Arts and entertainment calendar for week of April 6, 2016

April 5th, 2016 1:24 pm


Spring 2016 Film Festival, through April 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:

Keystone College senior art exhibition ‘Ineffable,’ through April 29 at The AFA Gallery and ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, both in downtown Scranton. Features a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, photography, print media, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, glass, ceramics and graphic design. The opening reception for both galleries will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 1 and is open to the public. Info: call AFA Gallery at 570-969-1040 or ArtWorks Gallery & Studio at 570-207-1815.

Marywood University Senior Art Exhibit 2016, through May 1 in the Mahady Gallery on campus. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled: New Works in Paper Collage by Pamela M. Parsons, through May 8 in the Suraci Gallery on campus. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Violinist Kako Miura performance, 7:30 p.m. April 9 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan McLean Center. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Acclaimed violinist Kako Miura will be joined by her piano accompanist Miles Fellenberg for a concert presented by Performance Music at The University of Scranton. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-7624 or

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:

Bus Trip to Sight and Sound in Lancaster, Apr 15. Bus leaves Tunkhannock at 8 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Benefits the Wyoming County Players. Cost: $99 (includes bus fare and ticket). Info: 570-836-6986 or

Summit University’s department of music presents ‘With a Voice of Singing,’ 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Murphy Memorial Library. The evening will includechoral music featuring works from Romantic and Renaissance periods, English choral music, a cappella early American and light jazz. Cost: $8. Tickets: 570-585-9000.

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

Arts at First Presbyterian concert: Al Hamme’s Swing Street Jazztet, 4 p.m. April 17 at the church at 300 School St. Cost: free admission; a free-will offering will be taken to help defray costs. Info: 570-586-6306 or

Keystone College’s Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert, 7 p.m. April 17 in The Theatre at Brooks. The concert will feature charts by jazz greats Charles Mingus, Nat Adderly, Miles Davis and other jazz artists and composers. Cost: free.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. 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.

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.

Earl W. Lehman Art Show and Sale opening, 4 to 9 p.m. April 22 at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, 200 Lake Ave., Montrose. Show continues through May 22. Exhibit hours are 10 .m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and by appointment on weekdays. Info: 570-278-9256, or

Creative Arts Classes Showcase, 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23 at the Abington Community Library. See what the students have learned in the areas of creative writing, drama, and music.

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.

Third Annual Comedy Night, April 30 at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton. Features Robin Fox as the headliner, along with feature performer Katherine Williams, a New York City-based stand-up comic, actor and playwright and Steve Levanthal as Master of Ceremonies. Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets: or 570-344-7201. Patron tickets are available for $50 and include one complimentary drink plus preferred seating. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase and you must be 21 and older to attend the event.

‘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.

Marywood University Graduate MFA Exhibition, May 7 through June 3 in the Mahady Gallery on campus. Features Masters of Fine Arts thesis work of Annmarie Holler in painting and Eva Polizzi in ceramics combining fibers. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars with Vocalist Erin Malloy, 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Info: 570-836-1022.


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 Part 2: Nonfiction with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to your audience. The workshop will be relevant to non-fiction. Info: 570-587-3440.

The Keystone College Concert and Lecture Series presents poet Wendy Xu, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 7 in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center. Xu is author of “You Are Not Dead” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and was profiled by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the year’s best poets. Cost: free.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. April 20 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “The Art Forger” by B. A. Shapiro. Info: 570-587-3440.

On the Same Page Book Discussion, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. April 20 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell. Facilitator: Stephanie Longo. Info: 570-587-3440.


Vision Board Craft Night, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Abington Community Library. Poster board, glue, scissors and magazines will be available to help participants create their vision boards. Please feel free to bring other supplies you’d like to put on your board. Info: 570-587-3440. For adults.

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