Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Sept. 30, 2015


The Glenburn Township 11th Annual Art Show Call For Entries. Submission deadline: Oct. 15. Drop-off: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 22 or by appointment. Opening reception: 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Info: 570-563-1177.

Fall 2015 Film Festival and Gala, now through Oct. 8 t the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Gala opens at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and tickets are $40. Gala reservations: 570-996-1500. Non-Gala film festival tickets: $8.50.

Scranton Fringe Festival, Oct. 1 through 4 in downtown Scranton. Info:

The Martin’s Creek Artists Annual Art Exhibit, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the United Methodist Church on State Street (Route 92), Nicholson. Info: call Ann Ross at 570-942-6995 or Diane Stizza at 570-942-4489.

Free movie: ‘Stitched,’ 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. A documentary that follows three competitive art quilters as they prepare to compete in the nation’s largest quilt show. Cost: free. Sponsored by: Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

The Wyoming County Players’ Junior Players and Little Hams present four short skits, spread throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 3 in Greenwood’s Furniture Store window during the Quilt and Artisan Walk in Tunkhannock. Each skit, written by Edward Baumeister, of Dalton, will include a quilt in its story line. The walk will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with many other activities.

The Wyoming County Players’ second annual Harvest Hoedown, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio in Tunkhannock. Campfire cookout starts at 5 p.m., with line dancing at 5:30 p.m. and square dancing at 6:30 p.m. Homemade pies, popcorn and apple cider will be served throughout the evening. Whipple dancers will perform. Proceeds benefit the Players’ production of “The Christmas Schooner,” slated for Dec. 18 and 19 at Waverly Community House. Cost: $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Info:, 570-836-6986 or

Covenant Public Concerts: ‘Dez Cordas’ Guitar and Bass Duo, 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave. Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed.

Spanish Guitar Masterpieces Concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Jay Steveskey. Cost: free. Sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Auditions for ‘Disney’s High School Musical Jr.’ 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. Open to students in grades four through 12. Performance dates: 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20 and 11 a.m. Nov. 21. An element of the SCC’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy. Tuition: $300 (includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee). Need-based scholarships available. Registration/scholarship documents:

Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

The Summit University Theatre Department presents ‘Steel Magnolias,’ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Phelps Student Center on the campus. Features a cast of local Summit University alumni. Directed by Dr. Brian Maxwell. Cost: $8 general and $3 alumni. Tickets/info: or 570-585-9000.

Mostly Opera Presents: ‘Viva Italia!’ 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton. Features Italian musical favorites in celebration of Columbus Day, appetizers, cash bar and gourmet full course dinner. Cost: $65. Reservations suggested by Sept. 15. Info: 570-702-4356.

The Martens Creek Art Gallery event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Books in a Barn 307 SR 2009, Nicholson. Meet local artists, see their work and enjoy refreshments. Info: call Diane at 570-942-4489 or Ann at 570-942-6995.

Of Mice and Men: National Theatre Live, 2 p.m. Oct. 11 and 25 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: general admission $14; member/senior tickets $12; child/student tickets $10 and group tickets (group minimum of 10) $10. The hit Broadway production ‘Of Mice and Men,’ filmed on stage by National Theatre Live, comes to the Dietrich Theater. Info/tickets: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Classic Movies Series: ‘The Color Purple,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: Free; Seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by: Tunkhannock Women of the Moose Chapter 1068. Info: 570-996-1500.

Roosevelt Newson piano concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. Info: 570-585-8113.

Audio Adrenaline concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Summit University. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Rock the Flock Tour also includes Ashes Remain, Shuree Music and Shiloh. Cost: $15 for general admission in advance or $20 at the door; Groups of 10 or more receive a $5 per-ticket discount, for online advance purchases only. Tickets: or 570-585-9000.

Live taping of the program ‘Celebrating the American Musical,’ 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at WVIA. Free bus transportation departing from the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock at 1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Presented by: Gary and Bernadette Boerckel and sponsored by First Energy Foundation, Jean Mieczkowski and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. A light reception will follow. Reservations (required): 570-996-1500.

‘Celebrate the Centennial’ harp and strings concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Marywood University’s ette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Featuring Internationally acclaimed harpist Kathleen Bride and Marywood’s String Ensemble under the direction of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s conductor, Lawrence Loh. Cost: free. Info: 570-348-6268 or

Open Mic Night, featuring Ed Crawley and the Everything Natural Drummers, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free. Seating is limited. Info: 570-996-1500.

Vocal Clinic, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Presented by: the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus. Cost: free. Register/info: 570-836-8595.

Hamlet: National Theatre Live, 2 p.m. Nov. 1 and 15 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: general admission $14; senior/member tickets $12; child/student tickets $10 and group tickets (group minimum of 10) $10. Info: 570-996-1500.

A Miner’s Tale, 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Road. A one-man dramatic narrative, written and performed by Robert Thomas Hughes. Info: 570-585-8113.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Sponsored by: Wyoming County C.A.R.E.S. Anyone whose life has been affected by addiction is invited to come out for this free movie night, featuring the 80’s Stephen Spielberg classic “The Goonies.” Info: 570-996-1500.

The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli, 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Presented by: Scranton Public Theater. Cost: free. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Free ‘Saving Private Ryan’ showing, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Sponsored by: Nicholson Masonic Lodge No. 438 F&AM. Info: 570-996-1500.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular bus trip, Nov. 30, sponsored by the Double “R” Twirlettes. Includes round trip motor coach, orchestra level seat at the show, and free time in New York City. Cost: $99. Info: 570-489-1935.


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.

Creative Writing with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to one’s audience. Relevant to fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers. For adults.

Scranton Reads Book Riot, 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Meet area authors of both fiction and nonfiction, including Jay Luke, Eleanor Gwyn-Jones, Tony Bernardi, Bill Conlogue, Cheryl Kashuba, Joe Klapatch, Sarah Piccini, David Hess, Barb Taylor, Dale Keklock and Joseph Krenitski, Tom Klopfer, Lucia Dailey, Tammy Mal, Margo Azzarelli, Stephanie Longo and David Wenzel. An exhibit, “Celebrating 150 Years of Local Authors,” will be on display. Info/reservations: 570-344-3841 or

Mystery Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Abington Community Library. Book: “That Day the Rabbi Left Town” by Harry Kemelman. For adults.

Classics Discussion Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Abington Community Library. For adults who would like to read, explore and discuss works of literature and ideas in the Western Canon from 1500 to the present. Discuss Thoreau: Walden.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “Swamplandia” by Karen Russell. For adults.


Decorative Painting, 12 to 3 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 14, 21 and 28, Nov. 11 and 18 and Dec. 9 and 16 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor: Teresa Brewer. Cost: $20 per class, plus cost of painting surface. Register (required): 570-996-1500.

Coloring Club, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Abington Community Library. Stress-relieving, meditative coloring. Although materials will be supplied, participants are welcome to bring along their own. For students in grade seven and up, as well as adults of all ages.

Knitting group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 ad 19 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current project and knit with other adults.

Bonsai 101 class, 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Abington Community Library. Discuss the history, training and general care in the Art of Bonsai. Carl Achhammer Jr. is the facilitator and is a 17-year bonsai enthusiast and current president of the NEPA Bonsai Society. For adults.

Recycled Plastic Cap Sculptures, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16 and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17. Join the Abington Community Library at the Abington Art Studio, 210 Depot Street, Clarks Summit, to create original sculptures made from recycled plastic caps. No experience necessary. For ages 10 through adult.

Make Your Own Handcrafted Polymer Clay Pendant with Ricki, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Design your own shape and embellish it with a variety of cabochons, stones and other objects. Cost: $5 per pendant, to be paid to instructor at the time of the class. For adults.

Fine Wine, Fine Art, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Instructors: Amy and Steve Colley. Bring your own snacks and wine and learn to paint from life. Ages 21 and older only; ID required. Cost: $25 per class (paint, canvas and instruction included). Participants may take one or both classes. Space is limited. Register: 570-996-1500.

Sweet Memories of Peg, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Abington Community Library. Drop in to observe fabric techniques by members of the library’s Always in Stitches Quilting Group. Included a question and answer time for new and beginning quilters. Light refreshments will be served.

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