Dietrich Theater Upcoming Event! Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10 At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free Join us in celebrating live acoustic music! For the 10th anniversary of the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters we will be reuniting some of the greatest folk talent that has graced the Dietrich stage. Musical guests include George Wesley, Kate Jordan, KJ Wagner, Donna Hill, Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke and Jay Smar. Don't miss out. Call 570-996-1500 for details and free tickets.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

So. I saw a totally terrific movie yesterday! Guess what it was. (You ’ll never guess – it’s soooo not like me.) The Rise of the Planet of the Apes! No kidding! I decided I should see it yesterday so I could talk about it a bit in my column, although it really doesn’t need me to do this since it’s doing quite well on its own. I sort of dragged myself down to the Fassett expecting to be, if not bored, then not impressed. But was I ever wrong! It’s a terrific little sci-fi movie. And since no animals are actually used (PETA gave this their seal of approval) I could sit through the parts of the movie where the great apes are caged and miserable. Although, if I didn’t know that the apes are computer generated and that the main ape, Ceaser, is a man in an ape costume (he played King Kong and the golem in Lord of the Rings – cool, hmmm?) I would never have known. They are so real! The apes aside, it’s just a fun movie. Of course, I realize it’s about the end of mankind, but it’s in such an improbable way that it’s hardly going to keep you up at night. And in spite of the fact that the escape of the apes means that humans are on borrowed time you are cheering for them to make the great escape. The script is tight, well written, the acting is fine – never campy – and the suspense is real. Because the writing is so excellent you actually care what happens to not only the apes but the protagonist and his completely gorgeous wife. I therefore highly recommend this movie. It’s taut, a little scary, a little sad and mostly just a very good time, a fun way to pass a couple of hours on a hot summer night. Now remember, we won’t be opening The Help this week because DreamWorks put us in the second wave of releases for August 19th. But do wait for us. The movie is booked and will definitely be here. So, you really don’t want to go spending all that gas money just to see it a week early, now do you? Besides – and this isn’t to make you feel guilty (heh heh) but do you really want to give your hard-earned money to a business that isn’t in your very own wonderful totally cool downtown? Of course you don’t. So you need to be a little patient and know that soon you will be sitting in one of our incredibly comfortable seats, in our incredibly comfortable town, watching a (hopefully) terrific movie surrounded by familiar faces and old friends. Now isn’t that sooo much better than going to be big old icky movie house far, far from home???? Okay, now, for those of you who have followed Singers/Songwriters over the years, don’t forget that on August 24th at 7:30, the group will mark its tenth year with us. Ten years! And we’re always so happy to have the boys back with us. Big old bear Lorne and funny/totally depressed Tom – what would we do without them for a summer? This year the concert, because we’re marking our tenth anniversary, is free of charge. You can call and reserve tickets if you like or you can come early. I do think there’s a chance of a sell-out, so it might be best to give a call – 996-1500. Oh yeah, for the kiddies this week we still have Smurfs, which they seem to love, and for the really wee ones we have Winnie the Pooh. Winnie is different from so many modern animations in that it is drawn the old fashioned way and the story is quiet and very gentle. It might not hold the interest of an older child, but for the little ones it’s just about perfect. So bring them out to a movie that they’ll love. That’s always such fun, isn ’t it? Bringing little ones to a movie and listening to them laugh. It can just make your day! Don’t forget Oktoberfest in September – gala night – beer, wine, food, films! Sooooo fine! $35.00 a ticket for some good eats and great films, plus Nimble Hill is going to introduce some of their new beers. How fun is that???? 996-1500 for reservations! See you at the Dietrich.

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Cowboys & Aliens
July 29, 2011 -
August 18, 2011

The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
August 5, 2011 -
August 18, 2011

July 29, 2011 -
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Winnie the Pooh
August 12, 2011 -
August 18, 2011

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August 19, 2011

August 19, 2011

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Life on the Susquehanna River Exhibit
August 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011

Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10
August 24, 2011

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Open Studio: Painting, Drawing & Pottery
April 12, 2011 - August 23, 2011

Decorative Painting
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Pottery & Sculpture
April 4, 2011 - September 12, 2011

Writers' Group
April 14, 2011 - August 25, 2011

Yoga for You
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich August 17, 2011 After our book discussion about the novel “The Help” last Wednesday night at the Tunkhannock Public Library, I am even more excited about the opening of the movie at the Dietrich this Friday. As usual, Bill Chapla did an amazing job of facilitating the discussion. We all seemed to agree that what made this book so popular were the stories of all the characters and how their lives were intertwined. I think my favorite part of the evening was when some of the discussion participants shared what life was like back in the sixties especially in regard to race relations. I also enjoyed listening to Bill’s thoughts on what would be the big cinematic moments in the movie. His enthusiasm for the book and opening of film at the Dietrich was contagious. In addition to seeing “The Help” on the big screen, and I might even reread the book. Thank you once again, Mr. Chapla–great discussion. Who knows? Maybe we can convince Bill to facilitate a future discussion on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The American film version of that book is going to be released around Christmas this year. In addition to opening “The Help”, we at the Dietrich are also looking forward to our annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters concert. This will be our tenth anniversary of the event. Can you believe it?! To celebrate the longstanding event, we are inviting back many of the folk musicians who have participated in previous Gatherings for a reunion. Featured artists include George Wesley, Kate Jordan, KJ Wagner, Tom Flannery, Lorne Clarke, Jay Smar and Donna Hill. I can’t wait to see all seven artists share the same stage. It should be a spectacular night of acoustic music. Plus admission is free! Call at 570-996-1500 to reserve your tickets or pick them up at the box office while supplies last. It is hard to believe that in less than a month, kids will be back in school and the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival will be here. Starting on September 16, we will have fourteen days to catch sixteen of the finest foreign independent and art films out there. The slate of films include Beginners, Bride Flight, Buck, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, The Double Hour, Everything Must Go, Incendies, The Last Mountain, Midnight in Paris, The Music Never Stopped, Passione, Project Nim, Rejoice and Shout, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, The Tree of Life and The Trip. All of them sound good, right?! I especially want to see Buck, which is about a true horse whisperer, Beginners, and Everything Must Go. For the opening night of the film festival, September 16 starting at 5:30 p.m., we are switching things up this year and are going with an Oktoberfest theme. Imagine great food, film, beer, wine, desserts and good fun! Nimble Hill will premiere its new beer plus there will be other microbrews for the occassion. The featured films of night include Beginners and Midnight in Paris. Tickets to Oktoberfest Opening Night are $35 per person. Call us at 570-996-1500 to reserve.