Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Music Producer VALNTINO Is Spinnin’ Around the World

The DJ music scene is taking over the globe, let alone in the great #GardenState!

#HipNJ’s Kendall Zoppa recently sat down & chatted with world renowned music producer, VALNTINO! Creatively producing music since he was a senior in high school, VALNTINO started off DJ-ing at his high school basketball games to get the players & crowd pumped up!

Now, having traveled the world from Miami to Italy & working with shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti and business magnate Richard Branson, VALNTINO goes into gigs without having a plan of what he’s going to play – he goes with the feeling. No playlists necessary for this talented DJ – just the notion of the crowd gets him inspired as the show is going on.

Working on a mixes with Fatman Scoop is just one of many honors he has while working in the music industry. VALNTINO takes music to the next level by incorporating rock, electronic, EDM and 90s hip-hop for a new sound.

Bridging different types of genres together certainly gives VALNTINO a unique sound. Start spinnin’ your way to Spotify or iTunes & listen to VALNTINO’s new hit song, “Love’s the Answer” featuring GTO.

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11 Tips On How to Host the Perfect Oscar Party!

Here are 11 Tips On How to Host the Perfect Oscar Party…


1. “Cast Your Vote” – Add some excitement with a little friendly Oscar-pool competition by voting on your picks from the Oscar ballot.



2. “Label Stations” – Welcome your guests with a chalkboard clapper sign. ACTION!



3. “Budding Stars” – For a centerpiece with vintage movie-theater charm, pile red roses into a “popcorn-bowl vase”!



4. “Step and Repeat” – Take star selfies with an awesome Oscars back drop!



5. “DIY Champagne Tuxedo Glasses” – Super easy to make with a rectangle of black felt, wrapped and secured with a small 3-inch strip of felt, and then simply glue-dotted onto the glass alongside two black “button” rhinestones!



6. “Admit it, You Love Candy” – What’s a night celebrating the best in film without a candy stand — as in a bar with lots of your favorite candy!



7. “Awards Night Sugar Cookies” – Treat your guests with these sugar cookies – Either serving at the party or giving to guests to take home!


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8. “Custom Beer Labels” – Champagne taste on a beer budget? These clever printable labels add a bit of Oscar glam to your favorite brew.



9. “Gold Confetti Filled Clear Balloons” – Fill the room with fabulous golden glam. Clear balloons and gold confetti is all you’ll need! Once the night is over, (and if you feel like vacuuming confetti) pop the balloons for an even more glittery night!



10. “Then & Now” – Match Oscar Winners to their corresponding baby pictures ! Whoever gets thew most right, wins (a movie ticket gift card or any other prize you have in mind)!



11. “Best _______” – Have fun with your friends awarding your own honors on Oscars night! These sweet little balloon awards can be handed out for the categories of your choice.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s A Bronx Tale: The Musical

Classic 1993 hit film, “A Bronx Tale” is now hitting the Paper Mill Playhouse stage!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently joined the opening night celebration of, “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” at Ricalton’s Village Tavern of South Orange, New Jersey. She was lucky enough to chat with the a-list actors & actresses of this wonderful musical production.

Based on the real life story by Chazz Palminteri‚ “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” is based on the racial issues and organized crime from the 1960s. Lisa chatted with the young Italian-American boy, Calogero, who is first played by Joshua Colley and later by Jason Gotay. Calogero’s journey is to find the right path in life, as he must choose between the father who raised him (played by Richard H. Blake) or a mob-boss father figure (played by Nick Cordero) who fascinates him. Blake and Cordero share with Lisa their passion for their roles on the stage. Lucia Giannetta (Rosina) returns to Paper Mill Playhouse and Coco Jones (Jane) loves the amount of talent that fills the room envisioning the show being the biggest and the best!

This masterpiece is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks! Lisa was lucky enough to speak with Zaks about his Off-Broadway experience.

Writer Chazz Palminteri shares with Hip New Jersey his love for the Paper Mill Playhouse stating, “The Paper Mill is literally ‘Broadway’ out here…it’s an incredible theater and if you want to do a great show and you need a space, the Paper Mill is the place to go.” Eight-time Academy Award Winning Composer, Alan Menken agrees with Palminteri saying that, “All the production aspects at Paper Mill are absolutely Broadway caliber.”

Glenn Slater beautifully masters lyrics of this musical and mentions that he is honored to work with heavy hitters like De Niro, Palminteri, Zaks and Menken.

Choreographer and four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo shares with Lisa his all-time favorite type of dance: do-op!

Get your tickets today. Visit “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” for more information!

Stay tuned for the 2016-2017 season at the Paper Mill Playhouse.