Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JCC METROWEST EMPLOYEES’ ARTWORK FEATURED IN NEW SHOW

Vivian and painting

JCC METROWEST EMPLOYEES ART SHOW

WHEN: March 1-April 26. An Opening Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 8, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
WHERE:
Gaelen Gallery East at the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
ADMISSION:

The JCC employs many creative people with art backgrounds. One example is adult painting teacher and Art Lovers’ Odyssey leader Vivian Cohen Olshen (above). Vivian’s work reflects her interest in nature and particularly the anthropomorphic images found in nature, which show the human spirit. Vivian’s goal is to share that spirit with others through creativity & education.

 Sarah Brenneman Jo, another JCC employee, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1998 and earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. Brenneman has work included in the collections of the Aspen Contemporary Art Collection, Citigroup, Cleveland Clinic, The Sprint Collection and The Progressive Corporation as well as several other corporate and private collections.

This exhibit will pleasantly surprise viewers by featuring art work from employees they know in a wide range of JCC departments.

Breathtaking ceramic vessels by ceramist Steve Jaskowak fill the Steiner Court showcases. He states, “I am fascinated by the subtle details in the qualities of clay and how touching it records information. I hope to create a body of work that will speak of a life of exploration in shape, surface, and form.” Jaskowak teaches at Kean University and the Montclair Art Museum.

Gaelen Gallery East is open during regular JCC hours.  Monday-Thursday,5:30 AM-10:00 PM; Friday, 5:30 AM-6:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lisa Suss at 973.530.3413 (lsuss@jccmetrowest.org).

CATSKILL PHOTOS AND MEMORABILIA FEATURED IN NEW JCC EXHIBIT

REMAINS OF THE BORSCHT BELT—THE DETERIORATION AND DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CATSKILLS HOTELS

Luggage Cart.Heidi WarnerWHEN: March 1-April 26. An Opening Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 8, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
WHERE:
Arts/Theater Lobby and showcases of the Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, Ross Family Campus, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
ADMISSION: Free

Heidi Warner will be talking about her work and the Catskills on Thursday, March 12 at 10:00 AM and Monday, March 23 at 7:00 PM. The programs are free. Please contact Lisa Suss, lsuss@jccmetrowest.org, to register.

Because of her love for communication, photographer Heidi Warner was drawn naturally to documentary photography—both environmental portraits and interiors. Like many MetroWest residents, her family visited the Catskill Mountains on vacation.

Pool Chairs.Heidi WarnerShe states, “We had a huge extended Jewish family, and over 100 of us would reunite in one of the many Borscht Belt hotels. Spending time in these hotels, I learned the value of family and close bonds .It was a simple and wonderful time and an era important to New York history as well as Jewish culture. A few years ago, I returned to these hotels and began documenting their condition. These trips were both sad and beautiful to me. I wandered the abandoned buildings, finding bits and pieces of that amazing time, just left there to rot. Pieces of the past endure snow and rain, gather cobwebs and mold, and slowly deteriorate with age and neglect. I know that one day soon, there will be nothing left.”

Gaelen Gallery East is open during regular JCC hours.  Monday-Thursday, 5:30 AM-10:00 PM; Friday, 5:30 AM-6:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM. For more information, please contact Lisa Suss at 973.530.3413 (lsuss@jccmetrowest.org).

TAP MEETS POETRY @ THE DODGE THIS FRIDAY @ NJPAC

Join us this Friday at NJPAC!

Shuffle, Cramproll, Paradiddle and Stomp: The Rhythm of Tap Meets the Rhythm of Poetry

featuring poet Kurtis Lamkin, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, and regional poets Marjorie Barnes, Michael Cirelli, Saeed Jones and Patrick Rosal.

WHEN: Friday, March 6, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark
TICKETS: Get Tickets

Shuffle, Cramproll, Paradiddle and Stomp are only a few of the names of dance steps in rhythmic tap, which treats the dancer’s feet as a percussion instrument. Newark resident and world-class tap dancer Maurice Chestnut accompanies poet and griot Kurtis Lamkin and other poets in dynamic duets of poetic and tap-dance rhythms.

Purchase Tickets, or get all 3 Dodge Poetry at NJPAC events for $30! 

For more information visit dodgepoetry.org

SKYLINE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS FREE READINGS OF 3 1-ACT ORIGINAL MUSICALS

Skyline presents readings in New Jersey Theatre Alliances Stages Festival

It’s the premiere of 3 brand new and edgy musical works by 2 female American writers; Sophia Chapadjiev and Allison Leyton-Brown performed by 7 professional NY actors.

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original one-act musicals by Sophia Chapadjiev and Allison Leyton-Brown
They will be performed as a staged reading followed by an audience talk back with the authors, performers and director. The piece is directed by Skyline Artistic Director, Sam Scalamoni.

WHEN: Saturday March 14, at 7 PM
WHERE:
Ender Hall Lab Theatre at Bergen Community College, 4 Paramus Road, Paramus NJ
ADMISSION: FREE!

Mouth Pieces is a triptych of separate but intrinsically linked musicals exploring various aspects of the Mouth.

  • Theory of Kiss: Level-headed Scientist Claire and like-minded Scientist Ray have spent their entire lives dissecting, examining and quantifying the results. But what happens when they are tasked with researching the latest scientific theory on kissing?
  •  On Teeth and Longing: A man decays from the inside. A woman is unable to smile. Two kindred spirits both born with gums. If only he would look left. If only she would look right.
  • Pilgrimage to the Mouth: Dia collects mouths. No, not literally. But when the Perfect Mouth whispers to her online, she feels an urge to follow her instinct and find that mouth.

ABOUT SKYLINE: Skyline is a professional, non-profit theatre company whose mission is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires an audience. Skyline makes commitments to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts and to cultivating and nurturing new artists and their works.

NEW PLAYS NEW JERSEY PRESENTS FREE READING @ THE BICKFORD THEATRE

New Plays New Jersey at The Bickford Theatre

 

DAMAGE CONTROL
by Joe Paprzycki (right)
presented by South Camden Theatre Company
directed by Nicole Lerario

WHEN: Thursday, March 5, at 7 PM
WHERE:
The Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Free

Readings are Free. No reservations will be taken. Seating is first come, first served. A post-show discussion with the author and director will follow the reading.

 

The Play
A widower in his late fifties races to retirement before his company “right sizes” as his adult, college educated son continues to be under employed…not earning enough money making coffee to move out of his father’s basement. Damage Control is a play about America in 2014 as older and younger workers battle with the recession and the reality of being trapped at both ends of the workforce.

The Author
Joseph M. Paprzycki is an author of over fifty plays and screenplays including LAST RITES, TENNESSEE'S FINAL CURTAIN,UNDERSTUDIES, FORTUNE COOKIES, EXPRESS TRACKS, and YOUTH IN AMERICA. He was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey where five of his plays and one screenplay are set.

Over 30 of his plays have been produced in New York, New Jersey and the Philadelphia area. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Rosemont College, La Salle University and Temple University where he has taught either playwriting or scriptwriting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also the founder and producing artistic director of the South Camden Theatre Company—a professional theatre company located in Camden, New Jersey.

The Theatre
South Camden Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theatre company dedicated to helping revitalize the City of Camden, New Jersey by producing meaningful, professional theater in the City’s Waterfront South District. Founded by a playwright, the South Camden Theatre Company stages seldom-seen, classic plays and original works as the resident theatre company at Waterfront South Theatre. South Camden Theatre Company is a proud member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

 

Playwrights Theatre has teamed up with the National New Play Network, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and six additional theatres to present New Plays New Jersey, a celebration of New Works by New Jersey Writers and the Theatres that present them.

Seven theatres in the state have selected a new work by a New Jersey writer to be presented in a week-long festival of Concert Readings at The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, performed by professional actors, many familiar to New Jersey audiences.

Readings continue throughout the week until March 8 (no reading on Saturday, March 7). A complete listing of play synopsis, author pictures and bios, and theatre descriptions can be found at http://www.ptnj.org/miscpage/new-plays-new-jersey-2015

The schedule for the rest of the week:

Friday, March 6 Walking the Labyrinth by John Wooten (Premiere Stages, Union/Playwrights Theatre)
Saturday, March 7 No readings scheduled.
Sunday, March 8 Coffee at the Hague by Yasmine Rana (Playwrights Theatre)

 

New Plays New Jersey is a partnership of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and the National New Play Network. Funding is provided by the National New Play Network Collaboration Fund and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival.

GREAT SHOWS IN MARCH @ UCPAC IN RAHWAY!

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591

Mystic Vision Players presents

DREAMGIRLS

WHEN: March 6 through March 15 (Please see Website or call for dates/times)
WHERE:
UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $15 General Admission; $12 Students/Seniors (at Box Office w/ID)

 

 

Fearless Productions presents

NINE

WHEN: March 19, 20, 21 & 22 (Please see Website or call for times)
WHERE: UCPAC's Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $25 General Admission

 

 

UCPAC Proudly Presents American Idol's

BO BICE fronting
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

WHEN: Friday, March 20, 8 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $30 TO $70

 

 

 

UCPAC Classic Film Series presents the 1920 Swashbuckler

The Mark of Zorro

starring Douglas Fairbanks
With LIVE Organ Accompaniment by Bernie Anderson, Jr.!

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 8 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $10 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors (Box Office Only w/ID)

 

 

Split Level Concerts presents Folk & Americana Favorite                       

 JAMES MADDOCK

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 8 PM
WHERE: UCPAC's Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $25 Advance; $27 Day of Performance

 

 

The Original Laser Spectacular featuring

The Music of PINK FLOYD

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 8 PM
WHERE: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $20 & $30

 

 

RSI Bank's Jazz Masters Series presents

CLIFTON ANDERSON  with the JAZZ HOUSE KIDS 

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 8 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC's Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Students/Seniors (w/ID at Box Office)

 

 

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders present Sensory Friendly Theatre series featuring

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS in
FAMILY MATTERS, THE MUSICAL

Performance designed and adapted for children with autism and sensory sensitivity.

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway
TICKETS: $8 General Admission

 


Show Your Card & SAVE!

                              UCPAC Now Offers AAA Discounts

AAA Members save 10% on Loge and Mezzanine section seats for most performances (some exceptions apply). Call 732.499.8226 for more info.

Click here to view UCPAC's entire Calendar of Events.


BRING YOUR GROUP AND SAVE!

  • Groups of 10 or more may be entitled to a discounted ticket price.
  • Limited discounted tickets are available. 
  • Please call the Box Office for more info.

ACCESSIBILITY  
Patrons needing assistance should contact UCPAC at least
three weeks prior to the performance for which you have tickets. 
Please call the Box Office for details.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS
Parking is available to our guests at Rahway's multi-level parking deck,
located on the corner of Main Street and Lewis Street.
A free shuttle is often available to and from the theatre.  

Click here for directions to the Union County PAC

Monday, March 2, 2015

2015 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY DISCOVER JERSEY ARTS!

People's Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the
2015 JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards
and thanks to the nearly 15,000 people
that voted in this year's awards!


Favorite Large Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
(Newark, NJ)

Favorite Small Performing Arts Center

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
(South Orange, NJ)

Favorite Theater to See a Musical
Paper Mill Playhouse
(Millburn, NJ)

Favorite Theater to See a Play
McCarter Theatre
(Princeton, NJ)

Favorite Art Museum
Newark Museum
(Newark, NJ)

Favorite Art Gallery
Grounds For Sculpture
(Hamilton, NJ)

Favorite Symphony / Orchestra
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO)
(Newark, NJ)

Favorite Choral Group

Newark Boys Chorus
(Newark, NJ)


Favorite Dance Company

American Repertory Ballet
(Princeton, NJ)

Favorite Opera Company
Opera at The Princeton
Festival
(Princeton, NJ)

Favorite Music Festival
Jersey Shore Jazz &
Blues Festival
(Asbury Park, Long Branch,
Point Pleasant, NJ)

Favorite Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival
(Montclair, NJ)

Favorite Adult Art Class
Montclair Art Museum's Yard
School of Art
(Montclair, NJ)

Favorite Art Camp
Montclair Art Museum's
SummerART Camp
(Montclair, NJ)

Favorite Theater Camp
Paper Mill Players
(Millburn, NJ)

Favorite Downtown Arts District
Red Bank
(New Jersey)


See complete details

These groups will be honored on March 13 as part of
the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

MACCABEATS TO PERFORM LIVE AT THE KAPLEN JCC ON THE PALISADES IN TENAFLY

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WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2 PM
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $18 JCC members/$20 non-members. Preferred seating for this one-time event is also available: $30 members/$36 non-members.
Purchase tickets online at www.jccotp.org/maccabeats or call Judi at 201.408.1450.

With a massive fan base, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances and proven success with three albums, Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats, has entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.

The Maccabeats will bring their energy, style and spirit to an intimate JCC setting, where they will give an all-out performance to music lovers of all ages. The concert has been underwritten so that all proceeds can benefit programs for senior adults at the JCC.

“The Maccabeats are a major icon in the music world today and are writing songs that encourage young people to embrace Jewish ideas and values,” says Senior Adult Director Judi Nahary. “We expect a huge turnout, and we are so grateful for the support we received, knowing that ticket sales will allow us to provide invaluable programs for senior adults in our community who are truly in need.”

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades provides excellent year-round programming for senior adults, including a social adult day care program for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, extensive programming for active retirees, door-to-door transportation in wheelchair accessible vehicles; hearty breakfasts and hot kosher lunches; programs for the arts; lectures and concerts; discussions on current affairs; gardening, music and exercise; sing-alongs and dancing; birthday and holiday celebrations; intergenerational programs with nursery school children and other programs that allow seniors to successfully “age in place” and remain engaged and connected to their community.

4TH WALL TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “HANDS ON A HARDBODY” PRODUCTION

AUDITION NOTICE:

HANDS ON A HARDBODY 
based on the true events depicted in the 1997 film documentary of the same name

book by Doug Wright
lyrics by Amanda Green
music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
directed by Kate Swan
music direction by Markus Grae-Hauck.

PERFORMANCE DATES:The show will be presented at Westminster Arts Center on the campus of Bloomfield College, where the company is in residence.

REHEARSALS will begin in early April, and performances are scheduled for June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, and Monday, March 23, at 7:00 PM. Sign-up begins at 1/2 hour prior to the audition start time, and anyone auditioning must arrive no later than 8:00 PM. Callback date and time will be announced soon.
WHERE: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield, easily accessible by train or bus from Manhattan; directions are available at www.4thwalltheatre.org/directions.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO AUDITIONS PAGE

4th Wall is seeking 9 men and 6 women (click the button above to go to our auditions page to see the character breakdown). 

In addition to the multiracial casting needs of the show, nontraditional casting will be strongly considered. Age ranges are somewhat flexible.

  • Prepare two contrasting 32-bar selections from contemporary musical theatre and/or country songs that show off your voice in the range and style of the character(s) you are auditioning for.
  • Bring sheet music in your key.
  • An accompanist will be provided.
  • Also bring a headshot and resume stapled together, and be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for evening and weekend rehearsals beginning April 1st.

ABOUT THE SHOW
The show takes place at a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas, where 10 contestants try to outlast each other to win a brand new red truck by keeping at least one hand on it as long as they can. Every character needs the truck to help change their lives for the better, to win their American dream, and we watch them struggle through the heat and exhaustion with humor, ambition, and hope.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR A SNIPPET OF THE SHOW 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY THAT INSPIRED THE SHOW

ARS MUSICA PERFORMS “DARKNESS INTO LIGHT” IN HILLSDALE ON MARCH 15

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DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

WHEN: Sunday, March 15 at 5:00 PM. There will also be a pre-concert talk with composer Joshua Groffman beginning at 4:00 PM
WHERE: in the beautiful acoustic and architecture of the 1,200-seat St. John the Baptist Church, located at 69 Valley Street in Hillsdale NJ.
TICKETS: $10 per person and will be available for purchase at the door. Children 12 and under admitted free.
For more information, please email info@arsmusica.org or call 551.226.9305

Under the direction of Maestro Dusty Francis, Ars Musica includes professional singers and dedicated amateurs. Joining them for this concert will be Encore Young Artists and Joshua Groffman, Composer-in-Residence. The evening’s performance will adhere to the highest standards, as talented musicians uphold the heritage of greatness and beauty in choral music.

Darkness into Light brings together two major works and a stunning new piece by Joshua Groffman to the audience. While the Russian Army was besieging Nazi-occupied Budapest, Zoltán Kodály was forced to hide in the darkness of a cellar for safety, where his luminous Missa Brevis took shape. Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms both soothes and excites the spirit with its tranquil setting of the 23rd psalm in clear, youthful tones set against complex choral rhythms as only Bernstein could so masterfully write.