24-Hour Songwriting Challenge



The 2nd Annual 24-Hour Songwriting Challenge consisted of musicians from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania who recorded new and original music in a 24-hour period on September 12th, 2015.

Not only is this a fun challenge, all proceeds from the whole album or indivual tracks are going to benefit various chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Jersey.

For the artists, whomever’s track receives the most individual downloads from now until November 16th will win time at EightSixteen Studios to re-record their submission as a proper single (minus the 24-hour restriction).

The 37 tracks were curated by Speak Into My Good Eye. You can listen to all tracks here.

To music & mental health,

Michael Hanna: Enchanted Physics

Tonight is the opening gala of Michael Hanna’s “Enchanted Physics” in Chelsea at Wix Lounge (235 West 23rd St.) from 6-9pm.

Hanna has had 8 solo exhibits in the past year, and seeks “an emotional response” to his sociological and analytical art. He provokes with chaotic, visually stimulating works.

Visit Michael-Hanna.net to see interactive oil paintings, cyberpunk paintings, transhuman digital fine art and drawings. Yes, it’s intense.


Get enchanted,

Con Vivo Music Gala

Con Vivo Music logoCon Vivo Music was rooted in the belief that live classical music should be available to the Jersey City public (and really, everyone) for free.

Eight years and sixty concerts later, their intial mission is still growing at a rapid pace. To fund the all-volunteer group, they host several events throught the year. This Saturday, October 24th is perhaps one of their biggest fundraisers: A gala at none other than the historic Barrow Mansion.

Con Vivo’s 2015 season included a build-your-own instruments kids show, a Bach concert, a program featuring Jersey City based composers, and a 7-part modern opera called Perfect Lives Jersey City.

Welcome to this year: Music by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, a world premiere composition by CVM’s own Mazz Swift, Bela Bartok string duets, and Lansing McLosky’s beautiful Processione di Lacrime for string trio and alto sax. Music will be performed by Amelia Hollander Ames (viola), Mazz Swift (violin), Marika Hughes (cello), and Zach Herchen (saxophone). There will also be a celebration with music, cocktails, light food, and a silent auction.

Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 7pm
Place: Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City NJ

Price: Reserved Seating $75 / General Seating $40
Purchase tickets here

Soak up the sound…and donate to awesome organizations like Con Vivo Music!

Attention Bloggers: WordCamp NYC

If you have a WordPress-based blog like me (which is the preferred platform for most Fortune 500 companies and individual entrepreneurs), you know that there is always room for improvement in functionality, SEO, gaining advertising space, and maximizing your presence on social media at precisely the right time for your targeted audience.

Introducing WordCamp: A three-day event next Friday (10/30) to Sunday (11/1) in NYC at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams Street). The all-inclusive weekend fete features the best-of-the-best WordPress experts speaking in panels and giving presentations, with a peppering of parties to promote one-on-one conversations. The Friday pre-event portion is Contributor Day for volunteers and proponents of WordPress growth. It’s included in the all-inclusive price, but requires a separate sign-up form located here.

Check out the schedules for the main events below:



The all-inclusive price for the entire weekend is a mere $40 per person. Purchase tickets here.

WordCamp welcomes all WordPress lovers of every skill level and role type. Calling all bloggers, developers, designers, business peeps and educators.


Blog on & Make yours strong,

Art & Studio Tour 2015

Studio Tour 2013

The 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour kicks off tonight, Jersey City! Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in Jersey City, JCAST (as it’s referred to by residents) is set to make even more of a mark this year.

JCAST features over 800 artists during its weekend-long event. It’s not only a great opportunity to meet your local artists and purchase unique pieces at reasonable prices, it’s a fine time to get to know your neighbors, government officials and connect with the burgeoning city’s ever-growing diverse community of eclectic citizens.


Tonight is the kick-off opening gala presented by Mayor Steven Fulop, the JC Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs at the JCAST Flagship Gallery Pop-up at the Lackawanna Center (629 Grove Street). Free transportation is provided via shuttle bus from the Grove Street PATH every half hour from 7pm-11pm and by Lyft (code: JCAST2015). Parking is available on-site in adjacent lots: 16th and Grove Street and 18th Street between Grove St. and Jersey Ave. Or take advantage of our newly-installed Citi Bikes at stations: JC009 & JC034. Directions here.

The event is free and open to the public, and offers an array of entertainment for all ages: Interactive fun provided by Hudson County Art Supply; Film Screenings by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival; Small bites from The Hamilton Inn, The Kitchen at Grove Station, and Mill Creek. And then for the 21+ crowd: Adult bevvies provided by Raval, Satis Bistro, and Lucky 7’s.

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Find out about all Saturday and Sunday showings here. I always try to soak up as much as I can, but it is nearly impossible to see everything over the two days; choose wisely and plan well. If you somehow make it to every stop, please let me know!

Here are some of my past memories from JCAST weekend.

Celebrate Our Local Artists!

Comfort Food for Cloudy Days

cozystormOh the overcast sky, the chilly nip in the air, the fear of imminent Hurricane Joaquin…

All reminds us that Fall is well under way in Jersey City, which means that right now, your body craves snuggly comfort foods.

Thank goodness Jersey City has an endless supply of places to satisfy that need.

Click on the below links for my reviews of restaurants/cafes that cater to comfort on every level.

Sam A.M. Cafe

More Cafes

Skinner’s Loft

Park & Sixth


Union Republic

9th and Coles

Pizza Masters

Iron Monkey

Jersey Girls Village Food Tour Spots


Abbey’s Pub

Rizzo’s Pizza and Bakery

There are so many awesome restaurants in Jersey City. I’ve covered plenty more than these on my (this) site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare/Swarm and for the Jersey City Independent’s magazine and website.

These are just picks for our impending weather.

And, if disaster strikes you and not me, do stop by and do refuel here as many did during Sandy.

Be well and warm on,

America’s Got Talent Auditions!


America’s Got Talent, NBC’s #1 summer show, is coming to New York City on November 14, 2015 for auditions for its 11th Season!

Got a special talent? AGT accepts talent of all kinds and there are no age restrictions.

If you can’t make it out to the auditions, you may submit a video audition online.

For more information, visit http://www.americasgottalentauditions.com

Auditions will be held at:
Queens College (CUNY)
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY
Please do not contact the venue.

Show me what you got!


All About Downtown Street Fair 9/19


This Saturday, September 19th, is the all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-8pm. (Yay because I have to work until 5 and would hate to miss the best street fair ever!)

There will be over 100 local vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.

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