Tuesday, December 2, 2014
This event will be a special treat to music and film lovers alike. Join us in this voyage of contemporary music with San Lukai and the World Premiere screening of two original short films.
The yearly "in Black & White" Art Exhibit is probably the most anticipated all year. This second year brings high quality arts as well as a few surprises. The event will feature live music by renowned jazz pianist, James Austin. Refreshments & Free Admission.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
NoHu NYC International Film Festival
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be presenting the NoHu NYC International Film Festival @ The Tribeca Screening Room located at 375 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM. The producers aim to make this an annual event with every year adding more screenings to the calendar. The goal of the festival is supporting and promoting independent filmmakers with artistic vision and not necessarily high budgeted production values.
The NoHu NYC International Film Festival is a benefit for The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatre arts education to inner-city youth. NoHu NYC will present selected films from the 7th Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival held in October 2014 in North Hudson County, NJ. The event will feature seven short films of various genres as well as live music by San Lukai Ensemble. Donations: $100. For tickets, please visit SmartTix.com at: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=nohED1 or call: 212-868-4444
NoHu NYC International Film Festival
presented by The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc.
@ The Tribeca Screening Room
375 Greenwich Street
NY, NY 10013
Saturday November 22, 2014
Featuring film screenings of:
Eye to I by Mauricio Mo Zapata
Adhesive Love by Giancarlo Orellana
Mixed Signals by Humberto Guzman
August Christmas by Raul Barcelona
Monster by Alex Rask
Pissin' by Saulo Diaz
& the World Premiere of SAL directed by John Jay Hebert
Live music by San Lukai Ensemble
For tickets, please visit:
or call: 212-868-4444
For more information, please visit: www.NoHuNYC.blogspot.com
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501©3 organization.
All donations are tax deductible.
If unable to attend the event but would like to make a tax deductible contribution to The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., please visit: www.GraceTheatre.com
Thank you to our sponsors:
MeLu Communications Group
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
"My Way" comes to Union City
(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners proudly present a special performance of MY WAY a play by Gabriel Campana and starring Tony Rodriguez on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the Wiliam V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City.
"My Way" comes to Union City directly from a sold out run in New York City. The play, which it's based on the life of an Argentinean celebrity, reflects the classic struggle of man and his ego. It stars TV, film, and theatre personality, Tony Rodriguez; Claudio Weisz, Edward Azcorra, Caridad Del Valle, Stalin Cando, and Colon Holguin; with Juan Villarreal. The play is directed by Ruben Dario Cruz.
a play by Gabriel Campana
(presented in Spanish)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street
Union City, NJ
"My Way" (A Mi Manera) viene a Union City
(Union City, NJ) La Ciudad de Union City, Alcalde Brian P. Stack y la Junta de Comisionados se enorgullecen en presentar una actuación especial de MY WAY ("A Mi Manera") una obra de Gabriel Campana y protagonizada por Tony Rodríguez el Jueves, 13 de noviembre 2014 a las 8:00 PM en el Centro Cultural Wiliam V. Musto, 420 - 15th Street en Union City, NJ.
"My Way" viene a Union City directamente de una exitosa temporada a sala llena en la ciudad de Nueva York. "My Way", que se basa en la vida de una celebridad argentina, refleja la lucha clásica del hombre y su ego. Está protagonizada por el artista de televisión, cine, y teatro Tony Rodríguez; y Claudio Weisz, Edward Azcorra, Caridad Del Valle, Stalin Cando, y Colón Holguín; con Juan Villarreal. La obra está dirigida por Rubén Darío Cruz.
A Mi Manera
una obra de teatro por Gabriel Campana
(Presentada en español)
Jueves, 13 de noviembre 2014
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street
Union City, NJ
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
7th Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival in Union City
Seeking Entries for 2014
(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City will host the Seventh Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival to be held from October 14 - 18, 2014.
This year's five day festival will include four evenings of screening the finalists of the short film competing category; and a red carpet Awards Ceremony on the fifth day.
Submissions are being accepted in all categories. (NO pornography please.) Films should be no longer than fifteen minutes in length. Those interested may submit their film in DVD format, along with a cover letter, synopsis, film credits, awards if any, and contact information to:
Commissioner Lucio P. Fernandez
Department of Public Affairs
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
Attn: Film Entry
Please include in the cover letter that the entry is being submitted by the property owner or licensee, and giving the City of Union City the right to publicly screen the film as part of the NoHu International Film Festival.
Please note, DVD's will not be returned.
Entry deadline is Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (no exception). No fee. No Application form required. Foreign language films accepted. This is a juried festival. Please include if this is a "World Premiere", "USA Premiere", "New Jersey Premiere", or "Union City Premiere". All entries will be considered. Finalists will be notified via e-mail. Please write on DVD cover contact name, email, and genre.
The Red Carpet Awards presentation for the Festival will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the William Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City, NJ. Admission is free.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
"Comfort Women" Monument Dedication Ceremony
(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack and Board of Commissioners will be holding a Dedication Ceremony for the City's "Comfort Women" Monument on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Liberty Plaza, 30th Street and Palisade Avenue.
Attending the event will be Mayor & State Senator Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners; City Historian, Gerard Karabin; City Art Curator, Amado Mora; Artistic Director of the Union City Philharmonic Orchestra, Jahye Kim; Artistic Director of West Hudson Opera, John Jay Hebert; Artistic Director of The Grace Theatre Workshop, Megan Fernandez; guest speaker from Women Rising; and several other dignitaries. Very special guests will be Ok-Sun Lee and Il-Chul Kang, two ladies who survived this horrific time in history and who are flying from Korea for the ceremony.
The event will feature a haunted poetry reading by Cat J. Lane from the cast of the play "Comfort" currently playing in NYC, as well as a performance by twelve-year old Subin Lee playing "Smetana-Moldau" on the harp.
Art Installation: "Our Cry"
Surrounding Liberty Plaza, there will be a memorable and thought-provoking art installation "Our Cry" by the Union City Artist Collective featuring artists Amado Mora (Ecuador), Alma Peralta (Puerto Rico), Ines Berges (Dominican Republic), Juan Ramiro Torres (Peru), Ruth Alvarado (Costa Rica), Abby Levine (USA), Craig Radhuber (USA), Obdulio Romero Sabino (Dominican Republic), Sigfrido Duarte (Dominican Republic) Jhon Vargas (Ecuador), and Lucio Fernandez. The is the brainchild and being curated by artist and Union City Commissioner, Lucio Fernandez.
"Comfort Women" Monument Dedication Ceremony
Monday, August 4, 2014
30th Street & Palisade Avenue
Union City, NJ
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
a New Play... exposing abuse against women
(New York, NY) The Hudson Fine Arts Foundation & The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be presenting the provocative new play, "Comfort", opening on Friday, July 18, 2014 at The Jewel Box Theatre in New York City and running through Friday, August 8th with a Special Gala Performance at Lincoln Center.
"Comfort" deals with the horrific acts of violence towards "Comfort Women" or "sex slaves" by the Japanese during World War II. The Japanese government would kidnap young girls as young as 14 years old from various countries including China and Korea and send them to their soldiers in the battlefield to "comfort" them. Details from some survivors attest to being raped fifty to two hundred times a day. But, more so, the play dares to bring forth the difficult subject of sex trafficking and physical abuse of women world-wide. The current political issues around this topic are expressed through movement and straight dialogue. In the play, the leading character "Peter" must produce a documentary film about Comfort Women, but his boss disagrees with Peter's chosen subject matter. In the meantime, Peter meets "Roksun", a comfort woman, in his dream. With a great mix between experimental movement & poetry about serious political matter the play presents an important subject in a palpable artistic way.
"Comfort" is Written & Directed by Jung Han Kim; Produced by Megan Fernandez; Lighting Design by James Vitale; Costume Design by Ashley Rogers; Ou Hyuk Im, Production Manager; and Luis Camacho Dilorenzi, Stage Manager. It stars Lucio Fernandez, Shannon Kelly, Taylor Schramm, David Couter, Josh Tucker, Audrey Smith, Kelsey Knight, Cat J. Lane, Ian Jesse Curtis, and Pallavi Seth.
Hudson Fine Arts Foundation, Jahye Kim, President
& The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., Megan Fernandez, Artistic Director
Jewel Box Theatre
@WorkShop Theatre Company
312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor
Friday, July 18th @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, July 19th @ 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 26th @ 1:00 PM
Sunday, July 27th @ 6:30 PM
Friday, August 1st @ 7:30 PM
For tickets, please visit: www.midtownfestival.org
or call: 866-811-4111
Special Gala Performances of "Comfort" on Monday, August 4th and Friday, August 8th, 2014 at The Bruno Walter Auditorium @ Lincoln Center, NYC. Special guests at the Gala Performances will be South Korean victims from World War II ("Comfort Women") as well as other dignitaries.
The Bruno Walter Auditorium
@ Lincoln Center, NYC
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
Entrance at 111 Amsterdam Avenue, just below 65th Street
Gala Performances - "Comfort"
Monday, August 4th @ 7:00 PM
Friday, August 8th @ 7:00 PM
For tickets, please visit: http://www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=COM94
or call: 212-868-4444
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Annual Union City Theatre Festival in the Park kicks off its new season on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 PM. The festival is usually held at Ellsworth Park, but this year for the first time it will be held at Duarte Park located at New York Avenue and 33rd Street. A different show will be held each Thursday evening. Every show is for family audiences, so please bring your entire family.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
(Union City, NJ) The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners will hold a Dedication Ceremony for "Embroidery Plaza" on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM on New York Avenue between 30th & 31st Street in recognition of the many persons who worked in Union City in the flourishing embroidery industry. For many years Union City was widely known as the "Embroidery Capital of the World".
The Mayor and Commissioners will be present, as well as historical commentary by City Historian, Gerard Karabin, and Assistant Historian Jane Pedler. Classic cars will be on display, and several sculptures constructed from dismantled embroidery machinery will be unveiled. Following the ceremony there will be a performance by members of West Hudson Opera featuring John Jay Hebert, tenor; Iris Karlin, soprano; and David Maiullo on piano.
One of the sculptures being unveiled will be "The Embroidery Tree" which was originally displayed at the "First Lady Luncheon" on September 25, 2012 at the Pierre Hotel on 61st Street & 5th Avenue in NYC. It was designed by Amy Cheung with Henry & Adam Garcia of Marco Designs LLC, and painted by Aldo Sanchez "Zar". The sculptures are graciously being donated by the artists.
About the making of "The Embroidery Tree" Sculpture
Amy Cheung is a fashion designer. At the time she designed "The Embroidery Tree" she had been invited to display her work at various events throughout NYC. This particular event where the tree was displayed was the "First Lady Luncheon" in NYC in 2012. Amy wanted a unique tree which would bear the "fruits" of her work (shirts that rolled into its own pocket forming a ball). During this time Marco Designs LLC had obtained a property which contained four huge embroidery machines which were disassembled. Using the metal "I" beams the Garcia's cut and welded them together and Aldo Sanchez completed the work with colorful paint. More about Amy Cheung: http://www.handkerchief.com.hk/home
Marco Designs LLC
Aldo Sanchez aka "Zar"
"Zar" is an old school Graffiti artist who developed a significant amount of recognition through his art he shared with the community during the time when Graffiti art was being implemented as street art.
Everyone in the community is invited to attend. Admission is free.
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, June 5, 2014 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.
The evening will feature first class performances by West Hudson Opera members John Jay Hebert & Jacqueline Thompson accompanied on piano by Jason Hart; a special performance by Jeanne Koehler on the harp; and Eric Grossman on violin with Lida Mancheva on piano.
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 fourteenth 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. This school year alone, over four hundred students received free classes at the Grace Theatre.
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. This year alone, the Grace Theatre has been the recipient of the prestigious ACE Award as well as the ATI Award.
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.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Conversation About Cuban Film
with renowned filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao… "The Cuban Woody Allen"
& World Premiere of the film "Mondongo Cubano"
The City of Union City presents Conversation About Cuban Film with renowned filmmaker Ricardo Bacallao, known as "The Cuban Woody Allen" on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15 Street, Union City, NJ. There will be live music and refreshments. Admission is free.
The evening will be dedicated to a discussion about Cuban cinema, its style, and its influence on filmmaking world-wide. The World Premiere screening of the short film "Mondongo Cubano" will be followed by a question and answer period with its director/producer, Ricardo Bacallao.
About Ricardo Bacallao
"There is a small group of modern filmmakers who have made a significant impact in the New York City film industry, and in doing so, revolutionized the industry as a whole and most importantly how the general public sees their respective communities; most notably Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen. These three exceptional filmmakers are New York. What was missing? The Latino perspective. Now add to this short list a hungry, young, Cuban filmmaker trained at some of the world's most prestigious film schools, and you have Ricardo Bacallao.
Ricardo Bacallao was born in Havana, Cuba. He graduated as Director of film, TV, and Radio from Havana's Superior Institute, and received his MFA in film from NYU (Tisch Asia school of the Art, in Singapore). While living in Madrid and Berlin, Ricardo participated several times in the Berlin Film Festival, including being awarded as the first Cuban representative to the festival's Talent Campus at the first time event in 2003 and awarded again in 2004. In 2010, a segment Ricardo produced for CUNY TV's magazine show Nueva York won a New York Emmy Award. Since that time, he has been working as a freelance director, Cameraman, producer and editor of documentary and Fiction. “Mondongo Cubano”; “Christmas Therapy” are the latest short films. His current documentary is “Rite of Passage” for California Endowment Fund, about the curriculum program of Dr. Maulana Karenga, who created Kwaanza. Ricardo first came to the U.S. in December of 2005 from Germany, when he was invited to tour universities around the United States screening his documentaries on topics such as race, immigration, Santeria, and madness in the arts. Bacallao is just completing "The Uncle’s Request”, his first feature film, a Political thriller, and Romañach, a dramedy, is in pre-production. The goal of Ricardo is to produce a feature film every year in the U.S. with the background of the Cuban perspective as Woody Allen, Scorsese and Spike Lee did films for their communities. No doubt that Ricardo will accomplish this goal. If the aforementioned filmmakers are synonymous to NYC, then we can safely say… Ricardo Bacallao is "The Cuban Woody Allen". "
--The Hudson Independent News
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
The best artists in the most art friendly City in New Jersey. Join us at the Union City Museum of Art @ The William V. Musto Cultural Center. www.UnionCityMuseum.org
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey has been nominated in various categories by Premios ATI of NYC.
Nominations - Premios ATI 2014 (ATI Awards)
The awards will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2014 at the Poet's Den Theatre in NYC.
For more info, visit: www.PremiosATI.com
Lucio Fernandez releases a new music video "Enamorado", the title track from his popular 2010 hit CD.
Watch it now:
Lucio Fernandez performs "Enamorado", the title track from his CD "Enamorado" released in 2010 (available on iTunes). Featuring Taylor Schramm, with Fernando Contreras, Larry Piscitelli, Luis G. Prieto, and Karina Popovnina. "Enamorado" is written by Lucio Fernandez and Jorge Chiquillo, with musical arrangements by Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz and engineered by Luis Güell. The video is produced by MeLu Films. Directed, produced, and edited by Lucio and Megan Fernandez. Filmed entirely on location in NYC/NJ. Available on iTunes.
Video Production Credits:
Luis G. Prieto
a MeLu Films Production
Lucio & Megan Fernandez, Producers/Directors
Taylor Schramm, Choreographer
Luis G. Prieto, Choreographer
Megan Fernandez, Choreographer
Gustavo Marquez, Cameras
Saulo Diaz, Cameras
Jay Gonzalez, Cameras/Lighting
Lucio & Megan Fernandez, Editing
Ana Cecilia Unna, Stills
Francia Valenzuela, make-up
MeLu Communications Group, Press Representation
Special thank you to Manuel Suarez & Las Brisas Restaurant in Union City, NJ
CD Production Credits:
Lucio Fernandez, Executive Producer; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Producer; Megan Fernandez, Assistant Executive Producer; Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics Jorge Chiquillo, Music; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Music & Vocal Arrangements; Amy Smith & Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics "Maybe Tomorrow"; Ryan Socrates, Music "Maybe Tomorrow"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz & Jorge Chiquillo, Music "Choza de Amor"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Music "El Cuban Kid"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz & Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics "El Cuban Kid"; Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz, Background Vocals Lyrics; Lucio Fernandez (MeLu Communications Group), Publisher - ASCAP
Music Recorded @ Kaleidoscope Sound and Digital Boulevard Audio; Vocals Recorded @ Digital Boulevard Audio; Sound Engineers: Luis Damian Güell and Sal Mormando; Mixed & Mastered by Luis Damian Güell @ Digital Boulevard Audio
Musicians: Lucio Fernandez (Lead Vocals); Gustavo "Chacho" Schartz (Acoustic and Electric Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Cuban Tres, Minor Percussion, Background Vocals); Pablo Mayor (Piano and Rhodes); Naomi Bloch-Schartz (Keyboards, "Maybe Tomorrow"), Felipe Lamoglia (Tenor and Soprano Saxophone); Tomer Levy (Trumpet); Mauricio Herrera (Drums and Timbales); Pedro Martinez (Percussion); Antonio DeVivo (Drums, "Maybe Tomorrow"); Rolando De los Reyes (Background Vocals)
Monday, February 10, 2014
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. will be offering adult professional acting classes taught by critically acclaimed actor and renowned acting coach Renoly Santiago, star of "Con Air" with Nicolas Cage & John Malkovich, "Dangerous Minds" with Michelle Pfeiffer, "Hackers" with Angelina Jolie, "Daylight" with Sylvester Stallone; also TV's Law & Order and Broadway with Marc Anthony and Paul Simon. The classes will begin Thursday, March 6, 2014 at The William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15 Street, Union City, NJ.
About the Classes
The classes will consist of Monologues & Scene Study
The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Classes begin on Thursday, March 6, 2014
Tuition: $200 for ten weeks
Showcase for a general audience and invited VIP guests at the end of the ten weeks.
Possible inclusion of participants in future fully-staged productions.
Pre-registration is a must.
Registrations begin Monday, February, 17, 2014
from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jose Marti Freshman Academy
1800 Summit Avenue
Union City, NJ
About RENOLY SANTIAGO
Renoly Santiago was born in Lajas, Puerto Rico and he spent his childhood in Union City, New Jersey, he currently resides in New York City. Renoly made his film debut co-starring in the blockbuster hit 'Dangerous Minds' alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He played other major roles in Hollywood films, including: 'Hackers' with Angelina Jolie, 'Daylight' with Sylvester Stallone, and 'Con Air' with Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich. He has appeared in indie films such as 'Punks' at the Sundance Film Festival, 'The Street King', 'Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy' and 'Lavoe: The Untold Story', as Latin music legend Johnny Pacheco. Among his episodic television appearances are guest leads in 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent', 'Touched by an Angel', 'Big Apple' and 'Stand Up'.
He has appeared in many off-Broadway productions under such notable directors as Liz Swados in Lincoln Center and later, in workshops with Graciella Danielle in 'Blood Wedding' and Gabriel Barre in the Kander & Ebb musical 'Skin of Our Teeth' with Audra McDonald and Sara Ramirez. Renoly was nominated for a Drama Desk Award by the press as Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical in his Broadway debut 'The Capeman' written and composed by Paul Simon. He starred alongside Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Ruben Blades.
His writing credits include: the Emmy-nominated television series 'City Kids' in which he was also a lead character and the book to the musical 'Bring in the Morning…A Wake-Up Call' at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York starring Lauryn Hill.
As a singer, Renoly can be heard as back-up for recording artist India on her album ‘Latin Songbird’, duetting with Danny Rivera and Marc Anthony amongst others, having performed with many artists of international renown. He is currently using his talents on community Arts projects; new acting, writing and production ventures across some exciting genres at home and abroad; writing new songs in English and Spanish and is presently recording music for his debut album. Renoly’s next feature film is ‘Grand Street’ with Kelly McGillis.
For more info or to register online, visit: www.GraceTheatre.com