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Thursday, July 8, 2010

CREATIVE GROVE artist & designer market

The growing indypendent indie in dependant artist market and scene is inviting the public to lounge with
our wading pool, chess club,
deejay Dion this week.
Spontaneous expressions, playful interactions or dialogue are encouraged.

Hang out in your neighborhood, or be a welcome visitor to downtown.

Fridays 2 - 8 pm
presented by Arts in Action and Fish with Braids Gallery

story haven

The idea is simple: use story and drama to develop a child’s creativity, expression and confidence.  Veteran actress Anna Nugent recently envisioned Story Haven as a safe place for kids to create and play.  Combining her experience as a professional actress and over a decade of teaching drama in various settings with inspiration from the Montessori approach, Anna created this special program to provide affordable programs that ignite creativity in the children of Jersey City.
Story Haven workshops are taught in small group sessions by professionals in the fields of education and drama.  Each session includes a story followed by a time of wondering, warm-ups, ensemble-building activities, improvisation, drama games, presentation, and reflection.

Summer sessions for children ages 7-12 will be held:
2-5 PM
Mon - Thurs, July 19-29

Grace Church Van Vorst (enter via the red door on 2nd Street)
39 Erie Street, downtown Jersey City
Registration is required, and space is limited.
Cost: $200 per child for the two week session

call for art: cathedral art festival

 21st Annual Cathedral Arts Festival – CALL FOR ART

The Cathedral Arts Festival, the largest and longest-running celebration of artists and the arts in Hudson County, proudly enters its third decade in 2010. For twenty years, the loyalty and creative gifts of our ever-growing pool of submitting artists, and the dedication and hard work of tireless and passionate art supporters, both behind the scenes and in the crowds, have helped to make Cathedral Arts Festival a treasured cultural institution in the county and a crown jewel in the cultural fabric that is historic, downtown Jersey City.  To miss it only brings a full year of regrets.

Our gallery venue is, itself, a work of art. The beautiful, 157-year-old sanctuary of Jersey City’s beloved Grace Church Van Vorst is the permanent home for this annual exhibition and festival.      Our traditional champagne gala will officially open the visual art gallery on Saturday, November 13th and will remain open throughout the fall holiday season.  The festival will end with the closing of the gallery on Friday, December 3rd.

We now reach out to our local art community and beyond to find the artists and work that will be  CAF 21, and continue a two-decade tradition of creative excellence. Artwork in all media and encompassing all subject matter will be considered, including but not limited to painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture and photography.  All work is for sale with 60% of the sale going to the exhibiting artist and 40% to Grace Church Van Vorst.  As you consider your body of work, and what you’d like to contribute to the show, the curatorial team asks that all submissions be new to CAF and our gallery space, not recently exhibited locally, physically available to CAF from drop-off weekend through the close of the festival, and reasonably priced so that visitors to the gallery might be encouraged and able to purchase original art of exceptional quality.

Please submit up to six JPEGS (preferred) or prints of your work.  JPEGs/prints should be of good quality, true to color, and named so as to be easily identifiable to the artist and for content.  Please submit JPEGs that are 72 dpi.

For each submission please clearly note/provide the following:

·         Artist name and contact information (address, phone(s) and email)
·         Title of Work
·         Medium of Artwork
·         Dimensions (height x width x length)
·         Price
·         One-Page resume
We encourage all artists who can to submit work via email by forwarding all materials and info to: caf-art@gracevanvorst.org.  You may, however, mail your submission or drop it off at the church.   All submissions, however, must be received on or before September 10th to be considered.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ricky Powell, the silver anniversary tour, art opening

Ricky Powell: The Silver Anniversary Tour will open at the 58 Gallery July 15th, showcasing Powell's works, which spans his 25-year career as an internationally renowned photographer, host of his own television series, New York City personality, and staple of the hip hop scene.
july 15,   7 - 12 pm
The retrospective exhibition, at the 58 Gallery, includes about 25 photographic prints, as well as many of the magazines and books in which they first appeared. Previously seen at Milk Studios in NYC, the exhibition covers several themes of Powell's work from 1985 through 1994 - the early days of hip hop, pop and graffiti artists, celebrities, and New York life. His recently released double DVD, Rappin' With The Rickster, a compilation composed of the "best of" moments from his popular public access series also will be shown continuously in the gallery.

A lifelong New Yorker, Powell's career began in 1985, when armed only with instamatic camera and his unparalleled wit, he smooth talked his way into a spot on the Raising Hell Tour bus with neighborhood up-and-comers The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. His outstanding work during that period allowed him unlimited access to every notable name in the early hip-hop scene and opened the door for him to join notable tours such as License to Ill in ‘87, Together Forever, Check Your Head in '92, and Lollapalooza '94. The images he captured while on the road and back at home, as Def Jam's official unofficial lensman, are today instantly recognizable and can only be described as iconic within the genre.

Since then his work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently in group shows in Paris and Vancouver. His photographs also have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, The Village Voice, Time, Newsweek, VIBE, The Source, Rolling Stone, Respect and many others.

In addition to his many celebrity photographs (The Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Crawford, Spike Lee), Powell's primary focus was always in documenting the people, places, and scenes of New York as he roamed her streets and crashed her doors.

His photos also appear in Oh Snap! The Rap Photography of Ricky Powell (St. Martins Griffin 1998). Subsequent books have included The Rickford Files:Classic New York Photographs (St. Martins Press, 1999), Frozade Moments: Classic Street Photography of Ricky Powell (Eyejammie Books, 2004) and The Rickford Files: Ricky Powell Photographs 1985-2005 (Powerhouse Books, 2005).

During the early 1990s Powell began another career as host of his own public access television show, Rappin' With The Rickster. Wildly popular in its day, the celebrity and street interview based program, has since gained an enormous cult following which lead to it's rerelease on DVD earlier this month.

In recent years he has been touring the globe staging slide shows of his work to an ever growing international fan base. On opening night, Powell will be hosting the latest incarnation of that show during which he will discuss some of his favorite photographs and talk about his multi-faceted career. He will also be signing copies of his book, Public Access, which will be available at the gallery.

Open through August 15, 2010, the exhibition is organized by Nicholas Boragi, owner of Empire Photo Archives. An expert in the field of vintage photography and consultant to several major American auction houses, his previous work includes the sale of both the San Francisco Examiner and St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo archives.

Dj brunch with DJ tomorrow

Join us Sunday, July 11th 2010 for our djBRUNCH :: Noon – 5pm
the warehouse cafe, 140 bay street

Music Menu by- DjTOMORROW selecting an eclectic blend of Soul Grooves from around the world.

Brunch Prix Fixe Menu-by Julius Torres.
coffee or tea + brunch + cold bottled drink

5th annual PADNA BBQ and street fair

The Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association (PADNA) invites you to their 5th annual summer event:

WHAT: PADNA's 5th Annual BBQ and Street Fair

WHEN: July 10, 11am-6pm (rain date July 11)

WHERE: Provost St. between Bay St and Second, a short walk from the Grove St. PATH station

WHY: Because it's summer, and summer is for barbecues, meeting new & old friends, and listening to music outside.

Join us for a full day of food, drink, arts, crafts and entertainment hosted by DJ Dancing Tony

*Musical Performances by:

Karen Davis

Frankie and the Bugs

Shayfer James


Sarin McHugh and the Everymen

Manouche Bag

AWM Mode 40

*Vendors from all around Jersey City and beyond

*BMX demos by Grove St. Bikes

*Breakdancing by CUDA

*DJ and live music at the WAREHOUSE all day

*And for you soccer fans: BIG SCREEN WORLD CUP!!!!!!

call for art submissions "come out & play"

Call for Art
"Come Out & Play”
Entry deadline: Saturday July 17th
Exhibition for the month of August (Aug 3rd – Aug 31st)
Work will be taken down on Monday Sept 1st at noon.
Opening Reception: Tuesday August 3rd 7-10pm

This exhibit is a celebration of whimsy, laughter, childhood recollections, playfulness, joy, and just plain silliness. This subject matter is open to wide interpretation; we encourage the artists to have fun with these ideas.

There are no limitations as to size or medium, but all works must be able to be hung on the wall.

We are looking for about 3-6 works from each artist. All work must be for sale.

Please submit JPEG entries or website link to:
Please use “Come Out & Play” as the subject line

no chocolate for puppies

new artwork by Miss Dabree
Iron monkey   July 11,   7 - 10 pm
99 Greene street

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

J C Slam

Grassroots, 54 Coles street,     fri 7/9,        9 - 11 pm



One more Slam before FINALS, y'all!

The JC Slam kitchen is getting hot!
Muy Caliente!
Kpatashie a duh!

We're cooking up a final that will be DELECTABLE with some familiar ingredients and ingredients that you never imagined!


Come join us and hear some of the most passionate writers spit that goodness or come and bless us with your mind in our short yet poignant Open Mic!

Doors open to the public @ 9pm, so COME ON TIME OR GET IN LINE for either the Slam or open mic list!

Bookmobile JC Library

the bookmobile is parked at Creative Grove artist & designer market every friday between 2 and 5 pm,
at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, near Christopher Columbus Drive.
With your library card you can take books home as if it was the main library, or return your books !

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sabongero, short film screening

at the warehouse cafe, 140 Bay street, friday july 9,      8 - 11 pm
2009 Cannes-presented short film, Sabongero, by director, Janice Y. Perez, will be screened at the WAREHOUSE Cafe. Sabongero is a Cebuano word for cockfighter.

Cockfighting is a sport (illegal in certain countries but not in the Philippines) of setting two cocks to fight each other. Fighting cocks often have had their legs fitted with metal spurs.

The screening is dedicated to my father, an avid sabongero. We hope that this short film underscores the myriad contradictions that sabong (cockfighting) brought to my family and continues to bring to many other Filipino families today.

This short film is one of few Filipino films where the language/dialect Cebuano is spoken. Ms. Perez will be at this screening and will have a brief discussion after the showing.

Passion Fruit, LDO Photo exhibit opening

 photo by
Laura Desantis-Olsson

LDO photo exhibit
july 9 - aug 4

at Made with Love, 530 Jersey Ave
Laura DeSantis-Olsson, JC's exquisite photographer

opening reception, friday July 9th, 8 -10 pm

Art Eat Up 2nd edition

Come and Celebrate Pro Arts' second Art Eat Up is taking place Friday, July 9th, 7-10pm at Grace Church Van Vorst. We hope that many of you will attend this event and vote to support an artist's project. Our last event was fun and a great success as attendees collectively award a $640 grant,
despite an apocalyptic rain storm.

Tickets are a suggested $20 donation, which includes a delicious dinner prepared by Made With Love, dessert, a cup for wine and beer and one ballot to vote on an art project to receive funding. The first 60 people get the full dinner. For those who are just thirsty, it is $10 for ballot and a cup. Votes can be cast for $5 without entry.

Art Eat Up is a grants process that 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.

July 9th Participating Artists and Project Titles:

* Erik Attia, Double Entendre
* James Frederic Rose, Truth, Blood and Love
* Ibou Ndoye & Liz Cohen, African Mask Making for Visually Impaired Students
* Tina Maneca, Exquisite Corpse, Quiltscapes, and Existential Dread
* Eve Gilbert, The War
* Diana Victoria Hutyk, Pyramid Under Rt 78
* Anne Terese McTernan & Sophie Penkrat, ReNew: ReUse: Reconnect
* Susan Warren, Canadian Trees


Dinner is provided by Made With Love, and dessert from Baked Sweets by Joelle.

Gazpacho with One Bite Cornbread
Moroccan Pocket Bread with Roasted Veggie Hummus and Lemon Garlic
Mini Cheesecakes, Brownies and Mini Cupcakes

Culture Crash, art opening , group show

July 9,  299 Pavonia Ave (near Brunswick)  HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Dates to be announced.
Cooler weather needed..

Culture Crash brings together 7 artists from Jersey City and Brooklyn to collectively show their works in a beautiful downtown loft. The art ranges from works rooted in street art and graffiti culture to fantastic furry creature illustrations.


Then One
Sean Lugo
Heather Gargon
John Breiner
Abe Lincoln, Jr.
(maybe more tbd!)

All artwork is for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the creation of future murals in Jersey City.

Just add sound

Grassroots community space, 54 Coles
Break out your guitar. Pull out your poems. Polish your stand up routine.

Because July 8th is the JUST ADD SOUND open mic! 9 PM! FREE! Donate if you can and if you love us. If you can't, show up anyway. We'd still just love to see your smiling faces!

Hosting by Justin Woo
DJing by DJ Purple Stuff
Space courtesy of The Grassroots Community Space

Groove on Grove 7/7

a country theme with Lucky 7s bar on the plaza:
Ace Case and the Crosstown Country Allstars
Jeremy Wallace Trio
The Lonesome Prairie Dogs
The McMickle Brothers
El Red-Headed Stranger

 6 - 9 pm

Groove on Grove is every wednesday  until mid september,
6 -  9 pm
Grove Street PATH Plaza

pop rocks, Robert Piersanti art opening

a painted tribute to pop and
rock culture
Robert Piersanti at
tuesday July 6
7 - 10 pm