Articles By Jesse North & Dave Tavani, JerseyArts.com
The Day Has Come: Introducing Crossroads Festival Theatre
Live theatre is back and Crossroads Theatre Company is returning in a big way. Kicking off its season with the first Crossroads Festival Theatre, the company is taking over the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center with two main stage shows, community readings, and free family entertainment.
VIDEO: A New View for Camden
Turning trash into art. That's what the outdoor exhibit A New View Camden is doing with large-scale installations throughout the city. An innovative, six-month-long exhibition featuring six, one-of-a-kind and family-friendly public art projects, A New View helps to raise awareness around the issue of illegal dumping. Join us as we visit the sites and learn more about this urban art event.
A Hero for These Times - Camden Comic Con Goes Virtual
There's never been a better time for a superhero. Luckily, Camden Comic Con is here to save the day. Started at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in 2014, this celebration of all things graphic, illustrated, and heroic is going virtual this year due to the pandemic, but its powers remain strong. Jesse and Dave talk to some of the organizers behind this increasingly popular event to find out how this year's convention came together.
Art Against Racism - Memorial.Monument.Movement
As protests and marches swept the country, calling for justice for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other people of color, the organization Art Against Racism worked to capture the Black Lives Matter movement for the art world. What resulted is "Memorial.Monument.Movement," a virtual exhibition that captures dozens of videos and photos of murals, memorials, and images of protests.
And All That Jazz House Kids
How do you bring the power of music education to students during a pandemic? Jazz House Kids, based in Montclair, has fully leaned into the digital space to make sure the music plays on. We talked with Jazz House Kids leaders — and married couple — Melissa Walker and Christian McBride about how they've adapted during this time.
Here Within These Walls: One on One with Nicole Vanessa Ortiz
In March of 2020, the art world came to a virtual standstill. As COVID-19 continues to affect many aspects of our lives, the theatre industry tries to figure out what the future looks like. We dropped in on Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, who was set to star in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of "Sister Act" right when the pandemic hit. We talked to her about how she's stayed creatively active during this time and what she sees for the future of theatre.
"Aerosol: Graffiti | Street Art | New Jersey | Now" at Morris Museum
Graffiti as you've probably never seen it before: in a museum. Morris Museum has opened its doors – and walls – to some of the greatest graffiti and street artists in New Jersey. The exhibition celebrates the vitality of the aerosol art in our state today through the work of 12 established and emergent artists, painted directly on the museum’s walls. Check out Jesse and Dave’s visit to Morristown to talk to three of the artists about this unconventional exhibit, which runs until March 15th.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Is "Unmasked" at Paper Mill Playhouse
Andrew. Lloyd. Webber. His name is synonymous with Broadway blockbusters. His scores for shows like "Cats," "Evita," and "Phantom of the Opera" are some of the most beloved in all musical theatre. Paper Mill Playhouse is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the composer’s life and work with "Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber." Featuring songs that you know and love as well as new hits, this world premiere reveals how some of his greatest music was created. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal to find out more!
Learning and Wellness through Art at Grounds For Sculpture
In this hands-on video, Jesse and Dave go inside a classroom at Grounds For Sculpture for a botanical illustrations class. Check out Jesse
"All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914"
On December 20 and 21, Franklin Theatre Works brings to stage a seasonal story you may not have heard before. "All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914" recounts the events of Christmas Eve and Day during World War I when the German and the Allied soldiers called a cease-fire and celebrate Christmas together, sharing what little they had with song and fraternity. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal in Flemington to find out more about this moving holiday musical.