Tuesday, January 31, 2012

KIDS’ PROGRAMS @ WO PUBLIC LIBRARY THIS MONTH

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julie pasqualAfrican and African-American Folktales
WHEN: Wednesday, February 29 at 7 PM
WHERE: WOPL, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange

Celebrate Black History Month with a performance by storyteller Julie Pasqual (left). Hear about the adventures of Br’er Rabbit, Anansi and the Clever Turtle. This free program is appropriate for all ages. Sign up online.

New! Homework Club
WHEN: Every Monday and Wednesday, 4-5 PM

Our brand new Homework Club is for West Orange kids in kindergarten to 5th grade. Librarians and volunteers will be on hand to assist with homework and reading skills. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Advance registration is required. Register online or by calling the Library.

Pajama Storytime
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30-7 PM

Storytime for infants up to age 3½.  Wear your favorite cozy pajamas! 
Advance registration is required. Sign up online.  

Cook-A-Book Family Storytime
WHEN: Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM

Bring the whole family to the Library and enjoy a half-hour storytime and make a special treat. Appropriate for all ages. Advance registration is recommended. Sign up online

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Party
WHEN: Thursday, February 23 at 4:30 PM 

The Youth Services department and Teen Advisory Group will host our first ever Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll to our special storytime. After the storytime, you will kiss your toy friends goodnight. Come back to pick them up the next day between 9 AM and 5 PM or on Saturday, February 25 between 9 AM and 5 PM. You will see photos of all the fun adventures your "friend" had in the Library overnight! Photos will also be available online. Advance registration is required. Sign up online.  

Speaking of Stories Book Discussion
WHEN: Tuesday, February 14 at 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Monthly book discussion group for children in grades 4 and 5. This month the group will discuss Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark. Click here to sign up.   

Down Time with Disney 
WHEN: Saturday, February 18 at 2 PM

Bring the whole family to the Library and enjoy a Disney film together. The screening will take place in the Library's meeting room. Advance registration is not required—just drop in! 

Yakety-Yak Book Discussion
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 - 5:15 PM

Monthly book discussion group for children in grades 2 and 3. This month the group will discuss Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor. Click here to sign up.      

Sign up Soon for Spring Storytimes!
WHEN: Programs begin March 19 

Library storytimes feature stories, songs, puppets and rhymes to help develop children's language and listening skills. "Babies and Books" is for children under age 2, "Pajama Storytime" is for birth to 3½, "Terrific Toddlers" is for ages 2-3 ½, and "Preschool Page Turners" is for ages 3½ to 5. "Eager Readers" for ages 5-9, includes games and crafts along with more complex stories. Advance registration is required. Registration begins on February 21.  Click the calendar link at www.wopl.org to see the schedule.  Reserve your child's spot by signing up online or by calling 973.736.0198.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS @ WO PUBLIC LIBRARY IN FEBRUARY

snowteen logoTeen Advisory Group 
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
WOPL, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange

Join the Library's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and raise your voice at our monthly meeting.  TAG meets the first Wednesday of each month to plan  events for teens during the school year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill-out an application.

Read 'n Chat Book Discussion Group
For grades 6-8
WHEN: Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM

This month, the group discusses  Stealing Freedom by Elisa Lynn Carbone. Click  here to sign up. 

Talk It Up! Book Discussion Group
For grades 9-12
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 PM

This month, the group discusses Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon. Advance registration is required. Sign up online or at the Library.

Raise Your Voice Theater Performance
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7 at 7 PM

Our teen and 'tween writers, rappers, musicians, actors, singers, poets, artists, and dancers have been taking part in a unique creative project.   They have created a theater piece which they will perform at the Library. Advance registration is recommended. Sign up online.  

This project is made possible by a partnership between the Luna Stage Theatre Company and the WO Library's Teen Advisory Council.

FEBRUARY FOR ADULTS @ THE WEST ORANGE PUBLICLIBRARY

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Luna Stage Presents a Scene from Reparation
WHEN: Thursday, February 2, at 7 PM
WHERE: WOPL, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange

Tony nomine, Frankie Faison (Fences, Gods & Generals, The Wire, Silence of the Lambs) presents a scene from the new play Reparation. The presentation will include discussion with playwright Gino DiIorio about this timely and vital work. The discussion will be led by Luna's artistic director, Jane Mandel.

Advance registration is required. To register, go to the events calendar at www.wopl.org or call 973.736.0198. Please note: There is currently a waiting list for this program.

Book Signing and Art Exhibit 
WHEN: Sunday, February 5, at 2-4:30 PM

The West Orange African Heritage Organization presents a free program highlighting the works of African American authors and artists.  The program includes book signings and art displays. WOAHO collaborates with the Montclair Drifters, Inc. to bring this program to the Library. Sign up online or by calling 973.736.0198.

Book Discussion Group
WHEN: Monday, February 6, at 1:30 PM

This month, Librarian Debra Sarr leads the group's discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book tells the true story of a poor Southern tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer. Before her death, doctors took some of her cells for research without her knowledge. Her cells were used to create many advances in science from the polio vaccine to AIDS treatment. Although Henrietta died over sixty years ago, her cells are still alive today. Please join us for an interesting discussion.  Sign up online.

The Cable Cars of West Orange      
WHEN: Thursday, February 16, at 7 PM

Learn about the cable cars that once climbed the mountains of West Orange. The cable cars resulted from real estate speculation.  A collection of vintage postcards and photos help tell the story of the evolution from cable cars to trolleys that once ran on Northfield Avenue. Rarely-seen construction photos from the 1880s offer spectacular insight into a bygone era.

This free lecture is presented by Joe Fagan who writes a weekly history column for the West Orange Chronicle. This program is the second in the West Orange Sesquicentennial Lecture Series. The series will take place monthly through July as part of the celebration of the Township's 150th birthday. Advance registration is recommended. Register online  or at 973.736.0198. 

Successful Interviewing for Job Seekers
WHEN: Thursday, February 9, at 7 PM

Learn tips on interview techniques, how to dress for success, and proper interview follow-up protocol.  Be prepared to join in a mock interview to maximize the benefit of this interactive program. The workshop is led by Norma Tassy, a professional career coach. Sign up online.  

Sensational Senior Socials
WHEN: Fridays at 2 PM

Stop by the Library every Friday afternoon at 2 PM to converse and have fun with other senior citizens.  We'll feature different activities each week.

  • Friday, February 3: Fun with board games
  • Friday, February 10: Learn how to play Wii bowling and golf
  • Friday, February 17: Film and dessert ("Conspirator" directed by Robert Redford)
  • Friday, February 24: Reminisce in our lively conversation group

Free AARP Tax Preparation
WHEN: Wednesdays by Appointment

The AARP is providing free tax assistance to low and middle income residents, with special focus on those age 60 and above. Returns will be e-filed at no cost to the taxpayer using IRS software. The AARP volunteers will prepare tax returns in the West Orange Library on Wednesdays by appointment only through April 11. 

To make an appointment, call Linda at the Recreation Department: 973.325.4150. (Please do not call the Library.)

Raise Your Voice: Live Performance 
WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, at 7 PM

Check out local talent! Working with personnel from Luna Stage, talented teens have created a short performance piece for you to enjoy. Under the direction of Luna Stage, participants have been working together for five weeks on their masterpiece. Be sure to catch their free performance at the Library. Sign up online.

RVCCArts FEATURES PORTRAYAL OF AGING THIS WEEKEND

Victoria, February 4 at 8PM

Victoria
Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, at 8 PM
WHERE:
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
TICKETS: $28 & 38Victoria, February 4 at 8PM

With the comedic brilliance of Tracy Ullman and Lily Tomlin, Dulcinea Langfelder brings to the stage an entertaining and unforgettable portrayal of aging in the production Victoria. Victoria, who's lost much of her memory but not her zest for life, inspires us as she celebrates her 90th birthday. "The older I get, the more vividly I remember things that never happened!" says Victoria. This spell-binding performance blends past and present, theater and dance, celebrating life's small victories in this tribute to living in the moment. You'll laugh, a lot, and you'll cry.

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Dulcinea Langfelder and Mom

New Insights on Aging
A Dialogue with Dulcinea Langfelder
WHEN: Friday, February 3, at 6:30 PM
TICKETS:
FREE. Pre-registration required. Contact Cindy at 908.231.8801 or cindy@rvccarts.org.

A dialogue with Dulcinea Langfelder about her work developing Victoria and her insights on finding the courage to confront the tragi-comical reality of the human condition.

ART AFTER HOURS/1st WEDNESDAYS @ THE ZIMMERLI

WHEN: February 1, 2012 / 5 to 9 PM
WHERE:
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Hamilton & George Streets, New Brunswick

ADMISSION: $6 general admission. FREE to Rutgers faculty, staff, and students with valid ID, children under 18, and Zimmerli museum members.

 

 

FIRST WEDNESDAYS AT THE ZIMMERLI

Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in my Life (price tags), 2009, pigmented ink print. Collection of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in my Life (price tags), 2009, pigmented ink print. Collection of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

February's Art After Hours features a tour of the exhibition Rachel Perry Welty 24/7 at 5:30 PM, followed by a conversation with the artist, Rachel Perry Welty, and Donna Gustafson, the museum's Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator at 6:15 PM. The local rock band Cotton takes the stage from 7:30 to 8:45 PM. Stop by the Museum Store for a complimentary set of Zimmerli coasters (one set of four per party) until 8:30 PM and receive a 20% discount on all purchases. Cafe Z is offering $2 off all purchases over $5. Details are available on the website.

 

 

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.

 
   

17th CENTURY ENGLISH LOVE SONGS IN TUNE @ PEAK PERFORMANCES

Ellen Hargis/Paul O'Dette

THE POWER OF LOVE

"A guarantee of music-making of the very highest order, a promise irresistibly fulfilled...be prepared to be bewitched!"—FanFare

WHEN: February 5 • 3:00  PM
WHERE: Peak Performances, Alexander Kasser Theatre, Montclair State University, Normal Avenue, Montclair
TICKETS: buy tickets

ELLEN HARGIS (soprano)
PAUL O’DETTE (lute/theorbo)

The Power of Love is an amorous stroll through some of the most beautiful English love songs of the 17th century, with Ellen Hargis and Paul O'Dette's masterful interpretations of works by English composers Nicholas Lanier, Henry Lawes and John Wilson.

The pop hits of their time, these tales portray heroes and lovers as they tangle with the trials, triumphs and tribulations of eternal love. Set your passions afire with this delightful program celebrating the undeniable force of the human heart.

Friends and colleagues for over 25 years, Ellen Hargis and Paul O’Dette bring an irrepressible spirit of drama, vivid musical imagination and fun to their vocal and lute combinations. Each is a virtuoso in their respective fields. Their commitment to unearthing undiscovered musical treasures has made their intimate concerts must see events.

WORLD PREMIERE OF SONG CYCLE FROM PUERTO RICO

Miguel Zenón - Puerto Rico Nació en Mi
A World Premiere from Miguel Zenón!

"Miguel Zenón is creating a new jazz language for the 21st century."
The MacArthur Foundation

WHEN: February 4 • 8:00 PM; join a Community Conversation with Miguel after the performance!
WHERE: Peak Performances, Alexander Kasser Theatre, Montclair State University, Normal Avenue, Montclair
TICKETS: buy tickets

Miguel Zenón - alto saxophone
Luis Perdomo - piano
Hans Glawischnig - bass
Henry Cole - drums
and Big Band

Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón and an array of supporting talent present a world premiere song cycle reflecting the myriad ways in which Puertoriqqueños define their identity. No matter the location—be it New York, New Jersey or countless places around the world—those that have emigrated from La Isla del Encanto (The Enchanted Isle) have a story to tell, and all would do well to listen.

Over the past ten years, Miguel Zenón has blazed an incendiary trail across the jazz pantheon by consistently challenging the established notions of what jazz can be. His fusion of Puerto Rican “plena” music with traditional jazz has been universally praised for its bold rhythms and innovative style. There may be numerous ways to describe who we are and where we come from, but there is only one Miguel Zenón.

Commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ). This presentation of Puerto Rico Nació en Mi: Tales from the Diaspora is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CHILD’S SUMMER @ STNJ

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EXHIBIT OF WORKS BY WOMEN @ KAPLEN JCC IN TENAFLY

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POWER OF SQUARES: SALUTE TO WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Mixed Media and Paintings

WHEN: On display February 1-26; Meet the Artists Reception, Sunday, Feb. 5, 1-3 PM
WHERE:
Waltuch Gallery of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 AM – 10 PM; Friday and Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information contact Ophrah Listokin, Waltuch Gallery Director, at 201.408.1408 or visit the JCC website at www.jccotp.org.

Apples & Onions by Ludlow SmethurstSalute to Woman in the Arts will display the diverse talents of its members in a special exhibition entitled The Power of Squares. (Right: Apples and Onions by Ludlow Smethurst)

The exhibit will highlight varied motifs, ranging from narratives to landscapes with simple or intricate designs, which reflect expressions of “possibility” limited to the “Power of Squares.”

Blue River by Ruth Bauer NeustadterArtist Dorothy Perron and a seed group of other dedicated artists created Salute to Women in the Arts in May 1974. The goal was to establish an organization that would formally represent “women in the arts” in their native Northern New Jersey. The group, which has grown exponentially over the years, includes performing and literary arts, as well as visual arts. In November 2009, Salute became an affiliate of the Art Center of Northern New Jersey and now encourages men to join. (Left: Blue River by Ruth Neustadter)

Though based in Northern New Jersey, Salute has expanded throughout the metropolitan area with members from Rockland County and Manhattan. It sponsors public exhibits on a variety of themes and features “Neighborhood Groups” where members can meet, network, attend workshops and critique each other’s work. It also offers scholarships to deserving high school students who are interested in pursuing studies in arts.  (Right: Who Deems Themselves as Worthy, by Roberta Millman Ide)

Monday, January 30, 2012

RVCC TO HOST SCARMOLIN CHAMBER CONCERTS

2012 season of
Scarmolin Chamber Concerts
sponsored by the A. Louis Scarmolin Trust

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7; Tuesday, April 3; and Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
RVCC’s Welpe Theatre, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ
TICKETS:$15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets for the three-concert series cost $35 for general admission, $25 for students and seniors. For tickets, contact the RVCC box office, 908.725.3240.

  • The February 7 concert will feature the ensemble Simple Gifts in a performance of folk and world music. The group combines tradition with innovation as swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance; spoons show up in an Irish reel; and the concertina ventures far beyond its typical traditional styles. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, musicians Linda Littleton, Rachel Hall and Karen Hirshon play such instruments as violin, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorder, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, piano and percussion.
  • The April 3 concert will feature The Dalí Quartet. The group’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form.
  • The May 16 concert will feature the Madrigal Singers in Musica Transalpina, Musica Transatlantica, a program highlighting music from the Italian and English Renaissance and its influence on traditional American vocal music. The Madrigal Singers are an a capella choral group specializing in Mediaeval and Renaissance music. Founded in 1948, the group is currently in its second season under the direction of John Sichel. Its performers include sopranos Rachel Coburn, Martha Desmond, Pam Newell and Amy Wechsler; altos Donna Brumbaugh, Roberta Lichtenberg, Jennifer Melick and Sarah Riffel; tenors David Alston, Richard DeVany, Christopher Ferro and Marty Silverberg; and basses Gregory Hartline, Kirk Robbins and Timothy Svendsen. Coburn and Svendsen are graduates of RVCC.

The Scarmolin Chamber Concerts present talented young and local artists in performances of standard classical repertoire and new classical music. The concerts emphasize the works of New Jersey composers, particularly the works of Anthony Scarmolin (1890-1969). The performances are sponsored by the A. Louis Scarmolin Trust, which is dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of the music of Anthony Scarmolin (top).

RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 40 years, the College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. RVCC @ Bridgewater, located at 14 Vogt Drive, offers technical, trade, credit and non-credit courses.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

REVIEW: “VERONICA’S ROOM” @ THE BICKFORD THEATRE

Playwright Ira Levin had a twisted mind. If you don't believe me, just watch Rosemary's Baby, Deathtrap, The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives. If you're still not convinced, go on over to the Bickford Theatre in Morristown where Daniel LaPenta's tautly directed production of Veronica's Room stands expectations on their head and will scare the you-know-what out of you.

Cissie's DeadBecause Levin's plots hinge on the unexpected, it is difficult to summarize them without spoiling the fun. Suffice it to say that the rather short 45-minute first act, entitled "Susan," sets up a seemingly benign, albeit a tad bizarre, situation wherein a young couple find themselves in an old house (actually a bedroom where every bit of furniture is shrouded in sheets), enticed there by a couple of old Irish servants. According to the two, the young woman is the spitting image of their beloved ill mistress Veronica, who had been kept in the room by her family for years until she tragically died of tuberculosis in 1935. (Above L-R: Debra Whitfield, Rosemary Glennon, Michael Manahan and Rick Delaney in Veronica’s bedroom.)

Told that Veronica's surviving sister Cissy longs for her, the girl—a Boston University sophomore named Susan Kerner—agrees to don Veronica's dress, rearrange her hair and convince the terminally ill younger sibling that she's not angry with her and loves her very much. It all sounds weird but not terribly threatening, that is, until the bedroom door is locked from the outside and, despite Susan's frantic cries and pounding, no one comes to her rescue, not even her date Larry who, although skeptical of the entire plan at the beginning, has allowed himself to be ushered downstairs to watch television and sip some Irish whiskey.

The second act, entitled "Veronica," is much longer and grimmer. What started as a lark turns into something dark and threatening. Our (and Susan's) expectations are turned around 180 degrees, so that it's sometimes hard to discern just what is really happening. Not to worry, though, Levin's deft way serving up the unexpected doesn't disappoint. But you'll have to see Veronica's Room yourself to see how this strange piece of "performance art" plays out.

Becoming VeronicaOf course, one needs a talented cast to pull off this sleight of hand, and director La Penta has found four actors who fill the bill quite nicely. As Susan (called "The Girl" in the playbill), Rosemary Glennon (left) looks and sounds the part of a college girl. It helps that she is a recent grad of FDU's Theatre Arts Department. Dressed in tie-dyed bellbottoms and a green vest suitable for 1973 (when the first act takes place), she spouts suitably immature dialogue, punctuated by "Oh, wow," in a high-pitched voice and appears to be easily won over by the idea of acting a role; she played Cordelia in a high school production of King Lear. She's equally fine at playing mounting panic, which is important as the character slowly comes to realize the gravity of the situation. (Above: Rosemary Glennon as Susan has her hair styled by Debra Whitfield as Maureen)

"The Young Man" as played by Michael Manahan is appropriately skeptical as Susan's date, the lawyer Larry Eastwood, sardonic and untrusting and strangely unwilling to let her even touch him. And as the servants Maureen and John, Debra Whitfield and Rick Delaney sport thick Irish brogues, cheerful delight at having discovered Susan and a charm that inveigles Susan to go along with their plan to make Cissy happy. They're a couple of leprechauns, these two!

Conrad  SusanEveryone except Glennon assumes different roles in the second act, to even greater success. In addition to portraying their characters well, the three project a tangible air of menace, and malice. Who are these people and what are they up to? As the plot unfolds and reality—such as it is—becomes clear to the audience, one could hear a pin drop. No one coughed, no one moved, and it appeared that no one even dared to breathe at the performance I attended on Saturday night. (Above L-R: Rick Delaney and Rosemary Glennon)

Aiding and abetting the portentous plot are Jim Bazewicz for a seemingly innocuous, yet creepy, set, Roman Klima for atmospheric lighting and Andrew Elliott's spooky music. Fran Harrison's period costumes for both 1973 and 1935 are spot on, too.

Veronica's Room may not be high theater art, but it is an entertaining Gothic thriller that will upend your assumptions through a convoluted plot and characters who are anything but what they appear to be. It's a thriller in every sense of the word, and great fun to boot!

Veronica's Room will be performed through February 12 at the Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. For information and tickets, call 973.971.3706 or visit online at www.BickfordTheatre.org .

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NUTTY BY NATURE WELCOMES LOVERS OF COMEDY WITH THEIR NEW SHOW!

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WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, at 8 PM
WHERE: NJ School of Dramatic Arts, 593 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
TICKETS: $10
Tickets may be reserved by calling 973.566.9700, Ext 4.

Nutty By Nature knows that February is for lovers-of comedy! Now in their15th year as New Jersey’s premier improv comedy troupe, NBN announced today that they will be performing their new improv comedy show.

The Herald News has called them, "Bawdy, brilliant and proof that ingenuity can strike at a moments notice." Nutty By Nature has been making audiences laugh throughout the metropolitan NY/NJ area for the past 14 years. In addition to having performed at The NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), The South Street Seaport,12 Miles West, Theater Under the Stars,The Black River Playhouse, Luna Stage, Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores; they were featured on the E! Television/Style Network’s reality TV series, Try My Life. Members of the troupe include Troupe Director Paul Acocella, Elaine Brodie, Jody Eiden, Laura Hartin, Robin Lewis, Shelly Miller, Wendy Tiburcio, Jackie Valeo and Ted Wrigley.

The show is based entirely on audience suggestions! “After all,” says executive director Bob Sapoff, “the only thing better than having a great idea is watching it come to life right before your eyes!”

In addition to providing the material for the show, audience members are encouraged to bring their own crazy “props” that the actors will use during the show.

ART EXHIBIT INAUGURATES NEW ADULT DAY CARE FACILITY

Adult Day Center of Somerset County (ADC) announces an inaugural art exhibition at its new facility. The show features 28 works from ten representatives of ARTsee of Somerset County.


Selected Works by Members of
ARTsee Of Somerset County

WHEN: January 9 through March 23, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
WHERE:
Adult Day Center of Somerset County (ADC), 872 East Main Street, Bridgewater 

A free public reception celebrating the exhibition is planned for Saturday, February 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Hilary Kruchowy for more information at hkruchowy@adultdaycenter.org or 908.725.0068.

ArtSee is a group of two dozen artists from the Bernardsville - Basking Ridge, NJ area, who have come together to create events showcasing and promoting their vibrant arts community. Curator, Hilary Klimek is delighted to have put together this first exhibition for ADC because of her commitment to the arts and her belief that arts have the power to inspire and heal the soul. "The members of ARTsee are extremely happy to be supporting the efforts of the Adult Day Center. Members of ARTsee are proud of this involvement and hope that the families at the ADC find peace and inspiration from our work.”

Artists included in the exhibit are Alex Bigatti, Beth Murphy, Caren Frost Olmsted, Filip Everaert, Frank Gubernat, Hilary Klimek, Holly Fazelat, Joanne Devine, Letty Oratowski and Nancy E. Robinson. All works are available for purchase. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS OF ARTSEE

The ADC ‘s series of art exhibits will help to build a bridge between local artists and the day center making use of the center’s expansive wall space. Future exhibitions include a collection of art created by members of the center and their families. This exhibition will open in late spring. Executive Director Jeff Macaulay comments “There’s a real interest and commitment from artists who want to inspire and comfort older adults and their family members who are selflessly engaged in caring for their loved ones.” We are looking forward to providing an alternative venue for these artists. (ADC’s new facility is pictured above)

The Adult Day Center of Somerset County is a non-profit agency committed to providing high quality, affordable medical and social day care services for disabled and elderly residents of Somerset County. Each year, many frail and disabled elderly are institutionalized prematurely or unnecessarily due to the lack of affordable quality care in our community.

Friday, January 27, 2012

IRISH "PRODIGALS" PLAY CENTENARY STAGE

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WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 PM WHERE: The Lackland Center, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25 in advance and $27.50 the day of performance, with discounts for seniors and students. They may be purchased through the Centenary Stage Company box office at 908.979.0900, and online at www.centenarystageco.org, or at the Lackland Center office at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown.

The Irish Band whose haunting melodies underscore dynamic scenes in the movie Pride and Glory (with Ed Norton and Colin Farrell) have been described as “fiery, fierce, frenetic and … powerful” by the Irish Times, and “Indelibly Irish” by the New York Times. They have toured the continent for over 10 years, winning accolades and fans, and have emerged as a band hailed for their “Kick-ass Irish Rock (NY Post), blending a passion for the traditional music of Ireland with a funky, anarchic energy that is pure New York. Their performances have been called “stunning and joyous” by the Santa Monica Mirror, and “brilliant,” by the Irish Voice

The band’s members, who largely grew up in Ireland, include Dave Fahy on Guitar and vocals, Gregory Grene on Accordion and vocals, Trifon Dimitrov on Bass and Eamon Ellams  (replacing Chris Higginbottom) on Drums.   

Originally from Galway, Fahy has become one of the more sought after Irish guitar players and singers on the New York music scene today. Grene, who hails from County Cavan, Ireland has been called “a glorious singer,” and virtuoso on the “Castagnari Tommy” button accordion. The Irish Times reported that “Grene’s accordion calls many of the shots, fuelled by the kind of percussive force that NASA would pay dearly for.”    

“the best Irish trad-rock band… NYC’s answer to the Pogues,” – The Village Voice

The 2011-12 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company  is made possible (and affordable) through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation,  and CSC sponsors and members, including Premier Sponsors Fulton Bank (formerly Skylands Community Bank) and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and Mama’s and Café Baci and CSC members and sponsors.

CONTRA DANCING SWINGS IN FEBRUARY @ SWINGIN’ TERN

Shane Knudsen (left) will call the contras
Oy Diddle Diddle will provide the music

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 4, from 8 to 11 PM
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover.
ADMISSION: Adults $10; students $5. For more information, call 973.295.6864 or go to www.folkproject.org

Band members include Sam Zygmuntowicz (above right) on fiddle; Danny Elias on clarinet; Marnen Laibow-Koser on piano; and Joe DePaolo on percussion.

Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary.

Bob Isaacs (left), Ron Blechner, and Laura Winslow will call the contras/squares
Off’n Ensemble
(below right) will provide the music 

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 to 11 PM
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, Parish Hall, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover.
ADMISSION: Adults $10; students $5.
For more information, call 973.295.6864 or go to www.folkproject.org

Band members include Heidi Hammel on concertina and hammered dulcimer; Bob Yarbrough on banjo and flute; Elliott Schmuckler on bass; and Steve Smith on guitar and saxophone.

Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary.

HANG OUT WITH THE MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES IN FEBRUARY

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WHEN: Friday, Feb. 3, from 8 to 11 PM
WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.
For more info call 973.335,9489 or go to www.folkproject.org.
Handicapped accessible; free parking.

Michael Prysock opens (bottom left)

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 10, from 8 to 11 PM
. (No Open Stage this month.)
WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Adults $8 (includes refreshments); children 12 and under, free.

24 songs by 24 Project members all about LOVE! Featuring the 10-piece Loving Hearts Club Big Boogie Band, the Valentines Love Trio and our MC couple, George and Nancy Dugan.

Archie_Fischer_Feb_17th_MinstrelArchie Fisher
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 to 11 PM

WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.

Mree opens (bottom center)

Rich_Deans_Feb_24th_MinstrelRich Deans
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 24, from 8 to 11 PM
WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
ADMISSION: Adults $7; children 12 and under, free.

The Folk Goddesses (below right) open (Hillary Foxsong, Martha Trachtenberg, and Judith Zweiman).

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

NEW MUSICAL ADDITION TO WOODBRIDGE OPENS DOORS


imageRibbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening

PROFESSIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY
WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 12-­2 PM
WHERE:
353 Fulton Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-703-NOTE (6683)
www.pmawoodbridge.com
Refreshments will be served.

The Professional Music Academy, one of the newest additions to Woodbridge Township, will officially open its doors this Saturday! This new music school, located conveniently in downtown Woodbridge, is proud to announce the pre-registration of over 30 students in woodwind, brass, string and piano studies. PMA's faculty members are all professional musicians and teachers and offer individual lessons on all instruments and group classes to students of all ages.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 12 PM, and PMA faculty members (learn more about the faculty here) will be on hand until 2 PM to answer any questions and talk to interested students and families about the programs offered. Refreshments will be served.

FABULOUS FEBRUARY @ MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM

February Programs and Workshops at MAM

WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Bloomfield Avenue & South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
TICKETS: Advance tickets for all public programs are available through the The Store at MAM. Stop by or call 973.259.5137 to reserve your ticket today. To register for workshops, visit montclairartmuseum.org/education_yard_school/ or call 973.259.5139.

 

Monthly Family Programs

PARK BENCH
Second Wednesday of the Month

February 8, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
$6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member)
Animal World

HOME SCHOOL DAYS
Third Thursday (Ages 9 – 13) and Friday (Ages 4 – 8)
February 16 and 17, Noon – 2 PM
$6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member)
Weather, season, time, and place

 

Monthly Tours: CLOSER LOOK
First Friday of the Month

Coincides with MAM's FREE First Fridays
February 3, 2 PM
Melvin Edwards, Mamelodi

 

 

 

Creating Art: Conversations with African American Artists

BEVERLY McIVER
Thursday, February 2, 7 PM

FREE
MAM and The African American Cultural Committee (AACC) present artist Beverly McIver. McIver produces art that examines racial, gender, social, and occupational identity. Her mentally disabled sister Renee is a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members. A documentary film titled Raising Renee is scheduled to premiere on HBO this fall. The feature-length documentary describes Beverly McIver and her promise to take care of her sister Renee after their mother dies, a promise that comes due just as Beverly’s career is taking off.

 

SPOTLIGHT TOURS:  African American Artists on View at MAM

Saturdays, February 11, 18, & 25, 1 PM
FREE with Musuem admission

These 45-minute docent-led tours will highlight works by African American artists in the current exhibitions at MAM.

Image: Winfred Rembert, Chain Gang (All Me), 2004, dye on carved and tooled leather. From the Collection of Margo and Frank Walter. Photography: John Bigelow Taylor. Courtesy Adelson Galleries, New York.

This work is part of Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections. The artist is also the subject of the film ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, which will be screened at MAM on February 16.

 

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL (Ages 6 - 10)

Sunday, February 12, 1 – 4 PM
$60 Members, $80 nonmembers
Peg Kenselaar
Register online

Create a unique clay mirror based on individuality, design, texture, pattern, and color. Students will learn to work with kiln fired clay and tools. Participants will create an initial sketch for the design of their mirror. After the sculptural frame is built, under-glaze will be painted on in preparation for the kiln. The instructor will attach hooks so that your functional mirror will be ready to hang. Mirrors will be ready for pick-up two weeks after the workshop.

 

WINTER IN WATERCOLOR
Sunday, February 12,
10 AM – 4 PM
$90 Members, $110 nonmembers
Sharon Pits
Register online

The texture and color of winter is subtle and fascinating, offering a beauty that is not visible in other seasons. This workshop will focus on techniques appropriate to capturing winter’s magic in watercolor. Students will view regular demonstrations and receive individual attention. Open to all levels. Please visit montclairartmuseum.org for a list of suggested supplies.

 

ALL ME: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

Thursday, February 16, 7 PM
Documentary Film Screening
FREE
In this moving documentary, the artist Winfred Rembert relives his turbulent life in the segregated South and the injustice and bigotry he experienced as recently as the 1960s and 70s. The film is abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in that era; his indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, and working on a chain gang are especially powerful. In a series of intimate reminiscences, the film shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful.

Rembert, now in his 60s, and film producer and Montclair resident Mark Urman will introduce this not-to-be-missed documentary that preserves an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. After the screening, film director Vivian Ducat, Rembert, and Urman will participate in a question-and-answer session.

For more information on the film, visit allmethemovie.com.

 

It’s Your Turn! Introduction to Wheel Throwing (Ages 8+)

Photo by Tess Yaney<br />

Sunday, February 19, 10 AM – Noon
$50 Members, $75 nonmembers
Evan Wagman
Register online
This one-day workshop is ideal for children who want to try their hand at throwing pottery on the wheel. Through ample individual attention from the instructor, as well as demos and discussion, students will learn the steps and techniques of wheel throwing, including centering clay, throwing bowl and vase forms, and trimming. Students will select glazes during the workshop, and return to pick up their fired pots two weeks from the workshop date. Materials, glazing and firing fees included in tuition. Photo by Tess Yaney.

DREAMCATCHER PRESENTS VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT CABARET

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SWEET DREAMS

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, at 8:00 PM
WHERE:
on the first floor at The Baird, 5 Mead Street in Meadowland Park, a few blocks from the center of downtown South Orange.
TICKETS: $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and can be purchased in advance at www.dreamcatcherrep.org, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800.838.3006.

Celebrate the romantic fun of Valentine’s Day with the Dreamcatcher Company at the dessert cabaret SWEET DREAMS. Presented in café style, the cabaret will feature songs both familiar and fresh sung by company members and their guests. Throughout the evening, the audience can help themselves to a delicious dessert and coffee buffet.

The Dreamcatcher Resident Acting Company will entertain with songs that consider love from many angles, singing selections from musicals such as NEXT TO NORMAL and RAGTIME, as well as popular songs from writers like Bob Dylan and Dar Williams. 

The evening promises to be a convivial gathering, intimate and warm, whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends or with a special someone. 

SWEET DREAMS features Dreamcatcher Company members Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, Laura Ekstrand, Scott McGowan and Janet Sales, as well as some special guests.

For information and tickets for any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079, 973.378.7754, ext. 2228, www.DreamcatcherRep.org

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CHILDREN’S TALE GIVEN A NEW SLANT @ THE STROLLERS

THE STROLLERS PRESENTS

An original play by Sharon Quinn
Directed by Sharon Quinn

WHEN: January 27-February 5; Thursdays at 7 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM
WHERE: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
TICKETS: CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

LOVERS’ CABARET @ OPERA AT FLORHAM THIS WEEKEND

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your honey at the opera…without going into New York City and paying high ticket and parking prices!

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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE (link on graphic will not work)