Friday, October 16, 2015

8th Annual NoHu Int. Short Film Festival

8th Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City will host the 8th Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival.  The week kicks-off with an elegant  Red Carpet event on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM, with the festivities beginning at 8:00 PM.  The opening night event will feature live music by Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, Jonathan Fritz; a Wine & Cheese Reception; and the World Premiere screening of the film "La Academia" Written & Directed by Antonio Landeo Vega.  The director, producers, and many of the cast and crew of "La Academia" will be present on opening night. 

The closing night festivities will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 with a Red Carpet at 7:00 PM and the ceremony commencing at 8:00 PM.  The event will feature live music by The James Austin Trio; Banjoist Danielle Reid; a Wine & Cheese Reception; Screening of the winning short films & Awards Presentation; and special Guest Speakers including renowned Writer/Director Dan Goggin, who will also be receiving the “Key to the City” the highest honor given by the City of Union City; Broadway and TV producers Melissa Pinsly & Franklin Zitter; and music producer and owner of Water Music, Rob Grenoble. 

Free Admission.  Free parking on Monday and Thursday at the Colin Powell School inside garage, entrance on Palisade Avenue & 15th Street.

8th Annual NoHu International Short Film Festival
at the
William V. Musto Cultural Center
420 - 15th Street
Union City, NJ 07087

Festival Schedule

Monday, October 19, 2015
7:00 PM Red Carpet
8:00 PM Opening Night Festivities
Live Music by Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist, Jonathan Fritz
Wine & Cheese Reception
World Premiere Screening of "La Academia" 
Written & Directed by Antonio Landeo Vega
Produced by Italo Lorenzzi Bolaños
Starring: Ivan Andia, Yesi Rodriguez, and Percy Malone 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
7:00 PM
Screening of "In Sickness" 
Julius Kelly, Director
Judy San Roman, Executive Producer

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:00 PM
Screening of Short Film Finalists 

Thursday, October 22, 2015
7:00 PM Red Carpet
8:00 PM Closing Night Festivities
Live Music by The James Austin Trio
Screening of the Winners
Awards Presentation
Guest Speakers
Wine & Cheese Reception

DAN GOGGIN (Writer/Director) came to New York from Alma, Michigan to study as a classical countertenor.  He began his professional career singing in the Tony award-winning Broadway production of “Luther” starring Albert Finney. While appearing in a comic folk-duo called “The Saxons” he began writing.  This led to scores for the off-Broadway musical, Hark! (in which he also appeared) , the Broadway production of Legend and two revues.  Goggin received the 1986 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards given to Nunsense for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Music.  His “nunless” musical Balancing Act has toured the U.S. and played in London and Australia.  Nunsense and Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, both starring Rue McClanahan have been recorded for the A&E Television Network.  Nunsense 3: The Jamboree toured the U.S. starring Georgia Engel and has been recorded for television at the Grand Ole Opry starring Vicki Lawrence.  Nunsense A-Men! opened at the 47th Street Theatre in New York in June 1998 and has since been produced with “Laugh-In’s” Arte Johnson, impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Olympic Champion Greg Louganis.  Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical premiered in October 1998, followed by a national tour starring Dody Goodman, Jeff Trachta and Dawn Wells.  The Nuncrackers television special playing on the PBS network starring Rue McClanahan with guest star John Ritter, received and Emmy nomination for Best Musical Score.  Meshuggah-Nuns: The Ecumenical Nunsense premiered in September 2002 and is currently out on DVD.  The All-Star touring production of  Nunsense featuring Kaye Ballard, Georgia Engel, Mimi Hines, Darlene Love and Lee Meriwether marked the 20th anniversary of the original show. In 2004 Dan’s “serious piece” The Traditional Latin Mass was recorded by cast members and friends. In 2005 Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue premiered and in 2008, there was a national tour starring Sally Struthers. Last year Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class (A one-nun musical) and Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show opened. Most recently, the original Nunsense celebrated it's 30th Anniversary at the Saint Louis Muny featuring a cast of 50 nuns,  10 Broadway stars, and 19 children. Dan is currently working on the pilot for a new Nunsense TV Series. 


Nunsense is the first production by Frankenmel Films. Frankenmel founders Melissa Pinsly & Franklin Zitter were previously executive producers for director Ira Sachs’ latest film Thank You For Being Honest starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, and Paulina Garcia. Prior to this Melissa was an Associate Producer for Ira Sachs’ film Love is Strange and is a Tony award nominated Broadway producer. Franklin was previously Head of Production/Senior Producer for FlickerLab, an animation, design, and production studio based in NYC who’s clients included A&E Networks, AMC, Barnes & Noble Digital, Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, The Colbert Report, HBO, Michael Moore, Nickelodeon, and more.


Rob Grenoble was signed to RCA Records as an artist and to BMG Music Publishing as a songwriter. He worked with producers Michael Barbiero (Guns N' Roses, Metallica, John Lennon & Yoko Ono), Scott Litt (REM, Indigo Girls) and Peter Coleman (Pat Benetar, Blondie). In 1982, Rob and his bandmates built the first Water Music. Since then Rob has worked with Beyoncé, Shakira, Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews Band, Esperanza Spalding and many others. The studio has won multiple Grammys, an Emmy and other awards. This year Water Music set a new record for consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Song Chart with the Pretty Reckless. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

This Sunday!!!

One night only!!!  The legendary Fernando Villalona and Cuba's best known reggaeton fusion group, Maxima Alerta

Monday, September 14, 2015

Great Concert Coming in October

The City of Union City will be presenting a concert featuring legendary Dominican singer Fernandito Villalona on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Also performing will be the most popular reggeatton band from Cuba, Maxima Alerta, making their US debut.  The event is being sponsored by Mayor Brian P. Stack.  Admission is Free.  This is one event not to be missed.

For more information, please visit:

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mural Project in Union City

Union City kicks-off its Mural Project with an event featuring various murals by the Fortoul Brothers along the wall of the historic DPW Garages, in the past a trolly depot and later a bus depot.

The event will feature live music by The James Austin Trio and Ray Machado & His Group; and a wine & cheese reception following a short ceremony.

Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Bergenline Avenue from 22nd to 30th Streets, Union City.  This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with more rides for children and entertainment on three stages.

There will be free rides for children; free hot dogs and water; magic show; and a performance for children by Rosario & Her Stars.  Live music on two stages by the groups La Charanga 76Ray Machado y Su GrupoCubanosonOcean Vibes Trio, flamenco guitarist Jonathan Fritz, and Mariachi Nuevo Americano.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cuban Groups Arrive!!!

Cuban Groups arrive in Hudson County
La Charanga Habanera & El Medico de la Salsa
One Night Only!!!

(North Bergen, NJ)  Los Amigos Productions present two dynamic Cuban groups, La Charanga Habanera and El Medico de la Salsa under one roof for a one night-only concert on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Lido Ballroom located at 2600 Tonelle Avenue in North Bergen, NJ. Doors open at 7:00 PM.  Also featuring DJ Morales.  Free parking.  For more information or reservations, please call 201-552-1023.  


Grupos cubanos llegan al condado de Hudson
La Charanga Habanera y El Medico de la Salsa
Solamente Una Noche !!!

(North Bergen, Nueva Jersey) Los Amigos Productions presentan dos grupos cubanos dinámicos, La Charanga Habanera y El Medico de la Salsa bajo un mismo techo para una única noche un concierto en Sábado, 18 de julio 2015 en el salón de baile de Lido ubicado en 2600 Avenida Tonelle en North Bergen, Nueva Jersey. Las puertas se abren a las 7:00 PM. También con DJ Morales. Estacionamiento gratis. Para más información o reservaciones, por favor llame al 201-552-1023.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

An Evening of Poetry

The 4th Annual Union City Artist Awards

The 4th Annual Union City Artist Awards 

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack Board of Commissioners will be hosting the Fourth Annual Union City Artist Awards on Friday, June 19, 2015 Red Carpet at 7:00 PM & Ceremony at 8:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15th Street in Union City, New Jersey.  This is the most anticipated and most important art event held in the City every year... and the most elegant.  Every year, the event brings together a who's who from the arts community.  If you're an artist, this is the place to be seen.

The awards will honor the most talented and dedicated artists from all disciplines who have contributed to Union City's artistic fabric, some artists have succeeded at an international level.  The elegant red carpet event will feature live music by The Ray Machado Group; as well as an art exhibit by renowned artist, Ines Berges

Mayor Brian P. Stack said, “We are excited to host the fourth 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 19, 2015
7:00 PM Red Carpet
8:00 PM Ceremony

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

Live Music
Dress to Impress

Free Admission

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grace Theatre Celebrates Fifteenth Year

Benefit Gala to Support Performing Arts 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 is celebrating it's Fifteenth Anniversary, and will be holding their annual Spring Benefit Gala on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM at 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: 

Now into its fifteenth 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 past year, the Grace Theatre produced the play "Comfort" at Lincoln Center in NYC; the NoHu International Film Festival at the Tribeca Screening Room in NYC; the short film "SAL"; and received various awards, including the prestigious ACE Award as well as the ATI Award.  Most recently it produced the highly acclaimed documentary feature film "Bay of Pigs, Our Perspective".
The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated.  If unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please log on to:

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Film Premiere

Don't miss the World Premiere Screening of
The Evil Within Us
Directed by Brandon Medina

Friday, July 17
Saturday, July 18
& Sunday, July 19, 2015

8:00 PM

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

Free Admission

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Provocative Documentary Screens in Union City

World Premiere Screening
Thursday, May 28, 2015
7:00 PM

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

Free Admission

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Woman's Scream

Lucio Fernandez releases new music video

"Cuban Boogaloo" Remix
Watch it now: 

"Cuban Boogaloo" Remix - music video, performed by Lucio Fernandez from his CD "American Mambo"

"Cuban Boogaloo" Remix - Video Credits:
Lucio Fernandez, producer; Megan Fernandez, executive producer; Mauro de Trizio, cinematographer/director of photography/editor; Lucio & Megan Fernandez, directors; Ruby Jurado, make-up artist; Saulo Diaz, production assistant; Megan Fernandez, choreographer; Lucio Fernandez, assistant editor; MeLu Communications Group, casting & press representation;     Susan Scherman,     Ana Cecilia Una    , and     Jay Gonzalez, stills photography; El Gitano Discreto Productions, lights;  TapOle Dance Company, costumes; Jay Gonzalez for El Gitano Discreto Productions, post production graphics; filmed at Sapphire Studios.

Cast:  Lucio Fernandez, Megan Fernandez, Larry Piscitelli          Matthew J. Harris, Vanessa Aiken,     Taylor Schramm          Amado Mora, Jay Gonzalez, Ana Cecilia Unna, Maria "Azuquita" Rivas, Barbara Cambon, Alberto Morgan, and Susan Scherman.

"Cuban Boogaloo" Remix (from the CD "American Mambo") - Recording Credits:
Lucio Fernandez, Producer * Megan Fernandez, Producer * Mark Goodman, Instrumental & Vocal Arrangements, Musical Director * Lucio Fernandez, Lyrics * Mark Goodman, Music  * George Mena for Menakeys Studio, Music, additional production remix 

Musicians:  Lucio Fernandez, Lead Vocals; Mark Goodman, Piano & Keyboards; Steve Bartosik, Drums & Percussion; Kenny Lavender, Trumpet & Flugel Horn; Dave Noland, Alto Sax, Flute, & Clarinet; Takashi Otsuka, Upright & Electric Bass; Jorge Leyva, Latin Percussion; Dillon Kondor, Acoustic & Electric Guitars; Alexander Diaz, Background Vocals; Constanza Palavecino, Background Vocals.

Recorded at Kaleidoscope Sound & Digital Boulevard Audio; Sound Engineers:  Luis Damian Güell, Kyle Cassel, Ian Cassel, Ian Lindsay; Mixed & Mastered by Luis Damian Güell @ Digital Boulevard Audio

Lucio Fernandez (MeLu Communications Group), Publisher - ASCAP

CD available at

(c) (p) 2013 Lucio Fernandez. All Rights Reserved.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.