Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Nov. 15, 2017



Actors Circle seeks play submissions: The community theater group is seeking submissions for its 2018/2019 season. Those interested in directing a play should send a script with submission form, available online at, to Actors Circle, c/o Linda Griffiths, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton, PA, 18508, no later than Dec. 15. For more information, call Linda at 570-947-3316.


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

NE Photography Club exhibit, all month at the Abington Community Library. 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

Story Room: Learn Storytelling with Fiona, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Dietrich Theater. Master storyteller Fiona Powell invites teens and adults to her “Story Room,” to listen to her tell a story, then have a chance to practice storytelling in a safe, supportive environment. Included will be the story of the history of storytelling. Cost: free. Reservations/info: 570-996-1500.

Marywood University’s Art Galleries’ 2017 Bachelor of Arts Senior Exhibition in Art Therapy, Nov. 17 through Dec. 7. An opening reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 in the Suraci Gallery on the second floor of the Shields Center for Visual Arts on campus. Cost: free admission.. Info:, or call 570-348-6278.

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

Scott Tixier in concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 25 at Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton. Featuring jazz violinist and composer Scott Tixier. Cost: $25; tickets available at venue.

Christmas with the Choral Society, 4 p.m. Nov. 26 in the sanctuary of Scranton’s historic Covenant Presbyterian Church, corner of Madison and Olive Streets. Audience caroling will alternate with performances of holiday music by each of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania’s five children’s and youth choirs, their adult Symphonic Chorus, soloists and organist Timothy Smith. The afternoon will conclude with a festive holiday cookie reception. Cost: $15 for adults and $5 for those ages 18 and under; a $2 discount will be given for adult students, seniors and WVIA members. Tickets: available at the door or by calling 570-343-6707. Voluntary donations will also be collected for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

Marywood University’s Jazz Ambassadors present ‘Funky Beats, 8 p.m. Nov. 27 on the main stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on campus. Featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington and more. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Tuba Christmas, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Viewmont Mall in Scranton. Presented by Marywood University’s music, theatre, and dance department, the concert is directed and conducted by Michael Parker. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages and abilities are welcome to perform. Registration for the performance will take place at 3 p.m., with a rehearsal at 4 p.m., at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, on the university’s campus. There is a $10 registration fee to perform, which will benefit The Harvey Phillips Foundation. Cost: free admission. Info: or 570-348-6268.

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

Rossetti Family Estate presents Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Rossetti Family Estate, 1005 Vine St., Scranton. Clarks Summit actor Robert Hughes will portray all characters in this dramatic reading of the Christmas two-act classic play. Cost: $15; includes wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations (suggested): 570-586-2512.

Golden Days of Radio Players performance, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Dietrich Theater. Go back to those golden days of radio during this holiday performance of radio plays presented by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players. Cost: free; sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tunkhannock.

Dietrich Film Favorites: ‘Home Alone,’ 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free; sponsored by Nimble Hill Winery and Brewery. Seating is first come, first served.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ showing, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: admission, popcorn and soda are Free. Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins, Inc. Seating is first come, first served.

Actors Circle presents ‘Sound and Song: Holiday Edition,’ Dec. 14-17 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd. in Scranton. Show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. A musical revue featuring favorite holiday songs. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or

Clarks Summit University’s Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the school’s historic Murphy Memorial Library. Cost: $8. Info:


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