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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: October 15 - October 21, 2013

Third Friday fun and more
There's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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October 15 - October 21, 2013

This is another one of those weeks when an amazing number and variety of activities will be occurring in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.
 
For example, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting three different concerts on three consecutive nights this week – on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
 
This Friday, October 18, brings the return of the Third Friday Art Walk – together with new exhibits hosted by galleries, stores, and restaurants throughout our center city.
 
You can learn about mummies at the Osterhout, or perform science experiments at Wilkes University’s new Cohen Science Center. There will be concerts by the NEPA Philharmonic, the Arcadia Chorale, and Alice Cooper! You can choose from lectures, films, candidates’ forums, road races, ghost walks, Farmers Market (yes, that's right), and more.
 
The best part, though, is that all of these activities are easily combined with shopping visits to downtown retailers, a meal in one of our 43 dining establishments, the latest Hollywood blockbuster at Movies 14, or an autumn stroll on our beautiful River Common. In Downtown Wilkes-Barre, all of these destinations are easily accessible to one another on foot – there’s simply no need to fight traffic or search for another parking space.
 
So, regardless of what brings you to Downtown this week, be sure to enjoy all that our central city has to offer. Learn more by visiting www.downtownwilkes-barre.org.
 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
 
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership
larry@wbdcp.org


Some views of Downtown’s newest restaurant, Southside Bistro, located at 264-268 South Main Street, during an open house reception this past weekend.

Downtown Events

 
Wednesday, October 16
Wilkes University’s Bone Chemistry Lecture Series: Samuel J. Danishefsky, Ph.D.

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Stark Learning Center Room 101, 140 South River Street
 
Wilkes University’s Catherine H. Bone Lecture in Chemistry presents a talk by Samuel J. Danishefsky, PhD entitled "Biologics by Chemical Synthesis." The event is free and open to the public. Dr. Danishefsky, a Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University, also serves as the Eugene W. Kettering Chair and Director of the Laboratory for Bioorganic Chemistry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
More information: www.wilkes.edu
 
Thursday, October 17
Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market

TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Public Square
 
Thursday continues to be Farmers Market Day in Downtown Wilkes-Barre! Farmers Market offers food, fun, crafts, and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers; the Wilkes-Barre Farmers' Market is the place to be this fall!
More information: http://www.wilkes-barre.pa.us/farmersm.php or 570-208-4292.
 
Thursday, October 17
Dinosaur Train – Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure

TIME: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
The popular Emmy® Award nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train will come to life on the stage in a big way with Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure at the F.M. Kirby Center. Buddy the dinosaur’s world will be created for this live “pre-hysterical” experience as only the Jim Henson Company can. Through interactivity, music, and laughter, Dinosaur Train - Live! Buddy's Big Adventure will have kids up and dancing in the aisles. Tickets: $15/$20 plus fees.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Thursday, October 17
Campion Literary Society Writing Workshops

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center Room 117, King’s College
 
The Campion Literary Society’s writing workshops – hour-long, informal writing classes – are themed, free, and open to the public.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5487.
 
Thursday, October 17
Wilkes/King's Alumni Networking Night

TIME: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s, 53 Public Square
 
Wilkes University and King’s College may go head-to-head in athletics, but on October 17, alumni from both schools will come together for an evening of professional networking! $5 per person (includes pizza) – guests are welcome!
More information: http://community.wilkes.edu/wilkeskings or 570- 408-7787.
 
Thursday, October 17
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Film & Discussion Series: The Day the Earth Stood Still

TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: R/C Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, 24 East Northampton Street
 
Five great genres, five great films: if you’ve only ever seen them on the “small” screen, you need to see these top films of all time in a motion picture venue! This week’s film is The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951; rated G), an AFI 100 Years/100 Cheers film that speculated - nearly 60 years ago - what our first encounter with ET might really be like! Pre-film lecture notes 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 with credit too! Register now online.
More information: www.wb.psu.edu/CE or 570-675-9253.
 
Friday, October 18
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre Art Walk

TIME: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLACE: All around Downtown Wilkes-Barre
 
Third Friday Wilkes-Barre is painting the town! Experience our downtown art walk from 5-8 PM on October 18 and on the third Friday of every subsequent month. Visit Downtown Wilkes-Barre and support local art, artists, and businesses. Check local papers and http://www.thirdfridaywb.com for our map of participating venues each month. This is a FREE event.
More information: http://www.thirdfridaywb.com or 570.498.0678.
 
Friday, October 18
Wyoming Valley Art League’s Third Friday Opening Reception

TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PLACE: Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 South Franklin Street
 
BEWARE when you enter the WVAL on October 18, for one may encounter monsters, ghosts, wicked witches, or evil spirits. Don’t be afraid: the WVAL has concocted an evening sprinkled with these creatures, three of whom will be awarded a prize for Most Original Costume, Scariest Costume, and Prettiest Costume. We invite our guests to "dress," too. There will be beautiful art to admire from our new photography exhibit, Work in a Series, refreshments and beverages, candy corn, friendly people, and ghoulish laughter, so please join the fun at the WVAL. Hope to see you then . . . "BOO!”
More information: https://www.facebook.com/wvartleague

Friday, October 18
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walk

TIME: 6:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 South Franklin Street
 
The Luzerne County Historical Society’s annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks return again this year! Join us for a walking tour of the historic district and learn about ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM. Cost is $7 for LCHS Members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are REQUIRED.
More information or reservations: 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or reservations@luzernehistory.org.
 
Friday, October 18
The F.M. Kirby Center presents Alice Cooper in concert

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
Just in time for Halloween, the legendary Alice Cooper will shock and rock the Kirby Center! The iconic rocker will bring his ‘Raise the Dead’ tour to Wilkes-Barre for one performance on Friday, October 18, presented by the Kirby Center and SLP Concerts. Without Alice Cooper, there might never have been the NY Dolls, KISS, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue, Slipknot, or Rob Zombie - maybe not even David Bowie, or at least not Ziggy Stardust. His concerts are true theatrical events that must be experienced to be truly appreciated.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Saturday, October 19
Wilkes University Passport to Science: Cohen Science Center Open House

TIME: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University’s Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center, 140 South River Street

Wilkes University invites you to a community open house at the new Lawrence and Sally Cohen Science Center. Adults and children in grades 4 through 12 can join Wilkes faculty, staff and students in conducting interactive laboratory projects and observing demonstrations. Building tours will also be given. Pre-registration is encouraged.
More information or to register: www.community.wilkes.edu/PassportToScience or 570-408-4779.
 
Saturday, October 19
Death on the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Funeral Practices

TIME: 11:30 AM
PLACE: Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street
 
Ancient Egypt’s practice of mummifying the dead in preparation for burial spanned thousands of years, changed considerably through time, and still occupies a prominent place in modern culture. This highly illustrated lecture, presented by Stephen R. Phillips, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, examines the history and methods for preparing the dead for burial as practiced for more than 3,000 years, from the Predynastic Period to the time of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra VII. (Suitable for middle school and above.)
More information: www.osterhout.lib.pa.us or 570-821-1959.
 
Saturday, October 19
Wilkes University Film: Stonewall Uprising

TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 West South Street
 
Stonewall Uprising, a film in PBS’ “The American Experience” documentary series, examines the events leading up to what is now seen as the defining moment in the establishment of the gay rights movement in the United States: the riot at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in the summer of 1969.
More information and RSVPs: http://www.gaynepa.com

Saturday, October 19
Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walk

TIME: 6:45 PM
PLACE: Luzerne County Historical Society, 69 South Franklin Street
 
The Luzerne County Historical Society’s annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks return again this year! Join us for a walking tour of the historic district and learn about ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards, all right here in the heart of the Diamond City! All tours start in front of the Museum at 69 South Franklin Street at 6:45 PM. Cost is $7 for LCHS Members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are REQUIRED.
More information or reservations: 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or reservations@luzernehistory.org.
 
Saturday, October 19
NEPA Philharmonic Pops Concert: The Haunted Symphony

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
 
A hair-raising evening awaits you as the NEPA Philharmonic performs spooky selections from the silver screen. Special guest actor and poet Frank Oden joins the Philharmonic for The House of Halloween. This will be a dramatic evening of poetry and traditional Halloween symphonic music! Guests are invited to join the Philharmonic in their best ghoulish attire! Tickets start at $31.
More information: http://www.kirbycenter.org or www.nepaphil.org or 570-826-1100.
 
Sunday, October 20
2013 Benjamin August Memorial 3 Mile Run & Walk

TIME: 9:15 AM (race day registration); 10:30 AM (run/walk start)
PLACE: Jewish Community Center, 60 South River Street
 
This annual 3-mile run/walk, organized by the Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern PA, and sponsored by Sandy and Arnold Rifkin, traverses Downtown and South Wilkes-Barre, starting at Northampton Street and finishing on the River Common. Registration fee $20.00. Race day registration will be held at the JCC beginning at 9:15 AM; Registration closes 10 minutes prior to race start.
More information: 570-824-4646.
 
Sunday, October 20
The Arcadia Chorale in concert: Echoes of Arcadia

TIME: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
PLACE: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street
 
A concert celebrating the new name of the Arcadia Chorale (formerly the Robert Dale Chorale), Music of mythic beauty, inspired by natural paradises and their inhabitants, and featuring Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia.
More information: http://www.arcadiachorale.org or 570-871-0350.
 
Monday, October 21
DRA Luzerne County Candidates’ Forum

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 West South Street
 
The Downtown Residents Association sponsors this forum for candidates for the offices of Luzerne County Council and Controller.
More information: 570-826-0410.


Downtown Exhibits

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

HOURS: Tu-F, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Luzerne County in the Civil War
DATES: April 27 through December 21
 
Learn about how Luzerne County’s citizens and communities participated in - and were affected by – the Civil War. The exhibit is a companion to the Society’s latest publication: “Serving their County, Defending the Commonwealth, Saving the Union: Stories and Images of Luzerne County Soldiers at Gettysburg.”
 
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 Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center):

 
The Eleventh Invitational Emerging Artists Exhibition
DATES: September 20 extended through October 25
 
Coordinated by well-known local artist Sue Hand, this annual exhibition includes works by area high school students.
More information: 570-208-5900, extension 5328.
 
Marquis Art & Frame Second Floor Gallery
(122 South Main Street):

 
Kindred Spirits: The Art of Ellen Jamiolkowski and Judith Lynn Keats
DATES: September 20 through November 2
HOURS: 11 AM to 5 PM, Monday - Saturday
 
This joint exhibition presents works by Bear Creek mixed-media artist Judith Lynn Keats and Pocono Lake ceramic artist Ellen Jamiolkowski. There will be a special Third Friday reception on October 18 from 5 PM to 8 PM. Store-side parking; Marquis’ second-floor gallery is accessible by stairs only.
More information: 570-823-0518 or www.marquisartframe.com.
 
Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery
(150 South River Street):

 
The Art of Balliet
DATES: August 27 to October 20
HOURS: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Sunday
 
Realist Justin Balliet is said to embody all the elements of the Modern Renaissance. This Northeastern Pennsylvania artist seeks to push his realism as far as possible, resulting in some of the most technically proficient work available today. The Balliet Exhibition will run from August 27 through October 20. The Gallery will be closed during University holidays and breaks.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/sordoniartgallery or 570-408-4325.
 
Wyoming Valley Art League Gallery
(130 South Franklin Street):

 
Work In A Series: Photographs by 18 Photographers
DATES: October 18 to November 30
 
The WVAL presents a photography exhibit by 18 photographers, each exploring the concept of a "subject" in a series through six different 8x10 works by each photographer. A Third Friday opening reception will be held on Friday, October 18 from 5 PM to 8 PM.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/wvartleague
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