Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Oct. 5, 2016

October 4th, 2016 3:48 pm


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

Ninth Grade Honors Wind Ensemble public concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lackawanna Trail High School. Features more than 50 ninth grade selected students from across NEPA. Cost: $1 for students and $3 for adults.

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.

Wake Up With the Arts Breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) Oct. 7 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station and Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Matthew Christopher, a renowned photographer, author and lecturer, will be the featured speaker for the eighth annual event, which is sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department. The program will open with a short performance by the Catholic Choral Society. Cost: free. Register: email or call 570-963-6590, ext. 106.

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:

Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department presents: ‘Octuba Brass Jam,’ 2 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, Room 104. The concert will feature the brass duo, JAM, along with Marywood and visiting brass students. Prior to the concert, there will be a free workshop and rehearsal at 10 a.m., for interested brass players of all ages. Info: call 410-499-0175 or email

Arts at First Presbyterian concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Soprano Jenn Cowgill will pair up with flutist Diane Schultz in the first half of the program, with violinist Sophie Till heading up the second half. Pianist Rick Hoffenberg will be the accompanist for both programs. Info: 570-586-6306 or visit

Organist David Ball performance, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-7624,, or

Actors Circle auditions for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Show dates are: Dec. 1-4 and 8-11. In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ This show contains roles for 4 women and 1 man of all ages. Singing and dancing ability are a plus, but not necessary. Those who wish to audition will be asked to read scenes from the script. Info: 570-430-6754 or

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.

Movie showing: ‘Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,’ 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free; sponsored by Ace-Robbins, Inc. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Movie showing: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec.13 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: Admission, popcorn and soda are free; sponsored by: Ace-Robbins, Inc. Seating is first come, first served.


Creative Writing: Fiction with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 16 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to an audience. Relevant to poetry and fiction. Info: 570-587-3440.

Scranton Reads discussion on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ by Margaret Atwood, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Abington Community Library. A facilitated discussion. Free copies of the book are available when one signs up. Those who would like lunch, may pay $7 at signup for a choice of one of three wraps from Caravia. The Library will provide drinks and dessert. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Mystery/Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Abington Community Library. Selection from Cora Harrison’s “My Lady Judge.”

Teen Reading Lounge, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 27 at the Abington Community Library. Kickoff, passing out the books, activities, and refreshments. For students in grades 5-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

‘Down the Dog Hole’ release party, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Library Express at The Marketplace at Steamtown. Nightshade Press will hold a Scranton release party for its publication, “Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeast Pennsylvania,” at which several contributors will read their work. Keystone College is donating all proceeds from sales that night to Library Express, a branch of the Scranton Public Library. Info: contact Ray Hammond at 570-945-8600.

Book signing with Justina Uram, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Library Express at the Marketplace at Steamtown. The author is a 1998 graduate of Lakeland Junior-Senior High School. Released earlier this year, Uram’s debut novel “The Cerulean Locket” takes on love, betrayal, family secrets, and political intrigue when a marginalized Roma from a remote Bulgarian village unearths a powerful politician’s forgotten scandal. Info: 570-558-1670 or

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai.

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, 7 to 9 p.m. second Fridays 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.


Eco-Friendly Scarecrow Making Party, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in the Green Ridge section of Scranton. Free, but families are asked to bring button-down shirts and accessories to decorate their scarecrow.

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.

Adult Coloring Night, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Bring crayons and colored pencils for a fun night of coloring and mingling. Coloring sheets will be supplied for attendees.

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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