Arts and entertainment calendar for week of April 27, 2016

April 26th, 2016 2:10 pm


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 at Marywood University. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-348-6278, 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.

PMEA District 9 BandFest public concert, 7 p.m. April 29 at the Tunkhannock Area High School. Music students in grades 5-9 from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties are participating in the festival. Cost: $3 for adults, $1 for students and seniors.

The University of Scranton Players present ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ April 29-May 1 and May 6-8. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on the university’s campus. Cost: General admission is $10 and admission for students, children, senior citizens and University of Scranton faculty and staff is $7. Tickets: at the box office one half hour before each performance, online at or by calling 570-941-4318.

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.

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.

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.

Free movie showing: ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ 11 a.m. May 7 at the Dietrich Theater. Children and families are invited to the Dietrich Theater to see the family-friendly movie “How to Train Your Dragon” on the big screen, sponsored in loving memory of “Jeeterbug” from the Kintner Family. Cost: admission, soda and popcorn are free.

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

‘As You Like It’ National Theatre Live on Screen, 2 p.m. May 8 and 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member/senior tickets and $10 for child/student and group tickets (group minimum is 10 people). Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

NEPA Coal and Folk Music Concert, 3 p.m. May 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by Jay Smar. Cost: Free will offering. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the ticket booth for as long as they last.

‘Basketball Diaries’ movie event, 7 p.m. May 18 at the Dietrich Theater, sponsored by Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. A question and answer session will follow. Cost: free.

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

Open Mic Night with Corky Staats, 7 p.m. May 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

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.

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.

Calligraphers’ Guild of NEPA’s General Meeting: Pen Play, 7 p.m. May 6 at Marywood University, Insalaco Center for Visual Arts, Room 336A. Want to have fun writing with different tools? Want to try different effects? This is a chance to play and experiment.Participants are invited to bring their favorite pens or some unusual writing instruments for people to explore. Info:

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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