Bookmarks: Lori May

Bookmarks   Author Lori May’s new collection of poetry, Square Feet (Accents Publishing, 2014), deals with the complexities of love, loss, and home-making. The author uses a speaker and a fictional narrative to tell the story of two people making their way. The author is quick to note that the work is not autobiographical, saying, “I’m one of those...

LOVE & EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA

  LOVE & EQUALITY IN PENNSYLVANIA   The fact that it’s 2014 and we are still talking about the political issue of love and equality in the world, be it in Sochi, South Scranton or Plains, shows us that we, as a mass of intelligent people, still have much work to do. Electric city and diamond city are not here to lecture or to show you the way to...

Up Close: Curt Parkins and James Hazen

Up Close & Personal Husband and Husband When Curt and James published their wedding announcement in the newspaper over the summer, they didn’t think it was a big deal. But they were paving the way for same-sex couples in our area. Now, they’re getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day for the first time as a married couple. But they say there’s...

Earfull: Luke Bryan

A Country Sell-Out The only thing country superstar Luke Bryan knows how to do is sell records, win big awards and sell out concerts   Mega-country superstar and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is at the top of his game and packing arenas throughout the U.S. Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” hits Mohegan Sun...

Screens

Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening This Week RoboCop Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman Time (JFK) and time (True Romance) and time again (Leon: The Professional), Gary Oldman has taken a supporting role and left filmgoers forgetting the headliners — nevermind his unforgettable starring gigs (Sid and Nancy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula). Not content to let only two...

My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine — by andrea mcguigan Right about here, at the beginning of this paragraph, is where you’d probably expect the diatribe against standard Valentine’s Day gifts. It usually begins with something like, “Hey, people in relationships, are you sick of the standard fancy dinners, boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers for V-Day? Here are...

Up Close: Aarika Whittle

Up Close and Personal No bones about it You may look at a dead raccoon and just see a carcass, but Aarika Whittle sees 300 potential pieces of unique, delicate jewelry. She has always collected animal bones, but it was only about a month ago that she turned it into a form of expression. That was the start of Whittle Bones, which offers a cruelty-free line of...

Liquid

Soaking Up the Suds with James Crane   The Big, Bad DirtWolf Somewhere along the way, IPA’s became kind of a big deal. First brewed in England, these beers were generally well hopped. They were also meant to age for a while. Even before they were drank domestically, they were meant to be cellared for a year or more for the flavor to mature. This made...

Screens

Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week The LEGO Movie Voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks In this PG-rated animated comedy, an ordinary LEGO minifigure mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder (Pratt) is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant (Will Ferrell) from gluing the universe together. The Plus: The vehicle....

Bookmarks: Jan. 30 2014

Above: poem by Clementine Von Radics, a Seattle-based slam poet expected to visit The 570 in March.   Book columnist Andrea McGuigan talks with Katie Wisnosky in advance of the Breaking Ground Poets poetry slam on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at TwentyFiveEight Studios off North Washington Avenue in Scranton.   Please tell us all about the group...