|Indian Hills Theater Company Presents "Charlotte's Web" Livestreamed Online November 20-21|
(OAKLAND, NJ) -- A pandemic doesn't stop athletics, and it doesn't stop the arts at Indian Hills High School in Oakland. The Indian Hills Theater Company built a set, rehearsed, and then performed live to tape over three days. The result is three performances of Charlotte's Web, which will be livestreamed across the school website November 20-21.
|Makin Waves Song of the Week: "If Santa Claus Were President" by The New Bardots|
Three-fifths of Central Jersey-based The New Bardots have been playing together since the 1970s in such bands as Rockids, Oliver’s Twist, and Oliver Wylde, so it’s no surprise that they wrote and recorded their satirical new holiday song, “If Santa Claus Was President,” within days of the recent election. The band’s maiden voyage on the Italian indie I Couchie Records, the funny, heartfelt tune is the Makin Waves Song of the Week, and its video premieres here.
|Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Liminal Spaces" by Fairmont|
Charter Mint 400 recording act Fairmont are celebrating their 20th anniversary together with their 11th album, "Liminal Spaces." Founding singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer-videographer-graphic artist Neil Sabatino’s multi-hyphenated talents also include founder of the label. And what a great job he does all around on behalf of the North Jersey indie’s many bands and his bandmates. They are longtime collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Christian Kisala, who appears on a majority of the band’s catalog; keyboarist Lisa Grabinski (Dharma Plums), who’s appearing on her second Fairmont album; bassist Matt Cheplic (The Bitter Chills, Splendid Engine) on his third, and new guitarist Evan Pope (The Maravines).
|Dan Amato Releases "Home For Christmas"|
What happens when a musician is stuck in quarantine with two things: no studio to record and an undying love for the holidays? He puts together a Christmas record with the help of some friends.
|Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...11/19/20|
"I'm working on a couple of different things. I'm constantly putting out singles of some of my original songs and some covers; there will be some more music videos down the line too but for now I'm chillin' and having a good day. I'm usually in L.A. but when COVID hit I was on tour so I decided to come back and hang out with my parents a bit here in Prescott, Arizona."
|Frank Iero and the Future Violence To Release New EP In January|
Frank Iero and the Future Violence aka The Future Violents have announced that their new Heaven is A Place, This is A Place EP will be released on January 15, 2021 via UNFD. Serving as a companion piece to 2019’s critically acclaimed full length, Barriers, the EP is split into two distinct movements.
|MPAC Presents Manhattan Comedy Night on November 27|
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents Manhattan Comedy Night on Friday, November 27 with shows at 6:00pm and 8:30pm. The lineup includes Buddy Fitzpatrick, Richie Burns and Billy Garan. Due to the pandemic, MPAC is still allowed to operate with a capacity for 150 people. Tickets are $30.
|~mignolo dance~ Sets Up Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Funds For 2021-22 Season|
(METUCHEN, NJ) -- ~mignolo dance~ has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their 2021-22 season. They are looking to raise $5,000. The project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, December 15 at midnight.
|Zimmerli Zoom Lecture Spotlights Work of Russian-American Artist Ilya Kabakov on December 7|
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University welcomes Ann Komaromi, Ph.D., who explores the artistic relationships of Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov to both the Russian and Soviet cultural legacy, as well as the western gaze, in a Zoom lecture on December 7 at 5:00pm (ET). The program is free and open to the public. Registration details are available on the Zimmerli at Home Virtual Events page. It is held in conjunction with the recent Zimmerli exhibition Dialogues – Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov: Stories About Ourselves.
|Newark Issues Request for Qualifications for Harriet Tubman Monument in Washington Park|
(NEWARK, NJ) -- On November 18, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the City of Newark has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for artists interested in being considered to design a permanent public monument of Harriet Tubman in Newark’s Washington Park, which will be renamed Tubman Square. The monument will replace the statue of Christopher Columbus that was removed this summer. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 18.
|"In Hops We Trust" YouTube Series Speaks With Jersey Craft Brewers|
Newly launched YouTube docu-series In Hops We Trust explores the world of craft brewing across the United States, with Season 1 (launched last month), focusing on production company, The Ambassador Studios’ home state of New Jersey. Host Ralph Saro Jr. talks with the people behind breweries throughout the Garden State. Each episode helps you get to know the characters behind your favorite microbrews and learn what drives them to create something special.
|Jersey City Voted to Support the Arts; Now What?|
Jersey City expressed broad support for the Jersey City Arts Referendum on November 3rd, voting to institute a small percentage real estate tax that will amount to an estimated $800K to be allocated to Jersey City arts. The campaign prevailed based on the undeniable benefits that the arts provide to the community: improved quality of life, economic and tourism development, improved educational outcomes for youth, higher property values, better retention of long term residents, and more. It is gratifying to know that, even in these trying times, people recognize the value that the arts bring to the community.