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Escape the Summer Heat with These Cool Camps

WHERE: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Looking to break the monotony of your kids' summer vacation by engaging their creativity with a challenging and fun summer camp?

We have a number of camps coming up that your children are going to love. Below are a few highlights, but visit our website to see everything. All our camps are taught by professional artists and teachers, ensuring a rewarding and fun camp experience.

Fun Forms (starts July 22, 1 p.m. for ages 8 to 11): Kids will have a blast working with clay and fabric as they learn the building blocks of 3-D art. Join Us!

Dr. Seuss Anthology Theater Camp (starts July 29, 9 a.m. for ages 9 to 15): Oh, the places you'll go in our Dr. Seuss Theater Camp! Kids will develop scripts, work on staging and narration, perform in groups, make props, and act out the poems and stories of Dr. Seuss from an anthology of his work. Join us!

Design, Sculpt, Build (starts July 29, 1 p.m. for ages 8 to 11): There are no limits to what you can create in this open studio camp that encourages kids to create cool 2- and 3-D art working with paint, clay, model magic, wood, wire, paper and plaster. Join Us!

My Pet Project (starts July 29, 1 p.m. for ages 5 to 9): This camp is purrrfect for young artists who love all kinds of pets—real and imaginary. Pet-themed projects bring art and animals together, and include sculpting and painting using a variety of materials. Join us!

Feminine Sacred Circle Discussion Group
Join us for our Feminine Sacred Circle Discussion Group

WHEN: Sunday, July 21 and Aug. 18 at 3 p.m.
WHERE
: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St., Clinton
FEE: $10 Museum members; $12 non-members.
For women ages 18 and up.
For more information on this program, visit our website.

Feminine Sacred Circle is a place for women to meditate together and express their authentic selves in a safe non-judgmental space.

Shealynn O'Toole will lead the discussion.

Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Investors Foundation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, The Large Foundation, Unity Bank, and corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Hunterdon Art Museum is a wheelchair accessible space. Publications are available in large print. Patrons who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may contact the Museum through the New Jersey Relay Service at (TTY) 1 (800) 852-7899.
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Art on Screen
Summer Film Series

WHERE: Brown/Dod Lawn, Princeton University, Princeton

This year’s selection of outdoor film screenings features romantic comedies set in New York City, inspired by the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity and the artist’s lifelong connection with the city. All films begin at sundown.

In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 p.m. in 106 McCormick Hall.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
WHEN: Thursday, July 18
104 minutes, rated PG-13; directed by Susan Seidelman

A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. Starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette.

Moonstruck (1987)
WHEN: Thursday, August 1
102 minutes, rated PG; directed by Norman Jewison

A Brooklyn widow, engaged to a mama's boy, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls in love with her fiancé's estranged, hot-tempered younger brother. Starring Cher and Nicholas Cage.

In Case You Missed It
Lecture: Painting Printing Frankenthaler: The Process of Abstraction
Carol Armstrong, Yale University

On June 29 the Museum hosted a community celebration of the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity. Carol Armstrong *86, professor of the History of Art at Yale University, delivered the opening lecture in which she addressed the paradoxical relationship between Helen Frankenthaler's printmaking and her famous "soak-stain” technique of painting.

Armstrong received her PhD from Princeton University, where she was a professor of Art and Archaeology and the Doris Stevens Professor of Women’s Studies. Click here to watch the lecture in its entirety.

Exhibition Tours
Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity
WHEN: Sunday, July 21, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Art Museum

Dive deeper into one of the Museum's special exhibitions with a docent-led tour, offered free of charge. This week, Museum docent Rob Coghan will discuss Helen Frankenthaler Prints: Seven Types of Ambiguity. Tours meet at the entrance to the Museum.

Art for Families
Artful Adventures

Join us on a trip around the world and through the ages. Pick up your Passport to Adventure at the Museum Information Desk and choose from our many Artful Adventures, a series of self-guided tours and activities for families to enjoy at their own pace.

CREDITSRosanna Arquette and Madonna star in Desperately Seeking Susan. © 1985 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights ReservedHelen Frankenthaler, Deep Sun, 1983. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford Village, New YorkHelen Frankenthaler, Madame Butterfly, 2000. © 2019 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
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Pop Up Dance Classes with Miss Kim

WHEN:  July 20th and 27th
WHERE:
Garden Street Music, 018 WASHINGTON ST, HOBOKEN, NJ 07030

TUITION:  $14 per class
dance@gardenstreetmusic.com

Drop in for one class or come all 3 Saturdays. Easy, flexible, and affordable so you can try our classes to see if it's something your child will want to do in Sept. All classes taught by Miss Kim—one of our most loved teachers at the studio!





  • Mommy and Me Ballet ages 18 mos - 3yrs 9am-9:45am
  • Ballet ages 5-7 9:45am-10:30am
  • Ballet ages 3-4 10:30am-11:15am
  • Musical Theatre ages 4-8 11:15am-12:15pm
  • Tap/Jazz Combo ages 5-8 12:15pm-1:15pm

Summer Dance, Theatre, Arts Camp

We still have spots available in our Summer Camp. Next week, July 15th is Mary Poppins week. You can do a drop in day or the full week. Find out why we are the most loved Summer Camp in Hoboken!

Act Now: Only A Few Spots Left

All ages and levels welcome.

Check the website for more details about the most loved Summer Arts Camp in Hoboken! SUMMER CAMP INFO CLICK HERE

Summer Music Lessons and Cabaret

We offer Piano, Voice, and Guitar lessons throughout the Summer. Set up weekly private lesson and participate in our Summer Cabaret the evening on August 22nd.

Email dance@gardenstreetmusic.com to enroll in any of our Summer Programs

www.gardenstreetmusic.com

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An evening of one-act plays by New Jersey playwrights

WHEN: July 26 through August 4. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, August 4, 7 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $15
BUY TICKETS
For more details and information, including the Cast List and the Production Team, please visit ChathamPlayers.org

One-Act Plays are:

  • Meet Millie by Amanda Sage Comerford, Directed by Karen Thornton.
    Millie, eager yet unsure in her new job as a real estate agent, prepares for her first open house. However, when her parents show up to cheer her on, Millie’s day take a hilarious turn.
  • A Visit in the Afternoon by Fred Dennehy, Directed by John A.C. Kennedy.
    A dying man insists on one last visit with his granddaughter, to share a story, a secret, and an unexpected responsibility.
  • Infinite by Jackie Jacobi, Directed by Julie Anne Nolan.
    The story of a couple in their late 30s who are staring, side-by-side, into the infinite possibilities life provides in those moments between knowing and not knowing.
  • Rearranging the Ham by Eleanor Kennedy, Directed by Arnold Buchaine.
    A 60 something husband and wife coping with one of life's most difficult situations.
  • On Pause by Lauri MacMillan, Directed by Roseann Ruggiero.
    While a mother and son play a video game, it turns out it is more than winning at the game that is at stake.  A bonding occurs as each reveals their strengths and weaknesses and not just in the game…
  • Chair Dancing by Steve Ruskin, Directed by Joann Scanlon.
    A feisty "older" woman struggling with physical challenges from a stroke works with a physical therapist who knows how to challenge/encourage his patient and bring back the sparkle and enthusiasm she thought she had lost.

ANNOUNCING CHATHAM COMMUNITY PLAYERS’ 98TH SEASON:

The Chatham Community Players announce their 98th (2019-2020) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922.

For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, The Humans by Stephen Karam in October; Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in early February; and the musical, Tuck Everlasting with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle in May.

Season Subscriptions will be available soon at ChathamPlayers.org

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BRIGADOON

WHEN: Friday, July 26th & Saturday July 27th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, July 28th at 2:30 PM
WHERE:
Fellowship Cultural Center, 8000 FELLOWSHIP ROAD, BASKING RIDGE
TICKETS: $35, $40, and $45 and can be purchased at www.fellowshipculturalartscenter.org or at the door.

After years of planning, design, and construction, our partnership with Fellowship Senior Living is about to pay off! This is a historical moment for Trilogy, and we hope you will attend these benefit performances. This 240-seat state of the art performance space will be an ongoing benefit to Fellowship residents and the greater Somerset Hills community.

Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Lowe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. Classic songs like “Almost Like Being in Love” and “I’ll Go Home With Bonnie Jean” will stay with you forever.

Jaye Barre will direct the production, assisted by Marilyn Gamba and McKenna Moore. Musical Direction is by Joseph Lesky with Choreography by Jill Cookingham, Director of Take Flight Dance.

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". . .New Brunswick has now become a destination for jazz."~ The New York Times

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WHEN: July 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2019 at 8 pm; and July 21 and 28, 2019 at 2 pm
WHERE:
The South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
Tickets at www.sopacnow.org or by calling 973-313-2787.

BUY TICKETS TODAY!

Light Opera of New Jersey continues its 24th Season of operetta and musical theatre with a production of Ragtime the Musical directed by Jeffrey Fiorello with musical direction by Charles Santoro and choreography by Aimee Mitacchione.

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Orchestration (in addition to 10 other nominations/individual awards), this sweeping musical portrait of early twentieth-century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream.

Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together—that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician—united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair—and what it means to live in America

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www.RhinoTheatre.com

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WHEN: Saturday, July 13, Doors open at 2:30PM / Event starts at 3PM
WHERE:
Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave., Jersey City
TICKETS: Free. Suggested donation $10
RSVP HERE

This event is to empower young ladies and women alike to build confidence, instill morals & values, set standards & boundaries and to teach them self-worth, self-awareness and self-love which is nothing short of spectacular and rewarding in itself. This workshop specifically deals with childhood trauma and the unsolved trauma into adulthood. It is taught by and organized by Deanna Anthony, founder of Violet Dreams Girl’s Empowerment and Awareness Organization.

Instructor: Deanna Anthony

Keynote Speaker: Christina Carter Love, Executive Director of Family Promise Monmouth County

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by Ruth Ross

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mash-up as “a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources,” a description that could be applied to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s midsummer mix-up currently raising the figurative roof at the outdoor amphitheater on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station through August 4th.

Similar to The Compleat Works of Wm Shkspr (abridged)—last produced by STNJ in 2016, also on the outdoor stage—Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor’s William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) takes the audience on a high-energy, comedic romp through the Bard’s 39 plays. Less organized than its predecessor (where, for the most part, each play was parodied separately), their opus smushes all the plays together, interspersing the tangled plots with current cultural references, rap rhymes, ribald jokes (although the language is G-rated), lighting-speed dialogue, and seemingly instant costume and wig changes by a trio of actors who portray scores of characters in an irreverent and outrageous manner.

It is here that I stop, dear reader, to assure you that I will not divulge any spoilers, so as not to run your fun. In fact, I cannot recall many of the jokes, so fast and furiously were they delivered by a rotund Connor Carew (a veteran of the 2016 production), a lean and lanky Jonathan Finnegan, and a well-built, muscular Ryan Woods! They worked so hard over the warm evening that their bodies glistened with sweat, although their energy never flagged. Too, their dramatic delivery was impeccable; despite not being miked, we missed nary a word.

To continue: Ostensibly written by a 17-year-old playwright and only now receiving its “world premiere,” William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) involves a competition between Puck (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Ariel (from The Tempest) to determine which mischievous sprite is the most powerful. Toting a huge handwritten “book” marked with sticky notes, the actors make wholesale cuts to the text, whittling the “original” down from a running time of four days to just under two hours! Along the way, characters from the various tragedies, histories and comedies appear and interact willy-nilly, much to the merriment of the audience, who loudly responded with laughter and cheers.

You really don’t have to be all that familiar with Shakespeare’s works to enjoy the Long Lost First Play. If you have read/studied them, you’ll relish the wild combinations and reimagined iconic scenes (the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet or Bottom’s transformation into an ass in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for instance). Even if you are not that familiar with the plays, you’ll still get a kick out of the silly characters and the rapid-fire delivery of insane, albeit original, dialogue by the three talented actors. Indeed, the unflagging energy of this homage to Shakespeare is a testament to Crowe’s directorial skills.

As for production values, once again STNJ doesn’t disappoint. Brian Ruggaber has designed a garish, carnival-like set with huge posters, three doorways (de rigeur for farce), a psychedelic bus and a huge image of the Bard looming over the mayhem. That master of costume design, Paul Canada, has designed a huge number of gaudily colorful costumes that can be donned in the blink of an eye, enabling the trio to portray the putative 1,639 (!) characters who populate the plays. Jason Flamos’s lighting and Käri B. Berntson’s sound effectively add texture to the production as daylight fades.

The annual Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor summer productions are anxiously anticipated and not to be missed. Once again, comedy reigns supreme, providing a wacky opportunity for the family “to laugh together under the stars,” according to director Brian Crowe. STNJ has made that experience even easier by offering free admission to kids 18 and under. To that, I say, “Hear! hear!”

So, pack a picnic, bring a chair (or not), grab junior or grandma/pa, and head on over to Convent Station in Florham Park to observe this annual tradition for theater-going families. Your family will thank you.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) will be performed through August 4 at the College of St. Elizabeth. For information and tickets, call the box office at 973.408.5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org online.

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