Rich Howells

BMC Toys in Scranton blows up Kickstarter goal to make first plastic army women figures

BMC Toys in Scranton blows up Kickstarter goal to make first plastic army women figures

In September, a story about a 6-year-old girl’s heartfelt handwritten letter went viral when it was picked up by major media outlets. After playing with some green army men she picked up from an arcade, young Vivian Lord wondered why there were no female toy soldiers. That’s a fair question in 2019, and while most […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Kingston stuntwoman-turned-director completing NEPA film ‘F-Word’ with Kickstarter campaign

Kingston stuntwoman-turned-director completing NEPA film ‘F-Word’ with Kickstarter campaign

From a press release: Long after the director yells “Cut!” on any film, there’s still plenty of post-production work to do, and that work requires funding. To finish a movie written, filmed, and set in Northeastern Pennsylvania, a local filmmaker is asking for tax-deductible donations via Kickstarter to make her vision a reality before time […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Street Art Society of NEPA begins first of 10 local murals in Edwardsville July 26-27

Street Art Society of NEPA begins first of 10 local murals in Edwardsville July 26-27

From a press release: This weekend, the Street Art Society of NEPA will officially begin the first of 10 murals slated for the West Side Mural Revitalization Project. Murals will be painted on buildings in Kingston, Edwardsville, and Luzerne during the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. Philadelphia muralist Evan Lovett will be […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lansford begins crowdfunding campaign to fund new mural by Scranton artists

Lansford begins crowdfunding campaign to fund new mural by Scranton artists

From a press release: A 501c3 nonprofit organization is working to brighten the small town of Lansford in Carbon County with a new mural that will be placed on Patterson Street on Route 209. Lansford Alive has teamed up with the Northeast Art Project, a Scranton-based mural company, to bring this project from an early […]

 Rich Howells

After tour bus accident, Scranton metal band Threatpoint raise funds with Pittston benefit show on April 26

After tour bus accident, Scranton metal band Threatpoint raise funds with Pittston benefit show on April 26

About two weeks ago, Threatpoint was on another run of tour dates across the country when their drive home turned into a terrifying moment that every touring act dreads. According to the Scranton-based thrash/groove metal band, the wheel bearings seized on their tour bus, starting a chain reaction that essentially left the vehicle without brakes […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre’s Curse of Sorrow singer loses home in fire, NEPA music scene bands together in support

Wilkes-Barre’s Curse of Sorrow singer loses home in fire, NEPA music scene bands together in support

Two families lost everything in a fire that destroyed their apartment building in Ashley in Luzerne County early Sunday morning. Unfortunately, one of them was the family of Nick Brandolino, better known to local music fans as Nick Necro, vocalist of Wilkes-Barre “grave rock” band The Curse of Sorrow. Six different fire departments fought the […]

 Rich Howells

Keystone Rampworks starts crowdfunding campaign for new Wilkes-Barre skate park and entertainment venue

Keystone Rampworks starts crowdfunding campaign for new Wilkes-Barre skate park and entertainment venue

For years, Wilkes-Barre residents Mikki St.Pierre and Jeffery Mushell have heard locals complain that “the scene sucks” and “there’s no place for kids to go,” so instead of joining the cranky chorus, they’re doing something about it. By August of this year, they’re planning to open Keystone Rampworks, LLC, a “sports and recreation complex for […]

 Rich Howells

Blue Chip Farm raises over $4,000 for Bane, a paralyzed bulldog hoping to walk again

Blue Chip Farm raises over $4,000 for Bane, a paralyzed bulldog hoping to walk again

A few months ago, NEPA Scene featured Bane, a cute little French bulldog, in our weekly Shelter Sunday post highlighting adoptable pets. He’s like many of the dogs at Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge in Dallas – sweet, lovable, affectionate, playful – except for one noticeable difference – he has lost the use of his […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Ever wanted to rappel down a building in Scranton? Go Over the Edge for charity on June 11

Ever wanted to rappel down a building in Scranton? Go Over the Edge for charity on June 11

From a press release: NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, which provides services that promote affordable housing and home ownership throughout NEPA, is looking for 92 volunteers to take fundraising to bold new heights this summer, specifically 146 feet to nearly the tip-top of the 165-foot Bank Towers building in downtown Scranton. Will you be one of them? […]

 Bill Thomas

NEPA ‘black sheep’ musicians hit Indiegogo to fund psychedelic pop project Kali Ra

NEPA ‘black sheep’ musicians hit Indiegogo to fund psychedelic pop project Kali Ra

“We’re kind of black sheep.” Jami Kali doesn’t sugarcoat her thoughts on how she and Ray Novitski fit into Northeastern Pennsylvania’s music scene. She is vocalist for the dreamy folk pop duo Mock Sun and has also released a solo album of trippy trance music under the name Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms. […]