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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 15 - April 21, 2014

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April 15-April 21, 2014

It can’t be denied any more: springtime is here. Despite some false starts, the days continue to get warmer, and each nice day brings more pedestrians out to enjoy the sunshine on Downtown sidewalks and along the River Common.
 
The improving temperatures are timely: they serve as extra incentive to walk around and sample some of the varied events occurring this week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
Passover and Holy Week have arrived: on Wednesday, St. Stephen’s holds the last in its series of Lenten noontime concerts and services, and all of Downtown’s churches will be filled with worshippers for the Easter holiday.
 
The Kirby Center hosts the latest offering from its new “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series on Tuesday evening, followed by an appearance by comedienne Kathy Griffin on Thursday night.
 
Friday evening brings the April edition of the Third Friday Wilkes-Barre art walk, featuring the opening reception for a new group exhibition at the Wyoming Valley Art League, together with happenings at other venues throughout Downtown.
 
On Monday evening, the Downtown Residents Association presents the latest in its occasional public presentations: an illustrated lecture on the “Lost Architecture of Wilkes-Barre,” at Wilkes University’s Henry Student Center.
 
So, be sure to get out this week and sample some of the many programs, concerts, and happenings that can only be found here in our center city.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

 

Hundreds of eager children, accompanied by their parents, filled Public Square on this past Saturday, April 12, as the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association held its Sixth Annual Public Square Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day.


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Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 15
Osterhout Book Discussion: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Join the discussion about Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, in conjunction with Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Spring 2014 “Five Great Books, Five Great Films” film series at Movies 14. Copies of the book are available at the library for $2.00 (purchase refunded IF you attend the book talk!).
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
 
Tuesday, April 15
Live from the Chandelier Lobby: Alejandro Escovedo

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Alejandro Escovedo to its “Live From the Chandelier Lobby” concert series. Escovedo is a celebrated, versatile performer whose punk-rock roots in 70’s San Francisco can still be heard in his roots rock/alternative country style. Tickets: $29.50.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Wednesday, April 16
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 Carl Ruck of the Church of Christ Uniting of Kingston. The preacher at the noon service will be Caitlin Czeh of the Wilkes University Campus Ministry; the Marywood University Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, will provide special music. A soup-and-sandwich luncheon will be served after the service. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or 570-825-6653.
 
Thursday, April 17
F.M. Kirby Center presents Kathy Griffin

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated comedienne Kathy Griffin visits the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on April 17. A multi-faceted performer with a rapid-fire wit, Griffin is well-known for her four-year stint on the NBC sitcom “Suddenly Susan” as Vickie Groener, Brooke Shields’ acerbic colleague; her work on “Seinfeld” and other shows; and her TV stand-up specials. Tickets start at $45.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Friday, April 18
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
 
You're invited to Third Friday Wilkes-Barre! Experience the art walk from 5 PM to 8 PM on each month’s third Friday from March thru December. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art and artists. Check local papers and www.thirdfridaywb.com for our map of participating venues and featured artists each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: http://www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570-498-0678.
 
Friday, April 18
Wyoming Valley Art League Opening Reception: Intuitive Process
and Spring Juried Exhibition
TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 South Franklin Street
 
In conjunction with April’s Third Friday Art Walk, the Wyoming Valley Art League hosts an opening reception for its new group exhibition, Intuitive Process, featuring stone sculpture by Robert Bergstrasser; ceramics by Mark Chuck; painting by Ethan Gerber; and photography by Allison Maslow. Visitors can also view the WVAL’s Annual Spring Juried Exhibition, which will be on display.
More information: http://www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org/ or 570-288-1020.
 
Saturday, April 19
Around Town Bicycles Saturday Morning Ride

TIME: 7:45 AM
PLACE: Around Town Bicycles, Rear 59 North Main Street
 
Join other area bicyclists for the weekly Saturday Morning Ride. Rides will start at 8:00 AM. 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.
 
Monday, April 21
Downtown Residents Association Lecture: “The Lost Architecture of Wilkes-Barre”

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, Miller Room, 84 West South Street
 
The Downtown Residents Association presents a program by Tony Brooks, Chairman of the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society, whose illustrated lecture will discuss architectural treasures that are no longer standing in Wilkes-Barre.
More information: 570-826-0410.

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.)

 
The Widmann Art Gallery will reopen with a new exhibit on Monday, April 28.
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

Wyoming Valley Art League
130 South Franklin Street

 
Intuitive Process
DATES: April 18, 2014 through May 20, 2014.
TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
This group exhibition features stone sculpture by Robert Bergstrasser; ceramics by Mark Chuck; painting by Ethan Gerber; and photography by Allison Maslow.
 
WVAL Annual Spring Juried Exhibition
 
Works from the WVAL’s Annual Spring Juried Exhibition will be on display through May. The WVAL has accepted submissions in four categories: painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture/three-dimensional works.
 
More information: http://www.wyomingvalleyartleague.org/ or 570-288-1020.
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Mary Stegmaier residence (1911)
156 South Franklin Street
 
Beer paid for this Colonial Revival mansion, designed by Wilkes-Barre architects Knapp & Bosworth for Mrs. George Stegmaier of the Wilkes-Barre brewing family. The scale of the Stegmaier residence, exemplified by its grand portico, is indicative of the success ultimately achieved by the brewing industry in the anthracite coal fields. In 1943, Mrs. Stegmaier’s children presented the mansion to the American Red Cross for use as its Wyoming Valley chapter house, and it served in that role until 2004. Today, the Mary Stegmaier mansion is poised for new use as an event and catering facility.

 

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