Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents “A Tale of Two Cities: Tales from the Early History of the Jews in New York and Philadelphia” on July 26

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents

Tale of Two Cities: The Early Jews of New York and Philadelphia
A Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Robert E. Fierstien, Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies, Stockton University

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 11 A.M.
WHERE:
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.
ADMISSION: $5 non-members, $3 members, students free. The talk will be followed by a light lunch. 
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org/events. Capacity is limited, so reservations are recommended.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents A Tale of Two Cities: Tales from the Early History of the Jews in New York and Philadelphia in celebration of the coming Fourth of July and the 365th anniversary of the Jewish Settlement in America. This event will occur on

As two of America’s oldest Jewish communities, each of these nearby cities has a rich and fascinating Jewish history. New York's Jewish history goes back to Dutch Colonial times with the arrival in the fall of 1654 of 23 Jews escaping from Recife, Brazil, who had to stand up for their civil rights and acceptance. While Philadelphia's Jewish history starts nearly 100 years later, it was once the intellectual capital of Jewish America and featured many remarkable personalities.

Rabbi Dr. Robert E. Fierstein is an Adjunct Professor of Jewish Studies at Richard Stockton University & Co-Chair of the JHMOMC History Committee.

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.

Add Some Art to your Summer @ Montclair Art Museum

WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

Adding a little art to your summer schedule is easy—the hardest part is picking your class!

Here are some highlights for ages 16 and up:

Classes start the week of June 24—Register today!

SUMMER WORKSHOPS

  • For Adults! Summer Tie-Dye BYOB Party
    June 27, 7–9:30 p.m.   MORE
  • For Adults! Make Better Photos 
    2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, June 29–30, 1–3:30 p.m.  MORE
  • For Adults! Digital Drawing Portraiture
    2-day workshop: Tuesday–Wednesday, July 9–10, 7–9:30 p.m.  MORE
  • For Adults! Protest Art Thru Silkscreen Workshop
    2-day workshop: Saturday–Sunday, July 13–14, 1–4 p.m.  MORE

This Saturday!! Opening Reception of “LOVE TRIANGLE // For the Love of Geometry” in Jersey City

WHEN: June 29-July 20; opening reception Saturday, June 29, 7-11 PM
WHERE:
Deep Space Gallery, 77 Cornelison Ave., Jersey City

Deep Space Gallery and 1MillionDiamonds are proud to present LOVE TRIANGLE // For the Love of Geometry, our inaugural juried exhibition, featuring abstract geometric works by the following artists:

Typically a love triangle is a romantic relationship involving three people. The relationships in this triangle involve a lifelong friendship and a worldwide cast of diverse artists connected by a love of abstract geometric art. Working in a variety of media, these artists are on the precipice of a movement in which color, shape, and composition reign supreme over traditional representation.

The artists included in this exhibition were selected by Debra Lynn Manville (curator, 1MillionDiamonds), and Keith VanPelt and Jenna Geiger (owners, Deep Space Gallery).

We are excited to introduce you to this talented group of artists.

*Loring Taoka is represented by the lovely Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas.

For a catalog of available works or for gallery hours, email us at deepspacejc@gmail.com 

Tickets are going fast for TOMMY at CTG June 28th - July 14th

The Who’s TOMMY
Music & Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Directed by Alan VanAntwerp
Music Direction by Jack Bender
Choreography by Megan Ferentinos

WHEN: June 28th - July 14th, Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 2 PM 
WHERE:
Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester
TICKETS: $25.00; Senior citizens 65+ and students under 18: $23.00
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
908-879-7304

The Who’s Tommy is a roof-raising musical explosion based on The Who’s 1969 concept album. This reimagined and exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit is filled with iconic hit songs like “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Acid Queen” and more.

After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and, as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball and, when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

This Production of Tommy has been developed in such a way that it will challenge your own sense of sight, sound, and speech. During the performance you will experience: Gunfire sounds, haze, strobe lights, disorienting video and potentially extended periods of darkness!

featuring ZOE DAVIES ~ ALEXIA DAVIES ~ LAUREN GROF-TISZA ~ JOSEPH GUADARA ~ STEPHEN KALOGERAS ~ SEAN LYNCH-LITTLEJOHN ~ AMANDA MARINO ~ ELLA AUTUMN MEAKEM ~ STEVE NITKA ~ MARK PILTZ ~ SKY SPIEGEL-MONROE

THE THEATER PROJECT SPONSOR’S MEMORIAL TO BELOVED ACTOR, RICK DELANEY

Sunday, June 30, is The Theater Project’s last show in the Unity Bank location where Rick gave his final performance, Wonderful Life. It is also Rick's birthday. The time seems right to have the memorial we never had.

Gail Lou will provide music, and I know many of us will want to tell a Rick story or honor him in some way. Please plan on a five minute limit—if there is time after everyone has "Had Their Say" feel free to come back up. There will be a sign-in sheet at the door for those wishing to speak.

After the event, we can cross the street to one of the local restaurants to continue the conversation. Please share the time and date info widely—all are welcome.


Where to park for Unity Bank Annex,
952 Stuyvesant Ave, Union, NJ

Trilogy Repertory Offers Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at Pleasant Valley Park

As the first production in Bernards Township’s “Plays in the Park” summer series, Trilogy Repertory Company presents

The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
directed by Hank Barre

WHEN: July 11, 12, and 13, and July 18, 19, and 20, at 8 PM each evening
WHERE:
outdoor amphitheater at Pleasant Valley Park, Valley Road, in Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: The shows are free to the public, and patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket,  and a flashlight, and enjoy a night of theater under the stars. Donations to support this program, sponsored by the Bernards Township Department of Recreation, are gratefully accepted.    

This prize-winning series has been running for more than 35 years.

The Comedy of Errors is a rollicking farce, a nonstop series of hilarious mistaken identities when two sets of identical twins and their parents, who were all separated at birth, show up at the same time in the same place years later. 

Director Hank Barre says, “This play is not Hamlet or Macbeth with a message but is just plain fun.” 

With the recent advent of women playing traditionally male roles, such as Glenda Jackson on Broadway as King Lear, Trilogy Repertory has cast the show without regard to the sex of the actors. The four main male characters are all played by women as are some of the minor roles. In Shakespeare’s time, women’s roles were played by young men so for this production Trilogy has reversed the tradition.     

The partnership of Trilogy Repertory and Bernards Township has produced over three decades of family entertainment and achieved several awards for both groups for excellence in theater programming.  Most prominent are the awards from ACT (Achievement in Community Theater) and the prestigious “Excellence in Cultural Arts Programming. 

This offering will be followed on August 1, 2, and 3 and 8, 9, and 10 by a presentation of the delightful musical Brigadoon on the park stage. 

For further information call 908 204-3003 or go to the Trilogy Repertory website at www.trilogyrepertory.com

Monday, June 24, 2019

Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band to Appear in Morristown


Danny Bacher and his All-Star Band

WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 7:30 pm
WHERE:
2 Convent Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

Singer, sax player and entertainer extraordinaire Danny Bacher just won the Margaret Whiting Award from the American Songbook Association and in June was on the cover of Cabaret Scenes Magazine so don’t miss this rare NJ stop.

His swinging band includes trumpeter Charlie Caranicas, saxophonist Harry Allen, pianist Jason Teborek, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

Get tickets at www.lksarts.org.

3 MORE CHANCES TO SEE “NEWSIES” IN RED BANK

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theatre organization.

We recreate your favorite Broadway musicals in full scale revivals.

JAZZ THIS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK

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!

WORLD PREMIERE OF 'THE DANCE' AT JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 27 AT 5PM & JUNE 29TH AT 5:30PM!

Jersey Shore Film Festival presents

THE DANCE

WHEN: June 27th at 5pm and June 29th at 5:30pm
WHERE
: Berkley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park.

More information on how to attend: https://www.jerseyshorefilmfestival.com/film/the-dance/

Synopsis: After sitting in his drawer for twenty years, Oliver Boltzman decides to finish his play “The Dance” in time for its world premiere.  The cast features his wife, Clara, in the role of Kerry—based on his first love—and a leading man young enough to be their son in the role of Oliver’s younger self.  As rehearsals go into full swing and the opening nears, memory collides with reality, and Oliver is plunged into writer’s block with no ending to his play in sight.

AWARD WINNING FILM AT MY TRUE COLORS FESTIVAL IN NYC ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRIDE WEEKEND!

My True Colors Festival presents

Ripples of Water

WHEN: June 29th: doors open at 11:45, screen starts at 12:15 with a Q&A with A.J. Ciccotelli, Gian Carlo Durland, Phil Korz, Eric Hackler and Christine Nagy immediately after. 
WHERE:
WOW Café, 59-61 E 4th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY
Purchase tickets to Ripple of Water

This is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and we are thrilled to be a part of My True Colors Festival that reflects the whole spectrum of multicultural LGBTQIA+ lives thru Theater, Film, Original Web Series, Spoken Word, Visual Arts, Dance & Music.

More information on how to attend: http://www.mytruecolorsfestival.com/2019-schedule/

The film will open with the short film: Bree's Company—a film by Mike Peters.

Synopsis: Peter’s milestone birthday will go down as one of the most awful and wonderful. He is newly single, depressed and ready to give up, until a younger mysterious stranger appears. The lessons he will learn are: Friends are everything, it’s never too late to find love —nd brunch is sacred.

“Dr. K’s Motown Revue,” America’s #1 Authentic Motown Revue band Kicks off 2019 Centenary Stage SUMMERFEST

Dr. K’s Motown Revue

WHEN: Saturday, June 29th at 8 PM 
WHERE
: Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $30.00 in advance for all seats, with all proceeds benefiting the Hackettstown Rotary Club. (Note that Ticket prices increase by $5.00 on the day of the performance.) 
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is located in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The Box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance.

"Motown is America's music," says Dr. K , founding band leader of the Motown Revue.  "Whether you're young or not, this music is always going to be on the radio. It's a huge part of our culture and it'll never die!" 

Paul Korman (aka  “Dr. K”) had a visionary quest to create the ultimate Motown tribute band, and he put together his ideal array of seasoned musicians and singers.   The resulting band of professionals takes the audience on a journey of the Motown sound,  keeping the music true to its roots and transporting audiences back to another era with authentic vocal sound of the Motown roster of artists from that time.  The Motown Revue features the music of the Temptations, the Supremes, the Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and many more.

“Dr. K” grew up in a musical house, but somewhat different than the music he makes today. His mother was a classical piano teacher, and his brother a classical oboist who has gone on to play with the Portland Symphony.  Dr.K  began performing at 14 with his band called The Fourteens, playing the  1964 World's Fair  “Battle of the Bands”, which assured him he wanted to be a performer.  He went on to love and play Motown, and reached out to musician friends who loved it too, forming the band that plays today.  “The Motown sound has left an indelible stamp on the heart, soul, and mind of several generations of fans worldwide,” says Dr. K.

In this third collaboration between the Hackettstown Rotary Club and Centenary Stage, all proceeds from this concert will benefit the local Rotary Club, and the many projects that they support and launch throughout the community.  Current recipients of the Rotary Club support include The Arc of Warren County, The Joan Kneckel Cancer Center, Hackettstown HS Scholarship and educational initiatives, Camp MerryHeart/Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, The Lord’s Food Pantry, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, NORWESCAP Food Bank and several Veterans programs. For more information about the Hackettstown Rotary Club, visit HackettstownRotaryClub.org, or visit the Hackettstown Rotary Club facebook page.

The season of events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra S. Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including “Grand Producer” House of the Good Shepherd, “Season Sponsor” Heath Village Retirement Community,  Fulton Bank of NJ,   Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington),  and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Outdoor Concert in Branchburg

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25th, at 7:00pm
WHERE:
White Oak Park, 235 Baird Street, Branchburg, NJ 
ADMISSION:  free and open to the general public, although donations will be accepted to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will give a free concert. The concert is presented by the Branchburg Department of Recreation. The program will feature classical selections such as the “Radetsky March,” a melody of rock songs from the 1980s, and selections from Broadway musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar.

Audience members of all ages are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to postpone or cancel this concert will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind).

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996.  It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature. Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey.  For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to whitehousewindsymphony@gmail.com.

Funding has 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 funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Friday, June 21, 2019

TWO RIVER THEATER ANNOUNCES SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATORS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH RED BANK’S T. THOMAS FORTUNE FOUNDATION

AUGUST WILSON, T. THOMAS FORTUNE, AND GENTRIFICATION THEN & NOW
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TWO RIVER THEATER AND THE T. THOMAS FORTUNE FOUNDATION

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, from 9:30-4:30
WHERE:
TWO RIVER THEATER AND THE T. THOMAS FORTUNE CULTURAL CENTER, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
FEE: This program is free and spots are limited. 33 spots remain
Participating educators will earn seven hours of Professional Development credits that will be presented by Dr. Stephanie Harris.

To reserve, educators should visit www.tworivertheater.org/professional-development-for-teachers/.

For more information, visit the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center’s website (www.tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org) or the Two River Theater website (www.tworivertheater.org), or contact TRT Director of Education Kate Cordaro at kate@trtc.org or 732.936.8814.

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces its second annual one-day professional development program for educators. “August Wilson, T. Thomas Fortune and Gentrification Then & Now” is presented as a collaboration between Two River Theater and the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, in compliance with the New Jersey Amistad Commission.

This special one-day program will be led by Two River’s Literary Manager, Taylor Barfield, and distinguished historian Dr. Walter Greason (Honors School, Monmouth University, and author of six critically acclaimed books). The keynote address will be given by Stephanie James Harris, PhD, Executive Director of the Office of the New Jersey Amistad Commission Team.

Nine out of 10 plays in August Wilson’s famed American Century Cycle take place in a 1.4 square mile neighborhood in Pittsburgh called the Hill District. “Over the course of the Cycle, Wilson exhibits the breadth of change that occurred in neighborhoods like the Hill District across the urban north in the 20th century,” notes Barfield, who will discuss how Wilson engages with topics of gentrification, community, and erasure and how his plays can spark dialogue in both the classroom and civic spheres.

Greason will explore gentrification in Red Bank (where T. Thomas Fortune lived from 1901-1915) during the 20th century, ‘opportunity zone’ policies, and current shifts in attitude regarding neighborhood revitalizations. “Gentrification in Red Bank reflected national patterns of racial segregation after 1945,” says Greason. “The local opportunity to integrate disappeared as white and black residents abandoned the West Side after 1970. Today, we have an opportunity to reverse this tradition of ongoing discrimination.”

During the lunch break, teachers in attendance will be given a tour of the National Historic Landmark, the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, by Gilda Rogers, vice-president of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation.

Sponsorship

Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes the Alec Baldwin Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Brookdale Community College, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, JKW Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Monmouth University, Ocean First Foundation, Rumson Country Day School, The Shubert Foundation, Bella and Max Shulman Family Fund, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, The John Ben Snow Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, VNA Health Group, Wells Fargo, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Livingston Arts Association Announces Summer Session Art Classes for Children

West Orange Teacher Leads Summer Art Classes In LivingstonCHILDREN’S ART LESSONS

WHEN: WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, July 10 to August 14. 
WHERE:
Senior/Community Center located at 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey. 

Our faculty, Carol Lynn Nellen, is a Certified Art Teacher for Grades K-12 having taught in the West Orange Public School System since 1970. She attended William Paterson University of New Jersey and the University of New Hampshire where she was graduated with a B.S. in Art Education and also received her teaching certification. She also attended and earned graduate credits at Montclair State University, Kean University, Upsala College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the past 15 years, she has been involved as a primary grade instructor in the Summer Enrichment Program sponsored by the West Orange Fine Arts Department. 

Each child is helped to explore his or her potential.  Special emphasis is placed on basic art skills, line, color, proportion, development of drawing, design and composition. Various media are employed such as watercolor, crayon, colored markers, pastel, etc. Individual instruction is based on specific talent and needs. Creative personal expression is fostered and encouraged.

For further information call (973) 984-8178 or (973) 422-0024.

Special Offer for July 4th Week Camps; Free Yoga on HAM Terrace; Visiting Artist Workshop

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

SUMMER CAMP

Thinking about signing your kids up for a summer camp July 4th week, but have plans for a long weekend?

We're offering the option to register for the first three days of any of our camps for the July 1st week at a reduced rate. Sign up for those three days for $135 for members or $155 for nonmembers.

We're offering the following camps the week of July 1: Be an Illustrator; Circus Camp; Claymation Animation; Meet the Masters; Mix It Up: Paint, Clay, Fiber; Photography Boot Camp. Interested? Click on the camp names to learn more.

We have a terrific schedule of summer camps running weekly through Aug 16. To see everything, please visit our website.


Free Yoga on HAM Terrace Starts Friday

Celebrate International Yoga Day with a FREE yoga session on the Hunterdon Art Museum terrace this Friday at 8 a.m. We'll have a class that's suitable for all levels to help get your day started feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Bring your own mat, or use one of ours.
This week is only the beginning: We'll have a free Yoga at the Museum session every Friday at 8 a.m. on the terrace. Join us!


Visiting Artist Workshop at HAM
WHEN: Sunday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m

Join artist Wendy Letven, one of the artists featured in our current exhibition “Transformed: Paper in Dimension” for this workshop on the art of creating dimensional drawings cut from paper.

In this hands-on program, you will learn how to create two- and three-dimensional pieces of art with paper. Try different cutting methods, participate in making a collective art piece and leave with a unique paper-cut work you made that day.

Register!

Register Today for Summer Camp at Rutherfurd Hall

CAMPS FOR KIDS @ RUTHERFURD HALL

WHEN: July 8 – 26 (see below)
WHERE
: Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy

Back by popular demand, Rutherfurd Hall will be transformed into Hogwart's Castle for the setting of 3 sessions of Harry Potter Themed Camps. New this year is a camp designed for older children ages 11-15, The All Wizard Tournament. Sports and Games Camp tops off the morning sessions.

Directly following the morning camps, afternoon sessions will be offered. Children ages 9-13 can join STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Boating Camp and Outdoor Survival Camp. Children ages 6-9 are invited to enjoy a new camp this year, Intro to Outdoor Education.

Space is limited, so sign up soon!

For more information or to register, go to www.rutherfurdhall.org or call (908) 852-1894 ext 338.

Food Trucks and Hot Jazz Coming to Dolan Hall at the College of Saint Elizabeth

HOT JAZZ & FOOD TRUCKS

WHEN: All concerts start at 7:30 PM. Food trucks will be open on site starting at 5:30 so people can picnic.
WHERE:
Dolan Hall at the Annunciation Center on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown
The venue is fully accessible with elevators, free parking and comfortable seats.  For tickets and more information, go to www.lksarts.org.

A new summer concert series will bring both top food trucks and well-known jazz musicians to Dolan Performance Hall on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown. With easy access from Route 24 at Convent Station, plenty of free parking, and excellent acoustics, Dolan Hall is a great music venue and having food trucks on campus starting at 5:30 will add to the festive atmosphere.

The series begins on Wednesday, July 10, when Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses perform. The high-energy, hard-driving band blend their original sound with many classic hits of Louis Prima Sr. including “Jump Jive an’ Wail,” “Just a Gigolo,” “I Wanna Be Like You,” and “Sing Sing Sing.” Introduced to local fans at the 2016 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, Louis Prima Jr. has made New Jersey a regular stop from his home base of New Orleans. This concert has been made possible thanks to the support of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and the law firm of Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP.

On Wednesday, July 17, bassist and singer Nicki Parrott celebrates the release of her newest CD “Nicki Parrott New York to Paris,” which came out in April and includes many popular songs dedicated to those two great cities. Nicki tours around the world and has appeared at many of the major festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Bern Jazz Festival and the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, but she infrequently appears in New Jersey, making this concert special. She will perform with two award-winning musicians, Rossano Sportiello on piano and Harry Allen on sax.

The singer, saxophone player and entertainer Danny Bacher headlines with an all-star band on Thursday, July 25. His engaging stage presence and endless supply of humorous stories coupled with his smooth-as-silk voice have enhanced his well-deserved popularity. The New York Times called him “prodigiously talented” and Marilyn Maye saluted him as “a rare artist” and “a swinging musician.” This month he graced the cover of the international magazine “Cabaret Scenes” and won the prestigious Margaret Whiting Award from the American Songbook Association. He will be joined by trumpeter Charlie Caranicas, saxophonist Harry Allen, pianist Jason Teborek, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

The new series concludes with the popular Rio Clemente in a concert entitled “The Bishop and his Abbotts.” Often called The Bishop of Jazz, Rio hails from Morristown and is in the town’s Hall of Fame. Known for his dazzling technique and his ability to blend his classical background with his jazz stylings, he makes each concert a special occasion. For his Dolan Hall appearance on Thursday, August 1, he brings his group including guitarist Flip Peters, bassist Gene Perla, and drummer Bill Goodwin.

Sponsors for the series include Hullarious Productions, the New Jersey Jazz Society, Hot House Jazz Magazine, NJ Jazz List and NJ Arts.

Livingston Art Association announces Summer Adult Art Classes

Summer Art Classes

WHEN: begin July 8 and are held Monday through Thursday for eight weeks. 
WHERE
: Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Ave, Livingston. 

It is time to sign up for Summer Art Classes offered by the Livingston Art Association. Several media including oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolor will be offered along with drawing, portraiture and figure drawing.

We have award-winning faculty, including Laurie Harden, a free lance illustrator whose clients have included Harper Collins, McGraw Hill, New York Times, Scholastic and Simon & Shuster; Mark de Mos, member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society; Tim Maher, a graduate of Rider College and Art Students League in New York;  Ann Taylor, graduated in Fine & Applied Arts Brooklyn College and the Yard School in Montclair; and Carol Lynn Mellen, a Certified Art Teacher for grades k-12 and has taught in the West Orange Public School System. 

Founded in 1959, the objective of Livingston Arts Association, Inc., is to foster an appreciation of the fine and applied arts in Livingston and surrounding areas.  The legacy of its founders has been carried on over the years through exhibitions, classes for adults and school children, demonstrations, and workshops.  We are proud of our heritage. We invite the public to attend our demonstrations and exhibitions.

For further information or to sign up for classes, please call Marilyn Kalb 973-464-2330, or Vivian Laska 973-714-6489.

SUMMER CAMPS IN MORRIS COUNTY PARKS: SIGN UP NOW. A FEW OPENINGS REMAINING

History Camp

SIGN UP NOW….A FEW OPENINGS REMAINING

Kids just love to spend time on a farm, and now is their chance!

Three summer camp options include programs for kids to enjoy hands-on activities on a farm, such as help take care of the cows, feed the chickens and pigs, assist the farmer with the horses, and harvest the vegetables. Play games, create crafts, build a project, and even learn about jobs on the farm in historical times!

Kids can also have a field trip to Cooper Gristmill, the only working gristmill in New Jersey, and visit Historic Speedwell, where the telegraph was invented, to explore this fascinating hands-on museum.

I want to check it out!

Garden State Watercolor Society “Small but Mighty” Art Exhibition at Farmstead Arts Center

Small but Mighty

WHEN: from June 23 to August 3. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
WHERE:
Farmstead Arts Center, located at 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: Free

Farmstead Arts Center welcomes the Garden State Watercolor Society as their artists present Small but Mighty, a small works exhibition in the Farm House Gallery. Many of the artists will be present at the opening reception.

Thirty-six artists will present nearly 60 small works—some inspired by the Garden State. Among the artists exhibiting are Judith Hummer of Bridgewater; Linda Arnold of Liberty Corner and James Fiorentino of Flemington.

All works are available for purchase. Pickup of sold works will be at end of show, Sunday August 4 between 10:00am-2:00pm.

A Plein Air Watercolor Workshop with Aida Birriterri is planned for Saturday, July 13 from 10am to 2pm. Space is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to register please visit: www.gswcs.com.

While the show is running, gallery hours will be Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Monday – Wednesday 11:00 -1:00. The Farm House is wheelchair accessible. For information contact Taya Ros at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org.

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. “Neshanic” by James Fiorentino of Flemington

2. “Waterfall” by Judith Hummer of Bridgewater

3. “Morning Dew” by Linda Arnold of Liberty Corner

Gilbert Gottfried to Perform in Teaneck for One Night Only Fundraiser!

WHEN: Thursday, June 27th, at 8pm
WHERE: Black Box Performing Arts Center, 200 Walraven Drive, Teaneck, NJ
TICKETS: $50 plus a $5 service fee. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue, depending on availability. Due to limited seating, it is recommend patrons buy tickets ahead of time! The show is for mature audiences only and is BYOB.
Tickets are available at www.blackboxpac.com/gilbert

Famed comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried will perform a comedy show at the Black Box Performing Arts Center in Teaneck, NJ. This event will serve as a fundraiser for various programs at the Black Box Performing Arts Center, including the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County and educational programs.

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City, after a few short years, became known around town as "the comedian’s comedian." After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show Saturday Night Live became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn't until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on The Cosby Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Gottfried's work in television soon led to roles in film. After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic Aladdin, Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries.

Opening for Gottfried is Chip Ambrogio. Chip's comedy career includes performing on the road and all the major city clubs. Chip has been a contributing writer for The Friars Club Roasts and the Hulu Plus project Don't Know Jack. He is co-creator of Room for Improvement, a reality show pilot selected as a finalist at the New York Television Festival. Currently writing for some of today’s top headliners, he's a sought after joke doctor for established acts and top newcomers. As a comic, he has worked Atlantic City, Vegas and a variety of corporate and private events. Before becoming a standup comic, he was the editor and publisher of Commuter Monthly, a humor magazine for New Jersey commuters. He's had several of his short stories published- amongst them, Plastic Jesus and Deep Tux. He has also appeared in the independent films, Secure and Time of Need.

An evening of comedy with Gilbert Gottfried is presented by BBPAC and J. Irwin Productions, based in Bergen County.

Music Beyond Borders brings world music to Morristown Green on 10th anniversary,

Music Beyond Borders
a collaboration between Morris Arts and the Mayo Performing Arts Center

WHEN: Performances will run from 12:30-1:30pm on alternate Tuesdays, June 25, July 9, July 23 and August 6.
WHERE
: Morristown Green, Morristown (Morristown United Methodist Church on the Green, 50 Park Place, rain site.
ADMISSION: free

Mark your calendars now and plan to spend your lunchtimes on Morristown’s Green enjoying the 10th anniversary season of Music Beyond Borders, the which brings free performances of world music and dance to the Morristown Green during June-August. This year’s series will showcase Zydeco music, Colombian salsa, West African music for balaphon, kora and mbira as well as Mexican mariachi music. 

The Zydeco Revelators

Tuesday, June 25, at 12:30pm

The Zydeco Revelators deliver hot Louisiana-inspired dance music. Take a little bit of “Jambalaya,” add some stompin’ cowboy zydeco classics, and season with a dash of classic rock and jam band. Groove with sweet Cajun accordion riffs backed by electric guitar, a powerhouse rhythm section, and that cool metal rubboard vest! Get ready to dance up a storm.

Armando Son Jimenez’ Grupo Sabor (Colombian Salsa)

Tuesday, July 9, at 12:30pm

Since he migrated to the USA more than 25 years ago, Jorge Armando Jimenez (aka Sonjimenez or Sonji) has performed with top salsa musicians at prominent venues from NYC’s B.B. Kings to Club Tropicana in Milan, Italy. His trio, Grupo Sabor, has a hot, tropical swing which combines hard salsa, some Cuban stile, romantic salsa and cumbia. Celebrate summer with the hot Latin rhythms of this fabulous salsa trio.

Forestdance: Music of Africa

Tuesday, July 23, at 12:30pm

A Yale scholar, teaching artist, mbira (W. African thumb piano) player and advocate of African culture, Kevin Nathaniel Hylton has performed at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, the Met Museum and Symphony Space and created multiple performing ensembles exploring the many facets of African (and world) music. His Forestdance trio features two widely renowned African musicians, Famoro Dioubate on balaphon (African xylophone) and Salieu Suso on kora (21 stringed African harp) whose musical traditions date back to the 13th century yet still intrigue and inspire listeners of today.

Mariachi Citlalli: a taste of Mexico

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at 12:30pm

This highly talented mariachi band performs a wide range of Mexican music from traditional to contemporary. Founded in 2000, the group’s members perform on trumpet, vihuela (5 string guitar-like instrument), guitarron (large guitar), and keyboard/accordion. Mariachi Citlalli has performed on national media and for such celebrities as Rosie O’Donnell, President Bush (Sr.), former Mexican President Ernesto Cedillo, Mariah Carey, and Conan O’Brien, among others. They have also performed at such venues as Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, the Ed Sullivan Theater, Shea Stadium, the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, and the United Nations.

So brown bag a meal, stop by while walking in town, take a break from work and bring friends to sample cultures from around the world while getting to know your neighbors. The world is literally at your doorstep! “We hope that people will enjoy our wonderful free lunchtime outdoor concerts that celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area,” said Allison Larena, President and CEO of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts, adds, “It’s exciting to collaborate with MPAC on this special series and to bring performing arts from around the world to the center of Morristown.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/y7rm6x32 for more details and to learn more about the performers.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2018 season is made possible in part by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Now in its 46th year, Morris Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and the schools, arts advocacy, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations. www.morrisarts.org.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

MUSIC & ARTS UNDER THE STARS THIS SUNDAY IN MADISON

WHEN: Sunday, June 23, 2019. Gates open at 4pm for activities and picnics (no pets, no BBQ’s, no smoking). The concert starts at 6pm.
WHERE:
Giralda Farms, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison. Rainsite: Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown
TICKETS: In advance: Adults: $18 adults (over 12); Children: $4; under 4, free. (Group sales, 10 or more) $15. At the gate: Adults: $25 adults (over 12); Children: $5; under 4, free.
Advance Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Morris Arts online at www.morrisarts.org or (973) 285-5115, x15
  • Kings Food Markets (Morristown and Chatham)
  • Gary’s Wine and Marketplace (Madison)

Individuals needing special assistance or accommodation should contact Kaity De Laura (973) 285-5115, x 14 or kdelaura@morrisarts.org at least 14 days prior to the event to ensure appropriate arrangements

Bring your picnics (compete for some amazing, lavish picnic prizes), and come prepared to have fun – listen to a performance by the renowned New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, enjoy a wonderful art/fine crafts show and sale, sample some delicious ice cream (from an antique ice cream truck), participate in family/children’s arts activities, or just sit back and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Although the forecast predicts a sunny, warm and delightful day,  the Mennen Arena (161 East Hanover Ave., Morristown) is readily available in case of rain….offering  the same, full experience (picnics, art show, family activities, etc.) of the Giralda Music & Arts Festival as you would have outdoors – but in dry, air conditioned comfort.

In keeping with Giralda tradition, there will be very generous prizes for the most inventive picnics and the fabulous 50/50 raffle, which nets some lucky person a big cash prize (often over $1,000)!  So, invite that special someone, friends, family, neighbors, club members or college chums to share a picnic and help support the important work of Morris Arts, which has been building community through the arts for 46 years.

Under the baton of one of Chile’s most prominent orchestral conductors, José Luis Domínguez, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Giralda program will feature concert, theater and dance music from Leonard Bernstein, Joe Pablo Moncayo, Astor Piazzolla, Florence Price, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

This year’s concert features BERNSTEIN’s (arr. Peress) Overture to West Side Story; COPLAND’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from Appalachian Spring; PIAZZOLLA’s Libertango; MONCAYO’s Huapango; COPLAND’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo; MARQUEZ’s Conga del Fuego Nuevo; arr. NORRIS –Duke Ellington Medley; PRICE’s “Silk Hat and Walking Cape,” from Dances in the Canebrakes, GERSHWIN’s (arr. Bennett) Porgy and Bess  Selections for Orchestra, GOULD’s American Salute; Various/arr. LOWDEN’s Armed Forces Salute.

In the event of uncertain weather, please check the website www.morrisarts.org or call (973) 285-5115 AFTER 12 pm on the day of the concert  for the latest updates.

Morris Arts wishes to thank our sponsors:

Giralda Property Sponsors: Open Spaces Management Association, GRC Management Corp., Lincoln Equities LLC, Giralda Farms RE LLC, Linque Management Company, Inc., American Realty Capital, AHS Hospital Corp., Atlantic Health System, 1 Giralda Realty LLC, 3 Giralda Realty LLC, 7 Giralda Realty LLC,  and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Community Sponsors: Crum & Forster Insurance, Turner Construction, MetLife Foundation, The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, Kings Food Markets, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Shoprite Supermarkets, County of Morris, Township of Chatham and Morris County Park Commission

All proceeds benefit the many programs and services provided to artists, arts organizations, schools and the community by Morris Arts. Become a part of the Giralda tradition and bring your friends, families, classmates, neighbors or come by yourself to welcome summer with Morris Arts in this fun and most affordable way!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Will Hold Private Tour of Leonard Cohen Exhibit at the Jewish Museum

Private Tour of Leonard Cohen Exhibit: A Crack in Everything

WHEN: Tue, Jul 23, 9:15 am - 2:30 pm
WHERE:
bus leaves from Kaplen JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
TICKETS: $60.00 Member, $75.00 Public
The trip includes round-trip bus transportation from the JCC, museum admission, and the private tour
BUY TICKETS
For more information, or to register, please call 201.408.1496

The JCC is hosting a private tour of the Leonard Cohen exhibit—A Crack in Everything—now on view at the Jewish Museum.

There will be time on your own at the museum and time for lunch either at Russ and Daughters (in the museum) or at another local restaurant.

This exceptional contemporary show is inspired by the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. It is the first of its kind devoted entirely to the life and work of this legendary figure. The title comes from the following Cohen poem:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.


Visit www.jccotp.org/adult-day-trips-tours

TONY AWARD WINNER ALICE RIPLEY IN HOLMDEL, TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

Holmdel Theatre Company

Broadway at the Barn: Ripley Prescription

Broadway at the Barn: Ripley Prescription

WHEN: Thu, Jun 20, 2019, 8:00 PM
WHERE
: Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School)
TICKETS: $100 EACH
TICKET LIMIT: 4

VERY FEW TICKETS LEFT!

For one night only, Broadway Star and Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley is set to kickoff Holmdel Theatre Company's Broadway at the Barn series with her solo show Ripley Prescription!

Your prescription is in: The Tony Award Winner from Next to Normal has prescribed you a night of fabulous music and magical storytelling. The musical theatre legend and vocal powerhouse will perform a variety of musical pieces ranging from pop/rock hits to musical theatre staples.

Right here in your backyard, and for one night only, Broadway will come to life! Our intimate theater houses just 99 seats -- this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to practically be on stage with a Broadway legend. You don't want to miss out.

Come see Alice Ripley WOW us in Ripley Prescription, doctor's orders.


The Jazz Vocal Collective @ Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant

CIRCLE PLAYERS HOST ESCAPE ROOM FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY

Zombie-themed Escape Room Fundraiser Event

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, at 7 pm. Teams will tackle the escape room potion of the evening in three shifts: 7 to 8 pm, 8 to 9 pm, and 9 to 10 pm.
WHERE:
Circle Players, at 416 Victoria Avenue, Piscataway, NJ
ADMISSION: A donation of $15 reserves a spot on one of the escape room teams. Guests may make their contribution prior to the event HERE. All proceeds from the event go to Circle’s general improvements fund. 

During the course of the event, teams will take turns trying and escape from a zombie-themed escape room. In and around the time teams spend attempting to escape from the puzzle room, refreshments and entertainment will be available in the downstairs lobby.

The event is an excellent way to support local theater and learn more about artistic and volunteer activities at the theater.

Any questions or queries can be sent to the theater at circleplayersnj@gmail.com. More information about Circle Players is available at www.circeplayers.org.