Thursday, October 19, 2017

SHARE GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S MUSIC WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY

PATTERMANIA

WHEN: November 3 at 8 pm, November 4 at 2 pm and 8 pm
WHERE:
St Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Pattermania is a special revue of Gilbert & Sullivan's most daring tongue-twisters and famous songs. Directed by William Corson, Pattermania is a delight for the whole family and a chance to share the joy of operetta with friends. The revue features Gilbert and Sullivan's most well-known patter songs "I am the very model of a modern major general" from Pirates of Penzance and "To sit in solemn silence" from The Mikado with many other favorites tunes from both of the shows and selections from HMS Pinafore, The Sorcerer, The Gondoliers, Yeoman of the Guard, Patience, Princess Ida, Iolanthe, and Rudigore.  The talented cast will be accompanied with orchestra so attendees will enjoy the full sound of Sullivan's score with Gilbert's humorous lyrics.

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Our other upcoming productions are:

Gaetano Donizetti's  THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT
directed by Jamie Baer Peterson and Lauran Corson 
with musical direction by Michael Avagliano

WHEN: March 23 and 24, 2018 at 8 pm
WHERE:
St Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 South Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

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Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Music by

ALAN
MENKEN

Lyrics by

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

Book by

PETER PARNELL

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
directed by Jeffrey Fiorello
with musical direction by Stephen Fox

WHEN:  July 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 at 8pm; July 15 and 22, 2018 at 2pm
WHERE
: South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

Learn more here

CENTENARY’S FRINGE FESTIVAL BEGINS WITH “SONG & DANCE MEN”

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WHEN: Thursday, October 26, at 7:30PM; Friday, October 27, at 8PM; Saturday, October 28, at 8PM and Sunday, October 29, at 2PM. 
WHERE:
Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 to $27.50 for adults and $15.00 to $25.00 for children under 12
A rush ticket special is available for Thursday evening’s performance with a buy one/get one ticket offer. The buy one/get one ticket offer is only valid when purchasing tickets in person at the CSC box office as early as two hours prior to performance time. BOGO offer is not available for advance ticket sales. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

Direct from New York City, Song & Dance Men launches Centenary Stage Company’s annual Fringe Festival.  Song & Dance Men features famous tunes by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan and the dance stylings of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and many more.  Award-winning director/choreographer, Justin Boccitto is joined on stage by the talented Nicky Romaniello and Eddy Francisco while accompanied on the keys by Sol Bloch. "It's The Rat Pack with tap shoes...New York's best variety show!"  The name of the group coming from the Irving Berlin song, “A couple of Song & Dance Men,” these actors sing, tap, dance and recreate the sounds and music of the time. 

Centenary Stage Company’s Fringe Festival is sponsored in part by The House of the Good Shepherd and Heath Village Retirement Community.

The 2017-2018 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, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

JEWISH INVOLVEMENT IN WWI FEATURES HISTORICAL RE-ENACTER CAROL SIMON LEVIN IN “NO ONE OWNS THE SKY”

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WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2-4 PM
WHERE:
JCC Alex Aidekman campus, 901 Route 10 East, Whippany
ADMISSION: free

An exhibit to draw attention to New Jersey's Jews who "stepped up" during World War I was prepared by the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey (JHS) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war.

During the run of the exhibit—The Road to Victory: Greater MetroWest and World War I—there will be a public program featuring reenactor Carol Simon Levin who will speak about women serving during the war as pilots.

Most people when asked to name early female aviators can name only one name, Amelia Earhart.  But long before Amelia Earhart’s famous exploits, female flyers had already proved that aviatrices were every bit as brave and daring as their male counterparts. Flying in flimsy wood and canvas aeroplanes, Aida de Acosta, Raymonde de Laroche, Hélène Dutrieu , Marie Marvingt, Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman and Elinor Smith awed and thrilled people on the ground executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English channel, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath New York’s bridges.  Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to show that anything that men could do, they could do too!

Light refreshments will be served.

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The Road to Victory: MetroWest and WWI is an exhibit that focuses on the role of Jews from the Greater MetroWest NJ region both on the field and in the home front during WWI. Please come visit!

WHEN:  Through November 14th
WHERE: Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Center - 901 Route 10 - Whippany, NJ
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public during building hours

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Harry Potter Convention Turns White Eagle Hall into Hogwarts Halloween Weekend

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Wizard Fest: Harry Potter Halloween Party

WHEN: Saturday, Oct 28, Doors: 8:00 PM
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

Ages: 21 and over

Harry Potter Fans unite! Grab your cloaks, brooms and wands for the only Halloween Weekend Wizarding Event in the Garden State. An internationally acclaimed, interactive party celebrating everything Harry Potter, Wizard Fest has been presented to thousands of fans in the U.K., Europe, Australia and North America.

The Harry Potter Halloween Party at White Eagle Hall is the first time the ultimate Harry Potter fandom event comes to New Jersey.

A truly magical night, this Harry Potter themed dance party transforms the historic, newly restored venue into Hogwarts. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Harry Potter character and unleash their inner wizard for what is guaranteed to be a magical night.

WIZARD FEST FEATURES:

  • LIVE DJ & DANCE PARTY (also plenty of spots to *chill*)
  • DRINK SPECIALS & Harry Potter themed drinks –Fire Whisky, Potent Potions and Buttery Brews.
  • QUIDDITCH PONG TOURNAMENT
  • COSTUME CONTEST
  • MAGICIANS & MAGICIAN-LIKE ACTIVITIES

Group Entries are encouraged for both the Quidditch Pong Tournament and the Costume Contest. Winning prizes include: Cash Prizes, Golden Tickets to upcoming White Eagle Shows (of your choice) and gift bags.

Wizard Fest attendees also will be eligible for their very own magical prizes by posting on the Harry Potter Halloween Party NJ event wall on Facebook. Errol the owl is always updating new and exciting happenings. Keep checking the event page— and tag friends who would like to attend Wizard Fest at White Eagle Hall— for contests, ticket giveaways and other promotional prizes.

Wizard Fest is a 21+ event. Only of age Wizards – and Muggles and Squibs — may attend. There will be absolutely no admittance of any owls, cats or toads!

Originally constructed in 1910, the newly restored White Eagle Hall is an impressive new venue for arts and entertainment, including concerts, theater, performances and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall features complete food & beverage service, with two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhanced the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.

Wizard Fest is not an official event of, associated or affiliated with Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros.

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MUSIC IN THE SOMERSET HILLS PRESENTS “BEL CANTO: THE MUSIC OF GLENN MILLER”

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Music In The Somerset Hills invites you to step back in time to the sounds of the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at Bel Canto—an evening of musical excellence, MISH's annual gala and fundraiser

WHEN: Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 9 PM 
WHERE:
USET Foundation's historic Hamilton Farm Stables, 1040 Pottersville Rd, in Gladstone.

There will be food, cocktails, and dancing. 1930's period dress is encouraged.

For more information, please visit http://musicsh.org/belcanto/.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.showclix.com/event/bel-canto---the-glenn-miller-orchestra

KELLI O’HARA TO APPEAR @ AXELROD PAC GALA ON OCTOBER 28

WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park

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.

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NEW JERSEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS EXTRA! SCREENING OF A FILM OF POSTWAR GERMANY

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For tickets: www.boxofficetickets.com/jccmetrowest

Free for 18th Annual NJJFF Sponsors!

3 PROGRAMS HOSTED BY THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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For tickets, information and directions, visit morven.org/programs or call 609.924.8144, ext. 113

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WHEN: On Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 2-4 p.m.
WHERE
: Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rte. 10 East, Whippany
ADMISSION: is free.
Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Irene Segal 973-929-2703 or e-mail isegal@jhsmw.org.   

The Jewish Historical Society will host the curator of West Point Museum, Leslie D. Jensen, who will speak about the United States Army during World War I. The program will mark the close of the Society’s exhibit “The Road to Victory” which commemorates the 100 year anniversary (1917-2017) of the signing of the armistice that ended “the war to end all wars.”  There will also be a presentation of colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States Department of New Jersey.

CELEBRATE DUNELLEN’S 130TH BIRTHDAY & ITALIAN IMMIGRANT CONTRIBUTIONS WITH AN EXHIBIT AND CONCERT ON OCTOBER 28

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WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 5-9 PM; Concert, 7 PM
WHERE:
Dunellen High School, 411 First Street in Dunellen
TICKETS: $15. There is a senior and student discount.
For inquiries, please call 732-968-3033 ext. 8 or email artsandculturecommission@dunellenborough.com

On Dunellen's 130th birthday, an Italian Chorus visits for a once in a life time concert, wine tasting and photo exhibit. Don't have time to travel to Italy for a wine tasting? Well we're bringing an Italian wine expert to you. You can't miss this opportunity to appreciate New Jersey's Italian heritage.

Come help the Dunellen Arts and Culture Commission welcome the Coro Alpino Ana Val Tidone in their first American tour. The Alpini Male chorus consists of mountain military corps veterans of the Alpini region in Italy. This is the only time you will be able to see them perform in the United States! Before the concert, there will be a photo exhibit and a wine tasting.

This is a cultural event that celebrates Italian heritage and art. Please join us for this exciting evening.

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN, CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS A TWO-DAY SPECIAL EVENT REMEMBERING THE INFAMOUS TILLIE SMITH AND THE TRAGIC EVENTS THAT ROCKED A NATION

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WHEN: Saturday, October 28, at 2PM; Wednesday, November 1, at 8PM
WHERE:
Centenary University, Hackettstown
TICKETS: The Tillie Smith Historical Walk on Saturday, October 28 at 2PM is a FREE event.  There is a $5 reservation fee for the staged reading of The Tillie Project on Wednesday, November 1 at 8PM.  Reservations are highly recommended.  The Tillie Smith Historical Walk and staged reading of The Tillie Project are sponsored in part by The House of the Good Shepherd and Heath Village Retirement Community.

For more information or to reserve tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every performance.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and offers.

Just in time for Halloween, Centenary Stage Company takes a chilling journey back to the final days of the infamous Tillie Smith. Over 100 years ago, the murder of Tillie Smith, a kitchen worker at Centenary Collegiate Institute (now Centenary University), rocketed the town of Hackettstown to national prominence.  With wildly fluctuating reports driven by what some claim to be yellow journalism, the reputation of Tillie and her accused murderer, James Titus, swung from young innocent to harlot and upstanding citizen to lascivious predator.  To this day, many say her ghost still haunts the campus of Centenary University, with reported sightings in dorm hallways and stories of organ music playing without anyone playing. While James Titus was convicted of her rape and murder, the truth is still unknown as to what actually happened that fateful night.

On Saturday, October 28 at 2PM join Centenary Stage Company for a guided walk, complete with historical narration, following the path of Tillie Smith moments before her tragic death, as well as, a glimpse of old Victorian America and life in 19 century Hackettstown.  Additionally, the historical walk will encourage its participants to act as detectives, separating fact from legend, in the ultimate search for who really killed Tillie Smith.

Then on Wednesday, November 1 at 8PM Centenary Stage Company will present a staged reading of PEW Fellow Jeanne Murray Walker’s play The Tillie Project.  Commissioned by Centenary Stage Company in 2002 under the auspices of CSC’s distinguished Women Playwrights Series, The Tillie Project is the result of an 18 month research and development process including several town-hall style meetings and radio call-in programs, where community members were invited to share their own knowledge of the event.  Additionally, Walker consulted with numerous historians, poured over documented first-hand accounts, combed through newspaper articles from the period, as well as, meticulously scrutinized the actual transcript of the trial that ultimately led to the conviction and sentencing of James Titus.  Although a work of historical fiction, The Tillie Project keeps true to its source material by, at times, borrowing directly from the trial transcript.

Directly following the reading of The Tillie Project, Centenary Stage Company will host a talkback with special guest author, Maryann McFadden.  A Northwest New Jersey resident and Tillie expert herself, McFadden just completed her 4th novel, THE CEMETERY KEEPER'S WIFE, a historical novel about the murder of Tillie Smith in 1886, a potato peeler at Centenary College Institute, which ignited a tide of outrage throughout Victorian America. The novel goes back and forth in time as McFadden interprets Tillie’s life, and death, through the eyes of Rachel Miller, who just moved into Union Cemetery after a hasty marriage to Adam, the 7th generation cemetery keeper. The novel will be released in 2018.  Additional published works include; her self-published novel, THE RICHEST SEASON, which sold at auction to Hyperion Books. THE RICHEST SEASON which became a Target Breakout Novel and was awarded an Indie Next Pick by The American Booksellers Association. SO HAPPY TOGETHER and THE BOOK LOVER, also Indie Next Picks. McFadden is also a speaker and writing coach, and loves to chat with book clubs. Her unusual publishing journey has inspired many aspiring authors.

The 2017-2018 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 S. 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 House of the Good Shepherd, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REVIEW: UPDATED TAKE ON DATING & MARRIAGE A HOOT @ GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE

By Ruth Ross

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My young friends tell me that the dating scene has undergone a sea change since Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Robert’s musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, opened at New York City’s Westside Theatre in 1996; by the time it closed in 2008, after 5,003 performances, it was the second longest running Off Broadway musical. Translated into over 17 languages, it has been produced all over the globe, so it must have touched a nerve with the thirty-somethings who came to see it. (Above: George Merrick, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mitchell Jarvis and Karen Burthwright)

Nowadays, instead of meetings in bars or clubs, or being set up by friends or relatives, today’s relationships begin online with Tinder, OK Cupid and other dating apps. Prospective partners communicate by text or email, and often never talk to one another in person until they meet face-to-face for a drink, coffee, lunch or dinner. To me, who came of age in a very different time, it all seems rather impersonal, detached.

I guess that’s why David Saint, Artistic Director of New Brunswick’s George Street Playhouse thought it would be a good idea to have DiPietro and Roberts revise I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to serve as the first production of the 2017-2019 season and to inaugurate the playhouse’s interim residence on the Cook College campus of Rutgers University. An updated production would replicate the original’s popularity while appealing to a younger audience.

x-defaultDiPietro has tweaked his original lyrics a bit, with lots of references to navigating the online dating scene; he has added one song and replaced another. Speed dating for “busy, busy” people is hilariously recounted as a couple (Right: Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick) goes from first date to breaking up to reconciling in the blink of an eye! The number’s title, “I Have Better Things to Do Than You,” doesn’t promise a successful conclusion to a date that began with a few swipes on a cell phone screen. “A Picture of This” replaces a song about him calling her, only this time he sends her a picture of his penis! Is this a peril of online dating? Other musical numbers in the first half of this revue involve some age-old problems facing new couples: men not listening while his date talks; his having to attend a teary movie she chose; a gal cooking lasagna for her new beau; meeting and disappointing the parents; and even matchmaking in Attica Prison. Most of it will touch a nerve no matter what the age of the audience members; some things apparently never change.

The second half of the evening revolves around problems that crop up once the couple has tied the knot. “Always a Bridesmaid” (Chambers, left) is a droll assessment of the plight of the single friend forced to purchase multiple ugly dresses and submit to the brides’ tyranny. On the flip side, new parents often become so googly-eyed over their new baby that they sound moronic; “The Baby Song” depicts male parents talking nonsense as they wield baby toys and discuss their offspring. It’s sickeningly hilarious. Being stuck in the car with the family (or using the car to escape them) and the interminable waiting while a spouse is shopping/watching a football game really hit home. Especially droll is newly widowed Rose Ritz, who sets out to make her first dating video; her ineptitude is tempered by her unvarnished candor, much to our merriment.

Fortunately, DiPietro hasn’t fiddled with two songs late in the show, both of which are poignant and affecting. “Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love with You” conveys the sweetness of mature love very well, a nice contrast to the busy, busy people speed dating in the first number. And the couple “meeting cute” at a wake for someone neither of them knows is both funny and bittersweet. Honestly reciting their shortcomings, the two conclude “I Can Live with That,” a rueful acceptance that getting old is difficult and lonely, but less so when you’ve got someone to share life’s ups and downs.

x-defaultThe quartet of actors splendidly presents the material with great comedic timing and wonderful stage presence. Karen Burthwright and Lindsay Nicole Chambers give us a window into the female psyche. Chambers makes our heads spin as the speed dater on steroids but brings her energy level way down when her character discovers love in the funeral parlor. Burthwright’s excitement at making lasagna for her new beau is infectious, and we are as outraged as she when she receives the offensive photo from a guy she just met!

Mitchell Jarvis and George Merrick go beyond the usual guy clichés to provide their characters with humanity. Jarvis is especially fine as the new father (above, with Merrick and Burthwright) and the mature lover; Merrick is especially funny as the husband waiting for his wife as she shops and will touch your heart in the funeral scene.

There’s a reason I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change ran for over a decade: Joe DiPietro really nailed the vicissitudes of dating and marriage, and he’s done it again. Yes, the revue is funny, but the lyrics dig deeper to expose the insecurities, as well as the touching aspects, of love in all its forms. But this fresh, contemporary take on love is exclusively available George Street Playhouse patrons, so if you loved the original, admire DiPietro’s work (four of his works have premiered at the playhouse) or just need a pick-me-up, you won’t want to miss I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change before it closes on November 12.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will be performed at the George Street Playhouse’s interim location in the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, 13 College Farm Road, just off Route 1 South on Rutgers University’s Cook Campus. For information and tickets, visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org online.

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JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians...the future "greats!" This is your chance to see them NOW!


PAT BIANCHI is one of the most versatile and in demand B3 players on the jazz scene today. In addition to others, he is an active member of the Pat Martino Trio, the Tim Warfield Quartet and frequently plays with Lou Donaldson. Pat is a native of Rochester, NY and graduated from Berklee College of Music. Bianchi has worked with many notable artists including: Houston Person, Terell Stafford, Mark Whitfield, Ed Cherry, Eric Marienthal, Dave Stryker, Chuck Loeb, Christian McBride, Ralph Peterson Jr, Kenny Washington, Jerry Weldon, Sean Jones, Javon Jackson, Winard Harper, Roseanna Vitro and many others.

Yvette Norwood-Tiger, vocalist, songwriter, vocal coach, recording artist & GRAMMY recording and voting member, is a Detroit native. Her CDs, A'LA ELLA! and whY NoT... Love, Peace, Joy, Jazz feature music from great composers such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. Yvette performs with vocally clean and pure interpretations of the great American Songbook, while emphasizing intonation and storytelling. Her vocal styling and texture is often compared to that of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.

Voted the "People's Choice" in the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, native New Yorker Cynthia Soriano is a performer that truly captivates her audience. Cynthia appeared as an invited guest in the 2013 Pittsburgh Jazz Live International Festival. Locally, she has graced the stages of premier Jazz venues such as Smoke, Smalls, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club, Lenox Lounge, Zinc Bar and other music rooms in the metropolitan area. It is no surprise that she is a favorite on the New York jazz scene. Her rich tone and impeccable phrasing echo with the influences of Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Horn and Billie Holiday

HOLOCAUST FILM WEDNESDAY IN WHIPPANY

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RSVP holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or 973.929.3194

MISTERWIVES BRING “CONNECT THE DOTS” TOUR TO JERSEY CITY

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MisterWives: Connect the Dots Tour
(with Smallpools, Vinyl Theatre )
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, Doors: 7:00/ Show: 8:00
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ
TICKETS: $22.50 - $28.07
16 and over
To purchase tickets, visit: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

Born and raised in the creative crucible of New York City, MisterWives are the latest genre-defying band to break out of the city that never sleeps and gain recognition on a global stage. MisterWives takes their critically acclaimed live show to the Jersey side of the Hudson to White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, one of the most intimate venues they’re playing on their current Connect the Dots Tour.

MisterWives (their name flips genders of the polygamy term, ‘sister wives,’) debuted at the Canal Room in NYC in 2013, soon followed by their critically acclaimed first album Our Own House and a massive global tour that had the band playing high-profile concerts and major festivals, such as CMJ Music Marathon, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Hangout Fest, LouFest, and Austin City Limits. "The last few years have definitely been the best kind of whirlwind you could ask for!" says Will Hehir ,bassist. "We've been so lucky to get to play live for amazing audiences all around the world, develop musically as a band and grow even tighter than any of us ever thought possible.”

Connect the Dots, the band’s new record released this year, reveals an indie band evolving on all fronts. “This record lyrically and sonically goes in so many different directions, which is how the concept "Connect The Dots" came to fruition,” says Mandy Lee, singer. “Our existence is made up of so many different variables that we are constantly trying to piece together and make sense of. At times it might just look like a jumbled nonsensical mess of numbers and dots but in actuality each piece is crucial to completing the picture."

In addition to Lee and Hehir, MisterWives includes: Marc Campbell (guitar), Jesse Blum (keyboards, trumpet, accordion) and Mike Murphy (Saxophone). White Eagle Hall is the only Garden State stop on the band’s Connect the Dots Tour. It is also one of the smallest venues on their current itinerary, giving fans a rare chance to still experience this fast-rising group in an up close and personal setting.

Opening for Misterwives at White Eagle Hall are Smallpools, LA-based band (although some members are New Jersey natives) whose first single, Dreaming charted at number one on The Hype Machine, and Vinyl Theater, who hail from Milwaukee and are supporting their new record, Origami.

Originally constructed in 1910, the newly restored White Eagle Hall is an impressive new venue for arts and entertainment, including concerts, theater, performances and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall features complete food & beverage service, with two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhanced the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.

Monday, October 16, 2017

AUDIO DESCRIBED & OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCE @ STNJ ON OCTOBER 21: “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE”



Join us Saturday, October 21, for an Audio Described and Open Caption performance of Shakespeare in Love.

One hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee, there will be a half-hour sensory seminar at the Theatre.

For tickets and more information, please visit ShakespeareNJ.org or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600.

Shakespeare in Love

Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Music by Paddy Cunneen

Directed by Bonnie J. Monte

Performances begin October 11!
WHERE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison (on the Drew University Campus)

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Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod.


FALL WORKSHOPS & VACATION PROGRAMS @ HAM

Ignite your creativity by enrolling in a fall class or workshop at HAM. We offer something for all tastes, so take a look below, or visit our website for our complete list of programs for children and adults.
Design, Sculpt, Build (starts Wednesday, Nov. 1): Makes loads of cool art with a variety of materials such as pastels, clay, paint and plaster. For ages 7 to 9. Sign up!
Glass Fusing (starts Thursday, Oct. 26): Our Glass Fusing class offers your child endless possibilities for creativity while learning all about color and how to safely work with glass. Kids will create one of a kind works of art, gain insight into important techniques of color and design, and learn the science behind the art of glass fusing. Learn more!

Art from Around the World (starts Tuesday, Oct. 24): We're spanning the globe to share art from other countries and continents with your child. Join us as kids explore different artistic traditions with projects including drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture. Sign up today!

Pysanky Holiday Ornaments with Wendy Hallstrom (Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.): Learn the step-by-step process used to create Pysanky—the beautiful, elaborately decorated eggs found in Polish, Ukrainian and Russian traditions—and a little bit of the history behind these small works of art. It’s a lot of fun and the results are always impressive. For adults and teens, ages 16 and up. Sign up!

American Girls: Home for the Holidays (Saturday, Dec.9 at 10 a.m.): Enjoy some American Girl time and celebrate the holidays! We’ll make crafts from the Victorian era and other times and then celebrate the season with a tea party. For ages 7 and up. Register!

Popular School's Out Workshops Are in Early November

The Hunterdon Art Museum’s popular “School’s Out Workshops” return during the annual NJEA Convention on Nov. 9 and 10. These programs encourage children ages 6 to 10 to experiment with paint, clay, pastels and other media.
Classes are taught by artists, educators and professional storytellers to ensure an enriching and rewarding learning experience.

Thursday, Nov. 9

  • Draw, Paint, Sculpt (9 a.m.--noon): It's all in the title! Kids will create frame-worthy works of art that will amaze and delight.
  • Meet the Masters (1-4 p.m.): Learn about famous artists, while you explore painting, sculpture, collage and mixed media.

Friday, Nov. 10

  • Sculpture Sampler (9 a.m.--noon): Explore the world of three-dimensional art with clay, plus soft materials such as felt, fabric and stuffing.   
  • My Pet Project (1-4 p.m.): Pet-themed projects bring art and animals together, and include sculpting and painting using a variety of materials.

A supervised lunch is available. For more information and to register, please visit our website or call 908-735-8415.

SVP PUTS THE “FUN” IN FUNERAL IN “DEARLY DEPARTED,” OPENING FRIDAY

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Dearly Departed
Directed by Holly J. Kowalenko
Produced by Karen Abbatiello

WHEN: October 20 - November 5; Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm. 
WHERE: 
Somerset Valley Players, 689 Amwell Rd./Route 514, Hillsborough, NJ 
TICKETS:  General Admission $20 - Seniors/Students $18
For Further Info:  Call 908-369-7469
To Buy Tickets: 
Visit the website at www.svptheatre.org

Dearly Departed 1A southern comedy of caskets and country craziness puts the “fun” in funeral.  When “mean and surly” Mr. Turpin suddenly dies, his nitwit relations from church and county come together to merrily mark his demise in a hilarious melting pot which includes a loud Bible thumping widow, a businessman who cleans parking lots, a reverend with the runs, a tubby junk food enthusiast, and a super-duper suspicious wife. [Above: Linda Konopka (Bridgewater), David Williams (Flemington), and Shannah Catalano (Hillsborough)]

Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

MORE TO DO @ MAM: LECTURES, EXHIBITS, TOURS, CLASSES & MORE!

It's officially the start of Weather Week, a town-wide celebration of Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event, an exhibition that examines the renowned artist’s lyrical landscape watercolors and drawings through both an artistic and scientific lens.

CHECK OUT all the events happening this week!

31st Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture: Charles E. Burchfield: Wind, Sunshine, and Sky 

Learn more about Charles E. Burchfield's life and inspiration, at the
31st Annual Julia Norton Babson Lecture! This year's speakers come from the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo State University, and the Smithsonian Institution.

ADMISSION: $12 members/$15 nonmembers
WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m.
PURCHASE your tickets today!

Family Art Adventure 

Come rain or shine! Explore MAM's current exhibition Charles E. Burchfield: Weather Event.

ADMISSION: $6 members/$18 nonmembers
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2–3:30 p.m.
EXPLORE MAM this Saturday!

MSU/MAM Art Talk
In Burchfield's Wake: Artists Respond to the Environment

As the earth heats up and more and more people inhabit it, consuming precious resources and exploiting the landscape, we humans find ourselves confronting a need for significant change in the way we respond to our world.

ADMISSION: $12 members/$15 nonmembers
WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
PURCHASE your tickets today!

Tour MAM's Galleries

Experience our galleries like never before with MAM's tours. Members get even more access to exclusive, private tours!

Art and Literacy Educator Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 1–4 p.m.
REGISTER

On October 28, MAM Contemporaries will kick off their fall season with an exclusive tour of Teddi and Scott Dolph’s private collection. The Dolphs began collecting art in the 1990s, and most recently have focused on emerging artists, even street artists. They have become known for their varied collection of contemporary figurative work. Only MAM Contemporaries will receive an exclusive look at their private collection and hear about the artwork from the Dolphs themselves!

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 11 a.m.

MUSIC AT CLUB28 CONTNUES THIS TURSDAY IN BRANCHBURG

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

MUSIC AT CLUB28: LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCT. 19, AT 1 & 7PM
WHERE:
The Theatre at RVCC, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
Tickets Still Available

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards is an all-female string group brought together by the love of traditional American music and the myriad of ways it can be expressed in a chamber-folk setting. With their feet solidly grounded in traditional fiddle styles, they reach for the sky with their original compositions, arrangements and interpretations of Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country and Celtic music.

This trio goes from hard-driving tunes to heart-breaking songs of Americana deftly and with the sensitivity of players beyond their years. The Dance Cards have toured the US and Europe, performing in every imaginable setting from farmers' markets to music festivals, and house concerts to concert halls, while hosting workshops on fiddling, grooving, dancing and singing in between.

All members of the Dance Cards went through rigorous training at the Berklee College of Music and bring not only a reverence to tradition but an innovative creativity to the music that they make.

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BASSIST/SINGER TO APPEAR @ THE BICKFORD THEATRE

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Nicki Parrott photo by Brian WittmanThe Nicki Parrott Trio

WHEN: Monday, October 23, at 7:30 and the seating for this show is unreserved
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts Rd., Morristown
TICKETS:
$17 in advance and may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office.
Tickets for the concert are available online at www.morrismuseum.org or by phone at 973-971-3706.

featuring Rossano Sportiello and Eddie Metz Jr.

The Nicki Parrott Trio will make their only New Jersey appearance this fall as part of the very popular Jazz Showcase series.

Bassist and singer Nicki Parrott moved to New York from her native Australia in 1994 and within just a few years she became the regular bassist for the Les Paul Trio. The legendary guitarist, who was not known for handing out accolades, loved her work and said, “She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.”

As part of the Les Paul Trio, Nicki had the opportunity to work with many guitar greats including Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Tommy Emmanuel. Her extraordinary talent has made her a first-call bassist for many jazz greats and she has performed with musicians such as Clark Terry, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Larry Carlton, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Jose Feliciano, Harry Allen, and Ann Hampton Calloway to name just a few.

Critics also rave about Nicki Parrott whose playing, singing, and sense of humor have captivated audiences for the past two decades. Cabaret Scene wrote that “Nicki Parrott could make anyone love jazz,” and the international jazz publication Jazz Times applauds her musicality noting that she “…brings clear articulation, beautiful tone, a sense of rhythmic assuredness, and a touch of allure to inventive arrangements.”

The trio includes two talented and popular musicians. Italian-born Rossano Sportiello is an award-winning, accomplished pianist who has performed with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians such as Clark Terry, Harry Allen, Kenny Davern, and Slide Hampton. His recordings have been critically acclaimed including People Will Say We’re In Love a duet with Nicki Parrott that was selected by The New Yorker as one of the top 10 CDs of the year.

Drummer Eddie Metz Jr. has been working with Nicki for several years and draws praise no matter the music. Louis Bellson called him “very musical, tasty and brilliant” while Dick Hyman said simply “one of the best in the business.” Known for his very musical approach to the drums, Eddie has been in demand since his days as a jazz studies student at William Paterson University, including luminaries such as Chick Corea, Michael Feinstein, Arturo Sandoval, Bucky Pizzarelli, Milt Hinton and Ken Peplowski.

Tickets are The Jazz Showcase Season is supported in part by the New Jersey Jazz Society, Hot House Jazz Magazine, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, NJ Jazz List, and NJ Arts Daily.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is 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, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

STATE THEATRE NJ PRESENTS “TANGO BUENOS AIRES” IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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Tango Buenos Aires

WHEN: Friday, October 20, 2017, 8pm / Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8pm
WHERE
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $25-$70
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. 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 performances are sponsored by AARP

487_20061221_05Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. Tango Buenos Aires was created for the "Jazmines" festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret "Michelangelo" by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company met with tremendous success and was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre.

In 1986, the company traveled to the United States in order to represent Argentina at the Latin-American Festival, which took place at the Delacorte Theatre in New York City's Central Park during the month of August. This event was followed by an extensive tour throughout the United States, along with trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador, followed by a return to the United States via Miami and San Francisco.

Since then they have traveled to dozens of countries such as Ecuador, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Chile, Finland, Japan, China, and dozens of major U.S. cities. With each show, they bring their Argentinian culture and dance and display it for their audiences to learn and enjoy.

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.

PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI STRING BAND TO PRESENT CONCERT IN MADISON

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PHILIPPINE UNIV. ALUMNI STRING BAND 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, at 3pm
WHERE:
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall (Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue corner Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ)
ADMISSION: $15 prepaid, $20 at the door.
For tickets or more info, visit www.upafrondalla.org or call Diane Valencia at 732-317-3364.  Or email upafr.president@gmail.com.

The group will showcase the versatility of the rondalla—with repertoire ranging from traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and other nations, light classical compositions to Broadway themes. 

Guest artists include tenor Anthony Lim and the Ligaya Cultural Group dancers.

Concert proceeds will benefit the Pagymanin Likas Musika rondalla instruments lending program for underprivileged children in the Philippines.