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Commune for PACA's Marx in Soho

November 6th, 2020, 1:45 PM
A frank discussion of the bad and the bourgeois with the resurrected philosopher. Proletarians unite! The Performing Artists Collective Alliance has a little something they'd like you to bourgeois-see. Or, more accurately, someone. Who? Why, none other than 19th century German philosopher, economist, and socialist revolutionary Karl Heinrich Marx, in the flesh.

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Experience Cornerboy Collection

October 14th, 2020, 12:45 PM
Stepping into CornerBoy Collection, downtown Erie's newest apparel store, customers are greeted with a setting reminiscent of boutiques found in NYC's SOHO and Melrose districts. Located at 1501 State Street, in one of the few, coveted PACA Building storefronts, owner and designer LaMar Owens is determined to bring what he describes as a "different vibe," to Erie.

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PACA receives more than $10,000 in grants for modern upgrades

July 29th, 2020, 5:07 PM
An historic building downtown is getting some help in getting up to speed with modern regulations. The Performing Arts Collective Alliance, or PACA, is receiving more than $10,000 through a commodore grant to upgrade restrooms to the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act.

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Performing Arts Collective Alliance discusses plans for new roof

July 19th, 2020, 6:15 PM
The Performing Arts Collective Alliance, PACA, has figured out the plans for a new roof. We spoke directly to the executive director about these plans.

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Pull Up a Chair for the Erie Front Porch Festival

June 6th, 2020, 9:30 AM
The event will feature five hours of local music streamed on Facebook Live, headlined by pop/R&B/funk cover outfit The Groove in their first virtual performance ever from the PACA Building.

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Local Non Profits Experience Difficulties Applying for Payment Protection Program

April 26th, 2020, 6:16 PM
Like many businesses in Erie, non profits are experiencing difficulties applying for the payment protection program.

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PACA explores collision of technology, love in 'Strangers'

July 11th, 2019, 2:00 AM
Surprises can be the outcome when people who meet online try an in-person relationship.

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$10,000 restoration project completed at PACA in Erie

July 8th, 2019, 5:44 PM
An antique window is back in place in a historic Erie building. As part of a $10,000 restoration project, crews on Monday secured an original beveled, leaded glass window back into the facade of an Erie building on State Street built in 1899.

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Historic window restoration advances Erie art center's growth

June 26th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Work is nearing completion on a $10,000 restoration project of an original beveled, leaded glass window that graced the facade of an Erie building on State Street built in 1899. Erie artist John Vahanian restored the half-moon-shaped window, and a crew from Erie-based Schutte Woodworking built a new custom-made mahogany frame for it.

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An American Daughter a Timely Play — from 20 Years Ago

April 24th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Confirmation processes have garnered much mainstream public attention in recent years, and a moment in this process is encapsulated in An American Daughter, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Wendy Wasserstein (who died in 2006, only 10 years after penning the work).

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Dark Comedy 'The Proletariat' to Debut at PACA

March 7th, 2019, 12:00 AM
Telemarketing employees plan and scheme in the latest production by Ernest Hemmings. Local performer Kelly Pryke Rodland both acts and directs in the upcoming production of "The Proletariat," premiering at PACA starting this weekend.

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PACA Building Introduces Facade Project

March 6th, 2019, 12:00 AM
The Performing Artists Collective Alliance's facade features windows that for decades have been boarded up at the five-story downtown structure. That's about to change.

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Revitalization project begins as PACA windows arrive

March 5th, 2019, 12:00 AM
A redevelopment project is now getting underway in Downtown Erie. This Tuesday, windows were delivered for the 120-year-old building on State Street where PACA is located.

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Plywood Shutters Removed as PACA Introduces Renovation Project

March 4th, 2019, 12:00 AM
The days of old, boarded-up windows will soon over at the PACA Building. Tomorrow, new windows will be delivered. They should all be installed by the end of the month.

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PACA's 'Hatful of Rain' is a Powerful Reflection of the Time

February 7th, 2019, 12:00 AM
The 64-year-old drama depicting opioid addiction feels surprisingly fresh in this well-acted local production. Seeking to inform rather than just entertain, PACA's "A Hatful of Rain" is a striking drama that reflects the ongoing national (and, sadly, local) opioid epidemic.

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