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Volume 21 No. 3

Hudson County’s Bi-Weekly-Cultural, Lifestyle and Entertainment Publication In This Issue Pg. 2 “Holi and Art Experience”

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ARTScene

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FESTIVAL OF COLORS By Sally Deering

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n March 11 & 12, curator Maria Ross and four local artists will present “Holi and Art Experience” at the Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, a weekend art and music celebration for Holi, a holiday like Easter, but without the bunny.

“Dramatic Blush” by Shilpa Gowda and “Tejaswini (Holi)” by Alpana Mittal on view at “Holi and Art Experience”

Art Experience” to feature South Asian Artists at Barrow Mansion, JC Holi celebrates the Coming of Spring and Victory of Good over Evil

“Saha-astitva (Coexistence)” by Nupur Nishith Forty paintings by artists Nupur Nishith and Alpana Mittal of Bayonne, and Shilpa Gowda and Tharanga Goonetilleke of Jersey City will be on view along with musical performances and refreshments, too. Goonetilleke, a criticallyacclaimed Soprano, and the first Sri Lankan woman to graduate from Julliard will will give a ½ hour performance of works by Puccini

and Mozart (at 8 pm) accompanied by pianist Kim Kelly. Tabla artist Anirban Roy Chowdhar will also perform. Curator Maria Ross, who studies art curating at the Sotheby Institute in New York, previously worked with the exhibiting artists in other shows. “We developed a good rapport, and I told them I’d like to do a group show with all four of them at the Barrow Mansion,” Ross says. “I wanted to do something that would be a celebration of our cultural diversity in Jersey City, and everywhere in the world. I thought it would be a good idea for something significant. Jersey City has a great Indian community, and this community has been very overlooked. They deserve a spotlight on them.”

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Ross, who has curated two shows at the Barrow Manse prior to “Holi and Art Experience” says the 40 paintings in the show represent the diversity of the artists and their connections to their culture. “In Nupur’s work, the more you look at it, the more you see,” Ross says.

“Blowing in the Wind” by Tharanga Goonetilleke, on view at “Holi and Art Experience”

“You get lost in it. Tharanga, is from Sri Lanka, her work is mostly in black and white Alpana has a more traditional folkloric Indian work, and Shilpa, the youngest of the four, her work is bursting in color. It’s a different vibe altogether.” “Holi and Art Experience” explores different aspects of the regions where the South Asian artists come from. “It explores their regions as well as their own creativity, which is very special,” Ross says. “It says a lot about Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion, which was owned by Cornelius Van Vorst in the Victorian era, has come so far that we’re celebrating a South Asian holiday there. It celebrates cultural diversity in a positive way.”

If you go Sat. Mar 11, 5 – 10 pm; Sun, Mar 12, 5 – 8 pm HOLI & ART EXPERIENCE Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne St, JC (201) 579-0265

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ANNUAL JERSEY CITY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & HONOREE AWARDS DINNER The Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday March 12, 2017 @ 12:30pm. The Parade Route will begin at Lincoln Park to Journal Square via Kennedy Blvd. The parade is sponsored by The Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. The Annual Honoree Awards Dinner will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 @ 6pm Casino in the Park, Lincoln Park, Jersey City. Special Honoree - Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop Archdiocese of Newark 2017 HONOREES Grand Marshal – Dr. Glen Gabert, Hudson County Community College

Irish Paramedic – Michael Very, JC Medical Center RWJ/Barnabas Health Irish Educator - Kathleen Carroll Kopacz, JC BOE

Irishman of the Year – Robert Caulfield, Fields Development Group Irishwoman of the Year – Nora O’Rourke, Liberty Realty Irish Firefighter – Battalion Chief Richard Gorman, JCFD Irish Police Officer – Lt. Patrick Sullivan, JCPD

Honorary Irishwoman – Leah Blesoff-Woodcock, The Hutton Bar & Grill Honorary Irishman of the Year – Brett Michael Bacek, Posthumously Miss Colleen - Katherine Mary Boyle, Hudson Catholic High School For further information contact: Maureen Hulings, Parade Chairwoman mhulings@connellfoley.

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Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate Women’s History Month with an energy-charged exhibition titled, “Quantum Overdrive!” Opening festivities for the exhibition, which may be viewed through April 19, will take place on Friday, March 3 when many events will take place. The exhibition and events will take place in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery, which is located on the top floor of the HCCC

Art by Joanne Leah Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City (just across from the PATH Transportation Center). All are open to the public, and there is no charge for admission. The 11 artists featured are: •Jude Broughan • Marguerite Day • Ketta Ioannidou • Joanne Leah •Tricia McLaughlin •Helen O’Leary • Rachel Phillips • Laurie Riccadonna • Adie Russell • Savannah Spirit

• Woolpunk “Quantum Overdrive!” will share space with the exhibition, “A World Where We Belong,” which honors the memory of LGBTQIA advocate Georgia Brooks, who worked in the College’s Information Technology Services Department as an Academic Lab Manager for 25 years, and was an active advisor for the College’s GayStraight Alliance. Information on that exhibition is forthcoming.

The HCCC Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (The Gallery is closed Sundays.)


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LEADING LADY

Meredith Burns takes on the role of Art House Productions’ Executive Director A New Home (TBA) to Set the Stage for Popular Arts Center

By Sally Deering

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tepping inside Art House Productions’ performance space behind One PATH Plaza in Jersey City, Meredith Burns tiptoes through rows of stage lights, piles of discarded scenery and the ghosts of plays, musicals, art exhibits and dress-up fundraisers that took place within its walls all these years. But the past is the past and Art House Productions is about to take up residence in a new space with Burns as its new executive director. There’s still lots to be done and some big shoes to fill.

Changing of the guard: Christine Goodman, Meredith Burns, and a young fan.

Those shoes belong to Christine Goodman, who served as Executive Director of Art House since the non-profit first opened its doors 15 years ago on McWilliams place near Hamilton Park, then moved to bigger digs on Magnolia Street near Journal Square.

As Art House’s executive director, Goodman – who is leaving to spend more time with family – directed most of Art House’s plays, oversaw the INKubator writers’ workshop and STAGES! program for kids ‘bitten by the acting bug.’ “Meredith is exactly the kind of visionary we need to bring us into this next phase of growth,” Goodman says. “Our Board of Trustees did a thoughtful, in-depth search to find the best fit for our organization, and I believe they found the right person. I have always believed in succession planning as a hallmark of an organization’s long-term success. It is truly an exciting new day at Art House.” As the new Executive Director, Burns brings to the table her experience as both an actress and arts administrator. She holds a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase, and performs regularly in New York. She’s done several seasons of Shakespeare in Washington D.C. and belongs to a sketch comedy troupe in Manhattan. Although plans are underway for Art House to move into its new space, Burns says the landlords of the new space are busy ironing out the details before making the formal announcement, so for now, Art House’s new residence is under wraps. Besides, there’s still so much to do before the show goes on, so to speak.

MB: My goal for Art House is to keep the lights on seven days a week. I love the theater. I love there’s an art gallery. I’d like to do more mixed-media, maybe a web-series, pilots, more comedy, more dance, spoken-word and poetry. The written-word is super important. Meredith Burns During her busy first week on the job, Burns took a break to share her plans for Art House Productions future as a venue for theater, visual arts, music, spoken word, comedy, arts classes and, of course, those costumed-fundraisers that support the non-profit’s arts programming. RVO: Meredith, you just came on board last week; where were you before Art House? MB: Since 2013, I ran an after-school arts program at the New Voices Middle School in New York. RVO: Where did you grow up? MB: I was born and raised in Essex Fells, New Jersey a little town next to Montclair. My dad and mom grew up in The Heights in Jersey City. My grandmother went to Dickinson High School. I was coming here all the time as a kid. When my parents divorced, my dad moved back. He was a Jersey City firefighter.

RVO: You’re an actress as well as an arts administrator? MB: I’m on a sketch comedy team called The Executives out of the Magnet Theater on 29th & 8th Avenue in New York. Ronnie Pascale is the coartistic director there. I guess you would say I’m a sketch comedienne. It’s a great little team. We were on Monday nights and now we’re the weekend team. I only started doing comedy the past 2-3 years. Before this, I worked at Pregones Theater and the PR Traveling Theater Company -- both in The Bronx. I was at the Glass Bandits Theater Company in Brooklyn where we did living room readings and, out of that, produced new work. I also worked at the Shakespeare Theater of D.C. It was a great experience, I learned a lot. RVO: As Art House Productions’ new executive director, what are your long-term goals?

RVO: Will you continue programs that Christine Goodman put in place? MB. Yes. We have the Inkubator series, a monthly writers’ workshop where playwrights and screenwriters get together and read their work. I want to produce work that comes out of there. JC Fridays will continue and so will the annual Snow Ball fundraiser. In the spring we’re having a wine-tasting at Harborside, and an Octobeer-fest. Our Stages! program for kids will also continue. It’s on hold until we move into the new space. RVO: Can you share when you think Art House will be in its new home? MB. We’re hoping by April. The people running the space want to make the announcement. RVO: Has Christine been showing you the ropes for the transition of leadership? MB: Christine is one of the most gracious people I’ve Cont’d on page 8

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LEADING LADY Cont’d from page 7 ever met. She is excited for this organization. She understands it needs fresh eyes, new energies. Everything she built is sound. The programs she created are sound. She’s given me a blank canvas. This is the dream I’ve always had.

RVO: You dreamed of being an arts administrator? MB: This is such a dream! When I was acting, I loved performing, but I needed to produce something. I like producing. RVO: How will you let your audience know when the curtain goes up at the new space? MB: We’ll keep everyone updated on the website (arthouseproductions.org).

We’ll probably have a “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” performance, show people what we can do. RVO: There’s seems to be a threat to end funding for the National Endowment looming like a storm cloud over the arts. As an artist and arts administrator, can you share why you think the arts are important? MB: Now more than ever, the arts connect us to humanity, and help us explore what it means to be a human being.

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The Honorable Thomas A. DeGise

& Hudson County Executive & Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders Cordially invite you to the

2017 ST.PATRICK‘S DAY CELEBRATION Monday, March 6th at 5:30 pm. St. Patrick’s Day Flag Raising to be Hosted at

Hudson County Plaza, 257 Cornelison, Jersey City, NJ 2017 Jersey City HONOREES

Grand Marshal: Dr. Glen Gabert, Hudson County Community College Irishman of the Year: Robert Caulfield, Fields Development Group Irishwoman of the Year: Nora O’Rourke, Liberty Realty Irish Firefighter Battalion Chief: Richard Gorman, JCFD Irish Police Officer: Lt. Patrick Sullivan, JCPD Irish Paramedic: Michael Very, JC Medical Center RWJ/Barnabas Health Irish Educator: Kathleen Carroll Kopacz, JC BOE Honorary Irishwoman: Leah Blesoff-Woodcock, The Hutton Bar & Grill Honorary Irishman of the Year: Brett Michael Bacek, Posthumously

2017 Bayonne Honorees: Grand Marshal: Margaret Calverley

Aide to the Grand Marshal for the County Donegal Association: Gabrielle Figueroa Aide to the Grand Marshal for the Irish American League: Diane Liming Aide to the Grand Marshal for the Shamrock Society: Jennifer Mulcahy Aide to the Grand Marshal for the County Cork Association: MaryAnn O'Sullivan 2017 Bayonne Mary from Dungloe: Christina Gill

Irish Woman of the Year for the Irish American League : Ellen Ann Cole Irish Educator of the Year for the Irish American League: Kerry Bonner O'Donnell Irish Business Person of the Year for the Irish American League: Andy McCabe Parade Coordinator: Sean Neary Parade Chairperson: George Delaney

2017 West Hudson Honorees:

Grand Marshal - Alan Doffont Deputy Marshal's: Donna McClure -Kevin McGonigal

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ARTScene ON STAGE

Lighting Design - Matthew J. Fick; Sound Design - Michael Blaskewicz; Costume Design Laura Borys; Performers: Sarah Weber Gallo, Quinn Dixon, Thomas Hildreth, Danielle Schulz, and Lucy Wild. Tix: $25; Seniors/Students: $15.

March 2017 Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson DeMedeiros, a self-taught artist, who works exclusively with found and discarded objects, reassembling and turning them into singular creatures, scenes or artifacts.

VISUAL ARTS JERSEY CITY THEATER CENTER, Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave, JC. www.jctcenter.org. BORDERLESS PLAY FESTIVAL – Sat, Mar. 4, 7:30 pm, I KNOW YOU, Freespace Dance with Choreography by Donna Scro “This piece consist of dancers ranging from the age of 15-65, breaking the boundary of the age restraints on dance, because the connections that we have and make are relevant and important throughout our entire life.” Followed by Artist Talk. Tix: $20. Wed, Mar 8, 730 pm: PATERSON FALLS, a staged reading of the play by Rosemary McLaughlin. Sat, Mar. 11, 7:30: DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima. Sun, Mar. 12, 7 pm GREENCARD WEDDING by Jody Christopherson. (Pic-

tured: Aizzah Fatima.)

MILE SQUARE THEATRE, 1400 Clinton St, HOB, wwwmilesquaretheatre.org. (201) 6837014. Thurs, Mar 2-Sun, Mar 5: THE MAGIC HOUR. “Dancers fling themselves through a scary/ happy/sad dreamscape in search of how to be, how to make an impact, and how to fade away in this ecstatic new dance theatre work. THE MAGIC HOUR attacks the existential problem of unstoppable time with ferocious energy as the performers grasp at immortality.” Concept and Choreography - Sarah Weber Gallo; Dramaturgy and Direction - Joseph Gallo; Scenic and

GALLERIE HUDSON, 197 Newark Ave, JC, (201) 4341010, www.galleriehudsoncom. Celebrating Black History Month, Gallerie Hudson presents street photographer MICKEY MATYHIS and painter, the late Elmira Wood “We are honored to feature two black artists during the entire month of February. Jersey City’s own noted street photographer Mickey Mathis and the late impressionist Elmira Wade.” “I often wake up in the middle of the night and begin painting the images I see in my dreams. I never quite know how the final work will turn out” – Wade

GUTTENBERG ARTS CENTER, 6903 Jackson St, GTNBRG; www.guttenbergarts. org. Opens Sat, Feb. 18 and runs through Fri, Mar. 24. Opening reception 6 to 9 pm: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY CARLOS DE MEDEIROS. “Guttenberg Arts Gallery is pleased to present Cabinet of Curiosities, a solo exhibition by Carlos

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VAN VORST PARK ASSOCIATION & THE BARROW MANSION, 83 Wayne St, JC. Sat, Mar 11, 5-10 pm (Opera performance at 8 pm); Sun, Mar. 12, 5-8 pm: HOLI AND ART EXPERIENCE. “Showcasing traditional and contemporary South Asian art by four premier artists: Tharanga Goonetilleke, Shilpa Gowda, Alpana Mittal “Tejaswini” and Nupur Nishith.”

NOVADO GALLERY, Contemporary Art, Design & Ceramics, 110 Morgan St, JC. www.novadogallery.com. Through Mar. 9; Reception: Fri, Mar. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm: IDENTITY featuring Carrie Will, David Samuel Stern, Alyssa McClenaghan, Lacey McKinney and Brandy Kraft. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of works in this show will go to benefit Women Rising, Inc. of

JERSEY CITY THEATER CENTER, Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave, JC. www.jctcenter. org. Through Mar 23: BORDERLESS ART SHOW. Borderless Gallery/Series Opening & Reception; panel discussion with gallery artists and previews of upcoming Borderless events.

Free & open to the public. Tickets not required to attend.

MANA CONTEMPORARY, 888 Newark Ave, JC. (201) 6042702; www.manacontemporary. com. “Through June 9, the International Center of Photography (ICP) presents HAN YOUNGSOO: PHOTOGRAPHS OF SEOUL 1956–63 in the ICP gallery at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. “The exhibition, organized by ICP and the Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, will be the first substantial U.S. showing of the work of Korean photographer Han Youngsoo (1933–1999), whose remarkable images bring to life the social and economic rebirth of Seoul in the years following the Korean War.”

Theda Sandiford, and Wendy Seltzer. For more info, go to: www.facebook.com. (Pictured: “To Light the Darkness” by Fermin Mendoza.)

BARSKY GALLERY, 48 Harrison St, HOB. (888) 4654949; barskyallery.com. BARSKY GALLERY’S WINTER EXHIBITION. “The rotating collection is a showcase of recent works by gallery-represented artists, embodying an eclectic mix of contemporary original art priced for every budget.” Winter hours: Mon & Tues, by appointment; Wed-Sun, 11 am-6 pm. (Pictured: “It was Part of the Game and She Played it well,” by Sofia Bachvarova.)

CLUBS 107 BOWERS GALLERY & ARTSPACE, 107 Bowers Street, JC, (201) 280-04821, kd@107bowersgallery.com. Opens Sat, Mar 11 (opening reception 4-8 pm): SUPERWOMAN, a group show, runs through April 29. Gallery is open Sat & Sun, 11 am-4 pm. Artists exhibiting: Ann Marie Rhiel, Blonde Jenny, Cecilia Martinez, Cheryl Gross, Diane Carbone, Ekaterina Abramova, Fermin Mendoza, Gail M Boykewich, Hao Feng, Hiyasmine Gaskins, Janina Williams, Jean-Antoine Norbert, Jerome China, Jessica Ward- Wells, Leslie Kerby, Leslie Sheryll, Loarina Gonzalez, Luis Alves Collage, Mitch Traphagen, Nancy Tompkins, Phil Vassil, Philip Robinsonj, Rebecca Fraizer, Santiago Cohen, Socrates Marquez, Steve Singer,

FOX & CROW, 594 Palisade Ave, JC, www.foxandcrowjc. com Fri, Mar 3, JC Fridays: Rebecca Loebe and special guest Luke Jackson, 10 pm-11:59 pm; Sat, Mar 4: Adam Melchor (Band Show), 10 pm – midnight; and Tue, Mar 7: RNA presents Backroom Broadsides (Spoken Word series), 8-10pm. (Pictured: Rebecca Loebe.) BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN, 141 Bright St, JC. Every first Monday of the month, RJO All Stars

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WORD BOOKSTORE, 122 Newark Ave, JC. www.wordbookstores.com. STORYTIME, Sat, Mar. 4, 11 am: FANCY PARTY GOWNS: THE STORY OF FASHION DESIGNER ANN COLE LOWE, by Deborah Blumenthal. “As soon as Ann Cole Lowe could walk, her momma and grandma taught her to sew. She worked near her momma in their Alabama family shop in the early 1900s, making glorious dresses for women who went to fancy parties. When Ann was 16, her momma died, and Ann continued sewing dresses. It wasn’t easy, especially when she went to design school and had to learn alone, segregated from the rest of the class. But the work she did set her spirit soaring, as evidenced in the clothes she made, including Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress.” Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning

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LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; www.lsc.org. Opens Sat, Feb 18 and runs through Sept. 4: MYTHBUSTERS: THE EXPLOSIVE EXHIBITION. “Can you really huff, puff, and blow a house down? Does toast always land butter-side down? What keeps you drier, running in the rain or walking through it? Can you really pull a tablecloth off a fully-set table without disturbing a dish? In this amazing hands-on exhibition, you can put these myths to the test—just as the team from the popular MythBusters TV show has done for years! Use scientific observations and your own curiosity to search for the truth behind some commonly held beliefs. MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition includes live demonstrations, visitor participation, and spectacular sets and experiences from the TV show. On display in our largest gallery, the exhibit overflows with hands-on props and gadgets from the show.”

and the Attacca Quartet bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrumentmaking and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory JERSEY CITY THEATER CENTER, Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave, JC. www. jctcenter.org. Sundays through Apr 9, shows at 1 pm. Tix (at the door) for Kids, $11 & Adults, $12. PUPPETWORKS presents THE WIZARD OF OZ. “Dorothy is convinced the Wizard of Oz can help her go home. Join Dorothy on her travels as she meets the Silly Strawman who wants brains, the Shiny Tin Man who wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who wants courage. Will the Wizard of Oz grant their wishes?”

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n Palisade Avenue in the Jersey City Heights, a colorful neighborhood pub “Fox & Crow” serves all-American burgers, cocktails shaken & stirred and a root beer float that could land Junior in the principal’s office. On weekends, the backroom “Parlour” with its own bar, and family-style tables becomes a small club with a dazzling array of singer-songwriters, bands, and spoken-wordsmiths.

change its ways!” Fox & Crow’s pub menu is tasty and minimal with several appetizers and a dozen or so sandwiches (and a salad) to choose from. Starter/Munchies include Hand Cut Pub Fries, and Wings served Chili, BBQ, Buffalo, and Jabanero & Honey-style, and Art’s Nachos with a choice of

For those looking for something sweet with a little kick, the (alcoholic)

Root Beer Float is made with “Not Your Father’s Root Beer”, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream ($10). “The menu has grown with us,” Rebecca says. “We have had input from talented chefs, friends, and family. Brunch is the collaborative product of my mother, and local resident and New York chef Ben Kurst and expertly prepared by our in-house chef Marcos Mendoza. Brunch is special as Sunday breakfast has always

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More hippie than dippy, Fox & Crow (named for the owners, Arthur and Sarah Johnson’s daughter Rebecca who loved the nursery rhyme) Fox & Crow opened in February 2015, and has since become a cool neighborhood go-to place for tasty American dishes, knee-bending cocktails like the Sly Fox and the Shy Fox and lively entertainment. On a recent Saturday night, Vicky Cristina Barcelona – a three piece all-girl group that performs Tom Waits’ songs knocked the socks off the audience. “Our family loves to eat and drink, and have a good time,” Rebecca says. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming, serving wholesome food at decent portions without pretensions. We also wanted to replicate the pub atmosphere you find in Europe, where the entire family is welcome, from babies to dogs. We wish we could also welcome dogs, waiting for New Jersey to

Fox & Crow– JC Gastropub for Cool Foodies Palisade Ave just got a little more Hip cheese, jalapeno peppers, pico de gallo, sour cream or black beans. ($6-$8) Burgers take center stage and come in lots of variations including Old Blue (blue cheese), California Club, and Black Bean. For seafood lovers there’s the Krabby Patty with Asian slaw; the Spicy Crow, fried chicken with chipotle mayo and avocado; and the Cheese Me Please Me grilled cheese with Gouda, Gruyere-Cheddar on sour dough bread. The Mariner,

sesame-crusted pan-seared tuna with ginger soy sauce is also a popular dish. ($11-$15). There’s a beet salad, too. ($12)

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By Sally Deering Mary cocktails keep things held a special place in my fizzy. ($4-$6) family’s week. When home for holidays, we all gather at the kitchen table and dad will make his signature eggs, bacon and home-fries. The dish ‘Artie’s Breakfast’ on the brunch menu is a nod to him.”

Weekend Brunch also features Locals Only pork roll, egg, cheese, and home-fries; Fox & Crow Burger with fried egg, bacon, cheddar; Smoked Salmon Hash; Savory or Sweet Ricotta Toast, Avocado Toast; and, French Toast ($8-$14). Modcup Coffee is the house coffee ($2); and

Mimosa, Bellini or Bloody

The kitchen stays open late; Sunday through Wednesday till 11:30 pm; and Thursday through Saturday till Midnight. The bar has a huge choice of beers and cocktails. The Parlour presents live entertainment, and a monthly Spoken Word series hosted by James Ruggia and RNA. Curator Margo Parks of Jersey City scouts the talent and books the performers. It’s been two years since Fox & Crow first opened and in those two years, it’s grown a lot, Rebecca says. When her family decided to become restaurateurs, the whole thing came together without much maneuvering. “We did not spend months scouting a space, the F&C albeit a tremendous amount of work, was quite a serendipitous venture,” Rebecca says. “My father acquired the property and had the option to

lease the bar or take the business on himself. I have experience in branding and interiors, my partner Rowen works in hospitality, and my mother and father possess an innately hospitable spirit having come from large families and raising their own. The majority of people we knew from the neighborhood we had met in Modcup coffee, the market, or venues downtown. We felt at home surrounded by bohemian and ingenious spirits. We decided to take a chance, combine our efforts and create the Fox & Crow.” If you go FOX & CROW Pub & Parlor 594 Palisade Ave, JC (201) 984-2775 www.foxandcrowjc.com Mon- Wed, 5pm-12am; ThursFri 5pm-3am Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-1am Sat & Sun Brunch starts at noon


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NEWARK MUSEUM, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. (973) 596-6550; www.newarkmuseum.org. Now showing in the Walter Scott Lenox Pavilion, 1st-floor, North Wing: WHEN OBJECTS BECAME ART. “This installation highlights the Museum’s century-old commitment to collecting and displaying modern ceramics and glass as art. Art ceramics purchased between 1911 and 1926 will be spotlighted, along with three examples of art glass from the 1920s. In 1910 the Museum mounted an exhibition called Modern American Pottery, and

lection with examples from this display. In the 1920s, with the completion of the new museum building, more modern ceramics were purchased. The Museum started buying modern glass in 1912, and added major examples purchased from a 1929 exhibition at Bamberger’s Department Store called International Ceramics and Glass that was echoed by an installation at the Museum.”

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