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The Badlees will play their first shows in nearly five years on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Pottsville and on Sunday, Nov. 22 in Camp Hill, near Harrisburg. The band released its first album in seven years, “Love Is Rain,” earlier this month.

The Nov. 21 show is at Goodfellas Entertainment Complex (1105 S. Centre St., Pottsville, 570.628.2474), with Panacea and Gleasons Drift. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door, doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. The Nov. 22 show at Gullifty’s Underground (1104 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill, 717.761.6692) also features Panacea as well as HotWingJones, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door.


WVIA-TV will welcomes panelists who address being “Gay in NEPA” on the next “State of Pennsylvania” show Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Joining correspondent Suzanne Kapral-Kelly in the Sordoni Theater at WVIA will be John Dawe from Dawe Consulting and executive director of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance; Jeff Brauer, associate professor and director for the Center for Service Learning at Keystone College and a board member of Equality Pennsylvania; and Rev. Daniel Gunn of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre.

The show will also include comments from International AIDS activist Cleve Jones, who is also founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Actor Emile Hirsch in the 2009 Oscar-nominated film “Milk” portrayed Jones.

To be part of WVIA’s live studio audience, call 570.602.1150 or visit www.wvia.org.Viewers may call in questions during the show at 1.800.326.9842 or go to www.wvia.org to submit their questions online.

WE’RE NO. 261!

In the 2009 edition of Sporting News’ “Best Sports Cities” list, Pittsburgh finished first, with Philadelphia coming in second. Also of note: State College (48), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (261) and Long Pond (279), the home of Pocono Raceway.


Clarks Summit band Awkward Silence will perform in Wilkes University’s Henry Student Center (84 W. South St.) Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Cost for the all-ages event is $6 at the door. Costumes are welcome.


Northeast Mixed Martial Arts will present its second MMA cage fight — aptly titled Cage Fight 2 — Friday, Nov. 27 at the Lackawanna College Student Union, formerly the CYC, in Scranton. The main event will be Spencer “The Destroyer” Paige vs. Marshall Martin in a 155-lb. lightweight bout.

Tickets ($28, $45, $50, $75) are available at many area locations; visit www.pacagefight.com for more details.


For a review of last week’s The 69 Eyes show at The Note in West Chester and a video interview with lead singer Jyrki 69, visit theweekender.com/music.


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