Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Oct. 19, 2016

October 18th, 2016 4:53 pm


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.

Marywood University’s 2016 String Celebration Concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: free.

Arcadia Chorale Presents ‘The Play’s the Thing,’ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre and 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton. A tribute to Shakespeare, in honor of the 400th anniversary of his death, the program features modern settings of texts from Shakespeare’s plays, including several that were composed specifically for this anniversary year. Cost: $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and free for students. Info: or 570-871-0350.

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.

Keystone College fall concert, ‘The Path We Choose,’ 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in The Theatre in Brooks on campus. The Keystone College Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, The Chorale at Keystone, and the Chamber Singers will each perform a variety of instrumental and vocal selections. Cost: free. Info: email, visit or call 570-945-8599.

Marywood University Music, Theatre and Dance Department’s Faculty Recital, 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Marian Chapel, located in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life on campus. Cost: free.

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

Marywood University Orchestra Concert, 2 p.m. Oct. 29 on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: free.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple participates in “Thrill the World: A Worldwide ‘Thriller’ Flash Mob,” 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, with the official dance beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a Downtown Zombie Crawl. Cost: $15 general admission or $10 for students. Fees include event t-shirt (while supplies last), up to five dance lessons (held at the SCC) and access to the Zombie Crawl. Info/register:

Marywood University’s Youth Wind Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 30 on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: free.

‘Songs of Democracy,’ presented by The Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Dallas High School Auditorium. Cost: $15 for adults, free for children 18 years old and younger. Info: 570-343-6707.

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.


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

Teen Reading Lounge, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Abington Community Library. For students in grades 5-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

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.


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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