Friday, April 16, 2021

Yoga on the Terrace Starts Tomorrow @ HAM

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Yoga at HAM is Back!


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WHERE: HAM's Toshiko Takaezu Terrace
WHEN: starting April 17 




About Michele Mizeski (Padma)

Michele Mizeski (Padma)Michele began practicing yoga and meditation in 2007. She has been teaching since 2014 when she received her certification in Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in California, where she was given the name, Padma, meaning "The Lotus." Since then, she has been continuing her education in Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Aerial Yoga. She has volunteered on Buddhist and Yoga Retreat centers in Colorado, Hawaii, and Georgia, nursing homes, independent living centers, and festivals. She has also completed two ten day silent Vipassana meditation courses, one in California and one in India! She is an animal lover who enjoys traveling, dancing, reading, hiking, and rock climbing. She is grateful to share with you all that she has learned! Namaste.



Summer Art Camps on the Terrace are happening! More details on camps starting Monday! 






Jersey City Songwriter/Musician Releases First Full-length Album, Life's Not Fair, Kid

Michael Shofi,  a professional songwriter/studio musician living in Jersey City,  has released his first full-length album entitled Life’s Not Fair, Kid. With COVID eliminating most live music from the picture, he began working at Trader Joe’s in Hoboken and focusing in on studio work/music production. After shifts until midnight, he  would come home and record (hopefully not disturbing his neighbors too much), and a year after he started the process, the album is finally done.

Michael says, "I have so many feelings wrapped up in this work.  Feelings of happiness, hopelessness, love, nostalgia, and fatigue. Life’s Not Fair, Kid is an homage to March/April of 2020.  An emotional timestamp that encapsulates so many of the strong feelings I had during the early pandemic.  I sincerely hope that you can find relatability, comfort, and perspective in the album."


Free Outdoor Performances at the Englewood Public Library


Black Box Performing Arts Center and the Englewood Public Library are teaming up again to bring FREE theater to the Englewood area! For three nights in April, May, and June, come to the Library for “WILDE Nights on the Lawn: Dynamic Script-in-hand Performances of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Black Box PAC has performed outdoor Shakespeare on the Library Lawn for the past three summers. In 2020, the performances looked a little different, with masks and distancing among audience groups. Protocols will be the same for these upcoming performances: patrons must wear a mask, bring their own chairs, and be socially distanced on the library lawn.

This wildly entertaining comedy follows two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, create alter egos to escape burdensome social obligations. They both take on the name ‘Ernest’ to woo the lovely Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, causing cases of mistaken identity and uproarious consequences. This witty farcical comedy examines Victorian social hypocrisy, and considered Oscar Wilde’s most popular play.

Look out for more outdoor performances with BBPAC's 4th summer of Free Shakespeare in the Park, this year in residence at Overpeck County Park Amphitheater. 

Visit for more info on Shakespeare, Open Mic Nights, and the upcoming performances of Fat Men in Skirts by Nicky Silver.

WHEN: Three Tuesday Nights at 8pm: April 20, May 25, and June 22.
WHERE: Englewood Library lawn, Englewood, NJ
Call 201-568-2215, ext. 8222 or email to register for a spot!

Theatre Is Coming Back! 


Get an Inside Look at ArtsBergen's Connect the Dots: Studio Sneak Peek, Featuring Artists in a Virtual Tour of Their Studios

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT
: Zoom

Get a sneak peek of three artists' work from their studios in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative's Connect the Dots.. The Connect the Dots' Studio Sneak Peek will showcase these established artists in their studios in pre-recorded videos: pianist Carolyn Enger, fine artist Paul Leibow, and mixed media artist Poramit Thantapalit. 

The public is invited to attend and get an inside look into the lives of three artists and how they work. The artists will discuss and demonstrate their creative process for a recent work, a current unfinished project or their practice in general. A live panel discussion follows, with Q and A in virtual breakout rooms with each artist and time for networking. Artists, community members, business owners, municipal leaders, developers, educators, and healthcare leaders are invited to attend, learn and connect with the regional arts community in this free event.

Featured Artists

Pianist Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, as well as her deeply felt interpretations of works from the 18th century to the present. In addition to an active performance schedule on two continents, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist. The New York Times selected her Naxos recording of intimate Ned Rorem miniatures, Piano Album I & Six Friends, as one of the newspaper’s “Best In Classical Recordings” for that year. Gramophone declared, “Enger raises the miniatures to a higher level.”

Artist Paul Leibow works in painting, sculpture, mix media and film. A documentary art video about his archival process was selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Arts' program for art on film. He has created art works for recording artist Bruce Springsteen for his world tour, including books and branded icons and logos utilized for his concerts. In 2019, he was awarded an art residency at Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and has two editions archived in the New Mexico Museum of Art. In 2020, his artworks were featured in Artmaze Magazine's Winter Issue 16.

A native of Thailand, Poramit Thantapalit has over 15 years experience, as a graphic designer, artist and photographer with global marketing organizations. He has produced works in various mediums, such as recycled mixed media, photography, cyanotype print and installation arts. His works have been exhibited at the Arcadia Earth Museum, National Academy Museum, Passaic County Art Center, IPCNY PrintFest at Robert Miller Gallery, and Sodertalje Arts Gallery in Sweden, among many others. His poster designs have been exhibited in Spain, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Ecuador, Mexico and China.

Pre-registration is required and may be done online at  Registration is free, and donations are welcome to help offset the cost of producing the programs. 

Once registered, participants will receive a link via the email they provided to the Connect the Dots: Studio Sneak Peek Zoom meeting registration online site closer to the event's date. For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, ArtsBergen, or Connect the Dots, contact or call 201-568-5608.

Connect the Dots
ArtsBergen's Connect the Dots presents an ongoing series of networking events for the arts community and those interested in the arts. Held in different venues throughout Bergen County, New Jersey and virtually during COVID-19, each event presents a range of exciting activities and time to network. These activities include exhibitions, speakers, and unique, interactive arts experiences. Connect the Dots aims to create a safe and open environment, where artists and other community sector representatives can spark relationships and collaborate. The program also strengthens and connects the arts community through professional development presentations and the sharing of creative ideas, work, resources and talent.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, philanthropy, public health, and the arts. NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources. For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608. Follow the Foundation on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen, Instagram at nnjcf, Twitter @NNJCF and YouTube.

About ArtsBergen
ArtsBergen, a Northern New Jersey Community Foundation initiative, is an arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey supporting and encouraging creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts. For more information, visit

NJJS Virtual Social—Celebrating Lionel Hampton

NJJS's April Virtual Social: 
Celebrating the Life & Music of Lionel Hampton

WHEN: Saturday, April 17 from 7-8 p.m.  
New Jersey Jazz Society Facebook page and YouTube channel

Lionel Hampton, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 94, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year. He was nominated by the co-leaders of the current Lionel Hampton Big Band, created in 2015 with the blessings of The Lionel Hampton Estate.

Three of those co-leaders—bassist Christian Fabian, saxophonist Lance Bryant, and special guest, vibraphonist Jason Marsalis—will celebrate Hampton’s life and music at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social.

Donations appreciated via or PayPal: 

Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET

Musical Convergences: From Yiddish Art Song to African American Spiritual—Online Performance and Discussion, April 22 

WHEN: April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Advance registration is required at

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, an award-winning American singer and musician specializing in Yiddish song, has created remarkable music influenced by very diverse traditions—Yiddish art songs, African American Spirituals, Chassidic melodies, folk songs from the African American South, and more. Russell will give a performance and engage in discussion about the musical convergences that define his work. Dr. Josh Kun, an award-winning cultural historian, will moderate the program, navigating through the rich worlds of sound from which Russell creates his unique and inventive interpretations.

This online program is presented by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. It is the Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program supported by the Karma Foundation, and cosponsored by the Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

Anthony Russell is a vocalist, composer, and arranger of Yiddish song whose work in Jewish music has brought him to stages all over the world. His work includes the album Convergence (2018) with the klezmer band Veretski Pass, and also performances and recordings with the band Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers), which creates contemporary, idiosyncratic, and unique interpretations of music in the Yiddish language.

Dr. Josh Kun, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is professor and chair in cross-cultural communication, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. An expert on the intersection of arts, culture, and politics, his books and curated projects include Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (2005), and Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations (2010).

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life connects the university with the community through public lectures, symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events, and teacher training.

Opening Reception of CAT AESTHETICS @ Deep Space Gallery

Greetings, Deep Space friends and family!

Join us for the Opening Reception of CAT AESTHETICS, our much-anticipated cat-themed exhibition featuring more than 75 works by over 30 artists based locally and abroad. We are big animal lovers here at Deep Space, and we definitely have a very special affection for felines, as do many of our artists.

We cannot wait to share these awesome pieces with you!! RSVP now to reserve your visit time slot on IG @deepspacejc or via email at

Contact us to reserve a visit time slot* via DM on instagram @deepspacejc or via email at

As a health and safety precaution, we've made the Opening Reception an eight-hour event so  we can accommodate staggered visits and fewer visitors in the gallery at a time. The Opening Reception visiting hours are:

 *Friday, April 16th from 3-11pm*

All ages welcome!! Four-legged friends, too!!

*Visit time slots are 30 minutes each and there is a maximum of six visitors in the gallery at a time. Masks and social distancing are required. We also encourage regular use of hand sanitizer and hand washing. To those not feeling well: please stay home and get well; we are happy to send you links to view all available works remotely as well as to email you a catalog of works from this show.

Our downstairs variety shop will be hosting THE CAT'S MEOW market featuring local small business vendors. Guests are encouraged to check out the market and hunt for great finds from local makers and object curators!


The exhibiting artists will be on the premises at various points throughout the Opening Reception. Let us know if there is a particular artist who you would like to meet and we can help you schedule an appointment for a corresponding time slot when they will be present. See the list of exhibiting artists below.

NJ Rep presents Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick in Sitting & Talking




A Virtual Presentation
Free of Charge
Thursday, April 15, through Sunday, April 18

A New Play by Lia Romeo
Produced by Mile Square Theatre
Directed by James Glossman
Starring Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick

Special Live Stream Q&A with Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick on Saturday, April 17, at 8pm (reservations required for the Q&A)

Charles (Dan Lauria) and Enid (Wendie Malick) are in their sixties, and have never tried online dating before, especially not over video chat. But due to the pandemic they are confined to their homes, so why not. There's a first time for everything. A love story in the time of Corona.

New Jersey Repertory Company

NJ Rep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theater. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Program support comes from The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Manasquan Bank, Monmouth County CARES, Investors Bank Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


Another SVP Show Opening Night You Won't Want to Miss! 

Virtually opening at SVP

The Importance of Being Earnest


Virtual Performances

Friday, April 16 8PM

Saturday, April 24 8PM

Sunday, May 2 7PM


Tickets are $12 per device.


Set in Victorian England, The Importance of Being Earnest is the story of two young bachelors who have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John "Jack" Worthing has invented a ne'er-do-well brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the charming and sophisticated Gwendolen Fairfax in the city. Meanwhile Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff decides to pose as the non-existent Ernest to woo Jack's young and attractive ward, Cecily Cardew. When all four lovers end up together at Jack's country estate, the men struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.



Alex Luckenbaugh

Kate Mochnacz

Patrick Horan

Darin Earl

Lorraine Ford DeMan

Barry Leonard

Krystina Matos

Roberta Steve

Omar Ahmed



Emily Windus


Richard Butler

Stage Manager

Shannen Rivers