This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 1 - April 7, 2014

This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 1 - April 7, 2014

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April 1-April 7, 2014

A hush falls over the audience as the conductor raises his baton.
 
It’s a scene that has occurred countless times throughout the years in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Indeed, for many people, Downtown is the place where they first heard a live orchestra perform in a concert hall venue.
 
And, since 1972, the orchestra anchoring Downtown’s performance schedule has been the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. The “NEPA Phil” is our region’s fully professional symphony; each season, its musicians, led by Music Director Lawrence Loh, make their Wilkes-Barre home at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. There, they present a remarkably varied repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical concerts of the “Masterworks” series, to Broadway, movie music, and more during their Pops concerts, to their annual Young Peoples Concerts.
 
On Saturday evening, April 5, the Philharmonic will again return to the stage at the Kirby Center for its Pops season finale: a concert of Broadway favorites featuring Tony-award winning performer Debbie Gravitte.
 
If you’ve been thinking of giving a NEPA Philharmonic concert a try, here’s another reason: they’re offering a terrific two-for-one ticket special to this and other spring concerts. Simply call 570-270-4444 and mention discount code “SPRING14,” and you’ll receive two tickets for the price of one.
 
The NEPA Philharmonic’s mission is simple: to present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching and engaging the people of our region. Its concerts at the Kirby Center – along with the entire spectrum of musical offerings available throughout the year in Downtown Wilkes-Barre – make us a richer and a better community.
 
The Philharmonic is a local resource worth enjoying and supporting – so, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to add a trip Downtown for dinner and the symphony to your list of experiences.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org


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Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 1
Bee Hive Gift Shop Five-Year Anniversary Celebration

TIME: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: Bee Hive Gift Shop, Midtown Village, 41 South Main Street
 
Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the Bee Hive Gift Shop with a VERY BIG SALE throughout the store in appreciation of the beloved customers that have made us successful. Refreshments will be free throughout the day!
More information: 570-208-4483.
 
Wednesday, April 2
2014 Downtown Wilkes-Barre Lenten Series

TIME: 11:30 PM organ recital; 12:00 PM service
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
St. Stephen’s and the Downtown Ministerium present a pre-noon organ recital by John Bradford Bohl of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Washington, DC. The liturgist at the noon service will be Reverend William J. Marshall, Jr. of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, and the preacher will be Reverend Diane Sickler of Unity of NEPA; violinist John Michael Vaida will provide special music. A soup-and-sandwich luncheon, hosted by St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be served after the service.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or 570-825-6653.
 
Thursday, April 3
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Fleece Blankets

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
You and your children can learn how to make these fabulous blankets. Make fleece blankets for your bed, a throw for furniture or a baby blanket. They make great gifts and are easy to do. The first class you will learn how to cut the fleece and then how to tie the knots. In the second class, you bring the fleece and will make your blanket with the instructors. A $20 fee is to be paid to the instructor for the first class. Classes will be held on April 3 and 10.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, April 3
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series: The Great Gatsby

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street
 
The Thursday Film & Discussion Series, presented by Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber, features five great books turned into five great films! This week’s film is The Great Gatsby (1974, 144 minutes, rated PG). See Robert Redford and Mia Farrow at their very best in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale. A pre-film lecture and stimulating post-film discussion will accompany each screening in the series. Penn State Wilkes-Barre has your seat at Movies 14 reserved for you! Cost for the series is $40 per person; discounts may apply. Participants earn continuing education credit upon series completion. Register now online.
More information: www.wb.psu.edu/CE or 570-675-9253.
 
Thursday, April 3
Wilkes University Theatre presents Check Out Chekhov

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents an evening of one act plays by Anton Chekhov, whose career as a dramatist produced four classics, and whose best short stories are still held in high esteem by writers and critics. Get to know one of history’s greatest writers in an evening of delightful theatre. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $10 adults; seniors/students $5.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Friday, April 4
ArtsPower presents The Monster Who Ate My Peas

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Based on the multi-award winning book by Danny Schnitzlein, ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power. Show is 60 minutes, intended for Grades K-2. Tickets are $9.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 4
Wilkes University Theatre presents Check Out Chekhov

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents an evening of one act plays by Anton Chekhov, whose career as a dramatist produced four classics, and whose best short stories are still held in high esteem by writers and critics. Get to know one of history’s greatest writers in an evening of delightful theatre. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $10 adults; seniors/students $5.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Saturday, April 5
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 8:15 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
 
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. The April 5 Ride leaves from Around Town Bicycles promptly at 8:30 AM; rides will start at 8:00 AM beginning on April 12. For now, the ride is about 20-25 miles in length at a 13-15 mph average. As the season progresses, the ride will get longer and incorporate more hills. There are stops for regrouping, and no riders are left behind. Bagels, coffee and juice are served after the ride. Road bike recommended.
More information: www.atownbikes.com or 570-970-3008.
 
Saturday, April 5
NEPA Philharmonic Pops Concert: “Broadway Baby” with Debbie Gravitte

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The neon lights of Broadway will light up the stage as Tony Award winning actress Debbie Gravitte and the NEPA Philharmonic take you on a musical journey of legendary Broadway tunes during the final concert of their 2013-14 Pops season. Enjoy an evening of Broadway favorites, such as I Enjoy Being a Girl, Don’t Rain on my Parade, Over the Rainbow, I Got Rhythm, Momma Mia, and more. Tickets start at $31; call and mention discount code “SPRING14” for a 2-for-1 ticket deal!
More information: www.nepaphil.org or 570-270-4444.
 
Saturday, April 5
Wilkes University Theatre presents Check Out Chekhov

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents an evening of one act plays by Anton Chekhov, whose career as a dramatist produced four classics, and whose best short stories are still held in high esteem by writers and critics. Get to know one of history’s greatest writers in an evening of delightful theatre. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $10 adults; seniors/students $5.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Sunday, April 6
Wilkes University Theatre presents Check Out Chekhov

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents its final performance of one act plays by Anton Chekhov, whose career as a dramatist produced four classics, and whose best short stories are still held in high esteem by writers and critics. Get to know one of history’s greatest writers in an afternoon of delightful theatre. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $10 adults; seniors/students $5.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4540.
 
Sunday, April 6
Kirby Center presents Clint Black in concert

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Clint Black, one of country music's all time great singer-songwriters, takes the Kirby stage on Sunday, April 6 in a full band, acoustic performance! Since the 1980s, he has led an accomplished career in country music - writing, recording and releasing more than 100 songs and selling more than 20 million albums worldwide. The unplugged evening promises to include major hits such as "Like the Rain," "Killin' Time," "Nothin' But the Taillights," and many more.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Monday, April 7
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Camp Kresge Annual Spaghetti Dinner

TIME: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s Restaurant on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre
 
The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will be holding their Annual Spaghetti Dinner at Rodano’s! The menu includes spaghetti with sauce (with or without meat), salad, roll, soft drink and dessert; it is available for dining in or take out. This dinner helps support the Y’s Camp Kresge camping programs. Tickets ($8.00 for adults; $4.00 for children 12 and under) are available for purchase at the Y front desk.
More information or tickets: 570-970-5052.
 
Monday, April 7
Wilkes University Kimball Lecture Series: The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Shale Gas Development

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Arnaud C. Marts Center, 274 S. Franklin Street
 
Robert B. Jackson, Nicholas Professor of Global Environmental Change at Duke University, will present the Grace Kimball Lecture on “The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Shale Gas Development.” Jackson’s research examines how people affect the earth, including studies of the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, energy use, and global change; he is currently Director of Duke's Center on Global Change and Duke's Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. He also directs the Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S. and co-directed the Climate Change Policy Partnership, working with energy and utility corporations to find practical strategies to combat climate change. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4306.

Downtown Exhibits

Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 South Franklin Street):

HOURS: Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

She Rolled Up Her Sleeves: Luzerne County's Women at Work
DATES: March 4, 2014 through August 30, 2014
 
This exhibit is a tribute to the working women of Luzerne County – the pioneer women, miners’ wives, maids, canallers’ wives, factory workers, religious sisters, teachers, nurses, secretaries, clerks, waitresses, telephone operators, church and synagogue volunteers, and women in the military. A new quilt features blocks for each occupation and quilts from our collection will also be on display.
 
Native Americans of Wyoming Valley
Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibit on the Native American inhabitants of the area includes local artifacts ranging from stone implements of the Archaic period to the archeological evidence of European influence.
More information: www.luzernehistory.org or 570-823-6244
 
King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)

 
Shadow Galaxy: works by Tom Sorresso
DATES: March 10, 2014 through April 14, 2014
HOURS: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday

Artist Tom Sorresso uses the medium of enamel spray paint to create unexplored worlds and delve into the human imagination. He will display a number of his works in this exhibit at the Widmann Gallery, titled Shadow Galaxy.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

 
Georgiana Cray Bart and Students in Studio Views 2014
DATES: March 21 to May 3
HOURS: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Saturday
 
This group exhibition presents artwork in many mediums from watercolor to acrylic, pencil to pastel, as Georgiana Cray Bart and her students exhibit their works. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: www.marquisartframe.com or 570-823-0518.


The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street)

 
A World Apart: the Legacy of George Gabin
DATES: January 14, 2014 through May 11, 2014.
HOURS: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Tuesday - Sunday
 
The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents the exhibition, A WORLD APART: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE GABIN, featuring a variety of works by the 20th century American imaginist painter and teacher at the Montserrat College of Art.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1531.asp
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Dr. H.N. Young residence (1895)
215 South Franklin Street
 
In designing this elegant townhouse for Wilkes-Barre dentist H.N. Young, local architect J. H. W. Hawkins (the designer of the Hotel Sterling) was influenced by two of America’s greatest architects. The intricate naturalistic ornament in the second-floor window frieze is an echo of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan’s designs, while Boston architect H. H. Richardson inspired the rusticated stone walls and stubby Syrian arches. The building became Wilkes University's Max Roth Center in 1984.


 

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