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Thursday, October 20, 2011

girl deejays

at Creative Grove this friday, Oct 21,
we have a fabulous girl deejay/ musician/ artist/ designer
bringing us her talents
to the public

With a background in music, photography, film, and design, Alexis is truly an artist and Renaissance woman. But with all her talents she has chosen to pursue the love of her life, music. Alexis' musical journey began at age 7, when she began, singing in choirs, playing the flute, and playing her favorite instrument, the piano at age 9. Her interest in electronic/ dance music arose in her early teens, but she chose to pursue training in the arts to broaden her horizons. In September of 2007, however, Alexis returned to her musical roots and began to pursue her DJ career more seriously; landing her gigs at Pacha (NYC), Love (NYC), Sullivan Room (NYC), Deko Lounge (NJ), and many other venues, parties, and events in NY and NJ. She is dedicated to playing music she truly believes in, enjoys, and perfecting her technique. Over the past few years she has met, been inspired and encouraged by exceptionally talented DJs, including The Martinez Brothers, Roy Davis Jr., and Brothers Vibe. Their work ethic, humility, and passion for what they do have truly motivated her to push forward.

Grove street PATH plaza,  downtown Jersey City, 2 - 8 pm

Lucy's Bedtime stories

Pride and N-Vy Cabaret Co
in assoc w/Art House Productions
Cabaret Event  
Sat, Oct 22    1 Mc Williams place (Hamilton Park) 6th floor
Art House Productions
8pm doors/9pm show
$10/$7 in costume

moonchild resurrected

Highly anticipated reunion concert for Jersey City art rock legends, JACK PARSONS MOONCHILD

Fri, Oct 21
$5 to benefit Art House

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Perspectives for creative programming

When: Sunday October 23, 2011 from 2:00 pm – 4:30pm
Where: Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City,
This program is free and open to the public.
Assisted Listening Devices are available upon request 201-459-2070
... Art House Productions is a fully accessible venue.

For Directions please go to www.arthouseproductions.org
Please RSVP to Meredith Lippman at 201-459-2070 or by email to mlippman@hcnj.us

This is a chance to discuss compliance with ADA beyond issues of accessibility. The panel will discuss how people with disabilities, who are artists, create their work and how they may be integrated better into arts programming and onto the governing boards of arts groups. If you are an artist with a disability, know an artist with a disability, are working with artists who have disabilities - please join this discussion. We need to hear from you.

This workshop IS NOT about answers. It IS about having a discussion. It is also about creativity, ideas and answering questions you may have about ADA. I hope you will join us on Sunday October 23, 2011 at Art House Productions from 2:00pm-4:30pm to be part of the discussion.

The panel:
Members of UPTICo Theatre Company, (Unlimited Potential Theatre Company which works as part of VSANJ) will be talk about being actors, producers and directors who have disabilities and who are working in theatre.

Bojana Coklyat is a highly trained visual artist will also discuss what it is like to be a blind artist.

Nanette Hernandez who is the co-founder of Segunda Quimbamba, a Puerto Rican dance and drumming group (also a re-grantee) Segunda Quimbamba began a pilot program for children with autism. Nanette will discuss her experience with this new program.

Maryann Valls, a writer with Cerebral Palsy is also scheduled to be on the panel. She has great difficulty with speech and movement due to her cerebral palsy. Maryann even has trouble using a computer but persists because as an artist she has a lot to say in her writing.

Big Dig Planting Make a Difference Day

The Big Dig is part of Make A Difference Day, a nationwide effort of volunteerism that engages all communities to plan and execute a one-day project that will impact their neighborhood, their community, their city. The Jersey City Parks Coalition (RNA is a member)  is going to plant in park entries, open spaces and gateways throughout the city a minimum of 17,000 spring flowering bulbs with the help of hundreds of community volunteers. The result ˆ a city wide floral display marking the end of winter and encouraging continued community involvement with the Greening of Jersey. For more information visit www.jcparks.org. For locations other than Riverview-Fisk or Janet Moore please contact:  Laura 201-259-1800/ c21plazaskolar@aol.com or Charlene 201-344-2060/ charlene.burke@comcast.net or diane.brown.52@gmail.com. A volunteer appreciation luncheon hosted by Liberty Science Center will follow the planting.
Community Garden Tour & Awards - This Sunday

The Riverview Farmers Market (Sunday - 9AM- 3PM ) will play host to the Community Garden Tour this Sunday, October 23rd.  The bus tour will originate and end in Riverview-Fisk Park or you can bike it with Bike JC.  The tour will start at 11AM and return around 1:30PM and visit Riverview Community Garden, Sgt. Anthony Community Garde, John De Salvo Community Garden, Brunswick Community Garden, City Hall Children's Garden and Storms Avenue Community Garden.  The bus is free but you need to reserve your spot by calling 201-547-4513 or email: freirei@jcnj.org. 

Jersey City Backyard/Front Yard (and Rooftop) Garden Competition

Residents are encouraged to nominate their own or a neighbor's garden, window box, or front/back/side yard for the first-ever contest, which will be facilitated by both the Planning Division and the Jersey City Independent. Only gardens planted by amateur gardeners are eligible - no professionally contracted work is allowed.

The judges, including our City Seedling blogger Emily Helck, will use photos and short essays written by gardeners, as well as site visits, to determine the winners in a number of categories. Those winners will be announced at a Garden Awards Ceremony on October 23, part of the Adopt-A-Lot's 2011 closing rally at the Riverview Farmers Market.

To enter, submit at least three photographs of the garden, along with an essay that's at least 100 words and explains why it is the best garden, to tanyam@jcnj.org and emilyhelck@gmail.com. Entries are due by October 21 at 5 pm.

Koi Too mural

photo courtesy: William Clarke

The Central Avenue SID is pleased to announce the unveiling of the most recent mural added to the Central Avenue streetscape. "Koi Too", by artist and Heights resident Ed Morris (aka T.Dee). The splendid mural was completed last week on the sidewall of the historic Jersey Drugs building at 286 Central Avenue. A visual feast, it features vibrant, colorful and larger-than-life koi fish swimming in the walls and is a truly extraordinary and captivating example of public art that continues Central Avenue's tradition of commissioning outstanding local artists to add their distinct, irrepressible visions to the Avenue.

The unveiling will be held on a new rain date to be announced,
next to the Jersey Drugs building at the corner of Central Avenue and Hutton Street  in the Jersey City Heights.
info on www.CentralAveSid.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Artist/Curators' Panel on 365 Days of Print Exhibition

Visual Arts Building, NJCU
100 Culver Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
Panel discussion for 365 days of print:
Held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the auditorium adjacent to the gallery. Artists and curators will discuss the artistic processes and challenges involved in their project.
 image by Cecil Howell

The Egyptian Revolution, the Japan earthquake, the killing of Osama bin Laden - every news story has the potential to amaze, sadden and inspire.
A new NJCU Visual Arts Gallery exhibit, "365 Days of Print," shows how 43 international and local artists drew from newspaper articles to create over 120 works of art.
It all began in 2009 as one of photographer and artist Maya Joseph-Goteiner's personal projects. During her morning commute, Joseph-Goteiner was reading The New York Times when she realized how times and the news were changing. Back then, she had just started using Twitter and thinking about how digital and print news both impact their readers in different ways.
She began creating pieces of art every day using a current newspaper article and began inviting others to join her. In January, she launched the "365 Days of Print" project, in which artists create one work inspired by a news article every day for a month.

Life signs, photographic exhibit

 Made with Love Cafe, 530 jersey Ave
Please come out to the official reception for Life Signs a new photo exhibit by local Jersey City photographer Beth Achenbach.
Oct 20, 7.30 - 10pm
artist reception

Arts District Zoning

Arts District Zoning for the Heights – Make it a Reality

If you are an artist and have lived or had a studio space in the Heights at any time–we need to hear from you!

The Distillery Gallery & Artspace recently obtained variances from the Board of Adjustment, designating the gallery as commercial property and paving the way for its re-opening this fall. During the preparation of the application it was brought to light that the Distillery was already part of an existing “Riverview Arts District”, established in May of 1984 by Council Resolution. In order to make the “Riverview Arts District” a reality and nurture the Heights artist community, we’re asking for your help in providing clarity to the following questions via survey about artistic production and live/work space. All responses are anonymous and will remain confidential. Please make sure that other artists you know answer the survey as well, by sharing this link with others via email or by posting on social networks and/or websites.

SURVEY: http://kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=NLDMOH_7a413466

For more information about the history of the “Riverview Arts District” and what we’re doing please visit: www.distilleryart.org.

NO GAS PIPELINE last BIG meeting!!

Wed, October 19, 7:00 PM, Ferris High 35 Colgate as this will be the LAST CHANCE to COMMENT   against Spectra gas pipeline through Jersey City. You can help us by commenting and helping the organization NO Gas Pipeline which has been pivotal in the effort.

NO Gas Pipeline will sue FERC in Federal Court which is the ONLY way to stop Spectra's gas pipeline however NOGASPIPELINE.ORG can use more members to further the organization’s legal standing.

Click Here to Become a Member and get a t-shirt!


Come to the hearing on Oct 19th. Sign-in to speak, bring signs, buy TShirts from NO Gas Pipeline. Can't come? Sign Petition online: www.nogaspipeline.org/petition

Details below:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011-7:00 p.m.
James J. Ferris High School Auditorium
35 Colgate Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules on interstate gas pipeline projects.The draft EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the NJ-NY Project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

Any person wishing to comment on the draft EIS, from anywhere in US may do so. The public comment deadline is October 31, 2011. Go to NO Gas Pipeline to send comment to FERC: www.nogaspipeline.org/petition

Van Vorst Park Association monthly meeting


Our councilman will briefly discuss the latest developments on our City Council and will take questions as well. It’s always great to hear what Steve has been pursuing on our behalf!


The invitation was presented to all candidates running in this years council
elections being held November 8th to come and speak with our members.
Here is a list of who will be joining us this month.....

Rolando Lavarro
Dan Levin
Sue Mack
Viola Richardson
Imtiaz Syed

They will each be speaking individually to us and will be answering 
questions as well. An informal meet and greet!

Public meeting regarding proposed natural pipeline--FERC will be in attendance.