Arts and entertainment calendar for week of Sept. 14, 2016


Call for Entries: Glenburn Township’s 12th Annual Art Show and Sale, delivery by Sept. 28 for Oct. 2 opening. Local artists are invited to participate. All original two dimensional media considered. Info: call Joanne at 570-954-1489.

Gathering of Singers/ Songwriters 15, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Dietrich Theater. An evening of live folk music, featuring area musicians Tom Flannery, Eddie Appnel, Josh Pratt and Lorne Clarke. Cost: free; donations accepted.

The Electric City Music Conference and Steamtown Music Awards, Sept. 15-17. Features educational panel discussions, a music festival and a local music award ceremony. The festivities will kick off with the Third Annual Steamtown Music Awards, an event established to recognize the accomplishments of the NEPA music community on a yearly basis. Public nominations are accepted and a panel of local and national music industry professionals vote on the finalist. The event features a red carpet, various performances and award presentations by various local music supporters. It will also honor George Wesley with a lifetime achievement award. Wesley who was selected to receive the award last year, recently lost his battle with liver cancer. Info:

Actors Circle presents ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ by John Guare, Sept. 15 through 18 and 22 through 25 at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Road, Scranton. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $8 for students; Thursday, Sept. 15 tickets are discounted at $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations (held 10 minutes until show time): 570-342-9707. Info:

Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Dietrich Theater. Enjoy food, film, beer, wine, desserts and more. The evening’s featured films include “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Captain Fantastic.” Cost: $40. Info/reservations: 570-996-1500.

Fall Film Festival, Sept. 16 through Oct. 6. Tickets: $8.50 each, except for Gala Night. Info:

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Dietrich Theater. Doors open for sign ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are invited to share their talents. This month’s featured act is The Ziegers, an acoustic husband and wife duo. Cost: free.

Joseph Boga Octet concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in The University of Scranton’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Cost: free; first-come, first-seated. Info: 570-941-7624, or

Chinese classical music performance and lecture, Sept. 30 at The University of Scranton. Cost: free. The university will host a lecture by Paul R. Goldin, Ph.D., a professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, at 3:30 p.m., and a concert by the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble from Taiwan at 7 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for check-in and a reception with light fare.) Nanguan is an 800-year old form of Chinese classical music known for its soft melodies and sentimental lyrics. The concert will also include a question-and-answer session, an interactive workshop and an exhibit of Nanguan musical instruments. No RVSP is required. Info: 570-941-7643 or email

Movie showing: ‘How to Make an American Quilt,’ 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. In this film, Finn (Winona Ryder), a young graduate student who is finishing a master’s thesis and preparing for marriage, goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Cost: free.

Classical Guitar Goes Pop!, 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Dietrich Theater. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will play arrangements of famous pop, rock and classical tunes. Cost: free; sponsored by John P. Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker.

Anthracite Opera Company presents: ‘Here’s to Broadway!’ 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton. A show featuring classic melodies from Broadway. Cost: $10, payable at the door. Info: contact Gary at 570-335-7702.

Philip Glass performance fundraiser, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at a residence in the SoHo District of New York City. Organized by Clarks Summit resident Marc Boriosi, the event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund and features an exclusive performance by Academy Award-winning contemporary classical composer Philip Glass. A silent auction conducted throughout the evening will add to the charity contribution. Tickets: Info:

Post-Festival Film Discussion, 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. The discussion will be facilitated by Ronnie Harvey.

Ready, Set, Sing!, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22 at the Dietrich Theater. Presented by the Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus. A singing class, each session of which will take students to the next step in developing that voice they didn’t realize was in them. Cost: free.

Celebrate Sobriety at the Movies, 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Ditrich Theater. Anyone whose life has been affected by addiction is invited to come out for this free movie night featuring ‘The Addams Family.’ Cost: admission, popcorn and soda are free. Info:

Notable Writers of Northeastern PA, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Dietrich Theater. NEPA is notable historically for a number of writers from the area who attracted national attention. For example, Pottsville native John O’Hara became one of the 20th century’s most popular novelists, while Wilkes-Barre-bred Herman Mankiewicz co-authored the script for “Citizen Kane,” one of Hollywood’s greatest films. In this presentation, Dr. Sheldon Spear will share stories of these writers as well as others. Cost: free.

Open Mic Night – Mystery Performer, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Dietrich Theater. Open to audiences and performers of all ages. Cost: free. Seating is limited.

The Music of Cole Porter, 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Dietrich Theater. In a PowerPoint presentation that features lots of music, pictures and film clips, Dr. Phillip Atteberry, who teaches jazz history at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, will explore the multiple dimensions of American popular composer Cole Porter. Cost: free; sponsored by: Jean Mieczkowski and the Tunkhannock Rotary Club.


Afternoon Book Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Abington Community Library. Book: “The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger. Info: 570-587-3440.

Nightshade Press and Keystone College Press ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Koelsch House on campus, followed by a reception in Evans Hall. The evening will be highlighted with a reading by young-adult author and poet Gail Carson Levine and several contributors to “Down the Doghole,” an anthology of 11 Northeastern Pennsylvania poets, released by Nightshade Press that same night.

Donna LaBar presentation and book signing, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Dietrich Theater. Features a short presentation, light brunch and book signing by Donna LaBar, author of “Simple. Natural. Healing: A Commonsense Approach to Total Health Transformation.” The author will be available at the theater, with copies of her book for sale, until 4 p.m. Cost: free admission. Reservations: 570-996-1500. Info:

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.


Adult Coloring Night, 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Abington Community Library. Bring your crayons and colored pencils for a fun night of coloring and mingling. Coloring sheets will be supplied. Info: 570-587-3440.

Painting Class with Sharon Mcardle, 6 to 8 Sept. 26 at the Abington Community Library. An opportunity for adults who always wanted to take painting classes but were afraid to try. Project: Fairy Rock Houses. Cost: $8 materials fee, due to instructor at time of class. Info: 570-587-3440.

Make and Take Quilt Block Activity, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Dietrich Theater. All ages welcome – stop by and paint wood or ceramic blocks with your favorite quilt pattern or color paper quilt squares. Cost: free.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania meeting, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Marywood University. Program: making covers for swatch books from previous meeting. Info: 570-587-1303.

Calligraphers’ Guild of Northeastern Pennsylvania workshop on marbling and paper paste, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Marywood University. Presenter: Ann Marie Castlegrande. Info: 570-587-1303.

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