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Art House Productions Announces Black Tom Island Radio Play

Art House Productions (Meredith Burns, Executive Director) is proud to announce their first audio play, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella available starting Monday, January 18 at 10:00am EST. This free audio play will be available for download on www.arthouseproductions.org and www.youtube.com/arthouseproductions. A free virtual panel discussion about the actual event featuring historians and the play’s creative team will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom.

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Funded in part through the Hudson County Historical Partnership Grant, the original project was imagined to include in-person readings on location in Jersey City, however, to adapt the project to the current safety guidelines, Casella’s play has been adapted as a radio play directed by Darren Lee with sound design by Megumi Katayama. The cast includes Michael Stewart Allen, Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, and Jenna Krasowski.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR    Fun Things to Do in Hudson in May & June


Spirng in the air Fun things to do in Husdson  

Spring has arrived, later than usual, but who’s complaining now that temps are in the comfy 70s. Check out this fun list of things to do in May & June, from outdoor happenings like Fleet Week in Liberty State Park to Movies Under the Stars in Hoboken, and Magnolia Landing’s art & music in Journal Square. It’s time to shed those wintry blues and have some fun!


Spirng in the Air Fun things to do in Hudson for May and June

Alyssa Ki’s new show opens at Village West Gallery on Newark Ave in Jersey City on Sun, May 20, from noon to 3 pm. There will be a JC Fridays reception on Fri, June 1, 5-9 pm, and a Closing Reception on Thurs, June 28, 6-8 pm.  Ms. Ki’s solo show is billed as “a story in photographs, objects and memories.” For more info, go to villagewestgallery.com.  

Spring in the air Fun things to do in Hudson May and June


 THURS-TO-SUN, JUNE 7-10; The 6th Borough Comedy Fest at Art House JC

Beginning Thurs, June 7, and running through Sun, June 10, Art House Productions in Jersey City will shine a spotlight on more than 70 comics doing stand up, sketch, improv, comedy podcasts and more. It’s the 6th Borough Comedy Festival – 6BCF – and on Sat, June 8th, one of the highlights will be funnyman Gilbert Gottfried who headlines an evening of the The Best of the Fest. An All Access Pass for the entire festival is $65. For most performances, admission is $12-$20. For Gilbert Gottfried and The Best of the Fest, admission is $25. For more info, go to: arthouseproductions.org. For the festival’s line-up, go to 6BCF.com.

Spring in the air fun things to do in Hudson in May and June


SUN, MAY 27: U.S. Maritime Services Showcase

On Sun, May 27, from noon-to-5 pm, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will put on some magnificent displays to showcase the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Now in its 3rd year, the event celebrates these three branches of service and offers local residents the opportunity to meet Sailors, Marines and members of the Coast Guard who patrol the Hudson and keep it safe. The event will include performances and demonstrations by the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Navy Helicopter Static Display & Dive Tank, the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment, the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team, and Military Static Displays. Kids can look forward to participating in some fun activities, too. Partners for this event include the State of New Jersey, City of Jersey City, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry and Liberty State Park. Sun, May 27, noon-5 pm, Liberty State Park, Audrey Zapp Drive, JC. For more info, go to libertystateparknj.gov. Free.

Spring in the air Fun things to do in Hudson May and June


THURS, JUNE 2 & 16: Food, Crafts, Live Music

Every other Thursday in Journal Square – through November — visitors are invited to enjoy local foods, crafts and live music to put a little sizzle in their Thursday evening commute. There are themes, too: May 19 is Vintage Bazaar; June 2 & 16 are Record Riot; July 7 & 21 will be Multicultural Days; Aug 4 & 18 will be Pet Days; and so much more. Magnolia Landing – the plaza facing Magnolia Avenue – is at the corner of Magnolia & Summit Aves, adjacent to Journal Squared. Thurs, June 2 & 16, 12 noon-5 pm, Magnolia Landing, Food, Crafts & Music Fair, Magnolia Landing, Magnolia & Summit Aves, JC.

Spring in the air Fun things to do in Hudson May and June

Wednesdays in June, July & August

Wednesdays are free movie nights in Hoboken as Movies Under the Stars takes off in June. Outdoor Movie Screenings take place at Pier “A” Park on First St. & Sinatra Dr. at 9 pm in June and July. For the best seating, come early and bring a blanket or comfortable chair. You may bring a picnic, but alcohol consumption is not permitted and subject to a fine. Assisted listening devices will be available upon request. Must call 201-420-2000 ex. 5100 with 3 weeks’ notice. June’s schedule: Wed, June 13, LA LA LAND; Wed, June 20: LADY BIRD; Wed, June 27: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. For more info, go to www.hobokennj.org.

HOPE RISES New Play by Speranza Theatre & Women Rising explores Domestic Violence


ho-riOriginal 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



Throughout the year, Jersey City and other Hudson locales snap, crackle and pop with cultural events – art shows, plays, and dance performances – put on by the diverse and richly-talented artists who live in our local neighborhoods. Art is a huge part of Hudson’s community and quality-of-life; so, from now on, in every issue of River View Observer, we’ll list this go-to guide to what’s happening on the local ArtSCENE.


 313 Gallery at JC Art School

 JC Art School Jersey City

313 GALLERY, 313 –3rd Street, JC, (732) 877-9116, www.jcartist.org.

Now through Feb 21: GENTRIFICATION, The Changing Landscape of Jersey City – A documentary art exhibition featuring Narciso Espiritu, Fabricio Suarez, Sam Pullin; curated by Allison Hall.


Behind the Scenes at Art House Productions Executive Director Christine Goodman gives Artists a Place to Shine


By Sally Deering

Christine goodmanLike a phoenix rising from the ashes, Art House Productions grew from a post-9/11 open mic night on the top floor of a church, to a respected company of artists performing, exhibiting, teaching and building a creative presence in Jersey City. As Founder and Executive Director of Art House Productions, Christine Goodman oversees INKubator, a play-development program; STAGES, a youth theater program; .JC FRIDAYS, a quarterly arts event held in 50 venues throughout Jersey City; Snow Ball, the non-profit’s annual fundraiser and “THE ART HOUSE TV SHOW” featuring performances by poets, musicians, comedians and performance artists that airs weekly on Jersey City Comcast Channel 51. Goodman’s efforts have been so successful the City of Jersey City gave her the Key to the City in 2007.

Art House Productions began its 13th season this past September and its fall JC Fridays event was just held the first week of December. These days, Goodman is busy getting LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, put on by Art House Productions’ youth company ready for opening night while she plans the upcoming fundraiser Snow Ball to be held January 25th.  She recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Riverview Observer about her role as Executive Director of Art House Productions and the many projects she and her staff oversees.

RVO: Can you tell our readers how Art House Productions came about?

CG: I founded it 2001in response to ‘9/11’.  I wanted to have an event that brought people in Jersey City together that were artistic, I had no idea where to find them, so I held an ‘open mic’ in late September 2001 and that was the first event. In January 2002, we launched our monthly open mic series at Victory Hall, connecting with writers and poets like Reg E. Gaines. (Reg E. Gaines, a Jersey City resident, wrote the libretto and lyrics for the Broadway musical BRING IN DA NOISE; BRING IN DA FUNK.)  And in 2007 we moved into our space on Hamilton Park.  It started with an open mic and a handful of people; now we have things happening year round and we serve over 16,000 people a year through our programs. Continue reading Behind the Scenes at Art House Productions Executive Director Christine Goodman gives Artists a Place to Shine

Art House Productions presents- Font of Knowledge a noir comedy

FONTA washed-up word jockey and a sexy librarian team up to stop the world’s deadliest font from falling into the clutches of the Commies in this mash-up of 1950s genres, from noir to sci-fi.

Thurs – Sat, June 20-22 at 8pm
Sun, June 23 at 4pm
Thurs – Fri, June 27-28 at 8pm
Sat, June 29 at 7pm**

** Saturday, June 29: Special 7pm show followed by
the Art House Summer Blowout,  our annual end-of-season party w/live music, food, raffles & more ($10)

$18 general admission
$12 students/seniors

$25 VIP seats with Complimentary Refreshments (limited availability)

$35 VIP Opening Night Reception
Includes a pre-show wine & cheese reception
at Madame Claude Wine (7pm)
and premium seating


Baltsar Beckeld, Lindsay Brill, Terence MacSweeny*, Paul Nugent*,
Alexandra Pflaster, Elena Zazanis* Continue reading Art House Productions presents- Font of Knowledge a noir comedy

Golden Door Does Its Best Film Festival’s ‘Best of’ to be Screened at Art House Productions in Jersey City



By Sally Deering


Bill Sorvino Executive Director of the  GDIFF
Bill Sorvino Executive Director of the

 In October 2012, the second annual Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City lit up screens at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre and other venues where films from all over the world premiered and winners chosen. On Sat, March 16th, the festival’s Executive Director Bill Sorvino presents “The Best of the Fest” where three films from the Golden Door International Film Festival will have encore screenings at Art House Productions in Jersey City.


Maybe Tomorrow, a film by Michael Wolfe

The feature film to be shown is “Maybe Tomorrow” directed by Michael Wolfe and starring Wolfe, Dominik Tiefenthaler and Paul Lange. At the Golden Door, the film won Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. The film centers on the friendship between three men and the test their friendship endures when they become involved in a crime that ultimately changes their lives forever.





PollinationNext on the bill is “Pollination*”  a short film about the special life of plants by filmmaker Sam Borowski and starring Federico Castelluccio (of “The Sopranos”) and Chris Kattan. 




My Time with the English Tourist, a film by John Dunstan of Jersey City
My Time with the English Tourist, a film by John Dunstan of Jersey City

Rounding out the evening is “My Time with the English Tourist,” a short documentary by Jersey City resident John Dunstan that won the Audience Choice award. The film short is a 13-minute valentine to Jersey City’s Liberty State Park and the wildlife that resides there as seen through Dunstan’s camera lens during walks with his English bulldog Tommy.

 “These three films were chosen across the spectrum,” Sorvino says. “The feature film, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is a powerhouse movie starring Michael Wolfe.  John’s film is a short documentary about the walks he took with his dog and the beautiful wildlife in Liberty State Park. It’s a great film. And Sam’s film ‘Pollination*’ packs a 7-minute wallop.’ Continue reading Golden Door Does Its Best Film Festival’s ‘Best of’ to be Screened at Art House Productions in Jersey City


(Jersey City, NJ – Feb 1, 2012) – The Golden Door Film Festival, which took Jersey City by storm in October 2011, announced today that there will be a special presentation screening of five of the film entries from the October 2011 festival which will highlight the “The Best of the Fest” on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Art House Productions, McWilliams Place, JC. The screenings will begin at 7:00 pm.

 Lily of the Feast, directed by Federico Castellucio and written by Michael Ricigliano, will begin at 7:00 pm. In Lily of the Feast, Castelluccio plays a former bookie turned banker with a special gift for memorizing numbers, who is unwittingly thrown into the forefront of an aging wise guy’s bid for power, who is portrayed by Paul Sorvino. Also starring in this film are John Bianco and Damien DiPaola.

 Other films which will be screened that evening are:  The Others and the Others, a touching documentary about one family’s emigration from Italy to the US; The Secret Life of My Small Urban Backyard, a fascinating view of the natural environment of an urban backyard; Sarina’s Song, a beautiful story of forbidden love and Of God and Gucci, a compelling documentary directed by Keith Rennar Brennan, in which he attempts to explain and understand the effects that years of sexual abuse had on him and how the struggle for justice continues.

 The films will run from 7-9 pm and will be followed by an after party at The Embankment Restaurant on 10th Street, JC. Admission to The Best of the Fest is $20.00, please visit: www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase – (includes admission to the screenings and the after party).