Friday, May 17, 2019

GET TICKETS NOW FOR UCPAC’S “OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE”

OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE

OPEN HOUSE VOL. 2: A DANCE SHOWCASE

WHEN: Sat May 25, 2019 7:00 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601  Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $25. Price increases to $30.00 at door on the night of the event.
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We're extremely excited to announce The Wannabes' 2nd annual Open House: A Dance Showcase!

Open House Vol. 2 is an open dance party in a carefree and enjoyable setting to celebrate our community's mutual love and passion for the expressive art of dance and to cap off our hardworking competition season! Our lineup consists of performances produced by the collaborative efforts of both NJ and NY teams as well as of teams outside the Tri-State community. We hope to bring back the nostalgic 90s era of dance when it was just one big house party!

Show is roughly 2 hours long.

New Dance Camp for Children and Teens in Rahway This Summer

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

WHEN: August 5-9, 9 AM to 3 PM each day
WHERE:
UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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BOLD Arts and UCPAC invite you to join us in our inaugural summer partnership. New and experienced dancers, movement enthusiasts, and theater-lovers will enjoy a creative and rigorous week of dance camp, which will culminate in a high-energy, original performance with live music at Union County Performing Arts Center on Friday, 8/9/19.

Participants are immersed in a thought-provoking theme used to inspire their show. Each day dancers learn new choreography, create original work, make scenery and costumes, and sing with live music. Expect to have fun, be challenged, and be exposed to various styles of dance, physical storytelling, and incredible music. Sharpen your dance and performance skills in a supportive and energized environment with NYC teaching artists.

Enrollment is limited and ends Friday, 8/2/19 at 5 PM! Suitable for grammar school students (grades 3-6, "Child") and young teens (grades 7-10, "Teen").

For more info: www.bold-arts.com

BOLD Arts: Final Performance!

WHEN: Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:15 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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Participants in BOLD Arts' one-week dance camp have collaboratively created an original show inspired by dancemakers on the stage and on the silver screen. They've learned masterworks by famous choreographers and made their own dances using the tools and techniques of the greats! Come support these artists and see the culmination of a creative and rigorous week of dance camp in the form of a high-energy, original performance with live music.

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

King for a Day!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 3pm & 6pm 
WHERE
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19-$44
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on-board Trolley and coming to State Theatre New Jersey!

Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and many surprise guests along the way! It’s an event filled with teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Invites Musicians of All Ages to Audition for Performance Ensembles

AUDITION NOTICE:

WHEN: Sunday, June 2
WHERE
: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Spring Ensemble Auditions for the 2019-20 school year.

Auditions will be held for participation in chamber music ensembles:

  • The String Camerata and Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra
  • TeenTown Jazz Big Band
  • Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer
  • chamber music ensembles
  • In addition, the school will hold placement evaluations for music theory classes.
  • Auditions for Senior Flute Choir and the Percussion Ensemble are available by appointment.

“We are very excited for our 37th season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. “We invite musicians of all ages and abilities to share their talents with us and see how they can grow and thrive at the music school under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”

Thurnauer ensembles rehearse weekly and are led by highly skilled and dedicated teachers.  Each ensemble performs several times throughout the year and has unique opportunities to perform with renowned guest artists. In the past this has included great legendary musicians such as violinist Joshua Bell, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, jazz artist New York Yankee, Bernie Williams, and artistic director and the founder of Young People’s Chorus Francisco J. Núñez.

For full descriptions of each ensemble, as well as required audition repertoire for the orchestras and chamber music ensembles, please visit www.jccotp.org/Thurnauer.

All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call 201-569-7900, ext. 375 or email rsearles@jccotp.org. Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged for those unable to attend on June 2. The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s 2018-19 school year begins late September.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

Founded in 1984, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music serves over 500 students from infancy through adulthood, offering a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; frequent student performances; and a long-term partnership with the Englewood Public School District. Thurnauer is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S YOUNG PERFORMER WORKSHOP TO PRESENT ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF SHOWS

YOUNG PERFORMER WORKSHOP ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF SHOWS

WHEN: May 24 through June 2 with specific performance times varying
WHERE
: All performances are held in the Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson street on the campus of Centenary University.
TICKETS: $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
For performance dates, times and to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street on the campus of Centenary University for the annual Spring Festival of Shows. The Spring Festival of Shows runs in rep . Tickets for performances are

GREASE
book, lyrics and music by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals with an eight–year run on Broadway, two subsequent revivals, a film adaptation and innumerable school and community productions.  Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Grease is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

WHEN:  Friday, May 24 at 8pm; Sunday, May 26 at 7pm; Thursday, May 30 at 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 1pm.

THE CLOWN
book, Lyrics and Music by C. Robert Jones

The Clown is the story of Mumbles, a shy clown, who falls in love with the beautiful ballerina, Doria.  When Dr. Tutto, the jealous circus owner discovers this, he frames Mumbles with the theft of the circus money box, and Mumbles is banished. The Clown is presented through the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 2pm; Sunday, May 26 at 4pm and Saturday, June 1 at 5pm.

COUNT TO TEN (A BRAND NEW FAMILY MUSICAL
book by Michael Blevins & Beth Clary and music & lyrics by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks, and David Wollenberger

Loner, and unemployed actor/writer Victor heads to Starwood Performing Arts Camp in the Catskill Mountains where he is forced into producing his unfinished original musical with a cast of adolescents. Madoc Dean, whose long unkept hair barely covers the suspicious look in his eyes, learns with Victor that no man can make it alone. Despite Victor's inherent distrust of women he eventually learns to love one, Claire the camp's ballet teacher. Count to Ten is a high-spirited, toe-tapping, rich and satisfying musical that gets richer with repeated viewings. Count to Ten is presented through special arrangement with Group Theatre Too.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 5pm; Friday, May 31 at 8PM; Saturday, June 1 at 2PM and Sunday, June 2 at 7PM.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Once Upon a Mattress is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 8PM; Sunday, May 26 at 1PM and Saturday, June 2 at 4PM

The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with “Rumors” by Neil Simon

Rumors
by Neil Simon
directed by Peter Colletto

WHEN: through June 2nd; 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. There will be no performances on Mother?s Day, May 12th or Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.
WHERE:
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Parking is free at the lot off Park Avenue, one-half block north of the theater.
TICKETS: $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted.
Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email groups@bcplayers.org or call the main number and press #6.
Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with disabilities; they can be purchased by calling the box office at 201-261-4200. These seats will be released for public sale two weeks prior to performance.

Neil Simon, called the “Broadway Master of Comedy” by the New York Times, was both a critically and commercially successful playwright.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Simon was nominated for 17Tony Awards, winning three. Simon wrote numerous screenplays as well as more than 30 Broadway plays; among his most famous are Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.

In Rumors, Simon returns to laugh-out-loud comedy. This 1988 farce finds us at a dinner party in which the first guests discover the hostess missing and the host upstairs with a superficial gunshot wound. To prevent a scandal, the first couple hides this situation from the second, and they hide it from the third, all the way down the line. It is filled with half-prepared meals, car accidents, marital affairs, slapstick pratfalls, back spasms, mistaken identities and illogical alibis; and ? that?s just Act One! These hilarious rumor-based circumstances provide an evening, according to the News Tribune, that is "loud, raucous, fast-paced, witty and pretty much over the top from curtain to curtain?.

BCP Life Member Peter Colletto directs the show. He has directed and acted in numerous productions since joining BCP, with his directorial credits including It’s Only a Play, and dramas such as Speed the Plow and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The cast includes Jeanmarie Garver-Gaydos of River Edge, NJ (Chris Gorman), Jody Laufer of Fair Lawn, NJ (Ken Gorman), Sharon Podsada of Emerson, NJ (Claire Ganz), James Lugo of Congers, NY (Lenny Ganz), Ron Siclari of Oradell, NJ (Ernie Cusack), Joanne Misha of Montvale, NJ (Cookie Cusack), Larry Shagawat of Clifton, NJ (Glenn Cooper), Elaine D?Addezio of New Providence, NJ (Cassie Cooper), Andrew Lennon of Oradell, NJ (Officer Ben Welch) and Mary Clair Bongiovani of Lodi, NJ (Officer Connie Pudney).

The crew includes Peter Colletto (Director), Rhea Smith (Producer/Décor/Program Notes/Biographies), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Michael Smith (Set Construction/Designer), Christine Francois (Assistant to Director), Allan Seward (Lighting Designer), Tim Larsen (Sound Designer), Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operator), Kathleen Ruland (Sound Operator), Sandra Conklin (Publicity), Jill Hendrickson (Lighting Operator), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Barbra Murtha (Décor), David Luke (Crew), Randi Kestin (Crew) and Joyce Slous (Member-at-Large).

Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932. Today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.

Photo Courtesy Michael Smith.

7th Annual Short Play Festival @ Luna Stage Next Week

WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
ADMISSION: Zero-pressure $15 suggested donation*

Join us for a casual workshop reading of a new play in Luna2, followed by conversation with the playwright! Our New Moon Series supports playwrights in developing their work and offers audiences a chance to see new plays in process. Every New Moon Event is followed by a talkback.

Monday, May 20, at 7:30pm
HOW TO MAKE A MILLION by Manuel Igrejas
LATE NIGHT by Naisa Capehart
WHEN DAY IS DONE by James Greller
YEAH...DITTO by Rebecca J. McGann
IT'S REGULA' by Della Brown Lewis
NIGHT by Craig Garcia

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30pm
JENNA MEETS DEATH (WHO LOOKS LIKE ELTON JOHN) by Sophia Baldassari
EQUAL...SOMETIMES by Andrea Fiest Stein
WHEREVER WE MAY BE by Idine Mousavi and Chris Kuiken
MAE THE MAGNIFICENT (OR, PISS & VINEGAR TO YOU) by Margo Hammond
MEET MILLIE by Amanda Sage Comerford
HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY by Phoebe Farber
GETTING IN THE LAST WORD by Mike Sockol

Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30pm | High School Night

Find out more here.

RESERVE NOW

*We want our New Moon Readings to be as accessible as possible, and we therefore have a Pay What You Can admission policy. However, we value this work and the artists who participate in presenting it, and only with support from our patrons are we able to continue to provide our stellar community programs. In that spirit, we ask that you consider making a donation at the door.

Three New Exhibitions Open at HAM This Sunday


Join us this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of Transformed: Paper in Dimension; Aurora Robson: Re:fuse; and Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We'll have gallery talks with several artists and refreshments.

WHERE: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Nancy Baker, Untitled (detail), 2019, Cut Paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Transformed: Paper in Dimension

In Transformed: Paper in Dimension, eight artists show how the boundaries between paper and drawing, textiles, painting, architecture and sculpture are dissolving.

Exhibition curator Carol Eckert notes that paper traditionally has been used as a ground: its flat surface a conduit to convey meaning by applying ink or pigment.

But these works alter that: The physicality of the paper itself becomes the means to transmit the content, its dimensional forms capturing light and reflection and reconfiguring space, Eckert said.

“The artists transform a simple and available material by cutting, weaving, folding, shredding, tearing, twisting, gluing, and sewing — creating multifaceted structures and intricate physical drawings,” Eckert said. “Blurring the lines between traditional disciplines, these artists create works that are often mutable in the ways they interact with particular spaces, energizing and influencing the environments in which they are installed.” Read More

Aurora Robson, Lambie, 2017, 20 in. X 30 in., Ink and junk mail on paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Aurora Robson: Re:fuse

Sometimes one man’s trash isn’t just another man’s treasure.
For Aurora Robson, it can be art.

You can explore the art of Aurora Robson at her solo exhibition Re:fuse which appears through September 1 at the Museum.

Robson is a multi-media artist known mostly for her meditative work converting plastic waste into art. Robson’s art challenges our perception of matter. “Can artists serve a significant role in terms of solving environmental and societal problems? The answer is yes,” Robson says. Read More

Shari Mendelson, Donut Animal Askos 2, 2018, Repurposed plastic, hot glue, acrylic polymer, resin, 8.5 X 6.5 X 8.5 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Alan Wiener.

Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions

New York-based artist Shari Mendelson creates works that resemble something you’d expect to see in the antiquities gallery of a fine art museum.

But take a closer look. You are in for a surprise!

Mendelson creates her ancient-appearing vessels and figurines using salvaged plastic: juice, soda and water bottles. She cuts into them pieces and then, using hot glue and acrylic resin, creates new sculptures.

You can check out her work in Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions, which will be on exhibition at the Museum through September 1.

“The original material is transformed from plastic trash into pieces that address issues of history, culture and the relative value of objects,” Mendelson said.  Read More

THIS WEEKEND & BEYOND @ UCPAC!

LES MISERABLES, STUDENT EDITION

LES MISERABLES, STUDENT EDITION

WHEN: May 16, 2019 - May 19, 2019
WHERE
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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In nineteenth-century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Javert refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

Running Time: 2 Hours, 30 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! In Concert

ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! In Concert

WHEN: Sat May 18, 2019 7:00 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ
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ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! in Concert is coming to UCPAC! Join Randy Rogel and Rob Paulsen with live musical accompaniment as they perform more than a dozen songs from the 90's hit show, and leave you laughing all the way out the door. Whether you know the show, love animation, or just enjoy live music experiences, ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! is an evening you won't want to miss!

ANIMANIACS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

WHEN: Thu May 23, 2019 8:00 PM
WHERE
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, NJ
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, playing the music of Bad Company and Foreigner, is a band forged in the fires of classic rock.

~Singer Kevin Brennan has shared the stage with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Tom Scholz of Boston, and Roger Daltrey of The Who.

~Guitarist Bruce Edwards has performed with Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, and members of Guns & Roses and Blue Oyster Cult.

~Guitarist Derrek Hawkins started his musical journey with Sammy Hagar and went on to play for Stabbing Westward, Spacehog, and Ace Frehley of KISS.

~Drummer Kevin Hupp played for Rick Derringer for ten years, and since then has worked with Eddie Van Halen, Hall & Oates, and Iggy Pop.

~Bassist Andy Huenerberg has shared both stage and studio with such diverse figures as Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, and the “Godfather of Rock & Roll,” Chuck Berry.

~Keyboard/Cowbellist Jess Kessler has worked with members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Meatloaf and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

McCARTER THEATRE CENTER PRESENTS DAVID HARE’S “SKYLIGHT” THROUGH JUNE 2

SKYLIGHT
by David Hare

WHEN: May 3 through June 2
WHERE:
Berlind Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 and are on sale online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

The production’s running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mahira Kakkar) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Greg Wood), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship with food and wine, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

David Hare’s Skylight has been celebrated as a searing story of past loves, ever-present politics, and future hopes. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play and an Olivier Award for Best Play, Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to runs on the West End and Broadway. It has been hailed critically, being called “luminously beautiful and wildly truthful.” by The New York Post.

About the production, Director Emily Mann said “Writer to writer, I greatly admire David’s crystalline writing. Though I knew David quite well in the 1980s, I have never before directed one of his plays. Skylight is a love story that simultaneously asks tough questions about the politics of the day. Always managing to keep the love story in the foreground and the politics deeply imbedded in the on-stage tension between the lovers, David Hare created his finest play.” 

The cast for Skylight features the return of Mahira Kakkar (McCarter’s productions of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon and Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake), and Greg Wood (Ebenezer Scrooge in McCarter’s A Christmas Carol); and welcomes the McCarter debut of Zane Pais (Dead Poets Society at Classic Stage Company).

The design team for Skylight includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt, whose incredible work has been showcased on McCarter stages previously with Murder on the Orient Express, Turning Off the Morning News, and Stones In His Pockets. He is joined by costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Fabulation and In the Blood for Signature Theatre), lighting designer Jason Lyons (numerous Broadway credits including Hand to God and On the Town), and sound designer/composer Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca (many regional credits including Cymbeline at Yale Rep.). Casting for this production of Skylight is provided by Caparelliotis Casting.

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights.” First co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at London’s Royal Court Theatre and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at Hampstead Theatre Club in 1970. Subsequent works include Knuckle, Fanshen, Plenty, Pravda: A Fleet Street Comedy, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, Amy's View, and The Judas Kiss. He has been Associate Director of the National Theatre since 1984, and was knighted in 1998.

Inside Story
Join us 45 minutes before every performance for a talk led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Hear about what inspired the play, its unique style, and more. All Inside Story talks take place in the Berlind Theatre unless otherwise noted in the lobby upon arrival.

New Jersey Jazz Society Scholarship Winners to Perform at May 19th Social

The New Jersey Jazz Society funds annual partial scholarship grants at five New Jersey universities with degree programs in jazz studies: Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Rowan, William Paterson, and Rutgers. This year’s scholarships totaled $7,900. Scholarship winners from four of those schools will perform as part of an All-Star College Ensemble at the

NJJS Monthly Jazz Social

WHEN: Sunday, May 19th; Doors open at 3 p.m.; music begins at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $10 for non-members. There is also a $10 food/beverage minimum.
For more information, email music@njjs.org, or call 973 214-3380.

They are:

Rowan University: Drummer Thomas Reilly and trumpeter Luis Ozoria . Reilly began his studies of jazz drumming, arranging, and composing with Bernards High School band director Fred Trumpy. Ozoria is from Galloway, NJ, attended Absegami High School, and currently lives in Absecon.  In addition to playing in the Rowan Jazz Band, Ozoria plays with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony.

New Jersey City University: Trombonist-vocalist Myles McGowan of Lodi and drummer Chris Paredes of Paterson are co-recipients of the Don Robertson Scholarship. Paredes identifies drummer Tim Horner as his most influential teacher.

William Paterson University: Tenor saxophonist Griffin Ross of Hillsborough, NC, is the winner of the Jack Stine Scholarship. Griffin has studied with Branford Marsalis.

Montclair State University: Trombonist Vito Cakaroglu of Tottenville High School on Staten Island has been awarded the NJ Jazz Society Board of Directors scholarship.

Joining the scholarship winners in the jazz social performance will be: Glen Ridge guitarist Benjamin Samuelson, Jersey City vocalist Jackie Gage, pianist Galo Inga, a graduate of Newark's Arts High School; and bassist James Nascimento, a resident of Staten Island.

Contributions to the NJ Jazz Society scholarship fund can be made by sending checks payable to NJJS Scholarship to NJJS Scholarship, c/o Mike Katz, 382 Springfield Ave., Suite 217, Summit, NJ 07901 or by credit card on njjs.org. NJJS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

SAVE THE DATE: PRINCETON BALLET SCHOOL’S ANNUAL FASHION SHOW!

West Orange Arts Council Presents Carlos Mateu's “Pop Geometric”

Pop Geometric

WHEN: on display until Saturday, June 1. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
WHERE:
West Orange Arts Center, 551 Valley Road, West Orange

Pop Geometric fuses elements of cubism with realism, surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro-Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba and life in the U.S.  His paintings fuse elements of cubism with realism, using straight lines and perspective to create a geometric and three-dimensional effect, while subtly deforming the images. Intense colors of acrylic are applied in layers like silkscreen, creating clean and precise divisions between tones, textured further with oil pastel. His subject matter incorporates surrealism and mysticism to reflect the Afro-Cuban life and religions, memories of Cuba, his life in the United States and his own creative perspective on the world around him.

Carlos Mateu was born in 1970 in Havana, Cuba, and has resided in the United States since 1997. He studied at the Fernando Aguado y Rico Technological Institute, and completed his formal art education at the renowned San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts. Carlos works as a teaching artist and Cuban dance instructor for various institutions in New York City, including the Brooklyn Museum and the  Museum of Art & Design.  He recently exhibited at Galleria360 in Florence, Museum of The City of New York, WBGO 88.3 Jazz and at Jewish Museum of NJ.

For more information about the artist, visit his fine art website, www.carlosmateu.wix.com/visualart and his dance page: www.carlosmateu.wix.com/cubandance

This program is 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 and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

The West Orange Arts Council was established in 1998 to cultivate, inspire and support the arts in West Orange. Area artists and community leaders remain the core of this all-volunteer organization that operates the West Orange Arts Center gallery and gift shop at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ.  "Welcome to the West Orange Arts Center!" is this year’s exciting year-long celebration of the arts, representing various artists, workshops, exhibits, and activities to enhance the lives of the residents of West Orange and neighboring communities.                

“1776" Opens at The Barn Theatre in Montville

1776

WHEN: May 17, 25, 31 June 1, 7, & 8 at 8pm and May 18, 19, 26 & June 2 at 2 pm. 
WHERE:
The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287
TICKETS: $25 (senior/student tickets are $23 on matinees only)

It's the summer of 1776, and a fledgling nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.

The cast of “1776" features: Thomas Barca as George Read, Brad Bebout as John Hancock, Roy Bogert as Andrew McNair, Jim Coakley as Col. Thomas McKean, Michael Daly as Leather Apron, Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, D’Angelique Dopson as Abigail Adams, Jeff Dopson as Richard Henry Lee, Joe Elefante as John Adams, Brian Eller as John Dickinson, Don Flynn as Dr. Lyman Hall, Michael Foley as Benjamin Franklin, Michael Foster as Lewis Morris, Ronan Green as The Courier, Jim Hammill as Stephen Hopkins, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston, Clinton L. Scott as James Wilson, Adam Mahonchak as Dr. Josiah Bartlett, Dave McDonald as Caesar Rodney, Donald Pauselius as Joseph Hewes, Adelaide Prekopa as Martha Jefferson, Lawrence Sanders as Rev. John Witherspoon, Robert Scarpone as Samuel Chase, Gabe Weiss as Edward Rutledge, Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman and Jared Zak as Charles Thompson.

IMAGE L to R: Joe Elefante as John Adams, Tim Daniels as Thomas Jefferson, Michael Foley as Benjamin Franklin, Cory Herbert as Robert Livingston & Larry Wilbur as Rodger Sherman. Photograph by Tom Schopper.

Circle Players presents "Sylvia" in Piscataway

SYLVIA
by A. R. Gurney
directed by Ed Faver of Roselle

WHEN: Fridays: May 17th and June 7th, at 8:00pm; Saturdays: May 18th, June 1st and June 8th, at 8:00pm; Sundays: June 2nd and June 9th at 3:00pm. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be held following the opening night performance, and a talkback will be held following the Sunday, June 2nd, performance.
WHERE:
Circle Playhouse, 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway.
TICKETS: $20 for adults/ $18 for seniors and students
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at www.circleplayers.org.

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising. One day, Greg brings home a dog he has found — or that has found him — bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.

The cast features Stephen Mennella of Somerset as Greg, Robyn Mandalakis of Somerset as Kate, Elizabeth Colagrande of Manville as Sylvia, and Aaron Ratzan of East Brunswick playing Tom, Phyllis, and Leslie.

Simon Dinnerstein and John Yau in Conversation at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Simon Dinnerstein and John Yau in Conversation

WHEN: Sunday, May 19, from 3–5 PM
WHERE:
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street in Summit
TICKETS: free and open to the public
Tickets can be reserved through the Art Center’s website, artcenternj.org. Dinnerstein’s current exhibition, Revisiting the Fulbright Triptych, will be on display at the Art Center through June 16.

Dinnerstein is an American figurative artist, best known for his masterwork, The Fulbright Triptych, which is currently on view in the Art Center’s Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery. In addition to 33 one-man exhibitions, Dinnerstein has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany and a Rome Prize for study in Italy at the American Academy in Rome.

John Yau is a poet and art critic, whose books of criticism include In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (Ecco, 1993), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 1997), and The Passionate Spectator: Essays on Art and Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2006). He was a distinguished visiting critic at the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, and School of Visual Arts in the late 1980s. He is a professor of critical studies in the visual arts department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and resides in New York City.

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.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ. Adult and children’s group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery hours: Monday–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. Visit artcenternj.org for more information.

IMAGE: Simon Dinnerstein, The Fulbright Triptych, 1971–1974, Oil on wood panels, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University,
Purchased with funds provided by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art. Image courtesy of the artist.

Free Workshop in Trenton, Lawrenceville, Princeton Explores Modern Opera “Nixon in China”

Music that Tells a Story Workshop

WHEN: Sessions begin June 1.

Attendees have a choice of three sessions:

  • Trenton: June 1, 10 am, Turning Point United Methodist Church
  • Lawrenceville: June 11, 6:30 pm, Lawrence Public Library
  • Princeton: June 12, 6:30 pm, Princeton Public Library

The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) is now accepting registrations for its popular free “Music that Tells a Story” workshop, which explores this year’s Festival opera presentation, the acclaimed modern work Nixon in China.

More information and online registration is available at the Festival website (https://princetonfestival.org/event/2019-opera-workshop/). Those interested in attending may also email education@princetonfestival.org to request a registration form.

The workshop includes a multi-media presentation about the opera by teaching artist Kyle Masson and live singing by two cast members from the Festival production. Participants who pre-register also receive tickets to the June 23 performance of Nixon in China at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, including a talk by the set designer and a backstage tour.

The opera tells the story of the first meeting between an American President and the Premier of China in February 1972. The singers portray such historical characters as President Richard Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, Chairman Mao, Madame Mao, Premier Chou En-Lai, and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Nixon in China uses gripping, marvelous music to dramatize the aspirations and human failings behind a world-changing event,” said Kyle Masson. “We are extremely happy to have singers from the Festival production to preview the music for us.”

Masson stressed that the workshop is geared to the general public with an interest in musical theater, and is suitable for anyone of middle-school age and older.

Visit www.princetonfestival.org for information on the Princeton Festival’s 2019 season, or call the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office at 609-258-2787 to purchase tickets.

D&R Greenway Land Trust Trails to Table #2 Event: Dry Run Creek Walk; Nutts on Canal, Lambertville Meal supports D&R G Mission

D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its

Trail-to-Table Walk
celebrating the land trust’s 30th year of preservation

WHEN: Sunday, May 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Event will be held in sun or light rain.
WHERE
: Dry Run Creek Preserve in West Amwell
ADMISSION: free
Register by phone (609) 924-4646 or use volunteer@drgreenway.org
Registrants will receive e-mail Saturday concerning weather, directions and the like.  Wear sturdy shoes; long pants tucked into long socks; long-sleeved shirt; hat.  Water and insect repellant important. http://www.drgreenway.org


This walk will be paired with a meal at Nutts on the Canal, Lambertville. Eat there any time between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.; say “D&R Greenway”, and the restaurant will donate 10% of your tab to the Land Trust’s preservation and stewardship mission. It is not necessary to participate in walk to support D&R Greenway with McNutts meal at any time that day. CEO/President Linda Mead and select D&R Greenway Staff and volunteers will be eating at McNutts immediately after guided walk. Public encouraged to join them. While walk is free, meal is at one’s own cost.

D&R Greenway’s President and CEO, Linda J. Mead, advises, “Come out and meet our new Assistant Director of Land Stewardship, Cindy Taylor. She and our new Director of Land Stewardship, Tina Nortas, have been busy, despite the weather of this challenging spring, preparing trails on our preserves for all of you. Deb Brockway, long-time trail-maintenance Volunteer, will be honored at this event. Our Trail-to-Table events are designed to convey key experiences of nature and of fellowship.  For this series, it is new and exciting that renowned regional restaurants are cooperating specifically with our mission to save New Jersey Land.”

Those who work behind-the-scenes on this project of nature and gastronomy are doing so “to encourage people get to know these natural treasures which are right in our own community, alongside like-minded participants of all ages,” asserts the catalytic Nancy Faherty, D&R Greenway Donor Relations, Education & Outreach.

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 30TH YEAR of preserving and protecting natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. Through continuous preservation and stewardship -- caring for land and easements to ensure they remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity -- D&R Greenway nurtures a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties. One of the first 10% of land trusts to be accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, (and recently renewed), D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future.
Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved more than 20,000 acres, an area 20 times the size of New York City’s Central Park, including 30 miles of trails open to the public. The Johnson Education Center, its circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, has been D&R Greenway’s home since 2006. Through programs, art exhibits and related lectures, D&R Greenway inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding New Jersey land.

Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Introduces Musikgarten Classes

Musikgarten Classes

WHEN: October 6, 2019 – February 2, 2020
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
Registration for Fall Musikgarten classes is open!
Visit www.jccotp.org/children-music-classes for class schedule and to register.
For questions or more information, please call Emma Brondolo, Director of Early Childhood Music at 201-569-7900, #230.

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is excited to announce the addition of Musikgarten classes to its robust programming starting this fall, where infants, toddlers and young children can explore music, singing and instruments in a fun and welcoming environment. Musikgarten classes are filled with upbeat songs, musical movement, dramatic play and storytelling and are appropriate for each developmental stage in a child’s life. Complete with wonderful CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments, and parent guidebooks, the full collection of home materials reinforces lessons and involves the whole family in the fun.

“I am so pleased to introduce this new and exciting music program to our community,” said Emma Brondolo, Director of Early Childhood Music at the Thurnauer School of Music. “Children will love learning the music and the whole family will enjoy fantastic recordings and materials that accompany the classes. “Music is very different than any other activity because it uses many parts of the brain at once and learning music at a young age is so beneficial to the well-being of a developing child. It provides an emotional outlet, fosters creativity, critical thinking skills, motor skills, collaboration, and a cultural connection. And most importantly – it’s fun! This program is an ideal introduction to music for young children, whether they are babies, toddlers, or preschoolers.”

Unique to Thurnauer, all teachers are highly-experienced musicians and early childhood educators who are experts in teaching Musikgarten classes. They bring their love and knowledge of music and share it with children and their parents, making sure that children’s musical, physical, emotional, social, and cognitive well-being are met.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music is New Jersey’s leading community music school, serving nearly 500 students from infancy through adulthood. The School, which has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, offers a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; and frequent student performances; and 20+ year partnership with the Englewood Public School District. It is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Enrollment in the school is open year-round. For further information about upcoming events or enrollment, call 201-408-1465.

JAZZ FEST IN METUCHEN THIS SATURDAY!

For more information, visit www.metuchenarts.com

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

“Durante!” Special Fundraising Event for CTG

By Grover Kemble, Tim Metz, and Regan Ryzuk

WHEN: May 18th, Doors open at 7
WHERE:
Chester Theatre Group, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester
TICKETS: $25.00; Senior citizens 65+ and students under 18: $23.00. Complimentary Beverage with admission
908-879-7304
www.chestertheatregroup.org
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Packed with his hilarious gravelly speech and catchy one-liners, and including musical selections from his unique ragtime jazz hits to many of his softer, more nostalgic ballads which endeared him to legions of fans during a career spanning well over 60 years; "Durante" is a rollicking, nostalgic jaunt through the life of this American singer, actor, comedian and ever-popular entertainer.


SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE TO HOLD SUMMER THEATER WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS, TEENS

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL morning and afternoon theater workshops

Join SUMMIT PLAYHOUSE this summer for fun and educational youth theater workshops, as well as two youth productions at The Summit Playhouse!

We are thrilled to offer HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL morning and afternoon theater workshops for ages 6-12, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR production (by audition) for ages 9-14, and our full-length production of GREASE (School Edition, by audition) for performers ages 14-18!

Workshop info:

Through our one-week, high-energy production workshops, students will sing, act, dance and experience teamwork through the magic of theater, with the week culminating in two performances per group in our air conditioned facility, in front of friends and family! Roles will be assigned based on auditions in early June and all performers will be featured and get their chance to shine!

WHEN:

  • Session 1 for ages 6-8: June 24th - June 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Performances on June 28th at 7:00 PM and June 29th at 1:00 PM.
  • Session 2 for ages 9-12: June 24th - June 28th, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM. Performances on June 29th at 7:00 PM and June 30th at 1:00 PM.

WHERE: Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit
TUITION: $350/student

Includes 15 hours of instruction and two performance dates, a workshop t-shirt, and a DVD recording of the production.

Registration closes on May 31. Click HERE for more details.

High School Musical Jr. info:

For performers ages 9-14, come out and audition for our full-staged production of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR, running July 5-14! Auditions will be held May 11 & May 13 and for those performers cast in the production, rehearsals will be held weekdays from 4:00-6:30 (performers called as needed) beginning the week of May 20. Click HERE for more details.

Grease info:

For performers ages 14-18, GREASE (School Edition), running July 25-August 4! Auditions will be held May 4 & May 6, and for those performers cast in the production, rehearsals will be held weekdays from 6:30-9:30 (performers called as needed) beginning the week of May 27. Click HERE for more details.

Director: Matthew Green

Musical Director: Daphne Meng

Choreographer: Alexa Kerner

Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at BBPAC in Teaneck!

SWEAT
by LYNN NOTTAGE
Directed by MATT OKIN

WHEN: MAY 2 – 19, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm
WHERE: Black Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Drive. (just off  Palisade Ave., GPS: 290 Walraven Drive, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
TICKETS: $30 Adults, $25 Students & Seniors
Tickets on sale now at BLACKBOXPAC.COM

Featuring: KYMBALI CRAIG, MICHAEL GARDINER, ALEX HUGHES, KIRSTEN LEWIS, KENTRELL LOFTIN, ARTHUR POGH, ELLEN REVESZ, AND LAURENCE WALLACE

With shows such as Robert Askins’ Hand to God, Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, Albee’s The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?, and Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Black Box Performing Arts Center is quickly making a name for itself as the area’s premiere destination for immersive and cutting-edge plays. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage is the third main stage show of 2019, following the NJ premiere of Significant Other by Joshua Harmon and How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl.

Sweat - presented in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service - finds the heartbeat of America with the story of a group of factory workers whose friendship is tested as they explore issues of loyalty, finances, and race. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Sweat is hailed as “…passionate and necessary…a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us…SWEAT communicates its points with minimal fuss and maximum grit. Along with the rage, despair and violence, there’s humor and abundant humanity…a cautionary tale of what happens when you don’t know how to resist” (Time Out NY). BBPAC’s production is directed by Matt Okin and features the talents of Kymbali Craig, Michael Gardiner, Alex Hughes, Kirsten Lewis, Kentrell Loftin, Arthur Pogh, Ellen Revesz, and Laurence Wallace. Sweat is sponsored in part by Fairleigh Dickinson University. Special thanks to The Cottage Bar in Teaneck, NJ for use of the space for promotional photos.

The Black Box Performing Arts Center (home of Black Box Studios) continues to emerge as the Tri-State area’s premiere destination for both cutting-edge professional theater and collaborative performing arts education — in the heart of Teaneck, NJ— just a quick ride over the George Washington Bridge. Black Box was the recipient of the 2017 Teaneck Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Arts Award, and currently serves on the Chamber Board as the Chair of the Cultural Arts Committee. In addition to main stage productions, Black Box PAC hosts special events including Open Mic Nights, Comedy Nights, and staged readings.

Rutherfurd Hall is Blooming in May!

Rutherfurd Hall invites you to visit in May. The Mansion is open for tours every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm.

There is something for everyone. For more information or tickets to any events, call (908) 852-1894 Ext 338 or go to www.rutherfurdhall.org.

Bus Tours of Historic Allamuchy
WHEN: May 29 11:00 am-12:30
pm
TICKETS: $15 per person

Visit the sites located within Allamuchy that are tied to Rutherfurd Hall. Take a ride while listening to the tour guide go back in history to the time when the Rutherfurd family stayed in Allamuchy for summer vacations. This special bus tour is open to the public. It will last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Adult Wine and Paint Night and Meet the Mayor
WHEN:
May 16, 7:00 pm
TICKETS:
$25.00 pp

Come out and meet Mayor Rick Lomonaco as he joins our paint night this month!  During this special event we will be honoring all those who have served our country by painting a rustic patriotic American flag. All supplies included! (includes canvas, paint and professional step-by-step instruction)-Pretzel Factory pretzels will be provided /BYOB and Snacks

“If you have not had a good laugh in a while this will cure you”-Mayor Lomonaco

Mantra Meditation with Jean Marie, Fostering the Journey
WHEN: May 22, 6:30-7:30 pm
TICKETS:
$15 for Meditation, $7 for Yoga

Optional Gentle Yoga before 5:50-6:20. Back by popular demand. Invite peace and wellness to your life.

Dinner and Lecture at Panther Valley Golf and Country Club
WHEN: May 22 at 6:30 pm.
TICKETS
: $45 includes buffet dinner, dessert and coffee and lecture. Cash Bar Available.

Charlie Fineran will talk about the History of Allamuchy. This is a special event. You do not have to be a member of PVG&CC to attend. Please RSVP to PVG&CC  (908) 850-0800.

SAVE THE DATE:

Fireworks at Rutherfurd Hall
WHEN: June 29- Starts at 5:00 pm.  Rain Date June 30
ADMISSION
: free

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

Free Shuttles will run and Onsite Parking as well as Premium Offsite parking will be available for purchase.

Direct From Vegas! An Evening With The Stars | May 17 in Rahway!

www.UCPAC.org  for tickets

ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK @ HUNTERDON ART MUSEUM

Our summer camps encourage your kids to build a time machine, join the circus and add a whole lot of color to their world! Most camps are half-day, so students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. We also offer a supervised lunch and after care.

Check out everything we're offering by visiting our website. All our camps are taught by professional artists and teachers.

Register by May 14th, and you'll save $20 per camp, per child.

Learn More

We are now accepting entries for our 2019 Members Exhibition, which will open later this year at the Museum. Any Museum member may submit up to five works of art for consideration in this juried show. One artist will be selected to receive a solo exhibition at the Museum in 2020.

A nonrefundable $40 fee is required to cover the costs of organizing the exhibition.

Deadline to submit your entry is July 5.

This year's juror is Pedro Barbeito, assistant professor of art and director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. For the past 20 years he has exhibited internationally in 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 70 group exhibitions.

For more information and to register, please visit our website.

Get a Great Yoga Deal this Month

We're offering a special deal through Memorial Day for our yoga classes: Sign up for our 10-Pack of 10 classes and get a bonus class for free!

Come practice yoga, calm the mind and slow the breath surrounded by works of art in our beautiful 19th-century mill. We provide classes for people of all ages, body types and levels of experience free from comparisons and led by dedicated, experienced teachers.

A 10-pack of yoga classes cost $100 for members and $120 for non-members.
We are also now offering: Hatha Class, Hatha Flow and Restore and Renew yoga classes. Learn more about our yoga classes

Get Into HAM for Free This Weekend

THAT: The Hunterdon Art Tour has a special exhibition at the Museum this weekend.

Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders can stop by the Museum this weekend and check out for free THAT: The Hunterdon Art Tour; get a sneak peek at our newest exhibition, Aurora Robson: Re:fuse; and see our Young Artists Showcase.

Bank of America's Museums on Us program is a benefit to all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders across the United States providing free admission to museums on the first weekend of every month.

To qualify, just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID at our front desk to get in for free. The benefit is for cardholders only; guests are not eligible.


Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Investors Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Large Foundation, Unity Bank, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899

MAY NEWS FROM PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE!

Paper Mill Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast

Three performances added

Now Runs through July 3rd.

Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell, and an unlikely love story are all part of the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The whole family will be enchanted by this gorgeous production, featuring stunning costumes and sets, spectacular dance numbers, and, of course, a fairy-tale ending. BUY TICKETS

New Voices of 2019

New Voices of 2019

LEARN YOUR LESSONS WELL

A night unlike any other! New Voices gets schooled by Broadway’s most enduring musicals! A show unlike any other produced by Paper Mill Playhouse, this special concert features 120 of New Jersey’s most talented young performers, including Rising Star Award winners and nominees. Three performances only!

Friday, August 2, at 7:30PM

Saturday, August 3, at 1:30PM and 7:30PM

The Larry Stevens Band in concert @ The Darress Theatre in Boonton

Darress Theatre Logo

WHEN: Friday, May 17th, 8:00PM 
WHERE
: Darress Theater, 615 Main Street, Boonton
TICKETS: $25 at the door and online
Tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets or by clicking https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4044862
For additional info, call the box office: 973-334-9292

To Help Benefit the Boonton Food Pantry

A portion of the proceeds will go to help purchase food items for the Boonton Food Pantry.  Patrons are also welcome to bring non-perishable food items to donate or to make an additional monetary donation of their own.