Arts and entertainment calendar for week of March 15, 2017

March 14th, 2017 2:30 pm


The Scranton Fringe Festival open for applications: The performing arts festival is scheduled to return to multiple venues in downtown Scranton Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. Applications to join the festival are open now through March 25. Sought are the following: new takes on old works; newly created pieces; quirky, unusual, vibrant and creative theater; cabaret; dance; puppetry; magic; musicals; immersive theater; solo shows and children’s programming. There are no application fees. Info:

LHV Seeks Nature-Themed Artwork: Artists of all ages and skill levels may submit original designs to Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) for educational panels in the Fidelity Fishing Shack at the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in Scranton. Designs should focusing on wildlife and/or plants that inhabit the Lackawanna River, wetlands and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; the relationship between humans and nature; or local landscapes. The contest is open to all residents of NEPA. Jurors will select winning designs. There is no fee to enter, and the deadline to apply is March 27. Info: visit, call 570-963-6730, ext. 8200 or download an entry form at


Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Dirty Dancing,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Go back to 1987 and enjoy the hit film ‘Dirty Dancing’ on the big screen at the Dietrich. Admission: Free; sponsored by a friend of the Dietrich in memory of Barbara J. Jones.

The Lyric Consort presents: ‘Credo: I Believe,’ 8 p.m. March 18 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton. The program will blend a cappella art-music settings of traditional and non-traditional prayers and statements of faith to provide a musical meditation for the Lenten season. Cost: free admission; donations accepted at the conclusion of the program to benefit both The Lyric Consort and the Cathedral’s Concert Series. Info: or 570-343-6707.

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘Hedda Gabler,’ 2 p.m. March 19 and 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member and senior tickets and $10 for children and student tickets.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. March 20 and April 17 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment, and learn how unscripted dialogue, plot and action can make you a better writer, actor or director. Enthusiasm is required, but no experience is necessary. Cost: free.

Spring Film Festival Preview Day, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 23 at the Dietrich Theater. All the movie trailers of the twenty-one films to be featured in the festival will be screened. Cost: free admission; discounted concession.

Actors Circle presents: ‘The Women’ by Clare Boothe Luce, March 23 through 26, and March 30 through April 2 at Providence Playhouse 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton. Directed by Ted LoRusso. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students; Tickets for the Thursday, March 23 performance are $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations (held 10 minutes until show time): 570-342-9707 or Info:

Open Mic Night with Ben Keiser, 7 p.m. (Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m.) March 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage. The featured artist is Ben Keiser, an avid pianist and vocalist, who will play original songs as well as popular covers, ranging from Maroon 5 to Billy Joel and the Beatles. Cost: free. Seating is limited.

Performance Music at The University of Scranton presents: Trombonist David Whitwell in recital, 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry St. and Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Whitwell will be accompanied on piano and organ by Carl Bolleia. Cost: free; Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Arcadia Chorale presents the 32nd Annual NEPA Bach Festival, March 25 and 26. A celebration of the music of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries, the Festival opens with a concert by organist James Kennerley at 4 p.m. March 25 at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Scranton. Members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra will then perform a program of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. The festival will conclude with a choral concert at 3 p.m. March 26 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Cost: Admission for the Chamber Music and Choral Concerts is $15 and $12 for seniors and WVIA members. Students will be admitted free with a student ID. Admission to the Organ Concert is free, and a free-will offering will be taken. Tickets/info: or call 570-871-0350.

Common Play Factory presents: ‘White Matter Surplus,’ 2 and 6 p.m. March 26 at the Jewish Community Center of Scranton, 601 Jefferson Ave. A play by Scranton resident Alicia Grega. This production will be staged in the round (with audience seated on all four sides) on the floor of the Koppelman Auditorium. Free parking is available on the street or in the lot adjacent to the center. Various supervised activities will be available for school-aged children during the 2 p.m. performance only. Audience members are invited to stay after the matinee or arrive early for the evening performance to enjoy a crock pot soup and bread buffet, offered between shows from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Donations collected for soup will benefit the Community Intervention Center. Cost: $15 or pay-what-you-can. Info:

Morgan James’ Reckless Abandon Tour concert, 8 p.m. March 31 at Lackawanna College. The final show of the Community Concerts at Lackawanna College’s 89th season. Cost: $28-34. Tickets:, 570-955-1455 or between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St. Info:

Spring Film Festival Opening Night Gala, 5:30 p.m. April 7 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy food, two films, beer, wine, desserts and fun. Cost: $40. Space is limited. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Spring Film Festival, April 7 through 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Twenty-one foreign, independent and art films in twenty-one days. Cost: all festival tickets are $8.50 each, except for Opening Night. Info/show times:

Open Mic Night with Georgia Sherry, 7 p.m. (Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m.) April 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage. Featured artist is Georgia Sherry, a writer and hip- hop artist from Tunkhannock. Cost: free; sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Seating is limited.

Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. April 28 at the Dietrich Theater. Facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, movie buff extraordinaire! No need to register. Cost: free.

Live Theatre: ‘George Washington Slept Here’ by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, 7 p.m. April 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. April 30 at the Dietrich Theater. When Manhattanite Connie Fuller, without her husband Bill’s knowledge, acquires a dilapidated house in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, believed to have served as George Washington’s temporary home during the Revolutionary War, all mayhem breaks loose. Directed by Hoyt Keiser. Cost: $10. Info: 570-996-1500.

An Evening with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, 8 p.m. May 13 at The Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College. Cost: $40-$45. Tickets: online at, by phone at 570-955-1455, or through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, during the hours of 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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, 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.

2017 Reading Challenge, during the month of March at the Abington Community Library. Adults who read five library books before March 31 will receive a Book Nook coupon for one free book at Friends of the Abington Community Library Book Nook.


Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania general meeting, 7 p.m. March 24 at Marywood University. Program: Chocolate Challenge. Info: 570-587-1303.

All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at the Abington Community Library. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter’s eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

Painting Class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Cost: a materials fee of $8 is due to the instructor at time of class. Project: Tree with colorful background, mixed medium. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 1 at Marywood University. Uncials: Variations On a Theme. Instructor: Debra Dick. Info: 570-587-1303.

Design a Painted Silk Scarf, 7 to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 to adult. Learn this fun and easy technique for creating a hand-painted, decorative silk scarf. All materials will be provided. No experience is required. Instructor: Sarah Sidorek. Cost: $35. Register: 570-996-1500.

Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry, 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Esther Harmatz. Create a few pieces of unique wearable jewelry, such as pendants and/or earrings, from pre-cut glass pieces, plates or mini mosaic tiles. No experience necessary. Cost: $65 (all materials and tools provided). Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania general meeting, 7 p.m. May 5 at Marywood University. Program: Sign Painting. Presenter: Michael Buffalino. Info: 570-587-1303.

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