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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: April 29 - May 5, 2014

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April 29-May 5, 2014

New year-round lighting illuminating the cherry trees around the outer edge of Public Square was publicly unveiled last Thursday evening. The new lights were made possible by Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s "Bright Lights, Fit City" project group.


Downtown Events

Tuesday, April 29
Kirby Center presents “Doktor Kaboom”

TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. This one-of-a-kind performance will keep kids in grades 2-6 transfixed while exploring scientific content that ties into State- and Federally-mandated curriculum standards. Tickets: $9.00.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Tuesday, April 29
Brown Bag Theatre

TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
The King's Players take the stage for a noontime presentation of one-act plays. Admission is free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5825.
 
Tuesday, April 29
Evening of One Acts

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
King's College Theatre students direct, produce, and perform one-act plays. Admission is $1.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5825.
 
Tuesday, April 29
Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra Concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
The Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Nick Driscoll, presents a spring concert of traditional and contemporary music. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-3427.
 
Wednesday, April 30
Free Wilkes SBDC Small Business Seminar: Bringing Your Business Online

TIME: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Arnaud C. Marts Center, Room 203, 274 South Franklin Street
 
The Wilkes University Small Business Development Center offers a free seminar on the subject of “Bringing Your Business Online.” A light lunch will be served. To register, please call the SBDC or email Dorothy.lane@wilkes.edu. Pre-registration is required. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4340.
 
Wednesday, April 30
Brown Bag Theatre

TIME: 12:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
The King's Players take the stage for a noontime presentation of one-act plays. Admission is free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5825.
 
Wednesday, April 30
“Meet the Artist” Reception: Communication Media Student Exhibit

TIME: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Widmann Art Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center
 
The "Meet The Artist Reception" for the King’s College Communication Media Student Exhibit will be held in the Widmann Art Gallery.
More information: www.kings.edu.
 
Wednesday, April 30
Wilkes-Barre Green Drinks

TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
PLACE: Bart & Urby’s, 119 South Main Street
 
Join us for Wilkes-Barre Green Drinks: a night of socializing with eco-minded people, environmental professionals, volunteers, and students. First-timers all made welcome! Bring a friend and RSVP today. Drinks (or not) and good chats and connections are all part of the international Green Drinks network. Please RSVP if you're stopping by.
More information or to RSVP: www.greendrinks.org/pa/wilkes-barre or Facebook
 
Wednesday, April 30
Osterhout Teen Night: Movie Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Wednesdays are Teen Nights (ages 11 through 18) at the Osterhout Free Library! Join us this week for Movie Night.
More information: www.osterhout.info or 570-821-1959.
 
Wednesday, April 30
Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra in concert: Broadway, Our Way

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
The Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra presents Broadway, Our Way. The concert will feature vocal performances by Wilkes music and theatre faculty and students performing music from The Phantom of the Opera, Kismet, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, and Showboat, accompanied by the Wilkes Chamber Orchestra. Philip G. Simon, associate professor of performing arts, will conduct the concert, which is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-3427.
 
Wednesday, April 30
Evening of One Acts

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building
 
King's College Theatre students direct, produce, and perform one-act plays. Admission is $1.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5825.
 
Saturday, May 3
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.

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.)

 
Annual King's Communications Media Student Exhibit
DATES: April 28, 2014 through May 23, 2014
 
Works by King’s students in mass communication and sculpture and drawing classes will be on display.

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: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM; 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Monday - Friday
 
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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Luzerne County Medical Society/Circle Centre for the Arts (1914)
130 Rear South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes-Barre’s own Pantheon is tucked away behind a Second Empire house on South Franklin Street. Wilkes-Barre architect Brice Hayden Long designed this brick-clad Colonial Revival building, modeled loosely on Rome’s great round temple, for the county’s doctors. The first floor contained a medical library, while a wonderful circular auditorium, originally lit from above by a skylight, dominated the second floor. While the Medical Society still calls this building home, it is now called the Circle Centre for the Arts, and is now owned by – and shared with – the Wyoming Valley Art League, which has transformed the auditorium and library spaces into galleries. Visitors are welcome during business and gallery hours and Downtown’s monthly Third Friday Art Walk.

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