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Friday, April 16, 2021
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."
LISTEN ON APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY, ETC.
Free Outdoor Performances at the Englewood Public Library
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 www.BlackBoxPAC.com 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 email@example.com to register for a spot!
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
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.
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.
Pre-registration is required and may be done online at bit.ly/CTDSneakPeek 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.nnjcf.org, send an email to email@example.com, or call 201-568-5608. Follow the Foundation on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen, Instagram at nnjcf, Twitter @NNJCF and YouTube.
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 www.nnjcf.org/artsbergen/.
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
WHERE: New Jersey Jazz Society Facebook page and
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.
WHERE: New Jersey Jazz Society Facebook page and YouTube channel
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.
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.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
Advance registration is required at BildnerCenter.Rutgers.edu.
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.
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:
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.
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