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Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ is like candy: sweet, but fleeting

Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ is like candy: sweet, but fleeting

With a considerable amount of hype leading up to it — at least, if my Facebook and Instagram feeds were to be believed — “Sweetener,” the latest record by Ariana Grande, piqued my interest. I’ve always said Grande is a phenomenally talented performer, with an incredible voice and acting chops to boot. But I was […]

Rants and raves: Missing the simpler, phone-less life

Rants and raves: Missing the simpler, phone-less life

There once was a time where I lived in a world where I didn’t carry my phone around with me like the baby that it is. I want to go back to that. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 16. It was a Nokia something. A bulky phone with an antenna and […]

Day Tripper: Weekend at Asbury Park a pleasant surprise

Day Tripper: Weekend at Asbury Park a pleasant surprise

You know that trip that just ends too soon? It’s your last afternoon or evening there, and you realize all of the things that you didn’t do. You end up either immediately planning your next visit or trying to cram as many activities as you can into your last few hours. I certainly didn’t expect […]

Ask Phil: To grow or not to grow

Ask Phil: To grow or not to grow

Dear Phil, My friend just got her hair cut and colored. And I can’t lie, it’s horrible!! It does nothing for her and actually makes her look like a cartoon character! She loves it and wants to keep it, but how do I tactfully tell her to try a different style — or better yet […]

Will You Accept This Podcast?: ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Week 2

Will You Accept This Podcast?: ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Week 2

WILKES-BARRE — After two brand new episodes of “Bachelor In Paradise,” co-hosts DJ Eberle and Brigid Edmunds-Lawrence are back in a brand new Will You Accept This Podcast? How do they feel about The Goose’s latest antics? What about the relationship between Colton and Tia? Or Venmo John’s actual role in Venmo? Listen to find […]

Pay attention, kids. Let’s make some cookies

Pay attention, kids. Let’s make some cookies

Hi, my name is Autumn Granza, and I’m going to teach you how to cook. At least, that’s my plan with the Weekender’s new column, “This is how I roll.” I aim to teach millennials how to cook so we can all stop paying a fortune to eat out every night. And if you are […]

Nicki Minaj comes just short of greatness on ‘Queen’

Nicki Minaj comes just short of greatness on ‘Queen’

Have you ever heard a record that made you reevaluate your opinions on an artist? I used to always think of Nicki Minaj just as a fairly standard pop rapper. Sure, she can go hard sometimes, but in general, songs like “Super Bass” seemed more in line with her general oeuvre than, say, her striking […]

Celebration to benefit family of Tommy Wynder

Celebration to benefit family of Tommy Wynder

Whether he was riveting audiences as a member of multiple bands in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene, mentoring kids in Greater Pittston-area school districts, teaching young drummers in a private setting or sharing stages with music industry greats, Tommy Wynder had an impact on those who met him. That impact is evident as Wynder’s community […]

Will You Accept This Recap? Season Finale: We told you so

Will You Accept This Recap? Season Finale: We told you so

Congratulations, world. You win. Once again, good guys finish last. Well, in this case, they finish second. We had been calling it here on Will You Accept This Recap? and Will You Accept This Podcast? from the beginning: Garrett was destined to win ‘The Bachelorette.’ And guess what? He did! I know, shocking. So, honestly, […]

Ask Phil: Don’t be the comma in Earth, Wind & Fire

Ask Phil: Don’t be the comma in Earth, Wind & Fire

Dear Phil, My best friend and I have been thick as thieves — going as far back as elementary school. Whenever one of us had an idea, usually a crazy one, the other was there. Well, now my friend has the craziest of ideas. He wants to open a psychic detective agency! I KNOW! But […]