Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Nov. 1, 2017



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. 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

‘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.

NE Photography Club exhibit, all month at the Abington Community Library. An opening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2. Visit the Library during the month of November to enjoy unique, original photography. Prices as noted; a portion of all sales benefit the Abington Community Library. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Keystone Players Present ‘The 39 Steps,’ adapted by Patrick Barlow, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Theatre in Brooks on campus at Keystone College. This outlandish comedy features a cast of Keystone College students and is directed by Rachel Luann Strayer. Cost: general admission starts at $8; tickets for senior citizens, veterans, high school and college students and Keystone faculty, staff and alumni are $5 and admission for all current Keystone College students are $2. Tickets will be available at the door. Info: or 570-945-8484.

Holy Cross High School’s Second Annual First Friday Student Exhibit and Silent Art Auction, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Diocese of Scranton Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Held in conjunction with the First Friday Scranton activities, the event will benefit the Holy Cross High School Tuition Assistance Program. Artwork in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, watercolor, ceramics and graphic design, will be on display or up for auction throughout the evening. Constantino’s Catering will provide light fare, and tickets will be sold for raffle baskets. Info: call John Anthony Farkas Jr. at 570-702-5523.

The University of Scranton Players present ‘Hannah and Martin’ by Kate Fodor, Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 in the Joseph M. McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts on campus. Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Cost: $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students and The University of Scranton faculty and staff; performances during the second weekend are free for first-year students. Tickets: 570-941-4318 or

Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Tour performance, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at The University of Scranton in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. Cost: free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. In addition to the concert, Maricle and a few other members of DIVA will teach instrumental masterclasses at the university earlier that day. The masterclasses are free and open to local amateur and professional musicians, ages 16 and up. Masterclass info: email Concert info: call 570-941-7624, email or visit

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.

The Anthracite Opera Company presents ‘Here’s to Love!,’ 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Featuring classic love melodies from Opera to Broadway. A dinner is also planned for after the show at 6 p.m. at the Rossetti Estate for the Arts, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. Cost: $15, payable at the door, for show only; $30 for dinner and show. Seating is limited and reservations are required for dinner. Info/reservations: call Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.

‘Angels in America’ – National Theatre Live on Screen: Part 1: Millennium Approaches at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 and Part 2: Perestroika at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: general admission is $14 per part, member/senior tickets are $12 per part and child/student tickets are $10 per part; a $2 discount will be applied when purchasing tickets to both parts. Info: 570-996-1500.

Ukulele Two, 7 to 7:45 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at The Gathering Place. Fine-tune your techniques; meet other “ukers,” sing and play. Cost: $40. Info: 570-563-2402 or

‘We Were Soldiers’ – Dietrich Film Favorites, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free admission. Sponsored by Post 457 Dennis Strong American Legion. Info: 570-996-1500.

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.

AFA Gallery’s 29th Holiday Art Auction, Nov. 18 at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton. A preview cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the auction will be held at 7 p.m. This is the primary fundraiser for AFA, allowing the gallery to carry on its many activities. Features original artwork by regional artists auctioned in time for holiday gift giving. Ken Rivenburg will serve as the auctioneer. Cost: $25 admission includes hor d’oeuvres, desserts, champagne, open bar and live music by Rich Jenkins. RSVP: 570-969-1040.

Arts at First Presbyterian concert series – second installment, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the sanctuary of the church, 300 School St. Features all the musical ensembles at the church, along with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. Cost: free; a free-will offering will be taken. Info: 570-586-6306 or

Actors Circle presents ‘Mary, Mary,’ by Scranton native Jean Kerr, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 and Dec. 7 through 10 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 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students, with Nov. 30 tickets discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or


Creative Writing With Carol King, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15 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. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Memoir and Genealogy With Carol King, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15 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: 570-587-3440 or

Mystery/Detective Book Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: Daphne DuMaurier’s “Rebecca.” Info: 570-587-3440 or


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.

All Crafting Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Abington Community Library. Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to 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 or

Painting class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Cost: materials fee of $8 per person is due to instructor at time of class. Project: Winter Magic. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Ugly Sweater-Making Party, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Abington Community Library. Bring a sweater and the library will provide ideas to help make the “ugly” creation last the whole holiday season. Info: 570-587-3440 or

Home (made) for the Holidays, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lackawanna State Park. Stop by the Environmental Learning Center to create a homemade holiday craft using natural materials. A variety of items like pine cones, acorns and teasel will be available to let “natural” creativity come through. Bring a small box to carry home your creation. Examples will be on display for inspiration.

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

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