Friday, January 31, 2020

February events at new Madison Arts Center

Eric Hafen, Director of Arts and Events, announces the upcoming performances at the new Madison Community Arts Center in the month of February. “Celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day,” said Hafen.


All You Need Is Love

WHEN: Friday, February 7, at 8:00PM
WHERE:
Madison Community Arts Center,
Tickets are available www.madisonartsnj.org

The month starts with a special cabaret fundraiser produced by Stone Boies Productions in conjunction with the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance. The event will feature Broadway star Marni Raab from Phantom of the Opera, Tom Sellwood from Showboat and other actors, singers and comedians. The evening will conclude with a “monologue slam.” A limited number of guests will be invited to perform a one-minute monologue competing for a cash prize. Proceeds from this concert support Rainbow Montessori School and the Madison Community Arts Center.


Lucky in Love

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, at 8:00PM
Tickets are available at www.workofheartproductions.com 
Mention code: Lucky10 for a special rate.

Work of Heart Productions will return to the arts center with their latest concert  featuring a evening of NYC professional singers performing some of the most heartwarming tunes of love of all time accompanied by a live orchestra!




One Singular Night: Music of Gershwin and Hamlisch

WHEN: Sunday, February 9, at 2:00PM
Tickets are available at www.madisonartsnj.org.

American pianist, Thomas Pandolfi an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. The Julliard graduate returns to the area, making his debut in the intimate setting of the new Madison Community Arts Center, playing on our Steinway with its uncompromising expressions.


Impresa RIO: For Love and Country

WHEN: Monday, February 17, at 7:30 PM
Tickets are available at www.madisonartsnj.org

The Bishop of Jazz, Rio Clemente and his Abbots will perform a salute to both Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day on  Joining Rio will be Gene Perla, Flip Peters and Vern Mobley.

We Got Love

WHEN: Sunday February 23, at 2:00PM
Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

From Bollywood to Ballroom the dancers at Mind Your Body Studios are inspired by dance in all its forms. Join the MYB faculty for an eclectic afternoon of performances that reflect their passion for creating and performing. A diverse cast of MYB dancers shine in Contemporary, Heels, Hip-Hop, Latin, Ballroom, Lyrical, Ballet, Kuchipudi, and Bollywood choreography.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

D&R Greenway "State of Regional Birds" Lecture by Sharyn Magee, Hannah Suthers Feb. 4

State of Regional Birds

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4. Doors open for light refreshments at 6:30. Presentation begins at 7pm.
WHERE
: D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton.
TICKETS: free and open to the public
To attend, call 609-924-4646 or email RSVP@drgreenway.org.

D&R Greenway Land Trust, which has preserved nearly 21,000 acres of wild habitat in central New Jersey, will host an important lecture on the State of Birds in our region. Cornell Ornithology Lab has recently released a report estimating that North America has lost an estimated 2.9 billion birds since the 1970’s. A major factor in this reality is habitat loss.

Key birders, Sharyn Magee (left) and Hannah Suthers, of Washington Crossing Audubon have monitored local bird populations for decades, particularly on D&R Greenway’s 400-acre St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell. Their reports impact the larger database upon which the Cornell study is based. Participants will learn of trends observed locally. Magee and Suthers will identify birds most at risk in our area. A major driver in their own birding experiences is the importance of expanding habitat protection, protecting native species, especially bird life.


The new study on the dramatic decline of bird populations was led by the Cornell Ornithology Lab and published in the journal Science in October. The study found more than 1 in 4 birds have disappeared. Particularly startling is the realization that most impacted seem to be historically common species, such as sparrows, blackbirds, warblers, and finches. (Right: Alder Flycatcher)

“We are seeing these declines in local bird populations,” reveals D&R Greenway President & CEO Linda Mead. “This lecture is a rare opportunity to hear from the front-lines of wildlife conservation. The Cornell study is a wake-up call for everyone who cares about wildlife. One solution is joining our 31-year mission to preserve natural habitats. There are important but simple steps individuals can take in daily life to protect birds.” Mead reveals that “Sharyn and Hannah are special people who have devoted many years and profound expertise to helping citizens understand and protect bird life.”

Hannah Suthers will be sharing a lifetime’s work. In addition to visual counts, Suthers has faithfully collected data through “bird misting”—a practice that involves setting up a net on two poles, much like volleyball, to catch and release birds. This allows the ornithologist an up-close look to assess characteristics, including size and health.  This technique used by trained scientists provides significant, detailed data.  Suthers has conducted this time-intensive research weekly, throughout most of the year, in the same spot in the Sourlands for 40 years. This provides unique data that can’t be found elsewhere. (Left: Ruby-crowned kinglet)

The results of the birders’ lifetime work are used by D&R Greenway to inform its management activities on preserves. In addition to preserving land, D&R Greenway’s staff promotes healthy wild animal and plant life through careful land stewardship. The staff plants and protects native plants that support bird populations such as oak, hickory, black cherry, arrowwood viburnum, lowbush blueberry, black chokeberry, and bayberry. D&R Greenway’s stewardship team ensures plantings are protected from deer browse with individual fences while the plants are getting established.

Hudson Theatre Works Presents First Children’s Show

Rapunzel
by Karen Boettcher-Tate
Directed by Beatriz Esteban-Messina of Union City

WHEN: February 1 and 2,  @1PM & 3PM (BOTH DAYS)
WHERE:
Wilson School, 80 Hauxhurst Avenue,  Weehawken
TICKETS: $10.00 for adults & $5.00 for children; Weehawken residents get in for $5.00 at the door with proof of residency.  In keeping with our low ticket price policy.
www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800- 838-3006

Recently popularized in Disney's Tangled, the well-known characters from the classic tale combine with delightful new characters to answer your long-asked questions: HOW did Rapunzel end up in the tower? WHY is the witch so protective of her? WHERE did the prince come from? WILL her parents like the prince? And most important of all, just WHAT the heck is a “Rapunzel”?

The show features a cast of 14 actors from all over Hudson and Bergen County. Abigail Stokes (Kearny) stars as the feisty Rapunzel who refuses to remove her glasses. Florence Pape (Hoboken) and David Silberger (Brooklyn) play Rapunzel's beleaguered parents.

Meanwhile King Zeek ( Rich Dwyer of Bayonne) and Queen Furaday ( HTW's Sue-Ellen Mandell )are the confused parents of a body-building beauty Princess Markie (David Plotka of Jersey City) and Prince Lew (Rafaelle Danta of Edgewater)) a handsome but  nearsighted son who has been growing hair on eggs!

The two families join forces against the conniving Witch Izwitch, (HTW's Gloria Lamoureux) who has a green thumb for growing rampion, and her  2 nasty Glumpwarts (Amaya Pinet of Hasbrouck Heights & Cameron Alvaro of New Milford.) Helping to rescue Rapunzel from the tower are Laura DiCerto (Jersey City)and Donna Gearhardt-Healey (Hoboken) as the hippy-dippy Sages Parsley & Rosemary, Xena the Amazon Warrior (Francesca Stokes of Kearny) and an annoying Jester who tells bad jokes (played by Fred Alvaro of Glen Rock).

This hilarious version of the well-known fairy tale explains what makes us beautiful while teaching the meaning of kindness. It is family-friendly and , of course, everyone lives happily ever after. You'll be happy you joined in the fun! 

Special thanks to Mayor Richard Turner and the Weehawken City Council.

SEE “VIVA MOMIX” THIS SATURDAY @ MAYO PAC

Viva MOMIX

WHEN: Saturday, February 1st, at 8:00 pm
WHERE:
Mayo PAC, 100 South St., Morristown
TICKETS: $29 - $59
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Experience the Exceptional…Expect the Unexpected! 

MOMIX transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery. In an endless search for another gravity, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience that will surprise, enchant and astonish.

Morven Museum & Garden presents Victorian Pressed Flower Valentine Workshop

Victorian Pressed Flower Valentine Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey
TICKETS: $30; $20 for Friends of Morven
TICKETS
https://www.morven.org/

Valentine’s Day is coming - what better time to learn to create Victorian-style Valentines with Morven’s Curator of Education Debra Lampert-Rudman?

Learn the “love language” of flowers, enjoy an illustrated powerpoint on Victorian pressed flowers, and create Valentines of your own special design suitable for framing. All pressed flowers (many from Morven’s historic gardens), materials, and art instruction provided. No previous experience required.

Space is limited to the first 12 registrants.

Ticket price includes light refreshments and Museum admission.

SOLO SHOW IN JERSEY CITY INSPIRED BY STORIES OF NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS

WHEN: Feb. 1, 3 PM, 7:30 pm; Feb. 2, 2 PM
WHERE:
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: General admission $30; students/seniors $20
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SELL ME: I Am From North Korea is inspired by the true stories of North Korean defectors who risk everything to escape one of Earth's most repressive regimes. Ms. Baek’s solo performance weaves together relatable young naïveté, the harsh realities of life inside a brutal regime, and the unforgiving struggle of life as an undocumented refugee in order to bring voice to a silenced people.

After reading and researching the harrowing stories of her Northern neighbors, Korean-born playwright and performer Sora Baek was inspired to give voice to this crisis. She wishes to not only share the hardships of North Korea, but the continuing obstacles, stigmas, and prejudices defectors face once they escape. Bringing this story to an American audience will add humanity and nuance to the North Korea question that passes in and out of our current news cycle. North Koreans and their stories deserve to be examined as the world grapples with its response to refugees, humanitarian crises, and the human cost of the rise and perpetuity of dictatorial regimes.

Ms. Baek began working on this story shortly after the birth of her second son. It is her wish that her children grow up in a world that is more welcoming, free, and just than the one she sees around her now. This piece is her contribution to bring about this change in both Koreas, America, and the broader world.

COMING UP: 2 VISUAL ARTS EVENTS IN JERSEY CITY

Greenville Art Walk

WHEN: February 1 at 1pm
WHERE:

  • HAROLD LEMMERMAN GALLERY at NJCU, 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd The exhibition, Neighbors Far and Near: Ibou Ndoye
  • CHERRY’S LOUNGE, 102 Martin Luther King Drive Local artist D.Tunia will be showing. National Career Institute will be recruiting for its Construction Training classes
  • MYRTLE MARANATHA MARKET, 213 Martin Luther King Drive Artist, Janhavi Firke
  • MARTHA'S BOUTIQUE, 207A Martin Luther King Drive Greenville Artists
  • BRICK STREET REALTY, 307 Martin Luther King Drive Group art exhibition and a film on Natural Hair by Ibn Sharif Shakoor
  • BRICK STREET REALITY, 520 Ocean Avenue Greenville Artists

Greenville Art Walk: Black History Month

Presented by Jersey City Theater Center

WHEN: Friday, February 7, at 6pm
WHERE
: Art Walk Begins:

  • CHERRY’S LOUNGE, 102 Martin Luther King Drive Local artist D.Tunia will be showing. National Career Institute will be recruiting for its Construction Training classes.
  • MARTHA'S BOUTIQUE, 207A Martin Luther King Drive Greenville Artists
  • MYRTLE MARANATHA MARKET, 213 Martin Luther King Drive Artist Janhavi Firke
  • BRICK STREET REALTY, 307 Martin Luther King Drive Group art exhibition and a film on Natural Hair by Ibn Sharif Shakoor
  • QUA'S CREATIVE ART CENTER, 520 Ocean Avenue Lorenzo Pickett
  • BRICK STREET REALTY, 520 Ocean Avenue Greenville artists
  • HAROLD LEMMERMAN GALLERY at NJCU, 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd The exhibition, Neighbors Far and Near: Ibou Ndoye, will be on view in the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery on February 2, from 2 to 5 p.m, with artist talk from 2:30 p.m. and painting workshop from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ADMISSION: FREE
Tickets

Greenville Art Walk is a monthly art series and gallery popup events in 2020 every first Sunday featuring art exhibitions in storefront spaces along Martin Luther King Drive and other areas in the community as part of the Stories of Greenville and spearheaded by Jersey City Theater Center.

Through Stories of Greenville, JCTC spearheads a multidisciplinary arts project designed to bring exposure to Greenville artists – including visual artists, filmmakers, writers, poets, musicians, dancers and performers – by creating a series of workshops, events, educational programs and performances in one of Jersey City’s oldest but most vibrant neighborhoods.

Curated by Atim Oton

DESTINY: LOCAL TO GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

WHEN: Friday, Feb 07, 06:00 – 10 PM
WHERE
: Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
ADMISSION: free
REGISTER HERE

Jersey City Theater Center presents DESTINY: LOCAL TO GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, an exhibition exploring the multiple meanings of destiny in the world today. The show is curated by Atim Annette Oton, Jersey City Theater' Center's art curators who posed the questions for artists to respond to:

What is Destiny? Are we bound for destiny or does destiny happen to us? Is it coincidence or synchronicity? Do we determine our fate or victims of it? What does our society of diverse & complex human beings believe or avoid believing? What are the cultural norms and do conform to or rebel against those norms? Do artists create, interpret or include destiny?

Destiny features a group of 16 culturally diverse artists:

Geraldine Anderson Gaines, Ian "Billy Bones" Murphy, Nanette Reynolds Beachner, Grigory Gurevich, Catalina Aranguren, Janhavi Firke, Erin Kuhn, Lawrence Ciarallo, Monika Kalra, Tyber Qalipu Mishipeshu Murphy, Donchelle Fulwood, Duda Penteado, Anna Kasperowitz, David James, Cecilia Martinez, and Akil Roper.

Curated by Atim Annette Oton

Image above by Donchellee Fulwood

GALA & ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL @ UCPAC THIS WEEKEND

UCPAC 2020 Winter Gala

UCPAC 2020 Winter Gala

WHEN: Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:30 PM
WHERE:
Luciano's Italian Ristorante, 1579 Main Street, Rahway, NJ
GET TICKETS

The Union County Performing Arts Center is hosting their fifth annual Winter Gala to benefit the performing arts and educational programs!

A five course dinner will be served at Luciano's Italian Ristorante. Choice of entree: Swordfish, Herb Crusted Chicken Breast, Filet Mignon, or Fettuccine Alfredo (Vegetarian).

The evening includes live entertainment and an open bar. Spend the evening dining in support of your favorite performing arts center!

With four performance spaces (the UCPAC Mainstage, Hamilton Stage at UCPAC, The Fazioli Room, and the Loft at UCPAC) we, as a whole, are dedicated to making Rahway, New Jersey a hub for the performing arts.

KICKING & SWEARING One-Act Festival

KICKING & SWEARING One-Act Festival

WHEN: Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 01, 2020
WHERE:
UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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This winter, join us for the 6th Annual KICKING & SWEARING One-Act Festival.

Kicking & Swearing will feature insightful writings that include original comedy, tragedy, satire and sci-fi short plays.

The Festival, presented by Mystic Vision Player,s offers two evenings of separate plays. The first group of selected plays will be performed on Thursday, January 30th, and the second group will be performed on Friday, January 31st. The Saturday matinee, February 1st, will feature all the selected plays and more.

We are looking forward to seeing you for two evenings and a matinee of exciting original theater.

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CIRQUE D'OR

WHEN: Friday, March 20, 7:30 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC, 1601 Irving St., Rahway
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With an array of the worlds greatest acrobats, contortionists and aerial artists, Cirque D’Or has been entertaining fans around the world with tremendous popularity. Their electrifying and mesmerizing stunts have been performed live on and above the stage with breathtaking aerial performances. The show travels with a cast of 30 performers from around the world and is a thrill-a-minute spectacle.

With an all new cast and show, this current tour is one of the most amazing shows you will ever see. The New York Times says Cirque D’Or is “breathtaking” and CBS News calls it “fantastic.” Cirque D'Or is perfect for the entire family. This amazing show brings you beautiful costumes, dynamic sound and lighting and the world's greatest talent assembled on one stage.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

NBJP JAZZ WEEKLY: January 28-30, 2020

The 3rd Annual Dance Union Festival, February 9 in Rahway

THE 3RD ANNUAL DANCE UNION FESTIVAL

WHEN: February 9, 3:00 PM
WHERE:
UCPAC's Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
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Join Carolyn Dorfman Dance for the third annual Dance Union Festival – a celebration of the unique and diverse dance community across Union County. Featuring performances from Union County high schools, dance studios and profession companies, the Dance Union performance also includes selections from Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s popular repertory.

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Art Center Presents Lecture on “History of Weaving and the Silk Industry in Summit”

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, in partnership with the Summit Historical Society, hosts

History of Weaving and the Silk Industry in Summit

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, from 3–5 PM. Adult and children’s group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery hours: Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 10 AM–5 PM; Thursday, 10 AM–8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM–4 PM. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm holiday hours.
WHERE:
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit
Visit artcenternj.org for more information.

Mills will discuss the history of weaving and how it relates to the Art Center’s current exhibition, Painted Threads.

Mills has devoted her career to the theory and practice of modern weaving in the US. Her essay, “Why Weaving Now?” which was included in the catalogue for the Art Center’s current exhibition, Painted Threads, considers the relevance of weaving as a form of art-making in an age of hyper-technology. Her lecture will touch on these points, while framing the work on display in that context, allowing those in attendance to gain a deeper understanding of the works and the artists who created them. In addition, Mills will discuss the rich history Summit has with the silk industry, the multiple silk mills that used to call the city home, and the lone remaining building, located on Morris Avenue. The lecture is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Sarah Mills

Dr. Sarah Mills is a professor of art history at Westchester Community College, SUNY, and is writing a book on the history of modern American weaving in art and design. Her work has been supported by the Decorative Arts Trust, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, and most recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she held a Chester Dale Fellowship.

About 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.

Support

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.

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Now Registering for Winter Offerings from JCC University

JCC University: WINTER OFFERINGS

WHEN: Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, Thursdays with coffee and conversation beginning at 10:30 am. Morning presentation runs from 10:45 am-12 pm; lunch (buy or bring your own) from 12-12:45 pm; and afternoon presentation from 12:45-2:00 pm.
WHERE:
Kaplen JCC, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly
FEE: Cost for 3 Thursdays is $95 for JCC members/$115 public; Cost for single Thursday is $36 JCC members, $44 public. First 10 participants to register for the full JCC U series will receive Congressman Steve Israel’s book Big Guns. For more information, visit jccotp.org/jccu or call Kathy Graff at 201.408.1454.

JCC University at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is now taking enrollment for its three-session winter term, where people can connect, find new interests, and stay involved in current developments that shape our world. Top professors and experts will present on topics that include science, literature, film, politics, psychology, art and more, creating platforms that allow people to listen, learn, and get answers, while meeting people and making new friends.

January 30

JCC U Special Event with Former US Congressman Steve Israel

Congressman Steve Israel was the US Representative for NY’s third congressional district from 2001 to 2017. He left Capitol Hill, as he says “unindicted and undefeated” to pursue his writing career and currently heads the Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs. He’s kicking off JCC U’s winter term to talk politics, lobbying and his latest novel Big Guns, a satire of the firearms industry.

MSNBC Legal Analyst Unpacks the Legal Issues in the News

Lawyer, producer and on air analyst Lisa Green will break down the mountain of legal questions that pile up by the day. With a president that has an appetite for legal combat, this administration has a host of legal battles to navigate. The sheer volume of litigation is unprecedented. No point in naming them here, because they change by the minute!

February 13

Medical Ethics: What Would You Do?

Dr. Jacob Appel, physician, attorney, bioethicist, and attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai will present some of the most challenging and unsettling ethics controversies of our time. As a society, we often see things in black and white terms; these issues defy easy answers and will undoubtedly stimulate thought and discussion.

Art and Architecture of Venice: From its Early Medieval Roots to the Great Basilica of San Marco

Born in adversity in 400 AD, the City of Venice has come a long way in 1700 years. Beloved art history professor Seth Gopin will explore the architecture from early medieval times to the city’s greatest structure, the basilica dedicated to St. Marks. We’ll discover both its architecture and remarkable golden mosaics. With Venice in the news, now is a good time to study the wonders of this unique city.

February 27

Winston Churchill—Britain’s Incomparable Leader

Columbia Law School lecturer Jess Velona returns to JCC U to tell the full story of Churchill’s meteoric rise to British political power, the setbacks he faced in World War I and then his prescient diagnosis of Hitler’s threat which propelled his resurgence and set the stage for his unparalleled leadership of Britain during World War II and beyond.

Drive Though Dreams—A Journey through the Heart of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom

Many of us harbor a fast food guilty pleasure. Author Adam Chandler will explore the relationship between fast food and American life over the past century. We often vilify it, yet for most of us, fast food is full of nostalgia. We will hear the industry’s history through captivating anecdotes, fascinating trivia and engaging interviews with fans, executives and workers.

RVCC to Feature Artwork by Students in Guided and Independent Study Programs

Raritan Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Arts & Design department presents

2020 Independent Study Students Exhibition

WHEN: January 21-February 7. An artists’ talk will be held Friday, January 24, from 5-6 p.m., in the Art Gallery, followed by a reception from 6-7 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
WHERE:
Art Gallery, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
Gallery hours are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m. For further information, contact the Arts & Design department, 908-218-8876.

The exhibition showcases work by RVCC students participating in independent and guided study programs. (Top image: Ryan Ippolito, “Yellow Tanning Garage,” 3-dimensionally rendered imagery merged with digital photography, Fall 2019, Graphic Design)

The exhibition, organized by RVCC faculty members Darren McManus and Ann Tsubota, includes student work in photography, sculpture, printmaking and graphic design. (Right: Sean Zujkowski, “Left Hook,” water-based ink on paper, Fall 2019, Printmaking)

The exhibition highlights the artwork of students who have participated in either an independent or guided study from the Spring, Summer or Fall 2019 semesters. Advanced art students at RVCC work with individual instructors in their various fields of interest on projects of an advanced nature. Students develop a more independent studio practice than in a classroom situation, facilitated by a concentrated opportunity to develop their own ideas and visions.

For further information, visit https://www.raritanval.edu/arts  or www.raritanval.edu.

NEW AT THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM

Late Thursdays
Annual Faculty and Staff Open House
WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 5–8 p.m.
WHERE:
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton NJ

Join us next Thursday evening when our 2020 student tour guides make their debut. From 5 to 8 p.m., our 10 new guides will be stationed throughout the galleries to interpret masterworks across the collections—from ancient mosaics to Andy Warhol. Princeton’s Prospect House will also offer a sampling of their most popular tastes.

Last Chance
States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing
WHEN: Through February 2

Don’t miss your last chance to see our critically acclaimed exhibition States of Health: Visualizing Illness and Healing. A new review in Hyperallergic says the show helps visitors “gain a deeper understanding of death and healing,” explaining that “an engaging selection of works by Leonora Carrington, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock, Gordon Parks, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Albrecht Dürer, and others come together to illuminate illness and healing in art. Experts in infectious diseases, disability, literature, medicine, contagion, psychology, and creative writing weigh in, in the form of short essays on the walls, responding to the 80 objects from antiquity to present day.”

Final Weeks
The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century 
WHEN: Through February 16

“Stunning”—that’s what the Wall Street Journal calls this exhibition, which brings to life the art of the feast during three transformative Chinese dynasties. Focusing on a rare group of paintings—along with ceramic, lacquer, metal, and stone objects as well as textiles—the exhibition explores one of the most enduring and significant facets of the Chinese tradition: the continuum between life and the afterlife. Save the date for our exhibition-inspired events: a guest lecture about food symbolism in mid-20th-century China to be held Thursday, February 6, and our Lunar New Year Celebration with music, dance, and traditional cuisine on Saturday, February 8.


In the News
New Portraits Honor African Americans on Campus

Center of Creation—newly on view in our gallery of American art—is one of a series of portraits by painter Mario Moore that portray African American staff across campus. The body of work has garnered attention from CBS, BBC, The Observer, News 12, and CNN, the last of which says the work offers “a fresh perspective on the working class, racial struggle and empowerment.”



Community Event

Homeschool Week
WHEN: January 28–31, 11 a.m–2 p.m.

The homeschool community is invited to join us next week, Tuesday through Friday, for free self-guided, interactive tours followed by related art projects. Each day has a different theme. All ages are welcome; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Tuesday, January 28 | Africa 
Wednesday, January 29 | American Portraiture
Thursday, January 30 | Ancient Greece 
Friday, January 31 | The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century

    Image credits
    • Eric Avery, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2000. Linoleum block print over lithograph. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library. © Eric Avery
    • Chinese, Liao dynasty, 907–1125, Coffin Box Panel: Preparing for an Outdoor Banquet (detail), 10th–early 11th century. Wood with lacquer-based pigment. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund (1995-86)
    • Mario Moore (American, born 1987), Center of Creation (Michael), 2019. Oil on linen. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase

    DOVER LITTLE THEATRE HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR “SPRING AWAKENING”

    AUDITIONS:

    Spring Awakening

    WHEN: February 2nd & 3rd - 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Callbacks February 5th at 7:00 (by invitation only)
    WHERE:
    Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliot St., Dover

    Spring Awakening is the 2007 Tony Award-winning rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

    Based on the German play by Frank Wedekind, the musical tells the story of repressed teenagers in 1891 discovering the inner and outer turmoil of teenage sexuality.

    As they leave childhood behind, their most private and truthful thoughts are expressed through alternative rock and folk music.

    • Please prepare a 1-2 minute cut of a song from the show.
    • All of those attending auditions will also be singing scales, as well as doing a cold read of a side with a member of the production team.

    Click here for more information

    CLASSIC COMEDY OPENS JAN. 31 @ DOVER LITTLE THEATRE

    Check it Out! - Originate a role in the Pilot Production of “Something Rotten, JR”

    AUDITIONS: Open to performers ages 12-18

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5
    WHERE
    : Hamiliton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway
    MAKE AN APPOINTMENT HERE
    AUDITION FORMS
    Can't make auditions? Send a video of one of the songs and the completed forms to info@pixiedustplayers.org by 9pm on Wednesday, February 5.

    Rehearsals: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays (times based around performer availability)

    Performances: May 8 through 17

    Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

    Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".

    Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

    Audition Information

    • ​​Please prepare one of the songs provided here.
    • Auditioners will be brought into the room in groups to sing their selected song and learn a brief dance combination

    • We strongly encourage you to print and complete the audition form and conflict calendar* ahead of time. Please make sure to mark all conflicts clearly (make sure to account for any travel time). The schedule will be created based on the availability provided at auditions.

    • You will receive an email by Friday, February 7, if we would like to see you for a callback. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, February 9 by appointment. Attending callbacks as scheduled is strongly encouraged but a makeup date may be provided if needed.

    • Some/all roles may be double cast.

    • There is no fee to participate in this production.

    Rehearsal Information: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays​

    • Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and at varying times on Saturdays and Sundays (based on cast availability). A schedule with time windows will be released shortly after casting.

    • Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal and not all cast members will be called for the full duration of each rehearsal.

    • Some conflicts/outdates may be accepted upfront but no additional dates may be added once casting is released.

    • All tech rehearsals (Sunday May 3-Thursday, May 7) and performances (May 8-10 and May 15-17) are mandatory

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