Spotlight on Hoboken gallery walk, JC rap group and 3 Hudson County plays

Today’s edition of The Jersey Journal is filled with many of my arts and entertainment articles. Here’s a run-down:

3rd Sundays – Hoboken’s monthly gallery walk

Soon, art lovers will be able to see what Hoboken galleries have to offer every third Sunday of the month.

During the city-sponsored “3rd Sundays,” people can use distributed maps to take a self-directed tour of 10 venues around Hoboken.

Cultural Affairs Director Geri Fallo said she was “very excited” about the monthly gallery walk.

“This idea has been around for a while, but the actual planning only started about two months ago, so it has all come together rather quickly,” she said. “With so many new art galleries…this is one way to help them be successful. It will bring much needed attention to the arts and entice people to visit the galleries on a regular basis….”

Tour maps are available at different locations throughout the city, including the aforementioned galleries. The guided tour will depart from the Lana Santorelli Gallery, 628 Washington St., this Sunday and every third Sunday of the month following. The tours start at 2 p.m. and run through 6 p.m. For more information, visit HobokenNJ.org.

Read the full article on NJ.com.

St. Peter’s College students’ rap group DumbGenius

Three young musicians from Jersey City’s St. Peter’s College are determined to put the “chill” back in “Chilltown.”

Producers and musicians Brandon McMillan (“LLama”), Lydon Samuda (“Freekstile”) and Davonne Brown (“D. Rashad”) hope their “chill rap” tunes help their group DumbGenius change hip-hop music.

Childhood friends McMillan and Samuda started making music in college when they realized their styles meshed perfectly….

For more information, visit Facebook.com/Freekstile. Also check out Freekstile’s song “Just Say Yes.”

Read the full article here on NJ.com.

Stevens Dramatic Society presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Tonight, students from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken will present the Broadway hit musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The comedy, directed by Josh Gold, features nine students as the six wacky spellers and three eccentric adults. Four audience members will get to compete onstage with the spellers, including senior Matt Kelly, who plays Chip Tolentino.

“In the show, he won the spelling bee last year,” said Kelly. “Pretty much nothing works out for him throughout the course of the show… what makes this musical interesting is that the kids deal with not being good enough or people’s expectations – problems adults deal with frequently….”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed at the DeBaun Center for Performing Arts, 500 Hudson St., Hoboken, tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $1 for students, $5 for non-students. Tickets at the door are $3 for students, $7 for non-students. For more information, visit DeBaun.org.

Read the full article on NJ.com.

J CITY Theater presents “The Memory of Water”

“Siblings – you love them, but you hate them. You know these people and you choose not to interact with them, but at things like family events and funerals, we have to.”

It’s a family dynamic many can relate to, said J CITY Theater Executive Producer Clay Cockrell. On April 13, the Jersey City-based company will present the West End hit, “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson, a comedy exploring strained family relationships….

“The Memory of Water” will run tonight through April 28 at 8 p.m. at 252 Ninth St., Jersey City. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at JCITY.org or by calling 1-(800) 838-3006. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating.

Read the full article on NJ.com.

The Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents “Stepping Out”

The Hudson Theatre Ensemble in Hoboken will perform “Stepping Out,” a comedy by British writer Richard Harris about eight characters taking a beginning tap dance class led by a former chorus dancer and a grumpy pianist.

Director of Development Florence Pape, who will also play neat freak Vera, described the class’s motley crew.

“Some of the people can do it, most of them can’t,” she said. “The teacher has to bring these people together when they have an opportunity to do their first public performance at a charity event…(these characters are) people who have never performed before…and we learn about their lives,how they connect and how they help each other to be better tap dancers….”

“Stepping Out” will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. from tonight through April 22 at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. For more information, visit HudsonTheatreEnsemble.com or call (201) 377-7014.

Read full article on NJ.com.

For more arts and entertainment from The Jersey Journal, pick up a copy today or visit them on NJ.com.

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About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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