Equal Space to host first “Tech Town Hall” with Mayor Baraka and tech leaders to discuss innovation in Newark

Equal Space, a co-working space in Newark for “intellectuals, techies and entrepreneurs,” is hosting its first Tech Town Hall on July 20 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the city’s future in the technology world.

“We are working hard to build a moment where our community can speak directly with the mayor and learn that Newark is tech-friendly, and that the city recognizes and will be supporting its tech community,” said Citi Medina, who runs Equal Space along with the team at Medina=Citi, the creative services firm where he serves as creative director.

The dialogue will feature a question and answer session with Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. Anthony Frasier, co-founder of The Phat Startup and Brick City Tech Meetup & Ventures and Chrishan Wright, owner of Propel Media Group, will be moderating the event. The tech town hall is meant to bring together leaders, local businesses, educators, economic developers and state policy makers to discuss the future of innovation in Newark, according to Equal Space.

Frasier said the event will do more than pay lip service to that future. “This event shows that the city is listening. It’s great to have events like this that aren’t for show, but looking to actually produce meaningful change,” said Frasier. “Newark is at pivotal moment, and technology from all fronts can’t be ignored or we will be left behind. Exchanges like the tech town hall are put in place to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Frasier continued.

Isaiah Little, founder of Gallery Retail and “Brigade Captain” of Code for Newark, said he hopes this event will kick off a movement of “using technology as an ecosystem to move the city forward, and also stimulate diversity and develop Newark into a region with ‘smart city’ capabilities.”

Other tech leaders in attendance include Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Judith A. Sheft, VP of technology development at NJIT; Seth Wainer, Newark’s Chief Information Officer; and Clayton Banks, co-founder and executive director of Silicon Harlem.

The tech town hall will also congratulate and celebrate the winners of the Wolf Den Competition, a tournament for high school innovators modeled after the entrepreneurial television show “Shark Tank.”

The event will take place at the Equal Space building located at 89 Market St. in Newark. Light appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. before the town hall begins. The event is free, but online reservations are required.

Equal Space itself provides communal workspaces and dedicated desk space, internet, conference tables, resources for startups, and coaching for tech companies. Medina reflected on the convergence between the mission of his space and that of the tech town hall. “Putting it plainly, Equal Space wants to be a place where techies can find resources and support,” Medina said. “This event is a great step in the direction of gaining further support from our mayor and having the questions the community has answered. It is about building a rapport with our city and showing that tech can solve a myriad of urban cities’ obstacles,” he continued.

Featured image courtesy of Equal Space

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour coming to Newark. Tickets onsale today for album pre-order customers

Janet Jackson has announced a second North American leg to her Unbreakable World Tour with an added date at the Prudential Center on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The Unbreakable World Tour’s first leg, a 39-date tour, starts August 31 in Vancouver, BC, and includes stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati and San Diego, among other cities.

While tickets will be available to the general public starting July 20, fans who pre-order the new album on JanetJackson.com will receive presale access for premium seating beginning July 14 at 10:00 a.m. until July 19 at 10:00 p.m. The first single from the new album, “No Sleeep,” has already entered the Top Ten on the Urban Adult Contemporary and Billboard Hot R&B Songs charts, only two weeks after being released.

American Express card members can also purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. and through Sunday, July 19 at 10:00 p.m.

Tickets for Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour will be available on Ticketmaster.




Exclusive Koko Brown Hawaiian Ale tasting comes to Taste Venue next week

Event: Exclusive Kona Koko Brown Ale tasting
Where: Taste Venue | 47 Edison Place | Newark, NJ
When: Tuesday, July 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Tickets: Available on EventBrite | Required for entry

Beer transformed Newark into a booming city back in the day, with brewing giants P. Ballantine & Sons, Pabst Blue Ribbon and G. Krueger Brewing Co. all once calling Newark their home. Newark had around 26 breweries in the early 1900’s, and even invented the canned beer during the Prohibition era.

While the days of being a brewing hotspot may have dwindled, with Anheuser-Bush being the only remaining major brewery, the culture of beer appreciation is very much alive in the city today. Enthusiasts will not want to miss a chance to toast to Newark’s rich brewing history with an exclusive tasting next week at contemporary bar and lounge Taste Venue.


Eventbrite - OurBrewCrew Beer Tasting: Kona Brewing's Koko Brown Ale, The super-exclusive Spirit of Aloha in a glass

Upstart beer lifestyle website OurBrewCrew.com will be hosting a tasting of Kona Brewing Company’s seasonal “Koko Brown Ale” on Tuesday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Taste. The Hawaiian ale usually only available on the island. Only a few of the exclusive barrels of this highly rated beer have traveled the 5,000 miles to New Jersey, making the event the region’s only opportunity to taste this “Spirit of Aloha.”

The beer is brewed in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The nutty, toffee flavor comes from its being brewed with real toasted coconuts, giving the ale a smooth mahogany color.

Attendees will receive a 12-ounce glass of this malty, tropical beer and will be able to keep the branded class as a gift. Additional beers will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased online. Taste Venue is located in downtown Newark at 47 Edison Place.

Buy tickets for this tasting on EventBrite!

New portrait exhibition and Martin Luther King Jr.-themed opera come to Aljira this week

Aljira, A Center For Contemporary Art in Newark, will welcome a new artistic exhibition and an exclusive musical performance to their space this week, beginning with an opening reception for the painting series “As They Are: Portraits” by local artist Mel Leipzig on July 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Brooklyn-born Mel Leipzig has been creating paintings inspired directly from life for over 40 years. His newest exhibition will focus on “the characteristic informality of his subject against a backdrop of architectural detail and highly skewed perspective,” according to Aljira.

Leipzig is a retired professor of painting and art history at Mercer County Community College who has had many solo exhibitions throughout the country, and currently lives and works in Trenton.

“As They Are: Portraits” will be on display to the public until September 5. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to the gallery, the public can also enjoy the world premiere of “Homage to a King,” an opera composed by Julius Williams, on July 19 at 7 p.m.

“Homage to a King” sets moments of the historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1967 to music. Bass singer Kevin Maynor will sing the role of Dr. King, accompanied by two French horns, two trombones and bass voice.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was one of the country’s most notary opponents of the Vietnam War, which he made clear during this speech at Riverside Church which denounced the United States role in the ongoing violence.

Maynor said that the speech should never be forgotten as long as the United States remains in any kind of war, Aljira said.

Tickets to the opera are $20 and can be purchased online. Aljira is located at 591 Broad Street in Newark.

Featured images courtesy of Aljira. Right: “Gregory” by Mel Leipzig at Gallery Henoch, 2015. Acrylic canvas, 48 x 36 in.

Start celebrating the Lincoln Park Music Festival early at the 2nd Annual Rooftop Cocktail Fundraiser this July

Festival season is here and this summer marks a decade of celebrating the musical culture of Newark at the Lincoln Park Musical Festival. The 10th anniversary of the event will be held later this July and feature entertainers performing hip-hop, house, jazz and gospel, and a wide range of activities.

The festivities will kick off early with the “2nd Annual Rooftop Cocktail Fundraiser” on July 15, hosted by acclaimed singer/songwriter Russell Taylor. The fundraiser will feature a performance by Taylor and fellow singer Peter Winstead Jr.

Cocktail appetizers, provided by Commerce Downtown kitchen, and specialty cocktails by Fedway will be served.

Rooftop space is limited, and there is a finite number of walk up tickets available at the venue. Tickets are $45 and you can buy them online here.

The cocktail party will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rooftop Lounge at the Robert Treat Hotel, located at 50 Park Pl. in Newark.

Remember to save the dates for the Lincoln Park Music Festival, hosted by the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, which will run from July 24 through July 26.

Featured image courtesy of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District

Start Something Challenge kicks off in Newark today with microbusiness-focused event

Every year Rising Tide Capital puts out a call for entrepreneurs, small business, and microbusiness owners from around the state of New Jersey to enter a pitch competition with a grand prize of $10,000 dollars. During their kickoff event tonight, Rising Tide will celebrate the 30 semi-finalists who will move on to the next round of the competition.

This evening at Gallery Aferro (73 Market Street), community members looking to be inspired by their peers are invited to meet some of Rising Tide’s community of entrepreneurs at the kickoff: all the event services are provided solely by Rising Tide Entrepreneurs, from the catering to the photography. The event will also feature remarks by Newark Community Development Corporation President Otis Rolley, 2014 Start Something Challenge winner Ninotchka Johnson, and real estate developer Adenah Bayoh.

Those interested in attending this event, which takes place 6:30 to 9 p.m., should RSVP on the event’s page.


Interact with the Gateway Project’s “Provisions” exhibit at their free publishing salon this week

Aspiring book publishers and curious artists alike will have the opportunity to experiment with printing during the Gateway Project’s free publishing workshop on Friday July 10, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This will be the first of two Risograph Artist Book publishing “salons,” which invite the public to informally interact with print making materials in the studio. All ages and experience levels are welcome to attend these events, which will be hosted by the artist book publisher Endless Editions.

Participants are encouraged to come with any sketches, images, text, art or ideas that they would like to work with or share with the group during the book making workshop.

The workshops are a featured element of the current Gateway Project exhibition called the “GlassBook Project: Provisions,” a collaboration with artists Nick Kline, Adrienne Wheeler, Samantha Boardman, the Rutgers University-Newark Book Arts Class, and Endless Editions.

The artist book exhibition, which has been on display since June 4, is inspired by interviews with African American residents of Newark who migrated to the city between 1910 and 1970. The exhibit also includes digitized historic photographs from the City of Newark Municipal Archive.

There will be one other publishing workshop in the future, and the exhibit will be on display until August 14 at the Gateway Project, located at 2 Gateway Center in Newark, adjacent to Newark Penn Station.

Featured image courtesy of the Gateway Project

How to apply this summer to be a New Jersey fire fighter

Applications are open for New Jersey residents who are looking to serve their communities as fire fighters.

The New Jersey Civil Service Commission is hiring fire fighters in several jurisdictions, with varying salaries for 40 hours a week. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States and residents of New Jersey, possess a high school degree or equivalent, and be over 18 but under 35 of August 31, 2015.

Volunteer fire fighters must not be over 40 years old as of their appointment date. Some military service may be subtracted from one’s age. Candidates certified from the eligible list may be required to undergo a medical and psychiatric examination administered by the hiring agency.

Appointees may be required to posses a driver’s license or undergo additional medical certifications depending on the duties of the position.

Candidates interested in bilingual positions will be tested at the time of certification for their bilingual proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and communicating effectively in Spanish.

Applications will only be accepted online here. There is a $35 application fee, and applications close August 31. Prospective applicants can read the Fire Fighter Administration Guide and online FAQ for more information about the application, test, and scoring system.

Featured image via Creative Commons.

‘Fourfold’ exhibit will close at The Solo(s) Project House with artist talk

The Solo(s) Project House will be hosting and artist talk and closing reception to say goodbye to the exhibit “Fourfold” on July 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Christine Soccio, John Spano and Eric Valosin, the three New Jersey based artists who created the exhibit, will be participating in the talk, which will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

In “Fourfold,” which has been on display since May 30, the artists combine their practices to explore the implications of various perspective on reality.

The Solo(s) Project House is located at 972 Broad St. in Newark and is open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of The Solo(s) Project House

“Jazzy Soul Series” ahead of Lincoln Park Music Festival kicks off Tuesday at SkyLab

The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) has announced the kickoff of its Jazzy Soul Series at SkyLab. The live music events will take place every Tuesday leading up to the Lincoln Park Music festival, which itself takes place July 24th through the 26th.

The first concert in the series is this coming Tuesday, July 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the rooftop lounge, located at Hotel Indigo. Tuesday’s event will feature performances by James Gibbs III and the Brick City Soul Collective, featuring Hendii.

Two-drink minimum; 21 and over. For reservations, call 973-718-9533.