Sunday, June 9, 2013

Two Days: Arts in Hoboken, wine in AC and dinosaurs in Newark

Two Days: Arts in Hoboken, wine in AC and dinosaurs in Newark

Hoboken's annual rite of spring, the city's Arts & Music Festival, returns tomorrow.
Tables from at least 300 artisans and local businesses will line several blocks of Washington Street, while bands and singers perform on three stages sprinkled throughout.

Among them: Mike Doughty — former lead singer and songwriter with Soul Coughing — and folk singer John Eddie ("Jungle Boy"). Also, the Japanese drum group Taiko Zoku, from West Orange's New Jersey School of Percussion.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow on Washington Street between Observer Highway and Seventh Street. Rain or shine; free admission. For more, call (201) 420-2207 or
— Amy Kuperinsky

Dino Day
Following Morris Museum's dinosaur-themed exhibit last week is Newark Museum's own Dino Day. The 15-foot T. rex from the Secaucus theme park Field Station: Dinosaurs will be in attendance, as well as scientists from Rutgers, the New Jersey State Museum and New Jersey Paleontological Society. Visitors can peruse fossil rubbings, make a Pangaea flip book or Stegosaurus helmet. Bill Robinson and Bill Boesenberg will also be bringing their live bird and reptile shows to the museum.
laurie-berkner-njpac-may-5-2013.jpgThe Laurie Berkner Band brings a children's dance party to NJPAC Sunday. 
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow; 49 Washington St., Newark. Free with suggested admission (adults $10, children $6); call (973) 596-6550 or
— Amy Kuperinsky

'Kindie' rock
The Laurie Berkner Band will be getting little feet and hands moving for a children's dance party tomorrow at NJPAC. Berkner, who grew up in Princeton, is a purveyor of "kindie" music.
1 p.m. Sunday at NJPAC's Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark. Admission $16 to $97; call 1-888-466-5722 or visit
— Amy Kuperinsky

Music for Food
Lyrica Chamber Music collaborates with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet and the Grammy nominated Enso String Quartet for a benefit concert on Sunday in collaboration with Music for Food.
enso-string-quartet.jpgThe Enso String Quartet performs with Lyrica Chamber Music to fight hunger 
Started by renowned violist Kim Kashkashian, Music for Food pairs performers with local charities devoted to fighting hunger. Proceeds from Lyrica's concert will go to America's Grow a Row, which delivers fresh produce to those in need. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, free for students. Call (973) 309-1668 or
— Ronni Reich

Wine on the boardwalk
The Atlantic City Alliance invites wine lovers to sip while strolling the boards at the Do AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade today and tomorrow.
Visitors can stop at seven destinations spanning the Atlantic City Boardwalk — including Borgata, Trump Plaza, Tropicana, Showboat, Bally's and Resorts — for a total of about 150 varieties of wine.
There's a theme for each stop, one being "Artwalk," presenting a red wine from Francis Ford Coppola named "Eleanor," for his wife. Another theme, called "Sips and Sashes," takes a cue from the Miss America Pageant's recently announced return to Atlantic City, stocked with glitzy rose bubbly and Chandon etoile.
Local restaurants will match beverages with food options not limited to ahi nachos, Steel Pier sliders, pan-seared mini crab cakes and savory cheese cones. Wine expert Leslie Sbrocco, designer of the promenade, will host.
go-ac-wine-promenade-may-4-may-5.JPGThe AC Boardwalk will host a large wine event today and tomorrow. 
The wine promenade starts at noon today and tomorrow; call (800) 736-1420 or Tickets $75 in advance; $85 at event.
— Amy Kuperinsky

Trenton makes
Feel like expressing yourself? Well, it's Art Making Day in Trenton.
This year, the community event partners with international movement "The Big Draw."
City art workshops will provide free materials and run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at various Trenton venues: Artworks, 19 Everett Alley; Gallery 219, 219 Hanover St.; and the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park. Call : (609) 394-9436 or visit
— Amy Kuperinsky

Chili contest
Chili Cook-Off The 4th Street Arts Chili Cook-Off always packs in a crowd. 
The 4th Street Arts Chili Cook-Off in Jersey City is always a fun event, and this year's competition, held tomorrow at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, may be the best yet.
Nearly 30 chilis from restaurants and home cooks will be available for sampling; there will be judges' and people's choice awards.
Entertainment will be provided by Edward Forch, Caliente Y Dolce, and Craig Mahoney. And there'll be a children's area, featuring the Jersey City Gymboree and Bambino Chef.
The event runs from noon to 4 p.m., and it's just $5 per person to sample all that chili. The Grove Street PATH Plaza is located outside the Grove Street PATH station, 325 Grove St., Jersey City. For more information, visit