Friday, May 30, 2014

“WHEN GREAT TREES FALL,” A POEM BY MAYA ANGELOU

Thank you to my friend Deb Cooperman for this poem by Maya Angelou. Check out her reminiscence of meeting Ms. Angelou on her blog www.debcooperman.com. It’s beautifully written and very moving. Thanks, Deb!

I hope you can read the words. If not, see if you can enlarge the image. If you use Internet Explorer (or Google), the magnification can be found in the lower right corner. Enlarge it to 250% and you will be able to read the text.

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS CLOSES ITS 81ST SEASON WITH PLAYERS RADIO THEATRE PRODUCTION OF "MY FAVORITE WIFE"

MFW1MY FAVORITE WIFE
a Players Radio Theatre Production
Directed by Jerry Hurley

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 8, at 2:00 PM
WHERE:
The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell
TICKETS: $10 for all performances, and both performances are close to a sellout
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201.261.4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted. (Above L-R Casey Giblin, Margie Druss Fodor, Emma Fodor and Geri Berhain; photo by Michael Smith)

Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

It’s been a few years, but Players Radio Theatre is back with another live broadcast from the stage of the Little Firehouse Theatre! Based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the story about a wife who comes home after being shipwrecked for seven years only to find her husband newly remarried was made into an unforgettable 1940 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Originally performed by the Screen Director’s Playhouse in 1950, this one hour radio script will be faithfully recreated on our stage with amazing sound effects and vocal tricks while streaming over the internet for a worldwide audience!

The talented cast of My Favorite Wife includes: Margie Druss Fodor (Ellen), Emma Fodor (Chinch), Casey Giblin (Timmy), Amanda Roy (Bianca), David Luke (Announcer), Harry Bates (Pentwhistle), Bill Cantor (Nick), Penny Kaspar (Judge), Lori Milchman (Mother, Commercials), Kathleen Ruland (Commercials), Terri Caust (Commercials) and Zaccary Caust (Commercials).

The crew includes: Jerry Hurley (Director), Rhea Smith (Producer), Geri Berhain (Stage Manager), Michael Smith (Set Construction), Paul Reitnauer (Social Media and Sound Design), Rosemary DeFlorio (Light Operation), Michele Roth (Sound Operation), Howard Kerner and Rob Kopil (Foley operators), Matt Rofofsky (Publicity) and Michael Smith (Photography).

2014-2015 SEASON:

  • The Drowsy Chaperone
  • 45 Seconds from Broadway
  • Freckleface Strawberry
  • Clybourne Park
  • Bell Book and Candle
  • August: Osage County
  • God of Carnage

Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

LOTS TO DO @ NORTH JERSEY PRIDE WEEK, JUNE 2-8

LGBT SLAM DANCE FOR TEENS

GARDEN STATE EQUALITY SCHEDULES EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT

New Jersey’s 23rd Annual Jersey Pride Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 12 PM – 7 PM
WHERE:
Sunset Park in front of the Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ

Come by Garden State's Equality's Pride booth to reconnect with old friends, meet some new ones,  and find out what we've been up to since winning marriage equality. 

LGBT Slam & Dance Party for Teens
WHEN: Friday, June 6, 7 PM – 10:30 PM
WHERE:
Burgdorff Center for the Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
ADMISSION: Free, Limited seating, so get there early.

New this year! Garden State Equality is proud to be a co-sponsor of this first ever Pride social event designed for LGBTQA youth. GSE will be co-hosting the Slam Dance with North Jersey Pride and Studio B at the Bergdorf Community Center.  Sign up for the story telling competition, where youth will be competing for a chance to win an iPad! Stay after for the the Pride Slam Dance, with renowned artist DJ Flo spinning with additional entertainment. Free pizza. The Burgdorff Center is conveniently a 5 min walk from the Maplewood NJ Transit station. Questions? info@gardenstateequality.org

 

YOUTH ZONE TENT & PRIDE BOOTH

WHEN: Sunday, June 8, 12 PM-7 PM
WHERE:
Memorial Park Amphitheater,
Memorial Park, 124 Dunnell Road, Maplewood, NJ

Join GSE at the first ever Teen Zone Pride Tent at North Jersey Pride. Find resources and info for youth and young adults and enjoy special events just for you!  Presented by Garden State Equality, North Jersey Pride and Maplecrest Ford Lincoln.

Do you want to share resources and info and connect with other students? Garden State Equality wants to hear from you!  Email info@gardenstateequality.org

Garden State Equality's 5th Annual Equality Walk
WHEN: Saturday – June 21,  4 PM
WHERE:
Erie Park, Corner of Walnut & Montclair, Montclair, NJ
Meet us at the corner of Walnut Street & Montclair Avenue - RAIN OR SHINE! 

Sign up for the Walk today, and ask your friends and family to sponsor you.

Each year, GSE's Equality Walk is one of our biggest sources of support. That support keeps us strong and ensures we are able to fight for every member of the LGBT community.  This year’s theme, “Taking Steps to Protect our Future,” reflects an emphasis on strengthening our recent wins in anti-bullying and marriage equality, while continuing to push for protections for LGBT youth, seniors and the transgender community.

GREATEST OF ALL HORRO THRILLERS PERFORMED AT RHINO THEATRE IN POMPTON LAKES

This sounds like bloody good fun:

Dracula Poster photo with blood

www.RhinoTheatre.com

Thursday, May 29, 2014

“AVENUE Q” TO CLOSE 2013-2014 SEASON FOR 4TH WALL THEATRE

LAST SHOW OF THE 2013-2014 SEASON!

“Avenue Q is still one of the hippest theatrical destinations." —Backstage

"Sweetly satiric and surprisingly fresh!"—The New York Times

 

AVENUE Q
Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marks
Book by Jeff Whitty

WHEN: June 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:00 PM; June 8, 15 at 3:00 PM
WHERE:
Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ
To reserve call 973.566.9255 (WALL)
Tickets can be purchased online at www.4thwalltheatre.org 

Princeton, a new college graduate, can’t afford to live anywhere but Avenue Q, a city neighborhood where reality includes a mix of human and puppet neighbors, like Sesame Street. Unlike Sesame Street, however, life for the residents of Avenue Q is full of grown-up obsessions and problems, uncertain outcomes and extreme irony; the search for purpose is a difficult one.

NOTE:  The show is definitely rated R for language, full puppet nudity and the inclusion of adult themes such as racism, pornography, homosexuality and schadenfreude, not to mention Gary Coleman!

Featuring
Michael Campbell
Danny Egan
Madeline Fansler
Tara Haight
Jacob Haury
Kate Hoover
Tom Schopper
Lynette Sheard
Asami Tsuzuki
Gonzalo Valencia
Johnny Vento

Production Staff:
Director - Kate Swan
Musical Director - Markus Hauck
Stage Manager – Liana Romano
Set Designer - Duane McDevitt
Technical Director - Jasmine Pai
Set Construction - Robert Lavagno
Lighting Designer – Nik Marmo
Costumes - Janet Lazar
Video/Sound – Joe DeVico
Production Managers
Gwen Ricks-Spencer and
Kathi Iannacone

DANCE MANIA INVADES RAHWAY @ HAMILTON STAGE

5 performances spaces: Mainstage, Hamilton Stage, The Loft, Front Room and 1591

WHEN: Fri. May 30 @ 8 PM ~ Sat. May 31 @ 8 PM ~ Sun. June 1 @ 3 PM
WHERE:
Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway
TICKETS: $25 General Admission @ Hamilton Stage

Buy Tickets HERE!

"Ballets With A Twist is the future of modern dance ... and, it is FUN!" - Huffington Post

Check them out in this Preview Video:


Ever wished you could learn some of the dashing, passionate moves of top

Flamenco Dancers?

Expert bailaora Krystina Cárdenas will demonstrate the basics in just 6 classes of

Beginning Flamenco Dance

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9, 16 (Children 6:30 – 7:30 PM; adults 12 + 7:30 – 8:30 PM
WHERE:
Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway. 

No prior dance experience is needed.

The classes are for children (ages 7-11) and adults (12 and up)

TUITION: for all 6 classes is $78; cost for attending an individual class session is $15 per class.

Just 6 classes, and you can be the dancer of your dreams!

* To register call Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at 732.598.3979 or email alboradadance@optonline.net.

Teacher Krystina Cárdenas is a featured solo dancer with the acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, a professional dance company that celebrates Spanish culture throughout New Jersey.

CALLING KIDS AGED 14-21: COME AUDITION FOR “GODSPELL” IN MADISON

Playwrights Theatre: Audition Notice for Madison, NJ Residents Ages 14-21 June 4-5, 2014

UPCOMING EVENTS @ THE HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

Hunterdon Art Museum

WHERE: 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton

Free Art-Making Series Starts Sunday


The Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace series encourages families to create works of art while enjoying an afternoon at one of the prettiest places in all of New Jersey. Everyone can join in the fun from 1 to 4 PM this Sunday (June 1) and create animals out of newspapers and other art materials. Let your imagination run wild creating fantasy animals like dragons or unicorns, or make your favorite family pet or wild animal. We hope to fill our terrace with animals!

This series honors Katherine Bell Trubek (1904-1991), one of the artist founders of the Hunterdon Art Museum. Her art is currently on display in our Artist Founders of the Hunterdon Art Museum show. Trubek's work was influenced by the still life paintings of the 20th century Italian master Giorgio Morandi. Her art captures Morandi’s quiet elegance, but her carefully placed arrangements are more open and her colors less muted. Among the roughly 15 still life paintings included in this exhibition is Homage to Sergio de Campos Mello and Toshiko Takaezu, which pays homage to the work of the Brazilian painter and Japanese ceramicist.

Future Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace events are June 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; Aug. 10, 24; Sept. 7, 21; Oct. 5, 19. All events run from
1 to 4 PM
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This series is supported by a gift from the Trubek family.


Get Your Art on Tap Tickets!

Join us Sunday, June 8 from 2 to 5 PM for Art on Tap, our annual beer and food tasting fundraising event for the Museum. Last year's event sold out so don't delay ordering your tickets!

You'll sample amazing domestic beers including Yards Brewery's Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, Sixpoint Brewery’s Bengali Tiger, Weyerbacher’s Merry Monks, Ballast Point’s Sculpin and Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Imported beers for tasting will include Crabbies, Ginger Beer; Jever Pilsner and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

Accompanying the beverages will be various culinary delights including: rocket shrimp, vegetable spring rolls, a Middle Eastern Mezza Platter, veal medallions, seared tequila shrimp, buffalo wings, beer truffles and more.
Local businesses donating food or raffle prizes are: Metropolitan Seafood Co., Bex Kitchen, Pru Thai, Finnagel’s Restaurant & Irish Pub, Glen Gardner Inn, King Tut, Brasserie 513, the Stockton Inn, Ye Olde Sub Base, the Clinton House, Cryan’s Tavern, Chocodiem, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Dora Restaurant and Center Street Cigar.

Proceeds from the event help support the Museum’s education programs including its class for adults with disabilities; “HAM in the Schools”; and ArtZone, a free space in the Museum where children can make art.

TICKTS: $35 by June 1 and $40 after. There is also a $15 designated driver's ticket available; non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

To order tickets, call the Museum at 908.735.8415 or emaill ellen@hunterdonartmuseum.org. This is a 21 and older event.


'Follow Your Art' to Summer Camp

Our summer arts camp for children ages 4 to 15 begins June 23 with week-long classes running Monday through Friday until Aug. 22. Morning sessions are from 9 AM to noon; afternoon classes from 1 to 4 PM. Some camps run a full day with a supervised lunch available. Our faculty includes new and returning artists and educators, professional storytellers, book and fiber artists, and classroom and enrichment teachers.

We offer more than 60 hands-on enrichment classes! Summer Camp after-care is available from 4 to 5 PM. This year's camp features exciting new classes and returning favorites.For more information on all our great classes and to register, please visit our website.


First Sunday Poetry Series Returns!

In addition to the Katherine Trubek Sundays on the Terrace series, we'll be hosting an afternoon of poetry from 1:30 to 3 PM in the Museum this Sunday (June 1). Stop in for readings by three terrific poets: Hayden Saunier, Juditha Dowd and Bob Rosenbloom.

Finally, Maya Angelou has been called "one of the brightest lights of our time." She was a poet, a memoirist and playwright; a teacher and a healer. Angelou died Wednesday, May 28, at the age of 86. Below, she reads her poem Thank You, Lord with animation by Santiago Cohen, whose work was featured in a solo exhibition at HAM last fall..

Watch the Video

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO


Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, New Jersey Cultural Trust and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey  Relay Service at (TYY) 1 (800) 852-7899.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA OF NEW JERSEY OFFERS “MUSIC FOR A JUNE NIGHT” IN MILLBURN

MUSIC FOR A JUNE NIGHT

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 7:00 PM
WHEN: Millburn Middle School, 25 Old Short Hills Road, Millburn
ADMISSION: Free
For concert information visit: http://metropolitanorchestra.org; or call: 973.379.6431

The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey’s program, under the direction of Maestro Michael Stratechuk, will want you to “click” your heels in dance as you listen to Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Strauss: Emperor Waltz; Weber: Invitation to the Dance; Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana; among others.

Featured soloist will be pianist, Mark Yolleck, performing Poulenc: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. A leading figure in 20th century French music, Francis Poulenc’s music reflects the Parisian scene of everyday. Mr. Yolleck will be performing the concerto on the restored Millburn Middle School 1906 Steinway Grand Piano graciously donated to the school in the late 1940s by William Meeder, a famous NBC radio organist and Short Hills resident.

The Metropolitan Orchestra’s presentation of this concert is made possible, in part, by a grant from Essex County and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

MAYA ANGELOU, 1928–2014: A LONG, PRODUCTIVE LIFE BUT TAKEN FROM US TOO SOON

Maya Angelou, poet, essayist, singer, dancer, died today at 8 AM. I found this graphic on Facebook and wanted to share it with you. Rest in peace, April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014.

maya quote

How Maya Angelou Taught Us To Be Better Women

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.”

Listen: At 80, The Legend Reflects On A 'Glorious' Life

11 Inspiring Video Clips Of Angelou

Oprah: 'She Will Always Be The Rainbow In My Clouds'

"You may cut me with your words... But still, like air, I'll rise."

JUNE AT THE WEST ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

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West Orange Public Library                 
46 Mt. Pleasant Ave.                                      
West Orange, NJ 07052                                  
973.736.0198                                                   
www.wopl.org

 

 

Spark a Reaction! Family Concert featuring

MONKEY MONKEY MUSIC

WHEN: Monday, June 23, from 7-8 PM
Help kick off our summer of reading with a concert on the Library lawn!

Known for their public television children's videos throughout the United States, Monkey Monkey Music has been featured in Parenting Magazine and on Kidz Bop Preschool on Demand as well as in numerous performances around the country.

Register for the concert on our events calendar!

Our summer reading program is for kids, teens, and adults and features fun events, giveaways and the chance to win prizes by reading just 4 hours a week.  Registration for the reading program begins June 9 at www.wopl.org, by phone at 973.736.0198 or in person when you visit the library.


Book Discussion Group:
The World Without You 
by Joshua Henkin

WHEN: Monday, June 2, at 1:30 PM
Librarian Mary-Jean Gurzenda leads the discussion

 

 

Creative Connection

WHEN: Wednesday, June 11, at 7 PM
Drop by and join in the discussion on the creative process. 
Receive constructive feedback on your work.    
Presented in partnership with the West Orange Arts Council.  

West Orange Writers Group 

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, at 7 PM
Are you a writer interested in meeting other writers for gentle critiquing of one another's work?  Join an open, informal forum for anyone interested in any kind of writing—fiction, nonfiction, children's poetry, etc.  Bring a sample of your work.    

Yoga for Beginners

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, at 3 PM
Bring your own yoga mat for this class featuring simple yoga postures.  Participants will be asked to sign a waiver at the beginning of class.  

Film & Dessert  

Gravity starring Sandra Bullock
WHEN: Friday, June 6, at 2 PM

Oldboy starring Josh Brolin
WHEN: Friday, June 20, at 2 PM


Children's Programs

Lego Club
WHEN: Tuesday, June 3,  4-5 PM, K-5th grade
Kids come make friends and play with Legos!

Check it out Mate
ChessClub for kids

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 4-5 PM, grades 2-8
Learn new strategies with with chess master Eric Greenebaum. Registration is required. 

Summer Reading Registration

WHEN: Monday, June 9
Families can sign up on-line at www.wopl.org; by phone 973.736.0198 or in person when visiting the Library.

Don't forget our family summer reading program kick-off on June 23rd at 7 PM with Monkey Monkey Music! 

ZIMMERLI SPONSORS DAY TRIP TO HISTORIC ESTATE, NATURE PRESERVE & ART MUSEUM JUNE 12

Day Trip—
Locust Grove and Dia:Beacon
WHEN:
June 12, 7:15 AM to 7 PM
COST: $125 members, $145 nonmembers
Travel packages include bus fare and gratuity, museum entrance fees, guided tours and lunch. Curators from the Zimmerli accompany each trip to add insight and connect each destination to their museum. For information, call 848.932.6771 or email membership@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

 

 

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Locust Grove Historic Estate, Museum and Nature Preserve
Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse by architect A. J. Davis. Fifty years later the house was renovated and expanded for new owners William and Martha Young. Their daughter, Annette Innis Young, eventually created the foundation that preserves the Estate as a museum today. The Estate opened to the public in 1979 and today features the Young family’s 15,000-piece collection of furniture, paintings, and decorative arts, just as they were used in the early years of the twentieth century. (Click on titles for more information)

Dia:Beacon
Dia:Beacon is part of Dia Art Foundation’s constella­tion of sites. Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia: Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Since its opening in May 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.

Lunch at the Coyote Grill is included.

For details and registration, visit the webpage.


FREE ADMISSION: May 16, 17, and 18

Join us in celebrating
Rutgers University—New Brunswick Alumni Weekend
Rutgers University Commencement
Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD)
Art Museum Day

 

The Zimmerli's operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment, among others. Additional support comes from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; and donors, members, and friends of the Zimmerli Art Museum.

 

 
 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CHATHAM PLAYERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY

AUDITION NOTICE:

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CLYBOURNE PARK
By Bruce Norris
Directed by John A.C. Kennedy

WHEN:  Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th at 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham

Production dates are October 3 thru 18, 2014 with rehearsals to begin mid-June.

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the Caucasian family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a Caucasian family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

Director John A.C. Kennedy seeks seven actors to fill out his cast.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions. To access sides and form, please visit our website at http://www.chathamplayers.org/auditions.html

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition.

Any questions, please call Leslie Reagoso at 973.769.3886 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

Character Breakdown

Russ (1959, Caucasian, late 40s or 50s), an easygoing, suburban husband and office worker, attempting to maintain a lid on extraordinary emotional pain. The same actor plays Dan (2009), an affable construction worker.

Albert (1959, African-American, 30s), a responsible father of 3, eager to lend a hand and maintain easy, friendly relations. The same actor plays Kevin (2009), smart, sharp, well-traveled and doing well at Capital Equities.

Karl (1959, Caucasian, 30s-50s), an oddly formal and uncomfortable-seeming man; a stickler for details, quite sure his vision of any situation is the clearest. The same actor plays Steve (2009), smart enough to discern complex social patterns and landmines… but not smart enough to avoid stepping on them.

Jim (1959, Caucasian, late 20s, early 30s), a youthful Midwestern minister, eager to help his flock smooth over their difficulties and bury complications. The same actor plays Tom (2009), a young, urban attorney, helping out the neighborhood coalition, but with a lot on his plate.

Bev (1959, Caucasian, late 40s or 50s, married to Russ), a suburban housewife who strives to choose the positive, ignore the negative and keep busy with projects. The same actress plays Kathy (2009), a Real Estate Lawyer good with arcane details and proud to have risen to the level she has.

Francine (1959, African-American, 30s, married to Albert), Russ and Bev’s housekeeper, has been through a lot with the family and done what she had to, but is very ready to move on. The same actress plays Lena (2009, married to Kevin), a life-long resident of the neighborhood with an appreciation of history… and a point or two to make.

Betsy (1959, Caucasian, late 20s or 30s, married to Karl), friendly, eight months pregnant and totally deaf. The same actress plays Lindsey (2009, married to Steve), a well-educated, well-meaning, young, upwardly-mobile professional; also pregnant.

HIT NYC CABARET SHOW MAKES NJ DEBUT IN HOLMDEL

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ONE NIGHT STANDARDS WITH ERIC YVES GARCIA

Don't miss one of New York's "..brightest new discover[ies]..a handsome young singer and pianist with genuine star quality."—New York Times

WHEN: two special benefit performances on June 6 and 7 at 8 PM
WHERE:
Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel (in front of the Holmdel High School)
ADMISSION: $40.
All transactions include a $3.50 processing fee.
Reservations may be made via the website at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

The show pulls lesser known songs from the Great American Songbook canon, with selections reflecting the rigor and melancholy of the performers life, love and loss in the city, all while using his self-deprecating humor and cool affability to keep everything buoyant and fun for the audience.

“I refuse to perform these songs as if they are dusty museum pieces,” says Mr. Garcia.  “These are great songs that have just as much relevance today as they did 50 or so years ago.”

One Night Standards debuted in November 2013 at the Laurie Beechman Theater on 42nd Street and received rave reviews from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. 

EYG Black Flannel - Photo Credit Xanthe Elbrick“Eric Yves Garcia belongs to the school of jazz-leaning connoisseurs of the American Songbook epitomized by the irreplaceable Bobby Short.” said Stephen Holden, critic for the New York Times. “he heart of an aspiring concert entertainer, waiting for his moment. doesn’t maintain a suave distance from his material his tales of absurd encounters with fans are funny, self-deflating reflections on the entertainer’s lot."

Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal wrote, "he puts everything together in a highly personal, intensely intimate fashion that allows the songs to come to us through him in a way that's by turns incredibly moving and very funny—often both at the same time. The great songs, Mr. Garcia says, "may bend, but they don't break," and he proves it, time after time." 

Eric is by no means a stranger to the Jersey Shore, or to the Duncan Smith Theater. Raised in Red Bank and Fair Haven, Eric started performing at an early age. One of his first shows as a child was at Holmdel in the musical, Working, during HTC’s second season. He is emblematic of HTC’s mission which seeks to integrate professional actors, technicians, designers and directors with nonprofessionals and young people in a synergistic artistic and educational exchange. Patrons of the Duncan Smith Theater will also remember Eric from his performances in Happy Hours, The Importance of Being Earnest, Comedy of Errors and Noises Off.

NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA & MORRISTOWN HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENT MAHLER’S “RESURRECTION SYMPHONY” JUNE 1

RESURRECTION SYMPHONY

WHEN: Sunday, June 1, at 3 PM. All ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-concert lecture at 2.15 PM by Dr. Barbara Thomson prior to the performance.
WHERE:
Ridge Performing Arts Center (Ridge High School), 268 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $25-$75, Students $12
Tickets are available on line at www.njfestivalorchestra.org, by phone at 973.408.3978.

Join New Jersey Festival Orchestra, David Wroe Music Director, and Morristown’s Harmonium Choral Society for one of the grandest and most moving works in the entire classical repertoire: Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.

The Resurrection Symphony was the first of the Austrian composer's symphonies to make use of voices and words as well as the orchestra. A project as big as this demands powerful voices hence the orchestra’s partnership with Harmonium Choral Society, one of NJ’s finest choral organizations under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, as well as with special guests Ridge High School A Cappella Honors Chorus.

Two renowned soloists, soprano Lianne Coble and mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft, also join the group for this rousing collaborative performance.

Lauded by the New York Times as having a voice of “melting, devotional sweetness”, American soprano Lianne Coble (right) is a sought-after concert, operatic, and chamber music artist who has soloed with leading American orchestras and is on the choral roster of Musica Sacra, the Clarion Music Society, Seraphic Fire, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Sarah Nelson Craft (left) with a “warm mezzo-soprano [that] flutters so effortlessly” is a versatile singer who has performed as a soloist in opera, oratorio and song with leading American orchestras at Lincoln Center and beyond.

Tracing a journey from dark despair to the light of rebirth, to glorious rapture and hope, this colossal performance full of gorgeous melodies and sumptuous colors combines passion, hair-raising terror, poignant intimacy, sublime exhilaration and fanfares of triumph. Audiences can expect monumental sound and explosive results.

The not-to-be-missed collaboration titled Rebirth and Renewal has been made possible through the generous support of the the NJ State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

WENDY WASSERSTEIN’S “THIRD” OPENS @ TWO RIVER THEATER THIS WEEKEND!

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‘'GREASE” OPENS AT THE PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE ON WEDNESDAY, RUNS THROUGH JUNE 29 ONLY

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EXIT 0 INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL @ CAPE MAY

During Exit 0, the seashore town becomes a veritable jazz village. I imagine that it must be like that in Sundance when Hollywood comes to their town for the annual film festival…—Jazz Times Magazine

EXIT_0_JAZZ_FEST_DATE_REVEXIT 0 INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 30-June 1 (scroll down for schedules and venues)
WHERE:
TICKETS:
Pop’s Pass $38. Provides unlimited access to club shows. Duke’s Pass: $179. Includes all headliners, club and Jazz at The Estate shows. Count’s Pass: $145. All-access pass for Friday and Saturday only. Individual tickets are available to all events.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cape May Convention Hall Box Office at 609.884.9563 or by visiting www.exit0jazzfest.com. Hotel packages are available.

The charming Victorian seaside town of Cape May, New Jersey, will transform into a bonanza of incredible world class music, fine wine, great food and happy music fans for the 3rd Exit 0 International Jazz Festival. The festival will host over 100 international touring musicians in an atmosphere similar to stylish, accessible European festivals, particularly with the launch of Jazz at The Estate, an outdoor music venue. The perfect size for a family-friendly festival, Exit 0 offers fest-goers the opportunity to stroll from venue to venue and revel in many styles of music from jazz, soul, blues and R&B—not to mention the gorgeous ocean setting of the National Historic Landmark city.

Named for the exit to Cape May off of the Garden State Parkway, the festival attracts a loyal diverse audience of thousands from the major metropolitan regions surrounding Cape May including New York City, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, all within a four- or five-hour drive of Cape May. The Festival features Grammy Award-winners, living legends, NEA Jazz Masters, emerging jazz stars, international musicians and homegrown talent too. This first spring version will also offer brass band parades and an open-air gospel concert at the famed Congress Hotel, a lead sponsor for Exit 0.

Features Grammy Winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Roy Hargrove; New Orleans Artists Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and Jon Cleary; and Young Innovators Gerald Clayton, Tia Fuller, KellyLee Evans, Daisy Castro + More

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER (right), one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world, an NPR program host, a GRAMMY winner and an accomplished actress too who was just featured Off-Broadway starring as Billie Holiday.

ROY HARGROVE (right, below), another GRAMMY winner and one of the original young lions who wowed on the trumpet and crosses genres blending jazz, hip hop and old soul.

 

Local Cape May Boy Turned Jazz Impressario Michael Kline, organizer of the new Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May, returned to his boyhood summer home of Cape May in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where he had lived since 1992 working for jazz artists and hosting a radio show on WWOZ FM. Distressed at the loss of the semi-annual Cape May Jazz Festival, which ended a 17-year run in 2011 due to economic difficulties, Kline was determined to bring a jazz festival back to the Cape but wanted to bring a bit of that New Orleans flavor to it.

Kline revives Old Cape May Jazz Fest & Relaunches It As Exit 0 International Jazz Festival—right After Hurricane Sandy! Kline and his team were successful with the November 9-11, 2012, launch of the first annual Exit 0 International Jazz Festival—or Exit 0 as it’s called, just like the exit on the Garden State Parkway for Cape May—despite the launch following in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The inaugural Festival featured headliners Ramsey Lewis and Christian McBride and more than 40 shows by 100 artists in seven venues. Over 2200 happy locals and tourists turned out and this past November, over 3000 people came. We are expecting up to 5000 this month!

Unforgettable music. Unbelievable food choices. Festival wine tasting events. Special Festival cocktails and brews. Awe inspiring sunsets. Parking is free. People are nice. Music reigns. Come and see why it's cooler in Cape May in autumn!

FEATURED ARTISTS / SCHEDULE / VENUES

FRIDAY, MAY 31

Dee Dee Bridgewater
WHERE: Xerox Main Stage (Convention Center): 7 PM/9 PM
Over the course of a multi-faceted career spanning four decades, the three-time Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award-winner has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics.

Gregoire Maret
WHERE: Marq’s Pub/Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage: 8 PM/10 PM
The Grammy Award-winning harmonica player has found a way to create a unique, dynamic voice with this rarely utilized instrument in jazz.