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On Sunday, Jan 11th, Mana Contemporary Art (888 Newark Ave.) is opening four exhibitions:

Making Art Dance: Backdrops and Costumes Celebrating 30 Years of the Armitage Foundation; John Newsom: Rogue Arena; David Levinthal: Hitler Moves East; and Ewerdt Hilgemann: Panta Rhei.

Also on view:
Francesco Clemente, George Condo, Chuck Connelly, Julio Galán, and Daniel Lezama in the Pellizzi Family Collections

150+ open artist studios, and a performance by Armitage Gone! Dance at 3 PM in the Mana Glass Gallery.

Stop by anytime from  1 – 7pm. Free.

To the arts,


full_597_28208_UglyChristmasSweatersII_1Embrace the ugly at Zeppelin Hall’s 1st Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

The biergarten (88 Liberty View Drive) invites you to get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 20th at 10pm.

Dress to impress in your holiday worst for a chance to win a $500 prize at midnight. Snowmen, sparkles and sequins, oh my!

The creator of the Mr. McKnit Holiday Patch Kit, Michael Simon, will be on hand to provide ugly sweaterless guests the ability to get into the holiday spirit and will also guest judge the competition. Here’s me in my Michael Simon.

To cheesy holiday cheer!


The United Way of Hudson County needs your help in its toy drive supporting children and teenagers in low-income families or living in foster care homes through the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP).

Toys are needed for children ranging in age from 0 to 18 years old, both girls and boys. As one of the most diverse areas in the United States, they encourage people to select gifts appropriate for children of all races and ethnicities. If you are unsure what to buy, teenagers particularly enjoy gift cards.

Items needed include: toy cars, trucks, fire trucks, police trucks, puzzles, games, books, DVD’s, electronics, bikes, baseball gloves, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, coloring books, crayons, earrings, jewelry sets, belts, and socks. Baby items include clothes, snow sets, gloves, scarf and hat sets. Baby swings, bassinets, walkers, diapers, and toys.

Toys should be new and unwrapped in order to match the correct toy with the right child.

Toys should be delivered by Friday, December 19 to United Way of Hudson County, 857 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  07306.  To contribute online, please go to


Make it a happy holiday for all,


image003This Sunday, Dec. 14th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take selfies with brunch-goers from 11AM to 1PM at eight restaurants along the Newport, Jersey City waterfront. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making rounds at Loradella’s, Morton Williams, Raaz, Cosi, Bertucci’s, Dorrian’s, Fire & Oak and Battello.


Say Cheese!

PrintIt’s time for the annual Santa’s Elf Factory in Jersey City. The next two weekends 12/13-14 and 12/20-21 from 10am-5pm at Tommy 2 Scoops (177 York St.) organized by JC Fun-raisers.

Gets the whole family into the holiday spirit with festive fun for children of all ages and their parents. “Become an elf” with your very own name and accessories, help Mrs. Claus decorate (and EAT!) cookies, create holiday cards and ornaments, learn the secret elf dance and then take home a very special photo with Santa! Frostee the Snowman will also be singing carols and tell seasonal stories!

Tickets: $20 per child (Sponsors will fund local children who don’t have the financial means to attend). Half of all net proceeds this year are being donated to KFM, a local non-profit autism advocacy group.  They help provide college scholarships to people with autism.

Buy tickets here.

Get elfishly festive,

comedy venue swapThe second Saturday of every month means New York City’s best comedians come to Jersey City!
Chips Cooney from America’s Got Talent is the headliner for this weekend’s show.
The show brings in great comics from the city like “Leighann Lord from Comedy Central, Nore Davis from Boardwalk Empire, Neko White from MTV2, and tons more.
Arrive at Grove Square Bistro in the wine bar (16 Newark St.) via the Morgan Street entrance circa 7:30pm to get a good seat. Admission: $10.
Laugh it off,


Con Vivo Music is wrapping their season with a Gala! The once-a-year fundraiser will be a celebration of Con Vivo’s first CD release “Modern Dances.”

The orchestra will perform selections off our album alongside Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor. Food and wine are included, as well as their annual raffle/auction on Saturday, December 13th at 8pm at Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.)

Support Con Vivo’s 2015 season so they continue to present free chamber music concerts in Jersey City. Sponsored by the Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

Tickets are available here.

To recap 2014: Con Vivo presented 10 concerts with over 40 compositions! Highlights: Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, our 5th annual Bach concert, Rhymes With Opera’s sci-fi opera Red Giant, music for solo/duos/trios, the second performance of Richard Carrick’s meditative, bold, and evocative Stone Guitars, the acclaimed percussion/flute group Iktus Duo, a 30-min world premiere by New Thread Sax Quartet, and beautiful art songs with Sarah Nelson Craft and Paul Vasile.

To the sound of music,


THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT celebrates its first anniversary with Project: MARKET on December 6th & 7th, 2014 from 11am-6pm. The heated outdoor market located in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City (City Hall Plaza, 280 Grove Street to be exact) is the kick-off shopping event of our holiday shopping season. Highlighting local, celebrating seasonal, and encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses. Eat, shop, drink. Yes! Don’t let me down Jersey City. Rain or shine.

Keep it local JC!

lucid_visionsThe closing reception of Lucid Visions is this Friday, December 5th from 6-9pm at Panepinto Galleries (371 Warren St.)

Local and international artists based in Jersey City are represented in this collection of work that “challenges, unhinges and altogether shifts perception of what should be called a ‘real’ experience. The territory between wakefulness and the dream-state is one widely traversed by artists. From the elegantly surreal to the deftly tactile, these selected works speak to the endless possible deviations from reality as envisioned by an unfettered mind.”

It’s your last chance, JC!


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