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Five Folks School days will be here before you know it. We approached children and parents at a recent Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market to ask: “ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?”

“Yes. (My favorite subject is) math.” — Ashley Decker, 6, Wilkes-Barre

“Yeah! I am! I really like math and science.” — Dylan Hakim, 10, Dallas

“Yes! I’m going to the same place as Dylan, and I’m going to be in kindergarten!” — Zoe Hakim, 5, Dallas

“I’ve been looking forward to school since the first day of vacation.” — Irene Webby, 33, Wapwallopen

“Recess and lunch (are the best things about school.) — Mason Webby, 8, Wapwallopen



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By JOSEPH HUDAK For The Times Leader

Anumberofhigh-profilecountryconcertshavecomethroughtown this summer, but perhaps none as anticipated as Thursday’s appearance by Jason Aldean with Chris Young at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. With Aldean’s fourth CD, “My Kinda Party,” ranking as country’s best-selling album of the year, Aldean’s show has become one hot ticket among local fans. And it got even hotter last month when his tourmate Young released his third CD, “Neon.” The critically acclaimed album debuted at No. 2 on the country charts — right in the middleofBlakeSheltonatNo.1 and, yep, Aldean at No. 3. Withsuchsalesbetweenthe pair, it’s a fair bet audiences are showing up primed to party. Just as they were when Youngmadehismain-stagedebut at the CMA Music Festival earlier this summer in NashChris Young’s ‘Neon’ deville, performing before 65,000 buted at No. 2 on the fans inside the massive LP Field, country charts last month, home of the Tennessee Titans. right in the middle of Blake “It was amazing. It was exactShelton at No. 1 and Thurs- ly what I expected, which is hard, day’s tour headliner, Jason because I built it up a lot,” says Aldean, at No. 3. Young, a Nashville native of sorts, having grown up in nearby IF YOU GO Murfreesboro. “I don’t really Who: Jason Aldean, with Chris Young and Thomp- keep many pictures. But we took a photo of the empty stadium beson Square When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday fore anybody came in, and then Where: Toyota Pavilion at when my guitar player walked on Montage Mountain stage, he snapped a photo of the Tickets: $62.25, $57.50, crowd. It was just amazing know$37.50, $30 ing that here I was in my hometown,firsttimegettingtoplayon that stage, and it all went off without a hitch.” Oh, and it was also the night before he turned 26. Enthuses Young: “It was a nice birthday present.” Respected as one of the strongest vocalists in the genre today — few male artists have a voice as steady or as emotive as his, especially when singing ballads — Young has scored a quartet of consecutive No. 1 hits: “Getting You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “The Man I Want to Be,” and “Voices,” all from his second album, “The Man I Want to Be,” and recently “Tomorrow,” Neon’s first single. See YOUNG, Page 11




Alice Cooper opening act is ‘Off The Grid’ IF YOU GO


If you’re going to see Alice Cooper on Tuesday at the Scranton Cultural Center’s Weinberg Theatre, make sure you get there early enough to check out his handpicked opening act. Livan (pronounced Lie-van), the Greekborn, London-bred singer, has unleashed four releases in three years — including his latest, “Off The Grid,” which contains hard-hitting tunes such as “Undead” and “Little White Lies” — but he has really been making a name for himself as a live performer. The man born Cosmas Livanos has been playing in bands since he was 9 and already has opened for big names such as Aerosmith in 2010 and Peter Murphy (formerly of Bauhaus) earlier this year. He will play nine dates on Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour, which started Aug. 9 in Akron, Ohio, and runs through Thursday in Northampton, Mass. Livan is backed on this tour by guitarist Will Crewdson (who has played with Johnette Napolitano and now plays with Adam and the Ants), bass player David Ryder (also plays with Adam and the Ants) and drummer Seven Antonopoulos. Tuesday’s performance at the Scranton Cultural Center will get under way at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7). “I think the combination with Alice Cooper works really well,” Livan said in a call from a recent tour stop in Pittsburgh. “Live performance is what we do well; we are all about the people who come to see

Greek-born, London-bred singer Livan will open for Alice Cooper on Tuesday in Scranton.

the show and what they get from it.” Livan said he is working on some new material he hopes to finish up after the tour with Cooper, then he plans to get right back on the road. “It’s kind of the times we live in,” he said. “You used to do an album and go on tour to support it. Now you make records to support your tour. “I love the process of recording, but I enjoy live performance more than anything in the world. It really is the high point of being a musician.” ••• Also on Tuesday, the F.M. Kirby Center

Who: Alice Cooper with opening act Livan When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Weinberg Theatre at Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton Tickets: $39.50 to $59.50 ••• Who: Steve Earle and The Dukes (and Duchesses) with Allison Moorer When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre Tickets: $25 to $35 ••• What: “American Idol” Live 2011 When: 7 p.m. Sunday Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Boulevard, WilkesBarre Township Tickets: $45 to $65 ••• All tickets available through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting

for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre will host three-time Grammy Award recipient Steve Earle and his band The Dukes (and Duchesses) with Allison Moorer for two and a half hours of roots, rock and country music. The singer-songwriter known for early hits “Guitar Town,” “Goodbye’s All We Have Left To Say” and “Copperhead Road,” and later gems such as “The Revolution Starts Now,” released his most recent album, “I’ll Never Get Out of This

World Alive,” in April. At that same time, he also published his first novel of the same name, which tells the story of a doctor haunted by the ghost of one of his former patients, Hank Williams. Moorer (who has been married to Earle since 2005) has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums, including 2010’s “Crows” and 2006’s “Getting Somewhere,” produced by Earle. Tuesday’s show at the Kirby Center will begin at 7:30 p.m. ••• All your favorites from Season 10 of “American Idol,” including dueling teenage country singers, champion Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, will sing live at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Sunday. The highly rated 10th season of the televised talent contest ran from Jan. 19 through May 25, when the 17-year-old McCreery took the crown. Other finalists appearing at the arena at 7 Sunday evening include: Haley Reinhart (third place); James Durbin (fourth); Jacob Lusk (fifth); Casey Abrams (sixth); Stefano Langone (seventh); Paul McDonald (eighth); Pia Toscano (ninth); and the 10th- and/or 11th-place finishers Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia. Some of the tunes you will hear include Selena Gomez and The Scene’s “Who Says” by Megia, Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” by Langone, Guns ’N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Durbin, a group performance of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You!” and Josh Turner’s “Your Man” by McCreery. Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone and Thia Megia. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Sunday at 7 p.m. $65, $45. 970-7600 or

Ryan Montbleau Band, the souljazz-Americana hybrid band touring in support of its latest release “Patience on Friday.” Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Tonight at 8:30. $18. 325-0249.


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Noontime Concert Series, with music by Jim Cullen and Danielle & Friends. Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Today at noon. 963-6800. Pickin’ in the Park, the third annual weekend bluegrass festival with the C&T Bluegrass Band, the Coal Town Rounders, Gene Clayton, Gospel Way, the Heymakers, Jayne Road, Katie Bug Band, Lonesome Road Ramblers and Slewfoot. Ashcraft Park, Little Meadows. Tonight, 5 to 11; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30 three days; $15 Friday; $20 Saturday; $10 Sunday. 623-3189 or 8692031.

Rubix Kube, the premiere ’80s tribute band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Tonight at 9. $22. 866-605-7325. David and Dow Jazz Quartet, with singer Julie David and guitarist Kelly Dow. Wildflower Music Festival, Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Route 6 and Elizabeth Street, White Mills. Saturday at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. $22, $11 students. 253-5500. Water’s Edge, the Christian rock band. Patterson Grove, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 674-0311. ZZ Top, the “Little Ol’ Band from Texas” and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Mountain Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment. Saturday at 8 p.m. $79, $69, $39. 866448-7849. The Fixx, the British rock band

Summer Concerts at the Pavilion, with music by the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus. Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Sunday at 8 p.m. Free. 675-4653.

BEST BET Get ready for an evening of roots, rock and country music as three-time Grammy Award-winner Steve Earle visits the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday with his band The Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer. With his latest (14th) release ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’ garnering both Emmy and Grammy Award nominations, some top-notch tunes are in store. Call 826-1100 for tickets ($35, $25) to the 7:30 p.m. show. (“One Thing Leads to Another”). Mount Airy Casino Resort, 22 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Saturday at 8 p.m. $40, $25. 877-682-4791. Summer Concerts in the Park,

with the Tom Hamilton Jazztet. Nay Aug Park Bandstand, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Sunday at 2 p.m. 348-4186. American Idol Live, with the Top 11 contestants from Season 10:

Alice Cooper, the theatrical rocker on his “No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour.” Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tuesday at 8 p.m. $57.50, $47.50, $37.50. 346-7369. Gathering of Singer-Songwriters, the 10th anniversary of the annual acoustic-music concert with George Wesley, Kate Jordan, KJ Wagner, Tom Flannery, Jay Smar, CJ McKenna and Lorne Clarke. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. See CONCERTS, Page 5

British band The Fixx will visit Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono tomorrow night.

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Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Free. 996-1500. Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, a male revue show. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 22 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. $25. 877-682-4791. Party on the Patio, with Fleetwood Macked paying tribute to the songs of Fleetwood Mac. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. Thursday at 7 p.m. Free. 8312100. Beavis and Butt-head Tribute Show, to celebrate the return of the animated show to MTV. With music by Just Blush, Scrap Kids, William James, Condition Oakland and Overdose on Vitamins. New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Thursday, 7 to 11 p.m. $5. 610-636-9684. Don Williams, the laid-back country baritone returns to Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Thursday at 8 p.m. $32, $27. 866-605-7325. Frankie Valli and the Beach Boys, the “longevity champ of the rock era” with the top-selling surfer band. Mountain Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment. Thursday at 8 p.m. $89, $79, $59. 866-4487849.

FUTURE CONCERTS Noontime Concert Series, with music by George Wesley. Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Aug. 26 at noon. 9636800. Styx, the 1970s-80s hitmakers known for their soaring power ballads. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. $49, $44. 866-605-7325. The Greencards, the newgrass quartet touring in support of its newest release “The Brick Album.” Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. $22. 325-0249.

Celebrating Shickshinny, a choral concert with music, poetry and stories highlighting the history of Shickshinny, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year. With local singers and instrumentalists performing both sacred and secular music including an original composition commissioned for the event. Aug. 27, 6 p.m. at the West Union Street Community Park. Free. 256-7329. The Danville Band, performing big band music and show tunes. Patterson Grove, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny. Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. 674-0311. The Outlaws, the guitar-driven country-rock band with Blackberry Smoke, an Atlanta-based southern-rock band. Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. $27 advance, $32 day of show. 866605-7325. Summer Concerts in the Park, with the Paulette and Tony Costa Quintet. Nay Aug Park Bandstand, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Free. 348-4186.

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Independent Rock Series, with singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera and supporting acts Christian Porter, Alexis Babini, J2, Cerca Trova and the Jersey Syndicate. Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. $15. 420-2808. The Helmsmen, the southerngospel harmony group. Shepherd’s Grove Pavilion, behind the East Benton United Methodist Church, Jordan Hollow Road, Dalton. Bring a chair. Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Donation. 563-1873. Summer Concerts at the Pavilion, with music by the Irem String Band. Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. 675-4653. Trace Adkins, the hard-driving country singer performing selections from his latest chart-topping release “Cowboy’s Back in Town.” Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. $49, $44. 866-605-7325.

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Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, the second annual end-of-summer hard-rock and headbanger event with Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet for My Valentine, Escape

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THE GUIDE Civil War Living History Weekend, with battles and skirmishes, camp-life displays, period crafters, folk music, vendors and more. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940, Eckley. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $6, $4 children. 636-2070.


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Dancing with the NEPA Stars, the dance competition’s final round with humor columnist and ABC reality star Justin Brown (the July 8 winner) going head to head against Rose Broderick of Advanced Imaging Specialists (the July 19 winner). Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Tonight at 5:30. $16 includes drinks and light fare. 800-745-3000. Cruise Night, with the Villa Capri Cruisers. Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Tonight, 6 to 9. All vehicles welcome. 344-2014. Blitz Night Out, a fundraiser for the Mountain Top Blitz, part of the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference. With an all-you-can-eat dinner and drinks, 50/50 tickets, music and basket raffle. Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top. Tonight, 6 to 8. $25. 474-5777. Reel Paddling Film Festival, a series of film shorts on whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle surfing and kayak fishing action. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. 325-0249.

Beautify the Bovine! The famous 14-foot cow on Route 309 is in need of a new coat of paint, and everyone is invited to join Boy Scouts from the Two Mountains District and help with the job. Krugel’s Georgetown Deli, 720 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1. 527-1970. Work Your Wellness! A half-hour workshop on mindful eating, followed by a walk around the borough. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. $5. 654-9847. Yoga in the Park, a free session with Jennifer Ciarimboli of Balance Yoga. Millennium Circle, River Common Park, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Saturday at 10 a.m. 574-3240. Jam Below the Dam, the annual summer party in downtown White Haven with live music on multiple stages, artisans, dance performances, pet parade and contest, fireworks, car and motorcycle show, giant air castle and pirate ships, moonwalk, petting zoo, pony rides, rock climbing and more. Performers include the Unknowns, Less of Us, the Jeremiah Project, the Dance Place, the Mud Pond Boys, High Strung, Robb Taylor Band, Long Time Coming and Nemesis. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.;

Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. 4437860. Knitting and Crocheting. Bring your projects and join other knitters. All ages. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., WilkesBarre. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 821-1959. Ethnic Food Festival, with themed baskets, pic-a-tic and children’s games along with a menu of freshly grated potato pancakes, halupki, pierogi, goulash, haluski, pagach and more. St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 283-0146.


Train Excursion, from Scranton to Moscow, a two-hour round trip to this small Pocono town with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday at 11 a.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 3405204 or

If you like festivals, Pioneer Day will be right up your alley. Kids will love descending into the coal mine and riding the Henry Clay steam train along with face painting and baby animals. Adults can enjoy the music of the Breaker Boys and Shama Lama as well as an 80-artisan craft show, historic displays, bingo and food favorites from pierogies to barbecue. Spend a relaxing Saturday at the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, 19th and Oak streets, off Route 61, Ashland, with festivities running 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info at 875-3850.

Disability Awareness Fair & Film Festival, a series of films from around the world specifically related to the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Presented by the Sprout Touring Film Festival at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. $25. 970-7739. A Ride to Remember, a bike ride in memory of Michael Garron, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2008. Begins at the Polish-American Citizens Club, 11 Elm St., Dupont, and continues on a scenic 40-mile ride through the Pocono Mountains. Followed by a post-ride party with food See EVENTS, Page 7

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St. Stanislaus Block Party, with games, ethnic food, beer tent, and entertainment by Jerry Sapphire (both nights), the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre troupe and Blush (Friday) and indie rock band Tiger’s Jaw (Saturday). St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral, Pittston Avenue and East Elm Street, Scranton. Aug. 26-27, 5 to 10 p.m. 961-9231.

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and entertainment. Saturday, with registration at 10 a.m. and ride at noon. $10. 407-0181. International Homeless Animals Day with guest speakers, Pet Walk, music, raffles, adoptable animals, pet blessing, food vendors and a Candlelight Vigil. Presented by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Animal Adoption Network. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m. 586-2200.

Happy Hour Fundraiser to support the Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade. Rodano’s, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Aug. 26, 5 to 7 p.m. $20 includes food and drinks. 829-6444.

Hi-Lites Motor Club Car Show, with food, music, raffles and door prizes. All vehicles welcome. Twist and Shake, Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m. 477-2477 or 5747470. Back Mountain Car Show, the 28th annual event coordinated by the Lake-Lehman Band Sponsors. Luzerne County Fairgrounds, Route 118 and Ambrose Road, Dallas. Sunday with car registration at 8 a.m. and show 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12 per vehicle; $3 spectators. 696-3620.

Car Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional AACA Car Club with food, entertainment, games and prizes. Public Square, WilkesBarre. Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. 309-2367.

Watch out for vintage World War II aircraft flying into the Hazleton Municipal Airport from Wednesday through Aug. 26 Flights available by reservation: 800-568-8924. Gown in Town: A Walk Around Wilkes, a guided stroll to explore the university’s architecture, landscaping and gardens. Meet at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesday at 6 p.m. Free. 823-2191.

Make a Difference for the Kids Car Show, to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. Sponsored by Montage Mountains Classics at Pittston Commons, 1850 S. Township Blvd., Pittston. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with judging at noon. $10 per vehicle. Country Concert and Motorcycle Ride for Cystic Fibrosis, a scenic 65-mile ride from the Kmart parking lot, Route 309, Wilkes-Barre through Freeland and the Conyngham Valley concluding at the American Legion, 1550 Henry Drive, Mountain Top. Followed by a concert with the Jeanne Zano Band, Crystal Martinez, Tommy Guns Band, Farmer’s Daughter, Kartune, Big Carl & Sundance, Lena & the South Street Band and Keystone Jukebox. Also: a pig roast, $1 Coors beers, vendors, raffles, face painting, pony rides, Young’s Funny Farm and more. Sunday with ride at 9:30 a.m. and concert at 1 p.m. $10 riders, $5 concert, $5 pig roast. Information at

Ukrainian or not, you can still enjoy the Ukrainian Folk Festival for its colorful and exuberant dancers, including this troupe called Voloshky, on Sunday at the Ukrainian-American Sports Center in Horsham. sham. Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. $15. 267-664-3857. AMVETS Family Picnic, the annual get-together with food and live music. Plains Lions Pavilion, Clarks Road, Plains Township. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $15, $10 children. 817-4858. Helping Hands Car Cruise, to benefit local injured veteran Dave Morgan. Muscle cars, antique cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome. Leaves Sunday, 1 p.m. from the Polish-American Veterans Club, 2 S. Oak St., Plains. Followed by a party with food, entertainment and raffles. $10 per vehicle. 362-1526. Harford Fair, the 154th edition of the agricultural event with truck and farm-tractor pulls, championship rodeo, horse pulls, demolition derby, farm animals,

arts and crafts and entertainment by Aaron Kelly, Jane Dear Girls, Josh Thompson, Remington Ryde, Larry Stephenson and more. Fairgrounds, 485 Fairhill Road, New Milford. Monday through Saturday (Aug. 27), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. $6. 434-4300 or National Wings of Freedom Tour, a living-history event honoring World War II veterans with displays and tours of vintage aircraft including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator heavy bombers along with the P-51 Mustang. The planes will fly into Hazleton Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. Wednesday and remain on display through Friday. Main Ramp, 200 Old Airport Road, Hazleton. Wednesday, 2 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday (Aug. 26), 9 a.m. to noon. Tours $12, $6 children.

Penn State Extension Annual Meeting, highlighting 4-H Youth Development. With free fun activities, including “Wandering Water,” “Snack Attack,” “Harvest 4 Health,” “Up for the Challenge” and a Kids’ Tree Climb. At the Farmers Market, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 825-1701.

Square Dance and Polka Party, with music by Joe Stanky & the Cadets and calling by “Red” Jones and Joe McKeown. Irem Temple Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. Aug. 26, 7 to 11 p.m. $10. 825-5261. Clarks Summit Centennial. The borough celebrates its 100th birthday beginning with a Ragtime Rumble offering music of the early 1900s at the Nichols Village Hotel (Aug. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.; $20). The festivities continue on Depot Street with a block party of vendors, entertainment, crafters and a 1911-style promenade along with plein-air painters, bingo, KidRacers, a mural painting, memorabilia and more. Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 5869316.


NEPA Cycling Pro-Am Tour, professional and amateur cycling events in downtown WilkesBarre. Aug. 27 with the USAC Amateur Race at 5 p.m.; the Jack Williams Youth Races at 6 p.m.; and the Pro-AM Twilight Criterium Race at 6:30 p.m. Pt-race party at Rodano’s on Public Square. Also: a Midtown Village Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Emerald Isle Step Dancers, Christian music by AGC and Original Worship, and demonstrations by Martin’s School of Karate. 814-5326.

Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, the 8th annual street fair with a kielbasa competition, the Festival Parade (Saturday at 9 a.m.), vendors and entertainment by John Stevens Doubleshot, Stanky & the Coalminers, Tom Slick and the Grease Slappers, Flaxy Morgan, the Polka Naturals, Iron Cowboy, Breakdown Jimmy, Mister Echo, Tell Me Tomorrow and many more. Main Street in Downtown Plymouth. Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m.

Arts at Hayfield, the 27th annual event with 120 artisans and crafters, tours of the Friedman Observatory and Hayfield House, demonstrations of blacksmithing, pottery, painting, woodcarving and wheat-weaving, the Master Gardeners, food vendors, the 4th annual Pump and 5K Run and musicians including the Daisy Jug Band. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Old Route 115, Lehman. Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $2. 675-9232.

Light in August Series, with Jennifer Niles, founding principal of the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., speaking on “Profile of a School That Works.” Alley Kitchen and Coffee House, 515 Center St., Scranton. Thursday with happy hour at 6 p.m. and talk at 7 p.m., followed by refreshments and conversation. Free. 941-7816.


Ukrainian Folk Festival, the 20th annual event with a menu of Ukrainian food and desserts, dancing, arts and crafts, bazaar, children’s fun area and more. Entertainers include the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Fralinger Mummers String Band, Syzokryli Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble, violinist Inessa Tymochko Dekajlo and the Fata Morgana Band. Ukrainian-American Sport Center, Lower State and County Line roads, Hor-





‘Breaking the Limits’ revue prepares thespians for life IF YOU GO


The way Heather McDonald sees it, she may be preparing some of her students for careers in musical theater. But she’s preparing all of them for life. “Some of them may become doctors or nurses or lawyers or sell computers. Whatever you do, when you deal with the public you’re bringing part of yourself to share with them,” she said as she watched nine of her advanced students in the Northeast Youth Conservatory cluster together on stage to practice their musical warm-ups. “It’s important for them to trust each other; it’s important to trust the people you work with or go to college with,” she said. “I’m getting them ready for life.” More immediately, over the past few weeks McDonald has been getting her students ready for a cabaret-style revue called “Breaking the Limits,” which is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in the Downtown Arts Building in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Earlier this week they rehearsed their music — and every student has at least one solo. Among them, Jessica Podskoch, 15, of Swoyersville and Alex Laughlin, 15, of Forty Fort rehearsed the Glinda/Elphaba number “For Good” from


Heather McDonald’s students from the Northeast Youth Conservatory rehearsing for a musical revue at the Downtown Arts Building are Anna Smith, Mary Claire Materna, Taylor Rupp, A.J. Klopotoski, Jessica Podskoch, Colleen Burns, Alex Loughlin, Kelly Jesikiewicz and Colleen Heslin.

“Wicked.” A.J. Klopotoski, 19, of Luzerne and Mary Claire Materna, 17, of Mountain Top sang Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.” And Klopotoski partnered with Colleen Burns,18, of WilkesBarre in a rendition of “Landslide,” a Fleetwood Mac song from the ’70s. “Before I started (taking classes) I was very, very nervous,” Burns admitted. “Heather is great at helping people be themselves.” McDonald, of Scranton, also is pleased with the progress of her protégées. “Beautiful. I’m very happy,” McDonald told all nine after they

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had harmonized on “The Sea of Life” from the musical “The Pirate Queen.” She did have a suggestion for soloists Anna Smith, 15, and Kelly Jesikiewicz, 14, both of Nanticoke, to help them get into character. “Remember,” she said, “you’re leading your band of merry deck swabbers.” ••• Coincidentally, this weekend sees another youthful production about women who sail the high seas. To meet “Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates,” you can visit the Back Mountain Memorial Library and find out what happens after Captain Bree and her band

‘Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates’ boasts a large cast, including (first row): Allyson Sebolka, Christina Hoidra, and Alex Metz. Second row: Mike Sebolka, Caitlyn Metz, Angelina, Ava Dettore, David Sebolka and Amanda Kornak. Third row: Rebecca Balara, Jessica Salus and Sophia Soifer. Fourth row: Cassandra Masters and Lauren Gallagher.

capture a ship and its prestigious passengers. Wealthy Madam Prescott will advise her nephew to wear female clothes so he won’t be forced to walk the plank. Meanwhile, her niece, Julia, will decide the life of a pirate is so much more exciting than that of a society girl that she’ll try to join them. Soon Madam Prescott will have “a niece in pants and a nephew in a dress,” said Chris Metz, who is directing the show for the

What: ‘Breaking the Limits,’ a cabaret-style revue When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Downtown Arts, 47 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre More info: 604-4033 ••• What: ‘Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates’ When: 6 tonight and Saturday night Where: outdoors with lawn seating at the Back Mountain Memorial Library, Huntsville Road, Dallas Tickets: $5, $3 ••• What: ‘Aladdin’ When: 6 tonight and Saturday night Where: Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville Tickets: $14, $10 More info: 283-2195

Take the Stage Players. The musical will be staged at the library tonight and Saturday, with lots of music, a plank and plenty of swordfights. However, not everyone uses a sword. “I have one crew member that fights with a bucket. Madam Prescott fights with her mirror, and Julia fights with her parasol,” Metz said. That show is set for 6 tonight and tomorrow night. See PLAYS, Page 9


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The Altos, like “The Sopranos” … just lower. Be prepared to eat Italian food, dodge bullets and figure out who put a contract out on Tony in this spoof. Corner Bistro Dinner Theater, 76-78 S. Main St., Carbondale. Tonight and Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. $23. 282-7499. Camp Rock: The Musical, based on the Disney movie about a group of kids at a summer music camp. Presented by KISS (Kids Innovating Stage & Sound) Theatre Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. Through Aug. 28: Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. 829-1901. La Traviata, Verdi’s tragic opera based on the Alexandre Dumas play “La Dame Aux Camilles.” Presented by the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera with a full orchestra led by Philadelphia conductor Martin Knoblauch. Notre Dame High School, 60 Spangenburg Ave., East Stroudsburg. Tonight at 7:30; Sunday at 3 p.m. $20, $15 students and seniors, $5 children. 328-5864. Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, a “One-Nun-Sense” musical event by “Nunsense” composer Dan Goggin. Presented by



They sold more than 90 million records and had more Top Ten hits than the Beatles. Their tale is told in ‘Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters,’ a musical about the best-selling female vocal group, at the Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee-on-Delaware. This week’s shows are 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday. The musical wraps up with matinees on Aug. 28 and Sept. 2 and an 8 p.m. show on Sept. 3. $28, $15 children. Call 4215093. Scranton Public Theatre and starring Agnes Cummings. Olde Brick Theatre, Rear 128 W. Market St., Scranton. Tonight, Saturday and Thursday at 8:15 p.m. Continues Aug. 27 and Sept. 1-3 at 8:15 p.m. $15. Reservations: 344-3656.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Auditions for the November production of “Frost/Nixon” by Little Shiny Things. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 409-411 Main St., Duryea; and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, 411 Layton Road Clarks Summit. Eight men and two women needed. 430-6754.


A large cast also is taking part in ‘Aladdin’ at the Music Box Playhouse in Swoyersville.


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••• Finally, for a trip to the land of magic carpets, a genie and the six Junior Djinn who help him magically appear, you can take the children to see “Aladdin” at the

Music Box in Swoyersville. Here a large cast of 30 aspiring thespians will “represent different things at different times,” director Kevin Costley said. “They’ll be Arabian dancers and vendors at the bazaar. At one point they’ll be in the dungeon. And the six Junior Djinn will help the genie do his magic.” Showtime is 6 tonight and Saturday night.

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et’s give it up for the little birds. You who told us a little place called Palazzo 53 was making a big splash in Pittston, it turns out, were oh so right. For some time, it’s been “on the list,” so to speak, of spots we needed to scope out for ourselves and, after having done so, we only wish we’d gone sooner. No worries, however; we’re quite sure all the warm-fuzzy, largely Italian comfort food with an otherworldly twist we found will sustain us well through the coming fall and winter. In the meantime, we’d even be willing to fight the crowds descending upon this fair city for the Pittston Tomato Festival this weekend to have another go at this most, tempting, tantalizing, obviously top-notch fare. Don’t let the menu, which sounds fairly basic, fool you. Here, you most definitely need to see and taste to believe. Fried calamari ($9), for example, as a starter may not sound all that special, but you must feast your eyes upon the absolutely teeming plate that will be set before you. Spear onto a fork tine just one of the ever-so-lightly breaded, almost flaky, rings, with nary a trace of grease, and rev yourself up as you move toward the second part of this dish: a separate, nearly spillingover bowl holding the holy grail of homemade pomodoro sauce, light as a feather and lively as any we’ve had. I challenge you not to eat every last bite of calamari then try to find a use for the leftover sauce. Perhaps the wonderfully crusty, earthy/grainy complimentary bread course served with Parmesan and oil? Between the two of us we took care of all the calamari, but I’d venture to say either of us would have been able to fly solo here, simply because taste made restraint so darn difficult. The second starter was equally, maybe even more, impressive, and I only say that with an ounce of hesitation given it wasn’t mine. Yes, I relied on a one- or two-bite test to declare this eggplant rollatini ($8) a best-in-its-class contender. Again of the generous construction you’d have to witness, this dish was a perfectly choreographed concoction of, of course, the peppy red sauce, layers upon layers of hot melted (but not sticky) cheese and the purple vegetable we all know and love but sometimes can’t quite deal with ourselves. (It’s one reason I like to order eggplant out; let the experts dry it correctly and ensure it doesn’t turn to mush.) Fitted into the zippy rollatini here, it left me mesmerized. The dish was a huge dazzler yet remarkably light with, again, no heavy breading to weigh things down. At least one green herb lent a signature note. I suspected basil but can’t promise it be-


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cause I also detected something akin to sage. No use fretting over which, I decided, or, hey, the food would get cold. For main plates, I relied on word of mouth and sussed out a house specialty. Though I longed to try the wild mushroom ravioli ($10/$16) in a garlic cream sauce, I felt drawn to the buzz-builder, which was Pappardelle Veal Ragout ($11/$18). Commendably, pastas here come in two portion sizes, and the $11 ragout was just perfect after having attacked the starters the way we did. If you’re unfamiliar with ragout (rahGOO), think French and think stew, usu-

ally a mixture of meat and vegetables flavored with wine, which makes everything better, right? The flat, small rectangles of pasta (perfect for this dish) were perfectly cooked and punched through with loads of shredded (as if from a slow-cooker) veal, which is not what I’m used to but now am likely to desire all the time. Holding the combination together was something of a cross between a sauce and a gravy, not red, not brown, but more in between and creamy. Good, again, to the very last bite. My guest passed out of the pleasant land of pasta, choosing and praising the crab

cakes ($18), which were lightly breaded and laudably free of filler. Crab-cake fans, we’re sure, will back us up in saying some just don’t contain enough crab. Not here. We also ordered two accompaniments from a separate $6 sides menu that advised us portions were meant to share. In keeping with the rest of the meal, this fact was obvious upon arrival. Broccoli rabe, that confusing sort of misnomer, was a delicious, remarkably nonpungent plate of what looked like spinach in flavorful oil dotted with slivered garlic in the fashion of green-beans almondine. A side of meatballs was two absolutely huge, homemade near snowballs that beautifully fell apart with a fork. We got through one and took the other home. (My guest said it made an exquisite sandwich.) Now, given all of the above, would you expect we skipped dessert? Well, friends, we might have, were it not for one of those traveling trays that just dares you to turn away. We owed it to you to forge ahead. A cappuccino crème brulee (toasty and adding a rich, warm coffee-like closer without the caffeine) and a stunning strawberry zabaglione begged to have their story told. The zabaglione was the real star, on visuals alone. This foamy Italian custard dessert made with Marsala wine arrived in a dish of lighted ice. Simply picture a clear dish whose base is filled with ice to which a light (in this case some sort of LED) has been added. The strawberries and cream sit atop this structure and are almost too pretty to eat. My guest, however, did the honors, and was happy to report taste and presentation were well-matched. Come to think of it, taste and presentation go hand in hand in general here. Palazzo 53 deserves a special shout-out, we think, for restored, restrained ambience. An old Pittston storefront has seemingly been rehabbed quite impressively, with a colorfully architectural yet urban-bricky feel. Glass blocks add a touch of elegance at the outset, and that feeling carries through to the spacious bar and rear dining room, which offers an eye-pleasing mix of seating, including banquettes. As easy on the eyes as on the palate? Make that the 53rd reason we love Palazzo 53. We think you can surmise the first 52. Times Leader food critics remain anonymous.



Cheers! without overpowering the mint. The temperature also plays an important part. In addition to Mojitos come in various forms chilling the drink through shaking with different types of rum. Reit with ice, Galka has a quick and move the rum, and you have a simple way to chill a glass different drink altogether, as seen “Ice and cold water,” he said, in the Mojito Martini served at “While you’re mixing the drink up, Bistro on the Avenue in Kingston. just fill a glass with ice and water “We’ve replaced the rum with a and let it sit, then dump it out vodka infused with citrus flavor,” when you’re ready to pour the owner Mike Galka said. “It puts a martini.” twist on the traditional recipe.” ••• Bistro uses Absolut Citron vodka. MOJITO MARTINI Other ingredients include limes, Served at: Bistro on the Avenue, sugar, sour mix and, of course, the 174 United Penn signature mint that imparts the Plaza, Kingston light and summery Price: $8, $5 mojito taste. during happy Limes, mint leaves hour, which is and sugar must be 5 to 7 p.m. muddled together, Monday through Friday which means crushing and 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday them so the flavors are Recipe: released. • Fresh mint leaves “You want the limes to be • Fresh limes nearly flat,” Galka said. “All the • Sugar juices should be out.” • Absolut Citron Muddled ingredients are shak• Sour mix en together with the others Muddle mint, limes and and poured into a martini sugar together until all glass instead of over ice in juice is out of limes. a regular glass, as with a Shake well with traditional mojito. The use of fruitSARA POKORNY/THE TIMES LEADER Absolut and sour mix, then pour into flavored liquor This martini/mojito mix gives the martini a puts a twist on the tradi- chilled martini glass. Garnish with fuller taste than a tional Cuban rum-andslice of lime and regular mojito, mint drink. mint leaf. By SARA POKORNY

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Still,whileYoungshinesonslower songs, the singer is no one-ballad-pony. He also can raise hell, both on record and on stage. Give a listen to Neon’s rollicking and boozilytitled“SaveWater,DrinkBeer,” quickly becoming a fan favorite. “It just crushes live. It’s so much fun to play,” Young says. “People react to it like it’s already a hit. With that and ‘Tomorrow,’ it’s almost like we have two hits off of ‘Neon.’ ” “Save Water, Drink Beer” will come in handy in quenching the thirst of Aldean’s notoriously energetic crowd. But Young says he won’t alter his show to match his headliner’s famous intensity or rock-based sound. “I don’t think I tailor my show to anybody. I am playing the same songs when I was out with Alan Jackson or Rascal Flatts, and it’ll be the same songs with Jason, along with the new songs,” Young says. “But we put a lot of energy into our show. I’m not a stand-stock-still-in-


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front-of-the-mic kind of guy.” Besides, Young says, it’s hard to top the white-hot Aldean right now. “You can’t really outdo your headliner, especially when you’re talking about a guy like Jason. He is so huge. He’s on fire. I’m just glad he’s having me out there. Me and my band just have to be who we are on stage and light up the crowd.” It won’t be the first crowd Young haswonover.In2006,hewasvoted thewinnerofseason4of“Nashville Star,” the country-singing reality series. But success didn’t come instantly. Instead, he paid his dues, forging a respected career defined not by his reality-TV fame but by an uncanny ability to write or record the right songs. And he’s looking forward to performing those well-chosen hits Thursday night. “From ‘Just Getting You Home’ to ‘Tomorrow,’ I have a wide range ofsongsthatIendupplaying.We’re out there having a good time, and I think that shows on stage,” he says, summing up his show, sound and essentially himself in the simplest of ways. “It’s a good mix of country. And that is what I am.”

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School House Rock Live! Upbeat, toe-tapping music based on the Emmy-winning educational cartoon series. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Today and Thursday at 10 a.m. Continues Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. $10. 421-5093. Aladdin, the Disney musical about genies, princesses, flying carpets and magic lamps. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Tonight and Saturday at 6 p.m. $14, $10 children. 283-2195. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., madcap adventures with the White Rabbit, Dodo Bird, a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and the Queen of Hearts. Shawnee Playhouse, 1 River Road, Shawnee-onDelaware. Saturday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Continues Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. $10. 421-5093. Froggy Fun. Learn about these amphibians through stories, crafts and hands-on activities. For ages 3 to 5. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 2 p.m. 696-3525. Let’s Roll Some Rotting Logs, to find what critters reside there and observe nature’s recycling efforts in action. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday, 4 to 5 p.m. 696-3525.


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Grandma’s Attic Flea Market. Conlon Hall, St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Today, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday (Bag Day), 8:30 a.m. to noon. 283-3256. Rummage Sale. Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Department, 402 St. John’s Road, Wapwallopen. Tonight, 4 to 7; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. 868-6691. Flea Market, with food available. Bloomingdale Grange, Grange Hall Road, Bloomingdale. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 per vendor table. 256-7610. Craft Sale and Flea Market, with lunch and homemade Welsh cookies. Eastern Star Hall, 11 Foster St., Dallas. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors welcome at $15 per table. 675-4893. Free Back-to-School Clothing Drive, with clothing for children and adults available. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Main St., Hanover Township. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 823-7332.

BEST BET The Kirby Kidz take the stage in two fast-paced productions this weekend culminating their participation in a seven-week summer dramatic-arts course. On the bill: ‘Into the Woods JR,’ a musical takeoff on classic fairy tales ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’ and ‘101 Dalmatians Kids,’ based on the Disney movie. Shows are at 6 tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of event. 718-0673. Early Explorers, museum-based learning in theater for ages 3 to 5 with Amy Dickerson. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Monday at 1 p.m. Registration: 346-7186. Back to School Storytime. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Tuesday at 10 a.m.; Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 829-4210. Movie Mania, a screening of “National Treasure” with pizza, popcorn, soda and snacks. Spon-

965-2276. Rummage Sale and Bake Sale, with ethnic food available. St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 271 Tripp St., Swoyersville. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday (Aug. 26), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 825-4338.

FUTURE Soup for the Souls Summer Craft Show. Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township. Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors welcome. 825-6312. Pocono State Craft Festival, with artisans offering fine jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metalwork, stained glass, basketry, pottery, leather, furniture and more. Also: Dixieland and bluegrass music and festival foods. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 992-6161. Labor Day Market, with 50 highquality antique dealers offering furniture, primitives, collectibles, glass, toys and more. Also: dealers of “green” goods and crafts. Village Green, Eagles Mere. Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5. 525-3942. Craft Show and Flea Market.

sored by the Teen Advisory Board for grades 6 to 12. Pittston Area Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Thursday at 4 p.m. Registration: 654-9565.

FUTURE Beautiful Birds for Little Ones. Learn about birds through stories, crafts and hands-on activities. For ages 3 to 5. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. 696-3525.

Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church, 35 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors welcome at $5 per outside table, $10 indoors. 288-8350. Fall Festival, with a book sale, bake sale and flea market. Pittston Area Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston. Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 per vendor space. 654-9565. Craft Show and Bake Sale. United Methodist Church, Broad and Church streets, Pittston. Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vendors welcome at $25 and $20. 603-1915. Community Yard Sale and Flea Market, sponsored by the Bear Creek/Buck Township Lions Club at the Township Municipal Grounds, Route 115, Bear Creek. Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 per vendor space. 472-2200.

SEEKING VENDORS Dorranceton United Methodist Church is seeking crafters for a show on Oct. 1 in Kingston. Reserve a space at 760-8270. Autumn Festival. Applications are being accepted for vendors for this event at Lake-Lehman High School on Oct. 15, 1 to 6 p.m. $20 per vendor. Information at 2626725 or

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Book Signing, with cartoonist Terri Libenson, who writes the comic strip “The Pajama Diaries.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, WilkesBarre Township. Tonight at 7. 829-4210. Book Signing, with Sally Updyke, author of the novel “The Color of Sun,” about a single woman returning to her hometown

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FUTURE Book Signing, with photographer Courtney Brenner, author of “The Doors of Wilkes-Barre,” a full-color collection of architecturally and historically significant doors throughout the city. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. 829-4210.


Rummage Sale. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 196 Main St., Noxen. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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‘Fright Night’ is one hell of a time

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that deals with relationships in a very real manner. One of her greatest strengths is how It’s been a long time since a movie has celebrat- she exudes happiness or sadness with just a ed the joy of love and ached with its pain as bril- look. When she’s cast as a woman in love, she’s magical. liantly as “One Day.” Director It helps that she’s working Lone Scherfig has woven tiny IF YOU GO with Sturgess, who handles threadsoflifeintoastorythat’s as What: “One Day” Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim the complicated role of a man funny as it is heartbreaking. Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson seeking love in all the wrong Screenwriter David Nicholls Directed by: Lone Scherfig places with energy and emohas adapted his novel about Dex- Running time: 107 minutes tion. He masterfully handles ter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma Rated: PG-13 for language, adult situations his relationship roller-coaster (Anne Hathaway), a pair of colride, with all its drama. lege students who spend gradua- ★★★ 1/2 Thesupportingcastisstrong,especiallyPatrition night together. That sets the mile marker for them as we peek in on their lives on that same day cia Clarkson. Hers is a small role but the kind overthenext20years.Aswithreallife,thedaycan that gets the attention of Academy voters. The tendency in recent years has been to be monumental or uneventful, but Scherfig holds our attention through beautiful camera work and substitute lust for love in movies because it’s far easier to titillate audiences than to inspire an standout performances in these life snapshots. Hathaway’s as strong and vulnerable as she emotional commitment. But a film like “One was in “Love and Other Drugs,” another film Day” makes it easy to commit. By RICK BENTLEY McClatchy Newspapers

‘Conan the Barbarian’ lacks oomph


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So this it how it ends — with a bang and a whimper. The last big, special-effects-laden franchise film of the summer, “Conan the Barbarian” — the wellmade retelling of the origin story of the iron-age hero created by Robert E. Howard in the ’30s and popularized by the movie starring Arnold

Schwarzenegger in the ’80s — is certainly as frenetic and violent as expected. There’s enough bashing of heads and hewing of limbs to make an ER doc woozy. But “Conan” is ultimately so pedestrian it’s hard to work up much enthusiasm. Things begin well enough as we’re introduced to Corin (Ron See CONAN, Page 25

IF YOU GO What: “Conan The Barbarian” Starring: Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan Directed by: Marcus Nispel Running time: 112 minutes Rated: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality, nudity ★★

Recent remakes of classic horror movies such as “Halloween,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “My Bloody Valentine” have not lived up to the originals. The filmmakers tried to scare up screams much like their predecessors did. Like taking a second walk through a house of horrors, the element of surprise is gone. Director Craig Gillespie opted for a different approach with his remake of the 1985 thriller “Fright Night,” and the new version is as much fun as the original. Plus, it’s actually scarier. The story remains the same. Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is a bored teen living in a cookie-cutter community in Las Vegas. Things get exciting when he discovers his nextdoor neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), is a vampire. Charley must go to war with the bloodsucker to save his family and friends. He gets help from Vegas magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant), who is part Criss Angel and part Penn Jillette. Gillespie holds on to enough of the original movie that his work qualifies as a remake. But he veers down a much more entertaining road with Farrell and bigger action scenes. Both will have you jumping out of your


What: “Fright Night” Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots Directed by: Craig Gillespie Running time: 101 minutes Rated: R for violence, language, sexual references ★★★ 1/2

seat. Farrell is the perfect vampire, with dark good looks to charm victims who fail to see that the glint in his eye signals a lunatic deep inside. It would have been easy to go over the top with this character — as Chris Sarandon did in the original — but Farrell’s serious commitment to the role generates an intensity that’s off the spooky charts. (Combined with his standout comedy performance in “Horrible Bosses,” this has been a banner year for Farrell.) The first-rate action scenes include a showdown on a deserted highway that belongs in the creepy hall of fame. But the action and terror are skillfully balanced with lighter moments, many provided by Tennant. Gillespie’s ability to blend them so perfectly is why this remake works so well when others have been such a scary mess.

Joel McHale and Jessica Alba star in ’Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World.’

ALSO OPENING What: “Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World” (Not screened for critics) Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale Directed by: Robert Rodriguez Genre: Action/adventure/family/comedy Plot summary: A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new stepchildren, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world. Running time: 89 minutes Rated: PG for mild action/peril and rude humor

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Lucille Ball would have turned 100 this month. What better way to celebrate her birthday than to check out a trio of new releases from all stages of her lovable career? ••• “THE BEST OF I LOVE LUCY” (2011, Paramount, unrated, $14): Target has the exclusive on this nifty set, which collects 14 newly restored episodes showcasing the Queen of Comedy at her gut-busting best: wrapping chocolates on an assembly line, stomping grapes in Italy, imitating Harpo Marx and pushing Vitameatavegamin. If you’re only going to buy one Lucy DVD, this is the one. ••• “THE LUCY SHOW: THE OFFICIAL FOURTH SEASON” (1965, Paramount, unrated, $43): After Ball buddy — and “I Love Lucy” co-star — Vivian Vance left this ’60s series, Lucy reinvented the show by heading to Los Angeles and sending her children off to college and military school. A rash of guest stars (Danny Thomas, Ann


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Here’s an unconventional French Holocaust drama, a film that plays as a guilty remembrance of a dark corner of French history tucked into a tickingclock thriller. “Sarah’s Key” stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Julia, a modern-day American journalist investigating the mass deportation of Jews from the Marais neighborhoodofParisin1942.Some13,000French men, women and children were rounded up over twodaysandstuffedintotheVelodromed’Hiver,an indoor bicycle race track, kept there under cruel and inhumane conditions, then shipped off to con-

What: “Sarah’s Key” Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Aidan Quinn Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner Running time: 111 minutes Rated: PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing situations involving the Holocaust ★★★ 1/2

centration camps. And the entire event was orchestrated and carried out by the French themselves. Julia, who has married a Frenchman and has a See SARAH, Page 19


30 MINUTES OR LESS — A pizza delivery guy ends up an unwilling bank robber. R for language, nudity. 83 minutes. ★ 1/2

THE CHANGE-UP — Jason Bateman’s and Ryan Reynolds’ char-

acters each insist the other guy has a better life. After too many drinks one night, poof! R for strong, crude sexual content and language, graphic nudity and drugs. 112 minutes. ★★

COWBOYS AND ALIENS — Action-packed yet curiously lifeless, this genre mash-up has a stellar cast and production values but is still a saddle-weary horse opera. PG-13 for intense western and sci-fi action and violence, partial nudity and a brief crude reference. 118 minutes. ★★

CRAZY STUPID LOVE — This is one from the heart for the heart, a grand romantic gesture about grand romantic gestures. PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content and language. 118 minutes. ★★★ 1/2 FINAL DESTINATION 5 — A slack and soulless but competently executed film in which a premonition causes a young guy, his ex and six others to flee a bus before a bridge collapses. R for strong violent/gruesome accidents and some language. 89 minutes. ★ 1/2 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS —

This week’s releases cover history, a comic-book yarn and a romantic comedy. ••• “THE CONSPIRATOR,” Grade C-plus: Robert Redford’s story of the only woman charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination plays more like a History Channel special than an episode of “Law & Order.” “PRIEST,” Grade D: A Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) must save his niece (Lily Collins) from a murderous pack of vampires. The film falls into a new film

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genre: the spaghetti vampire Western. “SOMETHING BORROWED,” Grade D: A woman (Ginnifer Goodwin) ends up in bed with the man engaged to her best friend (Kate Hudson). One of the best examples of poor writing to come along in years. ••• ALSO NEW THIS WEEK: “HOODWINKED TOO: HOOD VS. EVIL:” Hayden Panettiere is a voice talent in this sequel to the 2006 “Hoodwinked.” “JANE EYRE:” A new version of the Charlotte Bronte classic. “MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS:” A look at Marley as a pint-sized pup.

Sex minus emotion, again. R for sexual content and language. 104 minutes. ★★ 1/2

become friends through a taboo secret writing project. PG-13 for theme. 137 minutes. ★★★ 1/2

GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE — This documentary captures the 2011 “Glee Live!” concert tour, based on the popular TV series. In 3-D. PG. 95 minutes. ★★★

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — Sort of a prequel, sort of a sequel and sort of a reboot, mainly this a spectacle, about angry, ’roided-up chimps wreaking havoc. PG-13 for intense and frightening action and violence. 105 minutes. ★★ 1/2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2: The final installment in the longrunning series. PG-13 for intense action and frightening imagery. 130 minutes. ★★★ 1/2 THE HELP — In 1960s Mississippi, three very different women

THE SMURFS — The little blue trolls invade Manhattan in a bright, broad, live-action, computer-animated comedy with brains, heart and style. PG for mild rude humor and action. 107 minutes. ★★★


CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER — Chris Evans is World War II fighting hero Steve Rogers, a scrawny kid from Brooklyn with dreams of military glory. PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence and action. 126 minutes. ★★ 1/2

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Sothern, Mel Torme, Milton Berle, Dean Martin) helps make up for the loss of Viv, but Lucy found her most reliable foil in Gale Gordon, her banker-nemesis who also relocates to the West Coast. ••• “THE LUCILLE BALL RKO COMEDY COLLECTION: VOL. 1” (2011, Warner Archive, unrated, $25): Before she reigned supreme on TV, Ball shot 43 movies for RKO, including the sublime “Stage Door” (1937) with Katharine Hepburn. These three lesser known titles – the mistakenidentity comedy “Go Chase Yourself” (1938), the wedding laughfest “Next Time I Marry”(1938) and the ensemble romp “Look Who’s Laughing” (1941) — make their DVD debuts in this pleasing package.






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FUTURE Night Hike, a short walk along with activities and games to solve nighttime mysteries. Age 8 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Aug. 26 at 8:15 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

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Kayaking Picnic Paddle, a float around the lake for experienced kayakers age 14 and older. Bring a bag lunch. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Today at 10 a.m. Registration: 696-9105. Nature Walk, along the Davis Trail at Nay Aug Park with naturalist Jane Frye to find species still thriving that were catalogued by Alfred Twining in a 1917 herbarium collection on exhibit at the Everhart Museum. Meet at the museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Saturday at 10 a.m. Free with museum admission: $5, $3 seniors, $2 children. 346-7186. Migration Mysteries, an indoor session to learn about which animals migrate and why. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Saturday at 10 a.m. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Frog Frenzy, an afternoon at the ponds and streams catching and releasing these hopping amphibians. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5. 828-2319 or Bats in the Belfry, folklore and natural history of the nocturnal mammals with Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Saturday at 7 p.m. 696-3525.

BEST BET If you’re an early riser on Saturdays and would like to increase your knowledge of birds, take a leisurely stroll with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited as he seeks out summer songbirds at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Environmental Education Center — and don’t forget the binoculars. More info at 675-9900. to 12:30 p.m. Registration: 4430400. Ricketts Glen Hike, seven difficult miles along the Bulldozer Trail. Meet in the lower parking lot, Route 118, Sweet Valley. Sunday at 12:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 256-9743. Photo Scavenger Hunt. Find park features that match up with photos. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 9677275. Bird Walk, along the trails of Keystone College in La Plume. Meet at the tennis courts on College Avenue. Sunday at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. 945-5226.

Nature at Night, a walk in the woods to listen for frogs, look at stars and enjoy the music of the night. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. 828-2319 or

Geocaching Hike, a high-tech treasure hunt game to locate a cache by using a GPS unit. For experienced geocachers with their own units. Meet at the park office, Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, White Haven. Sunday, 1:30 to 3 p.m. 443-0400.

Snow Birds: Our Florida Migrants, a presentation by naturalist Jane Frye on local birds that migrate to the south. Campground Amphitheater, Lackawanna State Park, Route 407, Dalton. Saturday at 8 p.m. Free. 343-5144.

Delaware River Canoe Trip, a guided two-day river excursion covering 20 miles from Dingmans Ferry to Smithfield Beach including time for swimming, fishing, bird-watching, river interpretation and a night hike during the campout. Sponsored by the Monroe County Environmental Education Center in Stroudsburg. Tuesday and Wednesday. $100 includes canoe rental, four meals and activities. Info at 629-3061.

Geocaching Hunt on the D&H Rail Trail in Union Dale. Meet at the Rails-to-Trails office at Cable’s Store, 948 N. Main St., Union Dale. GPS units provided. Sunday at 9 a.m. Free. 343-5144. Just Wild About Wildlife, learning to identify a variety of local mammals and their characteristics. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Sunday at 10 a.m. Free. 689-9494 or

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 Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. $5. Registration: 629-3061. Thursday Hiking Series, 2.5 easy miles at State Game Lands 141 (River Bend). Meet at the Game Lands parking lot, Behrens Drive, off Church Road, Jim Thorpe.

Thursday at 9 a.m. 443-0400. Senior Citizens Walk, 3.5 moderate miles around Lake Scranton followed by lunch at Thai Thai and a tour of the Scranton Cultural Center. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Thursday at 9 a.m. $5. 343-5144. 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 any time by registering at or call 823-2191, ext. 140.

Tree Trek, a hike on Running Valley Ridge to examine tree species and how they differ from the wet bottom to the dry ridge top. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m. $5. 629-3061. Live Eagles! Join naturalists from the Carbon County Environmental Education Center and meet a bald eagle and golden eagle. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas. Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. Free. 675-9900. Wildflower Walk, two moderate miles around Lake Scranton to seek out summer blooms. Meet at the Pennsylvania American Water Company parking lot, Route 307, Scranton. Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. Free. 343-5144. Monarchs: King of the Butterflies, a talk by Ed Wesely, who has rescued Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats. Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel. Aug.

Summer Star Party, an indoor presentation followed by outdoor stargazing with telescopes. Presented by the Greater Hazleton Astronomical Society. Age 6 and older. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. Registration: 403-2006. Tubs Natural Area Hike, three moderate miles with naturalist Jane Frye. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. Aug. 28 at 9:15 a.m. $5. 343-5144. Ricketts Glen Hike, 9.5 moderate miles along the Mountain Springs Lake Trail. Meet at the First National Bank parking lot, Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. Aug. 28 at 9:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200. Signs of Summer: Wood Frog Trail Hike, a trek through the woods to learn about phenology, the study of the connection between climate and seasonal events. Meet at the Wood Frog Loop Trailhead at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Registration: 403-2006. Labor Day Family Nature Camp, with interpretive hikes, fishing, swimming, campfire cooking, tie-dying, canoeing and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Sept. 2 to 5. $190 includes lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Discounts for children. 828-2319 or

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Introduction to Geocaching, learning to use a handheld GPS unit to find buried treasure. Age 8 and older. Campground Amphitheater, Hickory Run State Park, Route 534, White Haven. Sunday, 11 a.m.

Kayaking: Level Two, a session to learn self-rescue and boat-overboat rescue. For participants who have completed Kayaking: Level One. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Aug. 27 at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.

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teenage daughter, is consumed with this story, tracking down survivors. But with every clue, she seems to connect this tragedy to herself — her husband’s family, their modern-day Marais apartment. Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner,workingfromTatianadeRosnay’s novel, balances Julia’s morbid curiosity in the present with the terror of those past events. Little Sarah was just 10 when the police came to grab her family.Shepushedherbabybrother Michel into a hidden closet and told him to wait for her, then locked the door as she and her family were taken off. Her parents fear for their own lives. They assume a kindly neighborwillrescuetheboy.ButSarah (Melusine Mayance) has seen the anti-Semitism of their neighbors and becomes consumed with escaping the Velodrome, panicked over how long her brother can survive without her. The movie is by alternating turns breathless and grimly reflective. Sarah tries to give others escaping the Velodrome the key, and failing that, makes her own attempt. The viewer frets that the child will be too late, or worse — that she will be recaptured in occupied France by Nazi-sympathizing countrymen. What will Julia find out as she investigatesthisstoryalmost70 yearslater,andhowwillthatimpact her life with the family she has married into? What collective guilt will an entire generation of France carry to its grave? The performances are riveting, with young Mayance carrying the flashbacks with brio and urgency. Thomas, ever regal and asathomeactinginFrenchasshe is in English, makes us care that Julia cares what happened to this girl. The great Niels Arestrup turns up as a farmer who figures into Sarah’s odyssey, and Aidan Quinn is another American with ties to the principals. Paquet-Brenner never loses track of the narrative, never forgets this is a mystery, a nervous thriller and poignant remembrance, a movie driven by its vivid, life-or-death story and the characters who live it. That makes “Sarah’s Key” that rare Holocaust tale that punches through history’s cobwebs and dry, inhuman statistics and brings that terrible past to life.


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‘Birds of Prey’ actresses working Q. In 2002-03, there was a show called “Birds of Prey.” What are the actresses on that show doing now? A. The series, based on characters from the Batman saga, starred Dina Meyer, Ashley Scott and Rachel Skarsten. According to the Internet Movie Database, Meyer has appeared in more than a dozen TV series since “Birds” ended, including as a regular on “Point Pleasant.” She was also in the first four “Saw” films. Scott has also been seen frequently on TV, and was a regular on “Jericho”; her bigscreen credits include “12 Rounds” and “S.W.A.T.” Skarsten has been on TV shows “The Listener,” “Flashpoint” and “1-800-Missing,” among others.


Q. Will any of the “CSIs” (NY, Miami and the original) be returning this fall? If so, which ones?


A. All of them. But expect some changes. For example, Laurence Fishburne has completed his run on the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and Ted Danson will be joining the series as a new supervisor of the grave shift. (Danson will also continue as a regular on HBO’s “Bored to Death”). In addition, after more than a decade in CBS’s Thursday lineup, the show is moving to Wednesdays.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have a gift

for economy, especially verbal and written economy. You have a concise way of expressing yourself, and because of this, people get your point right away. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll see the truth in all its stark beauty and will want to exclaim it to the world. However, it may be more powerful to keep this between you and your diary for now. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Social situations go better when you give yourself something to do. And because of your

ON THE WEB For more Sudoku go to willingness to make yourself useful and help in whatever way needed, you’ll meet new people. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Take charge of a situation, but do so quietly and humbly. You will bring out the best in others and find ways to utilize their unique qualities and talents. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are not always in the mood to communicate. This morning, you’d rather enjoy the silence than catch up on everyone else’s business. Turn off the media and relax. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You listen when a loved one talks. But more than that, you always hear — with your ears as well as your heart — what is being expressed. You are cherished for these qualities.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you don’t

know what to say to a person, you may reveal too much about topics that are irrelevant to the situation at hand. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may not share your friend’s point of view or agree with everything this person says, but you will be enriched and expanded by the relationship nonetheless. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have moments of being purely loving and accepting of what is — even when “what is” is changing rapidly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There will be moments when silence will communicate far beyond words. There will also be moments when silence will communicate nothing — which might be precisely what

should be communicated on the topic.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). True riches cannot be bought. But the kind that can be bought will still have great appeal today, as you are in the mood to invest. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In some regard, you are massively ambitious. Keep plowing ahead, and you’ll gain ground. Don’t ask too many questions. Right now, it’s fine to stay a bit naive about what is possible. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 19). School is never out for you. You learn all year long. You’ll separate yourself from the other contenders and win a key position in September. Capricorn and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 47, 20, 50, 6 and 1.

Bigger apartment may not be better with a roommate Dear Abby: My fiancee and I are living in a studio apartment owned by her mother. We’re currently looking for another place to live, and can’t decide whether or not to get a two-bedroom and a roommate. We both know the pros and cons of living with other people, and I have a potential roommate I trust completely. But I’m apprehensive because I had a roommate once before

DEAR ABBY ADVICE and it wasn’t a great experience. We’re still friends, but I would never live with him again. We’re trying to get out soon. I don’t want to make the wrong decision and lose either a friend or a future wife because of money, hurt feelings or anything else. Please advise. — Mike in Florida

Dear Mike: Living together requires adjustment on the part of all of the parties concerned. While you trust this friend to be a responsible roommate, what if something unforeseeable were to happen and the person should have to unexpectedly move out? Would he or she be on the lease with you? Could you pay the rent without the help of another roommate? How would you manage if the roommate were to have a live-in, too? Because of these questions, it might be better to take a place


with one bedroom to avoid possible complications. Dear Abby: Is it appropriate to send anniversary flowers to a widow? My husband’s grandfather just passed away, and this will be his grandmother’s first wedding anniversary as a widow. Etiquette guides conflict in their advice regarding sending anniversary cards and flowers to widows. Would flowers be inappropriate? If not, what should the delivery card say? — Sentimental in Keller, Texas



Dear Sentimental: Sending flowers would be a kind and thoughtful gesture. The card could read, “You’re in our thoughts and in our hearts. With love ...” because this will be anything BUT a happy anniversary.

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SATURDAY 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. 1:00 p.m. (TCM) Red River A cattle baron fights with his foster son on the first cattle drive up the Chisholm Trail. 10:15 p.m. (TCM) The Heiress A fortune hunter charms a doctor’s plain daughter in 19th-century New York. 12:15 a.m. (TCM) The Search A GI in postwar Berlin befriends a displaced Czech boy sought by his mother.


7:30 a.m. (FMC) Unfaithfully Yours A British conductor mistrusts his wife and plots three scenarios of revenge to music. 3:30 p.m. (TCM) The Philadelphia Story A snooty socialite fights with her ex-husband and flirts with a reporter. 5:30 p.m. (TCM) North by Northwest Mistaken identity spurs a foreign spy to pursue an innocent New Yorker, all the way to Mount Rushmore. 5:45 p.m. (TNT) The Dark Knight Batman has to keep a balance between heroism and vigilantism to fight a vile criminal known as the Joker, who would plunge Gotham City into anarchy. (HDTV) 8:00 p.m. (TCM) Gunga Din British soldiers and their water carrier face Thuggee cultists at the Khyber Pass in 1890s India. Wilkes Barre 4-Star Movies for 8/23/11

9:45 p.m. (TCM) The Thief of Bagdad A boy thief and a genie in a bottle help a blinded prince recover his kingdom from a grand vizier. 12:00 a.m. (TCM) Casablanca Cafe owner Rick helps an old flame and her husband escape from Nazis in Morocco. Wilkes Barre 4-Star Movies for 8/24/11


Just when we might have thought antiques and all things old were sliding off the American television radar, replaced in gustatory abundance by food, food and more food in all its glorious (or gross) forms, here comes a new entry ready to retickle our fascination with trash to treasure. In “Buried Treasure,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox, identical twin brothers and antiques experts Leigh and Leslie Keno will make house calls, criss-crossing the country to hit various participants’ homes and survey the stuff. After a thorough analysis of goods the folks probably didn’t know were any good at all, the modern-day treasure-hunters will announce whether a family might be sitting on a little (or large) pot of gold. Publishers Clearing House this isn’t. You will have to be on a

WEDNESDAY 12:00 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 8/25/11


4:15 p.m. (TCM) Escape A German general’s countess mistress helps an American free his actress mother from a death camp.

9:30 a.m. (FMC) Unfaithfully Yours A British conductor mistrusts his wife and plots three scenarios of revenge to music. 8:00 p.m. (TNT) Saving Private Ryan A World War II captain and his squad risk all to locate and send home a soldier whose three brothers died in combat. (HDTV) 11:12 p.m. (TNT) Saving Private Ryan A World War II captain and his squad risk all to locate and send home a soldier whose three brothers died in combat. (HDTV)

life-extenders; breaking through a weight loss plateau. (TVPG) 9 a.m. 0 “Live With Regis and Kelly” Actress Helen Mirren; pet grooming; co-host Jane Krakowski. (N) (TVPG) 9 a.m. < “Today” (N) 9 a.m. U “Dr. Phil” Guests say they live in fear of raging relatives. (TVPG) 9 a.m. (FNC) “America’s Newsroom” (N) 10 a.m. 0 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Colin Farrell; Lil’ Jon; Christina Perri performs. (TVG) 10 a.m. < “Today” (N) 10 a.m. U “The Doctors” Making skin flaws vanish; getting a beautiful

complexion. (TVPG) 11 a.m. X “Maury” Guests learn the results of paternity tests. (TV14) 11 a.m. 0 “The View” Ellen Pompeo; Chaz Bono; performance from “Anything Goes.” (TV14) 11 a.m. U “The Wendy Williams Show” Audrina Patridge; fitness enthusiast Billy Blanks. (TVPG) 11 a.m. (FNC) “Happening Now” (N) noon X “Jerry Springer” A man says his girlfriend’s controlling ways drove him into the arms of another. (TV14) noon < “The Nate Berkus Show” Major design interventions; a viewer gets retail therapy; upgrading an outdated space. (TVPG)


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Jason Momoa, known for the role of Khal Drogo in HBO’s ’Game of Thrones,’ plays the lead in ’Conan the Barbarian.’

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HE: Sounds nice. Still, I’m crushed that we won’t end up together. SHE: Well, we might both be crushed, one way or the other. Just not together. HE: Don’t sniffle, Toots. We’ll just be like all those classy couples separated by fate. You know, like Lucy and Sydney in “A Tale of Two Cities.” SHE: Please, let’s not go there. Let’s not think about how he sacrificed himself and was (shudder) sliced in half. HE: OK, forget about highschool lit and let’s think about old movies. You know, I think most of all we’re like Rick and Ilsa from “Casablanca.” Remember, we’ll always have Pittston. EDITOR’S NOTE: We know people look forward to the Pittston Tomato Festival. Our little dramatization supposes tomatoes do, too.


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Perlman), leader of the Cimmerian peopleinthefictionallandofHyboria. He’s in possession of a piece of anancientevilmaskthat,whenput together with the other pieces, makes whoever owns it invincible. He keeps it safely hidden, but power-mad warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) and his evil daughter, Marique (Rose McGowan), who just happens to be a witch, are the ones who have most of the mask and lust after what would make it complete. So they invade Cimmeria, take what they want, and slaughter everyone — except for young Conan (Leo Howard), who vows revenge. FlashforwardafewyearsandConan has grown into a handsome hulk (Jason Momoa). Not only does he still have to avenge his fatherbutrescueadamselindistress, Tamara (Rachel Nichols), whose

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••• If your kids need more cleaning up than your house, maybe you’d prefer a visit from ABC’s “SuperNanny.” Jo Frost, that would be: a woman who never had children but sure knows how to raise them. Casting producer Chris Hazel dropped a line to say he’s casting in Pennsylvania this month but not how you might expect. “We don’t have families come to an open-call event, so we really try to provide them with a way of emailing us directly if they are in-

“pure blood” Zym needs to activate the power of the mask. The problem is that Momoa, best known as Khal Drogo on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” may have the required physique to play Conan but he isn’t particularly compelling as a lead. His sword has more emotional range than he does, and he’s not helped by a predictable script by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood. And, in an era when 3-D technology has moved from occasionally entertaining to largely annoying, “Conan the Barbarian” could compete for honors as the film of the year with the most unnecessary use of 3-D. There are some striking moments, as in Conan and Tamara’s fight against the sand people, warriors created from Marique’s breath, or in young Conan’s singlehanded humbling of a gang of invaders early in the film. Director Marcus Nispel occasionally shows off a keen visual sense, but mostly he seems hamstrung by the mechanics of the story. terested,” he explained. “After pre-interviewing on the phone, we plan to go to each family’s home and meet them on camera for a while. We film the whole family in their home environment, basically shooting a mini sample episode to present to the producers when we return to Los Angeles. “This means that I need to prebook my interviews before arriving, so I can visit a few families every day I am there. ... Families do not need to attend an open call to be eligible for the show.” Interested? Email Hazel at with your name, contact info, a few sentences on why you need SuperNanny and a recent picture of your family.

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