Duke’s Southern Table introduces packed calendar of live performances for January and new cocktail menu

things to do cardLook no further than Duke’s Southern Table for no less than three jazz performances per week this January and on an ongoing basis. The upscale restaurant featuring southern cuisine downtown Newark recently published its jazz calendar for the month, and has also issued a call for singers to perform at its open mic night, to be hosted by James Gibbs and the Brick City Soul Collective on the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The cover charge for the performances is $5. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday brunch performances begin at 1 p.m. (Pictured above: Lot on 7th Quartet)

And if that weren’t enough, the restaurant has also debuted a new cocktail menu for the new year. Scroll down to see what they’re shaking up.

January schedule

Wednesday, January 6th, 7 p.m. – Open Mic Night hosted by James Gibbs and the Brick City Soul Collective

Friday, January 8th, 7 p.m. – Vincent Ector

Saturday, January 9th, 7 p.m. – Janet Van Kline

Sunday, January 10th, 1 p.m. – Don Williams

Friday, January 15th, 7 p.m. – Pat van Dyke

Saturday, January 16th, 7 p.m. – Jeff Hackworth

Sunday, January 17th, 1 p.m. – Lot on 7th Quartet

Friday, January 22nd, 7 p.m. – Matt Chertkoff

Saturday, January 23d, 7 p.m – Walter Christopher

Sunday, January 24th, 1 p.m. – Charlie Apicella

Friday, January 29th, 7 p.m. – Andrae Murchison

Saturday, January 30th, 7 p.m. – Craig Brann

Sunday, January 31st, 1 p.m. – Brian Charette

New cocktail menu

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Check out the program for this month’s “Second Sunday” at Newark Museum

things to do cardThe Newark Museum Second Sunday program featuring lectures, performances, tours, art and science demonstrations and workshops, music, and a special brunch menu continues this month with a packed schedule of programming from noon to 5 p.m. all events are free with admission unless otherwise noted.

The January 10 event will celebrate the holidays and the exhibitions The Shape of Light: Gabriel DaweOutside the Lines: Color Across the Collections and Chromatics: Minimalism and Color Field Experiments.

Program highlights include:

  • Brunch, catered by David Ellis Events and entertainment provided by NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Ensemble, noon – 2 p.m. Reservations are required; admission is $19.75 for full buffet brunch and $9.75 for continental breakfast. For tickets, call 973.596.6553.
  • Artist Demonstration with Judy Langille, 12:30-1:30 pm and 2-3:30 p.m. Nationally acclaimed fiber artist and arts educator, Judy Langille showcases her process in creating quilts, often layering color, shape and texture using hand-dyed fabrics. Along with her students, she invites visitors to explore and experiment with stitching techniques.
  • Creative Play children’s activities, 1, 2, & 3 pm. Children will explore the lines and color of the quilts in our collection and create a mini-quilt to take home.
  • Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists: Kenseth Armstead, 2p.m. Kenseth Armstead, who has exhibited his videos and multi-media installations worldwide, finds works that inspire, intrigue and resonate with his artistic process.
  • Performance by New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra, 3 p.m. Be swept off your feet with a special performance by the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and Ravel transport you to Austria of the 18th– and 19th– centuries, America in the late 19th– century, and Paris at the turn of the 20th-century.
  • Conversation with artist Michael James, 4 pm. Michael James, one of America’s most highly acclaimed contemporary art quilters and Newark Museum Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Ulysses Dietz discuss James’s creative process, innovative use of materials and the impact of new technologies on contemporary quilt making.

For further information, visit www.newarkmuseum.org.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full lineup of activities at Newark Museum

things to do cardThe Newark Museum is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 from noon to 5 p.m. with activities for all ages. Museum admission is free the entire day. The museum is located at 49 Washington St., Newark.



The schedule of activities is as follows:

Film Screenings

  • I Have A Dream Speech: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm. Be inspired by the power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message, delivered August 1968 at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC.
  • Selma: Bridge to the Ballot, a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center: 1 & 2 pm. The true story of the forgotten heroes in the fight for voting rights – the courageous students and teachers of Selma, Alabama, who stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching bravely, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.


  • A Spoken Word Odyssey through the Collections curated by Akintola Hanif: 2:30 pm. Join Akintola Hanif, founder and editor-in-chief of HYCIDE – a photography magazine dedicated to subculture, art and conflict –  on a tour through the Museum’s galleries with poets who are inspired by current events and the art on exhibition.
  • Gandhi, King: Aspects of Aggressionpresented by Kevin Maynor: 3:30 pm. Internationally acclaimed, Newark-based vocalist Kevin Maynor combines spoken word and multimedia images in this musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Their actual language about the power of love and non-violent resistance to oppression is a message that resonates for contemporary audiences.


  • Civil Rights Teen Tour: 12:30 pm. Newark Museum’s Explorers –  high school students who explore leadership, research and community service opportunities – share their knowledge and contemporary perspectives on the Museum’s newly-reinstalled galleries of art related to the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights movements of the 20th century.
  • The Art of the Civil Rights Movement: 1:30 & 2:30 pm. Specially-trained Volunteer Docents encourage deeper exploration of the work of 20th-century African-American artists, including Barbara Chase-Riboud, Mel Edwards, Vincent Smith, Robert Colescott and Ben Jones who are featured in the Newark Museum’s collection.

Activities for All Ages

Ongoing, noon-4:30 pm

  • MLK Jr. Scavenger Hunt. Explore the Museum’s permanent collections of American and Asian art to discover fun facts about Dr. MLK Jr.’s life and travels.
  • Shades of Unity. Individual self-portraits, each created in a particular color palette, will be combined as one giant image to celebrate the Newark community’s rainbow of diversity.
  • Mini Peace Books. Create a personal miniature book to keep thoughts and images of peace with you at all times:  What does the word “peace” mean? Who is a peaceful person? What does “peace” look like?
  • The Legacy Lives On. Selected MLK Jr. quotes serve as inspiration for visual interpretation. Create a “stained-glass” collage that incorporates the words of Dr. MLK Jr, with historic, contemporary and abstract images that are personally meaningful.

For additional information, visit www.newarkmuseum.org.

Newark Entertainment Report Jan & Feb 2015: Headlining events in Newark

entertainmentRead below on for our selection of headlining events taking place this month at Newark’s three largest entertainment venues – Newark Symphony Hall, NJPAC, and the Prudential Center – plus a handful of additional selections. For a fuller picture of events large and small taking place in town, check our events calendar anytime at brickcitylive.com/calendar.

January 2016


Dance Theatre of Harlem: MLK Celebration

Friday, January 15th, NJPAC


Experience poetry in motion when the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem, celebrating 45 years of passion, power and perfection, returns for the 2016 MLK Celebration at NJPAC.

NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. January 2016 features the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.

The program’s guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Sanders, senior pastor of the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit.


Disney on Ice Presents: Treasure Trove

Wednesday, January 13th through Monday, January 18th, Prudential Center

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Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt skates into your town! Get tangled up with Rapunzel & Flynn and enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses –Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Tiana, Mulan and the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook on an adventure beyond Never Land! Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Don’t be late to a date with Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. You don’t want to miss this show full of Disney treasures to remember.


Winter Festival: Symphonie Fantastique

Friday, January 22nd, NJPAC

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The Bard is back! Shakespeare takes an encore in the 2016 Winter Festival, which opens with a pair of linked Berlioz scores that pulse with dramatic tension. An obsessive love turns demonic in his Symphonie fantastique, which vividly conjures the Witches’ Sabbath from Macbeth. Its sequel, Lélio, boasts a turn with Jacques at the piano and a finale inspired by The Tempest.


Orchestre National de France

Friday, January 29th, NJPAC


The Orchestre National de France, the pride of Radio France and the country’s greatest symphony orchestra, has been enjoying a renaissance since Italian conductor Daniele Gatti became its music director in 2008. Gatti’s genius in renewing a great French ensemble will transform a program that begins with the sheer magic of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, followed by the visceral intensity of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin as soloist, and Tchaikovsky’s aching beautiful Symphony No. 5.


UFC Fight Night: Johnson vs. Bader

Saturday, January 30th, Prudential Center

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Two of the top UFC light heavyweight fighters in the world will have gold on their mind when No. 2-ranked contender Anthony Johnson clashes with No. 4-ranked Ryan Bader in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Johnson vs. Bader in UFC’s return to the Prudential Center.


Winter Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, January 30th, NJPAC

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Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is as magical as Shakespeare’s comedy. Experience them together in this theatrical presentation: actors from celebrated artistic partner The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey perform alongside Mendelssohn’s score, highlighted by the immortal “Wedding March.”


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Sunday, January 31st, Prudential Center

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are heading home to New Jersey and Prudential Center on Sunday, January 31 with The River Tour. The show will feature a full performance of “The River” with additional songs. The tour coincides with the release of “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,” a comprehensive look at the ‘80s era and “The River” album that Rolling Stone called “Springsteen’s best archival release yet.”


February 2016


Jeff Dunham – Perfectly Unbalanced Tour

Thursday, February 11th, Prudential Center


Jeff Dunham, the wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ventriloquist is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to Prudential Center on Thursday, February 11th on their “Perfectly Unbalanced” International Tour.


Marc Anthony – “Concierto del Dia de San Valentine”

Saturday, February 13th, Prudential Center


Two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy Award-winner Marc Anthony will return to Prudential Center for his third consecutive Valentine’s Day weekend celebration. Produced by Cardenas Marketing Network, “Concierto del Día de San Valentín” will take to the stage at The Rock on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. The February performance marks the first in Prudential Center’s new Latin Concert Series presented by Goya, which continues the building’slongstanding tradition of popular Latin music programming. Last year, Marc Anthony’s Valentine’s Day show was the highest-selling and highest-attended Latin show in the building’s history.


“A Night of Romance” starring El Debarge

Saturday, February 13th, Newark Symphony Hall

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On Saturday, February 13, 2016, STAR and PEACE INC. (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization) will be sponsoring “A Night of Romance” an “oldies’ benefit concert to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Starring LIVE onstage will be Grammy Award Winning Artist, El DeBarge, who looks and sounds as good (if not better) than he did in the 80’s and 90’s. Also appearing will be Van Fields Stylistics Revue “Betcha By Golly Wow” and “You Are Everything” with their smooth routines and perfect harmony, John “The Bossman” Hall ( A former contestant of America’s Got Talent) AND a SURPRISE GUEST you won’t want to miss! The show will be hosted by Mr. Funny Man himself, Aaron “Ace” Brown, the comedian.” The doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Red Attire Optional.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B star Maxwell and eleven time Grammy Award nominated Nas will take the stage at Prudential Center for the first time on Monday, February 15. Emeli Sande will join the singer as special guests for the evening’s performance.


Maxwell and Nas

Monday, February 15th, 2016


Two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B star Maxwell and eleven time Grammy Award nominated Nas will take the stage at Prudential Center for the first time on Monday, February 15. Emeli Sande will join the singer as special guests for the evening’s performance.


The Comedy Get-Down

Saturday, February 20th, 2016


Through numerous motion picture appearances, countless television shows, sitcoms and standup specials, a talk show, three radio shows, and two books, Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. The five popular entertainers will team up for “The Comedy Get Down,” taking the stage at Newark’s Prudential Center for the first time on Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

NJPAC will host an eclectic celebration of Kwanzaa featuring performances and artisan markets this weekend

holiday cardThe New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the schedule for their 2015 Kwanzaa celebration, featuring a day of free activities and family-oriented performances on Saturday, December 19 from noon to 5:00 pm. The celebration looks to honor the rich and vibrant heritage of Newark’s African-American community.

The festivities will include a variety of programming that honor the African diaspora’s traditions of family, community and culture, including an array of no-experience-necessary workshops exploring African dance and music, storytelling, jewelry making, drumming and more for both adults and children. An Arts and Crafts Village will be open all day, and the Artisan Marketplace will offer one-shop shopping for holiday gifts.

NJPAC will also present a lively line-up of performances from talented area youths singing seasonal classics, marches, and gospel, including appearances by The NJPAC Youth Chorus, The NYC Marching Cobras, The Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts Middle School Concert Choir and The National Liturgical Dance Network.

Other highlights of NJPAC’s Kwanzaa festivities will include their annual Tribute to the Elders, honoring three pillars of the Newark community: Earl “Street Doctor” Best, founder of Street Warriors Inc.; Deborah Smith Gregory, retired Newark Public School teacher and NAACP Newark Chapter President; and Stanley Terrell, former Star-Ledger editor, author and journalist.

The day will also feature two performances at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre from the acclaimed Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, joined by their special guest, the acclaimed poet and author Sonia Sanchez.

“Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition that focuses on family, so we are understandably excited to be able to invite you and your family to join us at NJPAC for a Kwanzaa Celebration that serves as part of Newark’s 350th Anniversary Celebration,” said Junius Williams, chair of Newark Celebration 350 and the director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University.

Schedule of Events

Artisan Marketplace
Friday, December 18
Saturday, December 19 – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 – Noon to 10:00 pm / 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Prudential Hall Lobby

Kwanzaa Children’s Festival
Saturday, December 19 – Noon to 5:00 pm
At NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education (24 Rector Street in Newark)

FREE Performances in Prudential Hall Lobby

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: NJPAC Youth Chorus led by NJPAC Faculty, Pastor Chantel Wright

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm: NYC Marching Cobras led by Director Terrel J. Stowers

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm: Folilaye African Drum & Dance Company; Foluso Mimy, Artistic Director

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Cicely Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts Middle School Concert Choir directed by Jean James

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm: National Liturgical Dance Network

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre: Kwanzaa Celebration with special guest, poet Sonia Sanchez

2:00 PM & 7:30 PM in NJPAC’s Victoria Theatre

Celebrate Kwanzaa with this daringly theatrical company, which combines the element of modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, hip-hop, and even martial arts. Visually inventive and creatively brilliant, the multi-ethnic dancers and drummers of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre perform one-on-a-kind programs that are “sizzling…nothing short of sensational, “ says The Washington Post. For tickets: call 888.GO.NJPAC(888.466.5722); online at njpac.org; or in person at the NJPAC ticket office.


Honor Academy Award winning Newark composers Jerome Kern and Ralph Rainger at a History Society event this month

Celebrate the golden age of film and the beautiful scores that came out of Newark long ago at the Newark History Society’s new program “Music in Early 20th Century Newark: The Rise of Jerome Kern and Ralph Rainger, Newark’s Academy Award Winning Composers,”  on November 16.

At the dawn of the 1900s, Newark had a thriving arts scene that produced two of America’s greatest composers in the first half of the century, Jerome Kern and Ralph Rainger. The program will discuss and celebrate the work of these men.

Both men won Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Kern won in 1936 for “The Way You Look Tonight” from the film “Swing Time,” and in 1941 for “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from the film “Lady Be Good.” Rainger won in 1939 for “Thanks for the Memory” from the film “The Big Broadcast.”

The program will be hosted by Guy Sterling, author of The Famous, the Familiar and the Forgotten: 350 Notable Newarkers. Sterling is also a former reporter from the Star-Ledger, where he wrote about musical history in and around Newark. In 2007, he won the ASCAP Deems Taylor award, the most prestigious honor in music writing.

The event is free to the public, and will include light refreshments. The program will take place at 6 p.m. at the historical society located at 52 Park Place in Newark.

Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP by emailing NewarkHistorySociety@verizon.net or by calling 973-376-8273.

Featured image courtesy of the Newark History Society

Meet the Ironbound: What to expect from a free tour of a renowned Newark neighborhood (besides ice cream and baked treats)

things to do cardWouldn’t it be nice to take a mid-autumn day trip that requires minimal transportation, top-notch food, and fun new acquaintances you’ll have a decent chance of running into again?

This coming Saturday, November 7th, Newark residents and visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy such an experience when Ironbound resident Antonio Valla, an urban planner by day, leads a walking tour through his home neighborhood. The free tour (which requires an Eventbrite registration), one of a series produced by Have You Met Newark?, which has run walking tours in Newark for several years now, will emphasize the neighborhood’s food, culture, and history, and is designed to pique the interest both of newcomers and visitors and of residents who have called the neighborhood home for years. I asked Valla what participants can expect from the jaunt around one of the city’s most renowned neighborhoods.

Andaiye Taylor: What motivated you to create an Ironbound walking tour?

Antonio Valla: At Have You Met Newark? we are always looking for new offerings to celebrate, explore and share Newark’s historic past, exciting present and promising future. We added the Ironbound tour due to popular demand. (We also do tours of Downtown, Lincoln Park and are working on adding additional neighborhoods to the rotation). The Ironbound is a neighborhood that people from all around the region are familiar with. Maybe they’ve been to a great restaurant or seen live music here. We try to get the tour participants off of the main streets and get a feel for the texture and culture of the neighborhood.

Antonio Valla

Antonio Valla and a tour participant clutch boxes from Teixeira bakery during an Ironbound walking tour.

Taylor: How did you come to learn so much about the neighborhood?

Newark is amazing — and the Ironbound is no different — because so much of its history is contained in the hearts and minds of its residents. Most of what I’ve learned comes from asking questions of people who have grown up here and who love to call this neighborhood home.


Taylor: What have been the highlights of your previous Ironbound tours?

On all of our tours we like to go “behind the scenes” to give you a look at Newark’s hidden gems – buildings and spaces that maybe you wouldn’t or couldn’t find on your own.

On this tour we go inside Sport Club Português and inside St. Casimir’s amazing beautiful church building. We also check out the new Riverfront Park on the Passaic River, which is spectacular and so new that many Newark residents themselves haven’t been to see it.


Taylor: Have you ever learned anything from your groups that you’ve incorporated into the tour? If so, what?

That’s one of the things that’s so fun about the tours. We’ve had many people born and raised in Newark who come and share their own experiences, memories and perspectives. It’s so valuable to the other participants on the tour who may be new to the area or experiencing Newark for the first time. My favorite groups are young people from Newark — we do a lot of tours with schools — who bring a fresh perspective on things I might overlook.


Taylor: The Ironbound is known for food. Is there eating involved?

Yes! On this tour we feature Portuguese pastries from Texeira Bakery and ice cream from Nasto’s. For serious foodies, we recently launched food tours under the brand “Nom Nom Newark” and there is an Ironbound tour in the works.  So please follow our Facebook page to hear more about upcoming dates.


Taylor: What’s in it for people who already live, work, or play in the Ironbound?

Whether you’re a first time visitor to Newark or a lifelong resident this tour will take you to unique and interesting places and start conversations. Maybe you know the Ironbound’s cuisine, but do you know about the neighborhood’s long struggle for environmental justice? We try to feature guest speakers as well who speak directly about what they know best.

For more Newark walking tours, follow Have You Met Newark? on Facebook. The team behind the tours also organize food tours via Nom Nom Newark, which hosted its first event in early October.

At Mount Pleasant Cemetery, tours and trick-or-treating on Halloween

This Saturday, October 31, 2015 historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Broadway in Newark will give both residents and visitors to the city an opportunity to celebrate Halloween with candy, trick-or-treating, and a chance to explore some of Newark’s most hallowed history. The cemetery is the site where many of Newark’s best known residents are buried.

Names like Edison, Halsey, Clinton, Ballantine, McCarter and Ward will be brought to life as volunteers recreate memories of the most prominent citizens from Newark’s past. Here are buried Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, Attorney General of New Jersey during the Civil War and later a U. S. Senator and Secretary of State; John F. Dryden, founder of Prudential Insurance Company; Samuel A. Ward, composer of the music for America, the Beautiful; and Peter Ballantine, founder of Ballantine Brewery.

The event organizers invite visitors to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes and take guided tours – or wander alone – through the cemetery. Candy and treats will be free to all comers, and can catch a glimpse behind the façade of one of Newark’s best kept secrets.

The event will kick off at 2:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, and members of local historic associations and groups will be on hand to share a bit of history about Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will have the chance to view everything from simple graves to elaborate mausoleums designed in architectural styles ranging from Romanesque and Egyptian-Revival to Baroque, Victorian and Art Deco.

The rain date for this event is November 8. This event is being sponsored by the Landmarks & Preservations Committee in cooperation with the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association; the Newark Arts Council; City of Newark and the Municipal Council; the County of Essex, Joseph D. Vicenzo, County Executive; and Newark Public Schools.

Pictured above: The tomb of New York Mayor George Opdyke, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Broadway Street, Newark, New Jersey. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NJ,7-NEARK,37-C-1. Used via Creative Commons license.

Golden era hop-hop lineup will take the stage at NJPAC for ‘Masters of Ceremony’ concert

entertainment cardLater this fall, a lineup of six hip-hop acts who saw the height of their popularity during the 90s, but have pushed their relevance and influence into the present day, will take the stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for Masters of Ceremony, a rap concert that will see its second staging this year.

The lineup has almost completely flipped versus the previous show, which took place this past April. That show featured Mobb Deep, Rakim, EPMD, DMX, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and Kid Capri. The upcoming November 25th show will again star Rakim, and will also feature KRS-ONE, The Lox, Ja Rule, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon.

Tickets range from $54.50 to $104.50 and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Support HIV/AIDS awareness at La Casa de Don Pedro’s talent show

Local performers can showcase their talent for a cause, at La Casa de Don Pedro’s talent show to benefit AIDS awareness this weekend.

The talent show will take place on Saturday, October 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Robert Treat Hotel, located at 50 Park Place in Newark.

The event is meant to raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community, as part of National Latino AIDS Awareness Month.

Talent show performers will battle it out for a $1,000 cash prize. The event will also include free raffles, food, information tables and health screenings for guests.

The judges of the acts include Emi Antonio, a Dominican singer; Amanda Erazo, also known as the Ecuadorian singer La Negrita Chavelona; and Ariagna Perello, owner of a modeling agency in Newark.

The event is free and open to the public. It is made possible by a number of local sponsors, and Sent from my iPhone

Many are expected to attend the talent show, as last year’s event had more than 500 in attendance, according to La Casa de Don Pedro. For more information on the event contact La Casa de Don Pedro at 973.624.4222.

La Casa de Don Pedro is a community-based organization in Newark that provides comprehensive services and provider of comprehensive services for residents.  Their programs include child advocacy, family well-being, educational and employment opportunities, and self-suffiency programs. For more information you can visit www.lacasanwk.org.

Featured image courtesy of La Casa de Don Pedro