Artist's Panel Discussion on the exhibit, "What is a Painting?"
Sunday 2-4 PM

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Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.

'50's/'60's Rock & Roll


Saturday, January 20, 8 p.m.


“All the flat top cats and dungaree dolls” are headed to the Watchung Arts Center for an evening of 1950’s rock-n-roll

RAVE ON! is a band that features the music of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, playing hits like “That’ll Be The Day,”, “Not Fade Away,” “Peggy Sue,” “Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” and “Only The Lonely,” along with other classic, early rock-n-roll songs.
This is the music that paved the way for rock-n-roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and countless other artists.
RAVE ON! is living proof that Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and the music of early rock-n-roll is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages.
RAVE ON!’s show is always a crowd pleaser.
Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals
Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Jazz in the Gallery

"A Mardi Gras Celebration" with Thaddeus Exposé

Saturday, February 10, 8 p.m.

Thaddeus Expose

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Let the good times roll when the sounds of "The Big Easy" come to the WAC, as New Orleans native, bassist Thaddeus Exposé brings a group of jazz artists to celebrate Mardi Gras at the WAC.

Joining Thaddeus Exposé will be vocalist Arlee Leonard, pianist Oscar Perez and drummer Alverster Garnett, bringing us a wonderful evening of New Orleans jazz. And, as a lagniappe, the evening will include a dessert reception following the performance.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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"JaZZ in the Gallery"

ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente

Friday, March 2, 8 p.m.

Rio Clemente

The Bishop of Jazz, pianist Rio Clemente is back for his second concert of our 2017-18 season. The performance begins at 8PM, followed by a dessert reception offering the opportunity to meet Rio Clemente.

Master pianist Rio Clemente draws the audience up in a musical embrace and then takes them on an extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation. The result is a smorgasbord of music that is different from others, and nearly always produces a standing ovation and cries for “more.”

Rio was a child prodigy who received a BMI scholarship for musical theatre and then continued his education at the Julliard School of Music.  He went from Julliard to Nashville, where he spent two years as a performer and composer, making appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, After several television appearance, Rio advanced professionally to playing at several distinguished concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s famous Birdland and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, as well as the Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals, and a memorable appearance at the White House.  He regularly appears with groups such as The Morris Choral Society and Orchestra and at jazz venues from Manhattan to Cape Code and from Florida to California.  He has composed three masses and three musicals of which his “Dobdinob” has been published and performed around the country.  He has recorded for well-known labels and has published eight CDs under his own label, Etnemelc Music Productions.

A native of Morristown, NJ, Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world. He is a member of the Morristown Hall of Fame, was named by the NJ Council of the Arts as an Outstanding Professional of the Year, and recognized as one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by the New Jersey Monthly, as well as being selected for Who’s Who in America.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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The Improvables

Family Improv: Saturday, February 3, 8 p.m.

The Improvables

The Improvables have been providing the Center’s audiences with zany, raucous one-of-a-kind and never-to-be-repeated humor since 2002. Each show features a series of games in which the performers act out various scenes, based on audience suggestions, without advanced knowledge of the topics. Come ready to laugh at the antics of this wonderful improvisational troupe of actors including Randy Schweriner, David Kritz, Michele Kerekes, and Brandon Lericos of Bridgewater, Phil Hochman of Plainfield, Roberta Maher of Mt. Arlington and Mike Griffin of Hillsborough.

The Improvables

Family-friendly shows are suitable for children 10 and older, while adult shows are “R” rated.

Tickets are $10. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Tracy Grammer CD Release Party

Sunday, February 11, 3 p.m.


Celebrating the release of her new CD, Low Tide, Tracy Grammer comes to the Watchung Arts Center for a special Sunday afternoon performance.

TRACY GRAMMER rose to acclaim as half of the "postmodern, mythic American folk" duo, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer. From 1998-2001, the duo released three internationally celebrated, folk chart-topping albums featuring Carter's mytho-poetic Americana songcraft and in 2002, toured with Joan Baez, both as featured artists and Baez's band members. Called “the new voice of modern folk music,” the duo was clearly in its ascendancy when in July 2002, Carter suffered a fatal heart attack while the duo was on tour. He was 49; Grammer, 34.

Determined to honor the duo's journey and bring Carter's songs, and those of other favorite writers, to broader audiences, Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives.

Grammer has become one of folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage -- not to mention a riotous sense of humor -- that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Carter's reclusive accompanist. Stories about the duo's first meeting, Carter's quirks and fancies, or Grammer's own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter's path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts -- and the stories behind them -- on her current tour, to the delight of longtime fans. 

As one fan put it, "With Tracy, it's never just about the music. It's a soul journey."

The concert will be followed by a special dessert reception.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Our 2016-17 Season has ended. Watch for information about our upcoming season.

In the meantime, please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC

Please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC