Friday, July 31, 2015

TRIBUTE BANDS COME TO MAYO PAC IN AUGUST

Classic Albums Live_Press

Classic Albums Live Performs Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

WHEN: Thursday, August 13 at 8 pm
WHERE: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $35 – $45
Tickets at www.mayoarts.org 
973-539-8008

Enjoy a note-for-note, cut-for-cut recreation of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, as performed by Classic Albums Live. Classic Albums Live recreates the greatest rock albums in history with skilled vocalists and musicians who honor these works with no gimmicks, no make-up or other illusions employed by tribute bands. The musicians go to great lengths to faithfully recreate every sound on the original album. The shows are treated like recitals, with the album being performed in its entirety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g_k6O5vW0s

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Human Nature: The Motown Show

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19 at 8 pm
WHERE:
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $29-$69
Tickets at www.mayoarts.org 
973-539-8008

Human Nature, Australia’s top selling pop vocal group and a Las Vegas favorite, have reimagined the sounds of Motown to bring you a show that’s as unexpected as it is amazing. The critically acclaimed quartet puts a modern twist on classic Motown hits, featuring songs by the Four Tops, the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and more. They’ll have you dancing and singing in the aisles as you remember exactly why these songs are timeless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3kw4us5x2E

SAVE THE DATE: 3 SOLO PIANO RECITALS!

AUDIENCES LOVE “TWELFTH NIGHT” @ HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY

Holmdel Theatre Company proudly presents William Shakespeare's

TWELFTH NIGHT (Or What You Will)

Directed by Tom Frascatore

"It is beautifully directed, masterfully acted and funny as hell. The costumes are perfection, the pacing is modern and fresh and you'll see some performances by local actors that will have you smiling with delight. I cannot recommend this highly enough. GO!"

"You will be astounded by this production--funny, fresh, and completely comprehensible. Kudos to Tom Frascatore for directing such a masterful production. You will truly regret missing this if you don't go see it."

WHEN: July 31, August 1, 7, 8 @ 8 PM; Matinée on Aug 2 @ 2 PM

Cast: Brian Craig, Michael Kroll, Myles Linzey, Caitlyn Manning, Alicia Moeller, Olivia Mullen, Dave Murray, Christopher O'Neill, Dan Peterson, Mark Piltz, Brett Sabo, Tarantino Smith*, Wesley Swan, Casey Woods
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

TICKETS: Students $12, Seniors $17, Adult $22
BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW
Please note all online order are subject to a $3 Processing fee.
At door orders are subject to a $1 Facility Fee.

WHERE: Holmdel Theatre Company at The Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733 (on the grounds of the Holmdel High School)
www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org


FREE Monthly Reading Series!
First Monday of every month 7:00 PM

WHEN I REFLECT 
by Jon Heron
Monday, August 3, 7:00 PM

NO READING IN SEPTEMBER! Enjoy your Labor Day!


AUDITIONS!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving Adapted by Chris Cook
Directed by Melanie Taylor
WHEN: Monday, August 10th 7pm – 10pm; Tuesday, August 11th 7pm – 10pm. Callbacks if necessary Thursday August 13th 7pm-10pm
Please visit our Facebook Event Page for more information:

 



Thursday, July 30, 2015

ART CLASSES FOR ALL AGES @ THE ZIMMERLI THIS FALL

FALL DRAWING CLASSES
Members registration now open; General registration opens August 3

WHERE: Zimmerli Art Museum, Hamilton & George Sts., New Brunswick

DRAWING CLUB FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Wednesdays / 4:15 to 5:45 pm

6-8 year olds and 9-14 year olds

September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

Children discover the secrets of drawing when they participate in the Zimmerli's Drawing Club. Aspiring artists learn drawing techniques, including pencil and charcoal, and such genres as still life and portraiture. The classes are led by professional educators Patricia Brace and Grace Jackson, who address the needs of both beginners and advanced students.
Online registration is now possible through our collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli class listing on the Mason Gross Extension Division site, where you can create an account through ASAP and begin your registration.

Zimmerli Members: Please contact the Education Department at 848.932.6787, or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu, for your individual discount code.

ZIMMERLI DRAWING SOCIETY FOR ADULTS
Saturdays / 12:30 to 2:30 pm

September 26, October 10 & 24, November 14 & 21, December 5

Each Drawing Society session is overseen by master artists Wes Sherman and Tom Rutledge. The museum provides drawing boards, live models at select sessions, and professional instruction; participants are asked to bring their own drawing pads, portable easels, and other materials suggested by the instructors. These sessions are for artists aged 18 and older. Space is limited to 16 participants.

Online registration is now possible through our collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli class listing on the Mason Gross Extension Division site, where you can create an account through ASAP and begin your registration.

Zimmerli Members: Please contact the Education Department at 848.932.6787, or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu, for your individual discount code.

Collaboration with Mason Gross Extension Division
ART-HAUS ACADEMY

The Zimmerli has partnered with Mason Gross Extension Division to provide an expanded selection of art-making classes. ART-haus Academy offers basic art courses that inspire creative evolutions. Each course focuses on specific skills and ideas that interweave in a mosaic of insights. Classes taking place at Mason Gross this fall include Art Making A-B-C, Basic Drawing and Painting, Intermediate Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing and Painting, and Painting 1A (collegiate level for precollege students.) For more information about Mason Gross classes and online registration, visit the Mason Gross website.

The Zimmerli is closed from August 1 to 31.
Join us September 1 for Art After Hours: First Tuesdays.
Our fall exhibitions include
Melvin Edwards: Five Decades
September 1, 2015 through January 10, 2016

 

Children's education programs at the Zimmerli are funded in part by the
Walter and Adi Blum Foundation, Inc., and Art Within Reach.
The Zimmerli Art Museum'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, 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 museum.

 

 

BAROQUE ORCHESTRA 2015 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTS THIS SUNDAY

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www.baroqueorchestra.org for tickets
973.366.8922

LITTLE ONES MEET THE MASTERS @ HAM SUMMER CAMP

This fantastic summer camp for kids ages 4 to 6 is a little art history and a whole lot of fun!

Children will take a journey through art and time to create collages and paintings inspired by some of the all-time great Masters including Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder and Claude Monet.

Camp starts Monday, Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. Seating is limited so sign up today! Or, go here to find our complete list of camps.

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Images: Henri Matisse, Woman with a Hat, 1905 (detail); Claude Monet, Portrait de Jeanne Serveau, 1880.

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, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation 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 (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899

AUGUST PROGRAMS @ MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM

 

 

Park Bench
Second Wednesday of the Month, August 12, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Theme: Spirals
$18 per family/$6 Family-level Members and above
Cash only accepted day of the event

Summer Park Bench will be held outside with the MAM Art Truck! MAM Park Bench introduces children (preschool and up) to the Museum through a themed art project, tour, and storytelling in the galleries.

Where will you meet MAM? Visit montclairartmuseum.org/mamarttruck to see the MAM Art Truck schedule or follow the MAM Art Truck on social media with #MAMarttruck. See you around town!

The Art Truck was acquired with funds from the Partners for Health Foundation, whose vision is to make our communities healthier, better places to live.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Artful Outing
First Wednesday of the month, August 5, 2–3 p.m.
FREE; RSVP to 973-259-5136 or tours@montclairartmuseum.org
MAM invites people with dementia and their care partners to attend a FREE, interactive gallery program led by MAM docents and educators. Coordinators at care facilities, please contact us to make an appointment for your group.


Closer Look Tours
First Friday of the month, August 7, 2 p.m.
Coincides with the MAM’s Free First Fridays
Join us for informal 30-minute gallery talks that provide an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. Tours are led by MAM educators and docents.

Public Tour
Third Sunday of the month, August 16, 2 p.m.

Free with Museum admission
Discover the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions through a docent-led tour.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends
WHEN:  opens Saturday, September 12!

Featuring work by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), this exhibition highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. It includes more than 60 original collages, studies, and book dummies/mock ups.

Members Opening, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
MAM members are invited to an exclusive first look and brunch reception. RSVP to members@montclairartmuseum.org.
Not a member? Join MAM today!

MAM Lawn Party, 12–5 p.m.
The community is invited to a daylong celebration featuring a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join us on the lawn and enjoy performances by over 20 local bands and performers including Warren Zanes, family-friendly activities, and food vendors serving a variety of delicious fare. Free with suggested donation; all proceeds support MAM’s art education programs designed for special needs audiences.

 

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MAM Members receive discounts on every program and class held at the Museum. Join today!

Exhibitions on View:
 Illustrations and Literary Themes in American Art: Works from the Collection,New Native American Collection Installation of Pueblo Indian Pottery, Basket Mania: Collecting Native American Basketry in the Late Victorian Era, and Robert Barry: Diptych, Window-Wallpiece for the Montclair Art Museum

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
973-746-5555
montclairartmuseum.org

 

MUSICAL REVUE PERFORMED BY MADISON CHILDREN THIS WEEKEND @ FDU

HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD AND OTHER LESSONS IN NOT BEING A GROWNUP
Book by Delia Ephron, John Forster and Judith Kahan
Music and Lyrics by John Forster
Based on the Book by Delia Ephron

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, at 7:30 pm, Friday, July 31, at 7:30 pm ; Saturday, August 1, at 2:00 pm. Limited seating available.
WHERE: 
Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Barn Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ
Click here for directions
TICKETS: $10 for Adults, $5 Children & Students
Madison Senior Citizens - No Charge (Call Madison Senior Center 973-593-3095)
Non-Madison Senior Citizens - $5
Call 973-514-1787 X31 or order on our website

The first musical version of HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD was produced for television in 1981 as an NBC Project Peacock special, starring Dick Van Dyke. Using songs from the television show, it was adopted for the stage as a musical revue to be performed exclusively by children. The show is a collection of songs and sketches and is meant to be a guide to the art of being a child told from a child’s point of view.

MORRIS MUSEUM EXHIBIT EXPLORES HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S FASHION

Fashionable-Child[1]THE FASHIONABLE CHILD: 200 YEARS OF DRESSING OUR CHILDREN

WHEN: August 1 through November 29, 2015
WHERE:
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ

The Morris Museum is proud to announce its newest exhibition, The Fashionable Child: 200 Years of Dressing Our Children.  The show will explore the history of children’s fashion from the early 1800s to the present.

Featuring exquisite objects from the Morris Museum’s collections, visitors will be delighted and charmed by designs for play days, holidays, and everything in between. The Fashionable Child will include more than fifty outfits ranging from special occasion wear and christening gowns to playwear, sleepwear, and outerwear. Children’s accessories will include a variety of bonnets of different sizes, straw hats, and caps, as well as shoes ranging from spats to saddle shoes to Mary Janes. In addition to the lovingly preserved outfits, the exhibition will also feature a variety of toys, baby quilts, children’s dishes, feeding utensils, and children’s furniture.

“The Museum has a rich history of presenting exhibitions that showcase fashion,” said Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Morris Museum. “We are delighted to be able to continue that tradition with this enchanting show featuring costumes for the youngest members of society.”

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. 

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Hours
The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

TOP SHOWS @ UCPAC IN RAHWAY

WHEN: August 21, 22 at 8 PM and August 23 at 2 PM
WHERE: UCPAC Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
To purchase tickets, click here.


The Vanguard Theatre Company presents...

WHERE: UCPAC Main Stage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
WHEN: August 19 at 12 PM, August 21 and 22 at 8 PM, and August 23 at 3 PM
To purchase tickets, click here.


Fearless Productions presents...

WHERE: UCPAC Hamilton Stage
WHEN: September 11-27. 
Click here for dates and times.

 

DISCOUNTS!


Members of AAA, students, seniors, Friends of Union County Arts Center, Discover Jersey Arts members, veterans and active members of the U.S. Military – and 10% off Group Sales to groups! Click Here for Info...

YOU CAN order online, call (732) 499-8226 or stop in to visit our friendly box office staff at 1601 Irving Street in downtown Rahway Arts District. 

There are NO FEES no matter how you choose to buy your tickets!


CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S SUMMER JAMFEST COMES TO A ROCKIN’ CLOSE WITH THE MUSIC OF CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG IN “CSN SONGS”!

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CSN Songs: Celebrating the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
WHEN: Saturday, August 8, at 8 pm
WHERE:
David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
ADMISSION: $30.00 in advance.  As with all jazz, concerts and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of event.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.centenarystageco.org or call (908) 979 – 0900.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the CSC box office in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

The music was born in the summer of 1969 at the famous “Woodstock Music Festival” in New York. It was when David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash hit the stage that the face of folk/rock music would be changed forever.

Their legacy continued throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. CSN Songs is a group of seven seasoned and talented musicians that perform all of your favorite and timeless “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young" hits that you have come to love throughout the years. The harmonious vocals that "Crosby Stills Nash & Young" are so well known for, are heard in every song performed by CSN Songs

Audiences are always amazed and delighted as they enjoy being encouraged to participate and sing along with their favorite hits throughout the entire show. Beautiful flower children and exciting dialog adds expression to this musically dynamic performance, while taking you back to a time in history that will never be forgotten. 

All of Crosby Stills Nash & Young's musical compositions are highly respected by CSN Songs and are reproduced as closely as possible to how they were originally written, recorded and performed throughout "Crosby Stills Nash & Young's" musical legacy. 

Sponsored in part by The House of the Good Shepherd. The 2014-15 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR 2015 INTERNATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION

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Call for Entries in 2015 International Juried Exhibition

Center for Contemporary Art is now accepting submissions for the 2015 International Juried Exhibition.

  • All entries can be submitted through CallforEntry.org.
  • The $35 entry fee includes up to three entries and is discounted ($25) for art educators and members of The Center for Contemporary Art.
  • The exhibition will be on view from November 6 through December 12, 2015. An opening reception will take place on Friday, November 6th from 6-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 7, 2015.
  • The exhibition will comprise of two- and three-dimensional work in all media.
  • Wall pieces must be wired for hanging and no larger than 60″ X 60″.
  • Free-standing pieces may not exceed 32″ X 48″ X 60″ and/or weigh more than 75 lbs.
  • This opportunity is open to artists age 18 and older.

Artists will be selected for the following awards:

  • Special Exhibitions Committee Award: 2016 Solo Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art
  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $100

The Solo Exhibition award is an incredible opportunity for the selected artists each year to further their artistic careers. Dana McElroy, solo exhibition winner of the 2013 International Juried Exhibit, stated “Getting into the juried show was compliment enough. However, that being followed by the offer of a solo exhibition was truly exhilarating. The Center for Contemporary Art's recognition gave me true confidence in myself and my artistic practice and inspired me to further develop my ideas and set higher goals for my future. Communities like the one at the Center for Contemporary Art are invaluable.”

This year’s juror is Margaret O’Reilly, Curator of Fine Art at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Ms. O’Reilly joined the State Museum staff in 1988, and took on the curatorial role in 1997. Since then she has organized over ninety exhibitions including a complete re-installation of the Museum’s art collection – American Perspectives: The Fine Art Collection; the critically well-received exhibitions, Aljira, Dream & Reality (2014), Dahlia Elsayed: Hither and Yon (2013-14), Jon Naar: Signature Photography (2013), Reality & Artifice – New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art (2010), Transcendent: Toshiko Takaezu in the State Museum Collection (2009-10), Women’s Works (2002), and Mel Leipzig: A Retrospective (1998); as well as Vision & Voice: Artists in Dialogue with Contemporary Poetry (2005), and many New Jersey Artist Series exhibitions. Ms. O’Reilly received her MA in painting from Kean University, and her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the region. Her research and exhibition interests echo those found in her own creative output and include issues of chance, identity and mortality, among others, while the formal qualities of particular interest are density, repetition and serial structure.

About The Center for Contemporary Art
Founded in 1970, The Center for Contemporary Art is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. The Center is located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster, NJ. For further information, please call (908) 234-2345 or visit The Center for Contemporary Art online at http://ccabedminster.org/

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and major holidays.
  • The gallery is also open during the evening when classes are in session.

AUGUST WORKSHOPS @ THE MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM YARD SCHOOL OF ART

YARD SCHOOL OF ART August Workshops

Check out our wide range of workshops in August below or download the summer brochure for a full listing of available classes and camps. Register online, call 973-259-5139, or mail or fax the registration form on the last page of the brochure.

Save the date! Fall registration opens for members Monday, August 10 and nonmembers Monday, August 17.

 

 

Intensive Collage

Monday–Wednesday, August 31–September 2, 12–3 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara Minch
$120 members
$150 nonmembers
Register

Discover the art of collage in this three-day intensive workshop. Using magazine imagery, you will learn how to layer and design unusual compositions with surprising results. This process allows you to tap into your subconscious and work more intuitively. We also explore glue and gel collages on canvas. Visit www.montclairartmuseum.org for a list of supplies.

 

Pottery

Introduction to Wheel Throwing
Sunday, August 2, 12–3 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Jaskowak
$60 members
$80 nonmembers
Register

Is learning the potter's wheel on your bucket list? This one-day workshop is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the potter's wheel. Students learn basic pottery techniques that will help them to create unique and personal pieces out of stoneware. Students select glazes and return to pick up their fired pots three weeks from the workshop date. All supplies are provided.

Raku Firing
Sunday, August 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Jaskowak
$100 members
$120 nonmembers
Register

This workshop will explore the concept of post-fire reduction known as Raku. led by MAM Ceramics Studio Manager Steve Jaskowak, students will explore techniques such as traditional Raku, tinfoil sagger, horsehair embellishment, and slip resist. Students are to bring bisquefired pieces to glaze and fire during the workshop. Contact Steve at sjaskowak@montclairartmuseum.org with questions.

 

And more!

Introduction to Printmaking
Sunday, August 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Instructor: Lizzy Storm
$80 members
$100 nonmembers
Register

This Workshop will introduce participants to printmaking techniques, the art of transferring an image from a printing plate to paper, using MAM's Charles Brand Etching Press. Students will explore processes that produce a wide variety of results including monoprint, collagraph, drypoint, and relief printing, among others. Choosing one or more techniques, students will complete a small edition printmaking principles, as well as aspects of design, to bring freshness and depth to the participants' creative process. All levels welcome.


Photographing Your Artwork for the Web

Sunday, August 9, 12–3 p.m.
Instructor: Anthony Cuneo
$40 members
$60 members
Register

You have worked hard to hone your craft and created art that you want the world to see. Now you need high-quality photos so that you can share your talent online. Don't settle with cellphone pictures and poor lighting! Bring your artwork to our Digital Media Lab and learn to photograph it like a professional to ensure that your hard work and talent is truly captured. Students may bring paintings, sculptures, and ceramic artwork. 2D art should be no larger than 30"x40" and 3D art no larger than 30x20x20." Limit of five 2D pieces and two 3D pieces of art per student. Please bring a flash drive to store your digital photos.

 

View the full MAM Calendar.
MAM members receive discounts on every class offered by the Yard School of Art! Join MAM when you purchase your class for instant savings.

MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
973-746-5555
montclairartmuseum.org

 

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF ACRYLICS IN WORKSHOP @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

Acrylic Demonstration and Workshop with Anne Kullaf

Express yourself and unlock your talents with acrylic paints in this inspiring workshop for all skill levels!

Learn about color mixing, surface preparation, mediums and techniques to achieve bold, fresh results. And discover the diversity acrylics can bring to your art!

WHEN: Monday, August 17 at 12:30 PM
WHERE:
Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Don't delay! Sign up here!

Image credit: Anne Kullaf

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, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Investors Bank, The Large Foundation 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 (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899

HOT AUGUST @ THE MINSTREL & SWINGING TERN

The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series
WHERE: The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
For more info call 973-335-9489 or go to www.folkproject.org
Handicapped accessible; free parking.

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WHEN: Friday, August 7 from 8 to 11 PM 
TICKETS:  Adults $9; children 12 and under, free. 
Sharon Goldman opens.

 

 

 

 

Open Stage
WHEN: Friday, August 14 from 8 to 11 PM 
TICKETS:
Adults $9; children 12 and under, free.
Brandon Broderick opens

 

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WHEN: Friday, August 21 from 8 to 11 PM
TICKETS: Adults $9; children 12 and under, free. 

 

 

 

 

 

Uke NJ 3
WHEN:  Friday, August 28 from 8 to 11 PM 
First day of three-day uke fest. 
Sponsored by the Folk Project. 
Please check website for details.


Swingin’ Tern Contra Dances
WHERE: The First Presbyterian Church, Parish House, 14 Hanover Road, East Hanover.
For more information, call 973-295-6864 or go to www.folkproject.org

Melanie Axel-Lute 
WHEN: Saturday, August 1 from 8 to 11 PM
Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.
ADMISSION: Adults $10; students $5 with student ID.  
Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome.
The band will be Rumpus

Free Dance Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, August 15 from 3 to 6 PM
Ken Crawford will discuss and demonstrate many different kinds of dancing. Justin Nawn and Bronwyn Bird will play the music. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.

Bob Isaacs
WHEN: Saturday, August 15 from 8 to 11 PM  
Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 PM. No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.
ADMISSION: $5 per person, tonight only; free to afternoon workshop participants
Just listening to the band is worth the admission, and listeners are welcome.

Bob Isaacs
WHEN: Friday, August 21 from 8 to 11 PM 
Beginners’ workshop at 7:30 pm.  No partner necessary. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing.  
ADMISSION: free tonight. 
The band will be Unbowed. Listeners welcome.

KIDS' MUSIC STAR LAURIE BERKNER BRINGS "GREATEST HITS" CONCERT TO PLAY AMERICA IN FREEHOLD

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The Laurie Berkner Band The Greatest Hits Tour!

WHEN: Two shows: Sunday, June 14, 12:00 Noon and 4:00 PM
WHERE: iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
TICKETS: $27.50, $35, $75*, plus applicable fees
A limited number of $75 VIP tickets are available.

Children under 1 year old on laps are free.
INFORMATION & TO CHARGE BY PHONE: 732.577.8200 x213
 www.iplayamerica.com

"The undisputed queen of kindie rock" -- USA Today

"The queen of children's music" -- People Magazine

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner and The Laurie Berkner Band will perform two "Greatest Hits" concerts for families. Families are encouraged to come early or stay late, and enjoy iPlay America's awesome indoor theme park with games, rides, and more.

Dubbed "one of the hippest children's artists" by FamilyFun Magazine, Laurie Berkner's original songs, albums, DVDs, music videos, and books leave no doubt: Laurie is the uncrowned queen of children's music and the power behind the progressive "kindie rock" movement.

On their 2015 Greatest Hits Tour, The Laurie Berkner Band will showcase many Laurie Berkner "fan favorites," including songs from both of Laurie's "Greatest Hits" albums: The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band and The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection, plus an array of other tunes that encourage kids to get up and dance. With such popular hits as "Victor Vito," "Drive My Car," "Mouse In My Toolbox," and "I'm Gonna Catch You," along with beloved songs like "Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)," "We Are The Dinosaurs," and "Pig On Her Head," this all-ages show is sure to be one of the top family events of the year. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). To give everyone a chance to catch their breath between high-energy moments, the show will also include quieter interludes, with songs from Laurie Berkner Lullabies.

Laurie Berkner was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel's Jack's Big Music Show. She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing It, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel and makes regular appearances on Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show.

A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music more than ten years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. The Laurie Berkner Band has received tremendous critical acclaim. Time Magazine lauded Laurie as "a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow ... Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated -- very repeated -- listenings." The Wall Street Journal called Laurie "one of the most popular children's performers in America ... her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups."

The Laurie Berkner Band features: Laurie Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.

Watch Laurie Berkner in action on her YouTube channel HERE.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NEW PLAY ABOUT JACK LEMMON COMES TO THE BICKFORD THEATRE

A true father/son story couched in the lore of the Golden Age of Hollywood

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By Chris Lemmon

WHEN: August 19 through 30; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7 PM, Saturdays & Sundays 2 PM & 7 PM. August 27 only 2 PM. Wednesday, August 19, sold out.
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $40 General Public; $38 Seniors/Museum/Theatre Guild Members; $35 Groups (10 or more); $25 Students (18 and under or with a valid college ID)
*Please note that A Twist of Lemmon is not part of the subscription package.
Tickets may be purchased by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will be paying tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show A Twist of Lemmon. (Watch a video HERE)

Twist is based on Chris Lemmon's book‘A Twist of Lemmon, which tells the story of a beloved Hollywood icon, Jack Lemmon. Jack starred in over sixty films, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two Oscars. One for Mister Roberts for Best Supporting Actor and the other for Save the Tiger for Best Actor.

Chris tells his dad's story in his father's voice, and within a few minutes you'd swear it was Jack on stage. The voice and physical resemblance are eerie! Chris chronicles Jack’s life from his birth until his death in 2001 at the age of 76. Chris has you crying and laughing with his dad's stories about his relationships both on and off the screen with producers, directors and legends like James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe and of course his best friend Walter Matthau.

This play with music is a heart-warming exploration of this unique, yet universal, father/son story, couched in the lore of the golden age of Hollywood with wonderful behind the scenes stories, dozens of imitations of some of the world's greatest entertainers plus a score of some of Jack's favorite Gershwin songs, performed by Chris.

Chris is an exceptional performer, actor and a classically trained musician. With a career spanning over thirty years Chris has starred in over twenty feature films including Just the Ticket, Lena's Holiday and That's Life. He's starred in television series on all the major networks including Knots Landing (CBS), Studio 59 (ABC), Brother & Sisters (NBC) and Fox's situation comedy, Duet.

A lovely, warm, intimate, heartfelt evening of memories and music! Chris Lemmon, as he echoes Jack Lemmon’s greatness, is equally unforgettable.” ~Broadway World

"It's hard to believe it's Chris and not Jack on stage"-- Jordan Young, LA Examiner

"Remarkable! Chris Lemmon is Brilliant"-- Kimbertly Katz, Theatre Buzz News 

"An honest and loving living memoir"--Hedi Weiss, Chicago Sun Times 

About The Bickford Theatre
The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and other concert series at the Bickford. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

About the Morris Museum
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

BONJ CABARET PRESENTS MUSIC FROM BROADWAY & THE MET OPERA

2015 BONJ CABARET

WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $20; $15 seniors
click here for further information and to order your tickets
Light refreshments will be provided; audience is welcome to bring their own dinner and delectables.

BONJ presents New Jersey's top vocalists in an evening of selections from the Opera and Broadway worlds.

The BONJ Cabaret is limited seating so order your tickets early. Seating is at tables of 10. BONJ will provide snacks and some light refreshments, but please feel free to bring your own drinks and dining to enjoy while enjoying the great music. (Image: Teresa Giardina, Maestro Robert W. Butts, Noelle Arteche, Cassandra Lambros, Don Sheasley, Timothy Maureen Cole, Kimberly Lewis, Emily Thompson, Brian Jamieson, pianist Rob Keiser)

Artists Appearing at the 2015 BONJ Cabaret

Mezzo-soprano Teresa Giardina earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from Hamilton College, where she studied with Lauralyn Kolb, and her Master’s degree in voice from Ithaca College, where she studied with Deborah Montgomery. While at Ithaca, she also took part in two summer festivals, Lied Austria and La Festival di Musica da Camera. Teresa is an active performer both as a vocalist as well as an instrumentalist. She is an active member of the trombone section of the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band and Nostalgia Big Band. As a vocalist, her roles include Prince Ozia in Scarlatti’s La Giuditta and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro, both with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Opera Theatre of Montclair, and Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne with Vari Musicisti, an orchestra founded in 2014 by Teresa and her husband, Rob Keiser. An avid baseball fan, Teresa can also be seen frequently at TD Bank ballpark singing the National Anthem before Somerset Patriots games.   Teresa will sing "È amore un ladroncello" from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and "Sequidilla" from Bizet's Carmen.

Baritone Don Sheasley has performed with Maestro Robert W. Butts in over 30 productions, including operas by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini as well as original musical theater productions of A Night in the Wilde Wild West and Mark Twain and the General.   Don sang the solo part in the unforgettable November 2005 performance Maestro Butts conducted of Beethoven's Symphony #9 with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at The Nous theatre in Blairstown.   A noted actor as well as singer, Don created the character of Sir John in the popular Cakes and Ales series.   

Soprano Emily Thompson brings musical theater to life as a poet, actor, singer, and director.   With composer Richard Russell, she has created innovative musical theater works for young artists.   She is founder and President of In Mid Air Productions.   She originated the role of Angela in Maestro Butts's adaption of Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, performing the role at The National Opera Center in New York.

Soprano Kimberly Lewis is new to the musical stage, but already has performed several major roles.   Her most recent success was as Zerlina in The Eastern Opera Company production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.    Kim has also sung roles in Die Fledermaus, Carmen, and La Boheme.

Soprano Cassandra Lambros is both an accomplished singer and violinist.    She has sung in several productions throughout New Jersey and most recently studied and performed in Assisi, Italy.

Soprano Noelle Arteche s a  2014 Rising Star Award winner of the Milton Cross Young Artist Program (Continuo Arts Foundation) and has enjoyed successful portrayals of Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Eastern Opera), Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (Stony Hill Players), Amore in L'incoronazione di Poppea (dell'Arte Opera Ensemble), and The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (New York Lyric Opera Theater).  Noelle holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Tenor Brian Jamieson has appeared at every BONJ music festival.  He originated the role of Richard in the popular farce Cakes and Ale as well as the role of Carlo Gesualdo in Gesualdo in performance at The Dramatists Guild in New York City and the role of Mark Twain in Mark Twain and the General, most recently performed at The National Opera Center in New York City.   Brian's roles have ranged from Bellini to Mozart to musical theater.  

Timothy Maureen Cole is a young singer with degrees from Westminster College and Ithaca.    Ms Cole is making her solo debut with BONJ at the summer festival at the cabaret and as Damon in Handel's Acis and Galatea.   Ms. Cole performed the role of Lisa in Maestro Butts's The Cask of Amontillado at its New York premiere at The National Opera Center.   

Maestro Robert W. Butts devotes much of his musical work to conducting and composing, but has also performed in the popular music world at times.   He has recently developed a series of lecture/recitals on music in America between 1890-1940 in which he, with other singers, explores the music of Victor Herbert and George M. Cohan as part of the music and theater world that produced Pagliacci and La Boheme.

Pianist Rob Keiser received his Bachelors in Music in piano performance from Ithaca College, winning the prestigious Mary Hayes North Piano Competition Award in 2008.  He received his Masters of Arts in piano performance form Hunter College, CUNY, winning their coveted concerto competition in 2012 for his performance of Liszt’s Totentanz.  Mr. Keiser is currently teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, where he teaches several theory, piano, and musicianship classes, along with private students.  He also has been teaching private piano students at the Lindeblad School of Music since summer 2014.

Musical Selections from: Cose fan tutte, Man of La Mancha, Mark Twain and the General, Bittersweet, The Red Mill, Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Carmen, The Golden Arrow, Serse, Giulio Cesare

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT A TICKET ORDER FORM, FILL OUT, WITH A CHECK PAYABLE TO BONJ, TO The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, 531 Herrick Drive, Dover, New Jersey 07801

“BEST CLASSIC ROCK” @ bergenPAC’S “HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2015”

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WHEN: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5, 8PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TICKETS: $125-$89-$79-$59-$39
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or Box Office 201.227.1030

 

Bergen Performing Arts Center Happy Together Tour 2015, “the best classic rock package out there.”

The Happy Together Tour 2015 stars The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer Paul Revere & The Raiders), The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and The Cowsills.

The Happy Together Tour of 2015 is back by popular demand, once again highlighted by Flo and Eddie of The Turtles. Their debut single, Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” went Top Ten in 1965 and launched the band on a brief string of hits: “Let Me Be,” “You Baby,” “Grim Reaper of Love,” and “Can I Get to Know You Better.” The Turtles weren’t content, however, and were about to break up; but first they released “Happy Together,” which proved to be their biggest hit, and one of 1967′s Top Ten records. With their career reinvigorated, “She’d Rather Be with Me,” “You Know What I Mean,” “Elenore,” and “You Showed Me” were their last single releases.

It all started in 1965 with the breakup of one of the first folk rock ensembles called “The Men.” What was originally an 11-member singing group ultimately became the 6-man band named, “The Association!” In 1967, The Association made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival—the now historic, Monterey Pop Festival. Popular hits include “Windy,” “Never My Love,” and “Cherish.”

In addition to being the lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Mark Lindsay was the very image of the band. In 1965, The Raiders owned the 1966 charts with hits like “Just Like Me”, “Kicks”, “Hungry”, and “Good Thing”, which Mark also wrote. During that time they were the top earning artists for Columbia Records. In 1970 after he left The Raiders, Mark had a very successful solo recording career with a pair of top 40 hits “Arizona” and “Silver Bird” as well as 3 best-selling albums. Mark Lindsay has sold over 50 million records.

The Grass Roots had a series of major hits—most notably “Let’s Live for Today,” “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes,” and “Two Divided by Love”—that help define the essence of the era’s best AM radio. Although the group’s members weren’t even close to being recognizable, The Grass Roots managed to chart 14 Top 40 hits, including seven gold singles and one platinum single, and two had hits collections that effortlessly went gold.

The Buckinghams pack power into 60s pop rock. Their #1 song, “Kind of a Drag” is a standout favorite that first made them famous. Since then came 7 national chart hits, 15 singles, and 8 acclaimed albums. The Buckinghams enjoyed phenomenal success with hit singles including the powerful “Don’t You Care,” the soulful “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and the national anthem of teenage love, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” on the national charts simultaneously.

The real-life inspiration behind the hit television series The Partridge Family, The Cowsills were one of the biggest pop acts of the late ’60s. Distinguished by their angelic harmonies and sun-kissed melodies. The group’s origins lie with brothers Bill and Bob, who as children began their singing careers covering Everly Brothers hits. Their hits include “Take A Letter to Maria” and “Hair.”

Don’t miss out on tickets to this compilation of some of the best music of the 60s! So “invest a dime,” and “imagine how the world could be so very fine” with tickets to the Happy Together Tour 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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CHRIS BOTTI TO APPEAR @ bergenPAC, AUGUST 5

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Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey Presents

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Part of the Benzel-Busch Concert Series

WHEN: FRIDAY AUGUST 7, 8 PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TICKETS: $99-79-59-49-39
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or www.bergenpac.org or
Box Office (201) 227.1030

Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Trumpeter Chris Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together. Botti seemed destined to become a musician—and even to become the kind of musician he is today—almost from the very beginning. Born in Portland, Oregon, he was encouraged to pursue music by his mother, a concert pianist. Botti was influenced at the age of twelve when he heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.” The impact it had not only persuaded him to make a life time commitment to the trumpet, it also launched the affection for melody, space and balance that have been intrinsic aspects of Botti’s musical vision.

In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category.  He was also nominated in 2008 for his album Italia, and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album Chris Botti In Boston. Four of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.

Impressions, Botti’s new Sony CD, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums—including 2004’s When I Fall In Love, To Love Again, Italia and the CD/DVD Chris Botti In Boston—that have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist.

Performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With his album Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

SUMMER MUSICAL @ bergenPAC PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL, JULY 31-AUGUST 1

bergenPAC Performing Arts School Presents
Through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

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WHEN: Friday July 31, 2015 at 8PM, Saturday August 1, 2015 at 8M and Sunday August 2, 2015 at 3PM
WHERE:
bergenPAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood
TICKETS: $36, $26
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com or
www.bergenpac.org or 201.227.1030

bergenPAC Performing Arts School presents through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) the summer musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA on the bergenPAC main stage.

Each year The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC presents their annual summer musical featuring an all-student cast, technical crew and orchestra. Working alongside bergenPAC staff, students gain greater self-confidence and teamwork skills, and receive professional level experience that they can use in their future endeavors. Past musicals include: FAME, Children of Eden, 42nd Street, and CATS. The musical is for performers ages 13-25.

The triumphant love story between an Egyptian prince and a slave transcends warring nations and brings a country together.

Winner of four 2000 TONY Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.

An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility she faces as leader of her people. Aida and Radames's love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging, and singing for large cast sizes.

Monday, July 27, 2015

BRUSH UP ON STRING SKILLS @ NJIO SUMMER STRING STUDIO

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INTERGENERATIONAL ORCHESTRA
SUMMER STRING STUDIO

WHEN: Thursdays August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 7-9 pm
WHERE: NJYS Music Center, 570 Central Ave, New Providence
TUITION: $125

NJIO runs programming year round for musicians of all ages and abilities. 
For more information about this program or NJIO, please visit our website at http://njio.org or contact Mary Beth Sweet at info@njio.org or (908) 603-7691.

Prepare for the upcoming musical season with New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra’s Summer String Studio in August. Summer String Studio is designed to reinforce and extend the musical abilities of string players by strengthening their core music knowledge. Musicians will improve and gain confidence in their abilities in just four short weeks. In this program, string players are grouped by instrument and work directly with professional faculty to help improve intonation, rhythmic integrity, bowing, sight reading, and score understanding.

All ages and all abilities are welcome. Whether you want to utilize those waning nights of summer to prepare for the fall concert season in your community, youth, school or intergenerational orchestra, or simply want to improve your playing, and you are a string player, this program is for you.  Walk into your first fall rehearsal confident and prepared.  Summer String Studio is led by Program Director, Martin Steinberg, who has been NJIO’s principal cellist and chamber music coach since 2005, and NJIO’s Artistic Director, Warren Cohen.

About NJIO
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, now in its 21st season, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other.  In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, NJIO has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, and was a finalist for the Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  NJIO welcomes new members of all ages and abilities each concert period to one of its several orchestras - no auditions needed!

NJIO is committed to ensuring that all programs and concerts are accessible to everyone.  For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691 or info@njio.org, or visit NJIO’s website at http://njio.org

Sunday, July 26, 2015

ALL THAT JAZZ @ THE BICKFORD AND OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE FOR AUGUST…AND THE FALL

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S JAZZ PARTY
WHEN: Monday, July 27, 8 to 9:30 PM 
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre (BT), Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $15 in advance, but $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via credit card over the phone by calling the box office at (973) 971-3706. The box office can also provide information, directions or a simple "jazz map."

Dan Levinson brings us SWEET THUNDER: A Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party with Dan Levinson and Friends! Those friends include Mike Davis (cornet), Jim Fryer (trombone), Mark Shane (piano), Mike Weatherly (bass), Kevin Dorn (drums), and the charming, evocative vocals of Molly Ryan. Count on a stirring selection of tunes, delivered in a first rate manner. Audience members are still raving about Dan’s (and Mike’s) recent appearance here with Stéphane Séva.

FRANK VIGNOLA
WHEN: Monday, August 3, 8 to 9:30 PM
 
WHERE: Bickford Theatre, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: $15 in advance, but $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via credit card over the phone by calling the box office at (973) 971-3706. The box office can also provide information, directions or a simple "jazz map."

When it comes to dexterity, musicality and pure showmanship, no guitarist presents quite the performance excitement that Frank Vignola delivers. All About Jazz called his recent album “a finely crafted collection of some of the greatest classic(al) music melodies in existence, arranged by one of the most talented, earnest-and-enlightened guitarists in the business today.” He knows how to surround himself with partners who are equal to the task, so this concert will have Vinny Raniolo on a hard-driving second guitar and Gary Mazzaroppi on the bass. As one California presenter put it, “Yes, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills, but what you should also know is that their music is fun!”

GEOFF GALLANTE
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 8 PM and run as one extended set until about 9:30 PM
WHERE:
Ocean County College (OCC), Grunin Center is at the end of College Drive, just off County Road 549, known locally as Hooper Avenue. There is a HUGE parking area just across from the building. Ramp entry, elevator to the balcony.
TICKETS: $18 for Seniors, $22 for others. RESERVED SEATS too! Call their Box Office at (732) 255-0500 for information, credit card purchases (no fee) or driving directions, which are also available from their web site: www.ocean.edu.

Trumpeter Geoff Gallante is only 14, but his talent is middle aged. He’ll be bringing a small group of his own choosing, and is likely to play a bit of piano and sing as well as tooting the horn of his choice for each tune: trumpet, cornet or flugelhorn. Backing him are Jim DeSalvo (piano), Steve Varner (bass), Steve Johns (drums) and Behn Gillece (vibes), a truly full, veteran rhythm section. Geoff’s is among the most popular segments of the season here.

NICKI PARROTT

WHEN: Monday, August 17, 8 to 9:30 PM 
WHERE: Bickford
TICKETS: $15 in advance, but $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via credit card over the phone by calling the box office at (973) 971-3706. The box office can also provide information, directions or a simple "jazz map."

Bassist and “chick singer” Nicki Parrott is putting together an all-star group for this date. Her theme is “Day In, Day Out,” a tribute to Doris Day. Pianist Rossano Sportiello and sax star Harry Allen are also on board, adding to the star power, so you should be reserving your seats now. Any one of them could be at the top of the bill.

THE SHANE GANG
WHEN: Monday, August 24, 8 to 9:30 PM 
WHERE:
Bickford
TICKETS: $15 in advance, but $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased via credit card over the phone by calling the box office at (973) 971-3706. The box office can also provide information, directions or a simple "jazz map."

The Shane Gang Swings Again, with pianist Mark Shane headlining a stage filled with talent. He’s invited Dan Levinson (clarinet and sax), Matt Hoffmann (vibes), Jennifer Vincent (bass) and Kevin Dorn (drums) to play those foot-tapping favorites. There’s enough fine music in this crew to make the audience want more and more.

LOOKING FORWARD TO FALL

Wednesday, September 9 (Bickford) – Cornetist Warren Vaché has many talented friends, and he’ll be inviting a few of them to join him for this return date. “Vache, who always had a beautiful tone and a chance-taking style… gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber; and has been a leader since the mid-'70s,” writes Scott Yanow, typical of the great reviews he always gets.

Wednesday, September 16 (OCC) – When it comes to Big Bands, it is hard to beat the Jazz Lobsters. The size, variety and quality of its book are well known, and they manage to attract top players, including musicians who are leaders in other contexts. They’ve filled this room before, because they’ve filled the stage with musicians and singers who really care about their craft.

Monday, September 21 (Bickford) – Sarah Partridge comes to sing, backed by her own group. “Ms. Partridge belongs to a tradition of jazz singers who use hard rhythm as a kind of emotional armor,” says the New York Times. “Instead of exploring the interior worlds of her material, she sustains the image of a plucky, can-do gal and good sport who swings at a steady jogging pace.”

KIDS ON STAGE PRESENTS “DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID”

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book by Doug Wright
music and lyrics by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 30th, and Friday, July 31st, at 7 PM
WHERE:
Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield
TICKETS: $15.
For more information and ticket purchase, please call (973)-566-9700, Ext. 5.

New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts invites you to venture under the sea with the cast of The Little Mermaid Jr. brought to you by Kids on Stage Summer Camp.

The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic brought from the movie screen to the stage for a whole new generation of audience members to fall in love with.

The production features 17 actors from local towns. Cast members include James Smith and Jack Rodriques-Vars of Montclair, Kiana Carbone and AJ Ford of North Arlington, Shelby Carter and Sammi Sternstein of West Orange, Nicole Armour and Nicholas Stewart of East Orange, Shannon Bretz of Bloomfield, Joanna Diaz of Belleville, Emma DiDomenico of Cranford, Jill Friedland of Livingston, Angelina Garcia of Harrison, Lauren Gold of Lyndhurst, Meghne Das of Edison, Nayale Quimis of Newark and Valerie Sanchez of Linden.

Director Mikaela Kafka is excited to be back for her second year of directing Kids On Stage’s summer production. Kafka has been working professionally as an actress and director for over 20 years. Her directing credits include HONK!, The Little Mermaid, Bugsy Malone, Into the Woods, High School Musical and Charlie Brown. As an actress Mikaela has received rave reviews from the New York Times (“great comedic timing”) and Talkin’ Broadway (“beautifully performed”). She was also nominated by the Star Ledger for the 2007 Best Actress of New Jersey Award. In addition to this, Mikaela has appeared in productions by the New York International Fringe Festival, Centenary Stage Company, Garage Theatre Group. Pittsburgh Playhouse and New Jersey Dramatists.

Musical direction for the production is headed by Terri Gorgone of Rutherford. Gorgone has been with New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts for several years and had worked with the school with productions including Rent, HONK!, Shrek the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, 13 the Musical and several others.

Founded in 2004, the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts has provided comprehensive professional acting training for adults, teens and children. More than 1,200 students, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional acting careers, have taken classes at the school since it opened ten years ago.

Image: Top Row (Left to Right): Sammi Sternstein, Lauren Gold, Valerie Sanchez, Nayale Quimis, AJ Ford, Kiana Carbone, Nicholas Stewart, Meghne Das, James Smith, Shannon Bretz, Jack Rodriquez-Vars. Bottom Row (L to R): Nicole Armour, Angelina Garcia, Joanna Diaz, Jill Friedland, Shelby Carter. Not Pictured: Emma DiDomenico. Photographer, Ted Wrigley.

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SUMMER JAMFEST EXPLODES WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST OF MUSIC CITY, USA WITH “NASHVILLE LEGENDS”

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NASHVILLE LEGENDS

WHEN: Saturday, August 1 at 8pm
WHERE:
Sitnik Theater of the David and Carol Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown 
TICKETS:
$30.00 in advance.  As with all jazz, concerts and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 day of event.  All ticket sales are final.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.centenarystageco.org or call (908) 979 – 0900. 
Tickets may also be purchased in person at the CSC box office located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. 
The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

Nashville, Tennessee famously nick-named Music City, USA is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and, of course, a plethora of major record labels including Sun Records where Rock and Roll was born.  With such a rich music legacy it’s no surprise that many of Rock & Roll’s best and brightest passed through Nashville at some point during their celebrated careers. 

This thrilling “Musical Tribute” featuring the BLUE SUEDE SHOES Band®, brings you an inside look at some of the legends of Nashville. For an evening of rock ‘n’ roll hits, this show celebrates some of the great artists who passed through Nashville in the 50’s and 60’s. Featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Bo Didley, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. It’s a high energy evening featuring the BLUE SUEDE SHOES BAND® as they celebrate the best and brightest of the Nashville sound.

Sponsored in part by The House of the Good Shepherd. 

The 2014-15 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.