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Screens

Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this week Non-Stop Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore Though the title sounds like an apt description of the Taken series’ gratuitous glut of sequels (the 3rd chapter will reportedly arrive in early 2015), it actually refers to a commercial airline trip with no layovers … or, as frequent flyers call it, inevitably getting bumped...

Sounds

Sounds by Mike Evans   COMPLICATED LADIES DUM DUM GIRLS — Too True THE GOOD: Dee Dee Penny and her latest incarnation of Girls go retro on their third full-length. THE BAD: 10 songs, in and out in 30 minutes, leave you craving more. THE NITTY GRITTY: A reflective album written in her NYC apartment, Too True is Penny’s “new wave” record; a collection...

Bartender: Amanda Berta

NAME: Amanda Berta  BAR: Jessup Side Bar, Jessup  FAVORITE DRINK: “Mongolian Mother” — Vodka, gin, triple sec, rum, tequila, sloe gin, Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, orange and cranberry juice. Served in a pint...

Earfull: RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS

The Pipes are Calling RED HOT CHILLI PIPERS bring Bagrock to The F.M. Kirby Center   As we draw closer to the onslaught of various St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, you can almost hear the bagpipers approaching The 570 far off in the distance. When we think of bagpipers, thoughts of “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” might come to mind, but a Scottish...

Up Close: Mike Williams

Up Close & Personal Heavy Music Some people just can’t stay away from the music. Mike Williams was a founding member of And The Moneynotes nearly a decade ago and played with the band through their rise and ultimate amicable split. Initially satisfied with the band’s run, it could have been the end of the story for Williams, but music has a way of...

Headphones

HEADPHONES Assorted Declarations from Editor Tom Graham   The Whack Tax If you are a musician playing a gig in the city of Scranton any time soon, be wary: Scranton wants a cut of the money and considers itself part of the act … the over-served yet ineffective tambourine player if you will. It’s not just musicians who are in the city’s...

Bartender: Lauren Siciliano

NAME: Lauren Siciliano BAR: Bigsy’s Bar & Grill, Scranton FAVORITE DRINK: “Lauren’s Passion Punch” — Three Olives cherry vodka, grenadine, peach schnapps, cranberry and orange juice. Shaken. Served in a pint...

Sounds

DANCE TO DREAM PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING — Inform Educate Entertain THE GOOD: London-based musical outfit Public Service Broadcasting offer up a unique debut full-length. THE BAD: A little less guitar and a little more electronic ambiance would probably better suit these compositions. However, that’s more of a personal preference and not necessarily...

Screens

Screens by Jeff Boam   Opening this Week Pompeii Kit Harrington, Emily Browning With director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) busily mounting production on back-to-back sequels to Independence Day, it only makes sense that another schlocktastic director would pick up the baton and continue grindhousing the gears of the disaster genre. In...

Bartender: Leah Filipkoski

NAME: Leah Filipkoski BAR: The Penalty Box Tavern, Moosic FAVORITE DRINK: “The Cucumber Bloody Mary” Cucumber vodka, worcestershire, horse radish, salt, pepper, tomato juice and tabasco. Garnish with celery...

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...

Sounds

Sounds by Mike Evans   VALENTINES OF A DIFFERENT KIND CLOUD CONTROL — Dream Cave THE GOOD: Australian indie rock outfit Cloud Control brings forth a hypnotic sophomore effort. THE BAD: No complaints. THE NITTY GRITTY: When a band is difficult to pigeonhole, it always makes for fascinating listening. You’ll end up loving a lot about Dream Cave, but...

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...

Review: Jersey Boys

Can you come out tonight? Jersey Boys runs through Feb. 16 in Scranton   Before teeny boppers started shrieking themselves hoarse over the Beatles, regular blue-collar Americans lapped up The Four Seasons, sending four kids from rough New Jersey neighborhoods to harmonic heights with hit after hit. Meatier than your average jukebox musical, Jersey Boys’...

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...

Scented Valentines

Scented Valentines Create a custom love NOTE in downtown Scranton   If you’ve ever buried your face in the pillow he used or wore the T-shirt he left behind, you know how profoundly the smell of love can tug on our heartstrings. Nothing can whisk us away to another place and time like the scents lodged in our memory — Nana’s chicken paprikash on the...

Darrell Hammond Speaks

CLINTON, CONNERY AND A DASH OF DARRELL mohegan sun hosts ‘an evening with darrell hammond’   Darrell Hammond, the comedian, actor and author, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live (SNL) is bringing his stand-up comedy and impressions to the Keystone Grand Ballroom in the Convention Center at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a night of laughs...