Friday, July 19, 2019

Save the Date: Opening Night Celebration for NJSO

WHEN: October 11; 5:30 pm Cocktail Reception; 7:30 pm Concert: Holst’s The Planets in HD. Dinner immediately following the concert
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, One Center St., Newark
Tickets & Info

For event sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Laura Bessey at 973.735.1729 or 

All proceeds from the gala event will support the NJSO as it enriches lives through its artistic, music education and community engagement programs.

Amani, Those Master Instrumentalists, Channel the Silky Sounds of the Legendary Nat King Cole @ the Bickford Theatre

Amani: Nat King Cole at 100!

WHEN: Thursday, July 25th, at 7pm
The Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Museum Members: $18, Non-Members: $20. All seats are reserved.
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On-line ticket sales end two hours prior to a performance.  At that time, please call the Box Office for tickets at 973.971.3706.

The versatile instrumentalists of Amani will recreate the sound of Nat King Cole, among the most famous entertainers in the 1950’s and 60’s. The members of Amani are veteran musicians Stephen Fuller – Featured Vocalist, Fred Fischer on piano and vocals, Flip Peters on guitar and vocals, Marty Eigen on Tenor Sax, Alex Grissel on bass, and Vern Mobley on Drums.

Nat King Cole recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. He recorded songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and at least one non-Romance language – Japanese! The history behind these recordings is a testament to Nat King Cole’s ability to break down barriers. “I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music,” said Nat King Cole.

Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations. Amani presents music from a wide variety genres including: The American Songbook, Blues, Jazz and Bossa Nova.

New! Pre-Performance Boxed Dinners!

Get a gourmet boxed dinner with a unique flair created by Chef Andrew Pantano of Culinary Creations. Dine in the Museum’s elegant Court or North Gallery, or enjoy dining al fresco on the grounds!

Choose from:

  • Honey citrus poached Wild salmon with smashed green bean salad ($25)
  • Chicken walnut and grape salad croissant with heirloom tomato salad ($20)
  • Rainbow vegetable shirataki bowl with peanut lime sauce (vegetarian) ($20)

Orders can be placed up to 4 days in advance of the concert and picked up between 6:00PM – 7:00PM on the day of the event.  Beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

Order a Boxed Dinner for this evening.

THIS WEEKEND! Pop 2000 Tour Hosted by Lance Bass of *NSYNC

Thursday, July 18, 2019


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Jewish Heritage Museum Presents

A 3-D Virtual Design Workshop

with Marc Diament, In-House Digital Exhibit Designer

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7 PM
The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
ADMISSION: $5, students free
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable,) call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit  Maximum capacity for this event is 12, so paid reservations are recommended.

The Museum presents its in-house digital design guru, Marc Diament, who will be teaching a workshop on 3-D Digital Design in virtual spaces on. 

As part of this workshop, attendees will be taught to plan, design, build, decorate and script digital items such as a kiddush cup, menorah or other items that attendees may wish to create that relate to their Jewish heritage.

A short tour will also be conducted of the Museum’s 3-D Virtual Timeline, exploring the story of Jews coming to America and Monmouth County. 

Attendees of ALL ages, 10 and up, are encouraged to learn this new skill. They should have an interest in design and digital creativity. They also must have a minimum of experience using a computer mouse.

Please contact Marc Diament with any questions about the program at

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.


Centenary Stage Company announces 2019/20 season of events with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Darlene Love slated to kick off the season. Now available to Season Subscribers the 2019/20 season features a host of professional theatre productions including the return of Centenary Stage Company’s popular Fringe Festival, the January Music Festival highlighting an array of top tier musicians, as well as a vast selection of dance events featuring premiere professional dance companies. The 2019/20 season of events is now available for Season Subscribers only. 

Individual ticket sales will be available to the general public beginning July 1, 2019.

Curtain Up with Darlene Love

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, at 8:00 pm
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $49.50 for orchestra seating and $45.00 for mezzanine seating in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance.

The 2019/20 season launches with the annual Curtain Up event featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love. Hailed as “One of the greatest singers of all time,”by Rolling Stone, Darlene Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her warm, gracious stage presence and sensational performances. Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory, this great lady has done it all from major motion pictures to Broadway hits, even starring as herself in Leader of the Pack, credited as Broadway’s first “jukebox musical.”

Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on the PBS special entitled Women Who Rock. Her background vocals as a lead member of The Blossoms for Tom Jones, The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, and Elvis Presley (to name but a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star. Her billboard hits include “He’s A Rebel,” “The Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the #1 holiday classic “Christmas Baby Please Come Home.” An autobiographical film is currently on the drawing board and another recent film Twenty Feet from Stardom that prominently features Darlene landed the Academy Award in 2013. Darlene is currently working on a new CD being produced by Stevie Van Zandt.

Professional Theatre Series

Centenary Stage Company’s 2019/20 Professional Theatre Series offers a mix of genres including a thriller, family musical spectacular, laugh out loud comedy and a world premiere.

The series begins October with Arnold Ridley’s comedic suspense thriller The Ghost Train. First produced in 1925 and filmed no less than three times, The Ghost Train has been a long running success in London, on Broadway and is packed with thrills, chills and laughter.

WHEN: October 4 – 20
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The 2019/20 Professional Theatre Series continues with Centenary Stage Company’s annual Family Holiday Spectacular Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. An international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway, nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. Centenary Stage Company’s Family Holiday Spectacular marks a culmination in all of CSC programming by combining professional guest artists with Centenary University students, students from our critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop and local regional talent.

WHEN: November 29 – December 15
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

Neil Simon’s laugh-out-loud comedy The Sunshine Boys continues the Professional Theatre Series. Featuring comedy duo of CSC artistic director Carl Wallnau and CSC favorite Allen Lewis Rickman, Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs.

WHEN: February 14 – March 1
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

A world premiere rounds out Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage Professional Theatre Series with Turning by Darrah Cloud March 26 through April 5. In the heart of 1930s Newark, New Jersey a group of scrappy young women began to train in backyard gyms for what would become the experience of a lifetime. Inspired by the real life stories of Hackettstown resident and 1st US Gymnastics Team member, Ada Lunardoni, Turning brings to life the story of the first US Women’s Gymnastics team to compete in the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics. Part of the NJ Stage Exchange Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

WHEN: March 26 through April 5
: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown


The festival launches with Tim O’Brien’s literary classic The Things They Carried. Dramatized by Jim Stowell, The Things They Carried is the powerful telling of Tim O’Brien’s personal journey from his innocent years in rural Minnesota to the jungles of Vietnam. Audience discretion is advised.

WHEN: October 24 – 27
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The Fringe Festival continues November 7 through 10 with a celebration of the life and work of George M. Cohan in Cohan & Company. Based on the life of George M. Cohan this evening of song, dance and drama gives insight to one of America’s most prolific singing and tap dancing entrepreneurs.

WHEN: November 7 – 10
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

The Fringe Festival closes with Kvetches of 1932. The production features songs and comic sketches from Yiddish and American vaudeville with miscellaneous related frou-frou and stars Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman, the Shtetl couple from the Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Shane Baker, the best loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today.

WHEN: November 14 through 17
WHERE: Edith Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown


Centenary Stage Company’s January Music Festival returns for the 2019/20 season.

  • Big Brass opens the January Music Festival with Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass on Saturday, January 11, at 8:00 pm.
  • The festival continues on Saturday, January 18, at 8:00 pm with the Bosa Nova Wave featuring Diego Figueiredo and Ken Poplowski.
  • The festival closes on Saturday, January 25, at 8:00 pm with Sam Reider and the Human Hands.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS:  $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance for each event. All ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the performance.

Concert Events

Centenary Stage Company also offers a selection of individual concert events for the 2019/20 season.

  • On Saturday, March 14, at 8:00 pm Centenary Stage Company presents legendary Irish musician Seamus Egan in the Seamus Egan Project.
  • Centenary Stage Company welcomes back Irish Tenor Timothy Liam Smith for a brand new show entitled ACT III: A Musical Journey on Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 pm.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

Professional Dance Series

Professional Dance finds a home in the 2019/20 season with an array of dance events. The New Jersey Ballet returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center’s Sitnik Theatre with two performances.

WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown

  • On Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 pm The New Jersey Ballet presents the All-American Program featuring the American Masterwork Rodeo by Agnes De Mille with score by Aaron Copeland.
  • Then on Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 pm The New Jersey Ballet returns with the family favorite Hansel & Gretel.
  • Known for their site specific work Moe-tion Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Maureen Glennon Clayton, returns to Centenary Stage Company on Saturday, March 7, at 8:00 pm.
  • XY Dance Project returns to Centenary Stage Company on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm with their unique movement style that blends contemporary dance through the spiritual rhythms of African dance, the grace and peace of Tai Chi and the heart of street dance.


Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University’s all student NEXTstage Repertory also returns for the 2019/20 season. NEXTstage Repertory productions feature Centenary University students in all elements of production from performance and design to technical and stage management.

  • NEXTstage Repertory will present Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical September 26 – 30 in the Little Theatre
  • Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor October 31 – November 4 in The Edith Kutz Theatre
  • The Bachelorette by Leslye Headland February 6 – 10 in the Little Theatre
  • Marisol by Jose Rivera March 19 – 23 in the Little Theatre
  • I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change April 17 – 26 in the Sitnik Theatre.

TICKETS: range from $10.00 to $27.50 and vary by production and performance.

The 2019/20 Season of events is now available for season subscribers. Centenary Stage Company offers a variety of subscription options including the Season Producer Package. Centenary Stage Company’s Season Producer package offers patrons admission into 17 CSC events, including Curtain Up with Darlene Love, and all 5 NEXTstage Repertory events. In addition to up to 70% cost savings, the Season Producer package offers additional benefits including, early access to events, advance season renewal with preferred seating selection, no restrictions on the date/time of performance selection and no order, exchange or mailing fees. The Season Producer is $275 per patron.

Centenary Stage Company also offers a variety of Flex Pass subscription packages to bundle events and save. Flex passes provide patrons with discount ticket prices and the convenience of purchasing tickets at any time for each event. Series A Flex Pass grants entry to any 4 professional theatre series events, including Fringe Festival productions, for $100 per patron. Series B Flex Pass grants entry to any 6 CSC events for $150 per patron. Series C Flex Pass grants entry to any 3 CSC events for $84.00 per patron. Additional benefits include advance season renewal with preferred seating selection, no restrictions on the date/time of performance selection, discounted ticket prices and no order, exchange, or mailing fees. Patrons who wish to have specific seating for each event must provide dates and times when purchasing the Flex Pass by contacting the CSC Box Office directly. Flex Passes do not include Curtain Up with Darlene Love and do not carry over to the next season.

Individual tickets will be available for purchase to the general public beginning July 1, 2019. For more information, specific performance dates and ticket prices or to purchase your season subscription package visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours before every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

COLLIDE: Converge. Create. Connect. Saturday, July 27 from 5 to 7pm


Four arts experiences in a one-night-only event.

Enjoy the theatre, dance, music and visual arts that enrich the Summit community and region.

Collide is an arts experience that combines the work of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, The Music Moment, the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and local musicians and artists. The evening, with the participation of Civic Story, includes samples of all of these genres as the audience moves from studio to studio in the beautiful home of the NJDTE.

At the culmination of the evening, all guests will move to a common space to participate in or enjoy a spontaneous drum circle in which each individual's creativity is celebrated.

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, 315b Springfield Avenue, Summit
TICKETS: $35 general, $30 seniors, $15 students with ID
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Cocktails Under the Stars 2019

Cocktails Under The Stars

WHEN: Thursday, August 1st, 2019, 6:00-9:30 pm
Rooftop Terrace of Charles and Co., 201 Montgomery Street  Jersey City, NJ. Charles and Co. is located near the Grove Street PATH Station. Charles and Co. is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact or call (201) 918-6019.
TICKETS: $75 online and $85 at the door.
Tickets may be purchased at

Join Art House Productions and SILVERMAN for a glamorous midsummer party honoring actor Matt Servitto (The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Brotherhood) with the AHP NJ Performer Award, Robert Policastro with the AHP Most Valuable Volunteer Award, and Morgan Refakis (Producer of AHP's Your Move Festival) with the AHP Producer Award.

With breathtaking, panoramic views of Jersey City’s skyline, Cocktails Under the Stars will feature cocktails, wine & beer, music, hors d'oeuvres, and a 50/50 raffle. The event is sponsored by SILVERMAN, CoolVines, Genova Burns LLC,  CORGI, David Gibson, Samantha Green, IATSE Local 59, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, The Ashford, Brightside Tavern, Carvao, FM, and South House.

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 Art House Productions is located at 262 17th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.


Upcoming Workshop Features Transformed Artist

WHEN: Sunday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m.
7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Artist Wendy Letven, who is featured in our current show Transformed: Paper in Dimension will lead a workshop on the art of creating dimensional drawings cut from paper.

In this hands-on program, for adults and teens ages 18 and up, you will learn how to create two- and three-dimensional pieces of art with paper. Try different cutting methods, participate in making a collective art piece and leave with a unique paper-cut work you made that day.

Variety of Summer Camps in July/August

We have several weeks of fabulous Summer Camps to go, and there's still time to join us!

Click on the camps below to learn more about them and register!

Summer Camp Week 6 (July 22-26): Fun Forms; Nature Art; Pinhole Photography; Sketch Book Club; Tie Dye & Fabric Styling; Webs, Wings & Watercolors.

Summer Camp Week 7 (July 29-Aug. 2): 2D/3D Art Studio; Creative Explorations; Design, Sculpt, Build; My Pet Project; Off the Wall: 3D Art; Theater Camp: Dr. Seuss Anthology; Theater Camp: Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Summer Camp Week 8 (Aug. 5-9): Young Artists Portfolio; All About Color; Cartooning Around; Draw, Paint, Sculpt; Go Green; Mix It Up: Paint, Clay, Fiber.

Summer Camp Week 9 (Aug. 12-16): By the Sea; Drawing 101; Pop Art; Wonderful Watercolor.

Drawing Workshop for Adults

WHEN: Aug. 11 at 10 a.m.
: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Join us  for a one-day drawing workshop that introduces and builds upon fundamental drawing concepts.

Artist Lena Shiffman will provide expert guidance as you practice and experiment with pastel, charcoal and pencil. Discover what you like best and develop your drawing skills!

An exciting opportunity for dancers of all ages...


The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Garden Street School of the Performing Arts in partnership with The Moscow Ballet is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for dancers ages 6-18.

They need Snowflakes, Party Guests, Mice and more!

All levels are encouraged to participate.  1 year of ballet is the minimum requirement.

Email us to enroll!

FEE: $99 per month

PERFORMANCE: December 3rd, 7pm
William Paterson University, Wayne

REHEARSALS: Mondays starting on Sept. 16th.

  • 4:15pm-5pm Snowflakes ages 6-8
  • 5pm-6pm Mice and Party Guests ages 9-Teen
  • 6pm-7pm Variations Soloists age 9-Teen
WHERE: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts, 1018 Washington St, Hoboken


  • 12 Party Children (max. 14) | Ages 8-11 |
  • 10 Mice |Ages 9-12
  • 12 Little Snowflakes (max 14) | Ages 6-8 |Must have 1 year ballet training
  • 12 Snow Maidens (max 14) |Older girls from 10 to 14


  • 4 Spanish: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 12-16
  • Chinese: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 older dancers ages 12-16
  • Russian: 2 dancers ages 8-10 |2 dancers ages 11-16
  • 2 French: 2 dancers ages 7- 9



Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman - Music by Alan Menken
Directed by: Larry Pelham

WHEN: SATURDAY, July 27, at 7:00 pm; MONDAY, July 29, at 7:00 pm  (TBA). CALLBACKS (by invitation only) WEDNESDAY, July 31 ,at 7:00 pm  (TBA)
Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover

PERFORMANCE DATES:  October 4,5,11,12,18,19 at 8:00 pm, October 6,13 at 2:00 pm


  • Headshot/Photo or yourself, even a candid photo is acceptable.
  • Please prepare a song from the show that showcases your voice.  We are able to plug in a phone, use a CD for you to sing a long to, or you may bring in a bluetooth speaker if you have one.
  • CALLBACKS (if invitted) - a cold reading from the script will be done

QUESTIONS?? Email - put LITTLE SHOP AUDITIONS in the Subject Line

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II"—after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success with technical aspects running the gamut from Broadway to PTA budgets.

Character Breakdown

Seymour Krelborn - Lead
An insecure, put-upon florist's clerk and eventual hero. He is a genuine, well-meaning man who is taken for granted because of his clumsy ways and poor social skills.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Tenor

Audrey - Lead
Bleached-blond, Billie-Dawn-like, secret love of Seymour's life. She has poor self-worth and education, but incredibly good looks and a sweet and vulnerable demeanor.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Mezzo-Soprano

Mr. Mushnik
The seasoned owner of the failing East Side flower shop and Seymour's nosy boss. He is profit-driven, greedy, and manipulative.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
Vocal Part: Baritone

Orin Scrivello
An egotistical dentist with a passion for leather and sadistic tendencies. Audrey's abusive boyfriend, who is targeted by Seymour.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal Part: Baritone

The Plant (Audrey II)
Puppet. An anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado, the plant has an appetite for human flesh that is appeased by Seymour. Puppeteer doubles as other sizes of the plant.

Voice Of The Plant
An actor/vocalist located offstage. The voice is that of a conniving, street-smart 'villain.' A funky Rhythm and Blues voice is best.
Gender: Male
Vocal Part: Baritone - Must be an R&B voice type

Crystal / Ronnette / Chiffon
Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon are  street urchins, acting as the occasional Greek Chorus. Young, hip, and smart, these girls are the only ones who have a grip on reality.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal Part: Mezzo-Soprano

Note: All ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition

Wednesday, July 17, 2019