Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for April 18, 2014 
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Rio 2 Heaven is for Real
God's Not Dead Captain America: Winter Soldier
Open Mic Night 
Family Storytime 
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
     So.  I am sitting in my dining room watching a big old fat woodchuck hurl himself across the back yard in a mad dash for the fence.  The cat, sitting in the window is making little growly sounds and flipping her tail, sure that if she could just escape her prison-home, that she would be able to take on that fat furball in a nano-second. Lucky for her she is trapped inside because she’s just crazy enough to try out her theory. Ah, there he goes, under the fence and scooting up the hill. Another day and the chubby critter has  made it out of the fence alive.
     I have no idea why wild things decide the grass is (literally) greener inside the fence where Eddie the border collie hangs out, than it is in all the surrounding fields where he doesn’t.  A rabbit lived mostly inside the fence for the better part of two years, then ventured out and was hit by one of the few cars who pass by.  He (or perhaps she, sadly we’ll never know), drove Eddie crazy. The rabbit would zigzag madly around the yard with Eddie, apparently  having skipped that class, not understanding that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so Eddie would zigzag too.  And trust me on this, a rabbit can out zigzag a dog any day. Eddie looked for the obviously thrill-seeking rabbit for weeks after he had gone to bunny heaven (where, I trust, there is an abundance of carrots and a dearth of dogs).
     It’s peaceful here today, although the weather alerts say winter is having a last stand later on in the afternoon. That’s okay. When it snows in April we know it’s meaningless, that it won’t last. We can shrug at the audacity of a winter that is too foolish to know it’s time is done. The grass, even with the threat of imminent snow, turns greener every day. The hills are taking on the look of the Irish countryside that is touted in calendar pictures.  And, I must say, Ireland looks quite lovely indeed, and if I were a traveler I might want to go there.  But then I ask myself why would that be? Why would I spend that money, get on a plane (I’ll tell you, the disappearance of the Malaysian flight has fanned my fear-of-flying neurosis into a full fledged terror once more) to go see something not one bit prettier than the fields of South Auburn? And since my husband can go to Nimble Hill for some good dark brew, then that seals it.  We’ll definitely stay home. Yup. It’s settled.
     Perhaps you have noticed that I didn’t have much of an idea for today’s column. Perhaps you have noticed I’m drifting a bit. I’ll let you in on a little secret – the past two weeks at the theater made me really, really tired! I was at the Dietrich every day but one for two and a half weeks, because we were doing so much. Festival, a  gathering honoring volunteers, the play, writers group etc. etc. etc.. It made me realize that it’s a very good thing I’m retired now because I no longer can do the things I did even five years ago.  Which is okay, because I don’t have to.
     We started the project in 1998 , sixteen years ago when I was just a “kid” in my mid-fifties.  Wow, the energy we all had! The incredible stubbornness.  The will to go on. Today I might be tempted to say – “Really? You think bringing back an old theater is stupid? Hmmm. Maybe you‘re right.  I’ll ponder that when I wake up from my nap.” So much is about timing. And energy. And a crazy optimism that says anything can be done. But when you retire you start to separate a wee bit, you understand that you can’t win ‘em all, that you have to pick your fights with a bit more discretion. And you don’t need to concentrate quite so hard. You have more time to be grateful, to read that thriller that is quite trashy but fun, you can enjoy your friends, take a nap, stay up late if you want and read and read, binge on Breaking Bad or Walking Dead and you don’t have to get up too too early.  In other words, you can just sort of sit back a bit and enjoy what you’ve done. And we all do enjoy the Dietrich so much. And the best part is all the wonderful people who come to the theater for all the many activities that have evolved there.  You know, it’s not very often that the reality far surpasses the dream, but in the case of the Dietrich, it surely did. And we are all, each and every one of us, so grateful to you for making the Dietrich part of your life. Thank you, dear friends. From the bottom of our hearts.
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Live at the Dietrich Theater for April 16, 2014
Well, our spring film festival has wrapped up, and boy, were there a lot of films to see in two short weeks.  My two favorite films of the festival were “The Lunchbox” and “Kids for Cash”.  “The Lunch Box” was beautiful, subtle and heartwarming.  I could definitely watch it again. 
And “Kids for Cash” was superbly done.  Even though I heard about the scandal on the news, I was still shocked to see how such young children were treated.  What I found even more surprising is how the juvenile justice system works throughout the country.  It was definitely an eye opener for me. 
After the film, “Kids for Cash” director and produced Robert May, held a Q & A with the audience about the film.  It was fascinating to hear about his experiences filming the judges and the victims of the scandal.  We would like to thank Mr. May taking the time to discuss the film with us.  He also took “Kids for Cash” to Washington, D.C. last week for showings to Congress and the Justice Department. 
We also had an opportunity to learn about Ted Michalowski’s experience as a courtroom artist for the Kids for Cash trial.  His illustrations were amazing and his stories about that line of work were interesting.  We would like to thank him for sharing his talent with us. 
Speaking of great films, I have a question for you.   What is your favorite classic film of all time?  Tough decision, right?  A couple of my top picks are “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “My Fair Lady”.  The Dietrich is celebrating classic films each month with its classic movie series.  Join us today; Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for “Some Like It Hot” on the big screen.  Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, this 1959 comedy sounds like pure fun. 
Then next Wednesday, April 23 the classic movie selection will be “The African Queen”.  Don’t miss this romantic adventure from 1951 starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.  Show times will be at1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $5 each.  I can’t wait.
If you are more interested in live entertainment, we have a couple of upcoming events for you to enjoy.  On Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., all are invited to experience Open Mic Night.  If you are a musician, storyteller, poet, or comedian, come share your talents.  After the open mic portion of the evening, the Keystone Poets will take the stage.  This group of student poets will share their passion for poetry in honor of National Poetry Month.  Open Mic Night is underwritten by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee and admission is free.
Then on Saturday, April 26 at 11:00 a.m., acclaimed storyteller Fiona Powell will be at the Dietrich for a morning of magical stories for all ages.  She will sit at her spinning wheel and spin tales from around the world.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family.  Admission is free.  Tickets will be available at the door and they can also be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
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