NEWARK, N.J. – August 22, 2013 – The City of Newark, South Ward Council Member Ras Baraka, Newark Public Art Program Director Damon Rich, Program Manager Perris Straughter, Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center Executive Director Cheryl D. Bush, lead artist Gladys Barker Grauer, arts administrator City Without Walls, and others will dedicate the Newark Public Art Program’s 24th large-scale outdoor painting, titled A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs, on Friday, August 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., at David L. Warner Playground at 390 Hawthorne Avenue. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs is the 24th large-scale city mural that has been completed since Mayor Cory A. Booker launched the Newark Public Art Program (NPAP) in 2009 as a part of the Newark Planning Office. Newark Murals tell Newark’s stories, celebrating and commemorating under-recognized people, places, and events. For each mural project, NPAP leads a collaboration of a community-based organization, artists and researchers, and young people to design and produce a large-scale outdoor painting. Previous murals may be viewed at www.thisisnewark.wordpress.com.
“We are proud to unveil our 24th large-scale mural since launching the Newark Public Art Program. In four years, we have unveiled two dozen murals to manifest the excellence of our artists, the strength of our neighborhoods and people, and the glories of Newark’s history. This mural honors our rich and continuing heritage as a center for jazz music. I congratulate everyone who helped make this beautiful mural a reality,” said Mayor Booker.
A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs celebrates the city’s history as a hotspot of jazz composition and performance, featuring a lively scene of playing, dancing, and listening. The painting includes the names of 22 legendary Newark jazz clubs including Caravan, the Key Club, Sparkey J’s, and Lloyd’s Manor. It was designed and produced in collaboration by the Newark Public Art Program; community partner and wall-owner the Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center; lead artist Gladys Barker Grauer; supporting artist Melanie Stokes; additional artists and NewarkWORKS students Yasmine DeJesus, Malik Hardaway, Onnie Strother, Nicole Thompson, Lee Johnson, Larry Hilton, Cheryll Fowler, Kaela Berdecia; and arts administrator City Without Walls.
“We envision a city where the physical environment reflects the bold aspirations and deep history of Newark and its people,” said Mr. Rich. “A mural is not just a work of art, but the result of real collaboration among artists, youth, community-based organizations, and residents. That’s how each of these murals tells the story: this is Newark.”
“Newark Jazz Clubs were the pulse of the City’s entertainment from the late 1920s to the 1950s,” said Ms. Grauer. “It was a stop-over for gigs between New York City and Philadelphia for many great jazz entertainers. During the Depression, the clubs were a good business venture, a source of jobs and launched many careers for local entertainers of color. In the mural, the clubs are represented symbolically because so many of the original structures are gone. I attempted to give the viewer a glimpse of the jazz era fashion showing the zoot suit and the conked hair. Of course, ‘Sassy’ Sarah Vaughn takes over the center. The legacy of the jazz clubs lives today on Saturday nights in Baraka's Blues People, Barbara Kukla’s Swing City and WBGO's 24/7 365 Jazz.”
The Newark Public Art Program is an initiative of the City of Newark Division of Planning and the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone to create works of art and design that manifest the spirit and pride of Newark in its public spaces. It aims to bring public art and design into each of Newark’s neighborhoods, cultivating civic and community pride, bringing unexpected visual pleasure to the urban landscape, engaging residents and other stakeholders, and connecting Newark’s young people to community-based artists. To learn more, visit http://www.thisisnewark.wordpress.com
Gladys Barker Grauer (born in Cincinnati, Ohio in1923), is an artist, teacher, and activist. Prior to completing high school she and her family moved to the Chicago. After completing high school Ms. Grauer attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York and worked as a freelance artist, became involved in civil rights and political movements, and met and married Solomon Grauer. They moved to Newark’s Clinton Hill section in 1951. While raising a family Gladys and Solomon continued their community involvement. They were among the founding members of the Clinton Hill Neighborhood Council.
In 1972 Gladys Grauer opened the Aard Studio Gallery on Bergen Street in Newark. She helped launch the careers and critical evaluation of numerous black and brown artists. Her gallery addressed the needs of artists of color by providing a forum for mutual support, professional networking, exhibition and selling of their art. Gladys Grauer was one of the founding members of Black Woman In Visual Perspective, an organization of African-American women artists. She served on the Boards of Theater of Universal Images; City Without Walls; and the Newark Arts Council, and mentored young art students through Art Reach.
Gladys’ artwork has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally: from The Newark Museum to Dakar, Senegal. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Newark, Montclair, Morris, and the New Jersey State Museums. She has completed three murals in Newark. Gladys continues to inspire the next generation of artists, and to creatively express through visual discord, her social, political and personal views.
Brasília – Brazil's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ambassador Tovar da Silva Nunes, has told Agência Brasil that Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Brazil. However, Silva Nunes adds that the Brazilian government “has no inclination” to answer the request [leaving a request unanswered is diplomatic language for rejecting the request].
A former employee at the United States National Security Agency (NSA), Snowden is accused of espionage for publicly disclosing details of internet and telephone surveillance around the world by US federal agencies.
WikiLeaks reports that Snowden has sought asylum from 21 countries. Faced with growing rejection, Snowden has accused the US government of putting pressure on international leaders to force his extradition back to the US.
Police are patrolling a senior citizen housing building in Englewood, New Jersey, around the clock. Three people were arrested there late last month, after complaints of prostitution and drugs.
Two of them, a 75-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, were residents but are being evicted. A 54-year-old woman is their alleged accomplice. All three faces drug charges.
Police say the man admitted to providing prostitutes to some of his younger neighbors inside the building. More charges could be filed.
The city’s housing authority runs the low-income housing for seniors.
"Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music" under the baton of producer Marcelo Nigri
by Micki Mihich.
In pre-production stage is one of the most-important-to-be documentaries about Brazil and music, "Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music". No, there is no Samba nor Bossa Nova here, both very well-represented in countless other documentaries from "terra brasilis"; more than a musical category, even though the documentary deals with classical music, the film is rather about an instrument - Brazilian tenor Aldo Baldin.
If you are acquainted with the lyric singer's work, you'll certainly be pleased to know that finally we'll have a definitive proper documentation about the great Brazilian vocal artist. And if you don't know him, then you're proof of the documentary's importance.
Born in Urussanga, a small city in the state of Santa Catarina, Baldin sang with some of the most acclaimed maestros in the world, such as Helmuth Rilling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Henrique Morelenbaum, Riccardo Muti, Karl Richter, Herbert von Karajan, among others; he was one of the biggest interpreters of Bach, as well as Mozart's and Verdi's; he was one of the most prolific tenors in existence, both in chamber music as well as in lyrical, with over 500 performances in 60 different operas and 300 oratories, having 150 recordings (over 60 in CD). Counting all his registered performances all over the world, including radio and TV, there are over one thousand works. Baldin was even the recipient of a Grammy, having been the greatest Brazilian lyrical singer, and one of the greatest in the world.
With the noble purpose of bringing to the fore and preserving the memory of this Brazilian giant, from his humble beginning in Santa Catarina's countryside to the international acclaim, through his struggles and challenges in Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro until his moving to Germany, "Aldo Baldin, A Life For Music" has already been garnering its due support. "We've been awarded the Feature Film Project Research and Development Grant from the Santa Catarina Government", states proudly producer Marcelo Nigri. The film also has the unrestricted support from the Baldin family, "Which is extremely important", declares the producer, "Not only for the support per se and legitimacy added to the project but also for the unique source materials provided". Nigri refers to the quasi-unlimited photographic, videographic and discographic archives on the tenor, maintained by his widow, Irene Flesch Baldin, and their two daughters, Serena and Sofia.
The film also has a director from Urussanga, the same city as the tenor's, Yves Goulart, director of the multi-awarded "Beyond The Light", also produced by Nigri. "The presence of Yves in the project obviously is due to his professional quality and unique vision as director, and also because he's a big fighter for the preservation and promotion of Baldin's memory", says the producer, "But of course, the fact that both artists share the same roots makes that an extra special item in an ideal marriage".
Natural from Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Nigri came from the world of the dance, where he already used cinematographic
elements in his choreographies. "The dance, as much as cinema, always were very present in my life", reveals the producer, who's also a choreographer, "The image in movement in cinema is also choreographic and that has always fascinated and inspired me".
Nigri has several projects in different stages of production, all focused in Brazilian culture, one of which being about dance, as expected. "To reveal the 'other Brazils' through art has always been my target", says the producer, who presently resides in New York, "We should not forget, for instance, that our musical gifts also go beyond the Samba and the Bossa Nova. And nobody better than Aldo Baldin to prove it".
* Foto de Rodrigo Barbosa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7th, 2013- Manhattan School of Music
Manhattan School of Music - 120 Claremont Ave New York , NY 10027
New York, NY - April 7, 2013: Brazilian Soprano, Caroline Braga is noted for her beautiful lyric sound and expressive communication with her audiences. Miss Braga will be giving a solo recital at the Manhattan School of Music in early April. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in the States, Ms. Braga incorporates her Brazilian heritage in her programming. Caroline will preform a set of classical Brazilian “Modinhas” set by Ernani Braga. Her program will also include works by Respighi, Strauss, Schubert and Luigi Denza.
In 2012 Caroline’s work caught the attention of Grammy-winning Brazilian television actress, singer and children's television show host, Xuxa, who then featured Caroline on her television show. Caroline has also caught the attention of many Brazilian Television shows like Fantastico and Planeta Brasil. Ms. Braga has also attended various summer programs including the Académie Internationale d'Été de Nice, France, Walnut Hill Summer Opera Program in Italy, and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Caroline continues to preform frequently and will soon be preforming a recital series to benefit keep classical music alive in Brazil.
Caroline is the recipient of the Birgit Nilsson Scholarship, the Governor's Award for Music Excellence and the Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship. Caroline is in the undergraduate program at the Manhattan School of Music where studies with Marlena Malas.
New York, N.Y., February 15, 2013. – Montenegro and Raman Productions proudly present Brazilian musical theater icon Bibi Ferreira in her New York City debut celebrating her 90th birthday. The legendary singer, director, producer, and star will appear in a one-night-only performance backed by a 21-piece orchestra. Bibi Ferreira: BIBI IN CONCERT, Brazil’s Musical Icon, will take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
To Brazilians, Bibi Ferreira means musical theatre in the same way Antonio Carlos Jobim means bossa nova. Over an 8-decade career, she directed, produced and starred in an incredible array of shows, ranging from classic Broadway musicals (she was the pioneer director of these productions in Brazil) to TV specials, opera, even an appearance in the 1947 cult movie The End of the River, which featured Indian-born actor Sabu. She won plaudits for her stage tributes to Portuguese fado star Amália Rodrigues and French chanson star Edith Piaf. Her Piaf performance enjoyed a record-breaking 28-year run in Brazil, winning her the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest accolade for an artist.
Even at age 90, Bibi continues to play to sold-out audiences in Brazil, with fans including national superstars like Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania. In 2012 alone she performed over 75 concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to a total live audience of almost 80,000 fans. Brazilians who could not attend her live performances watched the HD broadcast of her show in over 37 movie theatres nationwide. Bibi’s extraordinary, multifaceted career also earned her a 1-hour special recently on “Programa do Jo,” Brazil’s top rated evening entertainment program with a viewing audience of 4.6 million.
The Lincoln Center concert showcases the rich variety of her repertoire with songs by famed Brazilian composers including Pixinguinha, David Nasser, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque, intermingled with selections from American theatre classics and works by Irving Berlin, Edith Piaf and Amalia Rodrigues.
“I’m excited about performing in New York -- but cautious,” says the tireless singer. “It’s a great responsibility, but I’m looking forward to it.”
“Bibi Ferreira: Bibi in Concert, Brazil’s Musical Icon”
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm
Lincoln Center -- Alice Tully Hall / Starr Theater
70 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Ticket Prices $40, $75
Tickets at: 212-875-5000
Newark, NJ – March 18, 2013 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnership Margarita Muñiz, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, former soccer star Claudio Reyna, Johnson & Johnson Vice President and General Counsel Mike Ullmann, Just One Soccer League Executive Director Oscar Rodriguez, FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil mascot “FulecoTM,” and other dignitaries will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to Newark today, Monday, March 18, at 4 p.m., at Heavy & General Laborers Local 472, located at 700 Raymond Boulevard, in the City’s East Ward.
The ceremony, originally set for Essex County Riverfront Park, is being moved indoors due to the threat of inclement weather.
Youth soccer fans attending the event will be able to test their soccer skills and win a prize in a “Free Kick Challenge,” participate in fun soccer activities and interact with Safe Kids, a worldwide organization that provides proven and practical resources to protect children from unintentional injuries.
The trophy, hosted by Johnson & Johnson, as part of their “Healthier Kids” initiative, is designed to increase physical activity and help address the problem of childhood obesity. Johnson & Johnson is the official healthcare sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM.
WHO: Mayor Cory A. Booker, East Ward Council Member Augusto Amador, Deputy Mayor of Civic Engagement and Community Partnership Margarita Muñiz, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, former soccer star Claudio Reyna, Johnson & Johnson Vice President and General Counsel Mike Ullmann, Just One Soccer League Executive Director Oscar Rodriguez, FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil mascot “FulecoTM,” and other dignitaries.
WHAT: Will welcome the 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy to Newark.
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2013
WHERE: Heavy & General Laborers Local 472
700 Raymond Boulevard
New Jersey is back on track for a grand prix in 2014, promoter Leo Hindery has announced.
The Manhattan-skyline street race was due to make its debut on this year’s calendar, but the organisers fell behind on road repairs and obtaining event permits.
Hindery told Sports Business Daily: “I think that Bernie (Ecclestone) made absolutely the right decision (to delay).”
But he added: “We are back under construction".
“We have the consents in place that we didn’t have last fall, and we will quite comfortably put the race on, now probably in the mid-year of 2014 with (Ecclestone’s) support.”
F1 chief executive Ecclestone, however, indicated that New Jersey’s problems were not only to do with approvals, or the repair and asphalting of the roads.
“It’s a problem for the people that started this, and I think it’s basically a financial problem,” he said.
Violinist Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical brilliance, and commitment to new music and the commissioning process have not only made her one of the most sought-after artists of our time, but also brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. For her US recital tour, Hahn performs sonatas by Bach, Corelli, and Faure, as well as selected shorts from her forthcoming "In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores," commissioned by the artist from a broad range of contemporary composers including David Lang, Jeff Myers, Elliott Sharp, Du Yun, Valentin Silvestrov, Michiru Osima, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, García Abril.
Faure: Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13
Corelli: Sonata No. 4 in F, Op. 5
Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D
Selections from "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores".
When: Sunday, February 24, at 3:00pm
Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102 ~ Administrative Offices: (973) 642-8989 ~ Box Office (Toll-Free): (888) 466-5722
Price: Tickets start at just $20
After receiving awards at film festivals in China and Mexico and traveling to six countries screening his procuction Beyond the Light, now it's time for film producer Marcelo Nigri to release on DVD this documentary that shows the reality of the blind in Brazil and in the United States and one of the pioneers in the audio description technique: all the scenes that appear on screen are narrated, which enables the blind to go to the movies and “watch” the film. The DVD release and special screening of the film will take place on November 30 at the centennial Lighthouse International, a pioneer institution in New York of sight rehabilitation treatment and specialized in helping visually impaired people to adapt to daily challenges.
The film is an independent production as well as its DVD distribution. That’s a challenge that Nigri decided to take, after turning down three proposals from established distribution companies. “If I give the film to any of them, there’s no guarantee at all that we’ll receive a single dollar for our work,” complains Nigri about the distribution companies that, as a rule, recoup all of their expenses before passing on any money to the filmmakers. “Beyond the Light has been a challenging procuction since the beginning and I’m ready to face this new challenge too. Filmmakers are becoming even more independent today, and that includes the distribution phase,” completes Nigri.
Beyond the Light was directed by Yves Goulart and shot in the countryside of Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro, New York and France. Seven blind Brazilians show with great optimism, humor and boldness how they live a normal life, and even a more productive life than many ordinary people. When it comes to visual impairment, we are often led to think of something sad and limiting, but Beyond the Light is one of the rare films about disability that leaves us inspired, motivated and more enthusiastic about life. The importance of Louis Braille in this process of adaptation of the blind to a normal life is indescribable, and so the film portrays the the story of Louis Braille, who became blind at the age of three and was the creator of the reading and writing system, which opened the doors of knowledge for those who can’t see.
The film also had special screenings by invitation at the UN, in New York, UNESCO, in Paris, and the Brazilian Federal Senate, in Brazil, during the Week Honoring Persons with Disabilities. The screenings are usually a real breach of protocol. Most of the theaters are not used to receiving the visually impaired people and when they arrive with their guide dogs, it can generate discussion. “At UNESCO, in Paris, the event was almost canceled because they were not prepared and did not allow dogs in the building. But that is the law around the world. The visually impaired people are entitled to be accompanied by their guide dogs,” says Nigri. Besides the controversy, the screenings are also full of emotion: “Many of the visually impaired people who come to the screenings have never been to the movies, because the regular films don’t have audio description, which makes it difficult for them. That’s why the film as well as the DVD feature audio description in English, Portuguese and French. “We decided to make a film about blind people and it would be hypocritical of us not to include them in our audience,” concludes Nigri.