Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

Robin DiLauri Filippone Lends Her Voice to the Pink Crusade

By: Robin DiLauri Filippone

The Inferno’s Band travels all over the world. There have been so many unbelievable experiences but to this day, there is one that I still have a hard time explaining in words…

My first time performing with The Infernos at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey breast cancer walk was a day I will never forget. I can’t begin to tell you the emotions that were inside of me. A surreal feeling, as if you are a part of something so much bigger. A truly magical feeling. An ocean of pink. Thousands of women who were sisters. An unspoken family. Holding each other, hugging, laughing, singing and dancing at 8AM in the morning!

The Infernos were also a part of another amazing event, Minette’s Angels 15th anniversary gala. The night was a beautiful execution of selfless people helping those in need while keeping the memory of mother, wife, sister, friend, Minette McKenna.

This year, breast cancer hit me right at home. My best friend, Tracy, who is like family, was diagnosed. My dear survivor warrior friend Deb Belfatto (whom I met when through the Infernos band,) directed us to Tracy’s angels on earth- the man who would soon saved her life, Dr. Michael Scoppetuolo and his lovely wife, Rosemary.

Needless to say, when I was asked to sing at the Fashion for the Pink Crusade, which raises funds for the Saint Barnabas Breast Center (that helped my friend get through 20 grueling treatments of chemotherapy) there was no choice but to say YES. The honor is all mine. The idea of filling a room with music among survivors, family members, donors, and friends fills my heart with such joy. I am singing a ballad of hope and strength.

For more information about Fashion for the Pink Crusade, click here.

Ryan Bock’s “The Golem: Objects of Security” at Deep Space

Deep Space Gallery, in Jersey City,  presents to you “The Golem: Objects of Security” by Ryan Bock. This art exhibition will be on view from September 29th-November 3rd. The opening reception is on Saturday, September 29th, from 6-11pm

Bock’s inspiration for his work stems from the myth of the Golem of Prague, which is explored in  the German horror film that the exhibition’s title adapts. Bock explores the duality of self-protection, while exposing the dangers of everyday items we rely on, such as medicine, information technology, economies and stability. These are what makes Golem. He questions and challenges this reliance society has on these items, revealing their dark and dangerous ways. He does so through sculpture, painting, drawing and experimental short film.

Ryan Bock says, “My natural human inclination toward security is stifling my growth. I’m attempting to propel myself out of my comfort zone, off a cliff in both my personal and professional life in order to reach a higher comprehension of where I stand.” Bock warns us that anything we may see as security, could be, in fact, damaging. 

 

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 2018

Martin Farawell, Director of The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, has announced that the festival is back and has a lot in store for us this year! Featuring literary legends, best selling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Academy of American Poet Chancellors, the festival is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all. The festival will be a four day event, taking place at the New
Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
and other venues in Newark’s Downtown Arts District on October 18th-21st.

The festival first began in 1986 at Waterloo Village in northern New Jersey. This is the fifth time that it will be taking place in Newark’s Downtown Arts District. The Dodge Festival celebrates poetry for four days straight, through readings, performances, and conversations. There will be over 150 events taking place throughout the four days, which will include Krista Tippett recording poet interviews for her Peabody Award-winning public radio show “On Being”

At this year’s festival, there will be numerous acclaimed poets giving featured readings and participating in the four-day event. These include former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Pulitzer Prize-winners Sharon Olds and Gregory Pardlo, as well as award-winning poets Sandra Cisneros, Sapphire, Eileen Myles, Ntozake Shange, Kwame Dawes, Alberto Ríos, David St. John, Henri Cole, Gregory Orr, Mary Ruefle and David Young

John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC says, “Poetry is vitally important, in so many ways — not least because these days, poetry is the gateway to the arts for many young people. Poetry — whether in free verse, the bars of a rap song, or the structure of a sonnet — empowers teens to speak their heart and their truth.  And the only tools they need are a pencil and a passion to be heard. That’s why NJPAC is thrilled to welcome the Dodge Poetry Festival back to Newark this fall”. 

Be sure to check out the full program lineup on the Dodge Poetry Program’s website, as well as travel accommodations, poet bios, ticket info, and more!