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Enjoy December Entertainment Sponsored by Downtown Westfield Corporation
The Yuletide Carolers Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 6 & 20 • 1–2 pm
The Yuletide Carolers Saturday • Lord & Taylor • Dec. 13 • 1–2 pm
Watson Highlanders Bagpipe Band Saturdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 6, 13 & 20 • 2–5 pm
Harmonics Quartet Thursdays • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 4, 11 & 18 • 6:30–8:30 pm
NJ Workshop for the Arts Alphorns Saturdays • Central Ave. near Quimby St. • Dec. 6 (3–4 pm), 13 (3:30–4:30 pm) & 20 (4–5 pm) • (Raindate Thursday Evenings)
NJ Workshop for the Arts Brass Quartet Saturday • Strolling Downtown • Dec. 13 • 1–3 pm
Enter to Win our Weekly Drawing for Gift Cards to your Favorite Downtown Westfield Businesses or Restaurants
From November 28 through December 21, enter to win one of six $50 gift cards each week this holiday season. Six individual weekly prizes of $50 will be awarded in Downtown Westfield shopping/restaurant gift cards of your choice. Provide your email address to enter our bonus drawing for a $25 parking card each week.
Just complete the entry form available at your favorite business or at www.WestfieldToday.com. Place your completed form in the special mailboxes located at the corner of Elm St. & E. Broad St. or on the corner of South Ave. W. & Summit Ave. between November 28 and December 21, 2014. Mailed entries or on-line entries will be accepted. Limit one entry per person per week. Winners will be randomly drawn on December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014. Must be 18 years or over.
The passion of Spanish Flamenco music and dance returns to the stage at the wonderfully intimate Galeria West art gallery venue, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield, NJ. By popular demand this bi-monthly FLAMENCO NIGHTS @ GALERIA WEST concert event on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30pm features a special internationally accomplished cast including flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortes along with his special guest artists; the acclaimed dancer Sonia Olla from Barcelona, acclaimed Spanish flamenco singer Ismael Fernandez from Seville and in demand percussionist and dancer Jose Moreno.
Pedro Cortes comes from a family of Spanish gypsy guitarists and began his studies with his father and the esteemed Flamenco guitarist Sabicas. Having toured professionally since the age of 17, he has gained international recognition as a soloist and composer and his story was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine. He premiered his work "En la oscuridad de las minas" at the Teatro Albeniz in Madrid, and in 1992 he had works premiered by the Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in New York. He has two books on flamenco, El Dron del Faraon and Cruzando el Charco, published by the American Institute of Guitar. He toured with the great Jose Greco and Maria Benitez, and has performed with such artists as Farrucita, La Tati, Merche Esmeralda, Manolete and the Lola Flores. He has been a guest artist with the St. Louis Opera and the New York Grand Opera, and has been commissioned by and performed as Musical Director with the Guthrie Theater production of BODAS DE SANGRE by Garcia Lorca. Cortes is a third generation Flamenco guitarists and uses the experience passed down to him by his family to maintain the purity of Flamenco while creating new compositions.
Sonia Olla is a worldwide prestigious flamenco dancer whose strength, vitality and passion on stage have seduced not only experts on this field but also the most demanding public. Born and raised in Barcelona, she earned a degree in Spanish Dancing and Flamenco at the prestigious "Instituto de Teatro y Danza of Barcelona" in June 1999. Her flawless technical quality, along with her natural talent and her continuous exploratory eagerness called the attention of many famous flamenco stars that eventually became her instructors. This way, she completed her training with top artists such as Merche Esmeralda, Manolo Marón, Mariquilla or Antonio Canales, among many others. In 2013 she moved to New York to prepare her third big production called "Tiempo al Aire", which she premiered in May at the Boulevard Theater of the glamourous American city. With this show, she also performed at emblematic venues in NYC; such as Instituto Cervantes, La Poison Rouge, Birdland, Metropolitan Room, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has also performed in the production throughout various international cities.
Flamenco singer Ismael Fernandez has performed with his legendary Sevillan flamenco family in festivals all over the world since a young boy, joining the "fin de fiesta" party that closed the shows. His uncle, Curro Fernandez, was his mentor. He began singing professionally at El Cordobes tablao in Barcelona, La Carboneria in Sevilla, and in the famous caves of Granada. In 2004, Fernandez won the National Contest of Cordoba, and was a finalist in the prestigious Festival del Cante de la Union. He has performed with his family in the Bienal of Sevilla, and on world tour with internationally renowned dancer María Pagés throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has sung for some of the best of his generation, including alongside singer Marina Heredia, and for dancers El Torombo, Leonor Moro, Marco de Ana, Rafaela Carrasco, Alfonso Losa, and Manuel Liñan. He created his own show "Entretiempo" with the dancer Sonia Olla in 2010, debuting in Barcelona and Madrid. In 2014, he performed in the Flamenco Festival USA, and joined singer Esperanza Fernandez in presenting her new album "Mi Voz es tu Palabra" live in Madrid. He toured with dancer Sonia Olla, presenting "Tiempo Al Aire" in the historic Boulevard Theatre of Queens, in the Chicago Flamenco Festival, and in New York City's Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.
Jose Moreno is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Málaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion, especially cajon under the tutelage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito). He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony's concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and the Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company and also recently in the production of Carmen at the Met in NYC.
This evening of passionate flamenco puro reveals the pure emotional essence of this popular Iberian music and dance form. The musicians are joined on stage by the accomplished dancers and together they celebrate the expressive flamenco as it takes on a new character and exposes the audience to the warmth of the human spirit as expressed through music and dance by these talented artists. The body movements and the facial expressions join with the artistry of the musicians and singers to create a spectacle that is a treat for both the eye and the soul. Come experience an evening of Spanish gypsy culture with the cast of this captivating music and dance celebration!
Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for children. Purchase advance tickets online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com (enter Flamenco Nights @ Galeria West for event search) or for reservations and more info call the Teatro Si box office at 908-301-9496 or purchase in person at Galeria West.
We recommend planning on enjoying a fine meal or dessert before or after the show at one of several fine restaurants in quaint downtown Westfield, NJ.
Event proceeds benefit programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization.
(November 17, 2014) – On Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library presents two workshops by creativity coach Wendy Rosenberg. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
In the first workshop entitled, “Memories in Full Color,” Rosenberg guides participants through an engaging process that uses color to help them re-connect to significant memories in their lives and see them through a different lens or viewpoint.
After exploring memories through word games and simple creative exercises, participants will create a piece of art that honors their memories and brings them to the forefront of the mind to create a greater sense of meaning, gratitude, and personal connection this holiday season.
The second workshop, “The Art of the Mini-Memoir: Honor Your Life Story in Six Words,” is built around the book Not Quite What I was Planning: Six-word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure, edited by Larry Smith.
The six-word memoir is a self-discovery exercise that helps participants get to the heart of what matters most in their lives. Rosenberg introduces this deceptively simple art form through different exercises and techniques, inviting personal reflection, gratitude, and a new perspective on life's journey.
The programs are free and open to the Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Call the Westfield Library to see if your library participates.) To register for either or both programs, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0. Registration is strongly suggested as these workshops have limited seating.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”
The 2014/2015 Destination Westfield Shopping & Dining Directory, published by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, is now available and provides a comprehensive listing of all businesses in the Special Improvement District plus selected advertisers. In addition to the business name, type of business, phone number and address, the shopping and dining guide includes an annual event calendar, a map, and parking information.
Destination Westfield is a partnership publication between the DWC and The Star-Ledger with 100,000 copies distributed annually.
Copies may be obtained at downtown stores and restaurants or by contacting the DWC at 105 Elm St., 908.789.9444 or sending your name and address with your request to email@example.com.