Sunday, January 27, 2019

NEW GALLERY, NEW EXHIBIT OPENS IN LIVINGSTON FEB. 1st

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CARNEVALLE

WHEN: The new exhibit will open on February 1, 2019 and be on display through March 17, 2019 with an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 11am - 4 pm. Gallery hours Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm and by appointment on the weekends. 
WHERE:
106 Naylon Avenue in Livingston

After both a successful opening and special exhibition for World AIDS Day, La Vie Galerie LLC , a new fine art gallery in Livingston, New Jersey, is honored to announce the opening of a new exhibit in honor of Carnevale.    

Carnevale features the photography skills of award-winning photographer Lester Blum in Gallery A. The other galleries will explode with powerful, dynamic artwork executed by 24 skilled artists most of who are from Essex County, New Jersey and the surrounding area.

Curated by Vladimir Rios, entrepreneur, artist and owner of La Vie Galerie LLC, the work presented includes paintings, pastels, photography, digital painting, silverpoint, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry. The styles, media, and background of the artists are varied and diverse offering the viewer a visual experience with artistic diversity.

Artists and/or their work will be rotated approximately every six weeks to offer the viewer a different experience on each gallery visit. Periodically throughout the year, special exhibits pertaining to social issues will be presented such as the I Still Remember exhibit on World AIDS Day. The focus of these exhibits will be to educate the viewer through visual arts.

La Vie Galerie LLC is a multi-room gallery which exhibits emerging, mid-career, and established artists creating contemporary paintings, fine art photography, sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry. The gallery is all inclusive – not restricting the artists because of background or credentials.  The mission of the La Vie Galerie LLC is to provide its artists greater exposure to a new market.

Photos, videos and additional information can be found on the La Vie Galerie LLC Facebook page. Kindly LIKE the page.

This exhibit is sponsored by FCC Products, Inc. located in Livingston, New Jersey.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Exuberant New "Nina Simone Musical" to Premiere January 29 in New Brunswick

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Little Girl Blue—The Nina Simone Musical
written & performed by Laiona Michelle
Music by Nina Simone
directed by Devanand Janki

WHEN: January 29 — February 24, 2019
WHERE:
George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick
TICKETS: begin as low as $25 and are already in high-demand. Audiences are encouraged to buy now to secure their seats. Multi-play subscription packages, offering the very best seats at the best prices, are also still available.

FIND GREAT SEATS STARTING AT $25

To purchase a subscription, find tickets, or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org, or call the box office at 732-246-7717. 

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The world premiere of Little Girl Blue—The Nina Simone Musical, a powerful new show exploring the life of American icon Nina Simone, as told through her own words and groundbreaking music—will kick off 2019 at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Written by Laiona Michelle (Broadway’s Amazing Grace), also starring as Nina Simone in a passionate breakout role, this exuberant premiere musical reveals a life in-between the black and white keys, a journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul, told through the beloved songs of Nina Simone.

“Arriving on the advent of Nina Simone’s 2018 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this extraordinary musical could not be coming at a more appropriate time,” George Street Playhouse’s Artistic Director David Saint said.

Writer and star Laiona Michelle previously appeared at George Street in the theatre’s 2017 production of American Hero, opening to critical acclaim and delivering what The Star-Ledger called an “electric performance” that “simmers and crackles as a live wire.”

“In this piece, Laiona is unbelievable. She truly becomes Nina Simone,” Saint continued. “This past summer, she sang a single song at a preview here on our theatre’s pavillion, and the crowd went wild.”

In November 2018, Michelle also sang select pieces from the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in a special preview performance.

“Nina Simone has always been a kindred spirit to me,” Michelle said. “This is a gut-wrenching, hypnotic concert in two acts. We go on a rollercoaster ride together with her, just wanting to be loved and accepted for who she was as a woman and that fight that continued to the day she died.”

Taking place between 1968 and 1976, with flashbacks to Simone’s formative years as a child and young adult, Little Girl Blue—The Nina Simone Musical  explores Simone’s experiences and involvement throughout the American Civil Rights Movement while also examining the personal trials, tribulations, and relationships that further inspired her repertoire of hit songs.

“I feel like introducing this show at George Street Playhouse is the perfect marriage for me,” Laiona Michelle added. “I’m so glad to be able to debut Little Girl Blue here.”

WATCH A PREVIEW FEATURING SELECTIONS FROM LITTLE GIRL BLUE

About George Street Playhouse

Originally located in an abandoned supermarket on the corner of George and Albany Streets, George Street Playhouse was the first professional theatre in New Brunswick and played a major role in the revitalization of the downtown area.  In 1984, the Playhouse moved to a renovated YMCA on Livingston Avenue, and in 2017 took temporary residence in the former Agricultural Museum during construction of its new home.

Beginning with the 2019-20 Season, George Street Playhouse will move to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center in downtown New Brunswick.  Featuring two state-of-the-art theatres and myriad amenities, the NBPAC will mark a new era in the esteemed history of George Street Playhouse.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint since 1998, and Kelly Ryman, Managing Director since 2013, the Playhouse produces groundbreaking new works, inspiring productions of the classics, and hit Broadway plays and musicals that speak to the heart and mind, with an unwavering commitment to producing new work.  As New Brunswick’s first producing theatre, George Street Playhouse became the cornerstone of the City’s arts and cultural landscape. With its 45-year history of producing nationally renowned theatre, the Playhouse continues to fill a unique theatre and arts education role in the city, state and greater metropolitan region.

Early Bird Gets the Aisle @ AXELROD PAC in Deal Park

Returning to the Axelrod on Saturday, February 17, The Capitol Steps is back and they’re bringing the Washington DC circus with them! America’s most hilarious troupe of political comedians are touring with their new show MAKE AMERICA GRIN AGAIN, and it’s exactly what we need to help us sort out the twists and tweets, firings and misfirings and other death-defying circus acts of our elected officials. There’s never been a better time to catch The Capitol Steps than in this glorious Era of Trump.

By popular demand, The Doo Wop Project returns in June this year! Five handsome guys from the Broadway stage singing popular tunes from the ‘50s to the present. This is the Axelrod’s most popular show and it always sells out fast. Get your two on the aisle today!



The hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! makes its Jersey Shore debut in a brand new production created by Barry Ivan, whose work has been hailed at the country’s most prestigious regional houses, including Pittsburgh CLO and North Shore Music Theater. Don’t miss this exceptional cast parading through favorite tunes like “Dancing Queen,” “SOS” and “The Winner Takes It All".


WHERE: Axelrod PAC, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
BUY TICKETS
www.axelrodartscenter.com

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***Donations to the Axelrod PAC, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax-deductible.***

The Axelrod Performing Art Center is dedicated to offering our Members and Audiences the very best of Broadway and beyond...and what better time to donate and become a member than now? See Membership Opportunities!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

JERSEY JAZZ ENGAGEMENTS!

Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics
www.doctordubious.com

WHEN: Friday, January 18, 2019, 7-9 PM
WHERE: The Jazzberry Patch at Classic Quiche Café, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.
ADMISSION: $12 admission, full dinner menu and BYOB. Reservations suggested to insure seating. Call 201-692-0150

Hot jazz of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. 5 piece band.

Bob DeVos Duo 

WHEN: January 21 & 27, 12:00 noon-3:00pm
WHERE: Marcus B&P, 56 Halsey Street, Newark NJ  
ADMISSION: No Music Charge 973.645.0004
www.marcusbp.com

Bob DeVos-guitar, Brian Glassman-bass, Dave Braham-piano

Reservations highly recommended. And, the listening from either the bar or from tables is great—jazz and Great American Songbook selections.
www.bobdevosjazzguitar.com

WHEN: Jan 23,  12:30 pm 
WHERE:
Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ
ADMISSION: free

Ellen LaFurn, vocals, Vic Cenicola, guitar and Ron Naspo, bass

Entertaining program on the American Songbook.

Jam Session @ 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro 

Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 8pm-11pm
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Restaurant, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
ADMISSION: No Music Cover. Food or Drink Purchase is required

Jam Session Open Mic 2nd Set

Radam Schwartz, organ
Charlie Sigler, guitar
Les Mc Kee, drms

www.16prospect.com
908-232-7320

On Pointe: Behind the Score of “Beauty and the Beast”

Behind the Score of Beauty and the Beast 

WHEN: Friday, January 18 | 5:15 PM
WHERE:
Princeton Ballet School Princeton Studio, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton

Please join us for a preview and discussion of Tchaikovsky’s rich and distinct melodies, which provide the backdrop for Kirk Peterson’s upcoming world premiere of Beauty and the Beast.

*Everyone who enters will receive an email with a special discounted ticket offer.

Full On Pointe Schedule!

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) is reinventing the community’s inside access to the dance world through a FREE monthly enrichment series entitled On Pointe. Held at Princeton Ballet School’s studios in Princeton, and other locations, ARB brings guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, company performance previews, and panel discussions to seasoned dance enthusiasts and new students alike.

ARB launched On Pointe in October 2010 as part of the organization’s larger strategy to make ballet more accessible to the community. On Pointe allows the community to interact with the acclaimed artists and collaborators involved with ARB in an intimate setting. Through On Pointe, company blogs, online resources, and other Access & Enrichment initiatives, ARB aims to build dance enthusiasts and nurture appreciation for the art form as a whole.

RVCC to Feature Artwork by Students in Independent Study, Interior Architecture and Design Programs

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WHEN: January 22-February 8.* An artists’ talk will be held Friday, January 25, from 5-6 p.m., in the Art Gallery, followed by a reception from 6-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
WHERE:
RVCC Art Gallery, 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
ADMISSION: free of charge and open to the public
For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. or contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present an exhibition of work by RVCC independent study students and current students and alumni from the Interior Architecture and Design program.

PR_Sharmily Patel_DUNLINS SPRINTS_PavilionThis exhibition, organized by RVCC faculty members Darren McManus and Virginia Smith, includes student work in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and interior architecture and design.

The exhibition highlights the artwork of students who have participated in an independent study from the Spring, Summer or Fall 2018 semesters. Advanced art students at RVCC work with individual instructors in their various fields of interest on projects of an advanced nature. Students develop a more independent studio practice than in a classroom situation, facilitated by a concentrated opportunity to develop their own ideas and visions. Additionally, this exhibition will showcase the work of current students and alumni from RVCC’s Interior Architecture and Design program.

*Gallery hours are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m.

TOP LEFT: “Little Blue Girl,” by Berendina Buist, screenprint, created Fall 2018
ABOVE RIGHT: “Dunlins Sprints Pavilion,” by Sharmily Patel, digital concept drawing, created Fall 2018

Winter 2019 Art Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults at Farmstead Arts

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Winter Art and Sculpture Classes for All Ages
WHEN: Four, six or eight week classes begin the week of February 5th. Classes are scheduled throughout the day Tuesday through Saturday.
WHERE:
Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TUITION: Class fees range from $100 - $220 depending on session length
To sign up for classes, visit http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com.
For information, please call 908-636-7576 Mondays through Wednesdays, or send an email to admin@farmsteadarts.org.
Further information and class fees are available at farmsteadartscenter.org. Class fees include all materials.

Art classes resume at the Farmstead in February, with a line-up that includes painting and drawing classes for all ages and levels of experience, featuring watercolors and gouache, acrylics, pastels, colored pencil, clay and sculpture. Also available are portrait, figurative, landscape, animal portraits, and illustration and cartooning classes. All classes are held in the cozy environs of the farmhouse at the Farmstead Arts Center, and are taught by Farmstead’s all-star faculty: Doug Schiller, Margaret Fanning, Oscar Peterson, Stefano Junior, and Debbie Limoli.

The farmhouse is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to admin@farmsteadarts.org.

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

McCARTER THEATRE CENTER ANNOUNCES 2019 LAB SPOTLIGHT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

THE 2019 LAB SPOTLIGHT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

In each of their respective careers, playwrights Alexis Sheer, Serina Fillinger and Jiehae Park have quickly made a name for themselves in the industry as writers with unique insights and a fresh eye for storytelling. McCarter audiences will now be able to experience their works live, with two of the plays being presented publically for the first time anywhere. 

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord                                                                           
Written and directed by Alexis Sheer

WHEN: January 25 at 7 p.m.
WHERE
: McCarter’s intimate Berlind Studio, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $15 and available online at mccarter.org, by phone 609-258-2787, or in person at the Ticket Office. Limited availability. Festival Passes are available for $30, and give you access to all three readings.

Four high school girls. An elite club. A treehouse. Pablo Escobar. This wild thriller tests the limits of imagination and what happens when teenagers’ harmless fun turns into something much more threatening.

Untitled Aging Play
By Jiehae Park
Directed by Knud Adams

WHEN: January 28 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: McCarter’s intimate Berlind Studio, 91 University Place, Princeton

In this delicate, moving McCarter commission, a couple contemplates and explores the effects of aging on their bodies, their minds, and their relationships.

POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive
By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Jennifer Chambers

WHEN: February 4 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: McCarter’s intimate Berlind Studio, 91 University Place, Princeton

When the President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, the women he most relies upon risk their careers, families, and freedom to save the day. Fillinger’s female-centered farce is a rowdy and irreverent look at sex and politics.

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Holds “Art for All: Featuring the Artistic Talents of Differently-Abled Children, Teens & Adults”

Art for All: Featuring the Artistic Talents of Differently-Abled Children, Teens & Adults

WHEN: Opening Reception: Sunday, February 3, 1-3 pm. Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am - 10 pm; Friday and Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm; closed Saturday. There will be a free opening reception on Sunday, February 3, 1-3 pm.
WHERE:
Waltuch Gallery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
ADMISSION: free
For more information please contact Shelley Levy at 201.408.1489.

In recognition of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month, which is nationally celebrated in February each year, the Waltuch Gallery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is sponsoring its annual art exhibition that features the artistic talents and accomplishments of individuals in our community with special needs. This year, more than 200 pieces were submitted for this month-long exhibition from 10 different regional schools and programs. Works include framed drawings and paintings, as well as ceramics, cube sculptures, digital paintings, photography and more. Each piece showcases the creative talents of school-aged children, teens, adults, including participants of the JCC Guttenberg Center for Special Services.

Art for All celebrates not only the creative, artistic talents of these individuals, but also the spirit of inclusion that we here at the JCC pride ourselves on,” says Shelley Levy, Director of the Guttenberg Center for Special Services.

Join Rutherfurd Hall for a Night at the Races!

WHEN: January 26th, 7 PM. First race starts promptly at 7:30.
WHERE:
Rutherfurd Hall | 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy
ADMISSION: $50
Sponsor and name a horse for an additional $50, and receive a ticket for a Grand Prize drawing. If your sponsored horse wins, you receive an additional ticket to win one of the Grand Prizes.
Make your reservation now!

You're Invited!

Wear your best Kentucky Derby attire and join us for a Night at the Races.

Enjoy a Kentucky Derby-themed event with elegant passed hors d'oeuvres (Catered by David's Country Inn), open bar including wine, prosecco, beer, a signature cocktail, coffee and desert.

Actual races will be shown on a screen to create the atmosphere of being at the Kentucky Derby. Win Prizes, Tricky Tray Baskets or the 50/50.

A special prize will be awarded for the best Derby hat.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Last chance to enroll in Winter Improv Session, starting January 19!

2019 Improv Comedy Classes for Adults & Teens

Winter Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, January 19 - February 23, 2019 (six weeks) 12:00 - 2:00 pm
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $210 for six classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

Spring Class Open Level:

WHEN: Saturdays, April 6 - May 11, 2019 (six weeks) 12:00 - 2:00 pm
WHERE:
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
WHERE:
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
WHERE:
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
FEE: $280 for eight classes
(Instructor: Lulu French)

You can read more: https://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/2018-2019-improv-classes

Or simply enroll now! http://www.dreamcatcherrep.org/class-registration

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

Kids’ Bollywood Classes Start Friday in Hoboken

with Pooja Uberoi

WHEN: Classes begin Friday, Jan 18th. Ages 3-4 4pm-4:45pm. Ages 5-6 5pm-5:45pm. Ages 7-12 6pm-7pm
WHERE: 1018 Washington St 2nd Floor, Hoboken, at Garden Street School of the Performing Arts
TUITION: We we hold a 6 week Pop Up Class after the free trial. $99 for the 6 weeks class, or $18 Drop In.
EMAIL US ASAP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. WE ONLY HAVE A FEW SPOTS LEFT. HobokenBollywood@gmail.com

Intro to Bollywood

A 6-week Intro to Bollywood. Package includes introduction to 4 different styles of dancing in Bollywood.  A new dance style is taught every week from a selection of styles (Traditional, Folk, Contemporary, Western, Soft, Techno & International) from Bollywood.  It can end in a small studio performance for parents to come and watch.

Pooja Uberoi is the founder and owner of the Artistic Dance Company - IKIGAI USA which operates in USA and India.

Pooja Uberoi is the Producer for the NYC Dance Week and Founder of Funkar - aNYC10 Initiative. She has more than 13 years experience as a dancer and teacher in Jazz schools, the Bollywood Industry in Mumbai, India and New York City. She was a Board Member and Head of Nation Dance School in India before moving to NYC. Pooja was running a dance school with 800 students in India. She has also choreographed full length Bollywood Musicals and kids musicals. She has choreographed and taught at dance schools, events, shows, to celebrities and has over 10 years of performing experience in India and the USA.

Pooja has performed her choreographies and taught at the prestigious CBS This Morning, Dance USA Dance, and in schools in India, NYC, California, Canada, Puerto Rico, Israel and Mexico.

She is the Brand Ambassador For Dance USA Dance, NYC, and Hotstar, USA. She is also a consultant for a music school, a fitness start up, and runs international arts management company called Artists East West.

She believes in spreading art as a means of education and happiness, which is the meaning and vision of her company IKIGAI—a Japanese term for a state of happiness where you do what you love and what the world needs.

Bollywood Dance originated from the Bollywood (Hindi) Movie Industry as a free style dance fused with elements from Indian classical and folk dance forms. It has been and still a song and dance sequence with larger than life expression through various different moves, grandeur sets, picturesque locations and large ensemble.
In the recent times, Bollywood expanded and emerged into a dance style of its own kind with a creative amalgamation as it carried the culture and tradition of India along with various different classical and folk dance forms fusing it further with elements from western dance forms like Jazz, Hip hop, Latin and many other old (Rock n Roll / Twist / Etc.,) and modern dance forms making it into an appealing dance form for all age groups and tastes.

Bollywood music ranges from traditional to extremely modern & western and from soulful compositions to feet tapping numbers. The soulful compositions make one want to get in touch with their emotions while the feet tapping numbers exude the upbeat energy making one want to dance letting them get in (re)touch with their inherent light and fun side. 

“We Shall Overcome”A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Friday in Princeton

WHEN: FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, at 8:00pm
WHERE:
McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25
Buy Tickets Here!

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. King, We Shall Overcome brings together music from traditional gospel to jazz, Broadway, and spirituals—masterfully led by the talented Damien Sneed.

“Damien brings positivity and optimism to every occasion. His talent stretches across traditional divisions. He uses his artistry to make our world a better place.”
—Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Play Reading: “Wolf and Badger” this Thursday in Jersey City

Jersey City Theater Center

JCTC Play Reading:

Wolf and Badger
Written by: Michael John McGoldrick
Director: Cheryl Katz
Cast: Ben Izlar, Scott Cagney and Paige Sciarrino
Stage directions read by: Norrice Raymaker

WHEN: Thursday, January 17. Doors 7:30/Show 8 PM
WHERE:
Jersey City Theater Center • 339 Newark Avenue 2nd Fl • Jersey City
ADMISSION: Suggested donation $5
TICKETS

Wolf and Badger tells the story of two brothers from an economically depressed town who turn their frustrations on one another: one brother is ready to leave, the other resents his escape. Into this combustible mix comes a drug-addicted friend who tells a not-entirely-believable story about how to make some quick cash. A play about shifting alliances and fraternal bonds. Set during the height of our nation's opioid epidemic, this play tells a story about a forgotten part of America.

MUSICAL EVENTS COMING TO McCARTER THEATRE CENTER

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THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER’S
ALL-STAR PIANO QUARTET

WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Matthews Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at
mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

McCarter welcomes The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for an evening of chamber music. Four stars are aligned in this quartet, including The Chamber Music Society’s co-artistic directors Wu Han and David Finckel; violist Paul Neubauer; and acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, a soloist in his
own right who doubles as music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Their program includes two of the all-time classic piano quartets, those of Brahms (No.3 in c, Op.60) and Dvořák (in E-flat, Op. 87), plus a rarity: the Quartet in A by the Czech Romantic composer Josef Suk.

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THE MIDTOWN MEN
Four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys

WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.
WHERE:
Matthews Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25 and can be purchased online at
mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office.

After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances on Broadway in Jersey Boys, Tony Award®-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony® nominee J. Robert Spencer bring their signature sound, breathing life into their favorite 1960s hits. Music from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, the Four Seasons, Motown and more are all sung in an infectious style all their own.

About McCarter Theatre Center
McCarter Theatre Center’s mission is to create world-class theater and present the finest performing artists for the engagement, education, and entertainment to the community. Under the artistic leadership of award-winning playwright and director Emily Mann and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, McCarter produces a vibrant six-play Theater Series each season. Winner of the 1994 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre, world premieres include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony® - Best Play); Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays; Emily Mann’s Having Our Say; and Danai Gurira’s The Convert. Other works which later moved to Broadway include Brian Friel’s Translations, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize), and Frank
McGuinness’ translation of Electra. Through the leadership of Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, McCarter brings the best artists from around the world to Princeton, New Jersey, including upcoming visits from Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Andy Borowitz, and many more. Education and outreach efforts serve tens of thousands through student matinees, in-school residencies, and adult education classes. McCarter is supported by contributions from Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, corporations, foundations, and from over 2,000 individuals. More at mccarter.org.

ART HOUSE TO HOLD ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA IN JERSEY CITY

SNOW BALL 2019
Art House’s Annual Fundraising Gala

WHEN: Saturday, January 26th, 2018 from 7pm- 12am with VIP beginning at 6pm (Snow date: Saturday, February 2nd)
WHERE:
Cast Iron Lofts, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ
TICKETS: $150 in advance ($175 at the door) and $250 for VIP reception. The VIP experience includes a 6pm champagne toast with Snow Ball honoree Christine Goodman, Art House’s Founder and Executive Director Emeritus and current Director of Cultural Affairs for Jersey City, first look at our silent auction, VIP cocktail from Jerry’s Vodka, exclusive catering from Joseph’s, and a thematic musical performance. GET TICKETS

Join Art House Productions and presenting sponsor SILVERMAN for their 13th Annual Snow Ball Gala. This year’s Snow Ball features live music from Cook Thugless ("Cook Thugless are one of the coolest bands in New Jersey." -Bob Makin, My Central Jersey), live and silent auctions from Grandstand Sports, including sports memorabilia, local art pieces, and exclusive weekend getaways. The Snow Ball gala also boasts a costume contest hosted by Harmonica Sunbeam, raffle with cash prizes, and late night dancing with DJ George Soul. Wine & beer is sponsored by CoolVines, a Martini Bar is sponsored by NJ’s own Jerry’s Vodka, craft beer by NJ Beer Co. and buffet fare from GP’s Restaurant, Hamilton Pork, Hamilton Inn, and Brightside Tavern.

Proceeds benefit an ambitious season of performing and visual arts and arts education, with a production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown upcoming in our Stages! program, and more original theater on the mainstage this spring. Tickets may be purchased at www.arthouseproductions.org.

Meredith Burns, Art House’s Executive Director, says, “It’s incredible that Art House is reaching a milestone of planning and hosting 13 Snow Ball galas. This event takes an army to execute and I am so grateful to have the support of dozens of volunteers to make it happen. This 13th year is especially ambitious in scope and there is not a better person to honor than the brain mother of Art House and the Snow Ball gala, Christine Goodman. Christine has worked tirelessly on behalf of the arts in Jersey City for two decades and we salute her work. This honor is a small token of our appreciation. Get your tickets early, because this magical, black-tie creative gala sells out every year!”

The event is presented by SILVERMAN and sponsored by Mack-Cali and Harborside JC, NJCU, Manhattan Building Company, Genova Burns LLC, Harrison Rand, CoolVines, GP’s Restaurant, Hamilton Inn, Hamilton Pork, Brightside Tavern, New Jersey Beer Company, Freeman, Remco Press, Little Sage, Jerry’s Vodka, and Yelp.

ABOUT ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS
Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions produces and presents original theater, events, visual arts, adult and youth arts education classes, festivals such as Your Move and The Sixth Borough Comedy Festival, and the citywide arts festival, JC Fridays. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at www.arthouseproductions.org.

Art House is located at 262 17th Street in Jersey City and is a 5,500 square foot facility with elevator access, accessible bathrooms, and wheelchair ramp accessibility. For additional accessibility requests and inquiries, please contact info@arthouseproductions.org or call 201-918-6019.

Follow Art House on Twitter @arthouseprods or Instagram and Facebook: @arthouseproductions

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY’S JANUARY THAW MUSIC FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER

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MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER

WHEN: Saturday, January 26 at 8PM
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre, Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University
TICKETS: $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance. As with all jazz, concerts and special events ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org 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 on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from  1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every performance.
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Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Together with his band Flamekeeper, Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass around.

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TICKETS ON SALE @ NJPAC!

Maria Bamford

Maria Bamford

WHEN: Thu, Jan 17 @ 8PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

Maria Bamford starred in the Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, lauded as “revelatory” by Entertainment Weekly.

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CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown &<br>JJ Hairston: <i>An MLK Weekend Celebration</i>

CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & JJ Hairston

WHEN: Fri, Jan 18 @ 8PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

Celebrate MLK Weekend at this inspirational, all-star gospel tribute featuring CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise.

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MOMIX: Best of MOMIX

WHEN: Sat, Jan 19 @ 7:30PM; Sun, Jan 20 @ 2PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

The endlessly inventive dancer-illusionists of MOMIX arrive with Best of MOMIX, a mind-bending program of hits and new works. buy tickets


Candice GaurdinoCandice Guardino’s Italian Bred

WHEN: Sat, Jan 26 @ 2PM & 8PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

A hilariously heartwarming new family comedy about growing up on Staten Island, written by and starring Candice Guardino. buy tickets


China National Traditional Orchestra
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WHEN: Tue, Jan 29 @ 7:30PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

An epic, musical drama featuring multimedia imagery and over 100 performers. buy tickets


gilberto Santa RosaAn Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa

WHEN: Fri, Feb 1 @ 8PM
WHERE:
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

A night of chart-topping salsa, bolero & more with legendary, GRAMMY-winning singer and bandleader Gilberto Santa Rosa. buy tickets


Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng

WHEN: Sat, Feb 2 @ 8PM
WHERE: NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

Direct from Crazy Rich Asians and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, stand-up star Ronny Chieng makes his NJPAC debut! buy tickets


Single-performance tickets are available online at njpac.org, 1-888-GO-NJPAC (466-5722) or the NJPAC Box Office , One Center St., Newark. All tickets are subject to a per-ticket handling fee, which varies by performance and method of purchase. The fee for telephone and online orders is always the same. Fees paid at the box office are always the lowest available fee for a performance.

Box Office hours are here.

For groups of 9 or more, find Group Sales here or call (973) 353-7561, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Dancing with the Stars: Live!

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Dancing with the Stars: Live!
All New Show to Feature Dancing with the Stars Season 27 Dancers

WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2019, 8pm 
WHERE:
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $55-$125 (limited tickets available)
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 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.

TV’s biggest dance show returns on tour this winter with Dancing with the Stars: Live! The show will feature fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. Choreographed and creative directed by Emmy Award®-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and Dancing with the Stars Executive Producer Ashley Edens-Shaffer, audiences will have the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour, and glitz they see in the ballroom every Monday night live.

The star joining the cast for the State Theatre performance is Joe Amabile. Lovingly referred to as “Grocery Store Joe,” Amabile was a fan favorite on The Bachelorette season 14 and went on to appear on Bachelor in Paradise season 5.

The tour delivers a spectacular night of show-stopping dance performances from world-renowned dancers from Dancing with the Stars Season 27 including Whitney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, and Brandon Armstrong.

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.

Monday, January 14, 2019

EDWIN SANCHEZ POWERHOUSE PLAY “LA BELLA FAMILIA” PUTS A HIT ON LA STRADA'S 2019 AT THE JERSEY ARTS CENTER

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LA BELLA FAMILIA
BY Edwin Sanchez
PRODUCED BY LA STRADA ENSEMBLE THEATER
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: A. J. CICCOTELLI

WHEN: JANUARY 18, 19, 8 PM & JANUARY 20TH, 2 PM
WHERE:
Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 S Main St, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
TICKETS: $25/$20 for students and senior citizens with an ID
For tickets and information, please visit us online at www.lastradaensemble.org or by emailing lastradaensembletheater@gmail.com or calling (732) 455-2748.

La Strada Theatre Ensemble is one of New Jersey’s premiere developmental theatre companies that brings together theatre artists from the tri-state area with playwrights from throughout the United States. LA BELLA FAMILIA  is a past the winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award. The National Latino Playwriting Award annually recognizes an outstanding work by a Latino playwright written on any subject.

LA BELLA FAMILIA deals with a Puerto Rican hit woman and the gentlest man in the world who move next door to the neighbors from Hell, and everyone learns, the hard way, that family comes first. Edwin Sanchez, a graduate from Yale Drama School, says about the play’s origins, "I thought about this woman whose world was nothing but violence and how would she be as a mother. I also thought about this very gentle man and how his gentleness drew her to him. And then the child and how defending the child became the most important thing in the world. This play started with the scene where Benny first meets Linda and Guy and Bebe. I was auctioned off! It was at New Dramatists, and they had a fund raiser where people bid on playwrights and we would write a scene based on a real life event of their. The people I got said they had the neighbors from Hell, and I was off and running!"

Edwin's Sanchez recent productions of his plays include UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'LL TAKE ROMANCE at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: DIOSA, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Bank Street Theater in New York, UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and BAREFOOT BOY WITH SHOES On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; ICARUS produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. www.edwinsanchez-writer.com. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.

The evening is directed by founding member Evan Black and stars founding members A.J. Ciccotelli and Donna Knowlton.  It also stars Arunendra Banerjee, Deborah Bjornsti, Joe DelGiodice and Alexandria Pascucci . 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: A.J. CICCCOTELLI 732-455-2748

“Annie” Auditions continue this week with auditions for ADULTS and TEENS!

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AUDITIONS:

WHEN: Thursday, January 17 (7:00-9:00); Friday, January 18 (7:00-9:00).Additional auditions for youth performers (ages 5-13) will be held from 6:00-7:00 each night. Callbacks will be held on Saturday, January 19 (by invitation). While in person auditions are ideal and encouraged, video submissions sent to info@pixiedustplayers.org will be accepted for those who cannot attend on the listed dates.
WHERE: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065

Click Here to Sign Up For An Audition Appointment

CLICK HERE FOR A CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Director/Choreographer: Lindsay Maron
Music Director: Joe Elefante

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations...and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

General Production Information

  • We will rehearse SOME Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and a couple of Sundays beginning January 24. During the week, rehearsals will be scheduled between 6:00-10:00. Saturday rehearsals may be scheduled anytime between 10:00-6:00. Sunday rehearsals may be scheduled anytime between 1:00-9:00. Prior to tech, performers will be called roughly 2-3 days per week (sometimes less).
  • Rehearsal conflicts will be accepted prior to casting. The schedule will be determined based on cast availability.
  • Rehearsals and performances March 10-24 are mandatory.
  • Not all roles will be called for every rehearsal and not everyone will be called for the entire duration each day. Schedules will be based on rehearsal needs and cast availability. Cast members will only be called for rehearsal when their scenes/songs are being rehearsed.
  • Some roles may be double cast.
  • All rehearsals will be held in Rahway, NJ. Performances will be at the Hamilton Stage at UCPAC (360 Hamilton Street in Rahway)
  • A full sized live dog will be used for this production

Holmdel Resident Featured This Week in East Brunswick Monthly Play Reading Series

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a funny and poignant comedy that received a nomination for best original play by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters in 2016
by Mike Sockol
Directed by Deb Carozza

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 7:30 PM
WHERE
: East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick
TICKETS: free. Suggested Donation:  $5 per person

Adam Schuster is hosting his family's annual horseshoes tournament on Cape Cod for the first time since his brother's death, and the preparations are the least of his worries. His father’s dementia is getting worse, his wife seems more interested in yoga than him, he’s angry with his other brother and his sisters-in-law are harboring secrets that may tear the family apart. But most of all, how is he going to get rid of two cases of celery-flavored beer?

“My brother used to organize a summer horseshoe tournament when he had a house on Cape Cod, which served as an inspiration for the play,” says Sockol.  “Ultimately, it’s about how love binds families despite the challenges they face.  And for one weekend, this family sure faces a lot of challenges.”

Sockol says director Deb Carozza has assembled an “extraordinary cast of local actors” to participate in the one-night event, which will be closer to a "book in hand” production than a pure reading. 

“Hey, what else are you going to do on a Thursday?” he adds with a grin. 

  • Howard Smith as Sam
  • Debra Carozza as Cindy
  • Robert Stevens as Christian
  • Dawn Morvillo as Susan
  • Dave Sussman as Adam
  • Mike Burdick as Josh
  • Alexandria Pascucci as Zoe

Other works by Sockol will be featured in New Jersey soon. 

  • His play, Frozen in Time, will be read at a fundraiser for the Teaneck New Theater taking place at The Crow’s Neck Restaurant in Hackensack, New Jersey on Sunday, January 20, beginning at 3 p.m. 
  • And his latest play, Getting in the Last Word, was recently accepted by the Theater Projects’ ThinkFast Festival, which takes place on March 22, 23 and 24 at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood.

Education Open House For The Rising Star Academy!

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theatre organization. We recreate your favorite Broadway musicals in full scale revivals.

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JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

Throughout 2019 NBJP celebrates the

125th Birthday of New Brunswick's own James P. Johnson

February 1, 1894 - November  17, 1955

James P. Johnson was a pioneer of the stride style of jazz piano, and the pianist  who bridged the ragtime and jazz eras. He was the model and teacher for Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum and hundreds of others.

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! Guitarist Ilan Eisenzweig leads the band and session and our Session Special Guest Artist* is trumpeter Ted Chubb

Internationally recognized for his consistent, subtle and stylish drumming on stage and in the studio, Victor Jones is known as an innovator who is not afraid to bring together different styles and sounds. He has played on hundreds of recordings, played hundreds of live concerts and performed in clubs everywhere on this planet, and toured and recorded with a multitude of renown artists: James Moody, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Phyllis Hyman, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie, Chaka Khan and Jimmy Scott. For the past five years Victor has been recording and performing with his own group, Culture-Versy, effortlessly blending Hip Hop, Urban Soul, Modern Jazz and Funk. Victor Jones is a leader that understands and plays with every facet of great American Music and popular art forms.

Sherrie Maricle is the leader and drummer for The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, FIVE PLAY, and The DIVA Jazz Trio, co-leader of the 3Divas, percussionist with The New York Pops, and a published composer/arranger. The other 2Ds of the 3Divas are pianist Jackie Warren and bassist Amy Shook. Warren is known for her abilities in jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. Warren also leads her own trio and Shook is an in-demand acoustic bassists known for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. In addition to being a premier performing and recording artist, Shook is an accomplished composer, who co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet, and performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio. 

The Reed's unique brand of vocal and instrumental styling (Nancy: voice & bass, Spencer: voice & guitar) has been enjoyed by audiences for over 30 years. Their forte is their vocal blend, with tight yet natural phrasing and unusual harmony. Both grew up in New York City and started their musical collaboration as teenagers in the Bronx. They were influenced by the classic performances of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Carmen McRae and Jackie and Roy. Their audience is always treated to a warm, relaxed vibe yet the music is swinging and intense. They offer an unusual selection of rarely heard tunes punctuated by unique treatments of jazz standards.