Saturday, March 6, 2021

New Wave Productions screening Diva Sunday As Part of Their Cinéma du Look Series!

Don't forget!

We're screening Diva tomorrow as part of our Cinéma du Look series!

Join us for this stunning film and learn why it's regarded as a classic.

Register today for our next Cinéma du Look screening:
Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva!

A young mail carrier, Jules (Frederic Andrei), becomes entranced with the voice of American diva Cynthia Hawkins (Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez). She doesn't believe in being recorded, but Jules secretly records her singing on a tape. His recording gets mixed up with another tape that incriminates a police chief, who is working with the mob. Jules quickly becomes the target of mob gangsters, and he must find a way to get himself out of the situation alive.

Sunday, March 7th, 2PM EST
Virtual - Register Now

Music While We're Inside Free Jazz Concert Sunday, March 7th, at 6PM


Find Our What Music On The Inside Is All About
Alina Bloomgarden and 

Jazz on the Tube Interview



Friday, March 5, 2021

Deadline This Sunday for Jersey Voices Scripts

 Send us your original works

Attention Authors:

Deadline: Sunday, 3/7




Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals, and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey (or New Jersey connected) authors, for Jersey Voices' 27th Annual Production.  

The submission DEADLINE is this Sunday, MARCH 7th, only 1 more weekend left to complete your masterpiece!

For more information, please visit or email your scripts or questions to

Consider a Tax-Deductible Donation

Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.

Please click the DONATE button for PayPal and credit card donations, or simply send your check to "The Chatham Community Players, Inc.," PO Box 234, Chatham, NJ 07928-0234.  For more information, please visit the Donate page on our website.

The Chatham Community Players is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Monmouth Civic Chorus Scholarship Auditions— Application deadline: April 15, 2021

Monmouth Civic Chorus Scholarship Auditions

Application deadline: April 15, 2021. There is no fee to apply.

Audition deadline: April 29, 2021

Winners announced: May 13, 2021

Monmouth Civic Chorus is delighted to announce its annual scholarship auditions for vocally talented New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. Due to Covid-19, auditions will be held virtually. 

For details and to access the application form, visit:

You may email or call Jenni Blumenthal, Scholarship Committee Chair, at 732-264-8482 with questions.

$3500 in scholarship funds will be available to award to students of outstanding vocal promise. Contestants must perform two selections from the standard vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio, or Gilbert and Sullivan), with at least one selection in Italian, French, or German. Show music is not acceptable. Contestants will be judged on technique, choice of material, poise, and musicianship.

In 2019, four vocally talented students were awarded scholarships: Alexa Chalnick of Freehold won First Place, and Alexis Pappas of Short Hills won Second Place. Emmalee Lafean of Basking Ridge and Madison Wicker of Brick both received an honorable mention

Anyone interested in donating to the MCC Scholarship Fund should visit or call (732) 933-9333.

About Monmouth Civic Chorus: The Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "near-flawless" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "superior" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and a third-place winner of the 2018-19 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.

About Ryan James Brandau: Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He has also served on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has worked with the Symphonic Choir, which he has prepared for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician, whose arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

Learn all about Nature with these Programs for Everyone!

Morris County Park Commission

Virtual Home School Days


Ages 6-12

Click here for more information about home school programs. 

Cost: $10 per child. Preregistration is required.


Play a Jeopardy game to learn everything there is to know about these fascinating creatures.  Find out what kinds we have, what their unique adaptations are, and many more fun facts!


Why is a dogwood called a dogwood? How did the oak tree help start the Revolutionary War? Learn stories, legends, and myths about some of the oldest residents of the USA. Dress for the weather.

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists


March 10

In this virtual program, learn to draw a NJ native animal and create your own masterpiece.   Guided by Miss Jenny using simple shapes and lines…you’ll be amazed at what you can do! Check it out!

Cost: $6 per child. Preregistration is required.

fact or fiction


March 10

Should I pick up a fallen baby bird? Do you get two worms when a worm is cut in half? Do black bears actually hibernate? In this interactive virtual presentation, determine what really is fact or fiction regarding some of the most commonly seen and talked about New Jersey animals. Learn more!

Lunch and Learn:

lunch and learnVIRTUAL LUNCH & LEARN

March Classes • Adults

12 noon – 12:45 p.m.

Click here for more information about virtual Lunch and Learn programs. 

Cost: $10 per person. Preregistration is required.

Fashion Through the Ages – March 11

In celebration of Women’s History month, join Museum Registrar Katie Humphreys as we take a virtual tour through the changing face of women’s fashion over the past two hundred years. Discover why certain choices became fashionable, learn how to identify what decade a dress is from, and get a behind the scenes look at how our museum professional staff preserves these delicate pieces for the future.  

Be Bear Aware – March 18

Black bears are an important part of our natural world, and all New Jersey residents should know how to react if they encounter one of these amazing mammals. An interactive multimedia presentation, bear artifacts, and a fun simulation activity help participants to better understand black bear history, adaptations, life cycle, diet, and needs.

Wildflowers of the Tourne – March 25

Join members of the Rockaway Valley Garden Club as they virtually tour the Tourne Wildflower Trail and discuss spring ephemerals and other native flowers.

Look What's Coming:


March 20 at Willowwood Arboretum

A Japanese walking meditation reminds us that we are part of nature, not separate from it. This program is a mix of meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion. Space is limited. Learn more here.

Cost: $20 per person. Preregistration is required.

forest bathing

bergenPAC’s Virtual Gala – featuring Dionne Warwick, Jack Antonoff, Darlene Love, John Fogerty & More! 

Enjoy our FREE virtual gala! The goal of bergenPAC's gala is to provide relief during the pandemic, much-needed renovations, ongoing classes at The Performing Arts School, including the partnership with area public schools and providing scholarships to ensure no child is turned away from receiving an arts education.


Register Now or Donate By Texting ARTS to 707070 or Donate Now


The Bergen Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization and depends on the generosity of your donation. Please help us to keep the arts alive in Northern New Jersey. No donation is too small.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Community Day: Zoopalooza | Saturday, March 13

Join us for
Community Day: Zoopalooza

Saturday, March 13,
11:30am - 5pm

A wild celebration for the whole family! See live animals and learn about the amazing variety of creatures in the world through fun and interactive virtual activities and demonstrations.

 FREE, registration required for individual events.

Click here for full event details and registration links.

11:30am Animal Appetites with Eyes of the Wild Register

1pm Story Pirates: Animal Story Creation Zone Register


2:30pm Animal Habitats with Turtle Back Zoo Register


4pm How to Draw Lions & Elephants

Join Bob Walters of Dino Art for a lesson in drawing two magnificent animals. Learn how to create features and effects that make your drawing come alive!
Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger operate a dinosaur art studio, where they create paleontological life reconstructions and dinosaur illustrations, as well as dinosaur and prehistoric life sculptures.


Animal Trivia Game

Enjoy our free animal-themed online trivia game! Test your knowledge and learn fascinating facts about the natural world.

Play Now


Community Days are presented by

Additional support by The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Johnathan Blake's Pentad Recorded Live in the Shea Center, March 7, 4:00 p.m.

Johnathan Blake's Pentad

Recorded Live in the Shea Center

March 7, 4:00 p.m.

Drummer Johnathan Blake has built a major career since his graduation from WP’s Jazz Studies Program in the 1990s, appearing on more than 50 albums and touring with multiple artists, including a trio with Dave Holland and Kenny Barron, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, rapper Q Tip, Tom Harrell, and more. Son of the great jazz violinist John Blake, he is a master at combining the jazz tradition with modernism. Winner of the 2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and an experienced bandleader, Blake's versatility has made him one of the most in-demand drummers on today’s scene. His band features saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibraphonist Joel Ross, pianist David Virelles, and bassist Dezron Douglas. 

ADMISSION: Pay What You Choose (Starting at $10); $8 for Non-William Paterson students and WP Community; Free for WP students. Students can send requests for free access to

Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist interview with Johnathan Blake is free and open to the public one hour prior to the concert (3:00 p.m.) and available for viewing anytime thereafter on the WP Presents! YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel here.

Submit questions in advance to:


Save The Date—Join the Ride To Fight Hunger—June 13, 2021


Wheels-for-Meals Ride to Fight Hunger

Sunday, June 13, 2021

It's time to take your bike out of the garage and start training for the 11th Annual Wheels-for-Meals Ride to Fight Hunger.

This year's Ride will take place on Sunday morning, June 13, 2021, starting and finishing at the Spectra Laboratories parking lot at 8 King Rd in Rockleigh, NJ.

This year, we hope to be able to ride together in person with options for 50, 25, 10 and 3-mile routes as well as a guided hike. We are pleased to build off of last year's success and continue to offer a virtual experience as well! Social distancing practices will be maintained.

Funds raised through The Ride to Fight Hunger will benefit the JFCS Food Insecurity Services, including the Kosher Meals-on-Wheels program, which delivers 7 meals a week to 350+ homebound seniors and disabled individuals each year in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties. Funds also support the JFCS Corner Market Food Pantry, serving almost 600 families per month and growing. JFCS provides other wrap-around services, including mental health services, career counseling, emergency financial assistance and case management to meet the complex needs of our community.

Let's come together across communities to help stop hunger—one mile at a time.


To keep up with the latest news about the Ride, make sure to follow JFCSNNJ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter. #W4M2021

Various sponsorship opportunities available


We already have a great lineup of sponsors for the event but we need more to make our fundraising goal! If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring the Bike Ride, please download the Sponsor information below.



 The 2021 Stages Festival is here!

The 2021 Stages Festival is here!

This year's festival will be held primarily online, due to the ongoing pandemic. The 40 member theatres of the Alliance will collectively produce over 60 events, made available at no cost or at deeply discounted ticket prices throughout March, April, and May, 2021.

We’d like to publicly thank the spotlight sponsors of The Stages Festival, whose support makes this programming possible: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Additional sponsors include OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission, and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

Highlighted Events

Mussetta’s Stories and Melodies from Around the World

Progressive Theater

March 5 — March 31

This virtual production is an adaptation of Dr. M's children's record which was released March 2019. This snug-able listening and visual experience combined classical vocalist Dr Lori Brown Mirabal's enjoyment of teaching music to children with her imaginative stories and lovingly sung performances of original and global songs. This is ideal for story-time everywhere whether at home, in school, in libraries or in children's hospitals.

The Playbill Gallery (a love story)

Mile Square Theatre

Available starting March 5

Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken debuts the premiere of its first Podcast play – The Playbill Gallery (a love story) – written and performed by MST playwright-in-residence Joseph Gallo, and featuring a sound score by MST's resident designer Michael Blaskewicz.

Tales From Around The World: Storytelling by Gerald Fierst

Pushcart Players

March 13

Acclaimed storyteller, Gerald Fierst, provides laughter, drama, participation, and surprises from a multi-cultural world. Designed for elementary school audiences, a collection of folklore, literature, and original materials stress that all of us have stories to tell.

Something to Vote For by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

East Lynne Theater Company

March 18 — March 21

This both witty and profound play takes place in the home of the new president of an influential anti-suffrage women’s club. When the group is concerned about the purity of milk given to babies, a local milk manufacturer, the new milk inspector, a poor woman who recently lost a child, and a woman doctor are invited to speak to the club. The doctor puts the need for women to vote at the center of the conversation if these women really want change for the better.

The Genesis Play Festival: co-presented with Hi-ARTS

Crossroads Theatre Company

April 14 — 17

A crucial pillar in Crossroads’ mission is to support the work of new and emerging Black voices as they create and develop new plays for the American theatre. This is embodied annually in the Genesis Festival of New Plays. Historically, Genesis has given our audiences the first look of work that in later seasons will find itself on the main stage, and artists take the opportunity to receive critical feedback from our audiences in conversations following their readings. They are energizing to both our audiences and the participating artists.

An Emergency Convening: Encore Screening and Discussion

Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble

May 1

Join us for this special encore screening of Walking the Beat : An Emergency Convening, which uses theater, film, and spoken word to share some of our meaningful takeaways from EYTE's Social Justice program. Following the screening, there will be moderated discussion with EYTE teaching artists and a special guest!

Jersey City Theatre Center New Play Festival

Jersey City Theatre Center

May 6, 13, 20, & 27

Now in its fifth year, JCTC's New Play Festival is a reading series featuring new plays by emerging playwrights. Following a submission process, selected plays are presented in professionally directed staged readings. Held every spring the festival is an annual tradition that showcases new work while inviting JCTC audiences to play an essential role in the theater development process.

Healing Voices: Caregivers’ Stories

McCarter Theatre Center

May 7

Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories on Stage will explore the touching role caregivers play in our lives. Join us for a free virtual reading of an original script featuring excerpts from stories, plays, poems, and letters written by people who identify as caregivers, or have been deeply impacted by their interaction with one.

For Colored Boyz On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown/When Freedom Ain’t Enuf

Paterson Performing Arts Development Council

May 31

This virtual production is a dramatic reading of select poems and monologues from For Colored Boyz Who Are On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown/When Freedom Ain’t Enuf written by Houston-based artist Bryan-Keyth Wilson. Inspired by the Ntozake Shange choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Wilson’s choreopoem examines the dark realities of what it means to be a man of color in America, addressing such issues as toxic masculinity, homophobia, systemic racism, mental health, colorism, and police brutality.

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