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Preview: ArtScene with Erika Funke

ArtScene with Erika Funke

Podcast by WVIA Public Media

Published: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:58:17 +0000

Last Build Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:58:17 +0000

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Ryan Ward; Herb Shellenberger; January 17 2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:58:17 +0000

Ryan Ward of Marywood and Herb Shellenberger, co-curators of the exhibit, "Make, Believe: The Maslow Collection and the Moving Image" at Marywood University in Scranton from January 26 through March 21, 2018. There will be an opening reception 1/26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a gallery talk 2/7 at 4:00. The show will be in the Mahady Gallery and Maslow Study Gallery.

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Dr. Rick Hoffenberg - January 16 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:30:08 +0000

Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, associate professor of choral conducting at Marywood University in Scranton, and music director and conductor of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, talks about the orchestra's upcoming performances featuring oboist Greg Hulse, at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, and at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts on the Marywood University campus. More information at

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Jim Gavenus; January 15 2018

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:51:04 +0000

Jim Gavenus, Award-winning Documentary Photographer and LCCC Assistant Professor, speaking about the exhibit, "Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote". The show features the work of Gavenus and Spider Martin, world-renowned photojournalist of the Civil Rights era. The exhibit opens at the Schulman Gallery Friday, January 19, with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and a gallery talk at 7:00. There is no admission charge. The show will run through February 21, 2018.

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John Mikulak - January 12 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:28:25 +0000

WVIA's John Mikulak, multimedia content producer at WVIA Public Media, and co-director/co-writer of the 2009 documentary film, "The Man Who Would Be Polka King," talks about that film and the feature film, "The Polka King." Each film has been released on Netflix on January 12, 2018. More information at

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Rosemary Hay; Rudy Caporaso; January 18 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:30:15 +0000

Rosemary Hay and Rudy Caporaso, Co-artistic Directors of REV Theatre Company, speaking about the Youth Department of the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and its production of "Romeo and Juliet" by Shakespeare on Thursday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m. at UNC's Oppenheim Center for the Arts, 1004 Jackson Street in Scranton. Admission is free.

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John Yogodzinski - January 10 2018

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:09:57 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with John Yogodzinski, executive director of Arthaus Projects(formerly the Converge Gallery) in downtown Williamsport, about "New Beginnings," a group exhibition sampling all 2018 artists, through Feb. 10. It's located at 140 W. 4th St. More information at or 570-435-7080.

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Rev. Bill Carter, Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor Mark Terwilliger - January 9 2018

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:59:01 +0000

Rev. Bill Carter of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Msgr. Joseph Quinn of Our Lady of the Snows, and Pastor Mark Terwilliger of Countryside Community Church talk about "Holy Hootenanny!" taking place at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Benedict's Church, 1849 Newton Ransom Blvd., Clarks Summit. The event features the Choirs of the Abington Ecumenical Ministerium. More information at

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Shawn Bryant - January 8 2018

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:47:35 +0000

WVIA's Lisa Mazzarella speaks with Shawn Bryant, CEO of the Wellsboro Hotel Company, about the induction of the Penn Wells Hotel into the Historical Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel is located on Main Street in Wellsboro. More information at

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Ronald C. McCurdy; January 5 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:56:28 +0000

Dr. Ronald McCurdy, Jazz Trumpeter and Professor of Music in the Thornton School of Music at USC, speaking about "The Langston Hughes Project--Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz", a multimedia concert with spoken word, live music and video images, produced by Dr. McCurdy and featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet. The event will be presented at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA, on Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 pm in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. 570-674-6719

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Paula M. Baillie & Timothy Zieger - January 4 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:48:44 +0000

Singer-Songwriter Timothy Zieger, and Paula M. Baillie, board member and program coordinator of The Gathering Place in Clarks Summit, talk about the Songwriters' Roundtable at The Gathering Place, taking place at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 4 and Apr. 15. The Gathering Place is located at 304 S. State St., Clarks Summit. More at

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Lauren Stahl - January 3 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:03:29 +0000

Writer Lauren Stahl talks about her novel, "The Devil's Song," a Kaylie Jones Book, released on Jan. 2. She will take part in Wilkes University's Maslow Foundation Salon Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. More at

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Dr. Robert Wolensky - December 29 2017

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:56:48 +0000

Author Dr. Robert Wolensky, of the Anthracite Heritage Foundation & King's College, speaks about Anthracite Mining Heritage Month, which takes place Jan. 6-26 around the area. The events are free. More information and complete details at

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Lenore Hart; December 28 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:36:55 +0000

Lenore Hart, Author and Faculty Member of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University, speaking about her writing and reading from her work before the January 2018 residency for the Wilkes program. Hart will take part in a faculty reading on Sunday, January 7 at Barnes & Noble on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. and

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Howard Grossman - December 27 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:52:02 +0000

Howard Grossman, fundraising director at the Pittston Memorial Library, Wyoming Valley Art League Board Member and former executive director of the Economic Development Council of NEPA, speaking about the relationship between the arts and economic development in NEPA, and about the activities taking place at the Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 570-288-1020 or

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Fiona Siobhan Powell; December 26 2017

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 00:37:31 +0000

Fiona Siobhan Powell, WVIA producer, storyteller and folklorist, speaking about Boxing Day as a holiday

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Steve Glicken & John Prendergast - December 21 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 21:17:25 +0000

Artists Steve Glicken & John Prendergast, proprietors of The Greenleaf Gallery, 121B Berwick St., Beaver Meadows, talk about the arts base they've created in the former St. Mary's Church of Beaver Meadows. It is open Wednesday through Sunday. More at or 857-221-5348.

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Dr. Patrick F. Leahy - December 20 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:52:20 +0000

Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, president of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, talks about the rededication of the Sordoni Art Gallery on the campus, and his vision for the arts at Wilkes. "15 Minutes: From Image to Icon," of Andy Warhol runs at the gallery through Dec. 20. More information at

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Lisa Robinson - December 19 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:02:12 +0000

Lisa Robinson, executive director of the Walk In Art Center in Schuylkill Haven, talks about the exhibition, "Scenes of the Schuylkill," running in the Walk In Art Center Main Gallery Dec. 20 through Jan. 31. The center is located at 220 Parkway Ave., Schuylkill Haven. More at

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Peter Wynne, December 18 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:44:32 +0000

Peter Wynne, Arts Journalist, Theater Professional, WVIA Arts Producer, presenting a scene from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" before a one-person reading of the work hosted by AuthorFest at the Loose Leaf Pages Tea Room, 627 Main Street, Honesdale, PA. The event is Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. 570-253-0907

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Jamie Smith, Asusana Vergara, December 18 2017

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:34:07 +0000

Jamie Smith, Artist & Co-founder of the Social Fabric Collective, and Asusana Vergara, workshop participant, on the Fall 2017 Photography Workshop presented by the SFC and the exhibit of the students' work at T.W. Shoemaker Art, 312 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, PA, with an opening reception Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00, and a special preview event at 5:45 pm. Info on the exhibit and on the 2018 workshop sessions at

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Frank Blasi Esq., Dr. Paulette Merchel; December 15 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:12:11 +0000

Frank Blasi, Executive Director of BTL, and Dr. Paulette Merchel, Chair of the BTL Education Committee, speaking about Broadway Theatre League, its current season and its outreach to young people. The 2017-2018 continues in February with "A Chorus Line" and continues into May with "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical". Shows are presented at the Scranton Cultural Center. 570-342-7784

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Dr. Daniel Hall - December 14 2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:45:43 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with Dr. Daniel Hall, music director and conductor of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra, about the holiday concert, "Christmas Comes Anew," taking place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Williamsport. Emily Wertz, director of the Williamsport Youth Choir, will also join in. Tickets available at the door. More information at

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Adam Schwamb, Andrew Hartley, Drew Bundy & Amelia Makus - December 13 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:10:54 +0000

Adam Schwamb, assistant professor and music department chair at Clarks Summit University, along with student musicians Andrew Hartley, Amelia Makus and Drew Bundy, talk about the Christmas Concert, being presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 & 17, taking place on the campus, 538 Venard Road, South Abington Twp. More at

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Rand Whipple - December 12 2017

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:29:37 +0000

Actor Rand Whipple talks about "A Christmas Carol," presented by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, which runs through December 27 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg. There will be a special organ donation performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The show runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. More at or 570-784-8181.

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Bob Eckstein - December 11 2017

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:16:45 +0000

Bob Eckstein, award-winning illustrator, New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author talks about his work and two of his books: The History of the Snowman and Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores. He is a resident of New York City and Wayne County, PA. More at

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Mary Beth Voda; December 08 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:32:18 +0000

Mary Beth Voda, Writer and Independent Historian, on the life and work of Philip Van Doren Stern, who was born in Wyalusing, PA. He was the author who wrote the story on which the classic movie, "It's A Wonderful Life" was based. Mary Beth Voda has written articles for Endless Mountains Magazine and Happenings (Dec 2017) about Stern and his ties to northeastern PA. There will be a free series of screenings of the film at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on Tuesday, December 12 at 2:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm, at 60 E. Tioga Street

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Gerardo Edelstein - December 8 2017

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:53:21 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with Gerardo Edelstein, music director and conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, about the traditional holiday concert, being presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. More information at or 570-322-0227.

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Eugene Albulescu - December 7 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:24:01 +0000

Lehigh University Philharmonic Music Director Eugene Albulescu talks about upcoming performances of the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Jerome Lowenthal at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the Zoellner Arts Center, on the Lehigh campus in Bethlehem. More at

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Lance Ohnmeiss; Daniel Lamade; December 06 2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:11:43 +0000

Lance Ohnmeiss, Artistic Director & Conductor; Daniel Lamade, Musician, Booking/Marketing Manager, speaking about the Northern Appalachian Wind Symphony and its performance titled, "Home for the Holidays" at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Avenue in Scranton on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., with guest narrator Tom Clark. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. or

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Jeffrey Tylutki; December 06 2017

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:45:12 +0000

Jeffrey Tylutki, Director of Performance Music at Keystone College, on the holiday concert titled, "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All!" in the Theater in Brooks on the Keystone campus in La Plume, PA, Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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Dr. Rick Hoffenberg; December 05 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:47:08 +0000

Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Co-chair of the Music/Theater/Dance Department at Marywood University in Scranton, speaking about the Christmas concerts to be held in the Rotunda of the Liberal Arts Center on the campus, Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 3:00pm. Admission is free. 570-348-6268

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Laurie McCants; James Goode, December 01 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:38:04 +0000

Laurie McCants and James Goode, founding members of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, speaking about the 40th anniversary season and BTE's production of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Richie Cannaday. The show runs November 24 through December 27, 2017, at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street in Bloomsburg. 570-784-8181 www

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James Patterson; Glen Johnson, December 04 2017

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:59:39 +0000

James Patterson, retiring Mouse King; Glen Johnson, new Mouse King, speaking about the 31st production of Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" by Scranton Civic Ballet under the artistic direction of Miss Helen Gaus, Friday, December 8, 2017, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 9 at 2:00pm at the Scranton Cultural Center.

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David Parmalee; Becky Bennett Coursen; Bill Zeranski; Vaughn Voelker

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:24:05 +0000

David Parmalee, Director, and Actors Becky Bennett Coursen, Bill Zeranski and Vaughn Voelker, members of the Cratchitt Family, speaking about the production of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens in an adaptation for the stage at The Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, 537 North Main Street, December 8-17. Shows Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.

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Nezka Pfeifer; November 29 2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:03:56 +0000

Nezka Pfeifer, Curator at the Everhart Museum, speaking about the exhibition "Linda Mitchell: Truth in Animals", running now through December 31, 2017. Also about the ornament signing event with artist Jack Puhl on Sunday, December 3 form 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Phil Jurus; November 29 2017

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:46:26 +0000

Phil Jurus, artist & member of the Emil Milan Research Team with Barry Gordon & Norm Sartorius, speaking about American woodworker Emil Milan, who lived and worked in Thompson, PA. The illustrated biography titled, "Emil Milan: Midcentury Master" by Craig Edelbrock & the EMR Team will be published by The Center for Art in Wood, with advance orders taken through December 8, 2017. For more information:

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Matt Vashlishan; November 28 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:46:47 +0000

Dr. Matt Vashlishan, Saxophonist and Jazz Program Coordinator at the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection at E. Stroudsburg University, speaking about the concert featuring Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall, Normal & Marguerite Streets at ESU, featuring the Water Gap Jazz orchestra with narrators Nancy Reed, jazz vocalist, and Edward Ellington II, Duke Ellington's grandson. or

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Dr. Philip Simon; November 28 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:35:50 +0000

Dr. Philip Simon, Associate Professor of Music & Director of the Civic Band at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, speaking about the upcoming instrumental concerts: The Wilkes Chamber Orchestra on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Darte Center on the campus; The Flute Ensemble on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Darte Center; The Civic Band first at the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston, Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm; also Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm at the Darte Center on the Wilkes campus.

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Dr. Rick Hoffenberg; November 27 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:58:21 +0000

Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, Co-Chair of the MTD Department and Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at Marywood University, on the concert featuring the Marywood Chamber Singers on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 in the Marian Chapel on the campus in Scranton. Admission is free.

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Dr. Steven Thomas; November 27 2017

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:43:48 +0000

Dr. Steven Thomas, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University and Music Director and Conductor of the Arcadia Chorale, speaking about the concert titled, "Christmas Joy: Music for Chorus, Brass & Organ" with the Arcadia Chorale and the Wilkes University Choral Ensembles with organist Timothy Smith. Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St in Wilkes-Barre; Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. WVIA members & Seniors receive a discount; Students are admitted free.

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Johnny Romeo, Fiona Powell; November 21 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:50:50 +0000

Artist Johnny Romeo from Australia speaking with WVIA's Fiona Powell about curating a show titled, "L.A. Residency (Local Access)" at the Converge Gallery, West Fourth Street in Williamsport through November 25, 2017, featuring the work of 12 Pennsylvania-based artists.

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Dan Pitman; November 24 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:26:28 +0000

Dan Pitman, Co-director & Choreographer, speaking about "Miracle on 34thStreet: The Musical" at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street in Swoyersville, running November 25 through December 17, 2017, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Dinner is available 90 minutes before curtain time. (570)283-2195

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Robert Anderson, Patricia Lacy, Bonnie Covaleski; November 24 2017

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:04:44 +0000

Robert Anderson, Co-producer & reader; Patricia Lacy, WVAL board member & reader; Artist Bonnie Covaleski, Coordinator/Instructor with WVAL outreach program partner Ruth's Place, speaking about the Third Annual Reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens at the Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S, Franklin St (Rear) in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Sunday, November 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Donations accepted.

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Dr. Larry Lipkis - November 22 2017

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:08:02 +0000

Dr. Larry Lipkis, professor of music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, and member of the Baltimore Consort, talks about the ensemble's upcoming performance titled, "The Cherry Tree," to be presented at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem. More information at

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Laleh Mehran - November 21 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:10:44 +0000

Internationally-acclaimed artist Laleh Mehran, professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver, talks about the solo exhibition, "Inherent Control Cyphers," which runs through Dec. 3 at the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. More at

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Tom Durkin; November 2017

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:31:18 +0000

Tom Durkin of the Valley Contra Dance Society in Bethlehem speaking about contra dancing and the special weekend in the Lehigh Valley titled ValleyCopia: Friday, November 24 with 2 callers, 2 bands and 2 dances--the 1st at 3 pm & the 2nd at 7:30--at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center Street in Bethlehem.

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Paul Plumadore; November 17 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:36:22 +0000

Paul Plumadore, paper montage artist and author, and featured artist at the 29th Annual Holiday Art Auction, presented by Artists for Art at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, Saturday, November 18, 2017: preview at 6:00 pm; Auction at 7 pm.;

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Dustin Douglas; November 16 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:17:16 +0000

Dustin Douglas, guitarist & band leader, on his music in anticipation of a concert titled "SRV (Stevie Ray Vaughan) Retrospective" at the FM Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 8:00 pm., part of the Chandelier Lobby concert series. or

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Dustin Douglas, November 16 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:07:54 +0000

Dustin Douglas, guitarist and band leader, speaking about his music before a concert titled "SRV Retrospective" (Stevie Ray Vaughan) featuring Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen at the FM Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. or

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Shara Nova - November 8 2017

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:41:30 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with composer Shara Nova about "The Blue Hour," co-commissioned by Grammy-nominated string orchestra A Far Cry, features Grammy-winning singer Luciana Souza in a song-cycle written by five leading female composers: Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The text that serves as the libretto is Carolyn's Forché's poem "On Earth," from her collection Blue Hour. A Far Cry Orchestra Performance: Thu, Nov 9th, 7:30 pm, Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. or 570-577-1000

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Jeff Boam; Sam Falbo; November 3 2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:57:34 +0000

Jeff Boam, writer, reviewer and filmmaker; Sam Falbo, actor; on the original comedy "Man on a Canvas" by Jeff Boam, presented by Diva Productions at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market Street in Scranton, November 10, 11 17 & 18 at 8:00 p.m.; November 12 & 19 at 2:00 p.m. For information: 570-209-7766;

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Deborah Konnick; October 19 2017

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:36:56 +0000

Deborah Konnick, WVIA's Clubhouse Mom, on "Be My Neighbor Day" on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at PNC Field in Moosic, PA. The event is presented by WVIA Public Media in cooperation with the PNC Grow Up Great Initiative and the Fred Rogers Company. For more information: Admission is free and open to the public.

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Brenda Grunza; Ann Manganiello; Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse; November 2 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:41:23 +0000

Brenda Grunza, President; Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse, President Emeritus; Ann Manganiello, Music Director/Conductor, of the Catholic Choral Society, speaking about the 16th annual Generations Sing concert, Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 7:30 pm, at St. Peter's Cathedral, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The concert will feature student groups from Moscow Elem; Valley View Middle School; Gtr Nanticoke Area HS; and King's College. There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be accepted,

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Dr. Larry Lipkis; November 2 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:16:45 +0000

Dr. Larry Lipkis, Professor of Music & Composer-in-Residence at Moravian College, on the early music concert, "Luther and His Legacy," Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in Peter Hall on the Moravian campus in historic Bethlehem, PA. The performance will feature the early music ensembles of Moravian under the direction of Dr. Lipkis.

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Nezka Pfeifer; November 1 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:21:37 +0000

Neza Pfeifer, Curator, on the talk and book signing event at the Everhart Museum, Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., featuring Bernd Brunner. He will talk about and show images from his recent book titled "Birdmania". The event is free with museum admission.

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Susan Ashbaker; Al Eaton; Peter Wynne; November 1 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:18:16 +0000

Susan Ashbaker, General & Artistic Director of Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, and Al Eaton, President of the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, speaking with WVIA's Peter Wynne about the opera "Glory Denied" by Tom Cipullo to be presented at Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton Street, Binghamton, November 10, 11 12, 17 and 19, with a free performance for veterans and their families 11/11 at 7:30 pm. There is a schedule of community events leading up to the perfomances on the website.

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Robert Savakinas; October 31 2017

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:27:05 +0000

Robert Savakinas, regional historian and filmmaker, on the Veteran's Tribute concert November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm, featuring David Stone and the Johnny Cash Experience, at Lackawanna College, Peoples Security Bank Theater, 501 Vine Street, Scranton. Admission is free. Hosted by Lackawanna County.

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Mark Stavish, October 31 2017

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:17:36 +0000

Mark Stavish of northeastern PA, Author & Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, on his research into folk traditions, folk art and folk medicine, and Pennsylvania spiritual traditions.

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Cheryl Boga, October 30 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:52:48 +0000

Cheryl Boga, Director of Performance Music at the University of Scranton, on the concert featuring Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 7:30 pm, at the Houlihan McLean Center on the U of Sc campus. The performance is part of Diva's 25th anniversary tour, and admission is free.

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Carl Shinko, October 30 2017

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:35:26 +0000

Carl Shinko, Music Director & Conductor, speaking about the opening concert of the 2017-2018 season of the Wyoming County Chorale titled "Love Songs: Old and New", Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, corner of Warren & Church Streets in Tunkhannock. A reception will follow.

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Canon Mark Laubach, October 27 2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 23:30:46 +0000

Canon Mark Laubach, organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, on the special choral evensong service to mark the 200th anniversary of St. Stephen's, featuring 2 newly-commissioned canticles by Robert Nicholls, having their world premiere under the direction of the composer on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at St. Stephen's, 35 South Franklin Street.

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Dr. Robert Wolensky; Donald Sanderson, October 27 2017

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 23:21:30 +0000

Dr. Robert Wolensky & Donald Sanderson, Board Members of the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, on the Miners Memorial Park and Wall of Honor on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA, and special educational events presented by the group, including Anthracite Heritage Month each January.

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Michael Melcher; Mandy Bruno Bogue; October 26 2017

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 23:36:33 +0000

Michael Melcher, Co-founder, and Mandy Bruno Bogue, Theater Director, speaking about the Creative & Performing Arts Academy of NEPA and its new home, the Ritz Theater, 222 Wyoming Ave in Scranton.

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Katie Owens, October 25 2017

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:26:48 +0000

Katie Owens, Director, speaking about the annual production of "The Rocky Horror Show" at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre. Shows Friday, October 27 at 8pm; Saturday, October 28 at 7pm & midnight; Halloween, October 31, 2017 at 8pm 537 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre

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Dr. David Steinau, October 25 2017

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:17:28 +0000

Dr. David Steinau, Associate Professor and Music Department Chair at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, speaking about, "This is My Song: 500 Years of the Reformation" produced in cooperation with WVIA Public Media. The concert will air on WVIA-TV 10/26/17 at 8:00 p.m; 10/29/17 at 6:00 p.m.; 10/31/17 at 4:00 p.m. Also on WVIA-FM on Sunday, October 29 at noon. www, and

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Rev. Rebecca Barnes; Maria Zengion; Francis McMullen; Justin Hartz; October 24 2017

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:55:59 +0000

Rev. Rebecca Barnes, Priest in Charge at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton; Maria Zengion, organist and choirmaster at St. Luke's; Francis McMullen, baritone at St. Luke's; Justin Hartz, organist and expert on Esty reed organs, speaking about a recital on Friday, October 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's, 232 Wyoming Avenue in Scranton, on the Esty reed organ on loan from the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

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Helene Tinsley; October 23 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:47:24 +0000

Helene Tinsley, Executive Director of Mostly Opera, speaking about the opening concert of the 2017-2018 season, "The Ghosts of Tin Pan Alley, on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Avenue at 6:00, with the performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. 570-702-4356;

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Gilbert "Gib" Young, Jr., October 23, 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:39:54 +0000

Gilbert "Gib" Young, Jr., nationally known interpreter of Theodore Roosevelt, speaking about Teddy Roosevelt before the annual dinner of the Lackawanna Historical Society on October 25, 2017, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton at 5:30 p.m. Young will speak about the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike. Reservations are required.

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Dr. Steven Sametz; October 20 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:29:48 +0000

Dr. Steven Sametz, Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, speaking about the opening concerts of the 2017-2018 season 10/27/17 and 10/28/17 at the Zoellner Arts Center on the Lehigh campus--"Crown Jewels" with Sun Min Lee and 200 voices.

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Kenny Luck, October 20 2017

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:17:17 +0000

Kenny Luck, author and filmmaker, speaking about his recent documentary, "Opioid Nation: The Making of an Epidemic" to be screened at the NEPA Film Festival, 10/21/17 at the Iron Horse Bistro in Scranton at 2:30 pm; also 10/22/17 at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston at 3:00 in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts;

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Dr. Steven Thomas - October 19 2017

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:02:32 +0000

Dr. Steven Thomas, music director of the Arcadia Chorale, talks about "Visions of America," to be presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton. Dr. Thomas is the Chair of the Division of Performing Arts, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Music at Wilkes University. More information at

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Yael Govseyeff Kahanov - October 18 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:56:23 +0000

Artist Yael Govseyeff Kahanov talks about an exhibition of her works, "The Original Works of Yael Govseyeff Kahanov," running through Oct. 31 at the MainStreet Galleries, located at 370 Pierce St., Kingston. More at

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Dassy Ganz - October 17 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:30:01 +0000

Dassy Ganz, of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, talks about the upcoming performance of mentalist duo Jeff & Tessa Evason at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Scranton Jewish Community Center's Koppelman Auditorium, located at 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. More at

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Rick Markham - October 17 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:24:05 +0000

Rick Markham, project coordinator for Gravestone Manor, talks about the 2017 show, which runs through Oct. 29. The 2017 show is titled "Cold Case." Performances are from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. It is not intended for children under the age of 8. The production is located at 1095 Highway 315, Plains. More information at

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Maria Wilson & Alexandra McNamara - October 16 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:09:29 +0000

Maria Wilson, executive director of the Waverly Community House, and Alexandra McNamara, coordinator of the 2nd Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival, talk about the festival, hosted by the Waverly Community House, taking place Oct. 20-22 at various venues. Complete details and venue information at It is preented by the F. Lammot Belin Arts Foundation.

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Gerardo Edelstein - October 13 2017

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:34:53 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with Gerardo Edelstein, music director and conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, about the opening concert of the 2017-2018 season, titled, "New Beginnings," to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. More information at

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Robert Hughes - October 12 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:02:38 +0000

Actor and playwright Robert Hughes talks about Frederick Douglas' "Interview from Slave to Master," in advance of a dramatic reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. Reservations are suggested, seating is limited. More information at 570-586-2512.

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Maureen McGuigan - October 11 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:58:39 +0000

Maureen McGuigan, deputy director of the Office of Arts & Culture for Lackawanna County, talks about "An Afternoon with the Arts: Art & Global Culture Panel Discussion," taking place at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Scranton Cultural Center. More at

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Craig Czury - October 12 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:53:19 +0000

Poet Craig Czury talks about his new collection, "Fifteen Stones," in anticipation of a reading and book signing beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Springville Schoolhouse Art Studios, 1680 Earnest Marcy Road, Springville. The reading will follow at 7 p.m. More information at and

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Rev. Bill Carter & John Weiss - October 11 2017

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:36:20 +0000

Rev. Bill Carter, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, and John Weiss, chair of the FPCCS Arts Committee, talk about "An Afternoon of Classical Music," part of "The Arts at First Presbyterian Church," to be presented at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the church, located at 300 School St., Clarks Summit. Appearing will be Brenda Leach, organ; Katie Morell, clarinet; Sophie Till & John Michael Vaida, violins; Amy Iwazumi, viola; and Christiane Appenheimer Vaida, cello. More information at or 570-586-6306.

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John Schugard, Donna Vojtek, and Jessica Holm Werbin - October 10 2017

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:19:15 +0000

Director John Schugard and actors Donna Vojtek and Jessica Holm Werbin talk about "Night of the Living Dead," to be presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts, at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 & 22 at the J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 W. Broad St., Hazleton. A dinner buffet is available 90 minutes prior to curtain. More information at or 570-454-5451

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Colin Connor - October 9 2017

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:21:59 +0000

WVIA's Larry Vojtko speaks with Colin Connor, the Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company which will perform at the Kirby Center for the Creative Arts of Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Wed. Oct. 11, at 7:30pm. For info: or 570-270-2190.

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Sheileen Godwin - October 6 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:10:12 +0000

Sheileen Godwin, chair of the Department of Theatre at King's College in WIlkes-Barre, talks about "A Year With Frog and Toad," to be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 & 7, with a sensory/autism-friendly performance at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the George P. Maffei II Theatre, located in the Administration Building on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre. More at

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Paul J. Gallo, Lindsey Matylewicz and Jennifer Frey - October 6 2017

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 19:59:51 +0000

Director Paul J. Gallo, and actors Lindsey Matylewicz and Jennifer Frey, talk about "The Birds," by Conor McPherson, to be presented by Diva Theater Productions at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13 & 14 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 & 15 at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. More information at 570-209-7766.

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Ken Ely & Maureen van Nostrand - October 5 2017

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:49:04 +0000

Artists Ken Ely and Maureen van Nostrand talk about the Artists' Open House Weekend 2017, running 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7-9 in Susquehanna County. It's free. Complete details at

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Lorena Beniquez - October 4 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:12:26 +0000

Photographer Lorena Beniquez talks about her book, "Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania," and a related exhibition, "The Last Coal Breaker," which runs through Nov. 3 at the Widmann Gallery, Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, located between North Franklin and North Main Streets, on the campus of King's College in Wilkes-Barre. She will give an artist's talk and a reception will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the gallery. It's free. for more information.

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Julie Esty & Karl Barbie - October 4 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:00:42 +0000

Julie Esty, founding artistic director of the Dearly Departed Players, and Karl Barbie, actor, with the Dearly Departed Players, talk about The Dunmore Cemetery Tour, taking place at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the cemetery, located at 400 Church St., Dunmore. It's free. For more information, Dunmore Cemetery Tour on Facebook.

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Jessica Serrenti - October 3 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:40:57 +0000

Jessica Serrenti, community relations officer at the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, talks about "Scranton Reads 2017." The First Friday Kick-Off will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library, located at 500 Vine St., Scranton. This year's book is "Gilead," by Marilynne Robinson. For more information,

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Canon Mark Laubach - September 28 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:46:09 +0000

Canon Mark Laubach, organist & choirmaster at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, talks about the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the congregation, and about the performance of Stefan Kiessling, who performed September 29 at St. Stephen's. More information at

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John Michael Vaida & Amy Iwazumi - September 29 2017

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:41:23 +0000

Violinist John Michael Vaida, and violist Amy Iwazumi, co-founders of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, talk about "Colorful Clarinet Quintets," which took place Sept. 30 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. More at

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Heather Sincavage - October 2 2017

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:11:06 +0000

Heather Sincavage, assistant professor, gallery director, and curator of "Andy Warhol 15 Minutes: From Image to Icon," which runs Oct. 6 - Dec. 20 at the Sordoni Art Gallery, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and the opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6. More information at

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Rebekah Hassleman, Larry White & Jennifer Pacanowski - September 27 2017

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:48:43 +0000

Rebekah Hassleman, Larry White & Jennifer Pacanowski, members of the Warrior Writers, talk about the group, which meets each month at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. It is open to all veterans and service members and it's free. More information at

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Wynton Marsalis - September 26 2017

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:06:26 +0000

WVIA's Fiona Powell speaks with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis ahead of his visit to the area. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. More information at

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Conor O'Brien, Elizabeth Bohan & Allison Northrop - September 25 2017

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:39:17 +0000

Conor O'Brien, co-founder & executive director of the 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival; Co-founder & managing director Elizabeth Bohan; and intern Allison Northrop talk about the 2017 Scranton Fringe Festival, taking place Sept. 27-Oct. 1 at the Fringe Festival Headquarters, the Artists for Art Gallery, located at 514 Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton. More information at

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Howard Tran, September 21, 2017

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:33:07 +0000

Howard Tran, Visual Artist and Professor of Art at Lycoming College in Williamsport, speaking about his life and work and taking Lycoming students to Vietnam on study trips.

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Howard Tran, September 21 2017

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:06:49 +0000

Howard Tran, visual artist and professor of art at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, speaking about his life and work. For more information:

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Jennifer Pacanowski; Gary Morgan September 22 2017

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:51:34 +0000

Jennifer Pacanowski, poet and founding facilitator of Warrior Writers at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, PA, and Gary Morgan, co-facilitator. They speak about the group, their combat service and read from their work. The group is open to veterans and service personnel and meets each month at the Dietrich--Fridays, Oct 13, Nov 10 and Dec 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

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Howard Tran - September 21 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:36:02 +0000

Howard Tran, professor of art at Lycoming College in Williamsport, speaks about his life and work. More information at and

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John Hudanish - September 20 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:26:00 +0000

Photographer & writer John Hudanish talks about his experiences in Vietnam and his book, "Viet Nam Remembered: A Photographic Memoir of A Vietnam Veteran," More information at

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Rudy Caporaso & Rosey Hay - September 19 2017

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:47:53 +0000

REV Theatre Company co-artistic directors Rudy Caporaso & Rosey Hay talk about "Death Is A Cabaret Ol' Chum: A Graveyard Cabaret," to be offered at 8 p.m. Sept. 22-23(rain date is Sept. 24) at the Forest Hill Cemetery, 1830 Jefferson Ave., Dunmore. More information at

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