Tuesday, October 16, 2012
'Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss' hits bookstores Tuesday, Oct. 16
Westfield resident John D. Luerssen grew up listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen, getting his initial introduction on Tremont Avenue courtesy of a friend's older brother. Today, Luerssen, a PSE&G supervisor in Cranford by day, music critic and author by night, releases the paperback Bruce Springsteen FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Boss, his second foray into the FAQ series. With a list price of $22.99, the book, at 400 pages, takes readers on the journey of a Jersey boy with a guitar and a dream who rose to stardom, gracing the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously, yet never forgot his roots. Luerseen, who played in a band during his years at Westfield High School, explained that after having written several cover …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Painting and drawing classes designed to introduce students to art.
The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne will host two art workshops for children beginning in early October. The Art Workshop will give children to learn and use paint, markers, and colored pencils to create collages. Supplies will be provided. The workshop is for children in kindergarten through second grade. Michelle Winick will teach the workshop. Winich is an interior designer and artist. She launched her own line of interior paints earlier this year. The Pencil Art Workshop will allow children to be taught how to create artwork using pencils. Winick’s father Jerry will lead the Pencil Art Workshop. His work has been shown at The Paterson Museum and in many art galleries in New York and New Jersey. The class is for children in third through …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Did MTV's raucous reality show change national perceptions of the Garden State?
Friday, August 31, 2012
MTV's Jersey Shore may soon be history, but will images of drunken misbehavior, boardwalk brawls and ample helpings of "gym, tan, laundry" characterize the Garden State for years to come? On Thursday, MTV announced the show would not return after its sixth season, taped this summer in Seaside Heights, airs this fall. But what is the lasting impact of the TV series that many say put the worst of the state's stereotypes on display for millions of viewers across the world? Were the antics of the eight housemates on Ocean Terrace just a few young people having fun, or has it done permanent damage to the state's reputation?
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Final season will begin airing in October
Love or hate its rambunctious cast, the show that made Seaside Heights famous - or, at least, infamous - is going off the air. MTV announced Thursday afternoon its hit series "Jersey Shore" will end after a recently-taped season airs this fall. The sixth season of the series, which since 2009 has chronicled the oft-drunken misadventures of eight 20-somethings living in a house on Ocean Terrace in Seaside Heights, will premier Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. The network will air "Gym, Tan, Look Back" as part of a farewell marathon Sept. 6, and the cast will make an appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards that night. The network has not given a reason why the series is ending. In addition to the well-documented antics at local night spots such as Karma, …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Charles Magistro and Zhiyuan Cong’s artwork will be on display at a special exhibit in London beginning Wednesday.
Two Wayne residents’ artwork will be on display in London in connection with the 2012 Olympic Games. Charles Magistro and Zhiyuan Cong’s artwork will be exhibited at Olympic Fine Arts 2012 at the Barbican Arts Centre Aug. 1 through 7. Both men are professors of art at William Paterson University. The exhibit is designed to exalt the “spirit and ideals” of the Olympics, according to the centre. The exhibit features 500 items created by artists throughout the world. Magistro said his piece “Unity of People” represents the celebration of the human spirit and open competition. “Its vibrant color and organic forms evoke the life-affirming qualities of the Olympics, where differences are set aside in the name of sports ability and fellowship,” …
Monday, July 23, 2012
"Inherit the Wind" opens this week in Basking Ridge, Playwrights put on "Once Upon a Mattress."
New shows opening this week include Trilogy Repertory Co.'s free outdoor staging of "Inherit the Wind" at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The play is a dramatization of the famed Scopes Trial, in which a teacher was accused for violating state law for teaching evolution in a public school. And the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey is readying its annual summer production, which this year is the musical "Once Upon a Mattress," based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea." Theatergoers can also see presentation of one-act plays by the Chester Theatre Group and Chatham Community Players. Meanwhile, time's running out to see the Shakespeare Theatre's outdoor presentation of "The Comedy of Errors" and the indoor staging …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Guitarist opens up about new album and tensions with frontman Steven Tyler.
An Aerosmith ticket stub in good condition from a 1974 concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park was recently listed on eBay for more than $300. The hefty price tag can be seen as a testament to the rock icons surviving 40 years of drugs, near break-ups and more drama than an Emmy-winning daytime soap opera. The drama continues to this day as Aerosmith prepares to rock the Izod Center in Bergen County on Tuesday. The prospect of seeing the Bostonians perform has recently seemed unlikely. Over the past two years it appeared that the band would implode. In late 2009, after two years of aborted attempts to record the first Aerosmith studio album of all original material since 2001, singer Steven Tyler declared that he was more interested in …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Check out something different as two theaters present short productions.
Full-length plays, both comedies and dramas, are often found on North Jersey's stages, but this summer, two area theaters are offering something a bit different with productions of one-act plays. Chatham Community Players are getting ready for the 18th annual Jersey Voices One Act Festival, which begins July 27. The summer tradition offers New Jersey playwrights a chance to get their work performed on a stage. And Chester Theatre Groups is offering "An Evening of One-Acts" July 27-28. This special event will put the spotlight on two short plays, "Exchange" by Bennett Fisher and "Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World," by Peter Parnell." That's just the start of what's happening on area's stages. There are plenty of concerts to …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Montville resident signs new book for long line of followers at Wayne's Costco.
"The Real Housewives of New Jersey's" Teresa Giudice held a signing for her third cookbook, "Fabulicious: Fast & Fit," at Costco Wednesday in Wayne. "Fabulicious: Fast & Fit," released May 15, is Guidice's third New York Times bestselling authentic Italian cookbook. "My first two were so successful, I just wanted to keep going," she said. Fast & Fit features 70 new heart-healthy recipes, many of which work well with Weight Watchers and gluten-free diets. All of the recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare and cook, many of which require only 10 ingredients or less. In her book, Giudice details calorie counts and nutritional information for those health-conscious readers. The recipes were passed down through her family, and now Giudice is…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Comedy, drama, even opera and a mentalist will be performing in North Jersey in coming weeks.
Whatever kind of theater you like, there's bound to be something playing on a stage in North Jersey that appeals to you. If you like musicals, then head to Pleasant Valley Park in Bernards for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" or the Growing Stage children's theater in Netcong for "The Wiz." If you like classical theater, the Shakespeare Theatre is offering two comedies: the Bard's "The Comedy of Errors" on its outdoor stage at the College of St. Elizabeth and "The Liar" on the main stage at Drew University. Kids are sure to get a kick out of "Alice in Wonderland" at Brundage Park Playhouse, "Sleeping Beauty," at Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, "Winnie the Pooh" at Summit Playhouse or one of the children productions at the …