Arts & Entertainment

September 15, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — One panel alongside the Camden County Correctional Facility’s brick exterior will soon radiate with tangerine skies and a bright blue river of a new mural: “Hope is a Waking Dream.” Angela Brown, 23, says the seed that led to the design was the idea of hands signifying ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — When MC Kass shouted “Dale!,” the crowd proudly replied, “Boricua!” It didn’t take much to get the spirits high in Camden on Saturday as “La Borinqueña” got underway. Unable to have this year’s Puerto Rican Parade — a Camden tradition held for over 60 years — residents instead ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Six young people of color — whose art spans poetry, spoken word, painting and music — took the “virtual stage” for the South Camden Theatre Company’s online premiere Friday. Dubbed “Virtual Variety Slam — Black Lives Matter” the video featurette (available to view here) is the first ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — As of mid-September residents will begin to notice art installations throughout Camden, spotlighting not only familiar faces in the city but bringing more attention to the ongoing issue of illegal dumping.  As part of the “Camden Is Bright Not Blight” project created by Camden ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — One side of the Camden County Correctional Facility will soon bare a new mural.  Before it becomes a reality, residents have the opportunity to vote on their favorite from among the 11 finalists.  "The mural is intended to reflect the following themes and its intersection with ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Collaboration. It will be the guiding light for the Camden community as it looks to address a controversial mosaic frieze on the Rutgers-Camden campus this fall.  In June, the university said it would obscure the frieze (entitled “America Receiving the Gifts of a Nation") because ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Starting Wednesday, the Camden County Youth Services Commission (CCYSC) and the Department of Corrections have begun accepting mural submissions for a countywide contest. “Community engagement is critical. We want our residents feel like this is a message that they generated, not ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — “Where are you finding your moments of joy, peace and tranquility?”  That was the prompt the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association (NVHA) presented to writers — both near and far — this week, as part of its ongoing “Haiku in Action” program. After choosing weekly winners throughout the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — That Connect the Lots’ (CTL) drive-in movie feature was rained out to June 6 last month allowed history buffs to point out a nifty piece of trivia: it was exactly 88 years to the date the nation’s first drive-in opened in Camden. “It was an added-bonus,” joked Vedra Chandler, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Names called out in prayer during a libation on the waterfront, and red, black and green Pan-African flags gliding through the air in a motorcade were just the preview for residents celebrating Juneeteenth in Camden on Friday. The commemoration honors the day in 1865 when Union ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — More than 500 people gathered in Camden on Sunday to peacefully protest following the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police brutality. It came a week after hundreds marched in solidarity in the city, joined by the Camden County police chief and other ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — COVID-19 has thrown many Camden and Greater Philadelphia area artists for a loop.  Whether it be contracts that never came to fruition due to closures, difficulty accessing funds at their disposal or, simply, the creative and mental constraints caused by sheltering in place two ...

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What is life after COVID-19 for performing arts organizations in small cities like Camden? Will organizations like Superior Arts, Camden Rep, IDEA Center for the Arts and others be forced to close before we are able to celebrate our grand openings? Absolutely not, today we are working to ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Tom Marchetty, the owner of The Factory Workers, said he was ready to "hit second-gear" with his contribution to “A New View — Camden" — six large-scale works of art spread out throughout the city and initially set to begin installation this May.  For his part, Marchetty has been ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Dolores Poacelli, a Collingswood resident who also showcases her work in Camden, scrambled to collect what she could from her art studio in Philadelphia’s Italian Market about this time last month. The 74-year-old multimedia artist had an inkling of what the next month would hold so ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — You’ve seen Sean Brown if you’ve spent any significant amount of time in Camden.  Whether that’s been while the local activist and political strategist was attending a city council meeting, putting in hours as the head of the Young Urban Leaders, or addressing the school board — ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — In the early 2000s, the waterfront south — an area in Camden historically associated with public littering and moldered buildings — was actually fertile ground for the arts.  The problem was, nobody knew it.  “We were the first ones,” South Camden Theatre Company’s (SCTC) ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden FireWorks will host an opening reception for their 3rd Annual Local Artists Invitational on Sunday. Cassie MacDonald, coordinator for Camden FireWorks, said that anyone interested in becoming part of the exhibition still has time to submit work. Artists of all ages and ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden’s latest effort to tackle the issue of illegal dumping can be best exemplified by Tom Marchetty’s casual Sunday. “It was a few days ago that I was driving around Camden and suddenly, I found an old beam that someone had just thrown on the side of the road. I took a long look ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — William Shakespeare's rueful prince will take the stage in Rutgers-Camden's production of “Hamlet” — set for its 2020 premiere on Feb. 12. “It's a play of deep sadness and outrage, but also of humanity and friendship,” said Director Damon Bonetti, a three-time Barrymore Award ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — This past Wednesday marked Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday. This weekend, Camden locals will celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader with a variety of gatherings. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Dr. Martin ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — When the Institute for the Development of Education in the Arts (IDEA) saw their rent raised to $4,000 in March 2016 at the old South Jersey Performing Arts Center, it’s founder couldn’t help feel disheartened. After eight years there, IDEA — an arts education and creative learning ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be closed for about two hours Sunday morning and the Camden waterfront and downtown area will be inaccessible to cars as the annual Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge Charity Event takes place. The bridge will be closed Nov. 3 from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. to ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — As part of its effort to provide safe Halloween options for children and families, the city is calling all ghouls and goblins to attend its Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 30 at the Camden Waterfront.  The Trunk-or-treat is a community-based event in which Camden’s participating ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Ever wanted to learn more about the history and culture that defines Halloween? Later this month, the Honors College at Rutgers University–Camden will host a free, public presentation in the style of a TED Talk that highlights various aspects of the holiday. The event, which ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Chef Walter Staib, the renowned host of the Emmy Award-winning "A Taste of History," will host a special screening of the cooking series at the Camden County Historical Society next month. Pomona Hall, a 1726 brick mansion operated by the Historical Society, recently served as a ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The issue of illegal dumping in Camden, said Vedra Chandler, community events manager for Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, is not small. “It costs the city of Camden about $4 million a year to collect mattresses, TVs, furniture, trash bags,” she said, “all the things that we see piled up ...

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