Location, Location Exhibit at The Dora Stern Gallery at Arts Unbound

Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors.

2016-02-03_13-12-16Arts Unbound, the gallery and studio dedicated to artists with disabilities and seniors, will be exhibiting artwork centered around “a sense of place” in their next exhibit, Location, Location. The exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, February 18 from 5-8pm, and will feature artwork in a wide range of mediums, including photography, acrylic, oils, soft sculpture, and more.

All of the works in the show are places, real or imagined, that hold personal significance for the artist. They are placeholders for memories of past events or future plans. Artists include Jon Gabry of Kearny, John Inocencio of Dover, Andrea Weisbard of South Orange, Tom Wade of Springfield, Brad Friedman of Leawood, Kansas, as well as Chad DeRoche and Gifford Moy from the Brooklyn-based art collective ArteMoose (under the programming of AHRC), and Faith Stolz from Matheny Arts Access in Peapack, NJ.

Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and seniors. They provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, Arts Unbound centers their art-making rather than any impairments and by doing so challenges the stigma associated with disability and aging.

The gallery is located in the Valley Arts District at 544 Freeman Street, in Orange. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturdays noon-5pm, and by appointment. www.artsunbound.org (Arts Unbound – 973-675-2787). The Showcase store is located at 100 Baker Street, in Maplewood, NJ. Store hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am-6pm, and Saturday, 10am-6pm.        – Margaret Mikkelsen


Get Ready for Harrison Fest!

Jackson St. Bridge 1898 (PHOTO: Town of Harrison)

Jackson St. Bridge 1898 (PHOTO: Town of Harrison)

Harrison Fest will take place during the weekend of Sept. 18 to 20. This is a gala weekend festival to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the town of Harrison. The event features craft and quality retail vendors, food, music, children’s rides and other entertainment. It is a not to be missed event that will draw a large crowd.

via Ron Leir at The Observer

The event will start with a celebratory Mass at Holy Cross Church – (the parish itself is observing its 150th year anniversary on Nov. 1) – on Friday, Sept. 18, in the evening, at a time to be announced, followed by a Gala dinner featuring international food stations in the Holy Cross School building’s banquet hall.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, the Fest continues with a large street fair that will include antique, craft and retail vendors, an entertainment stage, children’s rides and other activities, including a Saturday afternoon multicultural parade and Saturday evening family movie night.

The town has contracted with New Memory Productions, New Memory Management and Brystra Corp. to co-produce the event with the Harrison Fest Committee, in partnership with the mayor and Town Council.

Chip Ahoy! American Idol Live! TONIGHT!

from PR Newswire

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! returns this summer for another hit tour to showcase this season’s talented top 10 finalists. Launching the careers of many, the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour is the first chance to see your favorites in concert! The tour launches in Detroit, Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena on Friday, July 6th and wraps up on September 11th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As presenting sponsors of AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour 2012, CHIPS AHOY! and RITZ are thrilled to bring the excitement of the tour to their fans in a number of unique ways, from cookie and cracker coupons to a one-of-a-kind consumer promotion. The U.S. Air Force Reserve is an associate sponsor.

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE!  gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Idol finalists Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han,Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine, all of whom were announced on Thursday, March 15th on Fox.     

Iain Pirie, President, 19 Entertainment stated “Every year we are amazed at the extraordinary wealth of untapped talent that is discovered on American Idol and we couldn’t be happier with this season’s top 10 contestants. We are truly excited to bring our contestants on tour across America directly to our fans’ hometowns.”

At the Prudential Center TONIGHT! Doors open at 6PM. Show starts at 7PM.



Tour the Riverfront!

The newly opened Essex County Riverfront Park is a tangible reminder of the riverfront’s potential. (Photo: James Whall)










Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 12:30 pm

Boat Tours travel 7 miles of Newark’s riverfront, exploring its dramatic past and how Newarkers are shaping its future.

Tickets are $5 each. For reservation information, email newarkriverfront [at] gmail.com or call (973) 733-3917.



Celebrate the 4th at the State Fair Meadowlands!

June 22 to July 8th, 2012
102 NJ State Highway 120
East Rutherford NJ
Next to MetLife Stadium

This very popular family event features quality rides, plenty of free entertainment, games and prizes, and a variety foods. There are a variety of activities to interest all ages.

All Tickets Include Free Live Entertainment. Free live shows include: Circus Maximus, Shark Adventure Show, The Big Cat Show, The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show, Belmont Festival of Magic, Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs, and the Educational Petting Zoo. Free Live concerts include; Goodbye Friday, Slim Chance & The Gamblers, Chuck Schaeffer Band, Reality Suite, Kings Highway, Wanted, and many more performances.

Fireworks shows take place on the evenings of July 3 & 4th

Children less than 34 inches tall are admitted free but must have a ticket to ride
Gate Admission Mon-Thu Persons 13 & Older – $7 Child 12 & Under and Senior Citizens- $5
Gate Admission Fri-Sat-Sun & Holidays Persons 13 & Older – $9 Child 12 & Under and Senior Citizens – $6 Children


Thursday, July 05, 2012

DJ Felix Hernandez, a favorite on WBGO 88.3 and 107.5 WBLS, will spin ’70s and ’80s soul when he opens this summer’s FREE music series in NJPAC’s Theater Square with his Rhythm Revue Dance Party. This event will begin at 5:00pm and run through 10:00pm.