Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New York International Concerto Festival



The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation announces their schedule of concerts for the New York International Concerto Festival entitled “Concert for Peace: Empowering the Oppressed with Music" to be held January 2014 at various venues including Lincoln Center in NYC.

In our crazy fast-paced world full of hectic hustle and bustle with people scampering without direction in their lives, the Hudson Fine Arts Foundation shares love and culture throughout the world. Since its founding in 2011, the Foundation has showcased the talents of musicians to the local community to bring inspiration, warmth and the beauty of the arts to those who need music as a tonic for various conditions.

Based in New York, the multi-cultural Hudson Fine Arts Foundation kicked off with a concert series called Concerts in Love where young musicians performed over one hundred concerts in various nursing homes and childrens’ hospitals in New York and New Jersey. Since then, with the support of New York Congressman Charles Rangle, Congresswoman GraceMeng and State Senator Brian P. Stack, the Foundation grew to new heights as it has become a government recognized group. For their service to the community, the Foundation was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the highest volunteer service award in the nation.

In 2013, the Foundation started an Asian-American exchange program where musicians from both countries came together to perform in concerts for the handicapped, low income families, people suffering from depression, as well as the elderly. Because these people, under normal circumstances, would not be able to go to concert halls or other such venues, it was the Foundation’s wish to bring the concerts to them and to give them a sense of hope. This was the start of their Art for Peace series, in which the idea was to make the concerts more meaningful than justmere performances.

This past summer, the Foundation took on The Arirang Project with a concert series in South Korea to help commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War with many war veterans in attendance. The Foundation also hosted the first annual New York International Concerto Festival with concerts at Lincoln Center in NYC, as well as at the Union City Museum of Art and the Union City Performing Arts Center. These concerts were also broadcasted by the Hudson Cable Television Network.

With the success of this past festival still fresh in the memories of those who participated and attended, the Hudson Fine Arts Foundation will host the second annual New York International Concerto Festival with three concerts: Sunday, January 19 at 6:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center featuring the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra; Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Museum of Art; and Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 PM at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center in NYC. This series of concerts is subtitled, “Concert for Peace: Empowering the Oppressed with Music.”  With each festival, the Foundation seeks to bring to awareness to a different and important social issue, so as to prevent present and future injustices on that subject. The topic of this year’s festival is on the plight of the "Comfort Women" during the Korean War, as well as the sex trafficking of both women and children in countries such as Congo and Cambodia. All concerts are open to the public and free of charge.

The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation continues to strive in spreading the message of peace and hope through music and the arts, inspiring a new generation of listeners as well as performers. For more information, please visit:  www.hudsonfoundation.org.


The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation
presents
The New York International Concerto Festival
“Concert for Peace: Empowering the Oppressed with Music"

Sunday, January 19 at 6:00 PM
Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Boulevard
Union City, NJ

Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 PM
Union City Museum of Art
at The William V. Musto Cultural Center
420-15 Street
Union City, NJ

Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 PM
Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
NY, NY 10023

Open to the public
Free Admission

Monday, December 30, 2013

FREE Classes in the Performing Arts

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be having Registrations for its professional theatre training program for children ages eight and up Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Jose Marti Freshman Academy, 1800 Summit Avenue, Union City. Registrations begin on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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.

For information, log on to www.GraceTheatre.com.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013



PLEASE HELP

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. is an official federal and state recognized not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatrical organization. For thirteen years it has been providing FREE classes in acting, dancing, and singing to children from low-income families. In the past thirteen years the program has served thousands of children and their families. 

In these tough economic times, more than ever The Grace Theatre needs the assistance of persons such as yourself in order to help continue its work. I ask you to please consider making a donation to this worthy organization.

Remember, any assistance would be greatly appreciated. (Even $1 can be of help)

I sincerely hope you are able to participate. Thanking you in advance for your generosity.

via PayPal

or mail your check or money order to payable to:
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.
P.O.Box 4412
Union City, NJ 07087

Friday, December 6, 2013

Celebrate the Holidays in Union City

West Hudson Opera will be presenting "Deck the Halls"... a great way to celebrate the Holiday Season.


www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tanya Holt brings her charm to UC

The incomparable... Tanya Holt comes to Union City.  

One of the most beloved and celebrated cabaret performers comes to Union City bringing her beautiful and soulful voice, and a bit of Holiday cheer. This is one not to be missed!!!
www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Monologando Ando comes to UC

Two of the finalists of the Monologando Ando Festival in New York City under the direction of JJ Franco will be presented at the William V. Musto Cultural Center in Union City.  Don't miss an evening of great theatre.


www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Friday, November 29, 2013

In Black & White

The art exhibit "Black & White" opens at the Union City Museum of Art on Friday, December 6, 2013.  Some of the area's best known artists will be featured.  This is one not to be missed.


www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Two Union City Actors go to NYC


Union City's only professional theatre company, The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. presents the world premiere of the dark comedy "Till Death" by Lucio Fernandez.  The play opens on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM at The Producers' Club Theatre, 358 West 44th Street in NYC for a limited run.  There will be a VIP Reception following the opening night performance on Wednesday, November 20th.  The play is directed by Peter A. Dubo and stars two Union City actors, Ruth Kavanagh and Lucio Fernandez.

"Have you ever been afraid of your wife or girlfriend?"  Ruth Kavanagh plays the "perfect woman" wishing to help Lucio Fernandez' desperately delusional and suicidal "Tony". What the character of "Tony" discovers is that "Some commitments must be kept."  "Tony" finds himself lost in the illusions of his mind, constantly tormented by nightmares; nightmares driven by women from his past.  In a constant search for peace... "peace of mind", he comes to believe that death is his only answer... the only way out of his predicament.  But is that what he really wants?  In his quest for peace, he finds that a commitment is a commitment, and some cannot be broken.  In fact, some commitments are more than one can bare.

"Till Death"
by Lucio Fernandez
Directed by Peter A. Dubo
Assisted by Megan Fernandez

Starring
Ruth Kavanagh
Lucio Fernandez

The Producers' Club Theatre
358 West 44th Street
New York City

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 4:00 PM

Tickets: $18.00



212-868-4444

For more information, please visit:  www.GraceTheatre.com

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Lupita Ferrer to perform in Union City


Renowned actress Lupita Ferrer will be performing her show "Yesterday & Today" on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  Admission is free.

The show, Lupita Ferrer "Yesterday & Today", is a musical biography with commentary and songs performed live.  The show also features renowned composer and radio personality, Rafelito Marrero.  (Please note:  The show is performed in Spanish.)

Lupita Ferrer
"Yesterday & Today"

Sunday, November 17, 2013
4:00 PM

Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Boulevard
Union City, NJ 

Free Admission

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cabaret in Union City

The hugely popular Cabaret at the Museum series returns on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM with a wonderful performance by Jeff Macauley.  Don't miss it!!!

www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Women In The Arts

Don't miss this exciting art exhibit by some of the best female artists from Hudson County, NJ.  The exhibit is curated by Juan Ramiro Torres.  Admission is free.

Sandbox in Union City!!!

Chamber music arrives in Union City!!!  Come and listen to an explosive quartet at the beautiful Union City Performing Arts Center.

www.UnionCityPAC.com

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dance Macabra


"Dance Macabra", a wonderful concert with Eric Grossman on violin and Lida Lopez Mancheva on piano, accompanied with visual moody images by New Dark Age.  This Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  Free Admission.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Grace Theatre con nueva obra en NYC





La compañia de teatro The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. the Union City estrena "La Remolienda" en Nueva York.

No se pierdan esta gran comedia dirigida por Peter A. Dubo.

Para boletos, visiten: http://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=LAR25 

www.GraceTheatre.com

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Biggest Night in Union City



National Night Out Against Crime in UC
The City of Union City will be celebrating National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Summit Avenue from 8th to 15th Streets, Union City. 

There will be free rides for children, and free hot dogs & water.

A show for children featuring Rosario & Her Stars. 

Plus... an incredible concert on two stages...  
performances by Papo Ortega's Cubanoson, Union Hill, Rumba Havana Capitan, La Nueva Bohemia, TR Blaze, and Luciano Xactamente.  

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

2013 NYICF


2013 New York International 
Concerto Gala
Comes to Union City!!!


(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners in conjunction with The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation & NYICF Orchestra -  Jahye Kim, Director and Vince Lee Conductor - present the 2013 New York International Concerto Gala Concert  on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City.  Admission is Free.  Korean Food Reception following the performance.

The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation & NYICF Orchestra will bring this marvelous concert to Union City following a performance at Lincoln Center in NYC on Monday, August 5th.  For more information about the 2013 New York International Concerto Gala Concert, please visit:  www.NYICF.org


Monday, July 8, 2013

11th Annual Union City Theatre Festival in the Park










(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City will kick-off the 11th Annual Union City Theatre Festival in the Park on Thursday, June 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Ellsworth Park, New York Avenue & 24th Street with the show  for family audiences 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. 

The Eleventh Annual Union City Theatre Festival in the Park 2013
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM

Ellsworth Park
New York Avenue and 24th Street

July 11, 2013 - Rosario & Her Stars

July 18, 2013 - "El Gringuito" by Eric-Dominique Pérez

July 25, 2013 - Noche de Colombia

August 1, 2013 - Ruby Jurado & Luis Polanco in concert

August 8, 2013 - The Robert Lawrence Trio, American Standards

August 15, 2013 - Noche de Poesia, host Rafael Palacios 

August 22, 2013 - Luis Noboa in concert

August 29, 2013 - Tanya Holt in concert

September 5, 2013 - Poetry in the Park, host Ben "Broken English" Figueroa

September 12, 2013 - Rosario & Her Stars

September 19, 2013 - Tracy Stark in concert

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cabaret at the Museum


The Union City Museum of Art presents Cabaret at the Museum with a performance by The Vicki Burns Trio on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420-15th Street, Union City, NJ. Hosted by Lucio Fernandez with special musical guest, Tracy Stark

Vicki Burns is a vocalist  currently performing in the NYC area with the City's finest musicians. Known for her clear, beautiful voice and an infectious sense of swing, she has made her mark by performing at such venues as Birdland, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Metropolitan Room and a regular stint at the iconic gem in the Village, The Zinc Bar. 

Admission is free.  Refreshments served.  For more information, please visit:  www.UnionCityMuseum.org 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Union City Artist Awards


The 2nd Annual Union City Artist Awards 

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack Board of Commissioners will be hosting the Second Annual Union City Artist Awards on Friday, June 7, 2013 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 elegant red carpet event will feature live music by Havana Rumba Capitan and Rima Roja en Venus; as well as an art exhibit by Abby Levine. Special recognition will be given to renown film actor Renoly Santiago ("Conair", "Dangerous Minds", etc.); Yoshlie Garcia a.k.a. DJ Bacan of 96.3X; and to Angel Premier Solis, a renown actor, poet, journalist, and professor.

Mayor Brian P. Stack said, “We are excited to host the second annual Union City Artist Awards, which will continue to demonstrate our City's great appreciation for our artists and 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 7, 2013
7:00 PM 
Red Carpet begins at 6:00 PM

William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street 
Union City, New Jersey

Free Admission
Refreshments
Dress to Impress

From UC comes the "American Mambo"










Watch the hot new video, the "American Mambo" Remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHGTXHqCdNs

Lucio Fernandez Releases New Musical CD

MeLu Communications Group announces the release of "American Mambo"... the exciting new CD by Lucio Fernandez a.k.a. "The Cuban Kid".  A feel good production... from dance tracks, to boleros, to hard driving ballads... this is "American Mambo". 

The CD is available at the following sites: 

CDBaby at:

iTunes at:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

New CD by Jorge Sanchez "Papito"


Jorge Sanchez was born in Cuba into a musical family. He began performing at the age five, as part of a family duo in his native land.

Upon arriving in the U.S. he worked with many of the top names in latin music, notably, the “Jersey Cuban Boys”. Afterwards he was co-leader of the renowned “Orquesta Riviera” and was lead singer of the legandary “Fajardo y sus Estrellas” for seventeen years. Lately he is singing with Papo Ortega & Cubanoson, and “Charanga 76.

Throughout his career, Jorge has made numerous television appearances and has won the respect and admiration of many of the industry’s top performers.

In addition to his vocal talent, Jorge also writes most of his material. Combining years of experience with the youthful energy and vibes of today, Jorge Sanchez “Papito” is sure to be an artist you’ll enjoy and admire for years to come.

Aside from being a great singer he is also a musician who plays various instruments like bass, guitar, drums, percussion…
One of the songs written by Jorge Sanchez “Papito”, titled “Luz Marina”, was included in the movie “Caught”, featuring James Edward Olmos and Maria Conchita Alonso, release by Sony Classic Movies.




For more information, please visit:  www.jspapito.wordpress.com

The CD is available at the following sites:

Monday, April 29, 2013












Please check out our TV program "Live On Stage" 
this month we feature a performance and interview with Rev. Yolanda.

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For more info... channels, or dates & times, please visit:   www.LiveOnStageTV.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Benefit Gala to Support Art Youth Group


The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., a not-for-profit youth based organization dedicated to providing free classes in the performing arts to children, will be holding their annual Spring Benefit Gala on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the elegant The Graycliff, 122 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, New Jersey.  

The Gala will feature live performances, delicious dinner, dance music, and a great time.  The organization will also be presenting Community Service Awards to individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the community as a whole.

Donations for the Spring Benefit Gala are $100.00 per person and can be purchased by visiting: http://www.gracetheatre.com/annualspringbene.html

Now into its twelfth year, The Grace Theatre provides free classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap/Rhythm, Folkloric Dance/Salsa, Flamenco, Singing, and Acting to children from Hudson County as well as free admission to professional performances to the students and their families. 

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. has received much critical acclaim for its professional theatrical productions and is the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey. 

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and therefore donations are tax deductible.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated.  If unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please log on to:  www.GraceTheatre.com

Or mail a check or money order payable to:
The Grace Theatre Workshop
P.O. Box 4412
Union City, NJ 07087

For more information, please visit:  www.GraceTheatre.com 

Please support the arts and our children.  It will undoubtedly be a wonderful evening. 

The Union City Museum of Art presents "Cabaret at the Museum", the new monthly music/cabaret series Hosted by Lucio Fernandez and held at the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ.  

On Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Susan Scherman, Manager of The Robert Lawrence Orchestra & Quartet presents featured vocalist Barbara Rosene (also with The Harry James Orchestra), accompanied by Kelly Friesen on Bass and Ray Macciarola on Guitar for an evening of Hit Vintage and Big Band Era Tunes.



Refreshments will be served & admission is free. 
For more information, visit:  www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Cabaret at the Museum presents
Featured Vocalist Barbara Rosene
Friday, May 17, 2013
8:00 PM

Union City Museum of Art
@ The William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15 Street
Union City, NJ

Free Admission
Refreshments Served

NEW Art Exhibit by Abby Levine


(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners cordially invite the community to the new solo art exhibit “Inside Out and Backwards” featuring artist Abby Levine opening on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM at  the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ.

There will be live music and refreshments.  The artist will be present to speak about her work.  Admission is free.  The exhibit will remain up for approximately two months.

The show will consist of carved wood paintings and wall reliefs completed within the past year.  Abby Levine has been living in Union City since 2008.  She has been exhibiting her work since she graduated from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1976.

While a student at Temple University, Abby became involved with pattern and decoration, banding columnar stretched canvases with intense color. Figurative elements and narration began to work their way into the equation and, by the early 80’s, she was producing small papier mache dioramas based on Greek mythology. A move to the trash-strewn Williamsburg section of Brooklyn led to a preoccupation with architectural forms and the production of fragmented, constructed and reassembled wood structures painted in shades of white. Relocation to Seattle brought a reexamination of color and the use of dead-matte paint along with a continued development of wood construction techniques. The tension between the organic and manmade became a major focus. After 1991, the narrative and architectural merged with the addition of pyrography (woodburning) as a linear device. The retention of architectural elements referenced furniture and religious constructions, with the overall form of the piece providing a metaphor for its content. Making narrative pieces generated a great deal of scrap wood, which eventually became parts of new pieces, more abstract and less pre-determined.  The most recent pieces are meant to be fiercely whimsical, teeming with life, and independent of cultural context.

For more information about this event or any other at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, please visit: www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Thursday, April 11, 2013

“Friend Wanted” opens in NYC


The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. presents "Friend Wanted" by Lucio Fernandez from Wednesday, June 26 to Sunday, June 30, 2013 at The Producers' Club, 358 West 44th Street (corner of 9th Avenue & 44th Street) in New York City.  The bilingual play is directed by Lucio Fernandez and Peter DuBo, with choreography by Megan Fernandez who also serves as Assistant Director.  It stars Lucio Fernandez, Megan Fernandez, Fernando Contreras, and Amy Smith.

"Friend Wanted" is the tale of a man in search of a friend within the confines of the loneliness found in city living. In this avant-garde theater piece, the story is told through dialogue, pantomime, dance, and music.  This is a tale of dreams missed, and hopes lost.  It is about an individual's search for a sense of belonging in a world seemingly gray and cold.   

Friend Wanted
by Lucio Fernandez

Directed by Lucio Fernandez & Peter DuBo
Choreographed by Megan Fernandez

Starring
Lucio Fernandez
Megan Fernandez
Fernando Contreras
Amy Smith

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM *Opening Night & Reception
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The Producers’ Club
358 West 44th Street (corner of 9th Avenue)
NYC

Tickets:  $25.00
Available at:  www.SmartTix.com
or call:  212-868-4444

For more information, visit:  www.GraceTheatre.com 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hudson TV 19


New Hudson based TV Show hits the airways and Internet

The new television program Hudson TV 19, Hosted by Saulo Diaz premieres this Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM on Cablevision Channel 19.  The show will aim to cover happenings on both sides of the Hudson. From in-depth interviews to live news events, and from entertainment news and performances to political commentary.  The show begins airing on Cablevision Channel 19 this Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM, and will air every Friday at the same time.  Viewers can also watch it anytime online by visiting: www.HudsonTV19.blogspot.com

The first episode features an interview with Jersey City Councilman and Candidate for Mayor, Steven Fulop; as well as a video documentary featuring Papo Ortega and his orchestra Cubanoson. 

Hudson TV 19 hosted & produced by Saulo Diaz; MeLu Communications Group, Executive Producer; Kinsmen Entertainment, Associate Producer; Gustavo Marquez, Director; Fel Medina, Cinematographer; Saulo Diaz, Segment Editing; Original music, by Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz from "Enamorado" (Available on iTunes); MeLu Communications Group, Post Production. 

To view episodes or comment on any episode, visit:  www.HudsonTV19.blogspot.com 

To report news or request an interview, email:  HudsonTV19@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"Humanscape" Art Exhibit

The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners cordially invite the community to the new art exhibit "Humanscape" opening at  the William V. Musto Cultural Center on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

The new exhibit features artists Frank Guiller, Arturo Cuenca, Guillermo Portieles, Juan Si Gonzalez and sculptor Armando Guiller.  The Grand Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM at William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ.  


There will be live music and refreshments.  The artists will be present to speak about their work.  Admission is free.  The exhibit will remain in up for one month.


For more information about this event or any other at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, please visit: www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Friday, March 29, 2013

Cabaret at the Museum






















Get ready for a good old time!!!

www.UnionCityMuseum.org
The place for entertainment!!!

 "Cabaret at the Museum", the new monthly music/cabaret series held at the Union City Museum of Art. 

On Friday, April 19, 2013 the show will feature "Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour"  with special guest Tracy Stark; and hosted by Lucio Fernandez.

Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour is:  "A Gender Bending Gospel Celebration for The New Thought Generation" Taking traditional sounding melodies and instrumentation, Rev. Yolanda creates new inspirational songs with lyrics that affirm the God/Goddess within, and embrace the diversity of humankind.

Refreshments will be served & admission is free. 
For more information, visit:  www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Cabaret at the Museum 
presents
"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" 
Special guest Tracy Stark
Hosted by Lucio Fernandez
Friday, April 19, 2013
8:00 PM

Union City Museum of Art
@ The William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15 Street
Union City, NJ

Free Admission
Refreshments Served

***

"Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour" 
starring Rev. Yolanda 

Rev. Yolanda is an accomplished singer/songwriter/drag queen/performance artist and Interfaith Minister garnering awards from:
The GLBT Hall of Fame 
Outvoice GLBT Music Charts 
Pride In The Arts 
Stonewall Society 
The Fresh Fruit Festival, and more.

He has been called " The Alien Love Child of Louise Hay and John Waters, with a splash of Tammy Faye ! " 
Rev. Yolanda is an eccentric, and ecstatic performer with a southern rock, country gospel style. He brings his message of Non Duality into every event by merging GLBT and Mainstream Popular Culture with Integrated Spirituality. Possessing a soulful voice, a message of oneness, great costumes, and a wicked sense of humor, his shows and cd's emphasize love, beautiful melodies, interesting stories, and a bit of inspiration.

Rev Yolanda was born and raised as Roger Mapes in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, The Hit Recording Capital of the World and the birthplaces of
Helen Keller and W.C. Handy.

The Muscle Shoals area is populated by an abundance of musicians and visual artists/painters. Rev. Yolanda began studying music, painting and drawing at a young age with local artists and was encouraged to develop his own unique vision, which combines GLBT culture, drag performance, personal spirituality, and a love for Old Time Gospel Music. Rev. Yolanda is influenced by pop, rock, blues,gospel, country, and folk, but doesn’t self-consciously follow any one tradition…combining them all into some hybrid of his own.
Along the way Roger decided to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a minister. He enrolled at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC and became an ordained Interfaith Minister in June 2011.

Rev. Yolanda is also a fine artist, who paints abstract expressionist paintings. Rev. Yolanda's paintings on canvas and clothing are in private collections all over the world. You can visit his art gallery here: www.fine-art.com/rogermapes
Rev. Yolanda's official website: http://www.yolanda.net

Monday, March 25, 2013

Union City Theatre goes to NYC

Union City's own The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. returns to producing shows in New York City.  This highly anticipated production will undoubtedly be enjoyed by many.

Don't miss The Grace Theatre Workshop's production of "Busco Amigo".  The premiere presenter of bilingual & Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey makes its triumphant return to NYC!!!
































www.GraceTheatre.com
Buy your tickets now.  Visit:  http://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=BUS6

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Woman's Scream


International Poetry Festival

(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners in commemoration of Women's History Month present the international poetry festival  "A Woman's Scream", to be held at the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Performing poetry that evening will be Lourdes Batista, Elizabeth Balaguer, Rafael Palacios, Jane Pedler, SaraEve Daly , Susy Gonzalez, Elsa Batista, Judith Guerra, Armando G. Muñoz, Ben Figueroa, Berkis Contreras, and Jael Uribe.

Refreshments will be served & admission is free. 
For more information, visit:  www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Cabaret at the Museum



The Union City Museum of Art presents "Cabaret at the Museum", a new monthly cabaret series to be held at the William V. Musto Cultural Center located at 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ.  

The monthly cabaret/variety show is produced and hosted by Lucio Fernandez, and will feature a talented array of performing artists. 

Music, comedy, poetry... find it all at Cabaret at the Museum.  

The opening night concert will take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM and will feature performances by soprano Michele Sexton, tenor John Jay Hebert, and Craig Ketter on piano, with special guest, classical pianist Jahye Kim.  

Refreshments will be served & admission is free. 
For more information, visit:  www.UnionCityMuseum.org

Cabaret at the Museum
Opening Night
Friday, March 15, 2013
8:00 PM

Union City Museum of Art
@ The William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15 Street
Union City, NJ

Free Admission
Refreshments Served