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Jersey City Theater Center Screens
"How Many Lives?" on June 21

originally published: 06/12/2018

Jersey City Theater Center Screens "How Many Lives?" on June 21

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Jersey City Theater Center will present a screening of How Many Lives? on Thursday, June 21 at White Eagle Hall.  The documentary film, directed by Duda Penteado, explores the views and impacts of gun violence through the eyes of 25 young student artists of Jersey City, NJ. Doors are at 6:30pm, the screening begins at 7:00pm.  Admission is $10.

In creating a 180-foot long mural titled "How Many Lives?" we enter into their innermost world of emotions and thoughts, about the human toll taken by the gun culture that thrives in the United States of America. Through visits to exhibitions, seminars, discussions and lectures, these students struggle with the impact of murders and mass killings that are almost daily perpetrated not only in our cities but throughout the land.

In working with fine artists, Duda Penteado, who is also the film's director, and Catherine Hart, the students depict numerous well-publicized killings and mass murders, some local and others that have occurred across the country. The images in the mural include those of Trayvon Martin, Sierra Clayborn, Philando Castile, victims of the Aurora, Pulse, and Sandy Hook mass shootings, and Jersey City victim Officer Melvin Santiago, among others.

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC)'s mission is to present innovative and progressive performing and visual arts as well as educational art programs which embrace the diverse identity and preserve the rich history of Jersey City, bringing its community closer together and enhancing its quality of life. JCTC's programing encompasses theater, music, dance, film and multi-media.

White Eagle Hall, located at 337 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, is a newly restored and renovated historic theater. White Eagle Hall presents live music, theatre, comedy, dance, film, family shows as well as other performances while serving food and drinks. In addition, White Eagle Hall is a warm and intimate event space perfect for weddings, receptions, private parties, fundraisers, corporate meetings and other functions.



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As one of the newest and most unique live-performance and event spaces in the Northeast, White Eagle Hall comprehensive overhaul features a roughly 8,000 square-foot flexible space venue and it's capacity is 800 standing, 400 seating or 250 seated for dining; has many historic features including a wrought iron wrap-around balcony, a coffered tin ceiling with two large stained glass atriums. White Eagle Hall includes its very own bar and food service. In addition, White Eagle Hall features two restaurants on the ground level, Cellar 335 and Madame Claude Bis. White Eagle Hall is located in the thriving nightlife scene of Downtown Jersey City Restaurant Row, where there are many other restaurants and bars to enjoy.

The building opened in 1910, constructed by polish immigrants and craftsmen under the leadership of Father Peter Boleslaus Kwiatowski, who transferred ownership to St. Anthony's upon his death. The parish managed the venue throughout the 20th century. Embedded in the White Eagle Hall ceiling are two spectacular, hand-crafted stained glass skylights -- one commemorating Frédéric Chopin, the classical music composer, and the other Marcella Sembrich, an internationally renowned opera star. Perhaps White Eagle Hall's most famous achievement is the facility's unique contribution to basketball: White Eagle Hall was the home of the St. Anthony Friars, the basketball team of St. Anthony High School coached by Jersey City native and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bob Hurley. The original wood basketball floor where the Friars had their famous practice are now used as bar counters and balcony flooring; wood fixtures from Saint Boniface Church (constructed in 1865), can be found in the window frames, bar sides and balcony railings and ledges; and, Boniface altar fixtures can also be seen in the box office/merchandise area.





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Event calendar
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019


MUSIC

The Brook Orchestra presents Fire & Ice @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 3:00pm

Bay Atlantic Symphony: Mozart & Verdi @ Stockton Performing Arts Center (StocktonPAC) in Galloway, Galloway - 2:00pm

Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes @ Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, Succasunna - 4:00pm


THEATRE

"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Annie Jr. @ The Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm

Auditions: Born Yesterday @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 6:30pm







KIDS

American Girl Live @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 1:00pm


MISC

WWE Superstar Braun Strowman @ iPlay America, Freehold - 11:00am

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