NEPA Scene Staff

Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

From a press release: Last month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved grants totaling $2,016,699.35 for 18 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects, and to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines. […]

 The Conversation

Regal Cinemas’ decision to close theaters is latest blow to film industry on life support

Regal Cinemas’ decision to close theaters is latest blow to film industry on life support

A film industry in free fall just suffered its latest blow. Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, announced that it would suspend operations at all of its locations in the U.S. and U.K. as crowded theaters continue to be seen as Petri dishes for a virus that shows no sign of abating. [In Northeastern […]

 The Conversation

Movie theaters survived pandemics and home video before, but can the film industry adapt this time?

Movie theaters survived pandemics and home video before, but can the film industry adapt this time?

Since the start of the pandemic, the film industry has been in free fall. As deaths have continued to climb, so have studio losses, with crowded theaters – once a source of collective entertainment and escapism – now seen as Petri dishes for the virus. Familiar blockbuster franchises whose summer releases studios banked on to […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton Cultural Center announces new Director of Development Betsy McGrath Ardizoni

Scranton Cultural Center announces new Director of Development Betsy McGrath Ardizoni

From a press release: Today, the board of directors of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and its executive director, Deborah Moran Peterson, announced Betsy McGrath Ardizoni as the organization’s director of development. Ardizoni joined the Scranton Cultural Center as its development director in January. “As the organization embarks on capital projects to […]

 The Conversation

How drawing helped a Penn State professor cope with his mental illness and combat stigma

How drawing helped a Penn State professor cope with his mental illness and combat stigma

I’ve lived much of my life with anxiety and depression, including the negative feelings – shame and self-doubt – that seduced me into believing the stigma around mental illness: that people knew I wasn’t good enough, that they would avoid me because I was different or unstable, and that I had to find a way […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Graphic design exhibit of Penn College of Technology in Williamsport moves online for first time in 12 years

Graphic design exhibit of Penn College of Technology in Williamsport moves online for first time in 12 years

From a press release: In keeping with other creative adjustments being made during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s annual graphic design student exhibit has moved online for the first time in its 12-year history. A May 1 reception for the exhibit was originally planned in The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton’s Stage West expands with new State College music venue opening Feb. 21 in old Crowbar

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton’s Stage West expands with new State College music venue opening Feb. 21 in old Crowbar

The owner of Stage West in Scranton and DamnMillennial! Promotions is expanding his brand with a new venue that brings up a lot of old memories for Penn State graduates and those who live in Central Pennsylvania. Today, Steve Masterson announced exclusively through NEPA Scene that he is opening Stage West – State College next […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Explore ‘Graffiti Scapes’ of Mid-Atlantic ghost towns at Penn College exhibit in Williamsport through Oct. 6

Explore ‘Graffiti Scapes’ of Mid-Atlantic ghost towns at Penn College exhibit in Williamsport through Oct. 6

From a press release: A fascination with abandoned buildings and landscapes inspired Enola resident Michael Hower to begin working in digital photography seven years ago. His current body of work that focuses on ghost towns of the Mid-Atlantic, “Graffiti Scapes,” is on display now at The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport through Sunday, Oct. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Laugh and learn with unique Stand Up Science comedy show at Stage West in Scranton on Feb. 20

Laugh and learn with unique Stand Up Science comedy show at Stage West in Scranton on Feb. 20

From a press release: Award-winning stand-up comedian and science podcast host Shane Mauss will present Stand Up Science, a one-of-a-kind show with local professors, scientists, and comedians that is equal parts “ahas” and “hahas,” at Stage West in Scranton on Wednesday, Feb. 20. As the host, Mauss will kick the evening off with some of […]

 The Conversation

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states, but legalization may soon stall, researchers say

The midterm elections could loosen marijuana restrictions in the United States as four states put ballot initiatives on legalization to a vote. Voters in Utah and Missouri will choose whether patients should gain access to medical marijuana. In Michigan and North Dakota, where medical marijuana is already legal, residents will decide whether to allow it […]