|Playwright Darrah Cloud Takes On New Challenges, Explains How "Turning" Came To Be|
(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- As Centenary Stage Company prepares to open its world premiere production of Turning (running February 25 through March 7), the playwright, Darrah Cloud, is working on a new commission, The Imaginary Life of a McQueen. Cloud is a writer at her core, with numerous credits and works throughout her prolific career, as a playwright, screen writer, lyricist, and author. Cloud now wears yet another hat as an elected public official serving as the Town Supervisor of Pine Plains, NY.
|East Lynne Theater Company presents the Provincetown Players' "Enemies"|
(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- East Lynne Theater Company presents a staged reading of "Enemies," written by married couple Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, for free, on YouTube. With clever dialogue, the play explores a "modern," nontraditional, non-monogamous marriage. "Enemies" premieres on Thursday, March 4 at 8:00pm and will be available anytime through 11:59pm on Sunday, March 7 on ELTC's YouTube Channel.
|Luna Stage Announces "The Whole Megillah: A Purim Spiel for GrownUps"|
(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- Luna Stage has commissioned perhaps the world’s first Zoom Purim Spiel, written by playwright Jenny Lyn Bader. Luna is thrilled to make this play available for performance by any and all who want to celebrate Purim in this time of social distancing. The Whole Megillah: A Purim Spiel for Grown Ups features juicy roles for eight actors and a fun party atmosphere for audiences.
|Ocean County Library Presents "Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement 1955-68"|
(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Celebrate Black History Month with the Ocean County Library and the Toms River Area NAACP, during a virtual production by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, beginning 12:00 Noon Saturday, February 27. Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement 1955-68 introduces viewers to iconic events and people in the advancement of equal rights, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Freedom Rides, Sit-Ins, the 1963 March on Washington, and more.
|Mile Square Theatre “Community Resilience” program on February 23, a panel discussion on Race and Theatre|
(HOBOKEN, NJ) -- Mile Square Theatre’s Community Resilience program commemorates Black History Month with a panel discussion about race and theatre, Tuesday, February 23 from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Go to www.milesquaretheatre.org to register for this FREE virtual community event.
|“People Get Ready!” Spotlight on Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein|
Mark Stein is well-known as a lead vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger for the influential ‘60s-era psychedelic rock band, Vanilla Fudge. Spotlight Central recently caught up with Stein and asked him about his musical childhood, his rise to fame with Vanilla Fudge, his work with other celebrated musicians, in addition to what he’s been up to lately.
|Jon Klages To Release "Fabulous Twilight"|
On April 1, 2021, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jon Klages, who helped create the Hoboken Sound as lead guitarist for the Individuals, will release Fabulous Twilight, a collection of original songs and instrumentals hailed as “an exceptionally broad and rich work … mature but still playful…[that] shows off Jon’s considerable songwriting and musicianship skills proudly” (Peter Holsapple of the dB’s and Continental Drifters).
|Sourland Mountain Virtual Happy Hour Features Pat Foran On March 4th|
(HILLSBOROUGH, NJ) -- The public is invited to celebrate local music and nature at a unique event on Thursday, March 4th. From 6:00pm-7:00pm the Sourland Conservancy will present the second of their monthly series of live virtual events held via Zoom featuring New Jersey artists with Pat Foran of Lambertville as this month's featured artist. “Sourland Mountain Happy Hour” tickets are on sale now for just $10 at www.sourland.org. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the work of the Sourland Conservancy.
|NJPAC Offers "Live From Nashville" performances by 3 Doors Down and Brandy Clark|
(NEWARK, NJ) -- As New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) continues to be shut down due to the impact of COVID-19 for in-person performances, NJPAC continues to entertain fans and audiences by offering virtual one-of-a-kind performances. NJPAC is proud to announce Live From Nashville two incredible virtual performances, See live-streamed performances by multi-platinum hit rock band 3 Doors Down on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:00pm EST.; and then on March 6 at 8:00pm it is American treasure, singer, songwriter and performer, Brandy Clark.
|Makin Waves with Brian Erickson: Birds of Freedom|
Not about to be stopped by a raging pandemic, Asbury Park singer-songwrtier-media personality Brian Erickson of The Extensions has released “Origami Birds,” his second solo record in only five months. The seven-song outing on North Jersey-based Mint 400 Records was recorded a decade ago while he was still in the late, great Paper Jets.
|2021 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival Winners Announced!|
2021 United States Super 8mm Film & Digital Video Festival Winners
|Winners of the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Announced!|
New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 Winners. All the works that were part of the Spring 2021 New Jersey Film Festival Competition were selected by a panel of judges including media professionals, journalists, students, and academics. These judges selected the finalists which were publicly screened at our Festival. The finalists were selected from 466 works submitted by filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the judges chose the Prize Winners in conjunction with the Festival Director.
|West Windsor Arts Council to Host Film Screening of "American Hasi" On February 27|
(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- West Windsor Arts Council continues to expand its virtual programming with the February 27, 2021, film screening of “American Hasi,” a heartfelt documentary that follows a part-time stand-up comedian on a 35-day tour of India. Things don’t exactly go as planned for Tushar Singh, an Indian-American from Huntsville, Alabama, who took a film crew — and his mom — on his “make it or break it” career adventure.
|2021 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Filmmaker Q+A at the New Jersey Film Festival!|
Here is the 2021 United States Super 8 Film + DV Festival Filmmaker Q+A with Out In The Sky Nobody Sleeps Director Edgar García Chávez, Narcisi Director Rebecca Lejić-Tiernan, New Mexico Death Wish Diatribe Director Georg Koszulinski, and Festival Director Al Nigrin
|Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Announces Dancers For "The Bridge" February 23-26|
(FORT LEE, NJ) -- In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge. The Institute's aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces.
|"Barbara Beeman: Nature’s Mirror" and "Janice Patrignani: Inspired Resilience" Shows Open At Visual Arts Center|
(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey recently opened two new members exhibitions in the second-floor community galleries, Barbara Beeman: Nature’s Mirror and Janice Patrignani: Inspired Resilience. Both shows will be on view through April 4.
|New Exhibits at Montclair Art Museum Reimagine Norman Rockwell and Spotlight Recent Acquisitions|
Two new exhibits launched in February at the Montclair Art Museum, which is reopened to the public in a limited fashion due to the pandemic. “Fragile Freedoms: Maggie Meiners Revisits Rockwell” is an especially timely exhibit that reimagines the iconic work of Norman Rockwell through the eyes of modern America. Meanwhile, “New York To New Mexico: New Acquisitions” spotlights some of the museum’s acquisitions of American and Native American art in the past few years.
|RVCC Faculty Members Win NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships|
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Dennis Russo and William Macholdt, two professors from Raritan Valley Community College’s Arts & Design Department, have been honored for their creative work, receiving 2021 Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.