Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less
Classic Movie Series: Free! In honor of Veterans Day, you can watch “Saving Private Ryan,” the 1998 movie about a group of World War II soldiers who go behind enemy lines to rescue a paratrooper. Tom Hanks and Matt Damon star. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Call 570-996-1500 for information.
Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Donations are what make this event possible. This open mic night is exclusively for teens who dream of becoming a rock star. All ages are invited to attend and watch the talent of tomorrow. Parents, if your teen is an aspiring poet or performer, let them know about this! Event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 13, at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Call 570-253-2020 for more information.
Birding at Frances Slocum: Free! Take a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds with Bruce Troy of Wild Birds Unlimited. Meet at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Call 570-675-9900 for more info.
Anthracite Fields: $10. Inspired by the mining families of hard-coal country, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe wrote this oratorio, which will be performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. Call 570-270-2192 for more info.
Luke the Knife vs. Beard-o-Bees: $15. Brothers Luke and Jesse Miller, who regularly gig as instrumentalists in the electronic jam-rock band Lotus, will be bringing their solo production acts to the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Nov. 12. Luke performs a DJ set as Luke the Knife, and Jesse energizes the house with improvisational analog synth music. The dance party is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., and the evening promises a set where the brothers will join each other on stage for an extemporaneous jam set.
A Night of Pure Guitar: $15. Wyomissing native and second guitar in the Steve Vai Band, Dave Weiner will be performing his technically astounding instrumental guitar rock along with fellow Favored Nations recording artist Rob Balducci on Nov. 13. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., and will see Weiner reunited with his own band after a long stretch of touring the world with Vai.
The Last Waltz: $20. Watch a screening of Martin Scorsese’s filming of the final concert by The Band with special guests Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan. It’s sponsored by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser for the Children’s Service Center. On Nov. 12, head to the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Light refreshments start at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For reservations call 570-825-6425, ext. 399.
Tied Up Like A Spy: Free! The Shouldas are celebrating the release of their new EP, “Tied Up Like a Spy,” and will be joined on the bill by Better Days. 10 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Other Side connected to Bart and Urby’s, 119 S Main St Wilkes-Barre. For more info call 570-970-9570.
Build an Ecosystem in a Jar: $5. Try your hand at condensing an ecosystem down to the size of a glass jar which, if balanced properly, can stay healthy without interference. At 10 a.m. Nov. 14 head to Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. For more info call 570-629-3061.
Maximum Psych: $5. Enjoy a night of music described as “blissful dreamgaze, maximum psych and ambient sounds” from The Stargazer Lillies, Shana Falana and Chelsea Smarr. 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at The Other Side connected to Bart and Urby’s, 119 S Main St Wilkes-Barre. For more info call 570-970-9570.
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