Thursday, February 7, 2013
'Exciting new public arts program' will feature 10 to 15 visual artists creating original works of art.
A new public arts program will display the work of 10 to 15 visual artists throughout downtown Madison in an outdoor "sidewalk art gallery," and organizers are ready to hear from artists interested in being considered. The art banner program and exhibition is a collaborative partnership between the Downtown Development Commission and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance. The 30-inch by 40-inch pieces will be installed on May Day, and taken down and sold at a fundraising auction in October after the Madison Farmers' Market wraps up. Acrylic paintings and photography are being considered. Organizers canprovide information about weather-proofing the works. Submissions that are reflective of the Rose City in some way have the best bet of being …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
See the 'Queen of the Minor Key' Saturday.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Four students selected as semifinalists will be recognized at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Students in an advanced art class at Madison High School watched video of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream Speech" and created artwork inspired by his words. The projects were part of a national art contest, called The Dream @ 50, marking the 50th anniversary of King's speech, given Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The annual federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader is Monday. Four Madison students were selected as semifinalists and have been invited to a ceremony Jan. 26 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One semifinalist from the New York area will be among 10 finalists selected nationwide. Madison's semifinalists are Leah O'Gorman, who the school picked as its winner, and …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The off-Broadway theater production held a benefit in Chatham Monday, with professional performers in an intimate setting.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Seventh annual cabaret benefit scheduled for Monday at Community Playhouse.
Once a year, you don't have to go into New York City to get Broadway entertainment. Keen Company, the off-Broadway theater group, returns to Chatham Borough at 7 p.m. Monday for their seventh annual cabaret benefit performance known as "Broadway in the Boro." Board Member and Chatham resident Amy Ball said the evening is always a special one. "There are five or six performers, and there's an opportunity for them ... to choose what they sing. They usually share stories about why they like a particular song, why it's important to them or their careers. You get an inside view into these performers' profession," Ball said. Monday's performance will include Matt Servitto, known to television audiences from his role as an FBI agent on "The …
Friday, January 11, 2013
What DVDs, CDs and books were checked out the most?
Taylor Swift's first live album, the authorized biography of Steve Jobs and a film adaptation of the novel "The Help" topped the lists of the Madison Public Library's most checked out items of 2012, according to the library's latest newsletter. Library Director Nancy Adamczyk said preliminary numbers show more than 200,000 items were circulated in 2012, an 18 percent increase over the previous year. DVDs and CDs, including movies, TV series and audiobooks, continue to account for a growing percentage of total circulation, at about 30 percent. "Especially since Blockbuster closed, we are the place to go for DVDs in town," Adamczyk said. While the library had to close for Superstorm Sandy and an asbestos removal project last year, it will be…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Morris County Arts Workshop storefront offers place for all ages to create and experience art.
Jane Shatz has an enthusiasm and warmth that is infectious. The director of the Morris County Arts Workshop (MCAW) beams with pride when she discusses her arts programs, her colleagues and all of the local artists she deals with on a regular basis. Shatz has had much to be enthusiastic of late. She has been involved in the origami angel program for Sarah Stover, the Chester teen fighting cancer as well as the tealight tribute to the children of Newton, Conn. And MCAW recently had a fundraiser event held at the Hive in the Chester Springs Mall. What is the Hive? Well, it is a place that MCAW has secured as an indoor gallery and a place for people to come and make art. "Over the summer at the mall we saw young people were making a gum wall …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Chatham Community Players will put on the Shakespeare comedy in March.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Chatham Community Players announced open auditions for William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" to be held at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Chatham Playhouse. The play, a fast-moving battle-of-the-sexes comedy, has been made familiar to modern audiences through the musical "Kiss Me, Kate" and the film "10 Things I Hate About You" starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. The plot revolves around the courtship of Katherina, the headstrong "shrew" of the title, and Petruchio, a down-on-his-luck gentleman of Verona who covets Kate's dowry. She, however, is not eager for the match—or any match—and the two engage in a battle of wits and strength for the upper hand. A subplot involved Kate's flirtatious sister Bianca and the men who …
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey wraps season with warm humor.
The first half-century at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is coming to a close this month with a production that pays homage not only to the players on the stage, but the people in the seats. Calling it a play she’s wanted to do for 30 years, Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte’s rare revival of Arthur Wing Pinero’s “Trelawny of the Wells” gives us actors playing actors and, as this milestone season concludes, a glimpse into why they do what they do. While casual viewers may miss some of the backstage in-jokes and personality quirks one expects to find in the dramatic world, anyone who has ever been a part of an improvised family—be it at work, in a neighborhood or elsewhere—can identify with the conflicts and camaraderie of this …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Pre-event performances to be held at Morristown Deli, with big performance set for New Year's Eve.
For the second year, First Night Morris County is giving budding young musicians the opportunity to rock before the ball drops on Dec. 31. First Night's "Battle of the Bands" event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Morristown Deli with the first of several pre-event performances, by local musician Ben Rhodes. On Dec. 21, Angry Politicians entertains, with two other acts to be scheduled. Upon completion of the pre-event performances the top bands are set to play New Year’s Eve. The winner will receive a $250 scholarship and free music lessons from “The Original Music School.” Voting will take place on First Night Morris County’s social media and web sites with video highlights of the pre-event shows. “The path to becoming a professional …