Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AFFORDABLE ALL-DAY THEATRE CAMP FOR YOUTH & TEENS @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE

Affordable All-Day Theatre Camp for Youth and Teens

WHEN: July 3 - 28, 2017, Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm; No classes July 4
WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Rd., New Brunswick
TUITION: $650

FEATURED CLASSES:

Play Production: Rising Company Ages 9 - 12
July 17 - 28, 2017

Rising Company ventures into a fun, mythic world of imagination to develop, rehearse, and perform an original, action-packed play.  Students learn the foundations of acting through improvisation, character development, and collaborative activities as they create a performance to share with family and friends.

Junior Company Ages 5 –8
July 17 - July 28, 2017

Junior Company cultivates students’ imagination and spirit of fun! Inspired by a classic children’s story, students will learn the foundations of theatre by creating an original story, developing characters and participating in the design process. The class will culminate with a performance for family and friends.


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL @ STNJ FOR “THE BUNGLER” BY MOLIERE

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

Use code SALE2 for $39 tickets to all 7:30 p.m. performances!*

Buy tickets!

Illustration by Scott McKowen

*Offer expires July 2 and is only valid on post-opening 7:30 p.m. performances. Not valid on prior purchases and other restrictions may apply. Please call the Box Office for more information.

SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS @ HAM START SOON

Summer Workshops for Adults at HAM

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Discover a hidden talent or brush up on your skills by joining us for a workshop at the Hunterdon Art Museum. We are offering a variety of workshops and classes that you're going to love. You'll learn a lot and have a blast doing it under the guidance of our faculty of artists and educators, professional storytellers, book and fiber artists.

Below are a few popular offerings, but to see everything, visit our website!


Painting: Pushing the Limits 
with Bascha Mon
WHEN: starts Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.

Toss the rules out the window and throw caution to the winds in this class that encourages imaginations to soar! Students of all skill levels are welcome in this class that kicks off with a discussion on contemporary art as a springboard to create works in oils, acrylics and mixed media.  Students work on individual projects with guidance from the instructor. For adults and teens, 16 and up. Register

Wine & Design: Paint Party
with Linda Schroeder
WHEN: Friday, July 14, 6 p.m.

Drink creatively in this workshop that encourages you to discover your inner artist in a fun and creative atmosphere. Artist Linda Schroeder will walk you through the steps of creating your own painting on canvas.  No previous art experience is necessary. Ages 21 and up. Register

Drawing: Pastels, Charcoal, Pencil
with Lena Shiffman
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.

This one-day workshop introduces and builds upon fundamental drawing concepts that translate across mediums. Practice and experiment with your materials (pastel, charcoal and pencil) to learn what you like best and to develop your skills in drawing from observation. For adults and teens, age 16 and up. Register


Support Artistic Expressions Program Before June 30 Deadline

Support our Artistic Expressions program that helps adults with developmental disabilities before our June 30 deadline.

The Hunterdon Art Museum's Artistic Expressions program is so much more than a class. Through the program, students discover an avenue of multi-sensory stimulation, have the chance to enhance critical social skills by working with teachers and other students, and experience an open studio with close personal instruction and guidance from dedicated art teachers.

An open studio means it’s all about choice.  Students are presented with a variety of materials and are encouraged to express their own vision in this fun, supportive class. The instructor offers guidance on using the materials, but the students are in charge of making all the creative choices.

The benefits of the Artistic Expressions program are significant. Students show improvements in cognitive function; make significant progress in fine and gross motor skills including hand-eye coordination and dexterity. And they gain confidence by creating and completing their own unique works of art.
Simply put, Artistic Expressions touches lives in ways that are simple, yet profound.

We seek your help in supporting our Artistic Expressions program. To meet our fundraising goal, we need to raise $5,000 by June 30. We ask you to consider making a gift of $500, $100, $50 or whatever you can afford, to support this unique—and greatly needed—program.

Click here to donate, and please note in the message box that your generous gift is for Artistic Expressions.

ENROLL YOUR CHILD IN DREAMCATCHER JR. THIS SUMMER

 
WHEN: Classes run July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm
WHERE: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ.

We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.

Read more:

http://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/#!summer-theatre-conservatory/ctfi

DREAMCATCHER REP’S MONOLOGUES @ MONDO BEGIN JULY 8

In the summer of 2014, DRT presented a series of solo works as readings at MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit. The series was received with such enthusiasm, that since then we return to MONDO every summer with our Monologues@MONDO series.

WHEN: Thursday evenings at 8PM, July 8 ~ July 27
WHERE:
MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue * Summit, NJ
TICKETS: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
To take advantage of the $5 discount, reserve your tickets in advance.
www.MondoSummit.com

To reserve you can email: info@mondosummit.com or call: 917-969-4534
and leave a message with your name and the # of seats requested.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm 

Ann
by Holland Taylor

Featuring: Noreen Farley

ANN is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Written and originally performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor, ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

"... fiery, salty and brash!" —The New York Times

Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

All the Rage

by Martin Moran

Featuring: Harry Patrick Christian

Martin wondered for most of his adult life about anger. Surely he should have more rage about the crime he experienced as a boy, shouldn't he? Everyone thinks so. The question haunts him and sends him on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg. Jumping from dream to memory to fact, he finds himself in an electric encounter with his fuming stepmother, lost in Africa with a guide who can't read maps, in a room translating the details of an asylum seeker's torture. With equal parts honesty and entertainment, ALL THE RAGE attempts to solve an ancient human riddle: How is it that one moment we might reach out in compassion and the next...kill?

"... brilliant, funny and touching." —The New Yorker

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Night Watcher

by Charlayne Woodard

Featuring: Nicole Callender

Simultaneously a best friend, mentor, psychologist, and surrogate mother to the many young people who call her "Auntie," Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace, candor and wit, THE NIGHT WATCHER is the story of a woman who chooses not to have children-only to be pulled into the real-life struggles of kids of all ages, races and backgrounds.

"Marvelous storytelling...a truly affecting piece of theater." —TheaterMania.com

Scott McGowan

Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm

The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me

by Dan Butler

Featuring: Scott McGowan

Billed as a "whirlwind tour of the gay American landscape," this one-man show juxtaposes ten predominantly gay characters in fourteen vignettes. Moving, funny and eye-opening, THE ONLY THING WORSE... turns inside out the experiences and perceptions surrounding gayness in modern America. The characters question, contradict and especially challenge one another's credo of what "being gay" really means.

"...you certainly don't have to be gay to appreciate Butler's people ... recognizable life as lived to straight or gay alike." —The New York Post

COMEDY SHOWCASE THIS FRIDAY IN BASKING RIDGE

Colton Biondi Comedy Performance

Stand-up Comedy Showcase

WHEN: Friday, June 30th, at 8:00 pm
WHERE:
English Barn. Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation.
For questions, please call Kathy Harris, Operations Manager, at 908-636-7576 or send an email to admin@farmsteadarts.org.

Farmstead Arts presents a Stand-Up Comedy Showcase Performance in the English Barn, featuring professional comics Kurt Zimmerman, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s Chris Sicoli alongside local teens and adults trying their hand at comedy, some for the first time! The Showcase is open to the public.

Among the evening’s performers will be budding comics who are participating in the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop offered at the Farmstead in the month of June. Student performers include Ridge High School senior Spencer Charleson and sophomore Arohi Dandawate, Carol Baldessari from Monroe Township, Denville resident Jeff Hovey, and returning for his second year in the workshop, Ed McCarty from Bridgewater, a frequent performer in Lord Stirling Theater productions at the Farmstead.

Workshop instructor Kurt Zimmerman returns to reprise his role as mentor after a resounding success with the 2016 workshop at the Farmstead. Zimmerman “loves watching people get in touch with their inner funny and sharing it with the world. This class is always a treat to be a part of because of the growth I see in the participants. ” The weekly classes offer an intensive introduction to the techniques of writing and performing original material. By Friday night, students will have worked to develop and polish material, developing a dialogue with the audience, how to read laughter, or lack of laughter and getting comfortable in front of the microphone. Headliner Zimmerman has been making audiences laugh at Catch a Rising Star in the Princeton Hyatt, Grovers Mills Coffee House in West Windsor, Parx Casino, Rock N Joe’s in Union, NJ, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and the Stand in NYC, Sarcasms in Cherry Hill and Hightstown, Comedy Cabaret in Philadelphia, and LOL Comedy Club in Paulsboro and Glassboro. He will be joined by fellow professionals Lynne Emonds, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s own Chris Sicoli.

The barn is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to admin@farmsteadarts.org.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO PRINCETON TO PICNIC AND EXPLORE THE STONY BROOK

Holly Welles and SBMWSA Stony Brook Stream Walk w Jeff Hoagland at DR GreenwayExplore the Stony Brook at Greenway Meadows Park

WHEN: July 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (rain date: July 7). Picnic at 5:30 p.m., walk begins 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton
ADMISSION: Suggested donation $5 person; register at rsvp@drgreenway.org 609-924-4646
www.drgreenway.org

Explore the Stony Brook at Greenway Meadows Park with a Walk and Picnic at D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center.  The walk will be led by Jeff Hoagland (below, right), Education Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.

Bring your own picnic—beverages and dessert will be provided. Eat on the terrace before embarking on an exploratory walk.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChildren will search for and learn about creatures that live in the stream. Water shoes/boots are recommended for wading into the water. This fun evening outdoors is for the whole family.

“We’re delighted to partner once again with the Watershed Association for this annual activity that begins at our Johnson Education Center and travels to the banks and riffles of the Stony Brook,” says D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association are the two big environmental groups of the region and there’s a lot of synergy between our groups. We do different work, but our work is complementary.”

clip_image002In fact, D&R Greenway was founded in 1989 through the collaboration and vision of the Watershed Association, Friends of Princeton Open Space, Regional Planning Partnership, and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission. D&R Greenway’s founders realized the region's open space was threatened with extinction and their vision for an organization dedicated to the preservation of the region’s remaining natural areas led to the creation of a small grassroots organization that completed the first nonprofit acquisition using Green Acres funds in 1992. Hoagland remembers when “The Greenway Project was nestled at the Watershed Association, perfectly complementing our environmental advocacy and education programs.”

“Keeping water clean, safe and healthy is at the heart of the Watershed Association’s mission,” says Watershed Association Executive Director Jim Waltman. “As a consequence of our work, thousands of acres have been protected through our advocacy efforts, including lands along the Stony Brook where the July 6 walk will take place. Since 1949 the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association has worked to protect water and the environment through a concerted collection of activities including speaking for clean water in a wide range of legal forums, educating people about our place in the watershed, and putting citizen scientists in the waterways to monitor their health.”

“D&R Greenway permanently preserves watershed lands and large-scale landscapes, thereby preventing the loss of open space to development,” says Mead. “We provide the public with appropriate access to these areas, encouraging active lifestyles and a greater appreciation of the natural world, and also seek to inspire a conservation ethic promoting policies, educational programs and partnerships that result in a public commitment to land preservation.”

Hoagland has dedicated more than 30 years to the Watershed Association and environmental education. As Education Director he leads workshops and programs for teachers, students and the public, partners with local organizations and municipal groups, speaks at community events and inspires others to love the natural world. He is most at home out there, in the wild.

THE BARN THEATRE TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR TERRENCE McNALLY DRAMA, “MOTHERS AND SONS”

Mothers and Sons Auditions, July 16 and 17, 2017

AUDITION NOTICE:

MOTHERS AND SONS
By Terrence McNally
directed by Tom Schopper

WHEN: Sunday and Monday, July 16 & 17, from 7pm to 10pm
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located at the end of Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ.  For directions to the theatre, please see http://www.barntheatre.org/directions.asp

At turns funny and powerful, the play centers on Katherine Gerard, a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of Cal, her late son Andre's partner. Cal, however, is now married to Will, with whom he has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as Katherine revisits the past and begins to see the life her son, Andre, might have led

Written by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally, Mothers and Sons was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tyne Daly).  Mothers and Sons is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Character breakdown:

  • Katherine Gerard: (60’s +) Andre's mother; wealthy and very self-assured; bitterly carrying a tremendous loss.
  • Cal Porter: (mid 40s to 50) Andre's former lover, now married to Will; a man with deep pain, but “reborn” due to his child and husband, more reserved than his husband, Will, but nonetheless passionate and personable; works in finance.
  • Will Ogden: (30s) Cal's husband; an early career writer; idealistic; more hopeful than Cal and very strong-willed and outspoken.
  • Bud Ogden-Porter: (6-10) a curious first grader with boundless energy and inquisitive nature (PLEASE NOTE: Bud is supposed to be 6 yrs old, but ideally we will audition older boys, up to age 10 or so, who might look smaller/younger than 10.)

Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time. All roles are available and casting is open; newcomers are especially welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. If interested, please contact info@barntheatre.org

Performance Dates (Sept. 8 - 30, 2017):

Friday, September 08, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 09, 2017 at 2pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2pm
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 8pm (Potential Benefit Performance)
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8pm

***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition (not after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.

BUCKCHERRY PLAYS WHITE EAGLE HALL IN JERSEY CITY ON JULY 6TH

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BUCKCHERRY

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
WHERE: White Eagle Hall • 337 Newark Avenue • Jersey City, NJ
TICKETS: $30 – $32.75
To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

The White Eagle Hall show is one of only a handful of East Coast dates by Buckcherry, who returns to the road after a six-month hiatus from live performances. "The East Coast is where Buckcherry has sold the most records,” said Josh Todd, Buckcherry’s front man. “It’s where it all began for us and this is something that I never forget. When we do shows there it always brings out the X factor."

Founded in 1995, the Los Angeles hard Rock quintet, known for their riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops, is responsible for smash hits including Lit Up off their gold-certified 1999 self-titled debut as well as Crazy Bitch and Sorry from 2006's platinum-selling 15. Along the way, they've shared stages with everybody from AC/DC and Mötley Crüe to Slipknot and Rob Zombie as well as festival bills including Bamboozle with Bon Jovi, In-N-Iron, and Sturgis. Buckcherry’s recent release Rock 'n' Roll—the group’s seventh full-length album—staunchly upholds the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of new anthems primed to explode on impact.

Buckcherry’s 2017 tour line up features: Josh Todd (vocals), Stevie Dacanay (guitar), Kelly Lemieux (Bass), Sean Winchester (drums), Kevin Roentgen (guitar). Opening for Buckcherry at White Eagle Hall is the New York/New Jersery-based MoTHER and Commonwealth.

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Originally constructed in 1910, the newly restored White Eagle Hall is an impressive new venue for arts and entertainment, including concerts, theater, performances and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall features complete Food & Beverage service, with two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhanced the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.

To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

JAZZ IN NEW BRUNSWICK THIS WEEK

MYRON WALDEN Quartet

  • MYRON WALDEN - Tenor Sax
  • Akiko Tsuruga – Organ
  • Bob DeVos – Guitar
  • Chris Smith - Drums

"Listening to saxophonist Myron Walden is like watching Daedalus fly too close to the sun-it's exhilarating to see him glide past chord changes and conventional jazz structures, but there's the constant fear that if he goes any higher, his wings will melt. Somehow, that never happens." ~ Aidan Levy, Jazz Times

"Nat Hentoff, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said "Myron Walden...is simultaneously the most insistently personal and instantly accessible musician of his generation." The Wall Street Journal also commented on Walden's distinctive brand of commitment "Mr. Walden is one of our more primal and emotional players-on any instrument. He brings the raw intensity of a Mississippi bluesman to modern jazz." 

MIKE BOND &  KRISTINA KOLLER

"Kristina Koller is a very original contemporary jazz vocalist, one that anyone interested in jazz, or for that matter progressive music, needs to hear..." Kristina Koller

Mike Bond is known for his smooth virtuosity, which spans the breadth of jazz, blues, latin, swing, bossa nova and contemporary classics. 


"Our" Michael has a growing audience in the NYC music scene and around the world. He has shared the stage with a host of luminaries including Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, & Curtis Lundy. He has also performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. He is a featured artist on guitarist Jean Chaumont's upcoming debut album "The Beauty Of Differences" featuring artists Ike Sturm, Sam Sadigursky, and Rudy Royston. It will be released in November, 2017.

PREMIERE STAGES’ “PLAY FACTORY SHOWS” FOR KIDS OPEN ON JULY 12: PLAN ON GIVING YOUR CHILD A GIFT OF THEATRE

Premiere Stages' Play Factory Shows for Kids

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Bright Star Touring Theatre’s
The Velveteen Rabbit
WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:
Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
TICKETS: $15

This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children. A heartwarming story about a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates unconditional love and true beauty with a strong anti-bullying message.  Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)

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Stone Soup & Other Stories

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26. at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
TICKETS: $15

A well-seasoned blend of folk tales from Africa, India, Eastern Europe, and the United States, with a gentle emphasis on the joy of reading. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)

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Hansel & Gretel/Goldilocks & The 3 Bears

WHEN: Wednesday, August 2. at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union
TICKETS: $15

A delight to the heart and to the senses, this is a double bill of two cherished favorites. Colorful costumes and lively music and dance bring the beloved characters to life before your very eyes, complete with a witch, dancing bears, and resourceful children. Recommended for Ages 3 to 10. (Please note that while this event is general admission, seating preference will be given to school, camp and community groups.)

All seats are $15, with a discounted group rate of $10 available for groups of eight (8) or more.

SINGLE TICKETS
Single tickets may be purchased by calling 908-737-SHOW (7469) or clicking here.

Seating is general admission, but preference is given to school, camp, and community groups.

GROUP SALES

Please contact Heather Kelley at 908-737-4077 or hkelley@kean.edu. Groups reserving prior to May 5 will additionally receive an "Early Bird" discount of $50 off total purchase.

Monday, June 26, 2017

VISUAL ARTS CENTER OF NJ OFFERS SUMMER CAMP FOR ADULTS

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SIP AND SAMPLE
a Summer Adult Art Camp held in the evenings

WHEN: every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:30pm beginning on July 12 and concluding on August 16
WHERE: The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ
TUITION: $300, which covers materials and snacks. Campers must bring their own beverages.
This camp is open to students aged 21 and up. Register by phone at 908-273-9121, online at http://www.artcenternj.org, or in person at the Art Center.

Each week the campers will sample a different art medium, led by a professional working artist. The media included are: ceramics on the potter’s wheel, collage and mixed media, painting with acrylics on canvas, zentangle, indigo dying, and printmaking.

Students are encouraged to bring along their favorite beverage, and enjoy art-making in a fun, festive, and relaxed atmosphere. “It’s so rare that adults have the opportunity to try new things,” says Cynthia McChesney, Director of Development and Marketing. “This sampler gives adults the chance to experiment and explore in a warm and supportive environment.”