Arts and entertainment calendar for week of June 1, 2016



Marywood University Graduate MFA Exhibition, through June 3 in the Mahady Gallery on campus. Features Masters of Fine Arts thesis work of Annmarie Holler in painting and Eva Polizzi in ceramics combining fibers. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Actors Circle presents ‘Doctor Cook’s Garden’ by Ira Levin, May 26 through 29 and June 2 through 5 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; May 26 tickets are discounted at $8 General and seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707. Info: visit Actors Circle Facebook page or

‘As You Like It’ National Theatre Live on Screen, 2 p.m. May 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member/senior tickets and $10 for child/student and group tickets (group minimum is 10 people). Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Open Mic Night with Corky Staats, 7 p.m. May 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

The NEPA Bluegrass Festival, June 2 to 5 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock. More than a dozen traditional and progressive bluegrass bands will be featured on two stages. Headliners this year include Marty Raybon and Full Circle, the Spinney Brothers and Nothin’ Fancy. Other activities include a “sip and paint” class on Friday afternoon, a Kids Corner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, instrument repairs and restringing and more. Tickets/info:

Ghostlight Productions’ Eighth Annual Shakespeare in the Park: ‘Julius Caesar,’ 6:30 p.m. Fridays, June 3 and 10 and Saturdays, June 4 and 11 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, June 5 and 12 at South Abington Park. Cost: free; donations accepted. Info:, or 570-575-5185.

The Carmel Ardito School of Dance presents ‘Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,’ 7:30 p.m. June 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to show time, at the studio, or from participating dancers. Cost: $13 general and $16 reserved. Info: 570-689-4565.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance, 7 p.m. June 7 at the Dietrich Theater. A live performance of favorite radio plays. Cost: free.

Jaime Jorge in concert, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. June 12 at Clarks Green Assembly of God. The church will host the violinist during both services. Born in Communist Cuba, he will share his life story in words and his life gifts with his violin. All are invited to attend. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-8286.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Mamma Mia!’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series, 6 p.m. to dusk every Wednesday from June 22 through Aug. 31 at Hillside Park, South Abington Township. Schedule of bands: Exact Change, June 22; Luongo Bros Band, June 29; Coal Town Rounders, July 6; Doug Smith Band, July 13; Village Idiots, July 20; Von Storch Quartet, July 27; Music for Models, Aug. 3; Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris Dematio, Aug. 10; Senator John Blake and Lightweight, Aug. 17; Rogue Chimp, Aug. 24, and Sassafrass, Aug. 31. Cost: free. Info:

Open Mic Night with Patrick Fiore, 7 p.m. June 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and more. This month’s featured artist is local singer-songwriter Patrick Fiore. Cost: free.

Shakespeare in the Park: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ 7 p.m. June 25 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Presented by Gamut Theatre Group and sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Cost: free. The show will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the audience. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Info: call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1500.

Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars with Vocalist Erin Malloy, 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Info: 570-836-1022.

‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ National Theatre Live on Screen, 2 p.m. July 10 and 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member and senior tickets and $10 for child or student tickets. Group tickets, with a minimum of 10, are discounted at $10. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Chicago,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 13 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Summer Fest, July 15-28 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Opening Night doors open at 6 p.m. Friday July 15, featuring two films, popcorn, cheese and crackers, wine, beer and dessert. Enjoy 14 foreign, independent and art films in fourteen days. Cost: $25 for opening night tickets; $8.50 for all other film festival tickets. Reservations (required for Opening Night only): 570-996-1500. Info:

‘Get Your Master’s with the Masters’ MFA Thesis Exhibition, July 18 through 21 at Marywood University. The university’s 2016 Master of Fine Arts in graphic design and illustration thesis exhibition features students from the “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” program in graphic design and illustration. Thesis work, study tour books, and additional projects will be on display, with an opening reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. Cost: free. Info:

Open Mic Night with Sadie Green Sales Jugband, 7 p.m. July 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and more. This month’s featured guest is the Sadie Green Sales Jugband. This duo of David Driskell and Timothy Walker will engage all ages with their rollicking jug band music. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Summer Fest Post-Festival Discussion, 1 p.m. July 29 at the Dietrich Theater. Facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, film buff extraordinaire. Registration not required. Info: 570-996-1500.

Cornstock Folk Festival, Sept. 2 through 4 at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock. Tickets for the three-day celebration of roots and acoustic music are now on sale online at Free camping is included with the purchase of weekend passes, which are currently available at the discounted rate of $40, through Friday, June 10. Day passes are also available for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Info: visit Cornstock Folk Festival on Facebook.


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, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays 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.

‘Labor Unrest in Scranton’ Book Launch Party, 6 to 8 p.m. May 28 at the Olde Brick Theatre, 126 W. Market St., Scranton. A book launch for Margo L. Azzarelli and Marnie Azzarelli’s new title. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Info: 570-346-6179, 570-209-7766 or


Third Tuesday Life Drawing, 7 to 9 p.m. June 21. AFA Gallery’s Tuesday Night Drawing Group has been moved to the third Tuesday of every month. The program provides two-hour self-guided sessions with a nude model for artists of all experience levels. It also gives an opportunity for artists to improve their observational drawing skills as well as getting a better understanding of the human form. Artists are required to bring their own materials. Tables, chairs and easels are provided by a grant from the Scranton Area Foundation. Students under 18 require a parental permission slip. Cost: $2 for students, $5 for members and $7 general admission. Info: or 570-969-1040.

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

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