Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Sept. 21, 2016

September 20th, 2016 1:47 pm


Call for Entries: Glenburn Township’s 12th Annual Art Show and Sale, delivery by Sept. 28 for Oct. 2 opening. Local artists are invited to participate. All original two dimensional media considered. Info: call Joanne at 570-954-1489.

Fall Film Festival, now through Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Tickets: $8.50 each, except for Gala Night. Info:

Actors Circle presents ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ by John Guare, Sept. 22 through 25 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Reservations (held 10 minutes until show time): 570-342-9707. Info:

The University of Scranton’s Schemel Forums presents: ‘Art along the Silk Roads,’ 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at The University of Scranton in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Nancy Steinhardt, Ph.D., professor of East Asian art, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and curator of Chinese art at the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, will talk about the major sites and monuments of the Silk Roads, the cultural highways that linked East and West Asia by way of oases and some of the most hazardous terrain on earth for more than 1500 years dating back to the first century BC. Cost: free. RSVP: 570-941-6206 or

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents. This month’s featured act is The Ziegers, an acoustic husband and wife duo. Cost: free.

The Brass Majors concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit. Features the tunes of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, music made popular in the 1960s. Coffee and refreshments will be served afterward in the fellowship hall. Cost: free. Info: 570-587-3206 or

Joseph Boga Octet concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; first-come, first-seated. Info: 570-941-7624, or

Jump, Jive an’ Jazz, 6:30 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) Sept. 25 in the Scranton Cultural Center’s Grand Ballroom. A celebration of the music and influence of the late Maestro Patrick J. Marcinko Jr. Lineup includes Nancy and Spencer Reed, The Alan Gaumer Quartet, The Von Storch Quartet, JazzArt and the Upper Valley Winds Orchestra. Cost: $20. Proceeds benefit the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets: in person at the Scranton Cultural Center’s Fidelity Bank Box Office or by calling 570-344-1111.

Chinese classical music performance and lecture, Sept. 30 at The University of Scranton. Cost: free. The university will host a lecture by Paul R. Goldin, Ph.D., a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, at 3:30 p.m., and a concert by the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble from Taiwan at 7 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for check-in and a reception with light fare.) Nanguan is an 800-year old form of Chinese classical music known for its soft melodies and sentimental lyrics. The concert will also include a question-and-answer session, an interactive workshop and an exhibit of Nanguan musical instruments. No RVSP is required. Info: 570-941-7643 or email

Movie showing: ‘How to Make an American Quilt,’ 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. In this film, Finn (Winona Ryder), a young graduate student who is finishing a master’s thesis and preparing for marriage, goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Cost: free.

‘Legends of Slocum Hollow, Tales from the Grave,’ 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1830 Jefferson Ave., Dunmore. Join the Slocum Hollow players for a night of scary historical stories. Cost: free. No reservations needed. Info: 570-346-6179.

Third Annual Harvest Hoedown, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio, 602 Hunter Hwy., Tunkhannock. Features square dancing, line dancing, a campfire cookout, lessons and entertainment. Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Benefits Wyoming County Players and the Starlite Playhouse Building Project. Info/tickets: 570-836-6986, or

Classical Guitar Goes Pop!, 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will play arrangements of famous pop, rock and classical tunes. Cost: free; sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker.

Anthracite Opera Company presents: ‘Here’s to Broadway!’ 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton. A show featuring classic melodies from Broadway. Cost: $10, payable at the door. Info: contact Gary at 570-335-7702.

Philip Glass performance fundraiser, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at a residence in the SoHo District of New York City. Organized by Clarks Summit resident Marc Boriosi, the event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund and features an exclusive performance by Academy Award-winning contemporary classical composer Philip Glass. A silent auction conducted throughout the evening will add to the charity contribution. Tickets: Info:

Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The discussion will be facilitated by Ronnie Harvey.

Ready, Set, Sing!, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus. A singing class, each session of which will take students to the next step in developing that voice they didn’t realize was in them. Cost: free.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Ditrich Theater. Anyone whose life has been affected by addiction is invited to come out for this free movie night featuring ‘The Addams Family.’ Cost: admission, popcorn and soda are free. Info:

Belin Film Festival, Oct. 14 through 16 at the Waverly Community House, Theatre at Lackawanna College in Scranton and the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Showcasing movies written, produced and directed by independent and emerging filmmakers from around the world as well as NEPA. Info:

Notable Writers of Northeastern PA, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Dietrich Theater. NEPA is notable historically for a number of writers from the area who attracted national attention. For example, Pottsville native John O’Hara became one of the 20th century’s most popular novelists, while Wilkes-Barre-bred Herman Mankiewicz co-authored the script for “Citizen Kane,” one of Hollywood’s greatest films. In this presentation, Dr. Sheldon Spear will share stories of these writers as well as others. Cost: free.

Open Mic Night - Mystery Performer, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Cost: free. Seating is limited.

The Music of Cole Porter, 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dietrich Theater. In a PowerPoint presentation that features lots of music, pictures and film clips, Dr. Phillip Atteberry, who teaches jazz history at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, will explore the multiple dimensions of American popular composer Cole Porter. Cost: free; sponsored by: Jean Mieczkowski and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.

Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award presentation, 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at The University of Scranton in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Scranton native Stephen Karam, who won the 2016 Tony Award for his Broadway play, “The Humans,” will be honored. Cost: Ticket prices vary. Info/reservations:, 570-941-7816 or

Bus Trip to Broadway: ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Nov. 9. Bus departs from Dietrich Theater at 8 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Cost: $250 (includes an orchestra seat ticket to “Fiddler on the Roof,” bus transportation and dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway between 90th and 91st streets). Register: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Grease,’ 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.


Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger. Info: 570-587-3440.

Nightshade Press and Keystone College Press ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Koelsch House on campus, followed by a reception in Evans Hall. The evening will be highlighted with a reading by young-adult author and poet Gail Carson Levine and several contributors to “Down the Doghole,” an anthology of 11 Northeastern Pennsylvania poets, released by Nightshade Press that same night.

Donna LaBar presentation and book signing, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Features a short presentation, light brunch and book signing by Donna LaBar, author of “Simple. Natural. Healing: A Commonsense Approach to Total Health Transformation.” The author will be available at the theater, with copies of her book for sale, until 4 p.m. Cost: free admission. Reservations: 570-996-1500. Info:

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.


Painting Class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 Sept. 26 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Project: Fairy Rock Houses. Cost: $8 materials fee, due to instructor at time of class. Info: 570-587-3440.

Make and Take Quilt Block Activity, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. All ages welcome - stop by and paint wood or ceramic blocks with your favorite quilt pattern or color paper quilt squares. Cost: free.

Design a Painted Silk Scarf, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 to adult. Learn a fun and easy technique for creating a hand-painted, decorative silk scarf. All materials provided. No experience is required. Cost: $35. Register: 570-996-1500.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Marywood University. Program: making covers for swatch books from previous meeting. Info: 570-587-1303.

Paint a Holiday Ornament, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. Make a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornament, guided by a master decorative painter, Teresa Brewer. Open to beginners and experienced decorative painters, ages 16 and up. Cost: $20 (including materials). Info: 570-996-1500.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania workshop on marbling and paper paste, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Marywood University. Presenter: Ann Marie Castlegrande. Info: 570-587-1303.

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