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.

Cuban Cultural Program

The City of Union City will be hosting a Cuban Cultural Program on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Jose Marti Freshman Academy, 1800 Summit Avenue, Union City.

The event will include live music by the group "Habana 3"; a performance and art exhibit by Lourdes Simón; and typical Cuban food.  Among the persons being honored as "Distinguished Cuban-Americans of the Year" are Ivan Acosta, renowned film & theatre writer/director , and "Pipo" Felipe Martinez of the legendary musical group "Charanga 76". 
Admission is free.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Exciting Art Show at UC Museum

In Transit: Parallel Time
Photographic Exhibition of 2 Cuban/American Artists
Frank Guiller and Juan-Si González at the William V. Musto Cultural Center
Frank Guiller

with a special musical presentation of
"Haunted" the show, starring Marcus Simeone
The William V. Musto Cultural Center proudly presents the Opening Gala of Frank Guiller and Juan-Si González art exhibit In Transit: Parallel Time with a special musical presentation of  "Haunted” The Show, on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City. Refreshments will be served.  Free admission.
Juan-Si Gonzalez


The Union City Performing Arts Center proudly presents History Herstory...Where Truth Lies” starring Sarah Rice & David Vernon on Thursday, May 10, 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.
“History Herstory...Where Truth Lies” starring Broadway's original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD and winner of the 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC Award, Sarah Rice and International Recording Artist David Vernon

The show is an evening of song, chosen from the International and American songbooks, by composers such as MECANO, Sondheim, Herman, Kander & Ebb, Poulenc, Rogers & Hart, and more, exploring how 2 people can look at the same thing and yet see something different.
From earliest childhood, our most cherished bed-time stories and fables shape our view of the world and ourselves, how we fit into the world and how we are supposed to behave with one another. 
Things don't always work out as we are taught to believe they will, often in surprising ways...