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Thursday, December 20, 2012

not your world end alternative holiday bash

at CREATIVE GROVE artist & mad designers in Jersey City:
rain, wind and shine
end of world day is not supposed to be a smooth day, as you know..

DJ Jesse with electronic holidaze,

the upcycled super creative holiday bottle lights by Peter Wasinger,

Project Good Love with homegrown organic spice blends,
local foods (Taste of India, Honey Bakery, El Chilangfo Tcos)
Crop circle jewelery in brass and crop circle art,
lots of stone, wire and bead jewelery,
mad fashion
Funky City Baby hats and accessories
Fish with Braids Gallery
Zahar art,
Habib Ayat art


handknitted and crocheted scarves, headbands, wrist warmers,
Lego tree ornaments

Thursday, December 13, 2012

homeless memorial day Jersey City

Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corp.

Contact:  Joanne, 201-209-9301, volunteer@gsecdc.org


National Homeless Memorial Day is December 21, the First Day of Winter and the Longest Night of the Year.  A coalition led by Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corp. (GSECDC) will hold Hudson County's Fourth Annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Day commemoration at 1:00PM.  It is an Inter-Faith Service to honor the memory of homeless neighbors, friends & loved ones who have passed away from causes related to homelessness, to raise awareness that people are still living and dying on the street and to assist the survivors.

The service will take place at Church of the Incarnation, 68 Storms Avenue, in Jersey City, and everyone is invited to attend and share remembrances. 

In addition, assistance would be appreciated in any of the following ways:
·                 Forward names of deceased Homeless individuals.
·                 Hold a Winter Warmth Drive to gather contributions of warm SOCKS, THERMALS (bottoms), HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES to be distributed to the Homeless.
·                 Bake & bring COOKIES for the reception & the bagged meals.
·                 Help before & during the event -- make sandwiches, put together bagged meals and make gift bags -- Friday December 21, 9am to 3pm
·                 Invite Homeless Neighbors and Friends to attend.
·                 Spread the word about the Memorial via any and all social media, email, etc.

Anyone who may be able to participate, a little or a lot, is urged to contact GSECDC, at volunteer@gsecdc.org, or 201-209-9301.  Thank You!

hiliday party, website launch jackson hill

The Jackson Hill Main Street Special Improvement District will be hosting a 
holiday party  and website launch 
on December 14, 2012 from 3pm until 8pm.

 Come out and mingle with fellow business and property owners from the district. 

99 Monticello Ave, Jersey City

4th street ball at City Hall



We would like to invite you to the 4th Street Ball at City Hall - a party we throw to give back to everyone who supported us throughout the year.

A laid back and loose affair - where Black Tie Creative attire is encouraged.  - $100 prize to the best dressed 

Also an opening for the Month Long Art exhibit in the Rotunda Gallery - the theme is Sacred Geometry - the show was curated by Cara Christopher - it looks spectacular - check it out on Friday or until January 18th.

A really nice spread of Food is being prepared by the fine folks at PJ Ryans who are also hosting an after the ball shin-dig starting around 10:30pm - they are at 292 Barrow Street

We also have the great guys from the JC Home Brew club coming by to serve samples of their creations.

Inside the Chambers will be an Improv Orchestra and Live Art 

Come hang out - say hello - meet some peeps - bring whoever you like - 

There will be much rejoicing - 

Eat, Drink and Be Happy at the Ball !!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

a Path home, NJCU exhibit closing reception

NJCU Gallery invites you to…

A Path Home Closing Reception

We will be holding this reception at the Visual Arts Gallery on Wednesday, December 12, at 6 PM.

For further information or directions to the gallery, please visit our website here



“A Path Home: Visualizing Trauma and Healing” examines how photographers are depicting the aftermath of trauma. Featuring the work of over 20 photographers, the exhibition proposes a revision of the typical representations of war trauma with work that challenges the way we view the after-effects of war. Curated by Deborah Jack and Cristine Posner.  The artists in this show are members of the Society for Photographic Education. Visual Arts Gallery 11 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment. (201)200-2467

Community cultural awareness with Jazz

community awareness series,
Jazz at the Miller branch library, Bergen Ave x Clinton street,
Jersey City

dec 15
dedicated to Billie Holiday

8 pm

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Another Man's treasure special event

Stop by the AMT Showroom this upcoming Thursday, December 13th for an all day holiday shopping event, no appointment needed.

109 Brunswick Street
Downtown Jersey City, NJ
(btw 1st & 2nd)

"Vintage rarities and designer creations from the likes of Schiaparelli, Chanel, Lagerfeld, Courreges, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Givenchy, Lanvin, Missoni and more! Plus fragile forgotten treasures from the late 1800's to 1940's!"

Hamilton Park Tree lighting

HPNA Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Join Us!  Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 5-8pm!
The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association
Invites You To Join Us For Our
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 5 - 8 pm!
Santa Claus is coming!
Musical merriment provided by the
McNair Adademic High School Choir
immediately following the tree lighting!
For more information please contact: hpnajc@gmail.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Xmas concert at Casa Colombo

alternative holidays

the alternative holidays style at the independent artist market
at Grove street, all December Fridays:
Grove Street Plaza, 3-9 pm
Jersey City

repurposed bottles as sculptures with solar lights illuminating and to purchase,
LED lights,
Lego ornaments,

local independent designers, art, food.
Handknitted hats or headbands, mosaic art, street art,
clothing, vintage, steampunk metal works, candles made in Jersey City!
home made jams

- the unique scene of artists in Jersey City manifested at
the Creative Grove artist market

music: Deejay Pastiche with his electronic holiday version..

Food: Indian, mexican taco,  Russian bakery,
           French patisserie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Victory arts drawing rooms hurricane update

Hurricane Sandy damage has temporarily closed the Drawing Rooms!
You can help or get info 
2012 was a wonderful year for
Victory Arts Projects.
Our Rainbow Thursdays program teaching drawing and painting to developmentally disabled adults has been going on since May, and this October we launched our new art space, Drawing Rooms. We are committed to the belief that the creative impact that comes from making and experiencing the Visual Arts is vital to our communities.

Get the Rainbow Thursdays Artists Calendar!
Support the program and get a book of wonderful
artworks to enjoy all year!
Available on Amazon - find out more
or order the book

Creative Black Friday Grove

Shop at the Art Mall, the artists independent all local source for gifts, crafts, clothing, jewelery, ART, home accesaories, local food goodies, ideas and smiles.

There is a
super special with 20% off this black one day only,

Black friday at CREATIVE GROVE! Participating vendors are:
Fish with Braids
Funky City Baby
Diana DiRaimo with steam punk Jewelery
Evil Kitten Accessories

photos courtesy of Andrew Miller, journalist for JJournal

Think global shop LOCAL.
Grow your immediate local economy.
We represent: "Made from scratch"
and "Made in Jersey City"

Bergen Lafayette Morris Canal Thksgvg dinner

JC's 16th annual toy drive call for toys

The mayor Jerramiah Healy and the mayor's action bureau are organizing the 16th annual toy drive,
to give toys to families and children in need. to families that lost their homes and all.

Those wishing to donate NEW toys (ages 1-10) 
can bring the toys to 

-Creative Grove artist & designer  market  Grove Street PATH plaza  on Fridays Nov 30  and Dec 7
 to a toy drive tent,  hours 3-9pm

-to the Mayor's action bureau at City Hall, 280 Grove street
 monday through friday 9am - 5pm by Dec 14th

thanksgiving feeding, a community that cares for families

JC Sandy relief volunteer info

please visit this link to find out where volunteers are needed, 
updates and all:


Monday, November 19, 2012

turkeys for families offered by Steve Fulop

On Saturday November 17th our team will once again be distributing free Thanksgiving Turkeys to Jersey City families.

I recognize that these are tough economic times and many have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, but there is no reason that every family shouldn?t be able to have a family thanksgiving together. This year is our largest distribution of 4000 turkeys so there shouldn't be a request that is not met.  If you are interested in picking up a free large turkey to help for your thanksgiving please fill out the form below and someone from my office will be in touch with you. One turkey per family please, if you are an organization looking for a larger quantity, please call me directly at 732-895-7379

Please fill out form below. 

Steven Fulop

Public Library mobile version


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 14, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the Main Library in Jersey City in the most lingering way: Receding waters in the basement left destruction in its wake amidst typical developing problems such as mold. Hence, the need for $1.4 million in repairs, according to Helena Ruman Associates, the architectural firm for the Jersey City Free Public Library.
To the rescue: The Bookmobile!
Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th, the Bookmobile will be stationed in front of the Main Library (472 Jersey Avenue) for one hour each day, Monday through Friday, from 
4 to 5 p.m.
“The damage from this hurricane has not stopped me from doing all I can to make sure repairs are done as soon as possible,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner. “Rest assured, every effort to re-open the Main Library is being done, from contacting FEMA to working directly with city officials and our architect to fast-track our remedial plans.”
Patrons can return library materials (books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs) from the Main Library at any branch, including the Bookmobile, when they are due. If that is not possible, all library materials gotten from the Main Library that cannot be returned during the Main Library’s closure can be brought back when the Main Library re-opens. All fines for those particular library materials will be forgiven.
For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter at Jersey City Free Public Library. Visit us on the web at  HYPERLINK "http://www.jclibrary.org"  for all information on the Library, including all press releases in The Press Room. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Moon Fire Tower art salon at Fish with Braids

MoonFire Tower Art Happening

When:  Thursday November 29, 2012.  6-11 PM  One Night Only Show, Performances at 9 PM 

Where:  Fish With Braids Gallery, 190 Christopher Columbus Blvd., Jersey City, NJ

Sculptor Bryce LeVan Cushing brings the largest collection of his work to date to Jersey City, New Jersey on Thursday November 29, 2012.  Cushing is known for his modern figural mosaic sculptures that are part Schnabel and part Gaudi.  He has shown extensively in Europe including last year’s 20th Anniversary of the Barcelona Arts Association show, The Barcelona International Art Fair, and the Drap Art Festival.

In the United States Bryce LeVan has shown coast to coast many times and currently is focused on shows in the New York City market.  As a performer under the moniker MoonFire Tower the artist's career stretches 20 years to the beginning of the Earl Dax phenomenon, when the pair performed together in the mid 90's at MFT's Camp Squirt.  Guests on that show which toured venues in the East Coast were:  Joey Arias, Sherry Vine, Enya Buttox, Raven O, K-Tel and the Dumsta' Players, and many others.

MoonFire Tower Art Happenings are traditionally rich with multimedia and this installation at Fish With Braids (190 Columbus Blvd, Jersey City, NJ.) is no exception.  The Joey Arias inspired MFT collage drip painting series will be on display for the first time.  Also being debuted are Cushing's Rock River Rings from Vermont.  These chunky semi-precious sterling rings are being designed for Camp Squirt alumni.

Jersey City Art Star Uta Brauser will show her fashion as she teams up with MFT for this epic event which will be hosted by Pussy Faggot regular Needles Jones.  Needles and MoonFire go back 20 years and the evening is sure to be a throwback to the mid 90's Don Hill culture.  MFT will be rocking a set of performance art written by NYC playwright Justin Sayre.  The untitled piece is a collaboration exploring Cushing's troubled childhood full of sexual abuse in the Christian church.  This will be the world premiere of the punk rock mini musical.

These are exciting times in the life of modern art.  Bryce LeVan Cushing is dedicated to bringing back to the NY area the energy of an earlier age inspired by Hoffman and Warhol.  During the 90's MFT mentored with Hunt Slonem and Christopher Makos and is directly influenced by the factory sensibility.

For More Information about MoonFire Tower Art Happening please call 802 289 1663 or email brycelevancushing@gmail.com

JC Library Amnesty week


JERSEY CITY, N.J.   November 15, 2012 – While in recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey City Free Public Library acknowledges that its loyal patrons are in recovery too.
Therefore, fine amnesty will be extended the full duration of the Main Library’s closing.
All fines, library materials (books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and damaged books are now forgiven during this time period of Main Library emergency closure. Library Administration requests that all library materials be returned, and they will be credited to the borrower without any fines.
Amnesty Week had been designated for this week only (Saturday, November 10 – Saturday, November 17) prior to the devastation experienced at the Main Library from Hurricane Sandy.
The Main Library, 472 Jersey Avenue in Jersey City, has been closed as of 12 noon, Friday, November 9, 2012, due to residual flooding damage in its basement from the 
storm. Library Director Priscilla Gardner has been focused on securing the necessary FEMA funding and contractors for work on the $1.4 million remedial project, as per the report by the Library’s architect, Helena Ruman Associates.
For the latest on programs, events, and special announcements please follow the Library on Facebook or Twitter at Jersey City Free Public Library. Visit us on the web at  HYPERLINK "http://www.jclibrary.org" www.jclibrary.org for all information on the Library, including all press releases in The Press Room. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

hugh dwyer paintings, opening reception

Thursday 11/15 from 6 to 8PM at Made With Love-Wine and some food Thursday 11/15 from 6 to 8PM at Made With Love-Wine and some food Thursday 11/15 from 6 to 8PM at Made With Love-Wine and some food 

liberty state park damage

The tidal surge brought 5 feet of water into the now ruined historic CRRNJ Terminal's first floor. The Nature Interpretive Center had flood damage. Mold is setting in. Liberty Walk promenade was damaged; a third of the pavers were blown away.The Jersey Ave footbridge connecting LSP to Jersey Ave downtown was pushed 30 feet from its location and is unusable.Also the Statue Cruises docks were wrecked. 

Also debris from the river was tossed throughout the park. There may be a call put out for volunteers in the future to help out. We will keep you posted as parts of LSP are re-opened.

Hopes and prayers are sent out to all.     

Rope, a thriller on stage, Barrow Mansion, Attic Ensemble

Rope opens on Sunday, Nov. 11, with a 3 pm pay-what-you-will matinee at the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St. Afterward, the show will run from Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 at various times. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy will be collected at intermission; the Barrow Mansion also houses Jersey City Sandy Recovery, a volunteer group collecting donations and more for storm relief efforts.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Love & War and Don Murray & Kier Dullea

Please join us later this month, when -- on a Saturday and Sunday for a change -- we first enjoy flights of fancy with Love & War on the screen, and then we'll have Don Murray and Kier Dullea at the Theatre in person to host two more classic films.

Of course, seeing a show at the Loew's is always a lot of fun. But being a part of the volunteer team that puts on the show is an experience you'll never forget! Curious? Read more below, just after this month's film schedule.

Saturday, Nov. 17 - 6:00 PM
Starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey.
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
104mins. 1946 Color and B&W
$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger)

Saturday, Nov. 17 - 8:40 PM
Starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Richard Arlen.
Directed by William Wellman.
139 mins. 1927 B&W and Color
$10 for Adults, $7 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).

Sunday, Nov. 18 - 2:00 PM
Starring Don Murray, Larry Gates, Cindi Wood, Keir Dullea.
Directed by Irvin Kershner. 101mins. 1961
$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger)

Sunday, Nov. 18 - 4:30 PM
Starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field.
Directed by Joshua Logan.
96mins. 1956. Color
$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

your move- insurgo dance project

Art House Productions and
Insurgo Stage Project present

The 3rd Annual

Thurs - Sat, Nov 8-10 at 8pm
Sun, Nov 11 at 4pm

Tickets $12/$15 at the door
$30 VIP Tickets/$35 at the door (includes priority seating and concessions)

Thursday November 8th at 8pm
Chelsea Lee
Daniel Holt
Christie Freeman
Katherine Kiefer Stark
Amy Larimer
Meagan Woods
Dante Brown
Molly Galbraith

Friday November 9th at 8pm
Nikki Manx
Daniela Hoff
Colleen Pictor
Sarah Council
Jorelle Pome
Avianna Perez
Chelsea Lee
Katie Stehura

Saturday November 10th at 8pm
Dante Brown
Daniela Hoff
M. Hille Refakis
Jorelle Pome
Sarah Ewing
Nikki Manx
Christie Freeman
Avianna Perez
Sarah Council

Sunday November 11th at 4pm
Daniel Holt
Colleen Pictor
Molly Galbraith
Katherine Kiefer Stark
Sarah Ewing
Katie Stehura
Meagan Woods
Amy Larimer
M. Hille Refakis

Art House Productions
1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor
Jersey City, NJ  07302
SE Corner of Hamilton Park, near Erie/8th St
Phone (201) 915-9911

Saturday, November 3, 2012

once upon a market pop up

  • Mary Benson Gallery: 369 3rd St. (btwn Brunswick & Colgate), Jersey City, NJ 07302
  • Saturday, November 10th 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Sunday, November 11th 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

    For two days, the Mary Benson Gallery will be transformed into an art boutique showcasing and selling local artists works.

    Hand painted furniture, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculpture, scarves, hats, painted tiles, painted skateboards, painted helmets and more!!

    Located at 369 3rd Street, (btwn Brunswick & Colgate) the Mary Benson Gallery is nestled in the heart of a historic, downtown neighborhood called "The Village" just west of Newark Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. Owned and operated by Renee and Joe Dwyer, this gem of a space has been a staple in the Jersey City artist community for many years.

    Come and support your local artists at this very special two day event!


    Jacquie Bird (Silk Wire Jewelry)
    Stephen Cimini
    John Crittenden
    Israel Cronk
    Darin DeField
    Renee Dwyer (A Glass Menagerie)
    Ellen Glynn
    Stephanie Guillen
    Eva Maria Harthaus (Sassy Scarves)
    Melissa Marie Johnson
    Andrea Kroenig
    Andrea McKenna (Videre Decorative Arts)
    Kanami Milenkovic
    Andrea Morin
    Anita Murphy
    Amy Neufeld
    Clyde Pizzini
    Javiera Rodriguez
    M.H. Yaghooti

a day at Mana Contemporary Arts Nov 4

Nov 4, Mana Contemporary,
888 Newark ave, JSQ JC,  1-5 pm
Keith Haring: Organized by 99 Cents Fine Arts, An unprecedented exhibition of large-scale works by one of the best-known American artists of the 20th Century.

The Imaginary, The Symbolic, And the Real: y Video Art from the Richard J. Massey Foundation, Featuring films by Edith Dekyndt, John Gerrard, Brent Green, Melanie Manchot, RContemporarobin Rhode, Matt Saunders and Eve Sussman.

MECA Middle East Center for the Arts Presents: "Conversations Rough Cut", Candid interviews from the Middle East, A New Exhibition by David Wakstein.

Armitage Gone ! Dance: Open Rehearsal 3-6pm, Preforming Segments from the upcoming work "Mechanics of the Dance Machine" and "Quantum", a section from Karole Armitage's "Three Theories".

Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation: "Capri with Swarovski Cap" a sculpture by Carole Feuerman courtesy Jim Kempner Fine Art made from oil painted resin with Swarovski crystals, will be on display in her studio.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Floody groovey Creative Grove artist market

Big after storm floody moody creative market and show down on the plaza:
the community comes together with even more joy,
new  ideas and initiatives being brewed,

the spark for wind and solar power, pedal power will get us to showcase ideas and
demos of local manufacturers of such devices soon.

DJ Pastiche on the decks with his Berlin trophys in electronic treasures,

Chill out with our independence charme and
hunger for innovation:
CREATIVE GROVE artist & designer market JERSEY CITY !!

Grove Street PATH plaza,
our central community square downtown

fridays, 3  - 9 pm, all year.
rain, shine, hurricanes, heat, or economic crashes,
we hold down the fort.. through art

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween and young broadway stars at Creative Grove

The Halloween edition at Grove street
brings a costume /hat / make up booth,

DJ Coach on the decks with his house meets funk selections

Next Step Broadway presents their young performers
with solo singers (Broadway level!!)
dances and a voice group.
Their teacher and studio manager is Hunter Murret,

these kids are aspiring high end performers training here in Jersey City,
Hamilton Park, at Next Step Broadway stage and dance school.

chill, literally chill with cool temperatures, pink or purple lattes by the sherapy art cafe on wheels,

bring a pet,
find a hat with plastic recycled or a crocheted art sculpture,
eat and relax.
Bring your winter coat.

and wallet, to invest in your most local community.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

digital photomontage lecture Hoboken museum

HOBOKEN FROM AFAR: Digital Photomontages by Roslyn Rose
November 4, 4pm
1301 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Roslyn Rose will offer a free lecture on using the Photoshop program to create of Photomontages like the ones in her exhibition, Hoboken From Afar, currently in the Upper Gallery at the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken. The show will continue until November 4th when Ms. Rose will present a lecture about her art and the exhibit at 4pm. During the lecture Rose will display images of work depicting the additions, subtractions, and adjustments used to compose a digital collage and explain each tool needed to create the final image.  Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

Sometimes you have to get away, far away, to see your hometown from a fresh perspective or you can view Hoboken From Afar.  A longtime Hoboken resident, Rose credits her travels for these latest artworks. The foregrounds of the photomontages are her photographs and found images collected during her journeys, which have been digitally superimposed over familiar Hoboken scenes. 
Additional information can be obtained at www.roslynrose.com and www.hobokenmuseum.org or by contacting the artist at rrose@roslynrose.com. This exhibition is made possible by a Block Grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts.