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you missed it.

James Joyce will not be able to attend.Bloomsday
the 3rd annuual 24-hour non-stop marathon reading of James Joyce's Ulysses
Sunday, June 15 midnight-midnight

Tired? Run-down? Got that
going-to-war-and-can't-do-anything-about-it feeling?

Get away from it all with Afa's
Alternative to Noise Cabaret Night!


Friday, March 21 at 8pm
Afa Gallery
514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton
$5 suggested donation (cheap!)

Featuring Michael Paulukonis' Egyptian Fax Chamber project, Mark Zdancewicz's "Say-So Column" Match Game, Vanessa Norton's PENS, Don "bookbinder-by-day" Rash's Theremin, and more!

a world without violence.
what would YOU do to achieve it?
just say no
make love, not war
On Monday, March 3, hundred of communities around the globe will raise their voices for peace.
Join us for a staged reading of Aristophanes' LYSISTRATA--a woman's translation
by Drue Robinson Hagan

Live music 7:30pm
reading at 8pm,
followed by a panel discussion.
$5 suggested donation

Due to adult language and themes, this material may not be suitable for all audiences.

Lysistrata tells the story of women from opposing states who unite to end a war by refusing to sleep with their husbands until the men agree to lay down their swords. Powerless in their society and distraught over too many of their children being slaughtered in battle, the women take the only tactic available to them: they withhold sex.

Fast-forward 2,400 years: swords are now weapons of mass destruction. Faced with the prospect of massive loss of human life -- both Iraqi and American -- Lysistrata Project participants world-wide take a new tactic and add their voices to the mounting clamor of global anti-war protests.

Locally directed by Michael Paulukonis, the reading features the talents of Vanessa Norton, Linda Eisen, Alicia Grega-Pikul, Maureen McGuigan, Cynthia Cullen, Dolores Dominck-Noll, Don Noll, John Schugard, Conor McGuigan, John Melara, and Fred Griffin. There will be music from Christian and Matthew Bonewicz starting at 7:30. Children's art depicting a world without war will be displayed, and information from local peace organizations will be available. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion.

Special thanks to
Rally Of One
for their support.

I absolutely adore you.
All you need is love.

Finding Miss Kubilick
Sunday February 23, 4pm
Staged reading of the new dark comedy
from Mark Zdancewicz.

live! concert

Monday, February 3, 8pm
Wayne & Michael make noise as they record their next album.

Have a VERY nice day!
The Brady Bunch Live!
January 24, 25, 31 &Feb 1 at 8pm.
Sunday Feb 2 2pm Matinee.
The Pennsylvania Repertory Theatre in partnership with the Afa Gallery. Click on the Poster, above, for more information.

MPWA/AFA Open Reading
Saturday, Jan 18 7:30 pm
Come and read your something interesting or participate as a listener in an open reading format. Local poets, writers and musicians are welcome to share their creative efforts and can sign up to read or perform in advance or just before the reading begins. FREE! but donations are encouraged.

having a jolly good time!
HAPPY TIMES 2: the performance marathon you've been waiting for!
Saturday, January 11 6pm to midnight

HAPPY TIMES is the second annual performance marathon at the Afa Gallery--no intermissions, no breaks, no pauses, no gaps, no in-betweens: it never stops. For six hours, 10+ performers will keep the space alive with the arcane enery that results from the collision of the Planned and the Improvised. Featuring Mike Benedetti, Jason Sherry, Vanessa Norton, John Baldino, John Bert, Connie Sinavage, Michael Paulukonis, Alicia Grega-Pikul, Wayne Feldman and Matt Bonewicz. Click on the Poster, above, for more information.

Frankie and Godzilla hate shopping
WINN(t)ER alternative to noise 20
Friday December 20, 8 p.m.
an evening of performance art away from the cold.
Featuring Vanessa Norton and her Sweaters, Christmas music from Die Hohe Wurst Industrielle Gegen (Goadheel Schpiederhans, Amaco Gahasapuhmp, & Brad Cox), Fr. Joseph Gilbert interpreting Dylan Thomas, Michael Paulukonis with another episode from Mr. Steins Neighborhood Street, and more.

Sun Dec 8, 6 pm
Sonora Mushroom
staged reading of orignal play
by Alicia Grega Pikul

Sun Nov 24, 8pm
Canadian writer Jim Munroe with with Todd Dills, Joe Meno, and NEPA musician Doug Smith accompanying short comedy The Clerk.


Jim Munroe was managing editor at Adbusters before writing the novels Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask and Angry Young Spaceman, and runs the indie book resource site from his home in Toronto. His new book about the year 2036, Everyone In Silico, contained so many mentions of corporate brands that he decided to invoice them for product placement. When they failed to respond, he wrote pointed and amusing Past Due letters.


Todd Dills was reared in Rock Hill, South Carolina, after which point things become a little unclear. Suffice it to say that he is at present residing in Chicago, IL, where he writes and edits THE2NDHAND, a broadside and electronic home to stories told by humans under the mantra: literate apes unite! He will be reading, with all the campfire bluster he can muster, from a shiny new collection called For Weeks Above the Umbrella.

Joe Meno is a lucky man living an outer space dream. His novels are Tender as Hellfire and How the Hula Girl Sings. His work has been broadcast on National Public Radio and serialized on He is a three-time winner of the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association award, one gold prize for Best Traditional Fiction, one silver for Best Experimental Fiction. He will be reading from his books without ukulele accompaniment.

NEPA native Doug Smith will accompany Larry Semon's 1920 comedy short The Grocery Clerk with solo acoustic bass. Doug has made a full-time living as a musician for over 30 years, playing Dixieland, Big Band, Jazz, and Society Music. His main field of interest is totally improvised solo and group interactive music.

Sun Nov 17, 7:30 pm
Sounding Silents 7
D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms
starring Lillian Gish; original semi-improvised music by Doug Smith, Nick Driscoll, and Bob Ventrello

Fri,Sat Nov 15,16 8 pm
Under the Glassblower's Tree
Words and Music for Healing and Inspiration
presented by Artists for Art, Poetic Stage,
and the Community Intervention Center

world and original literature read by
Anna Kilcullen and Maureen McGuigan
with music by local musician Doug Smith
and Pat Finnerty of the Philadelphia band
Okay Paddy

bringing you performance art since at least 1998....

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