Thursday, December 20, 2012

Deck the Halls!!!

The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners with UNION CITY OPERA  present DECK THE HALLS! a Christmas Concert on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.

The show features vocalists Jacqueline Thompson, Guadalupe Peraza, Jennifer Giudice, John Jay Hebert, Frank Basile, Lawrence Craig... plus special guests.  Admission is free and everyone in the community is invited to attend.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The God Box

The City of Union City will be presenting the play "The God Box" written and performed by Antonia Lassar on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultuyral Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City.

A "bagels and schmeaaah" mother discovers her daughter wasn't a practicing Jew. "The God Box" is a hilarious and poignant tale of how faith is passed on, and what happens when it isn’t.

Antonia Lassar is an actor, poet, and storyteller currently based in New York. Her work takes a humorous and heartfelt perspective on social issues, and aims to bring dialogue to communities in transition. The God Box is her latest work, and has toured through schools, synagogues, and theatres across New England.

Free admission and refreshments served.  For more information, visit:

Union City Chamber Players

Back by popular demand! The Union City Chamber Players concert, a tribute to three Bs: Bach, Brahms, and Barber. The concert will begin with two intensely personal Bach arias, move to a luxurious Brahms song for mezzo, viola, and piano and his lyrical "Rain Sonata" for violin and piano, and finish with some lush, lonely songs by Samuel Barber, along with some of his galloping piano music for four hands, for which Marina will be joined by our special guest, Leslie Frost -- all in about an hour! Donate what you can and bring your kids for free. Wine and cheese following the concert. October 4, 2012  at 3:00 PM at St. John's, Palisade Avenue & 16th Street in Union City! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Marck Balar & Friends in Concert

The Union City Performing Arts Center proudly presents “Marck Balar & Friends in Concert on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, New Jersey. Admission is free and parking is available at the 23rd Street Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Enildo Rasúa “The Third Hand” Afro-Cuban Jazz in concert

The William V. Musto Cultural Center is presenting a special concert featuring Enildo Rasúa “The Third Hand” Afro-Cuban Jazz on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City. 

Free Admission and Refreshments served.  For more information, please visit:

The One... The Only... Erick Morillo!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Erick Morillo Way

(Union City)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioneres invite the community to the Dedication Ceremony of "Erick Morillo Way" to be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM on Bergenline Avenue and 15th Street in Union City.  Bergenline Avenue from 14th to 15th Street will be named in honor of Erick Morillo who lived on that block, graduated from Emerson High School, and who became a success story in the music industry.  Mr. Morillo serves as a role model for many children growing up in Union City.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Erick Morillo Biography
There really is very little in the world of music and entertainment that Erick Morillo hasn’t turned his hand to. He’s a platinum-selling artist, he’s topped the charts worldwide as the producer behind Reel 2 Real’s hit “I Like To Move It” (used in both Madagascar movies, reaching millions of viewers worldwide and covered by Will I Am in Madagascar 2) and he’s been responsible for a bewildering array of dance-floor tracks including ‘Reach’, ‘Believe’, ‘Do What You Want’ and ‘I Feel Love’ - under pseudonyms including Ministers De La Funk, The Dronez (with Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero and Jose Nunez) and Li’l Mo Ying Yang. He’s remixed everyone from Whitney Houston to Basement Jaxx and continues to run the legendary Subliminal Records house music empire. On his debut album he collaborated with Puff Daddy and Boy George alike. And on his second solo artist album he’s setting his sights even higher: “We’ve already put the message out to Prince and 50 Cent,” says Morillo from his palatial home in Miami, where he has lived for the past four years. “The time is right. Dance music has been received really well, not only by people in clubs but also in the American mainstream. The success of Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas means that dance music is being played by MTV. The pendulum has swung back.”

For over a decade now, Erick has remained one of the most in-demand and instantly recognisable DJs in the world. From the instant success of his weekly ‘Sessions’ parties in New York, to hosting events like the annual road-blocking Subliminal Sessions parties in Miami at Winter Music Conference, to his coveted residency at Ministry of Sound (he’s still one of the only American DJs to ever hold one) and of course his now legendary Subliminal Sessions parties at Pacha, Ibiza, he’ll now be celebrating his 13th historic season at the club in 2012. His non-stop DJing schedule has seen him straddling the globe playing up to a whopping 30 gigs a month, particularly in the summer months where he’ll play from Rome and Mykonos to London and  – but never far from his weekly Wednesday show at Pacha, Ibiza. He’s also become a familiar television personality through his appearances on MTV and MTV Ibiza two years in a row whilst starring in a seven part series for UK TV station, Channel 4, which followed him around the world to the biggest parties and was aired to millions of viewers. 

Raised in Colombia, then New Jersey, Erick was weaned on a musical diet of Latin rhythms, reggae and hip-hop. He started DJing at the age of 11 and after securing himself DJ sets at several local gigs decided to take a studio engineering course at the local Centre of Media Arts. He was soon inducted into the house fraternity through his friend Marc Anthony (the Salsa King), whilst he was working with the now legendary Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez on “Ride On The Rhythm”. “Louie’s watched out for me since the beginning,” he says. Indeed, last summer the duo DJd together at Pacha Ibiza for the first time in a decade. One minor detail: in the booth was a certain supermodel called Naomi Campbell and beside her was one of Erick’s musical heroes, the legendary Quincy Jones. “Can you believe it? Quincy Jones came to my party,” grins Erick, still in shock a year later. When we saw him there, Louie and I decided to play a bunch of his classics, like Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough’. He told me he loved my bass lines,” smiles Erick. “One of the proudest days in my life.”

In 1997, after spending almost a year of meticulously planning everything from logos to packaging, Morillo took it that one step further and launched Subliminal Records with his production partners Harry Romero and Jose Nunez. Guided by Morillo’s ear and studio presence, the brand has gone on to become synonymous with a funky, soulful house sound.

In 2004 Erick released his first artist album worldwide, entitled “My World” it featured heavyweight collaborations from the likes of Puff Daddy, DJ Rap, Terra Deva and even a reunion with the Mad Stuntman. The first single taken from the album was “Break Down The Doors” featuring the Audio Bullys and with its success came Erick’s debut music video, featuring Erick, Audio Bullys and a cameo by his supermodel friend Naomi Campbell. He’ll be returning the favour by DJing at her birthday party in the South Of France this year. Add to this a residency at Pacha NYC (where Erick is also one of the club’s share-holders), a February tour of Australia and South America (he’ll be at Carnival in Brazil alongside fellow house heads Luciano and Steve Angello this year), he even found himself a favorite of a certain pair of princes when performing at the Concert for Diana after-party at London’s Wembley Arena. And this is only what he's done so far.

Next up is his long-awaited second album. “My last record came out in 2004,” he reasons. “I’ve been pushing out dance tracks every year since then,” he reveals, “but I didn’t have that fire in my belly for a while. And now, my mojo’s been turned on again and I’m totally fired up for it. I’ve been in the studio for the past couple of years producing with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, Wyclef and many more. I cannot wait to get this music out there. We have some great tracks and I’m excited for what’s next”. 

It’s now 2012 and there is “so much music” to contend with that Subliminal is busy putting out more music than it has in many a season. After ‘Live Your Life’ and ‘Stronger’ came Erick’s collaboration with Skin and Eddie Thonieck, “If This Ain’t Love”, quickly followed by ‘Elephant’ featuring Alexandra Burke. Next up is another summer smash, this time a collaboration with Jamaican superstar Sean Paul on the forthcoming club monster ‘Feeling It Baby’, with a video that was recorded on Erick’s favourite island in July.  Then there’s the brand new mix compilation, Subliminal 2012 mixed by Erick Morillo and SYMPHO NYMPHO, with a confirmed release date of July 31, 2012. There are four unreleased singles that will be exclusives on the compilation: T3KTONE - 'Prelude' and 'Sankadilla', Eddie Amador and Harry Romero feat. Countre Black 'We Are The Beautiful Ones' (Sympho Nympho - Nympho Mix) and Yanik Coen 'Throw Your Handz Up'. Split over two discs, the first is a darker, trippier, more underground journey that includes Nic Fanciulli’s new take on ‘Grindhouse’ while the second is a more vocal house journey: in essence, the two musical sides of Erick Morillo, light and dark, peak-time and after-hour.

Erick, meanwhile, is as enthused as ever. “The new compilation I did together with Harry and Jose as SYMPHO NYMPHO,” he says. “What I like is it’s not set up with the vocals right from the get go. It’s a great CD for an afterparty – and then the vocals come in! Now it’s the three of us, we wanted to keep it funky, techy and we came to that conclusion together. They are my production partners and production team. The new stuff we’re doing isn’t what people are expecting – it’s dubstep, rock and reggae as well as electronic and I know that it’s the future of Subliminal.”

Aside from the constant stream of live shows (with Brazil in the bag, shows across Europe and a huge appearance at Giants Stadium in NYC under his belt), Erick’s also recorded with Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes and Subliminal’s new vocal superstar Segarra. But as ever, he also has his sights set on several other key global icons for his next album. “Shakira – she’s on the wish list,” he smiles. “Lenny Kravitz – and Prince. That’s my top three.”

Don’t bet against him having all three in the bag next time you look.

Romance Serenade

Season Opening Concert of the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra

The Union City Performing Arts Center will be hosting  "Romance Serenade" conducted by David Bousso, the new season opening concert of the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City. 

The Union City Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Directors Jahye Kim and Yedeun Park promise that it will be a wonderful evening of classical music.  

Free admission & reception following the performance.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Free Classes

Registration for FREE classes in the Performing Arts

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be having Registration for its professional theatre training program for children ages eight and up from Monday through Friday, September 24th to September 28th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Jose Marti Freshman Academy, 1800 Summit Avenue, Union City. 

Unlimited FREE classes in Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tap/Rhythm, Singing, and Acting.

To register, kids must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  All classes are FREE. No special clothing or equipment needed. Registration fee is $30 per student. All of the instructors are professional performers.  Open to all residents of Hudson County.  Adult classes in Salsa are also offered at no cost.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"La Charanga 76" Anniversary Concert

The City of Union City will be hosting a concert celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Latin band "La Charanga 76" on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  Admission is FREE and parking is available at 23rd Street Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit and Kerrigan Avenues in Union City.

"La Charanga 76" was formed in Union City, NJ and made its debut at Liberty Park on July 4th, 1976 hired by El Centro Cultural Cubano de NY to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence.  Simultaneously in 1976, "La Charanga 76" released its first LP which featured its run-away hit "Soy" (a ballad by Willy Chirino). Currently, "La Charanga 76" is still going strong and maintains its national and international popularity.  The band performs as a special attraction in major concerts and events.

"La Charanga 76" concert is part of Union City's Hispanic Heritage month celebrations. This will be a special concert celebrating the many accomplishments of one of Union City's most successful musical institutions.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

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UC Arts & Crafts and Music Festival

The Annual Union City Arts & Crafts and Music Festival will be held at Ellsworth Park, New York Avenue and 24th Street, on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 
The daylong festival will include a vast array of artists and crafters, various organizations and community groups, live performances and many activities for children.

Everyone is invited to attend.  Admission is free. 

Oswaldo "El Indio Araucano" Gomez

The William V. Musto Cultural Center will host an event honoring Oswaldo "El Indio Araucano" Gomez for his long artistic career on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Willian V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City. There will be live music by Gilberto Perez-Lavastida on piano, accompanying "El Indio Araucano". Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Mr. Gomez has had a long artistic career as a singer and musician.  He is enormously well known and regarded by the Hispanic community. The entire community is cordially invited to attend this most especial cultural event where Oswaldo "El Indio Araucano" Gomez will be presented the Mapuche Warrior Medal on behalf of HRH Prince Philippe d'Araucanie for his contributions to the culture and dignity of the Mapuche people of Araucania.  This is an extremely high honor to the Araucania people.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Erasmo Jorge Gomez - Art Show

Solo Art Exhibit by Erasmo Jorge Gomez
at the William V. Musto Cultural Center

The City of Union City will host an Opening Reception of Erasmo Jorge Gomez new solo art exhibit tomorrow Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, New Jersey.

The artist will be present at the event greeting everyone; there will be live music by Sergio Garcia Marruz, and refreshments will be served.  Admission to the event is free, and everyone in the community is invited to attend. 

Opening Reception
Solo Exhibit by
Erasmo Jorge Gomez
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street, Union City

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Liza Calache's Art Exhibit

Liza Calache
The City of Union City will host a solo art exhibit featuring artist Liza Calache at the Union City Art Gallery at City Hall with an opening reception on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Union City City Hall, 3715 Palisade Avenue, 1st Floor, Union City, NJ.  

Free admission. Live Music & Refreshments.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Night at the Opera

Union City Opera's Gala Concert 2012 "A Night at The Opera” featuring the Union City Opera Company as well as other special guests on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, New Jersey. Admission is free and parking is available at the 23rd Street Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this wonderful musical event. 
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Union City Opera Company, John Jay Hebert, Artistic Director.

Monday, June 18, 2012

UC Art Gallery at City Hall

(Union City, NJ)  Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners announce that the City of Union City will host their June art exhibit at the Union City Art Gallery at City Hall with an opening reception on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Union City City Hall, 3715 Palisade Avenue, 1st Floor, Union City, NJ.  

The art exhibit will feature artists Martha Colon, Rita Marquez, and Adriana Garces. Union City Art Gallery curator, Amado Mora and the Union City Artist Collective, is organizing the eventLive music. Refreshments will be served and admission to the event is free.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Union City Artist Awards

The City of Union City will be holding the first ever Union City Artist Awards on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City, New Jersey.  The awards will honor the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric. The event will also a special recognition to legendary Latin percussionist Candido Camero

The elegant red carpet event will feature live music by the group (U)nity, as well as guest performances by Alisa Peterson, soprano; Guadalupe Peraza, Mezzo-Soprano; John Jay Hebert, Lyric Tenor; and Craig Ketter on piano. Also, enjoy a wonderful exhibit by Frank Guiller and Juan-Si Gonzalez.

Mayor Brian P. Stack said, “We are excited to host the first annual Union City Artist Awards, which will show great appreciation for our flourishing arts community.  This event will be both a celebration and showcase of the many contributions that artists have made to local culture.”

This will be an evening not to be missed!!!

The Union City Artist Awards
Friday, June 15, 2012 
7:00 PM 
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street 
Union City, New Jersey

Red Carpet begins at 6:00 PM
Free Admission
Dress to Impress

Friday, June 8, 2012

UC Theatre Fest. in the Park

10th Annual Union City Theatre Festival in the Park kicks off on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Ellsworth Park, New York Avenue & 23rd Street with the show "Rosario & Her Stars". 

A different show will be presented every Thursday evening throughout the summer… from poetry to musical concerts. Admission is FREE and chairs are provided. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Ellsworth Park
New York Avenue & 23rd Street
Union City 

June 14    Rosario & Her Stars
June 21    Luis Novoa in concert
June 28    Tracy Stark in concert
July 5        Poetry in the Park, Hosted by Ben "Brokenglish" Figueroa
July 12      Randy Pradera & Los Nostaljicos in concert
July 19      Noche de Colombia
July 26      Latin Fire Dancers
August 2   Lee Cadena with Tracy Stark in concert   
August 9   Union City Opera Company
August 16 Poetry in the Park, Hosted by Ben "Brokenglish" Figueroa
August 23 Poesia with Rafael Palacios & Friends  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Two For The Road

Starring Shaynee Rainbolt & Donn Trenner 
(Union City) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners proudly present "Two For The Road” featuring Shaynee Rainbolt and Donn Trenner on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, New Jersey. Admission is free and parking is available at the 23rd Street Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.

Emmy nominated veteran jazz pianist, musical director and arranger Donn Trenner, joins with MAC/Bistro award winning New York jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt to create a musical pairing that transcends the generations.  Two For the Road is their musical road trip to destinations filled with sumptuous and surprising popular song pairings that both satisfy and illuminate. 
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this wonderful musical pairing. 
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Death of April

Hudson County filmmakers shoot Feature Film

A group of young filmmakers from Hudson County have banded together to shoot a feature film.  “The Death of April” to be released this Fall is lensing all over Hudson County with a group of dedicated filmmakers at the helm.

A project of Mojo Creative Group, the film is written and directed by Ruben Rodriguez, and with Humberto Guzman serving as Director of Photography, both from Jersey City.  Cesar G. Orellana, Brit Godish, Dan Lefante, and Lucio Fernandez, all of which are from Bayonne or Union City, are producing it.

The feature stars Katarina Hughes in the role of “Megan Mullen”.  In the film, Megan Mullen, freshly moved into her East coast home, keeps in touch with her friends through a video blog.  As her entries (and her life) become more complex and emotional, strange things begin to happen in her apartment: and the camera captures it all.

Told from the point-of-view of a wireless webcam mixed with documentary footage, The Death of April” explores the unsettling activity in an otherwise average teenage girl’s apartment and the mysteries that surround it.

The film promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.  What lurks in Megan’s mind, or in her new home? 

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Coming this Fall... look for it!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Poetry Celebration

The City of Union City will be hosting a Poet Laureate Introduction Ceremony on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City.  

The event will introduce the City's new Poet Laurate to the world.  It will feature live poetry performances by a varied group of poets and performing artists, including the Poet Laurate himself, Bem "Broken English" Figueroa; music; and refreshments.  Admission is free and everyone is invited.

For now, Ben may be reached by calling the Union City Office of Public Affairs, at 201-348-5746.  Visit Ben's blog at:

Life to a Guracha Beat

Tribute to the legendary Hermanas Marquez
(Union City)  Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners cordially invite the community to a special presentation of "Life to a Guaracha Beat" a tribute to the legendary Hermanas Marquez on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard.  Admission is free.

This will be a spectacular tribute to the legendary Marquez Sisters.  A musical journey through the life of these sisters who walked their sparkling guaracha from the Palladium and the Apollo in New York to the main theater of Mexico and the world. Also a stunning tribute to the Mexican cinema in its golden age.  But most of all, a tribute to the venerable Marquez Sisters, who received the Grammy for their life’s artistic achievements in 2011.
The event, Directed and hosted by Armando Lopez, will feature performances by the renown pianist Meme Solis, the sparkling Yerason Charanga, the Guateque Campesino,  songstress Olga Merediz and Lourdes Lopez, the dancers Pedro Domech and Rita Macias, and many other artistic surprises.
The audience will sing and dance, and shall enjoy in this tribute to Las Hermanas Marquez.  Do not miss this celebration!!! The show spreads joy, and shows you the magic formula for eternal youth: "Live life to the rhythm of guaracha!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Union City Opera

The Union City Opera is proud to announce their inaugural public performance with a presentation of "VIVA ITALIA, A Celebration of Italian Opera" on Saturday, May 26th at 7:30 PM at The Arts at St. John's Church located at 1516 Palisade Avenue in Union City.  

Selections from Puccini, Verdi and many more will be brought to life by this very talented cast of international singers.  Be a part of New Jersey's fastest growing opera company.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  

Please visit: to purchase tickets or to find out more about the Union City Opera.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Piano Concerto

The City of Union City is hosting the 2012 Piano Concerto Festival with the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Hudson Philharmonic Orchestra) on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  

The Union City Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with the 1st Place Winners of the Hudson Philharmonic Piano Concerto Competition: Fantee Jones (age 18), Gabrielle Yoon (age 11), and Joshua Son (age 12).  With highly gitfted pianists of all ages, we invite you to come celebrate and enjoy a night of inspiring orchestral music with your children, family and friends.

Union City Philharmonic Orchestra has been designated by the City of Union City as its "honorary orchestra".
2012 Piano Concerto Festival in Union City

Saturday, May 19, 2012
7:00 PM
Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Boulevard
Union City

Free admission & reception following the performance.