Mel Brooks leaves ‘em in stitches at “Young Frankenstein” event

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Audience member: “Do you wear boxers or briefs?” Mel Brooks: (Pauses) “Depends.” Legendary Hollywood funnyman Mel Brooks was in full command of his comedic powers during an exhilarating appearance at the New Jersey Performing Arts screening of his 1974 horror homage, “Young Frankenstein.” Following the May 21st matinee of his revered […]

VHS alum Wyclef Jean inducted into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

VHS alum Wyclef Jean inducted into New Jersey Hall Of Fame

Multi-talented musician/actor and Vailsburg High School graduate Wyclef Jean was inducted into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame during a lavish red carpet ceremony that took place along the historic Asbury Park Boardwalk on May 7. The Haitian-born entertainer first achieved global success as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey-based hip-hop group The Fugees. He has won three Grammy […]

Free rabies immunization keeps pets healthy

NUTLEY, NJ — Hundreds of concerned and caring local dog and cat owners brought their furry friends to the annual free rabies immunization clinic, which took place inside the Chestnut Street firehouse on the evenings of April 17 and 18. Staff members from the Nutley Animal Hospital teamed with local officials, volunteer community members and […]

SOPAC audience gets two hours of ‘Satisfaction’

The International Rolling Stones Show delivers a blast of classic rock to Essex County

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — They say you can’t always get what you want, but a packed house of classic-rock aficionados may have gotten what they needed on Friday evening, Jan. 13, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Celebrating their 16th year of paying, or playing, tribute to the music, look and brash attitude of the Rolling Stones, Satisfaction […]

NJPAC gets a double dose of David Cassidy

Former Essex County resident-turned-pop star delivers good music and great memories

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It’s Saturday night inside the intimate Victoria Theater at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark, and the audience is clearly enjoying themselves. “New Jersey loves you, David!” shouts a trio of overly excited middle-aged ladies in unison. “I love you too!” responds the delighted entertainer, who is smiling and […]

‘Riverdance 20’ delights packed house at NJPAC

NEWARK, NJ — “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour” concluded a brief run at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark last weekend, thrilling audiences with a near-perfect blend of Irish-themed dancing, singing and stellar musicianship. Along with everything that made the original production so dazzling and memorable, this latest version boasts new costumes, lighting […]

The Who to rock Essex County

NEWARK, NJ — Long live rock! Things are about to get a little noisier in northern New Jersey as The Who return to the Garden State. The highly anticipated stop at The Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday evening, March 19th is part of their robust 2016 North American “The Who Hits 50! Tour.” The legendary British […]

On fire in the kitchen

On fire in the kitchen

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood fire departments took part in ‘Cooked and Uncorked,’ a food and wine festival in Edison on Feb. 29, in support of the New Jersey State Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association and the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas. The evening ‘put fire to good use’ with a […]

Ray Andersen: A New Jersey rocker creating music to empower kids

Latest project from Mr. Ray confronts the issue of bullying

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Rare is the artist in any medium whose creative output can easily appeal to both adults and children, connecting to the disparate audiences at their own level. And yet Mr. Ray has been doing just that with great success since 1994. Ray Andersen is a popular rock ‘n’ roll musician who has been a […]