Rich Howells

2020 Bloomsburg Fair canceled due to ‘concern for the health and safety of our community’

2020 Bloomsburg Fair canceled due to ‘concern for the health and safety of our community’

Following a series of controversial decisions this month, the Bloomsburg Fair Association announced today that the 2020 Bloomsburg Fair has been canceled. The 165th Bloomsburg Fair was one of the only events of its kind this year that had not been canceled yet due to health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Board […]

 Rich Howells

Bloomsburg Fair criticized for ‘transphobic’ dunk tank mocking Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Secretary of Health

Bloomsburg Fair criticized for ‘transphobic’ dunk tank mocking Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Secretary of Health

The Bloomsburg Fair is once again courting controversy with a Facebook post today containing photos of a dunk tank at the Fireman’s Relief Carnival on the fairgrounds last weekend. The photos appear to show a man wearing a dress that the LGBTQ community and their supporters say mock Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Queer NEPA hosts ‘Queer Night In’ live stream on June 27 for LGBTQ Pride Month

Queer NEPA hosts ‘Queer Night In’ live stream on June 27 for LGBTQ Pride Month

From a press release: Local LGBTQ+ activists Queer NEPA typically celebrate national LGBTQ Pride Month with a series of events across Northeastern Pennsylvania every June. The coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans this year, but not canceled them. On Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Queer NEPA will host “Queer Night In: A Charity Livestream” […]

 The Conversation

A-lop-bam-boom: Little Richard’s saucy style still influences music and culture today

A-lop-bam-boom: Little Richard’s saucy style still influences music and culture today

Little Richard was washing dishes at a Greyhound bus station in Macon, Georgia when he wrote “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and “Long Tall Sally.” The singer, who died Saturday at 87, sent the songs as demos to Specialty Records. Soon he was having lunch with talent scout Robert “Bumps” Blackwell at a New […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Fringe Fest moves Big Gay StorySlam to June 6 for LGBT Pride Month at Scranton Cultural Center

Scranton Fringe Fest moves Big Gay StorySlam to June 6 for LGBT Pride Month at Scranton Cultural Center

From a press release: Breaking out of the long-running Scranton StorySlam series, the Big Gay StorySlam is a celebration of LGBTQ+ voices, welcoming members of the community to share their stories of triumph, disappointment, humor, and heartbreak with supportive audiences. The joy of a StorySlam is that any kind of yarn can be spun, so […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Queer NEPA hosts LGBTQ Pride Series events across Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area throughout June

Queer NEPA hosts LGBTQ Pride Series events across Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area throughout June

From a press release: Local LGBTQ+ activists Queer NEPA have announced a full month of events in June for the organization’s second annual Pride Series celebrating queer resilience and identity. Coinciding once again with national LGBT Pride Month, this year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising of 1969, which was a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Queer NEPA hosts LGBTQ+ stand-up comedy benefit at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore on May 4

Queer NEPA hosts LGBTQ+ stand-up comedy benefit at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore on May 4

From a press release: Local LGBTQ+ activist organization Queer NEPA will host a comedy benefit with national acts at the Act Out Theatre in Dunmore on Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Featuring comedians Ian Harvie, Felon O’Reilly, and Sarah Hyland-Rosenstein, the show is called We Are Not Saints, a name originating from Harvie […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

LGBT pop opera ‘Bare’ debuts in NEPA at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore June 8-10

LGBT pop opera ‘Bare’ debuts in NEPA at Act Out Theatre in Dunmore June 8-10

From a press release: Following their recent move from Taylor to a new location in Dunmore, Act Out Theatre Group will present the Northeastern Pennsylvania premiere of “Bare: A Pop Opera” on Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. The musical follows a group of Catholic boarding school students as they struggle with issues of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre stages Part 2 of ‘Angels in America’ May 4-13

Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre stages Part 2 of ‘Angels in America’ May 4-13

From a press release: After an award-winning run in 2016, the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre will mount the second installment of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America.” Performances begin Friday, May 4 and run through Sunday, May 13. Written by American playwright Tony Kushner and recently mounted to critical acclaim by the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Activist organizes #queerNEPA event series in Scranton for LGBT Pride Month in June

Activist organizes #queerNEPA event series in Scranton for LGBT Pride Month in June

From a press release: Tim Maloney, a 25-year-old queer Muslim activist from the Wyoming Valley, has announced “#queerNEPA,” a new event series in Scranton that celebrates LGBT Pride Month. Taking place throughout June, this series will highlight some of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer voices of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Maloney also seeks to draw […]

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