Movies In The Park 2016

moviesintheparkjerseycityInhale the last month of hot summer air under the stars with lazy days…and nights of movies and theater in all your favorite parks. Below is the schedule from here (July 18th) on out.

Ignore those back-to-school-enthusiasts. Hello, commerce, we are still in full summer swing, thankyouverymuch.

SO, here’s what’s screening & showing from now through fall:

July 18: Goosebumps [Washington Park,Jersey City/Union City border]

July 20: Big Hero 6 [Lincoln Park, West Side Ave. entrance]

July 20: Zootopia [Van Vorst Park]

July 20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Newport Green]

July 20: Brooklyn [Pier A Park in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 21: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Hamilton Park Gazebo, 7 pm]

July 21: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Riverview Park]

July 25: Cars [Columbia Park]

July 25: Happy Feet [Audubon Park]

July 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Mama Johnson Field, 4th Street between Jackson and Harrison Streets in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 27: Jurassic World [Pier A Park, 9 pm]

July 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [Newport Green]

July 28: Hook [Hamilton Park]

July 28: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Van Vorst Park]

August 1: Planes: Fire & Rescue [Berry Lane Park]

August 3: Finding Vivian Maier [Van Vorst Park]

August 3: Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It [Newport Green, 6 pm]

August 3: Minions [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 4: The Wizard of Oz [Ercel Webb Park, 264 Van Horne Street]

August 8: Toy Story [Pershing Field]

August 10: The Peanuts Movie [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 10: The Lorax [Washington Park]

August 17: Audience Choice! Email filmsinvanvorst@aol.com to vote! [Van Vorst Park]

August 17: Inside Out [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 18: Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV [Hamilton Park, 7 pm]

August 18: Planes [Arlington Park, situated in the triangle between Grand St., Arlington and Bramhall Aves]

August 18: Inside Out [Lincoln Park Soccer Field]

August 22: Finding Nemo [Hamilton Park]

August 25: Life of Pi [Hamilton Park]

August 25: ET [Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave.]

August 29: Big Hero 6 [Colombia Park]

August 31: Joy [Van Vorst Park]

September 1: Inside Out [Berry Lane Park]

September 7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Van Vorst Park]

September 8: Inside Out [Bayside Park]

September 12: Paddington [Pershing Field]

September 15: Jaws [J. Owen Grundy Pier]

September 23: Inside Out [Hamilton Park]

October 14: Wizard of Oz [Hamilton Park]

Other notes: Parks in the Jersey City and Hudson County area host these films and live performances thanks to The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, the Van Vorst Park AssociationJersey City Cultural Affairs, the City of Hoboken and the County of Hudson. All events begin at sundown, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs!

Indulge Your Imagination,
JCG

Free Milk Sugar Love Minis July 10th!


msl-event-invite-01
It’s going to be a party in Jersey City – an ice cream party! From 2-6pm on July 10th, the MSL Army (as the Milk Sugar Love group calls themselves) is hosting a dance party and ice cream social outside of their shop at 19 McWilliams Place.
See you at #MiniConeMadness!
JCG
 

Annual Newport Beach Party July 13th!

Newport Beach Party 2016Newport Beach’s Annual Beach Party will take place along the Hudson River’s waterfront Newport Green (700 Washington Blvd.) on July 13th from 5-8pm.

There will be  two live performances by native rock band The Fuzzy Lemons, and the nationally-famed The Benjamins. Local restaurants Bwe Café, Raaz, Loradella’s and Cosi will be selling food and bevvies.

Newport Beach, if you didn’t already know, is: 8,000 square feet of authentic, castle-building sand, dozens of Adirondack chairs and large colorful umbrellas. Take in picture-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline, from the Empire State building to the One World Trade Center.

Dig your feet in the sand,
JCG

Celebrate Independence: American Art Song

convivo

Let’s continue celebrating Independence throughout the week! Con Vivo is hosting a unique concert—“American Art Song”—on Saturday, July 9th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (440 Hoboken Ave., Jersey City) at 1pm.

Explore the art song through American composers in a program featuring vocalists Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson. The concert will span America’s rich diversity of musical styles including classical, jazz, and spirituals from composers Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Margaret Bonds, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, John W. Work, and CVM’s own Mazz Swift.
 
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and Barry L Robinson will take the stage. Craft is a “born storyteller” whose commanding, versatile voice has caught the attention of audiences around the world. Carnegie Hall recently presented her in a solo Spotlight Recital with pianist Warren Jones, a triumphant performance that drew high praise from critics. (Opera News described her performance as “exquisite… glowing… charming… affecting… Craft fully inhabited the music with intensity and focus.”)
 
A rising talent, Robinson has been lauded for his “amazing, robust” voice and “potential for operatic stardom” (New York Amsterdam News). He recently made his international operatic debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges. This season, Robinson “dug into [the role of the priest Fojo] with passionate commitment” (New York Times) for a revival of Harry Lawrence Freeman’s Voodoo, not heard on the operatic stage for 80 years.
 

The program is FREE and welcomes children and all ages.

 

Open your ears and your mind,
JCG

Christine Feehan & Karen Rose at WORD

WORD_JerseyCity

New York Times bestselling authors Christine Feehan and Karen Rose will appear together at WORD Jersey City (123 Newark Ave.) on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm for a Q&A with readers and a book signing.

A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Authors Christine Feehan and Karen Rose

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dark series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series and the Sea Haven series. Visit her online at chistinefeehan.com.

Set in Chicago, SHADOW RIDER launches the Shadow series, featuring a mafia-like family gifted—or cursed—with the psychic talent to ride shadows, making them invisible to the average human eye.  No one knows that behind the wealth and power of the Ferraro family name is a group of deadly warriors that administer their own form of justice.

Karen Rose is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author who worked in the engineering field before she began writing novels in 2003. Connect with her online at karenrosebooks.com.

In ALONE THE DARK, Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop and former Army Ranger Marcus O’Bannion each fight evil in their own way—Scarlett using the law and Marcus using his newspaper.  Both believe they’ve seen the depths of human depravity, but this investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for Marcus’s help lures him and Scarlett down a dark road—and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous underground human trafficking ring.  To stop them, Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless.  But first they have to make it out alive.

 

Read on,
JCG

 

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

FreedomandFireworks2016

YAAAS, Jersey City. Shout out your Fourth of July Freedom from the rooftops, or just join the party on ground level at Liberty State Park for the Freedom & Fireworks Festival.

Here we have live bands, carnival rides, food & drink, and of course…fireworks on the Hudson River.

The best way to get to Liberty State Park is probably by bike, considering the long walk you will have by car or PATH methods. The next best option is the Light Rail. Please read NJ Transit Advisories for the Fourth of July Freedom & Fireworks Show to plan your trip for maximum fun.

See you there!
JCG

 

Fourth of July Movies (For When It Gets Too Hot in The Sun)

4th-of-july

Too many hours in the sun this Fourth of July Weekend may encourage some air-conditioned hours inside.

When you need some downtime this weekend from sunning, swimming, fire-working, bbq-ing, dancing, drinking and otherwise celebrating, here are some festive flicks courtesy of Redbox:

  • Capture the Flag (family)
  • The Adventures of Petey & Friends (family)
  • Max (family/drama)
  • Joy (comedy)
  • Zoolander No. 2 (comedy)
  • American Hero (comedy)
  • The Martian (drama)
  • Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (drama)
  • Tears of the Sun (drama)
  • Spectre (action)
  • Born on the Fourth of July
  • American Graffiti

Chill it out,
JCG

 

 

Jersey City’s Summer Reading Picks

Jersey City Gal summer reading (2)

Real summer in Jersey City is right around the corner of the week, when the rest of school-lites are set free. But for those of us adults who do not have summer reading requirements, here are recommendations from residents of Jersey City.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins –Jim

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning –Stacie

Sleeping Giant: How The New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut –Paige

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen –Paige (x2)

Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future by John Scalzi –Erin D.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers –Kathleen

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg –Michael L.

Mayumi and The Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng –Suzi

Back To Blood by Tom Wolfe –A.G.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn –Beth

The Girls by Emma Cline –Ned

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford –Kathleen

The Wisdom of Your Face by Jean Haner –Jennifer

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldenhagen –Sarah

The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe –James

(Please write your rec in the comments section if you’d like me to add it to the list.)


Happy Reading!

JCG

Tonight is…A JC FRIDAY!

It’s the second JC Friday of the season, tonight, June 3rd, Jersey City! In lieu of a post trying to detail everything, I’m simply sharing a photo of the event pamphlet so you can have it at the ready on your mobile phone (just zoom in).

Since it seems daunting to tackle everything, I say pick a neighborhood you are unfamiliar with in Jersey City and attempt to visit as many places as possible there. Jersey City is a large, large city and has so much to offer. Personally, I love exploring new places and the people that live there.

On the other hand, if you are superhuman and manage to go to everything listed, please let me know and I will figure out some sort of prize for you because that is impressive!

Enjoy!
JCG

JC Fridays schedule

1 2 3 34