This Week's Broadcasts
Kea Tawana
Image courtesy Billops-Hatch Archive
On your PBS stations this week, Kea’s Ark tells the story of Kea Tawana, a self-taught artist and engineer who built a 3-story ark in Newark’s Central Ward in the mid-1980s. Using rare footage and interviews, this documentary explores how Kea designed and built the massive boat, using salvaged materials from the 19th century buildings being torn down in an area fast becoming an urban wasteland. She worked on it for years before newly-elected mayor Sharpe James took note and demanded it gone. Kea’s Ark no longer exists, but it remains a powerful symbol of hope in Newark and beyond.

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Sat, 6/5 @ 7:30 pm
Thurs, 6/10 @ 11:30 pm

Sun, 6/6 @ 11:30 am

Mon, 6/7 @ 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Wed, 6/9 @ 10 am & 3 pm
A Month of Music
From jazz to Springsteen, Asbury Park to Atlantic City, the Garden State is also the Music State. With the return of live concerts this summer, this month we're sharing work by New Jersey's talented musicians.

Identical twin sisters Nalani and Sarina Bolton have been making music together since they were kids. They started to focus on writing their own songs and performing together while still in high school. When they both graduated early, they made the decision to embark on a music career at a time when most of their classmates were preparing for college. Since then, they’ve toured up and down the East Coast, and cultivated a loyal fan base in their hometown: Flemington, New Jersey.
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Our Seven Choreographers episode last month featured the most recent winners of choreography fellowships from New Jersey the State Council on the Arts. You can see the full performances from all seven choreographers in Capturing the Moment, a virtual two-part showcase, for free with registration, on demand via SOPAC through June 30!

Our related episode: Seven Choreographers
International singer and comedian Christina Bianco will appear on the Music At The Mansion: PORCH PERFORMANCES series, produced by NiCori Studios & Productions on Sat, June 5 at 7 pm at The Oakeside Mansion in Bloomfield. This is her first performance back in New Jersey after two decades performing around the world. 
NJPAC's Annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition will take place Sun, June 6 at 7 pm, live on Facebook! Jazz all-stars Christian McBride, Carmen Lundy, Vanessa Rubin, Chuck Mitchell and WBGO’s Robert Ottenhoff will choose the winners of the 9th Annual SASSY Awards, founded in honor of Newark's Sarah Vaughan.

State of the Arts featured the 2nd Annual Sarah Vaughan Competition as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival in 2015.
The Public Art Fund presents a new exhibition, Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days, currently on view at City Hall Park in New York City through Nov 28. Don't miss this chance to see Melvin Edwards' monumental sculptures, which address themes of race, labor, and the African Diaspora. 

Our related story: Melvin Edwards
What to Watch
As we all continue to support our favorite artists and venues in these changing times, we'll be sharing some great stories for you to enjoy from home.
Over the past 40 years choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her dance company have created an impressive list of narrative works. The pandemic presented them with serious challenges and surprising opportunities. A commission for the Louis Prima foundation resulted in a socially distanced work partially created on Zoom.

Our 2021 storyCarolyn Dorfman Dance: Prima
Wendy Red Star's work draws on pop culture, conceptual art, and her native traditions, including her life on the Crow reservation in Montana. Wendy describes how she came to realize that most people know very little about Native history or life today, and how her work addresses that through, sometimes through humor.

Our 2019 story: Wendy Red Star
This dip into our archive features the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor production of Comedy of Errors under the night sky.

Our 2013 story: Shakespeare Under the Stars
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Pictured: NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang, photo courtesy DreamPlay Films
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