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Princeton Symphony Orchestra to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Mango Suite Community Project


(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is to receive a $10,000 Art Works grant from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help fund a community engagement project centered on Mango Suite, a new work by composer Derek Bermel, and its inspiration Sandra Cisneros and her short novel  ...

 
Grand Funk Railroad To Play The Tropicana On March 2nd


National Dance Institute Presents "At The River's Edge" At NJPAC


Art House Productions Presents SPRING JC FRIDAYS


The Brass Project To Return To The Bickford Theatre On March 3rd


Keith Urban To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Atlantic City





 

EVENTS HAPPENING TODAY

American Girl Live: An Interview With Laila E. Drew and Shelby Miguel

13th Annual State Theatre New Jersey Family Day To Take Place on Presidents Day

Rowan Percussions Welcome Alumni Guest And Mobius Quartet


EVENTS THIS WEEK

SOPAC Presents Saturday Night Live Comedian Pete Davidson

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Saturday Night Live featured player and comedy superstar Pete Davidson brings his standup to New Jersey in a just-announced laugh-out-loud performance at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm. ...

 
MCCC Presents Lecture: "The Status of Feminism in Today's Society"

Hudson County Community College Library to Host Lecture by Martin Casella

Art House Productions Presents "The Passion Project" by Reid Farrington

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] Returns to MPAC

Circle Players To Hold Auditions For AR Gurney's "Sylvia"

Arts ED NJ Presents "Embracing the Arts - A Pathway to Well-Rounded Education"

Ars Vitalis at Kean University Presents the Music of Lowell Liebermann

Hudson Theatre Works presents "The Caretaker" by Harold Pinter

Monmouth University Presents: From Rock and Roll to Recovery and Everything In Between With Ricky Byrd


FEATURES

Come See “My Very Own British Invasion” LIVE! at Paper Mill Playhouse


Anticipation is in the air outside Millburn, NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse as theater lovers await the world premiere of an electrifying new musical, My Own British Invasion! Based on the experiences of Herman’s Hermits’ lead singer, Peter Noone, tonight’s audience looks forward to an entertainment extravaganza featuring more than two-dozen chart-to ...

 
United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Celebrates 31st Anniversary!


The Midtown Men LIVE! at BergenPAC


PHOTOS: Matt O'Ree Band At Monmouth University


"My Very Own British Invasion" Rocks the House


“Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical” A Superb Production



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Experiment 34: An Artist's Duty


In age when the most daring bands seem afraid or indifferent about taking a stand against social injustice, environmental despair and the nightmare remnant of the American Dream, Asbury Park-based Experiment 34 have done that with the debut full-length, “What Dying Feels Like.” ...

 
Makin Waves Record of the Week: "The Jailbirds" by Matty Carlock


Makin Waves with Bulletproof Belv & Matty Carlock: "All Night Long"


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...2/14/19


PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 69


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 02-18-19



MAGAZINE
NJ Stage Magazine
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Experience the arts in a new way!

Talking About Revolutions: an interview with Experiment 34's Matthew Makin
Politics have leaked into everything, and a lot of toxic ideas have been normalized into daily discourse. It’s gotten so bad, many individuals had to radically rethink their just-passed holiday plans for fear of ruining them with interfamily fighting.

Here We Are: An Interview With David Bellarosa
David Bellarosa is a filmmaker from New Jersey currently living in Austin, Texas.  His first feature film, Here We Are, is a terrific coming of age story about a writer that finds himself seemingly trapped, broke, and stuck in Austin. Unlike typical slacker films, this is one of hope.

REVIEW: "The Wild Pear Tree"
Writer/director Nuri Bilge Ceylan follows up his 2014 Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep with another lengthy drama set in rural Turkey. And as with his previous film, The Wild Pear Tree gives us a protagonist who considers himself the intellectual and moral superior of the residents of a town he wishes to “drop an atom bomb on.”

Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist
Within two minutes, I knew I wanted to write about Mimi Vang Olsen: Pet Portraitist.  It’s a wonderful film - just over a half hour long - that chronicles the last West Village painter with her own storefront as she enters the lives of several eccentric clients and immortalizes their pets.  

How They Got Over: An Interview With Robert Clem
Robert Clem’s How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock and Roll shows how black quartets began traveling in the 1920s as radio and records became popular.   Young black men with few ways to escape poverty saw music as a way out, traveling the “chittlin’ circuit” of churches, schools and small auditoriums across the South.   Beginning with spirituals sung in an acapella “jubilee’ style, playing to all-black audiences, these groups developed over time a harder, often blues-influenced style with guitars, drums, organ and piano, playing at concert halls like the Apollo Theatre and large auditoriums across the country.   

Featured Music Video: "Kiss The Bottle" by The Vansaders
Our featured music video of the month is by The Vansaders.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 55
Each issue of NJ Stage Magazine contains the latest episode of Bongo Boy TV.

REVIEW: "Glass"
When M. Night Shyamalan followed up his breakout 1999 hit The Sixth Sense with 2000’s Unbreakable, audiences were largely unsure what to make of this slow-burning movie about finding strength in survival. Arriving just before 9/11 and the rise of the superhero movie, Unbreakable was a film ahead of its time, predicting as it did with its villain - Samuel L. Jackson’s embittered, wheelchair bound Mister Glass - the threat that would rise in the early 21st century from entitled men obsessed with books (be they comics or religious texts) and striking out at a world they believe has left them behind.

Makin Waves Record Roundup with Rachel Ana Dobken, Jackson Pines and Bulletproof Belv
Bob Makin takes a look at recent releases by Rachel Ana Dobken, Jackson Pines and Bulletproof Belv.

Laiona Michelle Talks About "Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical"
This might be the right time for Nina Simone—15 years after her death. That’s what Laiona Michelle thinks, and, in a way, Michelle will be testing that idea by bringing the singer-activist to life in a world-premiere musical show at George Street Playhouse. Michelle wrote the show—“Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical”—and she will appear in the title role at the New Brunswick theater from January 29 through February 24.

Makin Waves with Franke Previte & Lisa Sherman: Having the time of their lives
The talented Jersey Shore couple Franke Previte and Lisa Sherman once again have joined forces on the new production “Calling All Divas,” the musical tale of how an audition turns into a singing group that’s “stronger together.” Co-produced by Previte, an Oscar winner for “Dirty Dancing,” and starring Sherman, star of Broadway revivals of “West Side Story” and “Evita,” the show will make its Philadelphia area debut on March 2 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa.





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Event calendar
Monday, Feb 18, 2019


MUSIC

TV AFTERLIFE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 2:00pm


KIDS

Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 10:00am

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