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Daily Edition 05-23-23

NJ Stage Daily Update

Here is the morning update from New Jersey's arts newswire. We regularly publish between 8-15 new articles and news reports each day. Nobody covers the Arts throughout the Garden State like New Jersey Stage!

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JCTC presents Voices International Theatre Festival

Jersey City Theater Center, (165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 / Entrance from Barrow St., Jersey City, NJ, 07302).


Music Mountain Theatre presents "Something Rotten"

(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) -- Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten, opening at Music Mountain Theatre on May 26 with performances running weekends through June 18, 2023. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of the biggest star of the era, everyone's favorite bard: William Shakespeare. Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters!



PHOTOS from "Message In A Bottle: Songs Sent Across The Seas" by Monmouth Civic Chorus

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus presented Message in a Bottle: Songs Sent Across the Seas on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold. Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.


Algonquin Arts Theatre Announces 2023-2024 Jazz, Orchestra and Concert Series

(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts Theatre has announced a stellar lineup of concerts for their 2023-2024 season. Highlights of the new concert schedule include a Jazz Series, an Orchestra Series, Yacht Rock, Big Band, Short Films and tributes to Patsy Cline, Earth Wine & Fire, Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Louis Armstrong, Chicago, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and more.

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Woodbury to Hold Juneteenth Jubilee

(WOODBURY, NJ) -- On Friday, June 9, 2023, Woodbury Juneteenth and Music at Bunker Hill present a Juneteenth inspired program that will present how African/African American (AA) Spirituals have had an influence on music throughout the decades leading up to modern day music. Dr. Lourin Plant, Director of Collegium Music at Rowan University, will be directing and performing his original program with four of his colleagues. Attendees will learn to listen to their favorite genre of music and hear the influences of African/African American Spirituals. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of AA Spirituals and respect for this genre of music. They will show the continued relevance of the Spirituals with audience participation and a Q&A.'s New & Notable NJ Music 5/22/23

Lazlo, founder of (an online radio station based around New Jersey artists), shines a light on some of the many new releases from NJ based musicians each week with this column. This week Lazlo takes a look at releases by Indeyevid, Allison Strong, and The Cucumbers.



Brick City Comedy Revue presents North to Shore Edition with Chris Gethard

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Brick City Comedy Revue, Newark's premier comedy showcase, has joined the festivities of North to Shore with a special edition on Friday, June 23, 2023 at Kilkenny Alehouse. The event, hosted by Justin Williams and DJ Popido, promises a special line-up of some of the best comedians around. The comedy lineup includes Chris Gethard, Kenice Mobley, Shakir Standley (Shak), Alex Grubard, and Ariel Leaty. The musical guest is Jané Miranda. Showtime is 8:00pm.



A Spot for Frog & The Chosen One screen at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on Friday, June 2

A Spot for Frog directed by Evan Bode and The Chosen One directed by Elazar Fine, may at first seem like two short films that have nothing in common. Look at the difference between the protagonists alone; one is a non-binary teenager and the other is an adult Hasidic man. However, upon closer viewing, both films grapple with the age-old question of identity, and consider if we ever truly find a place to call our own.



Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) recently received a matching grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that will assist in the renovation of VACNJ's Main and Mitzi & Warren Eisenberg Galleries. This grant award was part of the more than $35 million dollars recently awarded by the NEH for 258 humanities projects nationwide.

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Hunterdon Art Museum Explores Ceramic Innovation, Digital Existence, Poetic Cosmic Lore in New Exhibitions

(CLINTON, NJ) -- The Hunterdon Art Museum has unveiled three exhibitions on view to the public through September 3, 2023. "Claybash 2023" explores contemporary ceramics from artists across the U.S., "Nona Hershey: In the Cloud" echoes the pervasiveness of digital technology through watercolors, and "Monica Ong: Planetaria" presents the intricate confluence of poetry and visual art within the ancient Chinese cosmos.




An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.

Sunday, May 26, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

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Sunday, May 26, 2024 @ 2:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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Don Was and the Pan Detroit Ensemble

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 @ 7:30pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

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Inspiring documentary Along the Rail premieres at the 2024 New Jersey International Film Festival!

Art can portray many things and occupy many mediums. Some artists utilize subjects such as cities, animals, and people. For Craig Wallace Dale, this choice of subject has ranged over the years and currently rests with railroad track graffiti. Jonathan Harkel’s Along the Rail displays and honors this longer-than-three-decade journey.

Fourth Annual NorwesFest 2024 to Take Place June 22nd

Classic American Tales offers a free playwriting workshop in Cape May Court House

Jackson Friends of the Library to Hold Annual Book Sale

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