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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: January 21 - January 27, 2014

Plenty to see and do in Downtown Wilkes-Barre
here's always something good happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre!
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January 21-January 27, 2014

Yes, it’s time to welcome another addition to the global array of dining options that can be found in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Last week, husband and wife Jerry Ruiz and Paola Mendez opened the doors to El Zocalo, their Mexican restaurant at 21 Public Square.
After several years of operation elsewhere in Downtown, Paola and Jerry chose to relocate their restaurant to Public Square. For their fans, the long wait is now over: El Zocalo is open and serving authentic Mexican specialties for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, in their new space overlooking the Square.
So, be sure to stop by and give El Zocalo a try – it’s yet more evidence that, for those seeking the region’s broadest variety of dining options from around the world, there’s only one destination: Downtown Wilkes-Barre’s Restaurant Row. 
Hoping to see you soon in Downtown Wilkes-Barre!
Larry Newman, Executive Director
Diamond City Partnership


Downtown Events

Wednesday, January 22
Campion Literary Society

TIME: 4:00 PM
PLACE: King’s College Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, Room 117
The Campion Literary Society’s writing workshops – hour-long, informal writing classes – are themed, free, and open to the public. Student leaders will share writing exercises with participants so that they may produce drafts of poems, short stories, or non-fiction.
More information: www.kings.edu or 570- 208-5957.
Wednesday, January 22
Wilkes University/King’s College Alumni Pre-Game Mixer

TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PLACE: Rodano’s, 53 Public Square
Wilkes and King’s alumni and friends are invited to get together at Rodano’s before the Colonels and Monarchs go head-to-head on the basketball court at King’s at 8 PM. The cost is $5 and includes pizza, soft drinks and a shuttle to and from the game. Guests are welcome! Wear your school colors and win prizes from your alma mater. To register, email alumni@wilkes.edu or alumni@kings.edu.
More information: http://www.wilkes.edu/alumni or 570-408-7787.
Saturday, January 25
Memphis: the Musical

TIME: 8:00 PM
PLACE: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square
Turn up that dial! From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Critically acclaimed Memphis, which won the 2010 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score, arrives at the F.M. Kirby Center on January 25. Tickets start at $35 plus fees.
More information: www.kirbycenter.org or 570-826-1100.

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

The Art of Lawrence Russo
DATES: November 16, 2013 through January 31, 2014
The best-known work of Lawrence Russo is probably the 24-foot high statue of Christ the King atop the King's College Administration Building in Wilkes-Barre, but the work of this prolific Wyoming Valley sculptor adorns many churches, cemeteries, and public buidings throughout the mid-Atlantic. This exhibit explores Russo’s work in various media, including a number of his paintings.
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)
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
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This week's featured historic buildings are:

Catlin Hall (1843)
92 South River Street
Weiss Hall (1850)
98 South River Street
Roth Hall (1887)
68-74 West Northampton Street
Wilkes University’s Catlin and Weiss Halls help to illustrate the continuing desirability of River Street as an elite address, even as styles and generations changed. These were once almost identical neighbors, both built in the Greek Revival style less than a decade apart. In 1886, however, new homeowner E. L. Brown had Wilkes-Barre architect Albert Kipp remodel his house, now known as Weiss Hall, into a turreted, richly textured Queen Anne-style showpiece.
The transformation of Brown’s home led to new commissions for Kipp throughout the neighborhood, including a picturesque block of four rowhouses for businessman Benjamin Reynolds (now Roth Hall) on the other side of West Northampton Street, which was published nationally in the architectural periodicals of the time.


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