Wilkes-Barre ArtScene

ArtScene: Wilkes-Barre

by Alexandra Isaac – aisaac@misericordia.edu


It might be cold outside, but there are plenty of things to see and do in Wilkes-Barre this winter season!

The NEPA Philharmonic will perform “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” on Friday, February 14 presented by PNC POPS Performance. Featuring a trio of Broadway’s top vocalists (“Come From Away,” “Kinky Boots,” “The Book of Mormon”), “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” celebrates the singer, the icon, the leader, the woman. The performance will start at 8:00 p.m.

Kings College Theater will have their 71st annual Shakespeare Production with the classic, “King Lear.” The play depicts the increasing madness of the king as he splits his kingdom for his daughters, based on their false declarations of love for him. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on February 20-22, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 23.

In mid-April, Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors portray more than forty characters.  Performances will be April 16-19 at 7:30 p.m.

Down the street at the Sordoni Art Gallery, “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints” will be on display beginning January 14, 2020. This show, curated by Nancy Crow, is an exhibition focused on the art of quilt-making by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Exhibition dates are January 28 – March 15.  January 30, 4:30 PM | Opening Reception & Art in Context Lecture with Eva Pollizzi will be January 30 at 4:30 p.m. Snow date: February 7.

On February 22, The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will open the exhibit “Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity.” This fascinating exhibition examines works on paper—etchings, engravings, lithographs, drawings, watercolors, woodblock prints, and photographs—by some of the most important women artists of the last four centuries with a selection of 37 examples from the Reading Public Museum’s fine permanent collection.

Lemmond Theater at Misericordia University will present singer and Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, best known for his work on the Broadway productions of “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Parade,” at its “Celebrating the Stars” concert on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall with special guest vocalist Nova Y. Payton, seen in hit shows like “Dreamgirls” and “Hairspray.” Brown will perform songs from his theatrical repertoire as well as songs from his new album, “How We React and How We Recover.” Tickets are available at misericordia.edu, the Misericordia box office, and at the door.

You don’t want to miss any of these exhibits or performances this winter in downtown Wilkes-Barre. I guarantee It will be worth getting out in the cold for!


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About the author:

Alexandra Isaac coordinates events and communications for the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University. She has a communications degree from Penn State and worked for the Waichulis Studio of Ani Art Academies prior to joining the Gallery staff. In her off time Alex is an active member of the equestrian community and avid supporter of animal welfare organizations.

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