Arts and entertainment calendar, week of May 4, 2016

May 3rd, 2016 4:53 pm - updated: 4:59 pm.


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

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.

PMEA District 9 ChorusFest Music Festival, 7 p.m. May 6 on the campus of Marywood University at the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts. Music students in grades 5-9 from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties will participate. Cost: $3 for adults, $1 for students and seniors.

The University of Scranton Players present ‘The Importance of Being Earnest,’ 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.

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.

Life Was Her Art: Ana Maria Carmona Cusick, May 8 through May 20 in the Maslow Gallery, in the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University. Opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 8. Display hours following the opening reception are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-348-6278 or

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.

Excelsior Cornet Band Concert and Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social, 7 p.m. May 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. The authentic Civil War brass band from New York State will present a program titled “Two Centuries of American Patriotic Music.” Cost: free admission; a free-will offering will be taken to help defray costs. Info: 570-586-6306 or

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.

Mystery and Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at the Abington Community Library. Selection from the “87th Precinct” series by Ed McBain. Info: 570-587-3440.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. May 18 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “Bloody Jack” by L. A. Meyer. Info: 570-587-3440.


Smocking Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 5 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current smocking project and mingle with other smockers. Smocking experience is necessary.

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:

Photography for Beginners, 7 to 9 p.m. May 9, 16 and 23 and June 6, with an additional session from 1 to 3 p.m. June 4, at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Improve your photography skills with experienced instructor Kenny Ganz. Students will meet at the Dietrich Theater each week and proceed to various locations to photograph. Cost: $75 for the five-class series. Info/register: 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.

Intro to Drawing for Adults, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 18 through June 22 in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. Instructor: Merissa Garrison. Cost: $85. Info: 570-586-8191 or

Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapped Rings, 6 to 9 p.m. May 19 at the Dietrich Theater. For beginners, ages 16 and up. Instructor Toni Hockman will teach participants how to wrap single beads or crystals with artistic wire to make unique rings. All materials will be provided. However, participants may also bring their own beads. Cost: $35.

Spring Fling Stampin’ Retreat with Maria Pappa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21 at the Abington Community Library. A day of fun and creativity and a chance to relax, create and share time with others who love stamping and crafting. Includes make-and-takes, goody bag, samples, craft items for sale, lunch and snacks. Bring projects you are currently working on. Cost: $30. Register (deadline May 16): 570-587-3440.

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