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No rest for the wicked
Although Mother Nature’s wrath left us feeling drippy — and maybe even a bit droopy — this week, we must say, fluttering through events in The 570 this month was truly spirited. It was great to see the success of continuing events, such as the second annual Bonfire at the historic Iron Furnaces (did you see how long the line of people waiting to get into the festival was this year?!) as well as fantastic turnout for the inaugural The Wine, The Witches and The Wardrobe at Posh at the Scranton Club. Nearly 200 ladies celebrated the season, while supporting Dress for Success Lackawanna, donning their favorite LBDs.
Over the weekend, we can’t tell you how many saucy pirates, blonde goblins and zombified couples we saw club hopping. There’s nothing better than toasting a few old friends and discovering new ones, too, all incognito.
With Halloween 2012 now behind us, we’re looking forward to kicking off our weekend by rubbing elbows with everyone who’s anyone in The 570 at local hotspots — starting at the Platform Lounge at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station on Thursday night. We’ll be front and center for the return of the Antique Pop Duo Victor & Penny at 7 p.m. The duo (Jeff Freling of the Chicago Blue Man Group and Erin McGrane of the cabaret group Alacartoona and George Clooney’s Up In The Air) will bring a new twist to music of the early 20th century with ukulele and guitar. If you’d like a preview of their fabulous sound, check out their website at
Just don’t hang out with Victor and Penny too terribly late on Thursday because with the start of a new month is another round of shows at First Friday in downtown Scranton. Among the run and interesting stops along the way, be sure to check out Dimensions and Spirit, an exhibit featuring the work of artist Janina Peters, with musical duo Jane Demijohn at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple between 6 and 9 p.m.
Peters has been painting for as long as she can remember. Receiving her bachelor’s degrees in painting and psychology from Elmira College and her masters degree in art therapy from Marywood University, she interned with the Child Advocacy Center. She recently completed a slate of works to submit for a grant to open an art studio there.
You’ll find Peters’ work along with musical duo Sarah Yzkanin (Dealer in Wares) and Matt Schleck (The Mercury Display, Stiffed, The Lottery) on the fourth floor of the SCC.  Be sure to take in the art as you enjoy Jane Demijohn’s “spooky folk.”
In between gallivanting this weekend, you’ll also want to check out the trailers for The Messenger, an award-winning drama produced by Jonah Productions that will premiere locally at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Set in real time, The Messenger is a drama chronicling the last hour of a death row inmate. You’ll follow a death row inmate through his final 60 minutes as a priest desperately tries to get the man’s final confession.
Sounds intriguing!
Names you should know associated with this project are Dante Giammarco, who stars as Father Keating and also serves as the play’s director. In addition, J Domenic DeMuro stars as the inmate and James Caceres stars as the guard. Film trailers for The Messenger were directed by J Domenic DeMuro with assistant director Jer Tobin and Woodavic Studios. Check it out at

— cb

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