Monday, July 6, 2020

Premiere Stages to Present Screenings of Rohina Malik’s “Unveiled”



WHEN: Wednesday, July 8, at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Zoom webinar
TICKETS: All tickets are $10 but access to this special virtual presentation is limited to 100 patrons per performance.
To order tickets, please visit Premiere Stages online

Premiere Stages will present two screenings of Rohina Malik’s critically-acclaimed solo show Unveiled. In this incredibly topical one-woman show, Ms. Malik plays five Muslim women navigating complex social issues in a post 9/11 world. Following the screening, Ms. Malik will host a live Q & A with all ticket holders.

Ms. Malik is an Award-winning Chicago playwright and solo performance artist. Her play, Yasmina’s Necklace, made its New Jersey premiere at Premiere Stages last September and set attendance records. Her work has been produced at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Dramatists and Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, among others. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Ms.Malik is the 2018 recipient of the Lee Reynolds Award, given annually to a woman active in any aspect of theatre whose work has helped to illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural or political change.      

“We are so pleased to welcome Rohina back to Premiere.” stated John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages “I have no doubt that Unveiled, like Yasmina’s Necklace, will resonate with our audiences long after the performance ends.”

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART Grant, Actors’ Equity Foundation, and through the generous support of individual patrons and local organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit for more information about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.

Premiere Stages is committed to producing topical plays and interactive programs that reflect people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious groups, gender identities, ages, abilities, disabilities and sexual preferences. 


Created in 2004, Premiere Stages is the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University. Through its unique partnership with Kean, Premiere’s play development programs, educational initiatives, and professional development opportunities actively embrace the university's academic curriculum while expanding the scope, accessibility, and prestige of the professional programming on campus. For more information, please visit Premiere Stages online

Photo Caption: Rohina Malik in Unveiled. Photo by Andrew Brilliant

THE LINE from Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen Honors COVID-19 First Responders

The Line by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

The new docu-drama amplifies the voices of first line responders at the front of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Public Theater is committed to presenting stories that reflect and explore the world and time we live in. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tragic murders of Black men and women and national uprising, and the continued racism and violence against Black, Indigenous, and POC communities, The Public is producing and presenting digital expressions that give voice to these issues and to amplify the work of artists within these communities.

Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Directed by Jessica Blank

World Premiere
WHEN: Live stream on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30PM EST
The Public Theater YouTube Channel or Website

THE LINE will be available on demand until Tuesday, August 4, at 11:59PM EDT on The Public Theater YouTube Channel.  

THE LINE is a new play by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen created in the award-winning documentary style that brought you The Exonerated, Aftermath, and Coal Country. Crafted from firsthand interviews with New York City medical first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, THE LINE cuts through the media and political noise to reveal the lived experiences of frontline medical workers in New York and their battle to save lives in a system built to serve the bottom line.

The company of THE LINE features Santino Fontana (David), Arjun Gupta (Vikram), John Ortiz (Oscar), Alison Pill (Jennifer), Nicholas Pinnock (Dwight), Jamey Sheridan (Ed), and Lorraine Toussaint (Sharon). 

THE LINE will be available with an American Sign Language Interpretation, Closed Captioning, and Audio Description, email to learn more.

THE LINE (La Linea) se transmitira con subtitulos en español, correo electrónico para obtener más información. 

The global COVID-19 Pandemic has disproportionately affected Black communities and communities of color. There are a number of organizations and communities who support Black communities on the front lines. We encourage you to make a contribution to support their efforts.

Together is how The Public has always moved forward. Together is how we will meet this moment, and thrive. Show your support by making a gift today, and consider becoming a monthly donor to sustain The Public year-round.

The Public is Theater Of, By, and For All People.

Additional Digital Season support provided by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg New Play Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, The Tow Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts. Special support provided by The George T. Delacorte Fund.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

New Video: "Talk About Peace" with Sharon & Bram and Friends w/Colin Mochrie, Josh Lovelace & more

Talk About Peac





Watch HERE

"Simply the best musicians for children in North America, and probably the world."—Toronto Star

"It became one of the most successful performing groups for children in North America, with TV shows, Gold Records, and tours that sold out performances in major auditoriums."—Los Angeles Times

NEW THIS WEEK! An impressive lineup of talent has joined forces in the new music video "Talk About Peace," including iconic children's musicians Sharon & Bram, Randi Hampson, improv comedian Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is it Anyway?, singer/songwriter Josh Lovelace of the Grammy nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, Canadian children's music duo Splash'N Boots, and vocal coach to the stars, Elaine Overholt, along with an array of bandmates, friends, family, and superfans.

The song's message of love and belonging offers the hope that a world in crisis becomes a world united.

"In times like these, one of the best things we can do is, as the song says, 'talk about love, talk about peace, and talk about a world full of happiness,'" notes lyricist Randi Hampson. "With the state of the world right now, we feel this song, with its universal message of hope, needs to be sung more than ever and turned into action."

The "Talk About Peace" video was produced by singer/songwriter, Platinum Circle Media founder, and lifelong Sharon, Lois & Bram fan, Jacy Dawn Valeras.

The song "Talk About Peace" dates back more than half a century and was written by Randi Hampson's father, Joe Hampson, who was a member of the Canadian folk group The Travellers for more than 40 years. This song was part of the fabric of Sharon Hampson's life and family and was featured in an episode of Sharon, Lois & Bram's acclaimed television television series, The Elephant Show, which was broadcast in the 1980s and 1990s across North America and around the world. "Talk About Peace," updated with new lyrics by Randi and included on the JUNO-nominated Sharon & Bram and Friends album, is fast becoming a heartwarming anthem for our own time.

Watch HERE.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

A Sense of Gratitude Fills the Air at Greenwood Gardens

Dear Friends,

We head into the summer months cautiously, but with a sense of optimism about reopening this fall. The renovations that have been underway at Greenwood since last July are nearly complete.  Final stages include adding stone veneer and internet capabilities to the new ticket booth, pouring the concrete in the Garden of the Gods’ fountain, and creating an “emerald necklace” of woodland plantings to surround it.

Throughout the garden, there will be much that is new to gaze upon: reopened historic views to the Teahouse and the ponds, and beautifully renovated landscape areas including the Forecourt Oval, Tennis Loggia, Cottage Walk, and the Teahouse and Summerhouse beds.  In addition, Greenwood’s collection of gorgeous antique garden ornaments is being brought out of storage to further adorn our historic landscape.

A sense of gratitude infuses the atmosphere here. Thanks to you, our inaugural Spring Appeal has yielded an enthusiastic response that provides much needed support for the Grow Greenwood Fund.  The Fund will help sustain our year-round operations as we move closer to the completion of our transformative capital and horticultural projects.  We are also grateful to donors who have funded commemorative teak benches and chairs that will provide gracious new seating options throughout the garden. 

Finally, we were pleased to learn that Elle Décor has run a compilation of the “10 Most Beautiful Gardens” the magazine has ever photographed, and happily, Greenwood made the list!  You can find the article at this link.

Greenwood Gardens stands ready to serve the entire community as a safe outdoor sanctuary for those seeking tranquility and revitalization during these uncertain times. It is why we look forward to enthusiastically welcoming you to a transformed historic garden oasis in the fall.

Wishing you a healthy summer season,

Abby O'Neill
Executive Director

WHERE: Greenwood Gardens, 274 Old Short Hills Rd., Short Hills, NJ 07078
Phone: 973.258.4026

NJSO at Home with Daniil Trifonov

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Two extraordinary artists explore the never-ending connections that music makes across the ages. Pianist Daniil Trifonov—the 2019 Musical America Artist of the Year—performs Schumann’s poetic concerto. Music Director Xian Zhang conducts.


Robert Wagner Plays Corrette’s Le Phénix

NJSO Principal Bassoon Robert Wagner plays the first movement of Corrette’s Le Phénix for four bassoons.


Carnival of the Animals Series

WHEN: Premieres July 1 at 3 pm

In a four-part video series, NJSO musicians and our friends at the Turtle Back Zoo will take you on a musical adventure—featuring drawings, paintings and creative visuals by music and animal lovers like you!

New episodes air Wednesdays at 3 pm on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube channels and on

This NJSO Carnival of the Animals video series is generously sponsored by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Visit NJSO at Home for additional broadcasts and videos.

D&R Greenway adds 58 preserved acres today to Plum Brook Preserve near Stockton

Plum Brook Preserve

D&R Greenway Land Trust announces the addition of 58 forested acres to its Plum Brook Preserve in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County. Located at 190 Locktown/Sergeantsville Road, near Stockton, the reach of Plum Brook Preserve has now expanded to 311 acres. The site includes five permanently preserved neighboring parcels, including the Beagle Club property.

This successful acquisition involves the partnership of significant regional partners. Purchase was accomplished through Delaware Township with support from NJ Green Acres funds, and with support from a Hunterdon County nonprofit grant. Township Mayor Charlie Herman declares, “The Delaware Township Committee is very excited about this latest addition to the Plum Brook Preserve.  We appreciate the collaborative efforts of everyone involved, including the Cisek Family and D&R Greenway Land Trust.  Partnerships like these are essential in preserving our valuable open spaces.  The Township Committee is committed to the conservation and maintenance of the beautiful rural character of Delaware Township so that all residents and visitors can enjoy the beauty of this community for generations to come.”

D&R Greenway recently benefited from a land-preservation bequest from former trustee Eugene Gladston, who lived in Bucks County, PA with his wife Wendy. This 23-year supporter and dedicated birder passed away in February of 2020. A portion of his timely bequest enabled this 58-acre crucial addition to be finalized on June 30, a fitting culmination to New Jersey Open Space Month. D&R Greenway’s Revolving Land Fund will be reimbursed after closing, so that the Gladston bequest will continue to support new preservation of Garden State land.

The 58 acre-property belonged to the Joseph Cisek family, whose widow, Joan, sold their bucolic land for permanent protection, at a price that included a partial donation of value. Daughter Patricia Kulita talks about the family’s enthusiasm, “This is exactly what Dad would have wanted. He loved nature, and I am sure he is smiling down. Dad is happy, Mom is happy and we (the family) are all happy. These are fifty-eight acres that will not be developed. It will stay as it is now, forever.” The announcement of this pending preserve was a key feature at D&R Greenway’s virtual Spring Celebration, where D&R Greenway supporters heard the latest news and celebrated the nonprofit’s mission to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic.

Linda Mead, gratified that the acquisition of these beautiful 58 acres has now come to fruition, discusses its relevance, “I cannot think of a better way to close out New Jersey Open Space Month than by adding nearly sixty acres to our almost 21,000 acres of green open spaces. We are now only one acquisition away from our next milestone goal.” She praised the funding partners, “Our public partners worked diligently from home during this COVID pandemic, ensuring success in a time when residents are appreciating the great outdoors more than ever. Our good friend, Gene Gladston, expert birder that he was, believed that the most important freedom we can exercise is to preserve the only planet we inhabit. There are so many wonderful people and stories to celebrate along with this actual closing on the former Cisek land.”

Agriculturally, the property dates back to the latter 1700's. Farm fields and pastures, as well as wood lots, stretched to the boundaries, into the early 1900’s, when farming and pasturing were discontinued. A natural conversion to woodlands took place, which has remained. The foresighted Joseph Cisek purchased these 58 acres in 1951. Soon thereafter, he began working with state and local foresters to ensure the healthiest management of his woodlands.

Danielle Dobisch, D&R Greenway Director of Land Preservation, worked closely with Cisek daughter Patty Kulita to finalize the acquisition. She reveals that “Walking the Cisek land brings you back in time. There are stone house ruins, probably from the 1800's. A strong sense of true Garden State history is apparent in the stonewalls that were built generations past when the land was farmed.”

The former Cisek property’s wooded habitat, particularly its old-growth sections, supports crucial birdlife, including species identified by the NJDEP as “Species and Communities of Management Concern” within the Garden State. Among the property’s significant birds are hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker and red-bellied woodpecker. Carolina wren, tufted titmouse, and white-breasted nuthatch thrive here. Its healthy woodlands include deciduous upland and wetland forest with red, white and pin oak, eastern red cedar, tulip poplar, red maple, American beech and the distinctive shagbark hickory. Shrubs include viburnum, hop-hornbeam and ironwood.

Patty Kulita talks of her parent’s love of the land, “You can't help but be in awe of nature when you look around and see the big open sky and the variety of trees, plants, birds and animals.  The property has always brought a sense of peace. The family thanks D&R Greenway for promising to uphold the tradition to respect and protect the land that meant so much to Dad. It will continue to be a beautiful place with many more people creating their own happy memories.”

D&R Greenway Land Trust, an accredited nonprofit, thus reaches a new milestone of 21,058 acres of land preserved since 1989. By preserving land for life and creating public trails, it gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The land trust’s preserved farms and community gardens provide local organic food for our neighbors—including those most in need. Through strategic land conservation and stewardship, it combats climate change, protect birds and wildlife, and ensure clean drinking water for future generations. D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center in Princeton is home to art galleries and presentations that celebrate the natural world and inspire a conservation ethic. D&R Greenway's mission is centered in connecting land with people from all walks of life.

D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540 609.924.4646 is currently closed due to COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

Scholarship Program Keeps the Performing Arts School Open to Everyone

bergenPAC knows that just offering classes isn’t enough if it wants to truly deliver on its mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC established a Scholarship Program several years ago that ensures no child who wants to develop their artistic passions will be turned away because of financial hardship.

“The Scholarship Program has been an AMAZING gift not only for my girls, but also to my whole family,” a parent of scholarship students said. “Dancing has been a big part of my girls’ lives since they were 3. Making the decision to tell them they couldn't dance was truly heart breaking. Our financial difficulties should not be their worries. I was feeling stuck and felt as if I had failed them. The scholarships allowed my girls to still embrace their love of dance.”

Families can apply for need-based and merit scholarships for any program at the school. Since the school opened, more than $380,000 in scholarships have been awarded and counting.

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PAS Virtual Summer Programs

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC is now offering Virtual Summer Programs with opportunities for all ages!

Register to reserve your spot today!

News from the Princeton University Art Museum

Save the Date
In Conversation with Mario Moore and James Steward
Tuesday, July 7, 7–8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 7, hear artist Mario Moore in conversation with Museum Director James Steward, part of the Arts Council of Princeton’s “In Conversation” series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art. As a 2018–19 Hodder Fellow in Visual Arts at Princeton, Moore painted portraits of members of the University’s workforce, particularly African Americans. The Art Museum acquired a number of Moore’s works, including Center of Creation (Michael) and Stay Woke. Breaking down the barriers between artist and art appreciator, “In Conversation” delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations. Details and free registration here.

"We Roar" Podcast
With Museum Director James Steward

On a recent episode of Princeton’s We Roar” podcast, Museum Director James Steward considers how Covid-19 has presented museums with an existential crisis, and how the pivot to digital experiences provides an opportunity to rethink many assumptions—including new ways to diversify content while improving access and inclusion. Listen here.

Art Making
Thursday Drawing Class & Launch of Sunday Watercolor Classes

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free weekly art classes taught live over Zoom, so participants can join from their home computers, using pen or pencil on paper. Lessons feature artworks from the Museum’s collections.

In this week’s drawing class, Thursday night at 8 p.m. EDT, we will look at the underlying grids that artists use as guides and then practice making compositions that take a drawing from good to great. Details and free registration here.

And starting this Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT, join our new series of watercolor classes, also taught over Zoom. In this first session, we will explore the properties of the paint and ways to create spontaneous moments. Find details and a materials list here.

Screening Room
Virtual Tour of Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

While our galleries remain temporarily closed, a new twenty-minute video, hosted by curator John Elderfield, explores Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings, the first major exhibition to examine the revolutionary French painter’s profound interest in rock and geological formations. Click here to watch the virtual tour.

Art for Families–Anytime, Anywhere
Wassily Kandinsky

Kids home? Missing the Museum? Today on our website, children are invited to look closely at a 1903 painting by Wassily Kandinsky, who was especially interested in the way color could be used to convey emotions and feelings. Use our Family Activity to consider the painting and to make a Kandinsky-inspired cone-shaped hat at home.

Collections Spotlight

Multitudes, an installation of works from the Art Museum’s collections of Modern and Contemporary Art, explores the expressive power of accretion, amalgamation, repetition, and collaborative practice across varied media.

Image credits
Mario Moore in his studio. Courtesy of the artist
Attributed to Claude Lorrain, Coast View. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr.
Ellen Robbins, Marsh Marigolds (detail), 1891. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Stuart P. Feld, Class of 1957, and Mrs. Feld
Wassily Kandinsky, Promenade (Sketch), 1903. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Sophie Goldberg Bargmann and Valentine Bargmann
Vik Muniz, Narcissus, 2005. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, David L. Meginnity, Class of 1958, Fund Art © Vik Muniz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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New on Culture Vultures – Rutgers NJMS Collaborative ARTS Exhibitio

COVID Can’t Stop the

10th Annual Rutgers NJMS Collaborative ARTS Exhibition by Christopher Benincasa

Like most COVID-era arts events, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Collaborative ARTS exhibit is going virtual.

This special show won’t happen in its usual space, but, for two organizations devoted to transcending limitations, re-creating the exhibition online was a welcome challenge.

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Join Luna Stage for VIRTUAL STORY CIRCLES with Ping Chong & Co

We're thrilled to announce our newest collaboration with


VIRTUAL STORY CIRCLES for Orange Residents
Facilitated by Turron Kofi Alleyne, Christina Bixland and Kenya Bullock

WHEN: July 11 @ 11 am, July 29 @ 4 pm
Advance Registration is required.

Each Story Circle runs 75 minutes, and is open to 10 participants
Age 18+ (or parental consent)

REGISTER for July 11 @ 11am
REGISTER for July 29 @ 4pm

Over the course of the summer, Luna Stage and our collaborating artists from Ping Chong + Company will host FREE virtual Story Circles!  In this time of uncertainty and isolation, connect with other Orange community members in a safe way, to share, listen, and learn about our individual and collective relationships to where we live. 

We believe that EVERYONE has important stories to tell. Story Circles invite us to share our unique individual stories with others from our community in a guided, facilitated way. As we listen and share, we'll discover connections, differences and intersections in our stories that inspire us to learn about our individual and collective relationship to the City of Orange.

Open to Orange residents and former residents, aged 18+.  Interested younger participants please contact us with guardian permission.
Each Story Circle will run 75 minutes.

Stay Tuned for Info on PART ll

And click HERE to learn more about our exciting collaborators!

Online Acting Classes with Casting Director Mark J. Parker - Registration Open!


WHEN: Adults: July 16,23,30,2020, 6:30PM: Teens/Young Adults: July 15,22,29,2020, 6:30PM. Virtual Kids Camp: August 3-7,2020, 10:00AM
TUITION: $50-$75/course

Mark J. Parker, acting coach and casting director, whose work can be seen on ABC's "What Would You Do?," is partnering with interACT to offer affordable online acting classes for both youth and adults as well as a virtual kids camp!

You don't have to be in New Jersey to take these classes which begin soon and space is limited.

Don't miss your chance to register!

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