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  • Culture Corner Archives - New Jersey Monthly
    and a delightful book series Read More Connecting with PB J Food For Thoughts Cards December 11 2015 The greeting card company Food for Thoughts understands the importance of giving back Read More Big Dreams Fulfilled Creed Star Michael B Jordan December 7 2015 Newark native Michael B Jordan boxes on the big screen as the star of Creed Read More Review The Ties That Bind The River Collection December 2 2015 New Springsteen set chronicles the making of his 1980 double album Read More Snowflakes Onstage December 1 2015 Tchaikovsky s classic ballet The Nutcracker brings sugarplum fairies and nutcracker princes to venues around the state Read More Where Women Have Their Say A New Podcast November 12 2015 Former 1010 WINS newscaster Sandi Klein interviews dynamite passionate women on her podcast Conversations With Creative Women Read More A Healthy Dose of Artwork November 10 2015 The Summit Medical Group has cultivated a number of pieces of artwork at its Berkeley Heights campus which helps comfort patients and family members Read More From Opening Act to Rock Biographer November 4 2015 A former rocker himself Warren Zanes new book chronicles the life and career of Tom Petty Read More NJ Bred Poet s Road to the Pulitzer November 3 2015 Poet Gregory Pardlo is the sixth poet with ties to New Jersey to win a Pulitzer Prize in the last 15 years Read More Fetty Wap Halsey Charlie Puth New Jersey s Young Pop Heavyweights October 30 2015 Three New Jersey musicians are dominating the pop charts and breaking records and they were all born in the 90s Read More Count Basie Theatre Plans Major Expansion October 27 2015 The expansion will be the most significant project in the venue s 90 year history creating a campus for the performing arts center Read More Baroque and Beyond The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey entering its 20th anniversary season will hold a concert on November 1 in Morristown Read More Tracy Morgan Back in Action October 20 2015 More than a year after Tracy Morgan s terrible car crash the New Jersey resident appears on Saturday Night Live and announces stand up tour with local dates Read More Pension Fight Inspires Film October 16 2015 Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page depicts Laurel Hester s fight to pass on her pension to partner Stacie Andree after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer Read More Lonely Dracula Visits NJ Sites on Instagram October 13 2015 This Asbury Park Instagrammer is looking for her necks victim Read More Page 1 of 11 1 2 3 4 5 10 Last 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand

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  • The Right Touch of Whimsy
    Zevin who won the Thurber Prize for American Humor in 2013 for his book Dan Gets a Minivan Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad both went to Millburn High School Zevin graduated in 1982 Klymenko in 2004 He s like a version of me who s 150 years younger and can draw Zevin says Klymenko s whimsical drawing style is just what Zevin was looking for The new books parody the Mr Men Little Miss children s books The series Little Miss Overshare Mr Selfie Little Miss Basic and Mr Humblebrag hit stores in October Three Rivers Press Zevin finally met Klymenko at Rock n Joe a coffee house in Millburn The face time proved fruitful I could put my arms in the air and raise my eyebrows to show him what I had in mind says Zevin He also got to experience modern day Millburn Rock n Joe s was so cool says Zevin Millburn never had anything like that when I was a kid Back then we hung out at the deli There are no photos with those IDs or post 122221 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner People articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar

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  • Connecting with PB&J
    cards work for me she says The earnings from the cards help feed the hungry Since its launch two years ago the Food for Thoughts line of cards has expanded from eight to 22 greetings each with the look of a PB J sandwich They include birthday anniversary congratulatory thank you and holiday cards So far the value of cards sold equates to about 22 447 sandwiches given away by local charities says Charney Food pantries prefer cash to goods she explains Food for Thoughts cards are sold at more than 55 retailers nationwide the retailer designates the donation locally I like to empower stores to give back in their community she says Store owners can select a food pantry or national organization that feeds the hungry in their area Charney still commutes to Manhattan a PB J in pocket I like making that personal connection she says to look into the eyes of someone you are helping There are no photos with those IDs or post 121806 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb

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  • A Knife Way to Start the Day - New Jersey Monthly
    Facebook and thecollagejournal blogspot com From May 17 to September 6 the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton just off I 78 will honor Jacobs s achievement with an exhibit called The Collage Journal The First Decade Of the 3 652 collages he produced in that span 2008 and 2012 were leap years Jacobs has chosen 120 to exhibit 12 from each year The project began modestly On that first morning Jacobs and his wife Elizabeth a sculptor were reading the paper In 2002 Jacobs had finished a series of large mixed media portraits of artists called Face to Face to open the new wing of the Montclair Art Museum I was thinking about scaling down to more intimate pieces and my roots in collage he recalls I realized at that moment that I wanted to do something daily as well And I felt a need to have a visual dialogue with the state of politics the environment and the divisions in the country Recommended Reading On the Frontline in the Fight Against Cyberterrorism The Collage Journal eventually evolved away from topicality and recognizable faces and images toward what Jacobs calls a poetic narrative Some collages perform a geometric dance on the flat surface but many create fascinating and improbable 3D worlds visual equivalents of the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez s novels It s a visual game Jacobs says a puzzle I try to create a different ending to each time When I start each collage I have no idea where I m going to end up Doing the work first thing in the morning is important I feel I m still dreaming a little bit Jacobs says Distractions are going on around me in the kitchen but I can half pay attention to them They don t affect the trance kind of state I m in He sips coffee as he works but postpones breakfast That would interrupt the process I get pretty obsessed with doing it Never missing a day requires flexibility as well as stubborn determination One time when my wife was having surgery I brought my stuff to the hospital and did the collage in the waiting room Jacobs relates noting that the surgery went fine We plan our trips so there will be some access to a newspaper We thought about going on a cruise I think they said they can print the paper on board But it seemed too risky He chuckles No cruises for me When Jacobs started he didn t know how long he would continue One year seemed reasonable But the project took on a life of its own Now he says I can t see myself stopping I would have withdrawals like a drug addict Click to enlarge images Jacobs s finished March 12 collage Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living People articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to

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  • Under The Hood: Photographer George Tice
    of exposed film But I make them count In 1663 about 40 years after the Pilgrims left England aboard the Mayflower George Tice s ancestors left what is now Belgium aboard the Rosetree They settled in Brooklyn until 1709 when Peter Tyson the first son born in the New World bought 750 acres of land in Monmouth County The spelling soon changed to Tice but the family stayed put making George Tice an 11th generation American and a 10th generation New Jerseyan Tice knew none of this growing up Neither did his father William Tice who married Tice s mother Margaret but never lived with her and died when Tice was 19 Born in Newark in 1938 Tice was raised by his mother who was one of a far flung breed of Celtic nomads who call themselves Travelers like gypsies but of different ethnicity They lived in automobile drawn trailers Recommended Reading Becky Quick Quick Study We used to pull into a gas station sometimes Tice recalls and hook up to the electricity and pay them 10 or something for the night to use the bathrooms In the introduction to his 1982 book Urban Romantic Tice wrote We moved north in the summer and south in the winter home was wherever we camped When we weren t on the road New Jersey was home They lived in the projects in Newark or in trailer camps in Carteret Rahway Linden Metuchen and elsewhere I went to about a dozen grammar schools Tice says Some just three weeks We d move into a town my mother would take me in say He s in fifth grade His transfer is in the mail There was no transfer You could put yourself in any grade you wanted I didn t go to kindergarten Then when I went to first grade I wondered how these kids knew all this stuff I didn t know ABCs numbers They had a real advantage Now 76 Tice has an honorary doctorate from William Paterson University His seminal black and white photographs of Paterson where as a boy he sold crepe paper roses door to door that he his mother and his aunts made to bring in a few dollars were shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972 catapulting him to fame Paterson the book of that monumental show won the Grand Prix du Festival d Arles as the year s best photography book He won a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship that same year In 1979 the Museum of Modern Art commissioned him to photograph the decaying Hudson River piers of Jersey City before they were transformed into Liberty State Park Tice spent much of the years from 1992 to 1998 burrowing into the genealogy of his father s family When he finished I felt like royalty he says I had a past The two sides of Tice s background deeply American on his father s side perpetual outsider on his

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  • Colorful Celebrations for Chinese New Year
    a lot of experience we ve learned how to help people cross cultural boundaries That s been our journey Even the Chinese New Year celebration changes every year to reflect the Chinese zodiac this year s performance is called Year of the Monkey Such performances represent the traditional Chinese side of the company s programming On the other hand Chen estimates that half the company s performances are strictly modern dance with touches of Chinese influence Some of our dancers trained in classical ballet or contemporary dance and have to learn Chinese dance Some performances are all modern with no obvious traditional Chinese elements says Chen who started dancing as a 4 year old in Taiwan and later trained there in ballet before attending a Chinese performance arts school In 1982 after performing with the renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan she enrolled at New York University After I came to the States I was more focused on making dance she says Recommended Reading For WDHA The Song Remains the Same Chen s eye as a curator was much in evidence at a recent five hour rehearsal of a modern piece called Whirlwind in the Jersey City studio As Chen watched for missteps a group of non dance students clustered at the back of the room to gape at the nine male and female dancers in tights some with bandaged feet who twirled leaped and bent their bodies rhythmically to a Middle Eastern soundtrack Whirlwind is a new piece inspired by Chen and Chiang s 2012 trip to the Silk Road The choreography of this one is complex says Chen It incorporates folk dance and influences from Indian dance and Arab rhythms A lot of times in dance we re trying to communicate things that can t be said Chen s communication within the company which has performed in 41 states and travels internationally is often more direct Nai Ni gives us notes after every rehearsal says Greta Campo a 26 year old dancer from Italy who studied and danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York before landing a spot in the company four years ago She sees everything like what transitions need to improve if a movement needs to be sharper Chiang handles external communications which enables him to help match performances with expectations For example narration guides schoolchildren through shows like the Chinese New Year celebration Feedback also provides an education on what can t be left out of a performance For the New Year celebration the colorful ribbon dance is essential as is the traditional dragon dance where a team of dancers moves a flexible dragon using poles Everybody wants to see that Chiang says It s mandatory Click to enlarge images LionDance4 CarolRosegg Festival2 JosephWagner Read more Culture Corner articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential

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  • Risky Business: Peak Performances at MSU
    ballet icon Mikhail Baryshnikov in Forbidden Christmas or the Doctor and the Patient a play by Rezo Gabriadze More recently Peak Performances presented a first time collaboration between the Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson There s no formula with our programming says Wheeler These days he increasingly commissions and produces more of what he calls highly contemporary new work That sets us apart he says We re really leading the way It s riskier but the results are remarkable Durham says Wheeler s high caliber programming draws audiences from all over the metropolitan area Special shuttle buses from Manhattan facilitate access to the theater a Wheeler innovation The issue is finding places that offer programs that are challenging and not the norm and not necessarily easily accessible And that s what Jed does Durham says It s important because it s honest Jed isn t pandering to the audience Recommended Reading Charlie Puth Rumson s Pop Prodigy In his dual role as artistic director of Peak Performances and executive director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming at MSU Wheeler has presented some potentially controversial work In one theatrical production Imagining O which had its world premiere at Kasser last fall two women were completely naked for one entire scene others were similarly bare at different points throughout the performance Wheeler does not think anyone found the show salacious The work we do is not about being provocative he says It s a visual statement There s nothing wrong with being nude Contemporary works of our time often involve exposure MSU president Susan A Cole has been a consistent champion I selected Jedediah Wheeler to head up our arts programming says Cole because I believed that he had the artistic vision and the courage to place the university at the front edge of enabling the work of emerging artists and the exploration of new art forms Wheeler keeps Kasser performances within reach of his audience by pricing all tickets at 20 up from the earlier price of 15 He also includes MSU theater and dance students in many performances giving them a taste of working with professionals in their fields A show by the Richard Alston Dance Company last fall for example featured live accompaniment by a group of MSU choral students Alston was so impressed that he asked the students to perform in January with his dance company at Sadler s Wells Theater in London Upcoming bookings in the Peak Performances series include a new piece by choreographer Robyn Orlin performed by Compagnie Jant Bi through February 1 the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and Roomful of Teeth performing the works of Caroline Shaw Gavin Bryars and Henry Purcell February 7 the Shanghai Quartet February 8 and a piece choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C Scholten for the Dutch dance company ICKamsterdam February 12 15 There are no photos with those IDs or post 96658 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living People

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  • Small Company, High Ideals: Nimbus Dance Works
    charged work like Charles Weidman s Lynch Town created in 1936 in response to a lynching that Weidman witnessed and original works by Pott Nimbus dancers come from throughout the United States South Africa Europe and Asia Chien Pott is from Taiwan where she trained in classical ballet This spring Martha Graham guest choreographers Andonis Foniadakis and Nacho Duato each chose Chien Pott to star in a world premiere For one of the pieces she had to dance as an insect Her ability to inhabit that world and what she did with her body was jaw dropping says Martha Graham artistic director Janet Eilber In 2012 Pott created the School of Nimbus Dance Works which provides classes for all ages and full need based scholarships for youth in its Pre Professional Training Program To the students and their fellow dancers the husband and wife offer inspiration and guidance Pei is a goddess to young dancers says Eilber Recommended Reading Courting Danger Actress Christina Jackson Young dance students from all over the state can audition this September for the annual Nimbus production of Jersey City Nutcracker which puts a local urban spin on the classic holiday tale For the production students get to rehearse and perform alongside Pott and other company dancers Performances will run from December 19 through 21 Nimbus will perform August 18 at the Downtown Dance Festival a free event in Manhattan s Battery Park There are no photos with those IDs or post 85311 does not have any attached images Read more Culture Corner Jersey Living People articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The

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