More Than the Movies

First Posted: 1/31/2014

We’ve started our discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library for what is the tenth year of Wyoming County Reads. It doesn’t feel that long ago that we were discussing our first book for this program – To Kill A Mockingbird (one of my favorites!) And now we are taking on two books, The Scarlet Letter and A Thousand Splendid Suns and there is just so to talk about! It will be a first for us to compare books. Join us at the Tunkhannock Public Library at 7 p.m. for an Overview of the Novels: Plot, Characters, Themes with facilitator Bill Chapla. Admission is free.

Discussions will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7 through March 12 at the Tunkhannock Public Library, and Bill will hold additional discussions at the Nicholson Methodist Church on Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and at the Mehoopany Area Library on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to invite you to a special event the Dietrich is presenting at WVIA this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Karl Middleman, conductor of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony will share his perspective on the great Leonard Bernstein. I mainly know him for his music from West Side Story and Wonderful Town so it should be fascinating to learn more about one of our country’s most acclaimed musicians.

Audience members will also learn about his involvement in social issues and his time at the Curtis Institute of Music. Admission to the program is free and there will also be free bus transportation from the Dietrich Theater thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This event is by reservation only so please call us at 570-996-1500 to reserve your seat today.

The following week, the Dietrich will be celebrating Valentine’s Day early with two showings of the classic film Casablanca on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. See this classic World War II movie in the theater. I can’t wait to see Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart on the big screen. Tickets are $5 each. Sounds like a good date night, right?

If you are more interested in live entertainment be sure to come out to the Dietrich on Friday, Feb. 28 for Open Mic Night. Last month, our featured performer was Wolf Critton, a singer/songwriter from New York City. He had a great sound and inspiring message. This month our featured artist will be poet Brian Fanelli. He will be reading from his new book of poetry All That Remains. This will be his second appearance at open mic. We also encourage budding musicians, poets, storytellers, and other performers to come out and share their talent that evening. It’s a great opportunity to meet other local artists or listen and be inspired. Open Mic begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. We hope to see you there.

I would also like to thank the Shavertown 4 and Dennis Gold for the wonderful exhibit reception on Jan. 31. The music was fantastic and it was fun to see all the attendees examining Dennis’ unique Pictures in Wood exhibit. My favorite piece is “Tuba Montrose Blueberry Festival.” His exhibit will be on display in the Dietrich’s Sherwood Gallery through February.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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