New Jersey

Did You Hear About: Newark State Of The Arts

By |June 6th, 2017|

When you think of an organization’s annual meeting, your mind tends to dredge up images of dull slideshow presentations and numerous quotes about projected vs actual results, and then the snoring begins. But the Newark Arts’ Annual Meeting and State of the Arts event promises to […]

Lotus Moment: By The People

By |May 8th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: There’s an old aphorism that says the personal is political, and I’m inclined to agree.

Just as this beautiful facade of the Newark City Hall building was crafted to reference history, ideology and innovation, the personal lives that we share with one another […]

Enjoying The State I’m In

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Record Store Day. Independent Bookstore Day. Free Comic Book Day. Oh yes, ladies, gents and non-binary fam, ’tis officially the season to explore, engage and enjoy the community you call home.

I know, I know. As spring is still struggling to find its step and Memorial […]

Did You Hear About: “Women In The World” – WIM-N’s Film Festival

By |March 28th, 2017|

Today is the kickoff for the “Women In The World” Women In Media – Newark’s Women’s History Month Film Festival, which runs through April 6th. I originally planned to add this to my events calendar in my lovely sidebar on the right, but this occasion felt […]

Lotus Moment: V Is For Victrola

By |March 12th, 2017|

Why This Is Awesome: To quote Shakespeare, “if music be the food of love, play on!” That was my exact sentiment as I walked through the Institute of Jazz Studies @50 exhibit at the Paul Robeson Galleries last Wednesday. Along with saxophones from jazz greats like […]

Newark Works For Me

By |February 19th, 2017|

Newark’s revitalization has been in the news quite a bit lately. Why? Because some are pegging it the “next Brooklyn.” To be fair, they’ve been saying that for a few years now. Heck, when I began researching my move here back in 2015, I found […]

Lotus Moment: A Story In Every Brick

By |December 7th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: As the year draws to a close, I find myself busier than ever. Dare I say, I’m almost too busy to blog. 😉

But I’m never too busy to remember to stop and take in my surroundings. I currently reside in a city […]

The Worst Lesson That Life Can Teach – American Pastoral Review

By |November 15th, 2016|

I did something rather odd last Tuesday. On the night of my country’s Presidential election, I went to the movies. I don’t have a TV, and even if I did, spending the evening waiting for election results felt … unnecessary. What makes this behavior […]

Lotus Moment: Grafstract In Progress

By |September 12th, 2016|

Why This Is Awesome: While taking care of business this Saturday along Halsey St., I had the good fortune to park my car in front of a mural in progress being created by Fumero, a Brooklyn-based artist, muralist and designer venturing out to our side […]

Why The Newark International Film Festival? Here’s Why…

By |September 5th, 2016|

I. Love. Festivals! A bit reductive, but it’s true. I love festivals. Music festivals. Book festivals. Fringe theatre festivals. I even love those festivals dedicated to just one type of food, like strawberry festivals. The ingenuity of the participants combined with the welcoming spirit of […]