Sunday, July 22, 2018

REVIEW: INVENTIVE REVENGE TRAGEDY “TITUS ANDRONICUS” BLOODIES STNJ STAGE WITH STYLE, POLISH

By Ruth Ross

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For those who decry the violence so prevalent today in films and video games, rest assured that this is not a new trend. Early in his career and pandering to Elizabethan audiences’ predilection for bloody revenge plays, William Shakespeare wrote (or not, as some critics opine) one of the goriest dramatic pieces ever to appear onstage. (Above, Bruce Comer’s Titus is welcomed home to Rome; Robert Cuccioli and Fiona Robberson applaud his return.)

Titus Andronicus is so unlike the Bard’s more polished tragedies (Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear) and so hyperbolical in its bloodshed that it’s not performed very often; indeed, the last time The Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey mounted a production was 30 years ago!

Written in the early 1590s, the decade when Shakespeare began his playwrighting career, Titus Andronicus follows the models of many of the revenge plays so popular at the time: Christopher Marlow’s Jew of Malta and Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy come to mind. Adhering to the formula for all tragedies, the hero is an honorable man who, through a flaw in his character, brings ruin to himself and those around him.

STNJ_Titus_4Returning to civilized Rome after defeating the barbaric Goths, celebrated military leader Titus Andronicus (top) humbly refuses the imperial crown, bestowing it instead on the treacherous Saturninus (Benjamin Eakeley with Vanessa Morosco as Tamora) and promising his daughter Lavinia as bride to the new emperor—despite her being betrothed to his virtuous rival and brother Bassianus. When Titus’ sons and Bassianus abduct Lavinia, Titus cannot endure the shame of his violated promise; he kills his son Mutius in the ensuing melee, thus setting in motion various barbarous events, one of them involving the captured Goth queen Tamora, who have been freed by Saturninus. The rape and mutilation of Lavinia by Tamora’s dimwitted sons lead to more barbarism, most of it committed by Titus and his family. Ritual human sacrifice, murder and savage mutilation abound until the last body falls. The Andronici become like their enemies; private and public interests clash, Titus becomes a menace to public order and, although he is somewhat vindicated at the end, Rome’s public welfare suffers.

STNJ_Titus_5 (1)Despite its bombast, length (replete with continuous repetition) and myriad references to Classical authors, STNJ’s current production is elegant and absorbing. Director Brian Crowe has devised some pretty neat devices to convey methods of punishment and the amount of blood being shed, and he keeps the large cast adroitly moving around the stage without bumping into each other or stepping on each other’s lines. Too, he elicits terrific performances from everyone from main character to lowly extra.

Bruce Cromer (left) is splendid as Titus, his portrayal moving smoothly from humble general to raging avenger, from honorable man to conniving, STNJ_Titus_8pretend madman, to wily chef cooking and serving a disgusting banquet to his enemies. In contrast stands his honorable brother, the tribune Marcus, played with great dignity and steadfast allegiance to a civilized Rome by Robert Cuccioli (right, with Fiona Robberson). His is the single voice of reason in the entire play. Benjamin Eakeley is an appropriately treacherous Saturninus, a man who reveals his true colors in his opening demand that his supporters draw their swords to achieve his imperial suit, as opposed to his rival Bassianus (portrayed with sober honor by Oliver Archibald) who appeals to “justice, continence and nobility” to support his right to the crown.

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The two women at the crux of this vengeful campaign are a study in contrasts. Fiona Robberson (above, right) projects the sweet innocence of an obedient daughter, yet she’s not above insulting Tamora’s sons with a sharp tongue. Vanessa Morosco’s sensual and sensuous Tamora (above with Aaron the Moor, played by Chris White) is a wonder to behold, especially in scenes where she plots her revenge on Titus and his sons for killing her eldest son. In a play within a play, she and her two remaining sons don ravens’ masks and wings to egg Titus to seek revenge, leading to a rapid succession of slaughters. Morosco puts Tamora’s machinations on full display; we can admire her single-mindedness at avenging her losses even as we are repulsed by her viciousness and depravity.

STNJ_Titus_11That nature involves her sidekick/lover Aaron the Moor, performed by Chris White as the incarnation of pure evil. He announces and brags about his evil so much that he resembles Mike Meyers’ Dr. Evil, the antagonist who openly and often proclaims his malevolence the Austin Powers films! White unwaveringly conveys Aaron’s evil but shows a soft side when confronted with the bastard son he has fathered with Tamora.

As for sons of the play’s antagonists, Clark Scott Carmichael (left, with Chris White) is fine as Titus’ somewhat upright eldest son Lucius, the last man standing when the lights go down. His reasonable demeanor is juxtaposed against Tamora’s ignorant, lust-driven sons Chiron and Demetrius, played with appropriate dangerous dopiness by Quentin McCuiston and Torsten Johnson, respectively. Their horrifying comeuppance is inventively portrayed.

Scenic designer Dick Block has created a world of gray and black, with a gigantic helmet on its side surrounded by swords and spikes to set the stage for this lurid tale. Yao Chen’s costumes are a mixture of modern dress and military gear, along with more rustic weeds worn by the Goths. Robert Cuccioli’s white suit telegraphs his civilized stance throughout the entire bloodshed. And Andrew Hungerford’s lighting and Karin Graybash’s sound enhance the atmosphere fraught with violence while Rick Sordelet’s fight direction adeptly conveys the ferocious hostility of all parties.

So why after 30 years would STNJ decide to bring Titus Andronicus to the F.M. Kirby Theatre stage? How would such a bloody revenge tragedy be relevant to 21st century audiences? Well, modern audiences seem to share the Elizabethan appetite for revenge; don’t get mad, get even seems to be a mantra we hear and witness today (think: tariffs). The picture of a society drowning in violence and lacking civil thought or action mirrors much of what is occurring today via social media, white people calling 911 and the cops on black people who are merely going about their business, the constant drumbeat of fearmongering vis à vis immigrants, gang members and city violence. The play’s misogyny and depiction of patriarchal ascendency, unfortunately, mirrors some present-day attitudes toward women.

With its length (close to two and three-quarter hours), verbosity and arcane references to Horace and Ovid, Titus Andronicus is clearly the work of a young playwright, showing off his way with words and his education in Stratford-on-Avon. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is to be commended for bringing this play to public attention in a superbly acted, ingeniously staged production that reminds us of the troupe’s ability to open new dramatic frontiers in stylish, polished, professional productions. They are a theatrical treasure we are lucky to have here in New Jersey.

Titus Andronicus will be performed at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre on the campus of Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, through August 5. For performance information and tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org online.

Note: The play is not suitable for children. Older teens might find it interesting, but leave the kids at home.

Photos by Jerry Dalia.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

GAS LAMP TEEN INVITES YOU TO “KICK OFF YOUR SUNDAY SHOES!”

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WHEN: Friday, July 27th, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 pm
WHERE
: Ridgewood Avenue School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. 
TICKETS: $10.00/adult and $5.00/student
Tickets are available at https://gas-lamp-players.ticketleap.com/footloose-the-musical/

Thirty-seven young actors from Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley, Rutherford, Verona, as well as Arizona and New York, grades 7-12, will take the stage to tell the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago, who moves with his mother to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

“This musical boasts an Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score,” says Kristy Graves, Director of Footloose and artistic director of Gas Lamp Players, “But our audiences will also love the heartfelt story that emerges, of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.”

Footloose is based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford, with additional music and songs. It is a fun, pop musical, appropriate for most audiences,” adds Meredith Eaton, Executive Producer of the show. “A throwback to teen romance, angst and the need to dance, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.”

Gas Lamp Teen Camp is an educational three-week performing arts workshop that offers acting, singing and dancing classes along with rehearsals and performances of a musical production with production-value costumes, props and sets.

Gas Lamp Players is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is to cultivate creativity, confidence, compassion and community through the performing arts. For more information, visit: www.gaslampplayers.org

HAVE A ROLLICKIN’ GOOD TIME WITH LOUIS ARMSTRONG ETERNITY BAND IN TOMS RIVER

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“Every Wednesday night at Birdland, concertgoers can be sure of having a rollicking good time with David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.”  — allaboutjazz.com

Jazz on a Sunday AfternoonJAZZ on a SUNDAY afternoon series presents

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, 3 PM; doors open 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, College Drive, Toms River
TICKETS: Adult $24 Senior $20
http://www.grunincenter.org/event/david-ostwald/

Since 2000, David Ostwald has hosted a weekly tribute to jazz legend Louis Armstrong at the famed New York City jazz club Birdland. On July 29, Ostwald makes his third appearance at the Grunin Center with his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, made up of the cream of New York’s traditional jazz crop, to perform the songs of the great Satchmo!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Crossing Borders Festival @ Two River Theater in Red Bank

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & READINGS

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THE HOMBRES
By Tony Meneses  •  Directed by Melissa Crespo

WHEN: Thursday, August 2, at 7:00 pm
WHERE:
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
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The Hombres looks at the intimacy of male relationships through the point of view of Machismo culture. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off a NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers working outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected. Tony Meneses is the author of The Women of Padilla and Guadalupe in the Guest Room.

STAR-CROSSED (LOS DESDICHADOS)
Love Songs and Readings from Pablo Neruda's Translation of Romeo and Juliet
Music by Sofia Rei • Directed by Jerry Ruiz • Performed in Spanish

WHEN: Friday, August 3, at 7:00 pm
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Can falling in love be an act of revolution? That’s the question at the heart of a searing evening of iconic Latin music and excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s impassioned Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s tale of ill-fated lovers, Romeo and Juliet. This concert event will explore the many facets of falling in love: passion, romance, danger, jealousy, joy and more.

72 MILES TO GO
By Hilary Bettis • Directed by David Mendizábal

WHEN: Saturday, August 4, at 1:00 pm
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Anita is undocumented and has lived most of her life in Tucson, Arizona, quietly working as a maid while raising her three children with her American-born husband, Billy. On her way home one evening, Anita is pulled over, arrested, and then deported for driving without a license. 72 Miles to Go follows one family over a decade as they quietly come of age, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other, against the backdrop of deportation, Joe Arpaio, DACA, and changing immigration laws.

AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL WORK BY LATINX SINGER/SONGWRITERS
Featuring Jaime Lozano and Michelle J. Rodriguez

WHEN: Saturday, August 4, at 8:00 pm
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Hear from some of today’s most exciting Latinx musical theater writers in our first evening of musical performances! Singer/songwriters who will perform in this cabaret-style evening will include Mexico native Jaime Lozano (who Lin-Manuel Miranda calls “the next big thing”) and Michelle J. Rodriguez, whose unique blend of bolero, bossa nova, and jazz has captivated audiences in New York and Chicago, where she is based.

RICHARD & JANE & DICK & SALLY
By Noah Diaz • Directed by Laurie Woolery

WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 2:00 pm
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The classic “Dick & Jane” characters from the ubiquitous 1950s children’s books are grown-up and struggling to stay afloat in a home fractured by grief. Newly widowed Dick (now going by Richard) is raising his two children, Dick Jr. and Sally, who is deaf, while trying to manage a terminal illness that will inevitably leave them orphans. When he calls home his estranged sister, Jane, the family must reconcile and make peace with their shared and misunderstood histories before it’s time for him to go.

MUSIC BY MAREL HIDALGO AND HIS QUARTET

WHEN: Sunday, August 5, at 4:00 pm
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Marel Hidalgo is a nine-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Bradley Beach, New Jersey. His performance with his Quartet will bring jazz, blues and Latin music to the festival's closing celebration!


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SUMMER JAZZ CAFÉ

WHEN: July 20 & 21 at 8:00 pm
TICKETS:
$28  Student Discount: $10
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This weekend, Summer Jazz Café presented by the Jazz Arts Project returns to Two River Theater with Giacomo Gates, Authentic Jazz Vocalist. Shows at 8pm.


TWO RIVER THEATER'S TOP FIVE FOR INDIE STREET 2018

WHEN: July 25–29

Five days of film, art, discussion and inspiration. This film festival offers attendees from around the world a weekend of great film, conversation, parties and more!

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Receive 50% OFF Ticket to each of the Top 5 Films with Code: TWORIVERFILMFAN

SYN.CO.PATE TAP DANCE PERFORMANCE

WHEN: Sunday, July 29, at 7:00 pm
TICKETS:
$30

Come and enjoy an evening of tap dance with a special performance of The Bridge, a new work choreographed by Nick Dinicolangelo and performed by his company, The Hands Down Tap Project.

Jazz Summer Series at Rutherfurd Hall

2018 Jazz Summer Series

WHEN: Friday nights at 7:30 pm
WHERE:
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 in Allamuchy, NJ conveniently located just off Interstate 80 at exit 19. They can be reached at (908) 852-1894 Ext 338.

This summers jazz series will feature two of the best swinging big bands you will ever hear and an outstanding quartet with an amazing vocalist.

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Pat Longo’s Hollywood East Coast Big Band 
Tribute to Stan Kenton
WHEN: July 27th
TICKETS:
$35 in advance. (Seating limited to 110)

From playing Orchestra to the Marine Corps; Pat played clarinet and saxophone for the Second Marine Air Wing Band to playing for the Jimmy Dorsey Band and The Harry James Orchestra. Pat decided to start his own band in 1978 playing songs for HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ episodes, the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball and many more.

Allan Harris_micThe Allan Harris Quartet
Music of Nat King Cole and Eddie Jefferson

WHEN: August 24th
TICKETS
: $30 in advance. (Seating limited to 120)

The outstanding and internationally renowned vocalist, guitarist and composer Allan Harris sums up his personal perspective on music in clear and straightforward terms. “There is nothing that I have found that defines and gives credence to my place in this wild and mysterious universe than this thing called music.” Over the past 20 years, Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. In addition to his recordings, he has performed on a worldwide stage that has taken him to prestigious international festivals and halls in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home, he has toured nationally at festivals and top venues, including New York’s Lincoln Center and D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He has received numerous awards, including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Backstage Bistro Award for “Ongoing Achievement in Jazz,” the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.”

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The NY NJ All-Star Big Band
Tribute to Count Basie
WHEN: September 21st
TICKETS:
$35 in advance. (Seating limited to 110)

This swinging big band is comprised of outstanding musicians who have played under Basie, Ellington, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis and so many others.

Tickets can be purchased easily from the convenience of your home online at www.RutherfurdHall.org and will be available locally in Hackettstown at Mama’s Café Baci & Panther Valley Pharmacy on June 1st.

This year’s summer jazz series is sponsored by “Scala Memorial Home” on High street in Hackettstown, NJ.

Produced by Coyne Enterprises, Inc. in cooperation with Rutherfurd Hall and WRNJ Radio.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band at Rutherfurd Hall

Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band

TRIBUTE TO STAN KENTON

WHEN: July 27, 2018; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Limited seating 110 seats)
WHERE:
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517 - Allamuchy
TICKETS: $35 in Advance or $40 at the Door
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Tickets available locally in Hackettstown, NJ at
Mama's Cafe Baci & Panther Valley Pharmacy

Pat Longo was born and raised in Lodi as Pasquale Pizolongo and was inspired to become a musician in eighth grade in 1943. Longo played the clarinet and alto saxophone for four years in the high school band and orchestra and continues with those instruments today.

After graduation, he enrolled in the United States Marine Corps in 1948. He played in the Second Marine Air Wing Band in Cherry Point, North Carolina”. Longo played at military and civilian ceremonies, formal concerts, community celebrations, parades, festivals, and public relations tours during his service. “It’s the best duty I can ever get,” said Longo about his role in the band. “Playing marches when you are marching down with a 70 piece Marine Corps band was very exciting.”

After the military, he attended college in California with a music major and joined up with legendary jazz bands out there.“I was going to college and started playing with Latin Bands on the weekends,” Longo said.

In 1972, Longo said he received a call from Lee Castle, the leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Band, for an invitation to play saxophone in the band.Then in 1975, Frank “Pee Wee” Monte, the leader of the Harry James Orchestra, called Longo in and joined the band. Longo was part of the Harry James Band until 1978. That year he left Harry and started his own band - the Hollywood East Coast Big Band.

 

Two Fun Rock Pop Musicals This Summer @ Axelrod PAC

WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center | 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723

Celebrating its 50th anniversary,

HAIR

is the musical that made critics think ROCK N ROLL would be the future sound of Broadway! Few rock musicals have succeeded like Hair! Don’t miss the Axelrod’s new staging, directed and starring Asbury’s own Remember Jones, alongside Tony Award nominees Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) and Mary Bridget Davies (A Night with Janis Joplin). Make sure you get your tickets now; they’re selling fast!

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Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

Who Wants to Think About BACK TO SCHOOL?

The sales haven’t started—but summer camp has! Whether you’re a parent or a grandparent of a teenager—or you’re a tween all grown up, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL On Stage will have the whole family dancing in the aisle. This new production, directed by Lane Napperask your teen about this Victorious and iCarly star—offers a talented young cast of Jersey actors alongside professional actors.

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Bring Your Group!

We offer special discounts for seniors and groups, so invite the neighbors, pub buddies, college friends, bowling league or your house of worship.

The more the merrier!

For info, email groupsales@axelrodartscenter.org

or call (732) 646-1964!

Axelrod PAC | (732) 531-9106 | info@axelrodartscenter.org

www.axelrodartscenter.com

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THEMED FUNDRAISER
Directed by Mark A. Saylor

WHEN: Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018
WHERE: ​Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
Raising money and collecting donations for Toys for Tots, First Friends of New Jersey and New York, and Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry of South Orange.

This themed musical theatre concert will be two acts of awesomeness—we can't wait to share it with you!

INTIMATE APPAREL

A Play by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Gwen Ricks-Spencer

WHEN: February 22-24, 2019
WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood

New York City, 1905: Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to black prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, but Esther longs for a husband and a future. When a long distance relationship leads to heartbreak, Esther must use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences. The play is based on the life of Nottage's great-grandmother.

"A rich, vivid portrait of turn-of-the-last-century New York; a feminist lament of intelligent, talented women defined and controlled by men; a soft-focus glimpse into the beating hearts behind the archives of African-American life a century ago." —New York Times

Winner numerous 2003-05 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Obie Awards

BRIGHT STAR

Music, Book & Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Kate Swan
​Music Directed by Markus Grae-Hauck

WHEN: June 7-16, 2019
WHERE: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ

Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. An uplifting theatrical journey propelled by an ensemble of bluegrass musicians, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

Art House Productions presents Cocktails Under the Stars 2018

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instagram_cocktailseventCOCKTAILS UNDER THE STARS

An event to benefit Art House’s arts education programs for the 2018-2019 season

WHEN: Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, August 2nd)
WHERE:
Rooftop Terrace of Charles and Co., 201 Montgomery Street Jersey City, NJ. Charles and Co. is located near the Grove Street PATH Station.
TICKETS: $75 online and $85 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at www.arthouseproductions.org.

Join Art House Productions and SILVERMAN for Cocktails Under The Stars, a glamorous midsummer party honoring Goldman Sachs for their support of Art House's signature public speaking program for youth, SAY WORD?!

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With breathtaking, panoramic views of Jersey City’s skyline, Cocktails Under the Stars will feature cocktails, wine & beer, music, hors d'oeuvres, 50/50 raffle and a raffle for two Tao Group restaurant gift certificates. The event is sponsored by CoolVines, Titos Handmade Vodka, Two Twelve, IATSE Local 59, The Jersey City Medical Center RWJ Barnabas, Goldman Sachs, Corgi Spirits, NJ Beer Co., Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and LQ Strategies with generous donations from the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ed and Mary’s, and Gargiulo Construction.

Charles and Co. is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact info@arthouseproductions.org or call (201) 918-6019.

About Art House Productions

Art House Productions is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. We engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with ambitious visual and performing arts programs; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; and we celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity.

Since 2001, Art House has been a pioneering force in the Jersey City Arts movement, supporting artists in the creation and presentation of primarily new work, and encouraging artistic growth and experimentation across all mediums, while fostering a widespread appreciation for the arts in our community. From our theater productions to gallery exhibitions to multi-media art festivals, Art House reminds you that home is where the art is.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org. Art House Productions is located at 262 17th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.

"Cheaper by the Dozen" opens this weekend at Somerset Valley Players

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Directed by: Chris Russonello

WHEN: July 20 - August 5; Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
WHERE:
Somerset Valley Playhouse, 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough
TICKETS: $20 Adults; $18 Seniors/Students/Children
908-369-7469
Email: webmaster@svptheatre.org
http://www.svptheatre.org

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys!

SVP's production of "Cheaper by the Dozen" is sponsored by Super Sundaes

BOOK SIGNING & GIFTS @ DARRESS THEATRE IN BOONTON

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WHEN: Thursday, July 19th  7-8:30PM

For additional info, call Bobby's: 973-794-4470

SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR MORRIS COUNTY PARKS

Morris County Park Commission

broccoliCOOKING DEMONSTRATION: BROCCOLI, BROCCOLO, BROCCOLINI

July 22

Broccoli, Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe, Romanesco, Sprouting Broccoli, and Gai-lan are all related, delicious, nutritious, and so versatile. Taste the differences and similarities as we explore them all. To learn more, click here.

Look What’s Coming:

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

August 7

FREE food, entertainment, ice skating, and giveaways! Join the Morris County Park Police, and over 40 law enforcement and community agencies for this national award winning evening of awareness and fun. Over 5,000 people attend each year, so bring the entire family! Check it out here.

word flourishWORD FLOURISH: MODERN CALLIGRAPHY AND LETTERING MASTER CLASS

August 11


Join calligraphy artist Lisa Sienrukos for a modern brush calligraphy class, and explore various ‘fonts’ and ways to add interest and character to lettering. Learn the basics by focusing on the alphabet, and then move onto more creative and challenging projects. Click here for more info.


sunday toursSUNDAY TOURS: HORTICULTURAL SITES

August 5, 12 & 19

Join a guided tour of the exceptional horticultural sites, exploring a different location each Sunday. Learn the fascinating history, and soak in the natural beauty of the grounds. Learn more here.