Westfield ensemble seeks musicians

WESTFIELD — Experienced adult musicians, who play the violin, viola, cello and string bass, can join the Wednesday Morning Strings ensemble at the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts. The musical group meets from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., from September until June, at NJWA studios at 150-152 East Broad St. in Westfield. The ensemble, which […]

Enlow Hall to host Herbie Hancock on opening night

UNION — Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will open its 2013-2014 season with an unforgettable opening night concert by a true icon of modern music — legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Throughout his explorations, Hancock — a 14-time Grammy Award winner — has […]

Culture Crawl, an evening explosion of arts, music, performance, sound and culture, is Friday, Oct. 4

RAHWAY — Rahway’s second annual Culture Crawl takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., in a single evening explosion of visual art, music, performance, delicious food, various cultural experiences and family-friendly activities. Culture Crawl is free to the public. Culture Crawl traverses Irving, Main, Milton and Cherry streets in Rahway’s town […]

Premiere Stages announces talk-back series for ‘The Beautiful Dark’

UNION – Premiere Stages at Kean University has announced dates for its popular talk-back series in conjunction with their highly-anticipated production of 2013 Premiere Stages play festival winner, “The Beautiful Dark,” by Erik Gernand. In this affecting new play, a woman’s life is turned upside down when she suspects that her teenage son may be […]

Goldenrod: Big family gets little respect

By: Elisabeth Ginsberg Florists call the tall, golden-topped stems “solidago” when they include them in expensive bouquets. I suspect that more than one person has glanced at one of those solidago-laden arrangements and said, “It looks just like goldenrod to me.” And that person would be right. Solidago is simply goldenrod in fancy dress. Just […]

UCPAC offers sensory friendly ‘Pinocchio’

UNION COUNTY — How will Pinocchio survive the giant whale? How will he save his father? And how will this irrepressible wooden puppet ever achieve his dream of becoming a real boy? The classic adventure of Pinocchio gets a thrilling new twist from The New Jersey Ballet Company, which will perform the children’s ballet “Pinocchio” […]

Tony Bennett captivates sold-out NJPAC audience

NEWARK — “Ladies and gentlemen … welcome to the Tony Bennett Show!” declared the announcer. To hear those words spoken live and aloud in 2013 is nothing short of a minor miracle and a major blessing. Sinatra. Martin. Presley. Como. Williams. Crosby. All of these men were singular talents possessing incomparable voices who have long since […]