Thursday, April 30, 2020
YOUR SCREEN IS OUR STAGE
We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well. Until we can gather together at the theater, we hope to continue to connect with you digitally! Below are upcoming digital events, and events you can view now!
DIETRICH streams to benefit nonprofit organizations as ground-breaking and unstoppable as play’s unforgettable namesake
DIETRICH, an acclaimed one-woman play that brings iconic German actress Marlene Dietrich to life, will stream to help raise money for important causes. A one-minute trailer can be viewed at http://www.dietrichplay.com.
WHEN: Sunday, May 3, 1 PM; 7 PM; 10 PM
HOW TO WATCH: viewers can watch at http://www.dietrichplay.com
ADMISSION: Each performance is free, however a donation to one of five charitable causes is requested.
Contributions can be made directly to each individual charity, whose links are live on the DIETRICH website now and can be accessed below.
The benefitting causes were selected by producers due to the impact they are having in their communities, across the country, and around the world. They are:
1. Operation Warrior Shield, which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, first responders and their families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, employment, prevention of homelessness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources. https://operationwarriorshield.com/
2. Destiny Rescue, which rescues children from sex trafficking. https://www.destinyrescue.org/us/
3. National Meningitis Association, which works to protect families from the potentially devastating effects of meningococcal disease. https://www.nmaus.org
4. The Lucky Cat Rescue, a local rescue group that works to save stray cats and kittens in New Jersey. https://www.theluckycatrescue.org/
5. Woodstock Museum, which works to gather, display, disseminate, and develop the concept of Woodstock, encompassing the culture and history of a living colony of the arts, and much more. http://woodstockmuseum.com
Not only will viewers get to donate to great causes but they can enjoy the DIETRICH experience from their living rooms on the anniversary of this historic day in her life.
Sixty years ago—on May 3rd, 1960—Dietrich returned to the Berlin stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in the late1930’s. Inside her dressing room at the Tatiana Palast Theatre, Dietrich weighs whether or not to go through with the live performance despite threats on her life by Nazi sympathizers who resented her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. To them, Dietrich is a turncoat; a traitor who deserves to be shot and killed on stage.
Starring actress Cindy Marinangel, accompanied by musical director/pianist Russell Daisey, and written by playwright Willard Manus, DIETRICH (formerly known as Marlene) celebrated its world premiere at the Brickhouse Theatre in Los Angeles (produced by Write Act Rep and John Lant), debuted in New York in the New York Theatre Festival’s annual Winterfest, was chosen as a finalist in the storied New York New Works Theater Festival, enjoyed an exclusive performance in association with Hudson Theatre Works, and had a limited, special engagement Off-Broadway at the Triad Theater.
Marinangel is an international entertainer, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio and a graduate of the Chicago Second City Conservatory. She is an avid ballroom dancer and animal rights activist. Learn more at cindymarinangel.com.
Daisey is an internationally acclaimed pianist, singer and songwriter. He’s performed at The First Hiroshima International Peace Summit (onstage with the Dalai Lama); the Palais des Congres in Paris; before President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Ellie Wiesel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams.
Manus is a playwright, journalist and novelist. He is a member of the Playwright/Directors unit of The Actors Studio. His most recent plays are “Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story,” “Frank and Ava” (now a motion picture) and “Who Killed Comrade Rabbit?”
For her part, Dietrich was frequently honored for her work for improving morale on the front lines during WWII. She earned the U.S. Medal of Freedom and the French Legion d'Honneur. The Kingdom of Belgium named Dietrich a Knight of the Order of Leopold. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.
Like Your Favorite Artists in Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen Virtual “The Daily Arts Dose”
Break up the monotony and the isolation by participating in the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's (NNJCF) ArtsBergen virtual art social media campaign
WHEN: From Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 20, the public can experience a different work of art, once a day for two week, and like their favorite artists in the campaign on the NNJCF's ArtsBergen social media accounts.
HOW TO ACCESS: Each artist’s work will be posted daily starting May 4 on these social media accounts: FACEBOOK, Instagram, and Twitter @nnjcf. Everyone is encouraged to like, share and comment on the posts they enjoy. The artist's post receiving the highest number of likes will be awarded a cash prize.
The campaign features 14 Bergen County artists of all disciplines, who submitted their art and were selected to share a sample of their work to the community on social media. The artists were asked to submit work reflecting the campaign’s tag line, “The Daily Arts Dose: Guaranteed to nourish your soul and boost immunity to boredom, isolation, and seeing those same four walls,” or that inspired, brought humor or contemplation in the midst of the pandemic.
"The arts can uplift and inspire hope and joy. During this time of social distancing, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation engages local artists to help alleviate some of the disconnection and isolation community members are experiencing by injecting a healthy dose of creativity into their lives," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
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, philanthropy 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.
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.
An eclectic, diverse and global mix of poets, actors, musicians, dancer and other performers will be featured in
JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World
Episode 3: Courage
WHEN: Friday, May 1. Courage will be go live at 1:00pm, instead of the usual starting time of 2:00pm.
HOW TO WATCH: the easiest way is to visit the JCTC CONVERSATIONS: VOICES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Event Page on Facebook and follow the instructions. The program uses Zoom* Meeting technology, or click here. Or visit: www.JCTCenter.org
JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is the online series by Jersey City Theater Company (JCTC) that in the organization’s signature style, is global in scope yet relevant to the community. Each episode has a theme, and the organization has announced upcoming themes for May programming:
- May 1/Courage
- May 8/Solitude
- May 15/Strength
- May 22 / Revelation
Courage features performances from a range of talents from the U.S. as well as artists from Europe, South America and Asia, including:
- Elias Faingersh, a Swedish musician known as “Europe’s Golden Trombone,” combines composition and performance.
- Susan Justiniano, best known by her alias, RescuePoetix, is a Jersey City resident with deep roots in Puerto Rico, best known as a spoken-word artists and community organizer.
- Eriel Santagado & Charly Santagado, sisters and co-founders of ~mignolo dance~ , performing in numerous dance festivals & venues throughout the tristate area.
- Martín De Goycoechea – an awarded-winning Argentinian actor, director & writer who has performed his work stages in South America, Europe & Canada.
Other performers include Rimli Roy, Dance & Theatre performer from India; Isabella Di Liello, Canadian Dancer; and Megha Sood, India-born, Jersey City Resident with 380+ works published in literary journals.
Anyone interested in performing for upcoming episodes are invited to submit proposals to Olga@JCTCenter.org
JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion. Participating artists range from poets & spoken-word artists to actors, dancers & musicians – all performing live from their homes – and home studios – followed by conversations with moderators, artists and of course the live, virtual audiences.
JCTC launched the series in April, with an outpouring of support from both artists and audiences. Artists and performers from many disciplines have submitted proposals for upcoming episodes, increasing the diversity of performers – as well as country and cultures represented.
“We are all living through a dark and difficult time, but with JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World, we can see how at least we’re not going through this alone,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director of Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) and host of JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World. “Artists and audiences are not just members of their local networks, but are part of a global community. We want everyone to stay tuned, stay connected, stay healthy and join the conversation.”
IMAGE: (Clockwise from left) Elias Faingersh, Susan Justiniano, Martín De Goycoechea, Eriel Santagado.
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Join MPAC on Facebook for a
LIVE family concert with Megan Chappius
WHEN: Friday, May 1, at 12:30 pm
WHERE: Facebook or MPAC website
An originally produced Facebook Live concert featuring Megan Chappius, this show will be kid-friendly, as Megan takes families on a musical journey to the beach!
If you can't make the livestream, it will be available to view at your leisure at any time on Facebook and our website.
Megan Chappius is a full-time Music Therapist, Singer-Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist. She plays guitar, piano, and various percussive instruments, performing a variety of styles, including jazz, folk, soul, and R&B. She specializes in adapting music and creating soundscapes to suit the aesthetic of the environment.
Visit our Virtual Arts page for even more family-friendly entertainment!
You'll find links to Laurie Berkner Band concerts, daily Latin music for children by Sonia De Los Santos, Peanut Butter & Jam chamber music sessions and many more! The page is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.
West Orange Arts Council Showcases Advanced Placement Studio Art Students in First Virtual Art Exhibit
The West Orange High School Virtual Exhibit at WOArts.org
Through an exciting partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Center’s (WOAC) latest show features rising stars of our arts community.
The exhibit includes the work of the Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Juniors and Seniors. Senior artists include: Brandon Andrade, Olivia Callender, Ruth Donagher, Tricia Garchitorena, Christina Gilio-Malabre, Cassidy Joyce, Jason Latchman, and Jack Mault.
Access the exhibit HERE.
To participate in AP Studio Art, students are required to complete a one-semester foundation course in studio art before proceeding to advanced studies like advanced drawing, design, painting, graphics and sculpture. After completing demanding advanced courses, juniors and seniors may enroll and can produce portfolios for college admission and earn up to six advanced placement college credits.
The community is invited to visit the virtual exhibit, which includes images of the work along with artist's statements and take the opportunity to provide feedback to the students.
The show was installed on March 8 by the students and shortly after the West Orange Arts Center closed, adjusting its programming until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. On a swift pivot, WOAC Vice-Chair Carol Black-Lemon and Advanced Placement Studio Art teacher Heather Young worked to assemble the virtual exhibit experience.
"Even though we are closed to the public, we wanted to continue our mission to aspire and support the arts in our community, and what better way to do that then by acknowledging these talented young artists," said Black-Lemon. Young concurs "Although the students did not get their big reception, in light of the situation, this is a very exciting alternative." This is the fourth year the show is being coordinated by WOAC Board Members Lisa Suss and Frank Niccoletti.
WOAC is currently developing additional virtual opportunities to stay connected and keep the arts alive. Most recently the WOAC partnered with the West Orange Environmental Commission and Open Space Commission and coordinated by Councilwoman Susan McCartney to "Celebrate Earth Day, the Social Distancing Way" with an Art In Nature Community Photography Campaign. The work is on view on Facebook. The striking images came from far (Italy) and near (West Orange and surrounding community).
Access the Earth Day exhibit HERE.
This program is 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 and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. For more information, visit www.woarts.org
The Theater Project and NJ Theatre Alliance's Stages Online present
STREAMING PASSION: AKA WAITING FOR THE HOST
IS NOW STREAMING
The recording can be accessed on our website for a limited time:
Available through Tuesday, May 5
Join the techno-challenged members of a small local church in a video call as they struggle to mount their annual Passion Play for an online performance during the Easter season lockdown.
CAST: Scott Cagney, Noreen Farley, Deb Maclean, Kelley Rose McAndrews, Matt McCarthy and Thomas Vorsteg; directed by Mark Spina.
STREAMING PASSION is supported in part by Stages Online, a partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to bring theatre content into homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Check out these Tiger Titles from Hoopla!
Give Me Shelter (1 hr. 30 mins.)
A documentary directed by Kristen Rizzo uncovering the most prevalent issues in the animal world through the eyes of individuals dedicating their lives to them daily.
Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park
Renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote southeastern Russia. Park sets up underground bunkers to observe the tigers, living thrillingly close to these beautiful but dangerous apex predators.
Baby Tigers by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann
What are baby tigers called? How does the mother tiger carry her baby? How long do baby tigers stay with their mothers? Kids will learn the answers to all these questions and more.
Cats: Caressing the Tiger (54 mins.)
By night, they're ruthless hunters that stalk their prey with a keen sense of sight and smell. By day, they're playful, loving companions for millions. This documentary from National Geographic explores the lives of our feline friends.
The Tribe of the Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
From the majestic Bengal tiger to the domesticated Siamese comes a meditation on cats from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and The Social Lives of Dogs.
Tigers by Alex Kuskowski
This title includes colorful double-page photos with easy-to-read sentences about features, food, cubs and more to make learning about tigers a fun experience.
ALL OF THESE TITLES CAN BE FOUND ON HOOPLA!
Hoopla offers movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone. Access with your library card. There's never a wait list!
New ebooks and digital audiobooks.
New Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction out April 28
- Camino Winds by John Grisham
- The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel
- Everything Beautiful In Its Time by Jenna Bush Hager
- Deep in the Alaskan Woods by Karen Harper
- The Talented Mr. Varg by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
New YA and Kids Titles out April 28
- You Can Do It, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
- The Berenstain Bears' Big Track Meet by Mike Berenstain
- Don't Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
- How to Disappear Completely by Ali Standish
- The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds
You can access these titles via Libby/Overdrive
Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks from your public library. You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere.
Download the mobile app from your App Store or visit eBCCLS and get started today!
John Grisham & Stephen King: Free Online Event!
Virtual Access JC Fridays
WHEN: Friday, June 5, at 7:00pm EDT
WHERE: online via Zoom
ADMISSION: free and open to the public.
Access JC Fridays focuses on inclusion and encourages participants to present work from artists with disabilities and/or work that celebrates disability in any of its many forms, including, but not limited to: impairments that are cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and sensory. Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more.
Submissions for venue partners to participate are open through May 1 at 5:00pm EDT. All venue partners must be located in or primarily serve Jersey City.
Partners need the following to participate:
- a laptop/tablet/smartphone with a camera & reliable internet access
- a free Zoom account (paid accounts are also fine, but you do not need a paid account to participate).
For submission information, please visit: www.jcfridays.com/sign-up
Rachel Handler, Chair of Art House’s Access Committee, says, “People with disabilities are incredibly trained at adapting to life circumstances, it’s the only way we can survive in a society that wasn’t created with us in mind. Going virtual is now making events more inclusive than ever before, with live captions anyone can learn, get inspired, and feel connected from the comfort of their couch or (wheel)chair!”
“Moving Access JC Fridays online is an exciting opportunity to expand the reach and accessibility of one of Art House’s most beloved programs,” says Producing Director Courtney Little. “Part of the excitement of JC Fridays is getting to experience a wide variety of performing and visual arts all in one night by hopping venue to venue; there are usually so many events, it’s impossible to get to them all. For the first time in JC Fridays history, a participant will have the unique ability to experience each venue through Virtual Access JC Fridays!”
More information about free audience registration and access to the Zoom link is forthcoming. Zoom is an online video conferencing software that allows you to virtually interact when in-person meetings and events aren't possible.
The Art House staff are available to help troubleshoot registration and download; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
JC Fridays is sponsored by Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs, Historic Downtown SID, JCEDC; and supported by Art Fair 14C.
Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, Manhattan Building Company, and CoolVines.
Art House is working creatively to deliver digital content during this pandemic. While the doors to our physical space might be temporarily closed, we are here in the digital space as a source of strength, creativity, humor, and light when you need inspiration and affirmation.
In the coming days, weeks, and months, we're planning artist features & profiles, performance videos, online galleries, and livestreaming community events! For information about upcoming digital events and features, please visit www.arthouseproductions.org/collections/art-house-online, along with our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more information. To sign up for Art House's mailing list, please click here:http://bit.ly/398W33P.
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 www.arthouseproductions.org. Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods
This event will be held online on Zoom. Those who RSVP will receive a meeting ID and password to join this event in real time.
JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World is the weekly online series linking artists from Jersey City together with artists from around the world in an interactive experience featuring performances, interviews & discussion.
Each episode also showcases visual, performing arts, and theatre artists, making the dialogue and exchange at the cover of JCTC Conversations: Voices From Around The World quirky, engaging and eclectic.
May 1 - Episode 4: COURAGE Where is the source of your ability to overcome fear? What is your courage?
Artists: Susan Justiniano, Poetry (USA /Jersey City), Elias Faingersh, Theatre & Music (Sweden), Isabella Di Liello, Dance (Canada), Martín De Goycoechea, Theatre (Argentina), Ayako Takahashi, Dance (Japan)
May 8 - Episode 5: SOLITUDE
To support our on-going weekly online series, you can make a contribution. Thank you for your generous support of Jersey City Theater Center. DONATE HERE
Good Morning, Songwriters!
Welcome to Week 1 of Songwriters in Mufti!
This week, to start things off, we're going to start with something about...well, about US.
Imagine a musical about The York. Need some history? Check out our website: (Hint:This was our 50th Anniversary Season!)
Now that you've imagined a musical about The York, write us a song from that musical. Is it the opening number? An "I Want" song? A patter song inspired by Jim Morgan's infamous curtain speech? That's up to you! Feel free to not stick totally to the facts—we don't mind a little artistic license.
Send a recording of your song (no parodies, please—at least not this time around) to email@example.com by 8:00 PM (EST) on Friday, May 1st! We'd prefer video recordings, but if that's not in the cards, we'll accept audio recordings, too. If possible, please send files via Dropbox or similar service. Sheet music is not necessary.
If you've got any further questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.
We can't wait to see and hear your work!
Seth Christenfeld, Literary Manager
* The York makes no claim of ownership on any songs written for this competition and the songwriters retain all copyright.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SONG: email@example.com
Please email us a video, Dropbox, or direct download link to this address.
The Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater (AXCBT), part of the Axelrod
Performing Arts Center of Deal Park, New Jersey, has been meeting a desired community need by providing a syllabus of multi-faceted, free-of-charge virtual dance and theater-arts workshops in response to the national “Stay at Home order” beginning in March.
Since that time, AXCBT
has enjoyed an impressive attendance and garnered thankful, rave reviews from students and
parents. For the program’s launch, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s director and
choreographer, Gabriel Chajnik, presented his first Advanced Ballet Workshop online (March
27th) with students not only from New Jersey but all over the nation—and they have been
‘tuning in’ and dancing along ever since.
Renowned dance professionals joining Chajnik in the company’s mission to offer ‘dancing
through distancing’ include Michael Trusnovec of famed Paul Taylor Dance Company—hailed
by The New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Dylan Pearce, assistant
choreographer of Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Gabriela Soto who is featured
as a ‘Shark Girl’ in Stephen Spielberg's highly anticipated WEST SIDE ST ORY, and Jessica
Sgambelluri of Martha Graham and José Limón Dance Companies. Perhaps even more
impressive than the credentials of these heralded instructors is the fact that they have donated
their time and talents as a way for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and AXCBT to give back
during these difficult times.
AXCBT ’s staff also enjoys a wide range of talented featured performers and instructors,
including Tuyana Balzhieva of the Moscow and Roxey Ballet companies; Lindsay Jorgensen
and Olivia Miranda, both recent graduates of the Ailey/Fordham’s dance program; Wendy
Roman, who teaches a range of classes from preschool movement for beginners to triple threat
musical theater for intermediate students; and Thomas Ryan Ward (also Fordham University
educated) who has been inspiring students to explore poetry creation and combine it with
dance, as well as teaching acting for dancers.
Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s board members and staff said, “The positive feedback and glowing reviews regarding our virtual workshops these past weeks ha ve been exciting and rewarding. Seeing the faces of our talented students beam as they ‘dance through distancing’ is completely heartwarming. It is our pleasure to continue providing high-quality instruction and impeccable guest artists for students and adults hungry for arts-based education.”