Arts and entertainment calendar for week of April 13, 2016

April 12th, 2016 1:08 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

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

Earth Day Art Show, April 15 to 22 in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton. Showcasing environmentally-themed art work submitted by faculty, staff, students and area residents, the display can be viewed during library hours.

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 include choral music featuring works from Romantic and Renaissance periods, English choral music, a cappella early American and light jazz. Cost: $8. Tickets: 570-585-9000.

Marywood University Senior Art Exhibition 2016, April 16 through May 1 in the Mahady Gallery, located on the first floor in the Shields Center for Visual Arts. The exhibit opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 16, and features the artwork of 47 students graduating in May and December of 2016. Doug Smith, jazz quartet, will provide musical accompaniment to complement the opening reception. Cost: free.

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.

Covenant Public Concerts presents John Vaida, violin with Hwaen Ch’qui, piano, 3 p.m. April 17 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed.

Creed Bratton (from The Office): An Evening of Music and Comedy, 4 p.m. April 17 at the Scranton Cultural Center in Shopland Hall. Presented by Flying Fish Brewing Company, Creed Bratton, who portrays Dunder Mifflin paper supply company Quality Assurance Director Creed Bratton on NBC’s “The Office” will appear. Cost: Advance tickets are $19 for general seating and $29 for preferred seating; General seating will be $25 at the door. Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office located inside the SCC in person or by phone at 570-344-1111 or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

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.

Pennsylvania American Water art and essay contests displays, April 18 through 21 in the Atrium of the Loyola Science Center at The University of Scranton. Artwork and essays submitted by local elementary, middle and high school students will be displayed.

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.

Marywood University’s annual ‘Stretch: The Creativity Conference,’ 1 to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life in the McGowan Community Room. The conference offers the opportunity to learn about contemporary design and illustration, develop an understanding of design challenges on a national and international level, an appreciation for the work of art and design leaders, and knowledge to inspire their own work or the work of their students. The program is approved for four ACT 48 professional development hours for educators. Cost: general registration is $10; $5 for students and Northeastern Pennsylvania American Advertising Federation (NEPA AAF) members. Register: by mail with a check or credit card, mail to Professional Continuing Education, c/o Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; by fax to 570-961-4798; by phone with Visa, Master Card, or Discover, call 570-340-6060. Info: contact Sue Reilly, director of professional continuing education, at 570-348-6292 or

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.

Shakespeare Lives! A Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 in Brennan Hall and other locations on The University of Scranton campus. Scranton will join cities across the world marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Celebrating Shakespeare’s unique contribution to the world’s literature, the festival will open with a plenary address by noted Shakespearean scholar, Cary Mazer, Ph.D., associate professor of English and theater arts at the University of Pennsylvania. The celebration will continue with presentations by scholars, teachers and performers from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Cost: $25 (includes a buffet lunch). Register: contact Emily Brees, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or

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.

United States Air Force Heritage of America Concert Band, 7 p.m. May 4 at the Theater at Lackawanna College, Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Cost: free. Tickets, which are limited to four per person, are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the front desk inside Lackawanna College’s main building. Those interested in attending may also send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Lackawanna College, ATTN: Air Force Band Tickets, 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18509. Info: 570-961-7810.

Actors Circle presents ‘Doctor Cook’s Garden’ by Ira Levin, May 26 through 29 and June 2 through 5 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; May 26 tickets are discounted at $8 General and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707. Info: visit Actors Circle Facebook page or

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.

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.


Fine Wine, Fine Art, 7 to 9 p.m. April 15 and 29 at the Dietrich Theater. Materials and instruction from Steve and Amy Colley is included. Bring your own snacks and wine. Ages 21 and older only; ID required. Cost: $25 per session. Reservations (requested): 570-996-1500.

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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