King’s Theatre schedule announced

September 4th, 2014

King’s Theatre announced its season schedule this week.
Here’s the rundown:

September 3, 2014 – The King’s College Theatre Department’s upcoming theatre season features new productions of award-winning plays for local and regional audiences, including a classic rock opera, two award-winning comedies, and a capstone presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated historical plays.
The season kicks-off with a performance of 60s rock opera, “Tommy,” The Who’s Pete Townshend’s electrifying tale of a suffering, catatonic adolescent’s journey into a pinball wizard. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5.
The riveting Pulitzer Prize-finalist searing comedy “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robert Baitz will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20-21 and Nov. 23-24 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22. Named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and winner of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Play, the story follows Brooke Wyeth’s return to Palm Springs to celebrate the Christmas holiday with family, only to announce her plans to publish a memoir, exposing a family tragedy.
“Moon over Buffalo,” a madcap comedy of playwright Ken Ludwig centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading 1950s stars with one last shot at stardom. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 23 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 22.
The season will conclude with full-dressed productions of the Bard’s historic play, “Henry V.” Chronicling the life of young King Hal as he abandons a life of leisure to unite his English countrymen and become King. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on April 15-17 and April 19 and 2 p.m. on April 18.
King’s Theatre Department also features free, lunch-time, brown-bag performances, as well as a series of one-act plays. All theatre productions will be performed in the George P. Maffei II Theatre, located in the Administration Building on North River Street.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for King’s alumni and non-King’s students. For more information on upcoming performances or to reserve tickets, call the box office at (570) 208-5825 or e-mail
King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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Events planned at Wyoming Free Library

August 28th, 2014

*The Walking Dead Discussion Group*
The Wyoming Free Library will hold a discussion group during the upcoming season of The Walking Dead. The first discussion will be held on Monday, October 13 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The discussion group will meet every Monday and discuss what happened on Sunday night.

*Upcoming Adult Book Discussions*
“The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta
Saturday, October 25 – Noon

“The Strain” by Guillermo del Toro
Saturday, November 15 – 1:00 p.m.

“The Silkworm ” by Robert Galbraith
Saturday, December 13 – Noon

There will be a limited number of books available for the discussion, so call the library at 570-693-1364 to register.

*The Furry Tails Reading Program*
The Furry Tails Reading Program meets every third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please call the library at 570-693-1364 to register.

*Great Pumpkin Halloween Party*
The Wyoming Free Library will host a Great Pumpkin Halloween party on Sunday, October 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the John Jude Bolin Memorial Park in Wyoming.
Children of all ages are welcome to a day of Halloween activities followed by pictures with Snoopy and a costume parade. Refreshments and giveaways will be offered at the party.
There will be a showing of the cartoon, The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on Saturday, October 18 at Noon at the library.

*Books to Screen Discussion Group*
The Wyoming Free Library will host a book/film discussion for the book, “Horns” by Joe Hill and starring Danielle Radcliffe.
The group will meet to compare the movie to the book.

The film viewing will be on Sunday, November 2 at the R/C 14 Movie Theater in Wilkes-Barre. The time will be determined at a later date. If people are unable to make the viewing date, they can view the movie on their own.

The book/film discussion will be on Saturday, November 8 at Noon. There will be a limited number of books available for the discussion, so call the library at 570-693-1364 to register.
Future discussions in the series are: Divergent, Gone girl and Fifty shades of grey.

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Locals and celebrities react to Robin Williams’ death

August 12th, 2014

Of course, you felt like you knew him.
He made you laugh, so often and with such force that there was a human connection even if you never once met Robin Williams. That was his brilliance. But he didn’t just make you laugh. His roles inspired you. The characters he brought to life challenged you. And they almost always made you feel better.
For a brief moment in your life, Robin Williams could make the pains, sorrows and terrors of reality go away.
In one of the greatest casting decisions of all time, Williams was chosen to play a grown up Peter Pan in Steven Speilberg’s “Hook.”
It’s surely not Williams’ best or most famous role. That honor probably belongs to John Keating in “Dead Poets Society” or Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning Vietnam.” Maybe even the genie in “Aladdin” or Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting.”
But there was no one who could have brought Peter Banning to life as brilliantly and effervescently as Williams.
See, Peter Pan is hard to relate to. He’s the boy who never grew up. He’s sometimes dark. He’s mischievous. And, yes, he’s kind of fun (especially in the white-washed Disney version).
But in “Hook,” the grown up Peter is someone who has forgotten what it means to be young. He’s forgotten everything that makes us human. He’s just a man with a job; a provider. We can all relate to that.
But when Peter realizes who he is, and what he can be, we find ourselves realizing who we are and what we can be.
It’s a character that has far less of the improvisational Williams than most of his other roles, but it’s still got all of his heart.
Here’s what people are saying about the loss of the beloved actor.

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Kirby Center adds Thorogood to itsschedule

August 4th, 2014

The F.M. Kirby Center continues to expand its schedule.
Here’s today’s announcement that brings George Thorogood to Wilkes-Barre.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers return to
Wilkes-Barre with 40th Anniversary Tour
Rock & Roll icon plans celebratory stop at F.M. Kirby Center

June 13, 2014 (Wilkes-Barre, PA) – Forty years strong, and still bad to the bone!

It was announced today that legendary rockers George Thorogood & The Destroyers will bring their 40th Anniversary Tour to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, online at or charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.

A special Kirby Member Pre-Sale begins this Wednesday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m.

For Thorogood and crew, the “40 Years Strong” tour is indestructible proof that staying true to one’s self, and to the music, still means something.

And with a catalog of iconic hits that includes “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad To The Bone” and many more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter.

“I love to perform live,” Thorogood said. “I consider my job description to be ‘live rock performer’. When we play, whether it’s a great old theater, a brand new casino, an outdoor festival, wherever, we’re making a living doing what we love to do. And people love what it is we’re doing.

“We’ve worked hard over the past 40 years to get to this point, and we’re proud to be here.”

Together with The Destroyers, Thorogood has released 16 studio albums — two that were certified Platinum and six that have been certified Gold — and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Tickets: $38.00 & $48.00 and $77.00 (limited Gold Circle seating), plus fees

Presented by the F.M. Kirby Center, BRE Presents and Rock 107!

Catch The Wailers in Wilkes-Barre

July 29th, 2014

Bob Marley’s band, The Wailers, is headed to Wilkes-Barre for a show this fall.
The band is on tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Marley’s album “Legend.”
The Kirby Center provided these details:

On 30th Anniversary of its release, band will play album in its entirety

July 25, 2014 (Wilkes-Barre, PA) – Led by Bob Marley, The Wailers burst onto the reggae scene more than 50 years ago with a force never before seen and never since duplicated within the genre, taking its sound from the streets of Jamaica and delivering it to living rooms and bedrooms across the globe.

Now, more than 30 years since Marley’s untimely death, the world’s most iconic reggae outfit will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “Legend,” the legendary greatest hits compilation containing songs like “Is This Love,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Could You Be Loved,” and “Buffalo Soldier.”

The Wailers will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, October 10th at 8:00 p.m., playing Legend in its entirety, while also sprinkling in many other classics.

Local reggae journeyman George Wesley and his band will be The Wailers’ very special guests for the evening.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at A special Kirby Members Pre-Sale will begin this Wednesday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Named by Time Magazine as the “Best Album of the 20th Century” and #46 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Legend is also the best-selling reggae record of all-time, with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

Together with Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the world. The band is anchored by Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who co-produced many of Marley’s records and was responsible for almost all of the bass lines on Marley’s hits.

Tickets: $25.00 and $35.00, plus fees

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Alex Marino Group’s upcoming schedule

July 29th, 2014

The Alex Marino, who was recently featured in JumpStart, has some upcoming dates:
Aug. 9 – The Alex Marino Group at Wegman’s Market Cafe, Wilkes-Barre Township, 6 to 8 p.m.
Aug. 12 – The Barnes and Noble Wilkes-King’s Jam Session, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Aug. 14 – JAX Trio at Bar Louie, Wilkes-Barre – 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Aug. 16 – The Alex Marino Group at Trax (Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel), Scranton, PA
8 p.m. to midnight.
Aug. 17 – The Alex Marino Group at Carl Von Luger, Scranton 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 20 – The Alex Marino Group at King’s Ristorante, Mountain Top, 6 to 9 p.m.

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Umphrees McGee to perform at F.M. Kirby Center

July 21st, 2014

The Kirby Center has announced a new show.
Here are the details:

It was announced today that Umphrey’s McGee will take the stage at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center Box office, charge by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at A special Kirby member Pre-Sale begins Friday, July 25th at 10:00 a.m. Join today by calling (570) 823-4599, ext. 225.
After 16 years of performing over 100 concerts annually, releasing seven studio albums and selling more than 3.3 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels and attend to their lives as husbands and fathers. But you’d be wrong. With their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, and first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group – which formed on the Notre Dame campus outside of South Bend, Indiana in 1997 – has something to prove. And that’s not just to their ever-loyal fan base, but to those who have never heard a note, or worse – dismiss them as “too sophisticated, too complex” or think they know what Umphrey’s McGee is all about.
Similar Skin is the band’s latest musical missive to their audience, offering their own brand of “fatherly” advice, from a perspective of maturity and growth, both musically and personally. It is something their fans have come to expect from Umphrey’s McGee, who have forged a career on that relationship.
In a shrinking music business, Umphrey’s McGee have found a way to connect to their fans on a grassroots, one-to-one level that keeps them returning for more, a sentiment that comes off loud and clear on Similar Skin, a paean to the complementary relationship between band and audience that has marked their 16-year career. Now, their DIY ethos is reflected in a new independent label, leaving Umphrey’s McGee free to chase their muse wherever it leads them.
Similar Skin is not just an album for Umphrey’s McGee and their legion of fans, but an effort that deserves the attention of anyone with an interest in forward-thinking musicians who don’t fit into an easy-to-categorize box. If you think you know what Umphrey’s McGee is all about, guess again.
Tickets: $29.50 plus fees.

Weird Al’s new song gets hype and keeps us happy

July 15th, 2014

My social media feed is flush with Weird Al. The singer is back with a song that’s getting a lot of attention.
He takes on Pharrell William’s uber-catchy hit “Happy.” In the video for “Tacky,” which features the likes of the always funny Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, among others, Yankovic prances about the screen in terrible, bright clothes that he might have found in an MC Hammer video.
Opening up with “It might seem crazy, wearing stripes and plaid, I instagram every meal I’ve had” he starts on a high note.
And he keeps the laughs coming throughout the song.
Part of why Yankovick’s comedy works is that he doesn’t come off as aggressive and snide, but appreciative of the subject he’s lampooning. What’s often brilliant is that it’s not the song he’s poking fun of, but us.
Yankovic rose to success in the late 1970s and early ’80s with takes on Madonna, Queen, Devo and Michael Jackson.
He continue parodying pop culture with “Amish Paradise,” “The Saga Begins” and “White and Nerdy.”
So we’re thankful he’s back with “Tacky” to make us, well, happy.

Meet the Artists scheduled for Third Friday Wilkes-Barre

July 15th, 2014

We received a note about this week’s Third Friday Wilkes-Barre. There will be a Meet the Artists at Arts Seen Gallery, 21 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre from 5 to 8 p.m.
“The co-op art gallery features music, poetry, and art works by local painters, photographers and craftsmen.”
So if you’re looking for something to do during the Third Friday events, this is probably a good start for you.
For details on Third Friday, visit

History on display at Denison House and Forty Fort Meeting House

July 15th, 2014

The Forty Fort Meeting House and the Nathan Denison House offer guided tours during the summer.
You can check out the Meeting House, which was built in 1807 and still has its original box pews, elevated pulpit and hand-turned columns. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. Other times are by appointment. Adults are $2, children $1 and kids younger than 5 are free. Call 570-287-5214.
Tickets for the Denison House are $5 for those 13 and older, $3 for those ages 6 to 12. Tours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Docents will give guided tours of the 1790 home, one of the Wyoming Valley’s first settlers.