Dating, Empowerment & Love: She Gon’ Learn Gets New Jersey Premier at Merseles Studios


She Goin’s Learn, written by and starring Lisa Strum

She Gon’ Learn – the Award Winning ‘Dating While Black’ solo play that was a surprise hit on the theatre festival circuit – makes its New Jersey debut at Merseles Studios, presented by Jersey City Theatre Center (JCTC) as part of its Disruption series.

via Press Release: Written and performed by Lisa Strum –  and directed by Christopher Burris – this autobiographical ‘dramedy’ is at turns hilarious and painful as audiences accompany Strum as she comes of age and looks for love. She Gon’ Learn shifts back and forth through different periods of her life and includes eight different characters –  a distant father, a wise and supportive grandmother, and several would be suitors – all portrayed by Strum, an accomplished actress and writer.

“Lisa’s play is both incredibly honest and incredibly funny,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “She shows us a segment of society often overlooked – African American women who are well-educated and striving to succeed in life, but finding the search for love to be surprisingly complicated and difficult. Her story is one many women can relate to, especially how she ultimately finds empowerment as a woman.”

She Gon’ Learn runs June 1 (7:30 pm), June 2 (8:00 pm), and June 3 (8:00pm) at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. For tickets visit: Continue reading


twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on

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Argus Eyes Drama Society: “The Drowsy Chaperone”

2017-03-22_9-07-54  Argus Eyes Drama Society presents their Spring musical “The Drowsy Chaperone“. A musical within a comedy, the Tony Award winning musical tells the story of; an agoraphobic gentleman, gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a 1920’s starlet, a playboy best man, and an alcoholic chaperone. What more could you want in a musical?

Show Dates:
April 6th, 7:00pm
April 7th, 7:00pm
April 8th, 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Free for all Saint Peter’s University students with school ID. Faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $5 with school ID. Standard tickets are $10. All Tickets can be purchased at the door.

SURFACE Exhibition

imgp08155Through May 31: SURFACE, a group exhibition features work by five Mana BSMT residents who work primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (TraceLoops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). “Until now, their artwork has been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social platforms. This exhibition is their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space: sculpture, installation, performance, and gaming. By eliminating screens and creating site-specific experiences, this exhibition will illustrate a collective surfacing from the digital to the physical realm.” The exhibition is sponsored by GIPHY Arts.

MANA CONTEMPORARY, 888 Newark Ave, JC. (201) 604-2702;



Come to Selfhood

300selfhoodFebruary 2 – March 2
Reception and book signing: Thursday,
February 2, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Joshua Rashaad McFadden presents his recently published work Come to Selfhood, a series of photographic works and writings that explore black male identity, masculinity, and notions about the father figure. Come to Selfhood provides a frame of reference that visually articulates the identities of young black men by delving into ideas of history, role models, and varied experiences.

‘Tis the Season #Nutcracker


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via Nimbus Dance Works – Join us in our 7th year of the company’s annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and teaching them lessons about friendship and community along the way.

Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist! Amidst colorful sets, costumes, a brightly adorned tree, youth and adults alike are touched by this tale of Christmas spirit.

2016 Jersey City Nutcracker performances will take place at the state-of-the-art auditorium at Frank R. Conwell Middle School #4 and will involve youth performers drawn from schools and dance studios throughout Jersey City including: the School of Nimbus Dance Works, Our Lady of Czestochowa School and many others. A special treat for friends and family before the holidays!

Note: lap children 2 years and under do not require a ticket. Any child who sits in their own seat needs a ticket for that seat.

Showtimes: Friday, December 16, 7:00pm & Saturday, 12/17 and Sunday, 12/18, 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Location: 107 Bright Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

@WalterParks LIVE

2016062811_71yru2Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM

TIX – $10.00

Cathedral Arts Live is thrilled to kick off its sophomore season by hosting legendary blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks as he lays down tracks for a new album!

Walter built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, as half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage.

Described by singer Judy Collins as “a musical treasure,” Walter’s “soulful Americana rock” is an immersive experience in “warm guitar melodies, smoky vocals and troubadour narratives that gather strength with age,” according to WNYC.

You don’t want to miss it!



The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts


‘Have You Seen CINDY SLEIGH?’

Art Show Opening and Book Launch

 October 6, 2016

6:00-8:00 PM

The Gallery at Garden Street Lofts is pleased to announce its next Hoboken artist, Diane Stiglich.  This will be the first show at the Gallery that will be accompanied by a book launch.

“We have created this program in an effort to bring art into our home environment, support local artists and create events to bring our community together”

These shows change every four months.  Each has an opening reception where residents, neighbors, guests of the artist, and the local community join in celebration.

The catering for this opening reception is provided by our generous sponsors CORK and HUDSON TAVERN

For more information, contact Diane at or 201.222.0606.

About the Artist

dianeDiane Stiglich earned her B.A. in art from the University of Texas at Dallas and M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  She has shown her paintings in numerous shows in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.  She has lived in Hoboken almost continuously since 1983, where she owns the Luna Rosa Home store.  She is impassioned by memory and its nuances and also by how the ordinary can appear extraordinary.  Diane negotiates life between the art studio, the martial arts studio, the store, the town and home, and she likes to write about them all.  “Have You Seen Cindy Sleigh? and “Other Stories” is her first book.  The book is published by Poets Wear Prada, a Hoboken publisher of beautifully designed volumes of well-crafted poetry and fiction.

art2The book and the paintings in this show are about confrontation and the moment when eyes meet and it is finally decided what one will do.  The animals portrayed speak to the nonverbal part in us; they evoke the anima in us.  The paintings and their animals address the unspoken forces each of us carries inside – strength and weakness and the intersection between them.  This work was inspired by the intensity of physical training and the complex dynamic of life in the martial arts studio.

The stories in ‘Cindy Sleigh” and the associated visual art are different expressions of the same ideas.  The writing can express some stories further or differently than the painting can – using memory and ‘personal mythology’ in a more progressive narrative fashion.  ‘Cindy Sleigh is the untethered spirit of my physical self.

Garden Street Lofts

Located at 1425 Garden Street, Garden Street Lofts is a “Silver LEED Certified “green” condominium building along New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront.  The historic, 80-year-old building has been converted into 27 homes and ground floor retail space at the intersection of Garden and 14th Streets in Hoboken’s Uptown District.