Jersey Boys, The Film – More Drama, Less Music

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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Clint Eastwood brings the long-running, Tony Award-winning musical about the Four Seasons to the big screen, but his version plays up the darker side of


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The Art of Love, Into the Labyrinth

Friday, March 28th, 2014
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The Art of Love, Into the Labyrinth was presented by Voice Afire on Saturday, March 22nd at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York City.


Freda as Ella

Freda Payne as Ella: First Lady of Song

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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Freda Payne remembers the first time she met Ella Fitzgerald. “It was the late 60s in New York,” she says. “Ella was appearing in a


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An Evening With The Barry Levitt Quartet

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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“Jazz is a language,” Barry Levitt tells us, “the template for conversation is song.” Jazz musicians are able to create and perceive these templates, to



Marlo Thomas – Actress, Writer, Advocate

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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Effervescent and charming, Marlo Thomas’ creative and altruistic projects touch many lives. From her work as Spokesperson for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to her


Jazzmeia Horn sings East of the Sun, her winning number at the Sarah Vaughan Interntational Jazz Vocal Competition at NJPAC Nov. 10. Photo by Steve Hockstein

“Sassy Awards” Celebrate Sarah Vaughan at NJ PAC

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Newark, New Jersey was the home to Sarah Vaughan who had the nickname, “Sassy.” The iconic jazz singer was born and raised in the city


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Of Disaster and Love: John Biguenet’s
Rising Water Trilogy

Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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What is the connection between a natural disaster and love? A catastrophe strikes and humankind is challenged to attend to the emotional and physical needs


Garlic Fried Shrimp

Seafood: Spectacular Recipes for Every Season
And Great Music To Go Along with Each Dish

Sunday, September 15th, 2013
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“Too many cookbooks sit around gathering dust, which is a real shame,” say Pär-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall in the introduction to their stunningly beautiful