Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Aug. 26, 2015

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The Glenburn Township 11th Annual Art Show Call For Entries. Submission deadline: Oct. 15. Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 22 or by appointment. Opening reception: 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Info: 570-563-1177.

House on Fire: photography invitational curated by Lori Ryan, now through Aug. 29 at AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. The question, “Your home is on fire and you can save one photograph. What is it and why?” was posed to photographers. The exhibition consists of three elements from each photographer; a current self-portrait, a photograph of theirs that is precious and an explanation of why. Info: or 570-969-1040.

Art exhibit by Brian Keeler, Barbara Remington and Paul Nielsen, now through Aug. 29 on the first floor of AFA Gallery, Scranton. Keeler’s paintings entitled “Lumen Picturae” will also be shown at the Laura Craig Gallery. Nielsen and Keeler will give artist talks, Nielsen at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 and Keeler from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14. Keeler will also teach a workshop, “Plein Air Cityscapes” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 (cost: $100). Info/workshop registration: 570-746-1187 or 570-969-1040.

Open Mic Night with Alan Thatcher, 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types. This month’s featured musician is Alan Thatcher, who covers songs from traditional, folk, country rock, blues and pop genres. Cost: free. Seating is limited. Info: 570-996-1500.

Auditions for Marywood University’s pre-professional dance company Dance Elan, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The company performs throughout the semester at events in the community and at Marywood. Interested dancers should contact Linn McDonald at

Hickory Project Live in Concert, 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: free, donations accepted.

Diverse Dimensions: 2D and 3D work by Peter Hoffer and Charles Welles, Sept. 3 through Oct. 10 at the Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. First Friday opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4, with an artist talk and demonstration at 5:30 p.m. Info: or 570-969-1040.

Beverly Coleman and the International Interdependence Hexagon Project, Sept. 3 through Oct. 10 at the second floor gallery of AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Features works by Beverly Coleman and various students and artists who donated work to the International Interdependence Hexagon Project. First Friday receptions: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. Info: or 570-969-1040.

Northeast String Workshop, Sept. 4 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Musicians of all levels of experience can improve their knowledge and skills at this workshop, which will feature instruction on mandolin, fiddle, banjo and guitar. Info: Reservations: 570-996-1500. Tickets available at the door while they last.

Cornstock Folk Festival, Sept. 4 through 6 at Lazy Brook Park, the intersection of Rt. 6 and Rt. 92, Tunkhannock. Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 and stage times are 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info/tickets: or call 570-250-7464.

‘Near and Far’ exhibit, Sept. 4 through Oct. 7 at ArtWorks Gallery and Studio in Scranton, with First Friday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4. The exhibit will showcase paintings by Lisa Cunningham and Renée Emanuel. Info: or 570-207-1815.

2015 Marywood Art Faculty Biennial: Celebrating the Centennial, Sept. 8 through Oct. 4, in the Mahady Gallery. A multimedia exhibition of current work by Marywood University’s Department of Visual Arts faculty. Reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. Gallery Talk: 3 p.m. Sept. 16. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

American Abstract Artists – AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, Sept. 8 through Oct. 18 in the Suraci Gallery at Marywood University. Gallery Talk by by Steven Alexander: 3 p.m. Sept. 30. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Vietnam photography exhibition, reception and talk by John Hudanish, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Century Club of Scranton, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. John Hudanish will present his exhibition of 56 photographs of Vietnam taken from 1965 to 1967. An accompanying exhibition book, with over 100 photographs, will also be available for purchase and for signing that evening. Cost: free.

Exhibit of paintings by Edie Suydam, Sept. 11 through 27 at Endless Mountains Council of Arts Gallery, Tunkhannock. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13.

Actors Circle presents ‘The Golden Age’ by AR. Gurney, Sept. 17 through 20 and 24 through 27 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students; Sept. 17 performance tickets are $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

PocoNotes Presents Faces and Voices 4, Sept. 19 and 20 at the historic Tripp House, 1011 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Features guitarist Bill Kirchen; area photographers A. Elizabeth Baumeister, Alex Seeley, Brian Hineline and Chad Casterline and local cigar box guitar luthier Dave Whetsell, of Snikle Cigar Box Guitars. Schedule includes: photography and cigar box guitar exhibits, 12 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 12 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20; photography roundtable, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 19; porch time jam, 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19; concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 19 (doors at 7:30 p.m.); guitar workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. Cost: concert tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door for general admission, two for $25 for seniors and students and free for military and children under age 12; exhibits and workshops are free admission. Info/reservations: 888-800-POCO or

Ukrainian Folk concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Featuring Korinya Ukrainian Folk Band and several members of the Kazka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door; free for children fifteen and younger. Tickets: call Helen at 570 842-3539, Diann at 570 341-9383 or Paul at 570 563-2275.

Community Concerts at Lackawanna College presents Aquila Theatre’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Theater at Lackawanna College. Single tickets available for $25 and $30. Info: 570-955-1455.

Pocono Mountain Quilt Heritage, 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. Antique quilts will be on display during the program. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Mostly Opera Presents: ‘Viva Italia!’ 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. Features Italian musical favorites in celebration of Columbus Day, appetizers, cash bar and gourmet full course dinner. Cost: $65. Reservations suggested by Sept. 15. Info: 570-702-4356.


Writers’ Group, 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday (ongoing) at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. All genres and levels of writing are welcome. For ages 18 and up. Cost: free. Info: 570-833-5246.

Creative Writing with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop for adults will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to your audience. The workshop will be relevant to fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at Abington Community Library. Book: “The House at Riverton” by Kate Morton.

Classics Discussion Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Abington Community Library. For adults who would like to read, explore and discuss works of literature and ideas in the Western Canon from 1500 to the present. Discuss Melville: “Moby Dick.”

Fourth annual Ignatian Values in Action Lecture, 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Byron Recreation Complex at The University of Scranton. Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., the international best-selling author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the U.S.,” will discuss her book. Cost: free. Info: or 570-941-4399.


Clean Living with Michelle Zieger, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Abington Community Library. Learn how to make essential oil diffuser jewelry and lip balm. For adults. Info: 570-587-3440.

All Crafting Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 12 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current craft project and mingle with other crafters. For adults.

Make Your Own Handcrafted Polymer Clay Pendant With Ricki, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Abington Community Library. Make your own handcrafted polymer clay pendant, design your own shape and embellish it with a variety of cabochons, stones, or other objects. Cost: $5 per pendant, to be paid to instructor at the time of the class. For adults.

Papercrafting: Tips, Tools and Techniques, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Abington Community Library. Learn tips, experience tools, and explore techniques of the art of paper crafting. The Theme is “Artistic Expression” - Explore the art of beautiful backgrounds and collage stamping. Materials Fee: $10 due to the instructor at the time of class. For adults.

Make-it, Take-it Craft Time, 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Abington Community Library. Children may drop in any time during the hours listed. Everything will be provided.

Paper Crafting with Maria Pappa, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at Abington Community Library. Materials Cost: $10, paid to the instructor the day of the class. For adults.

Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Falls Active Adult Center. Features craft, food and farmers market vendors.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Abington Community Library. Meet other crafters and share tips. All materials will be provided. Sponsored by the library’s Teen Leadership Committee for students in grades three through six.

Knitting Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Abington Community Library. Bring your current project and knit with other adults.

Reach the Abington Journal at 570-587-1148 or