Rich Howells

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 24

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 24

Strange… dark… odd… unusual… and now bizarre. A Bazaar of the Bizarre will haunt the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Oct. 24, “bringing together the style of horror, punk rock, oddities, and tattoo culture.” No one in Northeastern Pennsylvania may be more qualified to do that than Josh Balz, the owner of […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: Guitarist, Black Earth alchemist, and freemason TJ Bell

A Camp Rattler profile: Guitarist, Black Earth alchemist, and freemason TJ Bell

TJ Bell and I initially met in the winter of 2009 at a tiny “drinkers” bar called Nak’s by the Tracks in Exeter. I had just recently returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania from a New York City burnout and was, at the time, finishing the first draft of a textbook on artist management and development for […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: Cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

A Camp Rattler profile: Cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

My initial interaction with Josh Balz began sometime after he had chosen to leave Motionless In White to pursue other endeavors and my trashy little rock bar, The Rattler in Pittston, had closed due to structural difficulties. Well… the back fell off the building. I found myself venue-less and saddled with several storage units, crammed […]

 Rich Howells

Get your picture with ‘Frank’ from ‘Donnie Darko’ at The Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Oct. 31

Get your picture with ‘Frank’ from ‘Donnie Darko’ at The Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Oct. 31

He’s been watching you. Come… closer. Wear your stupid man suit, or whatever you like, and meet Frank the rabbit from the cult classic movie “Donnie Darko” at The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston on Halloween, coming up next Saturday, Oct. 31. Professional photos with Frank will be taken by Amy Bezek Photography […]

 Rich Howells

Celebrate ‘The Death of 2019’ with sexy Noir Nights masquerade party at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 31

Celebrate ‘The Death of 2019’ with sexy Noir Nights masquerade party at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 31

Not everyone wants to celebrate the holidays with the same old traditions, so for those looking to kick off 2020 in an unconventional way, Noir Nights is set to return to Stage West in Scranton on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Created by The Strange and Unusual owner and former Motionless In White member Josh Balz, this […]

 Rich Howells

Skip Santa and get a photo with Krampus at The Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Dec. 22

Skip Santa and get a photo with Krampus at The Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Dec. 22

If you’ve been naughty this year, you can avoid those lines at the mall waiting for Santa Claus and go straight to The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston to meet Krampus instead on Sunday, Dec. 22. A dark counterpart to ol’ Saint Nick and his rewards for good children, Krampus is a horned […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

‘Munsters’ star Butch Patrick will meet fans at Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Aug. 1

‘Munsters’ star Butch Patrick will meet fans at Strange and Unusual in Kingston on Aug. 1

From a press release: The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston seems like the kind of place that the Munsters would shop for basic home goods and decor, so it’s fitting that a member of the classic TV family will visit the store this Thursday, Aug. 1. Actor Butch Patrick, who played the child […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Metal band New Years Day plays free unplugged show at Strange and Unusual in Kingston on July 3

Metal band New Years Day plays free unplugged show at Strange and Unusual in Kingston on July 3

From a press release: Just days before they hit the road with Godsmack in support of their new album, California metal band New Years Day will perform at Stage West in Scranton on Sunday, July 7. Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X announced today that the band will also play an unplugged set in the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Enjoy a kinky Valentine’s Day with Noir Nights’ ‘Dark Circus’ at Stage West in Scranton on Feb. 14

Enjoy a kinky Valentine’s Day with Noir Nights’ ‘Dark Circus’ at Stage West in Scranton on Feb. 14

From a press release: For those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit differently this year, the sensual and mysterious Noir Nights pop-up bar series will return to Stage West in Scranton on Thursday, Feb. 14. The fourth installment of the event has been dubbed “The Dark Circus” and is the follow-up to the […]

 Rich Howells

Ring in the new year with sexy Noir Nights masquerade party at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 31

Ring in the new year with sexy Noir Nights masquerade party at Stage West in Scranton on Dec. 31

Scranton may seem a little traditional or backwards to some, but the recent success of Noir Nights has shown that the city does has a provocative side, at least behind closed doors. Debuting on Mischief Night just before Halloween and returning on Black Friday, the sexy and seductive pop-up bar is back at Stage West […]