NJPAC Announces Re-Opening on September 12 and Launches New Initiatives

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NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), based out of Newark, has announced that they will resume its performances on September 12. Until then, NJPAC has launched a virtual performing arts initiative called NJPAC In Your Living Room, which is a curated collection of past Arts Center performances, content from partners, educational videos for children and much more.

NJPAC insists that the show must go on, wherever you are located. Tune into live events, which include DJ dance parties, arts workshops and NJPAC Backstage celebrity interviews. Virtual performances this week include NJPAC Backstage Interview with Jazz Singer Samara Joy Mclendon, Wellness Wednesday with Dance Master Brandon Jones, and The New Best Practices: Leadership in a Time of Crisis.

Click here to find out more information on what NJPAC is currently offering.

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Additionally, NJPAC has launched a series of events and initiatives focused on promoting racial equality in an effort to bring the community together, and to encourage everyone to take part in the movement to ensure civil rights for all. On their website, www.njpac.org, you can find resources that will guide you to take action, in the voting booth and elsewhere, and join conversations and discussions that can help educate on racial injustice issues.

A Symposium with Nimbus Dance Works

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Thursday, November 1st

The Clement A. Price Institute in partnership  with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center present A Dance Symposium with Nimbus Dance Works.  The concert features Esther, an edgy retelling of the Old Testament tale, and the company’s signature work, Memo, including student guest dancers from Newark Arts High School.  Admission is free but tickets must be reserved by contacting NJPAC.

For further information, click here. 

TONIGHT! An Evening with Lenny Kravitz hosted by Questlove

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Tonight (9/18) at NJPAC starting at 8 PM

Celebrating the release of his latest album, Raise Vibration, the GRAMMY® Museum Experienc(TM) Prudential Center in association with NJPAC, will welcome four-time GRAMMY winner Lenny Kravitz to NJPAC’s Victoria Theater. Moderated by five-time GRAMMY winner Questlove, a musical force all his own, Kravitz will discuss the creation of, and inspiration behind his latest work. Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career. Reveling in the soul, rock and funk influences of the ’60s and ’70s, the writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, as well as set a record for the most wins in the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance category.

Jazz in the Garden: Mark Gross

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The Newark Museum is kicking off the new season of its Jazz in the Garden lunchtime concert season with a performance by Mark Gross. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch or purchase it onsite. Admission is free for Museum Members and Newark residents; $5 for non-members. Performance will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Baltimore-born jazz alto saxophonist Gross, who comes from the hard bop tradition, has been compared to Cannonball Adderley and credits his prolific sound to the rich appreciation for Gospel music that resounded through his parents’ home. Gross has recorded on over forty notable jazz recordings, including the two Grammy winning Dave Holland Big Bands-What Goes Around (ECM) and Overtime (Dare 2 Records). He will be performing music from his third and newest release,

Additional performances in the series are as follows:

* Thursday, July 19 — Marc Cary

* Thursday, July 26 — Bobby Sanabria

* Thursday, August 2 — Carla Cook

Support provided by Whole Foods.

The Magic of Mountains on Film: Screening & Discussion

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See the mountains through the moviemaker’s lens. For nearly 100 years, filmmakers have been captivated by high peaks and mountain slopes. Join film historian Max Alvarez and Curator of American Art Tricia Bloom for an interactive screening and discussion inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition The Rockies & The Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains. FREE for Members and Newark residents; $5 non-members.

This silver-screen adventure takes you from the High Sierras to the Wetterhorn, and from Charlie Chaplin to 21st-century award-winners like Grand Budapest Hotel and Murder on the Orient Express. Whether it’s romance, adventure, action or comedy, it’s mountains that have the starring role.

Highlights
• Max Alvarez is your guide through a wide range of mountain films, from the silent era to today, including shorts, features, documentaries and fiction films.
• Curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom will highlight the connections between filmmakers, landscape painters, and early photographers and writers who traveled into the mountains.
• Take part in conversations on how the movies shape our imagination of the mountains.
• The Rockies & The Alps exhibition open before and after the program for viewing.

 

Year of the Dog, Nai Ni Chen Dance Company

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Saturday, February 10th at 2 PM & 7 PM at NJPAC

Choreographer Nai-Ni Chen and her dancers fuse the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. Their spectacular productions take audiences beyond cultural boundaries, to a place where tradition meets innovation and freedom arise from discipline. The company has received more than 15 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous Citations of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Chen and company specialize in “a remarkably smooth blend of the new and the old, as well as a confident, intensely personal approach to nature,” says The New York Times, which has described Chen’s dancers as “endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”
“With their intriguing choreography of traditional and modern Chinese dance, elaborate costuming, and a variety of music, this company succeeds in delighting persons of all ages,” says BroadwayWorld.com.

For further information, click here. 

 

Check Out These Impressive Landmarks Built Out of Gingerbread

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‘Tis the season for recreating our homes and favorite buildings out of dough. Even though no one has put baked panel to icing and build the Gilmore Girls home in Stars Hollow out of crispy gingerbread or frosty fondant (yet), these landmarks both real and fictional have us whispering, “I smell snow.”

ApartmentTherapy.com has put together an amazing array of gingerbread houses that imitate architecture artistry. I can’t take my eyes away!

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Newark Fire Captain James Lyones to premiere film LAST DAYS at Newark International Film Festival

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James Lyones short film “Last Days” will be screening during this year’s Newark International Film Festival which will be held September 8th-10th.

James Lyones is a veteran Fire Captain in Newark who wears many hats. He is also a working actor, producer, filmmaker and CEO of Lyones Films.

Lyones was inspired to write, produce and shoot Last Days surrounding the overwhelming amounts of cancer diagnoses in the community and how it not only affects the patient, but also the loved ones. Last Days chronicles a weekend where a husband and wife spend time together trying to cope with devastating news they receive.

Last Days was shot over two days in October of 2016 in and around Newark. As a native Newark Filmmaker it was important for Mr. Lyones to include the beauty that Newark has to offer. The opening montage captures all that is great in the city. The landmarks, landscape and everyday lives of Newark residents.

While everyday life occurs around the husband, played by James Lyones himself, and his costar, Adriana Spencer who plays his lovely wife, the sudden reality of tragedy strikes and life seemingly stands still for this loving couple. The film also stars Michele Baldwin, who is also the films producer , as the doctor. The director of photography and editor is Stan ‘Fame’ Little along with additional cameramen Winslow Braithwaite and Vaughn Christion.

Other accolades for Lyones include being accepted to The Newark Short Film Race and Hollywood Screenings Film Festival. Lyones also received the Southern Shorts Award for acting, directing, producing and cinematography. Be on the lookout for Lyones next highly anticipated project entitled, “The Wolves”.

Event Date: September 8th-10th
For more information please visit Newarkiff.com

Free Concert

branch_brook_park_newarkOn Friday, June 30th, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be giving a FREE concert at Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Fireworks follow the concert

This event is presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and the County of Essex and is part of the 2017 Essex County Free Summer Music Concert Series.

For further information, click here.