Newark Museum to host annual Tibetan art lecture

The Newark Museum will host a free lecture this Thursday, May 7, that will take visitors on a visual journey through the Korean and Tibetan Buddhist artistic legacy.
The lecture entitled “Peaks of Faith” will be an illustrated conversation between Maya Stiller, a specialist in Korean Buddhist art, and Katherine Anne Paul, the museum’s Curator of the Arts of Asia.
The event is this year’s featured Kevin Shanley Annual Tibetan Art Lecture.
There will be a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. The museum is located at 49 Washington St. in Newark.
The event is free but pre-registration is required. Attendees can register online or by calling 973-596-6613.
Featured image: “Mountain Spirit and Attendants” via Newark Museum

Free Comic Book Day comes to Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude comic book store is offering a fun, free way for customers to release their inner nerds this Saturday, May 2, at their Free Comic Book Day celebration.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual worldwide event where participating speciality shops give away comic books for free to anyone who comes into their shops.

The event strives to promote literacy and expression through reading, writing, drawing or developing comic books.

The Fortress of Solitude will also host entertainment and activities throughout the day, including music, costumes, contests, prizes, and the premiere of the latest installment of the “P.B.Soldier” graphic novel series.

Attendees will also be able meet and greet actor J.D. Williams, best known for playing “Bodie” on HBO’s “The Wire.”

The store event will be held from 11 a.m to 4 p.m, at 53 University Ave. in Newark.

Featured image by Flickr user Ryan Hyde. Used under Creative Commons.

Newark Museum Second Sunday program continues on January 10

The Newark Museum Second Sunday program features lectures, performances, tours, art and science demonstrations and workshops, music, and a special brunch menu. The day runs from noon to 5 pm and 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 Dawe, Outside 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 pm. 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 pm 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, 2pm, 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 pm. 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.

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Sunday concert series at Newark Museum will celebrate holiday traditions

An upcoming Sunday afternoon concert series welcomes the community to celebrate their holiday traditions at the Newark Museum. Tours of the Ballantine House, which will be decorated for the holidays, and related activities for families will be offered on weekends, incorporating cultural traditions from around the world, planetarium shows, and hands-on workshops that explore the Museum’s art and science collections.

The concerts, which begin at 3 pm,  are free with suggested museum admission. The schedule is as follows:

December 7: The Newark Boys Chorus

Known as Newark’s “musical ambassadors”, the chorus will perform a diversified repertoire that includes traditional holiday music, spirituals, folk music and jazz.

December 14: The Yuletide Carolers

Nothing captures the magic of the season like the glorious harmonies of The Yuletide Carolers.

December 21: Kol Dodi, the Community Chorale of NJ MetroWest

Celebrate Hanukkah with a performance by Kol Dodi’s 60-voice ensemble as they carry on the historic tradition of Jewish choral music from Israel, America, Europe and beyond, sung in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino.

December 28, 2014: Share the Kwanzaa Spirit with the Seventh Principle

The Seventh Principle invites everyone to share in the spirit of Kwanzaa as they celebrate African-American values, traditions, community and history through music and dance.

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street. | Hours: Monday & Tuesday, CLOSED; Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Follow the Newark Museum on Facebook and Twitter.


Savion Glover will headline free ARTfest event at Rutgers Newark this weekend

Savion Glover – tap dancer, actor, choreographer and Tony Award Winner – will speak about his journey as an artist-entrepreneur to attendees at Rising Tide Capital’s ARTfest! this weekend.

To be held this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Campus Center at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,  this free event will bring together local residents for a full day of live performances, local entrepreneurs and an opportunity to meet Glover, a Newark native and renowned tap dancer.

While ARTfest!, which Rising Tide says is a celebration of “the entrepreneur in every artist”, has been an annual event in Jersey City since 2009, Rising Tide Capital will host a second ARTfest! in Newark  this year for the first time ever.

“As we continue to grow and expand our reach into different counties, it is imperative that we also expand our programming to provide opportunities such as this to each community,” said Program Manager and founder of ARTfest! Mary Sansait. She added, “Newark is a hub for arts related activities and talented artists, so it is important that Rising Tide Capital support the artist entrepreneurs in Newark and highlight the importance of showcasing their art. This is why we decided to host ARTfest! in both Hudson and Essex Counties this year.”

The Newark edition of ARTfest! will feature a number of live performances by artist entrepreneurs including jazz musician and Rising Tide entrepreneur Brianne Ford, as well as soul and hip-hop artist J Ross. DJ K-Salaam—who has performed worldwide and worked with artists such as Nas, Lauryn Hill and Trey Songz—will also offer entertainment throughout the day. In addition to live entertainment, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase handmade crafts from Rising Tide entrepreneurs who will be vending at the event.

“It’s important for Rising Tide Capital to do events like ARTfest! because it provides a platform to showcase our growing community of artistic and creative entrepreneurs,” said Sansait. “They can be successful business owners even though they haven’t thought of their talents as businesses. Savion Glover is a successful artist entrepreneur who is giving back to his community, and I know he has a lot to share with other ‘artrepreneurs’ who will be in attendance.”


Newswire: Greater Newark Conservancy to host fall block party

Celebrate the season in Greater Newark Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center with lush gardens in the heart of Newark at the annual Fall Block Party, Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., 32 Prince Street between Springfield Avenue and South Orange Avenue.

Enjoy free entertainment, raffles and door prizes plus lots of family-friendly activities.  Crafts for kids, face painting, pumpkin decorating and a children’s scavenger hunt will add to the fun. Adults will enjoy fresh local produce for purchase from the Conservancy’s Youth Farm Stand, bulb sales and gardening demonstrations, an array of vendors as well as free food samples including a wide variety of apples, pies and freshly churned butter.

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, beautification of neighborhoods, job training opportunities and environmental justice.

For more Fall Block Party information, including rain cancellation updates, or information about programs, services, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, contact Greater Newark Conservancy at 973-642-4646 or visit For news about the Conservancy, follow them on Facebook at, plus Twitter and Instagram @Citybloom87.

Brick City Gladiators rejoice: Newark’s Taste Venue to host ‘Scandal’ premiere viewing party

After a summer of wondering just where Olivia Pope was headed on that plane, "Scandal" fans will get some answers tonight as the show premieres on ABC at 9 p.m. And now Newark-area fans can enjoy the drama – widely heralded for its ability to produce reams of social media chatter – in the company of other "Gladiators": Taste Venue will be hosting a watch party tonight in its Suite53 lounge, including a happy hour to start at 6 p.m.

Taste Venue | 47 Edison Place | Newark, NJ

“Sanctuary” series to feature month-long event schedule celebrating the LGBT Newark club, ballroom, and party scenes

Rutgers University-Newark’s Queer Newark Oral History Project has partnered with Yendor Productions to present “Sanctuary:  A History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark,” a free series of art, literary and historical events this October.

The events will begin with an art exhibit on the theme of club space as sanctuary, opening on October 11, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at 765 Broad Street, 7th floor.  

Next, Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Center will host “Out in Newark!  Queer Club Spaces as Sanctuary,” on Thursday, October 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Promoters, performers and participants from Club Zanzibar, the House of Jourdain, Bliss Entertainment, Ms. Theresa Productions, and other legendary and contemporary Newark-based LGBT and LGBT-influenced performance and party spaces will discuss the worlds they made inside their clubs, the care they took of one another during tragedies including the AIDS crisis, and the impact that their creativity had on larger national trends of music, fashion, dance, and generational self-expression.

On Friday, October 17, “Sanctuary” presents spoken word performers, including both youth and established poets, who will perform at the Broad Street exhibit space at 7:00 p.m.

Then on Sunday, October 19, “Sanctuary” will host a Tea Party, a special film screening and panel discussion, in conjunction with the GET DOWN Campaign’s No More Stigma Film Series, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. also at the Broad Street exhibit space. “Sanctuary” will culminate with “Fire and Ice: The FireBall Returns,” featuring lip-synching, dance, and live performance. The FireBall will be held at the Robert Treat Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and will be a benefit for Newark’s LGBT Community Center.  

“’Sanctuary: A History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark’ exemplifies the Queer Newark Oral History Project’s ongoing efforts to enable public, intergenerational discussions of LGBT life in Newark,” said Prof. Beryl Satter of the Federated Department of History at Rutgers-Newark. “Our city’s clubs, bars, parties, discos, and ballroom houses have long been sites of LGBT solidarity and sustenance. ‘Sanctuary’ honors this history by using the story of queer club spaces to uncover and celebrate the remarkable resilience, caring and creativity of queer Newark residents.” 

According to Rodney Gilbert of Yendor Productions, “The Sanctuary events of October 2014 will be the beginning of an outreach to LGBT people and their supporters in every ward in Newark.  We are an integral part of this city’s cultural fabric and we always have been.  ‘Sanctuary’ gives proof of that fact.  We need to show the truth of our past in order to have an inclusive and enriching future for all people in Newark.”

Events: Pretty Little Naturals Back-to-School Hair and Fashion Show

On Saturday, September 20, Simeko Watkins of Meko New York will be hosting the Pretty Little Naturals Hair & Fashion Show fundraising event, which she said is designed to inspire and educate mothers about how to care for their daughters' natural hair. The event will include:

The event will include:

  • Mommy & Me Huddle and Live Demo by Simeko Watkins
  • Hair and fashion show featuring designer Sofistafunk Skirt Co & MNY stylists
  • NHCC Choice Award: Journey's Mother (Jacquie & Journey)
  • Dance Performance by Cheyenne
  • Free Face Painting by Patty Sweetcakes & BTBNL Bracelets
  • Gift bags and raffle, including book bags stuffed with supplies, Pooka Pure & Simple baskets, and MNY gift certificates

The event will also feature free food, drinks, cupcakes and chocolates courtesy of Simply Elegant Events, Not Just Cookies, and Colorful Calling Gifts.

Pretty Little Naturals Back to School Hair & Fashion Show | Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Adults: $20, Children: $10

Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique | 616 Freeman Street, Orange, NJ 07050