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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ecstatic smashing holiday BA$H at Creative Grove

Dec 20th will be a very special
last of the year, superfantastic big event on the plaza:
Holiday Ba$$$h for
meaningful gifts with art, super creative handmade designs,
local local local crafters, sustainably minded inventors,
fashionistas, sculptors, local initiatives and music!
Your indie-pendant alternative and Urban market  and meeting place in

the Historic Downtown district of Jersey City, by artists, for artists.

Dj Bill has the recipe to shake your bootie,
Euro-trip hop to Americana holidaze


We will be dancing, celebrating, cutting last minute deals,
enjoying the neighborhood's charme,
and fully resonate the holiday's spirit!

The next installment with Creative Grove is
the Winter Fest 2014 on January 31st.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Freshly Baked Aqueduct Mural show

This Thursday Dec 19 we are back at Freshly Baked Gallery, located at 383 Monmouth St, Jersey City for The Aqueduct Mural show ft. installations and purchasable screen prints by Joe Iurato, Chris Stain, Rubin, JMR, Ian Kuali’i, Shai Dahan, Then One, LNY, REKA, Kevin Bourgeois, Ellis Gallagher and BilliKid. We will be spinning records accompanied behind the decks by Villager, Big Jack. Expect rare funk/grooves/classic hip-hop from 6pm-9pm. You can see our recent collaboration with Rubin at The Metropolitan here.

Christmas Concert at the Loews

The Jersey City Mayor's Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 21, 2013, 07:00pm
The Weather Outside May Be Frightful
But Our Christmas Concert Will Be So Delightful!

Mayor Steven M. Fulop
The Dante Alighieri Society
UNICO of Jersey City 
Request the Honor of Your Presence
The Jersey City Mayor's Christmas Concert

The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea
Conducted By Father Alphonse Stephenson

The Historic Landmark Loew's Theatre
Saturday, The Twenty First of December
At Seven O'clock in the Evening 

Admission Is Free, But It Comes With a Twist...
Be It Old, Be It New, Just Wrap a Small Gift to Fulfill a Child's Christmas Gift List!

                       *** For Tickets or More Information ***
       Please Contact Anthony Catanio 201 324 1304, Catanio25@gmail.com

         Transportation will be provided to Senior Housing Buildings


Community Holiday Party West Bergen area

The 29th Annual Community Holiday Party and Toy Drive will be held this Friday- December 20th from 6:30- 10 p.m. at The Moose Lodge, 60 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. 
A hot and Cold Buffet, refreshments and entertainment will be offered. Toys will be collected for distribution to children in Hudson County the following day. The toy distribution will occur on Saturday December 21st from 10 am to noon at the same location. 
Children ages 3 to 13 can attend but must be accompanied by a parent. In addition to a toy, each child will receive breakfast and can take a photo with Santa Claus.  
The event is sponsored by the South Hudson Civic Association a non-profit – which Bill O’Dea is standard bearer. The event this year is being co-sponsored by a dozen local, county and state elected officials as well as Wal Green’s.  Each year more than 1,200 toys are collected and distributed.

For further information or to have toys picked up, you can call Jonathan Defillippo at 201 658 1945. Children can register for the event by calling 201 209 0972.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Groovy Creative Holidays

Dec 13  Holidays Celebrate

with Dj IRS taking you from 70s Funk to soulful R & B,

live performance by vocalist
M Josephine  at 4 pm

Poopchat with Meredith at 8 pm  Line Up: Lizmairy Manana of DIY Collective; Thomas Van Cott aka St. Pat; DJ Pastiche; and Techretaries
you might find ice crystal fairies instead of Santa Elves

Ice dance to the groovey soul beats
with hot teas, hot soup by our wonderful food vendors, Honey Bakery, Taste of India (lentil soup!!)
and a super extra spicy taco by El Chilango
Original gifts, art, leather, warm things, jewelery, adornments, vintage, fashion, antiques, surprises..
Our Creative Grover Tees and Shopping Bags are here, first batch,  girl with Teddy mascot, speech bubble saying "Creative Grove Jersey City"

available for your supportive donations to fund the Creative Grove movement of art and culture Jersey City

A Legend of Communipaw

Legend of Communipaw,
see a truly historical play reflecting our Jersey City early history,
a special celebration here in JC.
Learn and enjoy,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duncan Ave
7.30 pm throughout sunday Dec 15 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Creative Black Friday

Shop shop shop shop shop shop shop shop
original gifts, DIY crafts, Made in Jersey City, local local handmade fine designs, music, food, fashion, accessories, ART!

Best shopping day in America, share it with your local artisans, find original gifts, look for the best deals of the year!  Creative Grove artist & designer market, Grove street PATH      friday  NOV 29 3-9pm

DJ Green Locust dishing up exciting tunes

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday art sale slam

Fish with Braids gallery has a one day art sale
Nov 29


Friday, November 22, 2013

Open mic Ladies on the mic

Ladies on the Mic member Rescue Poetix is the featured performerNov 22  at An Evening of Wordsmithing at Indiegrove, Newark ave near Grove street
- come check her out! And there will be an open mic as well if you'd like to be a Lady on the Mic yourself. 

we assume that the evening starts at 8..?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Creative Interactive Grove

Nov 22,2013 at Creative Grove

watch a beat up Ford Taurus  getting  painted by various artists:
Uta Brauser and Paws 21 joined by those who show up to join in. (you never know who comes through, that is the character of a scene..)
The owners of the car are Ray and BetheAnne Schwartz.

Paint action starts at 4.30 pm

Mega Mission with Wolf Juice keep the Urban spoken word and Urban sounds alive:
Jersey City raw style 
on the plaza.
photography Daniel Kodaq Morteh

Urban tribal market always with new faces and surprises,
special suggestion:
when you see amazing works, get them as they are present,
not everyone will be there every week.
We live in the now. We celebrate NOW.

The crowd source fundraiser for keeping this market at a weekly level is 
"Keep Creative Grove spinning" on Indiegogo

get your perks folks!, we have lots of fun and original items helping you to release Dollars
towards your neighborhood character maker: Creative Grove

We do need to inform the community that if we do not see the support needed,

changes to this creative original institution in Jersey City will apply. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

your move! one weekend


Presented by Art House Productions 
Co-Produced by Morgan Hille Refakis and Meagan Woods

Jersey City's Modern Dance Festival

NOV 7-9 * 8PM   
NOV 10 * 4PM

$12/$18 at door

VIP Tickets and Festival Passes available!

Choreographer talk-back FRI, NOV 8 after the performance

Jersey City's first and only international modern dance festival, presenting the work of 21 visionary choreographers and 50 dancers from across the country and around the world. 

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 

Call for art, "trios" Norm Kirby

This is an open call for an art show at city hall in Jersey City. I am looking for works of art that include three people and/or animals in one piece or three as a triptych. Drawings, paintings, photography, and sculpture will be considered. The deadline for submissions is Monday November 25. Once accepted, pieces need to be dropped off at city hall by Monday December 2nd. Artists receive 100% of sales.

Email submissions to normkirby@gmail.com

This will be part of December 6 JC Friday as well as an official Trios opening on Thursday December 19

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Longest night campaign

2013 Longest Night Campaign Kickoff Event
Ending Homelessness, One Life at a Time
This event on November 21, 2013 at Casino In The Park
Garden State Episcopal 
 from 6pm-10pm
starts a month long series of events building awareness on the plight of the homeless within our communities, 
raising funds to end this crises and collecting much needed supplies.
 Join us for an evening of cocktails and dinner and help make a difference!


Creative Grove art scene update Nov 8

Nov 8  2013  at Creative Grove
a mysterious Dj will offer surprise tunes,

The participatory art project this week is a wheatpaste paper sculpture,
building up layers of paper and fabrics on a cardboard manniquin.
The results are always different from anything anyone can visualize due to the multitude of

The technique of how to apply wheatpaste with layers of paper 
allows the thought process of building up layer by layer to sink in,
develop interesting projects and / or masks and costumes.

Artists participating this friday: 
Pablo Naranjo
Urban art, graffiti style taken to a new level, and on useful objects as pillows or bags

Sarah Emily art

Steven Mitchell

Uta Brauser

For our Indiegogo fundraiser campaign
we will have an information table for the perks offered and

the fundraiser link !

Detective Story and Murder for Two

The Attic Ensemble at the Barrow Mansion

The First Show of our 43rd Season
Detective Story!
Friday November 8-17, 2013

    Ryan Bender           Norberto Cancel
Ben Davis                   Art Delo
    Katherine Doyle            Paul Ellis
Erica Hazel Flory       Andrew Gelles
Phil Haas                 Ben Holmes
Paul Kazalski                Ginger Kipps
Ron Leir                     A.J. Liana
      Hank Morris     Christine Orzepowski
Jack Pignatello        Vernon Richardson
Amy Rutledge            Bret Sarlouis
Alberta Thompson     Brendan Wahlers


THE STORY: August, 1949. A fascinatingly realistic picture of routine cases brought into a bustling metropolitan police station in the course of an evening. Out of the welter of human misery, vice and foolishness there emerges the moving case of a decent young man who has stolen money from his employer; a hardened criminal dragging his young friend down with him; a lawless NJ "gardener" with a corrupt lawyer; and others. In the throes of the tumult is Detective McLeod -- a man whose black & white vision of justice will be challenged by the woman he loves most: his wife. A cast of 22 men and women will bring this drama of truth and consequences to life on the stage November 8-17, 2013.

Friday and Saturdays at 8pm
Thursday Nov. 14th at 7 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

$20.00 general admission
$15 students and seniors
NJ Arts Cards are accepted for discounted ticket pricing. For further information, group rate pricing, reservations and directions call (201) 413-9200 or visit the website at www.atticensemble.org . The Barrow Mansion is handicapped accessible and barrier free. Large print program available upon request; please call one week in advance to arrange for a large print program. Assisted listening devices will be available for the Thursday November 15th 7 p.m. performance. Please call one week in advance to reserve a device.
There is free parking after 7 p.m. in the parking lot 1 ½ blocks away on Christopher Columbus Drive. For directions and further information: www.atticensemble.org

November 8-17, 2013

The Andrew C Rhode Theatre
The Barrow Mansion
83 Wayne Street
Jersey City

Now playing at New World Stages.
Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this 90-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.

Ingenious! A snazzy double-act!  The New York Times

Friends of the Attic Ensemble can see MURDER FOR TWO for as low as $49.50!
Visit BroadwayOffers.com or call 212-947-8844 and use code MRGENMAR1.
*Restrictions and blackout dates apply

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Newe Dawn album release party

Saturday, November 16, 2013.  at the Dopeness restaurant and gallery, 2nd street, JC
7:00pm until 11:00pm.

We invite you to share this special day with us as we embark on a new journey & a new age.
 For the first time ever, M. Josephine & Irs join together as artists and collaborate to create an EP which unites their individuality, combining raw with smooth, with alternative, soulful & hip hop sounds.
 In celebration of MJ's birth year, 1983, we'll be giving away prizes to the top two 80's costumes!
 We hope you will be 1 of 100 to purchase our limited edition...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

winter wonderland at Project Greenville call for art

Happy Autumn to Everyone,
Most of Jersey City is now covered in red and yellow leaves and Columbia Park right down our street is looking beautiful in crisp fall colors! And while this is my favorite season, I am writing looking ahead to the wintertime in the hopes that, despite my late communication regarding our latest open call, some of you will participate in and attend our 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Weekend! This years group exhibit and festivities will take place Friday Saturday and Sunday December 6th, 7th and 8th, from 5-8pm each day. Deadline for entries is November 29th (but I 'm flexible for those who may need slightly more time : ) and we are looking for your art, photos, collages, drawings, paintings, crafts and other creative endevours that depict or invoke your feelings and imagery of Jersey City during the winter/holidays/new year. Along with the group art exhibit there will be the usual array of snacks from nearby businesses, a children's toy drive bin (bring a new or extremely gently used unwrapped toy to add to the donation!) and neighborhood raffle featuring prizes from local merchants. We are also working on scheduling some great live performances to add to each evening! To participate or learn more please email me directly at projectgreenville@gmail.com or give a call or text to (646)361-1858. I'm sorry to have not gotten this info out sooner, but I hope many of you can still participate on this shorter-than-usual notice and that you will certainly write us into your schedule to come check out the event one of the days that weekend : )

As always many thanks to all of you who participate, volunteer and show your interest which certainly motivates me to keep reaching out....thank you thank you thank you! Looking forward to welcoming the winter with all of you....unofficial after-party over at Moore's Lounge for Miss Ruth's fresh fish fry and live music : )

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bright & Varick developments community opposition



Last night we made a plan .
We need everyone's attention and commitment!

Ward E: Candice Osbourne 201.547.5315
Ward F: Diane Coleman 201.547.5338
Mayor Fulop: 201.547.4900
TELL THEM TODAY--you OPPOSE the  268 Varick Street Micro Units and demand they call for a full review by City Government that includes community input!

If you haven't called today, please do so.  Leave a message, ask to speak with them directly.  Emails are not encouraged--speaking to the voters that put them in office  is important.

We have flyers, they will change weekly.  We can send you one, make some copies and put them on cars, in mailslots...anywhere and everywhere. '
EMAIL vvpanews@gmail.com for a PDF of the flyer or download our flyers and talking points at brightandvarick.blogspot.com

We are hiring a law firm this week.  We need funds.
We need to raise at least $10,000 by the end of the week.
Go to vvpa.org/Make a Donation button

All donations are tax-deductible--we are a 501c3.
We will send an email receipt for your records.

Next week:
We need volunteers to work the voting locations and pass out flyers.
Email vvpanews@gmail.com if you can volunteer-we will provide the flyers.

Lafayette Halloween Bash

Morris Canal CDC is having it’s very first Halloween Monster Bash Party! The event will take place in the Lafayette Community Learning Garden located at 314 Pacific Ave. (JCNJ 07304) from 3pm until 6pm. Attached to this message is the invitation to the event. We will have games, activities, and refreshments followed by a costume contest; so costumes are a must! Should you need additional information you may call our office at 201-915-9600.

Happy Halloween!

Dia de Los Muertos Jersey City

The Dia de Los Muertos Jersey City has a lot of events throughout the city scheduled:
organized by Ladylore Productions in collaboration with Simply, Feel Better Self-Health Space, Good Vibes Coalition and Vera Vixeness Designs
this represents a cultural celebration of an American tradition, Las Americas, Mexican and Central America
driving force is Cynthia Renta!

phantom's masquerade at the Loews Theater


The Laugh Tour comedy event, a night of top-notch comedians delivering big laughs at Art House! This Saturday we welcome Dean Edwards to the stage, a Saturday Night Live veteran and star of MTV2's hit show, GUY CODE. Don't miss it! 


Art House Productions presents
Stand-Up Comedy in Jersey City!
SAT, NOV 2 * * 8PM
$15/$20 AT DOOR

Saturday Night Live's
Late Late Show w/Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, VH1 
Live Music by VARVERI

* Please note that our OPEN MIC will be Thursday, NOVEMBER 14 instead of the 1st Thursday (NOV 7) due to the Your Move Modern Dance Festival!

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 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Freshly Baked Halloween

This Wednesday we have been invited by Freshly Baked Gallery to provide sonic stimulation for their first annual Halloween Party. Located at 380 Monmouth St, they will feature live painting from Clarence Rich, and Mor, and in addition the Open Crates guys will be assisting us as selectors. Expect rare funk, soul, and hip-hop all night long. Doors at 6PM. BYOB. IG ready

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tamayo Samejima Exhibiton ‘Sumie Cat ’ 墨絵の猫

Opening: live painting performance with butoh dancer and musicians is on
Saturday October 12. 5pm – 7pm 

Music: Daniel Carter, Gary Heidt
Japanese traditional sweets: wagashi asobi

Sumie painting workshop:
Saturday October 19., 2pm – 4pm
Workshop fee: $10
*For children under 15 please come with an adult.

Closing party: with tea ceremony and live painting performance with
musicians is on Sunday October 27., 5pm – 7pm

Music: Rich Gross, Steve Dworkin
Japanese Teas Ceremony: Sōyu, Hiroko

Venue: Eonta Space http://eontaspace.org/

gallery art space near JSQ

the Ghost of Uncle Joes at Harsimus Cemetery

Get your Costombs ready for this years spooky Fundraiser for, and at the Historic JC and Harsimus Cemetery. $10+ suggested donation. 

Food from Cal's Hot Dogs and Honey Bakery. 

Here's the line-up 

2:00 Gates
2:22 Elvis Costello & the Attractions Otis Ball
3:30 Rancid : They Live
4:20 Cream : Aminal
5:10 Fugazi
6:00 B-52's Papermaker
6:50 Joy Division
7:40 The Doors
8:20 Roxy Music WFMU Hoof and Mouth Slimfonia
9:10 The Who - the Milwaukees
9:45 End of Show
10:00 Death March to the Lamp Post

With Special Guest DJ Gorgio - Motor Funker

The Lamp Post Bar & Grille
After-life party

10:30 Weezer - Jaguar Shark
11:20 Sly & the Family Stone - The Defending Champions
12:10 The Pixies
1:00 The Violent Femmes

Event Sponsors and Vendors

The Lamp Post | Lucky 7's | 30 Acres | JC Studios | Honey Bakery | Cal's Hot Dogs | Art House Productions | WFMU | Another Mans's Treasure | JC Tattoo Company | 4th Street Arts

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Zombie Crawl and Eyeball Hunt!

(Oct 25, Grove Street PATH, Jersey City) 3 - 9 pm
a Crawl prep, for Jersey City's zombie crawl: fourth year of undead revelry, as we devour the living (and shots) in Jersey City.

Get zombied-up at Creative Grove,
move to LITM bar and restaurant at 140 Newark Ave at 9.30pm
for the 4th annual Jersey City Zombie crawl

Haunted Spirit,

Mysterious Deejay

Mysterious O_O  will walk her mouse family on a leash,

look for eyeballs 
everywhere on the plaza.

we will do a count of eyeballs versus zombies.