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Art and Story Time
Wednesdays in November 2021

4:30 pm​

This month we are celebrating Diwali as well as Native American Heritage Month! Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick for our Art and Story Time series every Wednesday at 4:30 pm with a new reading and a DIY craft activity! All ages welcome.



Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
George Street Playhouse

October 26 through November 21​

For our first production of our long-anticipated reopening, playwright, master of comedy, and award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Fox on the Fairway) brings us a romantic comedy — a love story set during WWII about a young soldier courting his sweetheart who is a young actress on Broadway. What starts with long-distance letter writing ends in a “sweep you off your feet” meeting in Times Square. This funny, touching, patriotic, and uplifting story, based on the playwright’s parents, is just the “Welcome Home to George Street Playhouse” that we all need! Come fall in love with live theatre all over again.

To learn more, click here


Mirror World
Alfa Art Gallery

October 26 through January 15

From October 26 to January 15, Alfa Art Gallery invites you to view their next exhibition, a mesmerizing trip through a transparent world of imagination. From abstract to figurative, Mirror to the World explores the nature of various artistic media, including watercolor, acrylic, ink, rice paper, and much more. Free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm.

To learn more, click here


Virtual Folklife Series: Native Americans in NJ
Mexica Dance and Midwifery with Dra. T’Karima Ticitl

November 2 from 7–8 pm

What do Mexica (Aztec) dance and midwifery have in common? Come find out from Dra. T’Karima Ticitl, Ph.D., CM, LM, Partera, for whom both traditions are sacred aspects of everyday life.

To learn more, click here


Art and Story Time – Celebrate Diwali with us!
Arts Institute of Middlesex County

November 3 at 4:30 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of Diwali: Celebrate the World written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan. Celebrate the festival of lights with us! Afterward, join us as we create our own paper lanterns. All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here


Virtual Folklife Series:
Latinx Experience in NJ

November 4 from 7–8 pm

The Latinx experience in New Jersey is unlike that of other parts of the United States. Why? Come find out with Carie Rael of the Latino New Jersey History Project. The Latino New Jersey History Project began in the summer of 2016 as a student-led, community-based research project launched by Professor Lilia Fernandez at Rutgers University. The project aims to document the histories of New Jersey’s diverse Latinx communities where students identify archival materials and conduct oral histories with local residents. This program will include a Q and A, and we’ll have an opportunity to discuss the importance of contemporary oral histories and using archival research to document one’s own community.

To learn more, click here

First Fridays with the Arts Institute
Monument Square Park, 2 Livingston Avenue

November 5 from 3–5 pm

First Fridays is BACK! We are hosting pop-up musical performances and visual arts activities every First Friday of the month. We will continue the chalk art initiative collaboration with New Brunswick Public Schools’ art teacher Ms. Danielle Fleming and her student art club in celebration of Native American Heritage Month!


Native American Art and Performance: featuring Tchin and Thunderbird Dancers
Spring Lake Park, South Plainfield

November 7, 12:30-3 pm​

Join us for Arts in the Park! Beginning at 12:30 pm, Thunderbird Dancers will perform songs and dances from three culture areas: the Northeast, Southwest, and Great Plains.

At 2 pm, Tchin will lead the public in a creative activity while teaching truths about Native American culture. Participants should bring include colored pencils, paper, a chair, water, and a snack! All ages welcome!


Anansi’s Story Festival
ReThink Theatrical
East Jersey Old Town Village

Sunday, November 7 at 1 pm and 3 pm
Saturday, November 13 at 1 pm and 3 pm
Sunday, November 14 at 1 pm and 3 pm

ReThink Theatrical presents Anansi’s Story Festival, an interactive theatrical production that explores and celebrates historical figures, myths, urban legends, and folklore from New Jersey and around the world. Join our emcee and Storyteller-in-Chief, Anansi the Spider, who needs your help deciding the fate of humanity!

Set in the historic East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ, this immersive production explores the Village’s beautiful architecture while complementing the timelessness of these classic tales. Audience members will roam and discover characters inspired from cultures rooted in New Jersey. Set in the crisp November air, this experience will be like no other.

To learn more, click here


Virtual Folklife Series: Native Americans in NJ
Haliwa Saponi/Tuscarora Song and Tradition with Wayasiti Richardson

November 9 from 7–8 pm​

Experience an artist talk with Wayasiti Richardson, Haliwa Saponi/Tuscarora singer and tradition keeper. Together with his son, Wayasiti will talk about his multigenerational family legacy of tradition and song-keeping.

To learn more, click here


Art and Story Time – Native American Heritage Month
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

November 10, 4:30 pm

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of We Are Water Protectors written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. Learn about a girl fighting for her Indigenous community, and the importance of taking care of our water sources. Afterward, join us as we create beautiful waterscapes using watercolors! All ages welcome!

To learn more, click here


Multicultural Folk Dance Gathering
Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble

November 13 at 6 pm

Join the Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble for a night of dance performances, interactive dance teaching, live music, and Hungarian food!

To learn more, click here

MISSA
Rise Up Chorus and Highland Park Community Chorus

November 14 at 5 pm

Rise Up Chorus and the Highland Park Community Chorus are pleased to present a collaborative concert, MISSA, on Sunday November 14, 2021. The concert will feature two choral masterworks, the "Lord Nelson Mass" by Joseph Haydn and James Whitbourn's "Son of God Mass" sung by the combined choruses. The performance will take place at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen at 5 pm.

For more information and tickets, please visit RiseUpChorus.org or HPChorus.org

Virtual Folklife Series: Native Americans in NJ
Native Artist Roundtable

November 16 from 7 –8 pm

This roundtable will feature conversations with Native American artist-educators who present their traditional art forms for the public. The artists, each representing different tribes and artistic traditions, will discuss their work, and the challenges of presenting cultural programming. The panel will be moderated with Cliff Matias, Director of the Redhawk Native American Arts Council.

To learn more, click here


Art and Story Time - Native American Heritage Month
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Arts Institute of Middlesex County

November 17 at 4:30 pm​

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Afterward, join us as we create drawings based on people and experiences we are grateful for! All ages welcome!

For more information, and to register click here.

"I Love You...I Hate You...Whatever...Goodbye!”
Playhouse 22

November 19 and November 20 at 8 pm

Set in our Studio Theater for an evening of songs about love, breaking up, and much more. Featuring Khy Garner and a talented group of performers.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased online at Playhouse22.org or at 732-254-3939. No door sales.


Ghost Hunt
New Brunswick Historical Society

New Brunswick Historical Society, with Thinkery & Verse, present, “Ghost Hunt.” COME PLAY... IF YOU DARE! Uncover the Hall-Mills Homicides of 1922 and more in this geocache treasure hunt and audio adventure!

To learn more, click here


American Hungarian Foundation
300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick

Check out the American Hungarian Foundation’s NEW PERMANENT COLLECTION! Come and enjoy the immense diversity of Hungarian art, craft, sculpture, works on paper, and more! Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to1 pm or by appointment. Guided tours of the gallery are available by appointment.

Learn more at https://www.ahfoundation.org/

Mid-Autumn Festival
Chinese Culture Arts Association

CCAA presents a special dance performance to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

View the video on YouTube.



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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

NBCO logo

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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