Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Feb. 4, 1015

First Posted: 2/3/2015


Selections from the Art Collections, now through Feb. 22 in the Suraci Gallery at Marywood University. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Features recent works on paper, including photographs and prints, drawn from the Suraci Collection, Marywood University’s permanent collection of fine and decorative arts, and The Maslow Collection.

After School Players, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through March 5 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Performance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 for middle and high school students. Through the use of Scene Study, students will experience all aspects of producing a play from breaking down a script, to creating a character, to the actors’ responsibilities, to choosing costumes, to designing the set in which it all happens. Cost: Free. Register: 570-996-1500.

Drumming 101, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, now through March 26 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. For ages 18 to adult. Instructor: Al Cabral. Cost: Free. In this class, students will build upon their natural sense of rhythm in an atmosphere that is relaxed and user-friendly. All drums and percussion instruments provided. Register: 570-996-1500.

Keystone College presents an exhibition of abstract paintings by Megan Hinton, Feb. 1 to March 1 in the Linder Gallery on campus. Artist reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the gallery. Hinton, will speak about her work at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 4 in the Theatre in Brooks.

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: Pretty Woman – 25th Anniversary, 12 and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the ticket booth.

Art exhibit and talk with William Hobbs, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Hobbs will present a one-man show followed by a discussion on The Hudson River School of Art.

Marywood University Music, Theatre, and Dance Department presents: Marywood Violin Faculty Sophie Till and Australian Pianist Therese Milanovic, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Marian Chapel of the Swartz Center. The musicians will perform a recital of sonatas by Strauss, Ravel and Prokofiev. Cost: free.

Forage Space First Friday exhibit and pop-up shop, Feb. 6 though 8 at 310 N. Washington St., Scranton. Featured are NYC graffiti artists: Matt Siren, Royce Bannon and Russell King. Chris Kearney will provide musical entertainment on Friday. Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb 6 and 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb 7 and 8. Info:

2015 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition for Northeast Pennsylvania, Feb. 7 – March 1 in the Mahady Gallery. The exhibition features the Gold and Silver Key award-winning work by junior high and high school students from the Northeastern Pennsylvania art region. Awards Presentation: Feb. 7, 1 p.m. Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

The Marywood University Theatre Program’s workshop, “The Hidden Path: a Way Into Theatre,” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts. Therefore, this workshop is for performers as well as the forgotten techie: to introduce students to what tech jobs entail, to explain what a satisfying career technical theatre can be, and to demonstrate that it can be the hidden path into the theatre industry. Info/registration: contact Dr. Paulette Merchel, Interim Theatre Program Director, at or 570-862-3615. Cost: $15 (includes lunch).

Seventh Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Houlihan-McLean Center at the University of Scranton. This year’s concert, honoring the late Gene Yevich, who served as fire chief for the city of Scranton during the Wenzel administration, features the nationally acclaimed Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, directed by David Ostwald. Info: or 570-941-7624.

A Mardi Gras Jazz Service featuring the Presbybop Dixieland Sextet, 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Cost: free. Info: 570-586-6306 or

Actors Circle presents: “Leading Ladies,” Feb. 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12 General, $10 Seniors, $8 Students. Preview performance on Feb.12, tickets are $8 general and seniors and $6 students. Info/reservations: 570-342-9707 or

The Wyoming Seminary Players present: “Into the Woods,” 8 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the new Sem Kirby Center for Creative Arts, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Now a recently released movie, the show depicts several well-known fairy tales and their aftermath and is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musicals. Cost: $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Info: 570-270-2192.

PNC Philharmonic Pops II: Cinematic Love Stories-A Night of Music and Romance, at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 the Theater at Lackawanna College, and 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the FM Kirby Center. Concert goers are invited to participate in a “Romance in the City” dinners. Preceding the concerts will be Valentine’s Day private Philharmonic dinners at POSH at the Scranton Club on Friday, and Genetti’s on Saturday. Each dinner is $35. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling the Philharmonic Office at 570-270-4444. Tickets for these concerts range from $31-$63 and may be purchased by calling the Phliharmonic at the same number, online at or at the door the nights of.

A Night in Old New Orleans with Orange Kellin and the New Orleans Blue Serenaders, 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Feb. 14 at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. A cash bar and light fare will be also available for purchase. Cost: $20. Tickets: at the Fidelity Bank Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center in person or by calling 570-344-1111 or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Info:

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: The Breakfast Club – 30th Anniversary, noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the ticket booth.

The Wyoming Seminary Upper School Music Department presents: a recital by John Michael Vaida, violinist, and Dr. Rick Hoffenberg, piano, 8 p.m. Feb. 20 in the new Sem Kirby Center for Creative Arts, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Vaida and Hoffenberg will offer music by Rachmaninoff, de Falla, Mendelssohn, Kreisler and others. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2192.

The Wyoming Seminary Middle-School Players present: “Romeo and Juliet,” 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Lower School Amato Auditorium, 1560 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, the play describes the doomed romance between two members of two feuding families. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2192.

Marywood University Music, Theatre, and Dance Department presents: Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 on the Main Stage of the Sette La Verghetta Center for Performing Arts. Cost: ticket prices vary from $6 to $8; free for IHM Sisters or with Marywood ID.

After School Players Showcase, 11 a.m. March 7 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. A performance of selected scenes that were the focus of After School Players 2015. After studying all aspects of producing a play, including creating a character, choosing costumes and designing a set, the students will show what they have learned by sharing these scenes with a live audience. Cost: $5. Tickets: 570-996-1500 and at the door while they last.

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 40th Anniversary, 12 and 7 p.m. March 18 at Dietrich Theater, downtown Tunkhannock. Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the ticket booth.

From Bach To Brazil – Classical Guitar Concert, 3 p.m. March 22 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will play the music of two of his favorite composers. Cost: free. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last.

Open Mic Night, Featuring The Breaking Ground Poets, 7 p.m. March 27 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Doors open for sign ups at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages, including musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types. After the open mic portion of the evening, the Breaking Ground Poets will take the stage. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Marywood University Senior Art Exhibition 2015, March 28-April 26 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. March 28. in the Mahady Gallery. A group exhibition of undergraduate art students receiving their bachelor of art and fine art degrees in art education, art therapy, graphic design, illustration, painting, and sculpture. Regular gallery hours: 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.

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: The Greatest Story Ever Told – 50th Anniversary, 12 and 7 p.m. April 1 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the ticket booth.

Tom Knight Puppet Show, 11 a.m. April 2 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Join Tom Knight and his puppets for a collection of songs and skits for children about the environment, animals, food and books. Tickets: 570-996-1500 or at the door while they last. Reservations are recommended.


Wyoming County Reads program, presented by Tunkhannock Public Library and the Dietrich Theater. This year’s books are “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Program includes book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library and a showing of the movie “Catch-22” at the Dietrich Theater. Book discussion dates and topics include: Feb. 4 with Bill Chapla, on “The Morality and Religion of War”; Feb. 11 with Bill Chapla, on “The Language of Absurdity: The Bureaucracy of War”; Feb. 18 with Dr. Daniel Fraustino, of the University of Scranton, on “The Things They Carried” and Feb. 25 with John Tindell, of Northampton Community College, on “Catch-22.” All discussions begin at 7 p.m. “Catch-22” the Movie will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. March 4. Movie showings will be followed by a brief discussion with Bill Chapla. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

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.

Mystery and Detectives Book Club, 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Abington Community Library. “Virals” by Kathy Reichs will be discussed. For adults.

“Lackawanna County Chronicles,” book launch and signing, 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Avenue Scranton. Local author Margo L. Azzarelli will release her fourth book, “Lackawanna County Chronicles,” published by History Press, on Feb. 9. Info: 570-344-3841.


Life Drawing Sessions, 7 – 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Provides self-guided sessions with a guest host and nude model for artists of all experience levels. Cost: $2 for students, $5 for members and $7 general admission. Info: 570-969-1040 or

Open Studio and Portfolio Prep, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Series two: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Series three: March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Series four: April 7, 14, 21 and 28. For ages 13 to adult. Students of all levels of experience will have the opportunity to work at their own pace with the medium of their choice, whether it be pottery, sculpture, drawing or painting. Instructor Steve Colley will also teach students how to create a portfolio to showcase their work for college, professional or personal reasons. Cost: $15 per class or $60 for four classes. Register: 570-996-1500.

Quilting for Everyone, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 25 at Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. For ages 13 and up. Instructors: Terry Keller, Peggy Lane and Ingrid Rogler. Cost: $6 per class. Register: 570-996-1500.

Paper Crafting: Tips, Tools and Techniques, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at Abington Community Library. Learn tips, experience tools, and explore techniques of the art of paper crafting. Theme: The Art of Embossing. Materials Fee: $10, due to the instructor at the time of class. For adults.

Introduction to Beading, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Abington Community Library. Learn more about beading and make a bracelet using a Swiss weave technique. Materials Fee: $5, includes string and beads, due to the instructor at the time of class. For adults.

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