Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CRESCENT CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “REQUIEM & ELEGY” IN PLAINFIELD CHURCH SANCTUARY

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REQUIEM & ELEGY

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield
TICKETS: General admission-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$5. 
There is ample free, secure parking in the church lot off First Place.
For more information, please visit the website at http://CrescentConcerts.org or call (908) 756-2468.

The Crescent Choral Society presents an unusual combination of composers: Beethoven and Cherubini for its concert in the beautiful neo-Gothic Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. 

Photo 1 - Members of the Crescent Choral Society in Concert

Most concertgoers recognize the music of Beethoven, but for many, the music of Cherubini may be almost unknown. Yet in his day, Beethoven considered Cherubini his peer. In fact, the Cherubini Requiem Mass in C minor, which will be sung by the 33 voices of the Choral Society, led by Maestro Allen Artz, III and accompanied by a professional orchestra, was Beethoven’s idea of the perfect Requiem.  He even went so far as to say that if he ever wrote a Requiem, he would have Cherubini’s as a guide. 

Photo 2 - Allen Artz creates music with the Crescent Choral Society in beautiful Crescent Ave ChThe audience will have the opportunity to hear this little performed work alongside a little known Beethoven song, Elegischer Gesang

The linking of these two great composers in concert was the idea of conductor and Artistic Director Allen Artz.  The haunting qualities of both works will be served well by the cathedral-like acoustics of the Crescent Avenue church.

About Crescent Concerts:

Since 1980, Crescent Concerts at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church has brought world-class musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities. Under the superb musical direction of F. Allen Artz III, programming for our concert series is wonderfully diverse including solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, and full choral/orchestral spectaculars.

Crescent Concerts is committed to ensuring that its programs are accessible to all. If you require a special accommodation, please do not hesitate to ask at the concert or call in advance at 908-756-2468 (9 AM – 4 PM).

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

Monday, March 30, 2015

RESCHEDULED SYMPOSIUM THIS WEDNESDAY @ RUTGERS-NEWARK

Ferguson/Newark/Gender

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2:30-3:50 PM
WHERE: 
Center for Public Service (CPS also known as the "SPAA" building) Rooms 104 and 106
ADMISSION: FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

In the wake of this month's Justice Department report about racial bias in policing in Ferguson, this event is more relevant than ever, so we hope you will join us.

The first panel begins at 2:30pm in room 104-- The second panel, "QUEERING RIOTS, QUEERING ARCHIVES," begins at 4:00pm in room 106--Ackerson Hall.

 
2:30 PM: Room 104, 111 Washington St., Newark
FROM FERGUSON TO #BLACKLIVESMATTER AND BEYOND

  • Nyle Fort: Nothing to Lose But Our Chains
  • Darnell Moore, Black Futures and the Need for Black Imagination

4:00-5:20 PM: Ackerson 106, 180 University Ave., Newark
QUEERING RIOTS, QUEERING ARCHIVES

  • Elizabeth Parker, The Politics of Memory: Archiving Activism
  • Whitney Strub, Hidden Histories of a Gay Newark Left
  • Kwame Holmes, Beyond the Flames: Queering the History of Black Riots

ARTIST SUSAN MARX PARTICIPATES IN GROUP SHOW AT BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES NJ PROPERTIES IN MONTCLAIR

Susan Marx, 2015, Mozart's Meadow, 30x24, acrylic on canvasTHE MONTCLAIR TEN

WHEN: Thursday, April 2nd 205 through April 30; Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2nd from 6-9 PM, during Free First Thursday Night at Montclair Art Museum; Monday-Friday, 9 AM-6 PM; Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM-4 PM
WHERE: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NJ Properties at 695 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair (former home of Luna Stage)

New Jersey Abstract Impressionist Painter, Susan Marx will be one of ten artists included in a group show entitled The Montclair Ten. (Above: Mozart’s Meadow by Susan Marx, acrylic on canvas)

ABOUT THE MONTCLAIR TEN
Susan Marx is one of ten artists who will be featured in a group show entitled The Montclair Ten. The exhibition will showcase over a dozen art works in a range of media by ten artists including: Benedetta Balsimelli; Dan Fenelon; Nanci Iovino; Martha Kelshaw; Peg Kenselaar; Susan Marx; Elizabeth Seaton; Earl Speid; Lisa G. Westheimer and Aggie Wszolkowska.

Each of the artists featured in the exhibition work in various facets with The Montclair Art Museum, whether in the Education Department, teaching in the Studios, or volunteering in the Communications Department.

All ten artists live and work in New Jersey. The show comprises a nice selection of various mediums and styles including: painting, photography, prints, drawing and ceramics and was curated by Martha Kelshaw, Manager of Public Programs at The Montclair Art Museum.

Questions/Inquiries regarding The Montclair Ten may be directed to: Martha Kelshaw, 973-714-7290 or Martha.kelshaw@yahoo.com

THE MONTCLAIR TEN FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569712956629915/

SUSAN MARX WEBSITE:http://www.susanmarxartist.com/index.php

ABOUT SUSAN MARX

Susan Marx is an Abstract Impressionist artist whose paintings are the result of her own radical amazement at the beauty of the visual world and her own need to turn that experience through her. Using nature as her frame of reference, Marx paints her interpretation of what nature leaves her with. She is concerned with light and what light does to color, which is why she calls herself an Abstract Impressionist. Her paintings are the conversations between her eyes, her mind, her heart and her gut as well as the canvas in front of her. Marx enjoys enticing and engaging her viewers, drawing them into a fresh and beautiful world. She hopes her artwork will lead people to notice the beauty in nature, a healing beauty.

Marx uses fast-drying acrylic paints which allow her to record her color impressions quickly, painting with thick, bold, rich colors and gestural brushstrokes. She leaves parts of the canvas blank intentionally, in order to create more contrast and tension between the color and the blank canvas, allowing the painting and the viewer’s eye to breathe. This process often also allows the painting to form a shape on the canvas within the picture plane. She enjoys the process of putting color next to color, trying to capture the essence of her subject in her painting through color and emotion, leaving the rest to the viewer's imagination, drawing them into and engaging them through her process.

Someone once said Marx works to the muse of Monet, Van Gogh and Joan Mitchell; she was thrilled. They helped guide her in the journey to become the artist she is today.

Marx has travelled extensively and exhibited widely. Her works may be found in collections in the US and abroad. She is currently represented by Agora Gallery and Ashok Jain Gallery in NYC and The Veranda Fine Art Gallery in Fair Haven, NJ.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TIX FOR NEW PLAY @ CROSSROADS THEATRE ON SALE NOW

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WHEN: April 23rd - May 3rd
WHERE:
Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

NAI-NI CHEN DANCE BRINGS FEAST FOR THE SENSES

Sheila and OreoBy Sheila Abrams

In an explosion of color, shape and sound, the extraordinary Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company dazzled an audience in Hackettstown Saturday evening, March 28, as the centerpiece of Centenary College’s annual spring Dance Fest.

The event, held on the stage of the Sitnik Theater in the Lackland Center, brings some of New Jersey’s top professional dance companies to perform for the college’s dance students (Centenary offers a major in dance) as well as local devotees who normally have to travel to other parts of the state to see these artists.

Nai-Ni Chen founded her unique modern dance troupe in 1988, shortly after emigrating from Taiwan. Since that time, she has created a company of exemplary dancers performing a repertoire like no other. Chen’s choreography interweaves elements of ancient Chinese dance forms with strains of contemporary culture, the immigrant experience and life in today’s America.

The program offered at Centenary was very varied. The first piece, for example, Peach Flower Landscape, was excerpted from a longer work created by Chen in 1995 but based on a Chinese legend from the fourth century. Performed to Chinese folk music, it featured five women in traditional robes, moving in a subtle, flowing way that called to mind ancient paintings.

As if by a tsunami, that subtle mood was swept away in the dynamic second piece, Calligraffiti. Huang Ruo’s score was aggressively unsubtle, as eight dancers in androgynous garb, appeared before a constantly changing backdrop, which flowed from graceful Chinese calligraphy to modern graffiti that was often hypnotic. (We could not find in the program a credit for the backdrop designs, which were absolutely critical to the success of the piece.)

If the beautiful ladies in the first dance were subtle and painting-like, the dancers in the second were as tough and bellicose as the music, energetic, athletic and powerful. The strength of the women was so notable that it was not always clear which dancers were men and which were women. The piece was breathtaking.

The first two works set the mood for an extensive program that ran the gamut from the delicate and traditional to the aggressively modern. The choreographer herself was beautiful and intriguing in the traditional Passage to the Silk River, in which the costume, a white kimono with extremely long sleeves played an important part in the dancing.

Chen also used other props as integral to the choreography. Fans not only added visually but musically as well, their snapping open and closed serving as a percussion instrument. At one moment, the fans also became swords! Umbrellas also became part of one dance (just as they do in the Alvin Ailey repertory.)

This company, a quarter of a century old and constantly a vital member of the New Jersey dance community, has only gotten better over the years. Bravo!

DRAMA OF LUSTY SOCIAL DISCOMFORT TO OPEN @ INTERACT PRODUCTIONS IN SOUTH ORANGE

MISS JULIE
By August Strindberg in a new translation by Truda Stockenstram
Directed by Cynthia Ross

WHEN:  7:30 PM Friday April 10; 3 PM and 7:30 PM Saturday April 11; and 3 PM Sunday, April 12
WHERE: Baird Theatre on Three, 5 Mead St., South Orange
TICKETS: $10 online, $15 at the door

 

This controversial play of its day, Miss Julie centers on dominance, control, and the battle of the sexes. The characters move from their typically mundane lives into a previously unexplored world of passion and danger.

Cynthia Ross will direct this Pocket Theatre production of lusty social discomfort.

Miss Julie takes place on a Midsummer’s Eve in the kitchen on the estate of a Miss Julie’s father, the Count. Miss Julie (Skye Hersh) is drawn the Count’s valet Jean (Mike Cox), who is particularly well-traveled, well-mannered, well-read, and who also happens to be engaged to the Count’s cook, Christine (Diane Machin). Over the course of one evening the characters explore two of Strindberg’s favorite topics, Darwinism and society’s class struggle.

TMissJulieRehearsalSouthOrangeP3161474he program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

interACT Theatre Productions is a theatre of the community in South Orange. It’s committed to building strong ties within the community by producing thought-provoking plays and musicals that challenge stereotypes and prejudices. (L-R: Mike Cox, Diane Machin and Skye Hersh)

More information @  http://www.interactproductions.org/missjulie

WAR FROM ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE @ ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM THROUGH JULY 5

PICTURING WAR: SELECTIONS FROM THE ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM COLLECTION

WHEN: through July 5* (scroll down for times)
WHERE:
The Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.
ADMISSION: Free

While the topic of war inundates the media daily, scenes from the battlefields flash across multiple (and increasingly smaller) screens so quickly that viewers often do not have time to consider the true impact of seemingly never-ending conflicts. Picturing War: Selections from the Zimmerli Art Museum Collection provides visitors the opportunity to reflect on specific battles and how they factor into broader themes. With nearly 130 prints, paintings, photographs, and sculptures by more than 50 artists, the emphasis is on the daily lives of soldiers and civilians: their moments of turmoil, but also their compassion and determination. These artistic responses to the great civil and global wars of the modern era—some created on the frontline, others through the lens of history—capture the propaganda, the human reactions, and the aftermath.

“While most adults are familiar with the historic facts of well-known battles, we don’t often think about more universal themes of war,” explained Christine Giviskos, the museum’s Associate Curator of European Art. “Some things have drastically changed, such as how troops mobilize and engage in combat, and the immediacy with which reports from the field reach general civilian audiences. But the underlying brutality, the propaganda tactics, the ‘collateral’ damages—these continue to intensify. This exhibition creates a visual context for some of these broader issues.”

THE THEATER PROJECT CELEBRATES THE END OF WINTER WITH “MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS”

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MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

WHEN: Thursdays through Sundays from March 26th through April 12th but will be closed for Easter Sunday on April 5. Thursday – Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 2 PM
WHERE:
Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Place, Maplewood
TICKETS: $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students. Tickets are on sale at The Theater Project’s website at www.thetheaterproject.org and will be available at the door.

Set in 1939 Hollywood, Moonlight & Magnolias tells the story of the mid-production rewriting of the original screenplay to Gone with the Wind, one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

Known for presenting off-Broadway-quality theater in an intimate environment, The Theater Project’s M&M production features a talented cast of actors (Below, top to bottom), including veteran improv comedy performer and Glen Ridge resident Deborah Maclean, professional actor and Maplewood resident Rick DeLaney, veteran actor Gary Glor of Union, and professional actor Michael Irvin Pollard.

clip_image002[8]Ms. Maclean has appeared in New York at venues such as The West Bank Theater where she played multiple roles in Kill the Performance Artist and in Los Angeles in theaters like the Odyssey Theater where she played Madame Olevskaya in Diplomacy. Mr. DeLaney has multiple New York City shows and dozens of regional theater performances to his credit including productions such as The House of Mirth and Look Back in Anger in theaters like the Metropolitan Playhouse and The Seeing Place Theater.

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“After a long winter in New Jersey, everyone is ready for a little bit of spring and a good laugh. This production of Moonlight & Magnolias will certainly help us put the very rough winter behind us,” said Mark Spina, artistic director. “We offer theater that is thought provoking as well as entertaining at The Theater Project and we need to start this theater season by thinking warmer and funnier thoughts.”

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Following each production on Friday nights, The Theater Project will host its signature “Talk-Back” discussion group where audience members have the opportunity to have a dialogue with the actors and directors. “Talk-Back allows the audience and the cast to dig a little deeper into the script of the play and sometimes into the possible motivation of the writers and producers,” says Spina, “There is always lively and interesting conversation during Talk-Back.”

 

 

Thanclip_image002[14]ks to the generosity of the Lions Club of and the cooperation of the Union County Association for the blind, a special audio described version of the play will be performed on April 2. During the show, professional actors will describe the visual element of the scenes in vivid detail for those in the audience who are visually impaired. “The Theater Project is one of only a few theaters in New Jersey making the visual medium of live theater more accessible to the blind” says Spina. For more information about Moonlight & Magnolias and to purchase tickets visit The Theater Project’s website at www.thetheaterproject.org

Thursday, March 26, 2015

LAST CHANCE TO SEE SMASHING “BUYER AND CELLAR” @ THE GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE THIS WEEKEND

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WHEN: through March 29
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

SPRING INTO SPRING WITH McCARTER THEATRE $35 TIX

McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place
Princeton, NJ 08540

Ticket Office: 609.258.2787

www.mccarter.org

Be sure to check the latest construction updates to the map for driving and parking instructions around the theater during the expansion of the Lewis Center for the Arts. www.mccarter.org/parking

BROADWAY CLASSICS TO BE PERFORMED IN RARE CONCERT APPEARANCE APRIL 2

TONY AWARD WINNER KAREN OLIVO: IN CONCERT

A RARE CONCERT APPEARANCE—ONE NIGHT ONLY!

WHEN: Thursday, APRIL 2, 7:30 PM
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
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Selections to include "The Man I Love," "What I Did for Love," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Cry Me a River" and more!


Most recognized for her roles on the hit NBC show Harry’s Law and her Tony Award-winning performance as Anita in the acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Arthur Laurents, Karen’s Broadway theatre credits also include originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, Brooklyn The Musical, and in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning musical, Rent