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

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March 18-March 24, 2014

It’s hard to believe, but this issue marks one year of our “This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre” E-newsletter. That’s right: for each of the past 52 weeks, these weekly emails have tried to capture all of the events, exhibits, sights, stores, and restaurants that Downtown Wilkes-Barre has to offer. While we hope that you’ve enjoyed the past year, we’re just getting started: as our center city continues to grow and evolve, we’ll have even more news and events to share with you.
 
This week marks another important milestone: the 2014 return of the Third Friday Wilkes-Barre art walk. On Friday evening, March 21, Downtown Wilkes-Barre will again provide a variety of sights and sounds for the senses. Enjoy original artwork and music and meet artists, musicians, and friends in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere at almost a dozen participating downtown galleries and businesses from 5 PM to 8 PM.
 
There will be gallery receptions at King’s College’s Widmann Gallery and the Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery, together with happenings at other venues throughout downtown. Check everything out before heading to the Kirby Center for their "Live from the Chandelier Lobby" concert featuring Amy Helm.
 
The Third Friday map below is your guide to all of this week’s venues – you can also download the same map for your use from the Third Friday Wilkes-Barre website. If you can’t make it this week, don’t worry: you can enjoy downtown’s Third Friday art walks each month.
 
So, this coming Third Friday, check out the live music and art exhibits at participating galleries, restaurants, and businesses, and make it an evening in our center city.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org

Some scenes from the 2014 Downtown Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick's Day Parade, held on Sunday, March 16. Photos courtesy of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association.

Downtown Events

Wednesday, March 19
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 Richardson of The First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. The liturgist at the noon service will be Caitlin Czeh of Wilkes University Campus Ministry, and the preacher will be Reverend Monsignor Vincent Grimalia of St. Luke’s Villa; horn player Earl Orcutt will be the special music soloist. A soup-and-sandwich luncheon, hosted by St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, will be served after the service.
More information: www.ststephenswb.org or 570-825-6653.
 
Wednesday, March 19
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Identity Theft

TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
This course is presented by Timothy McNamara of Wells Fargo Advisors. It will include what identity theft is, how it happens, red flags to watch out for, ways to protect yourself from identity thieves, and what to do if you think you've been the victim of identity theft.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Wednesday, March 19
Women’s and Gender Studies Keynote Lecture: Melinda Henneberger

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Burke Auditorium, King’s College McGowan School of Business, West Union Street
 
Author and Washington Post political journalist Melinda Henneberger will be the keynote speaker for the annual King’s-Wilkes Women’s and Gender Studies Conference. Henneberger will discuss sexual violence on college campuses in her lecture titled “Revolution Needed: The Ongoing Wrong of Sexual Violence on College Campuses.” The lecture is sponsored by King’s McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and the Commonweal Campus Speakers Fund. Free and open to the public.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900 ext. 5771.
 
Thursday, March 20
King’s-Wilkes Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

TIME: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, West South Street
 
The Women’s and Gender Studies Conference is a joint venture coordinated by Wilkes University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and King’s College’s Women’s Studies Program. The conference theme is “Revolutionary Women.” Presentations by students and faculty on Thursday and Friday explore women’s issues and gender roles in education, the social sciences, literature and popular culture through research projects, panel discusssions, and performance art. The event includes 30 sessions with a focus on research, engagement and awareness. The keynote address and screening will be at King’s, with all other events held at Wilkes. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-208-5900 ext. 5771.
 
Thursday, March 20
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Get More Money for College

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
Phil Goldstein of College Planning Services, LLC will explain how you can reduce your college costs and get more money for your children's education. There are little-known strategies that you can take advantage of to get more money, especially if you have a higher net-worth, but everyone can save money with these strategies. Free; registration required.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, March 20
Boscov’s Campus of Courses: Tax Changes, Policies, and Planning with an Expert

TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Boscov’s Department Store Auditorium, 15 South Main Street
 
John J. Beltrami and Michael Vergari, Financial Advisors, present this third part of the SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT Series. With portions of this presentation given by local CPA James Gattuso, attendees will gain insight into some of the possible outcomes and changes in the tax landscape for 2014 and beyond which could greatly affect your retirement planning. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to evaluate your current positions and social security elections to make an informed evaluation.
More information or to register: 570-823-4141.
 
Thursday, March 20
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series: Casino Royale

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 Casino Royale (2006, 144 minutes, rated PG-13). 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.
 
Friday, March 21
King’s-Wilkes Women’s and Gender Studies Conference

TIME: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center, West South Street
 
The Women’s and Gender Studies Conference is a joint venture coordinated by Wilkes University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and King’s College’s Women’s Studies Program. The conference theme is “Revolutionary Women.” Presentations by students and faculty on Thursday and Friday explore women’s issues and gender roles in education, the social sciences, literature and popular culture through research projects, panel discusssions, and performance art. The event includes 30 sessions with a focus on research, engagement and awareness. The keynote address and screening will be at King’s, with all other events held at Wilkes. 
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 570-208-5900 ext. 5771.
 
Friday, March 21
Third Friday 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, March 21
Meet the Artist Reception: Tom Sorresso

TIME: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLACE: King’s College Widmann Gallery, West Jackson Street
 
A Third Friday Meet-the-Artist reception with Tom Sorresso will be held to celebrate the opening of his exhibit, Shadow Galaxy, at the Widmann Gallery.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328.

Friday, March 21
Kirby Center Live from the Chandelier Lobby presents Amy Helm

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 announces a performance by Amy Helm as part of its "Live from the Chandelier Lobby" concert series. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. Helm will visit for one, intimate performance. Tickets are $27.00.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, March 22
Kirby Center presents SPANK! Harder: The Sequel

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Whether you are looking for the perfect date night to spice things up, or gathering the girls from some laugh-out-loud fun, we've got the show for you. It's time to get SPANK'D...this time Harder! The country's #1 ladies night out returns with an all-new sexy and satirical show! Your cheeks will hurt with laughter as SPANK! HARDER picks up where the original left off, parodying not only “Fifty Shades of Grey”, but taking aim at a variety of pop culture that is begging to be SPANK’D! Tickets start at $27.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Sunday, March 23
State Senator John Yudichak event

TIME: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Genetti’s Best Western Hotel & Conference Center, 77 East Market Street
 
Senator John Yudichak kicks off his re-election campaign and is asking for your support by inviting you to his event at Genetti's Best Western. The Senator has taken a leadership role to advance policies to create new jobs, improve our schools, and make communities safer. Contribution for the event is $25.
More information: 717-236-6036.
 
Sunday, March 23
Kirby Center presents Experience Hendrix 2014

TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Dweezil Zappa are just a few of the musicians who will be performing when the Experience Hendrix 2014 tour visits the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on March 23. Celebrate the life of late guitarist Jimi Hendrix in concert with some of the greatest guitarists performing today. Tickets start at $59.50.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

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. A Third Friday Meet-the-Artist reception will be held in the Gallery on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 PM.
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. Third Friday Opening Reception Friday, March 21, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
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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This week's historic buildings are:

Charles Miner townhouses (1873)
285-287 South Franklin Street

James Martin residence (1893)
291 South Franklin Street

Benjamin Morgan residence (1893)
293 South Franklin Street


It’s hard to imagine that these four homes once faced the wrecking ball before being beautifully restored as private residences in the early part of the last decade. The High Victorian Gothic double townhouses at 285-287 South Franklin Street were constructed in 1873 – probably by local architect Aneurin Jones – as an investment property for the industrialist Charles Miner, who lived across the street in a mansion on the site of Wilkes University’s Marts Center.  The neighboring brick townhouses at 291 and 293 South Franklin were both constructed in 1893; 291 was constructed in 1893 for a Wilkes-Barre jeweler, while 293 was built to the designs of Wilkes-Barre architect J.H.W. Hawkins, the designer of the Hotel Sterling, for the owner of the C. Morgan’s Sons Hardware Store. Note the inset “herringbone” brickwork within 293’s steep gables.


 

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