Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Oct. 11, 2017

October 9th, 2017 10:27 am


2017 Marywood Faculty Biennial exhibit, Now through Nov. 19 in Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. This multimedia exhibition of current work by Marywood University’s Department of Visual Arts faculty showcases a diverse range of styles, mediums, and techniques of more than 30 artists/educators. A gallery talk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Nights in Rodanthe,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free admission. In memory of Helen and Lucky Stonier from their kids Sandy and Steve Stonier.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, 7 p.m. 0ct. 13 at Marywood University. Info: 570 587-1303.

Frederick Douglas’ Interview from Slave to Master, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. A dramatic reading featuring Clarks Summit actor Robert Hughes. Wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres included. Cost: $10. Seating is limited. Reservations: 570-586-2512.

An Afternoon of Classical Music, 4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. This first concert of the 2017-2018 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series will feature organist Brenda Leach and clarinet player Katie Morell. Cost: free; a free-will offering will be taken. Info: 570-586-6306 or

National Theatre Live on Screen: ‘Twelfth Night,’ 2 p.m. Oct. 15 and 29 at the Dietrich Theater. A new production by National Theatre Live of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’ Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for member and senior tickets and $10 for child and student tickets.

NEPA Film Festival, Oct. 20-22 at various times and locations. Featuring narratives, short films and documentaries. Hosted by the Waverly Community House, Iron Horse Bistro and Wyoming Seminary’s Center for the Creative Arts. Info: 570-586-8191 or

The Evasons Mentalist Duo, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Scranton JCC’s Koppelman Auditorium. Doors open at 8 p.m. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Cost: A reservation for a table for 10 is $100 and single admission tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets: online at or by calling 570-961-2300, ext. 4. Info:

Arcadia Chorale Presents ‘Visions of America,’ 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Nicholas R. C. Church in Wilkes-Barre and 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton. Cost: $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members and free for students. Info/tickets: or 570-871-0350.

Marywood University’s faculty recital, 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Marian Chapel, in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, on campus. An opportunity to hear members of the music, theatre, and dance department perform a variety of works from the classical repertoire. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Clarks Summit University’s Theatre Department presents ‘Emma,’ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-28. While Austen’s novel is a long book, playwright Jon Jory adapted this play to be fast paced, which helps the story move in this under-two-hour production. The performance of this comedy of manners is co-directed by Communications-Theatre major Emma Finke and professor Jonathan Strayer. Children under three years of age will not be admitted. Cost: $8. Tickets: online at or in person at the on-campus Box Office from 3 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Open Mic Night with Vocal Accord, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

‘John Mitchell: An American Hero,’ 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, located in McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue in West Scranton. A dramatic reading written and performed by Robert Thomas Hughes. This two-act play will be presented as an interview, revealing personal and professional insights into the life of John Mitchell, union organizer for coal miners in the region in the early 1900s. Cost: $5. Reservations: 570-963-4804.

The Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble’s fall concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Marywood University in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Sponsored by Marywood University, Conn-Selmer, Inc., and American Youth Ensembles. Many of Pennsylvania’s top high school musicians will perform engaging works for concert band under the direction of Marywood University’s director of bands, F. David Romines, D.M.A. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

‘John Mitchell: An American Hero,’ 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. A dramatic reading written and performed by Robert Thomas Hughes. This two-act play will be presented as an interview, revealing personal and professional insights into the life of John Mitchell, union organizer for coal miners in the region in the early 1900s. Cost: free; Sponsored by the Wyoming County Commissioners Office.

The Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania presents ‘A Mighty Fortress,’ 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Cost: $15 general admission, with a $2 discount available to seniors, adult students and members of WVIA. Children 18 and under will be admitted free of charge. Tickets: 570-343-6707, or at the door.

Seraph Brass Quintet in concert, 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts at Marywood University. Cost: free and open to the public. Info: visit or contact Michael Parker at or 570-348-6268.

Marywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony fall concert, 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Marywood University in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The band program at Marywood presents their two major ensembles performing works from the classic band repertoire and works by proven contemporary composers. A special tribute is planned for recently deceased American composer, David Maslanka.Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.


Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Info: 570-587-3440.

Scranton Reads book discussion, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Abington Community Library. A facilitated discussion of “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. Free copies of the book are available when signing up. Info: 570-587-3440.


Repurposing Workshop, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19 at The Gathering Place. The instructor, Leslee, will demonstrate how she repurposed chairs and a table. For the first class, students may acquire a straight chair, side table, or small soft chair, or they may use a piece that Leslee will bring in. For the second class, participants may bring materials from home. After discussing all the possibilities, students will work on their creations, exchanging ideas with others in the class as they work together. Leslee will bring fabric, notions and some tools. Cost: $10, plus a supply fee of $10. Registration deadline: Sept. 28. Register/info: 570-563-2402.

Jewelry Making: Create a Coral and Turquoise Choker Necklace, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Toni Hockman. All materials provided. Cost: $35.

Intro to Oil Painting, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Newton Rec Center. Instructor: Marylou Chibirka. Open to students ages 8-15. Students should wear older clothes and bring their own drink and snack. Cost: free. Space is limited. Registration deadline: Oct. 9. Register: 570-586-7808.

Relax and Unwind, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Drop in and color or complete a crossword puzzle or other activity sheets. For adults.

Knitting II, 7 p.m. Mondays: Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 at The Gathering Place. Kristina Laurito’s class was so popular, the organization added another class. An opportunity to hone one’s knitting skills. Cost: $30., plus a supply cost of $8, which includes yarn and knitting needles, stitch markers and a printed copy of an original knitting pattern. Info/register: or 570-563-2402.

Mandala class, 6 to 7:30 Nov. 9 at The Gathering Place. Art instructor Eileen Healey will guide students as they create their own mandala drawings. Each artist will explore the process of drawing in a symmetrical circular format using a variety of tools and templates. For ages 14 and up. Cost: $15. Info/register: or 570-563-2402.

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