Arts & Entertainment

April 30, 2021

TRENTON — Governor Phil Murphy announced the Your Voice, Your Shot video contest that urges New Jersey residents to share why they and others are getting vaccinated. The contest calls for compelling, creative, and captivating videos, and a number of finalists will be chosen. The public will then ...

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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-19, but a recent award is giving his book new life.  Hello Grandma!, Constant's second children book ...

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Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses LONG BRANCH, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law S-3521, which provides $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for arts and cultural venues throughout New Jersey. The bill — sponsored by Senators Joseph ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Live theater is returning to Floods Hill this summer with an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. “Shakespeare in Our Park” will run in partnership with South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs and Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. The ...

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EAST HANOVER, NJ — The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced live in-person performances. The theater group will be reopening their Back Yard Stage in Florham Park, an outdoor venue that will accommodate COVID safety precautions, said the group. Shakespeare’s perennial favorite, A ...

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PATERSON, NJ — New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. These are just some of the cities in which the voice of B.K. Kirkland has become a household name over the radio waves throughout the years.   However, after decades of befriending, showcasing, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Trenton City Hall posed as the United States Capitol recently as TV star Patrick Dempsey and the crew of the upcoming CBS program “Ways and Means” In looking for a location to shoot the political drama, the show re-imagined the Town Hall in the New Jersey Capitol as the Capitol in ...

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — This Thursday, Middlesex County officials got to meet Chris Meloni and some Law and Order: Organized Crime crew members as they set up to film at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Training Center in Edison. Filming gave some locals a behind-the-scenes look at the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Singer, jazz supporter and community activist Lee Boswell-May now has a street named in her memory; May passed away in April 2020 at 74.  The ceremony was livestreamed this morning on the South Orange Village Facebook page. All who spoke mentioned her dedication to music in ...

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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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EAST ORANGE, NJ — Shut the streets down and “Enter the Wu”. This past week, parts of North Arlington Ave. in East Orange were closed for the filming of “Wu Tang Clan: An American Saga.” The television series can be viewed on Hulu. Wu-Tang shocked the world with their 1993 debut album, “Enter the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Township Committee has passed the ordinance to issue $12 million in bonds for its library reconstruction project. The Maplewood Library will also be fundraising to supplement the bond money and the $8.3 million being granted by the state. The project will be a total ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ —The Maplewoodstock Volunteer Committee announced yesterday that “it is with some sadness, but also some optimism, that we have decided to postpone Maplewoodstock 2021 until the weekend of October 2-3.” The annual two-day music and arts festival, which draws tens of thousands of ...

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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. Warwick has also lived in Maplewood.  Winners will be announced in May and the ceremony in ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE — Both towns are gearing up for a month of socially distant educational Black History Month programming. Both the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center and the General Store Cooperative on Springfield Avenue will be hosting month-long exhibits in the windows to celebrate Black ...

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EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ — A grand jewel to the Oranges, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress Cicely Tyson died on Thursday afternoon. She was 96. The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts in East Orange was named after her in 2009. Tyson was a known visitor of the school.  Tyson's movie ...

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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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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 ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ — Grey's Anatomy alumni Patrick Dempsey is headed to Morristown this upcoming week beginning Jan. 25.   Eye Productions Inc. of Brooklyn will be filming a pilot episode for a new CBS series called Ways & Means, in which Dempsey has a starring role.  Dempsey is also an ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Rock legends and New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi represented their home state at the Inauguration Day festivities for President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Jan. 20.  The Boss kicked off the show with an acoustic version of "Land of Hope and Dreams." ...

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SAYREVILLE, NJ — New Jerseyan rockers Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are among numerous stars from the entertainment world who will perform during Joe Biden's Inauguration TV Special that will take place instead of a traditional Inaugural Ball. The Rock & Roll Hall of ...

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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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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Most of this year has been deciding what to do for entertainment that can be done at home. Luckily, the readers among us already knew that a good book could take your mind off a pandemic and into a whole new world. Here are the top books checked out of our local ...

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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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MILLBURN, NJ — As the pandemic wears on and the theater world remains dark, Paper Mill Playhouse is doing all they can to engage and entertain their subscribers and the public.  A new show debuted on the Paper Mill stage Saturday night, and can be viewed through Jan. 1. Mark S. Hoebee, Paper ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Veteran journalist and long time Maplewood resident Joe Strupp has just published his first novel, The Crookedest Street. He will have a virtual book signing by Zoom this evening at 8 p.m. Noting that if readers love a good mystery combined with the twisty insider knowledge of ...

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The holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas is on broadcast television this Sunday for a one-night only special event.  In a statement, WLIW announced, “We're super excited to team up with Apple TV to share A Charlie Brown Christmas with you this year! Tune in to this special one-night event ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — Annika Aristimuno and Layla Hurwitz, both juniors at Montclair High School, have found a unique way to occupy their time while in quarantine. They started an organization, Letters for Rose, to help combat loneliness of the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The duo collect ...

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