Arts and entertainment calendar, week of Jan. 29, 2014

First Posted: 1/24/2014


Actors Circle presents: “Dracula,” Jan. 30 and 31 and Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton, Thurs. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Bram Stoker’s classic novel, adapted and directed by Lou Bisignani. Cost: $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $8 students; Jan. 30 preview: $8 general admission and seniors, $6 students. Reservations: 570-342-9707.

Hiking Update with Jeff Mitchell, Feb. 1 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 11 a.m. Mitchell will give an updated photographic PowerPoint presentation, featuring glimpses of his hiking experiences discovering mountain and stream panoramas, seldom seen flora and fauna, and waterfalls. Copies of Jeff’s books, including including “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” “Backpacking Pennsylvania,” and “Paddling Pennsylvania” will be for sale after the presentation, proceeds to support the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-996-1500.

Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, Feb. 4 at Keystone College in Brooks Theater, 7 p.m. A chamber music program by the Core Ensemble, the performance will explore the life and times of African Americans who helped shaped the Harlem Renaissance. Cost: free. Info: 570-945-8161 or

Wyoming County Reads — “The Scarlet Letter” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” book discussions, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and March 5 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the Tunkhannock Public Library and Feb. 10 at the Nicholson Methodist Church. Women’s Forum will be held March 16 at 3 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Bus trip to “Leonard Bernstein: American Idol, American Idealist” program at WVIA Media Center, Feb. 9, departing from the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock at 1: 30 p.m. Program begins at 3 p.m. Philadelphia Classical Symphony’s Karl Middleman will give a conductor’s perspective on what made Leonard Bernstein great – his engagement with social issues and his time at the Curtis Institute of music. Admission: free. Register (required): 570-996-1500.

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: Casablanca, Feb. 12 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Tickets: at or at the theater’s ticket booth.

Love Us or Leave Us: A Family-Friendly V-Day Cabaret, Feb. 14 at The Theater at Trinity Church, 58 River Street, Carbondale, 8 p.m. The classic Valentine’s Day theme of this show lends itself toward some of the great love songs of Broadway and off-Broadway musicals. Cost: $11 in advance or $13 at the door. Advanced Sales: 1-800-838-3006 or

Cabaret of Broken Dreams: A Bitter and Jaded Look at Love, Feb. 15 at Ballroom ONE, 209 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, 8 p.m. Sappy love songs, romantic comedy and happy endings are strictly prohibited in this anti-Valentine’s Day comedy cabaret. Cost: $11 in advance or $13 at the door. Advanced Sales: 1-800-838-3006 or

Ziti With Your Sweetie dinner theater, Feb. 16 at the Clifford Fire Hall, Route 106, 2 p.m. Salad, ziti with meatballs, beverage and dessert will be served while the Clifford Community Youth Group presents “Who Killed Mother Goose?”. Cost: $9. Info: 570-222-3331 or 570-222-4344.

The Wyoming Seminary Middle-School Players present “Music Man, Jr.,” in the Lower School Amato Auditorium, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door and will benefit area charities. Info: 570-270-2192.

Recital by John Michael Vaida, violinist, and Timothy Burns, piano, Feb. 22, in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, 8 p.m. Vaida and Burns will offer music by Gabriel Faure and Eugene Ysaye. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2192.

Ever-changing Light: Recent Landscape Paintings by Collier B. Parker, March 22 – May 3, Marywood University, Suraci Gallery. Exhibit features landscapes painted on site locally along the Lackawanna River in Scranton and abroad in Tuscany, Italy, capturing the ever-changing effects of light, color, and atmosphere. Artist reception will be held March 22, 6-8 p.m. Regular hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.


Writers Group, for ages 18 and up, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., ongoing. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 570-996-1500.

STACKS Writing Group, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info:


Quilting, Jan. 23 at Abington Community Library, 6 – 8 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a current project. For adults. Info: 570-587-3440.

Design a Painted Silk Scarf, Feb. 4 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 6 – 9 p.m. For ages 16 to adult. Instructor Sarah Sidorek will teach participants a fun and easy technique for creating a hand-painted decorative scarf. Cost: $35 (all materials provided). Register: 570-996-1500.

Quilting for Everyone: Stairway to Heaven, Wednesdays through March 26 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 6 – 7:30 p.m. For ages 13 and up. Instructors Terri Keller, Peggy Lane and Ingrid Rogler will teach early quilting techniques as participants create their own Amish art with this classic bar quilt. Cost: $6 per class. Register: 570-996-1500.

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