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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: February 18 - February 24, 2014

There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!

February 18-February 24, 2014

This week, some of us may be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by winter, but the latest addition to Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s restaurant scene can transport diners to the warmth of Mexico. On Thursday, February 20, El Zocalo will celebrate its grand opening at 21 Public Square from 12 PM to 2 PM, with a formal ribbon cutting at 12:30 PM.
 
Owners Paola Mendez and Jerry Ruiz are no strangers to Downtown, having operated the popular El Rincon Latino for several years; this grand opening may mark a change in location and in name, but the menu of delicious Mexican specialties continues to be top-notch.
 
So, if you haven’t already enjoyed a meal at El Zocalo, stop in – either during Thursday’s grand opening, for lunch, or before one of the many concerts, plays, and performances occurring at the Kirby Center and on Downtown’s college campuses this weekend. There’s so much to do here: the Philharmonic in concert on Friday night; live theater at both King’s and Wilkes; rocking bagpipers at the Kirby on Saturday; the latest releases at Movies 14; galleries exhibiting the works of local and national artists; and more. Whether you’re seeking the broadest range of choices in arts and entertainment, in dining, or in shopping – it’s all right here in our center city.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Downtown Events


Wednesday, February 19
Campion Literary Society Open Readings

PLACE: Gold Room, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
Readings give students, faculty, and members of the community the chance to share creative works, including poems, short stories, drama, and creative nonfiction. Guests can bring original works or the work of published authors. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, extension 5487.
 
Thursday, February 20
El Zocalo Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 PM; Ribbon Cutting at 12:30 PM
PLACE: El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant, 21 Public Square
 
Join the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber and the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association in celebrating the Grand Opening of El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant with a ribbon cutting at 12:30 PM.
More information: 570-823-2101.
 
Thursday, February 20
Gardner Educational Forum: The Dances: Music of the 60s and 70s in the Wyoming Valley

TIME: 4:30 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Marts Center Room 214, 274 South Franklin Street
 
Wilkes University’s Robert and Judith Gardner Educational Forum Series presents William Bachman, Instructor of Communications at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and The Dances: A Documentary of Music of the 60s and 70s in the Wyoming Valley. Free and open to the public; Pennsylvania certified teachers can earn Act 48 credit for their attendance and participation in the sessions.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-408-4686.
 
Thursday, February 20
Boscov’s Travel: Explore Europe and More with Avalon Waterways

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
PLACE: Sophia Room, Boscov's Department Store, 15 South Main Street
 
Join the experts from Boscov's Travel and learn about river cruises and small-ship vacations. Free and open to the public.
More information: http://boscovstravel.com or 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, February 20
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, February 21
NEPA Philharmonic's Chocolate Decadence Event at OYSTER

TIME: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Oyster Restaurant at Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 East Market Street
 
You are invited to join us for a four course meal to delight chocolate lovers: hors d'oeuvres, salad, your choice of three entrees, and dessert. It’s a wonderful prelude to the Pops concert at the Kirby! Cost is $32 per person (includes service charge); coffee, tea, and decaf included. Cash bar. Please RSVP via telephone.
More information: www.nepaphil.org or 570-270-4444.
 
Friday, February 21
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls from February 13 to 22. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Friday, February 21
NEPA Philharmonic Pops Concert: “Simply Sinatra”

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Vocalist Steve Lippia joins Maestro Lawrence Loh and the NEPA Philharmonic for a walk down memory lane celebrating the music of Ol' Blue Eyes. This special evening will introduce a new generation to a timeless songbook while appealing to long-time listeners.
More information: www.nepaphil.org or 570-270-4444.
 
Friday, February 21
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.
 
Saturday, February 22
King’s College Theatre presents Guys and Dolls

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: George P. Maffei II Theatre, King’s College Administration Building, 133 North River Street
 
The King’s College Theatre Department presents its final performance of the classic American musical comedy Guys and Dolls. This oddball romantic comedy, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends. Admission: $12, students/seniors $7.
More information or to reserve tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/558433 or 570-208-5825.
 
Saturday, February 22
The F.M. Kirby Center presents the Red Hot Chilli Pipers

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The rocking Scottish bagpipers make an appearance in concert at the Kirby Center. Formed in 2002, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers have become a global phenomenon, taking their signature 'Bagrock' sound to the masses – even appearing on NBC during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Tickets start at $27.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, February 22
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.
 
Sunday, February 23
Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis “Fun-Raiser”

TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s, 53 Public Square
 
The Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis Club will be holding a “Fun-Raiser” on Sunday, February 23 at Rodano's. This event will benefit Kiwanis’ student scholarship fund for Wilkes-Barre Area high school students. Tickets: $20 for adults; $10 for children (includes Pizza, Stromboli, Beer (Adults Only) and Soda. For more information or tickets contact Michelle Coombs at the number below.
More information: 570-639-0888.
 
Sunday, February 23
Wilkes University Theatre presents The No-Frills Revue

TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University Theatre presents the final performance of The No-Frills Revue, an evening of sketch comedy and song set in our very own comedy club. Lively, musical and funny, The No-Frills Revue is the perfect “date night” evening of light entertainment. Admission: $10, students/seniors $5.
More information or to reserve tickets: www.wilkes.edu or (570) 408-4540.

Downtown Exhibits


King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center)
 
Spirited Energy by Michael Hiscox
DATES: January 13 through February 24, 2014
HOURS: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday
 
Local artist Michael Hiscox of Dallas will convey the action and energy of human activity in a collection of his works in a variety of media, ranging from watercolors to graphite, during an exhibition titled “Spirited Energy.” The artist’s goal is to capture the spirit, emotion, and craft of each activity.

More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900.

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

 
A World Apart: the Legacy of George Gabin
DATES: January 14 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

During the month of February, the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum (69 South Franklin Street) will be closed for maintenance and cleaning. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, March 4th.
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Temple Israel (1925)
236 South River Street
 
The great copper dome rising over South River Street marks the home of the Wyoming Valley’s Conservative Jewish congregation, which was first established in 1922. The Byzantine Revival exterior, typical of many American synagogues of the period, is faced with buff tapestry brick and trimmed with granite and polychrome terra cotta; the interior is remarkable for the woodwork of the ark and bimah and the domed stained glass ceiling by Richard N. Spiers and Son, the New York studio which also created stained glass for Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El and Riverside Church. Ralph M. Herr of Wilkes-Barre was the building’s architect.

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