Con Vivo Music will celebrate Earth Day weekend with a unique performance of “Not Less Than the Good,” a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.), this Sunday at 6pm. The concert is free; all ages welcome.
“Not Less Than the Good” simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth, much like the literature does with words (Ed. note: I’m only making that comparison because I wrote a term paper on “Walden” while at NYU).
Underneath this are real, pre-recorded sounds during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers.
And keeping even further in trend with Beyonce, the hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from “Walden”, considered a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment, that are narrated by poet J. D. McClatchy.
More info here.
May your ears be delighted,
Let’s take another moment to celebrate females. The Kennedy Dancers of Jersey City are performing Goddess Night – An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom this Saturday, April 22 at 7:30pm at 79 Central Ave. (the corner of Beacon and Central) in Jersey City.
Yes, there is belly dancing (apparently the “y” is an Americanized thing) throughout. The presentation is multifaceted — there will be a mystical theme overlaying the following dance styles: cultural, folk, tribal fusion and Arabic.
The dances are meant to transport you back to a time when belly dancing had meaningful purposes. Seriously. Once upon a time, belly dancing was an important component to traditions, whether rituals, rights of passage or other significant life events.
Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company are performing with choreography by Diane Dragone.
Tickets are $20pp in advance and $25pp at the door. Price includes light fare and bevvies.
Best part: All proceeds from the fundraiser help the Inner City Junior Dance Company, which is awesome.
Experience something great & feel good about it,
Here we are again – that time of year when The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Exchange Place.
Think: 25 urban obstacles and challenges in a junkie adrenaline rush of a 3-mile race. Expect jumping over real police and taxi cars, plus cargo nets, rope climbing, walls, sand bags and other fun stuff.
Saturday, April 22 @9am. Full deets and sign-up here.
Go hard or go home,
There was Jersey City Beer Fest, then Wine Fest and now…Whiskey Fest.
On Friday, March 24th, Whiskey lovers are encouraged to go to Harborside Atrium (34 Exchange Pl.; entrance on 210 Hudson St.) from 7-10pm and enjoy 100 different styles of the fine spirit while viewing the Manhattan Skyline.
Meet distillers, master blenders and other whiskey connoisseurs while tasting single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies. High-end rum, cognac, and other spirits will also be available.
You’ll get a 5-oz. sample cup upon arrival. Tastings are unlimited, so I’m interjecting to say that this is far more dangerous than Beer or Wine Fest events. Please choose your tastings wisely and be careful!
There will be live music and food stands at the Atrium, plus vendors selling their cool, unique goods. Almost all are small, local businesses. Please always support local talent and shop it small in JC.
Tickets: $60. Buy here and use code jerseycitygal to get $15 off.
Distill my heart,
Super Bowl LI takes over America this year on Sunday, February 5th at 6:30pm ET. The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will face off at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.
The ultimate sporting event calls upon us to attend viewing parties everywhere. If you are hosting one, here are some of my game-day recipes, as well as tips for etiquette.
If you’d rather take it to commercial real estate in Jersey City, here is a list of venues hosting the big game, courtesy of haveanight.com.
Facts about Super Bowl 51:
Teams’ stats this season: New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons
Network: FOX (coverage begins at 1pm ET)
Hosts: Joe Buck will be doing play-by-play and Troy Aikman will be doing analysis. Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will be reporting form the sidelines.
Half-Time Show: Lady Gaga
Commercials: $5,02 million for a 30-second spot, an increase of 500% since this gal was a commercial actress
Remember 2014? #throwback
Root for your team (or just against one playing), have fun, stay safe and enjoy.
Do not keep calm; just game on,
It is that amazing time of year when families and friends get together for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or — Thanksgathering!!!
Family & friends give us their love, support, and advice (whether we want it or not). At Thanksgiving—the ultimate family holiday—those folk invade our houses, our kitchens and our business.
What type of Thanksgiving will you have? Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a $25 AMC gift card and/or a $500 Mastercard!!!
Take the quiz and win!
Newport Skates, Jersey City’s only outdoor ice skating rink, opens for the season on Saturday, 11/19. Bring your friends and family for fun seasonal cheer.
HOURS: Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm | Sat 11am-9pm | Sun 11am-7pm
LOCATION: 95 River Drive South
PHONE: (201) 626-7465
RATES: Admission $7 ($3.50 for Newport residents) | Rentals $6
Group parties and exclusive rink events: Click here for more information.
Break the ice,
Thank you to all of our Veterans for your bravery and courage, today and every day — and a special shout out to those in Jersey City.
Honor your Veterans and give your thanks by attending one of the many events in and around Jersey City this weekend.
Tonight Jersey City hosts its first Midnight Market!
Imagine your favorite Jersey City outdoor markets, except this one is indoors (at Harborside Atrium) and at night—and for adults only 😉
Think: leisurely strolling, shopping, eating, drinking while listening to a DJ spinning and oh, just the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. The party starts at 6:30pm and ends at…? Yes, Cinderella time.
The DL #s on an “as each” basis:
Yum Noms: $5
Adult Bevvies: $5
Parking if needed: $5
It is encouraged that you bring ca$h in increments < 20. ATMs will be available on site, because we’re prepared for you to be excited.
Oh, and my fave part is “Skip the line and Shine.” If you pre-purchase your entrance fee, you get to hop on through and get “glow” swag.
For all other info, here’s the FB link.
They call it a bazaar. I call it… ba-zha-zha-zoo…get your bumble bum over!
Shop local, support local, and have fun doing it,