JC JAMS-Get ready for JC FRIDAYS, a Jamboree of Art, Music, Dance and Theater

 Every Jersey City Neighborhood will have Art for a Day 

Logo JC Fridays
JC FRIDAYS September 11th, 2015







By Sally Deering

 Need a little help packing away the swimsuit and flip-flops? Searching for the mojo to help you jump into that crunchy pile of leaves? Well, if you’re a Jersey City resident or city neighbor, then you don’t have far to go to say bye-bye summer and hello fall.

Hackensack Dreaming
Hackensack Dreaming by Nancy Cohen

JC Fridays, a city-wide funhouse of music, art, spoken word, dance, food, arts, crafts and much more fabulousness happens Fri, Sept. 11 with a huge line-up of art shows, music and dance performances, and other events happening throughout the city.

Sponsored by Art House Productions, a Jersey City-based performing and visual arts nonprofit, JC Fridays happens four times a year at the start of every season: March, June, September, and December. (The next JC Fridays will be Fri, Dec.  4th.)

Each neighborhood in Jersey City will be jamming; here’s the lineup:

BERGEN/LAFAYETTE: 5-9 pm: THE CULTURE JC presents “Martyrs, Mystics and Madmen.” Join us for a sneak preview of Jersey City’s newest contemporary art gallery, Archetype. Our debut exhibition Martyrs, Mystics and Madmen will be on view through the upcoming Jersey City Art Studio Tour. Featuring work by John Fathom, Yusef Uno, and a new mural by John Ruddy. 660 Grand St (State / Westervelt), 201-320-1019.

Peter Delman art
Put a bird on it by Peter Delman

EXCHANGE PLACE: 6-8 pm: PRO ARTS presents “IF WISHES WERE TREES, New Paintings by Peter Delman.” Windows on Columbus features recent work by Peter Delman in the windows and lobby. These paintings reflect on environment with bright colors and dark humor. 135 Greene St (Columbus Dr / Pearl), 201-589-0470. (Pictured: “Put a bird on it” by Peter Delman)

GREENVILLE: 4 -7 pm: PROJECT GREENVILLE presents “Show Some Love.” Join us all weekend for an exhibit featuring art, photography and performance by Chris Capaci, Kit Vogelsang, Jim Legge, Lucy Rovetto, Maria Ulacia, Joel Simpson and more.  128 Winfield Ave. 646-361-1858.

GROVE ST: 9 am – 9 pm: THE CITY OF JERSEY OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS presents “Come Back Shane” – Work by Fermin Mendoza. Every person, town, city, and place has a unique heartbeat. This body of work is about identity, places and the interplay between the two. 280 Grove St. 201-547-6921.

12 noon -4 pm: INDABA PHOTO AND INDIEGROVE presents “Indaba Photo @ Indiegrove,” offering professional heashot photo sittings. 121 Newark Ave 5th fl. 201-936-1475.

5-10 pm: HDSID presents “Groove on Grove 8th Season Finale.” Local artists and local restaurants supply beats, treats, eats, and adult libations. Grove St PATH Plaza. 201-547-3554.

5 pm-12 am PINT presents “Local Beer Night featuring Jersey City’s Departed Soles Brewery!” Join Pint for a special brewery night featuring beer brewed right here in Jersey City! 34 Wayne St. 201-367-1222.

6 pm – 9 pm: COOLVINES JERSEY CITY presents “Paint and Sip.” Cork and Canvas paints at CoolVines wine tasting! 255 Grove St (Montgomery / York), 201-448-8657.

7 pm – 9 pm: “KATI VILIM: RADIUS OF ACTION, paintings that assert themselves like a prizefighter’s stiff jab.” 222 Montgomery St. 201-435-8000.

7:30 pm – 10:30pm SHAMPOO JC presents “Piersanti Pop Art Show.” Recent works on canvas by Jersey City pop art painter Robert Piersanti. 107 Christopher Columbus Dr. 201-395-0045.

HAMILTON PARK: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: GP’S RESTAURANT presents “Dead Nature,” exhibit by Joe Velez features work that brings Nature Morte to life. 236 Pavonia Ave. 201-418-8800. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

Where Dreams Land
“Candy Le Sueur”
Where Dreams land

 7 pm – 9 pm: SILVERMAN AND HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “Candy Le Sueur: Where Dreams Land.” This exhibition features nine large abstract landscape paintings and a series of small-scale prints and encaustics. 232 Pavonia Ave. 201-434-8000.

7 pm – 10 pm: GRACE CHURCH VAN VORST presents “Uncategorized: Globetrotting.” Photographer Chi Modu talks about Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G.” 39 Erie St. 201-659-2211.

8 pm – 10:30 pm: GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY SPACE presents “A Room with A View,” a 10-year retrospective glimpse into the world of Alex Tea; and live music. 54 Coles St. 201-500-LIVE.


THE HEIGHTS. 12 pm – 7 pm: LOS TRES CHILITOS invites you to come and enjoy their lunch and dinner specials. 456 Central Ave. 201-216-9699.

6 pm – 8 pm: JERSEY CITY RESERVOIR ALLIANCE presents “Wild Jazz Adventure at the Reservoir!” Featuring renowned Jazz musicians, Plastic Art and kid-friendly activities. 201 Central Ave.

6:30 pm-12 am: LINCOLN INN presents “From Ruins to Plumes and Swingadelic Tunes / Swingadelic.” Jodie Fink opens the night with sculptures; music by Swingadelic. 13 Lincoln St. 201-659-8686.

JACKSON HILL: 6:30pm-8:30pm MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE LIFE CENTER OF JERSEY CITY presents “Hispanic & Indian Artist Exhibition.” Art, Music, Film. 140 Martin Luther King Dr. 201-547-4565.

JOURNAL SQUARE: 6 pm – 7 pm: JENNIFER CINCLAIR AT THE CULINARY CONFERENCE CENTER AT HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE presents “Simply Appetizing!” Demo on simple appetizers to impress your guests! 161 Newkirk St, Fourth Floor; Room E412. 201-360-4224.

6 pm – 9 pm: ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS GALLERY presents “3: Patricia Dahlman, Robyn Ellenbogen, Julie McHargue.” Works that celebrate the artist’s hand and stretch ideas of what can be achieved through sewing and the sewn line. 136 Magnolia Ave.  201-915-9911.

6 pm – 9 pm: HEWN GALLERY presents “Girl Power.” Girl power is an invitational show that celebrates the work of eleven artists. 140 Sip Ave. 917-742-4224.

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. SPERANZA THEATRE COMPANY AT THE CULINARY CONFERENCE CENTER AT HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE presents “Seasonal Shorts.” 161 Newkirk St. 201-503-6194.

MCGINLEY SQUARE: 7pm-8:30pm ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN BERGEN presents “Choral Festival of Peace” featuring choirs from the Jersey City Community and music composed by Roger Holland II and Shelton Becton. 38 Duncan Ave. 201-433-4922.

NEWARK AVENUE: 3 pm – 10 pm LADY RUTH AT PORT-O LOUNGE presents “Individual Style Perspectives,” paintings and sculptures date back as far as 1996. 286 First St. 201-682-8208.

4 pm-10 pm: VERY- CLOTHES AND GOODS FEATURING FELIPE LARA presents “Camera Talk.” Felipe Lara’s work centers on city living and skate life. Come for the art, stay for a beer. 9 Erie St. 201-332-2806.


5 pm – 10 pm: ROLAND RAMOS AND JORDON DE LISO presents “Prayer Flag Creation Initiative: An Art Intervention,” invites community members to write special messages on fabric to be sewn onto a rope that will be connected to 10-ft. long bamboo poles strapped to existing fixtures, lasting only for the duration of the event. Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza.

5 pm – 1 am: LITM presents “Thaw by Beth Achenbach. Series of still life photographs taken of frozen objects. 140 Newark Ave (Christopher Columbus Dr / Grove), 201-536-5557.  (Pictured)

  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: COUNTY PREP HIGH SCHOOL DANCE presents “CPHS Dance in the Plaza.” Students perform improvised works. Newark Ave (Erie / Grove), 201-681-8469.  (Pictured: County Prep Dancers)

PAULUS HOOK: 4 pm – 7:30 pm: VICTORY HALL DRAWING ROOMS presents “Mostly Drawing Exhibition” is a sampling of area artists’ works including Alaine Becker, Anne Trauben, Cheryl Gross, Eileen Ferara, Heidi Curko, Jill Scipione, Loura van der Meule, Maggie Ens, Margaret Weber, Maria Pavlovska, Megan Klim, Bruno Nadill, Doug Madill, Duda Penteado, Gilbert Giles, Greg Brickey, Ibou Ndoye, Jim Pustorino, and more. 180 Grand St. 201-208-8032.

POWERHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT: 1 pm – 7 pm: CAROL HAIGHT presents “All about Framing.” Info on custom framing; plus art by Norman Kirby. 127 First. St. 201-418-8771.

6 pm – 8 pm: THE OAKMAN presents “The Art Project – 12 Floors of Galleries at The Art House.” The Art Project promotes Jersey City artists while benefiting underserved teenagers with advanced visual arts courses at the Bethune Center, 148 First Street.

8 pm – 11 pm: CITYLIFE presents “Art Jam” featuring, music by PVDMusic and live painting by Kortez, as well as entertainment from local DJs, food, and more. 125 First St. 862-251-3154.

8:15 pm – 3 am TRANSMISSION presents “House Transmission.” Six home-town house-music DJs hit the decks. 150 Bay St.  201-963-4565.


THE VILLAGE: 1 pm – 9 pm: THE RAVEN GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE presents “Fine Art Furniture.” Artfully painted furniture by Andrea McKenna.  304 Newark Ave. 201-565-3046.

5 pm – 10 pm: MODERN SAGE presents “The Village Origins.” Local Artist Kenneth Gomes presents The Village Origins; a show of acrylic on canvas. 351 Second St. 201-360-2318.

6 pm – 9 pm: GAIA presents “Pattern on Pattern on Pattern,” an exhibition of mix media prints by Doris Cacoilo. 315 Third St.

6 pm – 9 pm TEA NJ presents “Body and Soul Tattoos Presents: Ink on Deck.” Custom painted skateboards from different tattoo artists with live performance from local band Fredo. 262 Newark Ave. 201-758-7105.

6 pm – 10 pm MERSELES STUDIOS – JCTC presents “The Nature of Love,”— from its euphoric beginning to its bitter end – curated by Joe Velez. This art show also features live music and spoken word. 339 Newark Ave.

7 pm – 10 pm: GIA GELATO & CAFE presents “Sea Change,’ featuring Abby Levine’s works of carved and painted wood. 281 Newark Ave. 201-216-0555.

7 pm – 10:30 pm: BALANCE SALON SPACESHIP presents “Beauty Disorder.” Dance party with a live DJ and music videos, featuring artwork by Vincent Minervini, and others. 353 Second St. 201-369-7000.

24/7: THE BRUNSWICK WINDOW presents “Sean Smuda: Blueprints.” This series exists as remnants or prototypes of civilization in which memories, politics, and clichés are collaged into iconic / totemic scenarios. 158 Brunswick St.  201-978-8939.


WEST SIDE: 11 am – 5 pm: HAROLD B. LEMMERMAN GALLERY’S “Barely Imagined Beings II” featuring Ajay Brainard, Jessie Brugger, Caroline Burton, April Coppini, Ester Curini, Cara DeAngelis, Aliene de Souza Howell, Angela Gram, Caitlin Hurd and Wade Schuman. Hepburn Hall, Room 323. NJCU. 201-200-3246.


Hackensack Dreaming
Hackensack Dreaming by Nancy Cohen

11 am – 5 pm THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY OF NJCU: “Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming,” works inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Meadowlands. 100 Culver Ave. 201-200-2496. (Pictured:  “Hackensack Dreaming,” by Nancy Cohen)

 4 pm – 7 pm: SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY presents “Hope in Dark Times,” works in pastels, pen & ink, and pen & crayon. 125 Glenwood Ave. 201-761-6202.

7 pm – 9 pm: METRO-SPEC CORP. & METROPOLITAN AME ZION CHURCH presents “Wrappin’ up Summer” an Open Mic Night. Bring your music, dance, poetry, and songs. 140 Belmont Ave.  201-332-4447.

8 pm – 12 am:  “A WEST SIDE STORY: MUSIC AND INTERACTIVE ART,” by West Side’s Drum and a Tantrum and Miss Ohio. Play Mollie Thonneson’s “Tag: The Art Game” and create a multi-media artwork with friends and neighbors. 575 West Side Ave. 201-434-9253.


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