Arts and Entertainment Calendar Week of March 28

First Posted: 3/28/2012

Visual Arts/Performing Arts


Original paintings by Anita Ambrose, on display at Summit Frameworks, 111 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Green. Info: 587.0162.

Catholic Choral Society 62nd season, rehearsals Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the IHM Center at Marywood University. The group, composed of members from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, performs sacred, classical, Broadway and popular music and welcomes new members. No auditions required. Ann Manganiello is music director with Jean Shields as accompanist while Brenda Grunza and Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse are co-presidents. Info: and 587.2753.

Singers sought, Wally Gordon Community Singers, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. No auditions required. Info: Loriann Valentine Kerber, 586.2595; Judi Jones, 587.5365; Dale Thomas, 575.4708.

The University of Scranton Hope Horn Gallery exhibit “The Visiting Nurses Association of Scranton: One Hundred Years,” on display March 26 – 30, and April 16 -May 4 on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall. Info: 941.4214.

“David Bender: A Show of sculptures and drawings,” at ArtWorks Gallery & Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton to March 29. Info: 207.1815, or visit

The Electric City Listen Local music series “Red Blue Green”, March 30 at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Junior Ballroom, Lower Level at 7 p.m., doors opening at 6 p.m. Cost: $10.

Senior Exhibition 2011, from March 31 -April 22 in the Mahady Gallery, located on the first floor in the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University. The opening will be held March 31 from 2 – 5 p.m. It will feature the artwork of 51 students graduating in May and December of 2012.

“Scranton Story Slam,” at the Vintage Theater, Scranton, Saturday, March 31 doors open at 7 p.m. show starts at 8 p.m. 10 personalities from the area tell true five minute stores on the theme “Warning Signs.”

Choral Society to sing “Wondrous Love,” The Symphonic Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Alan Baker, will present “Wondrous Love: American Shape-Note Hymns & Spirituals.” This program celebrates the rich heritage of American Folk Hymns, March 31 at the Scranton Cultural Center and April 1 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre. Cost: Admission is $15 for adults, free for 18 years and younger. A $3 discount for seniors, students, Lackawanna Library System Card holders, members of WVIA, and members of the Raymond Hood Room at the Scranton Cultural Center. Info: 343.6707 or

Manhattan School of Music Brass Players and The University of Scranton Scranton Singers Concert, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center at The University of Scranton. Info: 941.7624 or

Annual Keystone College Senior Exhibition, April 6 – 28 at Artworks Gallery in Scranton from 6 – 9 p.m. Graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass, and book arts will all be on display. Opening reception will be catered by Keystone College Chef’s Table Restaurant. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Valley View High School’s 30th Anniversary performance of Fiddler on the Roof, April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 15 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Cost: $10, adults and $8, students and are available in two weeks in advance by calling the high school 570.876.4110 or at the door.

Musical Comedy “All Shook Up,” inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, April 13 through 29, at The Music Box, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Tickets are on sale for dinner and show or show only. Tickets/Info: 283.2195 or 800.698.PLAY.

Casting Call, Azzarelli Family Productions is holding open casting calls for the upcoming play “A Walk Through the Past” at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., April 14 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointments. Info: contact Margo at 346.6179 or

“Love Songs, a Concert in Memory of Joan Sylvester”, at The University of Scranton Houlihan-McLean Center April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Features guest artist Wycliffe Gordon and The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble. Info: 941.7624.

The 2012 In Concert, presented by the Scranton Civic Ballet Company, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Mellow Theatre at Lackawanna College. This year’s performance will showcase new and exciting choreography paired with live music by the Wargo-Steveskey Flute and Guitar Duo and the Doug Smith Orchestra. Cost: $14. Tickets/Info: 343.0115.

Literary Arts


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: 996.1500.

Writers Showcase at New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton, March 31 at 7 p.m. The event will feature poetry, fiction and non-fiction.This month’s reading includes Pittsburgh SLAM poet William James. Other featured readers include Sandee Gertz Umbach, Keith Gilman,Rachael Goetzke, Charlie O’Donnell, and Reena Ranells. The event will be hosted by local poet Brian Fanelli and fiction writer Jason Lucarelli. Cost: Free. Info: call 878.3970.

Poetry reading by Patricia Smith, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center at Keystone College. Cost: free.

The Lackawanna Historical Society Welcomes Author Robert F. Harris, at the LHS headquarters April 29 at 2 p.m. Harris will discuss his latest book, The Last Dispatch Rider, which relates the story of 14 year old Thomas D. Collins who fakes his age in order to serve as a Union soldier during the Civil War. Info: 344-3841.

Arts, Crafts and More


“Culinary Class on the Patio,” at Be Life Cafe, 639 Northern Blvd, Chinchilla, April 3 from 6 to 7:30. Cost: $35. Register (deadline March 31): 585.8068.

Learn to read and sing Welsh, in preparation for the North American Festival of Wales to be held in Scranton, on Labor Day weekend 2012. Classes will take place the first and third Saturday of each month, 2 to 4 p.m. at the first Congregational Church, 500 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. Cost: free. Info: email or call 905.9074.

Women’s Fitness Class, Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Newton Recreational Center, Cost: $12. Info: 587.5791.

After School Fitness Program, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ages 10-14, at the Newton Recreational Center. Cost: $70 for six weeks. Info: 587.5791.

“Here’s Looking at You!” at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock March 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 5-12. Students will work in drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture to create portraits both traditional and imaginative. Cost: Free. Info: 570.996.1500.

“Yoga for You,” Dietrich Theater 60 E. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. Yoga Instructor: Melissa Russo. This class will teach or reinforce the basic yoga poses (asanas) which gently stretch and strengthen the body. Attention will be given to breathing and alignment in postures. Bring a mat or beach towel. Cost: $10 per class. Info: 996.1500 or visit

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