Arts and entertainment calendar for week of April 11, 2018



Marywood University Class of 2018 Senior Art Exhibition, through April 29 in the Mahady and Suraci Galleries, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on the university’s campus. The group exhibition presents work in the concentrated studies of art education, art therapy, and studio arts concentrations in graphic design, illustration, photography and sculpture. Cost: free admission. Info:


Spring 2018 Film Festival Opening Night, 5:30 p.m. April 13 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy food, two films, beer, wine, desserts and more. Cost: $40. Tickets/info: 570-996-1500.

Spring 2018 Film Festival, April 13 through May 3 at the Dietrich Theater. 21 films in 21 days. Cost: $8.50/ticket (excluding opening night). Info:

Post Spring Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. May 4 at the Dietrich Theater. Have you ever wanted to be able to discuss the content and significance of some of the film festival movies with others who have seen them? Or do you have questions about festival films you have seen? Join in a post-festival discussion, facilitated by Ronnie Harvey, film buff extraordinaire. Cost: free. No need to register; just show up.


The University of Scranton’s 35th Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the Houlihan-McLean Center. Features two new works written by composer/conductor Brandon Lee. Cost: free. Info: 570-941-7624, or

Marywood University’s Tutti Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m. April 15 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Tutti Ensemble is an adaptive, student-led program encouraging the use of music for individuals with unique learning styles. It gives people with special needs an opportunity to perform on stage with the Marywood University bands. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Marywood University’s Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony concert, 4 p.m. April 15 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. April 16 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment. No experience is necessary. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Actors Circle presents ‘Auntie Mame,’ by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, April 19-22 and 26-29 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 seniors and $8 students; March 8 tickets are $8 general and Seniors and $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707 or Info: visit the Actors Circle Facebook page.

Open Mic Night with Breaking Ground Poets, 7 p.m. April 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents on the Dietrich stage. The Breaking Ground Poets will headline this month’s event. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Mostly Opera Presents ‘2, 3, 4: Duets, Trios & Quartets,’ 7 p.m. April 21 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 500 Madison Ave., Scranton. Hear the music of La Traviata, Turandot, La Boheme, Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Pearlfishers and more. Cost: $25 general admission; $20 for seniors. Tickets: 570-702-4356. Info:

Marywood University Symphony Orchestra concert, 4 p.m. April 22 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. Featuring faculty member Sophie Till in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto. Cost: free. Info: or 570-348-6268.

Marywood University Jazz Band Concert, 8 p.m. April 23 on the Main Stage of the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The Marywood Jazz Ambassadors along with special guests, the Tunkhannock Area High School Jazz Bands, will perform a concert titled, “The Classic Big Band,” which is reminiscent of the Big Bands from the 1940s and 50s. Cost: free. Info: contact David Jumper at or 570-348-6268.

Actors Circle presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart May 31, June 1, 2, 3, June 7, 8, 9, 10 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Directed by Bob Spalletta. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 Sstudents. Thursday, May 31, tickets are discounted at $8 general and seniors, and $6 students. For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or email


Writers Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (ongoing) at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Come and read your work or listen and be inspired. Learn the craft of writing as you write toward a goal of publication. All genres and levels of writing are welcome. Cost: free. Info: 570-249-2994.

Lackawanna County Library System Book Talk Program – ‘So what have you been reading?’ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Abington Community Library. Participants will discuss books they are currently reading or have read and authors they enjoy. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Abington Community Library. Selection: “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News,” by Kevin Young. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

Warrior Writers, 7 p.m. April 20 at the Dietrich Theater (ongoing, Fridays). For ages 18 and up, 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. Empowering veterans through creativity. Cost: free; sponsored by Highmark.

‘Frederick Douglass: Interview from Slave to Master,’ 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 4 at the Albright Memorial Library in the Lecture Hall, second floor. A dramatic play reading by Clarks Summit actor Bob Hughes. Audience: Adults, 18 and older. Cost: free.


Decorative Painting, noon to 3 p.m. April 11, 18 and 25 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 to adult. Learn decorative painting techniques while creating decorative pieces for your home or to give as gifts. Instructor: Teresa Brewer. Preregistration is required. Cost: $20 per class, plus the cost of painting surface. Info: 570-996-1500.

Sign, Signs Everywhere, 5 to 8 p.m. April 13 at The Gathering Place. Shiloh Richner Byrnes, owner of From Drab to Fab furniture re-purposing shop in Mayfield, will return for another Paint Party. All who sign up will work under Shiloh’s guidance to create and paint one of three sign patterns that can be crafted to highlight their home decor. Wood, paint, brushes, patterns and snacks provided. Cost: $45. Register by April 6. Info:

Craft & Chat, 10 a.m. Fridays, April 13, 20, 27 and 27 at The Gathering Place. A casual setting for artists with and without disabilities to meet and create. Cost: $10. Info:

Pastel Painting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Millie Schelling. This class is for beginning and experienced pastel painters.Cost: $25, plus the cost of materials. Call the Dietrich for a supplies list. Info: 570-996-1500.

Acrylic Landscape painting, April 17 and May 1 and 8 at The Gathering Place. Earl Lehman instructs in the art of landscape using acrylics. Cost :$60. Info:

Crochet a Storage Basket, April 18 and 25 and May 2 at The Gathering Place. Cost $30, plus an $8 supply fee. Info:

Fine Wine, Fine Art, 7 to 9 p.m. April 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Ages 21 and older only; ID required. Bring your own wine and snacks and immerse yourself in an evening inspired by Impressionist artists. Instructors Amy and Steve Colley will help you enter the world of an Impressionist painter, his or her techniques and qualities. Then it is your turn to produce an impressionist work of your own, with gentle guidance. Cost: $25 per class. Register: 570-996-1500.

Painting class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Project: Bird and nest scene. Cost: a materials fee of $10 per person is due to instructor at time of class. Info/register: 570-587-3440.

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