Friday, March 22, 2019

State Theatre New Jersey presents Grammy Award®-winning Duo


WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8pm
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $39-$99
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through 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.

This duo’s hits include “Closer to Fine,” ”Galileo,” “Power of Two” and “Least Complicated.” Joining the Indigo Girls for this performance is violinist Lyris Hung.

Thirty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, Ray and Saliers are the only duo to have Top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 charts in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

The power of unity, both in music and in life, has been an Indigo Girls calling card ever since they burst into the spotlight with their 1989 self-titled breakout album. Since then, the band has racked up a slew of Gold and Platinum records, taken home a coveted Grammy Award®, and earned the respect of high profile peers and collaborated with people from Michael Stipe to Joan Baez. NPR’s Mountain Stage called the group “one of the finest folk duos of all time” while Rolling Stone said “they personify what happens when two distinct sensibilities, voices, and worldviews come together to create something transcendentally its own.”

In 2012, the Indigo Girls embarked on a bold new chapter, collaborating with a pair of orchestrators to prepare larger-than-life arrangements of their songs to perform with symphonies around the country. The duo found an elusive sonic sweet spot with the project, creating a seamless blend of folk, rock, pop, and classical that elevated their songs to new heights without scarifying any of the emotional intimacy and honesty that have defined their music for decades. Now, after more than 50 performances with symphonies across America, the experience has finally been captured in all its grandeur on the band’s stunning new album, Indigo Girls Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

About Lyris Hung

Lyris Hung began her violin studies at the age of three in Fairfield County, Connecticut. At 11, she was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division and at 17 she started a double-degree program between the Juilliard School and Columbia University.

At college, Hung was active in contemporary music performance, playing regularly with the New Juilliard Ensemble and at the Museum of Modern Arts Summergarden concerts. At Juilliard during that time, she performed with a number of stellar conductors such as James DePriest, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, and Bobby McFerrin, and toured Japan and Korea with the Juilliard Orchestra.

Since then, Hung has become an active session violinist in NYC, performing and recording with artists from many genres. She has been heard on Bryan Adams' MTV Unplugged, live with Bono and Quincy Jones at the 1999 NetAid concert, live with the 2003 Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and has toured Europe and America with RCA recording artist Ke. In addition to touring regularly with the Indigo Girls, Hung has also played with hip-hop giant Jay-Z and Beyoncé with QuestLove of the Roots, Dan Zanes, Ornette Coleman, Toshi Reagon, and many others.

Morris Museum Continues with Second Installment of Four-Year Exhibition Series ─ “A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk”

A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk

WHEN: now through Sunday, August 11, 2019
Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown

The Morris Museum is pleased to present Simply Steampunk, the second installment of the four-year juried exhibition series, A Cache of Kinetic Art, celebrating the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata.

Following the success of last year's inaugural exhibition, this year explores the theme of steampunk art─incorporating the aesthetics of 19th-century industrial design and steam engine machinery─through 18 works of kinetic sculpture by 12 artists that were selected by a jury of practitioners in the field. The artwork on view ranges in scale from jewelry to room-sized installations, and in scope from traditional retrofuturistic sculpture to more broadly-interpreted light and soundscapes. These imaginative creations are marvels of design, engineering, storytelling, and fantasy that demonstrate the ingenuity of steampunk art today.

The themes of A Cache of Kinetic Art change annually:

  • Curious Characters, 2018
  • Simply Steampunk, 2019
  • Tiny Intricacies, 2020
  • Timeless Movements, 2021

“Enthusiastic support for A Cache of Kinetic Art continues to grow, not only among artists but also visitors who have come to enjoy, respect, and expect artwork that provokes thoughtfulness and engagement through movement,” states Michele Marinelli, Curator of the Guinness Collection. “The variety and breadth of the 18 pieces featured in Simply Steampunk are simply fabulous, from traditional steampunk designs reminiscent of 19th-century scientific novelties to contemporary constructs using present-day materials.”

This year's exhibition jurors are:

  • Rein Triefeldt, New Jersey: Solar Kinetic Artist and Co-founder of Kinetic Art Organization (KAO)
  • Brett King, North Carolina: Steampunk Artist and Costumer, Founder of AutomataCon
  • Ann Aptaker, New York: Independent Curator, Art Writer, and Professor at New York Institute of Technology.

A People’s Choice Award

Visitors are encouraged to actively participate in bestowing the People’s Choice Award. Voting by the public begins on Friday, March 15, 2019 on-site at the Museum and concludes on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on the Museum’s website and through social media on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

“The submissions for the second in our series of A Cache of Kinetic Art exhibitions have not failed to amaze us. Creative and beautifully executed artworks that incorporate movement are exponentially more difficult to conceptualize, not to mention fabricate while maintaining artistic integrity. The many challenges to overcome are why so few artists attempt it and why so few kinetic works are created each year. We’re very pleased that they can find an appreciative audience and venue here at the Morris Museum,” states Jere Ryder, Conservator of the Guinness Collection.

Exhibiting Artists and Their Works:

  • Time Machine, 2018. David Bowman, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Pterence, The Pteranodon, 2018. David Bowman, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania  (above, right)
  • Tink, The Northern Pike, 2018. David Bowman, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Bruce, 2017. Chris Cole, Bend, Oregon
  • RoboTarium No. 5, 2017. Chris Cole, Bend, Oregon
  • The Flying Machine, 2015. Ken Draim, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (top image)
  • Transformation, 1991. Kyle Dries, Glen Oaks, New York
  • Celesta, 2014. Kyle Dries, Glen Oaks, New York
  • Steampunk Valentine, 2018. Bradley N. Litwin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Professor Ignatius and Assistants Flee the Citadel, 2018. LoHiFi Productions (Chris Little and Theofani Pitsiavas), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Wedding Ring, 2018. Kenneth MacBain, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Spin Stack, 2017-18. Mike Richison, Ocean Township, New Jersey
  • Lumia Series: Orion Lumia, Hubble Lumia & Messier Lumia, 2017. Will Rockwell, West Orange, New Jersey
  • The Buddha, 2016. Walter Rossi, New York, New York
  • The Going, 2014. Walter Rossi, New York, New York\Deliriums: Cluster A, 2018. Matthew Steinke, Austin, Texas
  • Deliriums: Cluster B, 2018. Matthew Steinke, Austin, Texas
  • Deliriums: Cluster C, 2018. Matthew Steinke, Austin, Texas

Information about the participating artists is available upon request.

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by our partners at M&T Bank.

Related Events

Tea and Treasures:  Simply Steampunk, a Curator's View (Lecture and Tour)
March 20, 2018, 2:00PM

Guinness Collection Curator Michele Marinelli offers an entertaining journey into the world of kinetic artworks, including live demonstrations. This event includes light refreshments.

Museum Members: $10
Non-Members: $15 (Includes Museum Admission)

Steampunk 101: Scorsese’s Hugo with Curator’s Tour
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00PM

Join us in the Bickford Theatre for a big-screen showing of the film, Hugo, directed by

Martin Scorsese. Parisian orphan Hugo discovers a mysterious automaton. Following the film, join the Guinness staff for a tour of Simply Steampunk.

Museum Members: FREE

Non-Members: $8 (includes Museum Admission)

Curator Tour for Upper Level Members: Simply Steampunk
Wednesday, May 8, 2018, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Join Guinness Collection staff for a tour of Simply Steampunk and live demonstrations of unique pieces in the exhibition. Artist Will Rockwell will join this tour to share his insights on his work in this exhibition! Members at the Friend ($175) level and above are invited. To RSVP, or to upgrade your membership level and attend this event, please call 973.971.3721 or email

Build an Automaton! Children’s Workshop
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 12:30PM – 2:00PM

Join the Guinness staff at a maker’s workshop to assemble and decorate a kinetic sculpture to bring home. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to invite their favorite adult to help create an automaton. Each child receives one kit.

Workshop Fee: $15.00 per child

A parent must accompany the child attending but has free admission.

Advance reservation is required to ensure receiving an automaton kit: 973.971.3706

Last Look: Behind the Scenes of Simply Steampunk
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Mad science and time travel! Accompany the Guinness Collection staff into the world of steampunk kinetic art to catch a final glimpse before it closes. Artist David Bowman will join this tour to share his insights on his works in this exhibition!

Museum Members: FREE

Non-Members: $15

To purchase tickets: 973.971.3706

Location and Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit

Thursday, March 21, 2019


Women in the Arts

WHEN: March 3 to April 7. Gallery hours for Women in the Arts will be held from Mondays to Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm, excluding March 17 and March 31.
450 King George Road in Basking Ridge, on the historic grounds of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead

The Farmstead Arts Center presents the Women in the Arts show, an exhibition which will display work by notable women artists in honor of Women’s History Month.

Farmstead Arts’ annual celebration of Women’s History Month will kick off with the Women in the Arts exhibit, featuring work by five regional artists: Roberta Scott of Middlesex, Laura Shabazz of Bernardsville, Harmony Dougher of Summit, Irene Grabowski of Basking Ridge, and Diane Churchill of Nyack, NY. The exhibit will feature a variety of mediums, including painting, collage and photography. Most works will be for sale.

Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities, and lectures in history and the arts. The Farmhouse is wheelchair accessible. For more information contact Kathy Harris at 908-636-7576 or by email:

Funds for this event have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

1. Clouded Mirror by Diane Churchill

2. Del Barton Bridge by Harmony Dougher

3. Steph #2 by Roberta Scott


Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series presents

Tom Chapin 

WHEN: Friday, March 22, at 7:30 pm
: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown.
ADMISSION: Admission is $10.00 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For further information, call 973-335-9489 , or visit . The Folk Project website also offers music samples of Minstrel performers: .

Dan Pelletier will open.

In a career that spans six decades, 26 albums and three GRAMMY® awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and film.

As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.

The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating." Parents magazine stated, "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin."

Chapin launched his solo recording career with 1976's Life Is Like That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process. He also continued to venture into other creative areas, playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, working off-Broadway as musical director of both Cotton Patch Gospel and Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends , and serving as host of TV's National Geographic Explorer.

He's also written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio's Morning Edition , and had a cameo role as the Vice Presidential candidate in Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Sit for an hour with Dan Pelletier and you’ll walk away chuckling, shaking your head, wanting a long, cool drink and the red, tender lips of someone to love. He will show you himself, yourself, your lover, your family and friends and quite a few characters you may not know, but will instantly recognize. They jump out of his songs full of beauty and blemishes, brilliance and foolishness, insanity, humor, intensity and tenderness.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of

musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County Presents “The History of the Italian Jews”

The History of the Italian Jews
A talk by Rabbi Michael Klein (Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell, NJ)

WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 PM
The 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.
TICKETS: $8 members, $10 non-members
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.

The history of the Jews in Italy spans more than 2,000 years. The Jewish presence in Italy dates to the pre-Christian Roman period and has continued, despite periods of extreme persecution and expulsions, until the present. The Jewish community in Rome is likely one of the oldest continuous Jewish communities in the world, existing from classical times through today.

This program is 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.

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



WHEN: Saturday, March 23, at 8pm
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 for adults, $17.50 for children under 12 and available on-line at or by phone at (908) 979 – 0900.

Darrah Carr Dance joins Centenary Stage Company to present Ceilidh an Evening of Irish Music and Dance. The evening’s performance will also include a special pre-show presentation by An Clar School of Irish Dance.

The Bessie Award-nominated company, Darrah Carr Dance brings a bold new twist to conventional Irish dance. Their acclaimed performances draw from Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns to create high–energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. The company is comprised of championship Irish Dancers including Trent Kowalik, Tony Award-winner and the original star of Broadway’s Billy Elliot and Timothy Kochka two-time winner of the World Irish Dancing Championships and former member of Riverdance. Artistic Director Darrah Carr was named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year” by Irish America Magazine and was awarded the Irish Heritage Award from the New York City Comptroller Office in recognition of her contribution to the cultural life of New York’s Irish community. In addition to their acclaimed performances Darrah Carr Dance offers a variety of community outreach programs which include a whirlwind introduction to Irish dance, including its history, costumes and traditions. Other residencies activities include in–school performances, lectures/demonstrations, workshops and master classes.

An Clár School of Irish Dance opened in 2011 in Albany, New York, followed by Byram (Sussex County), New Jersey in January 2012. Under the instruction of Lexa Hickey, ADCRG An Clar School of Irish Dance offer classes available to children age 3 & up, ranging from tiny tots to championship level and for new and experienced dancers. Students of An Clar have the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, national & international level as well as regularly perform at dance-outs and at the annual An Clár dinner dance.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 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 Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events 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 and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.


For more information and pricing, click here.

Questions? Call 973-845-6732 or visit

WHITNEY MARCHELLE & FRIENDS Honor Woman in Jazz— Wednesday, March 27th

Honoring Woman in Jazz

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th 7:00-10:00 pm
Jazz973 Clements Place, 15 Washington St., Rutgers NJ 07102
ADMISSION: No Cover and Complimentary Refreshments


  • Whitney Marchelle Jackson - Vocals/piano,
  • James Gibbs – Trumpet
  • Lakecia Benjamin-Sax
  • Anthony Wonsey – Piano
  • Endea Owens – Bass
  • Lafrae Sci – Drums
  • plus surprise guests

Whitney Marchelle - Award Winner. Vocalist songwriter arranger plays some piano. BET, Tonight Show. Worked with: Quincy Jones ,Herbie Hancock, Steve Turre, Dee Dee Bridgewater Frank Lacy. Opened for Kiss, Bill Withers, Fat Head Newman. Style: Bebop, Soul. American Jazz Standards. Music of :Sarah Vaughn, Rachel Z, Ella, Nancy Wilson, Billie, Irene Reid, Chaka, Hoarce Silver. Jazz Times - "Formidable vocalist, a swinger of immense energy" Plays some piano, Jazz Casttanets. Sold Out shows.Cd DigDis :Features Camile Thurman, Clark Terry,Frank Lacy,Patience Higgins, Sabu Adeoyla, Terreon Gulley & More.

James Gibbs: Newark Native. Trumpet. Performed with Dr. Betty Carter,Wynton Marsalis, TS Monk, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Thomas & More.

Lakecia Benjamin: Native New Yorker. Sax. Performed with: Clark Terry Stevie Wonder,Alicia Keys, Roots.  Performs Dizzys Club, Kennedy Center.

Endea Owens: Detroit Native.Bass. Julliard Grad. Performed with: Dee Dee Bridgewater,Wynton Marsalis,Steve Turre, Jennifer Holiday.

Anthony Wonsey: Piano. From Chicago Illinois. Anthony has played with Roy Hargrove,Nicholas Payton Kenny Garrett, Nneenna Freelon. Leads his own band performing at the Kennedy Center and more.

LaFrae Olivia Sci: Okinawa, Japan Drums. Musical director for Sandra Bernhard’s Musical previously Everything Bad and Beautiful. Leads Music education Program for Jazz@Lincoln Center. Worked with Rachel Z. Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Celebrating Women's Month: A Tribute to Women in Jazz—Sarah, Ella, Billie, Carmen and Dinah

WHEN: Friday. March 22,  7PM-11PM. Seating First Come, Served 
St. Joseph's Plaza at The Priory Restaurant, 233 West Market Street, Newark. Secure parking on premises.
ADMISSION: Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover. Food or Beverage Purchase is Required Full Bar & Lounge

Special Guests:


SHERRY GIBSON & The Guys in The Band: Radam Schwartz, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bs; Gordon Lane, drms

Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26. Jam Session / Open Mic 8pm-11pm
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover 

Great Food, Full Bar & Lounge, Fine dining Area in Rear

Charlie Sigler, Guitar
Dave Braham, Organ
Les Mc Kee, drums

@WPU: A Night of Americana with The Weight Band & “THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

Featuring members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

WHEN: MARCH 22, 8:00 PM
Shea Center for Performing Arts , 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $35 Orchestra; $28 Loge

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today's audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band's treasured catalog, including "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Weight," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

NJ Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival presents

Pushcart Players' The Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: March 23, 2:00PM
Shea Center for Performing Arts , 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $10 Adults; Free admission for kids under 18.*

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A young boy's love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America's favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.

Recommended for grades Pre-K to 5.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NJPAC: Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” March 21-24

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies

Directed by André De Shields

A Co-production of NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company

March 21, 2019, 7pm

March 22, 2019, 7pm

March 23, 2019, 2pm and 7pm

March 24, 2019, 2pm

WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center Victoria Theater, 1 Center Street, Newark NJ
TICKETS: $69 - $89

Duke Ellington's high-style music is the heart and soul of this 1981 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, directed with dazzle by André De Shields.

Presented in the year marking the 120th anniversary of Ellington’s birth, this revival of Sophisticated Ladies brings the heyday of Harlem’s swanky Cotton Club into the 21st century. André De Shields returns to NJPAC after directing and choreographing the first co-production between NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company, 2018’s critically acclaimed Ain't Misbehavin'.

All those glorious Ellington numbers – “Satin Doll,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Cotton Tail,” “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Mood Indigo” – are in full swing with a glamorous cast of Broadway veterans, bright young stars and an onstage band versed in the tradition of the orchestras of Duke Ellington and his son, Mercer. It’s a high-stepping salute inspired by the ritzy nightlife and sensuous highlife of a man who lived to love.

When asked about reviving one of the most popular Broadway shows of the 1980s, De Shields said, "Fast forward nearly four decades to 2019, and the culture has gone through a tectonic shift. No longer made solely of the solidly impervious fabric of male dominance, contemporary American culture has been stretched to the point of porosity. And those porous imperfections are currently being mended by the stitch work of twenty-first century, self-empowered womanhood. Flipping the script has become a necessary tool of the postmodern female. Since it is the responsibility of my generation to explain to the succeeding generations how we got from there to here, I searched for a piece of entertainment that could be unpacked for its implicit information regarding the psychological, emotional and intellectual relationships between men and women. It occurred to me that Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies was ripe for the picking."

"From this new production of Sophisticated Ladies, audiences can expect dynamic entertainment, sparkling enlightenment and nuanced ecstasy. My creative team and I have not changed any lyric or adulterated any melody. What we have done is made the choice of not drenching the production in luxury. The set design features simple, yet elegant, Art Deco highlights while the costume design is not anchored in a singular historical period but rather subtly reflects the changing status of the female over various windows if time. The entire physical production is meant to be minimalist in order to emphasize our investigation: 'what does the authentic sophisticated lady have to say about herself?'”

Mr. De Shields' creative team will include Burke J. Wilmore (Set and Lighting Design), Kimberly Schafer (Choreography), Gail Brassard (Costume Design), with a full cast being announced soon!

André De Shields made his NJPAC debut six years ago in Prudential Hall as Zeus during an orchestral performance of The Creatures of Prometheus. He returned in 2017 to direct and choreograph the first co-production between NJAPC and The Crossroads Theatre Company, the critically acclaimed Ain't Misbehavin'. In his half-century artistic career, Mr. De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. His numerous accolades include an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival's Living Legend Award, the Black Theatre Network's 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, and many more. His body of work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, feature films, television, and cabaret. A multiple Tony Award nominee, Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty, Play On!, Ain't Misbehavin', and The Wiz (title role).



WHEN: March 20, 2019–May 22, 2019; Monday to Friday 7am-7pm; Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 6-8pm
WHERE: Academy Square Gallery, 33 Plymouth Street, Montclair

The Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Gallery presents In Stitches, a show of works by two local artists, Randy Keenan and Catherine LeCleire.  Their collections are connected through their methods of stitching artwork together to tell a larger story of expression through printmaking, assemblage, quilting and encaustic painting.

Randy Keenan’s work spans a variety of media from master quilts to multi-media assemblages. Her breathtaking quilts and fiber arts are rich in color, line and texture. Keenan’s collages express her inner consciousness.  Displaying strong colors, shapes and lines, these works have a familiar but almost unnerving quality. Her other assemblages, or mica pages, are gilded and transparent.  Layered with intrinsic items and words, each one draws in the viewer for a quiet moment of study and reflection. Each work embodies a fantastical narrative waiting to be discovered.

Catherine LeCleire’s works function in synergistic counterpoint with Keenan’s. Her prints and silkscreens offer a playful, yet powerful repetition of images or words. Using her innovative technique of transforming plastic bags into printable material, LeCleire stitches this material together to create large-scale quilt pieces with a unique awe-inspiring opacity. LeCleire’s encaustic works display strong colors and amazing textures with tremendous luminosity. Some of these works include silkscreened maps and writings embedded in the wax, whereas others consist of landscape compositions, minimalist in style yet rich in both color and texture.  

Keenan, a long time resident of the area, studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts and worked as a landscape artist creating her “Randscape” gardens throughout Montclair. LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, attended the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University. In Stitches has hemmed Keenan and LeCleire’s different works together as complementary exemplars of tapestry as a powerful means of artistic expression. (Right: Randy Keenan, Infinity, 2006, fabric collage, 12" x 9")

About the Artists

Randy Keenan graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she studied studio arts, exposing her to principles of composition, environmental design, landscape architecture, and art history. With a deep interest in the arts, she has attended experimental art conferences and workshops focusing on book making, collage, shibori dyeing, color, design, amongst others. She has been featured in 15 group shows, 14 juried exhibitions, and 24 publications.

Catherine LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.  She attended Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. While in California she taught at Otis Art Institute, California State University Dominguez Hills and California College of Arts. LeCleire is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Pratt Institute and Montclair State University; she teaches a variety of classes such as Silk Screen, Beginning Printmaking, Book Arts, Painting Processes, and Photo Printmaking. As a bookbinder, she has bound books for Bruce Connor, David Salle, Octavio Paz, Joan Mitchell, James Brown, Janet Taylor Pickett and others.  

About the Incubator Program

Studio Montclair’s Incubator Program, directed by Lisa Diamond Rosenthal and Sara Holliday, seeks to mentor new and emerging artists and provide them with a space for what is often their first solo or small group show exhibit. Kathryn Waggener McGuire was guest mentor to Keenan and LeCleire, helping with installation, concept, and marketing advice. 

State Theatre New Jersey presents Gladys Knight


WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 7:30pm
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $45-$115
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at 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.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Gladys Knight. The Empress of Soul returns to the State Theatre after a stunning performance of the National Anthem at the 2019 Super Bowl. Knight was also recently unveiled as “The Bee” in the FOX TV show The Masked Singer.

Gladys Knight is a seven-time Grammy® winner. Knight has earned number one hits in pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary, and has worked in film, television, combined with her live performances for the last 50 years.

Gladys received her big break when Gladys and the Pips debuted their first album in 1960, when she was just 16. The group went on to record some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman.” In the mid-1970s, Gladys and the Pips released “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.

Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade: Good Woman (1991); Just for You (1994); the inspirational Many Different Roads (1999); and At Last (2001). At Last produced collaborations with contemporary producers like Randy Jackson, Gary Brown and James D.C. Williams III, Jon John, Jamey Jaz, Keith Thomas, Tom Dowd, and Tiger Roberts.

In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Knight published an autobiography, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory (a line taken from her million selling recording “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”), in 1997, and the next year, she and The Pips were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual BET Awards ceremony.


by Qui Nguyen

WHEN: March 22 through March 25; Friday, March 22, at 8:00pm; Saturday, March 23, at 12:00am; Sunday, March 24, at 2:00pm and Monday, March 25, at 7:00pm
: Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave Hackettstown
TICKETS: $5.00 to $12.50 and are available online at or by phone at (908) 979–0900.
Centenary Stage Company is also offering FOMO Friday for students. FOMO Friday offers $5.00 tickets to any student from any school. FOMO Friday tickets must be purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. .

Qui Nguyen’s comedic romp hacks and slashes to the stage as Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University’s NEXTstage Repertory presents She Kills Monsters. NEXTstage Repertory is the all-student performance division of Centenary University’s Theatre Department and highlights the close collaboration between the professionally producing Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University.

Winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, She Kills Monsters is a comedic action-packed jump into the world of fantasy role playing. She Kills Monsters introduces us to Agnes Evans a high school English teacher as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeon and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events 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 and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

More to do at MAM: Classes, camps, and art talks coming up!

A Conversation with Native American Artists Michael Namingha & Mario Martinez

Hear from contemporary artists Michael Namingha and Mario Martinez at MAM's 2nd Annual Crosscurrents Lecture — an art talk exploring the intersection of Native American Art and today's contemporary art practices.

WHEN: March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

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Create something beautiful at MAM this season! MAM's Yard School of Art was just named Favorite Visual Arts Camp and Favorite Adult Art Class in the 2019 People's Choice Awards—register today and find out why!

REGISTER today—classes start on April 8!

Head to MAM for the next Member Morning!

Attention MAM members – enjoy private access to MAM’s exhibitions from on the first Saturday of the month before the Museum is open to the public and without the crowds.

WHEN: April 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Not a member? Join today!

Save the date!

An Evening with Hank Willis Thomas & Deborah Willis: Art as Social Justice

Grab your ticket early for MAM's upcoming lecture, A Conversation About Art as Social Justice: Hank Willis Thomas & Deborah Willis. Hank Willis Thomas' “speech bubble” sculpture Ernest and Ruth, is an iconic work on MAM’s grounds!

WHEN: April 11, 7:30 p.m.


Keep your eyes on MAM's calendar for a full list of programs, workshops, and special events!

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Multiple Personality Disorder for one night only!

Improv Comedy at Dreamcatcher Rep with Clark Carmichael, Laura Ekstrand, Julian Blake Gordon, Dave Maulbeck, Beth Painter, David Lee White and Emily Williams

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, at 8pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit

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Use the code HAHAHA to receive 10% off any full-price adult ticket

Come and enjoy the Dreamcatcher Improv Troupe's last appearance as Multiple Personality Disorder!

Next time we appear, we'll be sporting a new name and a new look. We'll also be welcoming more guest improvisers and appearing in some new locations. Same laughs, though, so plan to join us on March 23 at Oakes and throughout the coming year!

Dreamcatcher Rep has its own improv comedy troupe called MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER. This unpredictable evening is affordable, fun, and packed with laughs from start to finish.

The show includes improvisational comedy sketches like those seen on the popular television show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and uses audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear in a matter of minutes.

Friday Lenten Recitals continue at Grace Church Madison

Lunchtime Organ Meditations

WHEN: every Friday throughout Lent, running through April 12. The recitals begin at 12:15 following brief (5 minute) noonday prayer, and end at 12:45. 
Grace Church, 4 Main St. (Rt. 124) in at the corner of Kings Rd. and Route 124.
ADMISSION: free and open to the public
For more information call the church at 973-377-0106 extension 17 or visit

Drinks and dessert are provided after each performance. Local gourmet sandwich shop, Madison’s Slamwich Scratch Kitchen, will provide a selection of sliders and salads for suggested $7 purchase after each concert.

The organ console and pedals will be projected onto the wall for better audience viewing.

Dr. Anne Matlack is organist/choir director at Grace, where Friday Lenten Organ Recitals have been a Madison tradition since the 1950s, founded by her predecessor, Helen E.J. Thomas.

  • March 22 Jeff Clearman presents a potpourri of German, French, English, and American Lenten music. 
  • March 29 will be our annual Helen E.J.Thomas Memorial Concert, presented by Patricia Ruggles, alto, & Anne Matlack, organ; featuring alto arias from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (which Ms. Ruggles (above, right) will perform April 7 with Harmonium Choral Society), with  guest instrumentalists.
  • April 5 Kevin Davis will perform works ranging from Buxtehude to Pinkham
  • April 12, Dr. Anne will present a Family-Friendly Meet-the-Organ program for Madison school vacation, a program appropriate for kids of all ages

The Grace choir also sings a candlelit Chanted Compline after choir practice Thursdays in Lent, 8:45-9 p.m. to which the community is welcome. Come by sometime and experience it! Fifteen minutes of meditative calm to end your day.

As well as her celebrating her 28th year as music director at Grace Church, Dr. Matlack is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Harmonium Choral Society. She studied organ with Charles Krigbaum at Yale and David Mulbury at The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


The Theater Project hosts authors of nine short plays competing for a $500 prize, and awards for best actor, actress, and director.

WHEN: March 22, 23, 24. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday 2 p.m

WHERE: Burgdorff Center,10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

TIX:  $20 ($10 students) at

908 809-8865
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Monday, March 18, 2019


By Ruth Ross

In an era of fear-inducing rhetoric about immigrants from Mexico and Central America—most of them women and children fleeing violence in their home countries—invading our Southern border, George Street Playhouse’s poignantly charming production of The Immigrant is a welcome antidote to the hysteria. Chronicling the real-life experiences of his grandfather, playwright Mark Harelick has fashioned a play that illuminates the positive effects immigrants to the United States have on our society, our business community and our understanding of what it means to be human.

Over a timespan of about 75 years, we follow the trials and travails of Haskell Garelick (later renamed Harelick to avoid the association with garlic) after he fled the violent pogroms perpetrated by Russian Cossacks et al on the country’s Jewish citizens. After disembarking at the port of Galveston, Texas, in 1909, Haskell makes his way to the little town of Hamilton with a wheelbarrow filled with bananas that he sells for a penny apiece. One of his customers, the good Christian woman Ima Perry, takes pity on the poor Yiddish-speaking, earnest young man, buys his bananas and convinces her skeptical banker husband Milton to let Haskell wash up at their well and, later, to rent a room in their house—the room formerly occupied by Charlie, their son who ran away and hasn’t been heard from since. Over the course of time, Milton lends Haskell money to upgrade to a wagon and horse to a fruit and vegetable market to, finally, a dry goods store. With no Jews in the area, Haskell sheds his yarmulke, abandons the kosher laws governing food and becomes a secular Jew, a situation that pains his wife Leah, whom he brings over with the money he’s squirreled away from his business. The two build a business; raise a family of three sons; engender a friendship with the Perrys who, despite their fear (and initial denigration) of Jews, discover that they have more in common than they thought; and pursue the American Dream.

This heartwarming, uplifting story is told through a series of vignettes by a quartet of talented actors. Benjamin Pelteson (left) is spot on as Haskell, speaking Yiddish (interlaced with a bissel English) for most of the first part of the play, writing yearning letters to his wife Leah back in Russia and attempting to make sense of this new life. He’s acquiescent too until 1939 when he bares his soul in an argument with Milton Perry. Chafing under feeling a need to express his gratitude for his mentor’s support, Pelteson really rises to dramatic heights when he cries, “When do I get to be a man?”

As Milton, Haskell’s adviser and nemesis, R. Ward Duffy (right, with Pelteson) is appropriately gruff and distrustful of the stranger, but is quick to show his respect for Haskell’s work ethic. He’s especially tender in the scenes where he and Haskell wait out Leah’s labor pains, when he reveals what went on with Charlie that caused his son to leave.

The women are equally as fine. Lauriel Friedman’s Leah will break your heart as she struggles with a language and customs that make her feel stupid. Her scenes with Ima are touching as the two grow closer, despite their cultural and religious differences, and Friedman convincingly conveys Leah’s growth from fearful girl to the family matriarch. Gretchen Hall’s Ima struggles, too, with her fear of “the other,” but she’s game to learn new Yiddish expressions, to much merriment as she mispronounces words but gets the idea of what they mean. Her maternal side is awakened again, as she fusses over Leah and beams with pride as her protégée blooms into a competent, confident young American woman.

Jim Jack (who directed My Name Is Asher Lev) directs with compassion and skill; the scenes change smoothly, thanks to Jason Simms’ very functional scenic design (sliding barn doors open to reveal a variety of venues, handmade quilts hang above the stage) atmospherically lit by Christopher J. Bailey. Actual photographs of Haskell and family, Hamilton and, later, their sons are projected on the back wall of the stage, giving the play verisimilitude and reminding us that the characters and events are real. Scott Killian has composed original music blending klezmer and country that will set your toes tapping. And Àsta Bennie Hostetter’s costumes, especially those worn by Leah, beautifully evoke the passage of time—and fashion styles!

For me, the most moving part of The Immigrant is the final scenes, where Pelteson as Milton Harelick (the playwright’s father) brings us up to 1985. While I won’t give anything of substance away, suffice it to say that I had to dig for some tissues.

The hardships endured by Haskell Harelick are universal: learning a new language, learning to navigate the culture and customs of his new country, clinging to or shedding his own religious and cultural traditions. The United States is a nation of immigrants; everyone here came from somewhere else. The Immigrant reminds us of the great contributions of the immigrants who came before us (and who are our own ancestors)—and of those attempting to come right now. It’s difficult to make the case for denying them a new, safe life after seeing this moving production. Kudos to the George Street Playhouse for reminding us of our past—and future.

The Immigrant will be performed at George Street Playhouse’s temporary space at 103 College Farm Road, off Route 1 South, in New Brunswick, through April 7. Bring the family to see this heartwarming play. For information and tickets, call the box office at 732.246.7717 or visit online.


A young mathematician carrying a copy of The Old Man and the Sea travels from Afghanistan to Omaha, and arrives on the doorstep of retired literature professor Dr. Harold Banks.

Across the world in Maidan Shar, Harold's adopted daughter teaches The Diary of Anne Frank and finds herself unexpectedly in love.

Heartland is a magical new play about family, grace and the consequences of defending an American Empire.

Luna Stage, 555 Valley Rd., West Orange
TICKETS: Discount Code: FFHEART. Get $5 off tickets if you purchase online by 3/22! Maximum 4 tickets per order.

UCPAC's March Madness Sale Now On Through March 31st

Announcing the UCPAC's March Madness Sale, running from March 15 at 5 PM until March 31 at 11:59 PM!

Use code "MADNESS" for 20% off remaining seats for




You must buy at least TWO tickets to use this discount! Input the code for online orders, or tell our box office associates the code over the phone!

(Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or applied to past purchases.)

These headliners are selling fast, with only limited seating options remaining for each! Buy now, or risk missing out!



WHEN: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:00 PM
UCPAC Mainstage, 1607 Irving St., Rahway, NJ

Eddie Money continues to delight new and old fans alike throughout the country. He burst onto the scene in 1977 with his debut album that went double platinum with hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” The former New York City police officer continued his success streak with some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love,” "Take Me Home Tonight" and “Shakin’.”

Mickey Thomas is considered one of rock music’s most recognizable stars. He first made his mark in 1976 with The Elvin Bishop Band and the hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” before joining Jefferson Starship in 1979. The group immediately scored a No. 1 hit with “Jane.” The group renamed itself Starship and released a string of hits, including “We Built This City” and the Oscar-nominated “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from the movie “Mannequin.” “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over” became MLB's theme in 1987. Every album released by the group has gone gold, platinum and multiplatinum.



WHEN: Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:00 PM
WHERE: UCPAC Mainstage, 1607 Irving St., Rahway, NJ

Join Lance Bass of the hit boy band *NSYNC as he takes you on a journey through pop hits of the 2000s. With performances by O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, and opening act, Nitty Green and Riff. This show is sure to bring you on a trip down memory lane and have you singing along. Get your tickets today; your inner fan girl will thank you!

Enroll in Spring Improv Class, starting April 6

2019 Improv Comedy Classes for Adults & Teens

Spring Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, April 6 - May 11, 2019 (six weeks), 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Summer Class Level 1:

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 19 - July 24, 2019 (six weeks), 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Summer Class Level 2:

WHEN: Saturdays, June 8 - July 27, 2019 (eight weeks), 10:00am-12:00 pm
: Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $280 for eight classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

You can read more:

Or simply enroll now!

I believe that anyone can improvise—anyone!  And if you're saying, "Nuh-uh, not me!" then I must respectfully disagree. Sorry to be so blunt, but I've witnessed it time and time again. ANYONE can improvise.   —Lulu French, Instructor

Dreamcatcher Junior Early Bird Registration through April 15th

WHEN: Classes run July 8 to 26, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ

Dreamcatcher Junior is a three-week theatre experience in Summit, NJ. It combines building skills through study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects with the opportunity for students to create and perform their own play.


All early bird registrations save $25 per student.

Early Bird Registration good only through April 15, 2018


Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Vibraphonist Cherry Chen leads the band and the session. Session Special guest will be trumpeter Ted Chubb. 

The DIVA Jazz Trio takes their multiple musical powers to extraordinary new levels of swing, sophistication and originality. After 10+ years of playing together, this triple treat of talent has melded their individual skills into a fresh, exciting trio rooted in jazz tradition and unified by a collective inspiration and passion to make exceptional music. The trio has performed at many of the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center as well as major European spaces. They were also featured on the late, legendary Marian McPartland's National Public Radio Show, Piano Jazz.



Raised in Osaka, Japan, this talented musician began studying the organ at the age of three, at the famed Yamaha Music School. After discovering her passion for jazz very early in her musical journey Akiko launched her career immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. After landing in the mecca for jazz, New York City, it didn't take long for Akiko to make her mark - she was soon embraced not only by audiences, but by her fellow musicians, as one of the top organ players in the city.

It was an invitation to sing with a local jazz trio that got her hooked. While studying classical piano at the Janacek Conservatory in the Czech Republic, Emma Larsson sat in with the group on one of their gigs and never looked back. Emma signed her first recording contract with Imogena Records while working towards her Masters Degree at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.Since moving to New York, Emma has performed regularly around the city including headlining at the Blue Note.


April 10 will mark the 9th Anniversary of NBJP and this year, in lieu of a fundraising event, we are having a PIANO DRIVE!

We have made it thus far without a piano and have been able to bring hundreds of stellar jazz artists to New Brunswick. However, we know that having a piano will allow us to present an even wider array of musicians. We are going to place the piano downstairs at Tavern on George, our weekly Wednesday venue.

PLEASE help by donating a piano key (or two) at $50 each by April 10!! Your name will be listed on a plaque installed near the piano.

You can mail a check to New Brunswick Jazz Project, 8 Hiram Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, donate online via PayPal on our website, or give your donation to Virginia, Mike or Jimmy at any NBJP event.

Please be sure to note NBJP- 88 on your donation. The New Brunswick Jazz NPO is a recognized tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and your donation is deductible to the extent the law allows.







WHEN: March 22-31, 8 PM
Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha

Guest Review: Talented cast has fun with absurd comedy at CTG

Guest Reviewed by Rick Busciglio (

The previously scheduled performances of The Bald Soprano last weekend was postponed due to the sudden illness of one of the actresses. In keeping with the old adage that THE SHOW MUST GO ON, the CTG team has made a remarkable effort in presenting The Bald Soprano last night with Gayle Hendrix joining the cast. Ms. Hendrix demonstrated her skill in beautifully subbing this dialogue rich part—albeit with script in hand.

The play The Bald Soprano is not a favorite on the community theatre scene. In fact, it is fair to say it is rarely produced anywhere! The plot? Two middle age English couples, one eccentric maid, and an equally eccentric Fire Chief (the maid's lover) spend a quiet evening in the flat of one couple. Did I say that both couples are also eccentric? Even the Monty Python team would be mystified by the bizarre verbal exchanges. Yes, it IS a comedy, but don't look for any input from Neil Simon.

The play is of French origin—La Cantatrice Chauve has been translated from French as The Bald Soprano or The Bald Prima Donna—is the first play written by Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco and was first presented in 1950. Today, the play is recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd.

Please don't dismiss this production because of its quirkiness. It is a fascinating piece of theatre deserving of the attention of true theater fans. It will be generating discussion long after the trip home.

If anything, enjoy the marvelous cast. The first couple is the Smiths, Matt Cotton and Gail Hendrix, both CTG veterans, they are a marvelously boring couple. Ms. Hendrix, deserves her own round of applause for stepping in to the part literally at the last moment. She saved the day. At the plays opening, Mrs. Smith is informing her husband of all the things that have happened that evening, even though he was there.  Their amusing discussion of a family in which everyone is named Bobby Watson is a comedy highlight.

The second couple, the Martins, is not as boring, yet somehow properly English—aloof, dull and quite bizarre. Prime example: Through a process of illogical deduction, they are forced to conclude that they are actually husband and wife!  They are played nicely by Keith Beechey and Liza Harris. Beechey is right out of a Fawlty Towers episode. The other two 'lovers' are Lily Boyle as Mary, the maid, she makes dusting into an art, and James Houston as the fire chief in search of a fire. They contribute uniquely to the craziness.

The play is a CTG Black Box Production: directed by Rachel Lichter Friden;  producer Stephen Catron; stage manager Will Sandoval; and lighting Ellen Fraker-Glascock.

Performances are  Saturday, March 16 at 8 pm with two matinees on Saturday and Sunday, the 17th at 2 pm. The Black River Playhouse, home of the Chester Theatre Group, is located at 54 Grove St, Chester, NJ 07930 Phone: (908) 879-7304

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Korn Gallery at Drew University Presents Photographs by Steven Gilbert

The Korn Gallery at Drew University invites you to

CURATOR: Raymond Saá Stein

WHEN: March 20–April 24; RECEPTION: Friday, March 22 | 5–7 p.m. GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday–Friday | 12:30–4 p.m. Selected weekends and by appointment.
Korn Gallery | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, 36 Madison Ave., Madison


WHEN: Tuesday, March 26 | 1 p.m.
Korn Gallery | Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

This photographic portfolio reverently depicts a simple eighteenth-century farmhouse as a cozy shelter for mind as well as body.