Thursday, October 31, 2019

Vanguard Theater Company to Honor Community Leaders at November 9 Gala

Vanguard Theater Company to Honor Covenant House NJ, Doreen Oliver, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and The Actors Fund, in a Celebration of Creativity and Community in

A Night Under the Stars
WHERE: The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ 07042
WHEN: November 9, 2019, 7:00 PM
TICKETS:  $175 a person, $325 a couple. Sponsorship opportunities include a $1500 Actor, $5,000 Director or $10,000 Producer levels with 10 tickets each plus added incentives. 
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WHY: To Draw Attention to the Intersection of Art and Awareness, Diversity and Dialogue, and Celebrate the Local Organizations and People Making a Difference in our Communities.

DRESS: Elegant Attire

On November 9, Montclair will host Covenant House NJ, Doreen Oliver, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and The Actor’s Fund, as they are honored at Vanguard Theater Company’s Annual Gala at The Montclair Art Museum in Montclair on Saturday, November 9, 2018, at 7PM.   Honorees and guests will celebrate creativity and community and Vanguard’s mission of D.R.E.A.M. - Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship.

Recently awarded a program grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a renewed general operations commitment from TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanguard has much to celebrate. 

“In the past year, our collaborations with Covenant House NJ and The Actors Fund Home sharpened Vanguard’s mission to give young actors the tools to make a difference through art.  The writings, story telling and teachings of Doreen Oliver and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, shine a light on the intersectionality of race, democracy, and inequality, and inspire artists to use their voices and their art to evoke change in this world. We look forward to raising the funds needed to extend quality mentorship and education opportunities to all students interested in the performing arts, while thanking our collaborators and sponsors for work and support of artistic excellence,” said Janeece Freeman Clark, Artistic Director and Co-Founder.

The Gala will be an exciting evening; In addition to enjoying plentiful appetizers, drinks, and dinner, Gala attendees will be invited to Fund the Dream, as Vanguard prepares to move into a permanent home in downtown Montclair.  

Montclair Artistic and Civic Leaders are excited to welcome Vanguard:

As the arts continue to grow and thrive in our community, organizations like Vanguard provide audiences the opportunity to explore new ideas, diverse perspectives, and unique voices in the theater, and we look forward to many new, exciting opportunities to collaborate with them as our organizations continue to grow.

Tom Hall, Executive Director of Montclair Film

I am thrilled that Montclair is further adding to our rich arts scene with the addition of the Vanguard Theater Company.  While they have been providing wonderful experiences for the community through their focus on Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship (D.R.E.A.M.), to now have them officially call Montclair home is a perfect fit."

Sean M. Spiller, Third Ward Councilman, Township of Montclair

Thank you for making Montclair the Vanguard home!  NOW more than ever the theater and awareness that your company will bring to our township are necessary to what we are trying to build in town.

Renee Baskerville, Fourth Ward Councilwoman, Township of Montclair

Attendees will also have opportunities to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, including House Seats for Hamilton, Hadestown, Ain’t Too Proud, and Tina, on Broadway followed by backstage tours by cast members, a variety of items autographed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, plus an exclusive in home dining and wine tasting experience for 8 catered by Mish Mish and Amanti Vino of Montclair, with Vanguard performers as sous-chefs and staff!  Broadway performers who were mentors in Vanguard’s signature Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program, will be surprise guests, and Frank Kitchen of Star Benefit Auctions will lead the festivities, which will also include performances from Vanguard shows.

“There has never been a more important time to bring communities together.  On stage and off, our participants feel free to be themselves, unapologetically, and they truly appreciate and celebrate each other’s gifts and differences,” continues Freeman Clark.

“Above all,  we know how to put on a good show," adds Jessica Sporn, Managing Director.. "For this special event- we're pulling out all the stops. It will be a night to remember."

For more info on joining Vanguard’s DREAM, go HERE


Vanguard Theater Company (VTC), founded in 2015, addresses the lack of diversity in traditional theater casting and training. VTC produces original and reimagined theater driven by D.R.E.A.M: Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship. VTC’s MainStage productions, educational programs, collaborations with e.g., Montclair Film, NJ Pride, and Everytown for Gun Safety, engage varied communities in the performing arts and social issues.  Vanguard Theater Company's year-round programming is made possible through generous support from TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; The New York Community Trust; Seton Hall University; Investors Bank, NJ Council of the Arts, and many individual donors.  For more information about Vanguard Theater Company, visit

A One Night Only Show of Improv Comedy

WHEN: Friday, November 8, 6:30pm seating for dinner, 8:00pm show. The show runs approximately 60-90 minutes.
 Mastoris Diner, 144 US 130, Bordentown, NJ​​
Tickets are $35 and includes buffet dinner and dessert.  A cash bar will be available.

Pegasus Theatre Company and UnScripted Productions present a ONE NIGHT ONLY evening of hilarious improvisational comedy that will have you laughing all the way home!

Led by a team of professional actors, the improvisers will use audience suggestions to spontaneously bring to life a series a different games like those made popular by the show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Don't miss Nikole Hannah-Jones on NYT's 1619 Project and a panel on the role of slavery in NJ

WHEN: Sat, November 2, @ 7PM
NJPAC, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St., Newark
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“The United States is a nation founded on both an ideal and a lie.”

With her unvarnished look at the role of slavery and its legacy on the making of our nation, Nikole Hannah-Jones tells us that “[w]ithout the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different—it might not be a democracy at all.”

The award-winning journalist will discuss the New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project, a multi-media initiative marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Black people in Jamestown, Virginia, the system of slavery that followed and its enduring legacy in America.

She will be introduced by Shané Harris (Executive Director, The Prudential Foundation), and joined by a distinguished panel of scholars and advocates, moderated by Marcia W. Brown (Rutgers University-Newark), who will bring the conversation home to New Jersey. Panelists include Ryan P. Haygood (President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice), Prof. Elise Boddie (The Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School), Rev. Charles F. Boyer (Pastor and Founder of Salvation and Social Justice), Marley Dias (Creator of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign) and Richard Roper (Public Policy Consultant).

Presented in association with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Prudential, The Inclusion Project at Rutgers Law School, and Salvation & Social Justice

State Theatre New Jersey presents Randy Rainbow Live

Randy Rainbow Live!

WHEN: Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:30pm
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $39.50-$85
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

Randy Rainbow is an Emmy® nominated American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series on YouTube, The Randy Rainbow Show. His musical parodies and political spoofs that have garnered him worldwide acclaim and in 2019 an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.

Currently touring the U.S. to sold-out shows, the influencer and internet sensation’s viral comedy videos, receive millions of views across all social media and digital platforms. His fresh take on politics and current events has led to interviews/profiles by venerable media outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, NPR, ABC News, OUT, People and Entertainment Weekly. In a recent article, Forbes Magazine pondered, “Why Randy Rainbow, The Muppets, and The Avengers Should Host the Oscars.” American author and media pundit, Dan Savage, called him “the best thing to come from the GOP race,” and “BRAGGADOCIOUS!” (his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016) received 28 million views in its first two days.

Rainbow (yes, that’s his real name) enjoys a star-studded fan base that regularly retweets and shares his work. Some of Randy’s most notable admirers include Hillary Clinton, Debra Messing, Mark Hamill, Jane Lynch, Ana Navarro, Barry Manilow, Ron Perlman, Rosie O’Donnell, Martin Short, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Steve Martin.

Rainbow has written for numerous comedians, and the cast of NBC’s Will & Grace even performed his parody of “Officer Krupke” (from the musical, West Side Story) at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Rainbow headlined a concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York alongside Rosie O’Donnell and was featured in a musical commercial/campaign for Orbitz opposite Margaret Cho. Rainbow also created and starred in multiple hit web series for and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret, and gay communities, as well as for the Tony® Awards. He has performed at some of New York City's most popular night spots including 54 Below and Birdland Jazz Club and appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

He is heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio and recently starred in New York City Center’s Encores production of Call Me Madam, whose score The New York Times called “fresh, light, and beguiling.” Rainbow says that’s what also drew him to the role, “Let’s face it, these past two and a half years in politics have been anything but fresh, light and beguiling.”

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.




WHEN: one day only, November 2nd at 11:00 am
The Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown
TICKETS: $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. Centenary Stage Company will also be offering a special $5.00 ticket price to Hackettstown residents with a valid ID or utility bill reflecting a Hackettstown address

Several times a year, the Young Audience Series offers stage adaptations of beloved classic children's literature. These performances are typically scheduled upon request of a larger school group, however, pending availability will be opened to the general public. In addition to "in-house" performances the Young Audience Series offers a selection of productions available for touring. Call the Centenary Stage Company box office directly at 908-979-0900 to book your school group.

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every performance. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

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


Shea Center, 300 Pompton Ave., Wayne
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Featuring stars of Broadway’s hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale, and more, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history. This epic show will take you on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern pop musicians.



Free Staged Reading in Cranford Nov 2

by Andrew Barnes

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2 PM
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave, Cranford

37A is an unlikely inmate at an immigration detention facility. Navigating a horrific situation with little help from the outside, 37A serves as a reminder that we cannot become numb to what is happening around us, because it can happen to anyone at any time.

About the author:
Andrew Barnes' play Canarsie was a part of this same reading series before debuting at SummerFest. Andrew’s other works have been seen across the globe, at NYC Pridefest this past summer, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, and Exhibit 1.1 at The Grove Theatre MU in London.

A playwright, director and actor, Andrew has his BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and his MA in Theatre Arts with a concentration on new work development and solo performance from Middlesex University.

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AT LUNA STAGE: SPECIAL EVENTS: Jewish Women, Activism, Incarceration, Interrogation

Interrogation and Incarceration: Then and Now

A conversation with Boris Franklin

Boris is a producer, actor, writer, public speaker and community organizer who served 11 years in East Jersey State Prison between 2004 and 2015.

November 1 after the 8pm show

Jewish Women, Social Justice and the Law
A post-show panel with Maya Grosz, Magda Schaler-Haynes and Justine Olderman

Grosz, Olderman, and Schaler-Haynes will reflect on the play and on their own identities as activist lawyers and Jewish women, and explore the connection between identity and social action.

Grosz is Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Legal Practice Curriculum at Seton Hall Law School. Olderman is the Executive Director of The Bronx Defenders. Schaler-Haynes is the Director of Policy and Strategic Planning at the New Jersey Department of Health.

November 3 after the 3pm show

ABOUT THE PLAY: Berlin, 1933. Martial law is in effect and political activism has become a capital crime. Karl Frick, young police officer, gets promoted from the criminal police to the newly created political division. In his first week at this new job he arrests Hannah Stern, a graduate student seen copying documents in the library. Is Mrs. Stern an innocent who pressed a button on the mimeograph machine at the wrong moment? Or is she an enemy of the state?




WHEN: Saturday, November 2, at 8:00 pm
: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $27.50 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12 in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of the event.

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, at 3:00 pm
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12 in advance. All ticket prices increase $5.00 day of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances. The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

The All American Evening features the American Masterwork Rodeo by Agnes de Mille with score by Aaron Copeland, Margo Sappington’s haunting pas de deux Waterfront, and Matthew Rushing’s tribute to Count Basie, Hand in Hand and James Kinney’s Civil War homage American Salute.

The New Jersey Ballet then returns with the family performance of Hansel and Gretel. A lively re-telling of the well-known fairy tale about a brother and sister who wander into a forest where they are captured by a witch in a fantastic gingerbread house. The spunky youngsters defeat the witch, free other children she had baked into gingerbread and are reunited with their loving parents in the happily-ever-after finale.

For more than half a century, New Jersey Ballet has thrilled audiences from Bergen to Cape May with top quality professional ballet and has given hundreds of thousands of adults and children their first introduction to ballet and inspired in many a lifelong love of the arts. New Jersey Ballet is proud to be designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2009 and 2010, the company was voted New Jersey's Favorite Dance Company in an online poll sponsored by Jersey Arts Marketers.

Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

The 2019-2020 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Season Sponsors The House of the Good Shepherd, Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.     

“Sweeney Todd”—Attend the Tale......or else

To redeem this special Halloween Weekend Combo Deal, you must CALL THE BOX OFFICE 973-248-9491 AND MENTION CODE SWEENEY SWEETS


Sweeney: The Making of a Murderer



Space Still Available on Rutherfurd Hall Special Saturday Bus Tour and Open House!

Visit the sites in Allamuchy and Tranquility that have historical ties to Rutherfurd Hall. The Mansion will be also be open for special visiting hours Saturday.

There is limited space on the bus, so please don’t wait.

  • Bus Tour 10-11:30am ~ $15
  • Museum Tours 10-2pm ~ $5 (Walk-In)

Click Here to Register for Bus Tour

For More information, go to or call (908)852-1894 ext 338


Exhibition Celebration

The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m.
Princeton University Art Museum, 10 McCosh Hall, Princeton

Join us for a celebration of The Eternal Feast, a new exhibition featuring paintings and objects related to feasting from China’s vibrant Middle Period. The evening includes “A Feast for the Eyes,” a lecture by Zoe S. Kwok, assistant curator of Asian art. Then on Sunday, join a docent-led tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. A fully illustrated catalogue is available for purchase at the Museum Store.


States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing
WHEN: November 2, 2019–February 2, 2020

Throughout history and across cultures, concepts of illness and healing have been given concrete form through art. Opening this Saturday, States of Health features more than eighty works of globe-spanning art from antiquity to the present—including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and multimedia works—that illuminate the role art plays in shaping our perceptions and experiences of illness and healing.

Artist Visit

A Visit with Maya Lin
WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 5 p.m. A reception in the Museum will follow.
Richardson Auditorium

Marking the completion of two new signature works of public art by Maya Lin at Princeton, the Art Museum warmly invites you to hear the artist in conversation with James Steward, Nancy A. Nasher–David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976, Director. This informal discussion will focus on public art, design inspiration, and the relationship in Lin’s practice between art, architecture, and design. Free and open to the public.

For advance tickets, please visit this site or call 609.258.9220. Tickets will also be available at the door until 4:50 p.m. and while supplies last.

Fall Film Series
Princeton Garden Theatre

In conjunction with the exhibition The Eternal Feast, the Art Museum and the Princeton Garden Theatre present a series of award-winning Chinese-language films. Museum members receive the Princeton Garden Theatre member admission price.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
124 minutes; directed by Ang Lee

The Assassin (2015)
Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.

105 minutes; directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Lecture and Performance
States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
10 McCosh Hall

Join Veronica White, curator of academic programs, as she discusses the cross-cultural exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing. Christina Luo ’23 and Madison Lai ’21 will perform a dance inspired by the exhibition. A reception in the Museum will follow.

Film Screening and Talk
Pat Steir: Artist
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 1 p.m. A reception in the Museum will follow.
Princeton Garden Theatre

The groundbreaking artist Pat Steir has been at the forefront of American painting for half a century, and her work Winter Sky is now on view in the Museum’s galleries. Join us Friday, November 8, for a special screening of a film about her life and work, followed by a Q&A between director Veronica Gonzalez Peña and the artist.

Steir’s career has intersected with those of many of the most influential artists and poets of her generation, and this intimate film offers a profound look into the life of an artist.

Tickets available at Princeton Garden Theatre; free to Princeton students.

Art for Families
WHEN: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Join us on Saturday mornings for family fun. Drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and enjoy an engaging gallery activity and related art project. Each week has a different theme. Come for fifteen minutes or two hours—whatever your schedule allows. All ages welcome; no tickets or reservations needed.

November 2 | It’s All in the Details: Look closely at the beadwork and geometric patterns used by the Ndebele artist who made the Married Woman’s Ceremonial Apron and craft a garment of your own to take home.

November 9 | Go, Van Gogh, Go!: Join us in welcoming Tarascon Stagecoach home from Japan and make your own Van Gogh–inspired masterpiece.

Museum Open
Veterans Day
Monday, November 11, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Free on Veterans Day? So are we. The Museum will be open on Monday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chinese, Liao dynasty, 907–1125, Coffin box panel: Outdoor Banquet (detail), 10th–early 11th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
Master of the Greenville Tondo, Saint Sebastian (detail), ca. 1500–1510. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the New Jersey State Museum; transferred to the Princeton University Art Museum
Maya Lin, Princeton Line, 2018. The John P. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University Art Museum
Maya, Old woman and infant, A.D. 600–800. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Gillett G. Griffin I Eric Avery, Emerging Infectious Diseases (detail), 2000.
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library I Master of the Greenville Tondo, Saint Sebastian (detail), ca. 1500–1510. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the New Jersey
State Museum; transferred to the Princeton University Art Museum
Pat Steir in her studio
Bert Brandt, American Soldier Conversing with Small French Girl Traveling, 1944. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Howard Greenberg.

Audition Added: Winter Holiday One-Act Festival

Audition Added:

WHEN: Sunday, November 3rd, at 7pm
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover

If you missed your chance to audition for our Winter Holiday One-act Festival, we have added an additional audition this Sunday. Our festival includes a diverse collection of light-hearted holiday vignettes, perfect for actors of all ages and experience levels!

Please email if you have any questions.

Find further audition info here

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


Immerse yourself in the timeless South Indian art form of Bharatanatyam and be transported by the rhythmic dance and captivating music that explores physical agility, emotional breadth and theatrical excellence.

WHEN:  Saturday , November 2, at 2:00pm.
: Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook
TICKETS: All tickets $10 
Tickets available @

Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular classical and traditional dances of India, which has origins in Natya (dance) Yoga. This dance form brings forth spiritual semblance through synchronized physical and emotive body movements. Bharatanatyam is a dance form, which has rich history dating back to 2000 years. It is inspired by the sculptures of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, India.

The Dance Connection's Nutcracker is central New Jersey's original youth ballet Nutcracker. Young ballerinas and dancers from ages 5-18 dance a beautifully narrated and abridged version of Tchaikovsky's classical ballet. Come experience this beautiful story, the magic, the precision, and grace of theses talented young dancers. Families and children are invited join us on stage after the show. It's perfect for young audiences!!

WHEN: Showtime December 7, @ 1 pm
WHERE: Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook
Tickets available @

Note: All registered Dance Connection students are entitled to one free ticket to the Bound Brook show. If you’re registered for classes with us, get your free ticket by contacting the office at (908) 874-8800.

All abroad the Polar Express!  Get your Golden Ticket for an evening of fun and adventure. Wear your pajamas and bring a comfy blanket. Cozy up with cocoa and cookies to watch this holiday film that tells the story of a young boy who embarks on a magical adventure on Christmas Eve, to the North Pole abroad the Polar Express. Along the way, he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

WHEN: Santa arrives at 5:30 pm to greet all guests. Showtime Saturday, December 14 @ 6:30 pm 
WHERE: Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton St., Bound Brook
TICKETS: $10 for Children 2-18 ( includes cookies and cocoa) and $5 for accompanying Adults.
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Chatham Players to Hold Auditions for Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers”

Lost in Yonkers
by Neil Simon
directed by Wanda Maragni

WHEN: Sunday, November 10th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm and Monday, November 11th from 7pm – 9:30pm.
: The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave.
Production dates are February 7 thru 22, 2020 with rehearsals to begin late November.

By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is a sweet thirty-five years old, developmentally stunted soul, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne'er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Director Maragni seeks four males / three females to fill out her cast.

She asks that you are familiar with the play and to be prepared to read from sides, which can be found on Chatham Players’ website and will be available at the audition.

To access sides and the audition form, please visit our website at .

Character Breakdown

Arthur Kurnitz (about 13) Younger brother of Jay. If not for the fact that his mother has died and his father is about to leave him and his brother with their very strict grandmother, Arthur would be a typical 13 year old, inquisitive boy.

Jay Kurnitz (about 16) Older brother of Arthur. Since his mother’s death, Jay has not only been taking care of himself and his younger brother, but also carries the burden of making sure that his father is ok as well.

Eddie Kurnitz (40’s) Still mourning the loss of his wife, Eddie must find a way to support his two sons. The only option means having to ask his mother to care for his sons while he takes on a traveling sales position. His mother terrifies him.

Bella Kurnitz (early 30’s) Emotionally is almost a young, innocent child. Bella lives with and works for her mother in their candy shop below their apartment. Everyone believes that this is all Bella will ever have but Bella dreams of so much more. Bella is Eddie’s sister.

Grandma Kurwitz (70’s) She is the strongly opinionated matriarch of the Kurnitz family. She is a big woman who walks with a limp and runs her family like her candy store, with great discipline and authority. Grandma Kurwitz needs to speak with a German accent.

Louie Kurnitz (late 30’s) Brother to Eddie and Bella. Louie is the black sheep of the family who appears to be involved in – well, we’re really not sure what he’s involved in. But whatever it is, it has brought him home to hide out for a few nights before leaving again. His mother definitely disapproves of him.

Aunt Gert (35) Sister to Eddie, Bella and Louie. Due to unknown reasons, Aunt Gert suffers from a speech affliction. It causes her to say half of a line with the breath going out and then somewhere in the middle, she seems to need to take in more air which causes her to speak in a higher tone.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition.

Any questions, please call Gus Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email

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McCarter Theatre Center

WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: start at $25
MCCARTER.ORG | 609.258.2787

Free Family Performance Nov 1


Book by Jim Jack
Music and lyrics by Anna K. Jacobs
Directed by Portia Krieger
Appropriate for middle school and up

WHEN: 7 PM on November 1, 2019
WHERE: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

Don't miss a FREE performance of ANYTOWN by George Street Playhouse's Educational Touring Company

Star athlete Hope Baker sports a 4.0 GPA and limitless potential. But when a boy she likes offers her one little pill to reduce the pain from a soccer injury, Hope makes a decision that rapidly transforms her dreams into an escalating nightmare. With her future at stake, will Hope get the help she needs before opioids destroy everything she cares about?

Based on interviews with families struggling with the disease of addiction, opioid prevention experts, law enforcement officials, and educators, this original musical will empower audiences with the knowledge to make positive decisions to avoid substance abuse. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health are the state-wide sponsors of Anytown and provide need-based funding for this program to schools that are able to demonstrate financial need.



The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival celebrates twenty years of exploring Jewish history, culture and identity through film. The festival will feature 19 films, including four New Jersey premieres and a closing night preview screening, and discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and other noteworthy guests. The event will be held at three venues:

  • New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick (NBPAC – Opening Night Only)
  • AMC New Brunswick, 17 US Highway 1 South, New Brunswick (AMC)
  • Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton (PGT).

The festival is sponsored by Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and is made possible by a generous grant from the Karma Foundation.


The Unorthodox
(Israel, 2018, 99 minutes)
Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Eliran Malka

When the daughter of Yakov Cohen, a printer in Jerusalem, is expelled from school because of her Sephardic background, he decides to fight back. He is just a regular guy with no connections. But he has the will and the passion to take action, and a belief that he and other Sephardic Jews deserve to be proud of their heritage. Based on real events from 1983, The Unorthodox tells a remarkable underdog story, leading to the creation of the Shas political party in Israel. Rich in comedy and drama, the film also has a terrific soundtrack.

Sunday, November 3, 7:30PM, at NBPAC SOLD OUT

Tuesday, November 5, 3:30PM, at AMC

Speaker at both screenings: Jessica Steinberg, Culture Editor, Times of Israel

­City of Joel
(USA, 2018, 83 minutes)
English • Director: Jesse Sweet

With unprecedented access, this film captures the conflict and drama surrounding Kiryas Joel, a village occupying a square mile within the town of Monroe in upstate New York that has become one of the fastest-growing Hasidic communities in the United States. When the secular residents of the larger township learn of Kiryas Joel’s desire to annex adjacent land to address its population growth, it sets off a turf and legal battle. The documentary presents people on all sides of a conflict—religious enthusiasts, dissidents, people who doubt their own faith, and residents of Monroe who want to protect their bucolic lifestyle—and raises complex issues about the boundaries of religious freedom in the United States.

Sunday, November 10, 3:30PM at AMC

Speaker: Prof. Samuel Freedman, Columbia University

Tuesday, November 12, 1:00PM at PGT


From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza
(Canada, USA, Egypt, France, Israel, UK, 2018, 93 minutes)
English • Director: Michelle Paymar

This lively documentary tells the astonishing story of the discovery of a vast treasure trove of documents hidden for centuries in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom, of an ancient synagogue in Fostat, Old Cairo. From sacred manuscripts to business accounts to personal letters in a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish languages, the Cairo Geniza contained the largest cache of Jewish historical documents ever found, revolutionizing our understanding of Jewish history and illuminating a thousand years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world.

Sunday, November 10, 1:00PM, at AMC



Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
(USA, 2019, 92 minutes)
English • Director: Max Lewkowicz
The screening is sponsored by David and Sylvia Steiner

This new documentary looks at the cultural history of one of the world’s most beloved musicals. When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change. With rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries including Stephen Sondheim, Topol, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film explores the impact of this long-running, award-winning musical, including the true wonder of wonders—that audiences worldwide and for the last half century all claim the story as their own.

Preceded by

The Fiddle
(Israel, 2018, 9 minutes)
Yiddish with English subtitles • Director: Asher Schwartz

This beautifully animated short film, based on Sholem Aleichem’s short story “The Fiddle,” tells

the tale of a boy and his beloved fiddle. Narrated by the renowned Yiddish theater and Broadway actor Mike Burstyn.

Thursday, November 7, 12:30PM, at AMC

Sunday, November 17, Noon, at AMC

Speaker at both screenings: Prof. Marc Aronson, Rutgers University

Golda’s Balcony, The Film
(USA, 2019, 86 minutes)
English • Director: Scott Schwartz

Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history, playing 45 different characters (including David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, and, of course, Golda Meir herself) in this new film. Her Tony Award-nominated play, Golda’s Balcony, was the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. Rare, multi-camera footage from the play’s original run was recently unearthed and assembled into this riveting film.

Wednesday, November 13, 1:00PM, at AMC

Speaker: David Fishelson, Producer

Latter Day Jew
(USA, 2019, 85 minutes)
English • Director: Aliza Rosen

With a poignant mix of hilarity and seriousness, Latter Day Jew follows H. Alan Scott, a gay writer-comedian, cancer survivor, and former Mormon who becomes a Jew by choice. His family embraces his new spiritual path as he visits Israel and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30PM, at AMC

Thursday, November 14, 4:00PM, at AMC

Speaker at both screenings: H. Alan Scott

(Mexico, 2018, 95 minutes)
Spanish with English subtitles • Director: Isaac Cherem

An intimate and moving film, Leona tells the story of Ariela, an independent-minded artist who lives with her family in a traditional Jewish neighborhood in Mexico City. Pressured to find a suitable match by her well-meaning if overprotective family, she instead falls for Ivan, a non-Jewish writer. Ariela finds herself torn between her family and forbidden love as she struggles to make difficult choices regarding her career and love life.

Saturday, November 9, 7:15PM, at AMC

Monday, November 11, 1:00PM, at PGT

Sunday, November 17, 2:45PM, at AMC

Speaker: Prof. Jorge Reina Schement, Rutgers University

Love, Antosha
(USA, 2019, 92 minutes)
English • Director: Garret Price

An affectionate look at the young actor Anton Yelchin, who played an endearing young Chekov in the new Star Trek movies. His Russian-Jewish parents were renowned ice skaters who came to the United States in order to give him a better life. A young artist with a prolific career in film and television, Yelchin died in a tragic accident at the age of twenty-seven. Narrated by Nicolas Cage and including interviews with colleagues, family, and friends, including Chris Pine, Jennifer Lawrence, and J. J. Abrams, the documentary paints a broad portrait of an intensely authentic and gifted artist.

Rated R

Saturday, November 16, 9:30PM, at AMC


The Mover
(Latvia, 2019, 87 minutes)
Latvian with English subtitles • Director: Davis Sımanis

Based on the true story of “Latvia’s Schindlers,” this award-winning feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, honored as one of the “Righteous among the Nations” for his heroic deeds in Latvia during World War II. Despite the hardship that members of the Lipke family endured under successive Soviet and German occupations, they embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on their property. The Lipkes are credited with saving about 40 of the 200 Jews in Latvia who survived the war.

Tuesday, November 5, 1:00PM, at AMC

Sunday, November 10, 5:00PM, at AMC

The Museum
(Israel, 2017, 74 minutes)
English and Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Ran Tal

Going behind-the-scenes at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, this award-winning film takes viewers on an immersive exploration of one of Israel’s most important cultural institutions. Filmed during the museum’s fiftieth-anniversary celebrations, the documentary follows the daily routine of a colorful cast of characters—the museum director, a singing security guard, a Palestinian guide, and a host of other museum staff and visitors—with surprising humor, human stories, precious art, and the unfolding of the history of Israel.

Sunday, November 17, 2:15PM, at AMC

Speaker: James Snyder, Executive Chairman, Jerusalem Foundation; Former Director, Israel Museum


My Polish Honeymoon
(France, 2019, 88 minutes)
French with English subtitles • Director: Élise Otzenberger

When Anna and Adam, a young Parisian Jewish couple, embark on their long-awaited honeymoon, Poland seems an unlikely choice. But this seemingly lighthearted comedy soon takes on a darker tone. As they explore the country, searching in vain for evidence of past family connections, they confront modern-day anti-Semitism and their own families’ silence about the past.

Thursday, November 14, 1:00PM, at AMC

Thursday, November 14, 7:30PM, at AMC

Speaker at both screenings: Élise Otzenberger, Director

The Other Story
(Israel, 2018, 112 minutes)
Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Avi Nesher

Two rebellious young women—one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith, the other desperate to transcend her religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom—cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem with startling consequences. This poignant drama from renowned Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher plumbs the divide between Israel’s secular and religious Jews.

Thursday, November 7, 3:30PM, at AMC

Speaker: Prof. Michal Raucher, Rutgers University

Saturday, November 9, 9:30PM, at AMC


The Spy Behind Home Plate
(USA, 2019, 96 minutes)
English • Director: Aviva Kempner

This feature-length documentary about the enigmatic baseball player Moe Berg focuses on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major league teams during baseball’s golden age, to his secret life spying for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an all-star roster from the worlds of history, sports, and spy craft.

Sunday, November 10, 12:30PM, at AMC

Monday, November 11, 7:30PM, at PGT

Speaker at both screenings: Aviva Kempner, Director

(Israel, 2018, 155 minutes)
Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Daniel Syrkin

Israeli TV Series— BINGE-WATCH all four episodes!

When a leading contender for the Nobel Prize in Economics is found dead in his bed, his four closest friends scramble to keep it a secret in the increasingly hectic days leading up to the big announcement. Stockholm is a fast-paced Israeli TV series about the resilience of friendship in the twilight years, told with no shortage of wit and heart. Its stellar cast, including Dov Glickman (Shtisel) and Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit, The Other Story), strikes the perfect balance of humor and drama with irreverence and chutzpah.

Tuesday, November 5, 7:00PM, at AMC

Tel Aviv on Fire
(Israel, 2018, 97 minutes)
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles • Director: Sameh Zoabi

This critically acclaimed film explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a satirical comedy. When Salam, a hapless young Palestinian man with no experience in the television business, begins work on a soap opera filmed in Ramallah, his daily commute takes him through an Israeli checkpoint. IDF officer Assi soon discovers Salam’s connection to the show—and his own wife’s obsession with it—so he uses his power to become Salam’s secret writing partner. With both men now invested in the soap’s narrative arc, Salam has to concoct plot twists to suit viewers on both sides.

Sunday, November 10, 7:00PM, at AMC

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30PM, at PGT

Saturday, November 16, 7:15PM, at AMC


Those Who Remained
(Hungary, 2019, 83 minutes)
Hungarian with English subtitles • Director: Barnabás Tóth

Set in 1949 Budapest, Aldo and Klara have both lost everyone they loved to the ravages of World War II. A survivor of the camps, forty-two-year-old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor, while teenage Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her parents will return. When Klara meets Aldo, she finds the father figure missing from her life and hope begins to return for both of them. But their father-daughter relationship is misunderstood by Communist officials and complicated by Klara’s burgeoning sexuality. A lyrical story of the healing power of love told through the eyes of a young woman in post–World War II Hungary.

Thursday, November 7, 7:30PM, at AMC

Speaker: Barnabás Tóth, Director

Wednesday, November 13, 3:30PM, at AMC

Speaker: Prof. Debórah Dwork, Bildner Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University


Wondrous Oblivion
(France, UK, Germany, 2003, 106 minutes)
English • Director: Paul Morrison

Eleven-year-old David Wiseman is mad about cricket, but hopeless at the game. When a Jamaican family moves in next door and builds a cricket net in the backyard, David is in seventh heaven. But when anti-Semitic neighbors shift their prejudice onto the new arrivals, David’s family is caught in the middle, and he has to choose between fitting in and standing up for his new friends. Oscar-nominated director Paul Morrison delivers a charming and moving coming-of-age drama offering a view into a working-class Jewish community in 1960s London.

Sunday, November 17 • 4:30PM, at AMC


Preview Screening
The Song of Names
(Canada, UK, Germany, Hungary, 2019, 113 Minutes)
English • Director: François Girard

Academy Award nominees Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in this sweeping historical drama about a man’s search for his childhood best friend—a Polish violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust—who vanished decades before on the night of his debut performance. The latest work from acclaimed director François Girard (The Red Violin), The Song of Names is based on Norman Lebrecht’s novel of the same name.

Sunday, November 17, 7:00PM, at AMC

MO Family Concert “Carnival of the Animals” This Sunday


WHEN: November 3, 2019 at 3pm
WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair

Allison Brewster Franzetti, PianoThe children’s program for the season is a delight for young listeners, as the orchestra visits the zoo in music! Hear the regal lion, the silly rooster, and the graceful swan, along with the rest of the animals in this family favorite. Montclair town councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville (below) will join pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti (left) and the orchestra to provide the narrations for our journey. Also on the program are a selection of recognizable favorite orchestral selections, plus an interactive instrument petting zoo to introduce children of all ages to the great music to discover in the orchestra world.

Dr. Renee Baskerville, Narrator

Supporting the Next Generation

The Montclair Orchestra is offering third-graders in Montclair Public Schools complimentary tickets to 'Carnival of the Animals' to help develop their interest in music. The details for this ticket promotion are being distributed through each school in the district. For additional information, you can also contact us.

Telegraph Quartet performs composer Robert Sirota's "Wave Upon Wave" at the Morris Museum

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Wave Upon Wave
by Robert Sirota

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2pm
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum | 6 Normandy Heights Road | Morristown, NJ
Tickets and information: or by phone at 973.971.3706, or in person at the Morris Museum. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.
Telegraph Quartet: 
Robert Sirota:

The San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet, winner of the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, joins forces with composer Robert Sirota for a performance presented by the Live Arts Series at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road) in Bickford Theatre. This concert is part of Sirota @ 70, a celebration throughout the 2019-2020 concert season featuring residencies, performances, and premieres in honor of the composer’s 70th birthday.

Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave was commissioned by The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation for the competition winners and premiered by the Telegraph Quartet on February 6, 2018 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Wave Upon Wave is the third string quartet in a trilogy spanning fifteen years, which Sirota began in 2002 with Triptych, an extended meditation on 9/11. Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, celebrates the rich diversity of the American landscape and the American spirit, and was completed in spring 2016.

Sirota says, “Each of the string quartets in my trilogy is in essence a long journal entry reflecting a response to our times. Now, given the uncertainty of this moment in our history, rife with threats of tyranny, environmental catastrophe, and the human potential for evil, I find myself turning inward to examine the topography of the human heart: our vast potential for creative energy, idealism and altruism. Wave Upon Wave is about our fears, our hopes, and our prayers that we will triumph over the forces of darkness which threaten to overwhelm us.”

Robert Sirota will participate in a discussion about his work after the performance. In addition, the Telegraph Quartet will perform Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4 and Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2, for a program that showcases crowning achievements of string quartet repertoire spanning multiple eras.

THIS SATURDAY!! Opening Reception of BIRTHDAY SUIT // New works by Thomas John Carlson

Opening Reception: BIRTHDAY SUIT // New works by Thomas John Carlson

WHEN: Saturday night, November 2nd, from 7-11pm
DEEP SPACE GALLERY, 77 Cornelison Ave., Jersey City

Deep Space Gallery is very pleased to present BIRTHDAY SUIT, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Jersey City-based artist Thomas John Carlson. Come help us celebrate the the artist’s birthday as well during his Opening Reception this Saturday night. Beats on tap all evening courtesy of Deep Space resident DJ Scott Free.

See what Thomas has to say about BIRTHDAY SUIT below~

“There are ways that people suit and address themselves that change over time. Experiences and relationships change a person’s perspective about themselves and the world year by year. Birthdays can be uncomfortable. They act as poignant milestones from which to compare one’s old and new selves at each new year. They serve as a time to address one’s expectations of the year ahead. These works are a reflection of that dynamic struggle” -- TJC

About the Artist

Through bold use of color and surreal imagery, Thomas Carlson aims to evoke a vivid dream world where our senses are limited. Memories and subconscious material are surfaced without the tools of the awakened mind’s faculties. Images and narratives are beyond the real world. Meaning is suggested but is not clear to either the beholder or even the imaginer. Thomas is also the founder and director of Jersey City Art School.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday at this very special solo show and birthday celebration!