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Joseph's 'Jonah'

Most summers, during the annual Infringement Festival, performance artist Ella Joseph opens her Linwood Avenue home and studio to curious visitors. Her dreamlike installations, capable of charming and disturbing an audience in equal measure and always somehow concerned with human vulnerability, have helped her forge an under-the-radar reputation as one of the city's most intriguing emerging artists.

This weekend in Ascension Church (16 Linwood Ave.), Joseph will perform "Jonah Interrupted," a contemplative tribute to Romanian writer Marin Sorescu's 1968 play "Jonah," loosely based on the biblical character who is miraculously swallowed by a fish. Her performance, Joseph wrote in a statement, "is not a continuation of Jonah, only another personal interpretation of Sorescu's play using a visceral, spiritual and intellectual approach that seeks to involve the audience in their 'interrupted' existence."

Joseph performs the piece at 8 tonight and Saturday in Ascension Church and will be accompanied by members of the University at Buffalo's music department. Tickets are $15, with more information at

-- Colin Dabkowski