The W: Gilbert Gottfried, Eden – A Vegan Cafe, Hoops and Heels Fashion Show, and ‘Spank! Harder’

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First Posted: 1/13/2014


…will be appearing at Mount Airy Casino Resort this Saturday?

Renowned and controversial comedian Gilbert Gottfried will take the stage Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

Gottfried began his career at the young age of 15, when he began doing amateur stand-up in New York City and in 1980 became a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Additionally, Gottfried has been a regular on “Hollywood Squares” and is a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Howard Stern Show.”

Tickets are $20 and $30 and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 1.866.468.7619.

Check back to later this week for an exclusive interview with Gottfried.


…popular Scranton eatery is in a bit of financial trouble, yet is seeing tremendous (and possibly life-saving) support from its patrons?

Eden – A Vegan Cafe opened in 2008, the city’s first 100 percent vegan restaurant, bringing New American Vegan Cuisine to all who walked through its doors. Due to hard economic times, the cafe announced its closing on Jan. 8 – and the response was astounding.

There was an immediate outpouring of support for the business, and all the love sent its way prompted founder Christian Pilosi to implement a process that he hopes will save the cafe. The first step in his four-step plan is to campaign to help get him back on his feet and pay all outstanding personal and business expenses through an Indiegogo campaign.

For more info, visit To donate and/or see how the campaign is going, visit


…can you check out NEPA’s only semi-pro basketball team, as well as a start-up beginning a sports apparel clothing line?

The Hoops and Heels Fashion Show will take place Jan. 19 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the TGIF/Quality Inn on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre.

The Diamond City Playaz is comprised of local high school and basketball standouts, such as Chris Shovlin, Colin Klebon, and Isiah Walker.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. The event features Monica Monet, Anxious MC, Chris Fields, DJ Aliaz, and DJ Nellz.


…can you catch the sequel to a popular show that came through the F.M. Kirby Center last year?

“Spank! Harder” will return to the venue on March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. and will be $27 and $37. They can be purchased at, by calling 570.826.1100, and at the Kirby box office. There will be a special Kirby Member Presale at 10 a.m. today.

“Spank! Harder” is the follow up to “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody,” a show that took a hilarious turn on the popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” book trilogy.