Wednesday, August 23, 2017



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by Barbara Robinson
Directed by Emily M. Windus
Produced by Ed Hayden

WHEN: Sunday, September 10, at 7:00 pm; Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 pm
Somerset Valley Playhouse - 689 Amwell Rd, Hillsborough, NJ.
Performance dates run December 1 - 17, 2017

Santa checks his list for who's naughty and nice—and the Herdman kids are just plain naughty. See how they hilariously hijack the church Christmas pageant and begin to perform it in their own rough and tumble style.  The real spirit of the season enriches their lives as they start to appreciate the true meaning of the peace and love brought forth by a baby in a manger.

Director Emily Windus is seeking to fill the following roles:

  • 6 adult male - ages 35 +
  • 6 adult female - ages 35+
  • 7 boys - ages 7+
  • 9 girls - ages 7+


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WHEN: Thursday, September 7, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; by appointment
Lackland Center Kutz Theater located on the campus of Centenary University (715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ)

Centenary Stage Company a not-for-profit professional Equity Theater located in Hackettstown, NJ (approx. 50 miles west of NYC) will be holding open Equity Principle Auditions for the upcoming production of Freyda Thomas’ screwball comedy adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies.

Like a screwball comedy from the 1930’s, (which is how CSC is staging it) there is chaos in the household of Chrysale and his wife Philamente.  Philamente has decided to dedicate herself and home to the life of the mind and to the pursuit of noble thought and intellectual rigor.  Chrysale would just like dinner.  There’s also a poet who will not leave, an eccentric sister, a sexy maid, a hotheaded suitor to the youngest daughter who the Mother would rather marry off to the poet, a frustrated older sister, numerous pretentious hangers on and so forth, making for a sprightly evening of theater.  The production will be directed by Centenary Stage Company Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.

Centenary Stage Company operates under an SPT 4 contract with a minimum weekly salary of $366 for equity performers. Rehearsals run September 18 through October 5 with performances running October 6 through October 22. No moderator will be provided. Producer will run all aspects of the audition.

To schedule an appointment interested performers must call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  Equity Members without an appointment will be seen throughout the day, as time permits. 

  • Sides will be provided. Blind/low vision performers may request an advance copy of sides when making an audition appointment. 
  • Please bring a photo and resume, stapled back-to-back. 
  • Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. 
  • Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.


  • Philamente – wife of Chrysale, a liberated woman, head of the house (50s).
  • Henriette – daughter of Chrysale and Philamente, sweet, the ingénue (20s).
  • Chrysale – husband of Philamente, afraid of her, father to Henriette and Armande (50 – 60).
  • Lycandre – Henriette’s suitor, hotheaded but a good guy (30s)
  • Trissotin – a house guest and a bad poet, pursuing Henriette (30s/40s).
  • Armande – older sister to Henriette, a wannabe liberated woman (30s).
  • Arista – Chrysale’s sister, the voice of reason (50s).
  • Belise – Chrysale’s other sister, very eccentric but lovable (60s).
  • Martine – the maid, street smart and sassy but has poor grammar, sexy, buxom (any age).
  • Vadius – another poet, Trissotin’s rival (also plays Judge).





George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Rd., New Brunswick



Studio Explorers

An encouraging and supportive studio where kids ages 4–8 can explore painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, printmaking, and more. LEARN more

Teen Space

A new open studio program for teens happening on Thursday nights! Bring a project from home, school, or from one of your other Yard School classes and work amongst your peers. Participation is free and registration is not required.

Master Class with Philemona Williamson

A special opportunity to draw inspiration from Williamson's solo show opening to the public on September 16. Enjoy an artist-led tour of the exhibition and learn about her process, then head to the studio to create your own work of art. → LEARN more

Vacation Camps

Students will have the opportunity to be engaged and enriched by art while school is out. These amazing art camps will take place on November 9 + 10.

Mixed Media Studio Art Camp (Ages 5–12)

Pottery Camp (Ages 6–12)

Read the brochure to see a full list of fall offerings!

Nonmember registration opens August 14. READ + REGISTER





The competition is open to vocalists age 16 or older who are not presently signed to a major record label. Singers must submit audio clips online through a website powered by Indaba Music (

For the sixth consecutive year, singers from around the world will compete online for a coveted spot in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, a 21st century version of the amateur night at the Apollo Theater that helped launch the career of a gifted teenager from Newark, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, more than 70 years ago. This year, there's a slight change in tempo: for the first time, the competition at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has been opened to male singers as well as female.The deadline to enter this year's competition is Tuesday, September 5 at 5pm.

Think you have what it takes? The judges are looking for vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation ... and the ability to swing. The grand prize winner of the coveted SASSY Award will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a recording deal with Concord Music Group.

Don't delay! Vocalists can submit an application online at The public has the opportunity to vote for their favorites by visiting the website. Five finalists, who will be announced on October 5, will perform at NJPAC on November 12 before a panel of judges that will include legendary vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Vanessa Rubin and Will Downing, and composer and percussionist T.S. Monk, along with WBGO's Gary Walker.

"We've spent the last five years identifying a host of brilliant new vocalists," said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC, which presents the contest as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival (November 4-12) -- an annual autumn celebration that fills both the Arts Center and venues throughout Newark with swing.

"But for every Sarah, Ella and Billie, there was also a Joe Williams, a Jimmy Rushing and a Billy Eckstine," says Schreiber. "So why not double down on our mission of seeking out the best new voices in jazz by opening the competition to everyone?"

The move was welcomed by the roster of jazz luminaries who've been involved with the competition since its inauguration.

"The Sassy Awards - which have helped discover some of the finest young female vocalists in the world - will now, thankfully, open the competition to that all too rare species, young male jazz vocalists. Opening the competition to male vocalists will make this event more exciting than ever!" said Grammy-winning bassist and composer Christian McBride, NJPAC's Jazz Advisor and a competition judge from 2014 through 2016.

"'Sassy' had a divine voice that inspired so many people throughout her career up to today. Her instrument, the voice, is the basis for the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. Opening the competition to all voices, regardless of gender, seems like the natural progression," added Tony- and Grammy-winning singer DeeDee Bridgewater, who served as judge during the contest's initial round in 2012.

The contest, presented by NJPAC and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, provides a platform for one outstanding jazz singer to gain widespread recognition in the music industry. Over its first five years, the competition has become a platform for a single outstanding jazz singer to gain widespread recognition in the music industry. Past winners include Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn (winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition), Ashleigh Smith and Arianna Neikrug, as well as last year's champion, London's Deelee Dubé.

The only vocal competition of its kind in the world, the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition culminates in a rousing performance on the final day of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival (November 4-12), a yearly celebration of jazz at NJPAC.

The incomparable singer Sarah Vaughan was born in Newark in 1924 and was known as "Sassy" throughout her life for her vibrant personality. After winning the top prize of $10 at the Apollo Theatre's amateur night at age 18 in 1942, she went on to record with the greatest names in jazz, including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine and countless others.

The 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition finals will take place on Sunday, November 12 at 3pm in NJPAC's intimate Victoria Theater. For tickets, call 1.888.GO.NJPAC (1.888.466.5722) or visit


European Galleries
The Miseries of Human Life and Other Amusements

Through November 26

Thomas Rowlandson’s wickedly humorous Miseries of Human Life, like the popular book that inspired it, catalogued the “petty outrages, minor humiliations, and tiny discomforts that make up everyday human existence.” This installation includes not only examples from the published books, but a rare selection of unpublished drawings that relate to the series and serves as a complement to our current exhibition of Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum.

Museum Travel Program
Travel to Honolulu this Winter

This winter, take a deep dive into Oahu’s vibrant art scene and gain an insider’s view of the island’s art, history, architecture, gardens, and culture with Museum curator Zoe Kwok. Destinations include the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Bishop Museum as well as special visits to private collections, artists’ studios, and breathtaking Hawaiian gardens. Learn more today!

In the Classroom

Seeing to Remember

This past spring, Anna Arabindan-Kesson, assistant professor in the departments of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, introduced a new course that drew on a growing corpus of art from the Museum’s collections that documents slavery and interprets historical narratives. Read more about the course, Seeing to Remember: Representing Slavery across the Black Atlantic.”

Contemporary Galleries
The Language of Portraiture

Through September 17

Explore the translation of gestures and poses of bodies into conversations about cultural, social, and political topics in this themed installation of contemporary art. Highlighting artists such as Troyin Ojih Odutola and Bill Viola, both of whom capture the contrasting expressions within the same person, the installation offers a variety of perspectives through portraiture from Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and Mexico.

Weekend Programming
Highlights Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Discover the Art Museum’s globe-spanning collections by taking a Highlights Tour, offered free of charge every weekend afternoon. Tours meet at the Museum entrance.

CREDITS: Thomas Rowlandson, Gentleman Drinking from a Jug, undated. Graphic Arts Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections, Firestone Library. Gift of Dickson Q. Brown, Class of 1895; Carrie Mae Weems, House/Field/Yard/Kitchen (detail), from the series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995–96. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund. © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Toyin Ojih Odutola, Birmingham, 2014. Museum purchase, Felton Gibbons Fund. © Toyin Ojih Odutola, image courtesy of Tamarind Institute


Sharper Hero Pannel


WHEN: Friday, August 25, 2017, 8pm 
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $45-$85
Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre New Jersey Ticket Office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at The State Theatre New Jersey Ticket Office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 536. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

The Innocent Criminals, a band made up of five other musicians, was formed by Ben Harper in the mid-1990s. The group will be featuring hit songs such as “Steal My Kiss,” “Another Lonely Day,” and “Diamonds On The Inside.” Through multiple album releases, stage performances, television appearances, and sold-out tours, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals established themselves as icons in their own funky way. 

Influenced by blues and folk music from a young age, Ben Harper started performing at age 12 and picked up different instruments such as the slide guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar. Today, Harper’s style combines the different genres of blues, soul, funk, reggae, and rock, paired with his energetic and exciting stage presence. Harper has released 14 studio albums during his career and won three Grammy Awards®.

State Theatre New Jersey—creating extraordinary experiences through the power of live performance. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of State Theatre New Jersey. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of State Theatre New Jersey. United is the official airline of State Theatre New Jersey.


You are going to love our slate of fall classes and workshops! We have an array of exciting new programs for children and adults, along with a number of returning favorites.

Register by August 29 and save $10 on most classes. A few highlights are below, but for a complete list and to register, visit our website or call the museum at 908-735-8415.

The HAM faculty includes new and returning artists and educators, professional storytellers, book and fiber artists, and classroom and enrichment teachers.

Classes and Workshops for Children:

  • Pop Art (starts Monday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.): Learn about influential Pop artists, their work and unique styles through hands-on projects in painting, printmaking and mixed media. for ages 7 to 9. Register!
  • ART + STEM = STEAM (starts Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.): Explore the intersection of Art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Kids will stretch their minds (and their imaginations) creating cool projects that mix art and design with technology and engineering. From growing crystals and exploring the environment to learning fish biology and understanding concrete, the possibilities are endless! For ages 10 to 15. Sign up!
  • Young Potters: Hand-Building and Glazing (starts Friday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m.): Play with Clay! Students expand their skills in hand-building and glazing, making a variety of  stoneware sculptures and pots.  The teacher will fire the work off-site and return it to the students after the conclusion of class. For ages 10 to 15. Register!
  • Glass Fusing for Little Hands Workshop (Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.): Explore the fun art of glass fusing! Adults and children work together in pairs to combine an assortment of safe, pre-cut glass forms.  The instructor will guide you step by step through color choices, design, layout, tips and tricks as you create several one-of-a-kind works of art. For ages 4 and up with an adult. Sign Up!

Classes and Workshops for Adults:

  • Intro to Watercolors: Methods and Materials with Wendy Hallstrom (starts Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.): This class is an introduction to watercolor painting for true beginners. We will cover methods and materials – what to use and how to use it.  Warm-up painting exercises and weekly lessons will cover essential watercolor skills such as washes, edges, dry brush, and wet-into-wet. For adults and teens ages 16 and up. Register
  • Watercolor Techniques with Eric Rhinehart (starts Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.): Learn techniques for a better watercolor experience. This hands-on class prepares you to take on the medium of watercolor with confidence. Paint from personal reference material or the environment (weather permitting). Some watercolor experience required. For adults and teens ages 16 and up. Register
  • Animals and Landscape Plein Air Workshop with Andrea Gianchiglia (Monday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.): Experience nature through art! Students can work with pastel, oil, acrylics, or watercolor. With the inspiring landscape of Hunterdon Hills, demos will be given in a variety of mediums and subjects including perspective, foliage, color theory and atmosphere. Several on-site animals will also be included in the lesson plans with focus on drawing, proportion, texture and color application. This workshop is held at the Manship Property in Milford, NJ. For adults and teens ages 16 and up. Register

Scholarships Available for Artistic Expressions Classes

We're offering 10 full scholarships to our Artistic Expressions classes for adults with developmental disabilities this fall.

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify, just visit our website and complete the application, or call HAM Education Coordinator April Anderson at 908-735-8415. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Two Artistic Expressions classes will run for six consecutive weeks this fall: a Tuesday class beginning September 12 or a Thursday class starting September 14. Both begin at 6:30 p.m., and scholarships can be used toward either class.

Artist Jim Pruznick leads this open studio class for adults and teens with developmental disabilities, in which art making topics are tailored to new and returning students, and include drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media, animation, photography and fiber arts.

An open studio class gives students the opportunity to experiment with a variety of materials and mediums and to create art at their own pace and skill level. Two instructors and a maximum class size of 10 students means each student receives individualized attention while working in a fun and supportive environment.

Scholarships were made possible through funding from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Investors Foundation and donations by generous individuals.


Hananiah Harari, "Carnival," 1939

Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America

WHEN: September 5, 2017, through February 11, 2018
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

Screenprinting is one of the most recognizable forms of creative expression in American popular culture: from Andy Warhol’s serial images of iconic people and products, to witticisms emblazoned on t-shirts and casual screenprinting classes. But the medium’s present day ubiquity took root during the Great Depression when, through programs administered by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the government encouraged the production and consumption of art by the general public.

The exhibit explores how the technique was adapted to create fine art that was accessible and affordable to the middle class during the 1930s and 1940s. Despite the ongoing devastation that followed the nation’s worst financial disaster, public support for the arts reached one of its highest levels in history. While murals in public buildings, photographs of rural and urban families, and documentation of American music are probably the most widely known projects accomplished by the Works Progress Administration, a collaborative environment also allowed for the development and dissemination of screenprints.

“WPA initiatives emphasized the value of artistic expression in everyday American life,” notes Nicole Simpson, the Zimmerli’s Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings. “Artists decided to use the term ‘serigraph’ for these prints to distinguish them from the strictly commercial screenprints that had been produced for centuries. They created the prints in editions, which were widely distributed and readily available for people to display in their homes. This increased acceptance of screenprinting was a pivotal moment in the conversation about the role of art and its audience in the United States.”

Active from 1935 to 1943, the WPA was the most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people to alleviate long-term unemployment during the Great Depression. Work relief provided jobs and income for individuals, proving to be more effective than handouts. While most workers carried out public construction projects, an important element was the Federal Art Project, which employed artists across all disciplines, many of whom proceeded to pursue active, influential careers during the second half of the 20th century.

In 1938, Anthony Velonis (whose 1939 Third Avenue "El" is on view) was chosen to head the WPA’s new Silk Screen Unit. He recognized the crosscurrent of participants’ varied technical experience, as well as the flexibility of the medium and its appeal to a wide range of artists: social satirists, political realists, illustrators, abstract artists. Two works from Hugo Gellert’s portfolio Century of the Common Man (1943) incorporate texts and images inspired by the desire for a more egalitarian American society, a reflection of the growing interest in Communism at the time. The relative ease of the process also allowed artists to work in a variety of styles – from crisp, flat patterns, to rich, layered textures that mimicked oil paintings – and depict a broad range of such familiar subjects as portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and genre scenes, as well as newer abstract compositions. Richard Floethe, a German artist who had studied at the Bauhaus, served as head of the WPA’s poster division and encouraged their use of screenprinting. His Polo Ponies (1939) shows his facility at creating eye-catching designs and appealing color palettes. Thomas Arthur Robertson’s The Orange Point (1941) represents the growing interest in abstract compositions. Using numerous shades of yellow and orange, with rhythmic markings, he created a technically complex and visually arresting image.

The process of screenprinting is vividly brought to life in a group of five works by Hugh Mesibov, who worked for the Federal Arts Project in Philadelphia (where he, Dox Thrash, and Michael Gallagher developed the carborundum mezzotint technique). Multiple stages of his 1942 Nocturne, on loan from the Mesibov Family Trust, reveal the entire process: the original inception of the design in an egg tempera drawing, the process of printing from multiple screens visible in working proofs, and the completed screenprint. In this print, one of his earliest experimentations with screenprinting, he expressed the anxieties of World War II, drawing upon his experience working in the shipyards to produce this haunting, dreamlike landscape.

Several works in the exhibition foreshadow concepts eventually adopted by Pop artists in the 1960s. An original member of the Silk Screen Unit, Elizabeth Olds chose to satirize art enthusiasts with Picasso Study Club (1940). She exaggerated the figures to resemble the subjects of the cubist’s paintings they are examining. It initiated a discussion about the difference between “high art” and more democratic art – that artists like Olds were producing using screenprinting – a theme that is apparent throughout this exhibition. One of the oldest art forms – still life – is the subject of Dorie Marder’s Arrangement (1945). But she reimagined it in a modern, abstracted composition with flattened forms and vivid colors, a precursor to screenprints in the coming decades. Rainy Day (circa 1940) by Max Arthur Cohn contrasts many of the works in the show. Unlike the other vibrant and dynamic prints, it captures the glistening gloom of a drenched city street at night, with a few lonely city dwellers attempting to escape the elements. But this unassuming artist went on to own a graphic arts business in Manhattan, where he is said to have taught silkscreen techniques to a young man named Andy Warhol in the 1950s.

The exhibition also includes prints by: Jack Beauchamp, Leon Bibel, Adolf Dehn, Harry Gottlieb, Lena Gurr, Norma Bassett Hall, Hananiah Harari, Yvonne Twining Humber, Mervin Jules, Charles Keller, Edward August Landon, Guy Maccoy, Henry Mark, Robert McChesney, Carl Pickhardt, Harry Shokler, and Harry Shoulberg.

Serigraphy: The Rise of Screenprinting in America was organized by Nicole Simpson, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings.

IMAGE: Hananiah Harari, Carnival, 1939. Color screenprint 7 × 9 1/16 in. (17.8 × 23 cm). Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, Gift of Dr. David and Ruth . Robinson Eisenberg. Photo Peter Jacobs. 2000.0360



TYRO Acting Program

WHEN: The fall session runs September 6 through November 15 and will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.  No class will be held on Wednesday November 1. 
: Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TUITION: Tuition for the spring session is $150 per student and limited to ten students.  The deadline for registration is August 31, 2017.

As part of the CSC’s mission to introduce and develop arts in education with the community, the TYRO Acting Program is designed specifically for young thespians ages 8 – 10 years of age.  Using structured theatre activities which focus on expression, confidence building and fun, young actors will learn acting games focusing on acting technique and demonstrate improvisations inspired by popular fairy and folk tales. 

The TYRO Acting Program is led by Maria Brodeur, the CSC Education Director.  Brodeur is a professional actress and arts educator with experience in children’s theatre who holds a BA in Theatre and Education from Rutgers University.  One TYRO parent recently exclaimed, “I saw so much growth in Christine this summer as a result of the wonderful handling given by all of you.”

TYRO, along with the Young Performers Workshop program, represents the educational arm of the Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary University under the leadership of Artistic Director, Carl Wallnau.  For more information regarding the TYRO Acting Program and all other available CSC programming for the 2017 – 18 season contact (908)979-0900 or visit

The 2017 - 18 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, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn of Budd Lake, The House of the Good Shepherd, Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.


Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 4 p.m.
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS: Individual VIP Ticket for Memorial Tribute: $250 each; Individual Premier Ticket - $144; Individual Ticket - $96 

Click to Request Information Re: Axelrod Legacy Endowment Fund

Click to Purchase an Individual Ticket

Starring Joshua Bell and Special Guests

Funds raised from this concert will establish The Herbert R. Axelrod Legacy Endowment Fund to support programming at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center

Your contribution is greatly appreciated  your Pledge may be made over 3 years) (the Axelrod PAC is a 501c3 organization)

  • $10,000 - $25,000   - Plaque listing and 6 VIP Tickets   
  • $7500 (or $2500 each year) - Plaque Listing and 4 VIP Tickets 
  • $4500 (or 1500 each year) - Plaque Listing and 2 VIP Tickets  
  • $3000 (or $1000 each year) - Plaque Listing and 2 Tickets   
  • $1500 (or $500 each year) - 2 VIP Tickets

Supporters of the Herbert R. Axelrod Legacy Endowment Fund will receive an autographed copy of the new 14-CD boxset Joshua Bell: The Classical Collection, from Sony Music Masterw

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


WHEN: Wednesday, August 23 – 5-8pm; (Rain Date Thursday, August 24)
WHEN: Matthews Theatre Front Lawn, 91 University Place, Princeton

Enjoy live music from the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, food trucks from some of your favorite local eateries; theater games, crafts from Art Sparks, and fun activities for the kids; a beer garden featuring local craft brews; and so much more!

Join us as we kick off our 2017-2018 season with a community-wide event!

  • Live music from the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra
  • On stage tours of the theater
  • A beer garden featuring local brews
  • Fun activities for the kids: theater games, spin art, crafts with ArtSparks and more!
  • Food trucks and good eats from:
    • The Chilly Banana
    • The Feed Truck
    • Gil & Bert’s Ice Cream
    • Jammin’ Crepes
    • Maddalena’s Cheesecake & Catering
    • Mediterra Restaurant and Taverna
    • My Four Suns
    • Nomad Pizza
    • Oink & Moo BBQ
    • Surf and Turf Food Truck
    • Tico’s Eatery and Juice Bar
    • Tower Dogs
    • and more!




A Funny and Moving Celebration

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays

WHEN: September 7th, 8th and 9th 2017 with performances at 8pm.
The Cranford Dramatic Club, Community Theatre, 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford
Visit for tickets and further information.
Call 908-276-7611 and ask about Group discounts!

The honor of your presence is requested at CDC Theatre in Cranford. The invitation is to come and enjoy an hilarious and heartfelt collection of works written by eight of the nation’s best playwrights, including Mo Gaffney, Neil LaBute, Paul Rudnick and Moises Kaufman.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is a powerful collection of short plays that celebrate love and explore the still-evolving landscape of marriage equality in the USA. Standing on Ceremony “holds a magnifying glass to the highs and lows, joys and fears, courage and silliness, of people bucking trends and making history” (NY Observer) with wit, humor and heart. “Funny and moving… a celebration.” (The New York Times)

For this special event, CDC Theatre has partnered with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Fifty percent of the ticket proceeds will be donated to GLSEN.

Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.


WHERE: Garden State Ale House, 378 George St., New Brunswick

"After hearing this fine pianist perform with Wycliffe Gordon, it was clear to us that he wouldn't be a sideman for long. An improviser and composer with his own distinct voice, NYC native Oscar Perez has expertly combined the traditions of his Cuban heritage with straight-ahead jazz."- Sheila Anderson, Author/Announcer, WBGO 88.3 FM

Perez shows his ample skill on this first album, incorporating the stylistic elements of Tyner, Hancock and Chucho Valdes. ...It's just a matter of time before his name enters the jazz public's consciousness."-Matt Merewitz, All About Jazz

"Najwa Parkins is not only a very talented vocalist/musician, but she is to be admired for her devotion to excellence. While working with her, the first thing I was struck by was the maturity in her interpretations of The Great American Songbook. ...Oh, and she swings, too."  -Larry McKenna

"Najwa Parkins has long been an integral part of our Pocono musical family.  A great musician and stalwart citizen. I sleep a little better knowing she is on the cutting edge of our musical future." -Phil Woods

Najwa Parkins

Jackie Gage is a musical storyteller; her music is emotional, joyous, heart-wrenching, and celebratory...there's an intimate and hushed feeling present in her live concerts. It's as if she's reading your heart, sharing personal memories of love and loss--at times vulnerable,and equally sweet. Jackie Gage

With his funky, soulful, warm-toned Misha has had a multifaceted journey through the music world.  Misha's diverse resume has had an enriching effect on his musical style.Misha can be heard frequently performing in New York  an the Tri-State area. Misha Josephs



SEPTEMBER 15, 16, 17




Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Taub Campus
411 East Clinton Avenue
Tenafly, New Jersey

Boris Lyubner SeptPortraits of Brooklyn and a Few Old Friends

Oil and Watercolor Paintings & Charcoal Drawings by Boris Lyubner

WHEN: Sept 3–28; Meet-the-Artist Reception: Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Waltuch Art Gallery, Kaplen JCC

In this exhibit, the artist presents first impressions of his surroundings after recently moving to Brooklyn. Inspired by the unique, rusted beauty of its cityscapes, Boris has captured a series of fifteen different portraits of the city. Early morning summer walks, with a sketchbook and camera in hand, led to the discovery of 15 select places that became the foundation for these “portraits” of Brooklyn. Each subject is depicted in four phases: first as a charcoal drawing, followed by a watercolor study, then as a small oil painting and finally a larger one.

An accomplished illustrator and animal lover, Boris misses being surrounded by pets and now paints emotional and sensitive pet portraits on commission.

Boris Lyubner is a classically trained artist from the St. Petersburg Stieglitz Academy of Art, Russia. After immigrating to America in 1989, he pursued a successful career as an advertising illustrator and continues teaching his craft at universities in San Francisco and NYC. In the last few years he has begun transitioning to fine art painting and gallery work. His drawings and paintings has been acquired by many corporate clients such as AIG, Viking Range, REIT, Nike, and Bridgestone, as well as by private art collections.

Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information on gallery exhibitions, contact Nina Bachrach at 201.408.1406 or email:

Monday, August 21, 2017



Central Jersey Jazz Festival

If you are a lover of jazz, this is a great opportunity!

The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is coming back to Main Street Flemington!

WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017; 6-10 PM Rain or Shine.
WHERE: Historic Court House, Main Street, Downtown Flemington, NJ

Please contact Joey Novick (908) 892-6859 if you or your group wishes to volunteer! Or click here!

Go to the Facebook Event Page!

The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is a project of the Flemington Community Partnership!



In a week after Charlottesville, here are a few suggestions...

Use these books to help talk to kids about racism and prejudice.

This is a wonderful SITE for amazing books to share with your kids.

Speaking of Reading … Want to Raise Your Child to Love Reading? Read These Secrets

JUNE 29, 2017

IMAGE: A class at Public School 682, the Academy of Talented Scholars, in Brooklyn. Photo: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

“You’re the children’s books editor?” Someone has said this to me, usually with a smile, at least once a week in the almost three years I’ve been at The New York Times. “What a cool job!” is the subtext. But lurking in the background are almost always other questions, sometimes more pressing ones about kids’ reading in general. “What should my second grader be reading?” a colleague asked the other day, adding, “She’s obsessed with the books in that series with the different flower fairies, and I can’t get her interested in anything else.” A neighbor recently approached me with a worried look and said, “My 10-year-old will only read graphic novels. What should I do?”

Clearly, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there among parents when it comes to children’s books, and also an earnest desire to make the right choices and do the right thing. Parents realize the stakes are high, and childhood passes quickly.

So when the Guides team approached Pamela Paul, the editor of the Book Review, about writing a guide to raising readers, and she asked if I was interested, I jumped at the chance. (Find it here.)

Much of what I do every day is sift through new books, deciding which ones we should assign for review, or which ones might make for a good feature story. I try to balance for different ages, different genres and books by authors from a variety of backgrounds. There’s always the thrill of discovering a book I can’t wait to tell our readers about.

I’ve also learned a great deal. I’ve seen that the classics quite often endure — kids still love “Frog and Toad” and “James and the Giant Peach” — and that new things are happening, too. I’ve watched the We Need Diverse Books movement foster a change in the publishing industry — there were more books published this year than when I started that have children of different races, ethnicities, cultures and abilities occupying center stage, as well as more girls. (This was overdue, given that over half of American kids now are not white — and obviously half are not boys.)

Continue reading the main story

Thanks to Carol Simon, Librarian, Bridgewater Public Library (and my blog friend)


YOU get to be the judge!

Join us for the second annual

"One Act Jamboree"

where SEVEN brand-new one act plays

written by local playwrights

will premiere on the Rhino stage.

The audience votes:

The best playwright receives a

$500 prize!


WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS: VIP $52: Premium $45; Regular $38
Soul sensation" (Asbury Park Press), Remember Jones received Asbury Park Music Award's Top Vocalist in 2016. The captivating "showman" (The Star Ledger) and his powerful backup band returns to the Axelrod with a brand new concert that promises to tear the walls down. Remember Jones's electric personality and powerful, soulful voice harken back to the great rock and roll legends of times gone by, and his tributes to such pop luminaries as Joe Cocker, Amy Winehouse and Jeff Buckley have played to sold-out houses around the Northeast.

TICKETS: Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece La Traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas fil’s popular play La Dame aux Camélias, has remained one of the most popular operas of the standard repertory—both before and after Richard Gere took Julia Roberts to the opera in Pretty Woman (another story about a streetwalker with a heart of gold)! In Hollywood, La Traviata was famously filmed by the great Italian director Franco Zeffirelli with a starry cast led by Placido Domingo as Alfredo and Teresa Stratas as Violet. Fully costumed and staged, La Traviata will be directed by Andrea DelGiudice with a live orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm, starring Susanne Burgess and Ashley Bell as Violetta, Victor Starsky as Alfredo and Jonathan Scott as Germont. Lighting design by Greg Solomon and set design by Fred Sorrentino.

TICKETS: Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

The Axelrod PAC presents the world premiere production of The Next Big Thing with book and lyrics by J. Laurence Lowenstein and music by Gerald H. Bailey. When up-and-coming young actor Scott Morland sets his sights on climbing to the top of the Hollywood heap, there’s virtually nothing and no one who can stop him. What sacrifice is too great to make it in the movie biz? Will he give up his true love, his family, his best friend to become “The Next Big Thing”? Nominated as a finalist in the 2015 Eugene O’Neil New Musicals, The Next Big Thing is receiving its premiere at the Axelrod PAC with a professional cast led by David Owen Naughton, with direction and choreography of Gary John La Rosa and musical direction and orchestrations by Thomas Conroy. The cast also includes Christine Aziz, Sarah Chapin and Kyle Huey, Matthew Krob, Jon McHatton and Mark Poppleton.

TICKETS: Premium Adult $42; Premium Senior $39; Regular Adult $38; Regular Senior $35

The Concert of a Lifetime, Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod, the founding donor of the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and a leading philanthropist in the worlds of classical music and the sciences, features one of the world’s most celebrated violinist Joshua Bell along with violinists Pamela Frank and Daniel Heifetz, pianist Julia Zilberquit, cellist Peter Wiley and other guest as well as the Smithsonian Axelrod Quartet playing on the Golden Age stringed instruments that the Axelrods donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Funds raised at this concert go toward the Herbert R. Axelrod Legacy Endowment Fund to support future programming at the theater.

TICKETS: $75, $100, $125, $180 *includes pre-sho reception and post-show artist meet and greet

Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in Lincoln Center's critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her a 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. The Jason Robert Brown musical The Bridges of Madison County earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and on New Year’s Eve 2015, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming.

She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Sondheim’s Follies, Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow, and Dracula. Kelli starred in The Light in the Piazza on Broadway in 2005 earning her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She joined Harry Connick on Broadway in the 2006 Tony award-winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. Kelli starred in the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, enrapturing audiences and critics alike with her soulful and complex interpretation of Nellie Forbush, and garnering Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Award nominations. She later teamed up with Matthew Broderick in Broadway's musical comedy Nice Work if You Can Get it, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations, as well as the Fred Astaire Nomination for dance.


Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel

WHEN: Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 8 PM
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park
TICKETS: Senior tickets available at $35 and $39, adults at $38 and $42 and students at $25.
For online purchases, visit The box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm: 732-531-9106, ext 14. The Axelrod offers ample free onsite parking and is completely handicap accessible. 

Special offer for NJJS members: mention this ad when buying tickets and save $10! Use promo code JAZZ10.

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) welcomes rhythm and blues legend Janis Siegel, the 9-time Grammy winner and 17-time nominee. Janis Siegel is a founding member of Manhattan Transfer and has been an undeniable force in the group’s diverse musical catalog. Over her 45 years in the music industry, she also has enjoyed a successful solo career with over a dozen solo albums and a large international fan base. 

A Brooklyn-born child of the ’60s, Siegel has been influenced by a wide variety of musical styles. She recalls, “When Motown became popular, I fell head over heels for it, as well as for singers like Aretha Franklin. And of course, I went insane over the Beatles and the British invasion. On the other side of the coin, I also loved Barbra Streisand. And because of living in Brooklyn, I saw a lot of Broadway shows too.” Her solo performances reflect these influences as she recreates familiar standards by George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter and frequently dives into the theater worlds of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Her collaborators have ranged from the late Al Jarreau and Dame Cleo Laine to Bobby McFerrin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Fred Hersch, New York Voices and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Artistic Director Andrew DePrisco is confident that the APAC audience will be delighted with the concert. “For true lovers of theater music, popular standards and jazz, Siegel is one of the very best vocalists working today. If you love the voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand, you won’t be disappointed.


WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ


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Spend the final days of summer relaxing in MAM's galleries. Discover highlights from the Native American collection and Inspired by Matisse: Selected Works from the Collection. SEE what's on view at MAM

Closer Look Tour

Get a good look at the details. Join us for an informal 30-minute gallery talk that provides an in-depth examination of one to two works of art on view in the galleries. FREE for members, included with museum admission. Friday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m. TAKE A LOOK

Drop–in Studio is back!

Looking for some family fun this Labor Day Weekend?

Drop by MAM's Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio to explore a range of art materials and processes based on the artwork on view in the galleries. FREE for members, included with museum admission. Sunday, Sept. 3, 1–4 p.m. LEARN MORE about Drop-in Studio

Keep your eyes on MAM's calendar for a full list of programs, workshops, and special events! VIEW MAM's full calendar

SummerART Session IV

SummerART is coming to a close which means fall is fast approaching! Do you know a Yard School student who had a great time this summer? Or a teen artist who's been scrolling through MAM's photos all summer with envy? Don't worry, MAM's fall classes still have openings. Keep the summer fun going straight into fall + register today!  SEE photos from SummerART Session IV

Registration for MAM's fall season is open. Hurry–space is limited!

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