A GUIDE TO THE GUIDE VOTE
EILEEN M. SOROKAS
FOR LUZERNE COUNTY
MUNICIPAL COUNTY COUNCIL
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This medical field kit from the mid-19th-century, similar to what Dr. Isaiah Everhart might have used during the Civil War, contains the stimulant caffeine, the astringent ergotin, as well as atropine, mercury, nitroglycerine and strychnine. By MARY THERESE BIEBEL firstname.lastname@example.org
The vintage harmonica conjures an image of a Civil War soldier, keeping his spirits up as he played by a campfire. Uniforms and guns help you picture the men who bravely marched off 150 years ago to fight for their cause. And the old-time medical bag points to Dr. Isaiah Everhart, namesake of the Everhart Museum in Scranton, who served the wounded as a Civil War field surgeon with the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry. You’ll find all these artifacts and more on display at the museum through July 17 in an exhibit titled “With Bullets Singing All Around Me.” The title comes from a line in Everhart’s
diary. Complementing the Everhart’s presentation today through Sunday will be a traveling exhibition known as “The Civil War Road Show.” “Just look for the big 18-wheeler,” Everhart director Cara Sutherland said, explaining organizers of the traveling show hope to take it to all 67 Pennsylvania counties during the next four years. Lackawanna County is the second to host it, after Allegheny County. “What I love is, we’re getting it right at the start of the tour,” she said. The expandable, 53-foot trailer holds interactive exhibits, videos, stereoscope See CIVIL WAR, Page 5
IF YOU GO What: The Civil War Road Show traveling exhibit When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Admission to Road Show exhibit: Free Related Civil War exhibit: ‘With Bullets Singing All Around Me’ is inside the museum through July 17. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays Admission: $5, $3 seniors, $2 children. More info: 570-346-7186
EVENTS T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 Greek Food Festival, with authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek dancing, videos and music along with ethnic Greek products and church tours. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. Today and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 823-4805 or greekfoodfestival.webs.com. DJ Dance, a fundraiser for liver transplant recipient Marissa Wilcox. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street, Noxen. Tonight, 7 to 10. $5 includes a door prize chance. 298-2467. Benefit Dance, for the Marissa Sue Wilcox Medical Fund. With music by DJ Rayz Toons, basket raffles, refreshments and desserts. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street Noxen. Tonight, 7 to 10. $5. Antique Tractor Show, with cash prizes, a silent auction, refreshments and a bake sale. Sponsored by the Yellow Rose 4-H Club of Sweet Valley at routes 118 and 29, Pikes Creek. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 709-7875. Knitting Without Needles. Bring thick yarn and learn to knit a scarf without needles. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Reservations: 821-1959. West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival, with the annual parade (Saturday at noon), Little Miss Cherry Blossom Contest, food vendors, children’s games, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Along Susquehanna Avenue in West Pittston. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 602-4127.
Merchants Village, 1201 Oak St., Pittston. Saturday at 1 p.m. 4792366.
Vineyards by the Viaduct, a winetasting event with crafters, festival foods, at-home wine making, hot-air balloon rides and music by the Coaltown Rounders, Midnight Sons and Retro Rocket. Fire Carnival Grounds, Park Avenue, Nicholson. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $20, $5 non-drinkers. Proceeds benefit the Nicholson Fire Company. 836-7755. Saturday Bingo, to benefit the Veterans Multicare Alliance.
Raise for a Ride, a fundraiser for Christopher and Aidan Fortini, ages 8 and 5, both of whom have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With music by Flaxy Morgan, Big Gene, and Dave from the Cadillacs along with a buffet, moon bounce, basket raffle, 50/50 and children’s games. Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave., Duryea. May 21, 1 to 10 p.m. $20, $5 children. 468-2030.
High Tea, a fundraiser for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic at Patsel’s Restaurant, Routes 6 and 11, Glenburn. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. $40. Reservations: 876-2844. Night at the Races, with virtual horse racing, door prizes and raffles. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday with doors at 6 p.m. and post time at 6:45 p.m. $5 includes all you can eat and drink (beer, soda). $10 per horse. 8226028. Night at the Races, sponsored by the Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians. West Side Social Club, 700 McAlpine St., Avoca. Saturday with doors at 6:30 p.m. and races at 7:30 p.m. $10 per horse. March for Babies, a benefit walk for the March of Dimes. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains. Sunday with registration at 9 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. 808-3652. Monthly Bingo, with door prizes, cash prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s Hall, 1030 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m., early-bird games at 1:45 p.m. and regular games at 2 p.m. 7354834. Annual Open House at the Wyoming County Historical Society, Harrison and Bridge streets, Tunkhannock. With exhibits of American Indian artifacts, tole painting and other early arts, including scherenschnitte and fraktur along with tours of the genealogical library. Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 836-5303. Tapas and Wine, sponsored by the Hazleton Art League. With plenty of appetizers and finger foods accompanied by a variety of Spanish wines. Mea’s Restaurant, 8 W. Broad St., Hazleton. Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $53. Reservations: 454-2982. Estate Planning 101, a free financial seminar at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Tuesday at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847. Spring Film Series: 127 Hours, the harrowing and inspirational story of climber Aron Ralston (Academy Award nominee James Franco) who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Utah. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 1 ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Spring Picnic, sponsored by the Northern Tier Hardwood Association. With free food, music by
Cars like this 1972 Dodge Charger will line up for admiration at the Luzerne County Historical Society’s inaugural Car Show on Sunday at the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming.
The Luzerne County Historical Society is trying out an entirely new event idea with its inaugural Classic Car Show, welcoming all vehicles from muscle cars to motorcycles and even classic bicycles. There will be some “history” involved. You can take a tour of the historic Swetland Homestead in Wyoming, where the show is stationed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Also on the agenda: food vendors, raffles and prizes with dash plaques to the first 100 vehicles. $15 per entry. If it rains, come back next Sunday. More info at 823-6244, ext. 3.
FUTURE Lilytopia, the largest lily show in North America with cultivars developed by Dutch breeders in a rainbow of colors and styles. May 20 to 30 at Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. $18, $15 seniors, $8 students. 610-388-1000. Multicultural Dinner, with ethnic dance teams and “Your Individual Style” fashion show along with dishes from a variety of cultures. Presented by the Diversity Club at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School, 1600 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. May 20, 6 to 8 p.m. $6.50, $4 children. 831-2300. Wine Tasting Spring Fundraiser, with Italian food specialties by Cangiano’s, wines, entertainment by Chris Gratz, basket raffles, door prizes and more. Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, 210 Green Grove Road, Scott Township. May 20, 6 to 10 p.m. $20. Proceeds benefit the Justus Fire Company. 587-4545. Cruise Night, with the Villa Capri Cruisers. Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. All vehicles
Sundance and door prizes along with information about the area forest industry and how it affects forest owners. Lazy Brook Park, Tunkhannock. May 21 at 1 p.m. Registration: 265-7753. Chocolate and Wine Festival, the 4th annual event with 11 wineries and vineyards, music by Fastball and the Lonnie Griffiths Band, arts and crafts, food, home winemaking equipment and gourmet chocolates. Along Chestnut Street in Montrose. May 21, 3 to 7 p.m. $17 advance, $20 day of event. Tickets at chocolatewinefestival.com or 278-1230. Car Show, by the Hi-Lites Motor Club. With food, music, raffles and door prizes. All vehicles welcome. Sheetz, 163 S. Memorial Highway, Trucksville. May 21, 5 to 8 p.m. 477-2477 or 5747470. James Bond 007 Gala, the 7th annual themed fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library with music by Group du Jour, themed food and drinks, a “James Bond 007 Adventure to London” raffle and celebrity hosts WNEP-TV news anchors Mindi Ramsey and Tom Williams. May 21 with cocktails at 6 p.m. at the library followed by dinner at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St.,
Wilkes-Barre. $150. 823-0156. Night at the Races, sponsored by the Pittston Little League Parents Auxiliary. Jenkins Township Volunteer Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. May 21 with doors at 6 p.m. and races at 7 p.m. $10 includes food, beverages and a horse. 883-1294. Round and Square Dance, with music by the Masters Band with caller Leon Johnson. St. John’s United Church of Christ, St. John’s Road, Drums. May 22, 2 to 5 p.m. 675-3205 or 762-4196. Victorian Fashion Show, with tours of the historic Sharp House, a display of Victorian jewelry and hat pins and a talk on Victorian mourning practices and burial customs. Sharp House, Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. May 22, 2 to 5 p.m. $5. 587-5264. Spring Fashion Show and High Tea, with fashions from areas shops and boutiques. Presented by the Wyoming Valley Women’s Club at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estate, off Pioneer Avenue, Dallas. May 24 at noon. $20. 824-8461. See EVENTS, Page 5
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(3D) images, clothing of the Civil War era and a place where you can have your picture taken and transformed into an image that looks like an old-fashioned daguerreotype. “The tractor trailer itself is amazing, and it’s full of stories about people from Pennsylvania,” Sutherland said. For example, “There’s the story of the Lyons brothers from Montrose. Four brothers all went to fight, and only one came home.” On the Road Show’s website, you can find a sample of several
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Intro to eBooks, a free seminar on using eBooks at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. May 24 at 6 p.m. Reservations: 654-9847. Gone But Not Forgotten: Civil War Veterans of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a talk by author and historian Ryan Lindbuchler on the lives and experiences of
This vintage harmonica is similar to the musical instruments soldiers carried with them during the Civil War.
other stories of Pennsylvanians who experienced the Civil War firsthand. Some are tales of military men, such as Col. Hugh McNeil, who led a “Bucktail” regiment of woodsmen from northwest Pennsylvania and reportedly killed two rebel soldiers at the Battle of Second Bull Run with one bullet that deflected off a piece of rock. But the Road Show made sure
to include fascinating information about civilians, too. Consider one Mrs. Steiger of Mercersburg, who was dismayed in October 1862 to learn that Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart wanted to set up headquarters at her home. Thinking quickly, she said her children had the measles – a fearsome disease at the time – so the general camped on her porch for one night but never entered
local soldiers. Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Room 106, William G. McGowan Building, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. May 24 at 7 p.m. Free. 610-298-8417.
taken hostage by his union workers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 25 at 1 ($4) and 7:30 p.m. ($6). 826-1100.
Spring Film Series: Potiche. Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve reunite in this comic satire about a trophy wife who is forced to run her overbearing husband’s factory when he is
Bridal Fashions from the Past, a fashion show of vintage gowns and dresses. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Route 118, Dallas. May 26 at 7:30 p.m. $10. 675-3859. Anthracite Heritage Conference, with presentations on the Anthracite Region of Northeastern
the house. The next summer a Gettysburg woman, Hettie Shriver, left town with her youngsters, thinking to keep them at her parents’ farm, safely away from the fighting. Her plan didn’t work, because her parents happened to live between Big Round Top and Little Round Top. The Battle of Gettysburg raged around the family, and Shriver later tended to wounded soldiers. As it travels, the Civil War Road Show is collecting other Pennsylvania tales in a “Share Your Story” booth, where you are welcome to record war memories from your own family. Special events this weekend at the Everhart include: 6 to 8 tonight: A discussion of the book “This Republic of Suffer-
ing: Death and the American Civil War” by Drew Gilpin Faust, led by Alisha Hoffman of Marywood University’s history department. Refreshments at 6 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so call 346-7186 to register. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday: Civil War pastimes and children’s clothing, presented by historian JoAnn Bogdanovicz 1to 4 p.m. Saturday: Storyteller Charles Kiernan personifies Mark Twain. 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday: Steamtown Ramblers provide music of the Civil War era 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday: Thomas Jolin presents music of the Civil War era on hammered dulcimer, button accordion, harmonica and banjo.
Pennsylvania, including “Why Study Anthracite?” “Anthracite Literature,” “The West Side Carbondale Pennsylvania Mine Fire,” “The Welsh in Scranton: Ethnic Tensions in Labor Relations,” “The Battle of Bear Creek 1835-1836” and “Murder and Mayhem: The Labor Wars at the Pennsylvania Coal Company in Pittston.” Also: a theatrical presentation on Mother Jones by the Eckley Players. Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald
Mountain Road, McDade Park, Scranton. May 27, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $25 per day includes lunch and refreshments. 963-4804.
Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club with food, entertainment, games and prizes. Public Square, WilkesBarre. May 27 at 6 p.m. with See EVENTS, Page 39
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The scenic River Common will once again become the site of a community celebration on Wednesday, when the public is invited to take part in the Luzerne Foundation’s annual meeting, a picnic-style gathering with entertainment.
A gathering at the river By MARY THERESE BIEBEL email@example.com
s the “Kistler Kids” grow up, they’re achieving all kinds of success – attending college, embarking on various careers, even working for a national intelligence agency. “I talked to his parents (last week),” Charles Barber, president and CEO of The Luzerne Foundation, said of one young man. “I asked if he was involved with finding Osama bin Laden. They said, ‘Well, we can’t talk about it.’ ” So far, there are 37 “Kistler Kids,” all of them graduates of Kistler Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre who received scholarships from the school’s namesake, Dr. David W. Kistler. “Medicine was my vocation,” Kistler once told The Times Leader. “Education is my avocation.” The longtime family physician will be honored Wednesday during the annual meeting and community celebration of The Luzerne Foundation, which plans to
IF YOU GO What: Luzerne Foundation 2011 annual meeting and community celebration When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: River Common Landing, enter via Millennium Circle Portal Admission: Free More info: 714-1570
present to him the Mary Bevevino Award in honor of his decadeslong career and commitment to both medicine and education. In 1997 Kistler established a scholarship fund to help sixthgrade graduates of Kistler Elementary School further their education. The fund is administered through The Luzerne Foundation, which has invited all of the “Kistler Kids” of the past to next week’s celebration. The scholarship recipients are selected each year because they show academic promise, good citizenship and economic need. They are chosen as sixth-graders, but the scholarships are actually awarded when they complete
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The Luzerne Foundation will honor Dr. David W. Kistler with the Mary Bevevino Award during its annual meeting and community celebration on Wednesday.
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A crowd last filled the River Common to watch the Irem Shrine Circus’s free mini show, which included a juggling clown. Juggling also will be part of the Luzerne Foundation celebration.
high school. Not only the “Kistler Kids” but the public is invited to the picnicstyle celebration, which will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the River Common Landing, near the Millennium Circle Portal. Singer/songwriter Kriki and Mike Miz will
provide music, jugglers will entertain, and games will be offered for little folks. Also during the event, a display of banners will offer a preview of a sculpture expected to be installed at the site later this year. “We’ll have three long, thin banners of this model, 14 feet
high, just so we can show people the project is moving forward,” Barber said. The stainless-steel sculpture is under construction, and when it’s finished, Barber said, “It’s going to be phenomenal.” The sculpture will be shaped like the ribbons that draw attention to various causes. “With the lighting, we envision it could be a pink ribbon or a blue ribbon or a red ribbon or a multicolored ribbon,” Barber said. “Imagine a ribbon held in your hand with the wind blowing straight up, how it twists and turns. That’s how it’s going to look.”
Photographer Phil Dente exhibits his ‘Flower Sounds’ at CameraWork Gallery in Scranton through May 31.
T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 With Bullets Singing All Around Me, a show exploring regional stories of the Civil War including items owned by museum founder Dr. Isaiah Everhart who served as a field surgeon with the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry. The Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibit, with hands-on interactive displays stops by today through Sunday. Through July 17 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Monday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors, $2 children. 346-7186.
ONGOING EXHIBITS Petals of Passion, works with a flower-oriented theme by artist Jessica Diehl. Through May 20 at New Visions Studio, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 610-6369684. 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.
Thousands Are Sailing: The Irish
Nanticoke. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 740-0727.
‘Run Down, Postal’ is among the works by photographer Shane Montross that will go on display at King’s College’s Widmann Gallery on Monday. The exhibit will run through June 24.
BEST BET Tunkhannock photographer Shane Montross says his ambition is ‘to capture not just a snapshot of the world but the hidden emotions behind our existence.’ Explore the emotions in his latest exhibit, ‘Finding Home,’ at the Widmann Gallery of King’s College in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Wilkes-Barre, which opens Monday and continues through June 24. Stop by to meet the artist May 20 at a reception 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 208-5900 for more information.
in Luzerne County, photographs, documents and stories tracing the Irish immigrant experience including cultural and fraternal organizations which keep the Irish heritage alive. Through May 28 at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 823-6244. Expressions and Constructions, nature-inspired works in clay by Ellen Jamiolkowski and figurative paintings by John Mulvaney. Through May 28 at Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. 969-1040. Flower Sounds: Photographs by Phil Dente. Through May 31 at CameraWork Gallery, 515 Center St., Scranton. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 510-5028. Independent Artist Collective Group Exhibit, works by John Bromberg, Kayla Cady, Dennis
Corrigan, Kim Glogowski, Jason Healey, Ryan Hnat, John Kolbek, Oliver Pettinato, Sage, Amy Lynn Rickert, Sarah Schimeneck, Skip Sensbach and more. Through May 31 at the Connell Space, 129 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Hours by appointment. 9637995. Feather Paintings by Allen Crothamel, who paints wildlife and landscape scenes on the unusual medium of tail feathers from wild turkeys and grouse. Through June 2 at the Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 842-1506. Graduate Exhibition, with ceramics, painting, metals and sculpture by graduate-degree students. Through June 17 at the Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3486278. Steve Poleskie, abstract acrylic
landscape paintings in the minimal art style by the Pringle native whose works are part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. Through June 19 at the Pauly Friedman Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 674-6250. Tunkhannock Area Art Teachers Exhibit, with works by Debra Donowski, Patricia Janov-Hahn, Linda Hulslander, Lance Montross, Barbara Sick, Krista Truesdale and Allison Wilson. Through June 24 at the Wyoming County Courthouse, 1 Court House Square, Tunkhannock. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Student Exhibit, more than 200 works by students in the commercial-art program. Through July 1 at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St.,
Medic in Action: Caring for the Wounded, an exhibit on military medical personnel from Northeastern Pennsylvania who served in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq. Through July 17 at the Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Monday, Thursday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $5, $3 seniors, $2 children. 346-7186.
FUTURE EXHIBITS Senior Art Exhibit, works by nine graduating seniors from five area high schools. Sue Hand’s Imagery, 35 Main St., Dallas. May 23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a meetthe-artists reception at 6 p.m.; May 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 6755094. Pink Ribbon Exhibit, a juried mixed-media show in recognition of breast-cancer awareness. Opens July 8 with a reception and continues through Aug. 6 at the Schulman Gallery, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Entries welcome until May 1. 7400732. The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection, with 50 distinctive gowns and related memorabilia from the popular Motown legends rise to the top of the charts. Opens July 22 with a reception with the singer from 5 to 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17 at the Pauly Friedman Gallery, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 674-6250.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Call for Submissions for a June exhibit “Family Ties,” accepting all media with a central theme of family and the role of a father. New Visions Studio, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Guidelines for submission at http://newvisionsstudio.com or 610-636-9684.
Diverse City: Celebrating the Many Faces of Scranton, mixedmedia works by regional artists spotlighting the city. Through May 26 at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 207-1815.
‘Miracle’ a story of triumph, not tragedy By MARY THERESE BIEBEL firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU GO
hen audiences come to see “The Miracle Worker,” Sarah Perlin said, they shouldn’t expect a sad story about a poor little girl who has lost her vision and hearing. “It’s not a tragedy,” said Perlin, who is directing the show for the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts in Hazleton. “(Helen Keller) did so much. She had so much potential inside her.” Keller became the first blind and deaf person to earn a college degree and spent her life advocating for humanitarian causes. She even spoke in Hazleton during the 1930s, Perlin said. “I believe it was down the street from the theater.” Helping Keller reach that potential was her tutor, Annie Sullivan, the “miracle worker” of the play’s title who overcame many difficulties herself. “She had a very rough childhood,” Perlin said. “She was stricken with trachoma, a very bad eye disease that in its worst stages can cause the eyelids to turn in on themselves.” The disease, which can lead to blindness, is prevalent among people who live in crowded conditions with little
What: ‘The Miracle Worker’ Who: Presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts When: 7 tonight and Saturday night; 3 p.m. Sunday Where: J.J. Ferrara Center, West Broad Street, Hazleton Tickets: $15, $12 and $8, show only; $28, $5, $18 with dinner Reservations: 454-5451 or www.ptpashows.org
But her approach turned out to be just what Helen Keller needed. Erin Eichfeld portrays Annie Sullivan, while young Sidney Lescowitch portrays 7year-old Helen Keller “It’s a very difficult part for (Sidney) because she doesn’t
Sidney Lescowitch, center, is Helen Keller in the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts’ production of ‘The Miracle Worker’ on stage at the Ferrara Center in downtown Hazleton this weekend. At left is Erin Eichfeld as Helen’s teacher Annie Sullivan, and at right is Kim Lescowitch as Helen’s mother.
sanitation. “She lived in an almshouse with sick people and prostitutes. She and her brother lived in an area where they kept dead bodies they were
waiting to bury.” Perhaps because of her background, Perlin said, Sullivan was “a little brassy,” and her dealings with the Keller family did not always run smoothly.
have any lines with which to center herself in a scene,” Perlin said. “She does all her actions based on everyone else’s lines, so she really needs to pay attention. “She is so sweet to work with,” Perlin added. “I’ve never heard any complaints out of her, except when it’s time to leave. She wanted to stay later” at rehearsal. The theater troupe offers an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet 90 minutes before the performances. In honor of the play’s Alabama setting, the Southern-style menu for this production includes ovenfried chicken, meatloaf, homemade baked beans and macaroni and cheese.
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The Wyoming Seminary Dance Company will celebrate its 30th anniversary with performances today and tomorrow at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center in Kingston. The company includes Bridget Bunton, Charlotte Gunnemann, Madeleine Burg, Tseng-Yu Chang, Lin Anne Yeung, Aria Zarnoski, Jamie Goldstein and Katelyn Buyarski.
S TA G E T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 The Altos, an interactive dinnertheater mystery spoof of the HBO series “The Sopranos” (only lower). Performed by the Nuremberg Community Players at The Towers Bar and Restaurant, 1478 Tomhicken Road, Fern Glen. Tonight and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. $20 includes dinner served during the show. Reservations: 788-4411. Peter Pan: The Musical, the classic tale about the little boy who never grew up, flying Wendy and her brothers off to Never Never Land for pirate and Indian adventures. Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea. Tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $12, $8 students, $5 children 5 and under. 457-3589. Cinderella, Norman Robbins’ witty pantomime combining different versions of the classic fairy tale. Performed by the Hanover Area Drama Club at Hanover Area High School, 1600 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. Tonight at 7. $5, $3 students. 832-2300, ext. 215.
Heaven Can Wait, a sweet comedy about a young New Jersey palooka “collected” by heaven 60 years before his allotted time, then allowed to return to Earth in the body of a recently murdered crooked banker. Actors Circle, Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Through May 22: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students. 342-9707. Jubilee, the 35-member Wyoming Seminary Dance Company performing modern, ballet and jazz in a 30th-anniversary performance including favorite works from the past performed by alumni dancers, teachers and staff. Also: the Canadian folk dance “Le Saluts” performed by second graders. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. Free. 270-2190. The Seafarer. A friendly game of cards takes a devilish turn in Conor McPherson’s chilling play about the sea, Ireland and the power of myth. Performed by the Center Stage Players at the Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $18. 421-5093. See STAGE, Page 10
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your best 1980s outfit for a costume contest held at the end of each performance. Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Through May 22: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Buffet dinner served 90 minutes before show time. $37, $18 show only. 283-2195.
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A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream, Shakespeareâ€™s tale about a magical night of moonlit merriment in the Forest of Arden. Little Theatre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Through May 22: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. $15. Reservations: 823-1875.
Avenging Arachne: A Nemesister Fable, a reading of an original work by Scranton playwright Alicia Grega about an ambitious designer who lands a job in the agency of her idol Athena Valburg. Presented by the Jason Miller Playwrights Project at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., off Providence Square, North Scranton. Tuesday at 7 p.m. Free but donations accepted. 344-3656. Radio Players, performances of favorite old-time radio plays.
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Riverâ€™s Edge: The Story of Shawnee, memorable music of the past 100 years to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the historic Shawnee Inn. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawneeon-Delaware. With 8 p.m. shows on May 20-21, 27-28; June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept. 2, and 2 p.m. matinees on May 22, 29; June 16, 19, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23; Aug. 6, 13, 20. $18. 421-5093. An Evening of Shakespeare, a compilation of the Bardâ€™s most See STAGE, Page 27
I Ought to Be in Pictures, a reading of Neil Simonâ€™s comedy about a young womanâ€™s reunion with her father after many years apart. Read by a cast of New York actors at the Electric Theatre, 326 Spruce St., Scranton. Sunday at 3 p.m. Free. 558-1515.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: CRESCENZO’S
Stepped-up snack fare dazzles CHOW CHATTER
The former Whispers Lounge inside the Woodlands Inn & Resort is now a hotspot for tasty brick-oven pizzas and other upscale snacks.
IF YOU GO What: Crescenzo’s Brick Oven Eatery & Espresso Bar Where: The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Township Call: 570-824-9831 Credit cards? Yes Handicapped accessible? Yes, though the actual, stepped layout might be a bit tricky for wheelchairs.
ture. Let’s start with the pizza, however. With the number of boxes we saw moving about the building, we knew these were musts. The best way to try some different varieties, we thought, would be to share a “personal” size or two. “Personal” never looked so large and appealing. A broccoli Alfredo pizza and a heady white pizza, each $9.95, were absolute stunners. Smoked-gouda cheese was the signature ingredient in the white pie, which was topped with onions, garlic, rosemary and black pepper, all to grand aromatic effect. Alfredo sauce (obviously) covered the broccoli Alfredo
The interior seats at Crescenzo’s overlook Club Havana, a deck bar highlighted by a nearby waterfall.
variety, which also made space for mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheeses, crushed red pepper and the namesake broccoli with oil and garlic. Both pies were just beyond reproach. A guest quickly noted the crust was thin but not crispy, which was an unusual but pleasant point to ponder. The chewiness, no doubt, was attributable to the whole-grain crust, which was unadvertised but appreciated. I liked that touch as much as I
liked the slightly powdery underlying texture that came courtesy of the grill. Half of each pizza got packed up in a takeout box, even as we still marveled at the word “personal.” We have no doubt an individual would be able to handle a whole personal pie, but we also have no doubt he or she would be willing and able to share. After the pizza, we tried two sandwiches that only continued the delightful-surprise theme of
Holy horses. Here’s a who-knew for you: We thought it might be fun to eat at Pacer’s Clubhouse on Saturday. If you’re not familiar, that’s the track-overlooking restaurant inside the older portion of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino complex. We also thought it might be fine to call for reservations on Thursday. Ha. The place had been booked solid for three weeks before Saturday’s house-packing Kentucky Derby, and reservations were already going fast for The Preakness Stakes on May 21. We’re not sure what that means exactly, but it must be good, right? In a casino now filled with restaurants, everything from Johnny Rockets to Ruth’s Chris, it’s nice to see the original has hardly been forgotten.
the evening. An open-face turkey ($8.95) looked like a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner only slightly smaller. Wonderfully white and clean oven-roasted turkey was sliced and served over crunchy toast points with a nice light-brown gravy and vegetable of the day (broccoli). Fries also were included with this plate, but my guest asked if anything could be subbed. Our server kindly offered a side salad instead and made my guest an extremely happy woman. The side salad, simply put, was striking, no wilting iceberg lettuce and thin cukes here. Instead, a rather large rectangular plate held at least four different See CRESCENZO’S, Page 15
Well if ever there were a pleasant surprise … We were a bit confused when we first walked into Crescenzo’s, one of the two flagship restaurants inside the “new” Woodlands Inn & Resort – new as in part of the grand makeover unveiled in 2009, the one that ditched and rethemed the longstanding restaurants, including the well-liked Thyme. The former Whispers Lounge didn’t necessarily look like a traditional restaurant, having seemingly retained its multitiered, loungelike appearance. If it weren’t for the pizza boxes coming and going, we might not even have known whether table service was available for food. In fact, we briefly discussed whether we should move on, to somewhere in which the way to proceed would be clearer from the get-go. Just then, a friendly hostess came along to explain procedures. First, we could sit anywhere we liked, outdoors around the neighboring Club Havana cigar bar or indoors, with a glass-walled view of the same club. Yes, there was table service. And yes, the full menu was available. So we stayed. And we’re glad we did. (Even if our doubts did linger a bit longer, when our drinks arrived in plastic cups and our server apologetically explained that all the glass barware had been claimed by the wedding and group affairs going on in the wider venue.) After this small glitch, things just got better and better, however, to the point we were far more pleased than we ever though possible. First off, the menu was a small surprise. Having known the wood-fired grill was the thing here, we expected pizza, and plenty of it, but we also thought there’d be a few basic full dinner selections, and there really weren’t. (A homemade meatloaf, did, however, intrigue.) This all quickly became a nonissue when we realized the gourmet quality of the pub and snack fare at hand. Even the wings – we shared a half order with two different sauces, one an exquisite garlic-butter Parmesan – were upscale in na-
By CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic
“Bridesmaids” takes the typically clichéd wedding-movie genre, completely upends it and reinvents it into something surprisingly daring and alive. But it also takes the Judd Apatowstyle buddy comedy, with its mixture of raunchiness, neurosis and sentimentality, and tailors it to fe-
Kristin Wiig, left, and Rose Byrne, star in the off-kilter wedding comedy ’Bridesmaids.’
male experiences and sensibilities. That the film achieves both of these ambitious goals simultaneously while remaining (mostly) hilarious is a testament to the power of Kristen Wiig as co-writer and star and to the awesomely eclectic ensemble cast of strong comediennes who surround her. Like the comedies Apatow has directed — and here he serves as a pro-
ducer — “Bridesmaids” drags on longer than it should. It also gives us a ridiculous gross-out scene involving some bad Brazilian food and a visit to an upscale bridal store that was unnecessary and feels like an afterthought: a transparent attempt to appeal to the lowest-common denominator, and to men. See BRIDESMAIDS, Page 14
IF YOU GO What: “Bridesmaids” Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper and Rose Byrne Directed by: Paul Feig Running time: 125 minutes Rated: R for some strong sexuality and language throughout ★★★ 1/2
ALSO OPENING What: “Priest” (not screened for critics) Starring: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q. Directed by: Scott Charles Stewart Genre: action/horror/sci-fi/thriller Plot: A legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walledin cities ruled by the church. When his niece is abducted by murderous vampires, he breaks his vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend, a trigger-fingered sheriff and a former Warrior Priestess with otherworldly fighting skills. Rated: PG-13 for intense violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language. Source: Internet Movie Database
Movie Amy Only a handful of movies has been set or shot in NEPA, but the area can be proud to have served as a backdrop for three gritty stunners: ber (Michael Higgins.) In addition to painting a bleak, unforgettable portrait of Wanda’s dead-end life, the film makes incredible use of its locations, including the Third National Bank on Courthouse Square and Lou’s Service Station in Scranton. ••• “THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON” (1982, MGM, UNRATED, $15): Scranton’s Jason Miller brings his Pulitzer-Prize winning play to the screen with affecting results. Four members of a championship high-school basketball team (Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, Paul Sorvino and Martin Sheen) reunite at the home of their beloved coach (Robert Mitchum) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their win. It’s a little too talky, but the shots of downtown Scranton accentuate the film’s poignancy. ••• All titles are available now for sale and at rental outlets.
This week’s new DVD releases include an animated film that picked up an Oscar nomination and the concert film of a young music superstar. ••• “The Illusionist,” Grade A: This is a brilliant effort from director Sylvain Chomet, whose past work includes the equally magnificent “The Triplets of Belleville.” The story of the discovery and loss of magic through the relationship of a veteran magician and a young girl is hypnotic. It’s made even more spellbinding by the crisp animation used to bring the world to life. “No Strings Attached,” Grade D: This is Ivan Reitman’s first attempt at directing a pure romantic comedy. “No Strings Attached” misses so badly he should take it as a sign and stick to films about ghost busting. This romantic comedy is a disaster. What should have been an explosion of love and laughter ends up a total dud because the movie was miscast, has inane writing and is too predictable. “Justin Bieber: Never Say
Never,” Grade B-: This concert/ documentary film is the story of the rise of Justin Bieber from street performer to superstar. It’s an interesting mix of performance and behind-the scenes material. Even if you don’t have Bieber Fever it’s an interesting and entertaining offering. ••• Also new on DVD this week: “Cougars, Inc:” A young man starts an escort service that offers mature women. Denise Richards and Kyle Gallner star. “Blue Valentine:” A young couple deal with the highs and lows of their relationship. Ryan Gosling stars. “Black Death:” Sean Bean stars in this story of a quest to find a haven from the black plague in 1348. “I Saw The Devil:” The violent tale of murder and revenge comes from Ji-Woon Kim. Calling all Justin Bieber fans. One of the new DVD releases is ’Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.’
••• “BLUE VALENTINE” (2010, ANCHOR BAY, R, $30): Evocative of messy relationship movies such as “Shoot The Moon” and “Two For The Road,” this scrappy love/hate story tracks a couple’s romance from its enchanted beginning to its bitter end. The Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams stars as a Scranton nursing student who falls in – and out of – love with a Brooklyn dreamer, played by Ryan Gosling. “Blue Valentine,” shot in a handful of locations around Carbondale and Honesdale, will break your heart into a million little pieces. ••• “WANDA” (1971, PARLOUR PICTURES, UNRATED, $25): In this mesmerizing character study, writer/director Barbara Loden stars as a Scranton woman who, after essentially abandoning her husband and children, drifts into a dangerous relationship with a small-time bank rob-
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Still Showing AFRICAN CATS – Earth Day becomes Mother’s Day in this magnificent, engrossing wildlife documentary from Disneynature 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. G. 89 minutes. ★★★ 1/2 FAST FIVE — If the filmmakers had thrown in giant, shapeshifting robots, talking apes and some vampires, the fifth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise would hardly have been more outlandish. That said, the movie will get you where you’re going. PG-13 for intense violence and action, sexual content and language. 130 minutes. ★★ 1/2 HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL — Months after being refashioned in a werewolf tale, Red Riding Hood is back in this computer-animated sequel to the mostly forgotten 2005 original. The new fractured fairy tale has 3-D graphics, more polished animation and less wit. PG for some mild rude humor, language and action. 85 minutes. ★ INSIDIOUS — You could watch with your eyes closed and still feel engrossed by this haunted-house thriller. PG-13 for theme, violence, terror, images and brief strong language. 102 minutes. ★★★
JUMPING THE BROOM — Salim Akil’s first feature presents the culture clashes that occur between two black families — one old-moneyed, the other blue-collared — about to be united through marriage. 108 minutes. PG-13 for some sexual content. ★ 1/2 KILL THE IRISHMAN – Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A brilliant but vicious criminal becomes a Robin Hood for the modern age, before meeting his comeuppance from mainstream society. R for strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity. 106 minutes. ★★★ PROM — At a “Disney” prom, no
one smokes, sneaks in peach schnapps in a flask or gets lucky in the back of a limo. This is all about that magical night when wholesome, earnest dreams come true for wholesome, earnest kids — except for the resident bad boy, who’ll naturally turn out to have a heart of gold. PG for mild language and a brief fight. 103 minutes. ★★ 1/2 RIO – A lot of passion and feeling clearly went into this 3D animated adventure, highlighted by snappy banter and screwball antics between a cerulean macaw and the free-spirited bird who is his destiny. G. 96 minutes. ★★★ SOMETHING BORROWED — This romantic drama poses the question: What happens when you realize you’re in love with your best friend’s fiance? But the characters are either so ill-defined or unlikable, it’s hard to care whether they get out of this tricky situation with their emotions and relationships intact. 113 minutes. PG-13 for sexual content, including dialogue, and some drug material. ★ 1/2 THOR — The Norse gods are off to a decent, though not divine, start in this latest movie in Marvel Comics’ big-screen expansion of its superhero pantheon. 113 minutes. PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence. ★★ 1/2
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“Bridesmaids” is too smart, too clever and too inspired to fall back on formula. The presence of Wiig, front and center, ensures that. The “Saturday Night Live” player has stood out in supporting performances in movies including “Knocked Up,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “Whip It.” Now she proves she’s a flat-out star: a comedian with a sweet and slightly off-kilter sense of humor but also a strong, relatable presence full of foibles and vulnerability. And director Paul Feig gives her and her fellow cast members equal room to shine. Wiig stars as Annie, who’s lost her Milwaukee bakery and her boyfriend in the past couple of years. She has a strictly bootycall relationship with a gorgeous, wealthy jerk (Jon Hamm). She shares an apartment with a creepy British brother and sister (Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson). Meanwhile, her mom (the late Jill Clayburgh) tries to give her pep talks about the upside of hitting bottom. The one bright spot in Annie’s life is her best friend, Lillian (Wiig’s real-life friend and former “SNL” cast mate Maya Rudolph). They’re so close, they finish each other’s sentences,
In the comedy ‘Bridesmaids,’ Kristen Wiig, left, stars as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.
and the energy of Wiig and Rudolph’s comfort together leaps off the screen. And so Annie suddenly feels lost when Lillian announces she’s getting married. But she doesn’t have time to get too mired in emotions because Lillian has asked her to serve as maid of honor. One fundamental thing the “Bridesmaids” script (which Wiig wrote with longtime pal Annie Mumolo) just nails is the innate randomness of the bridal party: the surreal sensation of being thrown together with a bunch of women you don’t know and have nothing in common with besides the bride. Here, the group includes a disgruntled wife and mother of three (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and an innocent, Disney-loving newlywed
(Ellie Kemper). Both actresses get their share of laughs, but the biggest and ballsiest scene-stealer of all is Melissa McCarthy as Lillian’s future sister-in-law: a heavyset government worker who’s brazenly hypersexual. She’s always inappropriate — but she’s also the only one in the group who’s truly happy. McCarthy is fearless and commanding in the role: Just try watching anyone else when she’s on screen. But the woman who ends up taking over the festivities is Lillian’s new BFF, Helen, played by a delicately passive-aggressive Rose Byrne. She’s everything Annie isn’t: sophisticated, glamorous, confident and wealthy. Annie is instantly threatened, See BRIDESMAIDS, Page 29
TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY – Madea springs into action when her niece, Shirley, receives distressing news about her health and Shirley’s children are too tied up with their own issues to hear the news. PG-13 for drug content, language and mature thematic material. 100 minutes. ★★ WATER FOR ELEPHANTS – In this handsome adaptation of Sara Gruen’s 2006 bestseller, Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon dance a tightrope duet of suppressed desire until their animal attraction pours out with catastrophic results. PG-13 for moments of intense violence and sexual content. 115 minutes. ★★★ 1/2
The strong cast of comediennes in ‘Bridesmaids,’ from left: Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.
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kinds of better lettuce as well as radicchio, carrots and assorted other curlies and goodies that all made for a colorful, crunchy, fries-be-shamed feast. We can only assume this was a version of what the menu referred to as tossed garden salad, without explanation. The lack of words does not do this attractive salad justice. And the fact that dressings are homemade only bolstered the love. Our other sandwich, a meatball grinder, also was a huge hit, and we chose it over a grilled chicken breast, two paninis and assorted fish/seafood sandwiches simply because the menu promised it was baked in the famous brick oven. At $7.95, this grinder was a nice deal on a sandwich that clearly went above and beyond. The hand-rolled, perfectly (i.e., lightly) herbed meatballs, first
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CONCERTS T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 Andrea Gleason, the Christian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Michigan. Sponsored by the Catholic Underground at St. Gabriel’s Church, 122 S. Wyoming St., Hazleton. Tonight at 7. 403-3094. The Jacobs Brothers, inspirational gospel music by the trio from Dillsburg. Noxen Bible Baptist Church, 3622 Route 29, Noxen. Tonight at 7. 298-2030. B.o.B., the rap star (alias Bobby Ray Simmons Jr.) whose No. 1 hits include “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes.” John J. Long Center, University of Scranton. Tonight at 8. $25. 941-7463 or scranton.musictoday.com. Music and Glory: Celebrating the Easter Season, the Hazleton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the 40-member Freeland Community Choir in a concert of popular and classical fare. Christ Lutheran Church, Green and Church streets, Hazleton. Tonight at 7. Free. 4552188. University of Scranton Symphonic Band and Singers. Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Avenue and Mulberry Street, University of Scranton. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Free. 941-7624. Nocturnes: Music of the Night, art music, folk hymns and lullabies by Brahms, Mozart, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and others, performed by the Adult Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Saturday at 8 p.m. $15, $12 seniors and students. 343-6707 or choralsociety.net.
Launch Party for the Northeastern Pennsylvania-based music website Highway 81 Revisited with performances by rock band These United States, bluegrassflavored rock-jam band Pappy and singer Mike Quinn. The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton. Saturday at 8 p.m. $5. 817-0339. Blackmore’s Night, new-age rock with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Candace Night and their band of minstrels evoking a Renaissance Faire atmosphere with costumes and period instruments. Sher-
The Wyoming Seminary Upper School Wind and Jazz Ensembles will perform in concert Tuesday at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center in Kingston. FUTURE CONCERTS
Sully Erna may have cut his teeth as the lead singer and primary songwriter for heavy-metal group Godsmack, but he’s cutting loose in a new direction with a tour of solo acoustic shows promoting his latest release ‘Avalon,’ which includes songs ‘utilizing the hypnotic sounds of tribal rhythms, melodic pianos and cellos and haunting vocals.’ The tour stops at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25. Call 826-1100.
man Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Saturday at 8 p.m. $29.50, $36. 420-2808. Yarn, Americana and roots music from the song-crafting foursome. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Saturday at 8:30 p.m. $20. 325-0249. Patty Smyth and Scandal, the rock-’n’-roll singer and her band (“Look What Love Has Done”). Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday at 9 p.m. $40, $25. 877-682-4791. Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, a concert by the five Children’s and Youth Ensembles. Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Sunday at 3 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students. 343-6707 or choralsociety.net. Gritos d’Alma: Cries of the Soul, a Brazilian classical guitar concert with music from the rain forest by Jay Steveskey. Included: works by Brazil’s most celebrated composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and his contemporary Joao Pernambuco. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Sunday at 3 p.m. $10. 996-1500. Come to the Cabaret, a concert of
Jewish music by Oneg Shemesh preceded by an open bar and hors d’oeuvres and followed by a chicken dinner. Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at 3 p.m. $11. Reservations: 824-4646. Wyoming Seminary Wind and Jazz Ensembles, with selections including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite” and “The National Emblem March” by Frederick Fennell along with works by singersongwriter James Taylor and the Average White Band. Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Tuesday at 7 p.m. Free. 2702190.
Young Artists Concert, with students from the Suzuki School for Strings, 26 E. Union St., Kingston. May 20 at 7 p.m. Free. 287-6671. Catholic Choral Society Spring Concert, sacred, classical, Broadway and popular music with guests the Scranton Preparatory School Student Choir. Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. May 20 at 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students. 587-2753. Reality Check with Siobhan Magnus, a performance and signing event by the singing star and finalist of “American Idol’s” ninth season. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Plains Township. May 21 at 4 p.m. Free. 888-946-4672.
Organ Recital, by Dutch organist Henk DeVries performing on the 87-rank Berghaus restored pipe organ. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Donation. 825-6653. Farewell Senior Recital, performances by senior student musicians at Wyoming Seminary. Great Hall, 228 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. May 27 at 4 p.m. Free. 270-2190. Carbon Leaf, the Vanguard recording artists promoting their newest release “Nothing See CONCERTS, Page 19
The Lyric Consort, the eightmember a-cappella ensemble in a “Sacred Voices” concert including Renaissance motets of William Byrd and Thomas Tompkins, Francis Poulenc’s “Salve Regina” and Michael Petrich’s variations on the Lenten hymn “Ah, Holy Jesus.” St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. May 21 at 8 p.m. $10. 343-6707.
Tower of Power, the horn-driven, soul-funk legends. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Thursday at 8 p.m. $45, $35. 420-2808.
Todd Snider, the Nashville-based alt-country singersongwriter performing his humor-infused songs about America’s pop culture. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. May 21 at 8:30 p.m. $25. 325-0249.
The Wailers, the Jamaican reggae group with special guest Duane Stephenson. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Thursday at 8 p.m. $20 advance, $25 day of show. 866-605-7325.
Catholic Choral Society Spring Concert, sacred, classical, Broadway and popular music with guests the Good Shepherd-Gate of Heaven
Dark Star Orchestra, the Grateful Dead tribute band. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Tuesday at 8 p.m. $27 advance, $29 day of show. 4202808.
Select Choir. St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple St., Kingston. May 22 at 7 p.m. $10, $8 seniors and students. 587-2753.
Rapper B.o.B. (alias Bobby Ray Simmons) will perform his hits at the University of Scranton’s John Long Center tonight.
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hyllis Hopkins is a humble woman who finds it hard to talk about herself and her music, but all quiet demeanor vanishes once she hits the stage. The blues singer has absolutely no problem whaling on a guitar as she belts out her song “Millions,” in which she tackles the question of “Where do our millions go?” when it comes to health care, or “It Takes One,” a song about America and “all its corporate greed.”
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extra shows and dabble in a new way of music. Bonomo, 37, is joined by There and Back Again guitarist Joe Somerdak, 42, and Adam Arlotto, 23, who is the soundman for There and Back Again but will take over as bass player in the new side project, called Ostrich Hat. Bonomo can’t help laughing when he says the name, which “means absolutely nothing,” he said. “My sister came up with it. We just wanted a name that would stick, that you wouldn’t
have to say twice, and for some reason Ostrich Hat was it.” Ostrich Hat will make its debut tonight at Shakers in Hazleton and will play again tomorrow at Bentley’s in Ashley. Bonomo said the group is “loosely” acoustic. “I like to call it a semi-acoustic band. We still plug in, but we play acoustic instead of electric. Also, our song selection isn’t what people would probably consider normal for an acoustic act.” The guys are going to cover all
upbeat songs, from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Tommy Tutone, Cee Lo Green and Pink. “There’s no shoe-gazing, uberserious music here,” Bonomo said. ••• Mike Lello, former editor of the Weekender, a weekly entertainment newspaper produced by the Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company, has created Highway 81 ReviSee MUSIC, Page 19
Hopkins has been on the music songs. Hopkins and her band play scene for quite some time, mainly as part of blues band Little Sister many songs by the influential & The Moneymakers, but she has bands, with the set list representsince ventured out on her own. ing a mix of Hopkins originals She released a nine-song collec- and covers. “We try to play older blues mution titled “You Don’t Know” and is now backed by fellow band- sic, newer stuff and my songs,” mates John Gale on drums, John she said. “It helps us appeal to auHopkins, her cousin, on bass, and diences of all ages.” Although she sheds her shySean Lehman on guitar and voness once on stage, she still finds cals. Not all of her songs have politi- that crowds get the best of her. “I think I could live to 110 and cal undertones. “Some of them are based on re- still be nervous every time I play,” she said. al-life experiences, and some are just IF YOU GO ••• made up,” she said. What: Phyllis Hopkins Band The guys of local Hopkins, who Where: Bartolai Winery, 2377 cover band There will perform toState Route 92 Highway, and Back Again Coolidge Ave., Exeter Twp. have been rocking morrow night at the Bartolai Win- When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. out to party tunes, Saturday ery in Exeter both old and new, ••• Township, not onsince 2002, so the ly wrote the songs What: Ostrich Hat debut sudden decision by show for “You Don’t Where: Shakers Bar and Grill, part of the group to Know,” she had a 703 W Broad St., Hazleton go acoustic as a hand in producing When: 10 tonight side project might the album. She al••• seem like a big so played all the What: Highway 81 Revisited jump — until you launch party guitars. hear what the Where: The Bog, 341 Adams She has played shtick is. Ave., Scranton electric guitar all When: 8 p.m. Saturday “When you her life but just re- Admission: $5 come and see us, cently picked up an it’s almost like acoustic. you’re at a party “Now that I’m also playing and there’s a guy with an acoustic acoustic, I go out on my own and guitar in the corner, just messing do shows with just me and a gui- around, singing all these newer tar,” she said. songs the way he wants to,” drumHopkins cites as influences U2, mer Jeff Bonomo said. Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray VaughThere and Back Again is still toan and Jimi Hendrix, among gether, but Bonomo said some of many others. She tries to pull a lit- the guys simply wanted to play tle from each when composing
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1. Bridget Ryan and Ashleigh Gillis were ready to take the stage and perform at a previous Fiesta. Times Leader File Photo/Jim Gavenus 2. Abingdon, Md., artist Dan Westfall will sell blackand-white film photography. Submitted Photo 3. Brookline, Mass., photographer David Stern will sell photography, such as this colorful international scene. Submitted Photo 4. Columbus, Ind., artist Diedre Nabors will sell polymer clay jewelry, such as this hat pin. Submitted Photo
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ross Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square on an ordinary spring day and you’ll likely experience the warmth of the sun, the shade of the trees and the sight of playful squirrels. It’s a nice little nosh for your senses. But return to Public Square for the 59th annual Fine Arts Fiesta, scheduled this year for Thursday through May 22, and you’re sure to find a feast for body and soul. You’ll know the fiesta is almost here when the tents begin to appear – big, striped tents to shelter art exhibits and puppet shows and smaller white tents to cover the wares of dozens of vendors. “We’re going to rope off a street to accommodate everybody,” executive director Brian Benedetti said, explaining there are close to 60 vendors this year – the most ever. After the tents are up, you’ll catch a whiff of the food – from sizzling funnel cakes and potato pancakes to taste-of-the-sea crab
sandwiches, batter-dipped vegetables, allAmerican lemonade and an exotic coconut drink. Then the crowds will gather. Thousands of people visit the Fiesta each year to see live performances, socialize with friends and, of course, marvel over the array of artwork. “I don’t even like cats, but I love this,” a high-school student named Ashley remarked during a previous fiesta, as she stood before a painting of feline poised to pounce through tall grass. “Look at the details, like the collar,” said her friend Nina, who, a scribe faithfully noted, was carrying two fiesta staples: a red rose and a chocolate ice cream cone. Other typical Fiesta finds range from leather goods to photographs to paintings and, of course, jewelry. “Do you want to be dressy, or fun and flirSee FIESTA, Page 22
5. Auburn, Maine, artist Denis Leblanc painted ’River Mist.’ He’ll sell his watercolors at Fiesta. Submitted Photo 6. Geraldine Berbaum helps Devin Lally, then 3 1/2 and of Tunkhannock, work with dancing dolls to the beat of fiddle music provided by her husband, Ed Berbaum. Ed and Geraldine will perform on all four days of Fiesta. Times Leader File Photo/Bob Esposito 7. People walk past the art of Anthony Bottanelli at a previous Fiesta. Times Leader File Photo/Fred Adams 8. Lititz artist Andy Smith will sell his works, such as this watercolor. Submitted Photo 9. The Lee Vincent Orchestra performs during lunch hour at the opening of the 46th annual Fine Arts Fiesta in 2001. Lee Vincent, founder of the popular orchestra, died in 2007, but his band plays on in the form of the Lee Vincent Memorial Band. Times Leader File Photo/Clark Van Orden
A tiny, hand-crafted octopus is one of Trish Strausbaugh’s more whimsical creations.
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Trish Strausbaugh started off on a totally different career path before landing in the world of glass. “I actually went to school for horticulture,” the Muncy native said. “I ended up meeting a woman there that got me interested in the art of glass, and I fell in love with it immediately.” Strausbaugh started her foray into glass art in 1997 and opened her own business, Strausbaugh’s Glass, in 2000. She has been a merchant at the Fine Arts Fiesta for eight years. “It’s a great place to meet people in the art community and to also interact with customers,” she said. “I have a lot of wonderful return customers, people who are always looking for something new.” Strausbaugh is more than happy to produce new things for her clientele. “I’m always trying to keep my work fresh,” she said. “I’m constantly coming up with new ideas and pieces that people can look forward to.” This year, the newest addition to her line is a wall hanger, much like a tube made out of colored glass, that can hold fresh-cut flowers. Strausbaugh still holds on to her horticultural roots, as many of the items she makes are designed as a place to put plants. She constructs large, bulbous, blown-glass plant holders that
Glass artist Trish Strausbaugh carefully handcrafts each of her pieces.
are covered in wire. Some can be used as a wall hanging, while others have a strong wire base that allows them to sit on a tabletop. “I also seem to have ended up doing a lot of pieces for knitters and crocheters,” Strausbaugh said. Another new item she makes is a sweater stick, a circular piece of hand-shaped glass that can be fastened to a sweater by a stick that runs through the sweater and over the circle, pinning it to the garment. Strausbaugh also sells Christmas ornaments, wine stoppers, See VENDOR, Page 23
“Hello, the food!” Brooke Mummert, 25, WilkesBarre ••• “Live music and great food, especially the potato pancakes.” Michael Casey, Edwardsville ••• “I love the handmade jewelry tents.” Angela Greco, Wilkes-Barre ••• “The students’ exhibit, of course.” Shelly Sodoski, Wilkes-Barre ••• “All the jewelry!” Catherine Yavorchak, Shavertown
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ty?” a past fiesta-goer said, trying to help her friend choose between two copper pins – an elegant heart and a casual turtle. Perhaps the friend bought both – unless she was like the would-be shopper who had to content herself with simply looking. “If I was working, I’d buy a ton of stuff,” one teen said as she gazed at a painting of a fairy waving a wand over a tiny dragon emerging from an egg. Occasionally, a bystander who isn’t buying might actually insult an artist, as a fifth-grader once did with his honest question. “Thirty cents or 30 dollars?” he asked as he examined a vendor’s display. “Thirty dollars,” the vendor replied through clenched teeth. But most of the fiesta-goers
••• “The family events, and today I’d have to say ice cream.” Kristin Lynch, Kingston ••• “I love all the art and the puppet shows and reading to the kids.” Elaine Rash, Plains Township Osterhout librarian • “The Joan Harris Dancers … and all the local artwork.” Barbara Shudak, 61, Wilkes-Barre ••• “I love to watch the Irish dancers;
IF YOU GO What: Fine Arts Fiesta When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22. Where: Public Square, downtown Wilkes-Barre More info: fineartsfiesta.org
seem to be happy customers, building goodwill as they sigh a collective “aaahh” over whimsical animal portraits, intricate wood carvings or tie-dyed shirts small enough for a newborn. The artists are often available to chat and explain the hows and whys of their work, whether they’ve painted a portrait to celebrate love, made a sculpture to protest war or crafted a tool you can use to clean your house. So you’re bound to learn something new. Broom corn, for example, is a type of sorghum introduced to
the music brings back fun memories of my grandparents.” Theresa Mulligan Evans, 48, Ashley ••• “The unique merchants showing their talents like stained glass and pottery.” Beth K. Ciliberto, 55, Wilkes-Barre ••• “I’ve always enjoyed walking around, just looking at all the different things the festival has to offer.” Nick Phillips, 26, Plains Township
the United States by Benjamin Franklin, longtime Fiesta vendor Bob Wiggins of Tennessee told a small crowd that gathered to watch him make a whisk during a previous fiesta. And sprinkling salt over watercolors can give a painting a seafoam kind of effect, said Fine Arts Fiesta committee member Gary Womelsdorf, who is also an art teacher. The Fiesta artists look forward to seeing each other and admiring each other’s work, said Diane Grant Czajkowski of Ashley, whose portraits of horses will be on display at Barnes & Noble Book Sellers on South Main Street. “I love to see the colors and the beautiful things that everyone creates,” she said last week. “It’s a transformation of town. The whole atmosphere is just wonderful. I wish it could be that way all the time.”
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FUTURE Flea Market, with food available. Bloomingdale Grange, Grange Hall Road, Bloomingdale. May 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per table. 256-7610. Gently Used Sale. First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 824-2478. Yard Sale. Immanuel Baptist Church, 25 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. May 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 288-9215. 25-Cent Sale, clothing, linens and household items all priced at 25 cents each. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 813 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. May 21, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch available. 287-9067. Rummage and Bake Sale. Seventh-day Adventist Church, 17 Second Ave., Kingston. May 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 23-24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; May 25 (Bag Day), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 287-6647. Children’s Clothing Drive, with clothes, shoes, coats, backpacks and more. Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague St., Kingston. June 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 288-8434. Craft Fair and Flea Market, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk Committee. Charles Luger parking lot, Allied Services, Moffat Drive, off Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit. June 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. 499-5298.
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BEST BET Looking for fun on Saturday afternoon? How about a giant slide, bounce house, pony rides, carnival games and a 65-foot obstacle course – or even a Guitar Hero Contest? The children at the Wyoming Valley Montessori School are ready to welcome all to the annual ‘Family Fun Day’ set for noon to 5 p.m. at 851 W. Market St. in Kingston. Parents can browse the sale of original art work or test drive various models from Bonner Chevrolet. 288-3708.
KIDS T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 Mammoth Follies, a children’s musical with giant dinosaur puppets performing songs, jokes and earth-smashing dances to explore historic and scientific facts about the Dinosaur Age. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Today at 10 a.m. $7. 346-7369. Pre-School Storytime, with storytelling, crafts and snacks for ages 3 to 5. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Today, 11 a.m. to noon. Registration: 693-1364. Rock This Town! A session in rock painting at Monogram Muse, 105 Claremont Ave., Clarks Summit. Tonight, 4 to 6 during the Clarks Summit Art Walk. Paint and rocks supplied. Free. 585-0772. Furry Tales Reading Partners. Practice your reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Saturday at 10 a.m. 654-9565. Chalk It Up! Reserve a block of sidewalk and decorate it with chalk drawings. Proceeds benefit the Playground Project of the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. With a lemonade stand and face painting. $10. In conjunction with the Waverly Waddle 5K Walk and Run. 586-8191. American Girl Tea. Bring your American Girl doll to an afternoon tea party – Hawaiian style! West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Sunday at 1 p.m. Age 8 and older. Reservations: 654-9847. Wild Bird Egg Hunt, a search to find camouflaged, replica bird eggs. Separate areas for three age groups. Endless Mountains Nature Center, 265 Vosburg Neck Road, Tunkhannock. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. $5. 836-3835.
Books and Babies, story time for ages 1 to 3. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. Tuesdays through May 24 at 9:30 a.m. Registration: 8230156. Teen Night, Videogame Night for ages 11 to 18. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Free. 823-0156. One Book Every Young Child, a reading of “Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job” by Stephen R. Swinburne along with bookrelated activities and crafts. Includes a free copy of the book. Limited to the first ten children. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Free. Reservations: 654-9847.
History and science are dramatized in skits and songs in ‘Mammoth Follies,’ a children’s theater presentation this morning at the Scranton Cultural Center. 842-1506. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party, the third annual event with the Cheese Touch Game and other antics for ages 8 to 15. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. 823-0156.
The Big Adventures of Stuart Little, a musical children’s show by Theatre IV about a noble mouse and his merry adventures. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Thursday at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.
The Science of Magic. Go behind the scenes of a magic show with illusionist Bill Blagg. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, WilkesBarre. May 20 at 10 a.m. $6.50. 826-1100.
Natural Wonders: Garden Fun, planting vegetable seedlings for ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. Thursday at 1 p.m. Registration:
Farm Animal Frolic. Meet newborn lambs, baby goats, piglets, fluffy chicks, bunnies and more. With old-time games, duck sliding, hay jumping, pony rides, horsedrawn wagon rides, sheep shear-
Get creative on the sidewalks of the Waverly Community House tomorrow at ‘Chalk It Up!’ a fundraiser for the playground project. ing, homemade desserts and fresh-baked bread. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. May 21-22 and 28-29, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. $8, $5 children. 9926161 or quietvalley.org.
The Laurie Berkner Band, the children’s music superstars and Nick Jr. favorites in a “Birthday Party Concert.” Wear a party hat and bring birthday cake artwork. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 21 at 2 p.m. $37, $27. 826-1100.
Carrie Flower Show, with author Cynthia W. Post, whose threebook series is about a “sunflower girl” who shares her real-life discomforts and explains how she copes. Arts YOUniverse, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 21 at 11 a.m. 905-7308.
Early Explorers, a session in theater arts for ages 3 to 5. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. May 23 at 1 p.m. Free. Held outdoors weather permitting. Registration: 346-7186.
Despicable Me, the computeranimated film for grades 6 to 12. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. May 21 at noon. 654-9565.
Teen Poetry Workshop, for ages 12 to 18. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. May 23 at 4 p.m. at the picnic table on the lawn. Free. 823-0156.
Early Explorers, a session in visual art for ages 3 to 5. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry Ave., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Monday at 1 p.m. Free. Held outdoors, weather permitting. Registration: 346-7186.
Story Pirates, a children’s musical sketch-comedy show of stories written by kids. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tuesday at 10 a.m. $7. 346-7369.
CLICK: KENTUCKY DERBY DAY AT MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS
ohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the place to be on Saturday, even though the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby was taking place in Louisville, Ky., not Plains Township, Pa. Throngs of locals packed the track and surrounding casino to soak in the excitement vicariously from afar and, of course, to place a bet or two. (Lucky were those who picked the longshot named Animal Kingdom.) Women in all manner of bedecked hats were absolutely everywhere, and many also wore complementary dresses and heels. (Judges of the annual hat contest professed to have an especially hard time.) Restaurants were equally busy, with hungry masses making reservations necessary at several spots. And the drink of the day? Well, the mint julep, of course, though an awful lot of folks stuck with good old-fashioned beer. The next big day at the track is only a bit more than a week away. The second leg of the famed Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place on May 21 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 1. Race fans cheer as they watch the Derby broadcast on a giant-screen television near the winners circle. 2. Donna Gunning of New Milford, left, talks with eventual second-place hat-competition winner Jill Price of Kingston before the judging took place. 3. â€˜Best friends do the Derby,â€™ say Debi Kemmerer of Trucksville, left, Michele Horst of Kingston, Beth Ann Ritz of Wilkes-Barre and Linda Wagner of Dallas. 4. Lois Wintermantel of Scranton enjoys her mint julep. 5. Anne Rushinski of Shavertown, left, holds her 1-year-old grandson Logan Faulkner of Sweet Valley down by the winners circle as they await Derby post time. 6. Amanda Wise of Avoca registers her hat in the hat competition. 7. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Pre-Race Show co-hosts Randy Castellani, left, and Kelly Connors, right, interview Christine Zak, second from left, and her sister Ann Zak, both of Wyoming. 8. Marla Costanzo of Pittston, left, Annie Hanchulak of Bear Creek, Rachel Delayo of West Wyoming and Jodi Atsus of Moscow wait among the throngs lined up to bet. 9. Gina Gibbon of Hanover Township reacts after learning she took first place in the hat competition. Her winning hat was made of the complete race card for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs that she downloaded from the Internet. 10. Race fans converge to the track fence to watch the Kentucky Derby broadcast on a giant-screen television at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
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famous monologues and scenes performed by Three Witches Productions. Artists for Art Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. $7, $5 seniors and students. 969-1040. Tartuffe, the classic French comedy by Moliere about a hypocritical impostor who uses false piety to take over the home and possessions of his benefactor. Performed by the Wyoming Seminary Players at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. May 29-30 at 8 p.m. $3. 270-2110.
Tonight’s the last night to catch The Nuremberg Players’ production of ‘The Altos,’ a spoof of the HBO series ‘The Sopranos,’ at Towers Bar and Restaurant in Fern Glen.
Something mysterious is happening. Acclaimed novelist Franklin Woolsey has died, but his assistant remains poised at her typewriter – waiting to channel the words that will complete his masterpiece. The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble wraps up its run of ‘Ghost Writer,’ an intimate spine-tingler by Michael Hollinger, at 7:30 tonight Hollinger and Saturday night and 3 p.m. Sunday. Head to the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. Tickets are $24, $19 for seniors or $11 for students. Call 784-8181 or visit bte.org.
James Goode and Cassandra Pisieczko star in the BTE’s production of ‘Ghost Writer.’
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Jackpot promotion coming to Mohegan Sun By TOM ROBINSON For The Times Leader
PLAINS TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved the first jackpot promotion in the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs poker room. “We are definitely going to have the high-hand jackpot,” pokerroom manager Art Blanda said late last week, confirming the promotion that has been discussed often since the room’s early days last July. Blanda has said all along that the poker room was not seeking a bad-beat jackpot, a promotion in place at Mount Airy Casino and Resort in Paradise Township, Monroe County. Unlike the bad-beat jackpot, which pays off huge rewards to a table full of players but took nearly six months to be hit once at Mount Airy, the high-hand promotion is awarded to a single player several times a day. The final details were still being worked out with state officials, but expect the day to be divided
into several blocks of multiple hours. All the money collected, from an additional $1-per-hand rake, during each time slot, will be paid out to the winning player. Unlike bonus side bets upstairs at regular table games in the rest of the casino, there is no payoff to the house. The advantage for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs comes in the possibility of drawing more players into the room, but every dollar collected for the high-hand jackpot is included in the prize for the player from that time slot. There will be gaps each day when the promotion is not in place as one prize is collected and distributed and the high hand is reset. During a given time period, the highest hand will be posted so players know what has to be beat. If, for example, four of a kind with sixes is the high hand and a player hits four of a kind in eights, he knows he has taken the lead in the high-hand jackpot and has to hope the hand holds up until the end of that time slot.
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Expect four of a kind and straight flushes to win many of the jackpots, but large full houses will win at times. For that reason, at the start of a time slot, a big full house would go up on the board until it is beaten. By sheer volume of hands, the probability is that it will generally take a larger hand to win during peak hours, but a lesser hand has more of a chance of holding up in
the middle of the night. Most hold’em games and 7-card stud are eligible for the high-hand jackpot. Omaha (which uses two additional cards), mixed games and any limit games higher than 10-20 will not be included. The higher-limit games use a timed rental of a spot rather than a rake of each pot. The 5-5, no-limit game also is paid by time, but Blanda said it
will be included in the jackpot, with a $1 rake taken, until player interest can be tested. “If 5-5 players don’t want it, we’ll stop it,” Blanda said, “but we want to include as many as possible in the beginning.” Rules will be finalized and posted, but some of them will include: • The player must win the hand. • There has to be $20 in the pot. • A player must use two of his/ her own cards in hold’em, including two of the four in a four of a kind. For example, an ace-8 could not be combined with three 8s on the board to be considered an eligible four of a kind. • A hand does not have to go to showdown to collect. A player simply would have to show the winning hand to be eligible, even if the other players fold after five or six cards.
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and “Bridesmaids” follows their game of one-upmanship through some brutally awkward moments that result in big laughs. Unlike a shrill comedy like “Bride Wars,” where the female characters tear each other apart in a fit of screechy jealousy, “Bridesmaids” is onto something more honest and more uncomfortable: the fragility of even the strongest female friendship and the way in which insecurity can, sadly, tear people apart. Wiig is unafraid to delve into some of the uglier facets of her character’s personality, and yet she’s so likable in her oddball way, she always makes you root for her. Her scenes with Chris O’Dowd, as a state trooper who becomes her unlikely suitor, add another layer of the unexpected to “Bridesmaids.” The Irish actor has a slightly goofy demeanor that makes him a unique choice for a love interest, but here, he’s just the right fit. “Bridesmaids” surely doesn’t mark the end of conventional female-centric comedies, but it works on so many levels, it’ll hopefully make future filmmakers stop and think twice before approaching this kind of project — or think for the first time — and realize it can be done in a better, fresher way.
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READS T H I S W E E K E N D : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11
The Franklin Street Sleuths. The Mystery Book Club discusses “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 821-1959.
FUTURE Winter to Spring Poetic Reading by Philip Mosley from his translations of Francois Jacqmin’s “The Book of the Snow” and Maurice Maeterlinck’s “The Intelligence of Flowers.” With classical guitar music by Jason Smeltzer. Arts Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. May 20 at 6 p.m. Free. 970-2787. Book Signing with Gary R. Ryman, author of “Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family.” Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, 210 Green Grove Road, Scott Township. May 20, 6 to 10 p.m. 254-9977. Books & Bagels, a discussion of “Moon Over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool. Copies available at circulation desk. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. May 21 at 10 a.m. 654-9565. Poetry Reading and Book Signing, with Eric Garcia, author of “Blizzards of Thought.” Arts SEEN Gallery, 21 Public Square, WilkesBarre. May 30 with signing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a poetry reading with composed instrumentals from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. 905-7308.
Book Talk, on “Modern Buddhism,” a new book by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso about solving daily problems through practicing compassion and wisdom. With Buddhist
‘Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family’ by former Scott Township fire chief Gary R. Ryman was recently published by Tribute Books. monk Gen Samten Kelsang of the Kadampa Meditation Center in New York. Borders, 100 Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. June 10 at 7 p.m. Free. 340-1044. The Gathering, the annual Literature Conference with novelist Craig Nova, children’s writer Susan Cooper, nonfiction writer Sarah Rossbach, architects Peter Bohlin and Witold Rybczynski and poet Ted Kooser. Keystone College, La Plume. July 14 to 17. For schedule of events, see gathering.keystone.edu.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Fire Men: Stories from Three Generations of a Firefighting Family, a new book by Gary R. Ryman, former Scott Township fire chief, that details the experiences of his family’s firefighting careers. Published by Tribute Books and available at tribute-books.com at $10.95. The Boy Who Dared, by local author Susan Campbell Bartoletti has been selected for the 2011 William Allen White Children’s Book Award. The novel is based on the true story of Helmuth Hubener, who as a teen stood up against the Nazi regime. The TV Doctor, a biography of David J. Voitek, founder of Voitek TV and Appliances, a family business that has lasted for more than 50 years. Authored by Mary Stchur and available at the Luzerne County Community College Bookstore, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. 740-0732. 285015
Read and Remember, a discussion of “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Drew Gilpin Faust. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Tonight, 6 to 8 with light refreshments. Registration: 346-7186.
parking lot, South River and West Market streets, WilkesBarre and proceeds to Kirby Park for a picnic, entertainment, pony and horseback rides and a Chinese auction. May 22 at noon. Free. 371-3844.
growing food sustainably by mimicking forest environments. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. Saturday at 11 a.m. $10. 967-7275. Sheep Shearing. Watch wool go from sheep to cloth at Hillside Farms, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $2 hayrides. 696-4500.
OUTDOORS T H I S W E E K : M AY 1 3 T O 1 9 , 2 0 11 Spring Bird Walk to seek out migratory birds and identify them by song. Guided by birder Ron Milliken at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson. Meet at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171 and Stack Road. Saturday at 6 a.m. 879-4244. Waverly Waddle 5K Walk and Run. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. Saturday with registration at 8 a.m. and event at 9 a.m. $15, $8 children. Also: a Junior Waddle for age 8 and younger. 586-8191. Art in Nature, weaving with recycled materials with artist Sally Robertson. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon $15. Registration: 842-1506. Family Fishing Program, for families with children age 8 and older with no fishing experience. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Registration: 696-9105. Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, 3.5 miles on the Endless Mountains Riding Trail. Meet at the Pump â€™n Pantry parking lot, 100 Grow Ave. (Route 706), Montrose. Saturday with registration at 9:30 a.m. and walk at 10 a.m. 289-2062. April Showers Bring â€Ś A walk on the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary trails in search of May wildflowers. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Saturday at 10 a.m. $5. Register at 629-3061.
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Weeds Gone Wild. Learn to identify and properly remove weeds such as oriental bittersweet, which smothers vegetation. Lackawanna State Park, Dalton. Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Free but registration required: 945-3239. Spring Birding Hike, to observe breeding, plumage and singing at the height of migration season. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. Sunday, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Free. 967-7275. River Street Run and Walk, three miles through South WilkesBarre with start and finish at the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Sunday with registration at 9 a.m. and event at 10:30 a.m. $17. 8244646. Dingmans Falls Hike, five moderate-to-steep miles from Dingmans Falls to Childs Park and back along five waterfalls. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Sunday at 9:15 a.m. $8. 3435144. Pinnacle Hike, nine difficult miles. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, off Route 115, Wilkes-Barre Township. Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 889-5256. Tannersville Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour guided walk through the unique wetland habitat. Meet at the bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 115, Tannersville. Sunday at 1 p.m.; Wednesdays through June 1 at 1 p.m. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Living with Wildlife, a live-animal presentation on how to deal with backyard wildlife and solutions to animal pests and threats. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive,
Wildflower Identification Hike, indoor and outdoor sessions with representatives from the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania. Age 16 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. May 22, 1 to 4 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.
Purple trilliums should be plentiful around Lake Scranton.
BEST BET The spring wildflowers are in bloom around Lake Scranton, and who better to lead a walk than naturalist Jane Frey? She will seek out those elusive purple trilliums and pink lady slippers beginning 10 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Pennsylvania American Water Company parking lot off Route 307 for an easy two-mile stroll. Free. 343-5144.
Covington Township. Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $4. Register: 842-1506. Tannersville Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour guided hike through the northern boreal bog filled with a variety of birds and wildflowers. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Wednesdays through June 1 at 1 p.m. $5. Registration: 629-3061. 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, ext. 140.
FUTURE Spring Bird Walk to seek out diverse migratory birds and discuss their habits. Guided by birder Evan Mann at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve in Thompson. Meet at the parking lot, one mile north of Thompson on Route 171 and Stack Road. May 21 at 8 a.m. 879-4244. Spring Gardening Workshop, garden design, plant selection and a tour of the gardens of the Moffat Estate. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute,
10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. May 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m. $4. Registration: 842-1506. Forest Hike, with a focus on preventing deer damage. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. May 21 at 10 a.m. Free. 967-7275. Volunteer Garden Cleanup Day. Help get the gardens ready for spring by planting and pruning. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. May 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration: 842-1506. Family Hike at Seven Tubs, a 2.7-mile hike past glacial rock formations and waterfalls along the Wheelbarrow Run and Laurel Run trails. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Seven Tubs Natural Area, off Route 115, Wilkes-Barre. May 22 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Sponsored by the Sierra Club. 8192147. Hazleton Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, WilkesBarre. May 22 at 10:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 401-5346. Walk for Recovery, the 10th annual event to raise awareness of May as Mental Health Month. Begins at the Guard Insurance Group
Mushroom Foray, a hike through various mushroom ecosystems. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, off Route 29, Franklin Forks. May 22, 2 to 4 p.m. $10. 967-7275. Herb Gardening, how to grow and store common herbs with Master Gardener Charlotte Raup. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Registration: 474-9313. Senior Citizen Outing, three easy miles along Lake Tookawhile and the Susquehanna River at the Susquehanna Riverlands near Berwick. Followed by a tour of the PPL Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant and Museum. Lunch at the Wah Mei Chinese Restaurant. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. May 26 at 9 a.m. $8. 343-5144. Bluebird Walk, a stroll along the Bluebird Trails at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. May 28 at 9 a.m. Free. 675-9900. Family Nature Games Hike, an easy one-mile trek with naturerelated games for all ages. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. May 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration: 4032006. 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. May 28, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 836-3835. Family Nature Hike, along Deer Trail at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. May 28 at 2 p.m. Meet below the bird-feeding area. 696-9105. Morning Bird Walk, with park volunteer Dave Kruel. Meet at the wooden bridge by the office at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. May 29, 8 to 10 a.m. Registration: 403-2006.
Bike the Gorge, 17 miles along the rail trail at Lehigh Gorge State Park led by naturalist Stephanie Strub. Begins at the White Haven trailhead where bicycles will be available for rent ($10) and continues to the Rockport Access Area for lunch. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5. Registration: 215-453-5015.
Birds: What Are They Good For? Absolutely Everything! Learn how to make your property more attractive to a variety of bird species. Included: a tour of various habitats and a demonstration of live bird banding. Lackawanna State Park, Dalton. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Free but registration required: 9453239.
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a chance to show someone how much he or she means to you. You’ll now have the perfect opportunity to do so. You’ll give from the heart and be warmly received. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A certain project seems to be taking over your life in some ways, including financial. Don’t emphasize how expensive it is. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are paying attention and firing on all cylinders. No one has to tell you twice. You’ll receive all the messages clearly the first time.
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work harder at jobs you really love. You’ll ask tough questions about today’s work. Would you still do this if you were a multimillionaire? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your social circle is expanding. Casual fun turns into making plans. It will feel wonderful to make close friends with someone as loving and normal as you are. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You will conduct many experiments as you try to reach a new level of accomplishment. This may pertain to a game or the mastery of a talent. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The sound of a storm can be frightening, even when you’re warm inside and there’s very little
chance that the weather will affect you. News is the same way. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are compelled to help the very young, the very old and anyone with obvious need. Resist the urge to take care of people who are not in any of those categories. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You may not want the limelight for yourself, but you see the benefit of getting more publicity for your project, your work or your team. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Strategize about how you will reach your goal. Remember that when the atmosphere is calm, sudden movements tend to startle anyone with a heartbeat. But in chaos, no one will be fazed.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s abso-
lutely sweet how crazy you are about someone special. Be careful not to make this person the center of your life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have social premonitions all the time in the sense that you understand people and can accurately predict how they will react in certain circumstances. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 13). It’s a lucky year, especially if you happen to have been born on a Friday. But all May 13 birthdays are likely to enjoy love and happiness in this next year, providing you place your affections with those who readily return them. Sagittarius and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 23, 1, 47, 29 and 37.
Wife loses sight of future after husband admits he’s gay Dear Abby: I recently learned that my husband of 35 years is gay. I never suspected and I am stunned. I have loved him since we met. I still do. I have never been interested in anyone else. We have three children and eight grandchildren who all adore him. I learned his secret from an email he left on the computer screen. It took a few days, but I confronted him and he told me everything. He has been with
DEAR ABBY ADVICE men since before our marriage. He assured me he has never done anything that could have caused me to get a disease. I’m lost about what my next step should be. I’m in my late 50s. Starting over isn’t something I ever considered. I’m seeing a therapist who suggested it might be simpler to consider myself a widow. I have no interest in having sex with
my husband again, but being apart from him terrifies me. Have you any suggestions? — Helpless in Miami Dear Helpless: You are not “helpless.” You’re probably in shock, knowing your husband deceived you from the time you met him. My advice is to do NOTHING until you regain some sense of balance. Finding that email was no accident. Consciously or unconsciously, your husband wanted you to see it. That you no lon-
ger want to have sex with him isn’t surprising. Some things to consider: Does he still want to have sex with you? Is your husband involved with more than one person or just one? And does HE want to stay married? Before making any decision about your future, you should contact the Straight Spouse Network. It’s a confidential support network of current or former heterosexual spouses or partners of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates. It helps straight spouses or partners cope constructively
with the coming-out crisis and assists mixed-orientation couples and their children to build bridges of understanding. The phone number is (201) 8257763 and the website is www. StraightSpouse.org. I wish you luck on your journey.
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FRIDAY 6:00 a.m. (CIN) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial A boy’s close encounter with an alien stranded on Earth leads to a unique friendship in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film. (HDTV) 2:30 p.m. (FMC) Garden of Evil A woman hires an ex-sheriff, a card shark and a killer to take her to her husband, trapped in a gold mine. Wilkes Barre 4-Star Movies for 5/14/11
SATURDAY 9:15 a.m. (TCM) The Ghost Goes West The ghost of a Scottish clan leader travels to America when his
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SUNDAY 6:00 a.m. (CIN) Chinatown A 1930s gumshoe named Jake sticks his nose into a sordid mess over Los Angeles land and water. (HDTV) 12:00 a.m. (SPIKE) The Exorcist An actress calls upon Jesuit priests to try to end the demonic possession of her 12-year-old daughter. (HDTV)
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TUESDAY 12:30 p.m. (FMC) A Hatful of Rain A drug-addicted Korean War veteran lives in a housing project with his brother and pregnant wife. 8:00 p.m. (TCM) National Velvet An English girl’s dream of racing her horse in the Grand National thunders to reality with the help of a former jockey. Wilkes Barre 4-Star Movies for 5/18/11
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Murder, she wrote? By SANDRA SNYDER firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Young is the man who will not die, and Susan Delfino is the hapless, helpless woman who most recently tried to off him. Nah, of course not. As if. This particular housewife may seem quite a bit more desperate than the average female resident of Wisteria Lane, but we all know she can’t hurt a fly. Try to tell that to our dead narrator Mary Alice’s sinister husband, who’s now downed several plates of her antifreeze-laced food. This is the best we get heading into Sunday’s “Desperate Housewives” season finale, eh? Well, OK, that and a potential murder. Of Gaby no less. First, the poisoning. It was all plotted by recently sprung jailbird Felicia Tilman, who set Susan up to take the fall. And just when you thought that’s all you’d get, someone started lurking, Freddy Kreuger-like, outside Gaby and Juanita’s front-yard tent. Who was/is that creepy, unmasked man anyway? Oh, the questions as yet another season drops curtain for summer. Will the mystery killer prove more interesting than yet another Tom and Lynette knock-down, drag-out? We all know the lovebirds will survive.
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Housewives new and old: Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan (killed off but fighting for her job back), Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Eva Longoria.
The smart money says Eva Longoria will, too, and that if the killer kills anybody it’ll be a nobody. After that, one of the only remaining storylines is already tired. Yet another responding police officer (or in this case, detective) falls for the single woman (Bree) who answers the door (or rolls down the window)? Please. At least in the movie “Bridesmaids,” which opens today, the idea, though predictable, makes for plenty of late-in-the-game laughs. As for this guy, the only thing thickening the plot is the hint that he doesn’t really go for the womenfolk anyway and has perhaps eased on down the lane for an entirely different reason. Who needs daytime soaps? “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES,” SEASON FINALE, 9-11 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
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Fox cleans house but renews ‘Fringe’ By SCOTT COLLINS Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — The networks don’t officially announce their schedules until next week, but word leaked out late Tuesday about the first round of cancellations and pickups over at Fox. Among the current shows that were “on the bubble” (that is, in jeopardy), Fox is reportedly renewing another season of “Fringe.” But all its other endangered shows are headed for the rubbish heap in a massive housecleaning: the dramas “Chicago Code,” “Human Target” and “Lie to Me” plus the comedies “Breaking In” and “Traffic Light.” Meanwhile, the network has made series orders for “The New Girl,” with Zooey Deschanel as a lovelorn teacher, and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” with Jaime Pressly. Also, the time-travel drama “Alcatraz” looks headed for
Anna Torv stars as Agent Olivia Dunham, right, John Noble stars as Dr. Walter Bishop, left, and Joshua Jackson stars as Peter Bishop in ’Fringe.’
the schedule, as does the “Bones” spin-off “Finder.” Reached for comment, a Fox spokeswoman said, “We’re not
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Philbin tries to go out a winner in Daytime Emmys The Associated Press NEW YORK — Regis Philbin has the chance to go out a winner at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Philbin, who has announced he’s leaving “Live With Regis & Kelly” later this year, was nominated for a best-talk-show-host Emmy on Wednesday. His longrunning show, which has never won a Daytime Emmy, was nominated for best talk show on entertainment. “General Hospital” led the way with 21 Daytime Emmy nominations. The 38th annual awards show will be presented June 19 at the Las Vegas Hilton. It will be televised on CBS. ABC’s “All My Children” earned 13 nominations, and “One Life to Live” had 12. ABC has canceled both soap operas.
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