Ragtime: The Musical

It’s the turn of the century; everything is changing and anything is possible. Brimming with unforgettable melodies and a deeply compelling story of love and loss, Ragtime paints a powerful portrait of the American Dream that awakens the heart and captivates the soul. Set in the volatile melting pot of New York City, three distinct American stories are woven together—a determined Jewish immigrant, a daring Harlem musician and an upper-class mother, united by their courage, compassion and belief in a better tomorrow. Based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow, this triumphant must-see musical masterpiece is bursting with show-stopping splendor and unbridled passion. Prepare yourself to be swept away as Eagle Theatre lands you in a reinvented version of this boundless classic.

Holiday Glass in the Studio

Venture down to the WheatonArts Glass Studio on Saturday, December 8, 15, and 22 to be amazed as our glass artists create holiday-themed glass objects, large and small throughout the day! Visitors can see other holiday glass objects on display, including the record-breaking giant glass ornament, glass fruitcake, the world’s largest glass turkey drumstick, and a 5'7" tall glass menorah.

General Admission: $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults (62+), $7.00 Students, Children 5 and under are free.

Wheel of Life: Tibetan Sand Mandala by Losang Samten

Tibetan master artist Losang Samten will visit WheatonArts for a special five-day residency to create the “Wheel of Life” mandala. This image in colored sand is both a visual aid to interpreting the cycle of life and a symbolic comment on the consequences of life choices. The medium of sand reminds the viewer of the impermanence of all things. All visitors are invited to observe the artist at work, to discuss with Losang the creative process, and to learn about the meanings of the mandala elements. A special station will be available for those who want to try the technique.

The Mandala Dismantling Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Flowers of Legend: A Night of Chinese Huangmei Opera, Qipao Dance & Fashion Show

Held in the WheatonArts Event Center, this dynamic performance features the XiaoFang Huangmei Arts Academy and is designed to present a combination of Chinese singing styles, dances, and instrumental music. The program includes Huangmei Opera episodes and singing dialogues, a traditional costume show, an interactive Qipao dance performance, and traditional instrumental music, including a solo on Erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) of the famous “Tears of the River.” Attendees are invited to participate in the dance and costume show. Visit wheatonarts.org for early discount tickets!

20th Annual Festival of Fine Craft

The 20th Annual Festival of Fine Craft takes place at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center on October 6 and 7, 2018, rain or shine. This event features the work of 150 juried, contemporary and traditional artists. Throughout the WheatonArts campus, artists working in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed medium, wearable art, wood, and more will display and sell their work. Attendees can interact with demonstrating artists working in a variety of mediums, listen to live music, relax in the Beer & Wine Garden, and enjoy refreshments from gourmet food trucks. The crowd-favorite “WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Patch” will be displayed in the center of WheatonArts’ campus. Hands-on family art activities will be available both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Festival of Fine Craft is included with General Admission to WheatonArts. Visit http://www.wheatonarts.org/calendar-eventon/festival-of-fine-craft/ for more information and event updates.

East Lynne Theater Company presents ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

“Hey Big Spender,” and “I’m in the Mood for Love” are just two of many popular songs with lyrics written by the incomparable Dorothy Fields. The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is presenting a world premiere musical revue, "On the Sunny Side of the Street," the title taken from another Field's hit.

The idea for this exciting production celebrating Dorothy Fields came from Charles Gilbert, who arranged the luscious tunes and is accompanying the cast of four. He headed the Musical Theater Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from its inception in 1990 until 2008 and served from 2008 to 2013 as Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at UArts. He is a two-time Barrymore Award nominee for his music direction at the Arden Theater.
Another Barrymore Award nominee, Karen Cleighton, is the choreographer. She currently teaches at Chartertech High School for The Performing Arts in Somers Point, NJ.

The director is Gayle Stahlhuth, who has produced over 100 shows since becoming ELTC’s artistic director in 1999.

The exceptional cast-of four includes Joilet F. Harris, Scott Harrison, Annemarie Rosano, and Melissa Zimmerman. Harris had the recurring role of Detective Massey in "The Wire." Harrison has performed in a variety of regional theaters in shows including "Cabaret." Rosano is a founding member of "America's Sweethearts," an ensemble specializing in musical vintage entertainment. Zimmerman’s television appearances include "Royal Pains."

During her almost 50-year career, Dorothy Fields wrote lyrics for more than 400 songs, worked on 15 Broadway musicals, and almost 30 Hollywood films. Her film music with Jerome Kern included them winning the Academy Award for Best Song in 1936 for “The Way You Look Tonight” from Swing Time.

Please note that the location is THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF CAPE MAY, 500 HUGHES ST., CAPE MAY, NJ 08204.  New York is listed as the location because there is no listing for anywhere in the state of NJ.

Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

This expansive exhibition, curated by Brooklyn artist Benjamin Wright, features over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science. The artwork on display will allow visitors to explore the role of creativity endemic to both science and art, while showcasing glass as a medium that provides a challenge to their perceived divide. At every turn, glass materially magnifies, distorts and illuminates our transdisciplinary world of wonder. Located in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts, Symbiotic Spheres is open through December 30, 2018.

General Admission: $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults (62+), $7.00 Students, Children 5 and under are free.

Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard

This exhibition, organized by the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation and guest curated by Andrew Page for the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, celebrates the botanical sculptures of an American master, artist Paul Stankard. Stankard’s accomplishments come to life in this remarkable exhibition drawn from the definitive collection of Robert Minkoff, showcasing Stankard’s evolution and major developments from his first attempts at a paperweight to his most complex assemblages. Located in the Museum of American Glass at WheatonArts, Beauty Beyond Nature is open through December 30, 2018.


General Admission: $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults (62+), $7.00 Students, Children 5 and under are free.

New Work Development Series: Bottle Fly


Third installment of the Eagle Theatre's New Work Development Series focusing on the voice of women writing for professional regional theatre today. A one night only staged reading of Bottle Fly by Jacqueline Goldfinger features a talk back Q&A with the playwright, director, audience and cast.

Trump plan could decimate arts community in N.J.


Big Bird, hunker down.

According to a report in The Hill, President Donald Trump's transition team is calling to ax the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and National Public Radio.

Targeting the arts is a routine play during budget season -- the NEA has long been a target by fiscal and social conservatives -- but the scope of the this budget plan is shocking to many.

And it could prove devastating to New Jersey arts organizations.

"My hope is that this is not something that our new president will undertake," says Todd Schmidt, the managing director of Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse, the winner of the 2016 Regional Tony Award and a recipient of NEA funding.

"It's dividing America over an issue that is really a non-issue ... It's a bad way to start a new administration, to come in and immediately go after paper tigers."

"I think what's really important is how indicative this is of the values and culture of the incoming administration," says Susan Gogan, the executive director of the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville. "I think everybody was a little nervous when he was elected. Just like many other issues, there were so many unknowns."

The recommendations, as reported on the eve of Trump's inauguration by The Hill, are similar to a blueprint offered last year by the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Trump, who is being inaugurated as the nation's 45th president today, has not commented, on Twitter or otherwise, on the recommendations.

The NEA in particular has come under fire in recent decades as part of a culture war spawned by government-sponsored work and exhibits of controversial artists such as Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe...


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Vicki Hyman and Erin Petenko | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com