Arts and Entertainment Calendar, Week of July 18

First Posted: 7/18/2012

Visual Arts/Performing Arts

Gazebo Concert at Oakwood Terrace, July 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Entertainer Extraordinaire Bill Kuklewicz will perform all types of music on his accordion. Giveaways, door prices and light refreshments will be offered. Cost: free.

Yana Reznik Piano Recital, July 19 in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, just north of Kingston Corners at 8 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 270.2186.

Electric City Repertory Company Presents: “NO EXIT,” a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre, directed by Paul J. Gallo, at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea, July 20 – 22. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. Cost: $12. Reservations: 457.3589.

“Vanishing of the Bees,” July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lackawanna State Park Learning Center, 1839 Abington Road. The film explores the mysterious disappearance of the small yet vital insect that helps farms from around the USA supply food to the world.

The Many Expressions of Folk Art, At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, through August, during scheduled movie times or by appointment. For all ages. In this exhibit, collector Patrick Robinson will display old and new folk art treasures, an eclectic mix including carvings and works for children. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500.

“Penn Foster: Alma Mater to the Millions” Exhibition, at The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, open throughout the end of the year, focuses on the origins of coal mining correspondence education in the 19th century to the International Correspondence Schools of the 20th century to the Penn Foster Company today. A collection of artifacts, books, documents, labels, panels and photographs tell the history of the company from 1891 to the present. Admission is charged. Info: 963.4804.

Drive- In Downtown Outdoor Movie Series, on Courthouse Square, Scranton. Upcoming movies include “Rocky” July 19 and another, to be announced, will be shown July 26. All movies begin at 9 p.m.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Student Solo and Chamber Recital, in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, on the following dates at 8 p.m.: July 18, July 25, July 31 and August 1. The recitals will feature PAI music students performing a variety of classical works. Cost: free. Info: 270.2186.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert, in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center on the campus of Wyoming Seminary, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston at 8 p.m. July 20 and 27. Cost: free. Info: 270.2186.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute’s special performance by its Masterworks Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Institute Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, at the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, just north of Kingston Corners, at 8 p.m. July 21 and 28. Cost; free. Info: 270.2186.

University of Scranton Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Presents “13,” July 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. at McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. Music/lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Sheila Stasack director. Esther Zabinski musical director. Cost: $10 for general or $7 for senior citizens and students. Info: 941.4318.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series show: “KC and The Sunshine Band”, at Mount Airy Casino Resort, July 20, at 9 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Cost: General seating is $40 and VIP seating is $55. Tickets: 1.866.468.7619 or

Celebrate Summer at the River, at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park July 28 from 3 – 8 p.m. For all ages. Cost: free. Sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Featuring: live music, environmental activities for children and adults, a nature walk, plein air painters, a River Float, a petting zoo and more. Info: 996.1500 for details.

The Music Box Repertory Company Auditions for the musical “AVENUE Q,” July 20 – 22, 27- 29, and August 3 – 5 at The Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street in Swoyersville. Recommended for mature audiences. Cost: various pricings. Info/tickets: 570.283.2195 or 800.698.PLAY.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Faculty Brass Recital, July 26 in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Wyoming Seminary, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston, at 8 p.m. Cost: free. Info: 270.2186.

Lacawac Sanctuary Summer Music-in-the-Forest Series Presents Kevin Higgins, July 28, at 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary’s Carriage House venue. Singer and songwriter Kevin Higgins is based in Austin, Texas. Lacawac presents a range of talent each year in its Carriage House venue to help raise funds for forest preservation and environmental research. Info/reservations: 689.9494, or

Planted on Paper, Botanical Illustrations by Sue Hand at the Wyoming County Courthouse Art Gallery, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock, now through July 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enrollment for the Music Box Summer Theatre Workshop, at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. A musical theatre workshop for students ages 7 to 13. Tuition: $200. Sessions begin July 23. Students will perform Disney’s “101 Dalmatians Kids” August 24 and 25. Students will learn techniques in acting, singing and dancing. Info/enrollment: 283.2195 or 1.800.698.PLAY. for information and enrollment forms.

University of Scranton Summer Theatre Physical Movement for the Young Actor Presents “The Little Prince,” at McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, July 27 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 for general, $7 for senior citizens and students. Info: 941.4318.

“Case of Motorcoach Murder,” August 2 at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Tonylou Productions presents an afternoon of “fabulous food and great entertainment.” The event starts with lunch at noon, followed by the audience-participation murder mystery, “Sam Club and the Case of the Motorcoach Murder.” Solve the crime and win a prize. Cost: $31. Reservations (required): 226.6207.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Presents: “West Side Story”, August 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Center for Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre. Inspired by the Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet,” the musical tells the story of two teenagers from rival New York City gangs who fall in love. Cost: $20 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Info/tickets: 270.2186.

Dalton Summer Sizzlin’ Concerts, “The Quietmen,” local Ratchford family members August 3 and Doug Smith and “The Dixieland All-Stars” August 31 at Streamside Park Pavilion, Mill Street at 7 p.m. Cost: free (Dalton Business and Professional Association’s gift to the community). Info: 587.0505 or 563.1693.

Judy Jaymes Show, August 16 at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton. Tonylou Productions presents lunch at noon, followed by “The Fabulous Judy Jaymes Show,” staring Judy on vocals and Frank Santoro on keyboards. The duo will perform all-time favorites, from up-tempo tunes to sultry ballads. Cost: $31. Reservations (required): 226.6207.

Everhart Museum European River Cruise, April 8 through 15, 2013. Pricing from $2,549 per member, double occupancy (plus air). Includes: Seven-night cruise from Amsterdam in an outside stateroom, all meals onboard including dinners with regional recipes and complimentary unlimited regional wines and beer, guided site-seeing, nightly entertainment and more. Info: 504.7575 or

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.

STACKS Writing Group, the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at The Banshee, 320 Penn Ave., Scranton. Send an unpolished sample of your fiction (max. 15 pages) to Stef and Chris at by June 30, to be shared with other participants for constructive critique prior to first session on July 10.

New Visions Writers Showcase, July 21, from 7 – 9 p.m. at New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine Street, Scranton. Featured readers include Luciana Celestine, Chris Bullard, Christine Gelineau, Stephanie Longo, Susan Luckstone Jaffer and Gale Martin. Hosted by Brian Fanelli and Jason Lucarelli. Cost: Free. Info: 878.3970 or

Book Signing, July 21 at 2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, The Arena Hub, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. Author and historian Margo Azzarelli will sign two new releases. Part of Arcadia’s acclaimed “Images of America” series, both Green Ridge and Taylor contain accurate historical accounts and rare vintage photographs. Info: 829.4210.

Playwriting for the High School Student, at McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, weekdays from July 23 -August 3 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. A two-week, hands-on workshop for high school students focusing on the basics of playwriting including character, story structure, theme and theatricality. Cost: $300. Info:, 941.6327 or

Arts, Crafts and More

“Yoga for You,” Dietrich Theater 60 E. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Wednesdays 10 – 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

Lakeside Players Free Theater Camp, Monday through Friday July 16 to 20 and July 23 to 27 at The Lakeside Players’ home theater, Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. At the end of camp, the children will show off what they’ve learned at a free performance for family and friends on Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. Info: 857.2226.

Lackawanna County “Marketing Your Art” arts PR seminar, July 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Library Express Branch located in The Steamtown Mall. Cost: free. Register/info: 963.6590, ext. 106 or

27th Annual Audubon Art and Craft Festival, July 21 and 22 at Wallenpaupack Intermediate and Middle School Complex, Route 6, Hawley, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildlife fine art sale, craftsmen demonstrations, nature films, homemade refreshments, door drawing, nature center displays, free literature, children’s activities and live animal presentations throughout the day. Proceeds benefit Environmental Scholarship Fund. Cost: $5. Children under 12 free. Free parking.

Jammin’ in a Jugband, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock July 23, 24, 25, and 27 from 10 – 11:15 a.m. For ages 6 – 12. Participants will join Timothy Walker and David Driskell, PCA rostered artists, to create and make music with homemade instruments such as the washboard, washtub bass, spoons, whistles, saws and jug, and learn about conventional instruments such as the guitar, banjo, clarinet and saxophone. Students will also be invited to perform with the band at Celebrate Summer at the River July 28 at 3 p.m. at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Register: 996.1500. Cost: Free.

“Dance! Dance! Dance!” Children’s Classes, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, August 6 and 7. Ages two and three: 10 – 10:45 a.m.; Ages four to six: 11 – 11:45 a.m.; Ages seven to nine: 12 – 12:45 p.m.; Special Needs: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Participants will explore the world of dance, rhythm and movement through these introductory workshops with Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance Studio. No experience is required. Cost: Free. Register: 996.1500.

Kathleen Barrett’s Summer Children’s Art Camps, “Sculpture,” August 6 – 10; and “Fashion Illustration,” August 20 – 24. Info: 687.2133.

“All About Art” Children’s Classes, at New Visions Studio and Gallery. Continuous classes held every Saturday for ages 11-16 and Sundays, Ages 5-10. Students learn a different medium each class, ranging from drawing to painting to sculpture. All supplies included. Cost: $100-$125 per month (breakdown, $25 per class) or $30 for individual classes to try it out. Info: 878.3970.

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