5/27 - JAZZ LATINO @ GALERIA WEST Event: Special Live Concert Album Recording Session with the BOSSA BRASIL Quintet !
After a recent performance at the Blue Note jazz club in NYC the Bossa Brasil Quintet comes to the Galeria West Art & Music Gallery stage!
Come be part of the special live album recording session audience at the popular monthly Jazz Latino @ Galeria West concert series on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7:30pm. Teatro Si brings you this opportunity as accomplished jazz drummer Mauricio De Souza and his Bossa Brasil group bring their critically acknowledged sounds to the stage at the Galeria West Art & Music Gallery, located at 111 Quimby Street in downtown Westfield, NJ.
For the past 12 years, Maurício de Souza has been performing and directing his own groups. Originally from Brasilia, Brasil, de Souza has released two commercial albums and has performs at the prestigious Blue Note in NYC, the Whitney Museum, Saint Peter's Church, Jazz at Kitano Hotel, Garage Jazz, NJPAC, Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Westfield Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival among many others.
De Souza's albums, "Here. There..." and "Different Directions" have achieved high critic and public acclaim. Both albums were covered in Jazz Week and were featured on WBGO, Sirius XM, Pandora, Music Choice, and numerous radio stations in the US, Canada, Brazil, Canary Islands,and Venezuela.
De Souza has also been featured in numerous publications, including the cover of Hot House Jazz Magazine (and Different Directions was reviewed on "Winning Spins"), Jazz Times Magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine and Blog, New York City Jazz Record, Jazz Inside New York, Revista Gente, The Star Ledger and others.
Bossa Brasil performs standards of the Brazilian jazz repertoire & more. The exciting, sophisticated, and pulsating arrangements include original compositions as well as popular standards by Tom Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Hermeto Pascoal, Pat Metheny and Freddie Hubbard. The group performs instrumental music in a quintet format with instrument configurations that combine bass, drums, piano, vibraphone, sax and more.
For this exciting live performance recording event at Jazz Latino @ Galeria West the group will feature Dmitry Baevsky (alto sax), Jerry Weir (vibes), Bob Rodriguez (piano), Gary Mazzaroppi (bass) and Maurício de Souza (drums).
Tickets are priced at $20. Advance tickets
online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com (enter Jazz Latino @ Galeria West for event search) or for reservations and more info call the Teatro Si box office at 908-301-9496 or purchase tickets in person at Galeria West Art & Music Gallery in downtown Westfield, NJ.
Dinner & dessert are recommended before or after the show at one of several fine dining establishments in quaint downtown Westfield, NJ. Event proceeds benefit ongoing programming efforts at TEATRO Si, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.
Westfield Memorial Library presents Two Creativity Workshops
(May 16, 2016) On Wednesdays June 1 and June 15 at 7:00 pm, the Westfield Memorial Library will present two creativity workshops entitled, “It’s in Your Hands” and “It’s about Time.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street, Westfield.
The presenter is Westfield resident and poet Wendy Rosenberg. In “Its in Your Hands”, participants are invited to explore through writing, poetry, and a hands-on art activity the things they know first-hand, have kept close at hand, made by hand, touched, pointed to, grabbed onto, held in their hands, or, perhaps, had in the palm of their hand.
“Our hands connect us to the world and the world to us,” said Ms. Rosenberg. “They are filled with memories, sensations, and experiences we have collected throughout the course of our lives. You do not have to be experienced at art or writing to benefit from this workshop.”
In the second workshop, “It’s about Time,” participants will have a chance to create a new relationship with time, one that nourishes and enhances, rather than frustrates or worries. “If you ever find yourself saying, ‘There's never enough time,’ or ‘I can't find the time,’ then it's time to change your thoughts about time,” said Ms. Rosenberg. “In this workshop, we will use creativity to explore our personal relationship with time and will delve into our quantitative and qualitative experiences with time.”
Ms. Rosenberg is a teacher with 21 years of experience as a poet. She became a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator (CAPT) through the National Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and is a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). She attended the Expressive Arts Institute at Salve-Regina University where she received training as an Expressive Art Education Facilitator.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) Each workshop is limited to 15 people so participants must register. To do so, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
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 closed on Sunday beginning May 22.
For more information about library programs and services, 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.”
Holy Trinity is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Join us for a very special NJ GreekFest this year-June 2,3,4,5, 2016. As with every festival, we'll have lots of food demonstrations, kafenion (cafe), dancing, music, oh and did I mention the food? For more info: email@example.com; 908-233-8533.
Richard II and Kenn Morr Band at Westfield Memorial Library
(May 25, 2016) – On Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present “Richard II,” and on Saturday, June 11 the Kenn Morr Band will perform at 2:00 p.m. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Richard II will be performed by the Hudson Shakespeare Company. It tells the story of Richard II, a king since childhood, who has continually been told he is God's representative on earth. He takes on that role with relish, as he wraps himself in iconic imagery while disregarding his citizens.
Enter the pragmatic and straight shooter Henry Bolingbroke, Richard's cousin, who seeks an inheritance that was stolen from him by Richard. What begins as a minor skirmish between two very different men spirals into a contest of competing philosophies about whose vision is best to rule England.
Founded in 1992, the Hudson Shakespeare Company continues to strive toward bringing the classics and contemporary theater to a myriad of locations and venues in New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area. Through their programs, they seek to create innovative and comfortable atmospheres for all personnel, from on stage to back stage, and to provide broad cultural and artistic exposure to audiences.
In the summer they will present “Edward III” on Thursday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. and “Henry IV” on Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m.
The Kenn Morr Band will play at the library on Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. They play the music of Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, and Jackson Browne. They also play original songs that are an organic collection of lush three-part vocal harmonies and sparkling acoustic instruments: real musicians playing soulful music.
Known for these close three-part vocal harmonies and fiery instrumental interplay, the Kenn Morr Band has been together for several years, fast becoming favorites on the outdoor festival scene.
A Long Island native, Kenn has played in many venues, including New York City's Bitter End and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT. He has airplay across the country, Europe, and the Netherlands. At this show he’ll be joined by master percussionist Dr. Bob Gaspar, violin virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Tom Hagymasi, and melodic bassist Pat Ryan.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
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 closed on Sunday for the summer.
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.”
High school, middle school and even elementary school graduations happen this month. Congratulate any age graduate with an inspirational book from The Town Book Store! Books are a perfect keepsake for these milestone occasions and can be a very meaningful way to express the pride you have in your graduate and the hopes you have for them. Between some old standbys and several new titles, we have a lot of great choices this year.
The Town Book Store also has some author Meet & Greets on June 11 and June 18.
Meet author Mark Torres on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2-4pm. His book, A Stirring in the North Fork, is a pulse pounding page-turner about the brutal and unsolved murder of a woman on Long Island nearly four decades ago. Driven by an unwavering passion, Savoy Graves, an out of work attorney, reconstructs the fragmented murder case and uncovers a series of heart-wrenching and shocking truths. Worlds collide as Graves struggles to identify those responsible for the murder in this gripping tale about love, self-discovery, redemption and most of all, a quest for justice.
Meet author and New Jersey native Judith Natelli McLaughlin, author of Love, Reality Style on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2-4pm. When cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her. Will Mary Grace choose hot Nick or faithful Ralph? Is the decision really hers to make? And, is a slice of cake actually the answer to all of life's problems?
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copies of these books.
The Farmer's Market takes place every Saturday from June through October 8:30am – 1:30pm on the South Ave. Westfield Train Station. Enjoy Jersey Fresh produce and local culinary delights provided by a variety of vendors and farmers. Sponsored by Two River Community Bank.
The 15th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza welcomes Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey as Presenting Sponsor
The 15th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza will be here before you know it! Don’t forget to sign up for a night of running, pizza, prizes, and entertainment! The event will be held on July 27, 2016 with a start time of 7 pm. The race is pre-registration online only at PracticeHard.com until midnight on July 25, 2016. There are no online processing fees.
Also known as the “Pizza Run”, the event would not be possible without the help of generous sponsors. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the new Presenting Sponsor of the event. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the largest and most experienced health insurer in the state, and is the state's market leader in driving changes in the health care industry. Their staff will be on hand to share information about OMNIA and Horizon BCBSNJ’s patient-centered approach to care. They will also lead the runners at the beginning of the race.
In addition to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Presenting Sponsorship, Trinitas Regional Medical Center is the Platinum Sponsor of the event. Stop & Shop of Westfield returns as a Gold Sponsor for 2016. Overlook Medical Center and UBS have returned as Silver Sponsors and a new Silver Sponsor in 2016 includes Northeast Planning Corporation. Barnabas Health Medical Group; Drew-Rogers; JAG Physical Therapy; Kessler Rehabilitation Center; Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper; Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono; Weichert, Realtors; Westfield Pediatric Dental Group will be returning Bronze Sponsors. ShopRite of Garwood and Spencer Savings Bank are new Bronze Sponsors. The Office Beer Bar & Grill is a Contributing Sponsor.
The race will be held on the USATF certified course for the following route: On E. Broad Street Left onto N. Euclid Avenue, Left onto Park Drive through Mindowaskin Park, Cross Mountain Avenue, Right onto Lawrence Avenue, Left onto Sylvania Place, Right onto Elm Street, Left onto Newton Place, Right onto Prospect Street, Left onto Brightwood Avenue, Left onto Embree Crescent, Left onto Eaglecroft Road, Right onto Clark Street, left onto W. Dudley Avenue, Right onto Elm Street, and Finish just past E. Broad Street. Refer to www.WestfieldToday.com for the course map. Pizza and dessert will be provided to all registered runners. Entertainment will be provided by the ever-popular Michael Craig Band & FOG with an awards ceremony immediately following the race.
To find out more about the Downtown Westfield Corporation 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, contact Sherry Cronin or Beth Brenner at the Downtown Westfield Corporation at 105 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 (908)789-9444 or by visiting www.WestfieldToday.com. You can now follow the Downtown Westfield Corporation on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Photo: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 15th Annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza being held on July 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Ron Ostroff.