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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.

Improv

"The Improvables"

Saturday, Dec 3, 8 p.m.

Bring your kids (10+) for an Amusing, Boisterous, Candid, Delightful, Exciting, Fantastic, Giddy, Hilarious, Insightful, Jocular, Kooky, Loud, Maniacal, Nutty, Offbeat Pleasant, Quirky, Ridiculous, Silly, Theatrical, Unabashed, Varying, Whimsical, Xenial, Yielding, Zealous plain old good time when the Improvables entertain! Whether they are speaking in questions, in alphabetical order, gibberish or pantomime, you are sure to have fun!

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 and Michele Kerekes of Bridgewater, Phil Hochman of Plainfield, Roberta Maher of Mt. Arlington and Mike Griffin of Hillsborough..

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

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Contemporary - Acoustic Rock

Acoustic Road

Saturday, January 21, 8 p.m.

Acoustic Road

Acoustic Road is a NJ-based acoustic rock and classic rock duo specializing in the faithful re-creation of the legendary music that helped define the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond. mellow acoustic rock to high-energy classic rock favorites by such artists as The Allman Brothers, America, Beatles, CSN, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, U2 and lots more. Acoustic Road performs the music that audiences know and love - but rarely have the opportunity to hear... especially performed live.

Visit www.acousticroad.com to learn more.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 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

RB Express

Saturday, February 11, 8 p.m.

The Watchung Arts Center is pleased to present a special, pre-Valentine's Day evening of doo-wop love songs, featuring RB Exprress.

RB Express

Exemplifying the tight harmonies and rhythms of the early street corner groups, The RB Express offers a perfect blend of your favorite music, incorporating professionally orchestrated tracks, tight harmonies, stage presence, and audience interaction to deliver a dynamic and engaging performance. The RB Epress is one of the finest, most entertaining bands to emerge from the Jersey Shore. The three-person vocal group, whose members have years of diverse performing experience, was formed in March of 2004 from individual soloists expressing a love and respect for the music of days gone by. The members of the RB Express add their own touch to songs we’ve all heard on the radio. They have completed two albums, “On the Scene”, and "Back on Track", and recently finished their long-awaited 3rd album in the hope of continuing their tradition of tight harmonies to fans both old and new.

The RB Express has performed with such artists as Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Tokens, Larry Chance and The Earls, The Passions, The Dimensions, Richard Street's Temptations Review, Felix Cavaliere and The Young Rascals, The Happenings, Lou Christie, The Angels, and even made appearances in the movie, "The Old Man and the Seymore", and on television with "Fox and Friends".

In addition to performing locally in New Jersey, they have performed in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and in January 2006 and again in 2007, the RB Express left their homes on the Jersey Shore (temporarily, of course!) to spread the word of doo-wop in the Pacific Islands of Hawai'i, for a 10 day, 5 concert tour. On December 12th, 2009, the RB Express made their international debut on the island of St. Maarten to weave their own brand of musical harmonies and funny antics.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 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"

13th Annual Holiday Concert: Amani

Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m.

Amani

Marty Eigen bring his new quartet, Amani, to the WAC to celebrate the holidays.

Amani means “peace” in Swahili. The group was formed to share the concept of peace through music, performing for people of all ages, races, and religious affiliations.

The core group includes veteran musicians: Marty Eigen on sax and flute; Fred Fischer on keyboards; vocalist Stephen Fuller; and guitarist Flip Peters.

Tyler Fengya

A special guest for this performance is 10-year old phenom, pianist Tyler Fengya. Also joining in the festivities is vocalist, Carrie Jackson.

Amani performs hits from a variety of genres including The Great American Songbook, Gospel, R&B, jazz, Bossa nova, and Broadway.

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

John Colaiacovo

Saturday, January 14, 8 p.m.

John Colaiacovo brings a unique, personal quality to his work as a pianist, composer, and arranger. His performance career began in his youth when he would rise to become a national prize-winning accordion virtuoso. At age 16, he studied guitar and theory with the late jazz guitar legend Harry Leahey, who eventually encouraged him to apply to The Berklee School of Music in Boston to study piano. At Berklee, John earned degrees in Music Synthesis and Music Education.

John Colaiacovo

With ears and mind continuously open, John matches extraordinary technical proficiency with effortless beauty and freedom, as a pianist with several bands, as a music minister, as a teacher at his own school of music in North Plainfield and Princeton area, and especially as a solo artist -- versatile, pushing, continually searching for more as player and composer. His collaborations as arranger, recording engineer, and performer on two distinctive recordings with Metropolitan Opera tenor Ronald Naldi have received praise from Gramophone magazine, Opera News, and other publications. John has enjoyed performing at the Watchung Arts Center as special guest artist with the bands "3 Stones" and "The Woodford Brothers" several times.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 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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Please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC