Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Jan. 27, 2016

January 26th, 2016 4:44 pm


‘Terezin and Kurdistan – A Journey: How do we break this chain of inhumanity?’ exhibit, through Feb. 28 with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Marywood University’s Suraci Gallery. Gallery hours are 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. Photographs, by Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., portray former atrocities as well as the human need for normalcy. Exhibition is the inaugural presentation of the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Marywood University.

‘Past Happy’ Wyoming County Players fundraiser, 6 p.m. Jan. 30 (rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to weather) at Whipple Performing Arts Studio, 602 Hunter Hwy. Suite 20, Tunkhannock. Includes a trivia contest with prizes; homemade soups, breads and desserts; nostalgic entertainment, raffles and prizes. Cost: $15. Info: 570-836-6986, or

2016 Scholastic Art Awards for NEPA awards presentation, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery. 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.

Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Dietrich Theater. This presentation by Jeff Mitchell will showcase Pennsylvania’s beautiful parks and natural areas, including hiking trails and waterways, with a focus on locations in NEPA. Mitchell’s book, “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” will be offered for sale, proceeds benefitting the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-996-1500 and at the door while they last.

Auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ 12 to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 at the Dietrich Theater. Actors and actresses needed include three women, ages 20-70, and 11 men, ages 20-70, including a female and male understudy. Performances are scheduled for April 29 through May 1, 2016. To schedule an audition, call director Hoyt Keiser at 570-466-9407.

Covenant Public Concerts presents organist Timothy Smith, 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed. Info: 570-346-6400 or 914-589-1975.

East Coast premiere of ‘Drowning Ophelia’ by local playwright Rachel Luann Strayer, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-30 and 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Lackawanna College. Cost: single tickets are available for $12 and $15. Tickets:, 570-955-1455 or through the box office at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Info:

‘In Recital: An Evening in Vienna’ with pianist Donald R. Boomgaarden, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Cost: free. Info:, 570-941-7624 or

Nikki Moser and Ron Morris art exhibit, Feb. 4 through 26 at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Moser will exhibit “Marcellus Shale Hex Signs: A Modern Pastiche.” Morris will exhibit a variety of figurines constructed from aluminum foil. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. during First Friday, Feb. 5. As part of AFA’s Second Saturday, a series of educational programs, Moser will also host a Hex Sign Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at STEAMWORKS at the Mall at Steamtown. Info: or 570-969-1040.

‘Andersonville and Florence Prisons: The Ezra Hoyt Ripple Memoir’ exhibit, Feb. 5, through March 11 at the University of Scranton. Presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the city of Scranton, the exhibit is co-sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society. Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., director of the Hope Horn Gallery, will present a lecture about the exhibit at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. A public reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the Hope Horn Gallery in Hyland Hall. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-4214 or

National Theatre Live’s ‘The Audience,’ 2 p.m. Feb. 7 and 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for senior/member tickets and $10 for child/student and group tickets (group minimum of 10). Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

The Three Stooges – Dietrich Film Favorites, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: Free; Sponsored by Keystone Community Resources and Keystone Konfections. Info: 570-996-1500.

Actors Circle presents ‘The Children’s Hour’ by Lillian Helman, Feb. 11-14 and 18-21 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students; For the Feb. 11 show, tickets are discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707. Info:

ESTA Awards ‘Love Songs of Broadway’ fundraiser, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Cost: $20 per person or $35 per couple (includes entry into the event, light refreshments, and a cash bar). Tickets: Info: email

Winter Fest, Feb. 12 through 25 at the Dietrich Theater, with opening night at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy 12 foreign, independent and art films in fourteen days during the winter months at the Dietrich. Tickets: $8.50 each and $25 for Opening Night. Reservations (required only for the Opening Night): 570-996-1500.

Ziti With Your Sweetie Dinner Theater, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, Main Street, Clifford. The Clifford Community Youth Group will present “One Upon a Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks.” Cost: $10. Tickets: Call Robin at 570-222-4344 or Lisa at 570-222-5493.

Movie showing: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in the community room at the Abington Community Library. Come view the movie that started it all, the original Star Wars. Chairs and water will be provided. Attendees may also bring snacks, pillows and blankets. For all ages.

Covenant Public Concerts presents Mainstreet Brass Quintet, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed. Info: 570-346-6400 or 914-589-1975.

Winter Fest Post-Fest Discussion, 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Facilitated by Ronnie Harvey and Hildy Morgan. Info: 570-996-1500.


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.

Warrior Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression and provide a safe space to share experiences in the military culture. Open to all veterans and service members. Cost: Free. Info/register: call 570-996-1500.

Creative Writing With Carol King Part 2: Nonfiction, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to your audience. For adults. Info: 570-587-3440.

Scripts to Stage: A Class in Intermediate Playwriting, 6 to 8 p.m. starting Feb. 2 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 9-12, this intermediate class advances students beyond the basics of playwriting and teaches them the finer points of crafting a script for the stage. Class size is limited to 10 students. Info: 570-587-3440.

Mystery Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “The Lincoln Lawyer” by Michael Connelly. For adults. Info:570-587-3440.

Wyoming County Reads (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Go Set a Watchman’) book discussion dates and topics, 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Coming of Age Novels, Bildungsroman”; 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Heroes and Humans: A Study of Atticus Finch”; 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Mockingbird to Watchman: You Can’t Go Home Again or Can You?”; 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Dr. Marnie Hiester and Dr. Jim Calderone, of Misericordia University, on “Hatred, Prejudice and Ignorance vs. the Human Capacity for Goodness” and movie showing of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Classics Discussion Group, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Discuss Henry Adam: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres and The Education of Henry Adams. Adults.


Fine Art Coloring Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 11, March 25 and April 8. For adults and students ages 12 and up. Instructor: Jennifer Kozlansky. Cost: $15. Bring your pencils or markers and a favorite snack to share. Cold and hot drinks will be provided. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. No experience necessary. Instructor: Esther Harmatz. Cost: $60 (includes materials). Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Design Two Easy Hand-Painted Silk Scarves, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Sarah Sidorek. Cost: $35 (includes all materials). Info: 570-996-1500.

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