Arts and entertainment calendar for week of March 28, 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 and will close at 5 p.m. March 30. There is no cost to apply.


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:

‘My Spanish Heart: The Jazz of Chick Corea’ with Bill Carter and Mark Woodyatt, 4 p.m. April 8 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. Bill Carter, the church’s resident jazz pianist, invited violinist Mark Woodyatt to join his Presbybop friends for an afternoon of music composed by jazz legend Chick Corea. Cost: free; a free-will offering will be taken. Info: 570-586-6306 or

Pop Art at the Dietrich Opening Reception, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by the theater and Kitson Arts Alliance. Artists include: Mike Resnick, Amanda Robinson, Rhi Wallace, Michelle McKenzie, Scott Nichols, Joe Kluck, Katrina King and Elyse Mattocks. Meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Spring 2018 Film Festival Opening Night, 5:30 p.m. April 13 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy food, two films, beer, wine, desserts and more. Cost: $40. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Spring 2018 Film Festival, April 13 through May 3 at the Dietrich Theater. 21 films in 21 days. Cost: $8.50/ticket (excluding opening night). Info:

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: 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: 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 Info: visit the Actors Circle Facebook page.

Open Mic Night with Breaking Ground Poets, 7 p.m. April 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups 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 on the Dietrich stage. The Breaking Ground Poets will headline this month’s event. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

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 or 570-348-6268.

Post Spring Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. May 4 at the Dietrich Theater. Have you ever wanted to be able to discuss the content and significance of some of the film festival movies with others who have seen them? Or do you have questions about festival films you have seen? Join in a post-festival discussion, facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, film buff extraordinaire. Cost: free. No need to register; just show up.


Harry Potter Book Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Abington Community Library. Discussion of all things Harry Potter – all books and movies are fair game. Bring a topic, a game or even a costume and get to know other wizard-obsessed muggles in the community. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Creative Writing with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Abington Community Library. This class will focus on short fiction primarily, as a whole or as part of a longer work. It will review elements of good writing, but the main focus will be writing, reading students’ work and noting what contributes to the best storytelling. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Nonfiction/Memoir Writing with Carol King, 1 to 3 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25 at the Abington Community Library. In this class, students will write life stories, those which issue from their own lives and those discovered in the lives of family. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Mystery and Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at the Abington Community Library. Reader’s choice – participants may choose from any 17 of the “Father Blackie Ryan” series by Andrew Greeley. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Lackawanna County Library System Book Talk Program – ‘So what have you been reading?’ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Abington Community Library. Participants will discuss books they are currently reading or have read and authors they enjoy. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News,” by Kevin Young. Info/register: 570-587-3440.


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

Oil Painting Floral Still Life, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4 through May 2 at The Gathering Place. Marylou Chibirka gives oil painting instruction for beginners and intermediates. Bring a photo or arrangement. Cost $80. Info:

Stamp-n-Swap, 6 to 8 p.m. April 5 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current stamping projects and craft informally with other paper crafters. There will be opportunities to swap and create projects that other participants have designed. No registration necessary. Info: 570-587-3440.

Wire Jewelry Fundamentals, April 5 and 12 at The Gathering Place. Artist Kristie McMahon will teach the fundamental skills to create one-of-a kind wire earrings. Cost $50, plus a $10 supply fee. Info:

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:

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:

Painting class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Project: Bird and nest scene. Cost: a materials fee of $10 per person is due to instructor at time of class. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or