A violent accident. A public face-off. A literary ghost. The material is rich, diverse, sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, and always true. And you're invited to witness it all. On Saturday, June 8, the MAPSO Storytelling Show (a portmanteau for the towns of Maplewood and South Orange, for you out-of-towners) will return to the Burgdorff Cultural … Continue reading Will Maplewood Become The Next Hotbed for ‘Moth-Style’ Storytelling?
Looking for a last-minute babysitter? Sometimes the best solutions fly right out of the sky. Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Stephen Savage brings his current book tour to two bookstores in North Jersey on Saturday, March 16. He starts out the day with an 11:00 a.m. reading at Maplewood's beloved [words] bookstore and then … Continue reading Children’s Book Author Stephen Savage Brings ‘The Babysitter From Another Planet’ To North Jersey
“When we keep channels of creative play open and alive through the experience of making music together, we accept ourselves as the emotional, social, and adaptable human beings we evolved to be.” -- Amelia Robinson Recognized as a 2018/19 Jubilation Foundation Fellow for her excellence in bringing joy to children, Amelia Robinson unites Brooklyn communities … Continue reading Is Your Kid A Budding Songwriter? Head to Mil’s Trills Kindie Rocking Bash on January 27
If you created a genealogical map of New Jersey musicians, that family tree would criss-cross throughout the Garden State and beyond. Singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists shift and re-shift into a myriad of musical permutations and combinations. So it's no surprise that the Saturday Afternoon Song Swap is about to celebrate a decade-long tradition. Founded by Rebecca … Continue reading Swapstravaganza! Jersey Songwriters Celebrate a Decade of Sweet Saturdays
Curious Jane Camera Obscura / Theatrical Workshop: Insta from The Vanderbilt Republic on Vimeo. Four upside down figures appear behind a soft, white curtain. At times, one grows in size and dimension only to quickly disappear into the background of a churning 3rd Avenue in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn. The silhouette of a tow … Continue reading Powered by Girls: Curious Jane Students Take on Theater, Technology with a Camera Obscura
Punk. Cynical. Infectiously danceable. Wimps. If Kafka could craft air-tight punk songs and write with a sense of humor, he would have formed a band called Wimps. This punk trio is having one hell of a time finding a strange joy in the mundane. New York is about to get two chances to witness some … Continue reading INTERVIEW: Seattle’s Wimps to Give NYC a Double Dose of Coy Punk on August 10 and 11
By now, many New Yorkers are familiar with the-little-ice-cream-shop-that-could fairy tale. In 2011, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna (partners in ice cream crime and married in real life) opened up their fledgling Ample Hills Creamery in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. On that opening day, the fairy tale took on somewhat of a nightmarish quality. After … Continue reading Ample Hills Creamery Unfurls Sweet and Colossal Ice Cream Factory and Museum in Red Hook