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This Week in Downtown Wilkes-Barre: January 7-13, 2014

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January 7-January 13, 2014

Downtown Events

 
Tuesday, January 7
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series, which kicks off the January residency for the University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. Tuesday’s readings include a sampling of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction works by John Bowers, Karen McElmurray, Neil Shepard, Kevin Oderman, Nina Solomon, Kaylie Jones, Robert Mooney, Beverly Donofrio, and Phil Brady. A book fair, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, features books for purchase by the authors. The Series is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 1-800-WILKESU ext. 4534.
 
Wednesday, January 8
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. Wednesday features Playwrights Readers Ensemble theatre performances, including the work of playwrights Bonnie Culver, Robert Arthur, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, and Gregory Fletcher. A book fair, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, features books for purchase by the authors. The Series is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu or 1-800-WILKESU ext. 4534.
 
Thursday, January 9
Monsignor John J. Curran Lecture: When the Mines Closed in Northeastern Pennsylvania

 
TIME: 7:00 PM (refreshments at 6:30 PM)
PLACE: Burke Auditorium, King’s College McGowan School of Business, West Union Street
 
Thomas Dublin, Professor Emeritus of History at SUNY-Binghamton, will deliver the annual Monsignor John J. Curran Lecture, titled “When the Mines Closed in Northeastern Pennsylvania.” Professor Dublin, the author of two major anthracite history books, The Face of Decline (2005) and When the Mines Closed (1998), is widely recognized as a foremost authority on immigration, anthracite, and American social history. The lecture is sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Foundation in affiliation with King’s College, and is one of the activities of Mining History Week 2014. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with light refreshments in the Postupak Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.
More information: http://ahfdn.org/ or 570-820-0917.
 
Thursday, January 9
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series

TIME: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Wilkes University Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, West South Street
 
Wilkes University’s Maslow Faculty Reading Series features faculty, advisory board members and alumni of the program. The final night of readings will celebrate the work of several featured special readings from Wilkes alumni, faculty, and advisory board members, including Todd McClimans, Lori A. May, Rachel Strayer, Dania Ramos, and H.L. Hix, and will feature J. Michael Lennon, professor emeritus of English and co-founder of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program. Lennon’s new biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life, is described by The Washington Post as a “great wallop of a book.” A book fair, sponsored by Barnes and Noble, features books for purchase by the authors. The Series is free and open to the public.
More information: www.wilkes.edu
or 1-800-WILKESU ext. 4534.

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
 
Spirited Energy by Michael Hiscox
DATES: January 13, 2014 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. The exhibit opens on January 13; an artist’s reception will be held on January 17 at 6 PM in the Widmann Gallery.

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

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University will be closed until January 14, 2014.
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Sterling Hall (1860)
72 South River Street
 
The elaborate cast-iron ornament of this grand mansion, reminiscent of New Orleans, was made possible by the mass production of the Industrial Revolution: forged in an anthracite-fueled foundry, it is an excellent example of the way in which Wilkes-Barre’s coal helped to transform America.

Prolific Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan designed this cubical Italian villa for Wilkes-Barre banker Walter Sterling; interestingly, Sterling’s home has a Sloan-designed fraternal twin – today a bed and breakfast– in Cape May, New Jersey. Sterling Hall has served Wilkes University as a dormitory since 1950.

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