Concerts & Performances

Summer Friday | Spice

Paul Robeson Galleries is pleased to participate in SUMMER FRIDAY: SPICE.  Join us on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 5 to 11 p.m for an evening of food, culture, and music.


5PM | THE SPICE TOUR with Keary Rosen
Keary Rosen of Form Design Studio and Lab invites you to the SUMMER FRIDAY SPICE TOUR for an inside look at the 3D printing lab and a peek into the world of 3D printed food. This tour is in conjunction with Paul Robeson Galleries’ Feast & Famine. RSVP HERE

6:15PM| FEAST AND FAMINE Self Guided Tour at Paul Robeson Galleries
Feast & Famine explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition considers food as a commodity; the relationship between food, death, sex, and the abject; food’s relationship to global economics and geo-politics; food and its likeness as a medium for artistic experimentation; the food chain and the environmental impacts of food production; and food justice. Feast & Famine gathers together works in a variety of media from artists and artist collectives working nationally and internationally, at different stages in their career.

6:30PM | FEMALES OCCUPYING SPACE presented by Paul Robeson Galleries
Join us for performances featuring Females Occupying Space. This multi-artist performance and talk highlights the practices of four local artists of color: Dominique Duroseau, Ayana Evans, Lisette Morel, and Mary Valverde.

These performances will take place simultaneously throughout the Hahnes Building.

6:30pm-7:15 performances
7:15pm-8:00 Q&A

6:30PM | SPICE UP YOUR LIFE: A Food Tasting Experience with Jamie Bruno, Karen Florez, Chef Bo Pedersen, and fayemi shakur
“Spice Up Your Life”, is riveting conversation on food and wellness exploring the intersections of art, culture, economic development and displacement all through the lens of food. Writer, cultural critic, and curator, fayemi shakur will be moderating this discussion with food enthusiasts Jamie Bruno, Karen Florez, and Chef Bo Pedersen. This discussion will also include a unique tasting experience brought to you by Chef Bo’s Scrumptious Group. RSVP HERE:

7:15PM & 9:30PM | DJ LotusMoon
LotusMoon is a New York-based DJ whose art-making is interested in engaging with the multi-dimensional threads, narratives, and histories, that run through African Diasporic experiences. Through music, drawing heavily from Afro-Caribbean roots and upbringing in Harlem, she hopes to cultivate and foster a space of resistance and transcendence that centers the bodies of womxn + femmes + qtpoc globally. A space for us to fully be.

8:30PM | Jasmine Mans
An author, performer, poet, teacher…yes to all of those titles, but more importantly Jasmine Mans is an artist…an artist who enjoys having various forums to express her thoughts, moods, opinions and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around her. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014), Jasmine received her BA in African-American Studies (Black Theory & Literature) and is the recipient of the Star-Ledger – NJPAC; Arts Millennia; and (New York) Knicks Poetry Slam Scholarships and awards. However, Mans began stringing rhymes together as a middle-school student in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Those artistic skills were honed while attending the first performing arts high school in the nation, Newark Arts High School.

9:00PM | ShamGod
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Peggie Miller
“Peggie Miller”
Digital Print
11×17 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

With Mirror Mirror artist Peggie Miller, showcasing Butch identified models, designers and entertainers.

Green, howiwantyougreen

Image courtesy of Alaina Simone and Quiana Adams

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 2:30-3:30pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


David Antonio Cruz’s Green,howiwantyougreen is based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems are fused with personal narratives and text from Lillian Hellman’s The Children Hours and Oscar Wilde by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, both written around the time of Lorca’s assassination. The multilingual performance clashes high art against queer slang, playing with language, music and double entendres particular to Latino and Black underground gay culture. The music is composed by Daniel de Jesus based on the last poems. Green,howiwantyougreen was developed during David Antonio Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space and LMCC. Green has been performed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Whim Estate Plantation in St Croix, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Gateway Projects. The performance is altered for each location to address the history of the building and/or neighborhood. This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror.

Universe Konadu

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6:00-8:00PM
Main Gallery, Express Newark

An evening performance of passion, prose, music and an experience unlike any other as the legendary greats are celebrated in the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

The 70s Baby!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

The decade from late 1969 to 1979 saw major shifts in the American social, political, cultural, and artistic landscape.  The turbulence of the previous decade carried over to the next and brought with it changes that had a great impact on the music we call jazz, the people who performed and curated it, and the listeners for whom it was a part of the soundtrack of their lives. Join us as we traverse the decade of recorded jazz with the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50 as a physical and metaphorical backdrop. Afros, dashikis, denim jackets, and platform shoes welcome.

Song’s Crossing: A Storytelling by Nadïne LaFond

Thursday November 9, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


Song’s Crossing, a performance by vocalist, songwriter and visual artist, Nadïne LaFond, will feature tunes both original and classic that celebrates the evolution of Jazz is inspired by and mixes African based call and response ring shouts, Blues, standards and beyond to share a musical bridge through history. This performance coincides with the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Marcela Peñalva – guitar
Vel Johnson – alto sax
Calvin X. Jones – bass
Matthew Wade – piano
Justin Jones – tenor sax
Gerg Searvance – drums

Jazz for Kids

October 15, 2017 | 1230pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Caleb and Allison Rumley Quintet

Join us for a free, fun, family-friendly concert right in the middle of the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50. This exhibition and concert gives audiences of all ages the chance to learn about jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.

Workshop 2 (Room 312) | 10am-3pm (drop-in)
Family Refresh Zone

A laid-back area for weary art-goers of all ages to cool their heels. Featuring art activity stations and light refreshments. Relax with a Jazz coloring book – featuring famous jazz musicians provided along with colored pencils and fine-tip markers. Or take part in You’re A Star! – create and decorate a “microphone” out of recycled materials. Take a polaroid photo of yourself striking a pose with your creation with props such as sunglasses and hats.

The Women of Records at Play

Mary Lou Williams, Decca Records studio, New York, 1940, Mary Lou Wiliams collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 3rd Floor

Join Elizabeth Surles, archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies, for a curated listening session featuring recordings by the female performers, composers, and arrangers highlighted in the exhibit Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.  From Bessie Smith to Carla Bley, the evening will present a smorgasbord of women in jazz and include a wide variety of jazz styles.

Fascinatin’ Rhythm: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald on Her Centennial

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Experience the First Lady of Song in sound and video touching on over 50 years in the career of the woman who, over 20 years after her death, remains the gold standard. Tad Hershorn of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Rutgers-Newark campus, who photographed Fitzgerald extensively between 1971 and 1991, will provide an evening of songs and reminiscence of this great artist. This program is presented as a part of the exhibition,  Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

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