Arts and entertainment calendar, week of May 18, 2016

May 17th, 2016 5:27 pm


Marywood University Graduate MFA Exhibition, 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

Life Was Her Art: Ana Maria Carmona Cusick, through May 20 in the Maslow Gallery, in the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: free admission. Info: 570-348-6278 or

‘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.

The Wyoming County Players’ Junior Players and Little Hams present ‘Grease Jr.,’ May 19-21 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio in Tunkhannock. Evening shows will begin at 7 p.m. and a Saturday Matinee at 3 p.m. Cost: $10 the day of and $8 pre-sale. Tickets: at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio, by calling 570-836-6986 or by emailing Info:

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

The Devine School of Dance 40th annual spring recital ‘Once Upon a Time,’ 7:30 p.m. May 21 and 2 p.m. May 22 at the Abington Heights High School. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

‘As You Like It’ National Theatre Live on Screen, 2 p.m. May 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.

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.

Ghostlight Productions’ Eighth Annual Shakespeare in the Park: ‘Julius Caesar,’ 6:30 p.m. Fridays, June 3 and 10 and Saturdays, June 4 and 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, June 5 and 12 at South Abington Park. Cost: free; donations accepted. Info:, or 570-575-5185.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance, 7 p.m. June 7 at the Dietrich Theater. A live performance of favorite radio plays. Cost: free.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Mamma Mia!’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Open Mic Night with Patrick Fiore, 7 p.m. June 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and more. This month’s featured artist is local singer-songwriter Patrick Fiore. Cost: free.

Shakespeare in the Park: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ 7 p.m. June 25 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Presented by Gamut Theatre Group and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Cost: free. The show will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the audience. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Info: call the Dietrich Theater at 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.

‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ National Theatre Live on Screen, 2 p.m. July 10 and 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member and senior tickets and $10 for child or student tickets. Group tickets, with a minimum of 10, are discounted at $10. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Chicago,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 13 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Summer Fest, July 15-28 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Opening Night doors open at 6 p.m. Friday July 15, featuring two films, popcorn, cheese and crackers, wine, beer and dessert. Enjoy 14 foreign, independent and art films in fourteen days. Cost: $25 for opening night tickets; $8.50 for all other film festival tickets. Reservations (required for Opening Night only): 570-996-1500. Info:

‘Get Your Master’s with the Masters’ MFA Thesis Exhibition, July 18 through 21 at Marywood University. The university’s 2016 Master of Fine Arts in graphic design and illustration thesis exhibition features students from the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” program in graphic design and illustration. Thesis work, study tour books, and additional projects will be on display, with an opening reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. Cost: free. Info:

Open Mic Night with Sadie Green Sales Jugband, 7 p.m. July 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and more. This month’s featured guest is the Sadie Green Sales Jugband. This duo of David Driskell and Timothy Walker will engage all ages with their rollicking jug band music. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Summer Fest Post-Festival Discussion, 1 p.m. July 29 at the Dietrich Theater. Facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, film buff extraordinaire. Registration not required. Info: 570-996-1500.


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. May 18 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “Bloody Jack” by L. A. Meyer. Info: 570-587-3440.

‘Labor Unrest in Scranton’ Book Launch Party, 6 to 8 p.m. May 28 at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. A book launch for Margo L. Azzarelli and Marnie Azzarelli’s new title. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Info: 570-346-6179, 570-209-7766 or


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.

Sip-N-Paint for Kelly: Kickin’ Cancer With Creativity, 6 to 9 p.m. May 20 at the Mountain View High School Cafeteria. For ages 12 and older. Hosted by Abington Art Studio, an instructor will guide participants through a step-by-step process to create a painting. Features food and drinks. Benefits the Richmond family to help Kelly in her fight against breast cancer. Cost: $30 general admission; $20 for members. Pre-register (required): by May 17.

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.

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