Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Hear the best in poetry with Nuyorican Poets Café

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Sat, Jul 20 @ 7PM
The Chase Room @ NJPAC

A Nuyorican Night in Two Parts

Celebrate the legacy of Nuyorican Poets Café, founded 50 years ago in the East Village of New York City. Our all-star poetic lineup includes Edwin Torres, Emanuel Xavier and co-founder Lois Griffith, hosted by Emmy-winning Executive Director Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja.” With poetry, storytelling and visuals, they’ll explore the history of this cultural icon and peer into the future, as its 100-year-old tenement building undergoes renovations in preparation for a grand reopening in 2026.

Intermission for book signings, merchandise and concessions

Nuyorican Slam Team and EvoluCulture Open Mic
Experience what the Nuyorican Poets Café is most famous for with a spoken word showcase by the official 2024 Nuyorican Slam Team, hosted by Slam Captain Tony McPherson. Then, YOU take the stage to read or perform your own work, in an open mic led by Newark’s own EvoluCulture.

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 upcoming shows 

Meshell Ndegeocello
No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin

Sun, Oct 6 @ 7PM
Experience GRAMMY®-winning composer, bassist and singer Meshell Ndegeocello’s No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin.

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 free events 

Horizon Sounds of the City
Jul 11 – Aug 8 @ 6PM
Our famous FREE outdoor concert series brings residents together on Thursdays in Chambers Plaza outside NJPAC. It’s a dance party with a festival atmosphere — and you’re invited!

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Young Artist Day at Dodge Poetry Festival
Fri, Oct 18 @ 10AM
Young Artist Day introduces teenagers to diverse poets who are using words to effect social change. Special student programming includes readings, conversations, performances and opportunities to engage with poetry legends.


Nuyorican Poets Café, Meshell Ndegeocello and Young Artist Day are part of the Dodge Poetry Series

Meshell Ndegeocello is part of the TD Jazz Series

Generous support for Horizon Sounds of the City provided by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health and Mars Wrigley. Additional support provided by Patrón Tequila, Belvedere Vodka, High West Whiskey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Gia Maione Prima Foundation

Single-performance tickets are available online at, 1.888.MY.NJPAC (696.5722) or the NJPAC Box Office, One Center St., Newark. All tickets are subject to a per-ticket handling fee, which varies by performance and method of purchase. The fee for telephone and online orders is always the same. Fees paid at the box office are always the lowest available fee for a performance.

Box Office hours are here.

For groups of 9 or more, find Group Sales here or call 1.888.696.5722, Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM.

To inquire about ADA services, including wheelchair seating, please call our ticket services department at 1.888.696.5722. Click here to learn more about our accessibility services.

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