This Week's Broadcasts
Stephen Colbert and John Oliver at the Montclair Film Festival
On your PBS stations this week, go on location to explore Montclair’s cultural scene, including the Montclair Film Festival, now a year-round cultural force. This year's festival, which is being held both virtually and through carpool cinema events, is wrapping up this weekend!

Plus, Oliver Lake, Kay WalkingStick at the Montclair Art Museum, and Jazz House Kids.


Sat, 10/24 @ 7:30 pm
Thurs, 10/29 @ 11:30 pm

Sun, 10/25 @ 11:30 am

Mon, 10/26 @ 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Wed, 10/28 @ 10 am & 3 pm
October is Emotional Wellness Month!
During the pandemic, it's important to pay attention to your physical health - but your emotional wellbeing is just as crucial. During October, we're sharing features that encourage mental health awareness as part of Emotional Wellness Month.

Former broadcast news anchor Francesca Marguerite Maximé won the 2020 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. Francesca describes how poetry helped her to turn her life around, and start a new career as a life coach and trauma healer. She reads her winning poem “Pleather” at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Poetry Center at PCCC, founded by poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan.
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On Sat, Oct 24 at 8 pm, Art Against Racism: Memorial.Monument.Movement is presenting a free livestream event featuring music, poetry, performance, and art. Featured guests include Ras Baraka, Nell Painter, and more!

Our related stories: Nell Irvin Painter, I Might Be Next
The Zimmerli Museum is holding a virtual screening of Political Advertisement X: 1952-2020 on Oct 27 via Zoom.

Oct 29, the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is presenting a virtual tour of their exhibition Black Lives Matter.

Last year, State of the Arts went behind the scenes with Martha Graham Dance Company for a production of Appalachian Spring and The Auditions at Peak Performances. Their full concert is featured in Peak Performances' new Peak HD series in partnership with ALL ARTS, premiering Nov 8 at 8pm on TV and online. 

This Week's Long Watch
Peters Valley, nestled in the bucolic Delaware Water Gap in northwest New Jersey, is a center for learning about and creating fine crafts. Blacksmiths, woodworkers, ceramic artists, fine metal and jewelry makers, photographers, glass artists and other craft artists come from all over the world to work and commune with kindred spirits. An exhibition highlighting the impact and history of Peters Valley School of Craft is up through Jan 10 at Hunterdon Art Museum.

Our documentary: Peters Valley
What to Watch
The impact of the coronavirus on the arts in New Jersey is severe. As the pandemic stretches on, income is being lost by artists and workers of all kinds in the cultural arena.

Think of how else you can support your favorite artists and venues! Perhaps make some plans for the future, or consider donating your refunded ticket prices to NJ's arts organizations.  

In the meantime, we'll be sharing some great stories for you to enjoy from home.
The great jazz drummer Joe Morello performs “Take Five” and discusses his career in this segment from a 2001 edition of State of the Arts. Joe Morello is often credited with introducing the 5/4 and 7/8 time signatures featured on the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s breakout album Time Out in 1959. In this 2001 interview with host Amber Edwards, Morello describes how his classical training influenced his approach.

2018 MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner, John Keene is the author of Counternarratives, a series of wide-ranging stories based in the African diaspora following the introduction of the slave trade to the Americas. In addition to his other works, Keene is known for his translation of poetry and other literary works from the diaspora.

Our story: John Keene, Writer
Artist Bernarda Bryson Shahn (1903-2004) was an illustrator, print maker, journalist, and author. She was married to artist Ben Shahn, one of America’s most recognized artists in the 1930s and ’40s, and they traveled and worked together until his death in 1969.

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