ArtScene with Erika Funke ArtScene, with Erika Funke as the host/producer, is a daily short program which brings attention to the area's arts and cultural events. Join her weekdays at 11:00am for interviews, reviews and commentaries on films, books, jazz, and classical music. Let Erika's ArtScene help you plan your weekend!
ArtScene with Erika Funke

ArtScene with Erika Funke

From WVIA

ArtScene, with Erika Funke as the host/producer, is a daily short program which brings attention to the area's arts and cultural events. Join her weekdays at 11:00am for interviews, reviews and commentaries on films, books, jazz, and classical music. Let Erika's ArtScene help you plan your weekend!

Most Recent Episodes

Michael Bradshaw Flynn; June 22 2021

Michael Bradshaw Flynn, Founding Artistic Director of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, speaking about the 10th anniversary season and emerging from the pandemic with "Ragtime", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Into the Woods", "Hamlet"; "Conversion Rate," and "Peter & the Starcatcher". The festival opens June 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm at the Scranton Iron Furnaces and runs into the beginning of August. www.scrantonshakes.com/

Melodie Carter-Shaw; Adrian Miller; June 18 2021

Melodie Carter-Shaw, President of the Lycoming Tri-County Chapter NAACP speaking with WVIA's Fiona Powell about the first annual Juneteenth celebration in Williamsport under the group's sponsorship: "Celebrating Who We Are." The public is invited to a daylong celebration Saturday, June 19, 2021, in and around Brandon Park with opening ceremonies at 10:30 am and a keynote address by Adrian Miller, award-winning culinary historian and author at 11:30 am. Miller spoke with Fiona Powell about his books and how food has a place in society and culture beyond simply nourishing us. www.naacptricounty.wordpress.com/ www.adrianmiller.com/

Brandon Hanks; David Parmelee; June 17 2021

Brandon Hanks, Founder & Artistic Director of Rebel Stages in Stroudsburg, and David Parmelee, General Manager of the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, speaking about the Rebel Stages production of the award-winning musical revue "Ain't Misbehavin" at the School of Visual & Performing Arts in Stroudsburg on June 19, 2021 at 8 pm & June 20 at 3 pm. Then at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre on June 26 at 8 pm and June 27 at 3 pm. www.rebelstages.com/ www.ltwb.org/

Jennifer Jenkins; June 15 2021

Jennifer Jenkins, novelist, playwright & writing instructor, speaking about her new novel, "American Bourbon," just issued by Northampton House Press. www.jenniferjenkinswriter.com; www.northampton-house.com/. Jennifer Jenkins will hold a book launch on June 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm, at the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 West Tioga Street. www.tunkhannocklibrary.org/ She will take part in a panel discussion at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 21, as part of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and her books will be available on June 24th at LitFest at Wilkes at 6:30 pm. www.wilkes.edu/

Phyllis Colombo; John Schugard; June 10 2021

John Schugard, actor, director & playwright, and Phyllis Colombo, co-founder of DM Performance Works, speaking about the upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof" 2 weekends: Fridays & Saturdays, June 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 7:00pm and Sundays June 20 & 27, 2021, at 3:00 pm, at the Performance Works Factory Theatre, 15 School Street, Nuremberg, PA. 570-710-7244 www.dmpwshows.org/

Francesca Saldan, June 11 2021

Francesca Saldan, Curator at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, speaking about the exhibition, "Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories" part of the NEH on the Road initiative, originating at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The show will run from June 17 through August 16, 2021, in the Maslow Galleries at the Museum, 1901 Mulberry Street at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. https://everhart-museum.org/ 570-346-7186 Temporary hours: Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

Doug Smith; Kimberly Crafton; June 08 2021

Doug Smith, jazz bassist, band leader & educator, and Kimberly Crafton, Interim Coordinator of the Folk and Traditional Arts Partnership with the PA Council on the Arts and the Everhart Museum in Scranton speaking about the program. Doug Smith is a rostered artist in the project and he will be featured in a special conversation as part of the FTAP Second Sunday Series on the Everhart's YouTube Channel June 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm. www.everhart-museum.org and click on "Events".

Bonnie Tallman; Charlie Lockard; June 07 2021

Bonnie Tallman & Charlie Lockard, founding members of the Billtown Blues Association, speaking about the 31st annual Billtown Blues Festival to be held June 11, 12 and 13, 2021, at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, PA. There will be a full three-day schedule with artists from around the region and around the country. And camping is available. For complete information: www.billtownblues.org/

John Michael Vaida; Amy Iwazumi; June 03 2021

Violinist John Michael Vaida & Violinist/Violist Amy Iwazumi, co-founders of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, speaking about the upcoming 2021 Chamber Fest to be held July 23, 24 & 25, featuring intensive workshops for musicians ages 12 and up. In addition to the educational sessions, there will be 3 public concerts with pieces by Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Francaix, and the festival will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. For complete details: www.nepacms.org/

Dr. Stephen Whittaker; Part 2; Jun 02 2021

Dr. Stephen Whittaker, Professor in the Department of English & Theatre at the University of Scranton, speaking about the artistry of Bob Dylan and the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to the singer-songwriter in 2016, in connection with his 80th birthday on May 24, 2021. This is the second of a two-part series---www.wvia.org/ www.scranton.edu/