>> DA DA DADA DADA DA: Admit it. You’ve been at a wedding, had a few too many cocktails and ended up doing the “Chicken Dance” with Aunt Eunice — which somehow found its way on YouTube. For that, you can blame a Swiss accordion player named Werner Thomas. It was Thomas who invented the “Chicken Dance” melody in the 1950s. When he began playing it, people started dancing like birds, and future embarrassment was born. That’s a good fact to know this Tuesday, which is “National Dance Like a Chicken Day.” Amaze your friends whilst you dance like chickens.
>> ART CLASS: What would life be without art? And what would art be without life? You don’t have to answer that. It’s sort of rhetorical. Our human capacity to create is what sets us apart from the other species. If you’d like to check out some of this fine human capacity, it will be on display this week in Wilkes-Barre. The Fine Arts Fiesta begins on Thursday and continues until Sunday right on Public Square. Whether you’re browsing or buying, you’ll find something you’ll like.
>> LIVE LONG AND PROSPER: On Sept. 8, 1966, the world was introduced to Capt Kirk, Mr. Spock and the crew of the Starship Enterprise. The ensuing 47 years have brought us five TV series, 11 films, one animated series, scores of novels and comics, hundreds of fake Vulcan ears, tons of Tribbles and countless funerals for unknown crewmen wearing red shirts. That brings us to this Friday when the 12th Trek film, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” beams its way into theaters. Phasers will be fired, ships will explode, Spock will do that finger thing he does, and a good time will be had by all.
>> AND THEY’RE OFF: The word “orb” sounds funny. If you string it together and say it fast, you’d sound like the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show. “Orb orb orb, orb orb orb orb. ORB! Orb orb orb.” In horse racing the word isn’t so silly. It’s the name of the Kentucky Derby winner and the only horse with a chance for immortality in 2013. The Preakness, the second race for the Triple Crown, will be held Saturday. Coverage begins on NBC at 4:30 p.m.
>> MUSIC OF YOUR LIFE: Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. When many movies were still in black-and-white, gas cost 31 cents a gallon, the Russians were no-good commie bums and the music we liked was called doo wop. Films are in color these days, you’d ring up 31 cents at the pump in .0031 seconds and the Russians have mostly dropped the commie part. But you can still hear some good ol’ fashioned doo-wop around here. For your listening pleasure, the F.M. Kirby Center is offering up Doo Wop Volume 6 this Saturday at 7 p.m.