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Girls-only open mic GRRRLS Night returns to Ale Mary’s in Scranton on March 25

Girls-only open mic GRRRLS Night returns to Ale Mary’s in Scranton on March 25
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After taking a few months off, GRRRLS Night, the only girls-only performance night in Northeastern Pennsylvania, returns to Ale Mary’s in downtown Scranton on Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

Created by Jess Meoni, graphic designer and founder of the Scranton Zine Fest and Ruthless Zine, the monthly open mic platform began in July 2015 as a way “for all women to showcase their talents in poetry, spoken word, music, and comedy.”

“I created the name GRRRLS Night in homage to the early ‘90s feminist punk movement riot grrrl. Riot grrrl bands were about female empowerment,” Meoni told NEPA Scene in an interview last year.

“The purpose of creating an all-female open mic is to provide a safe space for women to showcase their talents without criticism. I believe this can be a springboard for women to comfortably perform at this open mic, branch out, and take their talents elsewhere, such as other open mics as well.”

The event is all-ages, though there may be mature content, and there is no cover; organizers just ask that attendees support Ale Mary’s (126 Franklin Ave., Scranton) by purchasing food and drinks.

Sign-ups are online via Facebook, and the eight slots for this month’s GRRRLS Night have been filled already; the performers scheduled are Monica Noelle, Angelia Petrillo, Rachel Woodworth, Ali Pica, Amanda Rogan, Chelsi Louise, Jenica Lodde, and Isabel Anderson.

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Read our short Q&A with Meoni about GRRRLS Night here or listen to Episode 33 of the NEPA Scene Podcast with Meoni and poet Alicia Kulick.