NJCU Announces October 2017 Arts Events

NJCU Announces October 2017 Arts Events

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 October.

Highlights for October include a production of the Broadway and Hollywood hit musical Sister Act (October 20-29); a reading by NJCU memoirists, entitled The Young and the Reckless: Emerging Italian American Writers (October 5); a conversation about arts and business with Genevieve Theirs – the tech guru, investor and opera singer who started Sittercity.com (October 10); a free lunchtime concert by the acclaimed Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet (October 18); and Underground Up, an exhibition that brings street art into the gallery (October 2 – November 2).

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

Reservations may be made in advance online, and tickets may be purchased in advance at www.njcu.edu/arts or in person at the box office, which opens one hour prior to performances. For group sales and reservations, please contact the box office directly: boxoffice@njcu.edu.


A photograph of a speaker, Genevieve Thiers
Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room

Tech guru, investor, and opera singer Genevieve Thiers is best known as the founder of Sittercity.com, a service that’s connected thousands of childcare providers with families since 2001. As an entrepreneur who has successfully combined arts and business, Genevieve discusses how to follow your passion, develop skills in multiple areas, and take the stage as the thought leader in your industry.


Caroline Burton: A Rag, A Bone, A Hank of Hair
On view through October 18
Reception: Tuesday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.)
JC Artist Studio Tour: Saturday, October 7, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hepburn Hall, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery

A line from one of Rudyard Kipling’s poems, “a rag, a bone, a hank of hair” is an expression used in the artist’s family to mean, “You look haggard.” Painted, cut up, and sewn together, Burton’s canvases portray beautiful grid patterns that do not entirely match up and are as imperfect as the expression.

Underground Up
October 2 November 2
JC Artist Studio Tour: Saturday, October 14, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Visual Arts Building, Visual Arts Gallery

The three artists known as Mustart (NJCU BFA 2009), Clarence Rich, and DISTORT grew up with the visual language of graffiti, yet formally studied painting. This trio’s take on Street Art reflects the evolution of this phenomenon, connecting classical art with contemporary culture.


In RealTime: Heller-Freund Duo
Sunday, October 1
3:00 p.m.
Rossey Building, Ingalls Recital Hall

Long-time collaborators Lesley Heller, violin, and Robin Freund, piano, play music by W.A. Mozart, Gabriel Faure, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Antonin Dvorak.

In RealTime: Ana María Rosado, guitar and guests
Sunday, October 15
3:00 p.m.
Rossey Building, Ingalls Recital Hall

Solo and chamber masterpieces for guitar from the 20th century and beyond, with Valerie Gonzalez, soprano, and Paul Robertson, marimba. Music by Manuel M. Ponce, Benjamin Britten, and Astor Piazzolla, with the U.S. premiere of 3 Kaleidoscopios for solo guitar by Amparo Fabra. 

Music@One: The Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet
Wednesday, October 18
1:00 p.m.
Rossey Building, Ingalls Recital Hall

“Alegría and company are reigniting Latin jazz for present and future connoisseurs.”  --  Hot House Magazine

NJCU’s new Jazz Coordinator, Dr. Gabriel Alegría, and his acclaimed group have made a name for themselves by blending the sounds and rhythms of Afro-Peruvian music with the rich inventiveness of the jazz idiom.

Lobby Concert Series: Felicia Temple
Wednesday, October 18
2:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, 1st Floor Lobby

Felicia Temple, from NBC’s The VOICE, takes the stage for a breathtaking performance and inspiring dialogue.
Sponsored by the Office of Campus Life

Sister Act
Friday – Saturday, October 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 and 29 at 3:00 p.m.
West Side Theatre
$15 general / $5 students and seniors

In this feel-good comedy based on the smash hit film, a woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Directed by Marc G. Dalio and performed by NJCU musical theatre students.


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

Women and Spirituality: A Conversation with Luisa Del Giudice, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, Edvige Giunta, and Jennifer Musial
Tuesday October 3
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

NJCU faculty members join Luisa Del Giudice, editor of On Second Thought: Learned Women Reflect on Profession, Community, and Purpose (2017), to explore how spirituality has shaped their personal and professional journeys.
Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

The Young and the Reckless: Emerging Italian American Writers
Thursday, October 5
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Hepburn Hall, Room 202

NJCU alums and memoirists Cassandra Casella, Chloe DeFilippis, and Angelica Roman explore writing edgy and sometimes dangerous stories.
Co-sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Olivia Kate Cerrone: The Hunger Saint (2017)
Wednesday, October 11
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Gilligan Student Union, Room 129

Olivia Kate Cerrone reads from and discusses her novella, which draws from the oral histories of former miners, to tell the story of a 12-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily's sulfur mines.