Ali Pica

Each ‘Knock on the Door’ reveals a new story in improvised podcast drama at Scranton Fringe Fest

Each ‘Knock on the Door’ reveals a new story in improvised podcast drama at Scranton Fringe Fest

Shows run tonight through Sunday at Coalwork

“A Knock on the Door” will be performed three times during the Scranton Fringe Festival this weekend, yet it will never be the same show twice. That’s because audience suggestions will influence three actors and one sound effects artist to follow a unique creative path every time, crafting an improvised narrative that will be recorded […]

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Macabre musical ‘Presenting the Spectrettes’ mixes death with ’60s pop music

Macabre musical ‘Presenting the Spectrettes’ mixes death with ’60s pop music

The show premieres at the Scranton Fringe Fest this weekend

Get out your avocado green Koss headphones you bought on eBay and spin your vintage LP of The Supremes in preparation for “Presenting the Spectrettes,” a 1960s-inspired musical that premieres during the Scranton Fringe Festival on Friday, Oct. 2 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 4 at The Leonard Theater. Set in the early ‘60s, the […]

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PHOTOS: Writers’ Showcase at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, 08/29/15

PHOTOS: Writers’ Showcase at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, 08/29/15

Venues have come and gone, but the Writers’ Showcase remains and continues to draw attentive literary crowds in Scranton. Previously held at New Visions Studio & Gallery and The Vintage before their respective closures, the local bi-monthly reading series found its new home at the Olde Brick Theatre in June. Co-hosts Brian Fanelli and Dawn […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to spot an adult bully – and how to avoid them

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to spot an adult bully – and how to avoid them

I know it has been a while. A lot – some good, some bad – has happened this summer. Sometimes in order to write, you need to live your life and let it sink in. I lost my grandmother last month, and I have to admit, it’s been hard. I say the contrite phrases to […]

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GRRRLS Night starts girls-only open mic at Ale Mary’s in Scranton on July 31

GRRRLS Night starts girls-only open mic at Ale Mary’s in Scranton on July 31

This gives a whole new meaning to “girls’ night out.” Jess Meoni, founder of the Scranton Zine Fest and Ruthless Zine, is hosting a brand new girls-only performance night called GRRRLS Night at the playfully named pub Ale Mary’s (formerly known as Whistle’s) in downtown Scranton this Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. With 12 […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: RSVP etiquette – 5 things NOT to do when you’re invited to an event

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: RSVP etiquette – 5 things NOT to do when you’re invited to an event

Summer and graduation parties, weddings, cookouts, and other outdoor events are upon us. We are bombarded with Facebook invites, texts and, occasionally, paper invitations. We often ignore these invites or say that that we are going and don’t show. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if we do this, but sometimes it does, especially if it’s someone’s […]

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Authors Barbara J. Taylor and Christian W. Thiede offer experience and advice before Writers’ Showcase in Scranton

Authors Barbara J. Taylor and Christian W. Thiede offer experience and advice before Writers’ Showcase in Scranton

The Olde Brick Theatre resides in North Scranton’s business district, nestled in the hillside of West Market Street. When you approach the Olde Brick, you will see white aluminum siding, streaming lights, and a white, paint-peeled door, as if you were entering someone’s home. Once inside, as the name denotes, you will observe a dimly […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to prepare to meet your online date and have a good time

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 5 ways to prepare to meet your online date and have a good time

“You don’t know how awkward I can be…” This or some twisted version is what I hear from first online dates. Their desperation clings to the last semblance of intelligible words that dribble from their mouths like coffee spilling on a white, neatly pressed shirt. Then, they freeze, deer in headlights, with a look of […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 6 tips for a better online dating experience

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: 6 tips for a better online dating experience

As summer approaches and cookouts are abundant, some of us single people may feel awkward or isolated at times. We see our friends with their significant others, being adorably obnoxious by putting their arms around one another, feeding each other potato chips (and yet we fail to notice the mess they make with the crumbs), […]

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YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Welcome (back) to Pennsylvania – moving home and starting over

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, ALI: Welcome (back) to Pennsylvania – moving home and starting over

“Pennsylvania Welcomes You.” This oblique metal sign had welcomed me again, again, and again, but this time, I truly felt at home. I thought about what I left behind and what was to come. As I scaled up Appalachia, I reminisced about what brought me here: family, friends, mountains, lakes, and a broken heart. I […]

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