Monday, July 13, 2020

This Week’s Virtual and Live Events from The Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse

Dear Readers,

The theater comes to you! Every week Paper Mill offers streaming events you can access from your living room or any room! All our weekly events are available on Facebook and YouTube. We cannot wait to be back together again soon, but until that day comes, enjoy these free events, only accessible to the public for a limited time!


Monday, July 13New Voices 2008: Paper Mill Goes Platinum

The annual New Voices concert is the culmination of Paper Mill Playhouse’s Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, featuring 120 talented student performers ages 10–18, directed and choreographed by Paper Mill Playhouse’s professional artistic staff. This week’s archival installment from 2008 celebrates Paper Mill’s 70 years of entertainment!

Wednesday, July 15Babbling by the Brook: Tough Talk with the Sordelet Family

Join Paper Mill’s own Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee for lighthearted, entertaining conversations with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, directors, and more theatrical denizens. Gain insight into our upcoming productions, delve into the creative process, and catch up with veteran actors! This week meet the stage combat dynasty family of Rick Sordelet, Christian Kelly-Sordelet, and Collin Kelly-Sordelet.

Thursday, July 16Humanities Symposium Series: From Page to Stage

Join us on the set of the 1997 production of Man of La Mancha where we take a look at classic novels turned into musicals. See performances by Cheryl Allison, Michelle Dawson, Veryl Jones, James A. Rocco, Susie Speidel, and John Stewart.

And it’s not all virtual…


Brookside Caberet

Every Thursday and Saturday at 7PM enjoy outdoor dining and live entertainment at the Carriage House Restaurant at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House.

Matt Castle

Louis Danowsky

The Carriage House Restaurant opens for alfresco dining at 5PM, including high-top seating for small plates and cocktails.

  • Prix Fixe Dinner Wednesday–Saturday
  • Small Plates & Cocktails Available
  • Curbside Pickup
  • Sunday Brunch


Reservations required for outdoor dining and pre-orders required for curbside pickup.


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Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Opens Virtual Exhibition: “Focus Forward”

Focus Forward

WHEN: Friday, July 10, through August 30, 2020
Focus Forward, along with a digital exhibition catalogue, can be viewed by visiting Visit for more information on the NJPF.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) will present  a virtual exhibition of work by members of the New Jersey Photography Forum (NJPF). Co-founded by Nancy Ori and the late Michael Creem, 25 years ago, the NJPF is dedicated to furthering the interests of fine art photographers in New Jersey. NJPF holds their regular meetings at the VACNJ. Working as a team, Mary Birmingham (Curator), Kimberly Fisher (Exhibitions Manager), and Sarah Walko (Director of Programs and Community Engagement), invited NJPF members to submit recent work that would illustrate where they hoped to take their photographic practices in the future. This exhibition was originally planned as an in-person show in the VACNJ’s Main Gallery but was converted into a virtual exhibition as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The work presented highlights the photography of 26 NJPF members, including Ron Brown, Ruth Brown, Sarah Canfield, Jamin Chen, Glenn Clark, Ken Curtis, Paul Donohoe, Ralph Greene, Theresa Hood, Marv Kaminsky, Kathleen Kirchner, Dorothy Kuehn, Parvathi Kumar, John Markanich, Paul Marvuglio, Leonard McDonald, Charlann Meluso, Charles Miller, Kathleen Nademus, Nancy Ori, Phyllis Raffelson, Mitchell Speert, Tom Stillman, Heidi Sussman, Christine Truhe, and Russ Wills.

“As a local museum, the VACNJ is committed to supporting, nurturing, and advancing the careers of NJ artists,” said Birmingham. “While our galleries remain closed for the summer, we decided it was even more important to continue with this show—especially with its reference to our shared history and its embrace of the future. Though there is no substitute for seeing artworks in person, we quickly became excited about the possibility of a virtual exhibition.”

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey LogoAbout the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For over 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center’s renowned Studio School, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, NJ. The building is currently closed to the public due to the global pandemic but will reopen on July 6 for summer camp and art classes. All gallery spaces will be closed for the summer. Visit or call 908.273.9121 for more information.


Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; the Wilf Family Foundations; and Art Center members and donors.



WHEN: July 1 and beyond, 24/7

Studio Montclair (SMI) presents “State of the Art 2020”—our first virtual exhibit. This online exhibit represents SMI’s efforts to continue promoting opportunities for viewing and/or purchasing the outstanding and diverse artwork of SMI members. A percentage of the sales of nearly 200 works will be donated to Toni’s Kitchen or a local charity of the artist’s choice.

While the exhibit can be viewed permanently at, works will only be available for purchase through August 31, 2020. 

The “State of the Art 2020” collection demonstrates a diverse range of artistry from SMI members. The works span the traditional to contemporary and include painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, assemblage, drawing, photography, ceramics, and more. In addition to displaying the art itself, SMI strives to give viewers insight into the artist’s conceptual thinking and methodology with accompanying artist statements. Artwork can also be filtered by up to 30 tags.

“State of the Art 2020” also encompasses works by SMI’s nonprofit organizational partners, GlassRoots, Arts Access at Matheny, and JSDD’s WAE Center.

In addition to “State of the Art 2020” SMI is also providing a platform for any artist who wishes to display work that has been created during the pandemic.

The Pandemic Gallery can be viewed by following the Instagram hashtag #smipandemic gallery or go to

About Studio Montclair: Studio Montclair is an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization includes over 500 members. For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.

TOP IMAGE: Chad Mooney: Garibaldi Lake Photograph

MIDDLE IMAGE: Ruth Frazier: New Mexican yarn, Collage

BOTTOM RIGHT IMAGE: Nette Forné Thomas: Sisterhood Shield, Watercolor inks on clayboard

LPL News: Expanded Hours for Contactless Pickup

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You asked and we heard you! Contactless pickup has been in high demand and we are pleased to announce expanded hours beginning July 14th :
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Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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MONOLOGUES on ZOOM #2 this Thursday, July 16, @8pm

This summer, Monologues will be presented on ZOOM!

We look forward to gathering in person back at MONDO next year, but for now, we'll see you on the screen!

TICKETS: $15, and can be purchased by clicking the buttons below for each performance. If you are not a member of PayPal, you can click "Pay With Credit or Debit Card" to let you bypass creating or using a PayPal account.

Flip through our program before the show.

Dear Alien
by Liz Duffy Adams

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 8pm

A shambolic, reclusive advice columnist known professionally as Dear Alien is under the gun. They have a deadline of yesterday for a collection of their columns; if they don’t turn it in they don’t get the advance, and they will be evicted from their apartment for non-payment of rent. In an attempt to create a passable manuscript, Dear Alien chooses seven unread letters at random and answers them, in a countdown to transcendent meaning or absolute despair.

Featuring: Scott McGowan

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Natural Shocks: A One-Woman Play in a Tornado
by Lauren Gunderson

WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 8pm

Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," NATURAL SHOCKS is a 65-minute, one-woman play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap. The play is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning.

Featuring: Harriett Trangucci

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Me vs. My Subconscious 
by Rebecca Goldberg

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 8pm

In this solo show, a woman wakes up from a very strange dream and, realizing that her subconscious is telling her that she needs to make a big change, vows to quit her dead-end job that very same day. Soon, listening to her subconscious leads her on a series of misadventures, across the ocean, and into a whole new messy set of problems that may be more than she bargained for. Does her subconscious really have her best interests at heart?

Featuring: Laura Ekstrand

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Thursday, July 16, 7-10PM


George Street front of Tavern on George

Tables Will Be Socially Distant

Face Coverings Are Required




Sunday, July 19, 4-7PM


George Street front of Tavern on George

Tables Will Be Socially Distant

Face Coverings Are Required



Thursday, July 23, 7PM-10PM


In the meantime...




Sunday, July 12, 2020

BBPAC Presents Free Online Shakespeare Readings In July!


WHEN: Wednesdays, July 15, 22, 29, 8 PM

Black Box Performing Arts Center has delivered high-octane, professional free Shakespeare to various Bergen County parks for the past two summers. In the wake of COVID-19, the uniquely collaborative group of theater makers have revamped their annual summer festival for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park Bergen County 2020.

Before performing outside in—still hopefully—August and September, BBPAC will present free online readings of The Henry Trilogy, Shakespeare’s renowned history plays in chronological order throughout the rest of July!

All readings are Wednesdays at 8:00PM ET, as follows:

  • Richard II: July 15
  • Henry IV (parts 1 and 2): July 22
  • Henry V: July 29

Tune in each week to the recurring Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 892 7172 2276

For ten weeks throughout Covid-19, Black Box PAC teamed up with the Englewood Public Library to present free weekly readings of condensed Shakespeare works. They were successful public events, which prompted BBPAC to add this online component as a start to this year’s summer festival. The July readings are curated and rehearsed under the guidance of Dramaturg Bess Miller and BBPAC’s Director of Shakespeare Programming Michael Gardiner, and all feature an eclectic group of professional actors from New Jersey and New York. Over the three weeks, the performers will reprise their characters throughout Shakespeare’s epic meditation on leadership, loyalty, and what it means to speak truth to power.

Black Box Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non profit theater company. They are able to present free summer Shakespeare with the support of the Puffin Foundation and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. For more information, please visit or email

Join JCTC for Online Play Reading: “La Race (La Raz)” on 7/13

Gentrification has come to The Rockaways in Queens and Maxine finds herself jobless and searching. After being pushed into running for city council by her closest friend AJ, Maxine is challenged to balance her sense of self, love and what is right in this funny yet gripping new work.

LA RACE (La Raz)
by Bleu Beckford Burrell
Directed by Nicolette Lynch

WHEN: July 13, 6 PM
This event will be held online on Zoom. Those who RSVP here will receive a meeting ID and password to join this event in real time.

To support this play reading, you can make a contribution. Thank you for your generous support of Jersey City Theater Center.

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