from a leper ship after leprosy-advocacy groups complained). Most of which amounts to a grin, a chuckle. Those of us who love Aardman will appreciate the gorgeous attention to detail, made a bit sharper by 3-D. But “Pirates” still plays like a fussy film made by fussy little fussbudgets.
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Rock ’N’ Blues Fest will roll into town Aug. 19, with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Kim Simmonds. Tickets are $45.50 to $75.50 and available at www.mountlaurelpac.com. ••• Tickets for co-headliners and rock legends Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will go on sale at 10 this morning for the Aug. 24 show at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton. Each band will perform individual sets, then team up for a grand-finale encore. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com, the Toyota Pavilion Box Office, or by calling 800-7453000.
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S TA G E THIS WEEK: APRIL 2 7 T O M AY 3 , 2 0 1 2 Once Upon a Mattress, the Broadway musical based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Lake-Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman Township. 7:30 tonight and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10, $7. 675-1761. Rent, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical about a group of struggling artists on New York’s Lower East Side. Performed by Phoenix Theatrics (ages 14 to 19) at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Through May 6: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12. Proceeds benefit in part the Red Cross HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention. AIDS advocate Ryann Richardson addresses the audience at tonight’s performance. Reservations: 4573589. A Year with Frog and Toad, the Broadway musical about the friendship between the two amphibians. University of Scranton Players, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. Wednesday. Continues 8 p.m. May 4-5; 2 p.m. May 6. 941-4318. Urban Beats Dance Show, a performance by the hip-hop dance club. McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Campus Center, 900 Mulberry St., University of Scranton. 7 p.m.
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Ryan Engle and Cate McDonald star in ‘All Shook Up.’
BEST BET William Shakespeare and Elvis Presley might seem like strange bedfellows, but the musical ‘All Shook Up’ successfully combines the Bard’s tale ‘Twelfth Night’ with the early rock of the King and comes up with a bit of retro fun. The show, now in its final weekend at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville, follows the exploits of a guitar-playing roustabout who shakes up a small Midwestern town. Showtimes are 8 tonight and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. An optional dinner is served 90 minutes before curtain. Get your tickets at 283-2195. Saturday. Free. 941-5441. Seussical, the musical trip through the best-loved stories of Dr. Seuss. Presented by Theatreworks USA at the Alice Wiltsie Performing Arts Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 7 p.m. Saturday. $12, $7 students. 455-1508. In the Next Room, Sarah Ruhl’s See STAGE, Page 17
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n her role as Princess Joan, 15-year-old Anna James of Jackson Township dances through a forest, holding a lantern aloft as she searches for her kidnapped little sister. Along the way she meets gypsies whose belts jingle with coins and eccentric villagers who surround her, waving their walking sticks. There are peddlers, too, their baskets filled with colorful fruit. Princess Joan is hungry, and the peddlers tease her with a pear. Will she accept it? Will she take a bite? Will something strange happen if she does? “Oh, something will happen,” choreographer Elisabeth Harris predicted as she watched a rehearsal of “Corsiev: The Grieving Wood,” an original rock-fusion ballet the Joan Harris Dancers will present this weekend at Meyers High School. It turns out the pear is drugged, and soon Princess Joan will tumble, woozy and confused, to the ground. The gypsies will steal her lantern and magic dust – tools she needs to help find her sister – and give them to
The Joan Harris Dancers’ production of ‘Corsiev’ will showcase scores of talented performers.
IF YOU GO What: ‘Corsiev: The Grieving Wood’ Who: Nearly 500 dancers from Harris Conservatory for the Arts Where: Meyers High School, Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre When: 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $14 in advance More info: 287-7977 or 718-0673
the brooding Queen Clava. “I’m not evil,” Maria Dutt of Kingston, who portrays the queen, said during a rehearsal break. “I’m mourning my own
lost daughter.” But Queen Clava does use dark magic, especially in a battle with a sorceress, danced by Amanda Sedor, 17, of Wyoming, who aims to protect the princess. The show, aided by the music of Mozart, Lizst and Wagner in Act I and symphonic treatments of the music of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin in Acts II and III, began as a creation by author Kenton Harris, who first staged it in Florida in 1988. This latest incarnation includes choreography updated by See CORSIEV, Page 17
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Kenton’s sisters-in-law Elisabeth and Jennifer Harris, who are both teachers at the Harris Conservatory for the Arts in Luzerne. “Corsiev” incorporates ballet and modern-dance sequences to tell the story of a plucky heroine who faces her fears. Princess Joan is “terrified at first,” said James, who dances the role, “but she keeps going and
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CANCER (June 22-July 22). Righteousness
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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You recognize
the sound of a soul’s cry, and it won’t be heard with your ears but with your heart. You’ll be in tune. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Usually, your actions are motivated by many different factors at once. What you do today will be motivated by a sense of duty. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you know what it’s like to love a certain person and not have that love returned, then you also understand that it is the kind of loss from which great art springs. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re a true friend and a stellar partner, which you’ll prove with today’s approach to relationships.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll plan
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Facebook thank-yous are no substitute for individual notes Dear Abby: I attended a baby shower for a dear high school friend and his wife. The day after the shower, she posted a slideshow on Facebook titled “Thanks for All Our Gifts” with a picture of each gift and who gave it. She has had numerous miscarriages and held this shower at five months, knowing the baby is not yet at a viable stage. While I feel sympathy for her and especially for her husband,
DEAR ABBY ADVICE I think this is a bid for attention. I am disgusted at how she seems to be bragging about her haul, yet prepping everyone to give her an outpouring of support if there is another loss. Who does this? I am ... — Speechless In North Carolina Dear Speechless: Most baby showers are given four to six
weeks before the mother’s due date. However, it’s possible that your friend’s wife had hers at five months because she’s excited that her pregnancy seems to be progressing well and she’s thinking positively about the outcome. As to her method of thanking everyone for the gifts, she may never have been taught that individual thank-you notes should have been sent to each guest. Because it is clear that you are closer to the husband than the wife, perhaps you should tip him off that it’s still
not too late for them to do the right thing and suggest he help her with them. Dear Abby: My child’s best friend has a parent who is constantly late (to the tune of hours, not minutes). I understand that the child is not at fault, but my child’s feelings are hurt. How do I help this parent to understand that disappointing my child through poor time management is not acceptable to our family without hurting both children? — Watching the Clock
Dear Clock Watcher: If you haven’t told the parent that it is hurtful when your child is kept waiting for hours for a play date, you should. And if that doesn’t bring the desired result, your child should be encouraged to move on to some other activity and/or another companion. 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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of Scranton. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 941-40778. Spring Craft Show and Flea Market, with a lunch menu. United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 693-0905.
Wishbone Ash, progressive rock led by guitarist Andy Powell. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Saturday. $28. 325-0249. 88 Keys & 24 Songs, recitals in piano, voice and violin presented by the Northeast Music Teachers Association. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday with concerts at 11 a.m., 1,
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Thomas Pandolfi, a Gershwin piano concert. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 5 p.m. Sunday. $23, $20. 325-0249.
Wind, Jazz and Percussion Ensembles, a concert by the Wyoming Seminary music groups. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 270-2192.
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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 231 State Street, Nanticoke, is pleased to announce the new “Voice of Hope Christian Coffeehouse”. The coffeehouse will be held on the fourth Friday of every month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the church basement. Each coffeehouse will feature performances by Christian singers and recording artists through Making a Difference Ministries. Music will be broadcast on St. John’s HOPE radio, WVHO 94.5 FM.lp. Refreshments will be served. Contact Pastor North at 570-735-1760 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The First Coffeehouse will be this Friday, April 27th; “Step by Step” opening for “B.L.E.S.T.”, featuring singers/songwriters and local recording artists. Admission is free and the Coffeehouse is open to the public.