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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Communipaw Story Marathon

264 Fairmount Avenue: June 4th 7:30pm - 10pm
Live readings of short stories set in Communipaw and written by Washington Irving, one of the first writers to capture an American literary voice. From his 1855 collection, Wolfert’s Roost and Miscellanies.

Special appearance by punk roots musician Nathan Carpenter.

Join us for a lively evening of old-timey fun.

FREE. Refreshments available.


This is a JC Fridays event.

Lollibomb Beauty® at the Alley Cat Gallery

Join Lollibomb Beauty® at the Alley Cat Gallery (Coles Street between 4th & 5th): Friday, May 28th 7pm - 10pm

An evening of beauty cocktails, perfume potions, and good girlie fun! Enjoy...



ARTWORK by emerging artist ERICA RESNICK


THE CONSTANT NEVER: a new multimedia adventure play

Art House Productions Hamilton Square (1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor):

a new multimedia adventure play

Time flies on restless pinions - constant never. -Friedrich Schiller

May 7-8 (Fri, Sat)
May 13-15 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
May 20-22 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)

May 14th: Please join us for a post-show talk with cast and crew

May 21th: Sign language interpreted performance, assistive listening devices available
(reserve at 201.915.9911 or by emailing info@arthouseproductions.org)

TICKETS $20 general admission
To purchase, visit

Rafael Cruz, Amy Elise, Alana Jackler*, Richard Kirkwood, Megan Wagner

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

Sarah Finer, Michael Flinck, David Ribyat

DIRECTED BY: Christine Goodman
VIDEO DESIGN: Sara Wentworth

Art House Productions
Hamilton Square, 1 McWilliams Place, 6th Fl., Jersey City, NJ
(SE Corner of Hamilton Park near Erie St./8th St.)

Wheelchair accessible
Pre-Show Tactile Tours, Braille/Large Print Programs Available


Groove on Grove Kick off - Cinco de Mayo Bash

Grove Path Plaza (Christopher Columbus Dr & Grove St): May 5th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Grove Street PATH Plaza is kicking off with the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!!! The party will be featuring Lucha DJ and los Chispatores, the North Brunswick Winter Percussion Group and Rainbow Fresh. There will be food from restaurants such as More, Sawadee, Bar Majestic ... And it wouldn't be a party with out drinks, so don't worry about pre-gaming at home. Just come to the Grove Path Plaza's Kick Off Fiesta and get your drink on here!!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Restoration Tour of the Beacon

The Beacon (4 Beacon Way): Saturday May 1st 11:00 am - 12:30

Historic Preservation Month, Metrovest Equities and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy invite the public to tour the spectacular restoration of the Art Deco former Jersey City Medical Center.

The Beacon's own restoration consultant, Ulana Zakalak, will take you on a tour highlighting the new lobby, the restored Broadway corridor, the Rialto Theater, and the former lobby, which is now the billiards room, complete with the newly conserved Allen George Newman bas-relief, From Myth to Medicine. Mayor Frank Hague's office, has now been converted into the Hague Poker Room, also restored lobbies and the Roosevelt reading room.

$10/$7 for seniors and students. Meet at the new lobby of The Beacon.

For more information contact Ulana Zakalak at uzakalak@comcast.net

Knitting: Yarn 'tasting' event

The Stockinette Knitting Cafe (581 Jersey Ave): Saturday May 1st 11:am - 4:00 pm

The Stockinette is searching for your help in picking out some new yarns for the shop. Come bring your needles, and enjoy some wine while test driving some samples of new fibers.

Join us early for for the door prizes.

Live music: Jessica Rose

Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Drive): Every Friday Jessica Rose and guitarist Doug Atkins, play a cover songs at Zeppelin Hall biergarten from 8:00 - 11:00pm

Band: Lip Service

O'Haras Downtown (172 1st St): Tonight! April 30th
Come down to O'Hara's to hear your favorite songs covered my Lip Service

Jersey City Poety Slam

Lenape (332 2nd St): every friday. Doors open at 8pm

Slam is hosted by BRKNINGLSH

One final contestant will have the chance to compete in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2010.

Admission: $10/$12 to BYOB.
Wine available for donations.

Show begins around 10

Monday, April 26, 2010

stand and deliver, play

May 21, 22, 7 pm, West Side Theater, 285 West Side Ave
Jersey City Arts High School presents
the play:
Stand and Deliver
the play tells the real life story of Jaime Escalante, the inspirational math teacher who turned inner city kids in LA into top-achieving math students.
Today, Mr. Escalante is dying of cancer, his insurance has run out. His former students are trying to stand and deliver for him, raising money for his care.
the Foundation for Advancement in Science & Education, a California non profit corp, has established a trust account for all contributions for the 'Friends of Jaime' Fundraising campaign.
admission $8.00

book swap fundraiser

  • BOOK SWAP at Jack’s Toy Shop on Jersey Ave. between Columbus and Newark.
  • Fundraiser for Learning Community Charter School

When: ALL WEEK during Jack’s regular hours of operation (closed on Mon. and Wed.) through Sunday, 5/1.

How much: $1 to exchange books and $2 to take books without bringing books to exchange (all proceeds will go to LCCS).

Who: All comers welcome, all help and books (in fair condition) welcome.

Wine tasting benefit for Grace Seniors and Feeding the Hungry

Central Avenue Liquors
Grace Van Vorst Community Service

Are Delighted to Present
Wine Tasting
Friday, April 30th
7:00pm – 9:00pm

$25 in Advance
Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Erie Street at 2nd Street
(Enter on 2nd Street)
Taste Over 50 Wines from all over the world!

Hors d’oeuvres & Cheese and Crackers
To Benefit Grace Seniors and Feeding the Hungry

For Tickets:
Central Avenue Liquors 201 792 1500 210 Central Ave.
Grace Van Vorst Community Service 201 659 2211 39 Erie Street

SodaCan, live music performance

SodaCan (Stephen Chopek with Abby Miller and Cris Nyne) will be performing live at the 58 Gallery on Saturday, May 1st. 9pm part of closing reception "Vestige"
to check out their music
SodaCanSodaCan.com ,
all Jersey City musicians

Stephen Chopek (aka SodaCan) lives and works as a musician and artist in Jersey City, NJ. He is a multi-instrumentalist and self-taught artist. His work explores the connections that exist in the process of creating music and visual art.

"I find individual elements most interesting when taken out of their original context and re-interpreted through a fresh perspective."

Sunday, April 25, 2010

2nd Annual Single Mingle and Bark

Join us for this annual favorite which features wine tasting, light fare, music, raffles, crafters and lots of networking!!

Need not be single to attend or have a dog to attend. All well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome!!

Sunday May 16th 4-7pm
Parlay Arts Studio
161 2nd Street, Jersey City

REGISTRATION IS $20. Professional Photos of your dog, $50!

SodaCan LIVE

SodaCan (Stephen Chopek with Abby Miller and Cris Nyne)
will be performing live at the 58 Gallery in Jersey City, NJ.
Saturday, May 1st.

A closing reception for the current art exhibition, Vestige (featuring the works of Justine Reyes and Sonja Thompsen) is also taking place that night.

Doors open at 7:00pm and SodaCan performs at 9:00pm.

Hope to see you there!

"The Magic Flute"

"The Magic Flute"

April 29 & 30th

The NJCU production of Mozart's opera featuring NJCU students will be coordinated by Dr. Donna Connolly.

West Side Theatre
285 West Side Avenue
Theatre Manager: 201.200.3582

our approach for art in the community

at Fish with Braids we don't really pretend to be in the millionaire groupie set,
we aim to bring art to a broader public, we want art to be part of a communicative community, art to be collectible by anybody, art to be tool for urban development.

An extended outdoor experiment in this regard is the CREATIVE GROVE artist & designer market, weekly on fridays in Jersey City.
Grove Street PATH station, where the community is invited to express, participate, create, communicate and sell.
the link to this outdoor art scene is www.creativegrove.org

Besides building visibility for the artists, local makers, indie creatives, this event aims to build a financial outlet for them.
It is also an important aspect of Jersey City's cultural scene, the only weekly outdoor
forum for artistic expression, performing arts and participatory exchange.

Fish with Braids is together with Arts in Action the organizer,promoter and manager of CREATIVE GROVE