Articles By Jesse North & Dave Tavani, JerseyArts.com
There's no White Rabbit, but there is... a demonic teddy bear? "Alice in Slasherland" at Centenary Stage
Forget Wonderland. The theatrical thriller "Alice in Slasherland" is set to frighten the bejesus out of audiences at Centenary Stage Company November 4-8. The play by Qui Nguyen is a send-up meant to delight horror fans, but also gets in a few genuine scares. Join Jesse and Dave at rehearsal and Hackettstown as they talk to the cast and director about this spooky show that might just scare up a few laughs as well.
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