Mostly Free, All Open To Public: Music, Dance, Film This Fall At Rutgers University-Newark

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Photo: Axis Dance Company

Want to hear the music of Chad, Africa? How about a ballet version of Dracula? A screening of Birth of a Nation? You need travel no farther than Newark, N.J., to hear and see these performances and concerts, and you won’t break the bank either, since most are free.

Rutgers University-Newark announces its fall arts schedule of dance performances, film screenings, concerts and jazz talks. All are on either the campus, which is handicap-accessible, or at the Newark Museum or the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The Music and Life of John Hicks, Angel in a Briefcase : A Jazz Research Roundtable and live performance, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, 7 - 9 p.m.; the Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor, 185 University Ave., Rutgers University – Newark. FREE ADMISSION.
The Institute of Jazz Studies’ first Jazz Research Roundtable of the fall season, this presentation by Elise Wood-Hicks will feature highlights of Hicks’s musical life as well musical analyses of selected compositions. There will also be a screening of a selection of the film Hick’s Time, and a live performance by Wood-Hicks on flute and Roni Ben-Hur on guitar.

H’sao: A Celebration of Music from Chad, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 7 p.m.; Bradley Hall Theater, 110 Warren St., Rutgers University – Newark; FREE ADMISSION
Presented by The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
H’sao is a Montréal-based band from Chad, passionate about sharing its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences, including amazing a cappella singing. The concert will be followed by a lecture and a demonstration of Chadian culture and dance.

Dracula: by the Atlantic City Ballet, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Jim Wise Theater, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); FREE ADMISSION
Presented by The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience in partnership with NJIT
A "Halloween special,” featuring the Atlantic City Ballet Company in a performance of highlights from its critically acclaimed Dracula ballet.

Symposium on Dance and Disability with AXIS Dance Company, performance on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 7: 30 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center St., Newark
Community Classes: Wednesday, Nov. 18, & Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Ticket info available on, Student RUSH tickets available

The Birth of a Nation, film screening and discussion with Professor Miriam Petty, Northwestern University, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, Screening begins at 4 p.m., discussion at 7:30 p.m., reception to follow.  Billy Johnson Auditorium, Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark. FREE ADMISSION
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience will host a special screening of The Birth of a Nation, on its 100th anniversary, to explore the film’s role in the history of American race relations and in the shaping of memory of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow.


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