Dietrich Theater

 Coming Soon

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 9
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, August 25 at 7:30 pm.
Admission: $5 per person
Join us for an evening of acoustic folk music featuring Michael Jerling, KJ Wagner, Tom Flannery, and Lorne Clarke.
Call 570-996-1500 for more information.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 Okay. I have to take a deep breath so I can get all the news I have to tell you before my space runs out! I’m going to start with news about Gasland, the movie about the dangers of developing the Marcellus Shale. After many frustrating attempts to get in touch with them, they finally answered one of my emails and said they are doing theatrical bookings in September, so I told them to sign us up. As soon as I have a date I will let you know. 

    Apparently a rumor has been making its way about town that because we received a sizeable donation from Chesapeake that we wouldn’t show the movie.   That’s just flat untrue! Chesapeake put absolutely no strings on the gift. They were simply generous. That’s all. I do hope to have a panel discussion after the film with, for one, Bob Baker, the editor of our local paper, and maybe Brian Grove, the spokesperson for Chesapeake and probably someone from an environmental group. I want them to answer questions as well as share observations. And I do want it to be civil. It seems to me lately that civil discourse has fallen into a state of disrepair, with everyone shouting over everyone else, led by fanatics on cable television. We don’t need any of that business in our small town or in our wonderful theater. But we would very much like a Q and A with many points of view. Fair enough?
     Now on to really, really fun stuff. Here is the list of festival movies. The brochure isn’t done yet, so this will have to do until it is.
     Okay, gala night starts with Mao’s Last Dancer which looks so wonderful, about the ballet and a young Chinese star who comes to Houston in a cultural exchange program and then doesn’t want to return to China. Gorgeous, breathtaking film.
     The second film on gala night is a Robert Duval, Bill Murray gem called Get Low. Now, what’s so amazing about this film is that if you go to the Rotten Tomatoes site (that’s one of the best, best, best film sites on the net) and look at all the reviews, you will see that it got a 100% rating! That’s about unheard of! Most films get somewhere around 50%. Even the best may get in the high eighties or low nineties, but 100%???? Unheard of! But it tells you just how superb it is! (And with that cast how could it not be?)
     The other 13 films are as follows: Micmacs directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed Amelie, it’s a precious little comedy full of whimsy and wackiness. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a year long filming of the comedian and her work. Cyrus, an oddball comedy starring John C. Reilly and which Rolling Stone dubbed “the summer’s best.” Please Give premiered this year at Sundance and was reviewed as “dazzling, uproarious, rare and remarkable.” The Secret in Their Eyes is a thriller from Argentina which the Washington Post described as “taut, with bravura performances.” Winter’s Bone won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, is the powerful story of a young girl who must save her family. 
     I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton is the story of an unhappy older woman who falls in love (and lust) with a much younger man .It’s a food movie as well as some R rated love scenes. (Hey, it’s French. Isn’t that what you expect?) Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky is a  gorgeous film about the love affair of two twentieth century powerhouses. Great costuming, dramatic story! Cairo Time stars Patricia Clarkson and is about a woman with too much time on her hands in Egypt who finds love in this exotic city. Plus, (out of space so I’ll just do the titles) John Rabe, Agora, The Kids are All Right and The Girl Who Played With Fire. So, what do you think? Isn’t it just the best yet?????
     See you at the Dietrich.    

Now Showing
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Cats&Dogs:Revenge of Kitty Galore
July 30, 2010 -
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July 9, 2010 -
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Faces & Places Exhibit
June 16, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 9
August 25, 2010

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Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery - Nights
April 6, 2010 - August 24, 2010

All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp
August 2, 2010 - August 6, 2010

Around the World in 5 Days!
August 2, 2010 - August 6, 2010

Easy Beads! Create in Clay!
August 16, 2010

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Metal Working
August 2, 2010

Pottery & Sculpture
April 5, 2010 - August 30, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

I would have to say this year’s Celebrate Our River Day was the best one yet! We had super crowds, amazing music, and such a nice variety of nature activities for children and adults to take part in. Sadie Green Sales Jugband kicked the event off with their fun and energetic ragtime, jazz, and jugband musical stylings. The audience was especially delighted when children from Sadie Green Sales’ Jammin’ in a Jugband class took the stage to help them perform their number “Momma Don’t Allow”. So many instruments were showcased in that song from the washtub bass (or mountain cello), to the spoons, to the slide whistle, to washboards, to the tube-o-phone, and to the jug. We again would like to thank David Driskell and Timothy Walker for bringing their love of music to Tunkhannock. We will definitely be bringing them back next year.
Then the ever-popular bluegrass group from Wellsboro, Hickory Project, took the stage. And boy, did they not disappoint! Their tradition bluegrass sound is phenomenal. What a great mix of guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals, acoustic bass and mandolin! Speaking of the mandolin, one of Hickory Project’s band members, Anthony Hannigan, is the National Mandolin Champion.   Can you believe it?! Before coming to Tunkhannock for Celebrate Our River Day, the group just played in Colorado, and following the event, they were headed to the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in Paris, France to teach workshops and perform. 
The George Wesley Band performed the final set of the day. I especially enjoyed their songs’ combination of percussion, keyboards, guitar and vocals. George always delivers such a positive message through his upbeat, reggae-inspired music. We were truly lucky to have such an impressive variety of artists to perform at River Day. 
In addition to live music, there were many opportunities for nature lovers to learn more about the river and environment. At the Countryside Conservancy display, Dr. Petokas and Mary Felley shared their knowledge of hellbenders, a type of salamander that lives under rocks in the river in our region. They even brought along Wanda the hellbender for children and adults to meet. Creekside Gardens had a wonderful live butterfly exhibit with plants that attract butterflies. I learned that butterflies are most active in the heat. Near the end of the event, they released the butterflies into their natural habitat. It was beautiful. Anthracite Outfitters had a great kayak fishing display, and Susi Nuss shared her knowledge of natural basketry with many of the attendees. Both children and adults played the Wyoming County Conservation District’s Leave No Trace game, and visited the Endless Mountain Nature Center’s interactive display.   Naturalist Rick Koval, took a group of children and adults on a dragonfly and damselfly nature walk, and Bob Daniels led a River Critters Investigation by the shore. 
About 30 people participated in Endless Mountain Outfitters River Float from Mehoopany to the park. It was absolutely gorgeous to see all of those colorful kayaks arrive en masse at the park.
Over 600 people came out to Celebrate Our River Day this year.   We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring the event and the Riverside Park Commission for hosting it. Many, many people and organizations came together to make the day’s festivities a success, and we at the Dietrich are very appreciative to all of those folks who helped make the event possible.