Category Arts

TGIF! But it's not just any Friday… it's JC Fridays. Tonight is the quarterly citywide celebration of the arts organized by Art House Productions, all events are free and open to the public. Here are some-not-to-miss events you'll want to make sure you hit up! More listings can be found on the JC Fridays website listed below.

NOT TO MISS

"4th Annual Winter Wonderland Weekend" (128 Winfield Ave.) from 5-8 pm. Celebrate winter and the holiday season with Project Greenville as it hosts its annual holiday event including a group art exhibit, refreshments, children’s toy drive bin and more. This event continues on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec 7.

"5th Annual Winterfest" at the Garden Preschool Cooperative (39 Erie St.) from 5-8 pm.  Featured performances include Michael Brown and the Rockasorrians, Nimbus Dance Works and the Jersey City Children’s Theater.

“Arts & Music in the Heights" at The Statuary (53 Congress St.) from 7-10 pm. The Statuary presents West African inspired Jazz with Leni Stern African Trio.

“Creatures, Colors and Clay! Oh My!” at Pig & Pepper (277 Newark Ave.) from 3:30-10 pm. Come explore the artwork of students from Jersey City’s own St. Joseph’s School for the Blind as they explore different tactile experiences through the creative process. The kids’ event for craft, story time and healthy eats begins at 3:30 pm and the evening reception with music begins at 6 pm.

"An Evening of Short Holiday Plays" presented by Speranza Theater Company (161 Newkirk St.) from 7-9:30 pm. Each performance will be 10-15 minutes in length with a brief transition between plays.

“These Foolish Things Remind Me of Ewe” at Eonta Space (34 DeKalb Ave.) from 2-8:30 pm. This is a solo exhibition of seventeen of Bayard’s crocheted mohair sculptures and “anti-quilt” fabric paintings. The band Fist of Kindness also will perform a colorful variety of music from (5-7 pm) while wearing crocheted costumes by Bayard.

"The Exquisite Truth: Solo Exhibit by Cathleen Parra” at Gaia Studio (315 3rd St.) from 6-9 pm. The Exquisite Truth is a series of self-portrait diptychs and triptychs by Photographer Cathleen Parra.

“Holiday Cheepers” at the Raven Gallery and Boutique (304 Newark Ave. #1W) from 4-8pm. Over 20 local artists bringing you affordable art for the holidays!

“Like When I Was New” at Grassroots Community Space (54 Coles St.) from 7-11 pm. Artist Nyugen E. Smith reflects on the history and uses of Grassroots Community Space to present work that responds to and are inspired by this incubator of creativity.

“Little Pictures” at the MFD Gallery (551 Jersey Ave.) from 4-8 pm. Affordable small artworks including paintings, print collage, mixed media, drawings and quilt art. Exhibiting artists: Jennifer Roberts, Lucy Rovetto, Stephanie Romano, Aileen Bassis, Peggy McGeary, Carlos Vasquez, Arline Jacoby and Eveline Luppi.

Nostalgia” a solo exhibit by Jersey City photographer Beth Achenbach at Mary Benson Gallery (369 Third St.) from 5-10 pm. The exhibit features more than 40 new photos, including several themed portraits. This event continues on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec 7.

The Park Tavern (575 West Side Ave.) is featuring music, comedy and art from 8 pm-2 am. With music by The Sensational Country Blues Wonders, comedy from Rich Kiamco, and art by Joe Zappa-Costa, Keisha Wallace, Howard John Arey, Ray Schwartz.

“The Sight Of Music And Sound Of Beauty” at Yoga In The Heights (317 Central Ave.) from 7-11 pm. Artwork by Craig Mahoney, portraits and abstracts inspired by jazz greats and live music from The Jack Breslin Quartet.

“Shoot it at the Sun” presented by Dancing Tony at Lucky 7′s Bar (322 2nd St.) from 8-11pm. Featured live music includes Adam and the Plants (8 pm), the Porchistas (8:50 pm), and The One and Nines (9:40 pm).

“Winter Gallery Exhibition Opening” at The Bethune Center (140 Martin Luther King Dr.) from 6:30-10 pm. An evening of fine art, film, music, dance, and spoken word.

“Women and Children First” at Art House Productions (136 Magnolia Ave.) from 8-10 pm. The Sundayrebel art show features mixed media prints inspired by missions work in Uganda, Haiti, Honduras and Mexico. First 10 to arrive receive an exclusive print made available in collaboration with St. Joseph’s School for the Blind.

Here's a hint: Save your JC Fridays brochure so you can hit up any of the ongoing events that are happening this month that you don't make it to tonight. (Your welcome & enjoy the art!)

For more JC Fridays information and full listings, visit jcfridays.com.

The Jersey City Independent is a proud media sponsor of this event.

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