Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for May 16, 2014 
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Godzilla Neighbors
Draft Day The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Frozen The Sing-Along
Coming Soon! 
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Free Jazz Concert!
Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Showcasing lyricist Ned Washington
With vocalist Dennst Jeter, Joseph Lepore on bass, Luca Santaniello on drums and Joe Cohn on guitar.
Presented by Dr. Philip Mosley
Tickets will be available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door.
Dietrich Classic Movie Series - The Wizard of Oz
Wednesday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Come bring the whole family and see one of the greatest children’s classics of all time on the big screen. Purchase tickets at www.dietrichtheater.com or at the Dietrich ticket booth.
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
        So. You know all those folks who say that kids today are spoiled and lazy and kinda dumb and our poor country will sure be in a mess when those lame-brains take over? There are even pundits on television who seem to make a life’s work out of telling us what exceptional children they were (hard working, followed all the rules, always respectful etc. etc. blah blah blah.)  They  drone on telling us how easy kids have it today and how worthless they all are, hooked up to their  iphones and unable to hold a real conversation and why oh why oh can’t they be like we were, back in the time  when the world was perfect. To which, of course, I say – fiddlesticks!  You people going on about our kids not measuring up  just don’t know any kids. You ought to talk to one or two sometime.
     Now, you may rightly wonder, what brought on that little outburst. Two things, I guess. First is that we have all those great kids working at the Dietrich, and when you talk to them, see how quirky and funny and hard working they are, they just melt your heart! From our very first Dietrich kids (and they were: Ryan Alfieri, Mark Fetzko and Caroline Nichols) I was in the tank for our kids. I was talking to Ronnie Harvey yesterday about that first batch (he followed pretty closely behind when Margie “discovered” him at a local grocery store and said “you really have to bring him to the Dietrich because he’s a perfect fit here”) of kids and how they set the gold standard for all that would follow. Polite, charming, smart as whips, kind and so hard working. They went on to great careers, golden (I hope) lives.
     And although I’m not always as familiar with the kids we have today, I love to see them and their smiling faces. And I am always awed by how friendly they are, how if you take a minute or two, they’re willing to talk to you, chat about  anything even if you are soooo old that they’re sure they’ll never live to be  that  old and must be filled with wonder that we can still breathe on our own. So, I’m always interested in what they’re reading. And yes, kids today do read! The young adult book market is the biggest in the publishing business – teens read voraciously, and what they are reading is a book called The Fault In Our Stars by John Greene. So I thought, ok. I’ll give it a try. (Besides, Ronnie had read it on Friday and loved it.) So I ordered it on my Kindle and thought to myself, so if I don’t like it, it didn’t cost that much.
     But I loved it. The sweet story of two teenagers stricken with terminal cancer, it is honest and funny and smart, and will shatter your heart in a million, trillion pieces.  It’s about life and who gets to live it. It’s about hopes and dreams that will never happen. It’s about how much sweeter each moment is if those moments will be finite because your body isn’t  going to be here much  longer. The movie will be released in a couple of weeks,  and hopefully it will stick to script, because the script needs no improvement.
     But here’s what I wanted to say about the kids that are so often maligned by grumpy old farts: they’re spectacular. Just look at what they read? The Hunger Games, Divergent…and so many more. And what do they talk about, these books they read? They talk about a world they don’t fit into, or bodies that fail, or an environment that is crumbling  to hell faster than it can be fixed. These kids know life on this planet isn’t going to be any joyride, and they know they will be called upon  to be extraordinary. And you know what? When you talk to them, when you hear this marvelous mix of hope and cynicism that is the modern teen, you  know they’re up to it. They’re gonna be okay.  And if you disagree, try something revolutionary. Talk to them. Just talk to them. You will be enlightened, I promise you.
     See you at the Dietrich.
P.S. Don’t forget the wondrous Jazz Concert at the Dietrich on Sunday. It’s going to be soooo good! You’re going to really hate yourselves if you don’t come to see it. Really, you will. I know that for a fact.
PSS – Don’t forget Godzilla!!! Soooo good!!!!!
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Do you know who wrote the lyrics to jazz favorites such as "The Nearness Of You", "My Foolish Heart", "Stella By Starlight", "(I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance", and "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"?  If you guessed Scranton-native Ned Washington, you would be correct.  This Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. there will be a free jazz concert at the Dietrich featuring Ned Washington’s memorable contributions to the American Songbook.  Vocalist Dennis Jeter and band members Joseph Lepore on bass, Luca Santaniello on drums Joe Cohn on guitar will wow us with jazz tunes as well as Ned’s contributions to the movies including "When You Wish Upon A Star" from "Pinocchio" and "Baby Mine" from "Dumbo” to westerns such as "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" and "The Man From Laramie". Washington also wrote the theme song for "Rawhide".  During the event, Dr. Philip Mosley will trace Washington’s life in songwriting and examine patterns of American popular music and corresponding changes in modes of representation and public taste.  It should be a grand time.  For more information or for free tickets, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.  This event has been sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Live entertainment will continue the following weekend with Open Mic Night on Friday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.  Doors will open for signups and seating at 6:30 p.m.  We invite performers of all kinds to share, music, poetry, comedy or stories on the Dietrich stage.  Following the open mic portion of the evening, short story author Kevin McDonough will entertain the crowd.  Kevin is a full-time Assistant Professor at Lackawanna College and an Adjunct Professor at Marywood University.  He has received an M.A. in Creative Writing with a concentration in literary fiction from Wilkes University.  Admission is free and all ages are welcome attend and perform at Open Mic.
The Dietrich also has gorgeous exhibits for you to enjoy this month.  Paintings by granddaughter/grandfather duo Sarah Proctor Perdew and James Proctor are currently on display in the Dietrich’s Sherwood Gallery, and Dietrich Theater artist-in-residence Amy Colley’s oil paintings are exhibited in the Earnshaw Gallery.  Both exhibits capture the beauty of nature.  Please stop by and view these paintings before they leave at the end of the month.    
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