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André Leon Talley

JOIN ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY AT THE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF NJPAC’S SPRING LUNCHEON

Celebrated fashion industry scribe André Leon Talley shares stories about his extraordinary career on Tuesday, May 7 as the special honored guest of the Women’s Association of NJPAC’s Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019, a festive gathering held annually for the benefit of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on its Prudential Hall stage.

An important figure in African-American culture, Talley will candidly discuss growing up in the segregated South and his journey to the peak of the fashion world, serving as a protégé of Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Anna Wintour. He is a former director of Vogue magazine and a judge on the television show “America’s Next Top Model.” Talley’s life was featured in Kate Novack’s critically acclaimed 2017 documentary “The Gospel According to André.”

Talley is the author of “A.L.T.: A Memoir” and “A.L.T. 365+.” He has edited “The Little Black Dress” and “Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style” and is working on his second volume of memoirs, “Chiffon Trenches.”

The WA, which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of its founding, also has announced that singer, actress and arts advocate Yvette Glover will receive the Ronnie Goldberg Award 2019 for “Outstanding Contributions to the Women’s Association and NJPAC.” Her award will be presented by her son, Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover (“Shuffle Along,” “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk”), who is NJPAC’s Dance Advisor and a member of its Board of Directors.

“The quarter-century of good works achieved by the Women’s Association of NJPAC puts extra glow into this year’s Spring Luncheon & Auction, one of our favorite events among many,” said WA President Marcia Wilson Brown. “Our legacy was built by nine adventurous women into a 2,500-member powerhouse of talent that supports the mission of the Arts Center and the importance of cultural literacy in the community. We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary by continuing to foster meaningful partnerships, enhancing our visibility, and participating in innovative programming.”

The WA is the largest single fund-raiser for the Arts Center. Co-chairs for the 22nd annual Spring Luncheon & Auction are community leader and philanthropist Deborah Q. Belfatto and Professor Faith Taylor of Montclair State University’s Feliciano Business School and founder of Resiliency Center.

A networking reception and silent auction kicks off the event from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the lobby of elegant Prudential Hall, followed by the luncheon and program on its stage until 1:30 p.m.

A student of NJPAC’s arts education programs, acclaimed 17-year-old jazz vocalist Alexis Morrast gives a special performance at the Spring Luncheon & Auction. Much like another Newarker, the “Divine” Sarah Vaughan, Morrast also is a title holder from “Amateur Night at the Apollo” (winning twice) and captured first place in television’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” hosted by Steve Harvey. A singer from the age of 3, she was named Hot House Jazz Guide’s “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” in 2017.

Attended by hundreds of guests dressed in colorful, garden-party attire, the WA’s springtime tradition features a raffle drawing and mobile bidding on must-haves like luxury vacations, high-end designer accessories, and tickets to the hottest concerts. Past speakers have included author Grace Bonney and celebrity model Ashley Graham.

Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019 is RWJBarnabas Health. Underwriters include Prudential, The MCJ Amelior Foundation and United, the Official Airline of Spring Luncheon & Auction 2019.

The deadline for reservations is April 19. To register online, click to NJPAC.org/SpringLuncheon or email womensassociation@njpac.org for additional information.

About the Women’s Association of NJPAC
The Women’s Association of NJPAC (WA) is celebrating 25 years and over $52 million raised to support NJPAC and programs that enrich the lives of our current and future generations of cultural citizens. When the WA was established in 1994, its organizers could be counted on two hands. Since that time, the WA has grown – to some 2,000 members strong today – to help NJPAC achieve its dreams. Many of the most influential and powerful women in the state lend their time, talent and treasure to support arts education for our young, champion Newark’s remarkable evolution, and advance NJPAC as a home for world-class artistry. For years, the WA has worked with the Arts Center to fulfill its mission to innovate, educate, collaborate and advocate. For more information, visit wanjpac.org. Follow the WA at @njpacwomen, #WAluncheon and NJPAC.org/women.

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!

weekend recap aug 3 - 5

HIPNJ’S WEEKEND RECAP: AUGUST 3-5

Planned on going to a few events this weekend but got too busy to attend them all? #HipNJ has got you covered in this weeks weekend recap!

just peachy festival

JUST PEACHY FESTIVAL – AUGUST 4 & 5

The weekend was filled with plenty of activities for kids, including a ride through the orchards on tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides, face painting, games and barnyard fun. On Sunday Aug. 5, Schafer’s Sports Center was there with an interactive tumbling fun area.

NJ CRAB FESTIVAL

NJ STATE CRAP FESTIVAL – AUGUST 4

The NJ State Crab Festival featured a block party atmosphere with “crabby” fun for the entire family! The festival included bushels of blue claw crabs, a beer garden, “must try” crabby bloody marys, vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race. “Parrotbeach,” a Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, preformed as well. All proceeds earned went to Lunch with Lynch (#YouInspireKindness).

corn tomato and beer festival

Corn, Tomato and Beer Festival – August 4

The festival featured a beer garden serving local brews, live music, and food that highlights those famous Jersey tomatoes and corn. The event was a family friendly event for people of all ages featuring an expanded kids zone and free entertainment!

BELLA NYC MAGAZINE ANNUAL HAMPTONS WHITE PARTY

BELLA NYC MAGAZINE ANNUAL HAMPTONS WHITE PARTY – AUGUST 4

The event was hosted by Full House star Lori Loughlin who is also the Bella NYC Magazine August and July cover girl! A full 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Northwell Health Staten Island University Hospital‘s New Women and Children’s Center!

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO – AUGUST 5

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presented the five-time GRAMMY-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo – “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world” – made a welcomed return to NJPAC.

DAVID DOBRIK & JASON NASH PREFORM VIEWS

DAVID DOBRIK & JASON NASH PREFORM VIEWS LIVE – AUGUST 4

Fresh off their Shorty Award win for Best Podcast, social media superstars David Dobrik (a 21-year-old youtube millionaire) and Jason Nash (a 40-something single dad with a successful vlog), came to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) with a live version of their outrageous, top-rated Views. Fans came from all over the country just to watch this iconic duo, plus special guests, preform their show live and in person!