Category Archives: Arts & Culture

American Repertory Ballet Announces January 27 On Pointe: “The Music of Pride and Prejudice”

arb on pointPRINCETON, NJ – On Friday, January 27 at 5:15 p.m., American Repertory Ballet will host “The Music of Pride and Prejudice,” as part of its On Pointe educational series at its Princeton studios (301 N. Harrison Street, above McCaffrey’s Supermarket). This lecture will feature guest speaker Simon Morrison, music scholar and Professor of Music at Princeton University. Attendees will listen to and discuss the music of Ignaz Pleyel, the Austrian-born French composer whose work provides the backdrop for Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s world premiere of Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice will premiere on April 21 and 22 at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. with live accompaniment by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

ARB launched On Pointe in 2010 to help make ballet more accessible to the community. The Enrichment Series brings guest speakers, lecture demonstrations, company performance previews, and panel discussions to seasoned dance enthusiasts and new students alike, on a monthly basis.


Holy Cross Church Choir Performs Handel’s Messiah

holy cross messiah choir don carolinaRUMSON, NJ – Holy Cross Church was filled with beautiful music to set the tone for Advent and to prepare the people for the Christmas season. Director of Music Don Carolina conducted seventeen members of the Holy Cross Adult Choir accompanied by an eleven-member chamber choir and a six-piece chamber orchestra in Part One of Messiah, the 275-year-old piece by George Frideric Handel.  Pastor Fr. Michael Manning welcomed the crowd, especially new visitors, to the parish.

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2016 NJ Stage Award Winners Announced

BELMAR, NJ — The winners of the 2016 NJ Stage Awards were announced in the latest issue of New Jersey Stage magazine (  Awards were chosen by the public via a month-long online vote to find the best places to experience art in New Jersey.  Categories included art, comedy, dance, film, music, theatre, and best town.

Montclair was chosen as Best Town for an Arts Night Out, but winners came from throughout the state including Atlantic City, Dunellen, Jersey City, Metuchen, Newark, New Brunswick, Princeton, Red Bank, and Toms River.

Several venues held on to the top spot from 2015 including New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, which retained its top spots in Music for Best Place To See A National Act and Best Place For Classical Music; and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, which held on to the top spot in two theatre categories: Best Place To See A Touring Production and Best Place To See Children’s Theatre.  Meanwhile the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City held on to Best Film Festival; Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen kept on top of Best Place To See Emerging Musical Artists;  and Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick was once again named Best Place To See A World / NJ Premiere in theatre.

“The public was allowed to vote once a day per IP address,” explained Gary Wien, publisher of New Jersey Stage.  “This allowed the smallest of arts organizations the same opportunity as the largest.  We saw venues push voting on their websites, social media pages, and at the venues themselves.”

A few surprises included the Elephant Talk Music Indie Music Festival, which was voted as the Best Annual Music Festival; Dragonfly Multicultural Arts Center for Best Place To See Non-Equity Theatre; and Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts for Best Place To See Live Dance Performances.

The top 3 vote getters for each category are listed in New Jersey Stage magazine and on a permanent page of the website.  In addition, the winners receive a free banner ad that rotates and spotlights one winner and links back to their website (the ads will run until the 2017 NJ Stage Award winners are announced).  Individual press releases for each genre will also point a spotlight on the top 3 winners in each category.

“Our goal is to give arts organizations and venues the chance to be seen by a larger audience,” said Wien.  “The NJ Stage Awards currently exist online, but plans are underway to create a true awards night.”

For the complete list of 2016 NJ Stage Award winners visit


Habitat for Humanity’s Holiday Cheer Reception

SHREWSBURY, NJ – The Guild of Creative Art is pleased to host Habitat for Humanity’s Holiday Cheer Reception which will be held on Tuesday, December 6th.

The night will consist of music, light refreshments and spirits.

Habitat will also be drawing at 7:30PM the winners of the Holiday Cheer Limited Share Raffle.

1st Prize = 25% of gross proceeds

2nd Prize = 15% of gross proceeds

3rd Prize = 10% of gross proceeds

Tickets are on sale all the way till the night of December 6th.

To purchase tickets, please visit us at

The Holiday Cheer Reception will also be displaying work from our previous partnered event, Art for Homes.

Attendees of the Holiday Cheer Reception will have the chance to view and purchase the art displayed.

Proceeds will once again be split between Habitat for Humanity and The Guild to help continue both missions that serve the community.

For more information on how to purchase tickets, please contact Rebecca at [email protected] or 732-728-0441 ext.318.


The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra to Accompany Thomas Edison’s Silent Holiday Films

peacherine ragtime society orchestraPHOTO: The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will perform live the songs of several Edison short Christmas films as they appear on screen at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre in Union, N.J. on December 4.

UNION, N.J. – The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will perform at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre on Sunday, December 4. The orchestra will play live music to accompany several of Thomas Edison’s short Christmas films, performing the musical selections as they were first presented with the films original debuts. 

“This is a different take on the whole yuletide experience,” said Andrew Greene, Peacherine’s director. “We have access to the first film versions of the best known Christmas stories. People don’t realize that Jingle Bells was originally written during the ragtime era.”

The Christmas Classics program combines several Edison short films from 1905-1929, including A Christmas Carol, The Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus vs. Cupid and the hilarious Laurel & Hardy short Big Business. These shows are combined with Christmas-themed ragtime selections, such as the Reindeer Rag, written in 1915.

“Very few people play ragtime anymore,” said Greene. “Some people like it for the sense of nostalgia because it reminds them of a time gone by. But a lot of young people are discovering how fun the music is. They’re finding it’s a breath of fresh air for their rap and rock ears.”

Twelve musicians will recreate the music for these Christmas shows, some playing vintage instruments, including two coronets from 1919 and a 1918 drum set complete with sound effects. “We will even have a slide trombone parody of the Hallelujah Chorus,” said Greene. “It’s a very fun take on it.”

The professional ensemble is primarily composed of musicians under age 30, which is no surprise since Greene himself is only 25 years old. He developed a love of ragtime music when, at age 11, his piano teacher gave him a break from Chopin and introduced him to Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag.

“It was so different and lively and wonderful,” he said. “I’ve been on a break from classical music for 14 years now. There’s an innate sense of happiness and joy that comes from ragtime that I just find irresistible.”

Greene founded Peacherine when he was a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to this neglected but historically important music. The orchestra has appeared at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, American Film Institute, historic theaters and performing arts centers across the country. 

In addition to the film accompaniments, Peacherine offers concert programs that highlight the music of the late 1800s and early 1900s with selections by composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, W.C. Handy, George M. Cohan and Scott Joplin.

The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will perform at Kean Stage’s Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Ave., Union,N.J. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $18 and are available at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre, by phone at 908-737 SHOW (7469) or online at

New Jersey Artists to Play Benefit for Standing Rock Before Delivering Sustainable Power Device to Water Protectors

matthew brown solarPHOTO: Matthew Brown of the Homeless Apians standing next to the solar power charging station he built to support the Standing Rock effort.

ASBURY PARK, NJ – A benefit concert to support the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Pipeline is being organized by local New Jersey musicians. The event will take place at The Saint Nightclub in Asbury Park on November 28, 2016, tickets are $10 – $20 and the event is from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Matthew Brown of the band The Homeless Apians, who is organizing the benefit concert said “No matter your cause, now is the time to step out of your comfort zone, pool resources, and take action.” Continue reading New Jersey Artists to Play Benefit for Standing Rock Before Delivering Sustainable Power Device to Water Protectors

Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert at Middletown Township Public Library

band of the two riversMIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Township Public Library located at 55 New Monmouth Road is proud to present The Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert, a 25 piece band on Saturday, December 10th beginning at 2:00. Sponsored by the Friends of Middletown Library.

The free concert will take place in the library’s Community Room. The Middletown Township Library is conveniently located just one-third of a mile east of Route 35 North.

Red Bank Regional High School Presents Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Dec 1 through 3

rbr cruciblePHOTO: RBR presents Arthur Miller’s American Classic play, The Crucible on December 1through Dec 3 at 7 pm at the Red Bank Regional Theatre in Little Silver. Pictured above are members of the main cast (left to right): Abigail Williams (Skyler Post, Shrewsbury); Reverend Parris (Jay Izzo, Little Silver); Elizabeth Proctor (Erin, McEvoy, Neptune City); John Proctor (Maximum Portman, Little Silver); Reverend John Hale (Samuel Zatorski, Red Bank); Giles Corey (Luke Pearlberg, Brielle). Continue reading Red Bank Regional High School Presents Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Dec 1 through 3

Family Day at Monmouth County Historical Association

mcha molly pitcherPhoto caption: Learn about Molly Pitcher and more at Family Day on Friday 11/25 at our museum (photo credit: McKay Imaging LLC)

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Historical Association’s museum at 70 Court Street will hold a special Family Day on Friday, November 25, 2016 from 10am to 4pm.

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