Jane Jacobs’s First City Festival
A weeklong celebration of Jane Jacobs’s life and legacy
Scranton, PA & Virtual
10 AM EDT | Welcome & Festival Kick-off.
Location: Scranton City Hall
Join Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti and the Center for the Living City for the inaugural Jane Jacobs Day proclamation and Jane Jacobs flag raising.
6:30 PM EDT | Book Launch, Jane Jacobs’s First City: Learning From Scranton, Pennsylvania
Location: theater at Lackawanna College
Author Glenna Lang will give a slide presentation on Jane Jacobs’s First City at the theater at Lackawanna College, on Vine St. near N. Washington Ave., formerly Central High School, which Jane Butzner attended. Ticketed but free. This lecture is part of the Center for the Living City’s Jane Jacobs Lecture Series.
Time TBA | Jane Jacobs’s First City | Book Signing at Library Express Bookstore
Glenna Lang will sign copies of Jane Jacobs’s First City. Sales from Library Express Bookstore benefit the Lackawanna County Library System.
5:30 PM EDT | Book Reading with Glenna Lang + Community members in Scranton, PA.
Location: Lackawanna County Courthouse
Accompanied by special guests, author Glenna Lang will provide an outdoor book reading across from the iconic Electric City sign followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
5-9 PM EDT | First Friday #ObserveScranton
Location: Downtown Scranton
First Friday Scranton features a wide variety of cultural events found in some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses. All events associated with First Friday Scranton take place from 5-9PM in a walk-able, close knit footprint, though a trolley bus is available to provide shuttle service at designated stops. First Friday Scranton serves as a conduit to artists, connecting them to prospective venues, art lovers seeking entertainment, and venues looking to attract new customers. For over 10 years First Friday Scranton has been a foundational event fostering growth and supporting local businesses and the arts in Downtown Scranton.
10 AM – 4 PM EDT | OBSERVE Programming + Jane Jacobs Walks
7 PM EDT | Observe SCRANTON STORYSLAM with Scranton Fringe
Location: North Washington Avenue, Downtown Scranton, PA
Tickets Required. [ticket link coming soon]. Doors at 6, show at 7.
A major part of the Observe Scranton week of programming is the return of the SCRANTON STORYSLAM. This unique program, produced by our partners at Scranton Fringe, will take place outside in downtown Scranton on Saturday, May 8th.
The Scranton Storyslam has been a popular recurring event within NEPA, starting with its first Slam in March 2012 and becoming part of the Scranton Fringe Festival‘s year-round arts programming in the spring of 2016. The events feature some of the Electric City’s most colorful characters in a head to head storytelling competition and gives a platform to the voices of individuals from across the region. Scranton StorySlam has been on a hiatus since 2019 and is excited to bring this slam back to Scranton in a Covid-safe, outdoor environment.
Scranton StorySlam is a celebration of diverse voices, welcoming all to share their stories of triumph, disappointment, humor, and heartbreak with our supportive audiences. The joy of a StorySlam is that any kind of story can be spun within the theme. Stories can range from pants-peeing hilarity to soul-wrenching heartbreak. Within the framework of (approx) five minute true, first hand stories, StorySlams are an irresistible fusion of theater, memoir and documentary art.
The theme for this particular Scranton StorySlam is, naturally, Observing Scranton!