Arts and entertainment calendar for week of June 15, 2016

June 14th, 2016 5:07 pm


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

Scranton Brass Orchestra performance, 7:30 p.m. June 19 in the Houlihan-McLean Center at The University of Scranton. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Cost: free. Info: visit or email

Disney’s ‘Aladdin Jr.’ 7 p.m. June 22 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Musical Mission Tour, a ministry of Firehouse Youth Ministries of Clay United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana, will present this free performance.

Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series, 6 p.m. to dusk every Wednesday from June 22 through Aug. 31 at Hillside Park, South Abington Township. Schedule of bands: The Exact Change, June 22; Luongo Bros Band, June 29; Coal Town Rounders, July 6; Doug Smith Band, July 13; Village Idiots, July 20; Von Storch Quartet, July 27; Music for Models, Aug. 3; Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris Dematio, Aug. 10; Senator John Blake and Lightweight, Aug. 17; Rogue Chimp, Aug. 24, and Sassafrass, Aug. 31. Cost: free. Info:

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.

‘The Trouble with Sketch Shows,’ 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. June 24 and 8 p.m. June 25 in the Junior Ballroom at the Scranton Cultural Center. Presented by the New Vintage Ensemble and The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Directed by Conor O’Brien and written by Conor O’Brien, Simone Daniel, Timothy McDermott, Matt Serniak, Sarah Regan and Kathleen Barrett. Cost: $10. Tickets:

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.

The Ninth Annual Forest Hill Cemetery Tour, 1 p.m. June 26 at the cemetery. Hear the Slocum Hollow Players tell the tales of some of the city’s pioneers. Cost: Free, no reservations needed. Held rain or shine. Info: 570-346-6179.

Movie showing: ‘To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine,’ 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 27 at the Abington Community Library. A preview of a film featuring a one-man play that explores the life and philosophy of the writer Thomas Paine. A facilitated discussion will follow, led by Susan A. Cagley, associate professor and advisor at Clarks Summit University. Refreshments served. Registration necessary and limited. Info: 570-587-3440.

The Wyoming County Players present ‘The Pajama Game,’ Jul 7,8 and 9 at Whipple Performing Arts Studio, Tunkhannock. Evening shows begin at 7 p.m. and the Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Cost: $7-$10. Tickets: 570-836-6986. Info:

‘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.

Cornstock Folk Festival, Sept. 2 through 4 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock. Tickets for the three-day celebration of roots and acoustic music are now on sale online at Free camping is included with the purchase of weekend passes, which are currently available at the discounted rate of $40, through Friday, June 10. Day passes are also available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Info: visit Cornstock Folk Festival on Facebook.


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. June 15 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. Info: 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.

What’s Your Vision? 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 23 at the Abington Community Library. Teens in grades 5-12 are invited to come create their own vision board. Poster board, glue, scissors and magazines will be available; feel free to bring other supplies. Info: 570-587-3440.

All Day Craft Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current craft project and mingle with other crafters. Info: 570-587-3440.

Knitting group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 27 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current project and knit with others. Info: 570-587-3440.

Create your own fairy house or haunted house, from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Abington Community Library. Sharon McArdle will lead this class for teens in grades 5-12. All supplies are included. Info: 570-587-3440.

Sewing 101: Travel Pillow, 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 at the Abington Community Library. For teens in grades 5-12. Learn to sew your own travel pillow with With Cheryl O’Hora. Info: 570-587-3440.

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