Entries by Ashley Okwuosa | Arts, Culture & Scene Contributor | BrickCityLive.com

The Greater Newark Conservancy offers access to fresh produce, essential skills, and community

With supermarkets few and far between, access to fruits, vegetables and other naturally sourced food items are limited for Newark residents. The Greater Newark Conservancy isn’t a supermarket by any stretch, but it is finding a way to help close the fresh produce gap in the city, while also engaging residents in environmentally conscious education […]

Portrait: Singer/songwriter Chaancé Barnes embarks on a ‘Lovejourney’ in Newark

I first met singer/songwriter Chaancé Barnes at a Newark museum event four years ago. I initially had no idea that she was a singer, but after I heard her perform “Summertime” from the play Porgy and Bess in the museum’s auditorium, I was absolutely convinced of her talent. When we met, Chaancé was still an […]

Perspectives: What is the role of community events in quelling violence?

We asked 24 Hours of Peace attendees and organizers how they think these types of initiatives fit into the city’s overall violence mitigation strategy: are concerts, rallies, and other community/cultural events a useful longterm tactic within a more comprehensive approach to quelling violence? Read on to see what they had to say.

Scene: Co-Creating in Newark at Co-Lab Open Mic

Work by Newark artists line the exposed brick walls of Seed Gallery, located on the third floor of a Market Street walk-up downtown Newark. But Seed doesn’t just showcase the work of Newark’s visual artists. At 8 p.m. every Tuesday night, Newark-area singers, instrumentalists, spoken word artists and rappers trudge up the gallery’s steep and […]

R. J. Hoppe continues 40-year-old legacy of custom wood furniture making in Newark headquarters

On North 5th Street near Park Avenue, there sit a slew of multifamily homes, mobile fruit and vegetable trucks stocked with jeweled green avocados, and a warehouse, nondescript except for the yellow “R. J. Hoppe, Inc.” lettering adorning the squat building’s flat, brown awning. But what the building lacks in outward appeal, the carefully crafted, high-end wares and deep […]

With weekly rides to points near and far, Tour de Newark breeds cycling culture here in town

For some, Sundays are a lazy day, perfect for recuperating from the weekend and preparing for the impending week. But for the members of Tour De Newark, a local cycling group, there is no better way to spend the better part of a Sunday than by riding. You might have seen the community-organized cycling crew on your Sunday morning stroll, […]

Sweet smell of success: Handmade body products and African-inspired apparel offered at thriving Halsey Street shop

Patchouli, frankincense and myrrh are some of the scents that might greet you at the doorway to Ancient African Formula on Halsey Street. That is unless the embroidered prints adorning the mannequins in the store’s display window don’t lure you in first. Aminata Dukuray, a native of Gambia by way of Sierra Leone, runs the health and lifestyle store with the help […]

At Print Club Wednesdays, a printmaking party! Inside the popular weekly event in a University Avenue walk-up

The Newark Print Shop, a local printmaking studio on University Avenue, is the place to be on Wednesday nights. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday, Lisa Conrad, a Newark based artist, teacher, and The Print Shop’s co-founder, hosts Print Club, a weekly printmaking night where seasoned printmakers and rookies alike can come together to utilize the open studio […]

‘Evolution Open Mic’ takes poetry nights a step beyond

Every Thursday night, Newark burger joint Burger Walla open its doors to Evolve NJ, and the sweet potato tots stop being the only thing drawing Newark residents to this Halsey street spot. That’s because Thursday nights are when Sean Battle, an adjunct professor of English at Essex County College, turns Burger Walla into a space for […]