Here’s a round-up of the art events happening across the state through June 9th.
• The state’s largest museum, the Newark Museum of Art, will reopen on June 3rd, requiring timed visits. One of the exhibitions is “Wolfgang Gil: Sonic Geometries”, described on the museum’s website as a “multi-sensory experience of space, form and sound (that presents sound sculptures by Wolfgang Gil in the context of abstract art from the museum’s collection”). . “
In addition, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s “Arts in the Garden” series begins in the museum’s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden on June 9th at 7pm with a concert entitled “Arts in the Garden: Togetherness with DBR”. The concert with eight NJSO musicians, curated by NJSO resident artist Daniel Bernard Roumain, offers the world premiere of “Can You See?”, A commission by composer Allison-Loggins Hull, as well as works by Roumain, Bach, Mozart and Paquito D’Rivera and other.
A vaccination certificate is required for all museum visitors and concert-goers.
• A new exhibition “The Social Fabric: Black Artistry in Fiber Arts, an exhibition in homage to Viki Craig” opens June 4th at the Morris Museum in Morris Township and runs through October 24th. It features 50 works by more than 20 artists (including Craig) and is the result of a new partnership between the museum and the Morristown-based Art in The Atrium organization; According to the museum’s website, the partnership is “dedicated to showcasing the diversity of black art”. Craig is the ATA co-founder and quilter who died in 2018.
• The Black Potatoe Music Festival was presented for the last time in 2019. But it will in a way live on with this year’s 10th (and final) annual edition of the Groove in the Grove Indie Music Festival at Vasa Park in Budd Lake, June 6th from 12pm to 7pm Black Potatoes traditional headliner, the Matt Angus Thing will be headlining, and the rest of the line-up is full of Black Potatoe regulars.
Kathy Phillips, Gregg Cagno, e’lissa Jones, Kate & Paul, The Sharar Sisters, Loretta Hagen, Ed Seifert, Marion Halliday, Robinson Treacher, John Beacher, Julia Krafton and Jackie Rudy will perform on two stages. The event is presented by the Skylands Songwriters Guild and hosted by Arlington Lodge 62 of the Vasa Order of America.
• 2020 postponed, the annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival returns to a new outdoor venue, Bader Field, June 4-5. Musical acts for the three sessions include Knuckle Puck, The Early November, and Pronouns, June 4th at 8 p.m.; Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines and Concrete Castles, June 5 at 12 noon; and Face to Face, Forgivers and Tie Goes to the Runner, June 5th at 6 p.m. More than 100 breweries will participate, and other attractions include a chicken wing food contest and laser tag.
• The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn has created its outdoor area Brookside cabaret Series last summer in response to the pandemic and will resume shows this week, starting with Susan Speidel and Joe Regan, June 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. (seating starts at 5:30 p.m.). The series features music – in some cases by singer-actors who have performed at the Paper Mill and / or Broadway – for guests seated at tables with food at the Paper Mill’s FM Kirby Carriage House Restaurant.
For a full list of shows, visit papermill.org.
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• Naughty Humphrey, The Katie Henry Band and Bombed out opera will perform at a Food Truck Festival at Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown on June 5th from 12pm to 8pm. Donaldson Farms will also feature Friday evening concerts throughout the summer starting June 18 The Bob Lanza band.
For a full schedule, visit donaldsonfarms.net.
• Trendy coffee and tea house, the Montclair venue that often hosts live music and shows art by local artists along its way, has been hit hard by the pandemic. A GoFundMe campaign has started and Montclair’s Crane Park will host a fundraiser and tribute to the club on June 5th from 2pm to 6pm, with Meg Patrick hosting and cast members including Rick Winow, Jonny & the Lounge Wizards, Chris Bolger & Friends, High Mileage, The Yardbird Chasers, Jeff Hays & the Whole Shebang, Rostafa & Co. and the Michael Reitman Band.
• An annual event by Stéphane Wrembel’s since 2003 Django a Gogo Festival – celebrates the music of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt – takes place this year from June 3rd to 6th at The Woodland in Maplewood and Drom in New York with four concerts and a two-day guitar workshop.
The full schedule can be found on djangoagogo.com.
• The free Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park on Camden Waterfront begins June 7th at 7pm with a singer Jazzmeia horn.
The full schedule can be found at camdencounty.com.
• The women-centric dance company The Moving Architects will stream “Lonely Land”, June 3rd at 7.30 pm “Loneland” shows dances that are performed at site-specific locations, along with dance works by the company that have been translated onto the screen and behind the scenes film material. According to a press release, the film rises “from a year of isolation with dance studios and venues closed, with each dancer showing up to share her powerful voice.”
• The Vanguard Theater in Montclair opens with screenings of his Jason Robert Brown film “Songs for a New World” June 4-5 at 8 p.m. and June 6 at 2 p.m. The June 4-5 screenings also include ribbon-cutting ceremonies, refreshments, and talks with members of the creative team and cast of the film.
To see what’s going on in the theater, visit vanguardtheatercompany.org.
• The 12th annual Long Beach Island Lighthouse International Film Festival, last year, featured a combination of drive-in and online events, and the 13th edition, scheduled for June 3-6, will switch to a different combination of drive-in and indoor settings for its demonstrations, panel discussions and workshops.
Visit lighthousefilmfestival.org for a full list.
• “Who the F… Is Roger Rossmeisl”, available for streaming on June 5th as part of the summer edition of the (only available online) 2021 New Jersey International Film Festival, is a documentary about the life of a little-known guitar maker who played a huge role in the tremendous popularity of the electric guitar in the 50s and 60s, as well as a look at why fine craftsmanship is so important. Guitar making is important to musicians.
Check out my review here. For information on this film and other streams from the festival, which runs from June 4th to June 13th, please visit njfilmfest.com.
• The Garden State Comic Festival, which describes itself as “New Jersey’s premier comic book event,” returns June 4-6 at a new venue in The Mills on Jersey Gardens Mall Elizabeth, featuring dozens of vendors, comic book and comic book appearances. acting and more.
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