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Friday, May 5, 2017

Innovative Theater for Teens & Adults this Weekend, Babies & Toddlers & Kids Next at RVCC, Hooray for May Art Day at Somerset Art Association & Birding at the Greenway. May Programs at the Bridgewater Library…plus Summer Camp Fun


artist site Bend     Kimi Maeda
Saturday, May 6 at 7PM Tickets: $20
Sunday, May 7 at 3PM Tickets: $15 (Special Matinee Pricing)

Bend tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda’s father, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end of his life, and the subject of his research, the renowned artist Isamu Noguchi. Using shadow and projection, theatre artist Kimi Maeda retells the story of her father and Noguchi, both of whom were incarcerated in a camp in Poston, Arizona. Referencing the landscape of the camp’s desert, she uses sand to create live highly detailed drawings inspired by these images. Both compelling and moving, this intimate visual performance examines the effects of losing one’s home, one’s cultural identity and one’s memory, and poses important questions about how the Japanese American internment camps will be remembered.


Theatre for Babies NPR artist site Pulse  Teatro al Vacio
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10AM & 2:30PM
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9 & 10:30AM
Age 0+ • ALL TICKETS: $10

Carefully designed for the youngest of theatergoers, Pulse uses soft textures and lively games to invite infants and toddlers into a safe, positive, and friendly environment that will stimulate their sense of creativity. Actors create an extraordinary space ready for exploration, connecting with simple materials to transform their surroundings into a world of play.

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The Way Back Home

Oliver Jeffers’ book jumps off the page and into space in this beautiful stage adaptation.  -- IRISH TIMES  artist site

The Way Back Home    Teater Refleksion
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10AM, 12:30PM & 4PM
Saturday May 27, 2017 at 1 & 3:30PM
Age 4+ • ALL TICKETS: $10

When a boy discovers an airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies into outer space! Miles from earth, the plane runs out of gas and the boy makes a landing on the moon. Will he manage to get home again? Is he really all alone up there? Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell a simple yet profound tale about friendship in a world where what makes us different isn’t nearly as important as what makes us the same.

SHOW STARTER - Technically speaking, this event isn’t a show starter, it’s a show “ender”— but whatever name we give it, it’s fun! After the show, kids can assemble their own paper airplane and watch it soar through the theatre!

The Top Ten Events in Somerset County, NJ This Weekend

May 5-7, 2017

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Make it a weekend with these great Somerset County Events!

1. World Series of Birding, Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Spring Rummage Sale, Far Hills Fairgrounds
3. 34th Annual Family Fun Day, Lord Stirling Stable
4. Rent, State Theatre New Jersey
5. StarStruck Dance Challenge, Garden State Exhibit Center
6. Sounds Around Town, Artwalk and Reception, Bernardsville
7. Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub, Watchung Arts Center
8. The Happening: Bee Inspired, The Ross Farm
9. Fireside Chat: Marconi and Franklin Township, Wyckoff-Garretson House

10. Watercolorists Unlimited, Blackwells Mills Canal House

Check out our full calendar of events!

Looking for more fun things to do & places to go? Check outEvents -- Free Family Fun NJ and other events listings under “useful links for families” at bwlibys.blogspot.com

May Programs at the Bridgewater Library:












More Community Happenings:


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Explore Birds and Nature with Author Kim Kurki

WHEN: Saturday, May 13, 1-3 pm; Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt will be held rain or shine. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.
The barn at St. Michaels Farm Preserve, HopewelL. The driveway to the barn will be marked with a large sign and balloons. Information about St. Michaels Farm Preserve: www.drgreenway.org.
rsvp@drgreenway.org or 609-924-4646.

National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds author and illustrator Kim Kurki will present an interactive program showing how nature is full of treasures to be discovered, especially birds that can be seen and heard. She will share her collection of natural artifacts, such as nests, eggs, feathers and surprises. There will be a fun craft activity and a hike around the preserve, where 85 species of birds have been counted. Exploring Birds and Nature as a Treasure Hunt is suitable for families with pre-school to elementary school-age children.

Kim Kurki Book Signing with Fine Artist Joy Kreves looking on November 2014 DR Greenway Jody KenKim Kurki (far right, signing books) has been fascinated by nature since childhood. Working as an artist for more than 30 years, she has focused on the natural world, including illustrations for Yankee Publishing’s The Old Farmer’s Almanac. For nearly a decade, she wrote and illustrated a monthly column for National Wildlife Federation’s Your Big Backyard magazine.

In World of Birds, Kurki explores amazing facts about more than 100 birds, including which is the fastest flier, which lays the biggest egg and which spends years of its life in the water, never touching land. Produced in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation the book introduces birds that would rather swim than walk, some that would rather walk than fly, and some birds that run very fast. Kurki lives in Penns Park, Pennsylvania, where she is lulled to sleep at night by hooting owls.

Dreamcatcher Jr. is a 3-week summer theatre camp at Oakes Centre in Summit, NJ.

WHEN: July 10 to 28, Monday - Friday, 9am to 3 pm

We have combined the best of our conservatory, where students build skills and study with theatre professionals in a variety of subjects, with our beloved Dreamcatcher Junior program, where the students create and perform their own play.  Read more

"The Dreamcatcher program continues to be one of the most positive experiences she engages in. She feels fully herself when she is there and the life skills she has learned in the program continually enhance her interactions out in the world."—Barbara Powers

WHERE: Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Oakes Center,  120 Morris Avenue,  Summit, NJ 07901
Tickets: 800-838-3006 | Info: 908-514-9654

Saturday, May 13  1 - 4 p.m.

We invite the entire community to our free family art day which will take place at The Center rain or shine. Hands-on, art activities for kids and parents alike will take place in The Center's three art studios and the Pluckemin Park outdoor pavilion. 

The event will include a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother's Day, such as wavy weaving, bubble wands, superball painting, dot pots, and printmaking cards along with along with guided gallery tours of The Center's four spring exhibitions. 

Young attendees will be treated to story time with children's book illustrator and The Center's instructor Lena Shiffman, whose book illustrations are currently on view in our faculty exhibition. Members of the community will also have the opportunity use their artistic talents to help complete two large art installations. More information can be found on our website.

5 Reasons to Register

for Summer Art Camps

  • It's a chance for your child to express their creativity, and quite simply -- IT'S FUN!

  • Your child will have the opportunity to learn and explore the arts through painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and more.

  • Our camps are led by professional teaching artists, tailored to a specific age group.

  • According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Students of the arts are 29% more likely to earn a 4-year college degree than students who don't take any art classes.

June 26 through September 1 Each camp runs for one week We offer summer art camps for kids of all ages from 5 through teens. You have the flexibility to register your child for weekly half-day, or if you prefer, full-day, art camps with a supervised lunch period. Visit our website for more information and to register online today.

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This program is made possible in part by funds from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Center for Contemporary Art is committed to enabling all visitors to experience its classes and workshops, exhibitions and public programs. If you require an accommodation or service, please contact The Center at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.

The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921

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