Monday, April 6, 2020

NMOA at Home: Check Out This Week's Lineup

Ask an Astronomer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 1pm

Ever gaze up at the stars in wonder? Have some of your questions answered by our Museum astronomers. Explore the mysteries and science of space!

Click on the following link to register for the live session on Tuesday, April 7, at 1pm:

Well Art You Smart? Weekly Trivia
WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 3pm

Test your knowledge in this playful trivia game based around the Museum’s collection. To play, visit the Museum's Facebook and Instagram stories.

Storytime: Abuela
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 1pm

A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story, as they fly above New York City. Led by one of our fabulous Museum educators, Storytime also features a fun art-making activity! Visit the Museum's Facebook page on Wednesday at 1pm.

Art Battle Online Edition: Submissions Close
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2pm

The second week of Art Battle Online Edition is accepting no more entries. Search the hashtag #ArtBattleNMOA to see entries and like your favorite. Come back on Friday to vote for your winner!

Lunch & Learn: Clothing in Art

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 1pm

What does clothing in art reveal? Explore the clues and delve deeper into a series of artworks in this engaging and informal tour. Led by the Museum’s Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Amy Simon Hopwood.

Click on the following link to register for the live session on Thursday, April 9 at 1pm:

NMOA Challenge: Furry Portraits

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 3pm

Share your combined love of art and animals with us! Reimagine an artwork with the help of your furry best friend and share your interpretation with us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #NMOAartchallenge. Check Facebook or Instagram at 3pm for this week's inspiration for the challenge.

Tin Can Kids: Creative Play - Caps for Sale

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 10am

Tin Can Kids is a virtual one-room schoolhouse with daily episodes (Monday - Friday) at 10am EST via Zoom video conferencing. Join other families across the US for a live storytime session and artmaking activity led by one of our Museum educators. Recommended for Pre K-2nd grade.
Registration required:

Science Experiment: Experimenting with Hot and Cold Water

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 1pm

Explore the density differences between hot and cold water with this cool experiment! Adult supervision required. Check out our Facebook page on Friday at 1pm for a new video each week.

NJPAC Virtual Latin Dance Party

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 5pm

From our partners: It's Happy Hour! Tune in LIVE for our virtual Latin Dance Party on Friday, April 10th at 5pm. Get up and move to the rhythms spun by New Line Entertainment's DJ Checo!

Art Battle Online Edition: Finalists Announced

WHEN: Friday, April 10, 2pm

The top 5 finalists for the Art Battle will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on Friday at 2pm. Vote for your favorite by tagging the artist in the comment section.

Art on the Floor: Binary Jewelry
WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 11am

Create your own jewelry written in binary, the code that computers use as instructions. Follow along as a Museum educator guides you through the process! The video will be available on our Facebook page.

Art Battle Online Edition: Voting Continues

Keep on voting! Remember to tag your choice in the comment sections of our Friday Art Battle post on Facebook and Instagram!

Art Battle Online Edition: Voting Closed

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2pm

Voting for the second week of Art Battle Online Edition will close on Sunday at 2pm. We'll tally up the score and announce the winner on Monday at 9am on the Museum's Facebook and Instagram pages!

Museum Games on Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 3pm

Let the games begin! What games? Check out our Instagram and Facebook pages to see!

Image Credits: Seydou Keita (1921-2001; Bamako, Mali), Untitled (Seated Woman), ca. 1955. Gelatin Silver Print (1999). © Keita/SKPEAC

Saturday, April 4, 2020

ESL Digital Resources Available from the Millburn Library

Have you missed our ESL Conversation Clubs? We miss you too! While we are all staying safe at home, here are some great resources to help you learn English. Click on highlighted (purple) text.

ESL Conversation Club on Zoom

Big News! We are going online!

Join us on Thursday, April 9, at 10am. Email for login information.

Haven't joined an ESL Conversation Club yet? This is a relaxed and non-judgmental conversation group for people who are learning English. You must be over 18 and have at least an intermediate level of speaking English. Come join us!

Learning English online?

We have access to Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone. Both allow you to individualize your learning. Try one, try them both! See what works for you. There are are over 70 languages, including English, available between the two services.

ESL Courses on Universal Class

Want to take a more structured class? Universal Class offers several classes on the basics of English grammar, speaking, and writing. All are designed and taught by professional instructors.

Classes include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and much more. You can work at your own pace.

Find these ESL classes and more here.

"Who Was" series

Check out books such as the Who Was...? series on Libby/Overdrive. Great for both children and adults learning the English language.

Find the Who Was series on the Libby app or online here. All items are listed but you can limit to "Available Now" on the left hand side of the screen.

USCIS Toolkit

Now is a good time to study for your naturalization process. The US Citizenship Toolkit has a guide for new immigrants, flashcards, civics lessons, and much more. Note that currently the USCIS is closed to the public, but you can still learn a great deal online while we wait for the department to open again.

Find the US Citizenship toolkit here.

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Please join us for this virtual lecture series.

Resilience During Challenging Times: Testimonies That Provide Hope

WHEN: Starting April 17th - May 29th; Fridays 3 - 4 pm with live Q&A

Hear about a form of resilience each week from Holocaust survivors, authors & family members.

Email to get Zoom login information

Keep your family entertained with Virtual Arts experiences from Mayo PAC

MPAC has created a Virtual Arts page to keep you and your family entertained and engaged with the arts from the comfort of your own home!

Below are just a few examples of what you will find—visit the page to see even more! Click on titles and/or images.

Laurie Berkner Facebook Live Concerts
Weekdays, 10:00 am ET
Recognized as the queen of kids’ music” (People magazine), Laurie Berkner is bringing live music to you every day on Facebook!

Dav Pilkey at Home #DoGood
Fridays, 8 am ET
The author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants will be partnering with the Library of Congress and Scholastic to share drawing lessons and read-alouds with young readers!

Pete the Cat Official Instagram Live Stream with James Dean
Daily, 12:00 pm ET
Rock your socks into the groovy world of Pete the Cat with author James Dean.

Live Streaming Theatre and Movie Musicals
Visit our page for lists of Broadway shows, live theatre and movie musicals that can be streamed! Family-friendly options include "Shrek the Musical" on Netflix and "Newsies" on Disney+.

Children's Music Concerts from around the World
Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, a Brooklyn-based children’s music project, has worked with her kindie music colleagues to put together a schedule of of live streaming children’s concerts.

Visit our Virtual Arts Page for links to even more great content, including drawing lessons, virtual museum tours, live music concerts and so much more!

Discover More Here

Friday, April 3, 2020

Finding Calm in the Chaos Tele-Seminar

Finding Calm in the Chaos:

How to tame your mind and reduce the fear and anxiety associated with the Coronavirus.

Join our Tele-Seminar

April 7th,  7:00 PM

*This replaces the Change Yourself Workshop scheduled for April 7th.

The global pandemic is real and understandably people feel afraid, overwhelmed and uncertain about the future.

Life and Mindset Coach, Lina Hollman believes that in every crisis there is an opportunity to become stronger and more resilient. She has put together a tele-seminar program that will help you navigate these uncharted territories with calm and confidence. 

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to accept things you cannot change
  • 3 strategies to focus on what you can control
  • A game plan to find calm in the storm
  • How to stay positive no matter what

You won't want to miss this special event

FEE: $15.00 per person

individuals will receive phone number, instructions and PIN number via email after they register.

Click Here to Register by Monday, April 6th

or email: for info

Cancelled Concert at SOPAC turns into YouTube Live performance, Sun, Apr 5 at 3pm

With a can-do spirit that defies the isolation of “social distancing” Americans are currently experiencing, Juilliard post-graduate student Mackenzie Melemed will give a YouTube Live concert on Sunday, April 5, at 3PM. It can be viewed at

The acclaimed young pianist was scheduled to give a live concert on March 15 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center only days after events at the iconic arts center were shut down due to the corona virus. Melemed saw an opportunity to reach an even wider audience through live streaming. Working with  SOPAC staff  remotely, the concert came together for a Sunday afternoon with relative ease.

“I missed performing live and wanted to reach out to enthusiastic concert-goers from SOPAC and beyond with my music,” says Melemed. “I know how much joy music brings, and I wanted to bring that joy to virtual audiences as we all struggle with the corona virus’ impact on our society. I hope people will sit back and relax with a favorite beverage and enjoy the selections by some my favorite classical composers.”

The program will be approximately 1 hour and will include:

Gershwin: Three Preludes
Bach: French Suite No.5 in G major BWV 816
Beethoven: Sonata in F major Op.54
Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp major Op.15 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne in A-flat major Op.32 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor Op.48 No.1
Debussy: Hommage à Rameau (from Images Book I)
Gottschalk: The Banjo

Winner of The Juilliard School's 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize, 24-year old American Mackenzie Melemed has been hailed by the New York Times as “an excellent young pianist.”

Melemed recently graduated from Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program where he studied with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax while also performing on the international stage. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is also a graduate of Juilliard’s accelerated five-year dual-degree program.

In May 2019, he won third prize at the first China International Music Competition. In the final round, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing.

About SOPAC: 

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages. SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions. SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, visit

SOPAC is grateful for the generous support of BCB Bank, our season sponsor.

Foundation's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Seeks Donations to Aid Small Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Bergen County

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) has established the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide immediate resources to vetted small nonprofit organizations with limited budgets serving vulnerable populations in Bergen County. With social distancing causing increased isolation and loneliness among community members, the Fund will also support grassroots nonprofit arts organizations and those providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement. Nonprofit arts organizations providing services to vulnerable populations such as artists experiencing loss of income, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, will also be considered for support.

Make a Donation

The public is invited to help by making a donation to the Fund that will provide support to small nonprofit and arts organizations with limited budgets providing assistance on the frontlines in Bergen County, New Jersey.  Individuals, businesses, and organizations may find additional information and contribute to the NNJCF's COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern NJ Community Foundation,' with 'COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund' entered in the memo line, to: the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.  For further information, contact or 201-568-5608.    

In collaboration with its partners, grantees and community leaders, the NNJCF is gathering information about how municipalities and residents, especially low-income children, families, and seniors, in the county are being impacted by the pandemic. The Fund will support small local nonprofit organizations encountering increased demand for services, while also confronting difficult financial choices about whom to serve and how. 

"Bergen County residents face increased struggles because of reduced or lost income, food and housing insecurity, health expenses and childcare needs impacted by COVID-19. The public can make a difference at this critical time to help small nonprofit organizations respond and provide direct services to our neighbors in need by making a contribution of any size," said Michael J. Shannon, President, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Information about the grant making and application process will be posted online on the foundation's website,, in the coming weeks. Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, the environment, public health, and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

Beyond the Curtain at NJ Rep

As we continue moving forward during this complex time, we have asked friends of NJ Rep to reflect on their time working with us. Be on the lookout for more videos throughout the next few weeks.

First up is playwright Robert Caisley. Robert’s plays HAPPY (2013), LUCKY ME (2014), and & JULIET (2017) had their world premieres at NJ Rep.

Robert Caisley

was born in Rotherham, England. His plays have been performed across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and translated into Italian, French and Estonian. He currently serves as Head of Dramatic Writing at the University of Idaho, and is a Fellow in the Performing Arts from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Past premieres at NJ Rep include Happy (2013), Lucky Me (2014), & Juliet (2017).

"The New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch is a godsend to audiences and, especially, playwrights – a skillful, professional ensemble dedicated solely to performing new works. It is nearly impossible to overpraise the importance of its mission at a time when play-it-safe productions are the norm." — The New York Times

Please Donate

New Jersey Repertory is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional theater. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

New at the Princeton University Art Museum

Life Magazine and the Power of Photography

The opening lecture for Life Magazine and the Power of Photography was standing room only. Now you can watch it from home.

In this video, exhibition curators Katherine Bussard, the Art Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography; Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Alissa Schapiro, PhD candidate in art history at Northwestern University, introduce key themes and works of art in this groundbreaking exhibition.

Art Online

Staying home? Missing the Museum? Engage in art-making virtually with friends and family. Visit our website and explore our online collections. Download our free Smart Kids art-making activities that kids can enjoy anywhere. Learn about Chinese tomb guardians and how to make a paper mask, pop art inspired by Andy Warhol, or a found materials collage inspired by El Anatsui. Watch for new activities weekly.

Margaret Bourke-White, Cover of LIFE magazine, November 23, 1936. LIFE Picture Collection. ©1936 The Picture Collection Inc. All rights reserved.
Andy Warhol, Blue Marilyn, 1962. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Alfred H. Barr Jr., Class of 1922, and Mrs. Barr

Check out our top picks from the Millburn Library this week!

Check out our top picks this week in our digital library!

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Acorn TV

Glamorous lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis, The Babadook) returns in a cinematic sequel to the wildly popular TV series. In 1929 Jerusalem, Phryne's rescue of a young Bedouin girl leads her on a globe-trotting adventure to uncover priceless treasures, wartime secrets, and an ancient tomb bearing a terrible curse, with the help of handsome detective Jack Robinson (Nathan Page, Underbelly).

Access Acorn TV through RBDigital here or by downloading the RBDigital app on your smart device.



Read or listen to the first Harry Potter book on Overdrive - no waiting!

Access Overdrive here or use the Libby app on your smart device.

The Economist

RBDigital Magazines

The Economist is a global weekly magazine written for those who share an uncommon interest in being well and broadly informed. Each issue explores domestic and international issues, business, finance, current affairs, science, technology and the arts.

Access RBDigital Magazines through RBDigital here or by downloading the RBDigital app on your smart device.

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia

Hoopla Digital

"The ascendant singer’s star-making second album is a collection of sophisticated, hard-bodied pop-funk that gives way to slick, Kylie Minogue-inspired disco." -Pitchfork

Access Hoopla Digital here or by downloading the Hoopla app on your smart device.

The Beatles: The Graphic Novel

Teen Book Cloud - Tumble Books

Here's the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup.

Access Teen Book Cloud via Tumble Books here

Masters of Mindfulness

The Great Courses

Learn how to master your own mind and change your life with guidance from 11 mindfulness specialists.

Access The Great Courses via RBDigital here or by downloading the RBDigital app on your smart device.

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FREEHOLD THEATER OFFERS Facebook Live Event: “Coyote”

WHEN: Sunday, April 5th, 3pm

Last Sunday, over 1,000 people tuned into the first Facebook Live event of the original musical Coyote.

Don't miss another opportunity to experience this virtual event, featuring a special presentation with Coyote creator, composer and lyricist Tim McCorry. Join Tim online as he brings you on an inspirational journey from Guadalajara, Mexico to Lopez Island, Washington. Inspired by a true story, Coyote is a modern American tale of love, magic and adventure. This event is co-sponsored by Center Players and Casa Freehold.

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Although Center Playhouse is currently "dark" due to COVID-19, we hope to resume our 2019-20 season as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be well and we hope to see you soon!




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Thursday, April 2, 2020


Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 "Scottish"

David Chan, Conductor

Release: Wednesday, April 1, 2PM EST

As part of our continuing series of concert video releases, The Montclair Orchestra presents the dynamic and evocative first movement of Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony. The performance is conducted by MO Music Director David Chan.

Recorded live at Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair NJ on March 8, 2020.

CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH ONLINE: YouTube - The Montclair Orchestra, Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony, 1st Mvmt. David Chan, Conductor.

Scottish Fantasy

In case you missed it, last week's release was Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy featuring award winning violinist Richard Lin. Watch online now!

YouTube - The Montclair Orchestra, "Scottish Fantasy." Richard Lin, Violin. David Chan, Conductor.

In light of the cancelations of performances throughout the world, The Montclair Orchestra will continue to release FREE video content from concert archives from the last three years on social media feeds YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) every Wednesday at 2pm ET until May 1, 2020. Be sure to follow us to be notified directly!

Keep The Music Alive

It goes without saying that this is a difficult time. The Montclair Orchestra only receives approximately 20% of its operating revenue from concert tickets. As a nonprofit arts organization, we rely on individuals like you to make donations to help us fulfill our mission of offering developmental playing opportunities for student fellows at top conservatories, playing alongside the best professional orchestra musicians in the world. Please consider making a contribution to help us get through this period, and keep the music alive into the future. Make A Donation


Due to the current COVID-19 precautions, Passage Theatre has postponed its May production of A Twist of Water by Caitlin Parrish to the spring of 2021. We have also postponed our Solo Flights presentation of Mother (and me) by Melinda Buckley to June 19-21, 2020.

Passage is heartbroken to make this decision, as the artists have been working incredibly hard on preparing the production. However, Passage holds the health and safety of its artists and audience members in top priority. Unfortunately, A Twist of Water tickets are not able to be transferred to next season. Ticket holders can either receive a refund or kindly donate the cost of their ticket back to Passage.

Passage’s Artistic Director, Ryanne Domingues, says, “While we are truly heartbroken that we will not have the opportunity to share this beautiful play with our audience this season, we look forward to filling the house next year, when we can join together under more healthy and safe circumstances. We are incredibly grateful to our artists and staff for their hard work, and will continue to support them as best we can.”

In the following months, Passage's staff will be working from home and keeping busy with the following commitments: fundraising to close the projected income gap caused by the loss of revenue, continuing to pay its staff for as long as possible, providing payments to artists whose work has been canceled or postponed, planning for our upcoming 2020/2021 season productions, and finding new ways to connect to its audience through online videos, updates, and discussions

It is important for everyone to take care of themselves and stay informed by choosing reliable sources for information. Visit the CDC’s website for more COVID-19 details and developments at

Performances of A Twist of Water will take place in spring of 2021. Tickets will go on sale later this year. To inquire about future or current tickets, call (609) 392-0766, or visit . The Mill Hill Playhouse is located at 205 E. Front Street, at the corner of Montgomery Street in Trenton, NJ. On-street parking will be available.

Passage Theatre’s season is made possible in part by the N.J. State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The City of Trenton; Trenton Downtown Association; WIMG 1300; The Curtis McGraw Foundation; PNC Bank; Trinity United Methodist Church, Ewing, NJ ; First Presbyterian Church of Ewing; New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM); Educational Testing Service (ETS) New Jersey Theatre Alliance; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Philadelphia Indian Committee; I Am Trenton; Otsuka Pharmaceutical; Mathematica Policy Research; Thomas Edison State University; The Bunbury Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; The Shubert Foundation; The MAP Fund, and Mary G. Roebling Foundation.

Shop online and in the safety of your home with the TPRFM vendors!



We hope you are all well and safe out there during these strange times we find ourselves living in!

In an effort to support the thousands of small businesses, artists and vendors we work with each year, and to celebrate that this weekend was to be the original date for the Spring Edition of the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, WE HAVE LAUNCHD A BRAND NEW, VIRTUAL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE on our Facebook page where you may shop with our vendors from the comfort and safety of your own, comfy ass couch!

JOIN US NOW at for an online, virtual TPRFM shopping experience BEGINNING AT 10AM THIS THURSDAY  where vendors will begin posting their unique brand of amazing handmade, strange, vintage, odd and creative one-of-a-kind items available to you through online sales!

This is a FREE experience we are providing to our wonderful and supportive fans, patrons, small businesses and vendors so we can all experience even a bit of normalcy and fun during these challenging times... even if it is in a new fashion. Even if you can't buy right now, we encourage you JOIN US and SHARE some of the amazing items you'll see for sale.

Please know that we are with all of you during this strange time and we can't wait to assemble again, safely, so that we may give you all REAL HUGS instead of VIRTUAL ONES!

Love and PMA to all of you!

~ Joseph and the entire TPFRM Crew ~



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