Film a Big Surprise; Rights & Royalties a Bigger Mystery
By Sally Deering
The story starts with two brothers and a couple of friends from Bayonne who wrote and recorded a song called Bim Sala Bim back in the 1970s. They took the title from “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” when Carson played fortune teller Carnac the Magnificent. He and Ed McMahon would say “Bim Sala Bim” as a greeting to each other.
Lou Gomez wrote the lyrics and his brother Richie Gomez wrote the melody and Ralph Cohen wrote the arrangements to Bim Sala Bim when they were in the 70s band “Hudson County”. The band eventually broke up, but the song lives on. Fast forward to 2016, Gomez finds out from a friend that Bim Sala Bim is on the soundtrack to the new Robert DeNiro movie, HANDS OF STONE.
“The group became known for its funk sound,” Gomez says, from his home in Sayreville. “We were signed to RCA records by Warren Schatz and asked to produce some material for a compilation album and a single release. Our single was “Heaven’s Here on Earth” and we were told it would be released at the same time Vickie Sue Robinson was to release Turn the Beat Around. At that time we also recorded Bim Sala Bim. Forty years later I get a call from a friend that Bim Sala Bim is a big underground hit in Europe especially Greece and Italy. It was later found out that the song was bootlegged by some unknown group called Fantastic Soul Inventions who just slapped their name on our recording.” Continue reading WHOSE SONG IS IT ANYWAY?Songwriter Lou Gomez’s BIM SALA BIM surfaces in new Robert DeNiro Flick→
Original Play features Stories of Survival and Hope at Art House Productions in JC
By Sally Deering
Power and control – two red flags of bad behavior when it comes to relationships, but sometimes a person doesn’t know what they’re getting into until it’s too late. Situations like this are the basis of a new collaborative play by Jersey City’s Speranza Theatre Company and Women Rising, a refuge, resource and referral for survivors of domestic violence.
WOMEN RISING, Stories of Hope, directed by Diana Basmajian, will run Thurs, Oct. 20-Sun, Oct. 23 at Art House Productions in Jersey City. A compilation by playwrights Megan Lohne, DeLora Whitney, Caren Skibell, Merri Biechler, Lia Romeo, and Dania Ramos, under the guidance of lead writer Jennie Contuzzi, the play is a series of monologues and scenes that focus on the survivors of domestic abuse. It features original music by Drama Desk Award nominee composer Estelle Bajou. Continue reading HOPE RISES New Play by Speranza Theatre & Women Rising explores Domestic Violence→
Party of Five a Acappella Doo Wop Vocal Group will appear at the Bergen Point Fall Festival the annual community Festival will feature Music Entertainment, Great Food, Inflatable rides, Caricaturist, Sand Art, Face Painting and more.
The Windwill Alliance will also host the following events: Basketball Throw in front of Highways Store, Pumpkin Painting on the Trinity Parish Lawn, The Windmill Center Bake Sale, Basket Raffles.
There will be a Dog Costume Contest at 12 noon
If You Go
Broadway from 5th street to Cottage Street in Bayonne
12 Noon-6 PM
For more information call the Bayonne UEZ Office 201-858-6357
Collages and Paintings filled with Cultural Ephemera reveal the Artist’s Journey
By Sally Deering
In her email address she’s “Bondgyrl” who, with her dad, has seen every 007 flick ever made. Away from the computer, she’s Theda Sandiford, a mixed-media artist and lover of found objects. Sandiford currently has work in the VANITY show at the Jersey City Theater Center; and five pieces are to be exhibited at Jersey City Art and Studio Tour’s (JCAST) Flagship Gallery on Sat and Sun, Oct 8, and 9, and every weekend in October. Continue reading FINDING THEDA- Artist Theda Sandiford of JC exhibits Mixed-Media Artworks at JCTC & JCAST→
Craft Beer & Cocktails Bar/Steakhouse opens in Hoboken
Father & Son Owners duplicate successful Haledon Eatery in Mile Square City
By Sally Deering
Joe and Chris Schiavo may be new to Hoboken, but they’re not new to the restaurant biz. The successful father & son team own The Shepherd & The Knucklehead craft beer bar and steakhouse in Haledon and it’s so successful, they branched out here in Hudson.
They just opened “The Shep” a little more than a week ago on Willow Avenue between 13 & 14 Streets. A huge space – it seats 125 – with 23 flatscreen TVs all turned to a sports channel lining the walls. The bar is long with 60 taps and a flatscreen above that has the latest crafts available. Cocktails are crafty, too, Joe Schiavo says, because the bartenders squeeze fresh juices and make all the syrups from scratch. Continue reading THE SHEPHERD & THE KNUCKLEHEAD→
A Thousand Artists Display Works in Hundreds of Venues
By RVO Staff
Art lovers everywhere are invited to share in the love that is the 26th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour where more than 1,000 artists will fling open the doors to hundreds of venues for viewers to see their paintings, sculptures, mixed-media and other exciting works.
Jersey City, NJ –THE HAMILTON PARK CONSERVANCY presents the 7th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival, Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon to 8 pm, at McWilliams Place, on the east side of Hamilton Park. The BBQ Festival is a fun, end of summer neighborhood event. Proceeds of the Hamilton Park BBQ Festival benefit the Hamilton Park Conservancy (501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting the city in the maintenance, improvement and preservation of the five-acre Victorian-era park in the historic district of Hamilton Park. The Conservancy is responsible for the Lawn Renovation Program, and maintenance of two community tennis courts. The park was named for founding father Alexander Hamilton by his friend and fellow federalist, John B. Coles. Continue reading 7th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival Saturday, September 24th, 2016 Noon to 8pm→
The 2016 Newport Liberty Half Marathon is happening this Sunday September 18th along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City. Registration numbers keep climbing (upwards of 3,000!) and this year’s race will be the biggest one yet!
Runners will receive long sleeve t-shirts and finisher medals, not to mention the $3,000 in prize money that’s up for grabs. Beer and snacks from NJ Beer Co. and Cosi in Newport are waiting for participants at the finish line.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Racers take their mark at 8:30 a.m. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.