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VISUAL ARTS/PERFORMING ARTS


“Cholly Hayes – Cold War Crisis: Kennedy in Berlin” photography exhibit, through December, at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock during movie times or by appointment. Features photographs that Cholly Hayes, 19-year-old soldier and photographer, took of President Kennedy upon his arrival in West Germany and on to his historic speech at the Berlin Wall on June 26, 1963. Cost: Free. Info: (570) 996-1500.


My Summer Sketchbook Exhibit by Steve Colley, through December at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock during movie times or by appointment. On summer vacation in Cape May, artist Steve Colley captured the moment by sketching landscapes and people as he saw them. Cost: Free. Info: (570) 996-1500.


Spectacular Beetles: Exploring the Order of Coleoptera with Joan Danziger, through Jan. 19. Exhibit features the sculptures of Washington, DC artist Joan Danziger. Gallery hours are Mon., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tues. and Wed. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. A gallery talk will be held Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Info: email gallery@marywood.edu or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries.


“An Evening with the Arts,” Dec. 4 at Misericordia’s Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall at 7:30 p.m. Showcasing Misericordia University’s chamber singers, Beyond Harmony, the university’s female a cappella group, and vocal ensembles. Cost: Free. The program will include many holiday favorites as well as classical masterpieces celebrating Christmases past and present. Info: (570) 674-6719.


Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble’s “A Very Special Christmas Special” School matinees, Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, at the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg, 10 a.m. Cost: $9. Info / Reservations: (570) 458-4075, phenry@bte.org or www.bte.org.


A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8, 12-15 and 19-22 at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Based on the Dickens classic, this production is an original musical by Kevin Costley and Ted Anderson. Hours for each of the showings are as follows: Thursday through Saturday, bar opens at 6 p.m., buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. Sunday, bar opens at 1 p.m., buffet at 1:30 p.m., curtain at 3 p.m. Cost: Dinner and show $34, children 12 and under $28, show only tickets $16. Info and reservations: (570) 283-2195, or 1-800-698-PLAY.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Lost Christmas Eve,” Dec. 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena at 4 and 8 p.m. Cost: tickets start at $33 and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Center for Cancer Wellness Candy’s Place. Tickets: Ticketmaster.com, the Pennstar Box Office at Mohegan Sun Arena or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.


Newpoli’s Musica di Natale: Christmas Songs from the South of Italy, Dec. 6, at The Scranton Cultural Center, 8 p.m. Pre-show Italian Feast at 6 p.m. Cost: $25 per person for show, $30 per person for dinner. Tickets: (570) 344-1111, Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or at Boscov’s, Gallery of Sound or select Walmart locations. Info: ScrantonCulturalCenter.org.


Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, Dec. 6 and 7 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock at 5:30 and 7 p.m. All ages are invited to gather and enjoy this Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Admission: free (tickets are first come, first served). Info: (570) 996-1500.


Christmas the Cabaret Way, Dec. 7, at the Regal Room in Olyphant. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the show, presented by John and Erin Cabaret Productions. A cash bar will be open during dinner and intermission. Advanced reservations are required and can be made at ourcabaret.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Cost: $25.


Marywood Players Present Broadway Through the Decades, Dec. 7, in the Black Box Theater in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on the university’s campus, 7:30 p.m. This student run show includes music from throughout the decades, starting with the early 1870’s to present day. Cost: $5 for the public, $2 with Marywood I.D.


Dan Nichols live solo performance, Dec. 8 at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Rd. in the East Mountain Section of Scranton, at 4 p.m. Dan Nichols, nationally known Jewish musician and cofounder of the rock group E18hteen will give a live solo performance. In lieu of admission fees, donations for the homeless are being accepted by Temple Hesed in the form of money and toiletry items. Info: (570) 344-7201.


Montrose Community Chorale concert, Dec. 8, at the Montrose Area High School auditorium, 3 p.m. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Salvation Army and Interfaith organizations. After the concert, light refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.


Open Church Harp Christmas Concert, Harpist Barbara Dexter will perform Dec. 9 at Assembly of God Church, 204 S. Abington Rd. Clarks Green, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free.


A Celtic Christmas, Dec. 9 at Misericordia University’s Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall at 7:30 p.m. Storyteller Tomáseen Foley will offer Ireland’s rich cultural heritage with an evening of Celtic music, song and dance. Cost: $10 general admission; $5 alumni, senior citizens and children under 12. Free for Misericordia students. Tickets: (570) 674-6719.


Catholic Choral Society’s Advent Concert, Dec. 10, at St. Paul’s Church’ 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton, 7 p.m. The group will sing sacred Advent and Christmas music, as well as a few secular Christmas pieces. Cost: free. Info: (570) 587-2753 or catholichoralsociety.org.


Dietrich Classic Movie Series: “White Christmas,” Dec. 11 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 1 and 7 p.m. Admission: $5. Tickets: dietrichtheater.com or at the Dietrich ticket booth.


Our Christmas Cabaret, Dec. 14 at Trinity Church in Carbondale, 7 p.m. Presented by John and Erin Cabaret Productions. Cost: $11 in advance, $13 at the door. Tickets: ourcabaret.com or 1-800-838-3006.


Free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 17 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, at 2, 7 and 8 p.m. For all ages. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc. Info: (570) 996-1500.


The Broadway Theatre League presents: Christmas at The Electric City Trolley Museum, Dec.19, at 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, 6 - 8 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring blankets, and there will be a photo opportunity with Santa from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Holiday story time will include one of everyone’s favorites, The Polar Express. Reservations deadline: Dec. 10. Cost: $10. Reservations by check or money order are required, payable to: Broadway Theatre League and mailed to: Beth DeFrancesco c/o West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne Street, Scranton, Pa. 18504.


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, at The Vintage/Morning Glory Cafe, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Info: emailstackswritinggroup@gmail.com.


ARTS, CRAFTS AND MORE


Wreathmaking with Abby Peck, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., at Waverly Community House, 1115 North Abington Rd. Donation: $2.


Holiday on the Square, Dec. 6 from 5 – 9 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 11 – 6 p.m. at Courthouse Square in Scranton. Features an outdoor holiday marketplace with over 50 artists and artisan vendors in heated tents, a tree lighting, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, ornament making workshops, free hot chocolate, an ugly sweater contest and more. Info: scrantonmadeholiday.com.


Kids Night Out - Parents Shopping Escape, Dec. 6, at Abington Art Studio, 208 Depot St., Clarks Summit, 5 – 7 p.m. Participants will create a piece of art by combining creative writing and visual collage. Cost: $22 per child. Reservations: (570) 313-0527.


Holiday Workshop, Dec. 7 at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady. For all ages. Cost: Free. Info: (570) 996-1500.


Home “Made” for the Holidays, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at Lackawanna State Park’s Environmental Learning Center. Create a homemade holiday tree ornament using pine cones, milk weed pods, gourds, and teasel.


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