Friday, June 29, 2018

ON EXHIBIT JULY & AUGUST @ GAELEN GALLERY EAST IN WEST ORANGE

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WHERE: JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
WWW.JCCMETROWEST.ORG/GALEN-CENTER-FOR-THE-ARTS/ARTGALLERIES

Waltuch Gallery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Presents Summer Art Exhibit

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Making an Impression: Printworks by Leslee Fetner

WHEN: July 2 – August 31 | Meet the Artists Reception: Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 -8:30 pm
WHERE:
The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery, located at 411 E. Clinton Avenue in Tenafly
ADMISSION: free

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Waltuch Art Gallery presents Making an Impression, an exhibition of monotypes, etchings, solar prints and more by artist Leslee Fetner.

Bonnet BouquetA graduate of Hunter College in NYC, Leslee Fetner holds a B.A. in art and also spent a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She studied watercolor and printmaking techniques and has also created sculpture, digital and mixed media work. Over the last two years Ms. Fetner has been focusing on printmaking. Her work has been featured in several juried shows as well as solo and group exhibitions. She has received numerous prizes including First Place in printmaking at the 2016 Focus NJ exhibit at the Art Center of Northern NJ, Best in Show in the Pascack Art Association Members Show in 2012, and the Howison Prize at the National League of American Pen Women Biennial Exhibition in Alexandria, VA in April 2008. She is a member of Salute to Women in the Arts and Pascack Art Association, where she served as president from 2002 to 2006. (Left: Bonnet Bouquet)

Left to Their Own Devices“Watercolor was my initial medium of choice, but my current goal as an artist is to explore new avenues in my creative journey – primarily the printmaking processes of monotype, etching, solar print, linocut and collagraph (Right: Left to Their Own Devices). I have also explored the fascinating and creative world of digital painting and collage, which has added a new, more abstract dimension to my work. I particularly enjoy the physical element of printmaking techniques and am most gratified when I can share my work with others.”

The Waltuch Art Gallery is a community space that exhibits thematically Jewish artwork, or art produced by Jewish artists. All gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the community, where JCC membership is not required. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm; closed Saturday and Jewish holidays. For more information on gallery exhibitions, contact Nina Bachrach at 201.408.1406 or nbachrach@jccotp.org.

TANGO PERFORMANCE, CLASS @ WHITE EAGLE HALL IN JERSEY CITY

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WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm
WHERE:
White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ
TICKETS: $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show
Includes Introductory Tango Class Led by Authentic Argentine Tango School 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Argentinian tango nuevo group Tanghetto was conceived of by musician/producer Max Masri, with Diego S. Velázquez joining soon after. It started out as a studio project, and then it evolved into a songwriting partnership. The debut album, Emigrante (electrotango), was inspired by the crisis that Argentina was facing at that time. The word "electrotango" was some sort of warning to traditional tango fans, implying that "this is not what you could expect from a tango group." Soon that word became the name of a whole musical scene from which Tanghetto was one of its first exponents. Emigrante became an instant success and earned Tanghetto a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Album. The Los Angeles Times said that Emigrante was "marked by its languid melodies, its smoky textures and the kind of delicate piano lines that would make Massive Attack proud." Their follow-up album, Hybrid Tango (which merged traditional tango with flamenco, bossanova, electropop, and hip-hop), received two Latin Grammy nominations in 2005.

After scoring a hit on MTV Latino (their cover of New Order's "Blue Monday"), Tanghetto released their third album, El Miedo a la Libertad, in 2008, inspired by the book Fear Of Freedom by Erich Fromm. That album would receive a Gardel Music Award (Argentine's equivalent to the Grammys). In 2012 Tanghetto released their conceptual album, Incidental Tango, which explored the idea of tango in all its forms being a "soundtrack" of our lives. The album was nominated for the Gadel Awards, Tanghetto's fifth nomination in a row. In 2014 the band released Hybrid Tango II, which synthesized the unprejudiced hybridization of Hybrid Tango with the cinematic sound of Incidental Tango. The album also earned them another Latin Grammy nomination. Tanghetto's most recent album, Desenchufado, is their "unplugged" album, and also earned them a Gardel nomination in 2017.

This performance will include an introductory Tango Class from 7:30-8:30pm by instructors from the Authentic Argentine Tango School, the only dance school in New Jersey dedicated exclusively to promote the art of Argentine Tango on the area. Followed by the concert/mega Milonga by the band and produced and directed by Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco, long-time professional dancers, choreographers and producers whose achievements include a Tony nomination for best choreography and solo performances at the most prestigious theaters nationally and internationally including Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center and more.

“3 EGG CREAMS” COMING TO JERSEY SHORE ARTS CENTER FOR 2 SHOWS ONLY

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3 EGG CREAMS
written & directed by award-winning playwright GEORGE CAMERON GRANT

WHEN: Saturday July 21st @ 7:30PM & Sunday July 22nd @ 2PM.
WHERE:
Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 S. Main St., Ocean Grove
TICKETS: $25. Seniors/students $20.
www.lastradaensemble.org

After 2 SOLD OUT shows at NYC's Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 3 EGG CREAMS, is coming to Asbury Park.

Vince_Bandille-2970Starring the incredible VINCE BANDILLE as Vin Morrone, it portrays one man's lessons in life, loss and love, with 1 actor, 5 characters, all in one hour and 3 EGG CREAMS, inspired by & featuring the timeless music of the legendary LOU CHRISTIE!

Whether you grew up on University Avenue in The Bronx, Newark, West Philly, or Cedar Falls, you will recognize the tough, tender, sometimes terrifying, yet ultimately transcendent human journey Vin must take, in an age that is redefining the mythos of the American male, and even the meaning of love itself. Blend in the timeless music of the legendary LOU CHRISTIE, and you have 3 EGG CREAMS, an urban love story for the ages!

What they're saying about 3 EGG CREAMS:

"I came tonight expecting to see a one-man show, but what I saw was something much more. The writing is amazing, the acting by Vince - I was just gripped for the entire time he was there. I lost myself. I went into his world with him. It's one of the greatest experiences I've had off Broadway. I just recently saw 'Angels in America' with Andrew Garfield, and tonight I come to see Vince do this, and it's the same thing. It's brilliance!"

"I just saw the play 3 EGG CREAMS. Phenomenal! What a love story! It's one of the best I've seen - you're going to love it!"

"The only thing that comes to mind after seeing 3 EGG CREAMSis shock. I had no idea what I was in for. I'm 61 years old, and I'm crying like a baby. If you have a chance, see it. I want to see it again myself."

"I loved 3 EGG CREAMS! It's so poignant, it made me think, and laugh, and cry, and I know I saw the best thing in theatre in NY tonight, and I can't wait until everyone else knows it."

"Broadway: One night it's a National Theatre multi-million dollar production at the Neil Simon theatre with Andrew Garfield killing it, and a few nights later it's an off Broadway MASTERPIECE with Vince Bandille killing it with 2 coats, a chair, a rose, a Santa hat, and an egg cream. The same level. The same experience, "3 EGG CREAMS is the quintessential NY story. It's about life, and love, it's about loss, it's about youth and growing older, and what we do to survive. It's about what we need from each other. It's really a fabulous piece that tells all about the Bronx, but it also tells a larger story about what it is to be alive and in love."

To see these and more testimonials, visit the 3 EGG CREAMS website: www.3EggCreams.com

See you at 3 EGG CREAMS, and please join us for a FREE pre-show EGG CREAM with every ticket purchase!

Laser Concerts, Star Shows Set at RVCC Planetarium in July

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GE DIGITAL CAMERA              The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg has something for everyone in July, including laser concerts, shows for children and Harry Potter lovers, and a presentation that lets audiences “experience” a rocket launch.

WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ


Rockin’ Rocket Ride, Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, 2:30 p.m.; Friday, July 20, 11 a.m.

Put on your space suit and blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun and planets. The show offers a lively experience for young people with selected music from "Journey Into Space" by Jane Murphy. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

SkyLights, Wednesdays, July 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (“Family Ride,” “Kalien the Alien”) and Jane Murphy (“Moon Rock Rock,” “The Planet Song”). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while other songs feature video images. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Perfect Little Planet, Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, 2:30 p.m.
A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; feel Jupiter’s lightning storms; and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination will the family choose? (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Laser Kids 2018, Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, 3:30 p.m.

This kid-friendly laser show, with an updated song list, entertains with music while lasers dance on the dome overhead. Songs include “Try Everything” from the movie Zootopia, “YMCA” by the Village People, and “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie. (Recommended for ages 6-12)

Attack of the Space Pirates, Thursdays, July 12 & 26, 4:30 p.m.

The starship Intrepid races across the galaxy in a desperate bid to prevent space pirates from locating a powerful alien technology that threatens the fate of the galaxy. Can Intrepid's crew solve the science clues leading to exotic places on foreign planets, defend against the space pirate fleet, and rescue the device before the pirates obtain it?  (Recommended for ages 10 and older)

Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Friday, July 13, 7 p.m.; Friday, July 20, noon

Join Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel, and more. Who can help them answer the questions left for them by the mysterious "M"?  This show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)

Astronomy Tonight, Friday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8-adult)

Laser Hollywood, Fridays, July 13 & 27, 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, 4 p.m.

Themes from some of everyone’s favorite movies have inspired this new laser concert, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pink Panther, Star Wars, and Beverly Hills Cop. (Recommended for ages 6-adult)

Storybooks in Space, Wednesday, July 18, 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy story time in the Planetarium as youngsters and their families learn about the stars and planets. There is no extra charge for stuffed animal friends. (Recommended for ages 4-8)

The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Friday, July 20, 7 p.m.

It’s Christmas in July at the RVCC Planetarium. Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on the other planets also need presents. (Recommended for ages 6-10).

Astronaut, Friday, July 20, 8 p.m.

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. But what does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of “Chad,” a test astronaut. Then explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. The presentation is made possible with a grant from FirstEnergy Foundation. (Recommended for ages 10 and older)

Winter Wonder Lights, Friday, July 20, 9 p.m.

The Christmas in July celebration continues as audience members listen to holiday hits such as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey” while lasers dance on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 6-adult) 

The Skies over Hogwarts, Friday, July 27, 7 & 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, 2 & 3 p.m.
Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Join our Planetarium’s witches and wizards as they guide you through a Harry Potter-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)

Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, or $16 for two shows on the same day. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

SOUTH ORANGE SUMMER NIGHTS FEATURE MUSIC, ART, FILM

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South Orange Summer Nights


South Orange Summer Nights - #SOSummerNights 

Save the dates for this year's Concerts in the Park! Concerts in the Park.

WHEN: 7:30 PM
WHERE:
Floods Hill in Meadowland Park.

Arrive early to order from the food trucks and pick out a spot on the lawn! 

WED, JUL 11 | E Street Shuffle 
WED, JUL 18 | The Benjamins 
WED, JUL 25 | Men of Horses
WED, AUG 1 | Stuff Bros. & Marry The Sea
 

Programs are subject to change. In the case of inclement weather, activities will be canceled. Concerts in the Park are jointly produced by the South Orange Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs and SOPAC.

Read More About South Orange Summer Nights

Art in the Park 

Art in the Park programs are for adults and children age 6 and older. Activities run from 6-8PM each Wednesday.

JUL 11 at Floods Hill “Giant Hand Mural”
JUL 18 at Floods Hill “Bubble Art”
JUL 25 at Floods Hill “Pegboard Team Sewing”
AUG 1 at Floods Hill “Pendulum Art” 

Moonlit Movies 

Moonlit Movies are held Wednesday evenings starting 8:00PM at Floods Hill in Meadowland Park.

AUG 15  |  Coco  (2017 Rated PG)

AUG 22  |  Jumanji  (2017 Rated PG-13)

AUG 29  |  Despicable Me 3  (2017 Rated PG)

Dreamcatcher Presents “Monologues at MONDO” on Thursday Nights in July

Monologues at MONDO

WHEN: Thursdays from July 5 through 26 at 8 pm
WHEN:
MONDO, the cultural gathering place in downtown Summit (www.mondosummit.com), 426 Springfield Ave., Summit. Parking is available in the lot behind the building. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
TICKETS: $20 when reserved in advance and $25 at the door. All shows begin at 8:00. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged because space is limited. To reserve, email info@mondosummit.com or call 917-969-4534.

Monologues at MONDO is an annual event where Dreamcatcher’s actors perform solo works as readings in the intimate performance space at MONDO, a brownstone that houses numerous arts and culture programs in the heart of Summit. The series provides audiences with an opportunity for casual entertainment at an affordable price while introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors.

clark headshot large squareOn Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Clark Carmichael will perform The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. Clark Carmichael will share Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

Image result for Laura EkstrandThe following Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Laura Ekstrand will perform We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee. Drawing from true stories of people’s experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, Young Jean Lee creates a life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: we’re gonna die. "Young Jean Lee is, hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation . . . A combination of pop concert and autobiographical lament for the human condition, We're Gonna Die's forthright acknowledgment that life can be a rough business is bracing, funny, and, yes, consoling." -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

nicole's headshotOn Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Nicole Callender will perform Pretty Fire by Charlayne Woodard. The lyrical, lifting words of Charlayne Woodard weave stories of two young sisters in the small world of Albany, New York; of Ku Klux Klan riders burning a cross—the ironic "pretty fire" of the title—in the hilltop black town of Rosignol Hill, Georgia; of three generations of family love, struggle and triumph. An authentic, mesmerizing experience of contemporary African-American life. Filled with earthy humor, it takes readers on a universal journey through a world in which the family bond is as strong as steel.

Image result for Jason SzamretaLast in the series on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm, Jason Szamreta will perform The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne. One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind. “An affecting and entertaining testament to the beauty of a world in which difference is celebrated rather than denigrated.” —Los Angeles Times.

For information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901, 908-514-9654.

Essex County Parks 2nd Annual Plein Air Event Open to the Public

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20170806_110104Essex County Parks 2nd Annual Exhibition of Plein Air Art

WHEN: Sat. June 30, 2 – 5pm; Free Kids Painting Event prior from 11am - 1pm. The art work will be on display until July 20, 2018
WHERE: 509 Gallery, 284 Beaufort Ave., Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston. Gallery Hours; Wednesday 5pm – 7pm; Saturday – 2pm – 4pm
ADMISSION: free. Open to the Public

Artists from surrounding towns in New Jersey have created PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS throughout the weekend of June 22, 23 & 24. All art work was done on site at their chosen Essex County Park.

20170805_171743The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the beauty in our parks as seen through the eyes of artists.

Their works will be judged by Catherine Kinkade, an award winning Fine Artist.

Awards will be given on Saturday, June 30th, during the Celebration/Exhibition.

Meet the Artists while enjoying the exhibit, refreshments and light fare.

Art work is FOR SALE with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Parks, Art for a Cause, Inc., Riker Hill Art Association

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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native plantsNATIVE PLANTS FOR CUT FLOWER GARDENING

June 29

Kathy Salisbury, Director of the Ambler Arboretum at Temple University and former President of the Native Plant Society of NJ, returns for an in-depth, practical guide to the best native plants to grow for cut flowers. For more info, click here.

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FLOWERS GALORE TEA AND TOUR

July 23

Step onto the beautiful grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum for a leisurely, guided tour focusing on seasonal blooms, followed by a delicious tea at Matilda’s Café. A sumptuous selection of scones, tea sandwiches, baked-from-scratch pastries, and teas are offered. Check it out here.

book makingBOOK MAKING MASTER CLASS

July 28

Learn the art of bookmaking with Cindy Kramer of Panda Paper at Historic Speedwell. Using historically accurate materials, create four journals and a case to hold them. I want to learn more.

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CELL PHONE TOURS AT WILLOWWOOD ARBORETUM

Stroll through the beautiful gardens while listening to audio clips straight from your phone. Learn the history, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, all at your convenience. Tours take about an hour to complete. Dial 973.349.3020, and follow the instructions. Click here to learn more.

4 SHOWS COMPRISE PIXIE DUST PLAYERS’ SUMMER SEASON

This summer, we are thrilled to adapt Bring it On, The Musical into a junior version!

We are thrilled  that director/founder Lindsay Maron will be working with the creators of Bring it On (Jeff Whitty, Amanda Green, Tom Kitt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda) to create a brand new Junior Version!

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell Davis, a young cheerleader who dreams of leading her squad to victory at a National competition. The story focuses on the world of competitive cheerleading and the intense rivalries it creates. Campbell’s future is secure: handsome boyfriend, a killer squad, and the newly awarded title of cheer captain. Suddenly, however, she is mysteriously reassigned to another school: the inner-city Jackson High, where she knows hardly anyone and worse: they don’t have a cheerleading squad! Despite the challenges of fitting in at a new school, Campbell befriends some tough girls on the dance squad and helps them become a powerhouse competitor for the National Cheerleading Championships.

WHEN: Friday, July 20 (7:30pm), Saturday, July 21 (7:30pm), Sunday, July 22 (2:00pm), Friday, July 27 (7:30pm), Saturday, July 28 (7:30pm), Sunday, July 29 (2:00pm)
WHERE:
UCPAC Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
Tickets

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. In the heart of Paris, a kind and eccentric millionairess wills her entire estate to Duchess, her high-society cat, and her three little kittens. Laughs and adventure ensue as the greedy, bumbling butler pulls off the ultimate catnap caper. Now it's up to the rough-and-tumble alley cat, Thomas O'Malley, and his band of swingin' jazz cats to save the day.

This 30-minute workshop production is perfect for young audiences!

WHEN: Friday, July 13 (7:00pm); Saturday, July 14 (11:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm)
WHERE:
UCPAC Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
Tickets

We are thrilled to be working with MTI and the creators to present the first ever pilot production of this adaptation!

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

WHEN: ​Friday, August 3 (7:30pm); Saturday, August 4 (11:00am); Sunday, August 5 (1:00pm and 5:00pm)
WHERE:
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
Tickets

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

WHEN: Friday, August 24 (7:00pm); Saturday, August 25 (3:00pm and 7:00pm); Sunday, August 26 (1:00pm)
WHERE:
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
Tickets

Theater Creations Camp at the Chatham Playhouse!

Theater Creations Camp

THEATER CREATIONS CAMP

Coming to The Chatham Playhouse

The perfect summer camp for young aspiring performers!

What is "Theater Creations Camp"?

This August, Chatham Community Players will offer a two-week theater arts camp for children ages 7-10 lead by Scott Tyler, the Camp Director/Instructor. Our campers will learn the fundamentals of acting onstage while using their imaginations and artistic creativity to develop their very own play!  Through various games and exercises, our campers will also learn about different theatrical elements and how they are used to shape a performance. An original script will be created using the campers chosen storyline and characters. This work will be rehearsed and ultimately performed on the CCP stage.

The camp culminates in a full performance with no scripts in hand for family and friends. Half day campers get to create one play. Full day campers will get to create two plays.

When is "Theater Creations Camp"?

Camp runs from Monday, August 6th, through Friday, August 17th (weekdays). There are a few options when signing up: You can be a FULL DAY camper for the whole two weeks (both AM and PM sessions) or you can be a HALF DAY camper (AM or PM). AM runs from 9am--11:30 with a 15 minute break for snack. Lunch is from 11:30--12. Then PM runs 12--2:30 with another 15 minute break.

CAMP SIGNUP

For more information, visit ChathamPlayers.org.

Jersey Voices 2018


WHEN: July 27 - August 8, 2018. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, August 8, 3 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $15.00
Please present your TICKET BARCODE at the door.
HANDICAPPED SEATING
can ONLY be guaranteed by contacting the Box Office at least 24 hours prior to performances by emailing BoxOffice@ChathamPlayers.org or calling 973-635-7363
BUY TICKETS

For Box Office information, visit ChathamPlayers.org/Tickets.

“Romance 101” by Brianna Keller, Directed by George Seylaz: Unlucky in love, Travis decides to learn from the ladies of the ROMANCE 101 book club.  Join Patti, Meredith, Sally and Gladys as they teach young Travis a thing or two about Love and Romance.

“Squirrel Tames Human” by Luigi Jannuzzi, Directed by Kevern Cameron: Chip has bet Junior a winter’s stash of acorns that he is the squirrel that knows how to train human behavior.

“Free Pass” by Tom Baum, Directed by Arnold Buchiane: A widower in his late 60s meets a woman in her 40s at a hotel bar – is there love after the death of a loved one?

“Foster” by Jerrod Bogard, Directed by Joann Scanlon: Foster parents meet with their social worker about  issues with their foster son. The parents don’t share the same perspective, but important choices must be made.

“Bug Rescuing” by Judy Klass, Directed by Lauri MacMillan: Joan joins Michael on his corporate retreat. How do a couple navigate their differences?

“The Rub of the Green” by Tom Tunnington, Directed by Elizabeth Rogers: after many years, a combat veteran goes to the only place that he can still be with his comrades.

“The King” by Nicole Pandolfo, Directed by Steven Ruskin: a late night backstage meeting - a Las Vegas Elvis impersonator meets someone who might just be the genuine article.

For more information, please visit ChathamPlayers.org.


Summer Youth Acting Workshops - Limited Spots Left - Sign Up Now

Youth Summer Acting Workshops 2018

**Limited Spots Available**

Class Begins July 2

The Summit Playhouse is excited to offer a 2-week Summer Acting Workshop for youth ages 8-13 years!

Students will work on monologues, scene work, acting through song, commercial acting, and auditioning skills.

The 2-week session will culminate in a Showcase with an invited audience of family, friends, and Industry Professionals!

Session Info:

WHEN: July 2 through July 13 (no class July 4th ), Monday through Friday 11am-2pm 
WHERE:
Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Road, Summit
TUITION: $415

The Showcase will be presented the last hour of the last session.

INSTRUCTOR: SUSIE WALL

Susie has worked extensively in film, TV, radio and theatre for almost 30 years. Her film credits include "Bad Grandmas" starring the late Florence Henderson and Pam Grier, "Saving Shiloh," "Ghost Image," "Doubting Tom" and "Sophie." She has done many voice-overs for Network /Regional TV & radio and enjoyed a reoccurring role on NCIS New Orleans. Regionally, she has worked at The Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Stages, and The New Jewish Theatre. Most recently she played Dr. Ruth Westheimer in "Becoming Dr. Ruth" in Kansas City and "On Golden Pond" in St. Louis. She received a 2009 Kevin Kline Award for "Grace and Glorie" at Insight Theatre. This past Semester she was Faculty at Kean University teaching acting. Susie is represented by Abrams Artists Agency in NYC And J. Pervis Talent in Atlanta.

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The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Bus Trip from Freehold

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Bus Trip 

WHEN: Thursday, July 26, 2108.

It is made possible by The Freehold Jewish Center in partnership with Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Monmouth County and The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

BONJ ANSWERS THE QUESTION: What is a Trouser Role?

What is Trouser Role?

The term is mostly used in the opera world.  It refers to a male character intended to be sung by a female soprano or mezzo-soprano.   Most commonly, the character is a young male.

What are some famous trouser roles?

There are many famous trouser roles in great operas. Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro is one. Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera is another. The most recent one would be Octavian in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.   

What is the trouser role in Die Fledermaus?

Prince Orlovsky, at whose palace the Act II party is held, is a trouser role. He is a young—maybe 16-17 years old—Russian prince who is bored with life. He hopes the party trick being enacted by Falke will make him laugh. Strauss most likely cast the role for female singer both to convey the character's youth and to add another female voice to the ensemble.

The 2018 BONJ Summer Music Festival opens Sunday August 5 at 3:00 pm with a semi-staged performance of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus commonly known in English as Revenge of the Bat. The reference is to a joke played by one character on another, but in reality it's all an excuse for one big party. Featuring BONJ singers Timothy Maureen Cole, Kevin Peters, Jason Adamo, Maria Alu, George Spitzer, Teresa Giardina, Dmitri Zigrino, Josh LaRose, Alessia Santoro and BONJ Opera Chorus, the opera will be performed in English so all the zesty humor can shine. Join the fun at Dolan Hall, The Annunciation Center, The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.

Other events of the 2018 festival include

  • The Summer Cabaret (August 11, 7:30 pm, Grace Church)
  • Chamber Music Celebration (August 12, 3:00 pm, Grace Church)
  • Lunchtime Keyboard recitals (August 6-10, 12:15 pm, Grace Church)
  • Summer Breezes Orchestra Concert (August 19, 3:00 pm, Dolan Hall)

Click below to order individual tickets or for further information. Save money - order a festival pass and hear it all.

“MERCY” CONTINUES @ NJ REP; MONDAY NIGHT READINGS FOR JULY


WHEN: Monday Night Salon Readings are first come, first-served; no reservations accepted. Doors open at 6:30. Readings begin promptly at 7:00 followed by a discussion.
WHERE:
NEW JERSEY REPERTORY COMPANY, 179 Broadway, Long Branch
ADMISSION: Free for subscribers | $10 for non-subscribers

Three Exits
by Gino DiIorio

July 2, 2018

Mary is the ex-wife, Karen is the ex-lover and Adam is the ex-husband who betrayed them both. Now Adam is deathly ill and the two women have to decide what to do with him. They reunite to figure out what happened, to remember the good times and the bad--but mostly to put the whole damn thing to rest.

Lily
by Chris Daftsios

July 9, 2018 

Aging country superstar Toby Crenshaw is ready for his usual post-performance coitus with a line of eager, young groupies, hand picked by his head of security. But when the first girl to enter turns out to be far more than Toby can handle, he finds himself in an impossible situation that he can't easily extricate himself from. "Lily" explores the unfair advantages of fame, addresses the effects of the gender imbalances that led to the #MeToo movement, and challenges our very idea of what is moral.


Audiences & Critics are loving MERCY! 

Tickets for this dark comedy are selling fast - get them while you can!

Now thru July 15

Call 732-229-3166, visit njrep.org or click the BUY TICKETS button below!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SUMMER EVENTS @ MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN IN PRINCETON

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WHERE: Morven, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, 08540
https://morven.org/

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

July Storytimes

Ages 2 to 6
WHEN: Thursdays, July 12 and 26 at 10:00 a.m.
COST:
$10; Free with Family membership - Limit 12

This month’s Storytimes at Morven Museum & Garden are read by our Curator of Education and Public Programs Debra Lampert-Rudman and one of Morven’s docents and are followed by visits to Morven’s gardens and special take-home crafts! Bring along a hat and your favorite blanket for storytime! 

July 12: Ladybug Girl fun for boys and girls!

When Lulu puts on her ladybug costume, she becomes Ladybug Girl, a superhero who uses her imagination to have adventures right in her own backyard. Her dog, Bingo the basset hound, is always by her side and the two prove that they are not too little to explore nature, build forts, and make their own big fun. We’ll read and create a ladybug craft outside (weather permitting) in Morven’s gardens!  All craft materials supplied.

July 26:  The Very Big Carrot at Morven!

What would YOU do with a very big carrot? Join us for a reading of Satoe Tone’s luscious book The Very Big Carrot and meet six rabbits who have some very interesting ideas of things to do with a very big carrot. Following our reading, we will design our own very big carrot to take home! All craft materials supplied.

ADULT PROGRAMS:

Pastels en Plein Air at Morven with Steve Smith

WHEN: Mondays, July 2 through 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ages 16 through Adult
COST:
$170; $145 for Friends of either Morven or Arts Council of Princeton

Morven is delighted to collaborate with the Arts Council of Princeton for this exciting new pastel class held in the gardens at Morven.  Discover the power of pastels in natural settings; learn to create fresh, spontaneous landscape sketches outdoors without the complications of palettes and drying time. This direct and immediate medium remains as vibrant in the completed work as in the initial application.

To register and for more information, please visit https://public.artscouncilofprinceton.org/public/classdirect/188

Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton www.artscouncilofprinceton.org


Plein Air PaintingFree Open Studio: Plein Air Painting at Morven

WHEN: Thursdays, July 5 through August 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
COST:
Free - Limited to 10 artists per day
Pre-Registration Required

Morven Museum & Garden, New Jersey’s most historic home, is a picturesque backdrop for plein air painting. Morven’s impressive facade and wonderful architectural details, outstanding grounds, including wide varieties of plants and foliage in full color, make wonderful subjects. Come explore the changing effects of natural light as it bathes the grounds throughout the afternoon. The public is invited to observe artists at work.  Register for one week or for eight weeks of summer! Artists supply own materials, canvas, easel, rags, stool, garbage bags, umbrellas, hats, and sunscreen.

Walter EdgeGovernor Walter E. Edge and Morven: NJ’s first Governor’s mansion

WHEN: Wednesday, July 11, 2:00 p.m.
COST:
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Join us for a 45-minute illustrated presentation and discussion with Dr. Joseph E. Wroblewski to learn more about New Jersey Governor Walter E. Edge. Edge purchased Morven from the Stockton family in 1944, and, along with his wife, Camilla, and their family, helped lay the groundwork for Morven’s future as home to five New Jersey Governors, their families, and staffs.

Garden Tours

WHEN: Friday, July 13 and 27, 11:00 a.m.
COST:
$10; Free for Friends of Morven
Public welcome; Tour limited to 18

Join Morven Museum & Garden’s gardener for a 45-minute tour of what's in bloom in the gardens! Explore the restoration of Helen Hamilton Shield Stockton's Colonial Revival early 20th century garden, and examine this year's demonstration garden featuring heirloom flowers and their contemporary counterparts.  Your tour will also cover some of Morven's other restored landscape features as well as the present renovation of Morven’s gardens surrounding the new Stockton Education Center. Don't miss these special tours! Advance registration is required (Shine only...rain cancels Garden Tour).

Yoga

Yoga returns to Morven Museum & Garden

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, at noon
COST:
Free - Registration not required
All ages and skill levels welcome

Join us as we once again begin the annual series of monthly yoga classes in Morven’s gardens with Gemma Farrell of Gratitude Yoga in Princeton. Gemma, a long-time yoga practitioner and one of Princeton’s most popular yoga instructors, invites the community to join her and explore the benefits of taking their yoga practices out of the studio. Don’t forget your yoga mat, towel, and bottle of water!

CARRIE JACKSON JULY 1-31 MUSIC CALENDAR FOR MUSIC LOVERS & JAZZ AFICIONADOS

Carrie Jackson Quartet
“Smothered Blues” w/ Dave Braham, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bass; Gordon Lane, drms
WHEN: Sunday, July 1, Matinee 1pm-4pm
WHERE:
11 Clinton Street Restaurant, 11 Clinton Street, Downtown Newark, NJ
No Music Cover
862-234-2269
www.elevenclinton.com

Carrie Jackson Trio
w/ Bob Devos, gtr; Thaddeus Expose, bs
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 8pm-11pm
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
No Music Cover
www.16prospect.com
908-232-7320

Carrie Jackson Trio
w/ Bob Devos, gtr; Takashi Otsuka, bs
WHEN: Tuesday, July 17, 8pm-11pm
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
No Music Cover
www.16prospect.com
908-232-7320

Carrie Jackson Quartet
w/ Dave Braham, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bs; Gordon Lane, drms
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 7pm-11pm
WHERE:
Deer Head Inn Jazz Club, 5 Main Street, Delaware Water Gap, Pa
MUSIC COVER:  $12
570-424-2000 
www.deerheadinn.com
Oldest jazz club in the Pocono Mountains…..

Carrie Jackson Trio JAZZ ON THE SLOAN @ South Orange
Dave Braham, organ; Gordon Lane, drms
WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 6 pm-9 pm 
WHERE:
Outdoor Event under the Gazebo 17 Sloan Street, South Orange, NJ

Carrie Jackson Trio
w/ Radam Schwartz, pn, Les Mc Kee, drms bs
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, 8pm-11pm 
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ www.16prospect.com
908-232-7320
No Music Cover

Sensory-Friendly Planetarium Show Slated at RVCC

Planetarium

The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg presents

The Sky Above
a sensory-friendly astronomy and music show specially designed for families with children on the Autism spectrum or those with developmental disabilities

WHEN: Saturdays, July 28 and August 25. Both shows will begin at 5 p.m. and last for approximately 45 minutes.
WHERE
: RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
ADMISSION:  $10 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested.
For additional information and to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.

The show, which is appropriate for audiences of all ages, will provide a comfortable and judgment-free space that is welcoming to everyone. During the show, the doors will remain open so children may freely leave and return if they choose. Lights will be left dim (instead of dark) and the audio will be lowered and kept at a consistent level. The show will include music, laser lights, stories and information about the planets, the Moon and constellations. All material will be presented on a very basic, kindergarten level.

Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

THURSDAY NIGHTS @ THE JEWISH HERITAGE MUSEUM OF MONMOUTH COUNTY

Thursday Nights 2018

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will expand its hours and remain open to the public on six Thursday evenings during July and August, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with various programs offered at 7:00 PM for Thursday Nights at the Museum.

Admission for each event is $3 members, $5 non-members, students free (except for The Wedding Plan, which is $10). Light refreshments will be served.

The first program, on Thursday, July 12, 2018, will be The Wedding Plan (as part of the Israel Film Festival). Exhausted by single life at 32, spirited bride-to-be Michal (Noa Kooler) is eager for the comfort and companionship of marriage. Then, her fiancé dumps her one month before their wedding. Devastated but undeterred, she decides to keep her wedding date, leaving it to fate to provide a suitable groom. This and other films in the series are presented in collaboration with the Axelrod Theater, and are supported in part by the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.

The next program for Thursday, July 19, 2018 will be an encore PowerPoint presentation about artist Louise Nevelson: The Grande Dame of Contemporary American Sculpture. This PowerPoint presentation will explore the life and art of the Yiddish-speaking Ukrainian six-year-old who immigrated to Maine with her family in 1905 and grew up to play a major role in the creation of modern American sculpture.

The third program on Thursday, July 26, 2018 will feature a talk on Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas, by Marcia Midler, from the Speakers Bureau of the Jewish Historical Society of Central Jersey.

Following, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 is The Golden Medinah, a PowerPoint presentation on Eastern European Jewish immigration to Monmouth County in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Do not miss the adventure of the informative and fun program, Come and Build Your Own Virtual Menorah, with Marc Diament, Speakers Bureau committee member on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Learn the elements of 3D digital design in this interactive workshop.

The final program in this Thursday night Summer Series will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 with Finding Your Roots. Come and explore the Museum’s genealogy resources to create your family tree with Marc Diament, Genealogy Committee Chair.

These programs are made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. T

WHERE: he Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assistive listening accessible.

Introducing the Main Players of TITUS ANDRONICUS

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Not seen at our theatre in over 30 years, Shakespeare's infamous play was wildly popular with the Elizabethan audience. Now might be just the right time to present this rarely produced play given our similar modern appetite for revenge epics. This unsettling portrait of a society drowning in violence and seemingly bereft of civil thought or action holds a disturbing mirror up to aspects of our current world.

Please note: This production is not appropriate for younger audiences.

ShakespeareNJ.org | 973-408-5600

Click here for directions to the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre and for information about FREE parking.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

+Offer expires July 23. Not valid Saturdays, Sunday matinee performances, or prior purchases. Other restrictions may apply. Please call the Box Office for more information.

Illustration by Scott McKowen

CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY WITH FIREWORKS AT RUTHERFURD HALL

CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY AT RUTHERFURD HALL

WHEN: June 30th at 5:00 (Raindate July 1st)
WHERE:
Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy
ADMISSION: This is a FREE EVENT.

Bring your chairs, blankets, coolers and the entire family to enjoy music, awesome food vendors and an amazing Fireworks display.

Buses will shuttle you from Panther Valley Ecumenical Church on Rte 517 in Allamuchy. Free buses will stop when we reach capacity.

Rutherfurd Hall ONSITE Parking passes are on sale now while supplies last. Park on premises at Rutherfurd Hall/MVS starting at 5:00 pm. You must pick up your actual pass for your vehicle at Rutherfurd Hall Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 pm. or call 908-852-1894 Ext 338 for appt.

FEE: $30.00 per Premier Parking Pass

If you purchase an Onsite Pass, you may also reserve a preferred space in a designated area on the lawn where you can put up a pop-up tent. (no larger than 10x10 please) Only those who purchase the prepaid passes will be permitted to bring a tent on property. These spot are very limited and going fast. You must also pick up this pass at Rutherfurd Hall on Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 pm, or call 908-852-1894 Ext 338 for appt.

FEE: $60.00 per Reserved Spot and Parking Pass together.

Premium OFFSITE Parking passes are also available. Park at Allamuchy Township School on Johnsonburg Road. You are guaranteed a shuttle to the fireworks until 8:00pm. You must also pick up this pass at Rutherfurd Hall on Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm, or call 908-852-1894 Ext 338 for appt.

FEE: $15.00 per Offsite Pass

To reserve your parking or lawn spot CLICK HERE or call (908)852-1894 Ext 338.