Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This Wednesday: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward


This Wednesday, join us live at 1 p.m. (EDT) when architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward will reveal the design for the new Museum, slated to open in 2024.

This richly illustrated talk will explore the ways in which the new Museum will present new approaches to collections display, break down barriers to participation, invite entry by all, and shape new ways of encountering art.  

“Sir David’s architecture will invite visitors to see themselves as citizens of a broader set of communities,” notes Steward, “which in turn, we hope, will nurture a deeper sense of our shared humanity. The design will give us a building that truly allows the collections to sing, fosters new modes of investigation, and affords new moments of aspiration and inspiration.”

“The reconstruction of the Princeton University Art Museum is conceived as a campus within the campus,” said Adjaye, “a space of genuine inquiry where the exhibition of diverse practices, learning as a synthesis of knowledge, and cross-cultural connections weave together into a singular experience that encompasses a multiplicity of ideas and peoples.”  
Be among the first to explore the concepts and ideas that have shaped the new design, and to see glimpses of the facility. Please join us.
This event will include live closed-captioning in English and Spanish.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

Image credits:
Left: Sir David Adjaye, photo by Ed Reeve; Right: James Steward, photo by Carter Berg 

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Presents SHAKESPEARE BOOK CLUB

WHEN: October 6 — November 24, 2020, Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. ET 
WHERE: Zoom (virtually) or  in-person at the Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park, NJ

Led by STNJ Director of Education Brian B. Crowe, The Shakespeare Book Club unites Bardo-philes and Shakespeare-novices via a fun, social, thought-provoking, and informative exploration of his plays! 

This fall, STNJ is excited to announce that the Shakespeare Book Club can now be experienced virtually or remotely! The plays that will be discussed include Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, and Caesar & Cleopatra.

Red Bank Announces Riverside Music Sessions

In an effort to recover from canceled events and revive the downtown's lively arts & culture scene, Red Bank RiverCenter has announced a socially-distant concert series, the Riverside Music Sessions, presented by the Asbury Park Press

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, and Saturday, October 3, 11 AM-6 PM
: Riverside Gardens Park.
$39.95 each and are being sold exclusively in blocks of four tickets. 
Concert goers will receive a goodie bag with snacks, and a list of restaurants offering discounts the day of the performance.
Social distancing and mask wearing is required. 

The Sept. 26 Riverside Music Sessions line-up is: Almost U2, at 11 a.m.; Decade “Neil Young Tribute” at 2 p.m.; and “Heat Wave” a Linda Ronstadt Tribute featuring Sharon Lasher at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 27

The Oct. 3 Riverside Music Sessions line-up is: The Haven w/Special Guest Carl Gentry at 11 a.m.; The Weeklings - Music of the Beatles & More at 2 p.m.; and The Nerds at 5 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 4

Tickets to the six performances by musicians and vocalists known locally and internationally are available for purchase online at eventbite.org. A total of 396 tickets will be sold for each session. 

“In creating the Riverside Music Sessions, RiverCenter plans to reintroduce live music in the parks in a socially-distant and safe environment,” RiverCenter Executive Director Laura Kirkpatrick said. “We are working with the Borough of Red Bank and our event producer, Rue Events, to be in compliance with all current state and local guidelines now and on event day.” 

Concert goers will be required wear masks as they enter the park and are escorted to their assigned, physically distanced seats, and unless they are enjoying food and beverages. Chairs will be provided and cleaned between sessions; no outside chairs will be allowed. No outside food or beverages allowed. Additional safety precautions are listed with the ticket purchase. Other safeguards may be announced on or before the event day. 

“RiverCenter is also looking to recoup some of the revenue lost when we had to cancelled both of our 2020 music and food festivals as a result of COVID-19,” Kirkpatrick added. “The two festivals help defray the extremely popular and successful holiday lights display that lights up the Red Bank business district from the night after Thanksgiving until the new year.” 

Concert goers will receive a goodie bag with snacks, and a list of restaurants offering discounts the day of the performance. 

“RiverCenter is excited to have this opportunity to welcome more people back to Red Bank and to demonstrate our responsiveness to their desire to be entertained while still feeling safe,” Stephen 

Catania, RiverCenter Chairman and owner of the Cheese Cave said. “We are equally thrilled to be giving some great artists an opportunity to get back to playing in front of a live audience and earn some money.” 

The Riverside Music Sessions are being presented by the Asbury Park Press and produced by Rue Events (Really Unbelievable Events). The event is a project of Red Bank RiverCenter. 

Online Acting for Thriller, Horror, Sci-fi, and Spooky Stories. Classes for Adults and Kids!


'Tis the season for spooky things that go bump in the night! 


In this fun and rare online acting class, actors will perform age-appropriate scenes from films and TV shows in the thriller, horror, and sci-fi genres. Taught by acting coach, casting director, independent filmmaker, and horror lover Mark J. Parker, actors will get a better handle and understanding of how to perform authentically in these popular genres focusing on fear. Through scene study and improv exercises, the group will work on their range of emotions, from small and nuanced to big and loud, all from the comfort of their homes. Be prepared to scream and scare! 

You don't have to be in New Jersey to take these classes which begin soon and space is limited. $50/course. Don't miss your chance to register! 


Adult Acting for Thriller, Horror, & Sci-Fi:

October 12,19,26,2020


Acting for Thriller, Horror & Sci-Fi

October 12,19, 26, 2020


Kids Acting for Spooky Stories

October 18, 25, November 1, 2020



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Jazz Concert & Dinner To Benefit The Packanack Lake Tennis Light Fund

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Stories of Us: A Series of Short Films Week 1 Panel

 Thursday, September 24, 7pm 

Filmmakers discuss their work and process in this engaging live panel. Yvonne Shirley and LeRon Lee of The Newarkive will be in conversation with:

  • Faren Humes, Director of Liberty
  • Terrance Daye, Director of SHIP: A Visual Poem

Click here to register for the Zoom session and to receive the film screening links. Will also stream panel on Facebook Live.

FORSA!: A Journey Through African Art, Music, and Culture

 Friday, September 25, 7pm  

FORSA! takes you on a sonic journey exploring the art, wonder, magic, and diversity of the 54 nations that comprise Africa and its vast Diaspora.

DJ MD, aka Marcy DePina, will be your host, and will be joined by special guests who guide you through the rich art, music, and dance that originated on the continent of Africa and found new expressions in the Americas and beyond. This first episode explores the music and dance of Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé + Principé and how they have evolved into forms such as capoeira, samba, etc.

Roundtable: What is Latinx?

 Saturday, September 26, 3pm 

Join moderator and host Janairy DelValle, Associate Registrar, for a conversation addressing, “What is Latinx?” Panelists will explore this relatively recent and sometimes controversial term, how it came to be, and what it represents. A Q&A portion will follow.


  • Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Ph.D., Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation
  • Anthony Diaz, Co-Founder, Newark Water Coalition
  • Oriana E. Gonzales, M.A., Independent researcher and museum professional
  • Gabriela Martinez, student, University of Southern California and graduate, The Newark Museum of Art Explorers Program

Click here to register for the Zoom session. Will also stream on Facebook Live.

 Thursday, October 1, 7pm 

Stories of Us: A Series of Short Films Week 2 Panel

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October 8 & 12, 7pm-8:30pm 

Virtual Sumi Ink Wash Painting Course

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Starting October 11 

Autumn in the Garden Series

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Paper Mill Playhouse Sets College Discovery Seminars



WHEN: September 29 and October 1 at 6:30pm to 9pm and again on October 20  and 22, 2020 at 6:30pm to 9pm
Registration information can be found here.

To aid students and parents in college selection and admittance, Paper Mill Playhouse will offer its College Discovery Seminars. Paper Mill’s College Discovery Seminars are workshops in how to navigate the college application and audition process for applicants studying musical theater. The theater will offer the informational course online via Zoom on two separate sets of dates this fall.  

The seminars, led by Paper Mill’s Senior Manager of Artistic Engagement, Stephen Agosto, are a two-part series intended to make applying and auditioning for Musical Theater programs easier and less stressful. The workshop discusses topics such as what to consider when looking for a school, audition expectations, prescreen requirements, the audition season timeline, finding money for school, and more.

In 2019, Paper Mill collaborated with online arts application and audition platform Acceptd to create the Musical Theater Common Prescreen (MTCP), an initiative which streamlined the audition process for students and revolutionized the application process nationally. Now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities across the country are joining the Musical Theater Common Prescreen as they become more reliant on virtual alternatives to their traditional evaluation process.

Agosto, who headed the team that created the MTCP stated, “At Paper Mill we really are a neutral party in this process. But because of our relationships with these institutions, we have a large amount of knowledge from a unique perspective – knowledge we want to share with and pass on to as many students as possible. We see this as an investment in the progress of Musical Theater.”

The Musical Theater Common Prescreen guidelines for colleges and universities interested in participating can be found here.

The Musical Theater Common Prescreen currently has 62 participating programs – a jump from last year’s roster. New programs include Nazareth College, Siena Heights University, Slippery Rock University, The Hartt School, The University of Arizona, The University of New Hampshire, and Valdosta State University.

Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach are generously sponsored by The Goren Family & the Harmony Helper App.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. In addition, Paper Mill Playhouse is the home of a nationally recognized center for musical theater education and artist training with outreach programs that impact thousands of students each year. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

ACCEPTD is the premiere digital tool created for arts organizations to streamline the application, audition, and

recruitment process. Acceptd partners with over 600 organizations around the globe each year to optimize their application process, enable online auditions and connect with talent. 

Don't Miss! American Songbook at NJPAC—A virtual gala featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bill Porter and more! 


Sat, Oct 3 @ 7PM

Help us keep the music playing! The annual Spotlight Gala is always an important fundraiser for us, but this year we need your participation and enthusiasm more than ever before. With your support, we can sustain NJPAC through this challenging time and make sure we can open our doors to the community once again.

This year’s gala comes right to your home with a special one-hour salute compilation of performances from American Songbook at NJPAC, starring Tony Award® winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and a slate of luminaries including Billy PorterChristine EbersoleJesse MuellerValerie SimpsonJarrod Spector and Joshua Bell

Be part of the Spotlight Gala by tuning in to NJTV's American Songbook at NJPAC or njtvonline.org on Saturday, October 3, from 7­–8PM EST. Free!

Gala After-Party hosted by DJ KISS and DJ M.O.S.

Live on Instagram
Sat, Oct 3 @ 8PM

Visit @njpac on Instagram for our gala after-party, with live music and dancing hosted by celebrity DJs, plus surprise guest appearances.

JCC MetroWest Sukkot Outdoor Concert This Wednesday

JCC MetroWest Sukkot Outdoor Concert
The Perfect Duo

THE PERFECT DUO (Mark & Cindy Slotnick) will treat us to familiar favorites from the 40's 50's and 60's with some surprises. It will be so wonderful to finally see each other again!!

Tuesday, October 6, 1PM
RAIN DATE: Thursday 10/8, 1PM
In case of inclement weather, call 973-530-3474 to confirm concert date.

WHERE: Parking Lot of B’nai Shalom
300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

Free to All

Due to Covid Restrictions, Masks and Social Distancing are Mandatory.

Click Here to Register

Call 973-530-3474—please listen to the message. It will be changed when we are full.
Program is made possible by Homewatch CareGivers, the Hirschhorn Foundation & Hazak at B’nai Shalom.


Monday, September 21, 2020

This Week’s Virtual and Live Events @ Paper Mill Playhouse 

Paper Mill Playhouse

The theater comes to you! Every week Paper Mill offers streaming events you can access from your living room or any room! All our weekly events are available on  Facebook and YouTube at 7PM. We cannot wait to be back together again soon, but until that day comes, enjoy these free events, only accessible to the public for a limited time!



A night unlike any other! Join the talented and persevering students of the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory—our professional training program for aspiring young musical theater artists—in a montage of short musical films that pay tribute to the songs and shows that opened the doors of our imaginations and took us to remarkable places! The annual New Voices performance is the culmination of Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, and for the summer of 2020 it moves to a video format. Members of the competitive Conservatory who earned coveted spots in the Senior (ages 15–18), Junior Plus (ages 13–14), and Junior companies (ages 10–12) are directed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff in this professionally produced video project featuring over 70 incredible performers! It is amazing to see these young performers grow into professional artists with inspiring, heartfelt performances. Students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s Conservatory have gone on to appear in numerous Broadway productions, film, television, and regional theater. See the stars of tomorrow!


Wednesday, Sep 23, at 7PMBabbling by the Brook

Join Paper Mill’s own Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee for lighthearted, entertaining conversations with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, directors, and more theatrical denizens. Gain insight into our upcoming productions, delve into the creative process, and catch up with veteran actors! This week we explore the herculean job of stage management with Andrea Cibelli and Beverly Jenkins, who helped transfer A Bronx Tale from Paper Mill to Broadway.

Brookside Caberet

The Carriage House Restaurant at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House has live cabaret performances every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7PM. Come enjoy a cool breeze by the brook, fine dining outdoors, and live entertainment!

Kathryn Allison

WEDNESDAY—Kathryn Allison


Kathryn Allison was first seen on the Paper Mill Playhouse stage as a student and performer in the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory New Voices Concert in 2014. Since then she has appeared on Broadway in Aladdin, Wicked, and Company, and she has released an album.  RESERVATIONS


THURSDAY—Dwayne Clark: A Tribute to Ray Charles



Dwayne Clark is a multitalented actor, singer, and educator who has had appeared in Broadway productions of The Color PurpleSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Heights, Cry-BabyUrinetownSmokey Joe’s Cafe, Rent, and TarzanRESERVATIONS


SATURDAY—Rema Webb: A Tribute to Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald


Rema Webb is a 20-year Broadway veteran (Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple) who recently made her Paper Mill debut starring in the world premiere of Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and last summer was featured in Hercules at the Delacorte Theater.  RESERVATIONS

The Carriage House Restaurant opens for alfresco dining at 5PM, including high-top seating for small plates and cocktails.


Prix Fixe Dinner Wednesday–Saturday

Small Plates, Cocktails, Full Bar

Curbside Pickup

Sunday Brunch 


Reservations required for outdoor dining and pre-orders required for curbside pickup. 

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