The W: Scent-Sations, Elvis Costello, ‘The English Teacher,’ and ‘Music, Motors and More on the Mountain’

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First Posted: 8/11/2013


…can you help out by simply purchasing a candle from local business Scent-Sations?

Stephanie Jallen, a local teenager who is taking a trip to the Paralympic Winter Games in Russia in March 2014. Jallen is a skier and is currently ranked 10th in the world in the Slalom Standing, 13th in the Giant Slalom Standing, 16th in the Super-Combined Standing, 8th in the Super-G Standing, and 12th in the Downhill Standing women’s Alpine events.

The candles, a scent called Alpine Adventures, retail for $23.95 and can be purchased online at or at the company’s office at 1 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. A portion of all proceeds will go to fund Jallen’s trip to Russia.


…is up on Nov. 25 at the F.M. Kirby Center? Oh, just Elvis Costello bringing a rare acoustic tour to the area.

During his 40-plus year career, Costello has produced countless hit records, been nominated for numerous awards with his bands the Attractions and the Imposters, and has performed collaborations with artists ranging from Burt Bacharach to the Beastie Boys. Most recently, it was announced that he would collaborate with The Roots for the album “Wise Up Ghost.”

“When you do something wildly different from that which you’re known for, it can surprise or even outrage people. But you don’t make music based on who might not listen to it. You follow your heart,” Costello said of the album.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at, or by phone at 570.826.1100. A special Kirby Member Pre-Sale begins today at 10 a.m. Tickets are $50, $79, and $95.


…can you catch a Hollywood movie with a local twist? At the F.M. Kirby Center on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., with the showing of “The English Teacher.”

Wilkes-Barre native Dan Chariton and his wife Stacy co-wrote the feel-good comedy of errors and peppered it with local references, and the screening includes a Q&A with the writers.

Julianne Moore stars as Linda Sinclair, a 40-something high school English teacher in Kingston whose need for perfection has been a mixed blessing. Though her passion for literature has inspired hundreds of students, she lives alone, unable to find a flesh-and-blood man who can measure up to the romantic heroes of classic fiction.

This film is rated R for language and some sexual content. Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $5 for students with valid ID.


…can you catch good tunes and hot cars? On Sept. 15, the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain will host “Music, Motors and More on the Mountain.” The all-day, all-ages special event will feature performances by The Badlees, MiZ, Eddie Appnel, k8, Ed Randazzo, Dustin Drevitch, Farley, and Graces Downfall. There will also be a classic car show and motorcycle show, plus an ethic foods festival and craft show.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds from the musical event and the food festival will benefit The Bridge Youth Services Anti-Bullying Program. Proceeds from the motorcycle show will aid the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Tickets, priced at $10, will go on sale Aug. 19 and will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Toyota Pavilion Box Office.