Spotlight on Jersey City photo exhibit, Record Store Day, Hudson County plays

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

“50 Dey Street” photo exhibit in Jersey City

French photographer Genevieve Gleize finds traces of the life that once lit up old rooms and the noise that echoed through dark halls in the dust and debris of abandoned spaces.

Her exhibit at Canco Lofts in Jersey City highlights the beauty she found behind a deserted space in one of the buildings at 50 Dey St. – once home to the American Can Company, where tab top beer cans were invented.

“50 Dey Street” will be on display at Canco Lofts, 317 St. Paul’s Ave., Jersey City, through June 7. For more information, visit CancoLofts.com or GenevieveGleize.fr.

Read the full article on NJ.com.

Hudson County shops prepare for Record Store Day

Local shops are gearing up for Record Store Day, an international celebration of vinyl and music. Hundreds of limited-edition special releases from 7-inch singles to full-length albums to multi-disc box sets, from obscure cult favorites from the past to some of today’s biggest hitmakers will flood into local retailers just for that day, and music fans will queue up early for a chance to buy them.

Tunes at 225 Washington St., Hoboken, is opening early at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will be celebrating Record Store Day with an in-store performance by local favorites Those Mockingbirds at 3 p.m. The store has been a Hoboken music scene staple since it first opened its doors in 1995.

Assistant Manager Evan Stanhope said locals turn to the store for their music and gift-giving needs.

“We have a lot of knick-knacks, box sets — lots of giftable things,” said the 24-year-old.

Read the full article on NJ.com. (Partially written by Jim Testa)

West Hudson Arts and Theater Company presents “The Frog Princess”

The West Hudson Arts and Theater Company’s latest production, “The Frog Princess” by Cathy Howard, is an interactive show about three sons trying to find the perfect bride so they can inherit their mother’s kingdom. One of the sons, a shy man who doesn’t really know himself, finds himself a frog princess.

“At midnight she turns from a frog into a beautiful princess,” explained director Joe Ferriero. “She had a curse put on her because she was mean to someone and the only way to break the curse is if she finds how to be nice to everyone.” The show is the newly-founded company’s biggest production yet and will allow kids – ideally ages 4 to 12 – to participate in the fun.

“The Frog Princess” will be performed tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, 1 N. 5th St., Harrison. Tickets are $5 for seniors and kids 12 and under, $8 for adults. Reservations available for groups of 25 or more. For more information, visit WHATco.org or call (201) 467-8624.

Read the full article on NJ.com.

The Attic Ensemble presents “Blood and Oil”

Estranged twins, psychics, family secrets and more await audiences in upcoming show, “Blood and Oil,” written by Director Billy Mitchell.

The title is taken from a series of paintings in the play featuring the coastal cottages in Maine where the action takes place but also refers to the fraternal twin sisters at the center of the play – one, a phlebotomist, the other, a painter. After growing apart in their teen years, the women reunite at the funeral of their father, which also happens to be their 32nd birthday and 30th anniversary of their mother’s death. When they remember an old pact, they set out to find a psychic who will help them contact their mother. Along the way, they make some interesting discoveries.

“It’s more of a puzzle than a mystery,” said Mitchell. “You know when you’re doing a puzzle and you know what the picture is, you know the pile of pieces is getting smaller and you just want it to go faster? That’s what I hope this turns into.”

“Blood and Oil” will run from today through April 29 at The Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne St., Jersey City. Shows will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be bought online or at the door. Not suitable for children. Content may be objectionable to some audiences. For more information, visit AtticEnsemble.org.

Read the 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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