Thursday, July 5, 2018

Theatre Festival in the Park

The Annual Theatre Festival in the Park kicks-off tonight, Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM at War Memorial Plaza, Broadway & 46th Street, Union City, NJ.  A different show every Thursday evening.  Chairs provided. Free Admission.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Screening of "Union City, U.S.A."

"Union City, U.S.A." will be screened next on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420-15th Street, Union City, NJ. Free Admission.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cuban Parade of New Jersey

The Cuban Parade of New Jersey comes to Hudson County on Sunday, May 20, 2018 beginning at 12:00 PM along Bergenline Avenue from 79th Street in North Bergen to 43rd Street in Union City. 

Among the invited stars participating are TV & radio host El Pacha, radio personality Ino Gomez, Latin GRAMMY Winner Amaury Gutierrez, Latin heartthrob "El Divo de Plactas" Eduardo Antonio, and the popular Cuban musical group MAXIMA ALERTA.   Other dignitaries include government officials and television personalities.

El "Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio

Concierto unioco con El "Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio en el lujoso Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Entrada Gratis.

Three Distinguished Artists Receive "Star" in Walk of Fame

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM, the City of Union City and the Celia Cruz Park Committee will honor renown vocalist “El Divo de Placetas” Eduardo Antonio; Latin GRAMMY Winner, Amaury Gutierrez; and actor/filmmaker Lucio Fernandez with a "Star" at the Celia Cruz Park Walk of Fame for their illustrious careers in the entertainment industry.  The Celia Cruz Park is located on Bergenline Avenue and 31st Street in Union City, New Jersey   

The event will begin with a concert at 11:30 AM by the renown cuban musical group Cubanoson.  The induction ceremony will begin at 12:00 PM with the honorees and other dignitaries.  Admission is free & everyone in the community is invited to attend.

About Celia Cruz Park                                                                                                                                               
Celia Cruz Park, also known as Celia Cruz Plaza was founded in 2005 by Mayor Brian P. Stack, and the Celia Cruz Park Committee to honor the legacy of one of the most beloved artist in the world, Celia Cruz. Celia Cruz (1925-2003), known as the "Queen of Salsa", was one of the most successful Cuban performers of all time. Located at 31st Street and Bergenline Avenue, the Celia Cruz Park features a backlit photograph of the Queen. The park also features a distinct Walk of Fame consisting of Stars honoring the likes of Tito PuentePedro KnightJohnny PachecoCachaoJose Alberto “ El Canario”,  La India,  Rafael PinedaBenny MoreJose Luis Rodríguez " El Puma", Lalo Rodríguez amongst other Latin stars and legends.

About “El Divo de Placetas” Eduardo Antonio
Eduardo Antonio has had a successful professional artistic career spanning over twenty years.  He’s an artist of extraordinary versatility with a unique style of playing any character or musical genre with charm and humility.   He is loved and applauded by his audiences who above all else, respects his solid talent.

Eduardo Antonio began at the age of 5 years in his native Cuba, managing to position himself as a children star and the first juvenile figure of the world-renowned cabaret, Tropicana. He has performed all over the world in places such as Bulgaria, Venezuela, Lebanon, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Egypt, Honduras, United States and Mexico, among others. With his career as a singer and actor, he has excelled in Mexico, Latin America and the United States, earning the affection and respect of the public by appearing in over eleven soap operas and the most important television shows.  His songs have been used as the theme song of many soap operas, and he continues to act and sing all over the world.  He is loved by the paparazzi and tv magazine shows.

About Amaury Gutierrez
2011 Latin GRAMMY Winner Amaury Gutierrez was born on September 9, 1963. When he was in high school decided to pursue music, and his chance came in response to a call from the School of Art Instructors, an institution where he earned a scholarship.
In his compositions, Amaury Gutiérrez puts special emphasis on the vocal element, not only for his academic past, but also due to the particular feelings that his voice imbues in his performances. His influences include Pablo Milanes, Djavan, Caetano Veloso, Ruben Blades, Andy Montañez, Steve Wonder, Al Jarreau, Soraya, and Paul McCartney.  Gutierrez has stated that he finds it easier to compose music first and then develop the text, having as his principal instrument the guitar.
Gutierrez defines his style as "Cuban Pop", a mixture of various musical genres including the old and the Nueva Trova, a few twists of contemporary music, the authorial sense of the golden age of bolero, and even Mexican music.
His first album, Amaury Gutierrez (1999) was nominated for a Latin Grammy and sold more than 600,000 copies. He received the Up-and-Coming Artist of the Year Onda Award in Spain in 2000. In 2009 Gutierrez celebrated with a spectacular concert the 20th anniversary of his artistic career with a production by Jossel Calveiro, Reinaldo "Pachy" Lopez and Fernando "Teo" Calveiro, and where he was joined by guests such as Luis Enrique, Gema Corredera among others.  In 2011 he received a Latin Grammy.  He continues to perform all over the world and to compose for many notable artists.
About Lucio Fernandez
Lucio Fernandez is a multi-award winning actor, singer, director, and producer.  His many awards include ATI Award, ARTE Award, ITRA Award, ACE Award, STAR Award, HOLA Award, Proclamation from the United States Congress, State Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie, and many other Proclamations, Citations, and awards for his artistic achievements and contributions to the community.

He has traveled the world with several Broadway shows including "West Side Story", "Guys And Dolls", "A Chorus Line", "Jesus Christ Superstar", and "On The Town". He has worked with many of Broadway's leading directors and choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Jerry Zaks, Michael Peters, Robert Longbottom, and Alan Johnson. For three and a half years, he was a principal actor with Repertorio Español in NYC where he performed in such plays as "Strawberry and Chocolate", "Vieques", "Luminaria", "El Publico" by Federico Garcia Lorca, "El Cano", "Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas", and "The Next Stop". Lucio also starred in the Off Broadway plays "Speedo & The Straight Man", "Till Death", and "Busco Amigo".  Broadway Workshops include "Tropicana" (Chita Rivera, Artistic Director), "Strides" (Michele Assaf, Choreographer), and "El Shaddai".

As a vocalist, Lucio has recorded the music CD's entitled "American Mambo", "Enamorado" and "Volver a Ti", as well as a poetry CD featuring his own poetry entitled "Lucio Fernandez, Poetry".  He has worked extensively as a voice-over artist, and did the looping for the role of "Lazaro" in the award winning feature film "Before Night Falls", and on the feature film "Che" starring Benicio Del Toro.  He is also currently a vocalist and manager of the renowned Cuban musical group Maxima Alerta.

Lucio has performed alongside many great artists including Marc Anthony, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Tune, Susan Lucci, Shirley Verrett, Lupita Ferrer, and Lorna Luft. Recently he has appeared in concert alongside such notable Latin recording artists as Jon Secada, Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma", Sophy De Puerto Rico, Elio Roca, El Gran Combo, and Roberto Ledesma. He has performed at many of the world's finest theaters including Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chatelet in Paris, and the Berlin Opera House. He was invited by the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Guayaquil, Ecuador to perform a solo concert; as well as performed multiple concerts throughout Mexico.

He has made appearances on many television shows including "Law & Order", "All My Children", "Younger" on TV Land, the Emmy Award winning show "30 Rock" on NBC, "Louie" on FX, and "The Jimmy Fallon Show" on NBC. Presently, he is the host of the television show "Live On Stage" and on the show "La Revista Semanal". 

Lucio is founder & CEO of MeLu Communications Group, a full service production and public relations company, dedicated to producing for theatre, television, and film. The company has served as press agent for many notable stars such as Willy Chirino and El Grupo Niche, and for many organizations such as Bergen PAC and NJPAC.  Through its subsidiary, MeLu Films, the company has produced many films including the feature films "Vampire in Union City" and the documentary films "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" and “Union City, U.S.A.”; as well as many short films such as "Massacre in the Woods", "Under a City Tree", "Blink", "Cubanoson: The Story", "Pissin", "The Embroidery Industry in Union City, NJ", “Sal”, "Painting Linda”, and most recently “The Extinguisher”.  He has produced many films with other companies including "The Death of April", "La Academia", "Almas de Furia”, and the upcoming feature film “El Condor en Nueva York”.  As a producer, he has produced hundreds of of events, plays, and concerts including at notable venues such as the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Lucio is a graduate of Rutgers University, and studied acting in New York City with the legendary acting teacher Bobby Lewis.  He was Co-Founder of The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. and currently serves as Commissioner of the City of Union City.  He is an advocate for the arts and is always trying to promote and support artists and the arts in general, as well as stress the importance of the arts in every community.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Concierto del Año

Los #1 con los mas pegado de Cuba... 
Los Van Van, Yomil y el Dany, 

Viernes, 18 de Mayo, 2018
9:00 PM

ENVY Night Club
323 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Celebrating Cuban Heritage in Union City

Celebrating Cuban Heritage in Union City with an fascinating evening of music by the legendary musical group "La Charanga 76", poetry, and art.  Invited guests, typical Cuban food, and some surprises.  Don't miss it.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Eduardo Antonio y MAXIMA ALERTA en concierto

Una sola noche!!!  "El Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio y la agrupación musical MAXIMA ALERTA en un solo lugar.  Una noche inigualable de música y divertido ambiente.  El Miercoles, 16 de Mayo, 2018 a las 7:00 PM en La Havana 59, 110 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ.  No se lo pierda!!!

Llame para sus reservaciones al:  201-964-9515 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Una sola noche!!!  "El Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio y la agrupación musical MAXIMA ALERTA en un solo lugar.  Una noche inigualable de música y divertido ambiente.  El Miercoles, 16 de Mayo, 2018 a las 7:00 PM en La Havana 59, 110 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ.  Llame para sus reservaciones al:  201-964-9515.  No se lo pierda!!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

World Premiere Screening of "Union City, U.S.A."

The Union City Performing Arts Center invites you to the World Premiere Screening of the highly anticipated documentary film "Union City, U.S.A." on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Free Admission & Parking.

Monday, April 2, 2018

"Union City, U.S.A." World Premiere Screening

The documentary feature film "Union City, U.S.A." directed by Lucio Fernandez will have its World Premiere Screening on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ. 

The film covers the span of the City's history, from the Lenni Lenape era to present day Union City.  A must see for anyone who has ever called Union City home.

Free admission.  Free parking at the 23rd Street Municipal Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.

Friday, March 23, 2018

"La Pasion" llega a Union City

"La Pasión"  ("The Passion")
A special theatrical presentation

(Union City, NJ)  The Union City Performing Arts Center presents a special theatrical production of "La Pasion" ("The Passion") directed by Ediberto Saldaña on Wednesday & Thursday, March 28 and 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Prerforming Arts Center located at 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  FREE Admission.  Free parking is available at the 23rd Street parking deck located at 23rd Street between Summit and Kerrigan Avenues.  The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles.  This marks the first time the play is presented at the UCPAC.  

This theatrical piece recreates the historical event based on the Gospel narrative of the Bible’s New Testament of trials by The Sanhedrin, a Jewish court consisting of 23 Judges, led by the High Priest Joseph Caiphas and his father-in-law Annas, against Jesus, known as the Nazarene. After finishing the Jewish Passover Dinner at the home of Joseph of Arimathea, Jewish merchant and scribe, Jesus goes to the Garden of Olives with his apostles to pray. There appears Judas Iscariot, one of his apostles who had agreed with Caiaphas to give up Jesus for 30 denarii for his apprehension. The Jewish Guard accompanied by a mob arrests Jesus and take him to the Jewish Council, which eventually presents him to Pontius Pilate, Roman procurator of Judea, to try him to death for desecration to the Messianic Jewish Law, for the intent of destroying the Jewish Temple and ascend to King. The Procurator feels the pressure of the Jewish leaders, and on the occasion of the annual Jewish holiday celebrated at the full moon, The Passover, orders his eventual death sentence by crucifixion (method of public punishment used in the Ancient Roman Empire as a warning to those who violated the law). They crucify Jesus, and who dies at the nona time before the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath (a Friday nightfall). Joseph of Arimathea reclaims his body and takes him to his new tomb where he is buried. The Roman Procurator orders to seal the door, and gives orders to the Roman soldiers to watch the entrance so that his followers do not steal the body. Three days later, Mary Magdalene and other women arrive at the tomb with the intention of performing the anointing ritual with oils to the inert body of Jesus. Upon arriving they find that the stone of the tomb is removed and there are no soldiers guarding the entrance; and enter to find that the tomb is empty, and the only thing that remains is the sheet that covered the body of Jesus.  Jesus appears. Jesus is resurrected.

EKKLESIA THEATER PROJECT is a seasonal community based experimental group of ordinary people (housewives, factory and retailer workers, families, single parents…) from a diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds committed to ensemble local artistic performances related to social, political and religious issues of our times. Our mission is to empower individuals and families in disadvantage position to bring and express up their artistic potentials thru the performing arts. The Passion of Christ (La Pasión de Cristo) performed in English and Spanish, as well as A Night in Bethlehem (Una Noche en Belén) are the two seasonal theatrical projects presented during the last three years. We are grateful to the People of the City of Union City, its Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners, the Union City Performing Arts Center and its staff for the privilege and honor to be in your lovely community on this special occasion.

"La Pasión"  ("The Passion")
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 
Thursday, March 29, 2018
7:00 PM
Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Boulevard
Union City, NJ 07087
Free Admission
Free Parking

"La Pasión"
una presentación teatral especial

(Union City, NJ) El Union City Performing Arts Center presenta una producción teatral especial de "La Pasión" dirigida por Ediberto Saldaña el Miércoles y Jueves, 28 y 29 de marzo, 2018 a las 7:00 PM en el Union City Prerforming Arts Center ubicado en 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Entrada gratis. Hay estacionamiento gratuito disponible en el parqueadero municipal localizado en la calle 23 entre las avenidas Summit y Kerrigan. La obra se interpreta en español con subtítulos en inglés. Esta es la primera vez que se presenta la obra en el UCPAC y en Español en Union City.

Este montaje teatral recrea el acontecimiento histórico basado en la narrativa Evangélica del Nuevo Testamento Bíblico sobre los juicios por parte de El Sanedrín, tribunal Judío que consistía de 23 Jueces, liderado por el Sumo Sacerdote José Caifás y su suegro Anás, en contra de Jesús, conocido como el Nazareno. Después de terminar la Cena de Pascua Judía en casa de José de Arimatea, comerciante y escribano judío, Jesús se dirige al Huerto de los Olivos con sus apóstoles a orar. Allí aparece Judas Iscariote, uno de sus apóstoles que  acuerda con Caifás entregar a Jesús por 30 denarios para su aprehensión. La Guardia Judía acompañada de una turba arresta a Jesús y lo lleva al Consejo Judío, que eventualmente lo presenta a Poncio Pilato, Procurador Romano de Judea, para que lo juzgue a muerte por profanación a la Ley Judía Mesiánica, intención de destruir el Templo Judío y sedición para convertirse en Rey. El Procurador siente la presión de los líderes judíos, y en ocasión de la fiesta judía anual que se celebra en la Luna llena, entiéndase La Pascua, ordena su eventual condena a muerte en la cruz (método de castigo público utilizado en el Antiguo Imperio Romano como  advertencia para aquellos que violaban la ley). Crucifican a Jesús y muere a la hora de nona antes del comienzo del Sabbat judío (anochecer de un viernes). José de Arimatea reclama su cuerpo y lo lleva a su nuevo sepulcro donde lo sepulta. El Procurador Romano ordena sellar la puerta y ser vigilada por soldados romanos para que sus seguidores no roben el cuerpo. Tres días después, María Magdalena junto a otras mujeres llegan al sepulcro con intención de realizar el ritual de unción con aceites al cuerpo inerte de Jesús. Al llegar encuentran que la piedra del sepulcro está removida y no hay soldados custodiando. Entra ve que el sepulcro está vacío, sólo queda la sábana que cubría el cuerpo de Jesús. Jesús se le aparece. Jesús resucita. 

EKKLESIA THEATRE PROJECT es un grupo experimental comunitario estacional de personas comunes (amas de casa, trabajadores de fábricas y minoristas, familias, padres solteros ...) de diversos orígenes étnicos y culturales comprometidos con actuaciones artísticas locales en conjunto relacionadas con cuestiones sociales, políticas y religiosas de nuestros tiempos. Nuestra misión es capacitar a las personas y familias en situación de desventaja para que expresen sus potencialidades artísticas a través de las artes escénicas. “La Pasión de Cristo”, en inglés y español, y “A Night in Bethlehem” (“Una noche en Belén”) son los dos proyectos teatrales estacionales presentados durante los últimos tres años. Estamos agradecidos con la ciduadania de la Ciudad de Union City, su Alcalde Brian P. Stack y la Junta de Comisionados, el Centro de Artes Escénicas de Union City y su personal por el privilegio y el honor de estar en su hermosa comunidad en esta ocasión tan especial.

"La Pasión"
Miércoles, 28 de marzo, 2018
Jueves, 29 de marzo, 2018
7:00 PM
Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Boulevard
Union City, NJ 07087
Entrada gratis

Estacionamiento gratis

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Film Screenings @ The Museum

A special night of short films at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420 - 15 Street, Union City, NJ.  Featuring the short films "PISSIN'", "Cheesed & Squeezed", and the World Premiere of the highly anticipated film "The Extinguisher" (See the trailer:  Also back by popular demand, the hysterical short film "Primero Muerto".

Free Admission & Refreshments.

Red Carpet at 6:30 PM
Screenings at 7:00 PM