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Makin Waves with Steve Van Zandt

By Bob Makin

In the midst of a tour to raise funds and awareness for his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock curriculum, Steve Van Zandt again will be inducted on May 6 into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, having entered in 2012 as a member of Bruce Springteen’s E Street Band. ...

Makin Waves Record Roundup with Elk City, Exmaid, Doc Rotten and more


 
PHOTOS from "The Nerd" at George Street


The B-52s’ Pat Irwin Presents Multimedia Show at Hopewell Theater


PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 30


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 04-26-18


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/26/18

By Danny Coleman




 

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival To Screen Films on The Grateful Dead and The Doors

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (APMFF) will screen the music documentaries Long Strange Trip and Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors on April 28-29.  The screening for both will ta ...

 
Michael Franti To Perform At Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

"Capturing Cape May's Architecture: The Making of a National Historic Landmark"

The Growing Stage Presents Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Centenary University NextStage Repertory presents Lucky Stiff

Danny DeVito To Return Home For Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Wyclef Jean To Perform At Stone Pony During Asbury Park Music and Film Festival


FEATURES

PHOTOS from "The Nerd" at George Street


(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- George Street Playhouse presents The Nerd by Larry Shue from April 24 through May 20th. The cast includes Jonathan Kite, Ann Harada, Colin Hanlon, Kate Reinders, Zach Shaffer, and Stephen Wallem, and Hayden Bercy. Kevin Cahoon will direct the popular comedy, which closes out GSP’s mainstage season. ...

 
Evelyn Colbert On The Montclair Film Festival


Erin Brockovich at Toms River’s Grunin Center


Colin Hanlon in The Nerd


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman


REVIEW: "First Reformed"



COLUMNS

Makin Waves with Steve Van Zandt


In the midst of a tour to raise funds and awareness for his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock curriculum, Steve Van Zandt again will be inducted on May 6 into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, having entered in 2012 as a member of Bruce Springteen’s E Street Band. ...

 
Makin Waves Record Roundup with Elk City, Exmaid, Doc Rotten and more


Makin Waves with Brian Fallon


ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...4/26/18


Jeff Crespi Rocks the Shore - Apr 12, 2018


PODCAST: 2 Guys From Jersey - Episode 30


New Jersey Stage: Daily Edition 04-26-18



MAGAZINE
NJ Stage Magazine
The latest issue of New Jersey Stage magazine is available for free at www.NJArtsMag.com. This is not a website, not a blog - it's an actual magazine with pages that turn! It is designed to be readable on any SmartPhone, tablet, or PC.

Experience the arts in a new way!

Colin Hanlon in The Nerd
Apparently, the fountain of youth has been found and is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Fourteen years ago, actor Colin Hanlon first appeared at George Street Playhouse in a wonderful production of tick, tick... BOOM! by Jonathan Larson (creator of Rent).  Hanlon portrayed Larson as the artist on the verge of turning 30.  

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
A feature on Morris County singer-songwriter Amanda Rose Riley, who recently released her first studio album: Secrets I Told To A Sound Hole.

Theatre Preview: May 2018
New Jersey Stage takes a look at shows coming to stages around the Garden State with our monthly theatre preview in NJ Stage Magazine.  Issue 46 also contains features on The Nerd at George Street Playhouse and Turning Off The Morning News at McCarter Theatre.  The magazine is available for free at www.NJArtsMag.com and readable on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.

REVIEW: "First Reformed"
Film criticism and the priesthood have much in common. The primary function of both critics and priests is to deliver an interpretation of someone else’s text to an audience seeking guidance or enlightenment. Before he became the key screenwriter of the 1970s New American Cinema/Movie Brats movement, Paul Schrader plied his trade as a film critic, a protégé of Pauline Kael. Before that he was a student of theology. With his latest and perhaps greatest film, First Reformed, Schrader combines both his passions to deliver a movie that will provide food for thought for cinephiles and seminarians alike.

Hoboken’s Field Colony
Throughout history, artists have consistently helped revive downtrodden city areas into vibrant locations, bursting with life. Unfortunately their reward has often been rents too high for the artists to remain in the area.  And so they move out to a new city or area of a city and watch the process repeat.  Aaron Boucher and Laura Vaccarella opened Field Colony in November 2017 to help prevent the cycle from happening to artists in Hoboken.

Featured Music Video: “Beverly” by Low Cut Connie
This month's Featured Music Video is “Beverly” by Low Cut Connie

Bongo Boy TV - Issue 46
Each issue of New Jersey Stage magazine contains an episode of Bongo Boy TV featuring great music videos from around the world.

Kids On Keys & Dueling Pianos To Promote Autism Awareness
“As a schooled pianist and seeing so much since the age of three when I started formal lessons, I have always thought that when someone has a setback with Autism or something similar, that somewhere they are rewarded with a special talent that I’ll never have,” said Stormin’ Norman Seldin, a Jersey Shore musical legend.

REVIEW: "Rampage"
Rampage is the first screen adaptation of a video game that this writer can claim to have played. Back in the day I pumped a lot of coins into its arcade version while on day trips to the seaside, before later purchasing the home version for my Commodore 64 (remember those?). It was a deliciously simple game in which the player got to play as one of three giant monsters - George, a King Kong type giant ape; Ralph, a ginormous werewolf; and Lizzie, a Godzilla stand-in - and destroy representations of American cities (for some reason Peoria, Indiana stands out in my memory). I think the appeal of Rampage for kids was its theme of destruction; kids love to break stuff, so knocking down skyscrapers appealed to our lizard brain instincts.

Turning off the Morning News
The award-winning playwright and New Jersey native, Christopher Durang, is back with Turning Off The Morning News - his third World Premiere commission for McCarter Theatre in Princeton. It serves as a follow up to his Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and runs from May 4th through June 3rd.

INSIDE MUSIC: Musician life before Facebook - Part 2
I sat down with singer/songwriter/bandleader/producer April Kelly, to “talk shop”  about changes in the music world. April’s a dynamic woman, who keeps pace with the rapid changes in technology, the business of music, and the music itself. She’s been involved with all aspects of music, from her current blogging and podcasting  to her mega-popular wedding song “Band of Gold”  to her 2016 Song and Artist of the Year Nominations in the Nashville-based Josie Music Awards, the largest award show to celebrate independent artists worldwide of all genres.  

Makin Waves with Brian Fallon
Brian Fallon talks about this new solo records, “Sleepwalkers,” his upcoming reunion with The Gaslight Anthem, and his appreciation for his appreciation for New Jersey.

Nine Award-Winning NJ Choreographers To Perform At SOPAC
(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- Choreographers are a rare breed of innovators. Moving dancers through space with humor, passion, elegance and power is their specialty. Now, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) present Artists Who Innovate: A Celebration of New Jersey Choreographers, two spectacular evenings of performances from nine New Jersey choreographers on May 4 and 5 at 8:00pm. 





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Event calendar
Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

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

SCENIC ROUTE TO ALASKA @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

KANSAS & THE OUTLAWS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

AN EVENING W/ DREW HOLCOMB AND JOSH GARRELS @ White Eagle Hall, Jersey City - 8:00pm

Just ADD Sound NaPoMo Pride Edition featuring Simply Rob @ Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center , Jersey City - 6:30pm

Issei, He Say @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 8:00pm

The Sting @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:30pm

John Pizzarelli and Larry Carlton @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm






ALWAYS & FOREVER—AN EVENING OF LUTHER VANDROSS STARRING RUBEN STUDDARD @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 6:00pm

Leo Kottke at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange - 8:00pm

.WAX, Mac Lethal @ The Stanhope House, Stanhope - 6:00pm

Griller @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

WP Wind Ensemble @ Shea Center Auditorium at William Paterson University (WP Presents), Wayne - 8:00pm

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