Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Dec 2018 Concert Flyer

Perfect for the whole family or even a date night, admission is free for this concert event. Children under 12 are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult.

The concert will be held at Livingston High School, 30 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston at 7:30pm. The Orchestra is looking forward to sharing this magical time of year with the public.

Theater League of Clifton to Hold Auditions for “Golden Girls III”

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by John R. Logue

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
Mario’s Restaurant, 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton

The Theater League of Clifton will hold auditions its annual dinner/theater production at on for the show “Golden Girls III.”

The show is seeking performers (six cast members) to play parody versions of characters from the hit TV sitcom “The Golden Girls:” Dorothy, Blanche, Sophia, and Rose; along with a parody character of Adrian Monk from the quirky TV detective show “Monk;” and a parody of Jessica from the classic TV mystery show “Murder She Wrote.” The casting call is open to all genders, ethnicities, abilities and ages.

Performances are slated for Feb. 22, 23, 24 and March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at Mario’s Restaurant, which is located at 710 Van Houten Ave., Clifton. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees starting at 4 p.m.

Erin Woodward is the director of the production while Mark Peterson serves as the producer. Woodward is a graduate of Montclair High School (MSU) and a former president of the MSU School of Visual and Performing Arts. She directs and performs in New York City and New Jersey as a singer, actor, and clown. Peterson

IMAGE: Producer Mark Peterson (left) and director Erin Woodward.

Visual Stream Gallery Opening Reception: Winter SOULstice

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WHEN: Sunday,  December 16, 2018, 6pm-8pm
WHERE: Visual Stream Gallery Collective, 7 N. Main St, unit 1, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Participating artists: The five partner artists of Visual Stream Gallery Collective. These are:  Alia Bensliman, Aylin Green, Kathleen Hurley Liao, Bruce Lindsay, and Howard Michaels.

Celebrate the longest night of the year with Visual Stream Gallery. “Winter SOULstice” is an artist member exhibit featuring new work inspired by the myths, moods and soul of the season.

IMAGE: "Restoration Wreath," by Kathleen Hurley Liao

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Alliance Rep Schedules 2 Encore BENEFIT Performances of “The Good Father”


WHEN: 2 Encore BENEFIT performances! December 14 & 15 @ 8:00 pm
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit
PLEASE support Alliance Repertory Theatre with this important FUNDRAISER.

For reservations, call 908-472-1502 or visit 

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At Rachel’s New Year's Eve party, most of the guests are in the kitchen admiring photos of their babies. In the other room, two lonely strangers find themselves cut off from the rest. Jane (Lilli Marques) was invited because she knows the people in the kitchen. Tim (Brendan Scullin) was invited because he painted the kitchen. The pair spend a drunken night together and a few weeks later she calls him with some unexpected news. Witness their unlikely relationship develop in Alliance Repertory Theatre’s production of The Good Father.

Director Michael Driscoll calls The Good Father “a voyage of discovery that will take the audience through many emotions that are both identifiable and unmistakably human.  These two talented actors bring the complex characters to life beautifully.”

Monday, December 10, 2018

West Orange Arts Council Presents Small Works Exhibit and Holiday Boutique at the West Orange Arts Center

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Annual Holiday Boutique and Small Works Show

WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 from Noon-5pm. Small Works Members Show, which opened in November, can be viewed one hour prior to Luna Stage performances (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30pm - 8:00pm and Sundays from 2:00-3:30pm) and by appointment until December 16.  In addition, the West Orange Arts Center Gift Shop will also be open during this time with close to thirty participating artists’ work available for purchase.
WHERE: West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, New Jersey. 

The WOAC Holiday Boutique will feature an eclectic selection of original art, hand-crafted jewelry, cards, crochet snowflake mobiles, clothing, candles, custom made skin products and items for the home.  Participating local artists include Aaliyah-Nature's Pout, Carol Black-Lemon, Jan Carden, Josie Dakers Brathwaite, Monick David, Juanita Martin (Nitjuan Designs), Amelia Panico, Ann Vollum, Charlotte Wescott and more. 

The Small Works Exhibit’s framed paintings, watercolors, pastels, collages and photographs are all under 18 inches in size and priced for a one-of-a-kind gift under $200. WOAC members work in the show include Balkrishna E., Marina Carreira, Ann Ciaglia, Irene Dunsavage, Indira Govindan, Susan C. Harris, Dana Longstreet, Cheryl A. Patterson, C. Daniela Shapiro, Lisa Suss, Julia Thomson, Claudia Waters and Cindy Wolf.

The establishment of the West Orange Arts Center greatly enhances the ability of the WOAC to advocate for artists by creating more platforms for creative expression. For more information about the West Orange Arts Council or the West Orange Arts Center, email or visit

The West Orange Arts Council mission is to cultivate, inspire, and support the arts in West Orange. Area artists and community leaders remain the core of this all-volunteer organization that operates the West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shop at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ.  Welcome to the West Orange Arts Center! is this year’s exciting year-long celebration of the arts, representing various artists, workshops, exhibits, and activities strives to enhance the lives of the residents of the Township of West Orange and neighboring communities.

Celebrate the season with The Three Holiday Tenors


Kick off the holiday season with a bang and plenty of bling and join us for our family festival of traditional carols, a host of wintertime curiosities and a dazzling selection of renowned tenor classics that are sure to delight!

“We are thrilled to welcome The Three Holiday Tenors – each more talented than the next – to help us celebrate the Holiday season,” said Maestro David Wroe.

There is something for everyone....our concert is a vessel for children, parents, grandparents and friends – indeed the entire community – to come together through music at this unique time of the year.”


Learn more about this concertTAP Arts & Entertainment

Joe Ferrara Sings the American Songbook in Succasunna This Saturday Night


WHEN: December 15th from 7:30 to 9:30pm
Investors Bank Theater at the Horseshoe Lake Complex, 72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna
TICKETS: RAA Members - $20 online* in advance and $25 at the door, Gen. Admission - $25 online* in advance and $30 at the door
*Online ticket sales close the day before the event

Joe Ferrara is a singer and entertainer who has honed his skills not within the safe confines of academia, but in nightclubs, bars, lounges, concert halls, and other stages throughout North America. His experiences as a steadily working musician and performer in jazz bands, rock groups, Avant-garde ensembles and in theater, have shaped him into the well-rounded performer he is today.

A wearer of many musical hats, Joe Ferrara is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and recording engineer. As vocalist and primary songwriter for the rock band Father Divine, he has performed on stages throughout the United States and Canada, and shared bills with artists such as Fishbone, Seplutura, and Stone Temple Pilots. He has also worked as a nightclub entertainer with various acts in the greater New York area such as Harvey and The Wallbangers and The Amish Outlaws. In the world of Jazz, he has worked with the Tim Ouimette Big Band, The Red Bank Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan Swing, The Powerhouse Big Band, Rio Clemente, Lou Pallo and others.

Cabaret-Style “Cocktail Hour: The Show” Comes To Jersey City This Sunday

JCTC DANCE: Cocktail Hour: The Show

WHEN: Sunday, December 16 · Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:00 PM
: White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: $20 - $35

For group discounts on purchases of four or more tickets, email

For day-of-show student and senior discounts, visit the White Eagle Hall/JCTC Box Offices, with ID.

Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist, featuring the B-Twist Orchestra
See the Mai Tai, Martini, Manhattan and more spring off the menu and onto the stage in this electrifying production from New York City. Cocktail Hour: The Show, by Ballets with a Twist, reinvents the glamour and excitement of classic entertainment with a 21st-century flair, capturing the timeless American spirit in a series of dazzling vignettes. This sparkling mix of original choreography, music and design is high-style fun for all ages to enjoy.

The cabaret-style engagement will feature live music performed by the company’s own B-Twist Orchestra, an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians. Cocktails, mocktails, beer and wine will be available for purchase in the theater throughout the evening.

For every pair of tickets purchased, patrons will have the opportunity to add on a $60 dinner for two (including one drink per person) at Madame Claude Bis, an intimate French bistro located on the ground level of the White Eagle Hall building.

Timing and menu details are below. To redeem this offer, follow the system prompts when purchasing tickets.

Special Pre-Show Dinner for 2 at Madame Claude Bis – Prix Fixe Special
Menu Includes:

  • Choice of Appetizer (1 Per Patron)
  • Choice of EntrĂ©e (1 Per Patron)
  • Choice of Drink (1 Per Patron) - Beer, Wine or Well Cocktails
  • Choice of Shared Dessert

Seatings available from 3:30PM-4:00PM and from 8:00PM-8:30PM
Reservations recommended. Please call the restaurant at 201-876-8800.
For more information regarding the dinner offer, email

Strollers Issue multi-ethnic casting call for adults, teens and children (over 7)


The Day the Rainbow Broke Up

An original children’s show by Casey Bell

WHEN & WHERE: Sun, Dec 16, 2-4pm Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts); Tue, Dec 18, 7-9pm 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Performance dates: Feb 1 & 8, at 7pm, Feb 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, at 1pm and 3pm (double matinees on Saturday & Sunday)

Rehearsals will begin immediately, as holiday conflicts allow, and will be three times per week until Jan 20 (not all cast will be called for every rehearsal). From Jan 21, all cast members need to be available weekday evenings and weekend afternoons for full cast rehearsals.

About the show:

The seven colors of the rainbow have a big fight and break up. As each color goes off to be the rainbow on its own, they encounter creatures from nature who try to show them the error of their ways. But will the colors learn the lesson? Can the rainbow be saved?

With a little music, a little dance, plenty of comedy, and a whole lot of heart, this show is a fantasy of color and costumes that is a hit with the whole family.

Characters (double casting is possible):

The color (kids & teens; gender neutral)

  • Red  (a happy loner)
  • Orange  (a dramatic worrywart) Yellow  (a natural leader)
  • Green  (a peacemaker)
  • Blue  (a chill dude)
  • Indigo  (snooty but lovable)
  • Violet  (high-key emotional)

The creatures (adults & teens; gender neutral)

  • Indigo bunting bird(s)
  • Tree (and shrubs)
  • Butterfly(ies)
  • Lion (and other safari animals)
  • Fish (and Tiny Bubbles)
  • Rose & Bud
  • Bee (and swarm)

The personalities and creativity of the cast members will contribute to characterizations. This is a collaborative project where kids can learn stagecraft as well as explore ideas and, keeping with the theme of the play, celebrate cooperation and diversity. 

For more information and sides:

Questions? write to



Invite peace and wellness to your life with Meditation!

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30-7:30 pm.  IN ADDITION, join us for one half-hour of Gentle Yoga before Meditation if you choose. Yoga begins promptly at 5:50 and ends 6:20 (Please bring a Mat for Yoga)
WHERE: Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy
FEE: $15 per session for Meditation- $7 for Yoga
Click Here to Register or call (908) 852-1894 ext. 338

This session we will introduce  Ignation Guided Meditation/ Prayer.

Facilitated by Fostering the Journey with Jean Marie DuHamel

Holiday Cheer at CTG December 15th - 16th

By The Black River Singers
Directed by Clifford H. Parrish

WHEN: December 15th, 8 PM – December 16th, 2 PM
Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
TICKETS: $15.00

Get into the spirit of the season with this light-hearted evening of songs and stories bound to fill even the crabbiest scrooge with the warmth and joy of the holidays.