Saturday, March 17, 2018


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Nothing Can Keep New Plays New Jersey Down!

We said we'd keep you in the loop as to when our rescheduled New Plays New Jersey performances would be and we've got the dates for you! Two of the readings will take place at The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, as originally planned, but two others are going to be held at Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub, right here in Madison. We're really happy to be back at The Bickford, which has been home to the series for the past few years, but we're equally as excited to bring some of the readings to Short Stories, which has hosted some of our classes and to our Banned Together Cabaret earlier this year.

Without further ado, here are the new dates for New Plays New Jersey:

At the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ:

Sunday, March 18th at 7 PM - "Psychodrama" by Phoebe Farber
Friday, March 30th at 7 PM - "La Fonda" by Suzanne Trauth

At Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub
23 Main Street, Madison, NJ:

Sunday, March 25th at 7 PM - "Nichiiwad" by Hal Corley
Saturday, March 31st at 7 PM - "Turning"  by Darrah Cloud

Parking: The Bickford parking lot is the Morris Museum's parking lot, on the side of the building. Short Stories has parking behind the building - you'll want to use the driveway entrance on Green Village Road, which will be on your left just before the railroad overpass.

Thank you all for being so patient and understanding as the storm forced us to have to cancel and reschedule and we hope to see you on these new dates for the readings!

We also wanted to remind you that both our NJ Women Playwrights Project readings celebrating Women's History Month and our Mile Square Playground readings are still happening this month, in Jersey City and Hoboken respectively.  The schedule for those is as follows:

At the Jersey City Theatre Center
339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ:

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM  - "Wish Bone" by Phoebe Farber 
Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM  - "Pushing the River" by Rosemary McLaughlin 

At Mile Square Theatre
1400 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ:

Tuesday, March 20  at 7:30 PM  - "The Forest" by Lia Romeo
Tuesday, March 27  at 7:30 PM  - "The Other White Meat" by Erin Mallon

As always, all our readings are free of charge, with a $10 recommended donation (or donate what you can) and you can use any leftover punches on your WTNJ reading passes. If you're interested in purchasing a 7-Play Pass, you can still get those on our website, here. And all of our reading series this month are a part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's annual Stages Festival, a statewide celebration of theatre that brings free and low-cost performances to NJ audiences. For more information on the Stages Festival, click here.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Music in Our Schools Month Concert

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00pm, doors will open 6:00pm  Before the concert, student and adult small groups will perform in the lobby of the gymnasium.  At 7:00pm, the concert will commence with an official welcome by the school principal. The performance is anticipated to be no more than one hour in length
RFIS gymnasium located at 50 Court Street in Flemington
ADMISSION: free with open seating, and all members of the community are welcome!

The Reading-Fleming Intermediate School (RFIS) PTO, in coordination with the RFIS Music Department, will host a free concert featuring the Hunterdon Harmonizers, Whitehouse Wind Symphony and Flemington-Raritan School District K-8 Student Choir. The month of March is recognized nationally as Music in Our Schools Month. This will mark the fifth time that the PTO has presented this concert.

“We are excited to host a very special night of music performed by a variety of talented local musicians in Hunterdon County including our very own Flemington-Raritan School District K-8 Student Choir” said Mr. Anthony DeMarco, Principal at RFIS. “Flemington-Raritan students and families, as well as members of the entire community, are invited to join us for this special free concert filled with music and song.  The event is sure to be exciting as students from across the school district join together with the Harmonizers and Wind Symphony for this special concert!”

After performance by the Hunterdon Harmonizers, the Flemington-Raritan K-8 District Chorus and the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, young concertgoers will have the opportunity to meet with singers and band members, and learn more about how music is made!

The RFIS PTO, RFIS Administrators and RFIS Music teachers look forward to welcoming the community at the Intermediate School!  RFIS is a Title 1 School within the Flemington-Raritan School District and the PTO is a fully recognized non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.  Donations to the RFIS PTO are tax deductible.

For more information on the PTO, please CLICK HERE

The Harmonizers are an all-male a cappella singing group, located in Flemington. Performing together since 1984, they are a favorite among locals. The Harmonizers are dedicated to promoting and preserving this truly American art form known as barbershop harmony. For more information, please visit or

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork in 1996.  Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania; it is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey.   For more information, please visit or

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.


Dance Union - Open House/Rehearsal at Hamilton StageDance Union Festival

Inaugural Festival Showcases 9 Union County Based Dance Programs

WHEN: March 16-18
WHERE: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: Tickets for all events are available here

Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD), whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, announces the launch of DANCE UNION FESTIVAL as part of its 35th Anniversary Celebration. With its headquarters in Union Township for 30 years, the acclaimed dance company is collaborating with Union County Performing Arts Center and Rahway Dance Theatre to produce the first-of-its-kind festival that will shine a light on dance and diversity in Union County.

Having trained numerous dancers across the county, Carolyn Dorfman, a Union County stalwart, is eager to exhibit the townships’ exceptional dance companies and performers. An open rehearsal during the afternoon and reception on Friday night will recognize the Union County Freeholders and Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs—whose support through the History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) grant has made this program possible. Open level and intermediate/advanced ballet and modern classes will be taught on Saturday morning by founding artistic director Carolyn Dorfman and Jay Skeete Lee, director of Rahway Dance Theatre. Sunday’s festivities will showcase performances by Union County dance companies including Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Rahway Dance Theatre and The Well Performance Project. Works by pre-professional dance company New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and five local high school dance programs—Cranford, Plainfield, Union County Vo-Tech Academy for Performing Arts (APA), Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy and Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth—will also be showcased.

“After 30 years in Union County, we are eager to honor our longevity and connection with the community,” says Anita Thomas, the company’s first African American executive director who has spearheaded the festival. “This is a very diverse and growing county and this festival will highlight that diversity and give the whole community access to high-quality dance performances and training.” Thomas, together with Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman, is especially excited about the opportunity the festival will present to welcome a broad segment of the community—especially senior citizens and disabled patrons—which the company happily embraces through their Patron Service (sensory) program.


  • March 16, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open Rehearsal, *Free but must pre-register at info@carolyndorfmandance for 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. time slots
  • March 16, 2018 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception, *FREE but must RSVP through ticketing link
  • March 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ballet Technique Masterclass, Intermediate/Advanced with Jay Skeete Lee $15
  • March 17, 2018 10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Contemporary/Modern Technique Masterclass, Open/Community Level with Carolyn Dorfman $15
  • March 17, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Ballet Technique Masterclass, Open/Community Level with Jay Skeete Lee $15
  • March 17, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Contemporary/Modern Technique Masterclass, Intermediate/Advanced Level with Carolyn Dorfman $15
  • March 18, 2018 3:00 p.m. Performance $20 for adults $10 for students/seniors

About Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Celebrating its 35th season, Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. 35 years strong, the company’s eleven multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. Touring nationally and internationally, Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at major theaters, festivals, universities, museums/galleries and other non-traditional performance venues. Carolyn Dorfman Dance presents immersive performance and teaching residencies that take the company into diverse communities to share art and process, creating experiences that build connection, understanding and inspire positive social change.



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Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Robert Pape

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play

WHEN: Friday, March 16 @ 8pm; Saturday, March 17 @8pm; Sunday, March 18 @2pm; Friday, March 23 @8pm; Saturday, March 24 @8pm
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
TICKETS: General Admission: $20; Seniors/Students: $15

As relevant today as ever, Doubt delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, challenging each of us to separate perception from reality. Set in 1964, just after Vatican II, Doubt takes us within the halls of a Catholic school and tells the story of a suspicion.

The strident Sister Aloysius, both head of the school and subordinate of the newly arrived Father Flynn  her junior in both years and experience, is determined to protect the children in her charge as well as her own position in a new power struggle now in play. When her attention is drawn to Father Flynn’s interest in one particular student, Sister Aloysius must investigate, drawing in novice Sister James and the boys mother. Each with motives of their own, the players in this tense drama are forced to weigh the value of truth against the burden of consequence. But does truth have any weight at all when it is shrouded in doubt?


  • Sister Aloysius -  Cynthia S. Ross
  • Father Flynn -  Jason Kruk
  • Sister James -  Margaret Mikkelsen
  • Mrs. Muller -  Alice Holloway


By David Ives
Directed by Stephen Catron
WHEN:  March 15th – 25th. Additional Performances Added! March 23, 24 at 8pm & 25th at 2pm
WHERE: Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester
TICKETS: $15.00


Mature Content and Language. Not suitable for children under 16.

Playwright Thomas Novachek is at a loss. There are no actresses talented enough to play his leading lady. Then in walks Vanda, a mysterious actress with the uncanny ability to inhabit his character. The audition quickly escalates into a seductive power play.

With humor and a hint of the erotic, Venus in Fur keeps you on the edge of your seat as you question "Who is really in charge here?"

CTG Black Box Productions present titles that wouldn’t normally be included in our regular season. By giving audiences, actors and directors a venue for smaller, off-beat plays that do not rely on larger sets, elaborate costumes, or similar production values, we hope to offer something different for those that appreciate the unusual.



Wild Horses

Bajou runs a storyteller’s gamut in her animated recollections ... the actress occupies all corners of the stage with a disarming energy; offering up a variety of voice characterizations, while maintaining a sense that this breakneck ramble through suburban bedrooms and dusty fields is going someplace fast. And you can bet that the last jukebox quarter that those wild horses of the title figure into the action - Asbury Park Press

Charming and Compelling ... Estelle  Bajou is outstanding - Broadway World

A tour de force performance - Two River Times

Touching and honest and presented with love and understanding affection - Out in Jersey

Estelle Bajou is particularly effective ... Director Barabas has a knowing way with female actors and characters. Gregory’s play is fragile -  it is handled with care - Scene On Stage

Wild Horses is a great evening of theater, telling a tale of adolescence at once particular and universal - The Link News

WHEN: Thursday, Friday at 7:45; Saturday at 2:45 and 7:45; Sunday at 1:45 now thru March 25.
Call 732-229-3166 or click BUY TICKETS to order your seats online.


Monday Night Salon Readings

Life On My Knees
by William Missouri Downs

WHEN: March 19, 2018. Doors open at 6:30. Readings begin promptly at 7:00 and are followed by a discussion. Seating is first come, first served.

A PhD in English lit isn't worth much—just ask Dr. Helen Hand. Desperate for a job, she drunkenly agrees to teach at a conservative bible college in the-middle-of-nowhere Kansas. The problem—she's a skeptic, a liberal and gluten intolerant. She enters a world of rigid moral rules: no smoking, no alcohol, no doubting. Working undercover she sets out to enlighten the fundamentalist students, but it quickly goes to hell. This small cast comedy looks at our need for faith and reason. 

Next Up ...

Issei, He Say, Or the Myth of the First 
an award-winning new play by Chloé Hung

WHEN: April 19 thru May 20. Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00; Saturdays at 3:00 and 8:00; Sundays at 2:00.
For tickets call 732-229-3166 or click BUY TICKETS.

Directed by Lisa James and starring  Stan Egi, Kathleen Kwan, Fenton Li, Christina Liang, Issei, He Say is a story about family, told with humor and pathos, about being the first generation in a new country, the ups-and-downs of fitting in, the history they carry with them, and the prejudices that follow them.
Performances are





: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ.
Open to dancers ages 10-21.
For more information and to register for the audition, please email Wendy Roman, company coordinator, at

The audition will consist of a short Ballet/Pointe or Jazz/Contemporary/Modern solo (less than 2 minutes).

“A Midsummer Dance Intensive” is a 14-day program, August 13-30, which meets five days a week for six hours a day.  This summer program is designed for young dancers interested in taking their artistic abilities to the next level under the tutelage of choreographer and director Gabriel Chajnik and visiting master teachers. Tuition: $1,200. Scholarships available.

The summer program culminates with a full-length production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” on Thursday, August 30 at 8:00 p.m. The participating Dance Intensive students will perform alongside the professional company members of the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theatre, accompanied by live musicians. The multi-media performance will integrate different styles of dance from Ballet and Pointe to Contemporary and Modern on the spacious stage at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center.

About Gabriel Chajnik

The founding director of the new Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, Gabriel Chajnik was trained under the tutelage of Maestro Hector Zaraspe and is an alumnus of the Juilliard School.

Chajnik is a former dancer with American Repertory Ballet. His teaching credits expand from Argentina to Europe and the United States at Brooklyn Music School, Princeton Ballet, the Academy of Dance Arts and Gotta Dance in New Jersey. Gabriel’s work has been featured at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, MMAC, and the Lambs Theater.

Chajnik is also the Artistic Director for TranscenDanceGroup, whose TDG Holocaust Awareness performance has reached school students throughout the tri-state area. Chajnik has been honored by the Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Counties.

About Axelrod Performing Arts Center

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center fosters artistic excellence by showcasing varied and distinct cultural programs that enrich the imaginative, intellectual, and creative soul, while cultivating an appreciation of diverse communities through the pursuit of the arts. For more information, please visit


Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics

WHEN: Friday, March 16, 7-10 PM
The Jazzberry Patch at Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck
TICKETS: $12 admission, full dinner menu and BYOB. Reservations suggested to insure seating.
Call 201-692-0150

Hot jazz of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. 6 piece band.

”Home of Jazz in the Poconos”

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7pm 11pm 
Deerhead Inn, 5 Main Street, Delaware Water Gap, PA

Carrie Jackson Quartet, Dave Braham, piano
Takashi Otsuka, bass; Les Mc Kee, drums

“Come to The Cabaret” Carrie Jackson & Jazzin’ All Stars

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
YM-YWHA of Union County, 501 Green Lane, Union

Dave Braham, piano; Thaddeus Expose, bass; Gordon Lane, drums

Bring your Dancin’ Shoes!

Steve Sandberg and Rob Thomas

WHEN: March 18, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, 1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ + Google Map

World jazz. Steve Sandberg (Piano), Rob Thomas (Violin) Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (609) 392-6409. Discount for members and groups. The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing.

Bob DeVos Duo

WHEN: March, Sundays 18 & 25 – 12 noon-3pm
Marcus B&P, 56 Halsey Street, Newark NJ
(973) 645-0004

Bob DeVos – guitar, Brian Glassman – bass

Marcus Samuelsson is the James Beard Award-winning chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and is a Top Chef First Place Winner. Come taste why at his newest venue in the historic Hahne’s Building.

Reservations recommended. No music charge.

Celebrating Women's History Month:
3 Divas & The Guys in the Band 

WHEN: Friday, March 23, 2018
The Priory at St. Josephs Plaza, 233 West Market Street, Newark
ADMISSION: Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover. Food or beverage purchase required

Carrie Jackson - Patricia Walton - Phyllis Blanford
The Band: Dave Braham, piano; Takashi Otsuka, bass; Les Mc Kee, drums

REJS Entertainment Presents
An evening with saxophonist/flautist Nelson Rangell

WHEN: Friday, March 23, 2018, 7PM to 10PM
Cranbury Inn, 21 South Main Street Cranbury, NJ
For tickets call 609-469-1228 or 609-218-2284 or visit

Featuring Joel Rosenblatt, Jim Ridi, & John Benitez 

Bob DeVos as Special Guest with the Behn Gillece Trio

WHEN: Friday March 23rd – 2 shows at 8 & 10pm
Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 

Bob DeVos-guitar, Behn Gillece-vibraphone, Chris Simonini-organ, Jason Tiemann-drums

Chris’ Jazz Cafe is Philadelphia’s premier jazz venue.

Danny Tobias/ George Rabbai Trumpet Summit!

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, @ 2:00 pm
1867 Sanctuary Arts & Culture Center, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing + Google Map
Tickets are available online, or call the box office: (609) 392-6409. Discount for members and groups. The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing.
For information please call: 609-392-6409

Danny Tobias/George Rabbai Trumpet Summit in the wonderful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary! These jazz trumpet greats are joined by Pat Mercuri on guitar, Phil Orr on piano, and Joe Plowman on bass.

AMANI: 14th annual spring concert

WHEN: Saturday, March 24th, 8 pm 
The Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ for more information.

The Musicians Are: Stephen Fuller – Vocals; Marty Eigen - Sax, Flute and Clarinet; Fred Fischer – Piano; Flip Peters – Guitar; Alex Gressel – Bass; Nick Scheuble – Drums

Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8pm-11pm
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield
ADMISSION: Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover. Food or beverage purchase required

Bob de Benedette, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bass; Les Mc Kee, drms

Antoinette Montague

WHEN: March 27th at 5:00pm
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark

Women In Media Newark’s 9th annual Women’s History Month Film Festival begins on March 27th at 5:00pm at the Newark Museum. At that time Newark’s own Antoinette Montague will be honored as a cultural treasure in recognition of her life long work in the jazz, blues and the arts, and a support role, or as a performer. Will host an international group of independent film by and about women at Rutgers University, and other sites in the state. 

Ellen LaFurn, vocals

WHEN: March 29th at 6:45 PM 
MK Valencia, 228 Main St., Ridgefield Park
201 373-0228.

Vic Cenicola, guitar and Earl Sauls, bass

Great food & drinks!


ADMISSION: Adult $24, Senior $20   Buy Tickets

Though cities like Harlem and Chicago are often most associate with “The Golden Age of Jazz,” it was Queens, New York that was home to more jazz musicians per square mile than anywhere else in the United States. Clarinetist Dennis Lichtman, leader of the fabled Mona’s jam session in New York City, will be bringing an all-star quintet to pay tribute to past denizens of Queens such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke and many more!

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500.

The New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud co-sponsor of MidWeek Jazz.

Antoinette Montague

WHEN: Thursday March 29, at 6:00pm
Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Center, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark
ADMISSION: Free to the public

“Passages: Women in Transition,” Women In Media Newark’s 9th annual Women’s History Month Film Festival begins on March 27th at 5:00pm at the Newark Museum. At that time Newark’s own Antoinette Montague will be honored as a cultural treasure in recognition of her life long work in the jazz, blues and the arts, and a support role, or as a performer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Rahway’s Warren Vache Leads One of Four All-Star Bands At New Jersey Jazz Society’s Pee Wee Russell Stomp


WHEN: Sunday, March 18, from noon-5:00pm 
: Birchwood Manor, 111 N Jefferson Rd, Whippany,
ADMISSION: $30 in advance for members, $35 for non-members; $40 at the door for members, $45 for non-members. Student tickets (with current ID) are $15 either in advance or at the door.
To order tickets, log onto, call 1-800-838-3006, or send a check payable to NJJS, including a $3 per order handling fee, together with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to: NJJS, c/o Mike Katz, 382 Springfield Avenue, Suite 217, Summit, NJ 07901.

Performance Schedule

  • Noon-1 p.m.               Daryl Sherman Sextet
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.           Professor Cunningham and His Old School
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.           Warren Vache Quintet
  • 3:30-4:00 p.m.           Awards Presentations
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.           George Gee Orchestra

Warren_Vache_2In the 1970s and ‘80s, cornetist/trumpeter Warren Vache (right) played in the house band at Eddie Condon’s on West 54th Street in New York City. Condon’s was down the street from Jimmy Ryan’s where legendary trumpeter Roy Eldridge performed. During their breaks, Eldridge and the young Vache would listen to each other. That, says Vache, was, “the best teaching experience I ever had.”

A longtime resident of Rahway, NJ, Vache will be leading one of four bands playing at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s 49th annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. Described by’s Ken Dryden as “one in a long line of important cornetists following Bix Beiderbecke, Jimmy McPartland, and Ruby Braff,” Vache will head a quintet featuring the soulful tenor saxophonist Houston Person, along with pianist Steve Ash, bassist Earl Sauls, and drummer Steve Williams.

daryl-in-gold-jacket_at-pianoThe other bands include: The George Gee Swing Orchestra, which includes trombonist/music director David Gibson; trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, who grew up in Teaneck, NJ; and alto saxophonist Julius Tolentino, who directs the jazz band at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ. Professor Cunningham and His Old School, a septet led by clarinetist/saxophonist Adrian Cunningham, which also features West Orange, NJ, pianist Oscar Perez, trombonist Jim Fryer, and trumpeter Jon Challoner.  The Daryl Sherman Sextet, led by pianist/vocalist Daryl Sherman (left) and including trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, reedman Jay Rattman, guitarist James Chirillo, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Kevin Dorn.

This year’s Stomp will be dedicated to the memory of drummer Chuck Slate, Sr., who died last November. Slate’s Traditional Jazz Band performed at the first Stomp in 1970 at the Martinsville Inn in Martinsville, NJ. Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, leading a band or trio, Slate appeared at several New Jersey venues, mostly in Morris County or the Somerset Hills. They included the Ride‘n Hunt Club and the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, NJ, The Store in Basking Ridge, NJ, and Rod’s in Convent Station, NJ. He also performed at the Chester Inn and Hillside Lounge in Chester, NJ, prompting The New York Times’ John S. Wilson, in 1972, to refer to Chester as the “jazz center” of New Jersey. Clarinetist Joe Licari, who played with Slate in the 1980s, will receive the NJJS Distinguished Musician award, and jazz writer and critic Will Friedwald will be honored as this year’s Jazz Advocate.

The George Gee Swing Orchestra is a regular attraction at Swing 46, the jazz supper club on West 46th Street in New York City. In a review of Swing Makes You Happy!, Gee’s 2014 album on the Rondette Jazz label, praised trombonist Gibson’s arrangements, which “give the nonet the feel of a small big band. With a pair of trumpets, a single trombone, three saxes, and three rhythms to work on, his [Gibson’s] writing has the kind of tight, punchy call and response patterns that the late-era Basie band deployed.”



Mod3//classical to contemporary: an evening of oboes, viola and piano

WHEN: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Ogden Memorial Church, 286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ
ADMISSION: free and open to all - 973-635-5567

The term “mod” reflects the group’s flexibility to transform (or modularize) its instrumentation for a range of classical repertoire as well as new works and arrangements that have been tailored to the group. Mod3 crafts concerts that engage and delight diverse audiences, regardless of listeners’ age or exposure to classical music. Their Concert on Main performance features classical and contemporary works by Brahms, Kimber, Mozart, Odermatt and Loeffler, as well as Irish surprises, in time for St. Patrick's Day. Audience members will hear lush pieces, often orchestral in scope, as well as conversations between the performers about their artistry and the pieces they'll share. Pianist Carol Ann Aicher, violist Shane Barker and oboist Kevin Chavez share works by Brahms, Kimber, Mozart, Odermatt and Loeffler, plus Irish surprises.


Free and open to all, varied performances by NJ and NYC professionals are held in Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. As needed younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace. Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church. Additional details:, and (973) 635-5567


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Pianist Carol Ann Aicher has performed as both a soloist and collaborative artist at a range of venues including Longwood Gardens, Strathmore Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall. A noted educator, she is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music (MSM) where she has taught graduate pedagogy for musicians of all majors since 2001. In 2016 she was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service from MSM, the highest honor bestowed by conservatory. Previously an Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, she maintains teaching studios in both Manhattan and Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Aicher has developed curricula that incorporate contemporary educational philosophies and brain-based research to increase students’ understanding of their own learning skills in order to help themselves as well as others. This “Learning as a Process” philosophy of teaching, the subject of Dr. Aicher’s dissertation, has also evolved to include new techniques to strengthen the connection between learning, practicing and performing as well as reducing performance anxiety and facilitating peak performance.

Dr. Aicher earned her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University Teachers College and holds performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory as well as a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from MSM’s Piano Pedagogy Institute. Her teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, Sedmara Rutstein, and Nina Lelchuk for performance and pedagogy with Vera Wills. 

Native Californian Kevin Chavez has been living in New York City since fall of 2010 in pursuit of exciting new musical ventures.  In addition to a range of ensemble and solo performances, Kevin is also the owner and editor for “Reed eBooks,” which publishes the ground-breaking series “Making Reeds Start to Finish.” Under Kevin’s guidance, Reed eBooks published its first volume with the acclaimed Dr. Nancy Ambrose King in August 2012 in Apple’s iBookstore and a second volume in 2014 by famed bassoonist George Sakakeeny. Additional books will be announced soon. 

Together with Carol Ann Aicher and Ryan Michael Hartman, he hosts the podcast Greenroom Conversations: The Process, Unplugged, a series of interviews with performing arts professionals. Greenroom Conversations explores successful individual careers for themes that may help listeners make their own artistic way.
Kevin holds degrees from California State University in Long Beach and Manhattan School of Music. In graduate school he studied with Grammy-nominated Tomas Stacy, a veteran of the New York Philharmonic. His previous teachers include LA studio musician Joe Stone and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s English Horn player Carolyn Hove. 

Violist Shane Barker has distinguished himself as both recitalist and chamber musician. Recent highlights include performances on faculty recitals at Settlement Music School and Rowan University and at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium for a concert celebrating Britten’s 100th Birthday. In an effort to expand the solo viola repertoire, Shane has given twenty premieres of new works by Jeremy Gill, Julia Alford-Fowler, and Andrew Litts, among others.

A founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio, he has also appeared as a guest artist with the Alieghri Duo and Princeton Chamber Players. Other noted collaborators include countertenor Bryan DeSilva, clarinetist Ana Ramirez, and pianists Ruth Maletz, Ekaterina Popova and Matthew Stephens. He has given benefit concerts for the Trevor Project, Autism Speaks, Komen for the Cure and the Veteran’s hospital in Lyons, NJ. Orchestrally, Shane has performed under the batons of Rosen Milanov, Charles Dutoit, Luis Biava, Charles Barker and the late Joseph Primavera in Carnegie, Alice Tully, Verizon and Avery Fisher Halls. As assistant principal viola of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, he played for concerts commemorating the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Mr. Barker holds music degrees from Temple University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  His former teachers include Karen Ritscher, Evelyn Jacobs-Luise, Ann Roggen, Helen Kwalwasser and Joseph dePasquale. A respected and sought-after teacher, his accolades also include recognition as a 2013 finalist in Midori Goto’s International Community Engagement Program.


The Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (GCBMA) will host its Annual Conference on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell.

Registration will begin at 9:30 AM, to be followed by an illustrated lecture by Marta McDowell, a prize-winning author. Her talk will be entitled, “All The President’s Gardens,” after her noteworthy book.

Marta will trace the fascinating story of how the White House grounds were conceived, and how they have changed from President to President. From George Washington’s obsession with collecting trees to Michelle Obama’s kitchen Gardens, these landscapes became reflections of America’s trends and enthusiasm.

The GCBMA feels that they are very fortunate to have this popular lecturer headline their conference. Ms. McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Gardens. She was awarded the American Horticultural Society Book Award. The book also made The New York Times best seller list. She has been a featured speaker at venues ranging from the Chicago Botanical Gardens to the Smithsonian Institution.

The meeting will begin a 10:00 AM with a welcome by Dr. David Cowell, President of the GCBMA Board of Trustees. He will introduce Ms. McDowell, and following her lecture, there will be time for a book signing. At noon a delicious boxed lunch will be served to the participants.

TICKETS: The cost of the entire event will be $35 payable at the door. For reservations please phone Alice Gibson at 973-747-2794 or email her at

Trenton during the Valley Forge Winter

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, from 10 am – 5 pm 
The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ. Free parking is available in the Capitol Complex Parking Garage. Metered parking is also available near the museum.
ADMISSION: This program is included with our regular admission fee: $8-Adult, $6-Student/Senior, Free-Children under 6, Active U.S. Military, Members.

On Saturday, the Old Barracks Museum will break your winter cabin fever by reliving the winter of 1777-1778, when Washington’s troops were experiencing the harsh winter at Valley Forge. The Old Barracks will host 18th century carpenters, tailors, seamstresses, shoemakers, leather workers, hatters, gunsmiths, laundresses, soapmakers, clerks, and members of the local militia and Pulaski’s Legion. Old Barracks Historical Interpreters will offer introductions to the Winter of 1778 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, and the artisans and tradesmen will be demonstrating all day, both days.

In the winter of 1777-1778, George Washington’s Army suffered through harsh winter with limited supplies at Valley Forge, PA. During that same winter, the residents of Trenton were almost overwhelmed with satisfying the Army’s manufacturing and supply demands while also trying to perform their obligations to serve in the militia. This bit of history about New Jersey’s capital city was not well known, until the publishing of “Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783”, written by local historian, Larry Kidder. The book vividly portrays Trenton as a beehive of activity that winter. Gen. Casimir Pulaski had come to town making a great many demands for leather goods and supplies for all the cavalry units under his command. The Pennsylvania State Navy had taken refuge in town, with supply demands for weapons, clothing, shoes, boots, and more to be manufactured by the many artisans in the community.


The Titanic & the Halifax Connection

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2pm
Red Schoolhouse Museum, 182 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown, NJ

In the aftermath of history's most devastating nautical disaster, the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia made a valiant effort to recover victims of the RMS Titanic.

Our speaker, Sandy Gray, has spent many hours studying the retrieval process, the personal stories, and other intriguing facts. She has visited the site where most of the victims are buried. This program completes the story of RMS Titanic. 

Reply to, or call or text Adele at 609-661-1733 to reserve your seat now.


WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2:00 to 4:00
Miller-Cory House Museum, 614 Mountain Avenue, Westfield
ADMISSION: $4.00 for adults and children 13 and older, $3.00 for children ages 3 to 12 and free under age 3. For information, please call 908-232-1776 or email

One of the seasonal tasks of farm life in colonial days was sugar making in the maple woods. The production of syrup and sugar from the sap of the maple tree is the oldest known industry in America. On March 18, the Miller-Cory House Museum will present “Maple Sugar Sunday.” The program is all about the technique of maple sugaring - how the maple sap rises and flows, how it is collected using wooden buckets and handmade spiles, and how sugar and syrup are made from the sap. (Please note that no tree will actually be tapped.) Also included are tours of the restored, 1740 farmhouse and authentic open hearth cooking demonstrations.

An Afternoon in the Drawing Room with George and Louisa: Music from the MacCulloch Era

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2:00 pm
45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown
ADMISSION: FREE with admission and for members!

The Dolce Trio (violinist Lynn Siebert, cellist Liz Cabrera and flutist/recorder player Kris Lamb) presents a program of vernacular and classical music popular in 19th century America.

Tours of the Crane House and Historic YWCA

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, tours on the hour, last tour at 3 pm; From 1 to 4 pm 
Crane House & Historic YWCA ,110 Orange Road, Montclair.
ADMISSION: $6/adult; $5/student/senior with ID; $4/child; under 2 free, good for both sites. Members get in free! Join here.

The Crane House and Historic YWCA is a window on to the history of our nation from its early years as an independent country to a country embroiled in the civil rights struggle.

Celebrate the State
Program to highlight New Jersey heritage

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.
Ellen Berdais Hall, 19 Ridge Ave., Park Ridge

The Pascack Historical Society is pleased to present guest lecturer Linda Barth and her popular program, “Celebrate New Jersey.”. The public is encouraged to attend, and children are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Save gas and tolls as you tour our wonderful state from the comfort of a chair. Experience the famous and not-so-famous people, places, and events of our great little state. Explore our diverse geography: mountains, highlands, rivers, lakes, and seashore. Visit the South, the North, the Central, and little-known places in between. See the many inventions made in New Jersey, including the Band-Aid, the bar code, and Bubble Wrap. See the largest clock and flag in the world. Follow George Washington as he crisscrossed our state.

Linda Barth has been a fan of New Jersey for a long time. A lifelong resident of the Garden State, she is the author of multiple books about the state and is the executive director of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, of which the Pascack Historical Society is a member.

Members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions following the talk. Society volunteers will provide complimentary coffee and homemade baked goods.

For additional information about the Pascack Historical Society or its activities, call (201) 573-0307, log onto and follow the group on Facebook.

Mrs. Stockton’s Spring Tea Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 1:30 -3:30

WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton
ADMISSION: $25; $20 Friends of Morven - Limit 18
Click here to reserve a place.

Ages 15-Adult

Join us to celebrate Commodore Stockton’s wife, Harriet Maria Potter Stockton! During this springtime tea workshop, you will learn a bit about Commodore Robert Stockton and his family’s greenhouse and its contents (and even details of how honeybees came to California thanks to the Commodore!) while drinking teas reminiscent of those enjoyed in the 1850s. Tea was a very hot topic in the 19th century, and Nancy Nicosia will present information on the tea trade, varieties of plants and teas popular at that time, along with tea recipes, steeping and cupping procedures, and even medicinal purposes of plants that may have been grown in the Commodore’s greenhouse. All guests may have a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibition “A Gentleman’s Pursuit: The Commodore’s Greenhouse” and take home a plant that Mrs. Stockton and the Commodore would have enjoyed!


WHEN: Sunday, March 18, at 2 pm
Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union

The Union Township Historical Society will host Michael Gabriele for a program on his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey.

New Jersey is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Gabriele’s book, published by The History Press, tells the story of New Jersey’s diner business and the evolution of the American diner phenomenon.

Friendly, familiar beacons on the Garden State’s highways and byways and in downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey’s culture and community life and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience.

More than just roadside attractions that serve coffee, pie, hamburgers, and French fries, diners are a vibrant part of the state’s culture, history, commerce, and mythology. Many classic, factory-built, stainless steel diners have survived and continue to operate throughout New Jersey as landmarks and architecturally significant structures in the state’s “built landscape.”

Gabriele has written three books on New Jersey history, all published by The History Press. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He is a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University and a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society; he serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.



Open The Door, I'll Get It Myself—Stories of Women of the African American Migration

WHEN: Monday, March 19, 7:30 pm
Montclair Womens Club, 82 Union St., Montclair, NJ.
ADMISSION: $5 non-members, Free for members.
For further information, visit the website

From the end of the Civil War until the mid-20th century, African American women left the South and moved north in search of a Promised Land. Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps will present the stories of their journey to New Jersey and the lives they were able to fashion for themselves and their families. 

Linda J. Caldwell Epps has more than 40 years of experience working with educational and cultural institutions, including The New Jersey Historical Society, where she served as President and CEO. She serves on various boards including The Newark History Society Board, the Board of the Historical Society of Elizabeth, NJ, and the New Jersey History Advocates Executive Board. She is currently President and CEO of 1804 Consultants.

The Victorian Society of America was founded to protect and preserve—as well as to promote understanding, education and enjoyment of—our 19th Century heritage. The Northern New Jersey Chapter of the VSA holds a meeting with a presentation by a guest speaker each month. Meetings are held at the Montclair Womens Club at 82 Union Street in Montclair. Refreshments will be served.


by Joanna McClelland Glass
directed by Jim Jack
with Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien

WHEN: March 13-April 8
: George Street Playhouse, 100 College Farm Road, New Brunswick (off Rte. 1 South)
For tickets, call 732-246-7717 or visit

Internationally known Francis Biddle, Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials, opponent of the Japanese internment camps during World War II, and Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is 81 years old, elegant, sharply cantankerous, and trying to put his life in order. When a young secretary is hired, the two come to understand how strangers at very different places in their lives can unexpectedly and forever influence each other.

About George Street Playhouse With its longtime venue in downtown New Brunswick razed to make way for a new performing arts center that will serve as George Street Playhouse’s future home, the Playhouse has taken residence in the former New Jersey Museum of Agriculture at 103 College Farm Road on Rutgers University’s Cook Campus through its 2018-19 season. George Street Playhouse is expected to return downtown to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in time for its 2019-20 season.

Visit GSP's website (, which allows patrons to select their own seating locations when ordering tickets online. Located right off Route 1 amidst a vast bucolic setting on the Cook Campus of Rutgers University, George Street Playhouse’s new, interim venue features expansive lobby spaces, an outdoor patio and free nearby parking. The entrance into the building and to all areas of the theatre are barrier-free. For directions to George Street Playhouse, visit the Playhouse website ( and click Directions on the homepage.

New Brunswick’s favorite restaurants are less than two miles from College Farm Road. For a list of restaurants, visit the Plan Your Visit section of the website. And keep a lookout for unique dining options offered by George Street Playhouse.


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WHEN: Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 am. 
Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown

As part of the New Jersey Theater Alliances Stages Festival, Centenary Stage Company will offer a free workshop rescheduled due to inclement weather from its original March 3 date.

The Stage Combat workshop is open to participants ages 13 – 18 and is limited to 12 participants. The workshop will be led by teaching artist Christopher John Young and will take students through foundation safety measures of stage combat while employing technique to craft the illusion of violence for the stage. Young is a professional actor and educator.  He holds an M.F.A. from the Professional Actor Training Program of Ohio University and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. His professional acting credits include work at Centenary Stage Company, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, 12 Miles West, Alliance Repertory Theatre (NJ), Oxford Shakespeare Festival (Oxford, MS), Monomoy Theater (Cape Cod, MA) and Vampire Cowboys (NYC).  Film credits include; Hotel (streaming on Amazon Prime), Hunter’s Weekend, Star Crossed Lovers and web-series Jess Archer Versus (streaming on Amazon Prime).  Young is certified in unarmed and single sword combat from the Society of American Fight Directors.  As an educator Young is an adjunct instructor for Centenary University’s Theatre Department, as well as, Kean University and has spent several summer seasons as an instructor for Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop.

This workshop is free to the public.  However, due to the limited nature of class sizes reservations are required.  Registration deadline for the workshops are Friday, March 30 by 3:00pm.  To register call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly 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 every event.  Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

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, Zonta Morristown Chapter and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, The House of the Good Shepherd, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.




Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Regina Carter: Simply Ella 

WHEN: FRI, MAR 23, at 8PM 
WHERE: SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (behind train station)

Jazz violinist Regina Carter’s musical journey has always taken her to deeply personal spaces, and inspiration has come through her family, her roots and her love of Jazz. Now, she pays tribute to the musical legend Ella Fitzgerald with Ella: Accentuate the Positive.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Anything But Goodbye
An original musical
Written and Produced by Wayne Bullock
Directed by Erik Bloomquist

WHEN: March 22, 10 AM & 8 PM; March 23, 10 AM & 8 PM
: UCPAC Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $23 10 AM, $25 8 PM

It’s the end of the school year and Ben, a student of Dumont High, has committed suicide. While the high school itself is in an upheaval, a few students connected to Ben are faced with additional struggles. Ben’s best friend Chris is trying to cope with being dumped by his girlfriend, while Ben’s sister Regan won’t allow herself to fall in love due to secrets she’s been holding, including secrets associated with her brother’s suicide. And Kira, Regan’s one-sided rival and the most popular girl at Dumont High, adds to the mix.

Although the school is preparing for a much-needed Anti-Suicide Rally, these students must face the harsh truth of their realities while fighting the inner urge to seal their fate the same way Ben did: suicide.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Monmouth Film Festival Teams up with Local Organizations for Upcoming Film Screenings and Workshops

Monmouth Film Festival is pleased to host film screenings and workshops in the coming weeks. These events include partnerships with Two River Theater, Monmouth Arts Council and Holmdel Library.

Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival

For the second year in a row, Monmouth Film Festival, in partnership with Monmouth Arts Council, is hosting workshops focused on the art of filmmaking at the 2018 Monmouth Teen Arts Festival. These workshops are catered towards teenage aspiring artists, providing them with a peek behind the scenes of their favorite Hollywood movies.

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16
Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.

“With Monmouth Arts’ support, we continue to raise the bar in educating teenage aspiring artists and creators with innovative workshops,” said Nicholas Marchese, President & Director of Monmouth Film Festival. “Our second year of hosting this educational workshop further underscores our mission to deliver a welcoming environment for young filmmakers to explore their craft and hear valuable insight from industry professionals.”

Inside Two River - The Quiet Man

On Monday, March 19, Monmouth Film Festival Two River Theater are partnering for the second time this year for a special film screening, panel discussion, and question and answer session of John Ford’s The Quiet Man. This is done as part of the theater’s Inside Two River program - a series of arts & humanities events, specially curated for an upcoming stage production of theirs. The screening is taking place in advance of Two River Theater’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, taking the stage in April 2018. The previous Inside Two River screening was of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt in conjunction with Two River’s production of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

“Monmouth Film Festival and Two River Theater are focused on creating an engaging experience experience that fans of film, theatre, and the arts will not get anywhere else,” said Marchese. “By working together, we’re connecting the diverse arts communities in new and different ways.”

Monmouth Film 360

In an effort to expand their year-round mission to educate and engage filmmakers and moviegoers alike, Monmouth Film Festival is partnering with the Holmdel Public Library System for a new venture - Monmouth Film 360. The free monthly program will showcase films adapted from works of literature, followed by a discussion and workshop, and will cater to film lovers of all ages. The series is set to begin in April at the Holmdel Public Library, which has recently relocated to the state-of-the-art Bell Works complex in Holmdel, NJ.

Monmouth Film Festival

These special screenings and workshops all lead up to the third annual Monmouth Film Festival on August 10-12, 2018 at Two River Theater in Red Bank. Early submissions are currently being accepted in a number of categories. Following its increasing popularity, screenings and workshops are being scheduled leading up to the festival. For complete information regarding the Monmouth Film Festival, submitting films, becoming a partner, and volunteer opportunities, visit or contact You can also follow MFF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Monmouth Film Festival, Inc.
The Monmouth Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to promote and connect filmmakers from all over the state, country, and world. The festival is more than an opportunity for artists to have their work showcased. It is a forum for educational opportunities through workshops, networking, Q&As, and special panels with industry guests who provide insight, growth, and inspiration. Its unique platform strives to create an atmosphere where filmmakers of all levels can interact with moviegoers, promoters, and other artists, and have their works screened before a large audience. The festival offers internship opportunities for high school and college students interested in many areas including programming, marketing and production. For up-to-date information, visit

Friday, March 2, 2018


The Poetry of Song

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 3:30pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 101 Chelsea Avenue, Long Branch
TICKETS: $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student.
Tickets and information are available at or (732) 933-9333

The Poetry of SongThe award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus (MCC) is thrilled to explore the intersection of music and poetry through the works of several American composers for chorus and chamber orchestra.  These include Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano, New Jersey-based living composer Colin Britt and others.  The poetic works of Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rainer Maria Rilke and more will be featured.

“This concert will take MCC to the limits of its ability to expressively sing great texts,” says the chorus’ Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau.  “The performance is sure to lift and inspire our audience as we seek to bring the luscious words of these great poets to life through our music,” Brandau continued. 

Dr. Brandau has broad experience conducting a variety of choral and orchestral ensembles. In addition to his work with Monmouth Civic Chorus, he serves as Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica and Amor Artis, a chamber choir and orchestra in New York City. He is also on the faculty of Westminster Choir College, where he has prepared the Westminster Symphonic Choir for performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony. He has worked with a variety of other professional, community, collegiate, children’s and church ensembles. He remains active as a choral arranger, composer, and clinician. His arrangements and compositions have been featured by choral ensembles across the globe. Ryan received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. Prior to pursuing graduate study in conducting, Ryan attended the University of Cambridge in the UK as a Gates Scholar, earning an M.Phil. in historical musicology. He received his B.A. in music from Princeton University.

Monmouth Civic Chorus has been called "near-flawless" (Asbury Park Press), "alive and evocative" (The Star-Ledger) and "superior" (Red Bank Green). The Chorus is the proud recipient of the 2008 ASCAP/Chorus America Alice Parker Award, and the 2010 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce.