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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

the tempest open mic/ jam sessions @ lamppost

the tempest open mic/jam session. starting weds jan 5th at the lampost in jc.

2011 ushers is new beginings, along with the tempest open mic/jam session; a brand new open forum for musicians in jersey city. Included in the jam is a house band consisting of a drummer and a bassist.

Moderated by local musician Roland Ramos, guests are invited to play solo or with the house band. Sign up begins at 8:30pm and performances will continue until midnight, or until the bartender says so. Musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments and amps. If that is not possible, musician guests are invited to use house equiptment, upon discretion of house musicians, ie; house musicians have a right to say no. Poets are welcome and encouraged to perform with the backing band.

The success and longevity of the open mic/ jam is based soley on attendance. We will gladly continue the jam provided it is supported by the local community. We wish to fill a need where local musicians and poets can practice, rehearse, and garner inspiration from those around them.

For more information, please contact roland.ramos77@gmail.com or 201-394-9891.

NYE @ Lucky 7's

come ring in 2011 at L7's this friday nite! lena and giuli will be behind the bar all nite to help kick-off your new year in style. there will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnite, and champagne will be available for purchase throughout the evening. dance party with dj leonard smalls from 11-4am, and we will be having our final raffle for the York St. project, so expect some great prizes all nite long! see you this friday nite...

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Chamber music

At the Hamilton Square Lobby, 232 Pavonia Avenue, 7 - 10 pm Jan 6th 2011, an evening of fine music, wine and food is offered!
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will perform,  wine and hors d'œuvres are offered by Hamilton Square retailers.

DJ Pastiche and the Bring the Noise NYE Mix

NYE Party at the Hamilton Inn, 708 jersey ave x 10th street
with DJ Pastiche!!!!

Just Great Music and drink and food...

Come join in and see what all the Buzz is about with the Hamilton in and one of their new DJs, Mr Pastiche.

DJ Pastiche will carry you into the New Year with a Mix of music you can't resist. Ranging from Mash-ups, Old school Hip Hip, Funk, Break-beats and UK Garage and plenty of other surprises through out the night

Monday, December 27, 2010

One by One, a 58's new years fundraiser

One by One | A 58 New Years
Friday Dec 31st @ 9 pm
$15 Donation before 2 am / $10 after
Proceeds benefit the 58 Longevity Fund to help
us apply for a zoning variance

10 pm Project Tim
11 pm Thomas Francis Takes His Chances http://thomasfrancistakeshischances.bandcamp.com/
2011: Wyldlife

Street Justice http://www.facebook.com/streetjustice
DJ Soul http://www.facebook.com/GeorgeSoul
Scott FREE http://www.facebook.com/ScottieL
and Gus Babalu Lau http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687070204

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ladie's nite X-mas party at Lucky 7

 Bar Lucky 7, 2nd street, 10pm - 2 am
Dec 23rd
for anyone who missed our holiday party last saturday nite, santa has decided to get drunk one more nite before christmas! We will be breaking out the mistletoe, and his chair, so you can still get a pic or two with him if you'd like. and for those of you who have not completed your holiday shopping, we are having another charity raffle

Missa Solemnis, Mozart, Haendel, Schubert, Victoria and Saint-Saens

The Holy Rosary Church Choir will perform selections by Victoria, Handel, Schubert and Saint-Saens,
the Missa Solemnis in C major KV 337 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  during a Solemn High Mass in Latin,
Dec 24th  starting at  8.30pm

Holy Rosary Church
344 6th St.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

JC Peace movement helps the homeless

Please remember those less fortunate then yourself.

The Jersey City Peace Movement meets at Journal Square on the last Sunday of every month to help the homeless. Donations of warm clothing, blankets, and food are needed.


Next date: Sunday, December 26th  Noon-2pm

                  Journal Square Fountain


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Eve concert

Friday December 24th at 8:30pm

The Holy Rosary Church Choir will perform the
Missa Solemnis in C major KV 337 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart during a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin) at 9 pm.

A musical prelude of seasonal selections by
Victoria, Handel, Schubert and Saint-Saens.

Holy Rosary Church
344 6th Street

The Polar Express IMAX at Liberty Science Center

December 26-30 at 6:15pm

The Polar Express pulls into the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater for a limited engagement, just in time for the holidays. The heart-warming film tells of a boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery. Based on the Caldecott medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks.
Run time: 100 minutes

Catch your ride on The Polar Express:
6:15 pm -- December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
5:15 pm -- January 1, 2011

$11.25 for adults and $8.50 for children and seniors
Note: Infants under 2 are not permitted in the IMAX Dome Theater.

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard

Twelve Days of Science

Daily December 22 - January 2 (except December 25 as the Center is closed)

Now in its fourth year, the 12 Days of Science provide an exciting finish to the year with special family friendly activities that will make your holiday visit even more memorable!

Come to the Science Center between December 22 and January 2 (except for December 25) for all sorts of cool, winter-based activities: Funny Flavors Ice Cream Making, Insta-Snow, Mathemagician Art Benjamin, Bubblemania and much more! Schedules are subject to change without notice and space or supplies may be limited. Activities are available on a first come, first served basis. Most of the activities are free with paid admission but some require a sign up or extra fee, check activity details for more information. 

For hours and more info:
12 days of science

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard

Green Warders Monthly Meeting

Tuesday December 21st 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Green Warders Inc., a nonprofit based in Jersey City that promotes environmental sustainability.
For more information about the organization or to volunteer,
contact Green Warders at (201) 240-5351.
email: jburgs53@aol.com

Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center
140 Martin Luther King Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305

The Village Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday December 21st · 7:30 - 9pm

3rd Tuesday, monthly

Michael Conti School/P.S. 5
182 Merseles Street

YULE - Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2010

Tuesday December 21st · 7 - 11:30pm

Bring something to Eat or Drink to share.
Bring a candle to light with a hope or a prayer for this new year.
Have a song or a poem or a dance to perform (brief) if possible focus your song, poem, dance on one of the directions:

East, Spring, Air  - the spirit of Communication
South, Summer, Fire - the spirit of action, passion
West, Fall, Water - the emotions
North, Winter, Earth - a time of contemplation, study

Wear something Fabulous (there will be a place to change & do makeup).
There will be Faerie chants & Spiral dances as well as other surprises...

A $5 donation for the use of the space, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Eerie St.& 2nd.

JCAS presents In The Mood For Love (2001)

Sunday  December 19th · 7:30 - 10:30pm

Originally titled "The Flower-Like Years," director Wong Kar Wai's delicately mannered tale of platonic romance captures the by-gone era of 1962 Hong Kong.

Two neighboring married apartment-dwellers Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung, who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his role) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) begin to suspect that their often-absent spouses are having an affair. Spending much of their free time together, the two begin a delicate romantic friendship, but vow never to behave like their unfaithful mates.

Film starts at 7:30, discussion to follow.
FREE admission; $5 donation suggested.
Beverages will be available, but please leave food at the door.

Country: China, Language: Cantonese, Runtime: 98 min

Jersey City Art School
326 5th Street, Ground Floor

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Roland Ramos (RR) live @ Bar Majestic

 Dec 16, Bar Majestic 275 Grove street,
7 - 11 pm

Roland Ramos Presents will be playing a FREE live concert at Bar Majestic in Jersey City.

Fresh from their record release of "Tales from 4th and Jackson", Roland, Ted, Jim and Paul will bring their original sounds to Jersey City for all to enjoy and dance to.

This solid mix of Reggae and Funk make for solid destination for your Thursday night outings.

The Nutcracker, Nimbus dance works

 Dec 17 - 19, Grace Van Vorst church 7.30 or 6 pm
39 Erie Street
Nimbus Dance Works presents the inaugural year production of The Nutcracker! Retaining many of the essential elements that have made The Nutcracker a holiday classic for generations, Nimbus has reconceived the storyline to take place in a city not so different from Jersey City. Join your favorite characters: Mother Ginger, the Arabian couple and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy – all with a Jersey City twist! The production features professional dancers and talented (and cute!) youth performers from Jersey City Dance Academy and Next Step Broadway. For the program, Nimbus Dance Works will also present a new duet choreographed by company member Jean Paul Jr. drawing on influences from his upbringing in Haiti, and Six Chansons, choreographed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott. Join us in the intimate and historic Grace Church Van Vorst for what is sure to become a Jersey City holiday tradition!
tickets, questions to


Monday, December 13, 2010

Handmade Holiday Market, Jersey City Craft mafia

GAIA public art

GAIA has graced this town with some public art appearances,
very probably on legal walls.
If they weren't it would be stupid to remove the art.
On a side street off JFK Boulevard approaching SIP Ave there is this amazing piece
for the JC public.

photography by Uta Brauser

Comedy open mic

at Bar majestic, comedy open mic

monday dec 13, 7 - 10 pm,  grove street x montgomery


dec 29 (wednesday)  5 - 8 pm
264 Fairmount Space

Uptown Crew is psyched to host another

TEEN Open Mic

If you came to our first TEEN Open Mic last July, you know about the talent and inspiration that is alive in the creative youth among us. Uptown Crew is committed to keeping this forum open to teens, especially during school breaks at the holidays and in the spring and summer, so watch our Facebook pages and website for upcoming TEEN events.
Admission is FREE to teens.
Adults, please support Uptown Crew with a suggested $5 donation.

Refreshments available.

TEENS: This event is all acoustic and open to ages 13 - 19.
Bring your music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, performance art...
We also invite teen actors to bring their acting monologues!
(Yes, Uptown Crew does theatrical productions!)

Teens under 16, please bring a chaperone or have your parent/guardian contact Uptown Crew's Director by email: trishszymanski@gmail.com

new signs around town

new signs are now popping up in JC, very different of what has been seen,
art panels, creative solutions for communication art.
made by a Williamsburg artist, brought to you by the CREATIVE GROVE artist market.

they are just tied onto poles, held by a machine screw, they do not damage or deface any property, often also put out by owners of businesses who support the artist market or creative art expressions

Sunday, December 12, 2010

NO Gas Pipeline Presentation -Tuesday the 14th

Tuesday  December 14th · 6 - 7:30pm

NO Gas Pipeline will be giving a presentation about Spectra Energy's proposed natural gas pipeline through Jersey City and Ward F.

Honored Guest: Councilwoman Viola Richardson

More information and map:

Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center
140 Martin Luther King Dr.
Jersey City

Friday, December 10, 2010

Deen Boutique holiday party

Dec 10,  7 - 11pm
140 bay street
DEEN boutique

Enjoy an assortment of sweets, spirits, and hors d’oeuvres while you enjoy the sounds of DJ George Soul!

Plus meet Glenny Garcia owner of Magic Cleaning for eco-friendly cleaning tips and enter to win a free holiday cleaning.

First 25 people will receive a free gift bag!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Garden Preschool Winter Festival (indoors)

Have some fun at Garden Preschool Cooperative's Winter Festival!
Garden Preschool Cooperative (GPC), located at Tenth St. and Jersey Ave. in the Hamilton Park neighborhood, is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a Winter Festival. We hope many of the alumni will join us for some wintry fun! The Winter Festival is open to the public and will be held on Friday, December 10 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Grace Church Parish Hall, 39 Erie Street (Erie and Third), Jersey City.

It promises to be a fun-filled evening for all children, with activities including decorating gingerbread houses, free craft activities, a bake sale, wreaths and poinsettias available for purchase and much more. It will also feature Story Time led by award-winning children's author Helen Lester, as well as crafts with Emily Hecht of Chickhopper Studios.

• Decorate a Gingerbread House!*
• Free craft activities led by Emily Hecht of Chickhopper Studios
• Design-a-Plate for the holidays
• Tattoos and Facepainting
• Bake Sale
• Pizza and Drinks
• Hot Apple Cider
• Wreaths and Poinsettias for sale (and pickup for pre-orders)
• 50/50 Raffle
• Story Time with award-winning children's author Helen Lester!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Downtown Coalition of Neighborhoods Holiday party

Creative Grove (artist market) holidaze

The Creative Grove artist and designer market is running in 2010 till dec 24th, a friday!

The special holiday spirit is being celebrated by our thermal-insulated vendors and artists,
the deejays in their enthusiasm heat bubble,  the public that believes in a community street life and market place
 and by the kids who keep meeting their buddies in a fun and creative environment.

Find ideas, a tree,  meet your neighbor, bounce to the rhythm and shop..

Take pictures with the alternative green tree built by Uta Brauser and Laura Dejean in the plaza every day.  Lights  provided by the Historic Downtown Improvement District (shopping district!)
Your artsy image of downtown, with Creative Grove. All year, every friday
(this is what Amy Rogers looks like in action..)

brought to you by arts in action, a NJ non profit promoting visibility, exchange and a market place for artists

Pro Arts Jersey City announces its third Art Eat-Up

 Friday January 14th 7-10 pm

Art Eat Up is a food, drink and entertainment event with a twist; for a small donation, guests eat a delicious meal, enjoy good company, musical entertainment, receive a ballot, and vote for the most worthy art proposal presented that night. Art Eat Up provides an opportunity for up to ten artists to showcase their artwork, and build awareness of their vision, while vying for the Art Eat Up grant.
For $20, Guests will enjoy a delicious meal, beverage and ballot.
For $10, they receive beverage and ballot, and for $5 guests can simply cast a ballot.

Following a presentation by the artists of their proposals, diners cast their ballots and the art proposal receiving the most votes will be awarded the money raised that evening (minus expenses). Finalized projects will be on display at the following Art Eat Up and on the website.

The Art Eat Up grants process gives an artist or artist group an unrestricted financial resource to realize a visual arts proposal, whether it is for one piece or an entire body of work. The grant may be used for materials, equipment or even living expenses while the project is completed. The process is purposely simple: submit a proposal to Art Eat Up. Community participation in the grant selection process is the key to stimulate and support experimental, critical and imaginative projects that may not be eligible for formal funding.

Any artist can submit a proposal to the Art Eat Up event which is due by January 1st, 2011.
Only the best 10 proposals will be presented at the event. The prospectus is available at http://home.earthlink.net/~proartsjerseycity/proartsjerseycity/index.html

Further information: arteatup@gmail.com or 201-736-7057.
Art Eat-Up is a Pro Arts Project. Pro Arts Jersey City is a nonprofit organization of professional artists dedicated to promoting the visual arts and to communicating Jersey City's identity as a growing arts center.

Grace Van Vorst Church
39 Erie Street

Monday, December 6, 2010

another NO PIpeline meeting, Hilltop

7.30 - 9
St. Joseph's Church Basement
509 Pavonia Ave
Jersey City, NJ

NO Gas Pipeline, founders Dale Hardman & Stephen Musgrave, will be giving a presentation about Spectra Energy's proposed natural gas pipeline through Jersey City. The presentation, with question and answer period, starts at 7:30 PM.


St. Joseph's Church Basement (borders Magnolia, Baldwin, and Pavonia Ave)
Enter through the back (parking lot)

Those driving, the parking lot entrance is on Magnolia (one way so enter Magnolia at Baldwin)

For those taking the PATH get off at JSQ and exit through the back entrance (concourse) onto Magnolia Ave and walk three blocks.

New Works by Orlando Reyes and Keith Van Pelt, opening

@ gallery 58,   58 Coles  Street,
Dec 9th    7 - 11 pm   Opening reception
NEW WORKS by Orlando Reyes and Keith Van Pelt. 

tonight: talk about sustainable lifestyles with Jim Merkel

A talk sponsored by Newforest Institute

Radical Simplicity –
Living Well in the Next Ecological Bubble

JIM MERKEL in Jersey City

at the Fire House
38 Mercer St
Jersey City

Monday, Dec 6
7 pm

Public Welcome

In this talk Jim Merkel suggests dozens of lifestyle steps that lighten ecological
footprints. From roof top gardens to root cellars, organic markets to locavore potlucks
and alternative energy strategies, many are building more sustainable lives —moving
us toward a new ‘ecological’ bubble, grounded in ethical relationships with humanity,
nature and future generations.

Jim Merkel is an American author, volunteer, and engineer that moved
from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. His
book, Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth offers a path
to deeply sustainable way of living respectful of all life. Jim founded
the Global Living Project and currently writes, lectures and consults
with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives. While
at Dartmouth, Jim worked to integrate environmentally and socially
sustainable practices into the College’s operations and culture. His
projects included Sustainable Dining, Solar Thermal Evaluation, Carbon
Reduction, Sustainable Offices, Green Greeks and Solid Waste Reduction.

for more information, please call: 207-322-2511

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friday December 3rd in Jersey City

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O_O presents “Remember it all started with a little mouse!”

Friday December 3rd · 8 - 12pm

 O_O PENTHOUSE...A SECRET SPACE IN JC presents “Remember it all started with a little mouse!”

The studio will be open to the public from 8pm-Midnight.
A password to enter the space is needed.
Disney Films will be playing and you will be able to view the works in progress of O_O.

326 Montgomery St (betw Varick and Monmouth St)

GRIGORY GUREVICH presents “Expression Unlimited”

Enjoy theatrical masks, background music for theater productions, new Magic Book, miniature watercolors/new paintings, exclusive graphic works by Alex Gurevich and more (6pm-8pm). 

Join us for the after party “Artists and their friends” (8pm-12am).  

282 Barrow St (at Montgomery St)

AHYMN & DAYLIGHT GALLERY presents “Small Works of Nature”

Friday December 3rd · 8am - 8pm

an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Deirdre Kennedy and Jim Legge.
Stop by and be inspired by Mother Nature!

Ahymn Espresso Bar & Cafe and THE DAYLIGHT GALLERY
510 Jersey Ave (betw Christopher Columbus Dr/Wayne St)