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Art & Story Time - Back to School Month
Wednesdays in September 2021

4-5 pm​

Celebrate going to back to school with us! Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick for our Art and Story Time series every Wednesday at 4 pm as we ease our way back into the new school year with a new reading and a DIY craft activity! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here

Visit East Jersey Old Town Village This Fall!
1050 River Road, Piscataway

September 2021​

East Jersey Old Town Village has reopened. Come visit to see where the past comes alive. Travel back in time with New Jersey's first history augmented reality tour. Start at East Jersey Old Town Village and tour through the lost community of Raritan Landing.

The Village gift shop has reopened stocked with crafts, historic items, candles, soap, candy, locally produced honey, cider, and baked goods.

Also, from September 29 to October 30, come by and pick your own pumpkins!
  • Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm

Art and Story Time - Back to School Month
Apple by Nikki McClure
September 1, 4-5 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Apple written and illustrated by Nikki McClure. Learn about the cyclical patterns of nature as we follow the life of an apple throughout a year. Afterward, join us as we create black and white cut-paper collages! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here

Annual Labor Day Weekend Concert
Stephen J. Capestro Theater

September 5, 4-5 pm

Celebrate an evening of unforgettable, high energy entertainment with Xtreme Queen, the Legacy of Freddie Mercury, and Separate Ways, the ultimate tribute to the music of Journey. Do not forget to bring your lawn chair and join us at Roosevelt Park's Stephen J. Capestro Theater (Plays-in-the-Park). Free admission, gates open at 3 pm.

New Jersey Blacksmith Association – Exploring Dutch Colonial Hardware
East Jersey Old Town Village

September 5, 10 am-4 pm

Jonathan Nedbor will lead a program focusing on hand-forged hardware of the Dutch Colonial period. He will forge various pieces of hardware typical of that time period, and as a group, we will tour the buildings at East Jersey Old Town to see what period hardware we can discover. The discussions will touch on the styles of hardware found in the region, tips on forging accurate historic reproductions, and relating all of this to the hardware we find on-site at the museum.

A full-time blacksmith for nearly 40 years, Nedbor is a popular teacher and demonstrator, able to share his insights into the forging process. He specializes in historic forged ironwork focusing on the early hardware of New York's Hudson Valley. Much of his work is used on historic houses and museums, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He also designs and produces contemporary ironwork of all types, including furniture, railings, and household ironwork.

Nedbor's classes and demonstrations seek to communicate the beauty and simplicity of a pure forged approach to shaping iron. He covers tool making, forge welding, scrolls, approaches to authentic reproduction of historic hardware, and much more.

Art and Story Time - Back to School Month
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
September 8, 4-5 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Here We Are written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Learn about the diversity of life and landscapes on our planet. Afterward, join us as we draw our own landscapes using chalk pastels! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here

coLab Arts
Artist in Residence Application

due September 10, 2021

coLab Arts is seeking two trained and experienced socially-engaged artists for a paid nine-month residency with Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. Candidates should have a passion for community and civic engagement and in telling local, relevant, and resonant stories. Apply by September 30.

To learn more, click here

New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2021
hosted by NJ Media Arts

September 10-October 10​

Our 40th Anniversary Festival ―which will take place on Fridays and Sundays between September 10 and October 10 ― will be hybrid, as we will present the festival online and do live screenings at Rutgers University. All films will be available virtually via video on demand for 24 hours on their show date.

To learn more, click here

10th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

September 11, 1 pm

Enjoy the unique, live jazz festival hosted by the unparalleled partnership between Flemington, New Brunswick, and Somerville. And Metuchen was just added to this spectacular musical experience! Join us in person or watch live on Facebook.

Artsfest 2021
South Amboy Arts Alliance

September 12, 2021

The City of South Amboy and the South Amboy Arts Alliance invite you to Broadway for Artsfest 2021.

To learn more, click here

Art and Story Time - Back to School Month
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
September 15, 4-5 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Leaf Man written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Fall is here, and Leaf Man is on the move. This playful and whimsical book celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children. Afterward, join us as we create our own Leaf Man using natural materials! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here

Hub City Sounds: Arts New Brunswick Festival and REPLENISH Food Drive
11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

September 18, 10 am-4 pm​

Participate in REPLENISH Hunger Action Month by making a food or monetary donation in front of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC). REPLENISH, formerly known as MCFOODS, will be joined by the New Brunswick Vinyl Society who will be spinning tunes with old school and new school vibes. You do not want to miss this all-ages opportunity to give back!

Sunday Concert with Singer Guitarist Laura Wetzler and Percussionist Robin Burdulis
Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County

September 19, 3 pm​

Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County welcomes Laura Wetzler with percussionist Robin Burdulis for a concert on September 19 at 3 pm.

To learn more, click here

2nd Outdoor Fiesta ― “Fiesta de Jerez” (Grape Harvest Festival)
Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

September 19, 4 pm​

Join Alborada Dance Theatre as they present their second Outdoor Fiesta ― “Fiesta de Jerez.” For more information or to purchase tickets by check, please call (732) 598-3979 or email alboradadance@optonline.net

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Art and Story Time - Back to School Month
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
September 22, 4-5 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Beautiful Oops written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg. Discover the adventure of making mistakes! Afterward, join us as we create paintings based on our adventures! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here

World premiere: When Day Comes ― featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock
Crossroads Festival Theatre

September 22-October 10

Ricardo Khan has created a play with music in collaboration with the internationally famous singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock®. When Day Comes is a spirited, poetic, and musical journey through our most recent times amid the people's uprisings against racial and social injustice in America while facing the challenges of quarantine and COVID-19.

To learn more, click here

Free Community Reading Series
Crossroads Festival Theatre

September 22–October 9, 7 pm

Crossroads Festival Theatre will be partnering with community organizations to present nightly readings of new work, to inspire people and give voice to their artistry. Join us as we present and promote the work of amazing local artists. It's FREE but registration is required.

To learn more, click here

Archaeology Open House and Treasures of Middlesex County Exhibit Opening
Cornelius Low House / Middlesex County Museum

September 25-26, Noon-4 pm​

Come see a real archaeology excavation on the grounds of the historic Cornelius Low House Museum. Built in 1741, the museum was once the home of Raritan Landing merchant Cornelius Low. Members of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey will be conducting the excavations. The public is invited to speak with the archaeologists and see what artifacts are being uncovered.

The Cornelius Low House/Middlesex County Museum will also open with a new exhibit, "Treasures of Middlesex County: 300 Years of Raritan Valley History."

See historically significant artifacts dating back more than 300 years that are part of Middlesex County history. Items include muskets from the Middlesex County Brigade, historic maps, 18th century documents, local ceramics, and furniture from 18th and early 18th century makers.

Free Family Saturdays
Crossroads Festival Theatre

September 25–October 9

Bring your whole family ― especially your little ones! ― to NBPAC for Crossroads' Free Family Saturdays series. There will be family-friendly music from around the world performed by family music's leading artists. The series kicks off with a launch party in honor of "Ready Set Go," the first album for young audiences by Divinity Roxx (former musical director for Beyoncé).

The second concert in the series will feature Fyütch, a music and social justice artist who combines hip-hop and visual storytelling, and whose song, "Black Women in History," went to #1 on Sirius XM Kids Place Live.

It's FREE but registration is required.

To learn more, click here

Victor Quezada Jazz Band Live at Bayview Park
Perth Amboy Artworks

September 25, 4 pm​

A Perth Amboy native, Victor Quezada is a cherished Perth Amboy jazz musician. He describes his music as smooth contemporary jazz and Latin jazz. A saxophonist, he also sings and writes songs. He has played the Hub City Jazz Festival, Carteret Latin Fest, Esquina Latina, and headlined the Blueberry Jazz Festival and the Perth Amboy Mayor’s Concert Series with the Victor Quezada Jazz Band. Free and all ages! Grant funding provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

To learn more, click here

Art and Story Time - Back to School Month
Windblown by Edouard Manceau
September 29, 4-5 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Windblown written and illustrated by Édouard Manceau. Figure out who the pieces of paper belong to. Afterward, join us as we create our own stories with colorful shapes!

To learn more, click here

EMERGENCY!
Crossroads Theatre Company

September 29-October 10

Written and performed by Obie Award winning playwright and Russell Simmons Def Poetry alumnus, Daniel KOA Beaty, EMERGENCY! is a captivating theater experience that begins when a slave ship emerges from the depths of the Hudson River in contemporary times.

To learn more, click here



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​​In case you missed it, watch these
pre-recorded performances below!​

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Mexican Music

American Repertory Ballet presents Mexican Music​​​

Watch the digital premiere of Mexican Music, filmed onstage at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. We will take you behind the scenes with ARB dancers and an interview with the choreographer, David Fernandez.

To watch the video, click here

School of Dance

Nrithyanjali School of Dance Presents:​​​

​A playlist archiving the exemplary music and work inspired by Guru Swamimalai Rajarathnam, commemorating his 90th birthday

To watch the video, click here

Suspense

Old Bridge Cultural Arts Committee​​​

The Old Bridge Cultural Arts Committee presents: “Murder Through the Looking Glass,” a 1947 episode of the radio show, Suspense.

To watch the video, click here

town clock

Town Clock Community Development Corporation Comic Video ​​​

​Professional resident artist and comic book writer/illustrator, Lauren Weinstein, engages with the residents of the Town Clock Community Development Corporation housing for domestic violence survivors, as well as experts in the domestic violence advocacy network, to create this virtual illustration piece, inclusive of experiences and stories from these communities.

To watch the video, click here

weaving traditions

Weaving Traditions: Textiles of India ​​​

​This exhibit features Indian fabrics and textile techniques like Khadi silk, Kutch embroidery, Ikat, Batik, and Jamdani fabrics. Curated by fashion designer and educator Sonal Gadhavi, the exhibit is part of the "Textiles: Reimagining New Jersey" series. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

To view the exhibit, click here

virtual fest

Virtual Fest, 2020 ​​​

Established in 1999, the Indian Cultural Society of East Brunswick evolved out of a need for members of the Indian community in and around East Brunswick to have a platform to gather and celebrate cultural events and holidays, and promote cultural awareness.

God of Carnage is a play by Yasmina Reza and was first published in 2008. It is about two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park. They agree to meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner.

To watch the video, click here
To view the playbill, click here

PRAHD

PRAHD’S Cultural Arts Show ​​​

​Engage with PRAHD's first ever Virtual Cultural Arts Show! This work showcases some of PRAHD’s local talent, such as graduates of Perth Amboy High School, Rutgers University professors, and even some of PRAHD's Entre Mujeres members..

To view the show, click here

virtual music series

Virtual Music Series ​​​

​Watch it again! View the Virtual Music Series with jazz, Broadway, and pop rock, brought to you by the City of Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival!

To view the show, click here

young artists

2021 Young Artists Concerto Competition ​​​

The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2021 Young Artists Concerto Competition. Due to the pandemic, the competition will be via video submission. The deadline for registration is April 11, with video submission by April 18. They will be adjudicated virtually by three judges. A minimum of three will be selected to perform with the orchestra in its 2021-22 season.

To view the show, click here

interactive dance and concert

University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla: Interactive Dance and Concert ​​​

​The New Jersey-based University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla [UPAFR] is a traditional Filipino string ensemble that performs popular melodies familiar to diverse audiences as well as various genres of Filipino music. We invite you to sing along, clap, sway or dance!

For more info, click here

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New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra​​​

Credo: Music of Hope in an Age of Uncertainty” features several works for string quartet with brief introductions by our Artistic Director Mark Hyczko. On the program are five short contrasting pieces, with a focus on living American composers, as well as one 'classic' beloved work for the string quartet. The project was recorded in various familiar settings of downtown New Brunswick, NJ this past October.

For more info, click here

Playhouse 22

Auld Lang Song: From Our (Play)House to Your House​​​

​Auld Lang Song: From Our (Play)House to Your House. Playhouse 22.

For more info, click here

Hub City Opera and Dance Company


UN\ROOTED VIRTUAL – Virtual Episodes 1-3​

​UN\ROOTED VIRTUAL casts a light from different artistic perspectives and cultural backgrounds on humankind's eternal quest for love, a home and peace — and the confrontation with loss and death.

For more info, click here

CYO

Association of NJ Chinese Schools Youth Chinese Orchestra​​​

Please enjoy the concert performed by 20 young musicians from their homes during the pandemic. The orchestra was formed in 2015 and has performed yearly at the Nicholas Music Hall of Rutgers University since then.


For more info, click here

Metuchen Arts Council presents
​​​“Celebrating Louis Armstrong”

​We are delighted to invite you to view this special event created with the idea of teaching students about the great jazz musician and ambassador to the world, Louis Armstrong. Extraordinary jazz woodwind players and identical twins, Peter and Will Anderson, were selected to develop this 30-minute pre-recorded video event.

For more info, click here

Institute for Disabilities

From the Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Inspiration 

​The New Jersey Institute for Disabilities, in collaboration with the Saint Joseph College Preparatory School Theatre Company and Falcon Repertory Ensemble, proudly announces the premiere of From the Heart.

For more info, click here

Xiaofang Huangmei Arts Academy

Huangmei Blooming on the Ground, Fragrancy Floating in the Clouds​​​

Join us for a restful night as we play, sing and dance through Chinese culture.

For more info, click here

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