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× HOBOKEN–The 2nd Annual Pizza Fest will take place on Saturday Oct. 13 at Our Lady of Grace, 400 Willow Ave.Pizza Fest will feature several Hoboken pizzerias including Napoli’s, Tony Boloney’s, The Brick, Hot House Pizza, and more.Attendees will be able to try pizza from every vendor listen to live music and participate in pizza-themed games and contests, including a pizza eating contest. Pizza Fest benefits the local nonprofit, True Mentors — an organization that offers one-to-one mentoring by patching children ages 7-17 with adult mentors in the community.Tickets are $25 and go on sale on Wednesday Sept. 12. and roughly 700 people are expected to attend.More event details can be found at www.hobokenpizzafest.com. read more
Say goodbye to the Palace Theatre as you know it! According to the Wall Street Journal, the upcoming Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me will bring major changes to the theater in the form of a $200,000 renovation. The restructuring will create a much more intimate atmosphere for the audience of the musical inspired by the lyrics of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur, which is set to begin preview performances on May 29. The ground-level orchestra seats have been changed into stadium-style seating, often found in movie theaters, reducing the theater’s capacity from 1,740 to 1,120. The renovations will also extend the stage out past the proscenium arch, covering the orchestra pit. The production will have to return the theater to its original state when it shutters. Written by Todd Kreidler, the non-biographical story of Holler If Ya Hear Me focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. The production will feature songs from throughout the late rap icon’s career, including “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, of course, the title song. The previously announced cast includes Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Director Kenny Leon hopes that these changes will drive home the idea that audiences “will feel that we know these young people, and they’re no different from whoever our children are.” Scenic designer Edward Pierce added, “everybody in those first few rows can basically high-five the actors. They’re just that close.” Holler If Ya Hear Me View Comments read more