Monday, November 11, 2019


Let’s Dance
by Kristine Smith, CEO/Co-Founder of the InSpira Performing Arts & Cultural Center

WHEN: November 17, 2019 from 2pm-5pm
the Inspira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, located at 987 Jersey Ave, Suite D, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The coloring book highlights images of students who have danced and still dances at the studio. Kristine’s hope is that this coloring book will inspire kids to foster a greater love for dance while coloring and using their creativity.

“Creating a coloring book where children of color are highlighted is BIG DEAL for me because, when I was a little girl growing up in Oakland, CA, I didn’t see anyone that looked like me in coloring books, “says Kristine.

About Kristine Smith:

Kristine Smith started Inspira Performing Arts in 2002 in the basement of a church with 14 kids and now there are nearly 300 students and two locations in New Jersey. Originally from Oakland, CA she has been dancing since the age of three – years old.

For more information on Inspira, please visit

State Theatre New Jersey presents Taj Express—The Bollywood Revue

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8pm
15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick
TICKETS: $40-$98
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

This high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions features joyful dance, colorful costumes, and thrilling live music from A.R. Rahman the composer of Slumdog Millionaire.

Taj Express is a spectacular new musical from Film City, Mumbai which recently completed a smash hit, sell-out tour of the United Kingdom. Directed by Shruti Merchant and choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant, Taj Express stars actual dancers from the world's most favorite Bollywood films.

This performance rhythmically blends the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. North America will be wowed by high-energy dance numbers, the latest Bollywood hits, spectacular costumes and exquisitely designed film projections created by the A-list of India's film and fashion industries.

Taj Express follows the story of one man’s passion and another man’s genius. Young composer Shankar struggles with his music, and it’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol, A.R. Rahman, that he discovers his path to success. The production reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry, and the people behind the screen who make the magic in India’s factory of dreams.

With a cast of multi-talented Bollywood performers such as Mikhail Sen, Hiten Shah, and Tanvi Patil, Taj Express is an uplifting show full of color, high-energy music, and sensational dance scenes. It features choreography from one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant, and music by A.R. Rahman, composer of Slumdog Millionaire; all under the direction of Shruti Merchant.

Vaibhavi Merchant (Director of Choreography) has been the Director of Choreography for over 75 Bollywood films and is known for her smash hits such as Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re, Kamli, and Dhoom3. She has received numerous awards for her choreography including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA and the American Choreography Award.

Shruti Merchant (Director/ Producer) is also amongst the top choreographers in the industry. Starting in 2014, she appeared on India’s leading dance reality show, Dance India Dance, as a judge for seasons 4 and 5.

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.

Kean Stage to Host NPR’s Hit Radio Show “Selected Shorts”

NPR’s hit public radio series

Selected Shorts

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Kean Stage’s Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, on Kean University’s east campus.
TICKETS: $35-$55 and can be purchased at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ, by phone at 908-737-7469 or online at

This evening of festive stories filled with love, laughter and nostalgia will be read by actors Michael Cerveris, Dana Ivey and Richard Masur.

Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging fiction writers and have them performed by prominent actors of stage, screen and television who bring these short stories to life. Each Selected Shorts is a unique night of literature in performance.

Michael Cerveris (above) is a two-time Tony Award winner for Fun Home and for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. He starred on Broadway in Evita, Sweeney Todd, Titanic and Tommy and Off-Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Playbill called him, “arguably the most versatile leading man on Broadway.” His television credits include The Good Wife, Fringe, Gotham and Madam Secretary, and he was seen in the films Ant Man and the Wasp and The Mexican.

Dana Ivey has been nominated for five Tony Awards, including twice in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George and a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House. Her other Broadway credits include Present Laughter, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Importance of Being Earnest. Ivey has been featured in many films including The Color Purple, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Postcards from the Edge and The Help. Her television credits include Boardwalk Empire, Sex and the City, Monk and Frasier.

Richard Masur’s acting credits date back to the 1970s. His film appearances include Risky Business and My Girl and he was a regular on the television shows One Day at a Time, Rhoda and Hot l Baltimore. He was most recently seen on Younger, Orange is the New Black and Transparent. His Broadway credits include The Changing Room, Democracy and Lucky Guy. Masur is a former president of the Screen Actors Guild.

New York’s Symphony Space has presented Selected Shorts before a live audience since 1985. It is broadcast on more than 150 radio stations across the country and consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.

Actors are subject to change.

Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several opportunities to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, and employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit

Sunday, November 10, 2019


10th Annual Your Move Modern Dance Festival 
An immersive celebration of modern dance and the Landmark Loew’s Theater

WHEN: November 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. November 17 at 2 p.m.
Landmark Jersey Loew’s Theater, 54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ, 07306 (Adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station) Parking at SquareRamp
TICKETS: Single tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Additional discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets for TEN: A Panel & Party are $10.
Single tickets are now on sale at

“It is a wonderful achievement for Your Move: New Jersey’s Modern Dance Festival to reach 10 years of production. Credit for this achievement should not only shared by Art House and the Your Move founders and producers, but by the dance community here in Jersey City and beyond. Dance is the most under-attended performing art, but Your Move has bucked that trend time and again with robust crowds and avid supporters that come year after year. We look forward to seeing you at the historic Landmark Loew’s Theatre in November.” says Meredith Burns.

Morgan Refakis, Your Move co-founder and curator says, “We started Your Move to provide a platform for the burgeoning dance community in Jersey City. Your Move has grown significantly over the years; we've hosted hundreds of choreographers and performers from around the world. The festival is known throughout the dance community for its high-caliber dance performances and supportive production and promotional teams. We continue to ensure the selection of performances have something for everyone... for an avid fan of modern dance and an audience member just dipping their toe. Sometimes there are boundary pushing performances that beg the question, "Is this dance?" And we aren't here to answer that question... Your Move is here to celebrate the diversity of dance as a medium of art and expression.”

Your Move is New Jersey's award-winning annual modern dance festival, designed to support inventive choreographers from New Jersey, New York and beyond. The festival has presented 175 companies spanning 12 states and three continents. Now in its 10th season, Your Move is curated by Morgan Refakis and Katelyn Halpern, and produced by the team at Art House Productions. Your Move was the recipient of the 2016 Jete Award, a Dance New Jersey honor given in recognition of the strong impact on the state's dance community.

Breaking the traditional boundaries of performance and spectatorship, Your Move is an active and unique experience for patrons. Each performance celebrates the vast, historic Loew’s JerseyTheater. Dances in the first half of each performance are presented in the theater’s lobby, a lavish, three-story promenade with elegant ornamentation. Following the intermission, patrons will be invited into the Italian Renaissance-style proscenium theater for the second-half of the program. Each dance is choreographed uniquely for the Loew’s awe-inspiring space, making this a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Because of the site-specific nature of the program, audiences will be standing and walking around during the lobby performances. Audiences are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Limited seating will be available; to request accommodations prior to performance day, please email Art House Productions is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all the public programming presented by our organization.

Art House Productions produces work with a shrewd sense of social responsibility and challenges the idea of "universal" mind and "universal" body in each artistic endeavor.

TEN: A Panel & Party

Feat. A Panel of Your Move Choreographers and dance professionals followed by a celebration with dancing.

WHEN: November 16 at 7 p.m.
Art House Productions, 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ, 07100

Free and metered street parking and garage parking are available. Art House Productions has elevator access, accessible bathrooms, and wheelchair ramp accessibility.

10th Annual Your Move Choreographers:

78 Moves (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17): Jade Salzano is a young choreographer from the Jersey Shore, best known
for her dynamic contemporary dance style under the title 78 Moves. Salzano graduated from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance in 2019, studying choreography directly under the mentorship of Pam Tanowitz. At Mason Gross, she had the opportunity to perform repertory by Yvonne Rainer, Christian Von Howard, Chien-Ying Wang, John Evans, Cleo Mack, and Blair Ritchie. Salzano draws her inspiration from her own experiences as a female millennial in America. Her work has been presented throughout New York City and New Jersey. Salzano's award winning dance films have also been presented across the United States.

Chaery Moon (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15):
As a dance maker and performer, Chaery Moon shares her internal thoughts and feelings through body motion. Working across live performance and new media, she mixes elements from both Eastern and Western cultures in creating work. Capturing time, exploring transitions, and expressing intent are inherent her movement vocabulary, which melds ballet and contemporary dance. Throughout her creative procedures, she embraces and trusts the unknown, freely allowing a nebulous idea to evolve into a concrete interpretation. She cherishes collaborating with other genres of artists in order to catapult her sequences of body movement into a deeper realm, surrounded by light, sound, and visual design. Moon believes that a good artist is not just a good mover, but a compassionate, generous, and respectful citizen of the world. She stands on the shoulders of her teachers who came before her and hopes to become a mentor to younger artists who wish to push the needle forward. Moon earned her BFA from The Juilliard School, then danced professionally with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon. She recently returned to academia, and holds an MFA in Dance and Technology from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Claire Porter / PORTABLES *featured choreographer (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15)
: Claire Porter,, known for her comedic text/movement work and skilled teaching, has received many commissions and honors including those from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, NewMusicUSA, Rockefeller Foundation and The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Porter has an MA in Dance Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics and is a Laban Movement Analyst. She teaches at Montclair State and Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck).

Dalit Agronin (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17)
: Dalit Agronin, a native Texan, graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she received a BA in Dance and Psychology. Dalit has been making her own work for the past two years in the city. Her work has been showcased as part of the Lehigh Valley Dance Festival in Bethlehem, PA and in NYC with NACHMO, The Creators Collective at CC Bond Gowanus and Freddy's Bar and with Maya Kite and Dancers at The Tank. Additionally her choreography has been performed at the Actors Fund, Triskelion Arts, Hudson Guild Theatre, and at Dixon Place. Most recently with "mouthfull" at CPR, “Moving Men of Dance” at Dixon Place and a split bill show with Between the Seas Festival at NY Theatre Lab this past May.

Elena Notkina (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15): Elena Notkina is a Russian born dancer and choreographer. She graduated from St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Master’s Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. Elena has been performing with various dance companies in Russia and the US. and has choreographed numerous dance pieces as well as musicals, theatre productions and gala events. Her works were presented in European and American festivals. Elena received awards such as Fyodor Lopukhov ChoreographyCompetition and Youth Festival of Modern Choreography “Runway.”

Hyunsang Cho (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15):
Hyunsang Cho has completed studies choreography at 'Korea National University of Arts'. Cho has presented works that showcase his philosophy of dance on stages such as ‘Ballet Festival Korea’ ‘Stockholm Fringe Festival’, ‘Sibu International Dance Festival’(Malaysia) and ‘KODAFE (USA) With the aim of reaching a wider range of audience with dance. He is working together with young artists to create imaginative and experimental dance performances for ‘Dark Circles Contemporary Dance’ in S.Korea.

Katelyn Halpern & Dancers (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17): Her eclectic body of work ranges from life-sized installations to cut-and-tape zines to concert dance, and is frequently constructed around the idea clusters of interiority/intimacy/reflection, strangeness/humor/freedom, and the lived experience of moving through the world in a feminine body. After graduating from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Dance, she created the evening length danceworks JUICE (June ‘17) and Loose Heart (December ‘17) with her company Katelyn Halpern & Dancers; the immersive visual art installation Heartstrung (created with Talita Cabral, October ‘18); and the public art installation Labyrinth for Reflection and the Generation of Love [No. 9] (June ‘19). Her work has been performed throughout New York and New Jersey, including concerts at BAM Fisher, NJPAC, the Knockdown Center, and White Eagle Hall, and is created with support from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Jersey (New!) Moves Fellowship, chashama, and the 2017 Choreographers in Residence Program (CHIRP) at Jersey City’s County Prep High School, among others. Additionally, Ms. Halpern is the owner/artistic director of SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City.

Kristi Cole (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15)
: Kristi Cole is a dancer and choreographer from Columbus, Ohio with a B.A. in Dance and Political Science from the George Washington University. She has had the pleasure of working with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Vicky Shick, Donofrio Dance Company, Lauren Beirne Dance Works, Georgina Bates, Amanda + James and Spaces of Fontana for stage, site specific and film collaborations. Kristi has shown her choreography at GWU and as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

mignolo dance (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17):
~mignolo dance~ is a nonprofit contemporary dance company based out of New York and New Jersey founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement. The company has had work produced at many shows and festivals including KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion’s SummerFest, Peridance's APEX, and Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival.

Morgaine De Leonardis (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15):
Morgaine De Leonardis received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Temple University in 2017. Since then, Morgaine has established herself as an independent producer, freelance performance artist and newly-found artistic director of a collaborative, immersive, and site-specific company, MAD House Theater. Morgaine, a Jersey City born and based artist, has had the pleasure of showing work at Conwell Dance Theater, The Nash Theater, SMUSH Gallery, The Craft, Gibney, and Two River Dance Theater as well as site-specific pieces in parks across New Jersey and Philadelphia’s City Hall Park. She co-choreographed and co-produced a collaborative multi-media installation with commissioned shows at Arete Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and Presser Hall in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working as the Artist Services Assistant at Gibney.  MAD House Theater is focused on building strong communities of all types of dance artists, with many backgrounds and abilities. The mission of MAD is to produce work that is highly personal but widely available and relatable to all that witness.

Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde: Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde is Nigerian - North American freelance creating dance artist living in New Jersey. Since graduating from  Rutgers University, he has worked with Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Netta Yerushalmy, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, Kayla Farrish, Douglas Dunn, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for a Broadway lab, The Trisha Brown Dance Company and his dear friends Kyle Marshall Choreography and Miriam Gabriel + Carlo Antonio Villanueva. He has presented work at Smush Gallery, Morristown Museum, Stuffed Arts and Movement Research Monday’s at Judson. This year Oluwadamilare is Dance on the Lawn's fifth Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer.

Paul Pinto (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17): Paul Pinto is a writer, composer and multi-disciplinary performer whose work fuses of opera and music-theatre with language, movement, extended vocal techniques, and instrumental and electronic music.  He is a founding member of the acclaimed collectives Varispeed and thingNY, and he has toured his work across North America and Southeast Asia. He has a few albums on the Gold Bolus label, he sang and danced on Broadway, and now he's writing an opera about boxing. 

Ross Daniel Dance (Nov. 14 & Nov. 17):
Ross Daniel is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York. He has shown choreography at Dixon Place (New York, NY) DåncēHøLø (Queens, NY) Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY) Studio Le Regard (Paris, France.) He was a participant of “MANCC Forward Dialogues.” Ross is a current fellow with the Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab. Ross has an M.F.A. in dance from Florida State University and a B.A. in theatre from Georgia College & State University.

Sophia Zukoski (Nov. 13 & Nov. 15):
As a classically trained dancer who earned her BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase, Sophia has collaborated on and performed in movement theater pieces at venues such as New World Stages 59E59, Guild Hall, and WOW! Café Theater. Her work has been shown in H.T Chen’s NewSteps: Choreographer’s Series and Sans Limites Movement Festival. She is the Co-Artistic Director of POPC, an interdisciplinary company. She also teaches master classes in theatrical devising and choreography.

About Art House Productions:

Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, arts events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes For more information about our programs, please visit our website at Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions.

The 2019- 2020 season at Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, Manhattan Building Company, CoolVines, and Congressman Frank Guarini. Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Thursday, November 7, 2019




The Theater Project believes that a performance can be a safe space to discuss painful and difficult subjects. We are piloting a new program in development that we hope can engage a cross-section of citizens to confront an issue that, for many of us, is easy to ignore, to change the channel when the stories grow too many or too grim.

Thanks to the Friends of the Cranford Library and Library Director Michael Mazikien, we are able to "test-drive" this program at the Cranford Community Center.

We welcome your participation.

LITTLE WOMEN: THE MUSICAL Opens in Holmdel November 8

Little Women the Musical

Little Women the Musical

WHEN: NOV. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 8 PM, NOV. 10, 17, 24 @ 2 PM
Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733 (The white barn in front of the Holmdel High School)
TICKETS: $30 adults; $25 seniors/students
732.946.0427 or

Based on the classic novel penned by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women the Musical follows the unconventional life of the four headstrong March sisters (Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth) and their beloved Marmee in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father serves in the Union Army at the crux of the Civil War. Nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and featuring a stunning musical score, Little Women the Musical is a heartwarming story of love and family guaranteed to bring laughter, tears, and lift your spirits during this cozy time of year.

The Cast

SHANNEN DOYLE as Jo March; REBECCA RYANN as Amy March; RACH PHELAN as Meg March; RACHEL BRUDNER as Beth March; VICTORIA KEISER as Marmee; STEPHANIE LONG as Aunt March; KEENAN BUCKLEY as Theodore "Laurie" Laurence; Jason Kruk as Professor Bhaer; ROB KEVLIN as John Brooke; BILL KING as Mr. Laurence

Mindi Dickstein, the lyrical genius behind Little Women the Musical, is coming to HTC!

On Sunday, November 10th, you're invited to stick around after the show for an EXCLUSIVE talk-back with the one and only Mindi Dickstein. Learn about the making of the musical, Mindi's approach to the lyrics, and more.

Get your tickets and join us for this exclusive experience!

Strollers’ 2019–2020 Season Opens With “Working: A Musical”

Working: A Musical
book by Studs Terkel
adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Stephen Schwartz

WHEN: Friday, November 8, 15, and 22 and Saturday, November 9, 16, and 23 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, November 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm.
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road in Maplewood
TICKETS: $25 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens.
Visit for information and to purchase tickets, or call 973-761-8453 to reserve tickets.

The Strollers community theater will open its 88th season with a presentation of Working: A Musical. This contemporary crowd-pleaser will be performed for three weekends in November.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce, Working is a delightfully funny and thoroughly touching musical. It is a both an exploration of the individuals’ occupations and a lament for lost hope and dreams. It takes the viewpoint of an average worker – such as a waitress, a trucker, a housewife, or a fast-food delivery boy – whose life and aspirations reflect the diversity that is America. First staged in Chicago in 1977, Working debuted on Broadway (directed by Stephen Schwartz) the next year; decades later, an update of the show led to the addition of music from artists such as famed Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Working features a cast that includes TJ Balady, Ginny S. Crooks, Alicia Dennis, Alan H. Foster, Christine Hjorth, Jessica Katz, Rose M. Ladutke, George Ngo, Donald Pauselius, Vicki Ridley, Melyssa Searcy, Meghan Sudol, and Simcha Willick. The production is directed by Rachel Rubin Ladutke and produced by Alan Foster, with musical direction by Michael Nuzzo and stage management by Molly Holzbauer. Other production members include costumer Wanda Maragni, set and lighting designers John Mendlovitz and Ken Lordy, and properties mistress Yvonne Perry.

The Strollers of Maplewood was established in 1932 "to provide an opportunity for artistic and dramatic education and enjoyment for its members and the community." The troupe’s 88th season will continue with a children’s theater production, How the World Got Wisdom, in late January/early February. Following that will be Lucille Fletcher’s suspenseful mystery Night Watch in March; the season concludes in May with Horton Foote’s heartwarming drama The Trip to Bountiful. Visit or email for more information.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Two River Theater Presents the World Premiere of LOVE IN HATE NATION by Joe Iconis

by Joe Iconis

WHEN: Saturday, November 9 - Sunday, December 1, 2019. Opening: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8pm
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge St., Red Bank
TICKETS: range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $25 tickets are available for every performance; $25 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $25 and include the best available seats at every performance.
Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or

Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls (a.k.a. Nation) to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.

Joe Iconis is the Tony Award-nominated composer/lyricist of the worldwide sensation Be More Chill. Iconis and Joe Tracz wrote Be More Chill as a commission for Two River Theater, where the show was developed and premiered in 2015 before going on to a sold-out limited engagement Off-Broadway and Broadway run. Director John Simpkins has worked with writer Joe Iconis on six projects prior to Love in Hate Nation, including Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits and all 11 years of the Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza. He is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State School of Theatre, where Love in Hate Nation was commissioned and developed.

Friday, November 2 | 7:00 PM | FREE

Two River’s first Pride Night of the 2019/20 Season welcomes all members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies for a night of performance, food, fun and friends, emceed by drag queens Lady Celestina and Rhedd Rhumm.

Thursday, November 7 | 7:00 PM | FREE | A Partnership with TEDxAsburyPark

TEDxAsburyPark Salons feature curated talks by TEDx speakers and Two River Theater artists and staff. Confirmed speakers for this salon include Michele Mitchell and Olive Persimmon.

Monday, November 11 | 7:00 PM | FREE | A Partnership with Monmouth University

The 1960s in the United States was a powder keg of equal rights movements, anti-war protests, and counterculture. With revolution sparking throughout the country, musicians were creating music that reflected the urgency of the times and incited continued rebellion. Joe Rapolla, Chair of Monmouth University’s Music and Theatre Department, will discuss how music has been used as a vehicle for political change from the 1960s to today.

Thursday, November 19 | 7:00 PM | FREE

Joe Iconis is known for drawing on a wide variety of inspirations in his work, from 1960s girl group pop to Robert Altman movies, from 1980s sci-fi to the Muppets. But the man who The New York Times calls “the future of musical theatre” is also—of course—a musical theater geek at heart. At this special event, Iconis and his frequent collaborator, theater historian and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper, will explore the shows, writers, and songs that have inspired him. From Cabaret to Follies, from Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Little Shop of Horrors, from Passing Strange to Carrie, how have the musicals Iconis has obsessed over as a fan shaped him as a writer? Don't miss this unique chance to discover how one of the great theater writers of a new generation has found his place in Broadway history.


New this year, Two River is offering Play Dates for each show in the season. Parents or guardians can enjoy a matinee at the theater, while children ages 6-11 play theater games, make crafts and explore themes inspired by the production with Two River teaching artists. The cost is $10 per child and the price of the show tickets. The Play Date for Love in Hate Nation is Saturday, November 16, at 3pm.

Post-play discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm; Sunday, November 24 at 3pm; and Wednesday, November 27 at 1pm.

A relaxed performance is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at 3pm and an audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, November 27 at 1pm. The performance on Saturday, November 30 at 3pm will be open captioned. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail

Special hotel room rates are available with our hotel partners Molly Pitcher Inn ($139) and Oyster Point Hotel ($149). Both are located .5 miles from the theater, within walking distance. To book, call hotels directly and ask for the special LOVEINHATENATION rate.

Working with Google, Two River has created a virtual tour of its facility, which lives on Google Maps and This virtual tour provides an additional level of support and benefit for patrons who use wheelchairs or require other assistance by allowing them to virtually come through the theater’s front doors and view the space in detail in advance of their visit.


Saturday, November 9 at 8pm 

Sunday, November 10 at 3pm

Wednesday, November 13 at 1 pm and 7pm

Thursday, November 14 at 8pm

Friday, November 15 at 8pm (Opening Night)

Saturday, November 16 at 3pm and 8pm

Sunday, November 17 at 3pm

Wednesday, November 20 at 1pm and 7pm (post-play discussion)

Thursday, November 21 at 10am (student matinee) and 8pm

Friday, November 22 at 8pm

Saturday, November 23 at 3pm (relaxed performance) and 8pm

Sunday, November 24 at 3pm (post-play discussion)

Tuesday, November 26 at 10am (student matinee)

Wednesday, November 27 at 1pm (post-play discussion and audio-described performance) and 7pm

Friday, November 29 at 3pm and 8pm

Saturday, November 30 at 3pm (open-captioned performance) and 8pm

Sunday, December 1 at 3pm

Call for Artists / Opportunity for Artist Vendors

West Orange Arts Council Members Small Works Exhibition 

WHEN: November 9, 2019 - January 11, 2020. A free Artist's Reception will take place on Saturday, November 16, from 4-7pm.
West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, New Jersey

The West Orange Arts Council invites members and new members to exhibit in the 2019 Small Works Members Show. Open for viewing 90 minutes prior to Luna Stage performances and by appointment.
Call for artists:
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West Orange Arts Council Holiday Boutique 

WHEN: December 7-8 & December 14-15. Hours are Saturday, December 7 & 14, 2019 from Noon-7pm  and Sunday, December 8 & 15, 2019 from 1pm -5pm. 
WHERE: West Orange Arts Center at 551 Valley Road in West Orange, New Jersey, next to Luna Stage and Pink Cupcakes in the Valley Arts neighborhood

The West Orange Arts Council announces a Holiday Boutique held for two back-to-back weekends, Dec. 7 & 8 through Dec. 14 & 15.

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“Broadway, the B Side: Cabaret”@ MONDO Nov. 15-17

Cabaret @MONDO: Broadway, The B side

WHEN: Friday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m; Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m; Sunday November 17, at 2:00 p.m
MONDO • 426 Springfield Avenue • Summit, NJ 07901
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TICKETS: All seats $25.
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Enjoy the lesser-known gems from your favorite Broadway musicals performed by Dreamcatcher’s singers and their guests.

From old favorites like Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music to newer musicals like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, hear the songs whose titles you might not remember but won't soon forget!

For more information about Dreamcatcher visit our website.

With Clark Carmichael, Harry Patrick Christian, Laura Ekstrand, Julian Gordon, Scott McGowan and Vanessa Parvin and Eddie Guttman at the piano.

Arts Council of Princeton’s Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence Marlon Davila Creates New Mural at John Street and Leigh Avenue

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) announces that work is now underway on the mural entitled Journey, located at John Street and Leigh Avenue. Lead artist, Marlon Davila, who grew up in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood is the ACP’s Fall 2019 Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence, bringing his art to life on the exterior wall of La Lupita Groceries.

The Arts Council invites the public to attend a community reveal party on Saturday, November 9 ,from 10-11am for a formal dedication by Mayor Liz Lempert and light refreshments.

Marlon Davila (left) is a first generation Guatemalan who was born and raised in Princeton. He studied Fashion at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and continued his education in Fine Arts and painting at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). Davila graduated from MCCC with honors and was awarded the Jack Harris Memorial Scholarship for his excellence in Fine Arts. In May, 2017, he attended Art Escape Italy, a workshop led by Hendrik Uldalen which further honed his love of painting. He recently completed the Artists Teaching Art program at the Arts Council of Princeton and is now teaches art for children at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.

Davila’s main goal is for his art is to open people’s eyes to other perspectives on life and the world that we all share. His artwork is influenced by nature, romanticism, surrealism, and the use of symbols as representation of an idea. His bold use of color is a direct link to his Mayan ancestry as is his knowledge of fashion, culture and above all, love.

“I remember being a kid that loved coloring books and drawing. Years later, I still have that same passion for art, and I am creating a mural on this beautiful wall in my hometown on the exact street where I lived for many years,” said Marlon Davila. “It’s incredibly meaningful for me to give back to my community and I am truly grateful to the Arts Council of Princeton and its supporters for believing in me and for giving me this unique opportunity.”

This project would not be possible without the support of Timothy M. Andrews, a longtime friend and supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton, who has generously underwritten the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence program for the next three years.

Andrews’ generosity will enable two artists every year to each produce a work of art - mural, a sculpture, whatever they envision. According to Andrews, “At least three of the six will be conceived for a specific public space and created after we gain neighborhood approvals and raise additional funds to pay for the preparation, supplies, and installation.”  The Arts Council of Princeton also acknowledges mural sponsors Kucker Haney Paint Co., Studio Hillier, Jerry’s Artarama Retail, and Smith Ace Hardware Princeton for their support of public art in Princeton.

After an initial meeting with the Historic Preservation Commission regarding the proposal for Davila’s mural, the ACP hosted a neighborhood meeting as well as attending two additional Witherspoon-Jackson  Neighborhood Association meetings, to reach a positive consensus for the project. The Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood is a diverse and thriving place which honors its past as well as planning and ‘listening’ for a vibrant future where all are included.

The Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Program, named after ACP Founding Director, was established by the Arts Council in 2009 to offer artists the opportunity to conceptualize and create new works while providing the community with creative interaction with working artists in all disciplines.

For more information about the Journey mural or and the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence program, visit

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of building community through the arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.

8th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival Nov. 9-24 @ NJPAC

8th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival
Christian McBride, Artistic Advisor

WHEN: November 9-24
NJPAC, 1 Center St., Newark

NJPAC is proud to partner with TD Bank, the festival's title sponsor, for the eighth consecutive year. Thanks to TD Bank's generous support and commitment to the arts, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival has quickly become one of the most noteworthy jazz festivals in North America. "TD Bank is thrilled to continue its relationship with NJPAC and the TD James Moody Jazz Festival," says Martin Melilli, TD Market President. "For us, supporting and increasing access to the arts is critical to enriching and empowering the communities where we live and work. We're honored to continue our support of this jazz festival and the efforts to create a more inclusive and culturally vital Newark."



Buddy Guy with Mavis Staples

WHEN: Sunday, November 10, at 7pm

At age 83, multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer and songwriter Buddy Guy – the recipient of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, among many other honors – is still laying down the blues with gusto, both in the recording studio and on tour.

For this performance, presented as part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy will welcome Mavis Staples, the Grammy-winning vocalist who has masterfully balanced gospel and R&B since her early years performing with her family’s famous band, the Staple Singers. Guy’s incredible career has spanned over 50 years, yet he still sounds every bit as vital and youthful as he did back in his early days working with the late Junior Wells. Guy’s latest album, The Blues Is Alive and Well (featuring guest appearances by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and others) was named “Blues Album of the Year” in the 2019 DownBeat Critics Poll, and Guy himself was named “Blues Artist of the Year.” The Blues Is Alive and Well is Guy’s 18th solo LP and the follow-up to his acclaimed Born to Play Guitar, which earned a 2016 Grammy for “Best Blues Album.” “Buddy Guy stands as one of the last true traditional blues legends of his time,” says Spill Magazine. “Front to back, The Blues Is Alive and Well is a flawless blues album and stands as one of the best records released this year.”

Chaka Khan

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, at 8PM

One of the reigning divas of R&B and soul, 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan (“I Feel for You,” “Through the Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody”) returns to NJPAC.

From the moment she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-old lead singer of the classic funk-rock band Rufus, Chaka Khan’s powerful voice and sensual, show-stopping stage presence set her apart from her peers. Throughout her solo career, she has lent her distinctive vocal style to a multitude of genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, classical and dance music. As a multiple Grammy winner, Khan has racked up sales of over 75 million records worldwide, and has earned 10 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts. “The influence of a vocal institution such as Chaka Khan never fades far from the minds of millions of fans, whether they be ardent followers or younger artists influenced by the masterful works of her five decades as a performer,” says Soul Tracks in its review of Khan’s brand-new album, Hello Happiness. “She makes each tune she touches a standout that is hard to resist, and even harder to forget.”

Steps Ahead, Michael Franks, and Spyro Gyra

WHEN: Friday, November 15, at 8PM

NJPAC’s TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts this one-night-only concert featuring three of the top hitmakers in jazz.

Steps Ahead is the stellar jazz fusion group formed by legendary vibraphonist Mike Mainieri back in the 1970s. Known for a singular sound that melds elements of jazz, funk, rock and R&B, the group has long been one of the most influential ensembles in contemporary jazz. For this concert, Mainieri will be joined by Bill Evans (sax), Baron Browne (bass), Steve Smith (drums) and Adam Rogers (guitar). For more than three decades and on 17 albums, singer-songwriter Michael Franks has mesmerized listeners, weaving sensual lyrics over music that mixes jazz, soul, pop, chamber and more. His songs have been covered by Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, and the Carpenters, but Franks is also a gifted vocalist (“The Lady Wants to Know,” “Popsicle Toes”), with a deliciously expressive voice. On his new Rendezvous in Rio LP, he sways to a South American beat, working bossa nova into his musical brew. The members of Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons, recording and performing together for over four decades now. Their potion of jazz, R&B, funk and pop has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Spyro Gyra’s most recent projects – The Rhinebeck Sessions and The Best of the Heads Up Years – earned raves from top jazz critics. JazzTimes called the music “inspired,” while Jazz Weekly added: “These guys still sound GREAT!”

The Roots with A Christian McBride Situation

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, at 8pm

The TD James Moody Jazz Festival hosts an eclectic evening of cutting-edge R&B, funk, jazz and hip hop with The Roots – The Tonight Show’s Grammy-winning house band – with A Christian McBride Situation, bassist extraordinaire McBride’s experimental ensemble.

Christian McBride and The Roots have shared stages going back to their youth in Philadelphia, a musical partnership that will be renewed at this special performance. Led by Questlove and Black Thought, The Roots were named “one of the greatest live bands around” by Rolling Stone, and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This musically versatile crew has become one of the best-known and most respected in the business, winning four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album for Wake Up!, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang in There" (with John Legend), and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for "Shine." Bassist, composer and educator Christian McBride, the Jazz Advisor for NJPAC, has performed with greats like Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny and Milt Jackson, among others, moving freely among the worlds of R&B, pop-rock, classical and hip hop. He is a six-time Grammy winner and Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival. McBride is also the host and producer of The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian on SiriusXM and NPR’s Jazz Night in America. With A Christian McBride Situation, McBride and company explore the bassist’s experimental side, playing an original musical mix McBride has described as “avant free-funk.” Members of the group are Christian McBride (leader and bass), Patrice Rushen (keys), Alyson Williams (vocals), Ron Blake (saxes), and Jahi Sundance and DJ Logic (turntables).


Nimbus Dance
Salute to Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson
with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: November 14 at 7PM

Nimbus Dance presents a program of bold modern dance with jazz at its roots, including Falling Sky, a world premiere collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and NJPAC.

The innovative Jersey City company Nimbus Dance, under the leadership of founding Artistic Director Samuel Pott, debuts Pott’s Falling Sky, set to a commissioned score by composer and drummer Qasim Naqvi, a member of the group Dawn of Midi. The new work, featuring musicians of the NJSO Chamber Orchestra on stage, represents a unique partnership of three major New Jersey arts institutions: Nimbus, the NJSO and NJPAC. The NJSO musicians also perform in Patch of Turf, Pott’s seminal 2015 collaboration with Naqvi and a tour-de-force for four virtuosic female performers. The program’s second half is composed of a pair of works informed by jazz. The After Party, by noted Philadelphia-based choreographer Dawn Marie Bazemore, formerly of Philadanco, is a vibrant and spirited homage to jazz legends Nina Simone and Nancy Wilson. Pott’s The Glare From These Horizons incorporates recordings by jazz artists Russell Malone and Skalpel and piano compositions by Kim D. Sherman.

After Midnight: The Music of the King Cole Trio

WHEN: November 15 at 7:30PM

Jazz singers Clint Holmes and Catherine Russell are joined by Billy Stritch on piano to celebrate the centennial of the extraordinary vocalist and keyboardist Nat King Cole

Long before he crooned his way into the hearts of listeners around the world, Nat King Cole (1919-1965) was already one of the greatest pianists in the history of jazz. This special NJPAC program will emphasize Cole’s remarkable jazz career and include many of his hits and signature songs: "Route 66," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Sweet Lorraine," and many more – as well as his all-time classic album, After Midnight. Whether he’s singing selections from the Great American Songbook, contemporary classics, or stirring original pieces, Clint Holmes makes a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience of every performance. His newest release, Rendezvous, is a star-studded jazz collective and was honored with two Grammy nominations for the tracks “Every Time We Say Goodbye” with Jane Monheit and “There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon” with Dee Dee Bridgewater. Jazz vocalist Catherine Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Feinstein, Paul Simon and many others, appearing on over 200 albums. In 2012, she won a Grammy Award as featured artist on the soundtrack album of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and earned a Grammy nomination for her 2016 album Harlem On My Mind. An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist and jazz pianist of extraordinary range and sophistication, the evening’s music director, Billy Stritch, breathes new life into the Great American Songbook, all the while bringing an easy sense of humor and showmanship to his performances. He appeared with Christine Ebersole in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street and has been seen on TV in Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Lee Ritenour with Dave Grusin & Friends

WHEN: November 21 at 7:30PM

An eclectic evening with Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour (Captain Fingers, 6 String Theory) and pianist-composer Dave Grusin.

Lee Ritenour did his first session work in the late ‘60s with the Mamas and the Papas, who dubbed him “Captain Fingers” for demonstrating incredible dexterity while still in his teens. He earned a Grammy Award and 19 Grammy nominations, among many other honors, and recorded more than 40 albums, which have produced 35 chart songs. Ritenour’s diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops have been put to work on more than 3,000 sessions with a broad spectrum of artists. He was a founding member of Fourplay, considered the most successful group in contemporary jazz, and created the biennial Six String Theory Competition for up-and-coming musicians around the world. In a prolific career that spans nearly five decades, Dave Grusin has distinguished himself as a composer, arranger, musician and bandleader, as well as a recording artist with over 25 albums to his credit and the co-founder of the influential jazz label GRP. He is one of America’s premier soundtrack composers, with more than 60 feature film scores to his credit, and was nominated eight times for the Academy Award. He is the subject of Barbara Bentree’s documentary Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time.

Christian Sands Presents the Erroll Garner 3 Piano Summit Featuring Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno

WHEN: November 22 at 7:30PM

An evening of top-notch, contemporary piano jazz with emerging keyboard star and Grammy nominee Christian Sands, joined by Helen Sung and Tadataka Unno.

At age 29, Christian Sands has already become a standard-bearer for a new generation of jazz pianists, and has earned five Grammy nominations, including one for Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo. He spent six years as the pianist in Christian McBride’s trio and Inside Straight quartet, and was classified as “a jazz star of the future” by Wynton Marsalis. Sands’ stylistic range includes stride piano, swing, bebop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. His acclaimed 2017 debut album, Reach, a combination of originals and covers, spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Jazz Charts. “With a talent like Christian Sands at the keys, anything is possible,” says The New York Observer. Earlier this year, Christian was named creative ambassador to The Erroll Garner Jazz Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to his legacy.

Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru Life with The DIVA Jazz Orchestra

WHEN: November 23 at 3PM & 7PM

Broadway legend Maurice Hines, accompanied by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, taps us through his incredible career in this jazzy, song-and-dance celebration that pays tribute to his brother, Gregory Hines, and more!

Backed by his tap protégés, The Manzari Brothers, as well as the acclaimed, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra directed by Sherrie Maricle, Tappin’ Thru Life includes Maurice Hines’ distinctive take on American standards like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Smile,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and many more. The production arrives at NJPAC fresh from a run off-Broadway. Tony Award nominee Maurice Hines’ Broadway credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Bring Back Birdie, and Eubie! He was featured on the big screen in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club, and won raves for his direction and choreography of the hit musical, Uptown … It's Hot! Hines’ critically hailed jazz albums include Maurice: I've Never Been in Love Before and To Nat King Cole, With Love. The Seattle Times credits Hines with "crowd-pleasing showmanship … as a song and dance man, he is quite irresistible." The New York Times describes him as “a whirlwind: limber, graceful and seemingly carefree.” In Tappin’ Thru Life, “Maurice Hines sings his heart out,” says The Washington Post. “He’s an old-school entertainer, the life of the party … he’s a spoonful of sugar and a shot of caffeine … it’s a pleasure to be in the company of a shameless, ebullient vaudeville heart.” Sherrie Maricle, leader of The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, won a 2014 Ovation award for best music direction for Tappin’ Thru Life. DIVA has toured the world and has been featured on a variety of TV specials, including the 25th anniversary of the Kennedy Center, CBS Sunday Morning and the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.

Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition: SASSY Awards

WHEN: November 24 at 3PM

The eighth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the “SASSY Awards,” gives outstanding jazz singers a platform for embarking on a career in the music business!

Held in honor of Newark’s “Divine One” – Sarah Vaughan – the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition attracts gifted young talents from around the globe to perform in the finals on November 24 at NJPAC. Singers are evaluated by a panel of special guest judges, and rated for vocal quality, musicality, technique, performance, individuality, artistic interpretation, and ability to swing. The first-place winner receives a $5,000 cash prize and a performance slot at the 2020 Newport Jazz Festival. “This esteemed event provides a platform for today’s outstanding jazz singers and gives audiences an early glimpse at tomorrow’s jazz stars,” writes Jazziz. Past winners have included Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn, Laurin Talese and Quiana Lynell. This year’s event, which closes the 2019 TD James Moody Jazz Festival, will be hosted by WBGO-FM personality Gary Walker. Serving as judges are multi-GRAMMY™ winning bassist Christian McBride; acclaimed jazz vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jane Monheit; jazz publicist Monifa Brown; and jazz producer Matt Pierson. Discover the jazz greats of tomorrow today at this amazing afternoon of performance.

Additional Performances

NJMEA All-State Jazz with Steve Turre

WHEN: November 15 at 7PM
The Chase Room

Discover the next generation of jazz artists at this annual concert, which brings together some of N.J.’s best young jazz musicians for a dynamic group performance. This year’s special guest is master trombonist Steve Turre.

Dorthaan's Place: Houston Person

WHEN: November 24 at 11AM & 1PM
NICO Kitchen + Bar

Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, one of the most eclectic players in all of jazz, is known for his mastery of swing, hard bop and soul jazz – and for his singular approach to the Great American Songbook.

Free Community Events

11/03 – Opening Reception with Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens @ Ahavas Sholom

11/06 – Scott Robinson Quartet @ Gateway IV - Newark

11/09 – Jazz Vespers with Bobby Sanabria @Bethany Baptist Church

11/12 – SchoolTime: Sean Jones Quartet ("The Lineage of Miles Davis") @ Victoria Theater

11/14 – Round Midnight Film Screening @ Clement’s Place

11/17 – Bobby Sanabria @ Ahavas Sholom

11/23 – Listen to the Sun Film Screening @ Bethany Baptist Church

Monthly – NJPAC Jazz Jams @ Clement’s Place, 15 Washington St., Newark


New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America's most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.6 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.

About TD James Moody Jazz Festival

Co-produced by NJPAC and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, the TD James Moody Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 2012 and named in recognition of the jazz saxophone virtuoso from Newark. NJPAC's annual celebration of "America's classical music" is a spree of more than two dozen concerts and related activities – over half of which are free to the community. Guided by Christian McBride, NJPAC's Jazz Advisor, the festival has presented artists such as The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Sérgio Mendes, Bill Charlap, Esperanza Spalding, Fantasia, Chris Botti, Pat Metheny, and the Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette trio, among many others. TD James Moody Jazz Festival is intrinsic to Newark, a city renowned as the home and creative inspiration for jazz geniuses including Sarah Vaughan and pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith, and institutions such as Savoy Records, the Rutgers-Newark Institute of Jazz Studies and WBGO Jazz 88.3FM. Among the festival's unique events are concerts and special attractions held off-campus throughout Newark.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Talk on World War II by First Lieutenant Raymond Schwartz

Palisades Virtuosi concert at Farmstead Arts Center on Sunday, November 10, at 2 PM

Palisades Virtuosi

WHEN: Sunday, November 10, at 2 PM
Farmhouse at 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge
TICKETS: $20 general admission $15 seniors or students; $10 Farmstead Members, (in advance or at the door). Tickets are available at or cash only at the door. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the performers after the concert.

In this family-friendly program, Margaret Swinchoski (flute), Donald Mokrynski (clarinet), Ron Levy (piano) performing works for this delightful combination of instruments.

Dubbed “The Commissioners” by Chamber Music America magazine, Palisades Virtuosi has established an enviable presence in the chamber music world since its inception over 15 years ago. The founders are three friends, all who enjoyed considerable success as individual performers, and who shared a love of ensemble playing. An important part of Palisades Virtuosi’s mission is to record and disseminate its new compositions. With the assistance of substantial grants from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and private donations, five volumes of CDs have been recorded and released [by Albany Records]. Volume 6 in the series was released in the spring of 2017. These recordings have garnered rave reviews from such publications as Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, and Living Music Journal. Equally passionate about more traditional music, PV has recorded an album [“Palisades Virtuosi in Recital”/High Point Records], which features music of Bloch, Gaubert, Debussy, Scriabin, Saint-Saens and Danzi.

Additional information can be found at or by contacting the Farmstead at 908.636.7576 or by email:

Events are made possible, in part, by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.