Friday, October 18, 2019



WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019, beginning at 5:00 PM 
West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange
ADMISSION: There is a $10 suggested donation, and the event is free for children 12 years and under. 
Seating is limited to the first 45 registrants.
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West Orange Arts Council (WOAC) invites the community to the West Orange Premiere of "Diwal'Oween” a family comedy and winner of 11 Awards from Bali to Baltimore. 

  • There will be pre-film activities for children and adults including Rangoli (Indian art during Diwali, the five-day festival of lights), face painting and costume judging contest with prizes from local vendors.
  • Light refreshments will be available before and after the 40-minute film.
  • A film discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Shilpa Mankikar, cast and crew will follow.

Shilpa Mankikar,Award-winning American filmmaker, documentarian, director and writer, and a graduate of Oberlin College and the MFA Film Program at Columbia University in New York, NY, filmed many scenes from the movie with local student talent on location in South Mountain Reservation and New Jersey locations.

Mankikar is based in New York, Los Angeles, &  Mumbai. Diwal'Oween is the winner of 11 Awards including the Best Family Series at Baltimore New Media WebFest, the Audience Award, and Best Actor at Jersey City Halloween Popup Fest, and 2nd Place web content at the New Delhi (India) Short Film Awards. It was nominated for Best Family Series and Best Diverse Content at Toronto Webfest, and Best Web Content at the Largo Awards  in Switzerland.

See film trailer at:

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

For more information about the event visit or email

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Upcoming Events from Jersey Jazz

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 2:00 PM
Barnes and Noble, 44 Brick Plaza, Brick, NJ

Sanford "Sandy" Josephson is the author of two books about jazz: Jeru's Journey: The Life and Music of Gerry Mulligan (Hal Leonard Books: 2015) and Jazz Notes: Interviews Across the Generations (Praeger/ABC-Clio: 2009). He has also written about jazz musicians in a variety of publications including American Way magazine, the New York Daily News and Jersey Jazz, of which he is the editor.

About Jeru's Journey: In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Gerry Mulligan was revered and recognized as a groundbreaking composer, arranger, bandleader, and baritone saxophonist. His legacy comes to life in this biography, which chronicles his immense contributions to American music, far beyond the world of jazz. Mulligan's own observations are drawn from his oral autobiography, recorded in 1995. These are intermingled with comments and recollections from those who knew him, played with him, or were influenced by him, as well as from the author, who interviewed him in 1981.

Sandy Sasso Quartet

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 8 PM
WHERE: Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ

Sandy Sasso Kicks Off an Exciting Jazz Season!

A benefit concert, featuring acclaimed jazz vocalist Sandy Sasso, will be held at the Watchung Arts Center on Saturday, October 19 at 8 PM. Ms. Sasso will be accompanied by master musicians Brad Mandigo on piano, bassist Mike Carino and vibraphonist Behn Gillece. All sales from tickets will be donated to the Arts Center to help it present additional dynamic musical and artistic programming to the community.

The WAC is a gem of a venue for all the arts. Because all proceeds from our concert will benefit the WAC, I feel I'm doing something very worthwhile, not only for me and my band, but for all the people who work so hard at keeping the Arts Center open and thriving" - Sandy Sasso.
The performance will be followed by a dessert reception with an opportunity to meet the performers.

Invite Peace and Wellness into your Life!


Meditation and Optional Yoga
Facilitated by Jean Marie DuHamel,MA, CEC, SD, RYT

WHEN: Mondays, October 21st, and November 11th! Meditation~6:30-7:30 pm~$15; Optional Yoga~5:50-6:20
WHERE: Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy
: $7
Click Here to Register or call (908) 852-1894 ext. 338

Invite Peace and Wellness to your life as you begin or continue your Meditation Practice with Jean Marie of Fostering the Journey.

IN ADDITION, join us for one half-hour of gentle Yoga before meditation if you choose.

Please bring a mat for Yoga


Tickets to An Octoroon

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by E. Teresa Choate

WHERE: Bauer Boucher Theatre Center, 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ
WHEN: October 11 - 19, 2019

The Kean Theatre Conservatory proudly presents The Octoroon, a new production broadly adapted from the wildly popular 19th century melodrama by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault.

We invite you to examine racism and sexism through the lens of whiteface, redface, and blackface with a multi-ethnic cast that is both adhering to and leaping across the lines of broad racial and sexual stereotypes.

There will be a talk-back after every performance, so be sure to stay once the play ends.

An Octoroon is for mature audiences only, regardless of one’s age.

Quote by Ben Brantley from the New York Times


Come to Rutherfurd Hall

WHEN: October 16, 2019 at 7:00 

Author Joe McGee will sign and speak about his book, Letters for Annie:Memories from World War II.

Halloween Paint Night Thursday!

WHEN: Thursday, October 17th, Kids Paint Night at 6:30 pm, Adult Wine and Paint Night (BYOB) at 7:00 pm

For Tickets Click Here or call (908) 852-1894 ext 338

Upcoming events at The Shakespeare Theatre!

Costume, Prop, and Everything Else Sale!

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory, 3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
RSVP to our Facebook event!

On stage at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre:

Something Wicked This Way Comes

WHEN: Monday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
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This year’s Something Wicked This Way Comes shines a lantern light on witches. We’ll deliver a potent brew of tales about witches good and bad, scary witches, funny ones, little twitchy witches, trios of them, their pets, their peeves, and their peevish pets! Not to mention their brooms!

Join us for a delightful evening of witch lore and arrive a bit early to enjoy a complimentary cup of witches brew and some Halloween treats before the performance!

Lend Us Your Ears Play Reading Series

by José Rivera

WHEN: Monday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $18; $16 for subscribers; and $10 for students!
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Presented as part of The Shakespeare Theatre's participation in LatinX ConXiónes, the 2019 project of the Morris Arts and Culture Collaborative.

Renaissance Runway: A Time-Traveling Fashion Show!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
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If you watch shows like Downton Abbey, The Crown, and Outlander as much for their fabulous period costumes as for their great stories, this event is for you! Travel back in time and get an insider’s glimpse of some of the Shakespeare Theatre’s favorite costumes, where the streets of Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, Italy become our “runway.” You’ll get an earful of fascinating fashion facts and the Theatre’s costumers will talk about some of the particular challenges of creating period clothing in modern times. There will be funny moments, a rich array of music, and “a blaze of finery” with our company artists appearing as our “top models”!

Tickets are $35 and include a wine and cheese reception, so you can enjoy some nibbles before feasting your eyes on these beautiful costumes. Great event for groups!

Something Merry This Way Comes

WHEN: Monday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
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Our annual holiday gift for our audience, Something Merry is just that – a collage of merry holiday tales, songs, and poems read by company members. We try to provide an antidote to the commercial glitz and blitz that permeates our lives each year at holiday time with this refreshing, nostalgic celebration of all the good things that the season symbolizes and encourages.

Upcoming classes at The Shakespeare Theatre:

Shakespeare in the Classroom

WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Designing and Building and Painting, Oh My!

WHEN: Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Register for an upcoming class!

For more information about any of these upcoming events, visit! Visit our website!

Monday, October 14, 2019


“If you do this, I will own you forever.”

Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson is haunted by the words he heard a dead soldier say as he took the photo, in 1993, that would win him the Pulitzer Prize and reshape American foreign policy.

Playwright Dan O’Brien, struggling with ghosts of his own, reaches out to Watson, and the two forge a friendship as they reckon with the traumas that have shaped their lives. The Body of an American is a bold, radically theatrical and poetic true story that ranges from Afghanistan and Iraq to the Canadian High Arctic.

Two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama. The Winner of the inaugural Edward Kennedy Prize, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, and the PEN Award for Drama.

WHEN: October 17-November 3
: Theatre at the Wilson School, 80 Hauxhurst Ave., Weehawken
TICKETS: $25 (limited seating)
800.838.3006 or



SO MANY of the nominees have performed for NBJP!

(Akiko, Brian Charette, Jerry Weldon, Radam Schwartz, Joe Magnarelli, Winard Harper, Brian Landrus, Nick Hempton, Johnny O'Neal, Champian Fulton,  Freddie Hendrix, Charlie Sigler, Vuyo Sotache, Paul Bollenback,  Charlie Apicella,  Benny Bennack III, Michelle Lordi, Victor Jones...and many more!)

Click the link below to cast your vote! You can vote daily until the end of October.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at Birdland,  Sunday November 24, at 4PM. Our own Virginia DeBerry will be a PRESENTER! Click here for Tickets

Keyboardist David Braham Leads Jam Session at October Social

David Braham

WHEN: Sunday, October 20. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the music is performed from 3-5 p.m., with one short intermission.
Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free to members. $10 for non-members, and there is a $10 food/beverage minimum
To reserve your spot in the jam session or for more information, email

Organist/pianist David Braham will lead an "old fashioned jam session/open mic" at the New Jersey Jazz Society's monthly Jazz Social. Joining Braham in the house band will be guitarist Mark Strickland and drummer Diego Lopez.

Braham has played with jazz giants such as saxophonists Lou Donaldson, Houston Person, and David "Fathead" Newman; and AllAboutJazz has described him as "one of the best organists on the scene today.

Guitarist Strickland was influenced by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass. He has performed with drummer Grady Tate and bassist John Heard, among others. Drummer Lopez established himself on New York's music scene in 2000, working with such musicians as pianist Hilton Ruiz, clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, and tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri.

Funding for the NJJS Socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lines in the Dust: JCTC Revives New Jersey Play About Race, Class & Public Education

WHEN & WHERE: 13-show run, with 10 shows (10/18-11/3) at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, and three shows (11/7 – 11/9) at New Jersey City University’s West Side Theatre, 285 West Side Ave., Jersey City; Doors: 7:30/ Show: 8:00  *Sunday Shows Only: Doors: 5:30/ Show: 6:00
for Merseles studios visit:; for West Side Theatre, visit:

Lines in the Dust, the Main Stage Projection of the 2019 fall season of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC), is a New Jersey Story depicting the volatile mix of race, class and inequality in public education.

A JCTC production and part of the nonprofit arts organization’s Stories of Greenville program, Lines in the Dust is being presented in a, New Jersey 07305.

Lines in the Dust, by Obie-Award winning actress & Pulitzer Prize nominated writer, Nikkole Salter, tells the story of the lengths a mother will go through to ensure a better future for her daughter. Set in 2010, Lines in the Dust explores the issue of separate and unequal schooling. The story follows a mother and Newark resident seeking to send her daughter to a better school in Millburn, which seems a risk worth taking, but may end up requiring a bigger sacrifice than she ever could have imagined.

Lines in the Dust is a contemporary fable about the injustices of a public school system where the quality of your children’s education can depend on solely on your street address. Originally commissioned by Luna Stage in West Orange to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown Versus Board of Education, the plays reveals the persistent racial and economic inequities defining public education in 21st century America.

Although fictional, Lines in the Dust is based on true events and real lives. The play’s ‘context issue’ may be school residency fraud, but the heart of its story are people struggling to maintain a sense of value in an amoral, hierarchal societal system where access to quality education often determines who has power.

If anything, the issue of educational disparity has only gotten more dire since Lines in the Dust premiered in 2014. Budget cuts, overcrowded classrooms and understaffing afflict schools across the county, especially with populations made up of working class and multiracial families. In Jersey City alone, more than 200 public school teachers were fired last May.

“I saw this play when it first opened and was so impressed with how intelligently written it is,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC.  “With all the problems with Jersey City schools, especially in neighborhoods like Greenville and Westside, the time is right to bring this new production of Lines in the Dust to Jersey City. What is happening with public education is just another form of segregation. Our children are our future, and how we educate all our children will determine what that future will be.” 

Lines in the Dust was commissioned by and received its world premiere at Luna Stage, then was followed by subsequent productions at the Cleveland Public Theatre, ETA Creative Arts in Chicago, the St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Women's Theatre Project in Nashville and the Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, Ariz.

The JCTC production is the first New Jersey production of the play since its initial run in 2014. In addition to a revised script, the new version features a new set design, as well as multimedia components, including video-mapping projections.

"I'm excited to share Lines in the Dust with Jersey City,” said Salter. “While the play takes place in Essex County, after seven productions across the country, I find that the story's dynamics resonate beyond the specificity of any town or region. I'm grateful my play is being produced at Jersey City Theater Center, and I hope the play and the production contribute to the important conversations about public education happening this ballot season in Jersey City."

The JCTC production is also the first time Lines is the Dust is being staged in New Jersey since its Luna Stage premiere in 2014. The director of the show is Cheryl Katz, a New Jersey-based theater professional, who is currently the co-director of The New Jersey Play Lab and was Artistic Director of Luna Stage when Lines in the Dust was commissioned. “I am thrilled with the success the play has had since its World Premiere, and even more gratified to have a hand in bringing this important and timely play back home to New Jersey, " said Katz.


Livingston Symphony Orchestra Opening Gala Concert

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 7:30 PM
: Livingston High School Auditorium, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston. The venue is wheelchair accessible with free adjacent parking and assistive hearing device availability.
ADMISSION: $25 (adults); $15(seniors and students); and free (children under 12 accompanied by adult).

The program, from sunny Spain (Bizet’s “Carmen” and Rimski- Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol”), to frozen Finland (“Sibelius Symphony No.2), will truly warm your soul.

The concert opens with excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen,” one of the most popular and oft performed operas of all times. The opera is a melodramatic story of love and murder set in Spain, with characters including soldiers, gypsies, smugglers and bullfighters, all depicted with finesse by the composer. “Carmen” was very different from previous operas that were based on mythology or morality plays, and it was initially rejected by French audiences. Unfortunately, Bizet died three months after the opera’s debut at age 36, calling “Carmen” a “definite and hopeless flop.” The opera went on to a rapturous reception in Vienna and throughout Europe, and remains among the top three operas performed today (along with “Aida” and “La Boheme”).

The concert continues with Rimski-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” a five movement suite based on Spanish folk melodies. Originally planned as a showcase for violin and orchestra, the work evolved to feature many solo players and be described by the composer as “glittering with orchestral color.” Featuring a large percussion section, the piece exemplifies the Spanish countryside in all of its heat and gypsy flavor. Solo cadenzas and fragments can be heard from the violin, flute, clarinet, harp, horn and harp, and in the “Fandango” Andalusian Dance movement, every section takes its turn leading the orchestra.

After intermission and a chance to meet and greet musicians, the concert concludes with Sibelius’ “Symphony No.2.” Sibelius’s music has been described as both nationalistic and also reflective of the bleak Finnish landscape, replete with forests, birds, and lakes. Written partially in Italy, some scholars have speculated that the symphony’s second movement described a struggle with Don Juan and the devil, a “confession of the soul” per the composer. The symphony is also viewed as four atmospheric tone poems based on the rich mythology of Finland. Regardless of interpretation, the intense and dramatic closing tune of this piece is just superb.

The orchestra is led by knowledgeable and approachable Maestro Anthony La Gruth, on hand to provide further insight in what promises to be an exciting program. For more information, call (973)980-1809 or visit or Facebook: Livingston Symphony-NJ.