Arts & Entertainment

May 10, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall this week unveiled designs for its new exterior renovation, a project which began last year.  The project is part of a three-phase, $50 million effort set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based architectural firm Clarke ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Community support has given Akwaaba Gallery owner Laura Bonas-Palmer an injection of hope after the COVID-19 pandemic nearly shuttered her business just three months ago.  When the pandemic forced Bonas-Palmer to close the doors of her West Ward art gallery in March 2020, a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are calling on residents to submit their feedback on proposed designs for a Harriet Tubman monument to be constructed in Washington Park.  After five local, critically acclaimed artists were selected by city officials earlier this year to propose preliminary designs ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When the documentary filmmaker duo Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno trained their lens on poverty in Newark, they did it not just to spotlight a serious socio-economic issue. The husband and wife team want to use their camera as a tool to take down a plague that has blighted the city ...

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NEWARK, NJ – More than 30 local artists came together this week to work on a one-of-a-kind “Black Lives Matter” mural which encompassed a year’s worth of planning and preparation.  After the killing of George Floyd sparked protests and rallies around the country in 2020, it served as a catalyst ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "I totally forgot I submitted. I was in shock when I won!" Scotch Plains-based author Robert Constant's marketing plan for his latest children's book was derailed by COVID, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Longtime Newark resident and artist, Suliman Onque, may have been commissioned to create various community-inspired works over the years, but his most recent piece holds a weighted significance with just one week remaining until election day for the Newark School Board of ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Newark Symphony Hall will host a new production this summer, Richard Wesley's "Black Terror."   As the hall's first company-in-residence, the Yendor Theatre Company (YTC) production will be co-produced by Los Angeles-based WACO Theater Center and directed by WACO Co-Artistic ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Magi Kapllani established the DEA Music & Art school in 2003 in Staten Island, her goal was to educate students through artistic mediums and has expanded the program to three locations.  Now, the founder is looking to bring the program to Newark.  “Newark caught my eye,” ...

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NEWARK, NJ – The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will welcome Newark Museum of Art Director and CEO Linda Harrison to its board of trustees.  The AAMD board on Monday announced Harrison's appointment. She is one of five new trustees, which include the directors of the Philbrook Museum ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A second round of funding aimed to support local artists and art groups during the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up for applications, Newark officials announced.  The next round of funding will be provided through the city’s Creative Catalyst Fund to aid the community's artists with ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A long-standing series of exhibitions aimed to highlight the state's artists hosted by the Newark Museum of Art will return this summer and feature the works of four local artists.  As part of the 2021 New Jersey Arts Annual "ReVision and Respond" exhibition, Newark artists Anthony ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Five artists have been selected by Newark officials to submit preliminary designs for a monument that will honor Harriet Tubman - the heroic abolitionist who made the city an important stop on the Underground Railroad as she led enslaved African-Americans out of the South to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Symphony Hall’s (NSH) 19-member board of directors will be headed by a new chairperson.  As New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, officials from the symphony hall announced on Thursday that Newark’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Director fayemi shakur ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Akwaaba Gallery owner Laura Bonas Palmer opened up her West Ward location in February 2019, she said that her mission was to provide a place where artists could sell their work and make a sustainable living on the pieces that they create. The COVID-19 pandemic forced her to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark students celebrated Black History Month with a virtual event on Thursday where they showcased their culture and pride through a series of performances.   BRICK Education Network, a Newark-based charter management organization, hosted a virtual arts performance that marked the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The board of trustees for New Jersey’s largest art institution will now be headed by two new leaders.   Officials of The Newark Museum of Art announced last week that businessmen, Eric Fitzgerald Reed, vice president of Public Policy & Community Engagement for Verizon ...

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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Twenty-five years ago, the epic album titled, “The Score” was recorded and released by the Fugees at the Booga Basement, located at 232 South Clinton Street in East Orange, New Jersey, and released on February 13, 1996.  The album which combined, Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — “I Say a Little Prayer for...” Dionne Warwick, the musical icon, six-time Grammy winner, and East Orange native, who has been nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.  Winners will be announced in May and the ceremony will take place in the fall of ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Two local education institutions partnered for a community engagement project to celebrate equality through art and expression at a recent virtual event.  Staff and students from Great Oaks Legacy Charter High School in Newark and Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A former Newark resident and Arts High School student was recently designated to lead a Los Angeles company's motion picture department.  Jamila Jordan-Theus, a former South Ward resident and graduate of Newark’s Arts High School and the sister of actor Michael B. Jordan, was tabbed ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Commencing a month-long celebration of Black history, the Newark Public Library hosted a virtual discussion event this weekend with Newark-native Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and founding director of the National Museum of African American ...

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SPARTA, NJ – History is being made in Sparta as seven girls earn the rank of Eagle Scout in Scout Troop 1150.  The girls are among the first in Scouts BSA who are eligible for the rank.  Scouts BSA opened their program to girls in 2018 and set Feb 2021 as the first date they are eligible to become ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County residents ages 60 and older are invited to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2021 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest. The deadline is Monday, April 5. “Our senior citizens ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, located in downtown Newark, is the recent recipient of a bequest totaling $20 million from Johnson & Johnson family matriarch and philanthropist, Betty Wold Johnson.  Officials of the Newark venue announced on Tuesday that Johnson’s ...

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NEWARK, NJ — For those who find themselves wishing they could own the artifacts they see in museums, a special auction from the Newark Museum of Art is making that wish a reality.  In partnership with Remember When Antiques and Estate Sales, LLC, NMoA has listed more than 700 items from its ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Young people in middle and high school are encouraged to submit short films for consideration in the Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition.  Submissions are now open for the annual Montclair Film Emerging Filmmaker Competition (EFC), a film competition open to students ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Montclair History Center's Holiday House Tour was selected as the top choice in the Northeast and fourth place in the nation in USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice award. “We’re beyond excited to be among the top five nationally,” says Jane Eliasof, Executive Director of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark native, actor and producer Michael B. Jordan is preparing to launch an HBCU college basketball event, the Hoop Dreams Classic, in partnership with WME Sports, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE and the entertainment marketing agency Scout.  The inaugural showcase ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The social justice public art initiative that painted the words “All Black Lives Matter” in the streets of Newark this summer has added two more murals to its collection, the city announced Thursday.  The project, which leverages a partnership with the city to fund public art by ...

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