Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for April 4, 2014 - Spring Film Festival in Progress!
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Spring Film Festival - March 28 through April 10, 2014 Captain America: Winter Soldier
Noah Divergent
The Laramie Project -Live Theatre! 
Performances at Keystone College: April 4 & 5 at 7:00 p.m., April 6 at 2:00 p.m. Performances at the Dietrich Theater: April 11 & 12 at 7:00 p.m., April 13 at 2:00 p.m.
A Thank You to Dietrich Theater Volunteers
Sunday, April 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us for this Open House in recognition of all those who help at the Dietrich in so many ways.  View the photos and learn about the time and talent that they have given so generously to our community.  Enjoy a light reception.  Call 570-996-1500 for details.
Kids For Cash Movie Event 
Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $9 per person

Robert May is returning to the Dietrich for this special showing of his new documentary “Kids for Cash”. He will be on hand to answer audience members’ questions about his latest film following its showing.
He will be joined by Ted Michalowski, the courtroom artist for the Judges Conahan & Ciaverella trial for CBS and the Times Leader. His illustrations of the trial also appear in the film. During the discussion, Ted will share what goes into these journalistic drawings that capture such an intense environment, and the stories that accompany them.  Call 570-996-1509 for details.
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
     Well, if this isn’t a week for those of us who live and breathe the movies!  It’s such fun to have not only the new releases, but the art and indie films we are showing right beside them.  I guess I should start out with opening night.  (It’s always so hard for me to put everything in proper order, because sometimes I have so much to tell you – like now – and then it’s hard to  keep my thoughts orderly.) But I will start with gala night.
     Oh, the food!!!!  Oh the wine and the beer!!! Oh the movies!!! Oh, how perfect!!!!! Really, the food was the best ever!  (Although I have to say, I so missed Jennie Bartron – it was the first gala she’d missed – and I didn’t get to walk up the aisle and ask her how the food was. I hate this whole death and dying thing.  If there is a life after this and someone is in charge, I intend to tell Her (heh heh) that this dying thing is too hard and I don’t approve!) And we thank our wonderful restaurants (Twigs, Seasons, Greenley’s) and the world’s finest caterers (Epicurean Delight) and, of course, Nimble Hill.  How many small towns would have such wonderful places to provide  food and drink of this caliber???  We are so blessed!
     And now to the movies I’ve seen so far.  Opening night, of course, was The Lunchbox (from India) and the American film August: Osage County.  I give them both two thumbs way, way up!  You must try to catch them if you can. 
     The Lunchbox is so sweet – such a gentle film, about two lonely people who find each other over a wrongly delivered lunchbox.  The young woman is beautiful and gentle, her husband totally inattentive.  In fact, it’s worse than that – her husband is having an affair.  The man who gets the wrong lunch is older, on the verge of retiring, and is a very lonely widower. It is a gentle, quiet romance, well worth seeing, delightful in memory,
     And then comes August: Osage County.  OMG!!!!  It is such a tour de force for both Meryll Streep and Julia Roberts, and it was incredible to see Julia Roberts hold her own with Streep. Add Margo Martindale and you have three of the most incredible women on film today. It’s harsh.  They’re mean. You gasp at the things they say to each other.
     Margo Martindale’s husband, played by the incredibly fine Chris Cooper, asks her why she and her sister, Streep, are so mean, say such awful things and she is crushed and you realize she doesn’t know she does.  And you wonder how that could be.  And then you begin to learn about their childhoods and it is so terrible, so numbing, that you understand that, like the rest of us, they’re just doing the best they can.  It’s an incredible, funny (yes, really, really funny!), melancholy, film that you will think about for many months after.  Try to see it.  It’s worth your time.
     I loved Liv and Ingmar, the story of the lifelong relationship between Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergman, she the leading lady of so many of his movies, he the creative genius behind The Virgin Spring and so many other superb films.  It’s not a normal love story, but what is?  Some didn’t like it, they thought him abusive and tyrannical.  He was.  But when she wearied of his constant control, she simply left.  They visited constantly and she still starred in his films.  She was his Stradivarius, he said.  He was her friend, she said.  They were creative geniuses and it was a glimpse into uncommon lives.  Try to see it.
     Gloria is great fun, she is brave and bold and brassy and although life hasn’t worked out so terrifically for her yet, you think it probably will.  In Secret is sad and beautifully done, Great Expectations is a faithful rendition of Dickens masterpiece.  La Camionata is totally charming.  Oh, no!  I’ve run out of space.  Don’t forget that next Friday at 1:00 we are having a discussion about all the festival films.  You can tell us what you liked and what you didn’t.  How fun is that????
   See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Live at the Dietrich for April 2, 2014
According to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America annual research report, 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year.  The estimated value of their service is nearly $175 billion, based on the private sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.  At the Dietrich, we realize that volunteers are integral to our existence.  Volunteers reopened the theater, brought it through the aftermath of a flood and make sure it is successful on a day to day basis.  In appreciation of their commitment to the Dietrich and our community, during April we will display a photo exhibit honoring our volunteers in the theater’s new gallery. We will also host an opening reception in conjunction with the Volunteer Thank You Exhibit on Sunday, April 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please join us in celebrating volunteers that give so much of their time and talent to the community.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Then on Monday, April 7, the Dietrich will host a special movie event with Robert May director of “Kids for Cash” and Ted Michalowski, courtroom artist for the “Kids for Cash” trial.  See the movie at 7:30 p.m. and stay for a Q & A with May and Michalowski to learn how the film was created and what goes into creating courtroom illustrations.  Tickets to the movie are $9 each.  Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details. “Kids for Cash” is one of our film festival selections which will also be shown today, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. 
Speaking of festival, have you been able to catch some festival films?  I haven’t seen all of the ones that I wanted to see yet, but there is still another week to go.  For a full listing of festival films and show times for the second week of festival, please visit www.dietrichtheater.com.
The Dietrich will also be presenting a live theatre event this month in conjunction with Keystone College.  Experience the moving play “The Laramie Project” performed by community members and students.  Performances will be held at Keystone College on Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m.  Performances at the Dietrich Theater will be held the following weekend on Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.  After the final showing on Sunday, April 13, we hope you can join us for an audience discussion about the play with Dr. Marnie Hiester and Dr. James Calderone both of Misericordia University and the cast and crew.  Tickets are $10 each and $5 for students and seniors.  Call 570-945-8454 for reservations to performances at Keystone and 570-996-1500 for tickets to performances at the Dietrich.
The Dietrich also will be offering Pottery & Sculpture classes for kids in April.  Artists-in-residence Steve and Amy Colley will teach students how to throw pots on potter’s wheels, as well, as how to create pottery using coil and slab construction.  Children will also have an opportunity to experiment with sculpture.  Classes for children ages five to twelve will be held on Fridays, April 11, 18, 25, and May 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40.  There will also be a preschool pottery class on Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, and May 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Admission is free.  Call the Dietrich for more information about these and other Dietrich offerings.   
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