Thursday, September 24, 2020

Somerset Valley Players Announce Virtual Auditions for Holiday Comedy


Dad's Christmas Miracle

WHEN: October 3, from 9 am - 12 pm and October 4, from 1 - 4 pm, and on October 4, from 1 - 4 pm.
WHERE: Zoom—Auditioners MUST reserve an audition slot via the following link:

The show will be streamed virtually on December 4 @ 8 pm; December 12 @ 4 pm; December 19 @ 8 pm; December 27 @ 4 pm.

WHO: Director Emily M. Windusis looking for 1 MALE (Age 40s-50s); 3 FEMALES (Age 30+); 4 BOYS (3 - Age 12 & 1 - Age 17); 2 GIRLS (Age 14)

 COMPLETE information, including character breakdown, sides and required audition form can be found on the Auditions page of SVP's website at

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents  Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory: The Personal Story of a Baghdadi Jewish Family

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents

Jewish Calcutta through Music and Memory: The Personal Story of a Baghdadi Jewish Family

WHEN: Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 2 PM
: Zoom
ADMISSION: $5.00 per person.
To make a reservation, and then receive a Zoom link, please email the Museum at

An award-winning journalist, author, singer, speaker, educator, and leader of Jewish heritage tours of India, Rahel Musleah was born in Calcutta, India, the seventh generation of a Calcutta Jewish family that traces its roots to 17th century Baghdad. Through her multi-media song, story, and slide programs, she shares her rare and intimate knowledge of this ancient community’s history, customs, and melodies with audiences at synagogues, schools, libraries, women’s groups, and cultural events.

Funding has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit

The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping  Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.


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MAM reopening

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The Museum is open and ready for your selfies and photos.

 Timed ticketing with limited capacity is now available. Not sure what to see in an hour? Check out our MAM Highlights tour suggestion. See what to expect during your visit and reserve your tickets below.

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Master Class Series with Françoise Weeks

Join us for this hands-on, virtual Master Class Series and study with world-renowned floral designer Françoise Weeks! 

From her private, garden studio in Portland, Oregon, Françoise will amaze and illuminate the art of floral design. Whether you’re an experienced florist, or someone just starting out, these intensive workshops will spark your passion for design.


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MAM Cyber Studio: Fishbowls

Create a fishbowl inspired by “Pond Life” by Alexis Rockman with MAM art educator Lisa Conrad and special guest Jali Conrad-Ukweli from Homeschool Art Club.

Want more art? Register for Lisa's fall virtual art class.

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“Every artist was first an amateur.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

MAM is Open. Get Your Membership Now!

The galleries are open and now is a great time to become a member. Save on the price of admission and receive a 20% member discount on all art classes. Savings of up to $85!

Bring your family and join us in the galleries. You won’t be disappointed.


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SOPAC presents A Virtual Conversation with NY Times Columnist and Editor Bret Stephens 

Independent Voices: A Virtual Conversation with NY Times Columnist and Editor Bret Stephens

WHEN: Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: free to SOPAC members, and $10 for the general public.
For more information and to register:
Independent Voices is sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is pleased to present its first event of the 2020-21 season, Independent Voices: An Evening with Bret Stephens, moderated by Budd Mishkin. Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is acclaimed for his knowledge and insight into world affairs, and his clear-eyed take on current United States policies. South Orange resident and broadcast journalist Budd Mishkin will moderate questions from the virtual audience. Tickets to this event are 

Bret Stephens became an op-ed columnist and associate editor for the New York Times in April 2017. Before that, he spent 11 years as the author of “Global View,” the foreign-affairs column of The Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2013. He also served eight years as the Journal’s deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the newspaper’s global opinion section, as well as a member of the editorial board.

Mr. Stephens began his career at The Wall Street Journal in 1998 as an editor in New York and later wrote editorials and articles for the newspaper from Brussels. In January 2002 he was named editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. At the Jerusalem Post, he was responsible for the newspaper’s news, editorial, digital and international editions and wrote a weekly column.

Mr. Stephens returned to The Wall Street Journal in late 2004. He has reported stories from around the world, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and interviewed dozens of world leaders. In June 2017 he became a regular political analyst for MSNBC.

Mr. Stephens has twice been chairman of Pulitzer Prize juries and is a national judge of the prestigious Livingston Awards. He holds two honorary doctorates. In 2014 he was awarded the Professional Achievement Prize by the University of Chicago, a distinction he shares with composer Philip Glass, astronomer Carl Sagan and Nobel laureate Gary Becker.

In 2014 Penguin published his book America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Former Secretary of State George Shultz hailed the book as “wise counsel for a constructive, tough-minded and sensible foreign policy.”

Mr. Stephens was born in New York and raised in Mexico City. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MSc from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife Corinna, a classical music and opera critic for the New York Times and their three children. The family divides its time between New York City and Hamburg, Germany.

Budd Mishkin has been a broadcast journalist for almost forty years. Most recently, he was an anchor/correspondent for CBS News Radio Network. Mishkin spent 25 years as an anchor/reporter for NY1 and was one of the journalists who helped found New York City’s 24 hour cable news channel in 1992. He’s interviewed countless artists and luminaries for radio and television and has created and hosted nights of conversation at venues in New York, New Jersey and beyond.


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.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park Increases Access to Glenmont Grounds 

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) is increasing access at the park. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning Friday, September 25, 2020, Thomas Edison NHP will reopen access to the Glenmont Estate Grounds.  The grounds will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11AM to 4PM.  In order to visit the grounds of Glenmont, a special pass must first be picked up at the Laboratory Courtyard Visitor Contact Station (211 Main Street West Orange, NJ). No visitors will be admitted to the grounds of Glenmont without the pass. While at Glenmont there are wayside exhibit panels and a cell phone tour around the grounds to tell you about life at Glenmont.   

In addition, entrance fees are waived, and the following spaces will be open from 11AM to 4PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday:   

  • Visitor parking lots located on Main Street and at the Glenmont Estate   
  • Blacksmith Shop, Pattern Shop and Black Maria 
  • Laboratory Courtyard cell phone tour 
  • Glenmont Estate grounds – pass required and obtained at the Laboratory Courtyard Visitor Contact Station 

 Prohibited activities include:  

  • Large group gatherings and activities 
  • Picnicking  

Permanent restroom facilities will be closed; however, portable restroom units with hand sanitizer will be available for public use.   

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time: 

  • All public buildings 
  • Glenmont Mansion 

“We hope our visitors enjoy exploring both the Laboratory Complex and the grounds at Glenmont,” said Tom Ross, superintendent of Thomas Edison NHP. “As a reminder, please continue to follow recommended social distancing practices at all times. Many of the park’s outdoor exhibits may bring visitors into areas hard to safely social distance.  Wearing a face covering while at the park is strongly encouraged.”      

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.  

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website or on Facebook and Instagram using our social media handle: @ThomasEdisonNHP. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on  

Wednesday, September 23, 2020



WHEN: live on Wed, Sept 30, with Act 1. Act 2, followed by a Q&A with the artists, will take place on Thurs, Oct 1, at 7PM EDT.
Two River Theater will also stream the reading on YouTube from Thursday, October 1, at 7PM EDT through Sunday, October 4, at 7PM EDT. Streaming is free and donations of any amount from viewers will be greatly appreciated.
Online benefit event tickets are $25 and include access to Acts 1 and 2 of the reading and a live post-reading Q&A with the artists, hosted on Zoom. Sponsorships start at $1,000, and include additional benefits such as an invitation to a private virtual event with reading artists.

For more information on the Romeo and Juliet reading visit:

For more information on the Two River Rising series visit: 

Two River Theater concludes its online benefit reading series with Shakespeare’s classic story of two young star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet in a modern verse translation by Hansol Jung. 

“To most theater lovers, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a dramatic palimpsest; resonant and complicated, it remains a core myth for many. Itself layered with borrowed stories and cultural appropriation, R&J beats with a universal heart of love and hate. The play still has much to teach us and I love the echoes and layers that Hansol has added to it,” says Two River’s Artistic Director John Dias.

Last year Two River Theater announced a partnership with Off-Broadway’s NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company) and their Artistic Director Mia Katigbak (Two River’s I Remember Mama).Two River is also working on an ambitious project to produce a festival built around Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. As part of that project, we plan to produce, in partnership with NAATCO, this modern verse translation of the Shakespeare classic by South Korean playwright, Hansol Jung (Wild Goose DreamsCardboard Piano). The translation was originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of “Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare.”

The reading will feature: Tina Chilip (Much Ado About Nothing, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Joel de la Fuente(Comedy of Errors, The Man in the High Castle), Stephanie Hsu (Be More Chill, SpongeBob SquarePants),David Huynh (Mysterious Skin, Henry VI), Vanessa Kai (Henry VI, The Pain of my Belligerence)Mia Katigbak (The Headlands, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine) Andrew Pang (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Jon Norman Schneider (Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Awake and Sing!), Mitchell Winter (Alcatraz, Chaos) and Jeena Yi (Judgement Day, Network).

All proceeds from this reading and the entire series will support Two River Theater. In addition, proceeds will be matched by a generous donor to benefit five organizations with a pressing need due to the impact of systemic racism and COVID-19. The beneficiary partner for this reading is to be announced.


A special program has been launched for our reading of Romeo and Juliet to help support educators during the start of an unprecedented academic year. Teachers and students are eligible for free access to the reading with an option to add on a free post-show workshop for their class. A limited amount of workshops will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis with a Two River teaching artist. 

For more details on free Educator access and to RSVP your class:

The Two River Rising Series is sponsored by Bank of America.

The series is supported in part with contributions from the Hitz Foundation, The Nancy Robin Karpf Fund, Katherine Kovner, Mary Jane and Richard Kroon.

Two River Theater’s 2020/21 Season Sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. Two River Theater is supported in part by public support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Denholtz Properties, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Wells Fargo Foundation, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two River Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals of new work. Each year, we also offer 40+ events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces work on two stages—the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater, and the flexible 110-seat Marion Huber Theater. The theater’s recently opened Center for New Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded shops and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and premiered original projects including Be More Chill by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diane by Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (which won an Obie Award for its Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, Two River was nationally recognized by USA TODAY as one of “10 great places to see a play” across the U.S. Two River serves thousands of students and community members through arts and humanities programs at the theater, in schools and throughout its region. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst.

Get Lit with Author Brit Bennett, Nuyorican Poets Cafe LIVE and More!



  • MoFAD and The Greene Space go live with a special food demo by chef Eric Rivera and an exciting conversation on the surprising links between hip hop and popular dishes.
  • Panel guests include critically-acclaimed chefs Edward Brumfield; founder of Yo Stay Hungry Syreeta Gates; culture writer Naima Cochrane; the food history and culture scholar Nia-Raquelle Smith; and visual artist Taylor Collier.




  • All of It host Alison Stewart continues her monthly virtual book club, hosting a live conversation with New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett.
  • The pair will discuss Bennett's latest novel, The Vanishing Half, a multigenerational saga of a pair of twins who go on to lead dramatically different lives after leaving their childhood community in the Deep South.
  • All Of It teams up for this event with the New York Public Library so that New Yorkers can access the book for free through the NYPL app.

RSVP for FREE first-access links to join the live stream!





  • The Nuyorican Poets Cafe joins forces with The Greene Space to present a second showcase of poetry and storytelling by both established and up-and-coming performers, hosted by playwright/director Elaine del Valle.

RSVP for FREE first-access links to join the live stream!



 News from the Princeton University Art Museum


A New Museum for Princeton
Explore Our Just-Unveiled Designs


Today we revealed the designs for a bold and welcoming new Art Museum building, anticipated to open in late 2024. Overseen by Art Museum Director James Steward and designed by the world-renowned Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye and his firm Adjaye Associates, the new building will roughly double space for the conservation, study, and interpretation of the Museum’s globe-spanning collections, for mounting exhibitions, and for a new range of social spaces and visitor amenities. The design embodies our long-standing commitment to serve as a hub and a gathering place, a nexus for the arts and humanities—a metaphor for the college campus at its best—that affords encounters with cultures past and present from around the world and seeks to foster stronger citizenship among our University, local, and global communities. Click here to read more and see the very first images of the design.


Panel Discussion
Behind the Iconic Images in Life Magazine
Thursday, September 24, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Join us for a live webinar roundtable with contributors to the publication Life Magazine and the Power of Photography as they discuss some of the magazine’s most recognizable, beloved, and controversial pictures based on new archival research. These scholars will consider how and why such images—including Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day in Times Square and film stills of JFK's assassination—gained iconic status after first appearing in Life magazine. Details and free registration here.


Artist Talk
SAB Presents: A Conversation with Howardena Pindell

Friday, September 25, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


The Art Museum’s Student Advisory Board welcomes Howardena Pindell, a leader whose career broke ground for women and artists of color through both her own artwork and her work as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art. Pindell’s art addresses such social issues as war, genocide, sexism, and xenophobia. Pindell will be in conversation with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Rhys Drout ’22, SAB’s VP of Public Programs. Details and free registration here.

Members Event
Sculpture and the Spirit of the University: Princeton's Commitment to Public Art

Wednesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


Chief Curator Juliana Ochs Dweck will showcase highlights from the Campus Art Collections, including details on how commissioned works of public art were made and installed and how their presence and meaning are constantly reinterpreted.

Registration is required to attend this virtual event, open exclusively to members. If you are not currently a member, set up your free membership.

Save the Date
Curatorial Conversation with Paula Wilson

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. (EDT)


Multimedia artist Paula Wilson uses sculpture, collage, painting, installation, and printmaking to create monumental works and installation environments that narrate her experience as a biracial Black woman. Join the artist, along with Mitra Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a conversation about Wilson’s process and its relationship to the artist residencies she cofounded in Carrizozo, New Mexico. With an introduction by Martha Friedman, Director of the Program in Visual Arts. Presented in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts. Details and free registration here.

Image credits 
© Adjaye Associates

Alfred Eisenstaedt, Detail of a contact sheet with photographs of Times Square, New York City, August 1945. LIFE Picture Collection. ©1945 The Picture Collection Inc. All rights reserved. 
Photo by Nathan Keay
Alexander Calder, Five Disks: One Empty, 1969–70. Princeton University Art Museum. The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS),
Photo by Mario Gallucci