Arts & Entertainment

April 19, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — Newark artist Gary Campbell, dressed to the nines on a walk through Branch Brook Park just before it was ordered closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, peered through his chic dark glasses at a world gone dim due to disease. But as the park's famed cherry blossom trees ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Saint Patrick's Day Parade will not march through the downtown of New Jersey's largest city this Friday, its postponement announced amidst a rising tide of anxiety and apprehension about the surge of the coronavirus pandemic around the world, as well as being part of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The rising tension between management and staff at WBGO, Newark's world-renowned jazz radio station, exploded this week as the station's president and CEO resigned amid allegations that an African-American staff member was fired in retaliation for raising concerns about the station's ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Art Museum celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. in a day of theatrical performances, dance, art and more in the Reverend’s honor. The museum attracted an estimated 1,500 people who had the option of viewing the "I Have a Dream" speech on a continuous loop, engage in ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The first phase to transform facades and surfaces around Newark into art is now complete.  Fourteen murals have been painted around Treat Place and Beaver Street in Downtown Newark as part of the Four Corners Public Arts' initiative.   The multi-phase project is a public-private ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Museum rolled out an official rebrand nearly two years in the making on Wednesday, greeting visitors with a new name and logo for a daylong community celebration.  Now the Newark Museum of Art, museum leadership said the historical institution decided to refresh its identity ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark, the wait has ended. The suffering is over. Joy will erupt. McGovern's Tavern, a Newark icon and institution, will reopen on Friday. Let the Guinness flow.  "I'm not going to say it's going to be the best day of my life, but it's going to be up there," said co-owner Pat ...

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NEWARK — When actress MJ Rodriguez came back to her native Newark hometown, she kept an audience of students from the city's Arts High School locked in with one word: love  "My trans-ness, my black-ness, my Latin-ness, everything about me, doesn't make me different from nobody else," said ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Following trend with many other cultural centers nationwide, Symphony Hall will host its first-ever Trunk-or-Treat event for the Newark community this weekend. Trunk-or-Treating is a safe alternative for the city’s children to dress up and collect candy in the spirit of Halloween.

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NEWARK, NJ -- Joined on the stage by Gov. Phil Murphy, arts supporters and Newark city officials, New Jersey Performing Arts Center President John Schreiber revealed Tuesday that the theater broke the $100 million mark in its current fundraising campaign.  The  “All Together Now” initiative, now ...

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NEWARK, NJ - As the Newark Arts Festival takes over the city, those who make and back the arts want to take over Newark's narrative.  "Arts and cities go together. When you take creative communities and you bring them together in cities like Newark, you get vibrancy. You get people whose voices ...

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After months of anticipation, McGovern's Tavern, a true Newark icon, is about to see the light of day.  The first thing seen when entering the now-renovated McGovern's are the new windows, a major change from how the dark bar has been for as long as most patrons' living memory. But for the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - When Salamishah Tillet looks at the sculptured monument that dominates the center of Military Park in downtown Newark, she knows the past is never dead. It's not even past.  "Monuments are fraught with meaning, but are also physically quite visible and understood by people in their ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Jonathan Tisch, the Jersey-born third-generation hotelier and business-leader, and his wife Lizzie, are contributing $5 million to NJPAC’s 20th-anniversary capital campaign. The donation will be used to support the Arts Center as it expands its work in arts education, civic and ...

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NEWARK, NJ - It was a little difficult for Darren Miller to get started with his poem, so he rocked back and forth on his feet a bit.  “I really don’t talk too much about the things that I've been through because I'm still here,” said Miller as he stood in front of a crowd at the Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A new mural initiative between developers and nonprofits that work closely with the city isn't being welcomed with open arms by local artists who say the project will beautify areas they may soon be pushed out of. RBH Group is working with other developers and nonprofits, including ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Paterson rapper Fetty Wap made a quick appearance Sunday during the 14th annual Lincoln Park Music Festival.  Hundreds watched the rapper, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, as he performed about three songs during the final day of the three-day music event. The performance was not ...

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NEWARK, NJ - More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the 14th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, a three-day event that began today.  The park will be filled with hip hop, house, jazz and soul music from noon to 9 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, but will also give attendees more than ...

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  Yvonne Onque has watched the transformation of Washington Park go from a place she frequented as a child to an area of Newark later neglected. “I’ve lived with this park,” Onque said. “This is part of my DNA.” On Thursday afternoon, Onque, 68, was among two-dozen people painting the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Adrienne Wheeler grew up around the arts and even worked as a photographer at one point, but her approach to making money in the industry changed when she had a baby.  “I stopped working when my daughter was born, and this was really a pivotal moment for me in the arts,” said ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The mural painted at a vacant, dilapidated police precinct in the South Ward by local artists and the Newark Community Street Team is the start of something bigger.    MORE: Newark's North Ward Gets Second Police Precinct “We're going to beautify this whole space back here,” said ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Rainbow colors filled Broad Street between Lincoln and Washington Park during Sunday afternoon for the 14th annual Newark Pride parade.  A festival followed the parade near Washington Park where people gathered for fashion shows, food, dancing and more. The parade and festival were ...

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NEWARK, NJ - About three years ago, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey with local volunteers began to plan working on a mural with renowned Newark artist Rodney Gilbert.  The girls wanted a mural that showcased women empowerment after Gilbert and his organization, Yendor Productions, worked with ...

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NEWARK - Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is announcing five murals - one in each ward of Newark - to be created by scouts, local artists, and community members through Fall 2019. "Girl Scouts Paint Newark" celebrates the legacy of women and girls in Newark and their contributions to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Some of the Ironbound’s best-kept secret outdoor dining spots will come to the forefront Saturday with a little help from a tour guide.  Fifteen people will get to discover outdoor hidden courtyards or patios of three notable area restaurants: Mompou Tapas Wine Bar and Lounge, Catas ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Rutgers University–Newark’s Queer Newark Oral History Project has teamed up with Audible to stage a public-history exhibit documenting local LGBTQ history through the stories of those who live it.  “At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project,” draws ...

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Newark NJ - If house music is your thing, then put Riverfront Park on your list of must visit venues this summer. Throughout the summer, hundreds of people gather at Riverfront Park to listen, and dance to, house music, a genre of electronic dance music (EDM) with roots in Chicago. This regular ...

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NEWARK, NJ - With the help of an ArtStart grant, Celeste Bateman and Gary Campbell will be able to put together a film about Newark artists who have died in recent years. The documentary will focus on several artists and cultural icons, including Jerry Gant, the late Clement Price and the late ...

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NEWARK, NJ - One of Newark’s most iconic gospel choirs is sure to rock hearts and souls during an upcoming performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Queen Latifah said. “Come enjoy the music, the festivities,” said Queen Latifah, who was born in Newark and raised in East Orange.

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