Weird N.J. seeks to entertain and inform the thrill-seekers

By Evelyn Peregrin A tree in Bernards Township that will not die is surrounded by accounts of murder and suicide. Folklore says that a farmer murdered his whole family and then came to the devil’s Tree to kill himself, according to Weird N.J. This tale has drawn many curious New Jersians to its roots with…

Get the Led Out offers fans the performance they crave

By Evelyn Peregrin The vocal crowd could not contain themselves. Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters jumped from their seats, neatly in rows, and after each song was played, gravitated closer to the stage. No one moved to stop them until finally a young girl of no more than 10-years-old, wearing a shirt that read ‘Got…

Chasing the dream while keeping the day job

By Evelyn Peregrin She stood in front of her first audience, overwhelmed with a feeling that would soon be familiar. The Madison Library was hosting an Appreciate the Arts festival and seventh grader Theresa Guido was about to meet the love of her life. Music. “I will never forget the rush of being in front…

Managing entertainment, and all that jazz

By Evelyn Peregrin Ed Kirchdoeffer tries not to get in the way of the celebrities that come to perform at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, N.J. As the general manager of the non-profit organization, Kirchdoeffer is involved with the strategic planning of events and oversees the marketing, education, and the box office…

Top 5 Budget-Friendly Shows in the Metropolitan Area

By Dominique McIndoe The beginning of the Christmas holiday season starts on Dec. 1, which means the New York metropolitan area begins hosting a number of Christmas and holiday themed shows, festivals, and events. Some of the most tourist-attracting Christmas events are the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker performed by the…

La Cinémathèque Film Club: Israeli Film Series at SOPAC

By Dominique McIndoe SOUTH ORANGE – In the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on a cold, November afternoon, members of the La Cinémathèque Film Club exited through the double doors of what is called the Loft, a mid-sized, cozy room with high ceilings, dim lighting, and a large projector used for film screenings. An…

Music Sales: Streaming Rises, Physical Albums Sales Fall

By Kenneth Barilari Over the past 12 months, physical album sales have substantially declined, and the use of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music has increased in the United States, proving that while music has always been around, it is constantly evolving. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or the IFPI, is the…

Five Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in N.J. for less than $20

By Leah Scalzadonna New Jersey families and visitors alike can celebrate the holidays for less than $20 throughout December, despite the costly expectations surrounding Christmas. According to a survey by the American Research Group, Inc., American shoppers expect to spend an average of $929 for gifts this holiday season. For those with a stricter budget,…

Cranford’s Robert Schott Explains his Snow Creations

By Leah Scalzadonna Early on a winter morning, when the temperature is between 30 and 50 degrees, Robert Schott, 58, prepares to build. He’ll gather a ladder, a tree limb saw, a straight edge garden shovel and a yardstick. Next, Schott will don a pair of liner gloves, then a pair of winter gloves, and…

Glenn Alexander Gets Honest

By Leah Scalzadonna Self-proclaimed rock ‘n’ roller Glenn Alexander has played with Bruce Springsteen and on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” but his biggest accomplishments are his personal relationships, he said. This July, Alexander released a new album, “Glenn Alexander & Shadowland,” which he describes as “rock and blues with a hand of country.” The…

NYC Writer Visits Seton Hall University

Christine Schutt’s take on being an author. By Dominique McIndoe SOUTH ORANGE – Christine Schutt approaches the podium with a smile. She stands before an audience of about 80 students and community members in the University Center’s faculty lounge at Seton Hall University on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. She has been introduced as the…