Events Listings: Dec. 29 through Jan. 4

December 29th, 2017 6:01 am

THIS WEEK: Dec. 29 through Jan. 4

Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms/Dour/Fuzz Bucket, an evening of psychedelic rock and doom metal. Features a special acoustic set with Dom Fortese and Jude Mandarano. The Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton. 9 p.m. Dec. 30. $5 cover at the door. Patrons must be 21 and older to attend.

Kluster Phunk and Riffmatik, two of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s funky jam outfits perform on the same night. River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. Main St., Plains Township. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 29. http://bit.ly/2DWvxvW, 570-822-2992

Wreck the Halls, featuring Gods of Space, Planning for Burial, Inner Temple and Break of Aggression. 8 p.m. Dec. 29. The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. $5 at the door. Patrons must be 21 and older to attend.

Flux Capacitor, the three-piece neo-psychedelic rock band from the Reading area will perform. 667 N. River St., Plains Township. 10 p.m. Dec. 30. $8 in advance. http://bit.ly/2CceDLW, 570-822-2992

Jeff Dunham, the world-famous ventriloquist and his hilarious cast of dummies. 5 p.m. Dec. 30. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Tickets start at $51.50 and are available at the arena box office, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

New Year’s Eve Bash at The V-Spot, featuring the Asialena Band. The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton. 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. $10 at the door. Special dinner menu. Kitchen open until midnight. Evening features giveaways, drink specials.

Good Stew featuring Rodney and Jon Godinez, known for their work in Bottom and the Godinez Brothers, will perform a New Year’s Eve show. 10 p.m. Dec. 31. $7 in advance. http://bit.ly/2DWAW6n, 570-822-2992

FUTURE

Films at the Osterhout Free Library, the following will be shown at 2 p.m. on each date provided at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Jan 5 — “On the Waterfront” (1954) Best Actor — Marlon Brando; Jan. 12 — “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) Best Actress — Sissy Spacek; Jan. 19 — “Ed Wood” (1994) Best Supporting Actor — Martin Landau; Jan. 26 — “Chicago” (2002) Best Supporting Actress — Catherine Zeta Jones. Popcorn is provided. The film showings are free and open to the public.

A New England contra dance, with calling by Hilton Baxter and music by Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer, Jill Smith on keyboard and Henry Jankiewicz and Mike Rovine on fiddle, 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Church of Christ Uniting Fellowship Hall, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is “pay what you wish.” Come early at 6:15 p.m. for optional pot-luck dinner. Further information is available at 570-333-4007, or folkloresociety.org/dancing.

“Mining in Society,” Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern, PA Council, Merit Badge Day, Open to Boy Scouts of the Northeastern PA Council, venue is Fourth Floor, Mulligan Science Building, King’s College, 133 River St., Wilkes-Barre, 9 a.m. Jan. 6. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

“A Day in the Life of an Anthracite Miner: The Remarkable Coalmining Artwork of Remo Trieste Russo,” Presented by Charles Kumpas, 2 p.m., Jan. 7 at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy Tighe will perform an Elvis Birthday Bash on Jan. 10 at the Avenue Diner in Wyoming. He’ll offer another performance on Feb. 7 at the same location. For more information, and to make reservations, call 570-430-9466. Seating is limited for the Jan. 10 show.

“An Interview with the Mineworkers’ Union Leader, Johnny Mitchell — A One-Act Play,” Presented by Robert Hughes, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Wyoming Presbyterian Church Institute, 40 Institute St., Wyoming, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

The Blues in Art & Music Reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Celebrate the rich history of the Blues in the photography and art of John Rockland, Scott Nichols, Erika Gibson-Bertram, and Katrina King and the music of the Matt Bennick Project and Phyllis Hopkins, featuring Little Sister Band. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and exhibits. Free. Info, 470-996-1500.

Martin Luther King Jr. Program, the King’s College community will honor the service and contributions of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m. Jan. 15, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Snyder & Walsh rooms King’s College. Free. Info, 570-208-5958.

“A Demonstration of Anthracite Mining Equipment and Objects,” Presented by Mike Mostardi with moderator: Bill Best, Sponsored by the Huber Breaker Preservation Society (Venue: Ashley Fire Hall, Fireman’s Park, 160 Ashley St., Ashley), at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 with members meeting at 6:30 p.m. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

“Plymouth’s Coal Mining Pioneers: Abijah & John Smith, Freeman Thomas, and Other Stories,” presented by Georgetta Potoski and Steve Kondrad, sponsored by the Plymouth Historical Society (Venue: Plymouth Borough Municipal Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth) 7 p.m., Jan. 17. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Casablanca, a free showing of the classic film, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. The film, celebrating its 75th anniversary, tells the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca and discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

Community Choir at Misericordia University is accepting new members for the spring semester. Rehearsals take place every Thursday beginning Jan. 18 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Ensemble Room 004 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the campus in Dallas Township. Under the direction of conductor Matthew Rupcich, the ensemble is comprised of Misericordia students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as community members. The choir will hold a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Lemmon Theater in Walsh Hall on campus. To sign up, contact Johnna Evans at 570-674-3021 or at [email protected]

King’s College Annual Msgr. John J. Curran Lecture, “Sons of the Molly Maguires: The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War,” presented by Mark Balik, Senior Editor, New York Times (Venue: Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre) 7 p.m. Jan. 18, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

“A Discussion of Four Historic Anthracite Labor Strikes, 1871-1928” Panel discussion presented by Sarah Piccini, Lucia Dailey, Michael Knies, and Robert Wolensky, (Venue: 509 DeNaples Student Center, University of Scranton, 900 Mulberry St., Scranton) 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Anthracite Heritage Museum Annual Public Program on The Knox Mine Disaster, “Two Knox Disaster Documentaries, 1984 and 2018: Screenings & Commentaries,” presented by Erica Funke and David Brocca plus folk music by Jay Smar, (Venue: The Museum, 22 Bald Mt. Rd., Scranton) 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Annual Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Mass, (Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 35 Williams St., Pittston) 10 a.m. Jan. 21. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Annual Commemoration of the Knox Disaster (Venue: at the PHMC Historical Marker, Main St., Port Griffith, Baloga Funeral Home) 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Annual Walk to Knox Mine Disaster Site, (Venue: Gather at Baloga Funeral Home, Port Griffith, following the Commemoration; weather permitting) noon Jan. 21, Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

“Who Killed Rebel Miners’ Union President, Tom Maloney? — The Wyoming Valley Good Friday Bombings of April 6, 1936,” presented by Robert Wolensky and Michael Chimola, sponsored by the Nanticoke Historical Society (Venue: Nanticoke Cultural Center, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke) 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Stephen King in Film, Literature and Pop Culture, a dicussion with John Tindell of Northhampton College will kick off 2018 Wyoming County reads event, during which residents are invited to read King’s novellas, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and “The Body.” Discussion is 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Discussions of the novella will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Screenings of the movies based on the novellas will be 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Dietrich Theater for “The Shawshank Redemption” and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 for “Stand By Me.” Discussions and movies are free and sponsored by the Wyoming County Commissioners. For info, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 or the Tunkhannock Public Library at 570-836-1677.

“Ethnicity in the Anthracite Region: An Appreciation of Five Local Heritage Groups,” Panel discussion presented by Carol Gargon (Lithuanians), Jim McFarland (Irish), Christine Patterson (Africans), Fiona Powell (Welsh), and Stephanie Longo (Italians), Moderator, Ron Faraday. Sponsored by the Greater Pittston Historical Society, (Venue: St. John’s the Evangelist Church basement, 35 Williams St., Pittston) 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

“Professional Baseball and the Anthracite Region: Four Authors Discuss Players, Teams, Games, and Stories,” presented by William Kashatus, Jack Smiles, Paul Browne, and Sean Carroll, sponsored by Luzerne County Community College (Venue: Educational Conference Center, lower campus, Room 132, LCCC, Nanticoke):30 p.m. Jan. 26. Part of Anthracite Heritage Month celebration. Info, contact Professor Bob Wolensky, at 715-252-6742 or email [email protected]

Campion Literary Society Writing Workshops. Hour-long, informal writing classes. Workshops are themed, free, and open to the public. 2 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 23, and April 13, King’s College, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Room 117. Info, 570-208-5900, ext. 5487.

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, a presentation by Jeff Mitchell focusing on Pennsylvania’s parks and natural areas, including hiking trails and waterways, 11 a.m. Jan. 27, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Free admission. Books by Jeff Mitchell will be available for sale at the presentation. All proceeds benefit the Dietrich Theater. Info, 570-996-1500.

“Health Reform in the U.S.: Philosophical and Political Divisions,” St. Andre Bessette Lecture, given by Michael Gusmano, Research Scholar, The Hastings Center, and associate professor, School of Public Health at Rutgers University, 7 p.m., Jan. 29, King’s College, Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business. Free. Info, 570-208-5900, ext. 5689.

Winter Fest 2018 Preview Day. To get a better idea of what the Dietrich’s Winter Fest 2018 movies are about, come and watch the trailers that hooked the film fest organizers and made us choose them. All 21 movie trailers of the films featured in Winter Fest will be shown 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 1, Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Admission is free. Info, 570-996-1500.

Popular ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham will perform on Dec. 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_TTL013116DunhamReview1.jpgPopular ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham will perform on Dec. 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township. Times Leader file photo
Good Stew, featuring Jon and Rodney Godinez, will perform on Dec. 31 at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township.
http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_GoodStew-1.jpgGood Stew, featuring Jon and Rodney Godinez, will perform on Dec. 31 at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains Township. Times Leader file photo


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