The W: Marilyn Santarelli, West Side Blues Band, Dancing with the NEPA Stars, and New Visions Studio & Gallery

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First Posted: 8/5/2013


…will be leaving the F.M. Kirby Center after 15 years of service?

Marilyn Santarelli, who has served as executive director since 1998. She will retire at the end of this year.

Santarelli has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts since 2003 and facilitated the Kirby Center’s hosting of the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts in 2006. She oversaw more than $7 million in capital improvements that included the completion of a façade project, installation of an electronic marquis, a remodeled box office, energy efficient lighting, and the complete restoration of the Main Lobbies and Theatre.

“I am incredibly gratified by the outstanding support I have received over the last 15 years from the community, a strong and committed board of directors and a dedicated and hard working team,” she said.


…is the West Side Blues Band up to?

They’re having a CD release party at the Bakehouse (152 United Penn Plaza, Kingston) on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. The group will be joined by L.A. guitarist Rick Mayock. There is no cover charge for the show.


…can you catch the third round of Dancing with the NEPA Stars? On Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, American artist Jack Puhl and owner of Studio L.A. Allan Souza will compete.

To keep with this year’s theme, “Dancing through the Decades,” Puhl, along with partner Laura Boddorff, and Souza, joined by partner Missy Zeroda, will dance to music of the 90s.

Fans and event attendees can vote for their favorite prior to the event by visiting The cost is $1 per vote, with all proceeds benefiting the SCC. Online voting closes at midnight on Aug. 15. Entry to the competition is $20, and it is a 21 and over event


…is a question many may be asking come Aug. 14, when a well-known local art venue shuts its doors.

New Visions Studio & Gallery (201 Vine St., Scranton) recently made the announcement that it will close after three years.

There are two final events planned for the venue: on Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m., a show with Chet Williams, Eye on Attraction, Family Animals, and In Writing; and on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m., a show with Badtown Rude, The KLAP, Down to Six, and Crock Pot Abduction.