Arts and entertainment calendar, week of April 20, 2016

April 19th, 2016 4:47 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:

Pennsylvania American Water art and essay contests displays, through April 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.

Earth Day Art Show, through April 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.

The University of Scranton’s 33rd annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the Houlihan McLean Center. New York City based composer, arranger, pianist and trumpeter Nate Sparks will be featured as the composer and the concert will include two works he composed specifically for the university’s Concert Choir and Concert Band. Cost: free. Info: contact Cheryl Y. Boga, director of performance music at The University of Scranton, at 570-941-7624 or or visit

Spring Concert: The Keystone College Symphonic Band and The Chorale at Keystone, 7 p.m. April 24 in The Theatre at Brooks. Cost: free. Info: contact Director of Bands Jeffrey Tylutki, at, call 570-945-8599 or visit

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

Wally Gordon Community Singers Spring Concert: ‘Disney.’ 6 p.m. May 1 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Hwy. Cost: suggested donation of $5.

Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled: New Works in Paper Collage by Pamela M. Parsons, through May 8 in the Suraci Gallery at Marywood University. 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 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:

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.

Jay Parini: My Life as a Writer, in Poetry and Prose, 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 2 in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton. A book signing will follow the lecture. Cost: free. Register: contact Emily Brees, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or


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.

Fine Wine, Fine Art, 7 to 9 p.m. April 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. Reservations (requested): 570-996-1500.

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

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