VISUAL ARTS/PERFORMING ARTS
New Vintage Ensemble and The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple present ‘Hamlet,’ 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center. Cost: $15. Tickets: online at ScrantonCulturalCenter.org or NewVintageEnsemble.com, by phone at 570-344-1111 or 800-745-3000 or in person at the Fidelity Box Office at the Scranton Cultural Center and all regional Ticketmaster outlets, including Boscov’s, Gallery of Sound and select Walmart locations.
Introduction to Nature Photography: Capturing the Beauty of Winter, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23 at the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute. Students will learn the basics of nature photography in a relaxed outdoor setting under the guidance of a professional photographer. Info/register: keystone.edu/kceei or 570-945-8555.
Improv Group, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 21 and April 18 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 18 and up. Join with others in developing stories on the spur of the moment, and learn how unscripted dialogue, plot and action can make you a better writer, actor or director. No experience necessary. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.
Rehearsals for the Wally Gordon Community Singers Spring 2016 concert, 7:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 in the music room of the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The group is seeking both accomplished and amateur singers who love to sing but don’t have much time to devote to rehearsals and concerts. Info: call Roger Clapp at 570-561-6005.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Dietrich Film Favorites, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Dietrich Theater. Admission: Free; Sponsored by The Bill & Sandi Williams Family Fund of The Luzerne Foundation. Info: 570-996-1500.
‘Terezin and Kurdistan – A Journey: How do we break this chain of inhumanity?’ exhibit, Jan. 23 – Feb. 28 with a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 at Marywood University’s Suraci Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Photographs, by Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., portray former atrocities as well as the human need for normalcy. Exhibition is the inaugural presentation of the virtual Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at Marywood University.
2016 Scholastic Art Awards for NEPA awards presentation, 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, 11 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Dietrich Theater. This presentation by Jeff Mitchell will showcase Pennsylvania’s beautiful parks and natural areas, including hiking trails and waterways, with a focus on locations in NEPA. Mitchell’s book, “Hiking the Endless Mountains,” will be offered for sale, proceeds benefitting the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Reservations: 570-996-1500 and at the door while they last.
Auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ 12 to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 at the Dietrich Theater. Actors and actresses needed include three women, ages 20-70, and 11 men, ages 20-70, including a female and male understudy. Performances are scheduled for April 29 through May 1, 2016. To schedule an audition, call director Hoyt Keiser at 570-466-9407.
Covenant Public Concerts presents organist Timothy Smith, 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed. Info: 570-346-6400 or 914-589-1975.
National Theatre Live’s ‘The Audience,’ 2 p.m. Feb. 7 and 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: $14 for general admission, $12 for senior/member tickets and $10 for child/student and group tickets (group minimum of 10). Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.
The Three Stooges – Dietrich Film Favorites, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: Free; Sponsored by Keystone Community Resources and Keystone Konfections. Info: 570-996-1500.
Actors Circle presents ‘The Children’s Hour’ by Lillian Helman, Feb. 11-14 and 18-21 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students; For the Feb. 11 show, tickets are discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations: 570-342-9707. Info: actorscircle.org.
ESTA Awards ‘Love Songs of Broadway’ fundraiser, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Cost: $20 per person or $35 per couple (includes entry into the event, light refreshments, and a cash bar). Tickets: nepaesta.eventbee.com. Info: email [email protected]
Winter Fest, Feb. 12 through 25 at the Dietrich Theater, with opening night at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Enjoy 12 foreign, independent and art films in fourteen days during the winter months at the Dietrich. Tickets: $8.50 each and $25 for Opening Night. Reservations (required only for the Opening Night): 570-996-1500.
Covenant Public Concerts presents Mainstreet Brass Quintet, 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave. Scranton. Cost: free; food donations for the Safety Net Food Pantry are welcomed. Info: 570-346-6400 or 914-589-1975.
Winter Fest Post-Fest Discussion, 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Dietrich Theater. Facilitated by Ronnie Harvey and Hildy Morgan. Info: 570-996-1500.
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.
Warrior Writers, 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Mondays at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. These writing workshops support artistic exploration and expression and provide a safe space to share experiences in the military culture. Open to all veterans and service members. Cost: Free. Info/register: call 570-996-1500.
Creative Writing With Carol King Part 2: Nonfiction, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Abington Community Library. This interactive workshop will showcase the importance of word choice to be the most effective communicator to your audience. For adults. Info: 570-587-3440.
Wyoming County Reads (‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Go Set a Watchman’) book discussion dates and topics, 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Coming of Age Novels, Bildungsroman”; 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Heroes and Humans: A Study of Atticus Finch”; 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Bill Chapla on “Mockingbird to Watchman: You Can’t Go Home Again or Can You?”; 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Tunkhannock Public Library with Dr. Marnie Hiester and Dr. Jim Calderone, of Misericordia University, on “Hatred, Prejudice and Ignorance vs. the Human Capacity for Goodness” and movie showing of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Cost: free. Info: 570-996-1500.
ARTS, CRAFTS AND MORE
DIY to Go for Adults, Jan. 13 at the Abington Community Library. Until supplies last, stop by the library to pick up your kit to take it home with you. The project will be a clothespin magnet.
Fine Art Coloring Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 11, March 25 and April 8. For adults and students ages 12 and up. Instructor: Jennifer Kozlansky. Cost: $15. Bring your pencils or markers and a favorite snack to share. Cold and hot drinks will be provided. Register/info: 570-996-1500.
Fun and Easy Stained Glass Jewelry, 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. No experience necessary. Instructor: Esther Harmatz. Cost: $60 (includes materials). Register/info: 570-996-1500.
Design Two Easy Hand-Painted Silk Scarves, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Dietrich Theater. For ages 16 and up. Instructor: Sarah Sidorek. Cost: $35 (includes all materials). Info: 570-996-1500.
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