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2015-09-03_11-33-33The next JC Fridays event will take place on September 11th in neighborhoods all over Jersey City. The events are FREE!

2015-09-03_11-42-20JC Fridays is a quarterly event, held four times a year at the start of every season: March, June, September, December. The next JC Fridays will be held on Friday, December 4th, 2015.

Through our events and programming:

– Destination Jersey City – – The Jersey City Reporter
– Jersey City Magazine
– Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs –
– Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce
– Historic Downtown SID
– Hamilton House
– The Shuster Group
– Greenspot
– The Oakman Condominiums
– JCity Realty

JC Fridays is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Supporters: Balance Salon, City Diner, Club Transmission, the Digest, GP’s Restaurant, Hamilton Inn, Jersey City Independent, Maximum Motion Fitness, Port-o Lounge, Yelp

Friends: Jersey City Reservoir Alliance, Pint

Business Specials:
•   $10 off haircuts on JCFridays from Balance Salon
•   One FREE class for first time members from Maximum Motion Fitness

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(art) 5pm-9pm THE CULTURE JC presents “Martyrs, Mystics and Madmen.” Join us for a sneak preview of Jersey City’s newest contemporary art gallery, Archetype. Our debut exhibition Martyrs, Mystics and Madmen will be on view through the upcoming Jersey City Art & Studio Tour. Featuring work by John Fathom, Yusef Uno, and a new mural by John Ruddy. 660 Grand St (State / Westervelt), 201-320-1019. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 6pm-8pm PRO ARTS presents “If Wishes Were Trees.” New Paintings by Peter Delman. Windows on Columbus features recent work by Peter Delman in the windows and lobby. These paintings reflect on environment with bright colors and dark humor. Curated by Eileen Ferara. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibition venue donated by Mack-Cali Realty Corporation. 135 Greene St (Columbus Dr / Pearl), 201-589-0470. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(film / video)(performance)(music) 4pm-7pm PROJECT GREENVILLE presents “Show Some Love.” Join us all weekend, Fri-Sun (and in Oct. for the JC Studio Tour!) for an exhibit featuring art, photography and performance inspired by–and filled with–LOVE! Participants include Chris Capaci, Kit Vogelsang, Jim Legge, Lucy Rovetto, Maria Ulacia, Joel Simpson and more, plus light snacks from local Greenville businesses. 128 Winfield Ave (Ocean / Old Bergen Rd), 646-361-1858. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 9am-9pm THE CITY OF JERSEY OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS presents “Come Back Shane” – Work by Fermin Mendoza. Every person, town, city, and place has a unique heartbeat. This body of work is about identity, places and the interplay between the two. 280 Grove St (Mercer / Montgomery), 201-547-6921. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 12pm-4pm INDABA PHOTO AND INDIEGROVE presents “Indaba Photo @ Indiegrove,” offering professional headshot photo sittings at Indiegrove’s location near Grove Street PATH. Indaba Photo is a custom photography service, specializing in architectural, commercial and headshot photography. Indiegrove is a coworking space for entrepreneurs to focus, collaborate and grow. 121 Newark Ave 5th Floor (Christopher Columbus Dr / Grove), 201-936-1475. Barrier-free.

(music) 5pm-10pm HDSID presents “Groove on Grove 8th Season Finale.” JC Downtown’s weekly outdoor music series wraps up their 8th Season on JC Fridays with TBA (5pm), Giselle Bellas (6pm), Kareem Walkes (7pm), Eliza Neals (8pm) and The Defending Champions (9pm). Local artists and local restaurants supply beats, treats, eats, and adult libations. Grove St PATH Plaza (Christopher Columbus Dr / Newark), 201-547-3554. Barrier-free. Family-friendly. Tactile tour.

(educational) 5pm-12am PINT presents “Local Beer Night featuring Jersey City’s Departed Soles Brewery!” Join Pint for a special brewery night featuring beer brewed right here in Jersey City! We’re hosting Departed Soles Brewery, JC’s newest microbrewery. Try delicious beers delivered fresh and straight from the brewery and chat up the brewers. 34 Wayne St (Barrow / Grove), 201-367-1222.

(performance) 6pm-9pm COOLVINES JERSEY CITY presents “Paint and Sip.” Cork and Canvas paints at CoolVines’ wine tasting! 255 Grove St (Montgomery / York), 201-448-8657. Family-friendly.

(art) 7pm-9pm SILVERMAN AND MAJESTIC THEATRE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “Kati Vilim: Radius of Action,” curated by Brendan Carroll. This exhibition features seven hard-edge paintings that were made between 2007 and 2012. Each painting is oil on canvas mounted on wood panel. Vilim’s straight-faced paintings assert themselves like a prizefighter’s stiff jab. 222 Montgomery St (Barrow / Grove), 201-435-8000. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 7:30pm-10:30pm SHAMPOO JC presents “Piersanti Pop Art Show.” Recent works on canvas by Jersey City pop art painter Robert Piersanti. Curated by Xtina Cruz. Join us for a drink, fine art, and cerebral conversation. 107 Christopher Columbus Dr (Grove / Barrow), 201-395-0045. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 6:30pm-9:30pm GP’S RESTAURANT presents “Dead Nature.” Dead Nature is the literal translation of the French term for the still life genre of painting. This exhibition by Joe Velez features work that brings Nature Morte to life. 236 Pavonia Ave (McWilliams / 9th), 201-418-8800. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 7pm-9pm SILVERMAN AND HAMILTON SQUARE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION presents “Candy Le Sueur: Where Dreams Land.” This exhibition features nine large abstract landscape paintings that were created between 2012 and 2015. Each painting is oil on canvas. The exhibition also includes a series of small-scale prints and encaustics. 232 Pavonia Ave (Erie / McWilliams), 201-434-8000. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(performance) 7pm-10pm GRACE CHURCH VAN VORST presents “Uncategorized: Globetrotting.” Photographer Chi Modu talks about photographing Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G.” Iconic photographer, Chi Modu, has the largest catalogue of images of Tupac Shaker and The Notorious B.I.G. Wine, beer & snacks available for a nominal donation. 39 Erie St (2nd / 3rd), 201-659-2211.

(art)(film / video)(performance)(music) 8pm-10:30pm GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY SPACE presents “A Room With A View,” a 10-year retrospective glimpse into the creative world of Jersey City roots-man Alex Tea. New fall mural along with the first public showing of choice multi-media works; coinciding with the release of multiple musical productions. This multi-dimensional collection will feature live musical performances and capoeira demonstrations. 54 Coles St (3rd / 4th), 201-500-LIVE. Family-friendly.


(art) 12pm-7pm LOS TRES CHILITOS invites you to come and enjoy their lunch and dinner specials. Try one of our many dishes like our burritos. While at our restaurant you can take in the history of our country by viewing some of our artifacts. 456 Central Ave (Congress / Paterson), 201-216-9699. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(music)(educational) 6pm-8pm JERSEY CITY RESERVOIR ALLIANCE presents “Wild Jazz Adventure at the Reservoir!” Featuring renowned Jazz musicians: Charlie Sigler (guitar), Kahlil Kwame Bell (percussion), Peter Lin (trombone), Jovan Alexandre (tenor/soprano saxophone) and more. Plastic Art and kid-friendly activities conducted by the Project Reservoir Teams. 201 Central Ave (Jefferson / Summit), 201-259-1800. Family-friendly.

(art)(music) 6:30pm-12am LINCOLN INN presents “From Ruins to Plumes and Swingadelic Tunes / Swingadelic.” Jodie Fink opens the night with sculptures (6:30pm), made mostly out of materials found discarded in our environment. Music by Swingadelic (9pm); upright bassist Dave Post gathered his jazz & blues playing friends together to play festivals and venues around the country. 13 Lincoln St (Central / Griffith), 201-659-8686. Barrier-free.

(art)(film / video)(music) 6:30pm-8:30pm MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE LIFE CENTER OF JERSEY CITY presents “Hispanic & Indian Artist Exhibition.” This opening will celebrate an artist of Hispanic heritage, as well as an artist of India. This is the second part of our series of exhibitions that pay tribute to the various diverse cultures and ethnicities that make up Jersey City. Art, Music, Film. 140 Martin Luther King Dr (Dwight / Fulton), 201-547-4565. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.


(educational) 6pm-7pm JENNIFER CINCLAIR AT THE CULINARY CONFERENCE CENTER AT HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE presents “Simply Appetizing!” Join us for a demo on simple appetizers to impress your guests! Watch our chef prepare bite-sized treats and enjoy the results. Learn how to make dishes such as olive tapenade crostini, endive with spiced goat cheese, and cannellini and sage dip. 161 Newkirk St, Fourth Floor; Room E412 (Sip / Van Reypen), 201-360-4224. Barrier-free. Tactile tour.

(art) 6pm-9pm ART HOUSE PRODUCTIONS GALLERY presents “3: Patricia Dahlman, Robyn Ellenbogen, Julie McHargue.” These artists create potent works that celebrate the artist’s hand and stretch our ideas of what can be achieved through sewing and the sewn line. They assert the value of the craft in their work and point a way to the future of these traditions as expressed through contemporary art. 136 Magnolia Ave (Pavonia / Summit), 201-915-9911. Barrier-free.

(art) 6pm-9pm HEWN GALLERY presents “Girl Power.” Girl power is an invitational show that celebrates the work of eleven artists that have inspired the people in their lives and their communities. This exhibit explores the differences and similarities that emerge out of different perspectives yet sharing a women’s lens. 140 Sip Ave (Bergen / John F. Kennedy), 917-742-4224. Family-friendly.

(performance) 7:30pm-9:30pm SPERANZA THEATRE COMPANY AT THE CULINARY CONFERENCE CENTER AT HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE presents “Seasonal Shorts.” This event is the first Friday of each new season. You MIGHT even be lucky enough to end up ON stage with these talented actors. 161 Newkirk St (Sip / Van Reypen), 201-503-6194. Barrier-free.

(performance)(music) 7pm-8:30pm ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN BERGEN presents “Choral Festival of Peace.” St. Paul’s Church is hosting its first annual Choir Festival “Choral Festival of Peace,” please join us as instruments of peace, expressing hope and love through music featuring wonderful choirs from the Jersey City Community and music composed by Roger Holland II and Shelton Becton. 38 Duncan Ave (Bergen / Kennedy Blvd), 201-433-4922. Family-friendly.


(art) 3pm-10pm LADY RUTH AT PORT-O LOUNGE presents “Individual Style Perspectives,” the inspirational muse at her best. Lady Ruth has been an artist all her life. Paintings and sculptures date back as far as 1996. Influenced by beads, castings, gems, pearls, and jewelry components from her jewelry designs. 286 1st St (Coles / Newark), 201-682-8208. Family-friendly.

(art) 4pm-10pm VERY- CLOTHES AND GOODS FEATURING FELIPE LARA presents “Camera Talk.” Come join us and local Photographer Felipe Lara as we showcase his latest works. Felipe’s work centers around his deep roots and love for city living and skate life. Come for the art, stay for a beer, Happy JC Friday! 9 Erie St (Bay / Newark), 201-332-2806. Family-friendly.

(art) 5pm-10pm ROLAND RAMOS AND JORDON DE LISO presents “Prayer Flag Creation Initiative: An Art Intervention.” The Tibeten Prayer Flag Initiative invites community members to write special messages on pre-cut pieces of fabric. Those message-fabrics will then be sewn onto a rope. The rope is connected to 10ft long bamboo poles strapped to existing fixtures, lasting only for the duration of the event. Newark Ave Pedestrian Plaza (Erie / Grove). Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 5pm-1am LITM presents “Thaw by Beth Achenbach.” Beth Achenbach’s highly anticipated photography exhibit. This beautiful series of still life photographs taken of frozen objects ranges from toys protruding out of ice to surreal images of flowers encased in frozen bubbles and even abstract shots of colored thread melting from a deep freeze. 140 Newark Ave (Christopher Columbus Dr / Grove), 201-536-5557. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(performance) 5:30pm-6:30pm COUNTY PREP HIGH SCHOOL DANCE presents “CPHS Dance in the Plaza.” The County Prep High School Dance Program, 407 Moves, celebrates its 15th year under the direction of Heather Warfel Sandler. Students will perform improvised, immersive works throughout the hour. Newark Ave (Erie / Grove), 201-681-8469. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.


(art) 4pm-7:30pm VICTORY HALL DRAWING ROOMS presents “Mostly Drawing Exhibition.” Mostly Drawing is a sampling of area artists featuring Alaine Becker, Anne Trauben, Cheryl Gross, Eileen Ferara, Heidi Curko, Jill Scipione, Loura van der Meule, Maggie Ens, Margaret Weber, Maria Pavlovska, Megan Klim, Bruno Nadill, Doug Madill, Duda Penteado, Gilbert Giles, Greg Brickey, Ibou Ndoye, Jim Pustorino, and more. 180 Grand St (Marin Blvd / York), 201-208-8032. Family-friendly.


(educational) 1pm-7pm BIGDRUM ART AND FRAMING presents “All About Framing.” All you wanted to know about custom framing, but were afraid to ask. Come in and find out about different kinds of glass, and why you need acid-free mats, look in to our framing room window and observe custom framing in action. Plus – Art by Norman Kirby. 127 1st (Provost / Warren), 201-418-8771. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art) 6pm-8pm THE OAKMAN presents “The Art Project – 12 Floors of Galleries at The Art House.” The Art Project promotes Jersey City artists while benefiting underserved teenagers with advanced visual arts courses at the Bethune Center. Please join us for the opening reception exhibiting 12 artists on 12 floors of gallery space. 148 1st St (Marin / Provost), 201-860-9800.

(art)(performance)(music) 8pm-11pm CITYLIFE presents “Art Jam.” CityLife is throwing a party! Come enjoy the fusion of live music and live painting for an unforgettable night! Featuring, music by PVDMusic and live painting by Kortez, as well as entertainment from local DJs, food, and more. Come ready to put a bid on Kortez live painting auction. 125 1st St (Provost / Warren), 862-251-3154. Barrier-free.

(music) 8:15pm-3am TRANSMISSION presents “House Transmission.” Six home-town house-music DJs hit the decks at Transmission! Progressive house, deep house, techno, afro house – you name it! 90-minute sets. First set 8:15pm, last set 2:15am. Go to for artist bios and times. 150 Bay St (Marin Blvd / Provost), 201-963-4565. Barrier-free.


(art) 1pm-9pm THE RAVEN GALLERY AND BOUTIQUE presents “Fine Art Furniture.” Artfully painted furniture is just one of Andrea McKenna’s specialties and this show will demonstrate that! Dressers, tables, consoles, and mirrors; the gallery will be packed and stacked! Pick up a piece of functional art that you will treasure in your home or small apartment. Many painting styles are represented! 304 Newark Ave (Brunswick / 4th), 201-565-3046. Family-friendly. Tactile tour.

(art) 5pm-10pm MODERN SAGE presents “The Village Origins.” Local Artist Kenneth Gomes presents The Village Origins; a show of acrylic on canvas. Kenny’s art is best described as abstract realism using rich colors that add depth to the image. He’s lived on 1st St in Jersey City his whole life and this is his 3rd art exhibit. 351 2nd St (Monmouth / Newark), 201-360-2318. Family-friendly.

(art) 6pm-9pm _GAIA presents “Pattern on Pattern on Pattern,” an exhibition of mix media prints by Doris Cacoilo. In this series the artist explores her own obsession with the synchronization, harmony and clashing of visual patterns and life. Wear all your flashiest patterned threads together and join the artist for a reception and light refreshments. 315 3rd St Garden Level (Coles / Monmouth). Family-friendly.

(art)(performance) 6pm-9pm TEA NJ presents “Body and Soul Tattoos Presents: Ink On Deck.” Custom painted skateboards from different tattoo artist with live performance from local band Fredo. All boards will be for sale and earnings will go to local charity. 262 Newark (Monmouth / 2nd), 201-758-7105. Family-friendly.

(art) 6pm-10pm MERSELES STUDIOS – JCTC presents “The Nature of Love,”— from its euphoric beginning to its bitter end – curated by Joe Velez. This art show closing also features an evening of live music and spoken word (6:00-6:40); Frank Ippolito (6:45-7:20); Chris Zurich (7:30-7:55); Tim Ruiz (8:05-8:30); Rock WILK (8:40-9:20); Joseph Pla (9:25-10:00); Roland Ramos. Plus open studios by Merseles resident artists. 339 Newark Ave, 2nd Fl (4th / Newark), 732-877-9116. Family-Friendly.

(art) 7pm-10pm GIA GELATO & CAFE presents “Sea Change.” Abby Levine’s work is made of carved and painted wood in a technique which evolved organically over thirty-five years. It deals with the unity and continuity of matter and the metamorphic quality of all life. Don’t forget to get some of Gia’s amazing gelato! 281 Newark Ave (Monmouth / 3rd), 201-216-0555. Family-friendly. Tactile tour.

(art)(film / video)(music) 7pm-10:30pm BALANCE SALON SPACESHIP presents “Beauty Disorder.” Celebrate Balance Salon’s monthly all age, teens, and up, dance party with a live DJ and music videos, featuring artwork by Vincent Minervini, and other local artists. Cocktails served, BYOB recommended. ID required to drink! 353 2nd St (Monmouth / Newark), 201-369-7000. Family-friendly.

(art) 24hrs THE BRUNSWICK WINDOW presents “Sean Smuda: Blueprints.” This series exists as remnants or prototypes of civilization in which memories, politics, and clichés are collaged into iconic / totemic scenarios. Assemblages of manufactured objects in depopulated settings point to the sublimity and entropy of power; it traces the world based on differences between image, action, word, and translation. 158 Brunswick St (4th / 5th), 201-978-8939. Barrier-free. Family-friendly


(art)(educational) 11am-5pm THE HAROLD B. LEMMERMAN GALLERY OF NJCU presents “Barely Imagined Beings II.” The curators, Dina Brodsky and Michelle Doll, sought artists inspired by the infinite biodiversity of nature. The opening reception features an artists’ talk (6:00pm) with artists Ajay Brainard, Jessie Brugger, Caroline Burton, April Coppini, Ester Curini, Cara DeAngelis, Aliene de Souza Howell, Angela Gram, Caitlin Hurd, Wade Schuman and more. The gallery is on the third floor of Hepburn Hall, Room 323. NJCU 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd (Audubon / Culver), 201-200-3246. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(educational) 11am-5pm THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY OF NJCU presents “Nancy Cohen: Hackensack Dreaming,” Cohen’s most ambitious installation to date, which was inspired by the post-industrial landscape of the Meadowlands in Hackensack, New Jersey. Consisting of numerous glass and mixed media sculptures and hand-made paper sheets, the installation will cover from the floor to the ceiling of the gallery space and engulf the viewer. 100 Culver Ave (Towers / College), 201-200-2496. Barrier-free.

(art)(educational) 4pm-7pm SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM, JOE ZAPPA-COSTA AND COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN HOUSE presents “Hope in Dark Times,” works in pastels, pen & ink, and pen & crayon. Social Justice program art collection also on display. Community garden open house with meditation, yoga, mural, and introduction to local sustainability activities. Thurs/Fri Schedule: 125 Glenwood Ave (John F. Kennedy Blvd / West Side), 201-761-6202. Family-friendly.

(performance)(music) 7pm-9pm METRO-SPEC CORP. & METROPOLITAN AME ZION CHURCH presents “Wrappin’ Up Summer!” Mistresses of Ceremony Elagance & Eloquence Rowell welcome their guests and you to an Open Mic Nite “Wrappin’ Up Summer.” Bring your music, dance, poetry, and songs. 140 Belmont Ave (Bergen / Gifford), 201-332-4447. Barrier-free. Family-friendly.

(art)(music) 8pm-12am A WEST SIDE STORY presents “A West Side Story: Music and Interactive Art.” A West Side Story: Music and Interactive Art Music by West Side’s Drum and a Tantrum and Miss Ohio. Play Mollie Thonneson’s “Tag: The Art Game” and create a massive multi-media artwork with your friends and neighbors. Curated by Gaye Dunstan and Mira Prinz Arey. 575 West Side Ave (Communipaw / Roosevelt), 201-434-9253. Barrier-free. Tactile tour.

Art House Productions, a Jersey City-based performing and visual arts nonprofit, presents JC Fridays. JC Fridays is a quarterly event, held four times a year at the start of every season: March, June, September, and December. The next JC Fridays will be held on Friday, December 4th, 2015.

Please consider donating to this festival or volunteering in support of the arts in Jersey City! For more information, contact

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