Abington Journal

Arts and entertainment calendar for week of March 21, 2018


Scranton Fringe Festival 2018 applications: The Scranton Fringe Festival returns for a fourth year of engaging and eclectic theater, musicals, dance, puppetry, burlesque, clowning, circus and more, from Sept. 22-30 in venues throughout downtown Scranton. The main performance applications are now open online at scrantonfringe.org/apply and will close at 5 p.m. March 30. There is no cost to apply.


Open Mic Night with Paint House, 7 p.m. March 23 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free; sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Open to audiences and performers of all ages and types. This month’s featured guest is Paint House, an alternative, pop rock band from Bethlehem, with roots in Scranton and Philadelphia. Info: 570-996-1500.

Steamtown String Fling, 7:30 p.m. March 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Features Dave Brown and the Dishonest Fiddlers. Cost: $20. Tickets/info: 570-344-1111 or SCCMT.org.

The Lackawanna Trail Drama Club presents ‘Out of the Frying Pan’ by Francis Swann, 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 and 2 p.m. March 25 A comedy centering on six young would-be Broadway actors trying to get their big break in NYC. at the First National Bank Auditorium at Lackawanna Trail Jr/Sr High School. Cost: $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $2 for Lackawanna Trail students.

Clarks Green Assembly of God presents ‘SONrise, an Easter Drama,’ 7 p.m. March 23 and 24 at the church, 204 S. Abington Road, Clarks Green. A musical retelling of the gift of Jesus Christ, incorporating new songs and cast members from many communities. Childcare provided for pre-k children. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286 or CGAssembly.com.

‘Peoples of the Susquehanna River’ movie event, 11 a.m. March 24 at the Dietrich Theater. This film, produced by Bucknell University and WVIA Public Media, explores tribes of the Eastern Woodlands, the Susquehannocks, the Lenni Lenape and the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, as well as findings of varied prehistoric tribes whose existence dates back over 1,000 years ago. The film will be followed by a question and answer session. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Lyric Consort performance, 8 p.m. March 24 in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Scranton. The program of Renaissance acappella music will feature music for the Catholic Funeral Mass composed by the late sixteenth-century Roman master Giovanni Francesco Anerio, as well as Gregorian Chants from the funeral liturgy and solemn motets by Palestrina, Thomas Tallis, and Thomas Tompkins. Cost: $10; free for students. Tickets available at the door. Info: lyricconsort.com or 570-343-6707.

The Wyoming County Players present ‘Anybody for Murder?’ spring dessert theater, 3 p.m. March 24 and 25 at the Starlite Playhouse, 602 Hunter Highway, Tunkhannock. Tickets: 570-836-6986 or kimdwhipple@frontier.com.

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ 2 p.m. March 25 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member/senior tickets and $10 for child/student tickets. Info: 570-996-1500.

Keystone College Spring Jazz Concert, 7 p.m. March 25 in the Theatre in Brooks on campus. . Admission: free. While primarily featuring the KC Jazz Ensemble, Combo, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the hour-long event will also include a preview of the Symphonic Band and Choral Concert to be held in April. Keystone Professor Emeritus Dr. David Elliott will outline the contributions of African Americans to the jazz genre.

Mannes School of Music Brass Ensemble performance, 7:30 p.m. March 25 at The University of Scranton in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. The concert will also feature The University of Scranton Singers and organist Timothy E. Smith. Cost: free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Info: 570-941-7624, music@scranton.edu or scranton.edu/music.

Spring jazz concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College. Cost: free.

Spring 2018 Film Festival Preview Day, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. March 29 at the Dietrich Theater. Get a better idea of what the Dietrich’s upcoming film festival movies are about, by viewing all 21 movie trailers. Cost: free admission; discounted concession.

United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA’s sixth annual Seniors Got Talent, 2 p.m. April 8 at the Theater at North. The first half of the show will feature a talent competition and the second half will include favorite hits of “the good old days,” including songs by Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $20 for premium seating. Tickets/info: uncnepa.org/events.

Marywood University’s Tutti Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m. April 15 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Tutti Ensemble is an adaptive, student-led program encouraging the use of music for individuals with unique learning styles. It gives people with special needs an opportunity to perform on stage with the Marywood University bands. Cost: free. Info: marywoodtutti@gmail.com or 570-348-6268.

Marywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony concert, 4 p.m. April 15 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: free. Info: dromines@marywood.edu or 570-348-6268.

Actors Circle presents ‘Auntie Mame,’ by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, April 19-22 and 26-29 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; March 8 tickets are $8 general and Seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or tickets@actorscircle.com. Info: visit the Actors Circle Facebook page.

Marywood University Jazz Band Concert, 8 p.m. April 23 on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Marywood Jazz Ambassadors along with special guests, the Tunkhannock Area High School Jazz Bands, will perform a concert titled, “The Classic Big Band,” which is reminiscent of the Big Bands from the 1940s and 50s. Cost: free. Info: contact David Jumper at djumper@marywood.edu or 570-348-6268.


Pysanky-making workshop, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 24 at the The Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House in Scranton. Pysanky is a traditional Ukrainian craft, in which patterns are drawn on the eggs with wax, protecting the egg when dye is applied. Space is limited. Cost: $25 (includes all needed supplies). Reservations: 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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

Craft & Chat, 10 a.m. Fridays, March 30 and April 13, 20, 27 and 27. A casual setting for artists with and without disabilities to meet and create. Cost: $10. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Spoon Carving, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 5 and 12 at The Gathering Place. Participants will learn how to carve a wooden spoon. Safe knife grips will be taught, along with best oils for preserving the spoon. This is a small class (only five students), taught by Jeff Kuchak for two hours and two sessions. Each of his spoons are carved from wood of trees downed in storms. Cost: $30, plus a supply fee of $20. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.

Sign, Signs Everywhere, 5 to 8 p.m. April 13 at The Gathering Place. Shiloh Richner Byrnes, owner of From Drab to Fab furniture re-purposing shop in Mayfield, will return for another Paint Party. All who sign up will work under Shiloh’s guidance to create and paint one of three sign patterns that can be crafted to highlight their home decor. Wood, paint, brushes, patterns and snacks provided. Cost: $45. Register by April 6. Info: gatheringplacecs.org.


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