Dodge Poetry Festival to return to Newark, Oct 11-14

Dodge Poetry Festival 2012 will be held in Newark, NJ again

The event will be held for 4 days from October 11 to 14, 2012 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (PAC Center) along the Passaic River in downtown Newark. It promises to be even better than last year, continuing for the second year at this world class venue.

With a tradition of excellence, the event draws about 18,000 to Newark, and has brought attention to the galleries, restaurants and historical offerings of NJ’s largest city. It is the largest poetry event in North America and autumn should be a relaxing, and cooler time to enjoy the plethora of cultural offerings.

NJPAC is one of the jewels of this city.

Basically everything fun happening on Newark this weekend

Newark Patch: The Weekender: Oodles of Newark Library Events

Here are some of the events happening this weekend in Newark and neighboring towns.

Comprehensive list of basically everything fun that’s happening in Newark this weekend. But, um, you may want to try to find stuff that’s indoors:

Star Ledger: Sticky, sweaty N.J. heat wave still climbing toward boiling point

Sure, it’s July, and it’s supposed to be hot and humid, but after eight consecutive 90-degree days, have you had just about enough?

Well, hang in there because the season’s fourth heat wave is about to crest.

Weequahic Tour, Sunday, November 1st

Hello, I am going to be leading a tour of Weequahic on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00. The tour will cover all aspects of Weequahic’s history, from Indian and colonial days to the agrarian century, to the suburb’s train-associated growth, the Jewish generation, and finally the neighborhood and park of today.
The cost is $10 general, $5 for members of the Weequahic Park Association or a Newark historical society.

We will be meeting at the intersection of Lyons and Elizabeth Avenues. Please see for more information. Check the website on the day of the tour in the event of inclement weather.

Newark Restaurant Week Kicks Off TODAY

Newark’s Restaurant Week kicks off today with savings on local restaurants: Mayor Booker Announces City of Newark’s Second Restaurant Week

Go Newark Restaurant Week is produced by the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau, a business unit of Brick City Development Corporation. Building on the success of the October 2008 inaugural program, the summer installment highlights the quality, diversity and authenticity of Newark’s vast dining establishments with the presentation of thirty participating restaurants and the distribution of the Zagat “Spotlight on Newark Restaurants”

Sponsored by TD Bank, participating restaurants are offering either a prix-fixe menu or a savings of at least 15 percent, n be presented for lunch, dinner or both. “TD bank is proud to partner with premier organizations to launch Restaurant Week and showcase the Newark Region. TD works with community-focused organizations that positively impact area residents and this is a unique and fun way to do that,” said Michael Petrucci, TD Bank’s Newark Manager.

Check out the site for details on participating restaurants and savings vouchers. Bon appetit! Go Newark Restaurant Week

Branch Brook Park to Hold Community Forum – Thurs, Feb 19

UPDATE: this meeting has been cancelled. Sorry for the late notice.

The Branch Brook Park Alliance will be hosting a public forum Thursday at 7pm to discuss development efforts in the city’s greatest park. See details after the jump.

“We are excited to share with the community news of the capital improvements made to the park and demonstrate how these improvements have increased the park’s usage and activity,” said Ms. Coleman. “The park belongs to all of us, so we want to keep our neighbors informed of what we have done, what we have planned, and how they can help preserve this community treasure.”

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Ring in the New Year at The Coffee Cave

This in from a Newarker!  Still looking for something to do tonight?  Snow got you rethinking your plans to travel into the wild NJ countryside or take the hectic Path train into Manhattan?  The Coffee Cave, a new cafe and club, is hosting an event just a short walk/car ride/light rail trip downtown.
Have a great New Years and stay safe!


Still trying to make plans for New Year’s? Don’t feel like schlepping into the city? Wanna bring in 2009 with beautiful people?!

Sounds like you need to come to:
December 31, 2008
9pm – until
The Coffee Cave
45 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
wine, hors d’oeuvres all night
champagne toast at midnite
DJ Kalie & Max Jerome spinning house, hip hop and neo soul all night
$25 on guestlist; more at the door
byobrown juice

for more information, or to get on guestlist, email

Newark Master Plan Forum

The City of Newark will be hosting two open forums on Wednesday, Dec 10 and Tuesday, Dec 16 to present the current Master Plan:
Master Plan Presentation. If you’ve got some thoughts on the city’s direction for its urban design, this is definitely a event you’ll want to check out!

In cooperation with the Newark Community Development Network, the Division of Planning and Community Development invite residents to attend two public meetings to discuss the proposed Master Plan Reexamination Report.

The city of Newark is hosting two discussions on this periodic Master Plan Reexamination Report. Its purpose is to review and evaluate the city’s Master Plan. In doing so, we will determine the need for updates and revisions to better guide Newark’s future development.

December 10, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market St.

December 16, 2008
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.

Westinghouse Project Exhibit Extended to Jan 17

The successful Westinghouse Project exhibit, which commemorates the fall of the Westinghouse plant on Lackawanna Ave and Orange St, will be extended into next year after the gallery is closed for a short period of time. Check out the note from Matt Gosser, the exhibit curator, below.

The Westinghouse Project has been so well received that we decided to extend the exhibit until January 17. In order to do this, we have to shut the gallery down until about December 8. Until then, I’ll be trying to update the website with photos of the artwork, video from an NJN broadcast and info about our closing celebration (so far…Saturday, Jan. 17 at 5pm).

If you haven’t visited the exhibition or if you want to check it out again (additional work is being added) or if you’d like to bring some friends, please do so Monday thru Friday (9am-5pm) between Dec.8 and Jan.17.

If you know anyone that worked at Westinghouse, I’m doing an oral history project. We’re also looking at the possibility of creating a catalog.

Barter Up This Saturday

Barter Up This Saturday at NJIT: a demonstration of an alternate non-cash-based economy.  Bartering serves two real needs for our time: trading goods provides a green recycling alternative to throwing your old stuff away, and getting by on a slim budget in our brutal economy.

Check out the invite, which provides some details on the presentation and a sketch of how the Barter Economy works: 15 Nov 2008 – Barter Up Update.

A barter-based alternate economy demonstration in Newark personifies socio-economic feasibility of a Green Collar society.

Newark, NJ – November 14, 2008 – An old tradition becomes a modern philosophy on Saturday, November 15th from 11AM-3PM at NJIT when Newarkers engage in Let’s Barter Up, Brickerati Green’s demonstration of economic sustainability. As the recession continues to hit home and the holidays expediently approach, Newarkers are looking at ways to cut costs, stay local, and have fun. At NJIT’s “The Gallery” participants in the first Let’s Barter Up will join students, administrators, residents, and businesses, in welcoming a sustainable solution to a financial, consumer, and waste issue.

Let’s Barter Up is an initial step towards a Green lifestyle that is immediately relevant. As Newarkers bring in their like-new and gently-used items in exchange for stocking-stuffers, office favorites, and dorm must-haves, they will begin to participate in a major Green concept: recycling.

Brickerati Green’s Ninapilar Daniels is the concept designer behind Let’s Barter Up. Her vision was to create an event where all live-work-play Newarkers participate in a tangibly relevant Green initiative that relates to their immediate worries and needs, and acts as a starting point towards a sustainable mindset.

Ms. Daniels says, “The Green concept is so massive and sometimes results are not always immediately apparent to Newarkers. As the holidays approach pockets are tight; Newarkers are more concerned about how they are going to buy more stuff for their families. The Green opportunity here is to show how we can cut back on consumable spending, which inevitably will cut back on consumer waste, and reuse stuff that is still functionally new.”

In addition to goods, Let’s Barter Up encourages service swaps including tutoring, music lessons, and consultations. In order to keep all swaps equal, there are six trade “levels.” The value determined for the product received equates the number of “Green Bricks” the individual receives and then trades with. An individual’s investment in the barter economy determines the strength of the economy itself, thus contributing to the anticipation of this demonstration.

This event is free to attend. All participants, visitors, and media are strongly encouraged to bring an item to barter; seed the economy! No money will be accepted in exchange for a bartered item.

For media opportunities please contact Pamela Daniels at 862.220.2601.

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark invites you to the 22nd Wine Tasting Benefit

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark invites you to the 22nd Wine Tasting Benefit
This benefit wine-tasting will take place at the Dryden Mansion in Lincoln Park next week on Nov 20.  Proceeds will go to benefit the Boys & Girls Club, a youth development Newark non-profit which this year is celebrating its 70-year anniversary.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark (BGCN) will host its 22nd Annual Wine Tasting Benefit on Thursday, November 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Dryden Mansion – Newark, NJ’s hottest, most stylish event space. The Dryden Mansion is located at 59 Lincoln Park, between Broad and Washington (closer to Wash) in the Lincoln Park Arts District.

Guests attending this festive event will be treated to a night of fine eclectic wines, complemented by exquisite hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and an exciting silent auction of rare items and unique experiences. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. All proceeds raised from this event will benefit the after-school and summer enrichment programs at BGCN’s three club sites and two school satellite extensions.

DATE: Thursday, November 20, 2008
TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (updated from invite)
LOCATION: The Dryden Mansion, 59 Lincoln Park
Newark’s hottest new event space
DONATION: $85 pp, incl wine, hors d’oeuvres and valet parking
PURCHASE TICKETS: Call 973.242.1200 or order online