Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Sept. 13, 2017



‘New Mythologists: With great power…,’ An installation by David Mazure, now through Sept. 22 in the AFA’s first floor gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. A First Friday opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1. In his book, “The Power of Myth,” Joseph Campbell describes myths from different times and cultures and calls for a need to re-purpose them to meet the psychological, cultural and social needs of the future. This an installation by the MMXII Collective answers that call. Info: 570-969-1040 or

Figurative Works, now through Sept. 22 at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. A juried exhibition of artists working in painting, drawing and mixed media, who are inspired by the human figure. A First Friday opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1. Info: 570-969-1040 or

Marywood University’s music, theatre and dance department presents “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Info/tickets: visit, or call 570-348-6211, ext. 6097.

Octuba Brass Festival, Oct. 8 at Marywood University, Room 104, in the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts. Performances, workshops and rehearsals will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a concert at 1:30 p.m. Cost: free. Info: contact Michael Parker at 410-499-0175 or


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, 2 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month (ongoing) 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: 570-996-1500.

Memoir and Genealogy with Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27 at the Abington Community Library. This class is designed to enable students to transition from the research they have done or will do into their family’s history to creating works of fiction or nonfiction based on that research. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Creative Writing with Carol King, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27 at the Abington Community Library. This course is designed to guide students in creative writing through experience in three genres: short story, poetry and creative non-fiction. It includes instruction with examples of various types of writing, exercises and class discussion of the work produced. Once the introductory sessions are completed, students may continue working in the genre that most appeals to them. There will also be some discussion about what is involved in publication. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Book Group, 12 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Gathering Place. Selection: “It’s a Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline. Cost: free. Info:


Quilting for Everyone, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13 through Dec. 13 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 13 and up. Instructors: Terry Keller, Peggy Lane and Ingrid Rogler. Fabric is provided. Learn early quilting techniques as you create a geometrically simple quilt that has endless design possibilities. Cost: $6 per class. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Decorative Painting, 12 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27; Oct. 11, 18 and 25; Nov. 1 and 8 and Dec. 6 and 13 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor: Teresa Brewer. Learn decorative painting techniques while creating decorative pieces for your home or to give as gifts. Cost: $20 per class plus the cost of a painting surface. Info/register: 570-996-1500.

Uptown Sassy Backpack, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 4 at The Gathering Place. Agnes Fell will guide participants in making this smart, attractive backpack with magnetic closure flap, two zipper pockets, multiple outside pockets and adjustable straps. See website for list of supplies. Cost: $20, plus supply cost of $14. Info:

Make your own Mini Art Pendant, 6 to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 21 at The Gathering Place. Learn to create your own miniature art pendant with Eileen Healey. The first night you will discover how to work with watercolors and you will create several tiny 1” watercolor paintings. The second night you will learn to assemble your artwork into a beautiful pendant. For ages 14 and up. Cost: $20, plus supply cost of $5. Info:

All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Abington Community Library. 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/register: 570-587-3440.

Painting Class with Sharon McArdle, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept 25 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Cost: $8 materials fee due to instructor at time of class. Project: A fall sunflower on a purple background. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Oil Painting with Marylou Chibirka, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 through Oct. 26 at The Gathering Place. Beginners and intermediate students will learn basic color, values, mixing colors, composition and design elements. See website for list of supplies. Cost: $40. Info:

Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Gathering Place. Weave a sampler, learn and experiment with different yarns. This class is a hands-on experience for people to warp a loom, weave and remove a project from a loom. Cost: $60, plus a supply cost of $10. Info:

Basics of Knitting, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 19 at The Gathering Place. Kristina Laurito will teach the basic skills of knitting, while each participant learns to create a triangular shawlette. Cost $30, plus supply cost: of $8. Info:

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

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