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A Conversation with Storm Large, Starring in a Cape May Stage Virtual Concert July 6-12

By Spotlight Central

Cape May Stage presents Storm Large as a part of the Cape May, NJ theater company’s 2020 Virtual Broadway Series. The show will be available for ticket holders to view from Monday, July 6 until Sunday, July 12.

 
COVID Can’t Stop the 10th Annual Rutgers NJMS Collaborative ARTS Exhibition

By Christopher Benincasa, JerseyArts.com

Natural Causes Is finished Waiting On A Revolution


Karen Mansfield & The Asbury Park Love Contingent Cover Melanie For Benefit Single


Makin Waves with Houston & the Dirty Rats: Rockin’ the Dirty Jerz

By Bob Makin

Makin Waves Record of the Week: “Demos for a Difference” by various artists

By Bob Makin




 


FEATURES

A Conversation with Storm Large, Starring in a Cape May Stage Virtual Concert July 6-12


Cape May Stage presents Storm Large as a part of the Cape May, NJ theater company’s 2020 Virtual Broadway Series. The show will be available for ticket holders to view from Monday, July 6 until Sunday, July 12. ...

 
COVID Can’t Stop the 10th Annual Rutgers NJMS Collaborative ARTS Exhibition


Natural Causes Is finished Waiting On A Revolution


Makin Waves with Houston & the Dirty Rats: Rockin’ the Dirty Jerz


"No More Than You Can Handle" Spotlight on Orleans' Lance Hoppen


"No More Than You Can Handle" Spotlight on Orleans’ Lance Hoppen



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Houston & the Dirty Rats: Rockin’ the Dirty Jerz


Despite having to put a world tour on hold, the Phillipsburg-based punk trio Houston & the Dirty Rats have had great success with their new digital and 7-inch EP, “Songs? From the Bathroom Stall!”  ...

 
Makin Waves Record of the Week: “Demos for a Difference” by various artists


Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Anew" by The Beagles


Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/2/20


New Jersey Stage Features Published During The Week Of 03-16-20


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 07-03-20



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Experience the arts in a new way!

Mike Peters of The Alarm Looks back
​​​​​​​The Alarm is a band from Wales led by Mike Peters that arrived on the scene in the early 1980s with a run of anthemic rock songs that resonated with millions around the world. Many of the lyrics were about fighting to survive. In the 90s, Peters fought a battle with lymph cancer.  He’s since fought rounds with chronic lymphocytic leukemia as well.  Looking back, it’s almost as though he’s been fighting cancer through his lyrics long before his first diagnosis.  One such example is their breakout hit for America, “Strength” which opened with the lines, “Give me love / Give me hope / Give me strength / Give me someone to live for.”

REVIEW: "Exit Plan"
Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s Exit Plan (whose original title translates as the not so subtle ‘Suicide Tourist’) follows a long fictional tradition of healthy protagonists who find themselves trapped in sinister healthcare institutions, usually after having themselves committed in order to conduct an investigation. This idea has its roots in Thomas Mann’s 1924 novel ‘The Magic Mountain’, which Gore Verbinski loosely adapted in 2016 as A Cure for Wellness. The general premise can be found in Mark Robson’s Bedlam and Sam Fuller’s Shock Corridor; not to mention a host of various TV shows, most notably the penultimate season of Dallas, in which Larry Hagman’s JR Ewing checks himself into an asylum in the hopes of convincing a resident of signing over oil shares.

Zara Phillips
”It’s great working with Zara because she has clear ideas of what she wants to achieve. Her life has been eventful, so she has no shortage of subject matter, and she sings beautifully. I feel she is about to start another phase of her career.”  -- Richard Thompson

Dreamcatcher Rep Goes Virtual
(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit will present the solo series Monologues on ZOOM on Thursdays from July 9 through 30 at 8:00pm on ZOOM. The series is usually performed at MONDO, a downtown Summit arts venue, but this year will be performed online. In its seventh year, the series provides audiences with an opportunity for entertainment at an affordable price, while also introducing them to highly personal works performed by professional actors. 

Newark To Present Free Movies For Residents This Summer
(NEWARK, NJ) -- The City of Newark will offer free movie nights for residents on Tuesday nights this summer. Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Director of Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Senior Services Patrick Council made the announcement on June 18th. 

Featured Music Video: "Waiting" by Nick Ryan and the Mess
This month's featured music video is "Waiting" by Nick Ryan and the Mess.

Record Roundup with Sonofdov, Houston & the Dirty Rats, and Don Ryan & Blank Canvas
Morris County-based Sonofdov, aka Dennis King, not only has won awards for songcraft from the New Jersey Folk Festival and the International Songwriting Competition, he’s also prolific. His five-song EP “Battle Lines” is an immediate follow-up to the late 2019 LP, “Towers,” which was featured in New Jersey Stage upon release. Both are on the North Jersey indie Mint 400 Records, also home to Fairmont, The Extensions, Don Ryan, The Milwaukees, The Brixton Riot, The Clydes and more.  

NJ Rep Presents Behind the Curtain
Over the 23 years of New Jersey Repertory Company’s existence, the company has had the unique opportunity to work with wonderful actors, directors, playwrights and set designers. As a company that offers new works almost exclusively, they have built a unique bond among everyone involved in one of their shows. They’ve created a video series called Behind the Curtain which features friends of the theatre reflecting on their time with NJ Rep.

REVIEW: "Da 5 Bloods"
Get on the Bus meets Rambo in Spike Lee’s Vietnam set geriatric action flick Da 5 Bloods. The title refers to five African-American men who served alongside each other during the Vietnam War, or as the Vietnamese characters they meet along the way here call it, “The American War.” Inspirational squad leader ‘Stormin’ Norman (Chadwick Boseman) perished in combat in 1971, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of the surviving quartet - Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and Eddie (Norm Lewis) - who know that without his leadership and guidance, they may not have made it out of the jungle alive.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Reschedules Season To 2021 Due To Covid
(MADISON, NJ) -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (STNJ) has decided to move their entire 2020 season line-up of plays on both its Main Stage and Outdoor Stage to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s current guidelines regarding in-person gatherings.   The 58th season, which was set to debut in May with Enchanted April and close with A Midwinter Night’s Dream, a wintry adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in December, will premiere in the same order in 2021 when both the State and the Theatre feel it will be safe for large public gatherings once again.

"Come Sail Away!" Spotlight on Styx Founding Member Dennis DeYoung
Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead songwriter on a vast majority of the group’s hits. Since leaving the band, DeYoung has toured with his own group, and has also just released a new 2020 solo album, 26 East, Volume 1.

BSB Gallery Presents Virtual Art Exhibition: "Free Enterprise"
(TRENTON, NJ) -- The BSB Gallery has brought together the works of 18 regional and international multidisciplinary artists to present Free Enterprise, a virtual art exhibition that examines capitalism and the growing controversy of the American Dream. This show, which opens on July 2nd, is presented on bsbgallery.com, via a professional exhibition hosting platform.

“What Kind of World Do You Want?” Spotlight on Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik
Five for Fighting is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and pianist John Ondrasik. Ondrasik was born in Los Angeles into a musical family. As a child, he learned to play the piano. In his teens, he learned to play guitar and started to write music.

Makin Waves with Stella Mrowicki: Contagious Courage
South Jersey singer-songwriter Stella Mrowicki has scored again with an amazing EP entitled “Pine Trees and Wildflowers,” a five-song follow-up to last year’s brilliant self-titled debut. 





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