MANA CONTEMPORARY, 818 Newark Ave, JC, (201) 604-2702, www.manacontemporary.com. Through Feb. 25, 2017; hosted by Mana Contemporary’s Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA): TEXTILE – TERRITORY – TEXT; a group show that examines “concepts of identity, belonging, abjection, and exile in contemporary textile art works by Middle Eastern artists Etti Abergel, Andi Arnovitz, Asad Azi, Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Birim, Fatma Shanan Dery, Mervat Essa, Leor Grady, Buthina Milhem, Yoav Raban, Farid Abu Shakra, Tal Shoshan, Nevet Yitzhak, Amira Ziyan. Curated by Irena Gordon, the show features video installations, animation, painting, photography, and sculpture.
DEEP SPACE GALLERY, 77 Cornelison Ave, JC (201) 777-0166. Opening Oct. 15 GLOSSBLACK, solo exhibition. “Raised in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Jimmy is an American graffiti writer who began painting in the early 2000s. Today, with over a decade of work under his belt, he has solidified himself as a nationally recognized practitioner of the art. As graffiti culture rises in popularity, he manages to continually find new territory, creating pieces that are instantly recognizable. Working predominantly in aerosol and oil paint, his dynamic lettering styles, layering techniques, craftsmanship, and dedication to detail result in striking works of art.” For more info, www.glossblack.org.
JERSEY CITY THEATER CENTER, Merseles Studios, 339-345 Newark Ave, JC www.jctcenter.org. Runs through Fri, Nov 11: VANITY. The theme is presented in both art and theater. Running
November 3, 4, at 7 pm: MAGNIFICENT YOU. “Multimedia performance, combining, dance, movement and film exploring the sociological, psychological, and spiritual causes & effects of narcissism –developed for Vanity by Driggproductions, a dance & film company in conjunction with JCTC artist residency program – followed by a Talk-Back. Tix $18 Advance / $20 at the door
JERSEY CITY THEATER CENTER, Merseles Studios, 339-345 Newark Ave, JC www.jctcenter.org. VANITY: the theme is presented in both art and theater. On stage Nov. 15, 16, 18, & 19: AND THEN THEY CAME FOR ME: REMEMBERING THE WORLD OF ANNE FRANK. “This poignant multimedia play, by award-winning playwright James Still and directed by Susan Kerner, weaves videotaped interviews of two teen-age friends of Anne Frank – Holocaust survivors Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg – with live actors recreating scenes from their lives during WWII. The message of And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank resonates beyond the 20th century genocide in Europe. As performed by a racially diverse cast, the play speaks to the senseless persecution of people worldwide based on nationality, religion, race, and gender. Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister and internationally honored Holocaust educator, will participate with the actors and director in a post-play discussion” Tix: $18 online/$20 at door.
MILE SQUARE THEATRE, 1400 Clinton St, HOB. www.milesquaretheatre.org; (201) 683-7014. Mon, Nov. 7, 8 pm: (Tix $150 to support the theater’s 2017 season). 2ND ANNUAL MST BROADWAY CABARET: AN EVENING OF SONG BY BROADWAY PERFORMERS. “Join some of Broadway’s most dynamic performers for an evening of show tunes from productions past and present at the intimate Mile Square Theatre. Performers include Leslie Becker (Bonnie and Clyde, Wicked), Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Catch Me If You Can), Michelle Duffy (Heathers), Graydon Long (The Audience), Sabina Petra (Beauty and the Beast), Catherine Porter (Next to Normal), Jonathan Rayson (Little Shop of Horrors), Sara Schmidt (Jersey Boys, Brooklyn), Lucia Spina (Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots), Maggie Weston (MST’s It’s a Wonderful Life), and Musical Director Meg Zervoulis (American in Paris, Matilda).
Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; www.lsc.org. “Bring your friends to an after-hours adventure at Liberty Science Center. Thurs, Nov. 17, 6-to-10 pm. (And on the 3rd Thursday of every month.) Guests 21 and over can enjoy cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows, and more at SCIENCE SPEAKEASY! “Travel back in time for a glittering shindig at Liberty Science Center inspired by the Prohibition era. Meet expert whiskey distillers, taste their products, and learn about the science behind the popular spirit. Test your luck and learn about the math behind your favorite casino games. Get dolled up in your spiffiest 1920’s-inspired outfit; the LSC After Dark team will be on the hunt for the best-dressed guests, and you could win big. Follow the clues and look for our secret stage. If you find it, you’ll be treated to an enlightening underground tech performance. Experience a new laser show in our massive IMAX Dome Theater. Tix are $20 (online) and in advance. There will be a $5 additional charge for all tickets purchased at the door on the night of the event.”
FOR THE KIDS
HUDSON THEATER ENSEMBLE, at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave, HOB. (201) 377-7014; email@example.com. Sat & Sun, Nov. 19, 20 & 26, performances 11 am and 1 pm. All tix $10. Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents THE FROG PRINCE, a funny and zany musical. (Show runs about 45 minutes.)
JCTC-KIDS at the Jersey City Theater Center, Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave, JC. www.jctcenter.org. Sundays through Dec 11 at 1 pm: Puppetworks presents Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Tix: Children: $8; $11 at the door. Adult: $9; $12 at the door. School discounts available. Go to www.jctcenter.org for tix.
LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; www.lsc.org. BODIES REVEALED* “LSP presents real human figures and organs that reveal the wonder and beauty of the human form. The exhibition shows detailed views of human anatomy, from whole body displays to individual skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and circulatory systems. Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, this exhibition shows the body and its systems as they really exist, including natural variation.*Bodies Revealed is a premium exhibition, available with the Premium Pass or a Combination Ticket.
LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; www.lsc.org. Opens Oct. 15: National Geographic’s EXTREME WEATHER. “Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it’s intensifying in varied and complex ways. Among the melting tidewater glaciers of Alaska, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Erin Pettit leads a young team of researchers into the splash zone at the face of Dawes Glacier aboard a boat custom-designed to get as close as possible to the calving ice. In the Great Plains of the United States, Oklahoma native Justin Walker tries to place pods of sensors inside tornados as part of an effort to determine if tornado outbreaks are growing more extreme. A prolonged draught in California has caused the death of huge swaths of forest, creating a dangerous surge in the intensity of wildfires. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.”
BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN, 141 Bright St, JC. Mon, JAZZ JAM; Tues & Wed: KARAOKE; Thurs: OPEN MIC NIGHT; Fri: COMEDY; Sat & Sun: Brunch, DANCE, KARAOKE, OPEN MIC
OUT OF TOWN HAPPENINGS
THE NEW VICTORY THEATER, 229 W. 42nd St, NYC. www.newvictory.org. Nov. 4-13: “From Akram Kahn, arguably the pre-eminent British dance-maker of his generation” (The Telegraph) comes a heartwarming story about our connections to the past, family and finding your own path. CHOTTO DESH, meaning ‘small homeland,’ draws on Khan’s unique quality of cross-cultural storytelling, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Performed as a solo dance piece, CHOTTO DESH integrates gorgeous interactive animation and an evocative score to create a brilliant and bewitching adventure.”
NEWARK MUSEUM, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. (973) 596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org. Now showing NATIVE ARTISTS OF NORTH AMERICA LONG-TERM INSTALLATION “This fall, the Newark Museum will unveil its newly redesigned and reinterpreted Native American galleries. Featuring more than 100 rarely exhibited objects from throughout the United States and Canada, Native Artists of North America will showcase an exciting selection of works from the permanent collection, dating from the early 19th century to the present, including many objects never before exhibited. Among the works on view will be expertly woven Pomo baskets, exquisite hand-made items of dress from across the continent, and Southwestern pottery and textiles. Other highlights will include works by the Haida master carver Charles Edenshaw and Pueblo painters Fred Kabotie, Tonita Peña and Awa Tsireh. Additional works by contemporary Native American artists will be installed in adjacent galleries, including recent acquisitions by Jeffrey Gibson and Preston Singletary.”
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