Things to do in Wilkes-Barre this weekend
Peculiar Holiday Pop-Up Party. All menu items are $22 and under. With a delectable menu of starters, entrees and desserts, the Peculiar Culinary Company hosts its holiday pop-up party from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at 30 Center St., Hughestown. The menu is ala carte, and patrons must bring their own alcohol if they wish to have drinks with dinner. Appetizers are smoked butternut squash bisque, grilled wild boar sausage, and local beet and quinoa salad, while featured entrees are venison spaghetti, scallop and crab risotto, shrimp and grits and mahi mahi kim chi fried rice. Baked apple crumble is available for dessert. Reservations can be made by calling 570-313-9798.
Cabinet Holiday Show. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s own boys in bluegrass perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at the F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. The band’s fifth annual holiday show at the local theater features special guest Holly Bowling, a classically trained pianist known for her solo piano arrangements of Phish and Grateful Dead songs. Tickets for the performance are available at the Kirby Center box office, online at kirbycenter.org and by phone at 570-826-1100.
Stronger Than Dirt. Admission costs $7 or $4 with a ticket stub from the Cabinet show at the F.M. Kirby Center. Stronger Than Dirt, featuring members of Still Hand String Band, Willie Jack and the Northern Light and Appalachian Gypsy Tribe, will play an evening of Grateful Dead music from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 23 into 24 at Bart & Urby’s, 119 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is being billed as an unofficial after party for the Cabinet show.
Official Cabinet After Party. Admission costs $8. An evening of music featuring Led Zeppelin tribute Misty Mountain starts at 10 p.m. Dec. 23 at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 North River St., Plains Township. Misty Mountain is comprised of Justin Mazer, Mike Dougherty, A.J. Jump, Matt Gabriel and Nick Driscoll and will be joined by special guests including the Indigo Moon Brass Band. Doors open at 8 p.m., and patrons must be 21 and older to attend.