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Friday, June 11, 2010

JC Piranhas competitive swimming

JC Piranhas swim competitions are held at Ferris High swimming pool,
June 14 - 17

5 - 6.30 pm
to participate contact jcpiranhas@gmail.com

Wine tasting fundraiser for Food Coop

A Wine Tasting with Roland Arnold
The Jersey City Food Coop will team up with Our Lady of Sorrows Church (www.olsjc.org) to present an evening of wine tasting and education with Lighthorse Tavern's acclaimed sommelier, Roland Arnold on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm. Guests will enjoy an international and organic selection of wines, while learning about the grapes, countries of origin, wine makers and pairings that make each unique. A light menu will be paired with the wines by local caterer, Eric Threatt, former personal chef to LeRoi Moore.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall

654 Ocean Avenue, Jersey City

art'n culture 201 tv at Boca Grande

Art n Culture TV @ BOCA GRANDE
Restaurant and Bar
564 Washington Blvd
Jersey City
June 11, 2010
Show Time starts at 8pm!
Art and Music Showcase:
Closing Art Show by:
Russell Kelley
Featuring Performances by:
E-Wise (Opener)
Jersey Devilz (Opener)
Smack Boys (Opener)
JUST PUTT - (Host)
Nick and Pat (NEW TRACKS!)
Dontique - (Special RETURN!)
CF - (Special RETURN!)
Animal Crackas - (Special RETURN!)
Rack-Lo Seminole Sport - (NEW TRACKS!)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

the golden door mini-golf course, the artistic mini-golf

Grand Opening of “The Golden Door Mini-Golf Course” at Hamilton Square on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6PM-10PM.  
Inspired by the city’s prosperous history, ten artists and collaborative artist teams were invited to create golf holes that portray their interpretations of “The Golden Door” by referencing immigration, economic mobility, and obstacles, as well as solutions and various ways to achieve success.  The exhibit is designed by Risa Puno, curated by Christina Vassallo. Each hole is not only designed to be functional but also possesses a unique artistic twist that captures the artists’ imagination and originality.
Following the June 23rd grand opening, the golf course will be open to the public daily from 10AM to dusk until Labor Day.  A round of mini-golf is $5 per person, $4 for Jersey City Museum members.  Everyone is welcome to play on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 Participating Artists
This golf green depicts the immigrant experience, in which the ball represents the person migrating to the United States.
DARREN JONES & RYAN ROA, Royal and Ancient
Within the context of the game’s Scottish immigration history in the US and the circumstances that brought it here, this L-shaped golf green references “a corner turned”— from Clan Chief Macleod of Macleod.

TOM MCGLYNN, Pilgrim’s Progress
This golf green has multiple starting points and outcomes—a gaming strategy used to communicate the clash between agency and chance that is characteristic of the immigration experience.
HIROSHI KUMAGAI, The Long Narrow Way to Heaven 
 Hiroshi Kumagai draws on his own immigration experience from Japan and uses an extremely long and narrow fairway in order to convey the hope associated with going through the Golden Door, as well as the difficulties of just reaching it.
AMANDA THACKRAY, High Road vs. Low Road
In this patchwork fairy-tale jungle, Amanda Thackray focuses on the decision-making process.  What initially appears to be the easy or “low” road may contain impossible obstacles and surprises along the way.

VICTORIA CALABRO, Stairs of Separation
Victoria Calabro references passing through an emotional hasty medical and legal exams through models of the Stairs of Separation and an immigrant boat, as well as the footprint of the golf green, which alludes to the structure of Ellis Island.

KAI VIERSTRA, The Sneek Snake
Kai Vierstra drew his inspiration from his grandfather. The water courses form a cast of the artists’ father’s face. It powers a wheel that controls access to a narrow bridge and is adorned with milk bottles to allude to his family's start in the U.S. as dairy workers.  

LAURA NAPIER, Empty Your Wallet
In this golf green, Laura Napier shows us that certain attributes might make passage through the Golden Door easier. Strategy and cleverness are often the only tools that are left in the absence of desired financial or physical attributes.

NYUGEN E. SMITH, The Glass Ceiling
The obstacles impeding one’s putting experience on this golf green—sculptures of tenement buildings and suitcases, ramps, and false exits—signify the invisible barrier known as the glass ceiling. In Nyugen E. Smith’s design, the elements of luck and chance are just as important as skill.  

RISA PUNO, Leap of Faith
The player is required to surrender to the uncertainty of the putting experience on this bonus hole. It is Risa Puno’s intention that the player is rewarded for actively taking a deep breath and reaching for the stars. The loop-de-loop makes aiming a difficult task but with a dose of luck, the player might just win an adjustment to his or her score.

For more information please check www.jerseycitymuseum.org, www.thegoldendoor.tumblr.com, or follow on www.twitter.com/goldendoorjcm
this project has been made possible by the  Silverman brothers, Congressman Frank J. Guarini and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in collaboration with Jersey City Museum and Liberty National.

Hudson artists of NJ, opening reception

Hudson Artist Of New Jersey group show
Exhibition runs : June 4 - 30,2010
Opening Reception : Thursday,June 10th, 6 - 8 pm
John W Meagher Rotunda Gallery
City Hall - 280 Grove Street, jersey

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Grease, sing-a-long at Grace Church

Join Danny, Sandy and the entire gang at Rydell High as they dance and sing their way through the school year. Rated PG.
june 12, 7.30 - 10.30
Grace Van Vorst Church, 39 Erie,
  costumes encouraged


Pier A (Hoboken): Saturday, June 12th from 8:30 - 11:30 am

Come support children and teens with cancer this Saturday in Hoboken.  Five local yoga instructors will be guiding 30 minute classes until 11:30am.  Yoga begins at 9am

8:30am registration, on-line pre-registration highly recommended

Registration fee $18/ person, $45/team

All proceeds to benifit Ronald McDonad House and Kula for Karma

Art Eat-Up Call for Propsals

Grace Church (39 Erie St): Friday, July 9th from 7 - 10pm

Pro Arts is hosting another Art Eat-Up event on July 9th.  This is a great opportunity for artists and funding.  Proposals must be received by June 15th. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted
Submission Guidelines:
Answer all of the questions below and email it as a Word attachment to: arteatup@gmail.com
Attach any jpegs in your email. Incomplete proposals will not be accepted. Proposals must be submitted by June 15th in order to participate in July 9th event. No exceptions. Email with any questions: arteatup@gmail.com.  
More details HERE
1. Name of artist(s):                       
2. Email & Phone:
3. Title of project:
4. Project Summary:
5. How will you use the grant towards your project (about $500-$1000?):
6. How will this project manifest itself in the 2010 Studio Tour (encouraged) and at the next Art Eat Up?
7. Why is this project critical?
Please attach 3 visuals in low-res jpeg format. Sketches and/or images of similar previous work are acceptable.

Tarot Card Readings

The Stockinette Knitting Cafe (581 Jersey Ave):

Sunday, June 13th from 3 - 5pm,  Jennifer will be doing tarot card readings.

Opening Reception: "VINTAGE"

The Distillery Gallery (7 Hutton St):

Friday, June 11th from 7 - 9pm.  Enjoy wine, food and fantastic original art by 18 member artists

Hob'art Cooperative Gallery will be exhibiting at the Distillery Gallery from June 5th until July 10th.

Pets-A-Palooza Party

Liberty Humane Society (235 Jersey City Boulevard):

Saturday and Sunday, June 26th and June 27th, the shelter will be turned into a fun- filled open house for people in the community to come with pets, families and friends alike. There will be family friendly activities, low-cost micro-chipping and nail clippings for cats and dogs, a mobile pet spa for dog grooming, professional behavior trainers to dispense free training tips, raffles and door prizes such as free pet grooming or free pet sitting/dog walking certificates.

As a special bonus, adoption fees will be waived for adult cats and dogs over one year of age during the weekend event. Kitten and puppy fees still apply. Adopters will also receive a free grooming or pet sitting/dog walking certificate.

The Open House runs on Saturday, June 26th from12:00pm to 8:00pm and Sunday, June 27th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the shelter (The shelter is located at 235 Jersey City Boulevard across the street from the Liberty Science Center on exit 14-B of the NJ Turnpike. )

Audiobodies @ groove on grove

June 16, 6 pm
Grove Street PATH Plaza

Films in Van Vorst

Free Film!
Wednesday  June 9th
just east of the gazebo after sunset (around 8:30 pm)
Films in Van Vorst
6th Annual Summer Film Series 

"Sherlock Holmes"
directed by Guy Richie
Sherlock Holmes  the 2009 film directed by Guy Richie and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law

visit www.filmsinvanvorst.com to see the trailer

 Bring a chair!

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Flipping the Script" Workshop

Grassroots Commuity Space (54 Coles St): Friday June 11th 7:30 - 9:00pm

If you've always wanted a kick-ass life, but have no desire to to read New Age books, become religious, or the thought of "The Secret" makes you cringe- don't miss this workshop taught by musician, writer, and owner of Rockin Lifestyle, "Pistol" Pete Kaufmann!

Kaufmann's no frills, down-to-earth, balls-to-the-wall- rock 'n' roll approach to self-help has set him apart from others in the industry. Having learned from his own disfunctional (and sometimes funny) upbringing, life experiences, and studying and interviewing successful artists for many years, Kaufmann has innovated his own style of self-help that concentrates on being unique, living an unlimited life, and staying true to yourself.

His upcoming workshop, Flipping the Script: How to Realistically Change Your Self-Image & Transform your Life into Pure Awesomeness! (without being weird) will be held on Friday, June 11th, from 7:30pm till 9pm, at Grassroots Community Space, in Downtown Jersey City. Kaufmann will be focusing on belief systems, the power of imagination, building confidence and creating long lasting change. Food and drinks will be served and you can BYOB. If you or anyone you know is in a funk, confused about life, and needs some inspiration- sign up for this class because SPACE IS LIMITED!

Topics discussed will be:
*How to rid yourself of fear and insecurity
*Develop unshakeable confidence
*Learn to stop doing stuff that sucks and doesn't add value to your destiny
*Learn the REAL secret to staying happy everyday of your life
*Grab the world by the balls and take your "proper" place in life, AKA- never settle for second best

*NOTE: The cost of tickets are suggested donation. If you can not afford the $30 suggested donation, you may pay what you'd like. A portion of all ticket sales will go to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

Buy tickets at http://lifeissupposedtokickass.eventbrite.com/

The House of Leaves and Hello, Boat

This Saturday, June 12th 10:00pm, at The Lamp Post (382 2nd St), The House of Leaves and Hello, Boat will be performing. 

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Art House Productions rounds out its 9th season of events
with a Beach Blanket Karaoke night!

Friday, June 18, 2010 from 8pm-midnight to celebrate the close of its 9th season of arts programming in Jersey City.  The event will be held at Art House Productions’ art and performance space at Hamilton Square, 1 McWilliams Place, in downtown Jersey City (SE Corner of Hamilton Park).   
Admission is $5 and fresh baked goods will be available for purchase by Judy’s Goodies.  More information is available at www.arthouseproductions.org.

For this year’s festivities, Art House is hosting an “Indoor Beach Blanket Karaoke Party,” and encouraging attendees to come dressed in their cheesiest beachwear for urban surf activities, including summer songs on karaoke, hula games, and raffle prizes.  All funds raised from the ART HOUSE SUMMER BLOWOUT will go toward operating support for Art House Productions’ 2010-2011 arts season.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Directed by Guy Ritchie. 
With Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams.
Monday June 7th, 5pm
Pavonia Branch Library
326 8th Street
Jersey City
201. 547. 4808

Sunday Night Film Forum at JCAS


Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon
Sunday June 6th at 7:30pm

Hosted by Jersey City writer and filmmaker Yvonne Vairma.
Free admission/donations appreciated. 
Beverages will be provided, but please leave food at the door.

Jersey City Art School
326 5th Street in Jersey City