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Friday, August 13, 2010

chillfest film screening "the times of Harvey Milk"

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK is the Academy Award-winning documentary that was the inspiration for Gus Van Sant's movie "Milk," for which Sean Penn won the Oscar for his portrayal of the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.
WHEN: Tuesday August 24th
6:00PM Flag Raising Ceremony & Socializing, outside City Hall
7:00PM Screening starts, Council Chambers

WHERE: City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove St., just a short walk south from the Grove Street PATH station in Downtown Jersey City.

Now, meet the real man in THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK.

San Francisco in the 1970s became a battleground between an emerging, vibrant gay movement and the communities who felt threatened by thisnew gay political muscle. In 1978, the struggle came to a head when San Francisco's progressive Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk—one of the first openly gay elected officials anywhere—were murdered in cold blood by Dan White, a former City Supervisor, fireman, and police officer.

The community's response—ranging from silent vigil to violent riots—helped define gay politics as we know it. THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK tells an emotional story of communities in conflict, centered on the last year of Harvey Milk's life.

Directed By Rob Epstein. Narrated by Harvey Fierstein.

** Preceded by City Hall Flag Raising in honor of JC Pride Week **

Best Documentary, 1985 Academy Awards
Outstanding Interview/Interviewer, 1985 Emmy Awards
Special Jury Prize, 1985 Sundance Film Festival


* FREE! *

The Chillfest Second Sunday Series runs monthly from October through June 2010 and offers gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-themed films to Jersey City and the region.

Last band standing

4th Street Arts & Music will host a variety of musical acts from New Jersey and New York as they compete at the Last Band Standing, a battle of the bands event, at Parlay Studios Sunday, Aug. 22., 2 -6 pm

Eight acts will compete in a bracketed musical tournament consisting of three competitive rounds. All participants will be voted on by a panel of judges and by the audience at the end of each round. At the end of the evening, prizes will be awarded to the winning bands.

Admission to Last Band Standing will be $5 at the door, with home cooked food and drinks available upon entry. This event is also a fundraiser for the 4th Street Art and Music Festival taking place in Jersey City Sat, Oct. 2.

Some of the participating bands include:
In Musth, Big Boss, Los Huevos, Easter Vomit, Plastiq Passion, Prison Pretty, Shayfer James and more TBA.

The judges include:
Eddie Applebaum from The Greenhouse – A music manager for over 12 years, Eddie has worked with some of the most popular rock bands of our generation, including LIVE, Sunny Day Real Estate, Local H, Morningwood, Tracy Bonham, Strangefolk, Earl Greyhound, The Bravery among others. Eddie has achieved much success in the last few years, especially in the realm of music licensing, where he has done over 150 placements for his bands' music, including 4 national commercial campaigns, over 30 network TV shows, 20+ video games, and a long list of feature films, most notably the placement of Morningwood's track "New York Girls" in the film Sex & The City: The Movie.

Anthony Fantano from The Needle Drop – A public radio host, contributor to NPR Music's Song of the Day, and music editor for Scene Magazine. He started the music blog the Needle Drop in 2007, and has been growing a YouTube audience with his eccentric music reviews since 2009. When he's not listening to music, he's talking about it, dreaming about it, and making it. Hence, he is the Internet's busiest music nerd.

"Pistol" Pete Kaufmann from RockinLifeStyle – A professional musician, writer, and motivational speaker has toured America as drummer for Amandla- led by Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween, aso contributes as a writer for Modern Drummer Magazine, and is the owner of Rockin Lifestyle- a motivation company dedicated to creative people and creative living.

Lindsay Klein – With many TV/Film appearances including : MTV's "Singled Out", Comedy Central's "Strangers With Candy" and "Upright Citizens Brigade", HBO's "The Sopranos", feature films such as "Finding Forrester" and "Center Stage", and various indie films including "Home Sweet Hoboken" starring Ben Gazzara, Lindsay has been part of the entertainment industry for some time. After interning for the Howard Stern Show, Lindsay Klein found her ultimate niche, radio. Currently the Nightspace DJ on WDHA 105.5FM rock, Lindsay's show is on 7pm-midnight Monday thru Friday and includes her very own "Homegrown Spotlight" where she plays a local artist once a night. In addition, she has just built her own Homegrown Spotlight blog at http://www.wdhafm.com/Blog/homegrown/home.aspx which features write-ups on original artists, acoustic performances, and interviews. For more on Lindsay Klein please visit wdhafm.com, myspace.com/djlindsayklein, and facebook.com/lindsayklein1

JC opens up the mic, vulcanalia

aug 21, 8 - 11.30 pm
In what distant deeps or skies
...Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

An evening of hops, cider and our very own Jersey Devil, Darren Deicide, as well as Nathan Carpenter.

Come one, come all and feel free to costume, masque , bring candles and for the musically-inclined, instruments of choice.

Please RSVP and request address here: webmistress@bathoryhouse.com

space junk

candice leger hosts: at lampost, 2nd street
aug 21st, 8pm until..

My talented friends In Musth and Thomas Francis Takes His Chances melting your faces off then Dj Pootsy Collins playing all my jams for the dance party

Now with added Easter Vomit!! for your health!

No Cover
Cheap Beers and Drink Specials (cherry vodka duhhhh)

FARMS IN THE CITY - A Jersey City Reinvent & Develop Event

aug 21,   2 - 6pm
Hudson County Community College Culinary Center
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ

We are proud to announce Jersey City has been selected as one of eight cities nationwide to participate in a community building exercise sponsored by GOOD magazine that we hope will create a brighter food security future in Jersey City.

Our first initiative will be a workshop and brainstorming session, on the afternoon (2-6pm) of August 21st at the Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, that will CALL TO ACTION Community Leaders, Systems Thinkers, Artists, Students, Seniors and other Motivated Citizens to participate in a dialogue about how to create a community-supported Urban Agriculture Program in Jersey City.

Our objective is to create an Urban Agriculture/Food Access document and action plan that is realistic, easy to implement and empowers every day citizens to take action towards environmentally beneficial projects in Jersey City.

We hope that you will join us to discuss and design Jersey City's urban agriculture plan and we invite you to forward this invitation to interested parties. Please contact Gillian Allen by August 16th to RSVP -- 646-388-1825 or gillian@jcfoodcoop.com.

We hope to see you on August 21st!!


The Jersey City Green Team
Jersey City Food Coop
Washington Park Association
Riverview Community Gardens
Greater Good Giving
Jersey City Green Map 

comedy night at lampost

tuesday aug 18, 10 pm  Lampost, 2nd street

Comics Liam McEneaney, Ben Lerman, Rena Zager and others will be performing for free. Hosted by Phil Rivo.

call for artists 4th street mural

The Jersey City Art School is conducting an open call for artists, art students or complete beginners to paint the back drops for the 7th Annual 4th Street Art and Music Festival, to take place October 2nd. If you have interest in participating in this project we will having a general meeting to work out the 6 week schedule leading up to the festival.

Weds August 18th at 7:30PM
Jersey City Art School
326 5th St, (btwn Monmouth and Coles)

We will be working in teams to create 3 distinct murals. That will serve to designate different areas of the 4th Street Art & Music Festival.
Whether you have been painting for years or have only painted your apartment, consider this an opportunity for artistic growth, while beautifying Jersey City.
If you have interest in leading a team and maximizing your involvement, bring examples of your work.

first gay pride march in JC

Saturday, August 28th will be Jersey City’s First LGBT March!

Stand tall and proud behind our banner as we make history and celebrate 10 years of Pride in Jersey City. Come March with Hudson Pride Connections Center and join the members of YOUR LGBTQ community center!

UPDATE: The all girl band Plastiq Passion will also be marching with us!

There will be a Rally on the Steps of City Hall at 12 (noon)

The March steps off right afterward!

March Route
Jersey City, City Hall Parking Lot at Montgomery Street,
Up to Greene Street to the Festival Market Place – One Exchange Place

For more info about marching with HPCC contact:
Catherine Hecht at media@hudsonpride.org

ace case and the crosstown country allstars

at made with love cafe,
aug 27, 2010
8 - 10 pm

country music cross town country all stars

communal dinners

Communal Dinner Benefit:
    Aug. 18 - JCLGO Communal Dinner Benefit -"Summer in the City Clam Bake- 8pm - Enjoy a 3 course dinner and live music. BYOB. Limited to only 25 guests so RSVP soon to paul@jclgo.org.

          What's for dinner:  Let's enjoy a 4-course seasonal meal with pure and simple ingredients - real food. As always, I will choose the freshest local and farm fresh ingredients for these special dinners. BYOB.

          ladies on the mic, august

          Sunday, August 15th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
          Ladies on the Mic will be celebrating 
          Pride Month at Made With Love Cafe. 
          Join us as we present Queer Ladies 
          Behind the Mic to inspire, provoke 
          and entertain you. Hosted by Beth 

          Catherine Hecht 
          Katherine Damigos 
          Melissa Kozakiewicz 
          Carolyn Light 
          Dujuana Sharese 
          Summer Kai Wosu 
          Tree from the Old Glorys 

          Thursday, August 12, 2010

          2010 Jersey City Artists’ Studio Tour Mixer

          Jersey City Cultural Affairs and Pro Arts have joined together with JCM for a fun night of socializing, networking and acquiring information about the upcoming Jersey City Artists’ Studio Tour. On August 19th from 6 to 7:30 pm, come mingle with the who’s who among the arts community while sampling lite refreshments in JCM’s atrium.  Representation from Jersey City Cultural Affairs, Pro Arts and Central Avenue Special Improvement District will be readily available to answer all further questions about the Studio Tour and opportunities.  Art enthusiasts are encouraged to come out of your studios, grab a glass of wine and shake hands with Hudson’s County’s creative talent for one night.  If you would like to set an information table up for the night and inform people about what’s new, what’s happening within your organization please contact Michelle Loughlin:mloughlin@jerseycitymuseum.org

          Wednesday, August 11, 2010

          writers seminar, multiplicity

          aug 23, 7.30 - 9.30  JC Art school  326 5th street

          This week we will experiment with multiplicity. Authors often “stuff” their work to make it more illusive or fantastic, and popular genres like magical realism and hysterical realism, as well as multimodal or hybrid texts, demonstrate this: we have many settings, myriad characters, a wealth of contexts in which to see the same situation. We will delve into the advantages of showing the reader these diverse facets, enjoying some ...examples in the work of Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, John Dos Passos, and others. An optional writing exercise will be assigned.
          hosted by Amanda Nazario

          Fee: $10 suggested donation


          The JCAS Writers’ Seminar meets every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 PM to discuss authors and their craft, with a view toward how to implement effective literary techniques in your own writing.

          Kickball tournament, a ball of a benefit

          The Jersey City Kickball Tournament Returns for of 2010 series.
          This year is a benefit for the Learning Community Charter School and the Roberto Clemente Little League.
          aug 28, enos  softbal field (pavonia)
          10 am  - 6pm
          host: dancing Tony

          Registration | Teams
          $125 per team, $15 individuals. Teams can have up to 15 players on their roster. You must have a minimum of 4 females playing on your team, so get extras. Teams that fail to meet the minimum quota will be penalized (see below). Don't worry a...bout playing solo, we will hook you up with a team.

          Registration Fees must be paid in advance. There will be no refunds for teams that fail to show. This is a fundraiser and your last minute decision to be unable to get out of bed doesn't count. Also you need

          Tournament Play.

          Saturday : Each Team plays 2 games

          10 am set-up
          10:30 Game 1
          11:45 Game 2
          1:00 Game 3
          2:15 Game 4
          3:30 Game 5
          4:45 Game 6
          6:00 Game 7
          7:15 Game 8
          8:30 Game 9

          Sunday Playoffs

          The top 4 teams play. Placement will be based upon wins, then runs scored, then runs scored against, then penalties.

          12:00 1st place vs 4th place
          1:15 2nd place vs 3rd place
          2:30 Chumpionship Match
          3:45 Championship Match
          5:00 Award Ceremony

          Confirmed Teams

          Easy Riders
          White Star
          Zombie Apocalypse
          Lucky 7's
          4th Street
          Thimas Francis Takes His Chances
          We love Cheese

          Jersey City Kickball Rules

          This event is a benefit for to children's organization, Have fun like kids just don't act like a baby or bully.

          No Bouncies. Pitched balls may not be fired down towards home plate and shall not be excessively bouncy. Teams can force a change in pitcher once an inning by shouting "we want a pitcher, not a belly itcher (three times)".
          Kickers must kick the ball behind or on home plate. Kickers can not come into contact with a ball before it reaches home plate. Balls hit in front of the plate are considered foul.

          No Bunting. A ball must reach half the distance to first base to be considered fair. Bunt Balls are foul. 2 Foul Balls and you are out.

          A Runner is out by force, but can also be called out if hit with the ball. Hitting a player in the face or any no-touch region will be considered safe and be awarded the base. Intentionally hitting a player in the face or jewels with the ball will lead to an expulsion from the game or tournament.

          One Base Per Overthrow Balls that miss the base for a force out or miss the runner allow the player (and any other runners) to advance one extra base only. Runners can not advance when the pitcher has control of the ball on the mound.

          No Leading “ Players may only leave the base once the ball is kicked. Players that advance before the ball is put into play will be considered out.

          Teams must have minimum of eight players, and a maximum of 10 players on the field. Players substituted during a game can not return to play.
          Teams must have at least 4 women. Teams with less than 4 women will be penalized 2 runs per women difference in team rosters. For example : if one team fields 4 women and the opposing team fields 2 women. The team with the least amount of women will begin with the score of -4 runs.

          Each Game consists of 5 innings or 45 minutes. Tie games shall be decided by sudden-death, best of three rock-paper-scissors play.

          Each Team has 10 kickers per inning. The inning is finished when the last batter is called out or the ball is placed on home plate. If a team has less than 10 players, the kicking order will continue through the top of the order. The first kicker for each inning is the corresponding kicker for each inning. For instance, the first kicker in the order kicks first in the first inning, the Third kicker in the order kicks first in the third inning. Capice ?

          Weather Permitting, players who reach first base are awarded with a water balloon that can be used for defensive base running. It is recommended that each team have a first base coach to hand a water balloon to a player who shall reach past first base on their initial kick. Players who reach second or third base without getting a water balloon when passing first shall not be provided with a water balloon. Water Balloons should also not be throw at a persons face. While supplies last. No waterguns or Artic Freezers please.

          Shoes and Attire - Players can not wear any type of cleats or boots or any such item or accessories that may cause injury to another player or the kickball.

          Big Ball Inning : We will be using a 8.5 regulation kickball for most of the game. But one inning during the game, a 16 in mega ball will be used, the kicking team chooses when.

          Double or Nothing Scoring: One time per game a kicker may signal “double or nothing” the call must be acknowledged by the referee and the opposing teams captain or pitcher. During this play any runs that score shall count as double points. However, if any runner is out during the play, all of the runner are out and no runs shall count.

          SPORTSMANSHIP : The referees' word in final. Excess arguing with the referee will lead to first a warning (yellow card) and then second ejection (red card).

          Alcohol is prohibited in the park. The white star is right across the street. There is to be no smoking on the field or in the dugout either. 

          PIERSANTI POP ART RETROSPECTIVE, opening reception

          aug 15,  7 - 10 pm
          Iron monkey,
          97 Greene street  JC

          sunday film forum, JC Art school

          JCAS Presents: La Dolce Vita   subnday aug 15, 7.30 pm
          byob, and bring a donation
          326 5th street

          Italian for “the sweet life,” La Dolce Vita (1960) is Federico Fellini’s lush and intoxicating masterpiece on life, love, decadence and excess. Marcello Mastroianni plays a tabloid journalist who spends a week in Rome chasing an elusive starlet played by Anita Ekberg, while being easily distracted by women in his own life.

          Subject to widespread censorship, the film was condemned by the Vatican newspape...r L’Osservatore in 1960, and banned in Spain until 1975 after the death of Franco.

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

          Runtime: 167 minutes
          Country: Italy
          Language: Italian,  subtitles..

          and the livin is easy - closing reception art exhibit

          saturday 8 / 14,   8.30 pm Port-o lounge,  1st street x newark ave
          “...and the Livin’ is Easy” by Megan G├╝lick and Lau Klohe;

          2 ghoulish girls with a love of dark humor and gold paint take on lighter subjects in honor of summertime.
          8.0.Z PARTY
          aug 11
          STARTS @ 10PM TILL CLOSE

          708 JERSEY AVE & 10 STREET


          AKA DJBILL The Music New wave/ Britpop / rock/ electro/ soul funk & dubstep


          About 8 years ago or so (guys? accuracy?) some friends and I decided to ...have a picnic. There was about 12 of us in Holmdel Park in Central Jersey. It became an annual thing, and the past two years there's probably been over 100 people throughout the day, now in Liberty State Park. I invite my friends, they invite their friends, you get the idea. The cool thing is everyone shows up with something. You bring a bag of chips or 3, they bring some salad, those guys bring a watermelon.. tents, chairs, drinks, games, children, animals... bring whatever ya want. If you're gonna bring booze, keep it on the DL cause I don't feel like getting a ticket.

          This should be a good time dude... always has been in the past.

          Questions? Ask me!  marc caterina

          aug 28, 11 am - 7pm  all day

          songwriters showcase at Lucky 7

          Lucky 7 Songwriter Showcase   322 2nd street, aug 17,  9 - 11pm
          - 9 pm Laura MacLean
          - 10 pm Debra from Devi
          "Debra is capable of going from touchingly lyrical to inspiringly soulful within just one track, making the needed impact by the sheer nonchalant coolness of her tone."

          writers seminar week 1

          at JC Art school    aug 16, 7.30 - 9.30
           5th street betw monmouth x coles

          Even experienced writers can fall into the trap of wordiness; in this, our first session, we will learn to express more by saying less. We’ll examine passages that do a lot in a short space, discussing how and why they create a satisfying effect. (Featured authors will include Ernest Hemingway and Denis Johnson.) There will be a short, optional writing exercise during the meeting.

          Fee: $10 suggested donation
          Amanda Nazario

          Italian Street Festival

          aug 11 - 15, holy  rosary church,
            6th street x brunswick
          meet your italian village neighborhood

          "simplicity" by Beth Achenbach, photographic exhibit, opening

          Come see the photographic work of Jersey City artist, Beth Achenbach. aug 5 - sept 9  2010

          "Over the past few years the New York City Blade, GO Magazine, The Jersey Journal, The Current, and the Jersey City Pride Guide have all used Beth’s images. In 2005, her piece “Diverse Reflections”, a digitally colorized image, was the cover of The Jersey Gaze. That piece highlighted Beth’s enthusiasm for moving along with the times by incorpor...ating digital imaging into some of her pieces. But no matter how the final art is laid out, her work still begins with the basics, a camera, a roll of color film and Beth’s never ending search for those treasures that she so willingly allows us to see through her eyes."

          Opening Reception for this show will be held on Thursday, August 12.

          Made with Love Bakery and Cafe    7.30 - 11pm

          speakeasy comedy Contest @ Star Bar w/host Rich Kiamco

          8 - 10 pm,
          Star bar, 34 Wayne street

          every 2nd tuesday of the month comedy night