Youth orchestra dedicates show to longtime supporter

The two principal orchestras of New Jersey Youth Symphony, Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. at Union County Performing Arts Center located at 1601 Irving St. in Rahway. Tickets to the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased in […]

Holiday Recipe Contest winners and recipes

Holiday Recipe Contest winners We are so excited to tell you that the winners have been selected for our Holiday Recipe Contest! So many delicious  submissions were received, but we have narrowed it down to first-, second- and third-place winners in the contest categories of Entrees, Appetizers and Desserts. All nine winners and the titles […]

A conversation with William Shatner

Entertainment icon brings his ‘World’ tour to NJPAC on Sunday

It was with a bizarre mixture of sheer delight and utter terror that I made the phone call to William Shatner on Monday night. And the thought of conducting a one-on-one interview with my childhood hero was starting to get the better of me. Kathleen, his amiable assistant, promised me that the Hollywood institution would […]

Shatner rocks his own ‘World’ at NJPAC show

Versatile actor stands triumphant in his one-man performance

Look up the word “restraint” in any dictionary and there is little chance you will find a picture of William Shatner.  And that is a very good thing. The same drive and exuberance that has propelled the actor, singer and entrepreneur through one of the longest and quirkiest careers in Hollywood was on full display at Sunday […]

‘Swan Lake’ at Cranford theater is ‘absolutely stunning’

When London’s Royal Opera House, in all its glory, flashed on the screen Sunday afternoon at the Cranford Theater in connection with the astounding production of the Ballet in Cinema’s “Swan Lake,” a ballet afficionado did not envy the hundreds of well-dressed people seated in five tiers of balconies and in the theater proper. And […]

Italian ballet at digiplex expresses much beauty

One of the most extraordinary aspects of  “L’Altra Meta del Cielo,” from the La Scala Ballet, which was screened live from Milan’s magnificent Teatro Alla Scala, was the expressive faces of the performers. Offered as a gift from Italy Sunday afternoon for the Ballet in Cinema series at the Cranford Theater, the revealing contemporary ballet, […]

‘The Neighborhood’ delights audiences in Summit

Years ago, there was Molly Goldberg’s neighborhood, a radio show about a New York apartment house where everyone visited by leaning outside the windows to converse; then there was “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” which still may be visited on reruns; and there still is — the neighborhood of “Sesame Street.” Now, we have “The Neighborhood,” an […]

‘A Chorus Line’ still delivers the goods at Paper Mill Playhouse

The highly sparked energy that emanated from the stage Sunday afternoon at the Paper Mill Playhouse inMillburnappeared to electrify every member of the completely filled audience from the very moment the curtain went up on “A Chorus Line.” Seventeen young people pounded the stage, dancing their hearts out, and it was much more than “One […]

NJYS to give concert at Wharton Music Center in Berkeley Heights

Faculty members of Wharton Music Center and New Jersey Youth Symphony will perform a variety of genres in concert on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Wharton Music Center located at 60 Locust Ave. in Berkeley Heights. Music ranging from classical to jazz to blues includes performances of a piano quartet, flutes and piano, […]

Hamilton Stage’s ‘4 Flavor Program’ a savory delight

RAHWAY — What the American Repertory Ballet called a “4 Flavor Program” on Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway Saturday afternoon actually was a combination of delicious flavors. And more than enough to satisfy a ballet enthusiast’s appetite. In a variety of delightful performances, under the umbrella of Douglas Martin, artistic director, […]