Arts and entertainment calendar for week of March 1, 2017



The Scranton Fringe Festival open for applications: The performing arts festival is scheduled to return to multiple venues in downtown Scranton Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. Applications to join the festival are open now through March 25. Sought are the following: new takes on old works; newly created pieces; quirky, unusual, vibrant and creative theater; cabaret; dance; puppetry; magic; musicals; immersive theater; solo shows and children’s programming. There are no application fees. Info:

LHV Seeks Nature-Themed Artwork: Artists of all ages and skill levels may submit original designs to Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) for educational panels in the Fidelity Fishing Shack at the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in Scranton. Designs should focusing on wildlife and/or plants that inhabit the Lackawanna River, wetlands and the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; the relationship between humans and nature; or local landscapes. The contest is open to all residents of NEPA. Jurors will select winning designs. There is no fee to enter, and the deadline to apply is March 27. Info: visit, call 570-963-6730, ext. 8200 or download an entry form at


Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. March 3 at the Dietrich Theater. A discussion of Winter Fest 2017 films, facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, film buff extraordinaire. Cost: Free.

After School Players Performance, 11 a.m. March 4 at the Dietrich Theater. A performance of “Third Class” by Brad Slaight, a tale of real life lessons learned outside the classroom. By studying all aspects of producing a play, with emphasis on learning the world of the crew and all aspects of backstage, the middle and high school students will show what they have learned by performing for a live audience. All are invited to come and support young talent. Cost: $5. Info: 570-996-1500.

Keystone College’s third annual Music and Arts Fair, 3 to 6 p.m. March 5 on campus with the main concert starting at 5 p.m. in the Theatre at Brooks. The fair, which is open to the public and free of charge, will highlight more than 100 performers from Keystone and the local community, in music, dance, theater, poetry and the arts. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with guests meeting at Evans Hall in Hibbard Campus Center, where they will be directed by student guides to various locations on campus. Info: or 570-945-8599.

Organist Frederick Hohman In Recital, 3 p.m. March 5 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Jefferson Ave. and Mulberry Street. Hohman will perform on the University’s historic 107-year-old Austin Opus 301 organ, which was re-dedicated in 2006 after being completely dismantled, rebuilt and restored. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-7624,, or

Community Concerts at Lackawanna College presents comedian Kathleen Madigan, 8 p.m. March 10 at Lackawanna College. Cost: $36-$40. Tickets:, 570-955-1455 or through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St. during the Box Office hours of 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Info:

St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party with Music by Old Friends Celtic Band, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple in the Grand Ballroom. several parade performers will continue their acts. Cost: free admission; a cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘Amadeus,’ 2 p.m. March 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for members and seniors and $10 for children and students. Info: 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Film Favorites Series: ‘Dirty Dancing,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 15 at the Dietrich Theater. Go back to 1987 and enjoy the hit film ‘Dirty Dancing’ on the big screen at the Dietrich. Admission: Free; sponsored by a friend of the Dietrich in memory of Barbara J. Jones.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. March 20 and April 17 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment, and learn how unscripted dialogue, plot and action can make you a better writer, actor or director. Enthusiasm is required, but no experience is necessary. Cost: free.

Actors Circle presents: ‘The Women’ by Clare Boothe Luce, March 23 through 26, and March 30 through April 2 at Providence Playhouse 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton. Directed by Ted LoRusso. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students; Tickets for the Thursday, March 23 performance are $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Reservations (held 10 minutes until show time): 570-342-9707 or Info:

Morgan James’ Reckless Abandon Tour concert, 8 p.m. March 31 at Lackawanna College. The final show of the Community Concerts at Lackawanna College’s 89th season. Cost: $28-34. Tickets:, 570-955-1455 or between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St. Info:

An Evening with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, 8 p.m. May 13 at The Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College. Cost: $40-$45. Tickets: online at, by phone at 570-955-1455, or through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, during the hours of 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Info:


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.

2017 Reading Challenge, during the month of March at the Abington Community Library. Adults who read five library books before March 31 will receive a Book Nook coupon for one free book at Friends of the Abington Community Library Book Nook.

‘Embattled Freedom’ book signing and lecture, 1 p.m. March 5 at the Waverly Community House. With local historian and author Jim Remsen.

Mystery/Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 14 at the Abington Community Library. Selection from “Murphy’s Law” by Rhys Bowen. Info: 570-587-3440.


Good Grief Art: Learn to Paint Through Your Loss, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 1 at the Abington Senior Community Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit. 10 weeks of art lessons and healing for beginners who have lost a loved one, pet or other loss. Instructed by professional artist Marylou Chibirka. Registration required. Cost: free. Info/register: 570-586-8996.

Smocking Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 2 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your current smocking project and mingle with other smockers. Smocking experience is necessary.

Mold Making, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 to adult. Students will learn a mold making technique which will enable them to reproduce their favorite piece of pottery or sculpture. No experience required. Instructor: Steve Colley. Cost: $60 for a four-class series. Register/info: 570-996-1500.

Spring Fling- Stampin’ Retreat! With Maria Pappa, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 11 at the Abington Community Library. A day to relax and share time with others who love stamping and crafting. There will be “make and takes,” goody bags, samples and door prizes. Lunch and snacks are included. Bring projects you are currently working on. Cost: $30. Registration closes March 6. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 at the Abington Community Library. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter’s eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you’re working on, or come just to be inspired. All levels of experience welcome. Info: 570-587-3440.

Painting Class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Cost: a materials fee of $8 is due to the instructor at time of class. Project: Tree with colorful background, mixed medium. Register/info: 570-587-3440.

Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry, 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Esther Harmatz. Create a few pieces of unique wearable jewelry, such as pendants and/or earrings, from pre-cut glass pieces, plates or mini mosaic tiles. No experience necessary. Cost: $65 (all materials and tools provided). Register/info: 570-996-1500.

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