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Rider University Art Gallery presents Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian


(LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ) -- The Rider University Art Gallery will present an exhibit of works by Mel Leipzig, titled Mel Leipzig: Octogenarian Wednesday September 26 through Friday, October 26.  Leipzig, born in Brooklyn in 1935, resides in Trenton, NJ. ...

 
Eagle Theatre Has Hit With Theme Park Theater


Basking Ridge Resident Returns to Matheny to Help Assist in Strategic Planning for 'This Amazing Place'

By Sandy Josephson

J CITY Theater Returns With "Bakersfield Mist"


Monroe Township Presents Artrageous


Old Library Theatre Presents "Parade"





 

EVENTS THIS WEEK

The Gipsy Kings To Play NY/NJ Shows

(NEWARK, NJ) -- The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo return for two area performances this September – Sunday, September 23 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center  (NJPAC) in Newark and Friday, September 28 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City - taking audie ...

 
Darci Lynne and Friends Live To Perform At The State Theatre

Golden Door International Film Festival To Present A Screening of "The Pretender"

National Theatre Live comes to the Bickford Theatre In Morristown

Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network To Celebrate 30 years of Environmental Activism & Stewardship with Stories, Music, & Dance

Radam Schwartz Trio to Lead Old-Fashioned Jam Session At New Jersey Jazz Society Social

Steve Barton & Robert Darlington From Translator To Perform at Randy Now's Man Cave


FEATURES

Basking Ridge Resident Returns to Matheny to Help Assist in Strategic Planning for 'This Amazing Place'


When Ellen Lambert was director of development at the Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, NJ, from 1993 to 1995, one of her major achievements was the formation of a fundraising plan for what would eventually become the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center. The concept of Matheny's Arts Access Program  -- which ...

 
From the Ballpark to the Concert Stage: Bernie Williams LIVE! at The Grunin Center


Two River Theater Presents The World Premiere of "Pamela's First Musical"


New Jersey Film Festival Premieres Dimitri de Clercq’s gorgeous feature film You Go To My Head this Friday, September 21!


The Jersey Devil on stage: An interview with playwright Brandon Monokian


“Here’s Lucie!” Lucie Arnaz LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Pepperwine: ‘Power of Females’ and other ‘Bright Ideas’


The funky pop of Asbury Park-based Pepperwine keeps moving them forward. The band has  a slew of muy caliente shows coming up in support of their debut full-length, “Bright Ideas,” including two shows with fellow female funk-popsters Nalani & Sarina on Sept. 22 at Ladybug Festival in Delaware and Oct. 6 at Asbury Lanes also with headliner Taylor ...

 
Makin Waves Scene Report with Sniffling Indie Kids, ‘The Eleventh Hour!,’ Foes of Fern & more



Makin Waves Record of the Week: Professor Caveman ‘Vol. 4’


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...9/20/18


PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 50


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 09-21-18



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

The Luring: Fear & Neurosis In Vermont
“As a kid, I was always drawn to the darkness,” said filmmaker Christopher Wells.  “I’d think, ‘Why can’t monsters protect me? If I’m friends with the monsters then I don’t have anything to fear.’”

Kelly McKay: Jersey City's Loss Is Nashville's Gain
For a decade, Kelly McGrath and her husband Frankie formed the core of Maybe Pete - a popular rock band from North Jersey whose influences ranged from The Replacements to Bruce Springsteen to The Rolling Stones and the New York Dolls.  It was a unique blend of Jersey Shore roots rock with a punk attitude.  When the band went on hiatus in 2011, Kelly began focusing on her own songwriting.  

An interview with Shawn Fisher
Cape May Stage presents the World Premiere of The Shuck by Shawn Fisher from September 19 through November 9th. Fisher grew up in Vineland, NJ and remains very connected to South Jersey despite being the Head of the MFA Program in Theatre at Utah State University.  He started the National Playwrights Symposium along with Roy Steinberg at Cape May Stage in 2013 and returns each year to be part of it. In addition to being a playwright, he’s also a set designer who has created sets for many theatres throughout New Jersey.

REVIEW: "Searching"
A few weeks ago the body of a 14-year-old schoolgirl was discovered around the corner from where I’m sitting writing this review. Within hours of the tragic discovery, two 13-year-old boys had been arrested. The police had their work simplified by a series of damning posts across social media which pointed to the guilt of the boys in question. Increasingly, when young people go missing or have their lives taken from them, police investigations are now focused more on trawling through the victim’s internet history in search of clues rather than the pavement pounding of old.

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 50
The latest episode of Bongo Boy TV featuring great music videos from around the world.

City Without Walls and Aljira To Shine At Newark Arts Festival
Two long-running art spaces, City Without Walls (“cWOW”) and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (“Aljira”), will house pop-up exhibits during the Newark Arts Festival, October 4-7, 2018.  Though both spaces are now in a period of transition, through the support of Newark Arts, they will activate with fresh exhibits during Newark’s citywide annual festival of the arts. 

The Wag Celebrates 20 Years
For twenty years, The Wag has been entertaining audiences with a fun and upbeat live show featuring original songs that carry the sounds and spirit of the British Invasion groups of the sixties.  They perform wherever they can - clubs, coffeehouses, festivals, benefits, you name it, and they also push the boundaries more than most bands in Jersey.  They’ve done this by going on tours on the West Coast, Canada, England, and even Japan.  And they’re about to release their first new album in five years.

Featured Music Video: "Hallelujah You’re Gone" by Eryn
This month's featured music video is "Hallelujah You’re Gone" by Eryn

Meet The Writers Behind NJ Stage
Each month, New Jersey Stage runs about 50-70 articles on our daily site in addition to the articles found in our monthly magazine.  We recently ran its 14,000th story online and thought our 50th issue was a good time to showcase the people behind the content in the magazine and the daily site.  We are always adding new writers and have recently welcomed Ilana Rapp and Lisa Annitti to the team as well. None of the writers get paid, so this is a labor of love for us all.

The Healing Power of Art
Entering the office to see a neurologist can be a terrifying experience.  I know because I’ve had to do it for years.  Thankfully, when I see my doctor I am surrounded by his photographs on the walls. It’s more than a hobby for Dr. Noah Gilson, it’s a lifelong passion.

REVIEW: "The Children Act"
Earlier this year saw the release of On Chesil Beach, an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel centered around a wealthy musician who can’t bring herself to have sex with her husband. Now we get The Children Act, an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel centred around a wealthy musician who can’t bring herself to have sex with her husband. Both are scripted by the novelist himself, and both suggest McEwan should stick to the literary world.

Wicked Enigma Hits The Web
Terrence Edmonds has been seen on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Major Crimes, and the remake of 90210.  His latest project is a series called Wicked Enigma in which he not only stars, but is the writer, director, and producer as well.  His partner, Jake Doull, is the editor and executive producer. We spoke with Edmonds via email to learn more about the project, which is described as an LGBTQ suspense thriller with the drama of Pretty Little Liars and the horror elements of Scream. 

Makin Waves Record Roundup - Chris Rockwell, Levy & the Oaks, The Burns, and Avery Mandeville
This month's Makin Waves Record Roundup finds Bob looking at releases by Chris Rockwell, Levy & the Oaks, The Burns, and Avery Mandeville.

INSIDE MUSIC: Overcome Stage Fright Without Drugs
Many great performers of the theater and music have discussed being been plagued by stage fright --  also known as performance anxiety. Sir Laurence Olivier was so terrified of going on stage that he would hide under a table in the wings.

Pat Foran: The Art of Economizing Songs
Lambertville native Pat Foran was always told that his songs were too long.  When they clocked in at four minutes, he was told they needed to be trimmed down to three.  It was always a challenge for him until he began working with Rob Figarola, a Los Angeles based A&R consultant who was with UnsignedDaily.com - a site that identifies and develops unsigned artists. 

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 Preview
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 runs from September 14 to October 26 on the Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 will feature over 30 film screenings.  The Festival runs on select Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. For the complete schedule visit www.NJFilmFest.com. Here is a look at the screenings for September.





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Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


MUSIC

Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm


Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm


Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


DANCE

SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


LITERATURE

Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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