January 31, 2023

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Here’s the morning update of New Jersey’s art news. We publish between 8 and 15 new articles and news reports every day. Nobody covers the arts across the Garden State quite like the New Jersey Stage!

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Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom is coming to the RVCC Theater


(BRANCHBURG, NJ) – The Raritan Valley Community College Theater in Branchburg will present the LA Theater Works production of Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom on Sunday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m tells the hilarious true story behind one of America’s favorite television comedies, I Love Lucy.


“A Man for All Seasons” ends this weekend at Westfield Community Players


(WESTFIELD, NJ) – The second production of the 2022-23 season for Westfield Community Players is A Man for All Seasons. This tragic historical drama provides a brilliant portrayal of Sir Thomas More in his final years as Lord Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII. The production closes this weekend with performances on 27th and 28th January at 8pm; January 29 at 2:00 p.m.



The Weeklings Release “I’ve Just Seen A Face”


The Weeklings kicked off 2023 with the release of I’ve Just Seen A Face – a cover of the Beatles classic reimagined as only The Weeklings can.



The ShowRoom Celebrates Black History Month With A Screening Of The Color Purple


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) — The ShowRoom Cinema is celebrating Black History Month with a one-time screening of The Color Purple on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The film was selected by Asbury Park Councilor Yvonne Clayton, who will present it tonight.

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Angelic Short Fereshteh will screen at the Spring 2023 New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, January 28


“Hello mommy, my beautiful Fereshteh,” she greets her mother over a voicemail, letting her know that she and her father would not come to dinner, leaving her mother back in her familiar solitude. The short film Fereshteh by filmmaker Elika Rezaee describes the everyday life of an Iranian woman who spends the whole day in the company of herself and her dogs. The word “Fereshteh” means “angel” in Urdu, and I think its inclusion in the title underscores how much the protagonist emulates the ideal image of an angelic parent or natural caregiver who puts the needs of his family ahead of his own. Her role as a mother begins immediately within the film, but of course not for traditional children. Her dogs keep her company since her husband and real human children are away from home; busy with other things. We never experience their physical presence, but hear about them through phone calls. After watching the film a second time, I realized that the main character’s dialogue consists only of words related to her service to the needs of her loved ones, asking: if “everyone got home safe last night” , “Are they hungry,” and cooks them a meal that no one actually eats. It’s a sacrifice many parents, more often mothers, have to make in order to fulfill their assigned responsibilities that revolve around maintaining a well-functioning home.



Rowan University Art Gallery presents “SuperCellular”, a new site-specific immersive art gallery experience


(GLASSBORO, NJ) – Rowan University Art Gallery presents SuperCellular, a new collaborative, site-specific, immersive art gallery experience by Carolyn Healy and John JH Phillips. The exhibition, which debuts January 30, runs until March 25, 2023, with an opening reception and artist talk on February 2 from 5pm to 7pm. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.


Ocean County Library Barnegat Branch February Exhibit: Red Rose Kay Photography & Multimedia


(BARNEGAT, NJ) – The Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library is presenting Kaylee McGrath’s images, “Red Rose Kay Photography & Multimedia” throughout February.


Monmouth University Gallery Exhibit & Film Screening focuses on the experiences of transgender/gender nonconforming older adults


(WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ) – The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University and the LGBT+ Older Adult Project present Aging and the Lived Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (T/GNC) Older Adults: Narratives through Art at the Pollak Gallery now through March 11th. As narrated with their own voices through art and film, the artists in this juried exhibition share some of the diverse lived experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming older adults (T/GNC).


Ocean County Library Toms River Branch presents “Of Land and Sea”


(TOMS RIVER, NJ) – Local vistas captured on canvas by Ocean County artist Errol “Bud” Sylvester will be on display throughout February at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. “Of Land and Sea” will occupy the McConnell Gallery.



Mercer County Community College is celebrating Black History Month 2023 with a variety of events


(WEST WINDSOR, NJ) – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is celebrating Black History Month 2023 with a series of events. Students, alumni and community members are all invited to participate.


Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Presents Meet Harriet Tubman


For Black History Month, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) presents “Meet Harriet Tubman,” a special virtual performance by actress and educator Dr. Daisy Century from the American Historical Theater. For one night only on February 7th at 6pm, Dr. Century will portray brave abolitionist and American heroine Harriet Tubman live on Zoom with audience Q&A.


NJ Senators Menendez and Booker secure $3.5 million in federal funding for Lincoln Park restoration project


(NEWARK, NJ) – Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) has announced $3,550,000 in federal funding for the Lincoln Park Restoration Project, which will improve the green space of the community of the same name, Lincoln Park, a National urgent Historic landmark that for more than 300 years has served a variety of city residents as one of the original public gathering places of Newark’s colonial-era commons—the South Commons—renamed Lincoln Park to commemorate the to commemorate President Lincoln’s visit to the area in 1861.


Charles F. Lowrey and Carmen Villar were elected Co-Chairs of the NJPAC Board of Directors


(NEWARK, NJ) – Charles F. Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), and Carmen Villar, vice president of social business innovation at Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) was elected co-chair of the board of directors of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the arts center announced on January 24, 2023.


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