Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Sept. 28, 2016



Call for Entries: Glenburn Township’s 12th Annual Art Show and Sale, delivery by Sept. 28 for Oct. 2 opening. Local artists are invited to participate. All original two dimensional media considered. Info: call Joanne at 570-954-1489.

Fall Film Festival, now through Oct. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Tickets: $8.50 each, except for Gala Night. Info:

Chinese classical music performance and lecture, Sept. 30 at The University of Scranton. Cost: free. The university will host a lecture by Paul R. Goldin, Ph.D., a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, at 3:30 p.m., and a concert by the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble from Taiwan at 7 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for check-in and a reception with light fare.) Nanguan is an 800-year old form of Chinese classical music known for its soft melodies and sentimental lyrics. The concert will also include a question-and-answer session, an interactive workshop and an exhibit of Nanguan musical instruments. No RVSP is required. Info: 570-941-7643 or email

Movie showing: ‘How to Make an American Quilt,’ 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. In this film, Finn (Winona Ryder), a young graduate student who is finishing a master’s thesis and preparing for marriage, goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Cost: free.

‘Legends of Slocum Hollow, Tales from the Grave,’ 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1830 Jefferson Ave., Dunmore. Join the Slocum Hollow players for a night of scary historical stories. Cost: free. No reservations needed. Info: 570-346-6179.

Third Annual Harvest Hoedown, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Whipple Performing Arts Studio, 602 Hunter Hwy., Tunkhannock. Features square dancing, line dancing, a campfire cookout, lessons and entertainment. Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under. Benefits Wyoming County Players and the Starlite Playhouse Building Project. Info/tickets: 570-836-6986, or

Pianist Jeremy Jordan in concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue, Scranton. The program will be a mix of classical, jazz, and gospel music, including music by Bach, Saint-Saens, Rachmaninoff, Wagner, Herbie Hancock, Cole Porter, Andrae Crouch and Kurt Kaiser. Cost: free; Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Info: 570-941-7624, or

Classical Guitar Goes Pop!, 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will play arrangements of famous pop, rock and classical tunes. Cost: free; sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker.

Anthracite Opera Company presents: ‘Here’s to Broadway!’ 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton. A show featuring classic melodies from Broadway. Cost: $10, payable at the door. Info: contact Gary at 570-335-7702.

Ninth Grade Honors Wind Ensemble public concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Lackawanna Trail High School. Features more than 50 ninth grade selected students from across NEPA. Cost: $1 for students and $3 for adults.

Philip Glass performance fundraiser, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at a residence in the SoHo District of New York City. Organized by Clarks Summit resident Marc Boriosi, the event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund and features an exclusive performance by Academy Award-winning contemporary classical composer Philip Glass. A silent auction conducted throughout the evening will add to the charity contribution. Tickets: Info:

Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The discussion will be facilitated by Ronnie Harvey.

Ready, Set, Sing!, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus. A singing class, each session of which will take students to the next step in developing that voice they didn’t realize was in them. Cost: free.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Ditrich Theater. Anyone whose life has been affected by addiction is invited to come out for this free movie night featuring ‘The Addams Family.’ Cost: admission, popcorn and soda are free. Info:

Belin Film Festival, Oct. 14 through 16 at the Waverly Community House, Theatre at Lackawanna College in Scranton and the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Showcasing movies written, produced and directed by independent and emerging filmmakers from around the world as well as NEPA. Info:

Arts at First Presbyterian concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Soprano Jenn Cowgill will pair up with flutist Diane Schultz in the first half of the program, with violinist Sophie Till heading up the second half. Pianist Rick Hoffenberg will be the accompanist for both programs. Info: 570-586-6306 or visit

Notable Writers of Northeastern PA, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Dietrich Theater. NEPA is notable historically for a number of writers from the area who attracted national attention. For example, Pottsville native John O’Hara became one of the 20th century’s most popular novelists, while Wilkes-Barre-bred Herman Mankiewicz co-authored the script for “Citizen Kane,” one of Hollywood’s greatest films. In this presentation, Dr. Sheldon Spear will share stories of these writers as well as others. Cost: free.

Open Mic Night – Mystery Performer, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Cost: free. Seating is limited.

The Music of Cole Porter, 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dietrich Theater. In a PowerPoint presentation that features lots of music, pictures and film clips, Dr. Phillip Atteberry, who teaches jazz history at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, will explore the multiple dimensions of American popular composer Cole Porter. Cost: free; sponsored by: Jean Mieczkowski and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.

Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award presentation, 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at The University of Scranton in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. Scranton native Stephen Karam, who won the 2016 Tony Award for his Broadway play, “The Humans,” will be honored. Cost: Ticket prices vary. Info/reservations:, 570-941-7816 or

Bus Trip to Broadway: ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Nov. 9. Bus departs from Dietrich Theater at 8 a.m. and returns at 11 p.m. Cost: $250 (includes an orchestra seat ticket to “Fiddler on the Roof,” bus transportation and dinner at Carmine’s on Broadway between 90th and 91st streets). Register: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Grease,’ 1 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Movie showing: ‘Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,’ 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free; sponsored by Ace-Robbins, Inc. Tickets are first-come, first-served.

Golden Days of Radio Players Performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free.

Movie showing: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec.13 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: Admission, popcorn and soda are free; sponsored by: Ace-Robbins, Inc. Seating is first come, first served.


Creative Writing: Fiction with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 16 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to an audience. Relevant to poetry and fiction. Info: 570-587-3440.

Scranton Reads discussion on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ by Margaret Atwood, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Abington Community Library. A facilitated discussion. Free copies of the book are available when one signs up. Those who would like lunch, may pay $7 at signup for a choice of one of three wraps from Caravia. The Library will provide drinks and dessert. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Mystery/Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Abington Community Library. Selection from Cora Harrison’s “My Lady Judge.”

Teen Reading Lounge, 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 27 at the Abington Community Library. Kickoff, passing out the books, activities, and refreshments. For students in grades 5-12. Info: 570-587-3440.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai.

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.


Make and Take Quilt Block Activity, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. All ages welcome – stop by and paint wood or ceramic blocks with your favorite quilt pattern or color paper quilt squares. Cost: free.

Design a Painted Silk Scarf, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 to adult. Learn a fun and easy technique for creating a hand-painted, decorative silk scarf. All materials provided. No experience is required. Cost: $35. Register: 570-996-1500.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Marywood University. Program: making covers for swatch books from previous meeting. Info: 570-587-1303.

Adult Coloring Night, 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Bring crayons and colored pencils for a fun night of coloring and mingling. Coloring sheets will be supplied for attendees.

Paint a Holiday Ornament, 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. Make a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree ornament, guided by a master decorative painter, Teresa Brewer. Open to beginners and experienced decorative painters, ages 16 and up. Cost: $20 (including materials). Info: 570-996-1500.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania workshop on marbling and paper paste, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Marywood University. Presenter: Ann Marie Castlegrande. Info: 570-587-1303.

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