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‘On a boat.’
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hideout location for the
zombie apocalypse?
Tell @wkdr what your ideal zombie
apocalypse hideout would be.
It’s no secret that I’m a zombie fanatic, so if I don’t have to drive to
Pittsburgh or New Jersey to attend a zombie convention, I’m all for it.
Infect Scranton is back for a second year, and the guests are really
great, particularly for such a new event. Not only are there three stars
from “The Walking Dead” attending, but also a slew of featured zom-
bies from the show and several memorable undead faces from “Dawn
of the Dead,” which many believe to be the greatest zombie film of all
time. (I have a tough time picking my favorite, but I’ve seen “Dawn”
at least 100 times.) We talked to both the living and the dead on pages
28, 29, 34, and 35.
What makes this convention unique is that it’s not just a conven-
tion – there’s a survivor challenge race, a pub crawl, and an attempt
to break a Guinness World Record. What more could you ask for? For
those who don’t “get” the zombie craze, just note that this whole thing
is for charity, so stop by one of the many events this weekend and sup-
port some worthy causes.
I must also extend a special thanks to Taney’s Costume Shop in
Scranton and our photographer/designer Amanda Dittmar for bring-
ing out the dead in us for our front cover and inside image. The only
thing more fun than meeting zombies is joining them, so come in cos-
tume and impress the professionals.
-Rich Howells, Weekender Editor
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after I did.’
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‘Under my bed.’
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Melissa Hughes
Weekender Correspondent
Areturned smile
…can you do to get your creep on the weekend before Halloween?
The F.M. Kirby Center has everything needed to send chills down your spine with the just-announced Splatterday!
Halloween Film Series.
This day-long event will take place on Oct. 26 and feature five flicks, for a very low ticket price of $5 a film ($3 for
students with valid I.D.) or all five films for $20. Tickets are on sale now at the Kirby Center box office.
The films and times are as follows: “Ghostbusters,” 2 p.m.; “Young Frankenstein,” 4:30 p.m.; “Night of the Living
Dead,” 7 p.m.; “Halloween,” 9:30 p.m.; and “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” midnight.
…will be partnering with the Scranton Cultural Center for an audio recording of “The Happy Elf?”
None other than Harry Connick Jr., who will come to the area to complete the recording for one of his newest
productions. This is the final piece that will bring the production to life, which premiered in 2012. SCC Executive
Director Michael Melcher served as the executive director of the production.
…is the holiday season right around the corner?
Because tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are about to go on sale!
The final performances of “The Lost Christmas Eve” will play arenas nationwide, and TSO is bringing the show to
the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Dec. 6 at both 4 and 8 p.m.
Tickets, which start as low as $33, go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. and are available at ticketmaster.com, the Pennstar
Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena, or charge by phone at 800.745.3000.
“It is absolutely my pleasure to bring something like this to
NEPA. It was my honor as executive director to premiere this
production, and it’s just as much of an honor to see the fnal
pieces come together at the Scranton Cultural Center.” -Michael
Melcher, executive director of “The Happy Elf”
Local musician
Ronnie Williams has
touched the lives of
so many people in
NEPA. He was voted
best solo artist for The
Weekender Readers’
Choice Awards the past
three years in a row
and also singlehand-
edly started a social
movement last year by
creating Proj ect Smile,
a Facebook page that
encouraged our area to
create positive energy
and pay it forward with
happiness.
It is time for the com-
munity to take that
positive energy and
pay it back. Ronnie
was recently diagnosed
with cancer, so his
friends have all come
together and to give
back to someone who
has given all he can to
so many others.
Sunday, Sept. 22 at
Brews Brothers West
(75 Main St., Luzerne),
there will be a ben-
efit called Rocking for
Ronnie to help him
cover medical costs
and living expenses
while he is in treat-
ment. When word was
put out to the public
about the benefit, orga-
nizers received a huge
response. Ronnie has
played with, written
music for, and support-
ed so many local area
musicians that every-
one wanted to contrib-
ute to this great cause
and show Ronnie that
we can all still smile.
Doors open at 4 p.m.
The musicians playing
include Iron Cowboy,
Russello Proj ect, M80,
Stealing Neil, 40 lb.
Head, Bad Hair Day
(featuring both cur-
rent and former band
members), Gone Crazy,
Zamani, and additional
acoustic acts and open
j am time throughout
the day. There is a sug-
gested donation of $10
a person at the door.
There will also be priz-
es and raff les through-
out the day.
For those who aren’t
able to attend the
benefit, donations
are being accepted
online at gofundme.
com/43mr3g. Any
amount is appreciated
and all proceeds go
directly to Williams
and his family.
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ROCKING
FOR RONNIE
SCHEDULE
4-4:45 p.m.: Vinyl Daze
5-5:45 p.m.: Iron
Cowboy
6-6:45 p.m.: Russello
Project
7-7:45 p.m.: M80
8-8:45 p.m.: Stealing
Neil
9-9:45 p.m.: 40 lb. Head
10-10:45 p.m.: Bad Hair
Day
11-11:45 p.m.: Gone
Crazy
12-12:45 p.m.: Zamani
1-1:45 p.m.: TBA
Rocking For Ronnie:
Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Brews
Brothers West (75 Main
St., Luzerne). $10.
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Sweet harmony
Circus meets symphony in Cirque Musica
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role-play becomeS reality
Wild West and magical arts at Hickory Run State
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See more photoS of our zombie photo Shoot
sept. 18-24, 2013
COVER STORY
Infect scranton …28-29, 34-35
LISTINGS
the W…5
concerts …19
speaK & see …21
LIve entertaInment …22
theater …24
agenda…36, 50
MUSIC
ronnIe WILLIams benefIt …5
Wrath ofthe goat bLacK metaL festIvaL …7
breaKIng doWnthe WaLLs …10
aLbumrevIeWs …16
charts …16
cIrque musIca…18
musIc, motors, and more …39
fLoodWood …42
sound party …49
STAGE & SCREEN
movIe revIeW…24
raLphIe report …27
starstrucK …27
InfInIte ImprobabILIty …30
doLLy parton’s 9 to 5 …33
ARTS
noveLapproach …21
thIrd frIdayWILKes-barre …32
scranton hauntedtroLLey …33
LIFESTYLE
fIrstandted …10, 38
gIrLtaLK …20
sIngLe In scranton …38
parts unKnoWn …43
shoWus some sKIn …43
man ofthe WeeK …53
modeL ofthe WeeK …54
HUMOR & FUN
puzzLe …36
cooKIngWIth beer …40
I’dtapthat …40
pet ofthe WeeK …27
sorry mom& dad …47
neWs ofthe WeIrd …47
sIgn Language …52
GAMES &TECH
Intothe breach …37
getyour game on …46
motorhead …46
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photos and desIgn byamandadIttmar
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Bill Thomas
Weekender Correspondent
Wrath of the Goat reveals the‘negative art’ of black metal
Black metal is growing up.
According to Neill Jameson,
frontman/mastermind of New
Jersey-based band Krieg ,the
extreme heavy-metal subgenre
infamous for everything from
cartoonish Satanic posturing
to all-too-real criminal vio-
lence (most notably a rash of
church burnings and murders
in Norway in the early ‘90s)
has advanced beyond both the
destructive behavior and isola-
tionist musical mentality that
once dominated it.
“When I think of black metal
in 2013, I don’t think of that,”
Jameson says. “Modern black
metal is more idea-based, rath-
er than action-based.”
With Krieg being one of the
most well-known, well-regard-
ed bands in today’s American
black metal scene, Jameson’s
observations come from
firsthand experience. This
Saturday, Jameson will bring
that experience with him to
NEPA, when Krieg headlines
the first ever Wrath of the
Goat black metal festival at
The Rattler in Pittston.
Bringing together such acts
as Gravewürm from Virginia,
Murrum from Connecticut,
Hubris from New York, and
Sathanas and Neldöreth from
Pennsylvania, the fest offers
fans a hydra-headed over-
view of the current state of
American black metal.
“Black metal is a sort of
music where you can do pretty
much whatever you want,”
Jameson says. “I understand
that we’re steeped in tradi-
tion in the aesthetics and the
music, but I also understand
that this music is 20 or 30
years old. Things are going to
evolve. I’m just happy to see
that there’s a thriving in this
country of any kind of black
metal.”
As if to bolster Jameson’s
talk of thriving, festival orga-
nizer and Neldöreth vocalist
Oz Bloodcurse reveals just
how ambitious he is about the
future of the event. In addition
to confirming a second Wrath
of the Goat to take place in
Chicago, Ill., this November,
Bloodcurse is already mak-
ing plans for next year’s
Pennsylvania show.
“I’ve seen a lot of festivals
popping up all over the U.S.,
but none of them really catered
a hundred percent to black
metal, especially not on the
East Coast,” Bloodcurse says,
explaining that he expects
metalheads to come in from
all over for the event, from the
farthest fringes of the tri-state
area and beyond.
“Hopefully this event will
open up some eyes and also
provide something for people
who are into black metal but
don’t get to go to a lot of
shows because the tours don’t
come around here.”
What, then, is the appeal of
black metal? To attract fans
diehard enough to not only
travel miles on top of miles just
to jam-pack themselves into a
music venue like sardines in a
can, but also to withstand the
ire of the mainstream masses
that “just don’t get it,” one
suspects there must be more
to black metal than just the
gleefully blasphemous rebel
magnetism of upside-down
crosses, monochrome face
paint, and illegible band logos.
For Jameson, it’s about
catharsis.
“The essence of black metal
is negativity. There are peo-
ple for whom that negativity
comes as Satanism, there are
people for whom it is nihil-
ism, but negativity is the one
thread that binds the whole
thing together. Black metal
is negative music expressing
negative emotions and nega-
tive ideas,” he says.
“Life is an absurd journey.
There’s always going to be
multiple aspects to every-
thing, different sides to every
story, shadows to sunshine…
Black metal, to me, is the per-
sonification of negative art.”
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WraTh of The GoaT Black meTal
fesTival:
sept. 21, 6 p.m., the rattler (137 n. main st., Pittston). $10, 21+.
Info: 570.299.5054, facebook.com/events/455544277866632/.
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LocaL music with titLe Fight’s
Ned Russin | Special to the Weekender
It seems all too often
that periods in our life
are defined by tragedies.
Last week, Adam Slamas,
a friend and tour mate,
passed away. While it’s
an unimaginable loss, a
great tool for recovery is
to recount and reflect on
all the times that were
shared, and it’s safe to
say in the community that
there are a lot of memo-
ries to reflect on.
For me, many the
moments I remember
most fondly were dur-
ing the annual Slambfest
(pronounced Slahm-Fest)
held in the Slamas fam-
ily garage every summer.
The fest was started on a
whim to essentially pro-
vide a last show for my
old band, The Gnarlies.
The show went so well
that it continued to go on
for two more years – each
year improving on the
last.
The fact that Adam
and his brother Nate
opened their garage to
not only their friends
but to an entire commu-
nity (even at the risk of
swift Kingstonian police
justice) is the ultimate
testament to Adam’s abil-
ity to support the bands,
friends, and music that
he loved. This is a quality
that I could only strive to
embody as well as Adam.
I spoke a couple of
weeks ago about how to
book shows and bring
bands to the area. When
we were in an era where
venues were few and far
between, Adam didn’t let
that hold him back and let
us pack kids and bands
into his garage. These
shows cemented Adam’s
love and support for punk
and hardcore and contin-
ued to show his support
by helping out any way
he could by touring, put-
ting up bands, and simply
attending shows through-
out the years.
It’s hard to sit here and
write about new shows
or new records without
acknowledging this huge
loss, but the best advice
that we were given before
we embarked on our cur-
rent tour with Title Fight
was to live like Adam, and
now the only way I can
approach this article this
week is with that advice.
Last time I wrote, I
rattled off so many shows
and events, so I will give
you a quick refresher:
Wednesday, Sept. 18
at the West Side Park
in Nanticoke, there is a
show with Wisdom in
Chains, Take Offense,
Fire and Ice, Malfunction,
and Alive and Well start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 28, also at West Side
Park, Disengage, Intent,
Demolition, Zoom, and
Stand Clear will be play-
ing.
I feel fortunate to be
able to share not only
upcoming shows with
you, but also my views
and thoughts, and there
will never be any way to
put into words how much
we will all truly miss
Adam, but the least we
can do is to continue to
have shows and have fun
just like Adam did.
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Remembering AdamSlamas
Fantasy football fan? Look no further
For those of you who
passed on a career in the
NFL due to a fear of helmet
hair or, you know, a concus-
sion, there’s always the next
best thing: fantasy leagues.
They’re a staple in every
sport, allowing the average
guy (or girl) to manage a
team to the best it can be,
whether the “manager” is
in the whole thing for the
money or simply office brag-
ging rights.
I currently manage teams
in a 14-team league and a
10-team office league; I’ve
been stumbling and fum-
bling through the world of
fantasy football for the past
nine years. Each week, I’ll
bring you some waiver wire
advice (who to grab and who
to pass up), the upcoming
week’s ranking by position,
and this week’s top sleeper
candidate.
Week 3
Top Adds:
• James Starks: When
was the last time a Green
Bay RB had a 100-yard
game? October 2010. There
have been 44 regular season
games since the Pack had a
100-yard rusher. There’s no
telling when Eddie Lacy will
return to the Packers back-
field, but in the meantime
Starks has earned at least
a time share (and possibly
goal line carries) moving
forward. He lacks the burst
and lateral movement that
Lacy brings to the table, but
he’s a power runner who has
a knack for finding holes and
hitting them hard. Temper
your expectations and
Starks could be a solid flex/
RB2 if Lacy misses consider-
able time.
• DeAndre Hopkins:
Overlooked in many drafts,
Hopkins officially had a
coming-out party this past
Sunday. He is only owned
in 49 percent of Yahoo!
Leagues and that number
is getting higher each pass-
ing day. Most defenses will
focus attention on Houston’s
Andre Johnson, leaving
Hopkins in single coverage
most afternoons. Johnson
left this week’s game early
due to a concussion, and
that could mean even more
targets for Hopkins mov-
ing forward. Regardless of
Johnson’s status, Hopkins
is a must-own in all 10-team
leagues moving forward.
• Bernard Pierce: It’s no
secret that Ray Rice has
been banged up over the
past few seasons. He left
Sunday’s game with a hip
flexor injury and there is
currently no timetable for
his return. Pierce lacks the
game-breaking speed and
shiftiness of Rice, but he is
a downhill runner who has
no problem going through
defenders rather than
around them. Many people
believed Pierce would vul-
ture goal line carries from
Rice this season and with
Rice’s current hip situation,
Pierce may be looking at tak-
ing over even more.
• Fred Jackson: Everyone
who drafted C.J. Spiller real-
ized their nightmare this
past week. All preseason the
word out of Buffalo was that
Spiller would carry the ball
“until he puked.” Spiller is
one of the most talented run-
ners in the league and the
thought of him carrying the
ball 30 times a game upped
his draft stock tremendously.
The only issue for Spiller
owners is that this plan has
yet to come to fruition. Week
1 saw Fred Jackson total up
17 touches followed by 16
more touches in Week 2.
Spiller is a more dynamic
player with a tremendous
amount of upside, but as
long as Jackson is seeing this
many carries he is worth an
add in your league.
Better off without:
• Eddie Royal: Royal’s
fantasy stock went through
the roof after his huge per-
formance against the Eagles
on Sunday. He tallied up
five touchdowns over his
first two games this season.
Admittedly, those numbers
are jaw-dropping. He’s on
pace for 80 touchdowns.
Please take a moment and
let that sink in. The natural
laws of regression will take
over, and most likely soon.
Keep in mind that Royal
has scored a total of five
touchdowns over the past
four seasons. If your team
is WR starved he might be
worth a flyer, but I suggest
you realize that Royal could
very well be this year’s Kevin
Ogletree.
• Charles Clay: There
aren’t many players in the
league similar to Clay. The
Dolphins’ coaching staff
still hasn’t figured out if
he’s a tight end or a fullback
(eligible as a TE in Yahoo!
leagues and eligible to play
RB in ESPN leagues). Clay
had his first ever rushing
attempt on Sunday and it
resulted in a touchdown.
I wouldn’t suggest fantasy
owners getting too excited
about this just yet. Miami’s
backfield is already crowded
with both Lamar Miller and
Daniel Thomas, while Clay
figures to be the number
four option in sophomore
QB Ryan Tannehill’s passing
game, behind Mike Wallace,
Brian Hartline, and Daniel
Gibson. I’d flag Clay as a
possible player to watch, but
until we have a more defined
role for him over the next
few weeks he isn’t worth a
roster spot.
• Montee Ball: I know
this year’s second round pick
from Wisconsin was heavily
touted across draft boards
this year but it’s been made
very clear that Knowshon
Moreno is the number one
back in Denver this year.
Ball is averaging 2.0 yards
per carry and had ball
security issues against the
Giants this week. Moreno
has shined early and has had
no problem picking up blitz-
es and protecting Peyton
Manning when need be.
Unless Moreno gets hit by a
bus, Ball looks to be stuck on
the sidelines for the foresee-
able future.
• Terrelle Pryor:
Everyone loves a running
quarterback. Everyone. The
read-option has become
a trendy offense amongst
NFL offensive coordinators
and a quarterback with a
good set of wheels is every
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Ted Black | Special to the Weekender
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Whether you know them better
as Terror onthe Screenor the mon-
iker they’ve more recently adopted,
Youngat Heart, fact istheScranton-
based pop punkers are among the
most promising, polished acts in
NEPA. With that in mind, it’s been
more than a little distressing that,
in the last four years, the band has
hardly uttered a peep.
Its first releasesince2009’s “This
Times for Real,” the five-track EP
“Youngat Heart” is a returntoform
that sees the five-piece sizzling
with renewed energy. The name
change, then, represents something
of a rebirth – if not of style, then of
intensity.
It’s like the members of Young at
Heart had a lot of music bottled up
in their bodies in those four years
of silence, and it all comes gallop-
ing out of the speakers with a fresh
feeling of urgency. Fromthe aggres-
sive, brooding buzz of “Haymaker”
and“MakeIt Count” tothebruised,
confrontational finger-pointing
of “A Little Too Late” and “The
Prowl” to the dynamic, standout
melodrama of “If Daryl Dies We
Riot,” the band’s sound is as pas-
sionate as its heartbroken lyrics.
With blood flowing in the same
veinas poppunkgiants NewFound
Glory and Pennsylvania’s own The
Wonder Years, Young at Heart isn’t
doing anything that hasn’t been
done before. But it is doing it about
as deftly as it can be done and with
a sincerity that is undeniable.
If this “Heart” can keep that
blood pumping, in time, one can
easily envision the band following
inthe footsteps of The Menzingers,
Tigers Jaws (R.I.P.), or Captain,
We’re Sinking to become one of
NEPA’s flagship acts. With their
emotive lyricism and catchy-as-a-
cold hooks, the only thing holding
them back is themselves. Here’s
hoping it’s not another four years
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Young at Heart
‘Young at Heart’
Pop punk by any other name just as sweet
8. Katy Perry: ‘Roar’
7. Avicii: ‘Wake Me Up’
6. Robin Thicke/Pharrell
Williams/T.I.: ‘Blurred Lines’
5. Lady Gaga: ‘Applause’
4. Zedd/Foxes-ClarityMaroon 5:
‘Love Somebody’
3. Capital Cities: ‘Safe and Sound’
2. Calvin Harris/Ellie Goulding: ‘I
Need Your Love’
1. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Mary
Lambert: ‘Same Love’
1. Arctic Monkey: ‘AM’
2. Avenged Sevenfold: ‘Hail To The
King’
3. Nine Inch Nails: ‘Hesitation
Marks’
4. 2 Chainz: ‘B.O.A.T.S. II #Metime’
5. Five Finger Death Punch: ‘Wrong
Side Of Heaven &Righteous Side
Of Hell V.1’
6. Keith Urban: ‘Fuse’
7. Robin Thicke: ‘Blurred Lines’
8. Luke BryanL: ‘Crash My Party’
9. Clash: ‘Hits Back’
10. Sheryl Crow: ‘Feels Like Home’
Top 8 at 8 with Ralphie Aversa Top 10 Albums at Gallery of Sound
Rating:
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Neko Case
‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Try
The Harder I Try, The More I Love You’
Rating: WWWW
Bufet seems
like he’s
‘Somewhere’
else
Jimmy Bufett
‘Songs from St. Somewhere’
Rating: WW
Neko Case’s “The Worse Things
Get, The Harder I Try, The Harder
I Try, The More I Love You” brings
to mind Fiona Apple’s latest wind-
ing title – often curtailed to “The
Idler Wheel” – not just in name,
but in spirit. Both albums tread
between different styles, layering
complex instrumentation dashed
through with moments of grit,
brazen vulnerability, and stare-
you-square-in-the- eyes lyrics.
commentary. The problem, how-
ever, is Buffett’s voice doesn’t
sound nearly as engaged as his
imaginative songwriting and a
few turns with inspired guests.
The 66-year-old veteran
sounds bored on the island
songs, snapping off each word
with a clipped tone and a bland
sense of phrasing – an about-
face from the performances that
made Buffett such an enjoyable
performer in the past.
He sounds livelier on a series
of ambitious songs about the
mysterious adventures of a
world traveler, but the tunes lack
the hooks that made Buffett’s
famous songs of long ago so
memorable.
There are positive exceptions,
especially when guests Mark
Knopfler (on “Oldest Surfer on
the Beach”) and Latin singer
Fanny Lu (on a Spanish ver-
sion of “I Want to Go Back to
Cartagena”) stir up the proceed-
ings.
Best of all is a duet with coun-
try star Toby Keith. “Too Drunk
to Karaoke” bobs along with
common-man humor and vivid
writing and performing. It’s the
one song from the new album
sure to become a favorite dur-
ing Buffett’s ever-popular live
shows.
-Michael McCall, Associated
Press
In “Man,” a steady jolt of electric gui-
tar zaps through the driving melody
while Case’s bold lyrics play with gen-
der roles: “And if I’m dipshit drunk on
the pink perfume / I am the man in the
f—king moon / ‘Cause you didn’t know
what a man was / Until I showed you.”
“Calling Cards,” a love song with on-
the-road realism, whispers of an earlier
Case ballad, “Knock Loud,” off 2001’s
“Canadian Amp.” Spurts of baritone sax
and flute mix with the whining of pedal
steel in “Bracing for Sunday.”
“Where Did I Leave That Fire” dips
into the ephemeral with a minute of tone-
setting sonar samples before exploring
the vast within the mundane through
Case’s dynamic vocals and a tempest of
instrumentation, including vibes, thun-
dering drums, banjo, and electric gui-
tar that winds like an eel pulsing a trail
of feedback. She also collaborated with
some of her fellow New Pornographers,
along with M. Ward and several members
of My Morning Jacket.
“The Worse Things Get…” isn’t Case’s
mainstream breakout album. She’s been
releasing solo albums for over a decade,
mostly through her latest LP’s label
ANTI-Records. “The Worse Things Get…”
wows like a rough- cut gem mined by a
pro and pried from the matrix of a four-
year hiatus after her Grammy-nominated
“Middle Cyclone.” Don’t be surprised if
this album gets a few Grammy nods, too.
-Kait Burrier, Weekender
Correspondent
‘The More’ we love
Neko Case
On Jimmy Buffett’s first album in four
years, the mayor of Margaritaville returns
to mixing softly swaying beach tunes with
pirate tales of foreign intrigue and social
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‘Aremarkable pairing’ of performances
The show, a coupling of
performance arts one would
rarely think to put together, is
so astounding that the people
in it can still hardly believe it
happens and that they are, in
fact, a part of it.
“It’s ridiculous,” said
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the age of 12 and has found
himself putting his talents
and musical passion to good
use as music director of
Cirque Musica, an over-the-
top spectacle that will take
over the Mohegan Sun Arena
at Casey Plaza Sept. 22.
“It’s a mash-up between
a circus and a symphony
orchestra; that’s the best way
I can describe it,” Walls said
with a laugh. “It’s two things
you never thought would be
put together, put together. It’s
a remarkable pairing.”
The show features the
“clown of clowns” David
Larible, who has headlined
circus in arenas and the-
aters across Europe and is
making his return to the
United States where he pre-
viously was the headliner for
Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey. The show will also
feature the world famous
Wallenda Highwire Duo, the
thrilling España Family, and
a cast of world-renowned per-
formers.
Cirque Musica is produced
by Stephen Cook and TCG
Productions out of Dallas,
Texas.
Walls was asked to preview
the stage version of the show
in November, and he said it
has been “a roller coaster ride
ever since.” The show was
put together in an arena for
the first time in June of this
year.
“It’s blowneveryone away,”
he said. “The audiences love
it, the circus performers love
it, the musicians love it – we
all love it.”
While the visuals are cer-
tainly stunning, it’s the large
span of musical genres that
back the show up that keep
it interesting, and accessible,
to all.
“One of beautiful things
is that we have music that
appeals to everyone: Led
Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ to
[David Guetta and Sia’s]
‘Titanium’ are arranged
right now,” Walls said.
“There’s Beatles stuff in the
show, Beethoven’s Fifth,
Tchaikovsky’s violin concer-
to. Actually, a violinist plays
that frommemory beautifully
and actually performs an act
while she’s doing it. It’s ridic-
ulous.”
While it may be easy to
see how kids coming to
enjoy the show could latch
on to the newer music pieces,
some may be left to wonder
how such classical pieces are
accessible to young ones,
or those who simply have
no interest in that genre of
music.
“I grew up with Tom and
Jerry, Bugs Bunny, all of that
music, and none of it was
written for Tom and Jerry
or Bugs Bunny,” Walls said.
“That’s all classical, and we’re
making that music accessible
the same way those people
did.”
A local orchestra is invited
to play at every show. The
Northeast Pennsylvania
Philharmonic will be a part of
the arena show.
“We built it in a way where
it’s not very difficult for the
local orchestra,” hesaid. “The
hardest part is meeting a new
symphony in every town. In
every venue, we meet a new
orchestra that has to learn
the show quickly. Most musi-
cians are very much alike and
have the music worked out
before I showup.”
Though there are some
hang-ups when it comes to
dealing with new musicians
at every arena.
“Getting themto pay atten-
tion!” Walls said with a laugh.
“It’s easy for me because my
back is to the audience and
to the acts; I’m the only one
that doesn’t get to see the
show. But then you have a
flute player up there that, like
the audience, has never seen
the show, so she’s trying to
watch the performance, her
music, and me at same time.
It’s almost like the local musi-
cians are performing their
own circus acts.”
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Courtesy photo
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Weekender stafWriter
Cirque musica: sept. 22,
7 p.m., mohegan sun
arena at Casey plaza
(255 Highland park
blvd., Wilkes-barre).
$25, $32.50, $49.50,
$65.
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ALICE C. WILTSIE PERFORMING
ARTS CENTER
(700n. Wyoming st., Hazleton)
570.861.0510, wiltsiecenter.org
• Big BadVoodoo Daddy: Oct. 18,
8p.m.
THE COOPERAGE PROJECT
(1030Main St., Honesdale)
570.253.2020,
thecooperageproject.org
• Claudia Nygaard: Sept. 21, 8p.m.,
$15-$18.
• Mudras: Sept. 27, 7:30p.m.
(Donations accepted and
appreciated at the door at all
events.)
F.M. KIRBYCENTER
(71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre)
570.826.1100, kirbycenter.org
•Alice Cooper: Oct. 18, 8p.m. $39,
$49, $59, $75 (limited pit seating).
• Ghost Hunters Live: Oct. 23, 7:30
p.m., $25-$60.
•JefRoss: Oct. 25, 8p.m., $35-
$75.
• Merle Haggard: Nov. 2, 8p.m.
$40-$99.
•YAMATO: The Drummers of
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• Elvis Costello: Nov. 25, 7:30p.m.,
$59-$95.
• Kenny Rogers: Nov. 29, 7:30p.m.,
$50-$75.
HAWLEYSILKMILL
(8Silk Mill Dr., Hawley.
570.588.8077, silkmillharmony.
com)
• NewEngland Performer of the
Year: Sarah Blacker: Sept. 21,
7:30-9:30p.m. $16, advance; $20,
at the door.
• Blues &FolkArtists: Rebecca
Pronsky: Sept. 28, 7:30-9:30p.m.
$16, advance; $20, door.
MAUCHCHUNKOPERAHOUSE
(14W. Broadway, JimThorpe)
570.325.0249,
mauchchunkoperahouse.com
• Dancin’ Machine: Sept. 20, 8:30
p.m. $20.
• Splintered Sunlight: Sept. 21, 8
p.m. $15.
•JimmyThackery and the Drivers:
sept. 26, 8p.m., $20.
• Bill Kirchen andTexicali: Sept. 27,
8:30p.m. $23.
• Soft Parade: Sept. 28, 8p.m. $23.
• Simon &Garfunkel
Retrospective: Oct. 4, 8:30p.m.,
$25.
•Jefery Gaines Band: Oct. 5, 8
p.m., $23.
• Swearingen &Kelli: Oct. 6, 6p.m.,
$15.
•The Steepwater Band: Oct. 10,
8:30p.m., $15.
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• Sept. 27-29, Meshoppen,
featuringTea Leaf Green, Orgone,
Cabinet, The Heavy Pets, Flux
Capacitor, more. $65, presale; $90,
day of show. Info: jibberjazz.com.
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(255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-
barre)
800.745.3000,
mohegansunarenapa.com
• Cirque Musica: Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
$25-$65.
MOUNTAIRYCASINORESORT
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877.682.4791, mountairycasino.
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•Amy Schumer: Oct. 5, 8p.m.,
$35-$50.
•The Stylistics: Oct. 19, 8p.m.,
$30-$45.
• Ru Paul’s Drag Race Show: Oct.
26, 8p.m., $15.
•Aaron Lewis: Nov. 16, 8p.m.,
$45-$65.
• Scott Weiland &TheWildabouts:
nov. 30, 8p.m., $45-$65.
•JefRoss: Dec. 7, 8p.m., $35-$50.
PENN’S PEAK
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866.605.7325, pennspeak.com
•JoshTurner: Sept. 26, 8p.m.
• Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Sept. 27,
8p.m.
• Hinder &Candlebox with Devour
The Day and OpenAir Stereo: Sept.
29, 7 p.m.
•The Swing Dolls: Tribute to
Andrews Sisters and McGuire
Sisters: Oct. 1-3, 1 p.m.
• Chris Cagle: Oct. 4, 8p.m.
• Melvin Seals &JGB: Oct. 10, 8
p.m.
• King Henry and the Showmen:
Oct. 15-17, 1 p.m.
• Back to the Eighties Showwith
Jessie’s Girl: Oct. 18, 9p.m.
• Real Diamond: Neil Diamond
Tribute: Oct. 23-24, 1 p.m.; Oct. 25,
8p.m.
• Gordon Lightfoot: Oct. 26, 8p.m.
•America: Nov. 2, 8p.m.
• Get the Led Out: Nov. 9, 8p.m.
• 38Special: Nov. 16, 8p.m.
• Dark Star Orchestra: Nov. 27, 8
p.m.
• RhondaVincent andThe Rage:
march 22, 8p.m.
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570.822.2992, riverstreetjazzcafe.
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•Tribute to Prince (Spady’sAll-Star
Band): Sept. 21, 10p.m. $10/$15.
• Pigeons Play Ping Pong: Sept. 26,
10p.m. $5/$8.
•WhamBamBowie Band, Tribute
to David Bowie: Sept. 28, 10p.m.
$8/$10.
•Joe LouisWalker: Oct. 4, 9p.m.
$10/$15.
•The Manhattan Project with
HorizonWireless: Oct. 5, 10p.m.
$8/$10.
• Start Making Sense, Tribute to
Talking Heads: Oct. 18, 10p.m.
$10/$15.
•Alexis P. Suter Band: Nov. 2, 9p.m
.$10/$15.
• Dead on Live“Europe 72”: Nov. 8,
10p.m. $8/$12.
• Marco Bennevento: Nov. 15, 10
p.m. $15/$20.
•Zach Deputy: Nov. 22, 10p.m.
$10/$15.
• Brothers Past: Nov. 27, 10p.m.
$12/$15.
SCRANTONCULTURALCENTER
(420n. Washingtonave.,
scranton)
888.669.8966,
scrantonculturalcenter.org
• Up &Coming Comdey Series:
sept. 28, 8p.m., $16.
SHERMANTHEATER
(524 Main St., Stroudsburg)
570.420.2808, shermantheater.
com
• moe./Sister Sparrowand the
Dirty Birds: Sept. 29, 7 p.m., $28.
• SOJA: Oct. 10, 8 p.m., $17.50-
$20.
• Taking Back Sunday/Polar Bear
Club/Transit: Oct. 14, 8 p.m.,
$25-$28.
• Conspirator: Oct. 19, 9 p.m.,
$17-$20.
• Umphrey’s McGee/The London
Soul: Oct. 24, 8 p.m., $25-$30.
• The Misfts/The Attack/Take
Away The Ugly/The Big Empty/
Badtown Rude/The Curse of
Sorrow: Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $16-$18.
• InThis Moment/Motionless In
White/Kyng/All Hail The Yeti: Nov.
8, 7 p.m., $20-$22.
• Jake Miller: Nov. 19, 8 p.m.,
$20-$22.
PHILADELPHIA
ELECTRIC FACTORY
(3421 WillowSt., Philadelphia)
215.LOVE.222, electricfactory.info
• City and Colour: Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
• Michael Franti and Spearhead:
Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m.
• Neko Case: Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m.
• Korn: Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m.
• Local Natives/Wild Nothing:
Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m.
• The Waterboys/Freddie
Stevenson: Sept. 29, 8:30 p.m.
• Zeds Dead/Paper Diamond/
Green Lantern/Branchez: Oct. 3,
8:30 p.m.
• Moe./Sister Sparrow* The Dirty
Birds: Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m.
• Digitour: Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m.
• The Naked and Famous/The
Colourist: Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
• Sara Bareilles: Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.
• Timefies/Chiddy Bang: Oct. 11,
8:30 p.m.
• Janelle Monae: Oct. 13, 8 p.m.
• Mayday Parade/Man
Overboard/Cartel/Stages &
Stereos: Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
• Rusko: Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.
• Austin Mahone/Becky G/
Midnight Red/W3The Future: Oct.
25, 7:30 p.m.
• Minus the Bear/INVSN/Slow
Bird: Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.
• Frightened Rabbit/Augustines:
Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
• We Came As Romans/
Silverstein/Chunk! No, Captain
Chunk!/The Color Morale/
Dangerkids: Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
• Infected Mushroom/Zomboy:
Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m.
• Fitz and the Tantrums/Captial
Cities/Beat Club: Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m.
• Matt Nathanson/Joshua Radin:
nov. 2, 8 p.m.
• Sleeping with Sirens/Memphis
May Fire/Breathe Carolina/
Issues: Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
• Alkaline Trio/Newfound Glory:
nov. 13, 8 p.m.
• Hoodie Allen/OCD: Moosh &
Twist/Mod Sun/D-Why: Nov. 23,
8:30 p.m.
• Lamb of God &Killswitch
Engage/Testament/Huntress:
nov. 24, 7 p.m.
• Frank Turner &The Sleeping
Souls/The Smith Street Band/
Koo Koo Kanga Roo: Nov. 29, 8
p.m.
• Running of the Santas Mega
Festival: Dec. 7, noon.
• Dark Star Orchestra: Dec. 29,
8:30 p.m.
THE FILLMORE ATTHE TLA
(334 South St., Philadelphia)
215.922.1011, tlaphilly.com
• Stereophonics: Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
• Icona Pop: Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
KESWICKTHEATRE
(291 North Keswick Ave.,
Glenside)
215.572.7650, keswicktheatre.com
• Steve Hackett: Genesis
Revisited: Oct. 11-12, 8 p.m.
• The Piano Guys: Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
• The Fab Faux: Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
• StevenWright: Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
NORTH STAR BAR
27th &Poplar St., Philadelphia
215.684.0808
• Oct. 2: Calabrese
• Oct. 3: The Toasters/Voodoo
GlowSkulls
• Oct. 5: Mephiskapheles/
Inspector 7, Post SunTimes
TROCADEROTHEATRE
(1003Arch St., Philadelphia)
215.336.2000, thetroc.com
• FLAG/TSOL/Cerebral Ballzy:
sept. 18, 8 p.m.
• The Selector: Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
• The Chariot: Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
• Stephen“Ragga”Marley: Oct.
25, 7 p.m.
• Less ThanJake/Anti-Flag/
Masked Intruder/Get Dead: Nov.
8, 7:30 p.m.
SUSQUEHANNABANK CENTER
(1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J.)
609.365.1300, livenation.com/
venues/14115
• Thirty Seconds to Mars: Sept.
29, 7:30 p.m.
• The Weekend: Oct. 4, 8 p.m.
• Pretty Lights: Nov. 1, 8 p.m.
• Paramore: Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
• Slayer: Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
WELLS FARGO CENTER
(3601 South Broad St.,
Philadelphia)
215.336.3600,
wellsfargocenterphilly.com
• Michael Buble: Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
• Selena Gomez: Oct. 18, 8 p.m.
• Drake: Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
• Pearl Jam: Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
• Josh Groban: Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
• JustinTimberlake: Nov. 10, 8
p.m.
• P!nk: Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
• Rod Stewart: Dec. 11, 8 p.m.
ELSEWHERE IN PA
BRYCE JORDAN CENTER
(127 University Dr., State College)
814.865.5500, bjc.psu.edu
• OneRepublic: Oct. 3
• B.B. King: Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
• nine inch nails: Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
• Macklemore &Ryan Lewis: Nov.
7, 7:30 p.m.
CROCODILE ROCK
(520West Hamilton st, allentown)
610.434.460, crocodilerockcafe.
com
• Great White: Sep. 18, 7 p.m.
• Hollywood Ending: Sept. 20,
5:30 p.m.
• ASkylit Drive: Oct. 4, 5 p.m.
• Teddy Geiger: Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
• The WordAlive: Nov. 16, 5 p.m.
GIANT CENTER
(950 Hersheypark Dr., Hershey)
717.534.3911, giantcenter.com
• Selena Gomez: Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
• The Fresh Beat Band: Dec. 4, 7
p.m.
SANDS BETHLEHEMEVENT
CENTER
(77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem)
610.2977414, sandseventcenter.
com
• Sarah Brightman: Sept. 22, 8
p.m.
• Steely Dan: Sep. 27, 7 p.m.
• Celtic Thunder: Oct. 9, 8 p.m.
• Diana Krall: Oct. 10, 8 p.m.
• ADay To Remember/Pierce the
Veil/All Time Low: Oct. 12, 6:45
p.m.
• Barenaked Ladies: Oct. 18, 8
p.m.
WHITAKER CENTER
(222 Market St., Harrisburg)
717.214.ARTS, whitakercenter.org
• Ana Popovic: Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
• Bo Bice: Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
NEWYORK / NEWJERSEY
BEACONTHEATRE
(2124 Broadway, NewYork, N.Y.)
212.465.6500, beacontheatre.
com
• Tedeschi Trucks Band: Sept.
20-21, TIMESVARY
• Joe Satriani: Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
• An Evening with IanAnderson:
Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
• The Fab Faux: Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
• Zappa Plays Zappa: Oct. 31, 8
p.m.
IRVING PLAZA
(17 Irving Place, NewYork, N.Y.)
212.777.6800, irvingplaza.com
• Hinder and Candlebox: Sept. 26,
7 p.m.
• Streetlight Manifesto: Oct. 1, 7
p.m.
• Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg w/
AndrewW.K. on vocals: Oct. 3, 7
p.m.
• 3oh!3/The Summer Set: Oct.
21, 6 p.m.
IZOD CENTER
(50 State Rt. 120, East Rutherford,
N.J.)
201.935.3900, meadowlands.com
• JustinTimberlake: Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
(7thAve., NewYork, N.Y.)
212.465.6741, thegarden.com
• Ed Sheeran: Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Nov.
1, 8 p.m.
• Paramore: Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
• Rod Stewart: Dec. 9, 8 p.m.
RADIO CITYMUSIC HALL
(1260 6thAve., NewYork, N.Y.)
212.247.4777, radiocity.com
• Sarah Brightman: Sep. 21, 8 p.m.
• Neko Case: Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
• Sara Bareilles: Oct. 9, 8 p.m.
• Rodriguez: Oct. 10, 8 p.m.
• Tony Bennett: Oct. 11, 8 p.m.
ROSELAND BALLROOM
(239 52nd Street, NewYork, N.Y.)
212.247.0200, roselandballroom.
com
• Korn/AskingAlexandria/Love &
Death: Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
• Blondie: Oct. 4, 8 p.m.
• The Band Perry: Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
BORGATAHOTEL CASINO &
SPA
(1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.)
609.317.1000, theborgata.com
• Jerry Lewis: Sept. 20, 8 p.m.
Expanded listings at
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Melissa Hughes | Weekender Correspondent
Don’t live like
the undead
The zombie phenome-
non has overtaken today’s
society. Whether it’s “The
Walking Dead” on AMC,
any George Romero movie
fest, zombie pub crawls,
zombie parties, or zombie
hunters, we as a society
have become obsessed
with the undead subcul-
ture.
Imagine for a moment
that it was a possibility.
Not so much that you were
buried and came back a
gruesome, brain-craving
man-eater, but that you
went through life without
living.
I see it all the time: girls
not dancing to the music,
not singing cheesy kara-
oke songs, and not having
fun. They are out to be
the “cool crew” that sits
at tables and makes fun
of other girls. They laugh
at the ones with the guts
to go dance. What they
don’t realize, and I per-
sonally didn’t learn until
my later 20s, is that you
remember the nights you
danced. You laugh the
next day, and sometimes
years later, at the songs
you sang out of tune
with 10 other friends on
stage. You make the most
memories when you allow
yourself to live. Sitting at
a table being a mean girl
all night sounds about as
fun as getting fingered on
wing night.
I catch myself person-
ally saying “remember
that time we…” so often,
none of those stories are
followed up by “…sat at
a table and made fun of
the girl wearing shoes
she couldn’t walk in, sing-
ing songs with notes she
couldn’t hit, or throwing
darts so bad she missed
the board completely.”
Maybe it’s because I am
that girl. I laugh at the
fact that the last time I
played pool, the cue ball
flew across the room
while the balls on the
table remained in their
pretty triangular forma-
tion. That same night, I
danced at a dive bar with
an old man who smelled
like moth balls. I lived and
I live to laugh at myself.
So this one is dedicat-
ed to you, the girls who
dance like Elaine from
“Seinfeld,” the girls who
sing the Spice Girls, the
girls who laugh at them-
selves and unapologeti-
cally play New Kids on
the Block on the jukebox
and the girls who stuff
their faces with Taco Bell
at 1 a.m. while they speed
down Wyoming Avenue.
Life is much too short
to spend it undead.
Zombie movies are great,
but living life with a pulse
and a purpose is the stuff
that makes the ride worth-
while.
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Chargers vs. Eagles
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Holding the microphone,
he stares into the small
blue screen as he prepares
himself for those scrolling
white words. He is ready
to sing love to the audience
and make them swoon in
less than three minutes.
This is author, editor
and music journalist, Rob
Sheffield, back in action
with his latest work, “Turn
Around Bright Eyes:
The Rituals of Love and
Karaoke.”
Sheffield, who has
authored two previous
memoirs, “Love is a Mix
Tape” and “Talking to Girls
About Duran Duran,” is
perhaps one of the best
contemporary music mem-
oirists.
After decades of thrill-
ing readers with his pop
culture expertise, Sheffield
begins his new venture
with a love story, appropri-
ately titled, “Total Eclipse
of the Heart:”
“Tonight we are setting
out to belt some of our
favorite songs. We’ll do
songs we’ve never tried
before. We’ll take on duets
we haven’t sung together.
And we’ll do the standards
we always have to do. But
when you take that karaoke
microphone in your hand,
you don’t know what kind
of adventure you’re step-
ping into. So you just have
to surrender and let the
song take over. […] If you’re
lucky, and the beer doesn’t
run out, it’s more than just
a night of debauchery. It’s a
spiritual quest.”
The following chapters
share a commonality — all
of them titled after a popu-
lar karaoke song. As each
chapter unfolds, readers
follow Sheffield down kara-
oke lane, beginning with
such artists as Bonnie Tyler
and Merle Haggard, only to
conclude with David Bowie
and Nirvana. While weav-
ing his personal experienc-
es throughout, Sheffield’s
vast knowledge as a music
journalist adds further lay-
ers to the work.
Similar to his earlier
memoirs, Sheffield’s writ-
ing style remains constant
— conversational, witty
and upfront. In addition,
the book is heaving with
sentiment, humor and
cheer. Even after the loss
of his first wife, Sheffield
emphasizes that happiness
is all around us, even at a
karaoke bar. In fact, it was
music that led Sheffield to
believe in love again, dem-
onstrating that music has
the power to bring people
together.
Interestingly enough,
“Turn Around Bright Eyes”
opens with an epigraph
from Sonic Youth’s song,
“Eric’s Trip:” “We make up
what we can’t hear. Then
we sing all night.” Without
a doubt, Sheffield keeps
singing as each chapter
speeds forward in succinct
order. The last chapter
comes all too soon but,
luckily, we can read it again
knowing that Sheffield is
still out there, mic in hand,
conquering love in the time
of karaoke.
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‘Love’ in the time of ‘Karaoke’
Book reviews and literary insight
Kacy Muir | Weekender Correspondent
‘Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke’
By Rob Shefeld
Rating: WWWWW
POETIC
Forty Fort Meeting House
(across fromthe Forty Fort borough
building on river st. Forty Fort)
Lecture series
•“EarlyTravelers, Traders, &Residents
of WyomingValley”with Clark switzer:
sept. 15, 3:30p.m.
•“WyomingValley’s First Jews: The
german Connection”with dr. sheldon
spear: sept. 22, 3:30p.m.
•Vesper Service with Rabbi Kaplan of
temple Israel: sept. 29, 5 p.m.
Friends of the Scranton Public
Library
(520Vine st., scranton, 570.348.3000)
• Used Book Sale at Library Express in
the mall at steamtown: sept. 17-22.
King’s College
(133 north river st., Wilkes-barre,
570.208.5957 or kings.edu)
• Campion Literary SocietyWriting
Workshops: sept. 17, 4p.m., sheehy-
Farmer Campus Center.
• Campion Literary Society Open
readings: sept. 27, 4p.m., gold room,
administration building.
• Gold Room, Administration
Building; Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Gold Room,
administration building.
• Campion Literary SocietyWriting
Workshops: Oct. 17, 4p.m., Sheehy-
Farmer Campus Center.
• Reading byAmy Bloom: Oct. 22, 7:30
p.m., burkeauditorium.
The Osterhout Free Library
(71 s. Franklin st., Wilkes-barre, www.
osterhout.info, 570.821.1959)
• Socrates Café Discussion Group: Sept.
12, 6:30-8p.m.
• Knit &Crochet Group: Sept. 14, 28,
10:30a.m.-noon.
• Franklin St. Sleuths Book Discussion:
Sept. 19, 6:30p.m.“Murder in Little Italy,”
byVictoriaThompson.
• Personal Power Brown Bag Lunch:
sept. 23, 12:15-1 p.m.
• Personal Power Evening Program:
sept. 23, 6-7:30p.m.
• Fall Gala: Oct. 4, 6-11 p.m.,
Westmoreland Club (59S. Franklin St.,
Wilkes-barre).
Pittston Memorial Library
(47 broad st., 570.654.9565,
pitmemlib@comcast.net)
•Taste of Greater Pittston: Sept. 8, 2-5
p.m. $30.
• Library expansion committee meeting:
sept. 11, 6:30p.m.
•TeenAdvisory Group (TAG) meeting:
sept. 12, noon.
•The Greater Pittston CharityTrain Ride:
Sept. 15, 9a.m., toJimThorpe. $65.
• Lego Club meeting: Sept. 16, 4p.m.
• Craft Club meeting: Sept. 16, 6p.m.
• Snacks and Stories storytime for kids
of all ages: sept. 18, 4p.m.
• Science Club meeting: Sept. 19, 4p.m.
• Movie night: Sept. 26, 5:45 p.m.
• Intro to Financial Aid and Scholarships
Workshop: sept. 26, 6p.m. Free for
parents and students presented by
nePaCareer and College Counseling
associates. no registration is required.
Scranton StorySlam:
Scranton StorySlam, Jessup: ATale of
Two Cities: Sept. 14, 7 p.m., St. George’s
Restaurant (304Church St., Jessup).
University of Scranton
• Book signing with award-winning book
author Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Ph.D.:
sept. 7, 4-5 p.m., denaples Center.
West Pittston Library
(200Exeter Ave., www.wplibrary.org,
570.654.9847)
• Book Club: First Tues., 6:45 p.m. Free.
Informal discussion of member-selected
books.
•Weekly story time for children: Fri., 1
p.m. Free.
VISUAL
AFAGallery
(514Lackawannaave., scranton:
570.969.1040or artistsforart.org)
gallery hoursthurs.-sat., 12-5 p.m.
• SeventyYears of Painting, Carol
Oldenburg and Earl Lehman: Sept. 5-28.
•“Gates to Infnity”: Sept. 5-28.
• Choose Freedom, drop-in meditation
classes: through sept. 19, 7-8:30p.m.
$10per class.
•“This ShowIs For The Birds”: Oct. 4-29.
B &BArt Gallery
(222 Northern Blvd., S. Abington
township)
•Third Friday Exhibit featuringTravis
Prince: Through September.
The Butternut Gallery &Second
Story Books
(204Church st, montrose, 570.278.4011,
butternutgallery.com). Gallery hours:
Wed.-sat., 11a.m.-5 p.m., sun., 12 p.m.-4
p.m.
•“Paintings, Potter, Life: Work of Bob
Smith &CaryJoseph:”Through Sept. 8.
•Third annual Fiber Arts exhibit: Sept.
11-Oct. 6. Opening reception Sept. 14,
3-5 p.m.
Center Street Café and Gallery
(225 Center St. Bloomsburg.
570.204.7847)
gallery Hours: tuesday-thursday, 9a.m.-
4p.m.; Friday, 9a.m.-8p.m.; saturday,
10a.m.-2 p.m.)
•Anthony Ferro /NewWorks 2013/
Oil Pastel on Paper: Oct. 1-26. Opening
reception Oct. 5, 3-6p.m.
Converge Gallery
(140W. Fourth st., Williamsport,
570.435.7080, convergegallery.com)
• BeyondThe Surface: Sept. 5, Oct. 31.
Opening reception and artist talk by
Jason Bryant Sept. 5, 6-9p.m.
DietrichTheatre
(downtowntunkhannock,
570.996.1500)
•Airing of the Quilts –Civil War Era
Quilting: Oct. 1-Nov. 15.
Everhart Museum
(1901 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA,
570.346.7186, www.everhart-museum.
org)
Admission $5 adults; $3 students/
seniors; $2 children 6-12; members free.
• Sidewalk Surfng: TheArt &Culture of
Skateboarding: Through Dec. 30.
Exhibit of Diane Grant Czajkowski,
“Nature and Pet Portraits”:
Sept. 12-25, Citizens Bank (Kingston
Corners, 196S. WyomingAve, Kingston).
Open during bank hours: Monday
throughthursday, 9a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday,
9a.m.- 6p.m.
HazletonArt League (225 e. broad st.,
Hazleton, hazletonartleague.org)
• DylanFest: Seot. 22, 1 p.m.
Hope Horn Gallery (Hyland Hall,
University of Scranton, 570.941.4214)
gallery Hours: sun.-Fri., noon-4p.m.;
Wed., 6-8p.m.
•“Depths and Edges: Berenice
D’Vorzon”: Sept. 6-Oct. 11.
• Exhibit Lecture: “Where Elements
meet: the Life andWork of berenice
D’Vorzon”by Darlene Miller-Lanning,
Ph.d.: sept. 6.
the lamp post . chapter one
(47 north Franklin st., third foor, Wilkes-
barre.)
• Creation Destruction Potential, a
collection of visual, theatrical, and
musical art &performance: Sept. 4, 8
p.m. $5.
The Linder Gallery at Keystone
College
(570.945.8335, keystone.edu/
lindergallery)
•“James Harmon: Planned Random
Occurrence”: Sept. 21-Oct. 22. Opening
reception sept. 22, 4-6p.m. artist talk
sept. 23, 9:45 a.m., brookstheater.
Madelon Powers Gallery at East
Stroudsburg University
(gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tuesday
andWednesday, 11 a.m. to 4p.m.
monday, thursday and Friday)

Ciocca Prints/Yanashot Sculpture,
featuring works by Mark Ciocca and
DenisYanashot: Through Oct. 4. Opening
reception sept. 8, 1-3 p.m.
Marquis Art &Frame (122 s. main st.,
Wilkes-barre, 570.823.0518)
gallery hours mon.-sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
•“Kindred Spirits: TheArt of Ellen
Jamiolkowski andJudith Lynn Keats”:
Sept. 20-Nov. 2. Opening reception Sept.
20, 5-8p.m.
Misericordia University (301 Lake st.,
dallas, 570.674.6286)
Pauly Friedmanart gallery, tues.-thurs.,
10a.m.-8p.m.; Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m.; sat.-
sun., 1-5 p.m.
•“Capturing Realism2013”: Through
Oct. 31.
Pauly FriedmanArt Gallery
(Misericordia University, 570.674.6250,
misericordia.edu/art)
gallery Hours: mon. closed, tue.-thurs.
10a.m.-8p.m., Fri. 10a.m.-5 p.m., sat.-
sun. 1-5 p.m.
•“Capturing Realism2013”, a biennial
exhibit of works instructors, alumni
and apprentices fromthe nationally
renowned studios of theani art
academies and acclaimed modern
master AnthonyJ. Waichulis: Sept. 7-Oct.
31. Opening reception Sept. 7, 5-8p.m.
PoconoArts Council
(18N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg.
570.476.4460. www.poconoarts.org)
• September artists show: Opening
reception sept. 7, 1-4p.m. runs through
sept. 30.
Sordoni Art Gallery
(150s. river st., Wilkes-barre,
570.408.4325)
gallery hours: tues.-sun., noon-4:30
p.m.
•“TheArt of Ballet”: Through Oct. 20.
Opening reception Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Schulman Gallery
(2nd foor of LCCCCampus Center, 1333
s. Prospect st., nanticoke, www.luzerne.
edu/schulmangallery, 570.740.0727)
gallery hours: mon.-Fri., 9a.m.-5 p.m.
• Phone-tography, featuring art captured
by cell phone photos: Through Sept. 5.
• Crayons and Care II, artwork by
children of the Litewska Hospital in
Warsaw, Poland: Sept. 13-Oct. 7.
• Old Masters: Oct. 25-Nov. 28.
•Annual Faculty/Alumni Exhibit: Dec.
6- Jan. 2
Something Special (23W. Walnut st.,
Kingston, 570.288.8386)
Open Mon.-Fri., 7:30a.m.-4p.m., Sat.,
7:30a.m.-2 p.m.
•“Quilt On”, work by SabineThomas:
Runs through Oct. 4.
Verve VertuArt Studio
(Misericordia University, 570.674.6250,
misericordia.edu/art)
Exhibit: ThroughApril 2014.
Widmann Gallery
(Located in King’s College’s Sheehy-
Farmer Campus Center between North
Franklin and north main streets, Wilkes-
Barre, 570.208.5900, ext. 5328)
gallery hours: mon. through Fri. 9a.m.
to 4:30p.m., sat. and sun. as arranged.
Free and open to the public.
•“Latina”exhibition, photographs by
Jose Galvez: Sept. 8-14. Public lecture
by Galvez Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Burke
auditorium.
Sept. 20- Oct. 25
•The Eleventh Invitational Emerging
Artists Exhibition: Sept. 20-Oct. 25. Meet
theartist reception sept. 20, 6-8p.m.
The WyomingValley Art League
(47 n. Franklin st., Wilkes-barre, www.
wval.org, 570.288.1020)
• 3rd FridayArt Walk: Sept. 20, 5-8p.m.,
130s. Franklin st.
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Don’t join‘The Family’
Rating: WW
Agoodmovieistrappedinside
“The Family,” French director
LucBesson’scomedy-drama-con-
fused hyphenate. Occasionally,
theactorsbrieflyemergefromthe
layersofshtickandcamptoreveal
what we’remissing. ThenRobert
De Niro beats a plumber with
a wrench and everyone is back
behindbars.
De Niro’s character, Giovanni
Manzoni, was a big shot in the
New York mob until he turned
rat. Now, Giovanni and his fam-
ily –renamedthe Blakes –move
throughFrance under the watch-
ful eyeof Stansfield(TommyLee
Jones), their Witness Protection
Programsupervisor.
Normandy is the latest fresh
start. The kids, 14-year-old
Warren(JohnD’Leo)and17-year-
old Belle (a very non-paisana
Dianna Agron), head to school,
where they immediately wreak
their special brandof havoc. Wife
Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) can’t
find her place, whether it’s at the
grocery store (which she torches
after the cashier insults her) or
church. Giovanni putters around
thehouse, discovers atypewriter,
and starts banging out his mem-
oirs.
Writingonlyoccupies someof
histime. Soon, Giovanniisresolv-
ing the ancient house’s brown
water issue…mob-style. Besson
also can’t find his focus, so “The
Family” feels incomplete and,
worse, inattentive. Sometimes
it’s about adjusting to the sleepy
charms of small-town France.
Every once in a while, you’re
led to believe it’s about living
life under constant surveillance,
which is great because Jones’
laconic charm and De Niro’s
brusquecool battleitout.
And won’t someone please
think of the children? Warren
makes allies through graft and
corruption; Belle, who is as
consistent as March weather,
takes time out from pummeling
handsy suitors to seduce (and
fall inlovewith)hermathtutor, a
creepyarrangementthatisplayed
straight. Besson’s inability to cor-
ral these elements into anything
cohesively entertaining is stun-
ning; “The Family” is so frag-
mentedthat its script is probably
in Morse code. At least twice he
blowssurefirepunchlines, includ-
ingMaggie’svisit toconfessional.
We don’t see the visit, but we
see the priest’s reaction – which
occurssolongafterthesetupthat
thewholejokeisrenderedanticli-
mactic.
Besson has displayed a deft
touch with amoral characters
before, namely in 1994’s “The
Professional,” where he turned
therelationshipbetweenahitman
andhisinfatuated12-year-oldpro-
tégé into a heartbreaking tale of
en loco parentis. “The Family”
hasmomentslikethat: Jonesand
DeNiro’sannoyedbanter, Pfeiffer
waxing about olive oil with the
two suits who track her family’s
every move. The acting carries
the movie, yet too often Besson
and Michael Caleo’s script does
the heavylifting, tryingtowinus
over with its ah-those-barbaric-
Americansshtick. Theylovepea-
nut butter and solve their prob-
lemswithviolenceandvulgarity!
It’s a movie of short cuts,
includingBesson’s insistencethat
everyfamilymemberisthuggish,
which traps the movie in the
same mildly amusing joke. (Also
baffling: not takingfull advantage
of Jones’ crustiness.) At its best,
“The Family’s” cast drapes its
well-wornperformancesoveryou
like a blanket on Sunday morn-
ing. But Bessonis insucha rush
toget tothe next punchline that
he doesn’t realize that the actors
are actually saving the film from
hisownrudderlessapproach.
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whatpeteswatching.blogspot.
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‘The Family’ replays the same old mob jokes over and over again,
never amounting to much despite help from big names like Robert
De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones.
PETE CROATTO
Weekender Correspondent
OPENiNg
iNThEATERs
This wEEk:
• Prisoners
• Battle of the Year
• Generation Iron
• Thanks for Sharing
DVDs released Sept. 17:
• World War Z
• The Bling Ring
• Augustine
• Drift
• The East
Actors Circleat ProvidencePlayhouse
(1256 Providence Rd, Scranton, reserva-
tions: 570.342.9707, actorscircle.org)
• “Ghost of a Chance”: Sept. 19-22,
27-29, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays,
2 p.m. Sundays. $12, general; $10, seniors;
$8, students. Sept. 19 tickets are $8, general
and seniors; 46, students.
•“Miracle on 34th Street”: Sept. 22, 5:30
p.m.; Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Needed: children ages
8 through 11 and adults of all ages. Show
dates are Nov. 14-24.
The Corner Bistro Community
Theater
(76SMainSt, Carbondale. 570.282.7499)
• “Nunsense”: Sept. 13-14, 8 p.m., Sept.
15, 2 p.m. $20; $2 off ticket price if use the
“code word,” Sr. Amnesia.
Jason Miller Playwrights Project
(570.591.1378, nepaplaywrights@live.
com)
• Dramatists Support Group: Third
Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., The
Olde Brick Theatre (126 W. Market St.,
Scranton).
King’s College Theatre
(Admin. Bldg., 133 N. River St., Wilkes-
Barre, 570.208.5825)
• “Almost, Maine”: Oct. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.;
Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m. $12; $5, students/senior
citizens.
KISS Theatre Company
• The Jungle Book Kids: Sept. 20-21,
27-28, 7 p.m.; Sept. 21-22, 28-29, 2 p.m.
• Children of Eden: Nov. 8-9, 15-16, 7
p.m.; Nov. 10, 17, 2 p.m.
Registrations upcoming workshops:
See www.kisstheatre.org for registration
forms.
•My Son Pinocchio Jr.: Ages 8-16, starts
Sept. 23.
•The Aristocats Kids: Ages 4-10, classes
begin Oct. 19.
the lamp post . chapter one
(47 North Franklin St - third floor -
Wilkes-Barre)
• Creation Destruction Potential, a col-
lection of theatrical, visual, and musical art
& performance: Sept. 4, 8 p.m. $5.
Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
( 537 North Main StreetWilkes-Barre.
570.823.1875.)
• “Spamalot”: Sept. 7-15, 8 p.m. Fridays
and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. $18.
The Moose Exchange
(203 W. Main St., Bloomsburg)
• “Lucy, I’m Dead!”: Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
$25 until Sept. 30, $30 after that date.
•USO-style showto honor local veterans
at Veterans’ Day: Nov. 9. $35 until Sept. 30,
$40 thereafter.
M.P.B. Community Players
(531GarfieldSt.,Hazleton.570.454.3305,
mcgroganj@gmail.com)
• “Wonderful Town:” Sept. 27,-29
Music Box Players (196 Hughes St.,
Swoyersville: 570.283.2195 or 800.698.
PLAY or musicbox.org)
•Music Theatre Academy 2013: Theatre
Workshop for students ages 6 to 20. Tuition:
$250 - $200 if paid before Sept. 1. Sessions
begin Sept. 16. Students will perform
Seussical JR – The Musical, Oct. 25-27.
•Dolly Parton’s 9to5: Sept. 13-15, 20-22,
27-29. Fridays and Saturdays bar opens 6
p.m., dinner 6:30, curtain 8; Sundays bar
opens 1 p.m., dinner 1:30, curtain 3. $34.00,
dinner and show; $16, show only.
The Phoenix Performing Arts Centre
(409-411MainSt., Duryea, 570.457.3589,
phoenixpac.vpweb.com, phoenixpac08@
aol.com)
•Phoenix Kids present “Willy Wonka the
Musical”: Sept. 13-29, 7 p.m. Fridays and
Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. $10.
Pines Dinner Theatre
(448 North 17th St., Allentown.
610.433.2333. pinesdinnertheatre.com)
• “Route 66”: Sept. 6-Oct. 20,
Wednesdays through Sundays. $48.50,
adults; $46.50, seniors (60+); $20, children
under the age of 16. Includes dinner, bever-
ages during dinner, the show, and tax.
Shawnee Playhouse
(570.421.5093, theshawneeplayhouse.
com)
• “Roses in December:” Sept. 13-14,
8 p.m.; Sept. 15, 2 p.m. $18, adults; $15,
seniors; $10, children 12 and under.
• “The Odd Couple”: Sept. 20, 28, Oct.
4, 12, 18, 8 p.m.; Sept. 22, 26, Oct. 2, 6, 10,
16, 20, 2 p.m. $28, adults; $25, seniors; $15,
children under 12.
• “The Female Odd Couple”: Sept. 21,
27, Oct. 5, 11, 19, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 29, Oct.
3, 9, 13, 17, 2 p.m. $28, adults; $25, seniors;
$15, children under 12.
Theatre at the Grove
(5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. nuan-
golagrove.com, 570.868.8212, grovetick-
ets@frontier.com)
Ticket pricing: $18, plays; $20, musicals;
$86, summer pass, first five shows; $120,
season pass. All shows are BYOB and fea-
ture cabaret seating.
• “The Mousetrap:” Sept. 13, 14, 19-21,
8 p.m.; Sept. 15, 22, 3 p.m.
• “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of
Fleet Street:” Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, Nov. 1, 2,
8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 3 p.m.
• “It’s a Wonderful Life:” Nov. 29, 30,
Dec. 6, 7, 12-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 8, 15, 3 p.m.
Wilkes University
(84 W. South St, Wilkes-Barre, 1.800.
WILKES.U, wilkes.edu)
• “The Curious Savage”: Sept. 26-28, 8
p.m., Sept. 29, 2 p.m.
• “Seussical, The Musical:” Nov. 8-9,
15-16, 8 p.m., Nov. 10, 17, 2 p.m.
• “The No-Frills Revue”: Feb. 14-15,
21-22, 8 p.m., Feb. 16, 23, 2 p.m.
•Check out Chekhov, An Evening of One
Act Plays by Anton Pavlovich Chekov: April
3-5, 8 p.m., April 6, 2 p.m.
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Pope pleased by Levine’s
blessing
In an interview almost
a year ago on “The
Ralphie Show,” Adam
Levine made it clear
that when it came to the
music industry, he was a
fan of second chances.
“If I had to choose
between something to
watch, it would be the
person that had been
knocked down a couple
times, where you’d want
to see, ‘Oh my God, is
this person going to
finally do it?’” “The
Voice” coach responded
after I asked him about
Cassadee Pope, the for-
mer Hey Monday lead
singer who was shoot-
ing for higher stars after
a first attempt under
Columbia Records.
“If it’s someone’s first
chance, sorry kid, you
know, tough call. Who
cares? You’re going to
have 10 more.”
Pope was happy
enough just to receive
that second opportunity
and was also pleased to
hear Levine’s remarks.
“I got a lot of com-
ments when I was on the
show about how I already
had my chance; I should
not be doing a show like
that, I already had some
success,” the season
three winner recalled
during an interview with
“The Ralphie Show” that
aired last week. “Hearing
him say that means a lot
because I felt like I had
been through the grind.
I had worked really hard,
and it didn’t work out,
and this was finally a
chance to really knock it
out of the park.”
In the process, Pope
would transform from a
pop rock princess that
played rough with the
boys on stage to a solo
country artist who felt
comfortable performing
in front of teenagers and
senior citizens alike.
“The only thing that
has really stayed the
same are my friendships,
and my relationship,
and my family; we’re
still very close,” Pope
remarked. She has dated
All Time Low drummer
Rian Dawson since her
days as the frontwoman
for Hey Monday. “But,
everything (else) is dif-
ferent.”
Pope’s debut album,
“Frame by Frame,” comes
out Oct. 8.
SAMBERG RETURNS
TO THE TUBE
Andy Samberg is
back on your TV screen
every week this fall,
just on a new night with
a different network.
The “Saturday Night
Live” alumnus stars in
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a
comedy about a group of
detectives in a New York
precinct. The sitcom pre-
miered Tuesday on FOX.
“We’ve had meetings
with ex-detectives and
former cops and stuff
to make sure that we’re
not doing anything that
could be deemed disre-
spectful to law enforce-
ment,” Samberg revealed
to “The Ralphie Show.”
“The show’s not really
in it to make fun of that
aspect of it. (The show
is) courteous of the
actual job but it’s also…
what we’ve been told is
kind of honest to the fact
that there’s a lot of down
time and a lot of silli-
ness going on behind the
scenes as well.”
The latter is plentiful
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Weekender Editor
T
wo years ago,
a friend told
actor Vincent
Ward that he
should be on
AMC’s hit TV series “The
Walking Dead.”
“Why would I want to be
on a show about zombies?”
he replied. “A year later, I’m
on a show about zombies.”
Born and raised in
Dayton, Ohio, Ward was a
basketball star and a dancer
in a rap group before
catching the acting bug
after watching a play.
“I fell in love with it
that day. That day I told
myself, “I can do that,”
and the following week, I
went and auditioned and I
got a part with that same
play company. I never even
thought about acting ever,”
he recalled in an interview
with The Weekender just
after an audition.
“I think it was more of
how the audience reacted,
that quick reaction for the
audience. I always felt like
I’ve had the entertainment
bug in me.”
After moving to Los
Angeles, where he has
resided for 13 years, he
has earned roles in films
like “Traffic” and “Ocean’s
Eleven” and TV shows like
“The Wire” and “Everybody
Hates Chris,” noting that
the hardest part of the
industry is just not giving
up.
“I’ve had friends that
moved out here and they
couldn’t cut it or they didn’t
have enough patience,
man. Another hard thing is
having patience. You have
to be patient,” he advised.
Though he looked at it
as “just another audition,”
Ward got a major break
when he tried out for
the character of Oscar in
the third season of “The
Walking Dead,” a part
shrouded in secrecy at the
time. The character was
called “Mouse” to avoid
leaks to the press.
“The character of Mouse
was just like my character,
Oscar, and Oscar is just like
Vincent, to be honest with
you. I was really and truly
playing myself. When they
pulled a gun on me, I’ve
had a gun pulled out on me
twice – once by somebody I
knew! And I didn’t plead for
my life then, neither time,”
he emphasized.
“I don’t even read the
entire script; I just read
my part. I go through the
script and I look for Oscar
or whoever I’m playing and
I focus on that.”
He hadn’t even seen the
record-breaking series until
his fourth episode, but he
loved every minute of his
time on set.
“Even though at that
time I was staying like an
hour away from where we
were filming, every day I
would drive – I don’t care if
it was 5 or 6 o’clock in the
morning – I would drive
with a smile on my face
because I felt like I was
a part of something, you
know, even though I really
didn’t know what ‘The
Walking Dead’ was,” Ward
explained.
“Everybody that’s in
prison isn’t a bad guy; they
just made a mistake, and
that’s what happened with
my character. I had a wife,
I had kids – I got caught
stealing, once, and that’s
how I ended up in prison…
That’s why I say Oscar is
very close to how Vincent
is, or Vincent is very close
to how Oscar is. I’m not
saying I’ve been in jail, but
I just think they thought a
lot alike and I was basically
just being myself.”
He wasn’t the only one
invested in his character
during Ward’s often intense
scenes. In a showdown with
star Andrew Lincoln, who
plays group leader Rick
Grimes, Lincoln took the
scene a bit too far.
“Andy was so hyped up
he kicked me! He kicked me
in the stomach and I didn’t
even know what the hell to
do. I got pissed!” he said
with a laugh. “As soon as it
was over, he’s like, ‘Vince,
I am so sorry! I don’t even
know what I was thinking
about!’”
And while the zombie
apocalypse scenario may be
fake, the action is very real,
as both Ward and Norman
Reedus, who portrays
fan-favorite Daryl Dixon,
discovered.
“When Norman has the
knife to my neck, it was
a real knife and he didn’t
want to do it. I said, ‘Let’s
go – just don’t press it
against me.’”
After starring in seven
episodes, it was Ward’s
death scene during a
gunfight with an opposing
survivor group, though,
that was the most difficult
to shoot.
“I was sad. I was really
and truly sad. It was for
a couple reasons: one,
because I wasn’t going to
be around anymore to be
around my fellow co-stars,
and I had become close to
them as far as like being on
Surviving the ‘Dead’
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the set and working with
them. Everybody was so
professional all the time
and I loved it. There was no
egos. There wasn’t no, ‘I’m
the lead and you’re not.’
There wasn’t any of that,
even behind the scenes,”
Ward said.
“Two, it was sad, but I
have to admit, I was also
a little angry about the
situation for the simple
fact that it’s like OK, yeah,
I know it’s called ‘The
Walking Dead’ and you
never know who’s going to
go, but I think my death
could have been a lot better
than what it was.
“And then when I read
an interview with (creator)
Robert Kirkman and
somebody asked him, ‘Well
why did Oscar have to
die?’ and his answer was,
‘Because we didn’t want
him to kick the Governor’s
ass,’ that really pissed
me off. That was a bogus
excuse, a bogus reason to
me.”
Ward was also not invited
to be a guest on the live
after-show “Talking Dead”
and refers to the end of his
role as “bittersweet.”
“Give (Oscar) an
opportunity to really go
ahead and do something.
He’s proved himself, he
showed that he’s strong
and got your back, so why
not let him be around a
little longer? And then even
with Twitter and Facebook,
one thing I hate and I can’t
control is when somebody
calls me T-Dog 2.0 or the
token black guy because a
lot of fans have brought to
my attention or asked why
can’t they have more than
one black guy on the show
at a time. And I never even
thought about that until
it happened to me,” he
pointed out.
“It was like OK, T-Dog is
dead, here’s Vincent. OK,
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KICK-OFF
The weekend’s festivities
will begin with the Undead
Fed, a world record-
breaking attempt that will
also help out a local charity.
Dress up as a zombie and
join the Infect Scranton
Infect Scranton
team on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.
at the Mall at Steamtown
and bring a non-perishable
food item. The goal is to
have as many zombies as
possible in one place, while
also collecting goods for the
Scranton Rescue Mission.
Travis Love, one of the
Governor’s henchmen on
“The Walking Dead,” will
be on hand for free photos
and autographs.
All participants must
register online, though
tickets are free. They’re just
required as proof of a total
number for the Guinness
World Record folks.
Afterward, be sure to
put that zombie costume
to good use and hit up
the zombie pub crawl,
which will travel through
several establishments
in downtown Scranton
starting at 9 p.m.
THE BIG RACE
The Zombie Survivor
challenge is a zombie-
infested 5K (3.1-mile)
obstacle course that will be
held at Montage Mountain.
Runners will carry
their “lives” on their
belts. During the race,
participants will avoid
zombies (both shamblers
that hang about in an
assigned place and hypers
that actually run the course
starting five minutes
after the humans), tackle
obstacles both man-made
and natural and try to
survive.
There is an added
element this year, as
Luzerne County Paintball
will have a special obstacle
(that has the option of
being skipped). Runners
will be provided (from a
stationary position, after
putting on safety goggles)
a weapon with only three
rounds (paintballs).
Runners will have to hit
targets. If you don’t have
three successful shots, you
have the potential of losing
one life before proceeding
on the course.
First wave starts at 10
a.m. with waves following
every 15 minutes.
Participants must be
14-years-old on the day of
the race.
All race participants will
receive the following as
part of their experience:
1. A super cool, high-
quality performance
running T-shirt.
2. A medal (survivor
or infected) to use when
bragging to your friends.
3. Having a celebrity
(from “The Walking Dead,”
“Dawn of the Dead,” and
more) actually greet you at
the finish line and present
your medal.
4. A pretzel dog, soda,
and bag of chips.
5. Admission to the
Green Zone (party area and
where the beer will flow
from nice cold taps).
6. Admission to the
Infect Scranton convention.
Race proceeds will go to
efforts to build a children’s
splash park in Taylor
Borough.
Photo by Amanda Dittmar
Makeup for the cover and the above photo was provided by Taney’s Costume Shop, NEPA’s only full service costume
shop since 1926. Taney’s will also be creating zombies at Infect Scranton.
then kill Vincent, here’s
Tyreese. I think whoever’s
behind the scenes really
and truly need to look at
that because the fans are
starting to look at that and
a lot of black people are
starting to look at that.
“Who knows what’s
going to happen with
Oscar? They didn’t show
me get shot in the head, so
who knows?”
The 42-year-old said he
“had a great time” despite
this, and it’s opened up
many other doors since,
even leading to an unlikely
friendship with co-star
Lew Temple, who will
be appearing with Ward
at Infect Scranton this
weekend.
“That’s my brother
from another mother,
man. Lew is a great guy,
and I probably never had
chemistry with somebody
like this, on the set and off
the set. You would think me
and Lew have been friends
for years. We call ourselves
the new Danny Glover and
Mel Gibson, and I told
him, ‘Somebody’s going
to give us a spinoff or our
own show,’ because our
chemistry is on-point. We’re
talking about trying to do
something together, but
we’ll see,” he said.
Ward has since traded
in his prison jumpsuit
for a suit and tie, which
he is often seen in at
conventions, but what
would the up-and-coming
actor do if zombies were
real? Arm himself with an
ax or tire iron and pray.
“Just watching over my
shoulder a lot, just like we
did on ‘The Walking Dead.’
I would just be praying.
That’s it. Praying with
whatever weapon I have
and just be ready to go
to war to protect me and
mine.”
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“I think my death could have been a
lot better than what it was…A lot of
fans have brought to my attention
or asked why can’t they have more
than one black guy on the show at
a time. And I never even thought
about that until it happened to me.”
–Vincent Ward
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Geek Culture & more
Rich Howells | Weekender Editor
Retro Con is the future
of con experiences
AsI sit hereandadmiremy
custom sketch of the mirror-
masked Cobra Commander
fromthe original “G.I. Joe: A
Real American Hero” series
by his very creator, Larry
Hama, I think it’s safe to say
that the second annual Retro
Con, held at the Greater
Philadelphia Expo Center in
Oaks, Pa., on Saturday, Sept.
14, was another rousing suc-
cess, particularly for this
nostalgia-loving nerd.
As I pulled into the park-
ing lot, I wondered which
building the con was in until
I saw the Mystery Machine,
General Lee, KITT,
Bumblebee, a “Jurassic
Park” jeep, and other custom
vehicles displayed out front.
Then I knew I had come to
the right place.
I may have arrived a bit
late for the Angry Video
Game Nerd and Nostalgia
Critic signings, but I did get
there just in time for their
Q&A panel, complete with a
musical introduction by Kyle
Justin, Internet-famous for
his AVGN theme song. They
answered many funny and
serious questions, includ-
ing from a puppet and your
obligatory guy in a Deadpool
costume, then snuck off
together right after, so I
expect another video col-
laboration relatively soon.
The main floor was twice
as big this year, with two
full rooms of dealers selling
everything from your child-
hood. If your parents never
got you that giant He-Man
playset you always wanted,
then Christmas is better
late than never because you
could buy it there still in its
original box. The two ware-
house rooms echoed with
the sounds of ‘80s cartoon
themes and other recogniz-
able tunes from a DJ booth
in the corner while fans
haggled for rare and obscure
toys or that one action fig-
ure that’s been missing from
their collections. I picked up
a few Marvel figures mint
on card for the same price I
would have paid back in the
’90s, along with a “Marvel
Super Heroes Secret Wars”
Kang from 1984 still in the
package for a mere $8. If
that doesn’t excite you, you
may be reading the wrong
column.
The guests signing auto-
graphs ranged from Don
Fullilove, who played future
mayor Goldie Wilson in
“Back to the Future” to Neil
Ross, the voice of many
memorable characters in
“Transformers,” “G.I. Joe,”
“Voltron,” and countless
other beloved cartoons.
Ross and I chatted about the
“Pryde of the X-Men” pilot
he worked on that wasn’t
picked up for a full series,
recalling that the recordings
took all day and into the
night with take after take as
he signed a G.I. Joe comic
for me.
I then discussed that same
star-spangled franchise with
author Mark Bellomo, who
writes the most complete
toy guides one could pos-
sibly imagine along with
amazing behind-the-scenes
information for the complete
collections of the original
Marvel comic series, now
published by IDW. Learning
about his writing process
and how it ties in with his
massive collection of every
toy line from the ‘60s on
(not an exaggeration) made
my own fandom seem lack-
ing in comparison, but very
fan is created equal in a room
like this – we’re here to share
more than brag.
Though there was one
competition–acostumecon-
test that had some amazing
entries. A woman dressed as
the “Sharknado” won, tak-
ing home a custom-made
Skeletor trophy, and many of
the unique door prizes were
also hand-crafted. Her getup
wasn’t exactly retro, but it
was extremely creative. The
creativity I admired most
came from Larry Hama,
however. Wearing black
cap and a t-shirt with the
Arashikage clan symbol
on it, he quietly sat next to
Bellomo throughout the day
sketching any character fans
requested – I chose Cobra
Commander because he was
always my favorite of all the
Joes and Cobras he created,
and even those who asked
for the same character were
given completely different
drawings.
He graciously posed for a
picture (appropriately taken
by a man dressed in a Cobra
uniform) after signing a
stack of my Joe comics and
listening to me thank him
and blather on. The opportu-
nity really made me appreci-
ate Retro Con even more; it
may not be some massive,
sold-out gathering with
movie stars and directors fly-
ing in from the West Coast
for big announcements and
even bigger lines, but that’s
not what it’s all about.
From the custom door
prizes to the fan-favorite
guests to the insane amount
of toys and collectibles from
years gone by, and even the
opportunity to shoot Nerf
darts at Stormtroopers for
charity, Retro Con is quickly
becoming one of my favor-
ite conventions of the year
because it’s small, simple,
and DIY.
Many of the best cons in
the tri-state area have turned
into expensive investments
with less and less payoff as
prices continue to climb and
focus on what’s important
continues to fall, but Retro
Con grew this year without
losing sight of the reason
why it did. I’m already sav-
ing for next year.
Rich Howells is a lifelong
Marvel Comics collector,
wannabe Jedimaster, and
cult film fan. E-mail him at
rhowells@civitasmedia.com.
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Weekender stafWriter
Third Friday combines with
Wilkes-Barre Restaurant Week
Now is the perfect time
to take a stroll downtown:
the evenings are turning
chilly, making it perfect
weather for a light jacket,
warm drink, and the soft
glow of sunset as it washes
over the many buildings
that line Main Street.
This month’s Third
Friday Art Walk in Wilkes-
Barre is upon us and, as
always, it’s bringing a
variety of cultural events
in the city’s galleries, res-
taurants, boutiques, and
businesses.
No matter your taste –
the itch to try some new
cuisine, the need to lay
eyes on beautiful artwork,
the urge to hear original
local music – there’s some-
thing for everyone.
This month’s Third
Friday brings with it
another event, the first
of its kind: Wilkes-Barre
Restaurant Week.
The Downtown
Wilkes-Barre Business
Association, Diamond
City Partnership, Humford
Equities, and NEPA Geeks
are putting on the event
that allows local folks to
sample cuisine from area
restaurants that they may
not have previously had a
chance to dine at.
Those participating
include Anthracite, Barnes
& Noble, Bart & Urby’s,
Boscov’s, Bottlenecks, Cafe
Toscana, Froyo Mania,
IBOP Coffee Company, III
Guys Pizza, Katana, King
of Kings Gyros, Maers
BBQ, Mimmo’s Pizza,
Oyster Restaurant, Pete’s
Place Middle Eastern
Restaurant, Rodano’s,
S&W Restaurant, and
Senunas’ Bar and Grill.
View menus and more
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sept. 20, 5-8 p.m.,
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Weekender stafWriter
MARYTHERESE BIEBEL
Fromthe times Leader
Uncovering the Legend
of the Black Diamond
The time for hauntings is
upon us.
September comes to a
close in less than two weeks,
and with it comes a rash of
haunted attractions all over
Northeast Pennsylvania,
from houses to cornfields
and hayrides – but have
you ever entered a historic
trolley to get your seasonal
scares in?
For the third year, the
Lackawanna Historical
Society will play host to the
Trolley of Terror, a vicious
voyage on a rail line in
downtown Scranton.
The trolley travels
through the historic Laurel
Line, a Pennsylvania third
rail electric interurban
streetcar line that oper-
ated commuter train ser-
vice from 1903 to 1952
and freight service until
1976. It’s also known as the
Lackawanna & Wyoming
Valley Railroad.
The line is commonly
referred to as the Laurel
Line due to the predomi-
nance of the aforementioned
wildflower throughout its
route. That, however, is
where the sweetness of the
line stops – at least in terms
of the Trolley of Terror.
“On the ride, there
are some actors who are
called out as characters of
a plot line that deals with
the Legend of the Black
Diamond, in order to
reflect our area’s history,”
said Mary Ann Moran-
Savakinus, executive direc-
tor of the historical society.
“Supposedly, there was
some gem discovered by
a miner that brought him
disaster in his life, and that
pushes the plot line as the
trolley goes along.”
Moran-Savakinus said
they don’t encourage chil-
dren under 12 to board the
trolley, as there are tradi-
tional scares and dark spots
in the ride.
“You’ll definitely be fright-
ened, but we’re not looking
to traumatize anyone,” she
said with a laugh.
The Laurel Line has an
already-existing area that
makes the trolley ride per-
fect.
“There is a tunnel, and it’s
so dark,” Moran-Savakinus
said. “You could be in there
at noon and it’s still pitch
black. It’s a mile-long tun-
nel.”
In previous years, a walk-
ing tour was offered prior
to boarding the Trolley of
Terror, but this year that
turned into a wagon ride
that seats 15 people, the
tickets for which have sold
out for this weekend. The
wagon ride concludes where
the trolley boards, serving
as a precursor to the scares.
“The wagon makes it
a little more historical
in nature,” said Moran-
Savakinus. “We talk about
the history of the city,
whereas the trolley is more
of a haunted hayride attrac-
tion.”
The entire production
would not be possible with-
out the volunteers, who
Moran-Savakinus said “go
above and beyond.”
“Most of them made their
own costumes and do their
own makeup,” she contin-
ued.
The society has also
received help from
Brookvalley Farm in
Carbondale, who has pro-
vided horses for the wagon
rides, and members of two
other local haunted attrac-
tions who have lent their
services: Reaper’s Revenge
and Circle of Screams.
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TROLLEY Of TERROR
Presented by the Lackawanna Historical society sept.
20-21. the tour will meet at the society’s headquarters,
the Catlin House, at 232 monroe avenue.$25, society
members; $30, nonmembers. tickets are available
at the Lackawanna Historical society or by calling
570.344.3841.
Terrible boss
makes great play
How obnoxious is Mr.
Hart?
“Oh, he’s terrible.
He likes to hit on his
employees, and he’s very
misogynistic,” said Cate
McDonald of Scranton,
who plays office worker
Doralee in “Dolly Parton’s
9 to 5,” which opened last
weekend at the Music Box
Playhouse in Swoyersville.
“He feels there’s no place
for women in the work-
place.”
Unless they’re his play-
things?
“Exactly,” McDonald
said. “(My character has
to) climb a ladder to get a
file from the highest shelf
and he looks up my skirt.
It’s pretty gross.”
From sexual harass-
ment to spreading untrue
rumors to taking credit for
other people’s ideas, Hart
commits just about every
offense on the “bad boss”
list.
“He really deserves his
comeuppance,” said Dana
Feigenblatt, who is direct-
ing the show.
“I think anyone who’s
had to deal with a terrible
boss has dreamed of kid-
napping him and taking
over the workplace,” said
McDonald, explaining
that’s just what Doralee and
her co-workers Judy and
Violet, played respectively
by Ericka Law and Amanda
Reese, manage to do.
But before they tie him
up and suspend him (liter-
ally, from the ceiling), the
trio engages in some wild
fantasies about doing him
in.
“In the cowgirl fantasy,
Doralee comes out with
a lasso and hogties him,”
Feigenblatt said. “In the
Snow White fantasy, he is
poisoned with coffee and
dies on a desk. We have the
ensemble dressed as wood-
land creatures for that.
And, in Judy’s fantasy, she
does a seductive dance and
leaves him tied up.”
When the women aban-
don fantasies in favor of
actual revenge, they put
Hart into a harness and
leave him dangling over the
stage.
“This is the second
show I’m doing where it
happens,” said Bill Lipski
of Nanticoke, who plays
Hart. “In ‘Les Mis,’ I was
Javert, another mean per-
son. When I jumped off the
bridge, they suspended me
in mid-air until the end of
the song.
“I’m used to it by now.”
The show is set in
1979, which meant cos-
tumer Jimmy Williams
“scoured every Salvation
Army for vintage clothes,”
McDonald said.
Audiences will enjoy the
upbeat music, she predict-
ed, as well as the show’s
“very woman power-heavy”
aspect, which shows the
female characters work-
ing together to accomplish
their goals – and running
the office more efficiently
when Hart isn’t around.
As an added benefit,
McDonald said, “I get to
do the role with two very
dear friends of mine, and
we get to put our actual
caring into our perfor-
mance.”
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Courtesy Photos
Mr. Hart (Bill Lipski) endures the revenge taken by Judy (Amanda
Reese), Doralee (Cate McDonald), and Violet (Ericka Law) in ‘Dolly
Parton’s 9 to 5.’
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BEHIND THE ROTTING FLESH
Mike Christopher
Film: “Dawn of the Dead”
(1978)
Character: Hare Krishna
Zombie
How did you end up
being cast as a zombie?
I was in a theatrical rock
band named FLUID. We
had a space-themed stage
show. I had a bald head
as part of my character.
Sharon Ceccatti-Hill
Film: “Dawn of the Dead”
(1978)
Character: Nurse Zombie
How did you end up
being cast as a zombie?
My husband, Clayton,
and I, who was the
featured lead Escalator
Sweater Zombie, were
doing stage work
(operettas) at the
Pittsburgh Playhouse
when we heard George
(Director) George
(Romero) was looking
for some zombies that
would be different than
blue jeans and plaid shirts.
He especially wanted
something different for my
part because since I was
the zombie who discovered
the hideout in the mall.
Did you have any say
in your appearance or
costume or your on-
screen death?
I didn’t even read the
script when I showed up
for my scenes. Everything
I did was done on one
take… George wanted
every zombie to make up
his own character.
What was shooting your
death scene like?
It was over in an instant.
Romero was looking for
talent for his upcoming
movie to be shot in and
around Pittsburgh. We both
interviewed with George
with portfolio in hand of
our singing and dancing
photos for consideration.
We both were cast as
lead zombies and to be
credited as such.
Were you a horror movie
fan before playing a
zombie or was this genre
new to you?
This genre was all new
to me! I had no idea what
One minute I was grasping
at Fran’s legs dangling in
front of me…next instant
Roger was coming at me
with a rifle butt to the head.
How do you prepare to
play a zombie?
I got a sick feeling in my
stomach like I was going to
puke then tried to maintain
that feeling all through my
scenes.
How do you think your
character became
a zombie?
I have thought of a
backstory for my character
but I don’t have the
financing to pull off the
movie since it would have
to be shot in the ‘70s.
How long did a typical
day of makeup and
shooting take?
a zombie was! George just
laughed.
Did you have any say
in your appearance or
costume?
There was a nurse’s
outfit in wardrobe. He
said he wanted me to wear
that. With having no blood
applied to it, he wanted to
feature me pure-looking, so
I could stand out.
How long did a typical
day of makeup and
shooting take?
My makeup didn’t take
that long, since I only
My makeup is easy –
gray all over and a knot of
hair coming out the top of
my head. Takes about 45
minutes to blend it even.
I had three days shooting,
two in the mall which went
like this: Get to the mall
after it closes around 9 p.m.
Sit in a room full of people
turning into zombies by
the makeup people. Sit
around drinking coffee
all night until someone
frantically runs into the
room saying, “I need
you, you, you,
you, you, you,
you, you, you,
you, you, you,
you, you, you,
and you. Follow
me.” Everyone gets
needed to apply to my
hands, face, and neck. My
hair took the longest. I had
to have grease throughout
my hair… Actually, John
Amplas who was a raider
and also “Martin” (another
Romero film) at the time
was responsible for taking
control of my look… We
shot most of the scenes at
Monroeville Mall, which is
east of the city, from 9 p.m.
to 7 a.m. Long hours but
not unusual for shooting a
film.
How do you prepare to
into place in the mall until
George says “action,” then
we shamble around until
he yells “cut,” then we go
back into the room and
wait until someone runs
frantically back into the
room again!
What was going through
your mind during your
scenes?
Why didn’t someone
think about the hot sulfur
sparks falling on the floor
that are burning the soles of
my feet?
play a zombie?
The way I prepared to
play a zombie was to always
stay in character no matter
what the scene. I would get
into my zombie by feeling
I was dead – not really
sure how that is – but to
look dazed. I would walk
slowly, roll my eyes to
the back of my head with
arms extended, looking for
human flesh. At that point,
I just wanted to survive.
How do you think your
character became
a zombie?
I am assuming my role
became a zombie from all
the long hours working as
a nurse and dying due to
stress. And no, I never was
a real nurse working in a
hospital in Pittsburgh.
Is there anything else
you’d like to mention?
I would like to mention
Do people ever recognize
you outside of your
makeup?
Only one time about
two years ago. I was in a
bar in Ybor City and a guy
was having his birthday
party there. He came over
and asked me if I was the
Hare Krishna Zombie from
“Dawn of the Dead.” I
gave him an autograph on
a small picture I usually
have with me and he was
thrilled.
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my husband, who passed
away four years ago, who
cannot be with us, but
only in spirit… His name
is Clayton D. Hill. He was
known for his funny stint
on the escalator going up
backwards. The look on
his face is surreal. He also
was featured. He was the
weapons coordinator on
the film. He loaded and
unloaded all the weapons
that were fired. He would
collect the used shell
casings after the scene was
shot, put them in a bag, and
go to the next scene. He
saved these empty shell
casings. After all these
years, he put them to use.
I sell them at conventions.
They are enclosed in a case
with his autograph. It was
the last signature he did.
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Jim Krut
Film: “Dawn of the Dead”
(1978)
Character: Helicopter
Zombie
How did you end up
being cast as a zombie?
Well, Tom Savini, who
did all the makeup and
special effects for “Dawn”
asked me. Tom and I had
gone to college together at
Point Park University and
we also worked in theater
together… We’d been in
touch and kind of been
friends for a long time. I
was living in Pittsburgh
at the time and I ran into
Tom and he said, “I’ve got
this great role for you in a
George Romero movie.”
Travis Charpentier
TV Show: “The Walking Dead”
Characters: Zombified
Shawn Greene, RV Walker
(Screwdriver Zombie)
How did you end up getting
cast as a zombie?
I got extremely lucky with
the casting. I had just moved
near Atlanta with some friends
and they told me to apply for
extra work on TV and film.
They told me it was about $300
a day and it would help me put
up rent money while looking for
a stable real job. They gave me
the e-mail to apply and boom,
I got cast for the first scene of
the very first episode and it
took off from there.
Did you have any say in your
appearance or costume or
your on-screen death?
I honestly had no say in what
I was put in but Eulyn, the
wardrobe coordinator for set,
has this great insight to each
person’s style and which outfits
would flow with whom they
were on. My on-screen death for
the most part is just complete
direction from the producers
and director. In the RV Walker
death, I was asked to improvise
and throw a bit of my own into
it, which was pretty fun and
they actually liked it and used
it in the show.
What was it like shooting
your death scenes?
Honestly, it was nerve-
racking. I started out worrying
how well I’d be able to do
the scene and remembering
movements. But when the
cameras are rolling and it’s
time to film the shot, I kind
of slip directly into the role
and just react naturally. If I’m
shot in the leg, I instinctively
limp or drag it. It’s all about
just giving yourself over to
the thought of becoming what
you’re trying to convey, and
once I did that, it was very
liberating and freeing and made
the scene incredible to shoot.
How do you prepare to play
a zombie?
We did go to zombie school,
which is where we learned the
basic shuffle and responses.
But it’s really an individual
study. You make it a apart of
who you are and think about
the backstory of your walker.
Were you a business man,
did you have kids, where and
what were you doing when you
turned? There’s a lot of things
to prepare for it, and it’s a
great way to keep each walker
different from the next.
Do people ever recognize
you outside of your makeup?
It hasn’t been until recently
that people have recognized
me outside of makeup, but it’s
actually pretty funny when
they ask or freak out. I still
haven’t grasped that I’m a small
celebrity. I see these people
fangirling and I’m just like, “I
work at Target and barely make
even. I’m not spectacular,” but
when I see how excited they
are when they meet me, it
makes my day.
What is it like having your
head immortalized as a DVD
box set?
It still hasn’t sunk in yet.
I know it’s there, I know I’m
in so many houses, but I just
brush it off. I guess they used
the mold they made of my
head for the role to make the
box set, so I really had no idea
until they announced it, and
that was a shock. It’s pretty
awesome when I’m out and
about and I see someone with
it and I laugh and point saying,
“Hey, that’s my head!”
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How long did it take to
put your makeup on?
I went to Tom’s place. We
did makeup sessions in his
workshop. We did complete
head casts, twice, when you
have plaster just slathered
all over your face and then
you’re breathing through a
straw for about 20 minutes
‘til it hardens. That was
the technology at the time,
so things got a little easier
over time. The first one
cracked, so a few days later,
I had to go back and do it
again but it was probably
over a two-week period to
get the prosthetics and the
makeup things together.
What was shooting your
death scene like?
It was me and the blocks
– there was no dummy
head, and I should say
that the helicopter blades
were cut in afterward. The
engine was running on the
helicopter, and you have all
the anticipation with the
music. You sort of kind of
guess what might
be coming next,
but as far as the
top coming off, I
was a couple of
boxes standing
up higher. The
makeup prosthetic
piece on top of my
head was, I don’t
know, an inch and
half or something
like that high, and then
that was cut into chunks
and threaded together
with monofilament line,
so it looked like it was one
complete piece, but then
from off camera at the right
moment, somebody yanked
on a piece of monofilament
line attached to that piece
on top of my head. That
then flew off. The blood
came from two guys behind
the boxes using hand
pumps with tubes going
up through the back of my
trousers and shirt and into
the top of the head. One
of those guys was Tom
Savini.
What was Savini and
Romero’s direction to you
during your scene?
Tom Savini said, “Hey,
I want you to be like a
zombie.” “OK.” …I said,
“Tom, I haven’t been to
any of the other scenes.
I haven’t seen any of the
other zombies. Is there
a particular thing I’m
supposed to do? He said,
“Well, you just kind of be
like a zombie,” and so your
imagination takes over. I
said, “Well do they talk?
Do they yell or moan or
do anything like that?” He
said, “You can do whatever
you want to do.” So I did
some moaning.
What was it like
playing such an iconic
zombie?
I always wondered,
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful
to be a character like
Dracula, an iconic kind
of character?” and so
when it came to having an
opportunity to do a role
in a film that was a pretty
much a standalone role, I
definitely wanted to give
it my all. I was certainly
delighted with the response
Did you know just how
important this film would
become?
If you go back and ask
anybody who was in “Dawn
of the Dead,” “Did you
think this was going to be a
huge sensation and popular
across the world even
today?” they would have
said, “No, I’m just making a
movie.” They had no idea.
For me, I don’t know about
that.
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ACROSS
1 Sleeping
5 “Avatar” technology
(Abbr.)
8 Reverberate
12 Georgia city
13 Young fellow
14 Thick chunk
15 Poetic foot
16 Work with
17 Remedy
18 Wood nymphs
20 Meager
22 Deterioration
23 Annoy
24 Harbor structure
27 “The Defiant Ones”
duo
32 Web address
33 Prot. or Cath.
34 Genetic letters
35 Breach in a levee
38 “Hey, you!”
39 Have a bug
40 Way back when
42 “Lord Jim” author
45 Soft fabric
49 Neighborhood
50 Haven’t paid yet
52 Early primary state
53 Dave of “Mad” maga-
zine
54 Rowing need
55 Dance lesson
56 Not good, not bad
57 “- Doubtfire”
58 Dame Myra at the
piano
DOWN
1 Desertlike
2 Wild hog
3 TV trophy
4 Come ashore
5 Groups of grapes
6 Petrol
7 Mid-month date
8 Steep slope
9 Some old cars
10 Rodgers collaborator
11 Follow instructions
19 “- as I say …”
21 Spy novel org.
24 French nobleman
25 Hockey great Bobby
26 Laundromat alterna-
tive
28 French possessive
29 Butchers’ tools
30 Type measures
31 Perched
36 Shrew
37 - carte
38 Shine
41 “We Bring Good
Things to Life” co.
42 Urban fleet
43 Sandwich cookie
44 Armageddon
46 November responsi-
bility
47 Rams fans?
48 Spigots
51 Doves’ aversion
BAZAARS/FESTIVALS
33rd Annual Pennsylvania
Renaissance Faire:
saturdays and sundays through
Oct. 27, and Labor day monday,
mount Hope estate and Winery.
$29.95, adults; $10.95, children
ages 5 to 11. For more info
and tickets visit parenFaire.
comor call the box ofce at
717.665.7021.
Endless Mountains Nature
Center
(280Vosburg road,
tunkhannock. 570.836.3835.)
• Wild Edible and Medicinal
Workshop with nathaniel
Whitmore: sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3
p.m. $20, per session; $35, whole
day; $15, per session stewards
fee; $25 whole day; $35, family
stewardship.
Freedom Fest:
asalute to america’s Finest:
sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.,
mountain sky (63 still meadow
Lane, Jermyn).
BENEFITS/CHARITY EVENTS
2nd Annual Hope for Hannah
Fundraiser:
sept. 22, 1-5 p.m., 356 north
everett ave., scranton
American Cancer Society
• Cancer Prevention Study-3
(CPS-3): Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
nov. 6, 4-8 p.m., Keystone
College Hibbard Campus Center.
participants can register at www.
keystonecps3.org. For more info
call 570.562.9749.
American Lung Association
• Fight for Air Walk: Oct. 3,
mcdade park, scranton.
registration 9 a.m., run beings
9:45, walkers at 10. For more info
visit lunginfo.org/scrantonwalk.
American Red Cross
• 11th Annual Golf Tournament:
sept. 23, registration 11 a.m.,
shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.,
Glenmaura National Golf Club.
dinner and awards ceremony at 6
p.m. Limited to 120 golfers. $300
per golfer. to make a reservation
for golf and/or dinner, contact
Carol Crane at 570.823.7161, ext.
329 or carol.crane@redcross.org.
The Kelci Ever After Memorial
Scholarship Inaugural 6K Run
and 2K Memory Walk
Oct. 6, 11 a.m., Francis slocum
state park pavilion no. 3, by boat
launch. registration begins at
9 a.m. $20, includes a tie-dye
t-shirt.
Luzerne County Pit Bull
Owners, Inc.
• 3rd Annual Pit Bull Awareness
Day and Carnival: Oct. 26, noon-6
p.m., Kirby park.
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Foundation
• Chapter Kick-of: Sept. 20,
6-7:30 p.m., pocono medical
Center Main Building (206 E.
brown st., east stroudsburg).
S.A.F.E. Walk for Autism and
Resource Fair 2013:
sept. 28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
Hazleton area High school track.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
•“Black, White &ATouch of
pink” gala: sept. 27, 6-9 p.m.,
Woodlands Inn (1073 Highway
315, Wilkes-barre). For more
info or to purchase tickets call
amy andrejko at 570.820.1670
or email patriciamichael@mdlz.
com.
“Sweat for the Cure”
Zumbathon:
Oct. 5, noon-3 p.m., pro Fitness
Club (3356 Birney Ave., Birney
plaza, moosic). $10. For
more info contact amy sekol
at570.479.1000 or amy.sekol@
wilkes.edu.
CAR & BIKE EVENTS
Fall Festival Car Cruise
(Eagle Rock Resort, 1 Country
Club Dr., Hazleton)
•Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-midnight. Rain
date Oct. 13. Optional donation
of $12 day of show, $9 pre-
registration. pre-register by
mailing 1 Country Club Drive,
Hazle township, pa18202.
McDonald’s (route 590 Hamlin,
pa)
• Car Cruise: Every second Friday
of august, september, 6 p.m.
Montage Mountain Classics
(thurs., 6-9 p.m., Fri., 6-10 p.m.,
sat., 5-9 p.m.)
Car Cruises:
• Sept. 21, 5-9 p.m., Johnny
rockets, montage mountain.
• Cruise to Beneft Ronald
mcdonald House: sept. 22, 2-6
p.m. rain date sept. 29.
CHURCHES
Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Church
(32 east ross st., Wilkes-barre)
• Greek Food Festival: Oct. 3-5,
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Orders more than
$30 will be delivered free within
a 2-mile radius of the church.
Customers are welcome but
not required to pre-order food
by calling 570.823.4805 during
festival hours or by ordering
online atgreekfoodfestival.
webs.com. For more info call
570.417.4465.
Corpus Christi
(montdale)
• Annual Harvest Festival Turkey
dinner: Oct. 6, noon-5 p.m. $10,
adults; $5, children. take-outs
available.
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Church
(420 main rd., Hanover twp.,
570.823.6242)
• Annual Chicken Barbecue/
Flea Market/Craft Sale: Sept.
15, noon-4 p.m. $9, dinner.
additional feamarket times sept.
20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; sept. 21, 8
a.m.-noon and 6-7 p.m.; sept. 22,
10 a.m.-noon.
• Soup for the Soul’s Committee
book, bake, and soup sale: sept.
19, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of
Clarks Summit
(300 School St., Clarks Summit,
570.586.6306, www.fpccs.org)
• Excelsior Cornet Band, New
York State’s Authentic Civil War
brass band: Oct. 6, 4 p.m.
• All-church recital with First
Presbyterian Church musical
ensembles: novl 17, 4 p.m.
Ss. Cyril and Methodius
Ukrainian Catholic Church
(135 river st., Olyphant)
• Third Annual Rummage Sale:
sept. 20, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sept.
21, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., american
Legion Hall (raymond Henry post
no. 327).
• 125th Anniversary Celebration;
Oct. 27, beginning with liturgy at
3 p.m., followed by celebration
from5-9 p.m. $40, per person;
$12, children 12 and under.
For tickets contact sandra at
570.383.9487.
• Ukrainian Culture Day: Oct. 26,
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
St. Michael’s Ukrainian
Orthodox Church
(540 n. main ave., scranton,
570.343.7165)
• 11th Annual Ukranian Food
Festival: sept. 22. Features
homemade Ukrainian foods such
as holupki, halushky, pyrohy,
kapusta, kielbasa and baked
goods. For info call 570. 961.1795.
Shavertown United Methodist
Church
• 7th Annual Golf Tournament:
Oct. 5, registration 9 a.m.,
shotgun start at 10, mill race and
Golf Camping Resort (Benton).
$80 entry fee. For questions call
bev atherholt at 570.675.7295 or
bill runner at 570.675.5055.
Stufed cabbage dinner:
sept. 21, 4-7 p.m., sponsored
by the saint dymphna Knights
of Columbus, in the Holy Family
Church Hall, Sugar Notch. $8.
take-outs available. Limited
number of tickets available
at the door. For more info or a
reservation, contact dave at
570.824.0994.
EVENTS
Arcadia Chorale
(formerly the robert dale
Chorale)
•“Echoes of Arcadia”: Oct. 19, 8
p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
scranton; Oct. 20, 3 p.m., st.
Stephen’s Episcopal Church,
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Weekender editor
Comic books and video
games are now, more than
ever, socially acceptable and
mainstream, so why not live-
action role-playing?
That’s the question that
Into the Breach Productions,
a nonprofit founded in 2009
inNEPAthat creates LARPs,
is asking, particularly since
what they do is quite differ-
ent from the average game.
“Traditional LARPs are
set in the medieval fantasy
kind of a thing – ‘Lord of the
Rings,’ ‘World of Warcraft,’
that kind of setting. You have
your armor, swords, bows,
and dwarves… With the
two games we have now, it’s
very different. To my knowl-
edge, I don’t know where
the next Western LARP is.
I don’t know where some-
one can go play cowboys for
the weekend… I don’t if you
can play it anywhere else in
Pennsylvania,” writer Matt
Navin, 28, of Edwardsville,
explained.
“That’s a big thing for us,
always trying to do some-
thing a little bit different, a
little bit outside of what you
see. It helps you distinguish
yourself fromthe established
games in the area.”
Into the Breach has been
running two games since
March – Grimdark West,
a Western fantasy set in
1875 Dakota Territory, and
Honors Arcana, set in mod-
ern times at Poor Richard’s
Academy of Magical Arts,
a finishing school for magi-
cians in training. Both are
run on weekends in Hickory
Run State Park in White
Haven, with Grimdark now
finished for the year and
Honors ending at the end of
September.
“We’re doing very well this
year. Our entire population
has grown. Even newer play-
ers have entered our player
base. A good aspect of the
Western game is that we’ve
introduced a new communi-
ty, a new genre of LARPing
to the area. And for Honors,
we have a much younger
crowd where parents, if they
play, can bring their kids to
play with them, and that’s
worked out well for us. We
actually had less trouble
with 12-year-olds than we
had with the 30-year-olds,”
cracked Chris Ormando,
a 35-year-old Edwardsville
resident and head director of
Into the Breach.
Looking to raise aware-
ness about their games as
well as LARPing in general,
he said his other favorite
title is “nerd wrangler,”
though he has plenty of help
with that from his team.
“You are physically being
a character, dressing up
in a costume, which really
helps with your emergence.
It’s not like you’re sitting at
a table playing (Dungeons
& Dragons) where you’re
rolling dice. You’re still role-
playing, you’re still involved
in it, but you’re still in your
t-shirt eating Cheetos at a
kitchen table at your friend’s
house, where withthis you’re
in the woods and you’re run-
ning around,” designer and
art director Amy Zurko, 24,
of Nanticoke, explained.
“You’ve got the weight of
the armor on you. You’re car-
rying a big old piece of ply-
wood as a shield for a while.
You’ve been fighting for a
couple minutes, so you’re
feeling that fatigue. It puts
you there,” Navin added.
“You feel actually scared
sometimes. You feel that
dread when you’re really
scared because it’s dark out
and there’s people trying to
kill you and you have just a
dinky little sword and it’s
just so exciting,” Zurko con-
tinued.
“We want our players to
drive the story. It’s their
story. It’s not our story.”
Writer Ralph Pierce, 30, of
Ashley, summed up the draw
of LARPing by comparing it
to other forms of entertain-
ment.
“It’s very much like when
you go to see a movie.
Depending on the genre of
movie you’re going to see,
you’re going there to experi-
ence a certain type of emo-
tional connection, whether
it’s a comedy or horror,
whatever. LARPing can give
you that in a way that sitting
in a theater doesn’t always
give you,” he began.
“It’s closer to an actual live
stage performance, when
you’re sitting at the Kirby
(Center) or at Little Theatre
(of Wilkes-Barre) and you
see the actors. There’s more
of a connection there, but
nowyou’re one of those char-
acters. One of the interesting
things about it is not only are
you one of the characters,
but it’s not just a script. Your
actions, how you react to it,
makes other people react dif-
ferently.
“Whenever anybody reads
a good novel, sometimes
they’ve thought, ‘Wouldn’t it
be really cool if it went this
way?’ Well, it does because
you acted and it changes it;
it changes the whole narra-
tive up. That’s actually one
of the things that we pride
ourselves on. As our players
react, as they move, as they
kind of shake things up, we
react to them. We give them
a living role, a living narra-
tive.”
Those roles vary depend-
ing on the game, and the
group eagerly explains the
details of both, starting with
Grimdark West.
“Grimdark West hap-
pens in 1875, one year
before Little Bighorn. Little
Bighorn happens in 1876
and you cannot change that.
We’re just going to change
what happens. A full week-
end runs from Friday night
until Sunday about noon,
give or take, and if you try
to plan that 40 hours of the
weekend minute-by-minute,
things are going to go off the
rails,” Navin noted.
“It’s not really steam-
punk, either. It’s Western.
It’s like dark Western, weird
West. There are undead,”
Ormando clarified, compar-
ing it to the video game “Red
Dead Redemption: Undead
Nightmare” with added
magical elements.
“I knowthat there’s a good
number of people that go to
the game because they like
that style of cast-iron camp-
fire cooking and playing a
game set like that,” Navin
pointed out. “I think it does
a good job of bridging that
gap between a game and the
folks that like to go out and
do Civil War reenactment…
It’s very accessible for
people, and I think a lot of
people like to play it because
you’re a pioneer in the West
for a weekend.”
Honors Arcana, however,
is lighter and much more
“whimsical.”
“The game currently is set
in a remote forest in Nova
Scotia. The players kind of
teleport there on the week-
end to do their thing, and
one of the things they were
asked to do by the elves
who live in secret in Nova
Scotia is to stop this logging
company from harvesting
their forest. But we gave the
players no indication about
how to do this. There was
no direction. Just figure out
a way to stop them,” Navin
described.
“We’ve gotten feedback
from players that it was
some of the more rewarding
LARPing they’d ever done
because they really had to
think on their feet… That’s
what we try to do with all of
our games, is give them the
dilemma, give them the situ-
ation they’re facing, but not
really guide them through
how to solve it – leave it
totally open-ended.”
The writers have learned
to “expect the curveball”
from players, but rather than
stress about what will be
thrown at them next, they
embrace this ongoing chal-
lenge, stretching the limits
of their creativity.
“LARPing, as a whole,
is a way to experience life.
It’s experiencing different
aspects of life that you can’t
normally experience,” Piece
said.
“That’s the big thing
about LARP. It’s ‘Conan the
Barbarian,’ it’s ‘Star Wars.’
Whenever you put yourself
in or empathize with the
main character, you can put
yourself in a LARP and you
can play from that point.
Now the story revolves
around you because you
actually have anactive role in
it. Whatever you do impacts
it,” Ormando enthused.
And despite what many
standing on the outside look-
ing in might say, it’s a very
social activity.
“It’s kind of funny – a lot
of people look at it and go,
‘Well, LARPers are all anti-
social.’ There’s actually more
people at a LARP than there
is at your kitchen table,”
Pierce said.
“People I have met who
have role-played their entire
lives explain, ‘Hey, look, I go
to a nine-to-five job. During
the week, everything kind
of seems blasé, but when
I game, or even go hiking
or shooting or to a reenact-
ment, whatever my hobby
is, it gives me that refreshing
taste,’ and that’s what LARP
does. LARP, for many peo-
ple, is that extra step, that
extra input, that extra bit of
creativity that kind of feeds
that need that some people
have and lets them escape.
It’s what makes the hobby
great.”
So, in other words, they’re
nerds, they’re proud, and
they’re recruiting. For
details on joining Into the
Breach games, find them
on Facebook or contact
Ormando at 570.406.3763.
“I went to one event, I got
stuck in the mud and died,
and I had the best time of
my life, and nine years later,
I am running LARPs and
wrangling the nerds and still
getting lost in mud,” Zurko
emphasized with a laugh. “If
you think you’ll like it, you
will.”
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Cowboys and wizards head Into the Breach
Howtojoin
For more information on Into the breach live-
action role-playing games, visit facebook.com/
groups/400105640038753/ or facebook.com/
pages/Grimdark-west/437617026298563 for
grimdark West and facebook.com/HonorsArcana for
Honors arcana. Head director Chris Ormando can be
reached at 570.406.3763.
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Male Musings on love, roMance, and dating
Kenny Luck | Special to the Weekender
Hell is other people
“Hell is other people.”
This is the way the post-
WWII French philosopher
Jean-Paul Sartre described
the nature of human suf-
fering. For a long time,
I disagreed with Sartre.
Plenty of people made
me happy: friends, family,
girlfriends, co-workers…
that is, until I met “Mary.”
A few years ago, after
the termination of a long-
term relationship, I was
faced with a dilemma: do
I stop dating, or do I con-
tinue to look? I decided
on the latter. I could sit
around and feel sorry for
myself, or I could move
forward. Then, right on
cue, a friend approached
me.
“I think I might have
someone for you,” he said.
“She is looking for a guy,
and I think this one might
have potential.”
I agreed to call her, and,
within a few days, we had
plans to meet for dinner.
At first everything
seemed normal. There
was some flirtatious ban-
ter – which is always a
plus – on the way to the
restaurant in Dickson
City. We talked music
and movies. We laughed.
Everything was going in
my favor.
But something changed.
After parking the car,
I got out and opened her
door.
“It’s not 1950,” she
barked. “Don’t do that.”
“WTF?!” I thought.
It was in that moment
when I realized something
was wrong. I kept my cool
and pretended everything
was normal, although it
wasn’t.
We ate a quick meal,
but the flirting had van-
ished. No more witty ban-
ter. No more jokes – just
blank stares and awkward
silence.
I drove her back to her
apartment, and, as I pre-
pared to say good night,
Mary said something
unexpected: she asked me
if I wanted to come inside.
Seeing it as one last
opportunity to salvage the
evening, I agreed.
I sat on her couch sip-
ping a glass of water while
she disappeared upstairs.
Within a few minutes,
Mary reappeared, sexily
clad in tight PJs, and sat
on the couch next to me.
“I can have you in a min-
ute if I wanted,” she said.
“You’re too easy. Women
don’t like that. They want
an aggressive, take-charge
guy.”
She lectured me for
almost an hour, and
the conversation went
nowhere. There was no
catharsis, no revealing
moment, no “Aha,” sec-
ond chance: this date was
dead.
After that night, I never
saw Mary again. But just
before I left, she had
asked me if I learned any-
thing from being with her.
I didn’t.
But when I asked her
the same question, she
said, “Maybe I should
treat guys a little better in
the future.”
Now, every time I go
on a bad date, or ask for
someone’s number, or
think about Mary, Sartre’s
words resonate. I often
wonder why opening a car
door was such an affront
to her femininity. That
said, maybe I was wrong.
Maybe I did learn some-
thing from her: if hell
really exists, I was there.
If not, then it was at least
some bizarre version of
dating purgatory. Either
way, redemption isn’t pos-
sible. Perhaps I should
forget this whole thing
and become a celibate
Buddhist monk. It might
not be a bad idea.
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Something as simple as opening a door can close another one, at least for one of Kenny’s dates.
fantasy owner’s dream. The
only problem is that we get
so anxious whenever we see
a quarterback have a solid
game on the ground that we
get overly enamored and fall
in love after the first date.
After Week 1 it was hard to
see anything besides Pryor’s
112 yards on the ground.
We all forgot about his two
interceptions against Indy’s
anemic pass defense. We
all knew who Terrelle Pryor
was while we refused to
consider him at draft time,
and it’s important that
we don’t forget that now.
Hot start of the week:
Josh Gordon WR Cleveland.
Gordon is coming off a two-
game suspension and he will
be looking to pick up where
he left off last season. He
ended the 2012 season on a
hot streak and he might help
wake up Cleveland’s stum-
bling offense.
Must sit this week: Any
Jacksonville Jaguar. Not
even Cecil Shorts is safe
matching up against the
Seahawks defense.
Weekly match-up rank-
ings:
QB
P. Manning: Too good
of an arm to do anything
besides destroy the Raider’s
secondary.
A. Rodgers: Cincinnati has
a stout defense, but Rodgers
has been in elite form so far
this year.
D. Brees: Brees loves let-
ting it fly at home in the
dome and this week will be
no different.
C. Kaepernick: Look for
a nice bounce-back perfor-
mance against Indy’s strug-
gling pass defense.
M. Vick: The Eagles have
been rattling off more plays
than any other team this
year. Vick has been putting
up numbers reminiscent
of himself as a Falcon in
“Madden ‘04.”
M. Stafford: Washington’s
defense hasn’t stopped any-
one this year. Stafford and
Megatron should be able to
play pitch and catch until
they’re bored and go home.
M. Ryan: Miami’s defense
is proving to be strong, but
Ryan simply has too many
options to throw to between
Jones, White, and Gonzalez.
R. Wilson: Jacksonville
is just the opponent Wilson
needs to get back on track
after a tough match-up with
San Francisco.
C. Newton: Newton’s
sophomore slump might still
be in effect, but his ability to
move the chains with his feet
will keep him in my top 10.
R. Griffin III: RG3 might
not have been himself over
the first two games of the
season, but the Redskins
seem to be playing lots of
catch-up football and that
means Griffin will have
plenty of opportunities to air
it out.
RB
A . Peterson: Obviously…
L. McCoy: Philly’s upt-
empo offense bodes well for
Vick, Jackson, and especially
McCoy.
M. Forte: Forte has taken
a liking to the Bear’s new
offensive scheme. He’s
averaging 27.5 touches per
game.
D. Martin: Let’s face it, the
Buc’s offense might end up
being Muscle-Hamster-or-
bust week in and week out.
J. Charles: He’s already
banged up, but still totaled
over 100 all-purpose yards
this past week.
M. Lynch: Lynch handled
the 49er’s defense as well as
one could expect. He will
be rewarded with the Jags
defense in Week 3.
C.J. Spiller: He might be
sharing the workload with
Fred Jackson, but I still love
Spiller’s big play ability.
A. Foster: Another top
back sharing carries. Foster
is still the favorite for
Houston’s goal line carries
R. Bush: In typical Reggie
Bush fashion, he’s already
banged up. Get what you can
from him while he’s still on
the field.
A. Morris: Morris has
had limited carries with the
Redskins, constantly playing
from behind, but it’s much
too soon to let a back like
Morris fall outside the top
10.
WR
C. Johnson: No surprise
here.
A.J Green: Green Bay’s
secondary is banged up and,
even if they weren’t, they
would still struggle to con-
tain Green.
D. Bryant- Many people
predicted Dez would have a
coming out party this year.
Those people were right.
He still has suspect hands
at times, but as long as he’s
healthy you can start him
with confidence.
D. Thomas: Theonlything
that can slow down Thomas
is Peyton Manning’s other
options.
J. Jones: Monitor his knee
situation this week.
B. Marshall: Brandon
Marshall loves making
Cutler look good.
D. Jackson: Jackson has
been running wild since
Chip Kelly took over in
Philly.
R. Cobb: Rodgers and
Cobb have been in quite the
groove since last year. Don’t
expect that to stop anytime
soon.
V. Cruz: Carolina’s sec-
ondary is beat up and Eli will
bounce back last week’s loss
to Peyton and the Broncos.
W. Welker: Oakland’s sec-
ondary can’t contain all of
Denver’s weapons. Look for
a big day from the Broncos’
receiving core this week.
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Derek Warren
Weekender Correspondent
Cooking with beer
BEER REVIEWS
Derek Warren | Weekender Correspondent
Brewer: Terrapin Beer
Company
Beer: Pumpkinfest
Style: Fruit/Vegetable
Beer
ABV: 6.10%
Description: Terrapin
Pumpkinfest pours a dark
amber color with a thick
creamy beige head that
leaves a very thick lacing
on the glass. The aroma is
very enjoyable and alluring,
just what you would want
from a pumpkin beer. The
spices dominate the nose,
especially cinnamon up
front, and that wonderful
fresh pumpkin pie aroma
cuts right through with just
a hint of sweet malt. The
palate is also dominated by
the spices up front before
being washed over with
Munich malts that bring
about thoughts of a lovely
Oktoberfest beer, blending
with bready and caramel
malts. The beer finishes
long and dry with the spic-
es lingering on the palate.
The body of the beer leans
toward the medium side of
the spectrumwith a moder-
ate amount of carbonation
– a very nice balance. This
is a well-balanced pumpkin
beer that does not overdo
with the spices and has an
excellent malt selection to
give the beer a nice body –
a very enjoyable fall beer.
Food pairing: The rich-
ness and sweet malty bal-
ance of this beer makes it
a perfect pairing for rich
and hearty foods that are
great in the cooler months.
Pumpkinfest is a perfect
pairing with a rich and
hearty beef stew; the beer
is perfect for highlighting
the tender meat sweetness.
This beer also pairs very
well with many German
dishes and is at home with
any pork dish, with a malt
backbone that brings out
the caramel flavors of the
meat but enough heft and
carbonation to cleanse the
palate and leave behind
a nice balance of spices.
However, Pumpkinfest also
finds a very happy partner
with roast chicken. Also,
feel free to try with rich
desserts such as carrot cake
or, of course, some warm
pumpkin pie or pumpkin
bread. Pumpkinfest is also
a fantastic beer to have on
hand to cook many dishes
with, so get out there and
be adventurous!
The final word:
Terrapin Pumpkinfest is
certainly a pumpkin beer
worth a taste. In a market
that is beyond saturated
by pumpkin beers that
tend towards being over-
spiced, it is nice to find
one that is very nicely bal-
anced and actually pulls in
some Oktoberfest inspira-
tion. Terrapin is a brewery
that consistently brews
high-quality beers, and
Pumpkinfest is no differ-
ent. The only major com-
plaint is that Pumpkinfest
is sold in four-packs, as a
nice six-pack of this one
would make the beer even
better. So be sure to pick
some up this fall season
and enjoy this beer while
breathing in that lovely
autumn air.
Rating: W W W V
Where can I get it?
Currently available in bot-
tles at: Wegmans, Dickson
City; J & H Beer, Wilkes-
Barre; Goldstein’s Deli,
Kingston; and Krugel’s
Georgetown Deli & Beer,
Wilkes-Barre.
Remember, enjoy respon-
sibly! Cheers!
-Derek Warren is a beer
fanatic, avid homebrewer,
and beer historian. Follow
Derek’s beer blog at idtap-
that.org.
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Agreat pumpkin
Treating oneself to the sim-
ple pleasures in life is a luxury
that wecanall affordandatrue
key to happiness. Great beer,
enjoyed in reasonable quanti-
ties, is certainly one of these. A
well-paired dish only enhances
the pleasure factor, one compli-
menting the other. However,
to improve the pleasure factor
even more, there is a move-
ment afoot to cook with your
beer for a fullyengrossingplea-
surable experience.
Sure, we have all had a beer
while cookinginthe kitchenor
onthe grill, but this movement
is far more than that and even
moves beyond the traditional
beer-battered fish and chips or
Guinness stew, not to knock
these traditional and wonder-
ful foods. However, the current
interest incraft beer goes hand
inhandwiththe rising interest
in artisanal food, so it would
be expected for the two inter-
ests to intersect. This naturally
gives rise to new and exciting
dishes that combine beer and
food, and while there is still
room for many traditional
meals, there is a vast array of
new dishes available to the
consumer.
Many breweries have
taken to incorporating fan-
tastic restaurants into their
tasting rooms, or as sepa-
rate institutions within the
brewery – breweries such as
Stone, whose World Bistro &
Gardens in California offers
such fantastic dishes as garlic,
cheddar, and Stone Ruination
IPA soup; Stone Pale Ale
and garlic stir-fried Brussels
sprouts; and Stone Arrogant
Bastard battered onion
rings. A bit closer to home in
Cooperstown, N.Y., is Brewery
Ommegang, whose Belgian-
themed café offers such deli-
cious choices as frites with
Abbey Ale and cumin ketchup
and mustard with Witte Ale
and honey or the magnificent
Three Philosophers chocolate
fondue. These are just some
samplesof wonderful combina-
tions that canarise fromcomb-
ingbeer withfood.
However, this movement
extends far beyondthe reaches
of brewery restaurants and
continues right at home with
a vast amount of recipes avail-
able to make delightful dishes
using your favorite craft beer.
If you’re confused about where
to start, you can simply search
the Internet or find a wonder-
ful array of cooking with beer
cookbooks nowavailable, such
as “The Best of American
Food & Beer,” “The Craft
of Stone Brewing Co.,” or
“The American Craft Beer
Cookbook.” These are all great
starting points to get cooking
and contain a great abundance
of general information about
beer as well.
When creating dishes,
there are a few things to keep
in mind, but as with all cook-
ing, experimentation is not
only suggested, it is required.
One basic thing to keep in
mind, though, is to keep like
flavors with like flavors; that
is if you are looking to create
a dish with spices, try using a
beer with such a profile, like
an IPA, or if you want a more
chocolate base, say for a des-
sert, a stout or a porter are the
perfect starting points. Now
of course there are exceptions
to these, but for a base point
tostart from, these ideas work
best until you become more
acclimated to cooking with
beer.
Another great tip is to use
darker beer with red meat
and lighter beers with lighter
meats; a similar opinion falls
true for cooking with wine as
well. However, cookingaham-
burger made with grass-fed
beef and mixed with an impe-
rial stout will trump anything
that red wine could do in that
situation.
So, are you ready to get
adventurous now and get
cooking? Well, inkeepingwith
the impending fall season and
with the endless amount of
pumpkin beers available to us
now, I listedseveral recipes on
my blog, idtapthat.org, using
pumpkin ale as the beer base.
Recipes such as pumpkin
cheesecake, pumpkin beer
bread, and pumpkin ale cin-
namon rolls are all listed and
just waiting for you to give
thema try.
While food and beer have
long had a lovely relationship
with one another, this new
foodie dimension that has
been added to this relation-
ship has truly opened some
tasty doors into new frontiers
for cooking. So get into your
kitchen and get cooking – just
don’t drink all your ingredi-
ents before you finish!
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Log on to idtapthat.org for some creative fall
recipes using pumpkin beers.
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NEPA INDIE WRESTLING SPOTLIGHT
Bill Thomas | Weekender Correspondent
Bye bye, Banger
“Banger” Ritch Howe
jumped off the turnbuckle
for the last time on Friday,
Sept. 6. The ring shook as
he hit his opponent with his
signature top rope leg drop.
One pin and three seconds
later, Howe’s 14-year career
as a professional wrestler
was over.
Prior to the Orang-K Pro
Wrestling show that sig-
naled the end, Howe looked
back to the beginning.
“I sent a letter to (World
Championship Wrestling)
when I was about 17,”
Howe, now 33, said. “WCW
was the biggest thing at the
time. I didn’t have any delu-
sions that they’d say, ‘Oh,
come work for us at 17 with
no experience.’ I was just
hoping I’d hear something
back because otherwise I
had no idea what to do. I
didn’t even knowhowto get
started.”
To Howe’s surprise, he
actually did hear back from
WCW. A letter directed him
to the company’s in-house
training school. Shortly
after that, however, Howe
learned his first son was
on the way and hung up
his squared circle dreams
in order to take care of his
newly expanding family.
Nevertheless, when
underground wrestling
came to Pennsylvania in the
mid-‘90s with the formation
of Valley Championship
Wrestling, it wasn’t long
before Howe found him-
self in the mix. Inspired by
VCW’s self-trained brawlers,
Howe’s dreams got a new,
D.I.Y.-style lease on life.
“It was a very long pro-
cess of ‘Find whoever you
can to teach you however
much they can,’” Howe
said. “After 14 years, I fig-
ured out there is no way
to ‘be trained.’ You have to
condition yourself to always
be learning. You don’t stop.”
Since then, there have
been few local promo-
tions Howe hasn’t worked
with, and more than a few
he started himself. He’s
played major roles both
in the ring and behind the
scenes of such groups as
Pride of Wrestling, Action
Unlimited: Anthracite
Wrestling, Keystone State
Wrestling, and, most recent-
ly, Orang-K Pro Wrestling
(which he continues to be a
backer of).
One experience Howe
remembers fondly saw him
team with WWF superstar
Stevie Richards against
two other WWF super-
stars, Road Dogg and Billy
Gunn, for the main event
of a Championship Pro
Wrestling show. Exposure
matches such as that one
allowed Howe to make a
name for himself and wres-
tle for other promotions
around the country.
Still, it all begins to take
its toll over time.
“It just clicked in my
head: I’m done,” Howe
said, grateful he was able
to bounce back from a knee
injury suffered earlier this
year that could have been
much worse.
“I took up surfing last
summer. I did a lot of surf-
ing this summer, and I want
to be able to do more next
summer. I did the wrestling
thing; I did what I wanted to
do. I want to be able to do
other things. So many peo-
ple get out of the business
because they’re injured. I’m
not injured. That’s why I
want to get out now.”
Recently married, Howe’s
retirement isn’t just a gift to
himself, but to his family as
well.
Back to Howe’s last
match: In the middle of the
ring, the retiring Banger
sat down and untied his
wrestling boots. Then he
grabbed a mic.
“Thank you for letting me
do this for as long as I’ve
done it,” Howe said. “I’ve
headlined shows. I didn’t
deserve that. I was KSW
heavyweight champion. I
didn’t deserve that either.
I’m just a kid from Wilkes-
Barre who likes wrestling.”
Howe invited his son,
Matt, into the ring and
handed the boy his boots.
Reflecting on his long
career entertaining “other
dads’ kids,” Howe ended his
speech simply.
“Dad’s coming home,”
he said, “and dad’s staying
home.”
Until next time, remem-
ber: When fact is stranger
than fiction, wrestling is
at least as real as anything
else.
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‘Banger’ Ritch Howe ended his
14-year career as a professional
wrestler on Sept. 6.
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Robbie Vanderveken | Special to the Weekender
The Top 5zombie games of 2013
Every since 1968’s “Night
of the Living Dead,” people
have been obsessive with
zombies. They have defi-
nitely shambled into all
aspects of pop culture, from
movies to comic books, and
especially into video games.
There isn’t just one type
of zombie out there: there is
the classic slow and sham-
bling zombies, the fast and
aggressive zombies, and
the walking dead variety,
which respond to smells
and sound. Just like these
types of zombies, there are
several different types of
zombie games.
This year has been huge
for zombie games. Here is
a short list of the top five
zombie games of 2013 that
you have to try if you are an
undead fanatic.
5. ‘Dead Island:
Riptide’
“Dead Island: Riptide”
is the sequel to the origi-
nal “Dead Island” and
is an interesting mix of
first-person action and
RPG. “Riptide” continues
the story of the survivors
as they try to escape an
island chain called Banoi
after being shipwrecked.
“Riptide” features new
characters, vehicles, chang-
ing weather conditions,
new weapons, and some
different types of zombies.
“Riptide” was a fun game
where you could explore
and dismember zombies
with a group of friends; it
was a bit buggy and had
pretty much no story, but it
was definitely an entertain-
ing and gory zombie game.
4. ‘State of Decay’
Just like “Dead Island,”
this is a open world survival
game. What makes “SoD”
interesting is it strives to
be more realistic; it’s like a
zombie apocalypse simula-
tion. A big part of this game
is meeting other survivors
and building a community.
This isn’t an action-packed
game; it isn’t about killing
zombies – it’s about sur-
viving. You have to build
a base, get food, and scav-
enge for supplies while
staying alive. If your charac-
ter dies, he is dead, you lose
your gear, your home, and
everything. You can’t just
load a save, so this really
creates an emotional attach-
ment. Just like last year’s
“Walking Dead” game from
Telltale, the choices you
make drastically change the
game and how other survi-
vors will act around you.
One of the best parts of
this game is you can cus-
tomize your outpost; you
can have towers, gardens,
storage, and extra secu-
rity barricades. Players will
have a great time setting
up their home and decid-
ing how “you” would set
up your house to survive
the undead. This is one of
the best zombie games out
there because of how realis-
tic it can be. It is a real test
of your survival skills.
3. ‘ZombiU’
A launch game for the
new Wii system, “ZombiU”
is an interesting and scary
experience. Just like “State
of Decay,” if you die, you
start over. You have to find
yourself as a zombie and
kill it to recover your gear;
this adds a huge sense of
urgency to stay alive. What
makes this game so cool is
the two-screen experience
of the Wii U; you can use
the touch screen as a map
or to control your invento-
ry, and for all sorts of other
tools, such as hacking. This
is special because while you
are using the touch pad, you
can still be attacked on your
TV, so you have to keep
checking the TV screen
to see if you are being
attacked. It leads to some
really intense scary scenes.
It is a must-play showcase
of the touch screen on the
Wii U for zombie fans.
2. ‘The Last of Us’
This is not only one of
the best zombie games, but
one of the best games peri-
od. The protagonists aren’t
really zombies; they are
called the infected, but they
share a lot of similarities
with zombies. The game
focuses on two survivors,
Joel and Ellie, as they travel
across an America that has
been devastated by the out-
break of a virus that turns
people into zombie type
creatures. The real threat to
these travelers, though, is
the non-infected. Resources
are limited and everyone
is out to take them from
you, as is the government,
which is trying to contain
the outbreak. “The Last of
Us” looks amazing, and as
one of the best and most
heart-wrenching experienc-
es ever, it is a must-play for
every PS3 owner.
1. ‘The Walking Dead:
400 Days’
Last year’s Telltale’s “The
Walking Dead” was noth-
ing short of a masterpiece.
It not only changed what
people thought of zombie
games, but also changed
storytelling in games alto-
gether. It isn’t an action
game; it’s a point-and-click
adventure game, and it’s all
about story. Nearly every-
thing you do in the game
changes what non-playable
characters think of you and
the outcome of the game.
“400 Days” is the follow-
up to original and is made
to bridge the gap between
season one and the highly
anticipated season two.
“400 Days” tells the story
of five new characters each
having different stories
based on “The Walking
Dead” comic books. It’s not
as compelling as Lee and
Clementine’s story, but it
does tell a very emotional
narrative and expands the
conventions of the last
game by adding more inter-
actions with surroundings
and more timed responses,
which impact the story.
Another interesting change
is the ability to switch
between the other charac-
ter’s story at any time. It
doesn’t have the impact of
the main game, but it is a
great way to hold you over
until season two comes out.
-Robbie Vanderveken is
the digital operations spe-
cialist at The Times Leader.
E-mail him at rvanderve-
ken@timesleader.com.
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Justin Brown | Weekender Correspondent
My best friend from col-
lege had a baby last week.
On the same day, I had a
hangover. Both the baby
and I had to be held and
suck on a boob before we
stopped crying. I guess,
when I really think about
it, we were crying for the
same reasons. Neither
one of us were where we
wanted to be. The baby
wanted to be curled up in
a uterus, and I wanted to
be living anywhere other
than my parents’ house.
“How long do you plan
on staying here?” bad-
gered my mother as I
hauled my hungover ass
to the kitchen for some
remedying pickle juice
and Tylenol to cure the
aftermath of my poor
decisions from the night
before.
“You say you want your
own TV show,” she con-
tinued, her eyes still glued
to a basement makeover
on HGTV. “Go get one!
You’re not going to be on
TV by managing a bar
and living in Carbondale!
Besides, I could use the
space.”
I actually kicked off my
summer by presenting my
second television pitch to
a major production com-
pany in Los Angeles! I was
certain that my idea for a
show called “Whatever
It Takes,” which would
follow me coaching and
inspiring the Millenial
generation to go above
and beyond to reach their
goals, would be a smash!
As someone who brought
a marching band to apply
for a job, who better to
create and host a show
like that?
I could see, feel, and
even taste the impact
this show would have if
it were picked up. When I
met a group of filmmakers
during my stay in Cali,
my vision was even more
solidified.
“We got a private tour
inside theChive office
today!” they screamed
when they saw me at the
hostel we were staying at
together. “All because of
you!”
“We asked for a tour.
They said no,” one
explained.
“However,” began his
buddy, “I said we need to
do whatever it takes like
Justin would!”
They went into fur-
ther detail by telling me
they borrowed a guitar
from a performer on the
Venice Beach boardwalk
and started playing a
song outside about why
theChive should let them
in - until they came out-
side and actually did.
That enthusiasm was
matched with the mem-
bers of the development
team I met with the fol-
lowing day at my pitch
meeting! They loved it.
After discussing it with
the rest of their develop-
ment team, I received an
e-mail back.
“We just adore you!”
the e-mail read.
Then, it said they were
so sad to inform me that
they had to pass.
“It borders on too ear-
nest,” the e-mail noted,
“which can be deadly
when selling a show.”
I was never called “too
earnest” before, and it
confused the hell out of
me. I felt defeated and
stopped focusing on my
dream.
“You know the differ-
ence between winners
and losers?” I was recent-
ly asked. “Nothing! Both
fail. Winners just get back
up.”
So, for all dreamers, the
believers, the doers, the
twerkers with their heads
in the clouds and their
asses bent over on the
dance floor: be reckless,
be earnest, be yourself,
and follow your dreams.
I’m going to. Third pitch
is the charm, right?
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The importance of being earnest
HAPPINESS IS A CLEAN
TOILET
beginning in 2011, about
three dozen people in tokyo
have been meeting every
sunday morning at 6 a.m. on
a mission to scrub down, one
by one, the city’s grungiest
public rest rooms. “by 7:30,”
according to an associated
Press reporter who witnessed
an outing in august, the team
had left behind a “gleaming
public toilet, looking as good
as the day it was installed.”
explained the hygiene- intense
satoshi Oda (during the week,
a computer programmer), the
mission is “for our own good”
— work that leader masayuki
magome compares to the
training that buddhist monks
receive to find peace. (In fact,
to fulfill the group’s motto,
“Clean thyself by cleaning
cubicles,” the scouring must
be done with bare hands.) a
squad supporter spoke of a
sad, growing apprehension
that the younger generation
no longer shares the Japanese
cultural conviction that rest
rooms should always be clean
and safe.
MEDICAL MARVELS
Colleagues were stunned in
may when abC news editor
don ennis suddenly appeared
at work wearing a little black
dress and a red wig and
declaring that he had begun
hormone therapy and wanted
to be called dawn ennis. as
co-workers accommodated his
wishes (which did not seem
so unusual in contemporary
professional society), ennis
began to have second
thoughts, and by July had
blamed his conversion on
“transient global amnesia,”
brought on by marital
difficulties, and had returned
to work as don. apparently the
primary lingering effect is that
he must still deal with dawn’s
hormone-induced breasts.
THE ENTREPRENEURIAL
SPIRIT
— researchers at the
University of tokyo have
developed a mirror that makes
a person appear happy even
when not. a built-in camera
tracks facial features in real
time, then tweaks the image
to turn up the corners of
the mouth and to create the
beginnings of a smile in the
eyes. Of what practical use
would such a mirror be?
Other Japanese researchers,
according to a slate.com report
in august, believe that happy-
face mirrors in retail stores
would improve shoppers’
dispositions and lead to more
sales.
— a home ownership boom
in China has led to heavily
attended housing fairs, in
which builders compete
zealously to sell their homes,
leading to offbeat schemes
to draw attention. among the
latest, according to China daily,
is one that dresses female
models in bare-backed evening
wear, with sample floor plans
and other housing information
painted onto their skin, and
sends them wandering through
the crowds.
ANIMALS GONE WILD
— syFy Channel’s recent
original movie “sharknado”
briefly became a media
sensation in July with a
storyline involving large
schools of oversized sharks
lifted from the ocean by
waterspouts and deposited,
alive (and angry!) on land
to wreak havoc. but as the
website mother nature news
subsequently reported,
animals actually have
been lifted to land in that
fashion in the past. Previous
documented news reports
of the phenomenon include
airborne fish (mudfish in the
Philippines, perch in australia);
frogs (in Odzaci, serbia, in
2005); jellyfish (bath, england,
in 1894); worms (Jennings, La.,
in 2007); and, according to an
1887 new york times story,
eight alligators in silverton
township, s.C.
— two macaques escaped
from the straussberg
adventure Park in eastern
germany in July, apparently
on the run from the jealous
bullying of “Cornelius,” the
resident alpha male. When
park officials recaptured the
two, they reported that (even
though everyone seems to
be against “bullying” these
days) “Fred” and “richard”
would have to be castrated.
It was not punishment, the
officials explained; it was to
calm them and reduce the
overall “hormone imbalance”
in the park, since males greatly
outnumber females.
PERSPECTIVE
the Costa rican government
announced recently that
it would close all its zoos,
effective march 2014, and free
animals either to the wild or
to safe “retirement” shelters.
since the country is known
for its expansive biodiversity
(500,000 unique organisms,
despite occupying barely more
than 1/100th of 1 percent of
earth’s area), it is time, the
environment minister said, to
allow the organisms to interact
instead of imprisoning them.
Costa rica is also one of only
four countries to ban the
exploitation of dolphins.
LEADING ECONOMIC
INDICATORS
— In July, following sustained
criticism, thomson reuters
business information company
suspended an advance-release
service for the crucial monthly
“consumer confidence index”
that has been known to signal
stock markets to abruptly
“buy” (driving up prices) or
“sell” (sending them lower).
the University of michigan
prepares and distributes the
index promptly at 10 a.m.
eastern time on its release
date, but thomson reuters
offers two advance peeks.
It pays the school about
$1 million a year to see the
index at 9:55 a.m., to share
with its best customers. the
suspended program gave
an even earlier tip-off — at
9:54:58 — and high-frequency
trading firms paid $6,000 more
a month for those two seconds,
which allowed their computer
robots to execute hundreds
of thousands of trades before
other professional traders had
access to the index.
— First-World Problems:
self-indulgent new york City
parents have been hiring
“play-date” coaches for
their preschool youngsters,
apparently out of fear that the
kids’ skill set for just having fun
might not impress admissions
officers at the city’s elite
private schools. the CeO of one
consulting outfit told the new
york Post in July that $400 an
hour gets expert monitoring of
a 4-year-old in small groups,
evaluating, for example, how
the child colors in a book,
shares the crayons, holds a
pencil and follows the rules of
simon says.
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PEOPLE WITH ISSUES
John Anderson, the town administrator of
Derry, N.H. (pop. 34,000), was accused by
police in August of indecent exposure and
lewdness afer, naked, inviting a DirecTV
salesman into his home and performing
unspecifed conduct in front of the man.
Anderson was previously town manager of
Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
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admission; $12, seniorsandWVIa
members; $7, students; free, children
12andunder.
Cal Verduchi, Joe Eichler and
Father Paul ComedyShow:
sept. 21, 9p.m.,theCaverna(602
Churchst.,Jessup). $14, advance.
seatingfrst comefrst serve.
ChicoryHouse andFolklore
Society
(www.folkloresociety.org,
570.333.4007)
•CommunityContraDance: Oct. 5,
7p.m., Churchof Christ Uniting(776
market st., Kingston). $9, adults;
reducedadmissionfor families.
The CommonwealthMedical
College
(525pinest., scranton,
570.504.7000,
thecommonwealthmedical.com)
•Annual golf tournament: Sept. 30,
Huntsvillegolf Club, shavertown.
registrationandbreakfast begins
9a.m., shotgunstart at 10. $300,
per golfer; $1,200, foursome.
For moreinfocall 570.504.9650
or toregister online, gotowww.
thecommonwealthmedical.com/
golf .
•FifthAnnual Gala: Oct. 19, 6p.m.,
scrantonCultural Center.
DietrichTheater
(60e.tiogastreet,tunkhannock,
570.996.1500, www.dietrichtheater.
com).
•Fall 2013FilmFestival Oktoberfest
OpeningNight Gala: Sept. 20, doors
5:30p.m. $35.
•Fall 2013FilmFestival: Sept. 20-
Oct. 3. $9, evening(after 6p.m.); $8,
matinee(before6p.m.).
•Fall 2013FilmFestival Post-Festival
Discussion: Oct. 4, 1 p.m.
•OpenMicNight: Sept. 27, doors
6:30, openmicat 7.
•19thCenturyAppliquedQuilts…
AnAmericanTradition: Oct. 5, 11
a.m. $5.
•Guitar Musicof SouthAmerica:
Oct. 6, 3p.m.
•DietrichClassicMovieSeries:‘The
KingandI’: Oct. 9, 1 and7p.m., $5.
•Fall FoliageTriptoGreyTowers,
Dingman’sFerry&Milford: Oct. 12.
busdeparts8a.m., returns6p.m.
$100.
•DoYouRememberThis…Music
for themoviesfromsilentstothe
1960s: Oct. 13, busdeparts1:30
p.m., concert atWVIamediaCenter
3p.m. Free.
•TheMagicof Bill Dickson: Oct. 19,
11 a.m.
•OpenMicNight: Oct. 25, 7p.m.,
featureat 8:15.
•Sing! Sing! Sing!: Oct. 26, 11 a.m.
Glass—wine.bar.kitchen. at
Ledges Hotel
(119Fallsave, Hawley. 570.226.1337,
www.ledgeshotel.com/glass-wine-
bar-bistro/)
•LiveMusicwithEricRudyandJen
Kiesendahl: Sept. 20, 8-11 p.m.
•LiveMusicwithKevinCampion:
sept. 27, 8-11 p.m.
The Greater ScrantonChamber
of Commerce
(222mulberryst., scranton)
•SeptemberWomen’sNetwork
Luncheon: Sept. 18, noon.
•Chamber Dayat RobaFamily
Farms: Sept. 22, 10a.m.
IremClubhouse
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•FluVaccinationclinic: Oct. 1, 9
a.m.-noon. register andpickup
aregistrationformintheIrem
ClubhouseBusinessOfcebySept.
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youonOct. 1.Youwill needyour
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If youdonot havehealthinsurance,
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vaccinesareprovidedbyWalgreens.
•Octoberfest: Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2p.m.
JessupArt Walk:
secondsaturdayof everymonth.
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or email info@jessupartwalk.info.
JustusVolunteer Fire Co.
(159Fieldstonedr., scotttwp.,
570.587.4545)
“KeepWine-ing, He Might Start
toLookLike Prince Charming”
withauthor/ComedianJeannine
MLuby, Sept. 26, 7p.m., III Ponds
Winery, Dalton. Special guest Liz
russo. $16, advanceticketsat
JeannineLuby.com.
King’s College
(133northriver st.,Wilkes-barre,
570.208.5957or kings.edu)
•ThirdAnnual King’sCollege
DiversityFilmFestival: Sept. 18, 25,
Oct. 2, 7p.m., BurkeAuditorium.
•FilmScreening:“EyesonthePrize
–NoEasyWalk”: Sept. 25, 7p.m.,
burkeauditorium.
•BarbaraSabol Memorial Lecture:
sept. 26, 7p.m. burkeauditorium.
•FilmScreening:“Glory”: Oct. 2, 7
p.m., burkeauditorium.
•Feast of Saint FrancisLecture: Oct.
3, 7p.m., burkeauditorium.
•St. Bernardine’sGospel Choir: Oct.
26, 7:30p.m.; LiturgyOct. 27, 11 a.m.
•Thingsthat GoBOOMintheNight!:
Oct. 29, 7p.m., BurkeAuditorium.
Lackawanna College
(501Vinest., scranton,
1.877.346.3552, lackawanna.edu)
environmental Institute(10mofat
dr., Covingtontwp.)
•Art Opening: Worksfrom“The
Studio”: Sept. 20, 5-7p.m.Through
nov. 1.
•Natural Wonders: Fall Harvest:
Sept. 26, 1-2:30p.m., andevery
thursdaythroughdec. 5.ages3to
5. $40, sixclasses. pre-registration
required. Registrationlimited.
•GettingtotheCore, programon
treeaging: Oct. 1, 5:30-7:30p.m.
ages7andup. $5. pre-registration
required.
•Art inNature: BirdSeedWreath:
Oct. 12, 9a.m.-noon. $25. Pre-
registrationrequired.
•Bearsinyour Backyard: Oct. 15, 6-8
p.m.$5. Pre-registrationrequired.
•Wolf Visions: Oct. 26, 6-7:30p.m.
gearedfor childrenandfamilies. $5.
Pre-registrationrequired.
Misericordia University
•MercyWeek2013: Sept. 22-28.
Mass, Sept. 22, 7p.m.; Liturgy, Sept.
24, 12:05p.m. followedbyMercy
Weekprayer aroundthepeacepole
incampusquadrangleat 12:30;
serviceFair, sept. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.;
“StuftheBus”charityevent, Sept.
26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For moreinfocall
570.674.1483.
•Openhouse: Sept. 28, registration
9a.m.
•Annual HealthCareLectureSeries
“TheFutureof HealthCareinthe
UnitedStates,’’bySusanDentzer:
Oct. 4, 7:45a.m., Dudrick, Muth,
Huntzinger, andaldentrust rooms
of sandyandmarleneInsalacoHall.
Registrationrequired.
•Interactivecookingdemo
andpresentationbyFather Leo
patalinghug, whoappearedon
“ThrowDown! WithBobbyFlay”:
nov. 14, 7p.m., Huntzinger andalden
trust rooms, sandyandmarlene
InsalacoHall.
NinthAnnual Fall Intertribal
Powwow
•Sept. 28-29, 10a.m.-6p.m.,
noxenFireCo. grounds(3493
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informationcontact natalie
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NorthPoconoCultural Society
•HarmonicBrassof Munich,
Germany: Sept. 23, 7p.m., Saint
Catherine’sCatholicChurch(220
Churchst., moscow). $8per person;
$15for two.
76Universitydrive, Hazleton,
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PennStateWilkes-Barre
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wb.psu.edu)
•“FiveGreat Films, FiveGreat
Genres:”Thursdayevenings
beginningSept. 26throughOct.
24, rCtheatersWilkes-barre.
pre-flmlecturenotesandpost-flm
discussionwill accompanyeach
screening. Filmsinclude“Airplane!”,
“OnGoldenPond”,“Raidersof the
LostArk”,“TheDaytheEarthStood
Still”, and“HighNoon”.
Friends of Salt Springs Park
(POBox541, Montrose.
570.967.7275, info@
friendsofsaltspringspark.org.)
•MovieNight: Oct. 5, 7p.m. Nov. 2,
7p.m.
•PicturesinthePark: LookatThose
Leaves!: Oct. 6, 2p.m.-5p.m.
•Gameon!: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, 7p.m.-
8:30p.m.
•Bats! OhMy!: Oct. 18, 7p.m.
•Full MoonHike: Oct. 19, 5:30p.m.-
7:30p.m.
•HalloweenFest: Oct. 26, 4p.m.-
9:30p.m.
•TakeaStepBackinThyme: Nov. 3,
1 p.m.-3p.m.
ScrantonCultural Center
(420n.Washingtonave.,
scranton, 570.346.7369,
scrantonculturalcenter.org)
•BadMovieThursday: Sept. 19, 7
p.m. $10
Settlers Inn
•LiveMusicintheDiningRoomwith
danbradley. sept. 21, 6-9p.m.; sept.
28, 6-9p.m.
Unityof NEPA: ASpiritual Center
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570.824.7722.)
•“HowtoPraytoGodWithout
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a.m. post-service.
•TheAmazingBagSale: Sept. 20, 9
a.m.-6p.m.; sept. 21, 9a.m.-3p.m.
•HipSipCofeeHouseSeries80s
KaraokeNight: Sept. 28, 6:30p.m.
•Special Guest Speaker - Rev.Ann
Marie: Sept. 29, 10a.m. service.
WaverlyCommunityHouse
(1115n.abingtonrd.,Waverly,
waverlycomm.org)
•Basketball clinics: BeginningSept.
17, sixweekseverytuesdayfrom
3:30-5p.m. Boysandgirlsages6
to9. beginningsept. 19, sixweeks
everyThursdayfrom3:30-5p.m.
boysandgirlsingrade4through6.
$60per participant or $12per class.
•BabySignsParentWorkshop: Sept.
19, 7-8:30p.m. $55per individual
or couple. For moreinformation
or toprint aregistrationform, visit
www.waverlycomm.orgor call the
570.586.8191, extension2.
•BallroomDancinglessons: Session
1,Wednesdayeveningsbeginning
sept. 11, 6-7p.m., advanced,
americantango; 7-8p.m., beginners,
ChaChaandrumba; session2,
WednesdayeveningsOct. 23, 30,
nov. 13, 20, dec. 4, continuation
of session1 classesfor thosewho
completedit. $45per personfor
eachfve-weeksession.advanced
registrationrequired.Toregister call
Jill Wetzel at 570.954.1147or email
her at jgwetzel@epix.net.
•“WorldMusicDrumming”, program
for special needschildren: Begins
Sept. 11, 3:45-4:30p.m. for children
Kthrough2ndgrade, 4:30-5:15p.m.
for 3rdthrough12thgrade. $95,
eachten-weeksession.
•CommunityPledgeof Allegiance:
Sept. 11, 9:30a.m., fagpoleonthe
front lawn.
•LearnItalian: Tuesdays, starting
Oct. 1. Session1―BasicItalian:
6-7:15p.m.; Session2―Introto
Conversational Italian(for advanced
beginners), 7:30-8:45p.m. $120,
eight-weeksession, includes
materials.
Childrenandteenetiquetteclasses:
•“HowtoSayit Best”: Sept. 28,
10-11:30a.m.Ages4-7. $30.
•“TheCommunicationConnection”:
sept. 28, noon-2p.m.ages8-14. $35.
•“SayPlease, SayThankYou”: Oct.
12, 10-11:30a.m.Ages4-7. $30.
•“CommonCourtesiesCount”: Oct.
12, noon-2p.m.ages8-14. $35.
•“PassthePeas, Please”: Nov. 16,
10-11:30a.m.Ages4-7. $35.
•“DiningBoot Campfor Kids”: Nov.
16, noon-2p.m.ages8-14. $35.
•“Great Events”: Dec. 21, 10-11:30
a.m.ages4-7. $30.
•“Great Events”: Dec. 21, noon-2
p.m.ages8-14. $30.
West Side Career andTechnology
Center SkillsUSAAnnual Fall
Craft Fair:
Oct. 5, 10a.m.-3p.m.
Wilkes University
(84W. southst,Wilkes-barre, 1.800.
WILKES.U, wilkes.edu)
•FamilyBusinessForumeventsby
fnancial advisor FrancoLombardo:
“TheGreatWhiteElephant of
Money,”Sept. 18, 5-7:30p.m., Hawk
LectureHall inBusinessBuilding,
andSept. 19, 5-7:30p.m., Henry
student Center ballroom.
LOCALHISTORY
EckleyMiners’Village
(locatedninemileseast of Hazleton,
just ofroute940; 570.636.2070;
www.eckleyminers.org)
•Monthlyvolunteer meeting: Sept.
14.
•Traditional musicfestival: Sept. 15,
gateopensnoon.
•Walkingtours: Mondaythrough
saturday, 9am-5pm. sunday,
noon-5pm.
•HauntedLanternTours: Oct. 11-12,
18-19, 25-26. 6:30p.m. Children
6-12yrs$5,adults13+$10.
Everhart Museum:
1901 mulberryst., scranton,
570.346.7186, www.everhart-
museum.org
•FarmtoTable: Sept. 20, 6:30p.m.-
10:30p.m.
Lackawanna Historical Society
(theCatlinHouse, 232monroe
avenue, scranton, 570.344.3841.)
•HauntedScrantonandTrolley
of Terror tours: Sept. 13-14, 20-21.
$25, societymembers; $30, non-
members.
•Annual Dinner: Oct. 12, 5p.m.,
CenturyClub(612Jefersonave.,
scranton). $45, members; $50, non-
members. Reservationsrequired
byOct. 8.
OldJail Museum
(128W. broadway,Jim
thorpe. 570.325.5259. www.
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TOURS: ThroughLabor Day, daily
(closedWednesday), noonto4:30
p.m. $6, adult; $5, senior over 65and
highschool; $4, childrenages6-12;
free, childrenunder 5.
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Children’sClasses
•Art ExplorersCampforAges5–8:
Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 4-5:30p.m.
$40.
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Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 4-5:30p.m. $40.
•Preschool Art Explorers: Oct. 10, 17,
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•Preschool Pottery&Sculpturefor
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Dec. 5, 10-10:45a.m. Free.
•Quiltingfor Kids: TumblingBlocks:
Wednesdayssept. 11 throughdec.
11, 3:30-5p.m.Ages6andup. $6per
class, fabricisfree.
•SidewalkSurfng: TheArt &Culture
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2, 9, 16, 23, 10a.m.-noon.ages8to
13. $50.
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Writingfor Kids: Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
Nov. 6, 4-5:30p.m.Ages10to16.
Free.
Intergenerational Classes
•OpenStudio&PortfolioPrep:
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p.m.; Series3: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26,
7-8:30p.m.Ages13andup. $15, per
class; $60, seriesof four classes.
•Quiltingfor Everyone: Tumbling
Blocks: Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11,
6-7:30p.m.Ages13andup. $6per
class, fabricisfree.
Classesforadults
•BasicKnitting: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 7
p.m.ages16andup. $30.
•DecorativePainting: Oct. 16, 23, 30,
nov. 6, 13, 20, dec. 4, 11, 18, noon-3
p.m.ages16andup. $20per class
pluscost of paintingsurface.
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•GoldenDaysof RadioPlayers: Oct.
22, 29, nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, dec. 3, 7-9
p.m.ages18andup. Free.
•IntroductiontoResinJewelry: Oct.
14, 6-9p.m.ages16andup. $35.
•IntroductiontoStainedGlass: Oct.
21, 6-9p.m.ages16andup. $60.
•JewelryMaking: Kumihimo
Beading: Oct. 16, 23, Nov. 6, 7-9p.m.
ages16andup. $75.
•Kundalini Yoga: Series1: Sept. 30,
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 5:30-7p.m.; Series2:
Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 5:30-7p.m.
ages16andup. $40, four classes;
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•Nia: Series1: Sept. 10, 17, Oct. 1, 8,
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29, Nov. 5, 5:30-6:30p.m.; Series3:
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ages16andup. $40, four classes;
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•RecycledGlassArtwork: Series1:
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2: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-8:30p.m.;
Series3: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-8:30
p.m.ages18andup. $65, four class
series, studentssupplyownsafety
glasses.
•SimplyYoga: Series1: Sept. 4, 11,
18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 10-11:15a.m.; Series
2: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20,
10-11:15a.m.Ages16andup. $60, six
consecutiveclasses; $15, drop-in.
•Writers’Group: Thursdays, 7-8:30
p.m.ages18andup.
•Yogafor theGuardiansof Your
Health: Sept. 23, 5:30-7p.m.Ages16
andup. Free, donations
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•ZenMeditationTraining
Introductory: Sept. 28, 9:30a.m.-
3:30p.m. Opendonationbasket, $10
for lunchandsnack.
Freestyle handdrumming
heldeverymonthonthesecond
andfourthsaturdaysat everything
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agesandnewcomerswelcome. no
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PoconoArts Council
(18n. seventhst., stroudsburg.
570.476.4460. www.poconoarts.org)
•Oil Painting: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 10, 17,
24, 31, 6:30-8:30p.m. $72, member;
$80, non-member; $60, senior; $65,
senior non-member.
•AcrylicPainting: Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7,
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member; $95, non-member; $65,
senior; $70, senior non-member.
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senior non-member. $10material
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non-member; $60, senior; $65,
senior non-member.
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Calligrapher’s Guildof
NortheasternPennsylvania
Meeting: Sept. 20, 7:30p.m.,
marywoodUniversityshieldsCenter
forVisual artsroom225. For details
call 570.296.6507.
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Medical Center
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You’ve probably noticed how vul-
nerable or receptive towards Geminis
you are. There’s a surprising amount
of reciprocity there, too. But did you
know that you have the perfect Band-
Aid for your favorite Gem’s Achilles’
heel? Luckily for you, they’ve got a
similar remedy that will cure your own
most tender wound. It might be the
kind of thing where you can slap ban-
dages on each other’s sore spots, wish
each other well, and go on your merry
way. But if you’re at all open to it, I
recommend sticking around and see-
ing what happens next. I have a feeling
it’ll be worth your while.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Keep your nose clean, kid. I’m not
talking actual boogers; Librans are
famously well kempt. I’m referring
to, instead, the slightly dirty affairs
you’ve been thinking of getting mixed
up with, in the name of profit or ego,
things you just know, deep down in
your gut, aren’t right—for you or any-
one else with, like, morals. Don’t sell
out, at least not in this way—you’d
give up too much and get way too
little. Besides, all ethics aside, the
kind of public cleaning-up you’d suf-
fer—something like when your Mom
whipped a disgusting crumpled tissue
out of her purse to blot your mortified
six-year-old nose—just isn’t worth it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The secret to your popularity, such
as it is: you tend to wield just the right
amounts of in-the-sack filthiness, and
take-home-to-Mom sweetness. It’s
a rare combination, and it’s largely
responsible for the disproportionate
number of head-over-heels admirers
you usually garner. Unfortunately,
your balance is out of whack right
now. You’ve temporarily shifted so far
in one direction that you’re attracting
all the wrong types: prudish pedants
who wish they’d saved themselves for
marriage (obviously so inappropriate
for you) or malign sluts who can’t be
bothered to remember your name (not
quite as inapt, but still unsuitable, con-
sidering your current standards and
circumstances). In general, fervently
avoid new entanglements this week,
and by all means, if anyone proposes
marriage or even a no-strings lay, RUN
AWAY.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Although you can realistically claim
to have more energy than anyone you
know, it’s important to know what kind
of energy you have in abundance. It’s
difficult to bridle your shifting flames
and ride them marathon distances.
Long hauls are much harder for you
than short sprints, which, as everyone
knows, you rock at. That’s not to say
you can’t cover great expanses and
even make good time doing it. You
just have to take a different approach.
What is a long haul, except dozens
of short sprints? Break it down into
manageable chunks. You may not win
the race, but in this case winning isn’t
important—what’s important is reach-
ing the finish line.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You’ve been so hungry for thrills
lately that I don’t want to even men-
tion the unspeakable places you’ve
been sticking your vibrating cell-
phone. Unfortunately, you can’t just
force excitement to happen. Trying to
inject it into your life right now will
only result in the psychic equivalent
of a heroin addiction and ultimately
prevent you from experiencing some
of the more legit, healthy, and high-
quality adventures coming your way
soon. Luckily, although this week may
contain none of the tumultuous and
electrifying ups and downs you’ve
been craving, it should provide enough
gentle and engaging pleasures that you
can keep from indulging in any more
embarrassing perversions of modern
technology.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Patience isn’t one of your best vir-
tues, so you can understand all too well
when those who are waiting on you
start to get antsy and worried. They’re
used to your usual instantaneous
action. You’ve spoiled them, by creat-
ing a world in which things are almost
easier done than said. Now, when what
you’re working on simply can’t be fin-
ished faster than it is, no matter how
efficient or dedicated you are, people
are bound to get impatient. Don’t let
them rush you, though. Despite their
urgency, results really are more impor-
tant than a record time. And since you
rarely do anything half-assed, when
they see how well you’ve done, they’ll
quickly forget how long it took.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s not like you to plan to wait until
the last minute (it just happens), but
that’s really what you ought to do
right now. That’s because your cur-
rent objective is more like a short
sprint with hurdles than a long-
distance marathon. There’s no point
in exhausting yourself cramming in
additional training now. Either you’ve
got what it takes or you don’t, and
squeezing in a few extra practice
runs will only tire you out and make
you less on your game, come the big
event. Slack, even though it contra-
dicts your current ambitions. Loaf as
if your dreams and hopes depend on
it. They do. When it’s time to get off
your ass and fly, you’ll know.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Get down on the floor and play with
the kids. It’s what you need, to sprawl
surrounded by toys and the joyful
egotism of a child, and just have fun.
Forget the misery of your responsibili-
ties for at least thirty minutes a day all
week. If you don’t have a kid on hand
to play with, pretend. Buy some Legos
and build stuff or indulge in some good
old-fashioned crayon art. Your inner
child is lost in the big bad woods sur-
rounded by the big bad wolves of your
adult world. Find and befriend him or
her once again, before s/he gets eaten
alive.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
All your mineshafts are depleted.
Accept it. You’ve been sending psy-
chic miners down these familiar holes,
day after day, and they’re returning
empty-handed, or with dead canaries.
Face it; you’ve unearthed every last
diamond, vein of gold, or even chunk
of coal from these exhausted dig sites.
It’s time to seal them up well so you
don’t lose any kids or puppies down
their dark depths, and start exploring
new ground. You may have to purchase
some mental territory traditionally
occupied by your neighbors, but it’s
in your nature to annex new land. No
need to be ashamed of it, especially
considering the good uses you’ll be
putting your newfound wealth to, once
you figure out where to dig it up from.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
You’ve got a problem; it may not be
especially big, but it’s taking up an
awful lot of mind space. It’s like one
of those painful zits that you just wish
you could pop but it’s too deep to get
to. Like a pimple, it’s probably better
to just leave it alone, at least for now.
It’s untouchable. Instead, concentrate
on the things you can control, the
mental equivalent of eating right and
gently cleaning your face with good
product. If you’re good about it, you’re
predicament will, like a zit, probably
just dissolve and disappear on its own.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
What you’re trying to do is akin to
tearing the hairs off your own head, to
weave them into a new shirt to wear.
It’s shortsighted; you’ll end up bald
with a collar and half a sleeve. Spare
yourself the pain and just look beyond
the tip of your own nose, darling. The
outcome of your current venture is
obvious to everyone but you. That’s
not to say you should abandon it, nec-
essarily—although that might really
be the best option—but you ought to
consider at least changing your meth-
ods, to ones that could actually work.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
You’re a dwarf with a battle-axe,
at once comical and very, very scary.
The problem—you’re not used to
being laughed at unless you’re the one
making the joke. Still, it’s all in good
fun, and there’s no question about
your effectiveness; your weapon, as
usual, is razor sharp. Be big about the
dichotomy you’re sporting right now.
Recognize that beneath the chuck-
les—which you should, by all means,
participate in, if possible—people are
taking you very seriously. Then do
what you’ve got to do, laughing all the
way.
To contact Caeriel, send mail to
sign.language.astrology@gmail.com.
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