Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Peter Mayhew reflects on Chewbacca and a Wookiee-sized life before Wizard World Philadelphia

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Peter Mayhew reflects on Chewbacca and a Wookiee-sized life before Wizard World Philadelphia

It’s hard to believe that “Star Wars” just turned 35 this past week and it’s still as culturally relevant and significant to all of us as ever. Like most young boys, I grew up watching the original saga on television and my worn-out trilogy of VHS tapes – I still have a “Return of the […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

Even when vocalist/guitarist Dan Rosler was practicing his acoustic guitar in his mother’s minivan with a friend in early 2008, he knew that someday this would turn into something bigger. The 23-year-old Archbald resident was playing in a few different local bands at the time when he began collaborating with Ed Cuozzo from A Social […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

The Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene hasn’t seen anything quite like the psychedelic Felix Sarco, a group formed to “destroy” conventional rock ‘n’ roll, since they disbanded in 2007, but they will have a chance to witness a new form of singer Gavin Robb’s avant-garde performance art when he brings Starwood to Scranton. The Philadelphia-based “cyber […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

History is usually best left in the past, but there are always those moments in life that you wish you could experience over and over again. Many of mine were spent in cramped basements, smoke-filled bars, grand ballrooms, cheap concert venues, and echoing arenas, each time to watch something created that night than can never […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

Sylvester Stallone may have shot his last “Rocky” film, but another Rocky’s story has just begun. Last Saturday morning, a small film crew drove into Scranton to embark on their second day of shooting an as-yet-untitled documentary inspired by “Cue the Rocky Music,” a memoir written by city native Mike Kunda. The book recounts Kunda’s […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: ‘Cue the Rocky Music’ for the Rocky Balboa of West Scranton

ARCHIVES: ‘Cue the Rocky Music’ for the Rocky Balboa of West Scranton

A familiar theme song begins to run through Mike Kunda’s head as he ascends the front steps of West Scranton High School. When he reaches the top, he turns around and raises his hands in the air triumphantly. Sporting a leather jacket, black fedora, and fingerless gloves, he is no longer the scrawny little kid […]

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