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art gala’s ‘big 3-0’

   JCs Cathedral Arts Festival to Host “Big 3-0” Gala, Sat, May 18

   Artists, Friends & Grace Church Community to Come Out & Celebrate

By Sally Deering

Gentrification Towers by Fermin Mendoza will be on view at CAF

It’s probably the hippest church in Hudson County: a congregation of people from all walks of life, where artists are not only welcomed, they’re celebrated.

On Sat, May 8, beginning at 7 pm, Grace Church Van Vorst on Erie Street in Jersey City will host its 30th Anniversary celebration of the CATHEDRAL ARTS FESTIVAL (CAF), a gala of friends and community members coming together to support the church’s outreach and regale in artworks by local artists. This year, five curators have put together an exhibition of eclectic art that will dazzle and inspire.  Beth Achenbach, Cat Hecht, Robinson Holloway, Andrea Morin and Amy Elise de Jong.


Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre Presents Big Bunny Laughs

Kids Will Love This Popular Children’s Musical Based on the Best-Selling Book

What happens when a family unknowingly brings home a vampire bunny much to the dismay of the family’s cat and dog who must save the family from this “wascally-wabbit”?

“On a dark and stormy night, the Monroe family decides to go see a movie. Their pets Chester (the cat) and Harold (the dog) patiently await their return. When they finally come home, they come bearing a surprise: they have found a bunny in the movie theatre. However, this is no ordinary rabbit…this is the extraordinary Bunnicula! When the family’s produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks he knows what is causing the fantastic phenomenon: Bunnicula is a vampire who sucks the color out of the vegetables! Or maybe Chester’s imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.”

Bring the kids to solve the hilarious mystery of BUNNICULA, now showing at Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken’s resident professional theatre company. This family musical runs through May  5 at the company’s 14th Street theater; and, the plot goes something like this:

The children’s musical was written by  Jon Klein and Chris Jeffries; Jillian Carucci directs. Bunnicula brings back some recognizable artists to the MST stage, too, like Joelle Zazz, who played Violet in MST’s recent It’s a Wonderful Life as Chester, and Cameron Blankenship who played Rikki in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi returns as Harold. Rachel Eddy, who delighted audiences as Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown plays Toby Monroe, and Andrew Baldwin (Core Values, 12th Night, Rikki Tikki Tavi) will employ his puppetry skills as Bunnicula.

The creative team includes resident scenic designer Jennifer Price Fick, costume designer Stefanie Genda, resident lighting designer Matthew J. Fick, resident scenic painter and prop designer by Emmett Grosland, and puppet designer Mary Gragen Rogers. Estimated run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes. Recommended for ages 5+.

“I encountered this extremely entertaining young audience play about 25 years ago when I was working with Seattle Children’s Theatre,” MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says. “It’s funny, engaging, entertaining, and wonderfully adapted from the well-known book by Deborah and James Howe. It’s another great example of theater for young audiences that goes from the page to the stage. I love how plays like this ignite the imagination of young people and also get them enthusiastic about reading the source material. This will be a great show for school groups and for families looking for a rich family experience.”

If you go

April 13-May 5


Mile Square Theatre

1400 Clinton St, HOB

(201) 683-7014



Mollie Thonneson, President of Pro Art JC,
with one of her colorful hanging sculptures at Art Fair 14 C

   Art Fair 14C Created Had Big Turnout at The Hyatt in Jersey City

   Two Floors of Art and Hundreds of Art Loving Guests Attended

By Sally Deering

Imagine a high-end hotel transformed into an art gallery with mobiles hanging in entranceways, sculptures grouped on end tables, and paintings draped on easels made of bed pillows. Creativity and artistry practically bounced off the walls at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, last weekend, when artists exhibited their works, and networked with other artists and art-lovers.

On Friday March 15 and running through Sunday, March 17, the Hyatt Regency on the Jersey City waterfront was where 50 galleries booked rooms on two floors of the hotel, hung original art on the walls and flung open the doors to art-lovers. Guests had the opportunity to roam the hotel’s 8th & 9th floor and visit the galleries that exhibited some terrific paintings, sculpture, mixed-media and more in their respective hotel rooms.

Penguins by Barbara Fiore

There was the group of “Penguins” by sculptor Barbara Fiore; the true-to-life “Red Fan” by Christopher Stott, and alcohol art paintings by Bryant Small.  Members of Pro Arts in Jersey City, including president Mollie Thonneson, showed their work including Thonneson’s colorful hanging sculptures that fluttered gracefully when someone walked by.

Linda Streicher, Bryant Small, Mollie Thonneson and Christine Barney of Pro Arts at Art Fair 14C

As groups of art lovers strolled through Pro Arts exhibition, Thonneson said that her experience at Art Fair 14C was extremely positive. She was joined by artists Linda Streicher, Bryant Small and Christine Barney.

Red Fan Christopher Stott
Red Fan by Christopher Stott

The event was sponsored by the Jersey City Arts Council and curated by volunteer Executive Director Robinson Holloway, the founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jersey City Arts Council who stepped down in January 2019 to run Art Fair 14C. Holloway created and runs two non-profit art galleries – the Gallery at 350 Bleecker in New York City, and Village West Gallery on Newark Ave in Jersey City.

Jersey City artist Theda Sandiford exhibited collages like her “Foxy Brown for President” piece.

Foxy Brown for President Theda Sandiford Jersey city

David Barnett, who creates 2D-and-3D collages and sculptures exhibited several works including a dog with mechanical parts he created as an homage to his pup, Oscar; and a mechanized man in a hat.

Man with a hat
Sculpture by David Barnett

“I like merging the idea of humanity and technology,” Barnett said. “Where one begins, the other ends.”

If you missed Art Fair 14C, check out

http://artfair14c.com for more information.

ONLY IN NOHU – Three Artists Shine Social Media Spotlight On North Hudson’s Art & Culture

 By Sally Deering

Only in Nohu
Only in Nohu’s Founders Glenda Guevara, Cindy Rodriguez and Javiera Rodriguez

 What happens when a North Hudson artist, writer and marketing specialist get together? They meld their passions for art & culture and become the founders of Only in Nohu, a grassroots online newsletter that highlights happenings in North Hudson.

As the culture mavens of Only in Nohu, Javiera Rodriguez and Glenda Guevara of North Bergen, and Cindy Rodriguez of Guttenberg post photos and news bytes on art shows, live performances, boutiques and restaurants—in North Hudson’s Union City, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg and North Bergen. Continue reading ONLY IN NOHU – Three Artists Shine Social Media Spotlight On North Hudson’s Art & Culture

ARTScene/JUNE 2018 In & Around Hudson listings



 ArtSCENE June 15-June 30 2018

SMUSH GALLERY, 340 Summit Ave, JC. www.smushgallery.com. Opens June 15 (Opening Reception 6-9 pm) and runs through Fri, July 6, (Closing Reception 6-9 pm):  MODERN LIFE: paintings by Tom Wolf. “The opening reception will feature a performance by The Prom Dates.” Performance at 7:30 pm.

 ArtSCENE June 15-June 30 2018

FRAGMENTED IDENTITY, 389 Washington, St, JC. Opening Reception Fri, June 8, 7-9 pm. (The show runs through July.) Solo show by Theda Sandiford, a self-taught installation and mixed-media artist based in Jersey City. “Theda began exploring her artistry by transforming collected materials into mixed-media works, photographing her process and then digitally manipulating these images to extend the narrative as part of her personal mythology.”

ArtSCENE June 15-June 30 2018

NOVADO GALLERY, 110 Morgan St, JC. (201) 744-6713; novadogallery.com. Through Sat, June 23:  PERMUTATIONS OF VULNERABILITY. The International Sculpture Center presents an exhibition of artists in ISCs residency program at Mana Contemporary. Artists in the show are Carole Halle, Jessica Taylor-Hale, Christina Dietz and Dominic Sansone.

ArtSCENE June 15-June 30 2018

MANA CONTEMPORARY, 888 Newark Ave, JC. www.manacontemporary.org. Through Aug 1 on the 1st & 5th Floors:  PLEASE TOUCH: BODY BOUNDARIES. “The show is an exhibition of more than 50 artists who reference the body to illuminate conceptions of identity, femininity, and the gaze.”

Continue reading ARTScene/JUNE 2018 In & Around Hudson listings

JCTC to Celebrate 12-Year Anniversary on June 26 – Honor Bill La Rosa Lifetime Achievement in Arts Award


  By Sally Deering

 Bill LaRosa

A life in art, that’s exactly what William La Rosa set out to do in his 30-year tenure as Director of the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs. Before retiring in September 2017, La Rosa facilitated programs that helped local visual and performing artists. He founded the Local Arts Program (LAP) grants that, over the years, provided thousands of dollars to local artists and arts organizations.

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A FINE ROMANCE   Mile Square Theatre’s Driving Miss Daisy opens Jan. 31


  Pulitzer Prize Play Resonates in These Turbulent Times

 By Sally Deering

 Driving Miss Daisy Mile Square City Hoboken

A three-hander – a play featuring three actors – can be an intimate theater experience, especially when its performed in Mile Square Theatre’s gem of a performance space on Clinton Street in Hoboken. In this case, the three-hander is the Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, the story of an aging Southern Belle, Daisy Werthan, and her aging African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. During the course of the play, these two seniors, with a lot of history behind them, cover 25 years of a relationship that begins as a thorny dance between two strangers and develops into a deep love between two friends.

Driving Miss Daisy Mile Square Theater Hoboken
Count Stovall, Barbara Broughton, Matthew Lawler
star in “Driving Miss Daisy” at MST in Hoboken

Driving Miss Daisy opens Wed., Jan. 31, and runs through Sun., Feb. 25, and features Barbara Broughton, Count Stovall and Matthew Lawler. Broughton, who plays Daisy, was recently seen on Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. Stovall, who plays Hoke, was in Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire. Lawler, who plays Daisy’s son Boolie was in MST’s Betrayal and has been seen in ABC’s The Family. Continue reading A FINE ROMANCE   Mile Square Theatre’s Driving Miss Daisy opens Jan. 31

River View Observer September 15-September 30, 2017

Many things happening these last few weeks of September and our River View Observer September 15-September 30, 2017 issue has the information you need to go out and have a great time as we move into fall. Check out our latest issue with plenty of things to see and do-Enjoy!

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  La Festa Italiana 2017 Rocks On in JC

  Holy Rosary Church Celebrates Great Food, Fab Drinks, and Live Music

 Lafesta Italiana Jersey City 2017

By Sally Deering

 At every turn you’ll see a familiar face at La Festa Italiana Jersey City 2017, Holy Rosary Church’s 114th annual “Old World” Italian Street Festival to be held in Downtown Jersey City. For five consecutive days and nights, from Wed, Aug. 9th through Sun, Aug. 13th, Sixth & Brunswick Streets will be rockin’ with live bands, swinging soloists, fabulous foods, thirst-quenching drinks and frolicking fun for the kids. (Hours are Wed-Fri, 5 pm-11 pm; Sat & Sun, 3 pm-11 pm.) Continue reading ZEPPOLES, RAFFLES, DANCING— LA FESTA IS BACK!!!