The 4th annual ARTfest is happening tonight, Thursday, July 18th at the Culinary Conference Center at the Hudson County Community College (161 Newkirk St.)
Music performances by Brianne Ford, Kadian Quartet and DJ Iris as well as an art gallery hosted by Pro Arts Jersey City are the main attractions. The event is sponsered by Rising Tide Capital, which is a nonprofit that provides struggling entrepreneurs with resources and training to start and grow successful businesses.
It’s free to the public, and a great way to meet our local artists and entrepreneurs, who contribute so much to Jersey City’s community and economy. Doors open at 5:30pm.
The Trolley Car has never failed me. This little gem, tucked into the heights, is the first nice bar we’ve had around here. I’ve been going since it opened in 2011. The ambiance is “upscale but relaxed neighborhood bar” (my words). The service and the patrons are usually friendly. In the warm weather, sit out on the enclosed back patio and admire the Japanese garden and the blue sky. I call it my little oasis, my home away from home. You can smoke in the backyard too, if that’s your thing.
The clean and modern interior is decorated with art from local artists, and all pieces are for sale. The owners are great supporters of the arts and the local community in general—more incentive to spend my hard-earned money there.
The bartenders are unpretentious. Sixpoint, River Horse, Purple Haze and other unique beers (in addition to your basics) are usually on draft. I also discovered Golden Monkey there (bottled), which is a new favorite of mine. The selection of liquor is quite extensive for a bar in the heights, which I appreciate. Last week I had something that tasted like an orange creamsicle. Some of the bartenders like to show off their skills, so ask them to create you a cocktail if you’re feeling adventurous.
As for food, I think I’ve tried every single thing on the menu, and many of the specials. The Trolley fries are a must for me, as they are drizzled in truffle oil. The food here is inexpensive yet the menu items and quality of food exceed expectations, especially considering the other restaurants around here. When I ordered the Ahi tuna sandwich, the tuna was rare and the fish was quality. I’ve had kobe beef sliders and pulled pork sliders (both excellent), wings (juicier than most), the caesar salad (typical), calamari (typical), nachos (typical with those good, thick, probably very unhealthy chips), fish tacos (made just the way I like them, with fresh fish not fried). My boyfriend loves the steak tacos and orders them almost every time. The tacos come with all toppings on the side (cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa) so you can build them to your preference. Next I want to try their mussels. They always have specials and the menu changes every month or so, so forgive me if you can’t get one of these food items on the day you go.
Watching sports here is comfy too; there are plenty of HD flat screens and the place usually doesn’t get too crowded. Even if you don’t get a bar or high-top seat (unlikely), you can still see the game from any part of the venue. The jukebox—yes, they have one!—has a wide selection of music. And every Wednesday is open-mic night.
Another interesting note: The ladies room has two toilets yet no dividing stall. This introduces a whole new meaning to the girls going to the bathroom together phenomenon.
For more pictures and their promo video (cheesy but you get a feel for the place), click below…
Jersey City Art School (326 Fifth St.) is offering a two-day workshop in ceramics at a discounted rate. If you missed figure-drawing last night with other local artists, you should definitely scoop this deal up. You’ll learn how to make, glaze, and fire your own unique piece.
Taking Better Pictures with DSLRis a two-day course taught by local photographer Alex Pergament from 12pm to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday at Riverview Fisk Park. Registration for the classes closes today, FRIDAY, June 14th. Saturday’s about decrypting the settings on your camera and choosing the best settings for your shooting style and subject. Sunday concentrates on composition, perspective and depth. The cost is $50 for one day and $80 for both.
St. Peter’s Universityparking lot plays host to Celebrate the Streets Festival. From 1pm, to 6pm, enjoy live music, a car, truck & bike show, raffles, kiddie rides and local craft and food vendors. Details here.
Grassroots Community‘s Rhythm Drum Circle is playing from 7pm-9pm at 54 Coles St. All are welcome to bring their drums and stamp their feet, or otherwise participate positively in rhythm-making.
Tachair Bookshoppe(260 Newark Ave.) welcomes author Andrew Wolfenson in house to talk about “Bloggin’ Baseball From the Bench” and “In His Own Defense” from 7pm-9pm.
Con Vivo Music is hosting a free concert “Strings +1” at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.) at 8pm. Music of Britten, Haydn & Kernis, plus Greg Steinke’s Native American Notes, the winner of their 2013 Composition Competition. Featuring Dan Lippel, guitar. Event details here.
Riverview Fisk Park is the backdrop for a film screening of “Art in the Garden: The Secret Life of…My Small Urban Backyard.” by filmmaker John Dunstan about his Jersey City turf. Crafts for kids at 8:30pm; film starts at 9pm.
Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30am, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya(275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.