Thursday, March 28, 2013
Belleville High School graduate explains the dissolution of beloved emo band.
It took the liberation of a trapped bird for Gerard Way to accept that the 12-year stint of his mega-successful alternative rock band My Chemical Romance was over. Writing in a long and elusive essay on twitlonger, the Belleville High School graduate explained to fans that “there was no divorce, argument, failure, accident, villain, or knife in the back” that precipitate the break up that “ had been quietly in the works.” Instead, the end of the band was seemingly precipitated by Way’s feeling during an Asbury Park performance that felt unpleasantly disassociated from his music. The band’s breakup on Friday via a brief statement on their official website followed four acclaimed and high selling records and a string of modern rock radio …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Popular game show offers prizes ranging from cash to cars
One of the most popular game shows of all time is coming to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in a few months. The Price is Right, Live!, which allows contestants to compete for vacations, cash, appliances and cars by playing games of chance like Plinko, Cliffhangers and the Big Wheel, will be broadcast from the center May 26. Tickets, including VIP packages for premium seats, are still available. Contestants must be at least 18 years old. Online registration is required. To register or for more information, click here.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Photographic chronicle of a Newark literary great now on display at library's main branch
To mark the 80th birthday of Philip Roth, the famed Newark novelist whose upbringing in Weequahic serves as the backdrop to many of his works, the Newark Public Library has launched an exhibition of photos taken throughout his life. “Philip Roth: An Exhibit of Photos from a Lifetime” will be in view through Aug. 31 on the second-floor gallery of the main branch at 5 Washington St. The exhibit is free and open during regular library hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 am to 5:30 pm; and Wednesday: 9 am to 8:30 pm. This exhibit is comprised of photographs from Roth’s own collections, most never before seen by the public, along with images from the Library’s Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, curated by …
Friday, March 22, 2013
From amateur elementary school performances to music competitions at NJPAC, lots to choose from around the county.
Scouting for Food Scouts and Rotarians will be collecting food donations outside the Nutley Park ShopRite at 437 Franklin Ave all day. Broadway Barely Legal Today, 7:30 p.m. 4th Wall Theatre 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield $25 The show features “coming of age” songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals of the last two decades. The one-night-only performance has become a highly anticipated part of 4th Wall’s season each year, and it will again feature members of the 4th Wall family of performers from the past and present. The evening will include a live auction and a post-performance reception. All proceeds will go toward future productions. Shana Farr Headlines March Music at the Mansion Sunday, 3 p.m. Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Get your gin fizz on with Studio B's popular Speakeasy Series at the Woman's Club.
When was the last time you gave a secret password at the door, ordered a cup of Prohibition Punch, and found yourself in the middle of the hottest, hippest entertainment around? Studio B, a Maplewood/South Orange arts organization known for showcasing local talent and offering new-and-unusual performance events, is bringing back its enormously popular Speakeasy Series for another turn around the dance floor. This vaudeville-style variety show channels an era when tap, jazz, magic, comedy and film would be wrapped together into one seemless -- and totally entertaining -- evening of performance. "The Speakeasy gives audiences the opportunity to see so many dynamic, amazing talents in one place," says Marcy Thompson, co-founder of Studio …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Public invited to attend event at Weequahic High Thursday
The public is invited to take part in a panel discussion entitled “What Are We Dancing To: Hip Hop, Rap or Death Music,” this Thursday, Feb. 28 from 1:30 to 2:40 pm at Weequahic High School, 279 Chancellor Ave in Newark. The panel, which will include students, teachers, journalists, activists and others, will explore questions surrounding the musical genre, such as whether hip hop is a positive force promoting unity and empowerment or a negative one glamorizing black self-hatred, crime and misogyny. Panelists include Jah Jah Shakur, hip hop scholar and activist; Ras Baraka, principal of Central High School and South Ward Councilman; Al Tarik Onque, hip hop artist and community activist of Stop Shooting music; Sharif Amenhotep, community …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Sign up for the Patch newsletter and email your name to win two pairs of free tickets to Memphis-native Booker T. Jones' show on Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m.
Memphis-native Booker T. Jones will bring his unique musical style – a mixture of Mississippi Delta blues mixed with a touch of classic instrumental soul and funk to South Orange on Friday, March 1. Want to see the performance courtesy of Patch? We're teaming up with the South Orange Performing Arts Center, located at 1 SOPAC Way, and giving away two pairs of tickets to see Jones’ 8 p.m. performance. To enter to win one of Patch's pairs of free tickets, first sign up for the Patch newsletter, then email Essex County Associate Regional Editor Jack Durschlag at email@example.com with your contact information — including your name and email address and hometown, as well as a daytime and night time phone number. All entries must be …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Essex County Legacies Writing Contest deadline is March 25.
Are you an Essex County senior with a story to tell about a special person, experience or significant period of your life? Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Senior Services are inviting Essex seniors ages 60 and older to submit an original story to the 2013 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. “Our senior citizens have led interesting lives and I am always impressed by the stories that are submitted. Our Legacies Contest is an opportunity for our older residents to remember their past and share their experiences with family, friends and the younger generation,” DiVincenzo said. “It’s never too early to begin collecting your thoughts and writing your drafts. I encourage all our seniors to …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
David Lubar and Wendy Mass will speak at the South Orange library on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.
Acclaimed authors for young readers, David Lubar and Wendy Mass, will discuss their books and their love of reading on Sunday, Feb. 10th, at 2 p.m. at the South Orange Public Library. The event will be open to the entire family and will be sponsored by the Friends of the South Orange Public Library and Sparkhouse. David Lubar is an author of numerous books for teens. He is also an electronic game programmer, who programmed Super Breakout for the Nintendo Game Boy, and Frogger for both the SNES and Game Boy. As a game designer, he designed the game Frogger2: Swampy’s Revenge for the Nintendo Game Boy Color. His works include the novel, ” Dunk”, a favorite check out at the library. It is about a young man at the Jersey shore, where …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Musical Theater Club staging Sondheim classic
Monday, February 4
The Musical Theater Club at Good Shepherd Academy, 24 Brookline Ave. in Nutley, will be performing “Into the Woods Jr.”, a family-friendly adaptation of the smash Stephen Sondheim musical. The musical features some of the most beloved figures of classic children’s literature, including Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack, all of whom are bound together in a magical adventure that sends them “into the woods.” Showtimes are Feb. 15 and 16 at 7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 pm . Tickets are $5 for children and students and $8 for adults and can be purchased at the door. For more information call the school office at 973-667-2049, ext 100.