Jesse McCartney to Perform Private Concert for Marywood Students

Singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney will take the stage at a private concert for Marywood University students. The live-streamed “Winter Concert” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.  

Jesse McCartney has had the kind of career that most young artists dream for themselves. Ask the New York-born artist to recall some of the highlights and he’ll tell you about performing for two U.S. Presidents (Barack Obama and George W. Bush), playing to thousands of devoted fans in Tokyo, where he witnessed the non-English-speaking audience sing along to every word, and meeting his musical heroes Stevie Wonder and Craig David.

All that was done before the release of his 2018 single, “Better with You,” his first new music since “In Technicolor,” his well-received 2014 album (among SPIN’s top 20 pop albums). The success thus far has helped McCartney reconnect with a feeling that he hadn’t had before with his music—the freedom to write as he wishes, everything from his perspective.

The turning point from boy-band pop star to serious working artist began when McCartney co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning single, “Bleeding Love,” with Ryan Tedder, performed by Leona Lewis. An International mega-hit, “Bleeding Love” was Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year, reached #1 in 35 countries, and became the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. It has racked 360 million streams on Spotify.

McCartney is excited that his fans have come along for the ride with his singles, “Better with You” and “Wasted,” released in 2018. “It’s nice to be able to talk about things that the fans are also going through, he said. “I think they feel connected to me because we did basically grow up together. When I was 16, they were in high school with braces on just like me, and now here we are—they’re playing my song at their wedding.”

In 2019, after touring the U.S. and Asia, Jesse is now back in the studio working on a new project. “At this point in my life everything feels like it’s clicking into place. I’m looking forward to a whole new stage.” 

For information about the “Winter Concert” featuring Jesse McCartney contact Michael Kalage, director of student engagement, at mkalage@marywood.edu, or call (570) 340-6015.

“The Nutcracker” to be Presented at Circle Drive-In

Ballet Theatre of Scranton, under the artistic direction of Joanne Arduino, will present its 45th annual performances of “The Nutcracker” quite differently this season, but the tradition of their gift to the community will continue! 

In partnership with Goodwill’s Theater at North and sponsored by the Charles DeNaples family, the production will be presented at the Circle Drive In on Nov. 20 and 21st at 5 and 8 pm. Admission is free and the first 300 cars will be admitted. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy the comfort of your own car as you and your family view visions of sugarplums on the big screen!

Dunmore’s Celia Eagen will be featured in the role of Clara. Additionally, on Dec 23-26, FOX 56 will present the production on their stations WOLF, WSWB and WQMY. Check local listings for air times.

For additional information, call Ballet Theatre of Scranton at 570-347-2867 or visit us on the web at www.balletscranton.org

UNICO Pasta Dinner Scheduled for Sunday November 22nd

Announcing the Keystone UNICO Pasta Dinner scheduled for Nov. 22 at Villa Maria, West Scranton, are, from left: Chapter Members Dot Mariani, Joany Bonczek, Mary Ann Stoppini, Keystone President Mary Ann Coviello and Pasta Dinner Chairman Frank Coviello.

Dunmore’s Keystone Chapter UNICO conducted its October dinner meeting at the new Colarusso’s Coal Fire Pizza in Dickson City, formerly Al Mia Amore.  Keystone UNICO members were the first customers to experience dining in their newly renovated banquet room, featuring all COVID-19 protocol.  The dinner was delicious and the accommodations were perfect.

In keeping with October being Italian Heritage and Culture Month, Chapter member Mary Ann Stoppini gave an interesting review of Dianne Hales’ book “La Passione”.  Its theme is “Everything in Italy is done with passion and there probably would be no real passion in the world without Italians.” 

Also discussed was Keystone’s upcoming Pasta Dinner fundraiser for local charities and scholarships.  Dinner will be available for take-out or dine-in at Villa Maria at 1610 Washburn Street, West Scranton, on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, and cake for dessert.  Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting Frank or Mary Ann Coviello at 570-344-3737 or any chapter member.  Pre-sales are encouraged and there will be a limited number of tickets at the door.