Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre noise rockers An Albatross reunite with Dead Milkmen for Philly protest show on Jan. 20

Wilkes-Barre noise rockers An Albatross reunite with Dead Milkmen for Philly protest show on Jan. 20

Shows by Wilkes-Barre noise/punk rock band An Albatross are few and far between these days, with members living in different cities and playing in other bands now, but they’ve found a compelling reason to get together again with another band that occasionally reunites, The Dead Milkmen, for a politically charged show in Philadelphia. Dubbed the […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA Cannabis Rally returns to Nay Aug Park in Scranton on April 17 with speakers, music, art, and more

NEPA Cannabis Rally returns to Nay Aug Park in Scranton on April 17 with speakers, music, art, and more

As medical marijuana legislation continues to be debated in Pennsylvania, the NEPA Cannabis Rally is set to return to Nay Aug Park in Scranton on Sunday, April 17 in support of cannabis decriminalization and legalization. Organized by Big Yield Hydroponics, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Cannabis Network, the Keystone Cannabis Coalition, and other Pennsylvania activists, the annual […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Fighting the Keystone Sanitary Landfill expansion with Friends of Lackawanna

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Fighting the Keystone Sanitary Landfill expansion with Friends of Lackawanna

Professionally recorded on Mondays at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on nepascene.com on Tuesdays, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics. Each week, the […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Combating hate groups with love is necessary, but is it enough?

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Combating hate groups with love is necessary, but is it enough?

It can be extremely disheartening for those who preach love and acceptance to come to terms with the fact that there is so much hate in this world. I do believe that when love increases, hate must decrease, but as I have observed, it is merely human nature to fear and reject the things we […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: South Dakota bill restricts transgender students’ bathroom use – and freedom

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: South Dakota bill restricts transgender students’ bathroom use – and freedom

I’ve heard it said that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance – and so it would seem as the transgender community deals with the fallout of the recent news out of South Dakota. Despite the fact that the population of South Dakota is roughly less than half the size of the entirety of the […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Parents’ acceptance of transgender daughter sets example for Pennsylvania

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Parents’ acceptance of transgender daughter sets example for Pennsylvania

Sometimes, I feel a tinge of regret that I will never be able to have my own children. I mean, it’s not impossible, but as time goes on, it becomes very improbable due to hormone therapy and any surgeries I may choose to undergo in my transition. And I’m OK with that. I can always […]

 Rich Howells

After backlash, Philly music registration bill withdrawn; protest becomes victory march

After backlash, Philly music registration bill withdrawn; protest becomes victory march

A controversial bill by Philadelphia City Council was withdrawn almost as quickly as it was introduced after receiving heavy criticism from the city’s music scene. Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Jan. 21, the amendment to the current licensing laws would have forced Philadelphia bars, clubs, restaurants, and other venues that can hold 50 or […]

 Rich Howells

New Philly law would require artists to register with city and police; music scene fighting back

New Philly law would require artists to register with city and police; music scene fighting back

A controversial new bill introduced by Philadelphia City Council last week that would require venues hosting live music or DJs to submit the personal information of performers to the police department has caused major backlash from the city’s music scene. Introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday, Jan. 21, the amendment to the current licensing […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Make yourself heard, and not just on election day – the 2015 Philly Trans* March

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: Make yourself heard, and not just on election day – the 2015 Philly Trans* March

“Did you watch the debates?” was a popular refrain among many of my friends this week, which may or may not show you the caliber of people I associate with on a regular basis. I’m not bragging, honestly, but I realize that I tend to keep myself living in a bubble – a very queer […]

 Dee Culp

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: What we can do to strengthen Scranton’s unenforced LGBT anti-discrimination law

LIVING YOUR TRUTH: What we can do to strengthen Scranton’s unenforced LGBT anti-discrimination law

I’ve always had a high opinion of Scranton, and these days, I’ve been falling in love with it even more. Northern Light is my idea of the perfect coffee shop. Eden is the place to go for vegan delights. I visited Adezzo for the first time last week for a volunteer meetup of the Scranton […]