Cornucopia of Cultural Events in November

Cornucopia of Cultural Events in November

NJCU Announces November 2017 Arts Events

Offerings Include Opera, Art Exhibits, Symphony Performances, an Evening with a Dance Icon, Inspirational Talks by Writers, Video Artist

New Jersey City University (NJCU) Center for the Arts, the creative umbrella for the University’s performing, visual, film, and literary arts activities, announces its arts and culture events for November.

Highlights for November include an evening with icon Judith Jamison – dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Wednesday, November 15); and visionary speaker Simon Sinek, whose “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time (Wednesday, November 8). Both events are FREE with RSVP.

On stage, NJCU’s opera program celebrates American composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday with a production of his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti (Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, November 19); and the 60 member Symphony of Winds and Percussion, led by Patrick Burns, presents a program of new and traditional symphonic band music (November 28). In the galleries, Eileen Ferara curates On a Different Page, a group exhibition that creatively employs books in all their forms (Thursday, November 9 – Thursday, December 14).

For the full Fall 2017 Calendar of Events for NJCU performing, visual, and literary arts visit For additional information call 201-200-3426.

Reservations may be made in advance online, and tickets may be purchased in advance at or in person at the box office, which opens one hour prior to performances.

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Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

Wednesday, November 8

7:00 p.m.

NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room


Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire cooperation, trust, and change. Sinek is the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Start with Why, and his How Great Leaders Inspire Action is the third most-viewed TED Talk in history.

Keynote Speaker: An Evening with Judith Jamison

Wednesday, November 15

7:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room,


An evening with icon Judith Jamison – dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a dancer, Ms. Jamison became one of modern dance's great performers and she was appointed Artistic Director of the company in 1989 at the request of Alvin Ailey, himself. She will reflect on her life and the importance of the arts in our culture.



A Night of Bernstein featuringTrouble in Tahiti’

Thursday, November 16 – Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m.

West Side Theatre

$15 general / $5 students and seniors

In honor of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, NJCU’s Opera Workshop presents his one-act opera, Trouble in Tahiti, a brilliant pastiche of 1950s pop music and melodrama, plus the Song Cycles, I Hate Music and La Bonne Cuisine, and scenes from Candide. Kimun Kim (Director) and David Mayfield (Music Director).

NJCU Symphony of Winds & Percussion: Legacies

Tuesday, November 28

7:30 p.m.

Hepburn Hall, Margaret Williams Theatre


The 60 musicians of the Symphony of Winds and Percussion, under the direction of Patrick Burns, play a program of new and traditional music. Additional free performances in the community:

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm

Secaucus High School

11 Millridge Road

Secaucus, NJ


Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30pm

Harrison High School

401 Kingsland Avenue

Harrison, NJ



Constructed Space

Thursday, October 26 Wednesday, November 29

Hepburn Hall, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

Throughout the ages, artists have sought to deceive viewer’s eyes, and in our digital-image-saturated era, how can we discern what is real, anymore? The four contemporary artists gathered in this exhibition – Curt Ikens, Kim Keever, Martin Kruck, and Jeremy Coleman Smith – employ unconventional materials and methods to construct the illusion of space. Curated by Midori Yoshimoto.

On a Different Page

Thursday, November 9 – Thursday, December 14

Reception: Thursday, November 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Visual Arts Building, Visual Art Gallery

Curated by Eileen Ferara, On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of these artists utilizes the book to create individual works of art. Featuring Aileen Bassis, Kate Dodd, Asha Ganpat, Jaz Graf, Ibou Ndoye, Carol Kunstadt, and David Sandlin.



IMAP @ NJCU Visiting Speaker: Jillian McDonald

Tuesday, November 14
7:00 p.m.
Fries Hall basement, IMAP Graduate Room


Jillian McDonald is a Canadian video artist who lives in Brooklyn. Her shows and projects include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Air Circulation and Moti Hasson in New York, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Centre Clark in Montréal, and Hallwalls in Buffalo. Her work was also featured at The Chelsea Museum and The Whitney Museum's Artport in New York, The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venezuela, The Sundance Film Festival, La Biennale de Montréal, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie.




This series features NJCU students, alumni, and faculty, as well as readings by guest writers. Free and open to the public.

Que Eres? DominicanX

Thursday, November 9

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Writers explore the many facets of Dominican cultural identity via memoirs rooted in the personal, the public, and even the mythical.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies program.


When We Lose Ourselves

Thursday, November 16

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Writers tell stories of trauma, loss, and the complicated ways in which people save themselves, sometimes through writing.