Arts and entertainment calendar for week of July 6, 2016

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Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series, 6 p.m. to dusk every Wednesday through Aug. 31 at Hillside Park, South Abington Township. Schedule of bands: 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:

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.

Six-week course: ‘Intro to Drawing with Pastels,’ 6 to 8 p.m. starting Tuesday, July 12 in the Scout Room at the Waverly Community House. For people of all ages and skill levels. Instructor: Kendra Mueller. Cost: $120 for the six-week course (includes all supplies). Info: 570-586-8191 or

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

The Gathering at Keystone College, July 15-17. An annual three-day symposium on creativity and imagination with performances, lectures, discussions, and workshops. This year’s event, “Innovation: Radical Dreams for the Real World,” will feature guests who have broken through established ways of thinking and changed directions to accomplish new and important goals. Register/info: or 570-945-8510.

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:

A Miner’s Tale, 2:30 p.m. July 16 at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. Written and performed by Robert Thomas Hughes, of Clarks Summit, the play tells the story of anthracite coal miners from NEPA. Cost: $5. Reservations: 570-963-4804.

Gathering of Artists Show and Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 at Crossroads Church, 312 S. State St. Features local art, vintage, antique, and baked goods.

‘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.

Underage Theater: Twain by the Tale, 6:30 p.m. July 22 and 23 and 2:30 p.m. July 24 at the Abington Community Libary. A collection of short stories by Mark Twain adapted for the stage by Dennis Snee and Gregg Saeger. Produced by Ghostlight Productions. Directed by Jill and Jeremy Kemmerer.

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.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Walk the Line,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Our Cabaret Productions presents Dan Goggin’s ‘Nunsense,’ 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at Holy Family Residence 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. The show is a fundraiser for the Little Sisters of the Poor and their service to the underserved of the community. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets:, or 1-800-838-3006.

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Featured performance: the Dietrich Writers Group Showcase. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Hickory Project Live in Concert, 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free, donations accepted. Reservations: 570-996-1500. Tickets will be available at the door while they last.

The Jewish Federation of NEPA’s Debut Film Festival, Aug. 28 at the Moskovitz Theater in DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton. The screenings are part of the federation’s 2016-2017 campaign, designed to introduce its mission, raise funds and expose Jewish-themed contemporary films from around the world to local film-loving audiences. The festival showcases four diverse and engaging Jewish-themed films. Cost: $50 for a Film Festival Pass, which includes admission to all four screenings, or $15 per film for single admission tickets. Tickets: visit or call 570-961-2300 x 4. Info:

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.


Mystery/Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 12 at the Abington Community Library. Selection from “I, the Jury” by Mickey Spillane.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. July 20 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “The Garden Of Lies” by Amanda Quick.

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.


Pop art program with artist Michael Albert, 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at the Abington Community Library. A pop art show, artist visit and hands on collage workshop. Participants may bring empty boxes of their favorite cereals to use to create their own pop art.

Jewelry Making: Kumihimo Flat Leather Bracelet, 7 to 9 p.m. July 14 and 28 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor Toni Hockman will teach Kumihimo, a form of Japanese braiding using various types of stringing material. Participants will learn how to create a flat braided bracelet using this technique. No experience is required. Cost:$35 (all materials provided).

Paint Your Own Wooden Mandala with Lisa, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 at the Abington Community Library. Each participant can choose from two basic designs and supplies needed to paint their own creation. Cost: $36 materials fee, due with registration. Visit the Circulation Desk to sign up and drop off payment.

DIY To Go: Teen Edition, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., while supplies last, at the Abington Community Library. Stop by the library to pick up your DIY to go kit. For students in grades 5-12.

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