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Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival returns with 90 films in-person at Opera House April 22-25

From a press release: Channeling “the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires,” the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival challenges the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it. After canceling last year due to COVID-19, the […]

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Circle Drive-In in Dickson City announces 2021 lineup for live Summer Concert Series

Circle Drive-In in Dickson City announces 2021 lineup for live Summer Concert Series

Last year, the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City became one of the only venues in Northeastern Pennsylvania – and the entire country – to host live concerts with nationally touring acts during the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring everyone from Aaron Lewis to Skillet to Steel Panther to Smith & Myers of Shinedown to the Allman […]

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New ‘Observe Scranton’ festival celebrates the city with live events, exhibits, and more May 4-8

New ‘Observe Scranton’ festival celebrates the city with live events, exhibits, and more May 4-8

From a press release: The Center for the Living City, in partnership with the Scranton Fringe Festival, is planning a nearly week-long community festival celebrating Scranton through the eyes of hometown hero Jane Jacobs, an iconic city activist, on what would have been her 105th birthday. Dubbed Observe Scranton, this new event on Tuesday, May […]

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Disciple EDM artists Barely Alive, Modestep, and more take over Montage Mountain in Scranton on April 24

Disciple EDM artists Barely Alive, Modestep, and more take over Montage Mountain in Scranton on April 24

From a press release: On Friday, DamnMillennial Promotions and Stage West announced the next installment in the drive-in “Pavement Rave” series of live DJs and electronic artists in the parking lot of Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton – a takeover by independent label Disciple Recordings. Set for Saturday, April 24, the Disciple Takeover will feature […]

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Just Born in Bethlehem collaborates with Pepsi to make Peeps marshmallow cola

Just Born in Bethlehem collaborates with Pepsi to make Peeps marshmallow cola

From a press release: Today, Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem and PepsiCo introduced Pepsi x Peeps, a new beverage that combines the crisp taste of cola with soft and sweet marshmallow flavor. It will be instantly recognizable with Peeps-inspired design on 7.5-ounce Pepsi mini-cans in bright yellow, pink, and blue colorways. To usher in […]

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Harrisburg folk punk artist Koji releases single addressing racism against Asian Americans

Harrisburg folk punk artist Koji releases single addressing racism against Asian Americans

From a press release: This week, Harrisburg indie folk punk artist and activist Koji released a new song and responded to the recent mass murder of eight people at spas in Atlanta, Georgia. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent. “‘To Carry (On and On)’ is a song about my experience as a […]

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Scranton Comedy Club reopens in Dunmore with Delaware comic Keith Purnell on March 27

Scranton Comedy Club reopens in Dunmore with Delaware comic Keith Purnell on March 27

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Scranton Comedy Club opened in a newly remodeled location and hosted several successful monthly shows until the statewide shutdown. It was able to reopen briefly for a sold-out socially distanced event on Nov. 28 before all indoor entertainment was shut down again in December. With spring just around the corner […]

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Scranton bluesman Clarence Spady will release 1st album in 13 years, ‘Surrender,’ on May 21

Scranton bluesman Clarence Spady will release 1st album in 13 years, ‘Surrender,’ on May 21

From a press release: Today, Scranton blues singer/songwriter Clarence Spady announced an official release date for his highly anticipated new album on Nola Blue Records in Lancaster as well as a series of CD release shows. Due out May 21, “Surrender” is a strikingly personal collection of nine tracks, including seven original compositions. A retrospective […]

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Wilkes University hosts virtual talk with NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ host Terry Gross on April 25

Wilkes University hosts virtual talk with NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ host Terry Gross on April 25

From a press release: Terry Gross, National Public Radio’s award-winning host and co-executive producer of “Fresh Air,” will deliver the Wilkes University Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities on Sunday, April 25. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will broadcast at wilkes.edu/rosenn. The talk was originally scheduled to take place in April of […]

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NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Lily Mao, Robinsonade, Jay Luke, Patrick Motto, Lesser Animals, One Thousand Oceans, and more

Every time I think this column is done for the week, I discover a few more songs or albums that deserve your attention. A few of them work perfectly for your headphones as you dig your vehicle out of the snow, while others are better suited for dancing around your living room after you come […]

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