King's Theatre Department kicks off the season with performances of the Tony Award-winning musical, "1776," music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, book by Peter Stone, Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building. Admission: $12; students/senior citizens, $5. INFO: (570) 208-5825.

Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Picture, "Crash" is an ensemble drama about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. Part of the Fifth Annual King's College Diversity Film Festival, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, King's College. Free. INFO: (570) 208-8021.

Sixty one students entering their final year of the master’s degree physician assistant studies program at King’s College recently began their clinical rotations, many with local health care practitioners.

Atty. Joseph McGettigan, the lead prosecutor of the Jerry Sandusky trial, and child rights expert Heather Hulse will discuss child abuse prevention and bullying, respectively, at 7 p.m., Sept. 29, King's College, Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business. Free. INFO: (570) 208-5958.

Local high school students will showcase a variety of original creative works in the Widmann Gallery at King’s College during the Thirteenth Invitational Emerging Artists Exhibition from Oct. 5-26.