Arts and entertainment calendar, week of March 16, 2016

March 15th, 2016 12:23 pm


Narratives Seen exhibition, now through April 3 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

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

A Celtic Ramble, 8 p.m. March 18 and 19 at The Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. Cost: $10. Info.: or 570-209-7766.

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:

Actors Circle presents ‘The Big Meal’ by Dan LeFranc, April 14 to 17 and 21 to 24 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sundaya at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 seniors and $8 for students; Tickets for the April 14 show are discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707. Info:

West Point Band concert, 4 p.m. April 17 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts at Marywood University. The university’s Wind Ensemble and the West Point Band will perform a concert honoring America’s veterans. Cost: free. Info: 706-255-9180 or

Third Tuesday Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. 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.

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.

March Madness Reading Challenge, March 1 to 31 at the Abington Community Library and the Dalton 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.


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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