After spending the weekend in always-bustling Chicago and enjoying its many celebrations of the arts, I returned to find a bustling Tunkhannock and Dietrich Theater, and I was immediately struck by how much artistic activity is going on right here, too.
A total celebration of the art of quilting is now on display at the Dietrich in the Earnshaw Gallery and the New Gallery. Kathryn Foley’s amazing appliquéd quilts and the exhibit of Classic Quilt Patterns in our New Gallery will take your breath away with their craftsmanship and bold colors and patterns. These exhibits will be on display through November, so don’t miss them. Our area is noted for keeping the art of quilting alive, and this display should make us all so proud.
And our town is also a mecca for foreign and independent films, now in the last week of the Fall Film Festival. Chicago, where I have just been, has several theaters that specialize in these films, and we have the Dietrich Theater that shows as many as 60 of the best of them every year.
Right here you can still see “Captain Fantastic,” about an extraordinary way to raise a family, or you can see “Life, Animated,” the up close and personal story of a family’s raising of their adult autistic son and how the immersion in Disney films makes for a very special communication with him. This one was my favorite, but there are so many good films showing through Thursday, Oct. 6.
I was able to go the brand new Goodman Theatre in Chicago to see Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town,” a marvelous experience. And I come home to be able to go to National Theatre Live’s production of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” with James Corden. We can experience the best of theater in Tunkhannock, too! Set the times and dates on your calendar: 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16.
And who says there is nothing to do in Tunkhannock?
At the Dietrich we have Dr. Sheldon Spear to enlighten us about Notable Writers of Northeastern PA at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, his yearly free lecture at the Dietrich to teach us more about the fascinating people and places and movements in NEPA.
We have Open Mic at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 with Jimmy Johnson, singer/songwriter.
And the very first Dietrich Fright Night will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28, 29 and 20 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. This will be a haunted attraction that will chill you to your bones – right here in the eerie walls of the Dietrich Theater.
So I am back from the big city, but it is good to be back in our small town that also has so many arts, theater, and entertainment opportunities. We hope to see you at some of them very soon.
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