DECEMBER ARTScene   Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson  

BALLET 

NIMBUS DANCE WORKS, Frank R. Conwell MS4 Auditorium, 107 Bright St, JC.  (201) 377-0718; www.nimbusdanceworks.org.  Dec. 13-18. Tix: $11 – $40 (early bird prices through 12/4; group discounts available) Nimbus Dance Works presents JERSEY CITY NUTCRACKER 2016. “Jersey City’s largest annual performing arts event. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor.  Join Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City’s acclaimed professional dance company for the 7th year of its annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and, along the way, teaching them lessons about friendship and community. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist!”  (Appropriate for all ages; barrier-free event.)

FILM  

LANDMARK LOEW’S JERSEY CITY, 54 Journal Sq, JC. (201) 798-6055; info@friendofloews.org. Sun, Dec. 4 at 2 pm The Classic Holiday Show – On stage & Screen. Live concert, including sing-along and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” HOSTED BY Donna Reed’s daughter, Mary Owen. $12 adults/$8 students & seniors. See Jimmy Steward in one of his best roles as George Bailey who learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; www.lsc.org. Sat, Dec. 3, 10, 17; Tix: $14.50 adults; $12.50 kids 2-12 and seniors 62+. THE POLAR EXPRESS: An IMAX Experience, rolls into the world’s largest IMAX Dome theater for a limited engagement, just in time for the holidays. “This heart-warming film tells of a boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery. Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book written by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.” NEW! Audiences also get to enjoy a brand new 15-minute holiday laser pre-show before each screening of the movie.

 VISUAL ARTS

RAVEN GALLERY & BOUTIQE, Newark Ave, JC, Curators, owners, artists Andrea McKenna and Javiera Rodriguez present through Jan 1: WEARABLE ART: Group Exhibition. (Pictured: “Sweet Dreams” collage by Luis Alves.) Featuring artists Andrea Brooke D’Alessandro, Anthony Jr. Wills, Asha Ganpat, Carole Bailey, Chris Ernst, David Nicolato, Darya Warner, Eric Indin, Hailey Arango, John Kincaid, Kelly Heaton, Luca Cusolito, Luis Alves, Mollie Thonneson and Rafael Colon.

BARSKY GALLERY, 48 Harrison St, HOB. (888) 465-4949; barskyallery.com.

BARSKY GALLERY’S WINTER EXHIBITION AND SALE is on now. “The rotating collection is a showcase of recent works by gallery-represented artists, embodying an eclectic mix of contemporary original art priced for every budget.” Winter hours: Mon & Tues, by appointment; Wed-Sun, 11 am-6 pm. (Pictured: Aymar de Villele, “Planet Earth” Oil on Canvas.)

 MANA CONTEMPORARY, 818 Newark Ave, JC, (201) 604-2702, www.manacontemporary.com. Through Aug 1, 2017: JOHN CHAMBERLAIN: PHOTOGRAPHS. Mana Contemporary and Ayn Foundation present a kinetic series of photographs taken with a swing-lens Widelux camera from the legendary artist, curated by Tad Wiley. “This exhibition showcases 70 works, ranging between 1989 and 2002. Known primarily for his sculptures, Chamberlain actively experimented in all mediums, including painting, film, and photography. He once referred to these works as ‘self-portraits of the nervous system’ using the camera more as an extension of his body than of his mind’s eye.”

 DEEP SPACE GALLERY, 77 Cornelison Ave, JC (201) 777-0166. Closing Night Dec. 3, 6-10 pm: 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.

 THEATER

MILE SQUARE THEATRE, 1400 Clinton St, HOB. (201) 683-7014. www.milesquaretheatre.org; Through Sun, Dec. 18; Tix: $30/Students & Seniors, $18. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY by Joe Landry. Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. “Mile Square Theatre brings back its popular telling of the classic holiday film. A holiday treat for the entire family!”

  FOR THE KIDS

 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. Through Jan 8, 2017: CURIOUS GEORGE: LET’S GET CURIOUS! “Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the “Curious George” books and television series on PBS Kids in Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! The exhibit presents key concepts in science, math, and engineering, which are woven throughout the exhibit. Activities invite children to learn like Curious George does—through direct experience and problem solving! Kids can also meet Curious George in person at the Science Center. George will visit December 28 and December 29. He will be there from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; visit the Welcome Desk for specific location and times. Come take photos with him and give a big, friendly hug. Curious George can’t wait to meet your family!”

 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. Tues-Fri. 12:30, 2, & 3:30‌ pm; Sat. & Sun, 10 & 11:30 am & 4:30 pm. Earthflight 3D. “Fly wingtip to wingtip with some of the world’s most charismatic birds. On their fantastic journeys, the birds visit some of the most spectacular animal events and locations on Earth. Our 300-seat Joseph D. Williams 3D Science Theater offers shorter running Real D 3D Digital Films are suitable for all ages. These movies pack lots of great action into 20 – 40 minutes.”

CLUBS

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

 HAPPENINGS & HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

 ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS presents JC FRIDAYS, a city-wide celebration of the arts in JC. This quarterly citywide celebration of the arts is free and open to the public. It features art, performances, music, film and educational workshops. For more info call (201) 915-9911 Visit the website jcfridays.com for listings.

 HOBOKEN CITY HALL, 94 Washington St, HOB. (201) 420-2207; www.hobokennj.gov. Sat & Sun, Dec. 3 & 4; 11 am-5 pm. Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken present the CITY HALL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR featuring art, photography & unique handcrafted gift items. (Please use Newark St. entrance.)

OUT OF TOWN HAPPENINGS

 THE NEW VICTORY THEATER, 229 W. 42nd St, NYC. www.newvictory.org. Fri, Dec. 2 – Sun, Jan. 1 – “This holiday season experience the joyous spirit abundant in MOTHER AFRICA: MY HOME, a circus spectacular set in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Daring acrobats, jubilant dancers and mind-bending contortionists fill the New Victory stage when the sensational Drama Desk-nominated Circus der Sinne returns to NYC with electrifying live music and feats of extraordinary strength and dazzling skill. With performers representing African nations from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast, this radiantly rhythmic production exudes a palpable zest for life that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats—or, better yet, dancing in the aisles.”

 NEWARK MUSEUM, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. (973) 596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org. Now on view LIFE, LOVE, DEATH: THE BALLANTINES. “Beer built this house.  One child found happiness here.  One child found tragedy here. A half-century before becoming part of the Newark Museum complex, this National Historic Landmark mansion was home to one of the country’s most important beer dynasties. Through new interactive galleries, discover what really happened here during the Gilded Age.”

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