Comfort food for the holidays offered via streaming on Zoom

Comfort food for the holidays offered via streaming on Zoom

UNION — The Theater Project is known for its edgy, groundbreaking theater — which it has continued to put on for its patrons amid a global crisis. “It’s been a whirlwind here,” says Mark Spina, artistic director of the Theater Project. “Throughout the pandemic we’ve tried to serve the public and stay alive. I’ll say […]

Union County freeholders present 2020 Senior Citizens Virtual Art Exhibit

Union County freeholders present 2020 Senior Citizens Virtual Art Exhibit

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Each year, the freeholder board’s annual Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit showcases original work created by county residents aged 60 and older. The 2020 exhibit comprises 124 works of art entered by both professional and nonprofessional artists. This year’s exhibit can be viewed online at www.ucnj.org/senior-art. All artwork images were […]

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

Annual Cranford event draws large crowds and sees huge success

CRANFORD, NJ — Although the novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of people’s lives, it didn’t stop the Cranford Community Connection from hosting its annual Cranford Porchfest on Saturday, Oct. 10. Even with face coverings and social distancing, the afternoon event, which comprised 30 bands playing on 10 different porches, was a thrill for […]

Getting out the vote through theater

Getting out the vote through theater

UNION, NJ — Like the rest of everyday life, theater productions ground to a halt when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world in March. Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, was no exception. But the company is back now, on an outdoor stage, with “Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak […]

Daughter of broadcasting veteran revolutionizes theater during pandemic

Daughter of broadcasting veteran revolutionizes theater during pandemic

CRANFORD, NJ — You may know Bob Wischusen as a voice announcer for the New York Jets, college football and basketball for ESPN. As a sports commentator, the broadcasting veteran critiques and comments when some of the nation’s biggest teams are playing. While he helped revolutionize sports analysis with his booming voice, his daughter, Katrina […]

‘Art Takes Flight’ opens as Westfield’s first public art exhibit

‘Art Takes Flight’ opens as Westfield’s first public art exhibit

WESTFIELD, NJ — As part of Westfield 300, presented by Valley Bank, the Westfield Public Arts Commission has unveiled its inaugural exhibit. “Art Takes Flight” showcases the talent and vision of local artists on fiberglass butterflies throughout the downtown area. These 30 butterflies — one for each decade of Westfield’s 300 years — are set […]

Union native releases newest heartland rock single

Union native releases newest heartland rock single

By Shanee Frazier / Staff Writer UNION, NJ — Union County native Skrizzly Adams has just released the video for his newest single, “Too Close to Fire,” a heartland rock–sounding song that speaks to the trials and tribulations of everyday people. The song was written by Adams and co-produced with Ken Lewis, who has worked […]

Union dance company collaborates with Sarajevo ballet in new work

Union dance company collaborates with Sarajevo ballet in new work

UNION, NJ — During the past two months, two choreographers and 15 dancers have reached across the Atlantic Ocean to create a short work, “Alone/Together,” which premiered July 15 via Facebook Premiere and is now available on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube using @cdorfmandance and on Vimeo. Stressing unity during turbulent times, performers from Carolyn Dorfman […]

Area schools, thespians nominated for Foxy Awards

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Each year Montclair State University hosts the Theatre Night Awards ceremony to promote and advance the commitment to high-quality straight play production in New Jersey’s secondary schools. The awards honor the accomplishments of individual achievement of both students and educators in the areas of performance, direction, design and technical theater, as […]

Learn about music via Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’

Learn about music via Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’

SUMMIT, NJ — Long before social distancing guidelines were put into effect, when people could still leave their homes to go to a concert, George Marriner Maull directed Summit’s Discovery Orchestra in “Discover ‘The Firebird,’” one of the orchestra’s interactive performances. The concert, which took place in September, was filmed; it will air on NJTV […]

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