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Daily Edition 06-05-23

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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American Theater Group Presents Post-Performance Social Media Panel Discussion "Right to be Forgotten" explores internet privacy

(WEST ORANGE, NJ) -- American Theater Group (ATG), Central Jersey's professional regional theater company, will host a panel discussion on Social Media Power and Control following its 7:00pm performance of the new play Right to Be Forgotten on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at JCC MetroWest in West Orange.


British Comedy "Round and Round the Garden" by Alan Ayckbourn to Be Performed in a Plainfield Garden

(PLAINFIELD, NJ) -- Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center presents Round and Round the Garden from June 22-25 on the front porch and in the garden of duCret Center of Arts where Dragonfly is the resident theater company. Round and Round the Garden, by acclaimed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, focuses on the complicated interactions and tangled relationships of the main character, Norman, who just wants to be loved. The hilarious play explores themes of romance, lust, and the complexities of human nature through the conflicts of his family members and many love interests.


Bernie Wagenblast talks with playwright Mike Burdick on Cranford Radio podcast

(CRANFORD, NJ) -- Bernie Wagenblast talks with playwright Mike Burdick on an episode of the Cranford Radio podcast. His creation, Mike Burdick’s Stages of Madness, will be at Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC Theatre) for performances June 15-17, 2023.


East Brunswick Public Library, NextGen Acting, and Playhouse 22 Announce Open Auditions for Podcast Limited Series, Vocal Canvas

(EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- East Brunswick Public Library, in collaboration with NextGen Acting and Playhouse 22, is holding open auditions for the upcoming podcast limited series, Vocal Canvas. This is a five-part series that explores the five aspects of voice: Volume, Pitch, Pace, Diction, and Resonance. Each episode will focus on one aspect of voice and will feature a performance of a work written by a community member.

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Bergen County Players to Hold Auditions for "Rent" in June

(ORADELL, NJ) -- Bergen County Players will open its 91st season this September with Rent, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical that shaped a generation of audiences. Open auditions will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. in Oradell, NJ on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, June 19th, 20th and 22nd at 7:30pm. BCP is seeking an ethnically diverse cast of men and women ages 18 - 40. With Music, book and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Rent brings together a multi-ethnic cast of characters, portrayed by both BCP veterans and newcomers alike.


East Lynne Theater Company signs 25-year lease with Cape May to use Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) announced that it has been offered a 25-year lease to utilize Cape May's historic Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) for its future productions. Having had a successful tenure at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May for over 20 years, the Company will now begin to raise funds to renovate the space to turn it into a theater with the hopes of opening for the 2024 season.


The Ritz Theatre Company Announces 2023-24 Season

(HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The Ritz Theatre Company gets set to go big in the months ahead, officially announcing a bold, new season beginning in September that reinforces the organization's ongoing commitment to "embracing diversity in our stories and those who share them."


Mile Square Theatre Hits It Out of the Park With "7th Inning Stretch"

As the birthplace of baseball, Hoboken is the perfect New Jersey city to celebrate our national pastime; and Mile Square Theatre, the perfect venue.



Morris Arts and New Jersey Symphony to Celebrate Milestones at the 39th Annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival

(MADISON, NJ) -- Morris Arts invites you to join them in celebrating their 50th Anniversary at this year's Giralda Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, June 25th on the grounds of the Giralda Farms (Dodge Drive and Madison Ave./Rt. 124., Madison). Gates open at 3:00pm with a pre- show performance at 4:00pm and New Jersey Symphony performance at 6:00pm. Along with musical performances, there will be an art show and sale, children's activities, 50/50 raffle, and food trucks.

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Kariné Poghosyan to Honor Aram Khachaturian's 120th Anniversary on Wednesday

(NEW YORK, NY) -- There such a sense of joy, even ecstasy as she plays." This is how NY1's Stephanie Simon describes the Armenian-American concert pianist Kariné Poghosyan's performances.


Washington Borough's Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest Kicks off Farmers Market Season on June 17th

(WASHINGTON, NJ) -- Washington Borough has been recognized as one of the greenest communities in New Jersey. In celebration of that designation, and as a kick off to its award-winning weekly farmers market, the Washington Business Improvement District and the Washington Borough Green Team are partnering up for the Annual Sustainably Green Music & Arts Fest on Saturday June 17, 2023 in Downtown Washington.


Melissa Aldana Will Preview Music from Her Next Blue Note Album on June 16th at McCarter Theatre

When tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads a quartet on Friday, June 16 as part of the McCarter Theatre Jazz in June series, the program will be "a mix of some old things and some new things, and some things we didn't even record."


"Fabulous!" Sounds of the '50s and '60s LIVE! at PNC Bank Arts Center

A crowd of over 7000 music lovers fills the PNC Bank Arts Center amphitheater this sunny Tuesday, May 23, 2023 afternoon for a Sounds of the '50s and '60s performance presented by the Garden State Arts Foundation. Starring The Brooklyn Bridge, The Skyliners, Kid Kyle, and Vinnie Medugno, today's show is the third in a series of free afternoon concerts for New Jersey seniors held at the PNC Bank Arts Center.


Makin Waves Song of the Week: "Thriving" by Kiersten Blue

Asbury Park singer-songwriter Kiersten Blue’s latest single, “Thriving,” is the Makin Waves Song of the Week


Slambovian Circus of Dreams to Perform at Roy's Hall on June 10th

(BLAIRSTOWN, NJ) -- Explore the depths of Americana "one trippy tune at a time" with New York's Slambovian Circus of Dreams at Roy's Hall in Blairstown on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 8:00pm. Voted "Best Band of 2022" for their rootsy rockin' psychedelica by Chronogram Magazine, the Slambovians' deep connection with audiences and exciting live shows are legendary. Dylan, Bowie, Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett and The Waterboys may flavor the musical mix, but the Slambovians' musicianship and songwriting stand on its own.



Film on acclaimed photographer Linda Troeller screens at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 10

The relationship between women and water is one that has lasted the test of time. From King Arthur’s Lady of the Lake to La Llorona, there seems to be an intrinsic connection between the flowing liquid and the female form. Artist Linda Troeller devoted her life’s work to this link, analyzing the “intimate relationships between water, the female gaze,” and herself. Healing Waters directed by Derek Johnson and Ali Scattergood brings viewers on a tour of Linda Troeller’s artistic body of work, her impact, her findings, and her ongoing journey.  


An Interview with Sophia Castuera and Ali Edwards about "august at twenty-two"

August at twenty-two is a film about the first year after college. It is centered around a struggling actress named Cal. Her high school soulmate, Jacob, now has a serious girlfriend. As Cal tries to break into the acting world, she also tries to reconnect with Jacob and becomes close with Emily as well. Unfortunately, this leads to Cal neglecting her best friend, Bobby. In between the parties, sexual exploration, and seeing former classmates succeed, Cal faces situations that will likely look familiar to many recent graduates.


Perfect coming-of-age feature August at Twenty-two screens at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on June 9

August at Twenty-Two is about the mistakes and lessons we learn in our emerging adult years, a messy and beautiful era filled with parties, talking to your best friends in funny accents, sexual exploration, babysitting gigs, asking parents for rides, apologies, and practicing self-love and forgiveness. Beautiful and bubbly, Cal Davidson graduated from college no more than three months ago. She is now spending her first almost adult summer in New York City making several mistakes when reuniting with old friends, forging new situationships, and kick-starting her career as an actress.


Psycho thriller feature Bibi screens at the June 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival on Saturday, June 3!

Premiering at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival, Bibi is a film by Christopher Beatty which uses many visual techniques such as color, symbolism and the mise-en-scène to communicate its dark and tragic story of loss, grief, and a chance at acceptance.

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Danceable presents a beautiful story of perseverance at the 2023 New Jersey International Film Festival

Danceable, a short film directed by Kelsey McGee, sheds light on the journeys of dancers with disabilities, depicting both their hardships as well as their positive experiences and passions for the creative art form.



American Repertory Ballet presents Premiere3 at NBPAC

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Tripling down on its commitment to dynamic new work, American Repertory Ballet (ARB) returns to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center June 10-11 with Premiere3, an evocative and intriguing triple bill. The program features world premieres by acclaimed choreographers Ethan Stiefel and Amy Seiwert, and the company premiere of the Arthur Mitchell classic, Holberg Suite.



Middlesex County returns historic cultural material to Peru, strengthening cultural preservation efforts

(MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ) -- Arts Institute of Middlesex County has taken a significant step toward cultural preservation by repatriating historic cultural material from its museum collection to Peru. As an integral part of the American Alliance of Museum accreditation process, the Division of History and Historic Preservation meticulously identified culturally significant objects to be voluntarily returned to their country of origin


Teens, Master Ceramic Art at Ocean County Library Toms River Branch on June 20th

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Ceramic items add beauty to any living space, and they’re great gifts as well. Teens can create ceramic replicas of sea life in the Makerspace of the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch on Tuesday, June 20. All materials will be provided for this unique one-hour program for young adults aged 13 to 18. Create and decorate a colorful ceramic fish, and take your masterpiece home after it’s been fired in the kiln. The event begins at 3:00pm.


Photography by Kate Sanchez on Display at Ocean County Library Little Egg Harbor Branch throughout June

(LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ) -- Throughout the month of June, the Ocean County Library Little Egg Harbor Branch is pleased to display photographs of Southern Ocean County's natural splendor, and the creatures that inhabit it, by local artist Kate Sanchez.


acc gallery presents "Nature Walkers"

(TENAFLY, NJ) -- The 'Nature Walkers' exhibition brings together a diverse collection of artworks that explore different facets of our natural world, including its beauty, its fragility, and its connection to our everyday lives. The exhibition features a variety of media, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures and will be on view at acc gallery from May 30 to June 16, 2023.



Princeton Makes and Ragged Sky Press Host Second Sunday Poetry Reading on June 11th

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Princeton Makes, a Princeton-based artist cooperative, and Ragged Sky Press, a local publisher focused on poetry, will host a Second Sunday Poetry Reading on Sunday, June 11 at 4:00pm. The readings will take place at the Princeton Makes store in the Princeton Shopping Center. The June reading will feature Lavinia Kumar and George Witte. Their readings will be followed by an open mic available to up to 10 audience members who would like to read their original poetry.



Top 15 Most Read Stories At New Jersey Stage From May 28 to June 3, 2023

Here's a look at the top 15 most read articles published at New Jersey Stage from May 28 to June 3, 2023. Each week we publish about 70 articles, including several original columns and features, along with news releases for events happening throughout the state and nearby areas like Philadelphia and New York City. This week's top 15 includes articles from 8 counties in New Jersey (Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union).


Monmouth County Park System to Hold Freshwater Fishing Derby in June

(HOWELL & FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Calling all anglers! The Monmouth County Park System is hosting its Freshwater Fishing Derby on Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18. Open to both beginner and experienced anglers, the event also features free fishing clinics.


Brookdale Community College & Penske Automotive Group Join Hands To Launch An Automotive Technician Career Program

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- Brookdale Community College (Brookdale) and Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (PAG) have announced a groundbreaking partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), paving the way for the establishment of an Automotive Technician Career Program. This program aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in the automotive industry.


Explore Warren Becomes First Ever Sponsor of Centenary Stage Company's Summerfest Series

(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company recently announced that they are partnering with Explore Warren, the first ever sponsor of CSC's Summerfest of events, to present a summer of musical theatre and concert events. This summer CSC will present 4 Summerfest events from June – August with the support of the community and Explore Warren.


Count Basie Center announces Asbury Park's QSPOT LGBT Resource Center as June's recipient in The Giving Year

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Center for the Arts and Bank of America have announced the sixth of twelve area nonprofits to be recognized during THE GIVING YEAR, the yearlong initiative to recognize and reward organizations for their contributions to the regional community. QSpot will receive $1 from every Count Basie Center ticket sold in June, along with tickets for the organization's clientele and volunteers


New Jersey State Council on the Arts to Receive Nearly $1.2 Million from the National Endowment for the Arts

(TRENTON, NJ) -- The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has been approved for a grant of $1,190,200 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For nearly 60 years, the Council has received funding from the Endowment as part of its State and Regional Partnerships program, which extends the reach of federal resources through State Arts Agencies nationwide. This year's award is the Council's largest NEA partnership grant in its 57-year history. This competitive grant supports Council operations as well as statewide priorities in the areas of arts education and lifelong learning, folk and traditional arts, and community and economic development.


Art House Productions Launches $500k Reopening Campaign to Support New Performing and Visual Arts Center in Jersey City

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions, a leading nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting local and regional artists and providing accessible arts programming in Jersey City, is thrilled to announce the launch of its $500,000 Reopening Campaign. The campaign will support the organization's new state-of-the-art facility, a two-story adaptable-use space that will serve as a hub for artistic expression and community engagement.



MKA Educator and Counselor to Debut New Book at the 2023 Passaic County Book Festival

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- Melanie Bieber, Primary School Counselor and Tri-Campus Counselor Coordinator at Montclair Kimberley Academy, will be debuting her new book Aaron Daniel Henry Davis: Just Another Day at School at the Passaic County Book Festival on Saturday, June 10th at 1:30pm. Melanie will be doing a special reading in the Story Time Tent starting at 1:30pm.




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Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 7:30pm
William Paterson University - Shea Center for Performing Arts
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ 07470
category: music

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The Tony Mart Legacy Last Waltz

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Atlantic City at Kennedy Plaza
Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
category: music

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Vivid Stage Summer Solos: "I F***ing Hate Shakespeare"

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 6:30pm
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
category: theatre

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(NEWTON, NJ) -- Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox brings its "10" tour to The Newton Theatre on Friday, December 6, 2024 at 8:00pm. The show proves that Everything New is Old Again - leave the AI at home and take a road trip to experience Life In The Past Lane! Dressing in vintage attire is encouraged.

Spring-Nuts presents a Solo Performance by Adam Weiner (aka LowCut Connie) at Monmouth University

State Theatre New Jersey presents OUR HOUSE: The Music of The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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