Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Feb. 24, 2016

February 23rd, 2016 2:18 pm


Winter Fest, now through Feb. 25 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy 12 foreign, independent and art films in fourteen days during the winter months at the Dietrich. Tickets: $8.50 each. A free Winter Fest Post-Fest Discussion, facilitated by Ronnie Harvey and Hildy Morgan, will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the theater. Info: 570-996-1500.

Nikki Moser and Ron Morris art exhibit, now through Feb. 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. Info: or 570-969-1040.

‘Terezin and Kurdistan – A Journey: How do we break this chain of inhumanity?’ now 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.

‘Andersonville and Florence Prisons: The Ezra Hoyt Ripple Memoir’ exhibit, now 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. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-4214 or

‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-27 at Summit University of Pennsylvania. The university’s theatre department will present this comedy masterpiece of English theater. Cost: $8. Info: 570-585-2400 or

Soul Shakers Winter Blues Guitarmageddon, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Feb. 26 in the Scranton Cultural Center’s Grand Ballroom. A fundraiser for the Scranton Cultural Center, with proceeds benefiting its ongoing operations, restoration and programming. The Soul Shakers will serve as rhythm section to a lineup of performers, including Phyllis Hopkins, Doug & Eamonn Hubert, Bob McCartney, Teddy Young, Clarence Spady, Matt Bennick and Peter Florance. Cash bar will be available and the Peculiar Culinary Company’s food truck will be on site with food for sale. Cost: $20. Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC in person or by calling 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

Songs for a New World, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on the Marywood University campus. Directed by Chuck Gorden, M.F.A., associate professor of theatre at Marywood. Cost: $10 general admission; $8 seniors; $6 students; and free for IHM Sisters or for those with a valid Marywood ID.

Narratives Seen exhibition, Feb. 27 through April 3, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery, first floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts, Insalaco College of Creative and Performing Arts. Featuring the paintings of Kevin Kinkead, Gayle Wells Mandle, Gretchen Dow Simpson and Mark Webber. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Marywood University Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Latour Room of the Nazareth Student Center on campus. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6268.

Abington Heights High School to present ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Musical,’ 7 p.m. March 4 and 5 at the high school. Cost: $10 general admission and $6 for students. Tickets sold at door.

After School Players performance of ‘Class Action’ by Brad Slaight, 11 a.m. March 5 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $5. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Marywood University Senior Wind Band Celebration, 7 p.m. March 5 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on campus. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6268.

Electric City Swing concert, 4 p.m. March 6 at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit. The group will perform music of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Cost: free, but donations will be accepted. Info: 570-586-6306.

The Quietmen in concert, 7:30 p.m. March 10 in the Theatre at Brooks at Keystone College. A traditional and contemporary Irish music group. Cost: free. Info:

Indian Classical Dance Presentation, 4 p.m. March 12 at The Century Club of Scranton. Presented by Sujata Nair-Mulloth, of Kala School of Indian Classical Dance. Info/reservations: 570-342-0204.

The Wyoming County Players’ Winter Dessert Theater: ‘Squirrel Lake,’ 3 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio in Tunkhannock. Cost: $15 general and $12 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Reservations: 570-836-6986 or

‘David Zeisberger, Apostle Among Indians’ movie event, 2 p.m. March 13 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: Free. Post-film discussion with Dr. Katherine Faull. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

A Journey Through American Quilt History, 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 13 at the Abington Community Library. Presenters: Pat and Arlan Christ, who collect and study quilts, while documenting their historical importance. Cost: free. Reservations: call 570-587-3440 or stop by the library.

Catholic Choral Society Lenten Concert, 3 p.m. March 13 at St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Cost: free. Info: 570-575-1040 or

Third Tuesday Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. March 15, April 19, May 17 and June 21. AFA Gallery’s Tuesday Night Drawing Group has been moved to the third Tuesday of every month. The program provides two-hour self-guided sessions with a nude model for artists of all experience levels. It also gives an opportunity for artists to improve their observational drawing skills as well as getting a better understanding of the human form. Artists are required to bring their own materials. Tables, chairs and easels are provided by a grant from the Scranton Area Foundation. Students under 18 require a parental permission slip. Cost: $2 for students, $5 for members and $7 general admission. Info: or 570-969-1040.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, 7 p.m. March 16 at the Dietrich Theater. A movie night for anyone whose life has been affected by addiction. Cost: Free. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

‘Grease, Jr.’ auditions, 6 p.m. March 18 and 19 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio, Tunkhannock. Be prepared to read, sing and dance. Performances are May 19 through 21. For students 6 to 20 years old. Info:, 570-836-6986 or email

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes concert, 8 p.m. March 19 in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Theatre at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton. Cost: tickets range from $32 to $39. Tickets: in person at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the SCC, by calling 570-344-1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

Scripts to Stage: A Class in Intermediate Playwriting staged reading, 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at Abington Community Library. Cost: Free.

The Arcadia Chorale’s 31st Annual NEPA Bach Festival, March 19 and 20. A celebration of the music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries. on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. The festival will open at 4 p.m. March 19 with an organ concert by organist Timothy Smith at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. The Arcadia Festival Orchestra will perform a program of double and quadruple concertos at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. The festival concludes with a choral concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Cost: admission for the chamber music and choral concerts is $15 general and $12 for seniors and WVIA members. Students will be admitted free with a student ID. Admission to the organ concert is free. Info/reservations: or 570-871-0350.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 and April 18 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment, and learn how unscripted dialogue, plot and action can make you a better writer, actor or director. Cost: Free.

Open Mic Night with Breaking Ground Poets, 7 p.m. March 25 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents. After the open mic portion of the evening the Breaking Ground Poets will take the stage. Led by Katie Wisnosky, this Tunkhannock-based group of young people dedicated to self-expression will share their original works. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Spring 2016 Film Festival, April 1 through 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy 22 foreign, independent and art films in 21 days. Opening Night Gala doors open at 5:30 p.m., April 1, for two films, beer, wine desserts and more. A free Post-Festival Film Discussion will be held at 1 p.m. April 22 at the theater (no need to register). Gala tickets: $40. Festival movie tickets: $8.50. Gala reservations: 570-996-1500. Info:

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. April 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents. After the open mic portion of the evening, actors Owen Frazier and Rich Ryczak will take the stage to entertain with some comic examples of Old Time Radio. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Sandlot,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free; Sponsored by C.H. Corby & Sons Excavating Inc. Info: 570-996-1500.

Arsenic and Old Lace, 7 p.m. April 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. May 1 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock. A community theatre production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. Cost: $10. 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.

Wyoming County Reads (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Go Set a Watchman’) book discussion dates and topics, 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.

March Madness Reading Challenge, March 1 to 31 at the Abington Community Library. A challenge to read a few or a lot of books during the month of March. Try something new or discover a “new to you” author and enter your name to win a lottery ticket tree or top prize, Samsung Galaxy S2 8.0. Book suggestions will be on display.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Abington Community Library. Discuss “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry. For adults.

Book Club: ‘The Romanov Sisters,’ by Helen Rappaport, 2 p.m. March 20 at The Century Club of Scranton. Info/reservations: 570-342-0204.


Fine Art Coloring Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 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.

Boredom Buster Craft Day, 1-4 p.m. March 5 at the Endless Mountains Nature Center Lodge, 1309 Vosburg Road, Tunkhannock. A variety of projects from easy (toddler friendly) to detailed (for teens through adults) will be available all afternoon. Warm drinks and homemade cookies will be served. Cost: free; donations appreciated. Allergy note: The craft projects and refreshments will be peanut and tree nut free. Register online: Info: 570-836-3835.

Pysanky-making workshop, 12 to 2 p.m. March 19 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House i8n Scranton. Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian craft in which patterns are drawn on the eggs with wax, which protects the egg when dye is applied. Instructor: Tammy Budnovitch. Cost: $20. Reservations/info: 570-344-3841 or email

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