Ats and entertainment calendar, week of Dec. 3, 2014

First Posted: 12/2/2014


Draftsmanship and Storytelling: The Golden Age of American Illustration, now through December 7 at Marywood University’s Suraci Gallery. Hours are 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. Organized by illustrator John Kascht, the exhibition presents a selection of vintage illustration and early animation art. Info: 570-348-6278, or

Dietrich Classic Movie Series “A Christmas Story,” 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the Dietrich ticket booth.

Scranton Chapter of UNICO National photo exhibit, 6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lackawanna College. The chapter began working on a photo exhibit and sister city project in April with the Pro Loco of Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy. At the exhibit with photos of the Guardiesi in NEPA Mayor Courtright will formally declare Scranton and Guardia as sister cities. A year’s schedule of Guardiese activities will be announced.

Blinded Passenger CD release show, 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. The band will release its first full length album, “The Electric.” Cost: $5 admission, $10 to purchase the album.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s annual holiday concert and celebration, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Scranton Cultural Center and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre. Guest artist Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the famous Maria and Baron von Trapp, returns by popular demand following her sold out concerts three years ago. Cost: prices begin $31 and student admission is $20. Tickets: 570-270-4444 or

Free showing of “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Marywood University Graduate MA/MFA Exhibition Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Mahady Gallery on campus. Features thesis work of Nada Alsharyoufi (MFA ceramics), Gina Barone (MFA sculpture), Ehab Kamal Mogheeth (MA ceramics), Stephen Roberts (MFA painting), and Melissa Wollmering (MFA printmaking). The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of December and regular hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

47th annual Noel Night, 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Houlihan-McLean Center at The University of Scranton. The university’s singers, joined by trumpeter Mark Gould and pianist Ron Stabinsky, will perform at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. Prelude music will begin at 7:05 p.m. featuring various small instrumental ensembles. Cost: free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Info: call Cheryl at 570-941-7624.

The Wyoming Seminary Upper School Music Department Student Recital, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the new Sem Kirby Center for Creative Arts, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. The recital will feature individual student vocalists and instrumentalists, performing works from the classical repertoire. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2192.

Dietrich Classic Movie Series “Holiday Inn,” 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: $5. Tickets: or at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth.

BBC Department of Music’s annual Winter Concert, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the Murphy Memorial Library at Baptist Bible College. Featuring student musical groups, including the Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, as well as special solos and vocal and instrumental ensembles. Cost: $5. Tickets : or 570-585-9000.

Wally Gordon Community Singers “Noel” Christmas Concert, at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, on the Morgan Highway.

Christmas Cantata, 1:30 and 4 p.m., Dec. 13 at Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Dr., Clarks Summit. Refreshments will be served from 3 – 4 p.m. The event, titled “Hope of the Broken World” will highlight principal musicians, soloists, and music directors who will be joined by a 40 voice choir comprised of members of more than 10 local Christian faith communities.

The Wyoming Seminary Upper School Music Department’s annual Christmas Concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in the new Sem Kirby Center for Creative Arts, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. The concert will include seasonal music as well as orchestral works by Saint-Saens and Gluck and a new composition by Sem alumnus and composer Dan Levin. The Sem Chorale, Madrigal Singers, orchestra, string ensemble and handbells will perform. Cost: free. Info: 570-270-2192.

Free showings of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Cost: Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is limited. Info: 570-996-1500.

Live Nativity, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20 and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 South Abington Rd., Clarks Green. This enhanced outdoor Live Nativity includes live animals and performers, music and home-made cookies and warm beverages in the fellowship hall by the fireplace. Come celebrate Our Gift & His Presence at PA 18411. Info: 570-586-8286.

Marywood University and the Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s 39th Annual Performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 27 and 28 in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Cost: free. Free reserved seat tickets are available at the Marywood Box Office an hour and a half prior to the specific performance. Info: 570-347-2867.

Selections from the Art Collections, Jan. 31 – 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.


Mystery and Detective Book Club, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Abington Community Library. For adults.

“Visions of Teaoga” book signing, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Wilkes-King’s Barnes and Noble store, 7 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre and 2 p.m. the same day at the 421 Arena Hub Plaza Barnes and Noble store. Author Jim Remsen, a Waverly Native and Abington Heights graduate will be on hand to sign copies of his latest historical novel.

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.


Paper Crafting: Tips, Tools and Techniques, 6 – 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Abington Community Library. All adults are invited to come learn tips, experience tools, and explore techniques of the art of paper crafting.

Holiday Workshop, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. A morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady. For all ages. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.

Crafters’ Club, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Abington Community Library. Students in third through sixth grade are invited to come and meet other crafters and share tips. Materials provided.

Make-It, Take-It Craft Time, between 3 – 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Abington Community Library. Children ages 3-10 are invited to drop in any time during the hours listed. Everything will be provided.

Holiday Camp, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Dec. 29 and 30, at the Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. For ages 5 – 12. Instructors Amy and Steve Colley will give attendees the opportunity to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, create sculptures and explore drawing and painting. Cost: $25. Register: 570-996-1500.

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