Sunday, February 23, 2020

Laser Spectacular: Celebrating Pink Floyd! March 6

WHEN: Friday, March 6, 8 PM
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway

Paramount’s Laser Spectacular is the smash hit, multi-media laser and light show, featuring the Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd.

Celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd, Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has become a cult classic, presenting the music of Pink Floyd, as you’ve never seen before!

Surrounded by walls of concert quality sound, Laser Spectacular carries viewers away on a mind-expanding journey driven by cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, large screen video projection, and special lighting effects. Your senses are confronted with an array of visual displays, choreographed to the legendary sounds of Pink Floyd.

The Laser Spectacular has become a rite of passage for any young rock n’ roller. You are not “Rock Certified” until you have witnessed the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular! Nowadays, you will see Classic Rockers along with a new generation of fans! So, parents, score “cool points” with your teenagers and bring them along!”


Cherish The Ladies

Cherish The Ladies

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, at 2PM
The Theatre at RVCC | 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
TICKETS: $30 & $40

For more information or to purchase by phone, call the box office at 908.725.3420, weekdays, from 11-4.

One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years. Under the leadership of All-Ireland flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, this Irish-American super group creates an unforgettable performance that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. With a level of artistic, historic, and purely enticing entertainment unlike any in its genre, the group’s reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow as it blazes forward into another decade of music-making.

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Over the past three decades, they have toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics and recorded 17 critically acclaimed albums including their latest release, “Heart of the Home.”

Sensory-Friendly Astronomy and Music Show Set at RVCC Planetarium

The Sky Above

WHEN: Saturdays, March 7 and April 4, at 5 p.m.
RVCC, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
ADMISSION: $10 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. For additional information and to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit

The sensory-friendly astronomy and music show, approximately 45 minutes in length, is specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities. Neurotypical children are welcome as well.

The program, which is presented on a kindergarten level, is appropriate for audiences of all ages. We provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to everyone.

During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level.

The show will include music, laser lights, stories, and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic level.



WHEN: Sun, March 1, 4 pm. Reception to follow.
Eric Brown Theater of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
ADMISSION: Free; with a suggested $10 donation
Reservations suggested
For more information and to reserve tickets, visit or call 201-408-1465.

Faculty members pianist Steven Masi and violinist Samuel Katz, and guest artist, cellist Barbara Mallow, will perform “Beethoven at 250,” featuring the “Ghost” and “Archduke” Trios by Beethoven.

Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, founding director of the Thurnauer School of Music said, “We are delighted to present such fine musicians performing these two great masterpieces by Beethoven. This is a special way to celebrate the enduring legacy of Beethoven in his 250th year.”

About the Artists

Samuel Katz

Violinist Samuel Katz has been praised by the New York Times for playing with "...lovely sound and lyricism.”  Samuel has concertized extensively throughout Europe and U.S. He was featured as a soloist with the New York Youth Symphony on their 50th anniversary concert in Carnegie Hall, collaborating with Cho-Liang Lin and Michelle Kim.

Barbara Stein Mallow

Barbara Stein Mallow, cellist, is recognized as a distinguished soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. For many years, she was member of the Carnegie String Quartet and the Chamber Arts Trio. She is currently on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music at The New School and Kneisel Hall Summer Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hall, Maine and also taught at the Perlman Music Program where she established the cello and chamber music programs.

Steven Masi (top)

Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Park City International Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. Masi's 2017 CD recording of Beethoven’s complete Sonatas for Piano on the Albany Records label has been greeted with praise in the press as “Masi’s crowning achievement.”

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Serving more than 500 students from infancy through adulthood, it offers a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; frequent student performances; and a 20+ year partnership with the Englewood Public School District. The school is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit

MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz

MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz

An Evening with world-renowned jazz bassist and performer Reggie Workman 

Presented in partnership with MAM’s African American Cultural Committee

WHEN: MARCH 5, 2020, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave, Montclair

Art Meets Jazz promises to wow you with a one-of-a-kind jazz performance! Featuring avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist Reggie Workman, we promise to keep you on your toes!

Workman’s versatile style has been showcased while working with a range of jazz icons including Gigi Gryce, Red Garland, and Roy Haynes. Reggie bopped through the 60’s as a member of the John Coltrane Quartet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and his own, Reggie Workman Ensemble.

Reggie Workman is a world-renowned jazz bassist and performer named a legend by the African-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia. In 2020 Workman received the nation’s highest honor in jazz as a recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship Award.

For more information or questions, please contact Khloé Crimando at 973-259-5120 or at



WHEN: March 6 to April 10. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 6 from 7 to 9pm.
Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

The exhibit, featuring the artwork of 39 artists, reflects upon the meaning of home through a variety of lenses and mediums.

Moving beyond the concrete meaning of “home” as a place where one lives, this exhibit explores “home” as a concept, an idea imbued with emotional associations that hopefully give us comfort. Peace, security, safety, and opportunity are all words that can be used to describe it. Across the world people travel to and from places near and far, often risking everything in search of a place to live without fear or threats to their safety. They search for the manifestation or fulfillment of this concept of “home;” sometimes they are forced to do so, other times they do it voluntarily. Self-identity may be redefined by the blending of many cultures as new roots are established. And then there is the juxtaposition of the many individuals who take “home” for granted. A Place Called Home explores this theme through many unique lenses using a variety of mediums to best express each artist’s concept of “home.”

About the Curators:
Heather Carter is the founder of Carter Fine Art Services (CFAS) focused on art consultation, artist representation and curation. Daughter of the reputed artist Robert Carter, she grew up surrounded by extraordinary art and artists, and, having been exposed at a very early age, developed a passion for art.
For more information about CFAS, please visit:
Mary Z. Scotti is an artist/curator of 73 See Gallery Design Studio focusing on fine art curating, pop-up exhibitions in site-specific locations, exclusive on-line gallery exhibitions, artist representation, and graphic design specializing in artist catalogs and promotion pieces.

For more information please visit:

Participating Artists:
Stephen Adubato, Peter Allen (left), Sandra Anton, Francesca Azzara, Teela Banker, Siona Benjamin, Howard Berelson, Judith Carlin, Virginia Carroll, Susan Fidlon, Vanessa Gonzalez, Kate Hamilton (top image), Robert Hendrickson, Samar Hussaini (above, right), Stacy Isenbarger, Linda Johns, Maya Just Maya, Evgenia Klimenko, Joe LaMattina, Anthoula Lelekidis, Maria Lupo, Evan Stuart Marshall, Robin Meyer, Michel Modell, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Leslie Nobler, Anabella Rainer, Joe Ren, Catherine Schmitt, Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Stephanie Spitz, Miriam Stern, Amy Tingle, Loura van der Meule, Linda Vonderschmidt-LaStella, J. Wachira, Sue Eldridge Ward, Paula Weiner, Louise Wheeler

About Studio Montclair: Studio Montclair is a nonprofit organization of exhibiting professional artists and others interested in the visual arts. Its mission is to promote culture and education in the visual arts and encourage emerging artists. Founded in 1997, the organization includes over 550 members including artists from around the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.

Peter Allen, Country Husband and Wife; Found object steel welded and painted on stone; 32x19x12"

Kate Hamilton, Little Village; various papers: handmade, xerox, printed, archival, cardboard, and yarn.

Samar Hussaini, EnduringThread; Acrylic, gold foil, graphite, ink, paper transfer, thread on canvas.; 55x26"


Wetland to Woodland 

WHEN: March 1 to May 30, 2020. Artist Talk: March 24, 2020
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St., Princeton; Second Floor – Quiet Reading Room, Second Floor – Hallway, Second Floor – Tech Center

Wetland to Woodland is an exhibition by two Princeton-based eco-artists, Mary Waltham and Susan Hoenig. The works on display ask viewers to consider afresh these two distinctly different but interrelated ecosystems, each of which combats climate change.

The artists have worked together to present works reflecting a connection to and inspiration from wetland and woodland respectively, using a range of visual media and methods.

Materials collected from selected sites, such as wetlands muds and ink derived from tree nuts, are incorporated in some of these works to express and enhance the portraits of site or species.

The artists share an urgent concern with the numerous ways in which the climate emergency is affecting our wetlands, our woodlands and inevitably, all of our lives.

Image: “Skunk Cabbage” by Mary Waltham

Night of Jazz by First Baptist Church of South Orange @ Georgio's Ristorante

WHEN: February 28, 6-10 PM
Giorgio’s Ristorante, 52 Vose Ave., South Orange
ADMISSION: $125/couple
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Lunch and Learn to Feature Rabbi with Interfaith Upbringing

Author Steve Israel to Appear at JCC MetroWest

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Saturday, February 22, 2020


Letters to Erich: A Musical Performance and Talk

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick
ADMISSION: free and open to the public.
Free parking is available on campus with online vehicle registration.
For more information or to RSVP, visit

Ted Rosenthal, acclaimed American jazz pianist and composer of the original jazz opera Dear Erich, will be joined by mezzo-soprano Sishel Claverie and baritone Peter Kendall Clark (left) in a performance from his powerful new work. Rosenthal will also discuss the backstory of the opera, which draws on more than 200 personal letters between Rosenthal’s grandmother, trapped in Nazi Germany, and his father Erich, who was able to immigrate to Chicago.

On March 4, Using Personal Letters to Teach about the Holocaust, a free professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers, will explore the use of personal letters as primary documents for teaching about family separation, Holocaust history, immigration, and antisemitism. Debórah Dwork, the inaugural Rose Professor of Holocaust History and founding director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Ted Rosenthal, and Colleen Tambuscio, the Center’s pedagogical consultant, will conduct the workshop. (Advance registration required. For requirements, visit

Presented by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center, the events are cosponsored by an Arts and Culture Community Grant of the Association for Jewish Studies, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, and the New Brunswick Jazz Project.

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.

Early Bird & Family Discounts Available for Summer Theater Camp in Bound Brook

Camp Brook offers a program dedicated to providing an environment where young students will have fun, build self-confidence and stretch their imaginations. Camper will be introduced to all facets of theatre production from acting techniques and performance, to scenic design, lighting, and sound design, property management, costume design, and scriptwriting. Students will learn all the elements to create a production from start to opening night!

Week one will focus on exploring our imagination through theater games, pantomime, role-playing, and improvisation. Students will discover their talents through the use of skits and short plays. All sessions focus on stage movement, direction, voice, and acting technique. Week 2 & 3 will concentrate on staging Camp Brook’s showcase production. Our program is open to all students entering 2nd–8th grade in the fall of 2020

Visit our website for information and registration

WHEN: July 13-17, July 20-24 and July 27-31; 9 am - 3 pm, Mon – Fri with one show Friday 7:30 pm 
Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook
FEE: per camper $469.00

Register early for the best rate and to reserve spot

  • Early Bird - $50 off ( 419.00) expires April 10.
  • Family Discounts - $25 off per family for two or more siblings