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Bridge Players Theatre Company presents "Once Upon a Mattress"



When Burlington-based Bridge Players Theatre Company originally planned to produce the classic 1959 musical "Once Upon a Mattress," it was 2020 and the pandemic disrupted the planned performances. Now, four years later, the company finally gets the chance to put on this production with many of the same cast members that were originally supposed to be in the show.

published on 05/09/2024


Celtic Woman Brings St. Patrick's Day Cheer to New Jersey



When Celtic Woman performs at State Theatre New Jersey at 15 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick, NJ, on March 16, there will certainly be a lot of St. Patrick's Day energy in the building. The show, which is happening the day before the global celebration of Irish heritage, will mark the latest stop on the group's 20th-anniversary tour across the United States. And it has been entertaining audiences throughout the country through the power of Irish music.

published on 03/07/2024


Moorestown Theater Company spreads holiday cheer with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr."



As December approaches, theaters across the country scramble to get their holiday programming together and ready for audiences. From classics like "The Nutcracker" and "A Christmas Carol," to orchestral and choral performances, there's an event out there for anyone looking to spread some holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Moorestown Theater Company (MTC) in Burlington County will present "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr." and the acclaimed youth theater organization will do it all with a cast of elementary and middle school students — as well as a few ninth graders.

published on 11/22/2023


Inaugural "Jersey City Art Week" Premieres This October



Hudson County's Jersey City is known for its vibrant arts scene. There are many events celebrating the diversity of local artists throughout the year, however, this year local officials have taken the celebration of visual arts one step further and have created the first ever "Jersey City Art Week," which will run Oct. 12-15 in various neighborhoods throughout the city. This event combines the already existing Art Fair 14C and Jersey City Art and Studio Tour and puts them under one umbrella; one that city officials hope will bring even more visitors in to explore what Jersey City has to offer.

published on 09/28/2023


Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Returns to Salem County



A tradition of more than 50 years returns to the Salem County Fairgrounds, located at 735 Harding Highway in Woodstown, this Labor Day Weekend. The Delaware County Bluegrass Festival has been held since 1972, and in South Jersey since the 1990s. This year's 51st annual festival will take place Sept. 1-3 and is sure to bring a jamming good time to all in attendance.  

published on 08/17/2023




 



Lizzie Rose Music Room: A Hidden Gem of South Jersey Music



Not far from Long Beach Island and just north of Atlantic City sits the small Ocean County town of Tuckerton. In that town stands an old Victorian house that has had many purposes over its history. That house has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind concert venue called the Lizzie Rose Music Room. Since its opening in late 2013, both artists and patrons have constantly returned because of its uniqueness and charm.

published on 07/07/2023


North Jersey Blues Society Seeks to Bring Blues Music Back to the Community



Blues music is an American standard genre dating back decades to the 1890s. Tradition has kept up as many blues artists still have careers today that began many years ago. However, in some areas, blues has not been preserved as well as others. One of those areas is Northern New Jersey, where a new organization strives to put this once-widely regarded genre back into the cities and towns of Morris and other northern counties. This organization is the North Jersey Blues Society, and since its founding in winter 2022, has hosted many events within the North Jersey community seeking to spread awareness of the genre.

published on 06/15/2023


New Jersey Repertory Company Prepares for Pride Month Festival



The New Jersey Repertory Company, or NJ Rep, will once again host a Pride month festival in the Monmouth County community of Long Branch. The festival will consist of theater, art and photography and is just one element of a larger event taking place throughout the city. NJ Rep is the largest presenter in this event and their showcases will last the majority of the month.

published on 06/01/2023


New Jersey Porch Fest Season Promises Fun for All



A large map of Princeton sits on the wall of the second floor of the Arts Council of Princeton. On it, there are diagrams, thumbtacks and drawings penciling out an upcoming event that the Arts Council is holding. The event they are planning is called a Porch Fest, and ever since the first one occurred in Ithaca, New York in 2007, the number of these homegrown musical festivals have grown rapidly in communities around the country. Princeton is hosting this event for the second time and is one of about a dozen New Jersey communities to have a similar event scheduled in the next few months.

published on 04/14/2023




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