Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Citywide, All-Day Celebration of Art & Culture in Jersey City

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Art House Productions’ JC Fridays

WHEN: Friday, June 1st, 2018
ADMISSION:
All events are free and open to the public.

Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will focus on accessibility in the arts! Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival features art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city. ACCESS JC FRIDAYS will showcase a variety of happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts and educational demonstrations, all showing work from artists with disabilities or offering accessible participation options.

Rachel Handler, Art House’s Access Committee Chair notes, “Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and that includes our residents with disabilities. Access JC Fridays should be every day!” Come out and celebrate art, ability and diversity in Jersey City!


Anita_RiRes_SSACCESS EVENTS AT ART HOUSE:

WHERE: Cast Iron Lofts- 262 17th Street b/t Coles St and Jersey Ave, Jersey City

6:30 PM- Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Screening – We’ll be screening some of the winning films from the past four years of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Films range from comedies, to dramas, to mysteries! And all of them star actors with disabilities in front of the camera and crew members with disabilities behind the camera.

8 PM- STILL STANDINGAnita Hollander (left)  is an actor with one-leg. Her one-person show, Still Standing, tells the story of her diagnosis with cancer to the very moment of the performance you’ll see on Friday, June 1st. With song, wit, understatement, great dollops of humor, but not a smidgen of self-pity, Hollander reaches out to every member of the audience. How many, after all, will share her one-legged condition?

ACCESS JC FRIDAYS LISTINGS

Sponsors:

  • Destination Jersey City
  • HarrisonRand
  • Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs
  • Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce
  • Historic Downtown SID
  • PATH
  • JCEDC*
  • NJ Division of Travel and Tourism

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

* Supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism

Supporters: Jersey City Arts Council
Artistic Pride Productions


BERGEN AVENUE (ON AND AROUND)

(performance)(music)(education) 7:30pm-8:30pm ST. PAUL’S CHURCH presents “Music and Faith of Franz Liszt.” Join pianist Yukiko Tanaka as she presents a program featuring music by Liszt, along with a talk about her life and faith. Music includes; La Campenella, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, Liebestraum, etc. Ms. Tanaka will be joined by Gail Blache-Gill, soprano and Minister of Music at St. Paul's. 38 Duncan Ave (Bergen/Kennedy Blvd), 201-433-4922. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art)(music) 7pm-10pm IMAGO BEAUTY GROUP AT THE BASILICO presents “Hamlet Manzueta ‘The Artist.’” We will be featuring new and older work by the artist, Hamlet Manzueta. All are welcome to this exciting barrier-free event! 673 Bergen Ave. (Fairview/Duncan) (201) 332-6100. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


GREENVILLE

(art)(music)(film/video)(educational) 4pm-7pm PROJECT GREENVILLE presents “Project Greenville Pig Out!” Join us Friday & Saturday for an exhibit of work by-- and inspired by--pigs! That’s right, two of our participants are piggies Petunia & Hamilton who create paintings. They will be joined by Donchellee Fulwood, Diana Gonzalez, Rich Roberts and more…Live music Saturday by Sofia Oro plus vegetarian picnic snacks! 128 Winfield Ave (Ocean/Old Bergen Rd), 646-361-1858. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile tour.


GROVE (ON AND AROUND)

(performance)(music) 5pm-10pm HISTORIC DOWNTOWN presents “Groove on Grove: A JC Fridays Showcase.” JC Downtown's weekly Wednesday night concert of local homegrown music moves to JC Fridays for a special showcase. Live Music, Artist and Makers Market, Food and Adult Libations. Band line-up atwww.rockitdocket.com. Grove Street PATH Plaza (Newark/Grove), 973-219-9696. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 7pm-10pm MAXIMUM MOTION FITNESS presents “Roses.” Paintings by Milena Filipova. Roses are used for everything from expressions of love to adornment of kings and rebels. They are beautiful but watch out for the thorns, as all beauty comes with its price. Come view the amazing expression of these flowers from soft whites and yellows to bright exciting reds and pinks.262 Grove St (Montgomery/York), 201-985-9114. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND THE MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “Doug Madill: Painting Jersey City.” Heights-based artist Doug Madill captures “plein air” (outdoor, direct observation) scenes in oil paint on canvas of Jersey City landmarks, parks, and street scenes, drawing out the remarkable from the familiar, highlighting the joy and artistry of our everyday surround. 222 Montgomery St (Grove/Montgomery), 201-435-8000. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 5pm-8:00pm JCITY REALTY presents “The Art Project.” Large scale abstract works by David French and Sandra DeSando. 109 Christopher Columbus Dr (Christopher Columbus Dr/Grove), 201-714-7777. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


HAMILTON PARK (ON AND AROUND)

(art) 6pm-8pm SILVERMAN AND HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu.” A selection of vibrant new abstract paintings inspired by photography and photographic processes from Jersey City based artist Jasmine Hsu. 232 Pavonia Ave (Erie/Pavonia), 201-435-8000. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-8pm HAMILTON HOUSE presents “The Art Project.” Tour 7 Floors of solo artist lobby exhibitions with artists Jean-Paul Picard, Robert Egert, Roger W. Sayre, James Pustorino, Jodie Fink, Michael Ensminger, Artist Anthony E. Boone, Pat Lay, Maurizio Zuluaga, Hijo Nam and Kim Wiseman. 255 Brunswick St (9th/10th), 201-533-0333. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.


THE HEIGHTS

(performance)(music) 7pm-10pm ARTISTIC PRIDE PRODUCTIONS presents “HDMI featuring Glenn Coleman and Anthony Wills Jr.” A curated evening of performance headlined by Glenn Coleman who will perform covers, originals and improvised works. Followed by all access open mic. 61 Charles St. (Charles/Summit) (773) 879-8669. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile-Tour.

(art)(educational) 6pm-9pm 107 BOWERS GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents “Experience Young Masters Children's Art Class.” Stop by to learn more about our Young Masters Children’s Art Class! We welcome children of all ages to touch and feel art materials while creating an art project to take home. View, touch and feel the work of artist Mike Dreeland from his NYC Radiator Covers series. 107 Bowers St (Central/Cambridge), 201.280.4821. Family-friendly. Tactile Tour.

(art)(performance) 7pm-9pm PRIME GALLERY presents “Creative Session.” Invite your friends, sip your favorite beverage and enjoy step-by-step instruction for creating your one-of-a-kind artwork with Ukrainian Artist, Yelena Kimelblat from our current exhibition, MONOCHROME. The subject will be sunflowers; the symbol of hope and her native country’s national flower. Ms. Kimelblat will also offer a free creativity session Children 12+. 351 Palisade Ave (Franklin/Ferry), 973-953-6497. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile tour.


JOURNAL SQUARE

(art)(music) 6pm-10pm EONTA SPACE presents “Natalie Giugni's Bones of Flight.” Every culture has shared this fascination with birds’ capacity to reach celestial horizons. This can be seen from ancient mythological tales to our contemporary superheroes soaring through the skies. In “Bones of Flight,” a new life is given to bits and pieces of birds and bones through deconstruction and abstraction of their imagery. 34 Dekalb Ave (Dead End off of Van Reypen St), 201-536-1119. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Tactile tour.

(art) 6pm-10pm SMUSH GALLERY presents “Zero to 60 - JC Fridays Party.” Party it up at ‘Zero to 60 // fast work // sixty dollars max,’ SMUSH Gallery’s high energy group show featuring more than a dozen visual and text based artists from Jersey City, New York, and beyond. On view May 25 - June 9. All work $0-60. 340 Summit Ave (Summit/Academy).


NEWARK AVENUE (ON AND AROUND)

(art)(music) 6pm-10pm GIA GELATO presents “BLACK AND BROWN.” Black and Brown is a mixed media art show featuring Jersey City artists Akil Roper (painting)and Anisa Rahim (photography). Roper and Rahim highlight and celebrate people of color through various portraits and other representations. Opening night will feature a return performance from the band Najeli Soul, who performed at Gia Gelato and Cafe last September. 281 Newark Ave (Monmouth/3rd), 201-216-0555. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible. Tactile Tour.

(art) 6:30pm-9:30pm GALLERIE HUDSON presents “Magnificent Milena - Oil Paintings of Jersey City Waterfront.” A series of oil paintings of the famed skyline merging into Jersey City's waterfront. As well as a personal collection of unique art glass works. 197 Newark Ave. (Jersey/Newark) (201) 434-1010. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 5pm-7pm PROARTS JERSEY CITY presents “Momentum.” ProArts Jersey City announces “Momentum” a multi-media art show which will be on view at Nimbus Dance Works. 165 Newark Ave. (Columbus/Barrow) (201) 377-0718. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art)(performance) 6pm-9pm PROARTS JERSEY CITY presents “Curators Choice” art exhibition and poetry reading. The exhibit features 9 artists selected by professional curators following a one-day portfolio review event called Meet the Curators. Poetry reading by poet, teacher, and filmmaker Janet R. Kirchheimer – who looks to the past to help create a better future -- at 7:15 and 8:15. Casa Colobmo 380 Monmouth St. (1st/ 2nd), 201-771-2781. Family-Friendly.

(art) 7pm-10pm JERSEY CITY ART SCHOOL presents “Can I Kick It?” Norm Kirby will be showing new drawings, paintings, sculpture and collage. 313 Third St (Monmouth/Coles), 201-899-5492. Family-Friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-9pm WANDA CROUDY presents “It Begins with Passion: Incandescent Expressions of Art and Design.” Art and design exhibition curated by Wanda Croudy at the Garden Level Gallery. 315 3rd St. (Monmouth/Cole), 917-627-9342.


POWERHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

(art) 6pm-8pm THE OAKMAN presents “The Art Project.” Take a tour of 14 solo artist lobbies including works by Injoo Whang, Ani Rosskam, Karen Nielsen-Fried, Susan Evans Grove, Bill Leech, Caridad Kennedy, Alejandro Rubin, Kerry Kolenut, Pat Lay and David French. 160 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost), 201-685-0117. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

(art) 6pm-8pm SHUSTER MANAGEMENT/THE ART HOUSE presents “The Art Project.” Take a tour of 14 floors of solo artist lobbies-works by Bruce Halpin, Elaine Hansen, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, David French, Timothy Heins, Rajendra Mehta, Diane Tenerelli, Bill Rybak, Harriet Finck and Deirdre Kennedy. 148 First St (Marin Blvd/Provost) 201-798-0928. Family-friendly. Wheelchair Accessible.

British Piano Great Neville Dickie And New Jersey’s Own Midiri Brothers

Neville Dickie and Midiri Brothers

WHEN: Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility
TICKETS: $18 in advance and $20 at the door with a special price of $17 for Morris Museum members only.
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org/jazz-showcase/, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. 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.

Neville DickieNeville Dickie, one of the greatest boogie-woogie and stride pianists to ever come out of Britain, and New Jersey’s own Midiri Brothers return to the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum for their annual concert. photo courtesy of Pat Dickie.

Since his “Back to Boogie” album became a hit in the 1970s, Neville Dickie has been performing all over the world and returns to the United States every year. A regular part of his tour has been the annual Bickford Theatre show with Paul and Joe Midiri, twin brothers who have been entertaining audiences for years with their eclectic blend of classic jazz.

Not only is Neville Dickie a world-renowned jazz pianist, he and his wife Pat also ran one of England’s most successful jazz clubs, The Sutton Jazz Club, for 27 years until finally retiring two years ago. When not touring, Dickie devotes his time to recording and enjoying life in the English countryside with their poodle Bertie.

-Joe and Paul Midiri grew up in Runnemede, New Jersey where they played both jazz and classical music. With Joe on clarinet and Paul behind the drums, the twin brothers honed their skills playing in a swing band. Paul eventually turned to the vibes as his primary instrument and the two have become popular, acclaimed jazz musicians around the country. Joe Midiri cites several legendary musicians as his instrumental heroes including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Ben Webster, and Paul Desmond. Not surprisingly, Paul’s inspirations including Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Billed as The Midiri Brothers, the two New Jerseyans headline at hot jazz festivals from coast to coast. Photo courtesy of Tom Salvas.

When Neville Dickie makes his annual pilgrimage to the States, he always invites Joe and Paul to perform with him and the brothers always look forward to the opportunity. “When we perform with Neville,” said Paul Midiri, “we always seem to push the boundaries of all types of classic jazz including trad, boogie-woogie, and swing. He is an amazing talent and we look forward to this opportunity to appear at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. This annual date has become even more significant because we’re never sure if he will agree to leave his lovely wife Pat, their poodle Bertie, and their comfortable home in England to travel across the pond, but here he is again and we couldn’t be happier.” 

“Jewishish An Oy Story”—All proceeds will go to Flemington DIY

A Benefit for Flemington DIY

Written and performed by Joey Novick
Directed by Carole Montgomery

WHEN: Friday, June 8th, 7:30 pm
WHERE
: 90 Main St, Flemington
TICKETS: $10, proceeds go to Flemington DIY
You may also pay at the door day of event.
FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE
Questions? Contact flemingtondiy@gmail.com

Actually, it's about growing up Jewish in Brooklyn in the 1960s. With actual personal stories and actual Jewish jokes. Actually.

imageJoey Novick has been a camp counselor, editorial director, attorney, busboy, professional speaker, child actor and an elected official, but not necessarily in that order. His first solo show, "Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey", was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the Capital Fringe Festival in DC, and performed to sold-out crowds at the Jersey Fringe Festival. Joey has told stories at The Liar Show, Yum's the Word, Mostly True Things, SpeakEasy: Stories from the Backroom and Sideshow Goshko. As a stand-up comedian, Joey has opened for several comedy superstars who are now much more famous and richer than he is.

About Carole Montgomery:
In addition to her over two dozen television appearances, Carole has headlined comedy clubs & colleges across the USA. She currently stars in "Women of a Certain Age". She directed Joey in "Comedian Elected to Town Council in New Jersey."

Festival in Long Branch to Celebrate Edna Ferber

Five By Ferber

WHEN: May 31-June 3
WHERE:
West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue in Long Branch
TICKETS:  $25 per day  – Festival Pass: To all events $75. 
Free on-site parking. For tickets call 732-229-3166, visit njrep.org, or click here: TICKETS.

NJ Rep is proud to present a celebration of the works of Edna Ferber including salon readings of 5 brand new one-act plays adapted from Ferber's short stories, a lecture on the story behind Show Boat told by Ferber's great niece and biographer, Julie Gilbert, and a concert reading of Selina Peake written by the Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Horton Foote, based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel, So Big.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, May 31 at 8pm - The Story Behind Show Boat - as told by Ferber’s great niece, Julie Gilbert, who was named after Julie in Show Boat. The novel that was published in 1926 was an immediate best seller, as it quickly followed Ferber’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1924 novel, So Big. The novel of Show Boat was based on research that Ferber did while living on a show boat in North Carolina. It is a considerably darker tale than the groundbreaking 1927 musical conceived by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Ms. Gilbert will navigate through the many differences between the novel and musical.  She will also screen scenes from all three film versions: 1927 version, which was a mostly silent film that was closest to the novel; the 1936 version starring Irene Dunne and Paul Robeson and the glossy MGM 1951 version starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ava Gardener.

Friday, June 1 at 8pm - Salon readings of three plays adapted from Ferber’s short stories:

  • That’s Marriage by Marisa Smith, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum – Orville and Theresa’s marriage is tested at the breakfast table one morning in Ferber’s timeless take on an age-old problem. Can this marriage be saved? And will Theresa ever serve Orville another egg?
  • The Sudden Sixties by D.W. Gregory, directed by Kelly O'Donnell – When Hannah Winter loses her footing in a hotel lobby, the gentleman who helps her up, turns out to be the boyfriend she left behind 40 years earlier. Now, after nearly a lifetime, Hannah is in the mood to rebel.
  • Mother Knows Best by Julie Gilbert, directed by Melanie Sutherland – Fanny Seldon, a domineering mother forces her daughter, Sally, to choose a career over her one chance at love.

Saturday, June 2 at 8pm - Salon readings of two plays adapted from Ferber’s short stories:

  • You’re Not the Type by Julie Weinberg, directed by Melody Brooks. It’s 1940 and the great depression is over, but not for Vivian Lande. After years of starring roles, she desperately seeks her comeback, but even her faithful agent can’t resuscitate her waning career.
  • Every Other Thursday book, music, lyrics by Sheilah Rae and Debra Barsha, musical director Rob Baumgartner, director/choreographer Laura Brandel – The time is 1927, Helmi is a Finnish maid working for the Mawson family of New York’s upper West Side. Her day off is every other Thursday. What she does on every other Thursday is her secret and hers alone, much to the consternation of the people she works for.

Sunday, June 3 at 4pm - The festival finale is a concert reading of a three-act play, Selina Peake, based on Ferber’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, So Big, directed by Lynnette Barkley. This re-discovered, never produced play was written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Horton Foote, and will be heard by audiences for the first time. This one-time reading is presented by permission of the Horton Foote Estate and the Edna Ferber Estate.

In Addition to the Ferber Festival ...

West End Art Gallery will present Summertime, an exhibit which will encompass the works of seven artists and their interpretation of what summer might be. The work includes contemporary abstract, scupture, mixed media and outsider art.

The "Summertime" artists are: Steve Cote, Kathy Dorsey, Myke Karlowksi, Demetrius Patterson, Mike Quan, George Severini and Aria Turner.

Admission is free and the works are available to purchase. The show will be available to the public May 30th thru July 6th.

Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4:30 and weekdays by appointment (732-542-1307).

The Gallery Opening & Reception will take place Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. All are welcome.

Join The Theater Project for a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 PM before Friday and Saturday performances, courtesy of Unity Bank.

WHEN: June 1, 2, 3; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM
WHERE: Unity Bank, 952 Stuyvesant Ave., Union
TICKETS: Single tickets $20, students $10.
TheTheaterProject.org

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Closing Concert of the 29th Raritan River Music Festival

Raritan River Music

DUO A CORDA

NEWMAN & OLTMAN GUITAR DUO
North & South: Music from Norway to Argentina

WHEN: Saturday, May 26, at 7:30PM
WHERE:
Stanton Reformed Church, 1 Stanton Mountain Road, Stanton
ADMISSION: $21.00, Students: Free (under the age of 26); Day of Concert: $25.00, Students free
For more information, call 908-213-1100 or Write www.raritanrivermusic.org

Michael Newman and Laura Oltman, Founders and Artistic Directors of the RRMF, will perform music from Norway to Argentina. Norwegian guest artists, Duo A Corda, made up of guitarist Martin Haug and violinist Birgitte Staernes in their first New Jersey appearance, will perform new Norwegian music by Marcussen and Haug. The program includes Argentine tangos by Piazzolla, as well as Baroque and romantic favorites.

Newman and Oltman’s concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five continents, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor and at the Grand Canyon. The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, fiddler Eileen Ivers, pianist Clarice Assad, violinist Tim Fain, and the Calder, and Turtle Island string quartets.

Next season, Newman & Oltman will present world premier performances of a new work written and dedicated to them by renowned Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, who they recently hosted during a rare US appearance at Mannes School of Music. A recent commission, Concierto Buenos Aires composed for them by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli, was brilliantly performed by Newman & Oltman in its  world premiere with the l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France and celebrated its US premiere with the Virginia Symphony. Previous European engagements include performances and lectures at the VI Academic Guitar Symposium (Brazil) and the International Guitar Symposium Iserlohn (Germany). The Duo returned to several Italian venues this past summer, which included performances and master classes at the Estate Musicale Frentana/Lanciano International Guitar Seminar and the Volterra Guitar Project.   The Duo will continue serving as co-artistic directors of the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar through 2017.

Champions of new music, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works for two guitars by leading and emerging composers such as Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas, Lowell Liebermann, Dušan Bogdanović, Arthur Kampela, and Roberto Sierra. 

The duo’s latest CD, Music from Raritan River, which was hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “top notch” and “a winner all around” features a collection of world premieres commissioned by the duo over the past decade.  Their artistry has also been captured on a dozen other acclaimed recordings. 

In addition to founding and serving as artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman are celebrating their 31th year as ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College of Music.  The NY Guitar Seminar at Mannes will be held again this July. 

For more information and hi-res images of the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, visit www.guitarduo.com

Celebrity reading of hilarious new comedy @ George Street Playhouse

WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick
TICKETS: begin at $58. A limited number of $99 seats are available which include a post show reception and meet and greet with members of the cast.
BUY NOW or CALL 732-246-7717

Drama Desk winner and Emmy nominated writer Eugene Pack presents a staged reading of his hilarious new comedy. “Night With Oscar” centers on a family in Long Island unraveling on Oscar night.

Rob Morrow is a three time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for Northern Exposure and currently appears in Showtime's hit series Billions.  Other TV credits include Numb3rs, American Crime Story and The Fosters.

Talia Balsam's television credits include: The Good Wife, The Newsroom, Divorce.
Mad Men, Homeland, Elementary
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Robert Wuhl is a proud member of the Union (New Jersey) High School Hall of Fame. Movies: Batman; Bull Durham; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Bodyguard; Flashdance; Mistress; Hollywood Knights; Cobb; Good Burger; Open Season (also writer/director). He created and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ and Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl.  He received two Emmy Awards for writing the 63rd and 64th Academy Awards.

Harmonium Choral Society Presents June Concert "Let the River Run"

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Let the River Run

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7:30pm
WHERE:
Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.
TICKETS: General admission tickets are $25 ($20 for students and seniors - age 65+). Tickets purchased by June 1st are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Advance ticket reservations are recommended. Free parking is available behind the church.
Please visit https://harmonium.yapsody.com/ to purchase concert tickets. For assistance or more information, email manager@harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969.

Artistic Director Dr. Anne J. Matlack leads the acclaimed 100-voice choral society in a concert featuring the Carly Simon song of the same name, as well as eclectic settings from the Renaissance to today. The program includes world music from Russia to Cuba, and composers ranging from Palestrina to Copland to Whitacre.

RESHMAKOPPARAPUPIC - Reshma KopparapuAs in past years, the June concert will also feature the winner of Harmonium’s Annual High School Composition Contest. This year’s first-place winner, Reshma Kopparapu (left), is a 12th grade student at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey who plays piano, oboe and violin. Previously, her compositions earned second place in the 2015 and 2017 Harmonium Choral Society Composition Contest.

Harmonium will also perform the second-place composition by Carl Hausman (below, left), a senior at Mount Olive High School who is an accomplished cellist and member of the robotics team. In addition, several other student composers will be honored: third prize winner CJW Van Der Wende, a junior from Oak Ridge, CARLHAUSMANPIC - Carl Hausmanand honorable mentions David MacMillan, a senior at Vernon Township High School; Justin Witwick, a senior at Cranford High School; and Henry Marinovic, a freshman at Madison High School.

“I am amazed at the talent and persistence of our high school composers this year. It really gives me hope for the future of choral music!” exclaims Dr. Matlack. All students who submitted scores are to be commended, and we look forward to sharing two of the winners with the audience. As always, the rest of the program is quite eclectic and showcases the solo and percussion talents of the group made up of over one-third music teachers or professional musicians.”

MORE ABOUT HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY
Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming, and has commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Harmonium's composers-in-residence Mark Miller and Martin Sedek, and others.

Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium’s season consists of four subscription concerts held in December, March, April, and June, as well as numerous special events and partnerships. Harmonium, known for its eclectic programming, choral excellence, and community spirit, sponsors commissions and musicianship workshops, as well as an Outreach Chorus that performs in schools, nursing homes, and other venues.

Harmonium sponsors an annual High School Student Choral Composition Contest, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season. This innovative program won the prestigious Chorus America Education and Outreach Award. Harmonium has toured internationally to England and Wales, Eastern Europe, Northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Greece and Turkey, and most recently traveled to the Baltics in the summer of 2016.

To learn more about Harmonium, please visit Harmonium.org.

Seven Reasons Not to Miss...Memorial Weekend Concert Event!

WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 3 PM
WHERE
: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Ocean Township
TICKETS: $42-$35 can be purchased online at www.axelrodartscenter.com; by phone (732) 531-9106, x14, or in person at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Ocean Township
The theater offers ample, free on-site parking and is completely handicap accessible.

Carl Topilow (Cleveland Pops Conductor), Art Topilow, Piano, plus 17-piece Swing Orchestra

Seven Reasons Not To Miss...It Might As Well Be Swing!

Back by popular demand from last season’s Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday tribute, Gabrielle Stravelli swings the songs of Richard Rodgers, backed again by an amazing 17-piece swing band including Carl Topilow and Dr. Art Topilow. The catalog of Richard Rodgers includes immortals songs from his musicals with Oscar Hammerstein II (South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, The King and I) as well as the standards that derive from the musicals with Larry Hart, including “Bewitched,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Where Or When,” “Blue Moon” “Isn’t It Romantic” and “Manhattan.”   LEARN MORE

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Art Center Summer Exhibitions Open on June 1

Oh, what a world! What a world! & Containment

WHEN: Friday, June 1, reception from 6:30–8:30 PM; on view throughout the summer and will close on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10 AM–5 PM; Thursday 10 AM–8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday 11 AM–4 PM. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours.
WHERE:
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey
Visit artcenternj.org for more information.

“Oh, what a world! What a world!” are the dying words spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West as she melts away in the film, The Wizard of Oz. Despite her status as a villain, there is pathos and longing in those final words. The melting witch is an apt metaphor for the loss of control many people felt in the wake of the contentious 2016 United States presidential election. Since then, American society has become increasingly polarized, with a heightened state of anxiety about the future of the country and the world. This anxiety manifests itself in countless ways and pervades our increasingly globalized society. The group exhibition, Oh, what a world! What a world! examines how artists from the US and abroad are responding to these recent changes. With new urgency, their work addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, gender equality, race relations, policing, protest, and the very state of our Democracy. Participating artists are Olive Ayhens, Zoë Buckman, Mary Jean Canziani, David Antonio Cruz, Dahlia Elsayed, Goldschmied & Chiari, Enrico Gomez, Johannah Herr, Morgan O’Hara, Felekşan Onar, Fernando Orellana, Kern Samuel, Renée Stout, and Julie Wolfe. This exhibition will be on view in the Main Gallery.

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Running concurrently in Eisenberg Gallery, Containment features artwork from a group of artists who examine the shipping containers and ships that move goods, people, and power across the oceans. The containerized shipping industry is central to international commerce and largely responsible for our increasingly globalized economy. The artists featured include David Packer, who has created a ceramic version of a shipping container, and Linda Ganjian whose sculptural installation reimagines a container-ship accident. Also included are Erin Diebboll and Gabby Miller, who have both been artists-in-residence on container ships and have created art in response to their firsthand experiences—Diebboll’s meticulous drawings illustrate the contents of shipping containers, and Miller used the ship’s engine oil as her medium for a series of paintings. Additionally, a site-specific installation by Leslie Kerby in Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I, explores the movement of shipping containers and incorporates sculpture, mixed media works on paper, and video animation. 

About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

Support
Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Walter V. & Judith L. Shipley Family Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations, and Art Center members and donors.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Spring Native Plant Sale will be held June 1 & 2

Great Spangled FritillaryD&R Greenway Land Trust’s Spring Native Plant Sale

WHEN: Friday, June 1, 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon
WHERE:
D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton.
ADMISSION: Free
609-924-4646  
www.drgreenway.org

During the Native Plant Sale, D&R Greenway nursery staff and volunteers will be available to advise on the best choice of plants for gardening projects.

Eco-conscious gardeners know that using native species provides essential food for wildlife and contributes to a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem, all while creating low maintenance plantings. D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants.

Northern Crescent on Queen Ann's LaceNative plants are adapted to central New Jersey’s climate, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants, and also provide essential food & habitat resources for wildlife. Of particular concern are migratory species that depend on native plants for fuel before and after their long journeys, and for food and nesting materials during breeding season. Current well-known examples include the monarch butterfly and rufa red knot, dependent specifically on the milkweed and the horseshoe crab, respectively, for their survival.

Tiger Swallowtail (Yellow male on left and dark female on right)  nectoring on ThistleBecause central New Jersey’s native plants and wildlife evolved together, they are highly adapted to and dependent upon each other. Native plant resources are especially critical for wildlife at energy-intensive times of the year, such as spring and fall migration, and during courtship and breeding. In turn, native plants rely upon wildlife for pollination and seed dispersion. Whereas indigenous plants support diversity and disease-resistance, exotic invasive species form monocultures that outcompete other plants. Replacing them with native species, which co-exist, creates a complex, vibrant ecosystem vital to both plants and animals.

D&R Greenway Land Trust has preserved more than 20,000 acres of land in central New Jersey, with a mission to preserve a network of natural lands and open space accessible to the public, and to inspire a conservation ethic through educational programming, including increasing awareness of the benefits of native species. The Nursery provides plants for habitat restoration projects on D&R Greenway managed land, for use by home gardeners, and for native garden projects by schools, municipalities and other conservation non-profits.

Along with the native wildflower selection, the nursery also has many native shrubs, trees, grasses and ferns, including plants for every garden type—from dry, sunny meadow gardens to shady forest understories.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s plants are grown from locally sourced starter plants and seed, and are raised and sold with the skilled assistance of a corps of volunteers. Plants are available in quart, gallon and two-gallon sized pots from $5 to $15. A full catalog is available online at www.drgreenway.org/PlantCatalog.html.

D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery will offer summer plant sales every Friday, from June through August, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Out of Bounds: JCTC Presents Innovative Modern Dance Showcase at White Eagle Hall

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JCTC DANCE: OUT OF BOUNDS
WHEN: Saturday June 2, Doors 7:30/ Show: 8:00
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
TICKETS: $15 - $20 (Student & Senior Citizens discounts available with valid ID)
To purchase tickets, visit: www.JCTCenter.org
For JCTC information, call: (201) 795-5386
www.JCTCenter.org

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents Out of Bounds, an evening of high-caliber modern dance celebrating innovative New Jersey and New York choreographers by some of the leading dance companies and dancers in the region.

Curated by Meagan Woods, co-producer of Your Move, the largest dance festival in New Jersey, the White Eagle Hall dance concert brings together a rare grouping of some of today’s most innovative practitioners of dance and movement. "Jersey City has a strong community with enthusiasm for dance,” said Woods. “Out of Bounds will offer a full spectrum of contemporary movement in a unique celebration of the thriving dance scene here."

In addition to Woods, Out of Bounds features Robert Mark Burke, Lauren Connolly, Katelyn Halpern, Joe Monteleone, Morgan Refakis, Nick Sciscione and Heather Warfel in evening of eight distinct dance vignettes. Each piece was created or selected specifically for Resistance, JCTC’s current thematic series. JCTC selects topics global in scope yet relevant to the community then explores this theme through a variety of art genres, including visual arts, readings, theatre and dance.

These dance interpretations of Resistance are all individual takes on overcoming limitations, either by pushing back against restrictions or moving beyond them. Out of Bounds also redraws boundaries of typical performance space. Dance will erupt both onstage and off with movement traversing throughout White Eagle Hall. Audience members can decide on what sightline to view each piece – either on the floor and close to the dancers or from a birds-eye view of the action from the balcony. The dance concert will be followed by a reception at White Eagle Hall where audiences can meet the Out of Bounds performers.

“This dance concert offers boundless performances, defying categories with raw, expansive movement inventions,” said Woods. “Out of Bounds offers a nod to the evening's content and structure: dancers, and audience members, engage without confines in a concert that explores nearness, escapism, rebellion, and impending change.”

“Meagan has always embraced the community and in turn the community embraces her,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Out of Bounds has some of the most incredible dancers and choreographers that have come together to celebrate dance and the Jersey City community.”

Funding for Out of Bounds and Resistance was made possible by generous support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Out of Bounds and Resistance was also made possible through the generosity of Ben LoPiccolo Development Group, JCTC’s Board of Directors, private donors and local Jersey City businesses.

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) presents programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that celebrates diversity, bringing communities closer together and enhancing the quality of life.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Season Opener, “Tartuffe” Extends Run Due to Critical Acclaim

WHERE: The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre located at 36 Madison Avenue in Madison
TICKETS: Patrons can purchase tickets by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by going online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2018 season opening production, Tartuffe, will extend its run after much critical and audience acclaim. The French masterpiece directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, Tartuffe’s final performance will now be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.

A “superb production that will whet your appetite for more,” as declared by NJ Arts Maven. 

“We’re thrilled that the response to Tartuffe has been so enthusiastic that we can offer an extra week of performances to our audience base. Patrons will have seven new performance options to see this wonderful cast in this brilliant comedy by Molière,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.

Renowned translator Richard Wilbur brings Molière’s play to vibrant life for English-speaking audiences. Veteran company member Brent Harris plays the title role and is joined by STNJ favorites Patrick Toon and Victoria Mack, as well as two-time Tony Award nominee, Vivian Reed.

Tartuffe, the consummate con man, hypocrite, and womanizer, meets his match under Molière’s deft pen. A masterpiece of biting social commentary brilliantly enclosed in a swirl of witty verse, outrageous characters, and delightful machinations; the 17th century family featured in this serious comedy will feel very familiar to 21st century Americans. (Pictured: Aaron McDaniel* as Damis and Brent Harris* as Tartuffe. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia, 2018.)

Performance Times:

  • Tuesdays ­– 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays ­– 8:00 p.m.Saturday matinees ­– 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday evenings – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinees – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday evenings – 7:30 p.m.

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Benefit Concert with Christian McBride and Friends

Benefit Concert with Christian McBride and Friends

Six-time GRAMMY-winning bassist Christian McBride will headline a concert to benefit Luna Stage Theater  at the Montclair Women's Club. This jazz luminary will be joined onstage by special guests. The program will include cocktails, dessert, a silent auction and dancing after the concert. Proceeds will support development of Luna's cutting-edge theater productions, classes in local schools, and community programming.

TICKETS: $135 and $190 for the VIP Package, which includes special seating, a gift and the opportunity to meet the musicians.

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Event Sponsor: The Estate of Jewel Plummer Cobb

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bickford Film Series Concludes First Season with Van Gogh Documentary

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Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility.
ADMISSION: $15 for the General Public; $12 for Museum Members; and $10 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID).
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office.
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.

Produced by the critically acclaimed Exhibition on Screen, this fascinating documentary not only tells the story of the artist’s life, it also draws on iconic artwork in the celebrated Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Two years in the making, this 90-minute documentary was produced to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the famous artist’s death in 2015. Using beautiful images drawn from more than 200 paintings in the Van Gogh Museum, the film also includes commentary from renowned curators, art historians and contemporary artists to provide a glimpse into the remarkable life and work of the Dutch painter. Not only does the film explore who Van Gogh the artist was, it also provides a look at Van Gogh the person.

Critics loved the film when it was released three years ago. Robin Ngai of On the Box called it “one of the best I’ve seen depicting the life of Vincent Van Gogh.” Florence Waters of Christies said it was “an insightful new film” and The Upcoming proclaimed it to be “a brilliantly insightful documentary” which “provides a deeper understanding of Vincent Van Gogh, and the experiences throughout his life that contributed to his success.”

Image courtesy of the Musée d’Orsay.

REVIEW: SATIRICAL MOLIERE COMEDY @ STNJ SHINES BRIGHT LIGHT ON HYPOCRISY

By Ruth Ross

Hair styles may change, hemlines may fluctuate, but one thing never goes out of fashion: hypocrisy. And as hypocrites go, none is more outrageous than the imposter who wears a mask of righteousness to disguise carnal appetites.

Proof of the vice’s immutability is delightfully evident in Molière’s 1664 scathing attack on hypocrisy and hollow morality, Tartuffe, currently onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. Banned by Louis XIV and vilified by the conservative church after its first performance, Tartuffe quickly became a runaway hit and has delighted audiences for over three centuries.

Be it morally flawed televangelists (think Jimmy Swaggart), religious conservatives admitting to sexual indiscretions while decrying the decadence of modern society or draping the breast of the statue of Justice so it won’t be visible while the Attorney General is giving a speech, it’s comforting to know that hypocrisy is alive and well in America.

STNJ_Tartuffe_10Pretending to be a pious religious devotee, the pauper Tartuffe manages to worm his way into a wealthy bourgeois family, completely snookering credulous patriarch Orgon and his overbearing mother Madame Pernell—while disguising his own sexual appetites (left, Brent Harris and Patrick Toon). That Tartuffe is a conniving swindler is apparent to the entire household—from lowly maid to Orgon’s wife and children. The conflict arises when Orgon decides to marry off his daughter Marianne to Tartuffe and signS over his entire fortune and holdings to Tartuffe as his sole heir. Certain of his power over his benefactor, Tartuffe attempts to seduce Orgon’s wife Elmire, and when Orgon believes his protégé’s denials, she hatches a scheme to unmask the charlatan and set things right. And because this is a comedy, all ends well, with Tartuffe in jail, Elmire’s honor intact and Marianne wed to her chosen beau.

STNJ_Tartuffe_6Molière’s appellation, “master of French comedy,” is fully evident in this production, deliciously translated from the French by Richard Wilbur. Once again, Bonnie J. Monte’s expert directorial hand is evident as the action on a lovely period set designed by Brittany Vasta and lit by Matthew J. Weisgable moves at a steady pace. She’s aided in this endeavor by a talented troupe of actors. Brent Harris’s Tartuffe (above) is a shameless, smarmy, sleazy hypocrite who continually makes the sign of the cross, sneaks a sweet into his mouth and swigs wine while his benefactor is not looking. As Orgon, Patrick Toon is an appropriately duped doofus, a man who constantly asks, “And Tartuffe?” instead of worrying about his wife’s predicament.

STNJ_Tartuffe_11William Sturdevant (right, with Toon) as Orgon’s brother-in-law Cléante commands the stage whenever he appears; with his sonorous voice, he’s the mouthpiece for Molière’s contention that science/reason trumps piety/faith, an argument central to the Age of Reason, which this play presages. And Aaron McDaniel is an absolute stitch as Orgon’s hot-headed son Damis, given to leaping in the air, prancing about the stage and jumping up and down in rage at Tartuffe’s heavy-handed sway over his father.

On the distaff side, Caroline Kinsolving is wonderful as Orgon’s elegant, wise young wife Elmire, who sets up the scheme that eventually unmasks Tartuffe. She’s very funny, especially in the scene where she permits Tartuffe to seduce her to reveal his true nature to her STNJ_Tartuffe_1 (1)husband, who is hiding under a table. Vivian Reed (left, with Victoria Mack) is equally as terrific as the quintessential control-freak battle-ax of a mother-in-law/grandmother, Madame Pernell, who continues to extol Tartuffe’s virtues even when everyone else is disenchanted with him. Her frank and obnoxious assessment of her son, his wife and her grandchildren that opens the play is hilarious.

Sarah Nicole Deaver (below right) is ditsy as Orgon’s timid daughter Mariane, whose marriage plans to Valère (Mark Hawkins with a very expressive face) are upended when she unwittingly pledges allegiance to her father’s wishes. And Victoria Mack (below right, center) is splendid as the saucy, smart-mouthed maid Dorine, who can’t keep her opinions to herself even when her master threatens her life. Sticking her nose into everyone’s business, she nearly steals the opening scene from Vivian Reed!

STNJ_Tartuffe_5Costumes by Nikki Delhomme (right, Deaver, Mack and Hawkins) are lavish and appropriate to the 17th century. The women’s wide hoop skirts provide a shelf on which to rest their elbows! And Tartuffe’s priestly “dress” of lush gilt and white brocade and his long, white hair telegraph his duplicitous nature. Bonnie Monte’s sound design includes period music to set the scene.

It’s said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” an axiom more accurately applied to humankind’s vices than to its virtues. Attacking such vices through comedy makes the encounter all the sweeter and sharper. It takes a genius like Molière—and his predecessor Shakespeare—to write comic, satirical plays that cross a gulf of three and a half centuries to make us confront our own modern failings. And it takes a talented troupe of actors like those at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to drive the message home in an entertaining way.

So, if the last time you read Tartuffe was in a college French class, this is the perfect time to renew your acquaintance with this comic masterpiece. And if you’ve never seen or read the play, this superb production will whet your appetite for more of his works.

Tartuffe will be performed through June 3. For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or online at www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Tenth Anniversary Season Finale - Kinnara Ensemble presents AMERICANA

WHEN: June 1, 2018 @ 7pm
WHERE: Chatham United Methodist Church, Main Street, Chatham, NJ

WHEN: June 2, 2018 @ 7pm
WHERE: Tower Hill Church, Red Bank, NJ
Admission is free for this performance.

WHEN: June 3, 2018 @ 4pm
WHERE: All Saints' Church, Princeton, NJ

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American choral music is artifactually demonstrative of the confluence of diverse peoples that defines U.S. history. From slave songs and spirituals to the folk music of Stephen Foster to American hymnody to the robust output of the many American composers of the twentieth century, our musical inheritance is not short on variety. AMERICANA will tour the jewels of choral music from our own country.

Choral music in America is thriving! Watching the evolution of the American choral sound is fascinating, and we are glad to have a part in that. Therefore, there's no better way to conclude our tenth anniversary season by singing music from our own country. We'll start our AMERICANA program with early American music of Billings and his contemporaries, move to some early hymns arranged by the American luminary Alice Parker, and tour some of the monuments of our own heritage- Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Charlie Chaplin, and Randall Thompson. We'll end with some bluegrass arranged by Shawn Kirchner.

RAINBOW 2018 FESTIVAL SPLASHES IN OCEAN GROVE IN TIME FOR ASBURY GAY PRIDE PARADE, JUNE 1-3

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La Strada Ensemble Theater presents

Rainbow Festival 2018: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Theater

WHEN: June 1-3
WHERE
: Jersey Shore Art Center, 66 South Main Street, on the 3rd Floor, Ocean Grove
TICKETS: $18 adults/$12 students and senior Citizen.  A festival pass can be purchased for $45 adults and $25 for students and senior Citizens. 
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit us at  www.lastradaensemble.org

Three programs of varied, cutting edge one-act plays created by playwrights from across the United States, a production directed and performed by our youth company, and a Cabaret—right after the gay pride march in Asbury Park.

PROGRAM A: ONE ACTS

WHEN: Friday, June 1st, at 8pm and Saturday, June 2nd, at 2pm. 

MY LAST DAY ON EARTH by artistic director and local NJ Toms River resident A.J. Ciccotelli and directed by founding member Donna Ault Jacobson tells the story of Benjamin who decides after being called by his doctor about a pending diagnosis and hereditary condition that he will die before the day's end, so how does a man who has lived a life time of restraint cram in everything he wants to do in his final hours?  A New Jersey Premiere. 

SUNNI SIDE UP by Chicago resident and founding member Gerry Ringwald and directed by Ensemble Member Gary C. Walter: Blind gay dates are awkward enough, but what if one gal's phone app turns the evening into an unexpected threesome?  That's the dilemma in this world premiere. 

BREAKING POINTS by Jersey City Resident Brad Forenza and directed by Ensemble Member Gian Carlo Durland:  Two roommates cope with the suicide of their friend amidst the backdrop of a small college town. Sometimes coming of age also means coming to grips.

WORDS IN HER HEAD, PEOPLE IN HER HEART written and directed by Jackson resident Emma Cornine:  Sawyer, a teenage aspiring playwright, struggles with trying to come up with the perfect story, balancing what the world wants to read and what she wants to write in.  A finalist in the Young Playwrights competition of New Jersey.

BEA AND MAY by internationally renowned New York State resident and honorary member Edwin Sanchez and directed by A.J. Ciccotelli:  A serial bride's wedding caterer makes one last attempt to win her back in this New Jersey premiere.

NED by Ensemble Member and New York City resident W. Allen Wrede and directed by Founding Member Donna Ault-Jacobson:  A lead role on a new break through television series means full time work for a once Hollywood Golden boy who has long faded.  Will Ned jump at the chance of playing an aged gay detective in a Murder She Wrote type of show when he hasn’t even come out of the closet yet?  A world premiere.

AFTER BRUNCH by legendary and honorary member and Los Angeles resident Robert Patrick and directed by A.J. Ciccotelli:  a hilarious play-let about the joys of love, partnership and brunch, of course.  

COPE by Ensemble Member and Neptune resident Gian Carlo Durland and directed by A.J. Ciccotelli:  sometimes it only takes the events of one night to change your life. Two men are forced to confront their lives, the politics of the day and most importantly their relationship with each other in this world premiere. 

With:  Evan Black, Doug Bollinger, A.J. Ciccotelli, Zack Caruso, Gian Carlo Durland, Candy Fox, Eric Hackler, Marissa Harding, Yolanda Hamilton, Joseph Iozzi, Phil Korz, Rebecca Lettice, Nathan Magno, Benjamin McGowan, Evan Merk, Rudy Palma, Alexandria Puscucci, Melissa Melisa Pascucci, Sherri Rase and Madison Wicker

PROGRAM B:  YOUNG PEOPLE’S COMPANY

WHEN: Saturday, June 2nd, at 8pm.

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD by Bert V. Royal is a reimagining of the Charles Shultz’ characters and who doesn’t love the peanuts?  CB’s dog dies from rabies triggering him to question the existence of an afterlife.   He meets an artistic kid who is the target of bullying and offers him a friendship that pushes teen anxiety to its fullest levels.  A haunting examination of drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity.   Directed by Ashley Friedman and assistant directed by Joseph Iozzi.  It stars Michael Aaron, Emma Casertano, Hannah Drew, Emma Harken, Griffin Holland, Aiden Lupo, Alexa Spinowitz and Madison Wicker.  Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is performed with special permission from the Dramatist Play Service.

PROGRAM C: RAINBOW 2018 CABARET

WHEN: Sunday, June 3rd, at 3pm.

RAINBOW 2018 CABARET, an afternoon of sketches, singers, comedians and odd talent!  And the ever-popular Auction of Strange and Wonderful Items!  We guarantee some strange and wonderful items especially on Pride Sunday!  Don’t miss this special event with tremendous talent and hosted by Frank Calo who has been hosting these Fantabulous shows for two decades.  Reception is part of the admission!  So, before you hit the town drinking and partying come party with us and maybe take home some strange and wondrous!

Theatreworks USA and Two Beans Productions Presents “Cat in the Hat” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre, June 2

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WHEN: Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
WHERE
: Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: $12 for adults, and $10 for children, students and senior citizens. Free parking is available next to the theater.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater. For a complete list of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure. 

From the moment his oversized, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that they are in for an adventure like no other. Young audiences will delight in The Cat in the Hat, to be presented by Theatreworks USA/Two Beans Productions at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.

It’s a rainy day, mom is out, and there’s nothing for Sally and her brother to do. All that changes with the arrival of a giant, hyperactive cat intent on having fun! The kids buckle their seatbelts and go along for the ride as the Cat shakes up the house with his signature brand of imaginative play. But when Thing One and Thing Two arrive, the day truly gets out of hand. Sally, her brother, and their disapproving fish realize it’s time to get back to normal – before Mother gets home!  With the help of the Cat, who returns riding his emergency cleaning machine, all is made right again. The children learn that fun is a good thing, but that normalcy, and even a little boredom, have their place as well.

This musical production of The Cat in the Hat is based on the beloved 1957 children’s book by magical master of rhyme and word play, Dr. Seuss, otherwise known as Theodor Seuss Geisel. With his quirky, mischievous characters and original writing, Dr. Seuss’ stories are classics of children’s literature, inspiring stage and movie adaptations worldwide.

Theatreworks USA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theater for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed more than 96 million people in 49 states and Canada.

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WHEN: June 1, 2, 3; Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
TICKETS:
Single tickets $20, students $10.
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FREE JAZZ FEST IN METUCHEN ON JUNE 2

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The festival will feature the Grammy Award-Winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O'Farrill, and will also include performances by Mike Neer (Steelonious Project) and the Metuchen High School Jazz Band!

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), led by Pianist, Composer and Director Arturo O' Farrill, brings together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world's most accomplished solo musicians.

Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer and educator was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City.  He received his formal musical education at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College.  Mike Neer is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his innovative steel guitar playing.

Organized and hosted by the Metuchen Arts Council and made possible by funding from the Borough Improvement League and the Middlesex County Office of Culture & Heritage, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

For more information, call 732-632-8502 or visit www.metuchenarts.com

Easily accessible from NJ Turnpike/Exit 10, Garden State Parkway Exit 132 and NJ Transit NE Corridor train to Metuchen. Metuchen Taxi  is across from train station.

The event is FREE and All are Welcome.  Mike Neer Steelonious Band (Quintet) performs jazz classics with unconventional musical instruments and the award-winning Metuchen High School Jazz Band also performs.

6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald brings an afternoon of beautiful song to NJPAC

WHEN: Sun, June 3 @ 3PM
WHERE:
Prudential Hall, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark
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"Audra McDonald stuns upon entrance, exit and everything else" - The Los Angeles Times

The six-time Tony Award winner returns to NJPAC to perform a mix of show tunes, classics from the Great American Songbook and pieces written expressly for her by leading contemporary composers.  Also, expect to hear selections from her brand-new album, Sing Happy, recorded live with the New York Philharmonic.  For this engagement, she will be accompanied by Andy Einhorn (piano), Mark Vanderpoel (bass) and Gene Lewin (drums).  Don't miss her only area engagement during her current 2018 North American Concert Tour!

In addition to her brilliant stage work (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Ragtime, Master Class, Shuffle Along and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, to name just a few), McDonald has lent her talents to television (NBC's The Sound of Music, Private Practice) and the big screen (Hello Again, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast).

Leonieke Scheuble at Shanghai Jazz on June 3

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 6 PM (reservations required)
WHERE:
Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
ADMISSION: No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum
973-822-2899

Leoneika Schuble is an incredible young musician. Hothouse awarded her "Best Up and Coming Young Artist" and we cannot think of anyone more deserving. This young lady has immense talent and is a joy to watch and listen to.

Find Leonieke on YouTube and the web:
   Playing piano - https://youtu.be/soqmMJIL_NY
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   Web site - http://www.leoniekescheuble.com

The Lord Stirling Theater Company Performs Shakespeare’s “Othello” at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge

Othello Flyer

The Lord Stirling Theater Company will perform William Shakespeare’s

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

WHEN: opens Friday, June 1, at 7:30PM, with additional performances on June 2 at 7:30PM, June 3 at 2:00PM, June 8 and 9 at 7:30PM, and June 10 at 2:00PM.
WHERE
: English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $20 general admission, or $15 for seniors (65 and over), Farmstead Arts members, and students.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or at the door (cash only).
The English Barn Theater is wheelchair accessible. Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services please send an e-mail in advance to farmsteadartscenter@gmail.com.

Othello, the Moor, is a general in the Venetian army. He secretly marries Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian senator. Othello’s ensign, Iago, harbors jealousy and resentment towards the Moor for having promoted another soldier, Cassio, ahead of him. He also suspects that Othello has had an affair with his wife, Emilia. To get revenge, Iago devises a plan to plant suspicions in Othello’s mind that Desdemona has been unfaithful to him with Cassio. Iago’s lies and insinuations drive Othello mad with jealousy and incite him into a murderous rage, with tragic results.

Written around 1604, Othello is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and its themes of jealousy, manipulation, and division remain relevant to the present day.

The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s production of Othello is directed by William Ward of Basking Ridge. The cast, in order of appearance, includes: Lee Grabelsky of Cranbury as Roderigo, Matthew Gochman of Jersey City as Iago, Christopher C. Gibbs of Pittstown as Brabantio/Lodovico, Ron Richardson of Maplewood as Othello, Maxwell C. Blackriver of Mendham as Michael Cassio, Bob Scarpone of Flanders as the Duke of Venice/Gratiano, Garry Tamburro of Springfield and Allan Gershenson of Linden as Senators of the Republic, Liz Carlin of Lakewood as Desdemona, Peter Curley of Maplewood as Montano, Danielle Levitt of Westfield as Emilia, Robert H. Goodwin of Highland Park as the Herald, Changkuo Hsieh of Parsippany as the Clown, and Alexa Ortiz of Bridgewater as Bianca.

Othello opens The Lord Stirling Theater Company’s fifth season at the Farmstead Arts Center, following their 2017 productions of “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Of Mice and Men.“ Past productions also include “And Then There Were None” and “The Dresser” in 2016, “The Tempest” and “Frankenstein’s Fate” in 2015, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 2014. A dynamic community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge, the group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences, through readings and full productions of classical theater and new works, as well as exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate our history, culture and literature. The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production. For more information, visit www.lordstirlingtheater.com or our Facebook page.

Funds for these events have 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 the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Sponsor the Princeton Ballet School’s Fashion Show and Brunch!

Princeton Ballet School's Fashion Show and Brunch
to benefit our scholarship program

WHEN: Sunday, June 3rd, 11 AM to 2 PM
WHERE:
Boathouse at Mercer Lake, 334 S Post Rd, West Windsor Township

How can you show support?

Purchase a corporate or individual sponsorship for the event!

As a sponsor of the Fashion Show and Brunch, you will receive . . .

  • ACCESS: Tickets to the event and the chance to enjoy brunch with a PBS Faculty member!
  • RECOGNITION: Acknowledgement in the printed program, which could be an advertisement for your company or a shout out to your favorite model!
  • EXPOSURE: Year-round recognition on ARB's website for certain levels of support!

Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $5,000

A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible based on the fair market value of goods received in exchange for your donation.

For information regarding corporate and individual sponsorship, click HERE.

For questions and payment:

Please contact Director of Development, Kelly Craig, at 732.249.1254 x24 or email kcraig@arballet.org

Princeton exhibition explores layers of our earth from its geological depths to the farthest reaches of clouds

#201 Clouds over Ocean at Normandy, France, Merrilee Drakulich, oil on paper 30 in H x 22 in W mounted on board in a metal strip frame 1.5 in D, $400, hires web.jpgLayers of the Earth: From Core to Cloud

WHEN: April 30 through June 15. Gallery hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE:
Johnson Education Center galleries, One Preservation Place, Princeton
www.drgreenway.org

Artists include Oki Fukunaga, Khalilah Sabree, Armando Sosa, Katie Truk, Jonathon Wells and Merrilee Drakulich.

“This exhibition explores layers of our earth from its geological depths to the farthest reaches of clouds,” says Curator Diana Moore. “The experience is multi-media with artist materials ranging from recycled hangers and nylons to the literal layers of elaborate textiles.  The wilderness of our planet stretches so much farther than just the land beneath our feet.” Moore continues: “These artists connect above and below with contemplative and dimensional pieces that challenge human horizons.”

Jonathon Wells is a hydrogeologist and photographer who pairs fine art photography and geology into composites that search for an interplay between the built environment and the geologic foundation below (above). “As a fine art photographer I find my eye and imagination actively engaged in a specific urban or rural site or space,” Wells says. “As a geologist I am intrigued by the underlying geologic framework of that site… In my exploration of both surface and subsurface views of the earth, I hope to offer images that allow viewers an intriguing way to contemplate both landscape and a sense of place.”

Light Goes Before Them Khalilah SabreeMixed-media painter Khalilah Sabree’s work (left) is about spiritual transformation. Her current body of work is inspired by verses from the Holy Quran and current events.

Sabree started her first series in response to the horrific events of 9/11. “As an African American Muslim woman, the attack was overwhelming and impacted my work tremendously,” Sabree says. She maintains a private studio at Artworks Trenton, and has a Master of Fine Art in painting from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the tri-state area, and is in numerous collections.

Image result for Oki FukunagaOki Fukunaga uses wire coat hangers that celebrate and rise above the familiar hanger. The resulting sculptures are delicate constructions that have a powerful presence of weight and mass. The imaginative creations offer the viewer an exciting display of fluctuating forms and patterns in space.

Katie Truk Run Off.jpgKatie Truk also uses wire (left) although in a completely different way. Her pieces are a marriage of her media, the sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. She creates an “internal conversation… induced within the static confine.  Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations,” says Truk. Free of pedestal or directed viewpoint allows change in perspective which is necessary to explore the depth of understanding of the whole picture.

sosa detailArmando Sosa is a master weaver (right), or as the U.S. government has classified him, “an artist of exceptional ability.” He spends hours at his loom, weaving intricate textiles with bright colors and traditional motifs from various cultures. From beginning to end, Sosa says a textile usually takes over 100 hours. The whole time it’s just him and his loom, the first of which he built with his own hands in 1994, using only childhood memories as a guide. Sosa was born in 1953 in the small town of Salcajá, where more than 90 percent of the men were weavers. He remembers the homes crowded with one, two, sometimes three looms, leaving little room for anything else.

#558 Countryside around Killarney, #4_ Merrilee Drakulich, oil pastel on Arches 140 lb oil paper 22 in H x 30 in W and mounted in 32 in H x 40 in W frame, $700,Merrilee Drakulich has been a professional artist for more than 40 years, painting in oil and in oil pastels. Her paintings derive from the landscapes and seascapes of Ireland, France, Germany, England, Japan, Jamaica and the U.S. Born and raised in the mountains and valleys of northeastern Pennsylvania, Drakulich earned her master’s degree in studio arts from California State University in Long Beach. Her involvement with the landscape began during the 16 years she lived in Jamaica, where Caribbean sunlight afforded her an opportunity to develop an interplay of light and shadows that became central to her work. She has also lived in France and Tokyo, and enjoys what she describes as “an almost obsessive fascination with clouds, the sea, the land and objects within the landscape.”

“I love the slices of earth that stretch from sky to below ground, bringing to mind the many layers of preservation in a D&R Greenway landscape,” says Linda Mead, President of D&R Greenway Land Trust. “We preserve the birds and bees, the foxes and bears, and the worms that create a fertile soil when we preserve one single property.

“Nature can be as peaceful as meditation,” Mead continues, “as I’m reminded when I gaze at Sosa’s tapestries. It’s especially fun to experience the three-dimensional sculptures from recycled materials  that inspire a conservation ethic.  And I truly feel uplifted by colorful paintings of sky that convey the healing spirit of nature.”