Watershed Sculpture Project - Gallery Opening
Dec
6
7:00 pm19:00

Watershed Sculpture Project - Gallery Opening

  • RWJ Wellness Plaza

coLAB Arts and Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership invite you to join us for our second annual Watershed Sculpture Project Fundraiser and exhibition opening, displaying newly commissioned and educational works in New Brunswick's Wellness Plaza.

theVOM Grand Story Slam
Dec
1
8:00 pm20:00

theVOM Grand Story Slam

  • Pino's Lounge

This is the moment you've been waiting for! theVOM's incredible 2016 season comes to a close with the Grand Story Slam, featuring the winners of this past season's slams competing for a grand prize, and special guests!

Regrets, we've had a few. Ever write a check that your butt couldn't cash? Make the wrong choice and had to deal with the aftermath? Did you pick the right person? Did you say the right thing? We want to know the gritty details about the good, the bad, and the ugly choices you've made and the consequences that followed. 

Join us for theVOM Grand Story Slam where you can hear this year's VOM Slam Winners tell stories about CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES. Tell us about when one thing led to another, when you were stuck at a fork in the road, or what you found down the road less travelled. Make the right decision. Spill your guts. You won't regret it. 

We'll see you back in 2017 at Pino's, with slams on February 9, May 11, September 14, and our 2017 Grand Slam on December 7!

OUR COMMON THREAD
Nov
11
7:00 pm19:00

OUR COMMON THREAD

  • Crossroads Theatre

First Reformed Church with coLAB Arts presents Our Common Thread, a multimedia performance event to give voice to, and create awareness around the New Brunswick homeless community in advance of the impending winter.

New Brunswick Rotary MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

New Brunswick Rotary MURDER MYSTERY DINNER

  • Hyatt New Brunswick

Please join us for our annual MURDER MYSTERY DINNER, hosted by the New Brunswick Rotary to benefit coLAB Arts' arts education programs. This year's event, The Great Debate, sees the last presidential debate of the season go terribly wrong.

PUMP by Nicole Pandolfo
Oct
29
2:00 pm14:00

PUMP by Nicole Pandolfo

  • First Reformed Church

PUMP by Nicole Pandolfo is a new play about a Philadelphia newspaper journalist, who, upon losing his job amidst layoffs, returns to small town life in South Jersey where he discovers a corporate cover up happening in his own backyard. Personal loyalties are tested as an exposé may save his career, but cost the livelihoods of his family and friends.

A Watershed Moment
Oct
1
5:00 pm17:00

A Watershed Moment

  • Boyd Park

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

A WATERSHED MOMENT is an immersive visual and performance art experience that embraces our reconnection to the Raritan River. Please join us for an evening of entertainment, food, beer, and wine as we celebrate coLAB Arts' vision to create more livable, sustainable, and exciting environments through art.

Food will be crafted by local caterer Food Architects, beer provided by Flying Fish, and wine curated by Pino's Wine Shop. 

The evening's performance will include works from Rock Dance Collective, Claudio Mir, and exciting new visual art work that integrates installation and augmented reality to create a full sensory experience.

theVOM Community Story Slam with Elijah's Promise
Sep
22
4:30 pm16:30

theVOM Community Story Slam with Elijah's Promise

  • Shiloh Gardens

Ever shared a meal with friends and family that left you with a good or bad taste on your tongue? Ever have a dinner that left your house sweet or sour for days? Is there a time when you were breaking bad instead of breaking bread? We want to know! Tell us about dinner dates, family traditions, your grandmother's gravy, and the conversations around the holiday table. Whip up something special and join us at theVOM.

 

The kitchen is open and the table is set for theVOM Community Slam. Lettuce celebrate and see who'll be named Top Chef with a special evening of stories on Breaking Bread. Storytellers, prepare a 6 - 8 minute story about a sweet, savory, or sour moment when food played a significant role. Family secret ingredients? Portion control? Spill the Beans!

 

RULES:

-One story, with a beginning, middle, and end, organically connected to the theme.

-Must be a true story that happened to you.

-Must be told on stage without notes

-Must be between 6 and 8 minutes.

This special Slam is graciously being hosted by Elijah's Promise at Shiloh Gardens, located at Tabernacle Way and George Street. Join us early, starting at 4:30pm for a tour of the garden and free vegetarian dinner.

 

Come check out our newly commissioned mobile stage unit that will be used throughout the New Brunswick community, The Living Stage!

 

This event is made possible in part through funding from the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Summer theaterMAKERs Immersion 2016
Jul
18
Jul 29

Summer theaterMAKERs Immersion 2016

  • coLAB Arts

theaterMAKER Immersion

Young Artists Creating Engaged Theater About Contemporary Culture

Each summer coLAB assembles a group of energetic and inspired high school age students who are passionate about using performing arts to tell compelling stories about contemporary issues. Over the course of a 2-week immersive day camp at a professional New Brunswick studio, students will learn from experienced artists how to bring big ideas to life on the stage.  This project will culminate with 3-day overnight stay at Contemporary American Theater Festival - Here participants see 5 brand new American plays as well as take workshops with some of the leading writers, designers, performers, and producers of new theater.
 

HearMe: The Environment and Contemporary Culture

The Raritan River is one of the most important geographic and ecological features in Middlesex and Somerset counties. It plays a significant role in the daily lives of individuals and yet goes frequently un-noticed, un-explored, and ill-used. This summer’s theaterMAKER’s Immersion will ask student artists to create stories about the river. Residency members will explore the river through media, oral history, and contact with experts and advocates. Participants will then use the process of Verbatim theater creation to assemble a theatrical piece that uses their creativity to tell a compelling story about what they discovered, and share that story with their community.

Download an application HERE

Due by June 1

Email or Mail Completed Applications to

info@colab-arts.org

Mail: coLAB Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 887, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

 

Or feel free to contact John P Keller Director of Education and Community Outreach at
jpkeller@colab-arts.org

 

Raconteur Radio - JAWS: A Staged Radio Play Parody
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Raconteur Radio - JAWS: A Staged Radio Play Parody

  • Pino's Lounge

SUGGESTED $10 Donation at the door

Amity Island had everything. Clear skies. Gentle surf. Warm water. People flocked there every summer. It was the perfect feeding ground...

That's right, folks, on June 22, Highland Park is Amity and Pino's Lounge is the good ship Orca. Join us as we gear up for Shark Week and celebrate the world's first summer blockbuster with Raconteur Radio's uniquely immersive rendition of JAWS!

JAWS: A Staged Radio Play Parody w. Bloody Mary Lees ("Here lies the body of Mary Lee, died at the age of 103...")

There is a creature still alive today. It has survived millions of years of evolution without change. Without passion. And without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless, eating machine. It will attack and devour ANYTHING. It’s as if God created the devil, and gave him.. JAWS!  Based on the bestselling novel by New Jersey native Peter Benchley and the hit film by Steven Spielberg, Raconteur Radio's blood-tingling presentation about a killer white with the cunning of a U-boat commander stars Jeff Maschi as both Sheriff Brody, a cop looking for redemption, and Captain Quint, a grizzled veteran of both war and water; Jason Jackson, as oceanographer Matt Hooper, a soft handed man desperate to show the world (and Quint) he's butch enough to take down the big fish, and Michael Jarmus as Mayor Vaughn, a smarmy local politician who refuses to acknowledge the threat, and assorted other characters.

With: theatrical lighting, costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, vintage commercials, fog fx, and, of course, extensive sound effects.

And, as you can see, we're doing it on a Wednesday so as not to compromise your weekend of fun & sun at the Jersey shore. (But trust me, swimmers, after our program, you’ll never go in the water again.)

Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature, and pop culture parodies for live audiences throughout the Tri-State area. They've been called "family friendly guerrilla theater" by the New York Times, one of "the 7 best things to do in NJ" by the Newark Star-Ledger, "Utterly unique!" by Kyle Hartzell (NPR), "Dazzling!" by Megan Ryan (wNYC), "Spellbinding!" by Tom Lynch (Theatre World), "Thrilling!" by Barry Monush (Museum of Television & Radio), and "Outstanding!" by Lee Pfeiffer (Cinema Retro Magazine).

theORPHANAGE: THE ELEVENTH HOUR!
Jun
17
8:30 pm20:30

theORPHANAGE: THE ELEVENTH HOUR!

  • First Reformed Church
Tickets

THE ELEVENTH HOUR! is an apocalyptic musical joyride about finding your family at the end of the world. The sudden appearance of a world-ending black hole forces Nevin, a college grad burnout to bridge the chasms between his strained family relationships. Amy, ambitious and adventurous, wants to get back to New Brunswick, to spend her last few hours with her true love, Nevin. What's a harder distance to cross, a ravaged New Jersey Turnpike, or damaged family ties? Hopefully they'll get some help from Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Please join us after the reading for a light reception and talkback with the artists.

THE ELEVENTH HOUR! was first conceived by Annie Rutherford Lutz, Dave Seamon, and Shimmy Schwartz in 2015 at coLAB Arts' 48 Hour Musicals. This reading is the culmination of a coLAB Arts commission to expand that 15-minute piece into a full-length musical.

theORPHANAGE is a play development program committed to the cultivation of new work in response to the people and issues of the greater New Brunswick community.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Annie Rutherford Lutz - Director

Dave Seamon - Book, Music, and Lyris/Musical Director

Shimmy Schwartz - Music

Megan Shook - Stage Manager

PERFORMERS:

Joey Braccino - Carl

Laura Hilton - Shawn, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Various

Samantha Chase Kestenbaum - Cathie

Mariella Klinger - Amy

Christopher Pasi - Astor, Various

Ralph Saro - Larry

Andrew Young - Nevin

theTABLE
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

theTABLE

coLAB Arts' regular collaborator and conversation series

theTABLE: food, arts, culture, politics, and community, in an environment free from assumptions and formal constraints; a thoughtful space for the insatiably curious. 

Each event focuses on a specific topic ranging from the environment, sexual identity, healthcare, food production, urban development and public policy. While enjoying a gourmet meal, we explore the issue with experts in the field alongside artists whose work is inspired by the subject. theTABLE searches for the linkages between all things, to understand how seemingly disparate topics and individuals share commonality. You do not need any previous experience on the topic just a willingness to "participate in" or "bear witness to" engaged conversation. 

Topic:

Home Away From Home: A conversation about New Brunswick and it's surrounding communities and all the cultures and people that inhabit it - from the establishment and the college crowd, to immigrants and non-resident professionals - we will discuss clashes and connectivity. 

June Public coLABorator Meeting
Jun
7
7:30 pm19:30

June Public coLABorator Meeting

  • Zimmerli Art Museum

The goals of public coLABorator meetings are:

1) Meet and interact with people in the community who are interested in how the arts can interact with other social advocacy and community organizations and communities.

2) Hear a special guest who is an expert in a specific field or topic (Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Advocacy, etc.) to give us all some insight and inspiration for our quarterly themes.

3) Share new ideas about projects or ways we think the organization (coLAB) can be better used to influence programming and public art.

More about the coLABorators

theVOM: Community Story Slam
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

theVOM: Community Story Slam

  • Pino's

Have you ever felt out of place, been out of your comfort zone, or found your self lost in uncharted territory? Where did you go? What did you do? TheVOM wants to know.

Come share a story about a time when you were a FISH OUT OF WATER.

Have you ever felt like a fake, fraud, or phony? Tell us about being in over your head, how you survived, and the great lengths you went to in order to fit in.

Write in Prompt: Tell us about a time when you were a little fish in a big pond.  

Everyone from the community is invited to participate! Come share your favorite story. Each performance will feature stories based on a different theme. Those with the best stories will be invited to share them at our Grand Story Slam.

For more info on theVOM, click HERE

May Public coLABorator Meeting
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

May Public coLABorator Meeting

  • Caffe Bene

The goals of public coLABorator meetings are:

1) Meet and interact with people in the community who are interested in how the arts can interact with other social advocacy and community organizations and communities.

2) Hear a special guest who is an expert in a specific field or topic (Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Advocacy, etc.) to give us all some insight and inspiration for our quarterly themes.

3) Share new ideas about projects or ways we think the organization (coLAB) can be better used to influence programming and public art.

More about the coLABorators

IGNITE Creative Weekend
Apr
29
May 1

IGNITE Creative Weekend

  • Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp

Tuition is $200 and includes Workshops, Room, and Board. When registering, use discount code "COLAB" to save 25%. CLICK HERE to register!

presented in partnership with the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp and Rutgers University

We are hosting our first annual adult storytelling retreat weekend in Stokes State Forest. The weekend's workshops will be facilitated by the curators of theVOM, Dusty Ballard and Molly Graham.

The weekend runs Friday night, April 29 through Sunday afternoon, May 1. Additional workshops in creative writing and meditation are also available.

You can CLICK HERE for more information about the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp campgrounds.

MOTION: New Dance Works
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

MOTION: New Dance Works

  • Crossroads Theatre

$10 General Admission Tickets 

MOTION: New Dance Works continues in 2016 with four new works of dance, created in partnership with the New Brunswick community:

Hilary Pearson + Elijah's Promise

Joe Monteleone + Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership

Robert Mark Burke + Pride Center of New Jersey

Stephanie Nerbak + TrueSelves Support Group (of PCNJ)

MOTION is co-curated by Lauren Connolly and Cleo Mack

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State.

 

litLAB Live!
Apr
20
7:00 pm19:00

litLAB Live!

  • Court Tavern

coLAB Arts presents LitLAB Live! An evening of live reading of new works of literature by participating writers from litLAB's writing workshops, thePEN. 

Writers Include:
Whitney Derman
John Holland
Jad Kaado
Toni Kwadzogah
Jason Liebman
Adam Uzialko

litLAB is curated by Jad Kaado and Caitlyn Davidheiser

48 Hour Musicals
Apr
17
6:00 pm18:00

48 Hour Musicals

  • Pino's Wine Cellar

48 Hour Musicals is back for its second year, featuring all new artists creating four new 15-minute musicals.

This event is being presented as part of Hub City Music Festival, produced in part by Iguana Music and New Brunswick Cultural Center. All proceeds from Hub City Music Festival are to benefit local charity, Elijah's Promise. Suggested donations of $10-$20 can be made at the door.

Directors:
Desi Seck
Joshua Schnetzer
Sophie Peyton
Victoria Rae Sook

Playwrights:
gHyp:see
Nicole Pandolfo
Erik Ransom

Musicians:
gHyp:see and the Wichts
Part-Timers
Shayfer James
Jamal P. Dickerson

April Public coLABorator Meeting
Apr
12
8:00 pm20:00

April Public coLABorator Meeting

The goals of public coLABorator meetings are:

1) Meet and interact with people in the community who are interested in how the arts can interact with other social advocacy and community organizations and communities.

2) Hear a special guest who is an expert in a specific field or topic (Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Advocacy, etc.) to give us all some insight and inspiration for our quarterly themes.

3) Share new ideas about projects or ways we think the organization (coLAB) can be better used to influence programming and public art.

More about the coLABorators

theORPHANAGE: BEND IN THE RIVER
Apr
9
2:00 pm14:00

theORPHANAGE: BEND IN THE RIVER

  • First Reformed Church

Bend in the River by Dustin Ballard and TS Hays, dramatizes the story of the Carville Leprosarium in Louisiana, as documented in the local magazine, The Star, which was published out of the leprosarium every month for 60 years until its closing at the turn of the last century. Bend in the River explores alternative ideas of incarceration, where individuals from every walk of life have been removed from society and forced to live out their lives together, confined and in anonymity.

The reading of the play will be followed by a light reception and panel discussion with local medical and incarceration experts.

$10 Suggested Donation

CAST:
Lindsay Andreanszky
Will Hardyman
John Keller
Adrian Kiser
Mariella Klinger
Dave Seamon
Allison Siko
Victoria Rae Sook
Megan Shook, Stage Directions

theVOM: Community Story Slam
Apr
7
8:00 pm20:00

theVOM: Community Story Slam

  • Pino's

Everyone from the community is invited to participate! Come share your favorite story. Each performance will feature stories based on a different theme. Those with the best stories will be invited to share them at our Grand Story Slam.

Our theVOM curators are still cooking up their topics. Check back closer to the event for the them...but don't wait to put this one on your calendar!

For more info on theVOM, click HERE

theTABLE
Apr
3
12:00 pm12:00

theTABLE

  • New Brunswick, NJ 08901

coLAB's regular artist and expert conversation and idea generating series. 

theTABLE: food, arts, culture, politics, and community, in an environment free from assumptions and formal constraints; a thoughtful space where curiosity is required and conversation is encouraged.

Each event will focus on a specific topic ranging from the environment, sexual identity, healthcare, food production, urban development and public policy. While enjoying a gourmet brunch, we will explore the issue with experts in the field alongside a visual or performing artist whose own work is inspired by the topic. Panelists may include researchers, journalists, educators, practitioners, poets, painters, choreographers, and playwrights.

Topic:

The date is set but the artists are still cooking up their ideas for this one. Check back closer to the event on the panel and conversation questions. However don't wait to buy your tickets. This is a popular series and we only have a limited number of seats per event.

theVOM: Community Story Slam
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

theVOM: Community Story Slam

  • Pino's

Everyone from the community is invited to participate! Come share your favorite story. Each performance will feature stories based on a different theme. Those with the best stories will be invited to share them at our Grand Story Slam.

Our theVOM curators are still cooking up their topics. Check back closer to the event for the them...but don't wait to put this one on your calendar!

For more info on theVOM, click HERE

March Public coLABorator Meeting
Mar
8
8:00 pm20:00

March Public coLABorator Meeting

  • TBD

The goals of public coLABorator meetings are:

1) Meet and interact with people in the community who are interested in how the arts can interact with other social advocacy and community organizations and communities.

2) Hear a special guest who is an expert in a specific field or topic (Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Advocacy, etc.) to give us all some insight and inspiration for our quarterly themes.

3) Share new ideas about projects or ways we think the organization (coLAB) can be better used to influence programming and public art.

More about the coLABorators

February Public coLABorator Meeting
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

February Public coLABorator Meeting

  • TBD

The goals of public coLABorator meetings are:

1) Meet and interact with people in the community who are interested in how the arts can interact with other social advocacy and community organizations and communities.

2) Hear a special guest who is an expert in a specific field or topic (Domestic Violence Prevention, Environmental Advocacy, etc.) to give us all some insight and inspiration for our quarterly themes.

3) Share new ideas about projects or ways we think the organization (coLAB) can be better used to influence programming and public art.

More about the coLABorators

theVOM: Community Story Slam
Feb
4
8:00 pm20:00

theVOM: Community Story Slam

  • Pino's

Everyone from the community is invited to participate! Come share your favorite story. Each performance will feature stories based on a different theme. Those with the best stories will be invited to share them at our Grand Story Slam.

Prompt: Are you a rule breaker or bender?  Have you been caught in the act or gotten away with it?  Have you committed a crime of fashion, of the heart or of the white collar variety?  We want to hear about it. Come share a story on the theme Crime & Punishment. Prepare a 4-8 minute story about a wrong-doing and the consequences. Was the punishment cruel and unusual? Tell us all the gritty details about mistakes made and lessons learned.

For more info on theVOM, click HERE

Shenanigans (Winter Stakeholders Party)
Jan
16
7:00 pm19:00

Shenanigans (Winter Stakeholders Party)

  • coLAB Arts at FRC

STAKEHOLDER CELEBRATION
Saturday, January 16 at 7pm

Please join us at the
First Reformed Church (9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick) to celebrate the work of the last year and hear about the exciting projects and partnerships happening in 2016. We'll have food and drinks, and hear a preview of the new musical, The Eleventh Hour, by Annie Rutherford Lutz, Dave Seamon, and Shimmy Schwartz, commissioned by coLAB Arts and based on their musical of the same name from last year's 48 Hour Musicals.

Please RSVP Here!