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January 31, 2014

Hoboken Opens New Section of Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

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More progress in restoring and extending the infrastructure in Hoboken ….



Sinatra Park Walkway Ribbon Cutting 1-31-2014

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.

“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”

“The entire Stevens community is proud and excited to commemorate the long-awaited opening of this portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” said Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President of Stevens Institute of Technology. “We are especially thankful for the leadership of Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires and County Executive Tom DeGise for their strong advocacy in support of funding for this walkway.  This project will enhance public access to the beautiful Hudson River waterfront for our community as well as our Hoboken neighbors.”

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October 25, 2013

City of Hoboken Update on Sinatra Park and Dog Parks

The latest update from Mayor Zimmer’s office on Hoboken progress with Sinatra Park and renovations to dog runs ….


Sinatra Park Hoboken Arial Veiw 10-24-2013Sinatra Park

The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date.

“Thanks to the fine work of our City’s legal team, the contractor has worked hard at their own expense to complete this park as quickly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Dog Parks

Renovations to the dog parks in Church Square Park, Stevens Park and Elysian Park are underway and will include canopy structures for shade and shelter for inclement weather, new benches, fences, gates, pet waste bag dispensers, and improved dog water fountain. The stone dust surface previously used at dog runs is being replaced with ¾” pea gravel. 

“Thank you to our dog owners for your patience as we complete these important renovations to make sure our City is as dog friendly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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September 4, 2013

Hoboken Italian Festival to Run Thursday September 5 – Sunday September 8 at Sinatra Park

Hoboken Italian Festival - Crowds at Night

The Annual Hoboken “Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri” Italian Festival Starts tomorrow Thursday September 5, 2010 and runs through Sunday September 8, 2010. The Festival is located at Sinatra Park by the waterfront and includes many musical acts, activities and food vendors and has its origins from 600 years of Italian tradition (go to: www.hobokenitalianfestival.com for more information)

Schedule is below:

Hoboken Italian Festival Event Schedule 2013
Festival Dates for 2013: September 5th -8th
The Procession is on Saturday, Sept. 7th.

Hoboken Italian Festival Procession

Thursday  9/5 NASH 94.7 Rockin’ Country Nite

  • 7:00 – 7:45 Trailer Radio
  • 8:00 – 8:45 Trailer Radio
  • 9:00 – 9:45 Trailer Radio
  • 10:00 – 11:00 DJ Onesti

Friday9/6  “Freestyle Friday”Brought to you by Big Daddy Entertainment

  • 6:00 – 8:00 Local Guest DJ (2)
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Pizza Eating Contest
  • 8:30 – 11:15  TBD

Saturday 9/7  ” Feast Day”

  • 12:00 – 1:00 Johnny Maggio – Stage MC 4 days
  • 1:00 – 3:00: Live Italian Band (TBD)
  • 3:30 – 4:15  VETRO – Power Tenors Christopher Maccio and Elio Scaccio
  • 4:30 – 5:30: Joe Polito (Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra)
  • 5:45 – 6:30: VETRO – Power Tenors Christopher Maccio and Elio Scaccio
  • 7:00 – 8:00: R3 Brothers
  • 8:00 – 8:30: Cannoli Eating Contest
  • 8:30 – 9:15: R3 Brothers
  • 9:15 – 9:45: FIREWORKS Fireworks!
  • 9:45 – 10:45: R3 Brothers

Sunday 9/8 Finale

  • 12:00 – 1:30: Johnny Maggio
  • 2:00 – 2:45 Garden State Jazz Orchestra
  • 3:00 – 3:45: Garden State Jazz Orchestra
  • 4:15 – 4:45: Grape Stomp
  • 5:00 – 5:45: Blame it on the Girl
  • 6:00 – 7:00: Blame it on the Girl
  • 7:30 – 8:15: Beginnings: A Tribute to CHICAGO
  • 8:20 – 8:50: Remembering James Gandolfini with guest, Frank Santorelli, “George the Bartender” on the Sopranos
  • 9:00 – 10:00: Beginnings: A Tribute to CHICAGO
  • 10:00: Super 50/50 Raffle Drawing

Below is a video of highlights from the 2011 procession:

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August 23, 2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Close Out Hoboken Sinatra Park Outdoor Concert Series with a Stellar Funktastic Performance

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Last night, Hoboken’s Outdoor concert series in Sinatra Park came to and end with a stellar performance from Julio Fernandez and friends. Julio Fernandez who is the lead guitarist for jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and who spent a good deal of his formative years in Hoboken was back this year for his annual concert. Julio played a varied set that included works of Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power and even James Brown.

This year the band consisted of Julio Fernandez (guitars and vocals, Tom Bowes (vocals), Benny Harrison (keys & vocals), Richie Cannata (sax), Gene Perez (bass), Rocky Bryant (drums) and Rafael Cruz (percussion). Collectively these guys have worked with Tower of Power, Average White Band, Billy Joel, Willie Colon, The Rascals, and Spyro Gyra. The performance was energetic and had the audience tapping their feet and even some brave souls up and dancing.

Kudos to Julio Fernandez, his stellar band, The Burgiss Group for sponsoring this event, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Geri Fallo and the City of Hoboken for hosting this as well. You have to love a city like Hoboken where you can see such amazing talent for free. Until next summer….

Video highlights and photos are below…..


Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

Julio Fernandez and Friends Hoboken Sinatra Park 8-22-2013

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June 27, 2013

The Gordys to Play Tonight June 27 at Sinatra Park in Hoboken 7-9pm

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The Gordys Hoboken Concert 6-27-2013

Tonight The Gordys will be playing at the City of Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series. Proudly presented the City of Hoboken, these free outdoor performances are generally held Thursday evenings in the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Frank Sinatra Dr. between 4th and 5th. Note: schedules are subject to change due to weather. Some shows have rain dates and others do not.

Tonight’s show is scheduled to run from 7pm to 9pm.

Here is a video sample from last year’s concert from Robert Strell:

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June 26, 2013

City of Hoboken Construction Progress for 1600 Park and Sinatra Park

Here are the latest updates on park construction and re-construction for 1600 Park and Sinatra Park from the City of Hoboken….


Hoboken Construction Progress 1600 Park Sinatra Park 6-26-2013
Progress continues to be made on two major parks projects: the new 1600 Park and the waterfront soccer field at Sinatra Park. Due to soft soil conditions found at 1600 Park, it was necessary to revise the design to strengthen the foundation for the field lighting. The lights are critical so the field can be used after dark and accommodate the high demand for field use by all ages in the community.

1600 Park

This week, drilling is taking place for the foundations needed to install light poles at 1600 Park. Drilling 60 feet to the bedrock for foundations is complicated by the presence of various nearby utilities. The City thanks PSE&G and United Water for their tremendous collaboration during this process. United Water will be shutting off and rerouting water of a nearby 12” water main during drilling. This Saturday, PSE&G will install extensions so that overhead wires are not impacted by the drilling equipment and the work can be safely completed. This work may require Willow Avenue to be partially closed. County Sheriff officers will be on the scene to direct traffic. The City contractor used hand tools to dig through an area near a steel gas main, and PSE&G will be using vibration detectors to ensure drilling is performed safely. Pouring of the concrete for the foundations is scheduled for the end of the week. Concurrently, work is taking place to prepare the restrooms and storage facilities building. In early July, the contractor will start installing the sports lights, fence and turf. The benches, restrooms, slide, and dog run will be installed shortly thereafter.

Sinatra Park

At Sinatra Park, pile driving is complete and sheet piles have been installed to hold back the soil. Last week, construction began for the new pre-cast concrete pier structure which is the foundation upon which the new soccer field and walkway will be built. The steel-reinforced concrete beams were poured off-site and are in the process of curing. Delivery and installation of the beams will begin at the end of this week and next week. At Castle Point Park, pile driving will soon begin to repair the waterfront walkway.

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June 12, 2013

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contest FridayJune 13th 6:30pm to 9:00pm (Rain Date)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to heavy rain prediction for Thursday, June 13th the Sinatra Idol Contest has been rescheduled for Friday, June 14th. Same location (Sinatra Park), same time (begins at 6:30pm).


Friday , June 13, 2013 (raindate) 6:30pm to 9:00pm

 Sinatra Park on Sinatra Drive between 4th & 5th Streets

 featuring hosts: Gary Simpson & Geri Fallo

 Prizes awarded to the best Sinatra Style Singers – Admission is free

Hoboken Sinatra Idol 2012 Winner

After party will take place at Little Town NJ, 310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ, just steps from Sinatra Park. Begins at 9:15pm, immediately after the contest. All are invited to attend.

With a panel of judges featuring:

  • The beloved Manzo Brothers, Chris & Albie from Real Housewives of New Jersey
  • Cristina Fontanelli – award-winning singer/PBS-TV host
  • Jennifer Lampert – vocalist and organizer of the monthly jam at the Pilsener Haus
  • Fran Azzarto – lead vocalist of the band Skanatra, has also performed with Sinatra family members, Nancy Sinatra and A.J. Lambert. Currently, is a teacher of music at Connors Elementary School andHoboken High School
  • Jimmy Farina – Hoboken City Clerk

Hoboken Sinatra Idol Contestants for 2013:

  • George Chartofillis, West Caldwell, NJ; NJ State Government Worker/Intake Investigator with the Division On Civil Rights, Office Of The Attorney General. A lifelong Sinatra fan and admirer, George has sung all of Sinatra’s songs in restaurants and clubs in New Jersey. As part of Newark’s Downtown District summer activities, George sings every Wednesday, on his lunch hour. “I love singing and intend to pursue my dream until I die. I know it takes hard work, going from place to place, having ups and downs, but I’m ready, and I’ve always wanted the challenge and opportunity to let the world know who I am.”
  • Mario Cruz, Guttenberg, NJ; Teacher of English as a second language. After a student asked Mario for the lyrics to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” he played the song many times.  The more he listened to it, the more he liked it.  He started buying Sinatra music and eventually started to perform Sinatra songs at restaurants, outdoor festivals and weddings.
  • Joseph De Sarle, Staten Island, NY; retired after 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry.  Joe’s passion for Sinatra’s music came from his mother who was a Bobby-Soxer at New York’s Paramount Theater.  According to Joe, “She played his…records all the time. When she bought Mr. Sinatra’s “Swing Easy” album, I was hooked.” Joe has been singing all his life and has written over 200 songs.  He sings Sinatra songs from every decade of his recording career from the 40′s to the 90′s. Joe performs throughout the New York tri-state area and recently sang at The 6th Annual Sinatra Birthday Bash at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.
  • Larry Dubin, Port Washington, NY; Substance Abuse Counselor.  Larry grew up listening to Sinatra songs with his parents. Seven years ago, he started singing Sinatra tunes at karaoke bars. He sang “That’s Life” in a Senior Idol contest and auditioned for The Voice, performing “The Way You Look Tonight.” Larry sings a few times a year with the Long Island cover band, Mystic.
  • Donnie Farraro, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Retired truck driver.  Donnie sang a little bit when he was in the army, but then life and family obligations kept him busy. Seven years ago, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer of the tongue and told he might not talk again, maybe not even live, much less sing . . . But with the help of modern medicine and faith in God, he made a full recovery. Hackensack University Hospital asked him to give a speech about his fight with cancer at their annual dinner. Instead, he performed a few Sinatra’s songs. The response was overwhelming and Donnie has been singing Sinatra ever since. Donnie feels blessed to be alive, loves Sinatra’s music and strives to keep singing.
  • Bill Gagliardi, Lakewood, NJ; Retired jewelry sales and marketing executive. Since retiring in 2006, Bill has been doing a Frank Sinatra Tribute Act and was one of eleven singers featured at the 2008 Count Basie Theater, Sinatra Birthday Bash. He was also the Senior Idol winner at a competition held at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ. Bill has been a background actor for TV shows such as The Soprano’s, Law and Order, 30 Rock, Rescue Me and The Good Wife, as well as for movies, Spider Man 3, City Island, Wall Street 2, and The Answer Man.
  • Joe Harkins, Jersey City, NJ; Active in historic preservation in Jersey City. Joe was 10 years old when he first saw Frank Sinatra perform live during a War Bond tour in 1943.  The following year, Joe competed in his summer camp’s weekly talent contest, singing Sinatra songs such as “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week” and “Stardust.” He says, “I won every week for the first 5 weeks, at which point, I was banned from the contest because no one else wanted to compete.”  The last time Joe saw Sinatra perform live was in the late 80′s in Las Vegas.
  • Peggy Alee, Yorktown, Virginia; Professional Entertainer. Peggy began singing Frank Sinatra songs in 1994, performing at nursing and senior centers at lunch time.  She has received many awards in the past several years, all related to her performance of Sinatra songs. Peggy has worked with renowned Big Band leader, Artie Shaw.  Peggy says Sinatra’s “style of music is my addiction. I simply can’t help it.”
  • Billy Nanni, Binghamton, NY; Sales Supervisor for an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. Billy started singing Sinatra songs as a child, winning second prize in a talent show at age 15 after singing “Don’t worry ’bout me.” As he puts it, “when my friends were listening to the Beatles I was singing Sinatra.” Billy has been singing in the Binghamton area for almost 20 years, mostly singing the music of Frank Sinatra.
  • Norman Roy, Rossland, British Columbia; Business Owner/Building Contractor. Norman has been singing for many years, entertaining in pubs, wine festivals, charity functions and special events.  Ten years ago, someone suggested he sing Sinatra tunes. Norman took their advice and has been singing Sinatra songs ever since.  He also performs a country western act and is an Elvis tribute artist, performing at Elvis festivals sanctioned by Graceland.  “My passions is singing the standards I have entertained audiences with throughout the years – I love to sing.”
  • Joseph Settineri, also known as “Danny Satin”, Staten Island, NY; Worked in finance and accounting for the last thirty-five years. About seven years ago, he started writing a novel about a down-on-his-luck singer, who almost made it to the top during the 40s & 50s. While writing his novel, in order to truly understand his main character, he wanted to experience what it felt like to sing in front of an audience & found that he loved doing it!  “I’ve accomplished a lot in the last five years: writing the book, creating and performing a show, and self-producing a CD.”
  • Dennis Teza, New Jersey-based Professional Entertainer. Dennis has been singing Sinatra tunes for over 40 years, at parties, weddings, local restaurants and clubs.  Since childhood, Dennis sang and studied the vocals of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. More recently, he trained with Lori Blois at the Blois Vocal Studio.  He performs over 35 Sinatra songs while incorporating the unique phrasing of different arrangements (Riddle, Jenkins, Basie & Jones). Dennis and his singing partner, Alisa Cornwell, have been performing in NJ restaurants and clubs over the past 9 years.
  • James Young, Columbia, PA. Retired police detective. James began singing Sinatra tunes on a dare at a club in 1997, having never sung a note before.  After he sang “New York, New York,” people ran up to him, saying, “You sound great!”  Although he said they were crazy, he kept with it and became a Sinatra style singer.  He has been performing his Sinatra tribute show since 2004.
  • Miguel Angel Vallejo Vizcarra, Veracruz, Mexico. Professor, Language Department, University of Veracruz and a freelance translator. Miguel loves singing and is a lifelong Sinatra fan.  He performs vocals in a small band called BlueStation made up of young talented students from his university.  Their first performance was a Sinatra tribute.
  • Rick Valiant, Vancouver, BC; Sales Consultant and Professional entertainer. Rick has been paying tribute to Frank Sinatra for the past five years, performing at corporate conventions, seniors’ homes, charity functions, as well as Casinos in Vancouver. He has attended the Tribute Artist and Impersonator Convention, performing in the Golden Nugget Casino and on the Freemont Street Stage in Las Vegas. Rick also performs in Vancouver theatres with his own nine-piece orchestra, and continues to bring back the Big Band sound, keeping Frank Sinatra’s music alive in Canada and beyond.

Last year’s winner, James Anthony, will be on hand to sing a few songs and pass the trophy to the 2013 winner. James is an Operations Manager at a digital graphic/sign facility and lives in Bristow, VA. Growing up in Las Vegas during the 70′s offered wonderful memories, from watching performances by Rat Pack members, to hearing Elvis. James started singing in his high school choir; during the 80′s, he became a harmonist/percussionist. He left the music industry for a while to help raise a family, but returned in 2006, when he recorded a CD of Sinatra songs in different styles. “Frank Sinatra’s way of singing brings joy to me and I do my best to share that love of singing with others.”

Thanks to the event’s sponsors: Muller Insurance, Carlos Bakery, Little Town NJ & Stan’s Sports Center for their generous support.

Thanks to the following local businesses for donating such fabulous prizes: W. Kodak Jewelers, Arthur’s Tavern,  Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse, Trinity, The Madison, Empire Coffee & Tea Co., Jos. A Banks, Leo’s Grandevous, Cafe Michelina, Body Balance, Massage Envy Spa, Hoboken Dive Center, Hoboken Golf, Carpe Diem Pub & Restaurant, Sedona, Wicked Wolf, Ali Baba, Vicki’s Jewelers, Tunes, Hoboken Man, Ali Baba Restaurant, Zafra, Three A’s Bar & Grill, Hoboken Cigars, Lepores Chocolates, Teak on the Hudson, and Onieals Restaurant.

For more information call 201-420-2207.

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June 6, 2013

Concerts in the Park in Hoboken Thursdays at 7pm – Starts June 6th!

More free entertainment for the masses in Hoboken. This series starts tonight and goes through August 23rd…

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken

proudly announce free events for the summer

Concerts in the Park Thursdays at 7pm

At Sinatra Park Hoboken, NJ

Julio Fernandez at Sinatra Park - Music in the Park Hoboken

The Hoboken Summer Evenings Concert Series starts again tonight! These free outdoor performances will be held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Amphitheater at Sinatra Park, located on Frank Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th Streets. Note: schedules are subject to change. Some shows have rain dates. Unfortunately not all showings can be rescheduled.

Schedule for summer 2013:

June 6 – An Evening of Performance from the Hoboken Public Schools’ Music Students

Featuring performances by: The Hoboken Rockin’ Redwing Band, Wallace School Chorus, Wallace 2nd Grade Chorus, Calabro School Chorus, Calabro School String Ensemble, Connors School Chorus and The Wallace School Beginner Band
Pre-show demo by My Gym Hoboken begins at 6:30pm.

June 13 – Sinatra Idol Contest (raindate, Fri. June 14th)

15 contestants will perform their best Sinatra singing style interpretation and be judged by our panel of judges. Winner receives prizes and trophy with host Gary Simpson. After party will take place beginning at 9:15 pm at Little Town NJ, 310 Sinatra Drive.

Thanks to our local merchants for their support of Sinatra Idol: Muller Insurance, Carlos Bakery, Stan’s Sports Center, Leo’s Grandevous, Jos. A Banks, The Madison, Trinity, Massage Envy, Body Balance, Cafe Michelina, Sedona, Vicky’s Jewelers, Dino & Harry’s, Empire Coffee, more TBA

Sinatra Park - Hoboken Idol

June 20 – Performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at Pier A Park, begins at 7pm

Bring a blanket and picnic basket.

June 27 – The Gordys

July 11 -  Hoboken Summer Bash, 5:30pm to 10:30pm

Hosted by Frank Raia who gives out free hotdogs and beer in exchange for what he hopes are more votes.

July 18 – Hot Tunes in the Summertime

Popular local musicians performing and reinterpreting your favorite summer tunes. A beach party by the river.

Featuring performances by: Julio Fernandez, John Bauers, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jack Skuller, Jeremy Beck, Karyn Kuhl, Gene D. Plumber, Jennifer Lampert, Dave Lambert, Alice Genese, Emily Turonis, Dave Calamoneri, Jon and Deena, The Gefkens, Lloyd United, Tom Vincent and the Hot Tunes House Band, and many more

July 25 – Guitar Bar All-Stars

Guitar Bar All-Stars: return for a night of rock ‘n roll classics, and you can always expect some surprise musical treats. The band – comprised of Guitar Bar’s staff – features some of Hoboken’s finest and best-known musicians. Sponsored by the Guitar Bar

August  1 -  Ray Rodriguez Y Su Swing Sabroso

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, Raul Morales, President. Website is:  www.swingsaborso.com.

August 8 -  She Rocks: Female Fronted Bands

Featuring performances by: The Fave, Abbe Rivers, Alice Genese, Karyn Kuhl Band, and The Pretty Babies

August 15 -  Swingadelic

August  22  - Julio Fernandez

Julio brings in a bunch of special guests, an evening of jazz, soul and funk. Link: www.myspace.com/62157842

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Mile Square Theatre Returns to the Hudson River Waterfront with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night June 28 – July 14 at 8pm

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Free Shakespeare in the park, some of the things to love about Hoboken this summer….

Mile Square Theatre Returns to the Hudson River Waterfront with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelth Night Hoboken Summer 2013

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County’s premiere professional theatre company, returns to Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken with a free, open-air production of Shakespeare’s beloved cross-dressing comedy of true love, Twelfth Night. Set in 19th century Hoboken, the production imagines a resort destination where Orsino and Olivia leisurely while away summer hours in the name of love.

Directed by MST Artistic Director Chris O’Connor, the cast will feature MST audience favorites, with Matthew Lawler (God of Carnage, The Pavilion) as the puritanical Malvolio, Charlie Kevin (God of Carnage, It’s a Wonderful Life) as Sir Toby Belch, John Keller (It’s a Wonderful Life, Banner Yet Wave) is Orsino, and Jen Ring (Rikki Tikki Tavi, Flare) as Fabiana. Rounding out the cast is NYC actor and circus performer Peter Daniel Straus (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus) as Feste the Clown. Twelfth Night will feature original music composed by MST resident composer Sean Hagerty (A Christmas Carol, The Pavilion).

Free and open to the public, Mile Square Theatre’s riverfront productions are a great way to cool off on a hot summer evening, and Frank Sinatra Park’s amphitheater is a spectacular venue for summer theatre. With beautiful scenery, costumes, and lighting created by Mile Square Theatre’s resident design team, and set against a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the show promises to be a delightful and entertaining evening of theatre.

Twelfth Night plays from June 28 till July 14. Performance nights are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8pm. Sinatra Park is located at the corner of 4th Street and Sinatra Park Drive in Hoboken.

Local restaurateur Anthony Pino (Anthony David’s, Bin 14) will serve fresh-made American-style summer fare at the Frank Sinatra Café. The menu will include lobster rolls, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, seared tuna nicoise salad, pulled pork, and beer and wine.

Twelfth Night is supported by Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken, Bijou Properties, Ironstate, Hoboken Family Alliance, Mason Family Civic League, Party With Purpose, Pearson Foundation, Pisco Porton, The Rockefeller Group, and the Monroe Center for the Arts.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

About Mile Square Theatre:

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Twelfth Night Company Bios:

John Keller (Orsino) John recently appeared in Banner Yet Wave in the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. He played George Bailey in MST’s 2011 production of It’s a Wonderful Life. NYC credits include world premieres of Summer by Martin Zuckerman, You Are Now the Owner of This Suitcase and JH3AM with Theater 167 as well as the 2012 off-Broadway revival of The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg. Recently he appeared in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Winter Rep Season playing Roderigo in Othello and Edward in Sense and Sensibility. Other Regional credits include Cohn in the Contemporary American Theater Festival production of Captors directed by Ed Herendeen, Jonathan Harker in Dracula with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bart in Inspecting Carol at George Street Playhouse, Bottom in Midsummer with New Brunswick Theater Festival, as well as performing the roles of Banquo in Macbeth, Don Pedro in Much Ado and Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night all with the Worcester Shakespeare Festival. He has also performed internationally at the Balinese International Arts Festival in the original piece Mimpi conceived and directed by Lyn Kremer. John also has taught acting at Rutgers University and at Rider University. Additionally he sits on the Leadership Board of coLAB Arts in New Brunswick and is founder and director of the coLAB Arts Theater Education Initiative. John is also a board member of the Town Clock Community Development Corporation in New Brunswick, dedicated to building permanent supportive housing for women and children escaping domestic violence. John holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Charlie Kevin (Sir Toby Belch) MST: God of Carnage and It’s a Wonderful Life. Charlie just appeared as Moss in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Broadway: Take Me Out (Tour, dir. Joe Mantello). Off Broadway: Irish Arts Center, Actors Studio, National Black Theatre of Harlem, Rattlestick. Regional Theatre: Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Rep., Denver Center, Milwaukee Rep., The Old Globe, Florida Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, Portland Stage, American Stage, Playhouse on the Square, Missouri Rep. Film and Television: Law and Order: SVU, One Life to Live, The Sopranos, Outloud.

Matthew Lawler (Malvolio) co-founded rUDE mECHANICALS theater company (Harold Clurman Award, Outstanding Ensemble) and has appeared in Largo DeSolotoEndgameValparaiso (NY premiere), and The Flu Season (US premiere). Other NY theater includes DETROIT (Playwrights Horizons) The Three Sisters  (Broadway-Roundabout); HurlyburlyAbigail`s Party, and One Arm (The New Group); Rough Sketch (59e59); and Louis Slotin Sonata (EST). Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre, he has performed in Rounding Third, God of Carnage, and The Pavilion, directed It`s A Wonderful Life and My Italy Story and written In the Box (7th Inning Stretch). Film: Knight and Day, Anything But Love, Slippery SlopeThe Jimmy ShowThe Good StudentFilmic Achievement. TV includes:  Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Law &Order, Law&Order SVU, The Americans. MFA, American Conservatory Theater. Matt lives in Hoboken with his wife Mara and daughters Lily and Matilda.

Jen Ring (Fabiana) last appeared at MST in Edith Freni’s Flare for the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. Jen played Chuchu the Muskrat in The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi. Recent NY/NJ credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Brunswick Theater Festival), Yippie! (Beggar’s Group), and New York One-Minute Plays. Jen has worked with numerous regional companies, including DC’s Woolly Mammoth and Infinite Stage. She teaches acting at Westminster Choir College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Colab-Arts high school residencies and MST’s Drama Camp. Jen attended New World School of the Arts, received an MFA from Rutgers University, and learned how to be a person from her amazing parents.

Peter Daniel Strauss (Feste) has acted and performed comedy around the world. He’s has toured America as a clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and loves being a clown-doctor with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program. He’s been a featured comedian and fire juggler at the Metropolitan Opera, acted in regional theatres like the Denver Center Theatre Company, and was featured as the White Rabbit in Alice i Eventyrland at the National Theatre of Norway. Peter has had many appearances on TV, including several featured spots on The Late Show with David Letterman. Peter recently appeared in the critically acclaimed play June and Nancy at the New York Fringe Festival. Wearing another hat, Peter directs and consults for theatre productions and variety performers.  www.peterdanielstraus.com

Chris O’Connor (Director) Chris founded Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 2002. He conceived and produces the annual 10-minute play festival 7th Inning Stretch. His MST directing credits include Charlie Peter’s Striking Out the Babe, Warren Leight’s The Love of the Game, Jenny Levison’s Homefield Advantage, Cyrano, The Scams of Scapin (co-directed with Jeff Steitzer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, God of Carnage, and The Pavilion. Most recently he directed the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s Squeeze Play for the 2013 7th Inning Stretch. As an actor, Chris has been associated with 12 Miles West, A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Hudson Stage Company, Soho Rep, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Target Margin, Gloucester Stage, Book-It Repertory, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, among others. Recent TV: Magic City (Starz) and Burn Notice (USA Network). His plays for young people have been produced at The Seattle Children’s Theatre and in schools in the Puget Sound area. His play The Mascots is published in Smith & Kraus’s 2011 Best 10-Minute Plays. A voiceover artist, Chris can be heard on museum audio tours across the country. He has taught theatre at Colgate University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, SUNY Purchase, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. BFA in acting from Carnegie-Mellon University, MFA in Directing from Rutgers University.





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March 12, 2013

Reminder: City of Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival Wednesday March 13, 2103 3-10pm at Sinatra Park

Filed under: Hoboken,Sinatra Park — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 11:55 AM


Hoboken Irish Festival 3-13-2013 Cirty of Hoboken Updated Flier

The City of Hoboken invites all residents and visitors to the 2nd Annual Irish Cultural Festival on Wednesday, March 13th from 3pm to 10pm at Sinatra Park. The event is free and features Irish music, food, beer, vendors, dance, and other activities for all ages.

The festival will be headlined by The Prodigals, who have been called the “Best Irish Traditional-Rock Band” by the Village Voice. Additional musical performances include local favorites Gold n Brown, the Will O’Connor Band, Colin Nisbet, and the Jersey City Fire Fighters Pipe and Drum Band.

Anthony David’s will offer fish n’chips, while a beer truck hosted by Bin 14 will serve Guinness, Harp, and more. Sodexo Food Service will sell corned beef and cabbage and

shepherd’s pie, and On The FlipSide burger shack will offer hamburgers and hotdogs. Baker’s Bounty will be selling their famous gluten-free Irish soda bread and green shamrock cookies and Domenico Caruso will offer popcorn and green cotton candy. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund and American Legion Post 107.

The festival will feature face painting, craft activities, the Hoboken Hurling Club, and dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers, Emerald Fire Dance Ensemble and Peter Smith School of Irish Dancing. Emerald Fire Dance will not only be performing, but will also invite the audience to participate in an all-ages demonstration of Irish Step Dancing. Emerald Fire is a dance company that was originally based in Dublin, Ireland and put together to tour with symphony orchestras in Europe, in 2001.

Students from Hoboken Charter School and their high school student council will provide a booth with craft activities for children.

About the bands

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East-Coast Irish scene. The band members grew up largely in Ireland; their original songs blend a funky and anarchic energy that is pure New York with a passion for the traditional music of Ireland. The band has headlined major venues and festivals throughout the United States, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Chicago, Boston and Maine, as well as abroad in Canada, Germany and Ireland.

Gold n Brown is a Hoboken-based Celtic – Jam band created by Lloyd Gold and Liam Brown, along with Dave Ribyat on accordion and Chuck Tumulty on percussions. This bar favorite band plays everything from their own originals such as The Gold N Brown Reel, to Traditional Irish Music, as well as their own Celtic take on classic rock  songs, old Irish Standards.

Hailing from Hoboken and performing here weekly, The Will O’Connor Band is known for thoughtfully presenting a variety of great music from the ’50s to the ’90s, but also for their passion and love of Ireland and its musical heritage. The group could not be prouder to celebrate again both their love of Hoboken and Ireland as part of the Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival.

Colin Nisbet has been playing the bagpipes for almost 25 years. He helps run his family’s business, The Piper’s Cove in Kearny, NJ, where they sell bagpipes, kilts, and other Scottish and Irish gifts.  Currently, he is the instructor for the Jersey City Firefighters Pipe Band.


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