A City-Wide, All-Day Celebration of Art & Culture in Jersey City

feb-28-art-views-diego-nieto-portoOnce again, Art House Productions is presenting the ever-exciting JC Fridays on Friday, March 4, 2011. A multitude of venues throughout Jersey City will showcase a variety of happenings including art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public. As one of the preeminent art scenes in the tri-state area, Jersey City is abound with visual artists, musicians, and individuals with unique talent; JC Fridays is one of the best times for them to share their newest projects and works. This quarterly event promises to be one of the most entertaining JC Fridays yet. A full listing of events follows at the end of this press release.


ART-In Paulus Hook, visitors to Camille Cesai Loveprint Jewelry will be invited to explore their subconscious with artist Allie Read Brodhead and painting on a canvas to express what they find.

MUSIC-Fun for the whole family can be found at A Sound Start, on Jersey Avenue, where demonstrations of Kindermusik will get moms, dads and kids alike grooving.

ART/MUSIC-The lively atmosphere at Boca Grande, on Washington Boulevard, will be revved up with live music setting the stage for live artwork created on site throughout the night by local artist Ruler and his creative friends.

ART-Some art you hang, and some you drink…discover the drinkable kind at Star Bar, on Wayne Street, with craft beer maker Climax Brewery. They will be offering a variety of unique brews while digital artwork will be showcased in the venue.

PERFORMANCE-Parkside Bistro, on Erie Street, will tantalize guests with exotic belly dance performances throughout the night.

ART/MUSIC/EDUCATION-JC Fridays originator Art House Productions will showcase a group exhibit of artwork exploring memory frozen in time while Art House’s own Christine Goodman will be modeling for artist Laura Gravenstine to demo the process of live human casting.

Read on for all the events…

The Jersey City Reporter

Jersey City Magazine




Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs

Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce

Jersey City Economic Development Corporation*

Historic Downtown SID

* Paid for in part by the State of New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Program





14th Street Garden Center, Balance Salon, The Embankment Restaurant, Jersey City Independent, LITM, Made With Love Artisan Bakery and Café, Parkside Bistro





Boca Grande, Bone Boutique, Hard Grove Café; Lamp Post Bar & Grille, Sam Pesin in honor of the Friends of Liberty State Park, Star Bar, Tiffany Cruz

Business Specials




Bone Boutique, located at 437 Jersey Ave, is offering 10% off clothing purchased all day

Academy of Massage Therapy, located at 75 Montgomery St, 2nd Floor, is offering $25 one-hour massages on March 4, 5 and 6; mention JC Fridays when booking

Lamp Post Bar & Grille, located at 382 2nd Street, is serving up $2.50 well drinks from 7-10pm

LITM, at 140 Newark Avenue, is hosting happy hour until 8pm and pouring $5 Iced Tease cocktails all night




was created in 2005 by a coalition of artists, arts organizations and local businesses that wanted to showcase Jersey City’s exciting and burgeoning cultural landscape. Today Art House Productions, with vital support provided by JC Fridays’ Major Sponsors, present this eagerly anticipated quarterly event, taking place at the start of every season, where both residents and visitors can celebrate the growing vibrancy and distinct charm that Jersey City has to offer. Since its inception, the number of participants has tripled through increasing outreach to Jersey City’s neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and artists. JC Fridays is a quarterly event, held at the start of every season: March, June, September and December. The next JC Fridays will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011.

JC Fridays

is made possible by the State of New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Program and a host of other sponsors and patrons. JC Fridays is brought to you by Art House Productions, Inc, a Jersey City-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization. Art House Productions inspires, nurtures and promotes the arts in our community through exciting, multi-disciplinary initiatives. For more information, please visit: www.arthouseproductions.org or our JC Fridays site, www.jcfridays.com.






(art) 8am-8pm-JERSEY CITY CULTURAL AFFAIRS presents -Women’s History Month Group Exhibition,‖ a group exhibition in the glorious Rotunda Gallery at City Hall. 280 Grove Street between Montgomery and Mercer Street, 201-547-4333. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Art House Productions | P.O. Box 3264 | Jersey City, NJ 07303-3264 ph. 201.915.9911 | info@arthouseproductions.org | www.arthouseproductions.org


(art)(music)(performance) 2-8pm-ARTS IN ACTION presents -CREATIVE GROVE artist and designer market.‖ This outdoor market featuring artists, designers, handmade works, performers and musicians is resuming on February 4 (and every Friday going forth from 2 to 8pm) and will feature many creatives during JC Fridays. Free expression is encouraged! Grove St PATH Plaza, @ Columbus Drive, 646-573-7164. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 11am-8pm-PARK AND SIXTH COMFORT FOOD presents -Select Works by Miss Dabree.‖ Select works by painter Debbie Manville, alias Miss Dabree, will be showcased. Her work blends elements of bright colors, graphics that pop and words to formulate meaning. Curated by Tara Thurber V3 -vision.verb.vibe. 364 Grove Street between Bay and First Streets, 201-918-6072. Family-friendly.





(art)(educational) 6-9pm-BALANCE SALON/18 ERIE GALLERY presents -UFO Abductee Experience Exhibition w/David Huggins.‖ View artwork created by David Huggins, depicting his true alien abduction experience. Discuss, share, ponder and enjoy! Presented by Timothy Green Beckley, publisher of Global Light Communications and conspiracy journal magazines. Light installations by Norm Francoeur, show designed and curated by Vincent Minervini. 18 Erie Street @ 1st Street, 201-369-7000.

(music) 6-9pm-HARD GROVE CAFÉ presents live music by Los Huevos. Los Huevos is a four-piece blues/rock band that has played extensively in the tri-state area for the last five years. They are heavily influenced by the soul and funk of the late 1960’s and most of their songs are about food. 319 Grove Street by the Grove PATH station, 201-451-1853. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 6-10pm-STAR BAR presents -Craft Beer & Craft Photography.‖ In partnership with Climax Brewery, NJ’s oldest craft beer maker, this special brewery night will feature the brewery’s delicious and rare craft beers. Star Bar expresses that -Some art you hang on the wall; some you drink!‖ A digital art show featuring street artists from the United States, UK and Australia will also be shown. 34 Wayne Street @ Grove Street, 201-367-1222.

(performance)(educational) 7-9pm-DOWNTOWN LIVE presents a Martial Arts Demonstration. The school’s weekly program Tang Soo Do Academy, taught by master Rich Ahlers, will wow visitors with the Movements of Traditional Korean Martial Arts. Held at the beautiful iconic multi-use space, you will witness t Hyung Demonstrations (forms), Weapon Hyung (forms) and Kyok Pa (board breaking). 143 Christopher Columbus Drive @ Barrow Street, 201-344-2888. Family-friendly.

(art) 7-11pm-MICHAEL DUBOSE presents -How Did I Get Here?‖ Back by popular demand, DuBose returns to the Hard Grove Café. Since his last appearance, he has been working hard crafting new images, including a comic strip penned as -Emerge,‖ portraits and other thought provoking paintings. This exhibition marks a special moment as the artist launches his website, michaelsartery.com. 319 Grove Street across from the Grove PATH station, 201-451-1853. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.





(art) 10am-6pm-14TH STREET GARDEN CENTER presents an exhibition of works of inspiring Jersey City images on canvas by Carmelina Giordano. The 14th Street Garden Center invites visitors to explore this family-run store full of lush indoor and outdoor plants. 793 Jersey Avenue, between 14th Street and Jersey Avenue, 201-963-1414. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 10am-8pm-DOWNTOWN CO-OP will feature photograph art by Peter Zirnis and Gene Super. Guests are invited to scope out the co-op’s range of products and produce, such as fish Art House Productions | P.O. Box 3264 | Jersey City, NJ 07303-3264 ph. 201.915.9911 | info@arthouseproductions.org | www.arthouseproductions.org


from the Fulton Fish Market and beef from cows raised in New Jersey, and to place their grocery requests on the store’s oversized chalk board! Stay local, stay healthy. 29 McWilliams Place @ 9th Street. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(performance) 6-11pm-PARKSIDE BISTRO presents -Mediterranean Night at Parkside,‖ featuring live music throughout the night and an exciting belly dance performance. JC Friday’s roamers will enjoy a fun night and the restaurant’s extensive menu. Parkside Bistro offers BYOB. For more information and reservations call 201-222-2144. 131 Erie Street @ 8th Street. Family-friendly.

(art)(music) 7-11pm-58 GALLERY presents a viewing of -Pulp,‖ new paintings by Ken Bastard. -Pulp‖ draws inspiration from the Pulp Magazine style of the 1930s. Live music will be performed by the Audiobodies, Olde Ghost, and special guests, with DJ Dangerous Dave spinning tunes in between. 58 Coles St @ 3rd Street, 917-349-1693. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(music)(educational) 7-11pm-ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS presents an Opening Reception for -Freeze,‖ a group exhibition exploring the act of preservation. A memory captured, a place frozen in time, the icy world of winter. Artist Laura Gravenstine will demonstrate a live human casting on Art House’s Christine Goodman throughout the night! Find out about the process from Laura as she works. Live music all evening. 1 McWilliams Place, 6th Floor @ the SE corner of Hamilton Park, 201-915-9911, Barrier-free. Family-friendly.






(art) 24/7-E. JAN KOUNITZ presents -Dogs and their People,‖ the latest addition to the ongoing photo essay of the Jersey City Heights called -ME HOOD‖ by E. Jan Kounitz. The exhibit features people, places and events, featuring local residents and merchants. Visit ejankounitz.com for more information. The Breher Building, 357 Palisade Avenue, exterior windows, @ Franklin Street, 917-447-6588. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(performance) 6-9pm-THE DISTILLERY GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents an Opening Reception for -Infinite Rewind,‖ a group exhibition exploring how artists re-make and re-envision history and heresy. 7 Hutton Street @ Palisade Avenue, 201-855-9020. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.





(performance) 7-11:30pm-UPTOWN CREW presents -JC Originals,‖ a showcase of Jersey City’s best performing artists. Host Nick Ciavatta of Friggin Fabulous Productions offers visitors an evening of singer-songwriters, spoken word artists and more. For those who are hungry, the Friday Night Fish Fry in beautiful, historic Moore’s Lounge will surely tempt the taste buds! Suggested donation: $7 (dinner costs additional). 189 Monticello Avenue @ Jewett Street, 201-332-4309.





(art) 5pm-2am-LITM presents -In The Eye.‖ Beauty is subjective, and the subject of this group exhibition. The gallery tasked the participating artists to provide their interpretations on the concept of beauty-cultural, commercial, societal, or personal. 140 Newark Avenue, between Grove & Erie Streets, 201-536-5557. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Art House Productions | P.O. Box 3264 | Jersey City, NJ 07303-3264 ph. 201.915.9911 | info@arthouseproductions.org | www.arthouseproductions.org


(art) 11am-11pm-HUDSON COUNTY ART SUPPLY presents -WindowMural.‖ Roberta Melzl’s window design is created from an accumulation of sources, and is built to form a reshaping of real-world imagery. The new mural is set alongside the store’s previous murals, and is a great accompaniment to the permanent collection of art inside. Discounts for JC Friday art-gazers will be offered all day! 303 First Street, between 1st & Coles Streets, 201-413-0900. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.


(art)(music) 9am-10pm-MADE WITH LOVE ARTISAN BAKERY AND CAFÉ presents -Actualities (Roman Number 2),‖ new photography and freshly rendered works by John Crittenden. Informed by a life spent in journalism, John’s aim is to astonish viewers with beauty that is grounded in reality. The Opening Party will be from 7 to 9:30pm, with music from Chrissy Roberts. 530 Jersey Avenue, between Newark Avenue & Columbus Drive, 201-451-5199. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(educational) 6:30-10pm-MARY BENSON GALLERY presents -The Great Meditate.‖ Namaste! Visitors are encouraged to join in a group meditation conducted by Certified instructor Sister Sunshine at Jersey City’s esteemed Mary Benson Gallery. They will learn different forms of meditation, breathing, and ways to focus energy. Participants are free to stay and meditate for the evening or stop in and take the mantra with them. 369 Third Street, between Brunswick & 3rd Streets, 201-394-9891. Family-friendly.

(art) 12pm-3am-PORT-O LOUNGE presents -A Look into Another World.‖ Port-O Lounge invites visitors to enjoy lunch, dinner and/or drinks while taking a look into another world-that of Diogo Neto’s. This artist draws viewers in with comfort and tranquility through his portraits and landscapes. Curated by Tara Thurber V3 – vision.verb.vibe. 286 First Street @ Newark Avenue, 201-420-9550. Family-friendly.



(art) 7-10pm-LAMP POST BAR & GRILLE presents a photography show of local artists. Join the friendly Lamp Post clientele to eat, drink and view some of the new works. 382 2nd Street, between Monmouth & Brunswick Streets, 201-222-1331. Family-friendly.





(art)(music) 7pm-12am-RAILROAD STUDIO presents -A Dozen Lamps.‖ This downtown live/work space abounds with sensory delight and unconditional love returns! Handmade greeting cards by Jessie Cara will be available for purchase. Live music by Land of the Look Behind, DJ Purple Stuff and more. Hosted by Kevin and Jess. BYOB please, and mind the stairs! 150 Newark Avenue, # 4R, between Erie & Barrow Streets, 917-254-0573.

(art) 24/7-THE BRUNSWICK WINDOW presents -Shannon Benine, The 03.19.03 Series,‖ examining the physical and psychological effects of war in the form of a delicate sculptural wall hanging made from photograms of unfolded peace cranes. Each segment represents a fallen U.S. soldier who once lived in Benine’s community. She continues to fold cranes for every fallen soldier until the end of the war. 158 Brunswick Street, between 4th & 5th Streets, 201-978-8939. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Art House Productions | P.O. Box 3264 | Jersey City, NJ 07303-3264 ph. 201.915.9911 | info@arthouseproductions.org | www.arthouseproductions.org





(art) 10am-7pm-ROSE MOULTRIE presents -Rose Creations,‖ featuring Madina designs, hats and hair wraps. Live demonstrations will take place from noon-1pm and 6-7pm, on banana leaf art, collectables, other Afrocentric items, Becky craft magnets, crochet items, Queen handmade crochet items, and Bernice Bell handmade pillows. 360 MLK Drive, located in Extra Supermarket in the HUB, between Virginia Avenue & Kearny Street, 201-388-0169. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.





(art)(music) 12pm-3am-BOCA GRANDE presents -Communal Art Show,‖ art by Jersey City’s artist Ruler and friends. Live music will entertain guests will Ruler and the other artists create a work live during the show. The piece will be auctioned-off at the end of the evening and proceeds will be donated to Brest Cancer Awareness. 564 Washington Boulevard @ 14th Street, 201-626-6646. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 6-8pm-ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS AND COSI CAFÉ present an Opening Reception for photographer Rory Leslie. Leslie’s work is inspired by urban and rural landscapes, and -the everyday moments that can be taken for granted.‖ 535 Washington Boulevard, directly across from the Newport PATH station, 201-963-0533. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.






(art) 6-8:30pm-WALDO LOFTS presents an Opening Reception for Megan Maloy’s -Harford Fair,‖ a range of unforgettable portraits taken in rural Pennsylvania. It is a study of the characters that bring the fair’s auctions, animal costume contest, carnival, rodeo and demolition derby to life. Maloy’s colorful photographs capture the spirit of a community changed little over time. 159 2nd Street, between Marin Boulevard & Provost Street. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.





(music) 10am-5pm-A SOUND START presents a Winter Open House. This free day of interactive music and movement will be fun for the whole family! Demonstrations of Kindermusik classes, Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes, and more will be held throughout the day. Visit asoundstart.com to see the entire schedule. 489 Jersey Avenue @ at Mercer Street, 201-200-1342. Family-friendly.

(art) 4-8pm-BONE BOUTIQUE presents -Oloyu Miya: Spiritual Artwork,‖ spiritual paintings and carvings that have been influenced by Ancient beliefs and African Culture. 437 Jersey Avenue @ Bright Street, 201-333-0800. Family-friendly.

(art) 4-8pm-TIFFANY CRUZ presents -Past Era New Era Same Life,‖ featuring her sketches and paintings. Cruz’s art is inspired by personal fantasies and imagination, giving the artwork liveliness and personification. 440 Jersey Avenue, between Bright Street & Jersey Avenue, 201-333-7004/333-0800. Family-friendly.

(art)(educational)(performance) 6-8pm-GRIGORY GUREVICH presents an Open Studio, with an introduction to Pantomime Art, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. This little-known art form will be revealed and explored through this exhibit. Visitors can also view new oil portraits and other works by Grigory and his son Alexander Gurevich. There will also be an exciting -Magic Book‖ performance/demonstration. 282 Barrow Street @ Montgomery Street, 201-451-4862. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Art House Productions | P.O. Box 3264 | Jersey City, NJ 07303-3264 ph. 201.915.9911 | info@arthouseproductions.org | www.arthouseproductions.org





(performance) 10:30-12pm-JOHN FATHOM presents -Super Ego Idiot-A Conversation with My Superior Self.‖ The artists states: -When we refuse our friends’ advice, we refuse our intuition, but when we refuse our own advice we’re withholding true progress from ourselves.‖ He invites visitors to discover what happens when a man holds himself accountable for not being as good as he can, every time that he can. In essence: John Fathom will roast himself. 660 Grand Street, 2nd Floor, between State & Westervelt Street, 201-736-2831.





(art) 2-9pm-CAMILLE CESARI LOVEPRINT JEWELRY presents -Wavelengths,‖ abstract paintings by Allie Read Brodhead. Allie’s work explores the subconscious with media such as Venetian plaster, acrylic and oil paint, and clippings from newspapers. Would you like to explore your subconscious images? What’s your wavelength? Guests will be invited to contribute to a blank canvas that will be on display throughout the day. 128 Sussex Street, between Warren & Van Vorst Streets, 201-280-2215. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 2-10pm-ACADEMY OF MASSAGE THERAPY presents a Student Clinic. Visitors are invited to appreciate the art of massage therapy in the school’s student clinic all weekend! By mentioning JC Fridays when booking, prospective customers will receive a one-hour

massage for only $25 (March 4, 5, 6). 75 Montgomery Street, 2nd Floor, @ Washington Street, 201-568-3220 x203. Barrier-free.





(art)(music) 4:30-7:30pm-NJCU GALLERIES presents a Closing Reception for -Flesh Art,‖ a multimedia exhibition exploring varied meaning and implications of flesh through painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. The evening will include conversations with artists, music, and some refreshments. The main reception will be held at the Visual Arts Gallery, 100 Culver Ave @ Towers Streetm with tours to the Lemmerman Gallery on campus, Hepburn Hall 323, 201-200-2496. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

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