Benefit Concert for the Philippines [Saturday, Oct. 21st]

Join the BBL and BIBAK Northeast USA, a non-profit organization that sponsors cultural programs to promote understanding among many ethnic groups in the Northern Mountain regions of the Philippines, this Saturday, Oct. 21st at 6pm at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.

The contemporary cultural presentation featuring the founder of the widely acclaimed, legendary Filipino folk group ASIN (salt of the earth) together with the new breed of talents. BIBAK NE USA Dance Ensemble will perform a unique showcase of the original music and dance of the Cordillera Region. The performance will evolve on the undying songs of ASIN. Details here.

This particular event aims to raise funds to support their Surgical/Dental Mission Program in the Cordillera region, which works with hospitals in the area to provide the needed surgical/dental procedures to the indigenous people in surrounding rural villages. Funds raised from the evening will primarily cover the cost of medicines and surgical supplies.

The unique evening also exemplifies a collaboration of established artists and new and upcoming talents who will showcase the colorful and wonderful contemporary music and traditional dance from the Philippines.

Purchase your tickets here.

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The Presidents Cup in Jersey City [9/28-10/1]

Image: PresidentsCup.com

Liberty National Golf Course hosts The Presidents Cup this weekend in Jersey City. Get excited for the influx of people benefiting local commerce – or get annoyed by the influx of people (because former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama will be here!) contributing to your line-wait for local coffee. Either way, this promises to be a fun, monumental weekend.

Founded in 1994 by the PGA, the biennial Presidents Cup tournament consists of a U.S. team and an international team (minus Europe) in a match play format, 12 players per side. Here’s who we’re watching this year:

U.S.
Captain: Steve Stricker

Justin Thomas
Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar
Dustin Johnson
Daniel Berger
Patrick Reed
Kevin Kisner
Jordan Spieth
Phil Mickelson
Kevin Chappell
Charley Hoffman
Brooks Koepka

International
Captain: Nick Price

Jason Day
Branden Grace
Adam Hadwin
Anirban Lahiri
Charl Schwartzel
Hideki Matsuyama
Jhonattan Vegas
Emiliano Grillo
Si-Woo Kim
Marc Leishman
Adam Scott
Louis Oosthuizen

I’ll be the first to say – beyond watching the game, beyond the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, and former president/celeb sightings, the players also offer some serious eye candy. But I digress…

Everything else you should know about your visit this weekend is here. If you love the game, the water, the green, the view of Manhattan or just being near the action – this is for you. Also, I passed through the installation of the Presidents Cup installation at the Oculus/Westfield Word Trade Mall on my late night journey home from work Sunday; it’s done and worth checking out.

A cool factor of this tourney is that no prize money is awarded and the net proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants.  The first 10 Presidents Cups raised over $32 million for charities around the world.

Image: Golf Digest

Other fun fact: Phil Mickelson has the most records for the Presidents Cup. I met him on the course of my family’s club years ago while he was filming a commercial there… and I can say I’ve also been in golf commericials 4 for the USGA. Adding to the very Venn Diagram JCG/GG #fullcircles.

Enjoy the best of Jersey City while you can access the amazingness of the very exclusive Liberty National.

 

Tee time,
JCG

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Jersey City Pride Festival 2017 [Saturday, August 26]

 

Jersey City’s Pride Festival is the only thing and everything you should do in Jersey City this Saturday, August 26th.

From 1-9pm, join in the festivities in the historic downtown area of Jersey City, right outside of the Grove St. PATH station. The Jersey City Pride Festival celebrates the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and allies of Hudson County and the New York City metropolitan area. It is one of the largest festivals in Northern New Jersey. Last year, the official estimate of attendance at the festival was 9,000-10,000 people. This year, the festival’s 17th, will have an even bigger turnout.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Carmen Carrera, an international human rights advocate and a high-fashion transgender model. Carmen will also be receiving the Eileen “Beanie” Gaughan reward in recognition of her role as a community activist and educator. Read more about Carmen and her heroic work here.

Jersey City Pride reminds us of the importance of diversity in our community, and how we are becoming stronger by honoring our foundation in history as being accepting of all individuals and their contributions to society. There will be plenty of live entertainment in this celebration of love and support. More information here.

 

Be proud,
JCG

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Hudson Restaurant Week Summer 2017


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Because this side of the river has increasingly become a place of destination, this summer’s Hudson County Restaurant Week (7/25-8/5) is particularly poignant. All of the quickly established new additions to our classic faves are creating crazy flocks of foodies.

Find the full list of participants and their menu selections here.

My personal reviews of participating restaurants previously published on my blog are… [use the upper right search bar and type].

Tweet me @jerseycitygia if you have any inquiries because it’s likely I a) have an unpublished review b) an update to an older review in the works or c) know a gem so well I’m not going to share with all, but maybe with you 😉

Try something new & let me know your experience,
JCG

Here are participating Jersey City restaurants:

Amelia’s Bistro

Bistro at Grove Square

Bistro La Source

Edward’s Steakhouse

Fire & Oak

FM

Greene Hook

The Hamilton Inn

Hamilton Pork

The Hutton

Kitchen Step

Laico’s (not one to miss!)

Latham House

Liberty House Restaurant

Liberty Prime Steakhouse

Light Horse Tavern

Raval Tapas Bar

Satis Bistro

South House

VB3

View the full list of Hudson County participating restaurants, prices and menus here.

Taste Jersey City Tastefully,
JCG

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Con Vivo Music: Bach Concert [Sunday, June 18]

Celebrate Father’s Day with Con Vivo’s semi-annual Bach Concert!  On Sunday, June 18th, Cathedral Hall (380 Montgomery St.) will be filled with the sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The concert features mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and oboist Christa Robinson in a concert of Bach’s most intimate chamber music for voice, oboe, string quartet, harpsichord, and organ. Con Vivo presents a wide panoply of Bach’s style and achievements, from the elegance of his intimate keyboard works, to the athleticism of his oboe and string repertoire.
 
The concert begins at 3pm and is free for all ages. Program information and more about Con Vivo here.

To musical bliss,
JCG

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