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Events happening this week in downtown Wilkes-Barre: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Events happening this week in downtown Wilkes-Barre: Jan. 27-Feb. 2
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Every Tuesday, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and Diamond City Partnership release a list of events happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Subscribe here to receive this list via e-mail or just check NEPA Scene each week.

Downtown events

Thursday, Jan. 29
Event: Artist’s Opening Reception for Dale Threlkeld: End of Illusion
Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Wilkes University Sordoni Art Gallery (150 S. River St.)

Please join us and meet contemporary American artist Dale Threlkeld at an Opening Reception to celebrate the opening of the 2014-2015 Dr. Roy E. Morgan Exhibition: “Dale Threlkeld: End of Illusion,” at the Sordoni Art Gallery. The artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display from Jan. 27 until May 17. Free and open to the public.

More information: or 570-408-4325

Friday, Jan. 30
Event: Winter Warmer Concert Series: harpist Meghan K. Davis and cellist Alexander Keller
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral (35 S. Franklin St.)

Meghan K. Davis will entertain you with an evening of popular music on the harp. She will sing and perform classics by artists such as Van Morrison, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Journey, and more. She will be joined on stage by her husband, cellist Alexander Keller. The 2015 Winter Warmer Concert Series takes place in St. Stephen’s auditorium and includes warm winter beverages and refreshments; a meet-the-artist reception will follow. Tickets are $18 and will be sold at the door.

More information: or 570-704-7055

Saturday, Jan. 31
Event: Live from the Chandelier Lobby: The Craig Thatcher Band
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts (71 Public Square)

Join us in the Chandelier Lobby as Craig Thatcher and his six-piece blues band present “Badge: an Eric Clapton Restrospective.” Thatcher and friends deliver an accurate, note-for-note recreation of Clapton’s entire career, spanning from The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Cream, Delaney and Bonnie & Friends, Blind Faith and Derek & The Dominoes, right up to his illustrious and prolific solo career. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, plus fees.

More information: or 570-826-1100

Sunday, Feb. 1
Event: Sadie Nardini Workshop at Lotus Pug Yoga
Time: 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Location: Lotus Pug Yoga (66 S. Main St.)

World-renowned yoga instructor Sadie Nardini visits Lotus Pug on Sunday, Feb. 1 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.! You’ll flow, laugh, lighten up, and learn in this fantastic, inspiring, and empowering workshop with SADIE – one of the most in-demand instructors in the world. Don’t miss the fun! All levels welcome. Cost is $50. This is a “register only” event, space will be very limited, and you can register via phone, e-mail, or in person at the studio.

More information: or 570-466-6793

Downtown exhibits

Luzerne County Historical Society Museum
(69 S. Franklin St.)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-2 p.m.

Exhibit: The Bride Wore: Wedding Gowns of Wyoming Valley
Dates: Sept. 26, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015

This exhibit illustrates the history of the American wedding gown through a selection of gowns from the Historical Society’s collection.

Exhibit: Germans in Luzerne County
Dates: Sept. 26, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015

This exhibit tells the story of the German community of Luzerne County as they made the transition from the old world to the new.

Exhibit: Native Americans of Wyoming Valley
Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibit on the Native American inhabitants of the area includes local artifacts ranging from stone implements of the Archaic period to the archeological evidence of European influence.

More information: or 570-823-6244

King’s College Widmann Art Gallery
(Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, between N. Main and N. Franklin Sts.)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Exhibit: Jim Gavenus: “Marchers of the Movement”
Dates: Jan. 12 through Feb. 26

Jim Gavenus is an internationally recognized documentary photographer. His intimate images and poignant storytelling are evidence of our time focusing on the human condition, social injustice, and civil rights.

More information: or 570-208-5900, ext. 5328

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University
(Stark Learning Center, 150 S. River St.)

Exhibit: 2014–2015 Dr. Roy E. Morgan Exhibition, Dale Threlkeld: End of Illusion
Dates: Jan. 27 through May 17

The work of contemporary American artist Dale Threlkeld is the subject of this retrospective exhibition, organized in conjunction with the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. Threlkeld’s “breakthrough moment” occurred in the early 1990s, leading to the signature painting style he is known for today. Meet Dale Threlkeld at an Artist’s Opening Reception at the Sordoni Art Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition opening.

More information: or 570-408-4325

Wyoming Valley Art League’s Circle Center for the Arts
(130 S. Franklin St.)
Hours: Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; Third Friday Art Walk, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Exhibit: Members exhibit

WVAL members are currently exhibiting their works in the Member’s Gallery on the second floor.

More information: or

Walk Wilkes-Barre

This week’s historic site is:

Pennsylvania Labor & Industry Building
37 S. Washington St. (2005)


The heroic terra-cotta garment workers flanking the entrance of this state office building were salvaged from the façade of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union Health Center building that once stood on this site. They commemorate the historic significance of the needle trades in Greater Wilkes-Barre’s economy. Enormous mills built for silk and lace manufacture still dominate many Wyoming Valley neighborhoods, testimony to an industry drawn here by the massive supply of female labor. During the collapse of the anthracite industry after World War II, jobs in the dress factories kept many mining families from financial ruin.