Dropping the Temperature to Heat Up the Crowd

NEWARK - There were so many moving parts onstage at the Prudential Center here on Sunday night: the dancers, sinuous and authoritative; the band, sturdy and loud; the large screens of various shapes and sizes that flashed images that changed with the mood; even the stage itself, which had a big rotating circle at the center. At the center of it all was Rihanna - maybe she cared, and maybe she didn't. Read more..…

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Good Bread: Portuguese Specialties at Teixeira's Bakery in Newark

The Ironbound district of Newark is a pancake-flat trapezoid hemmed in between the city's downtown, the Passaic River, and the highway. For almost a century, it's been home to a thriving Portuguese community, rivaled in size only by Massachusetts communities like Fall River and New Bedford. The Ironbound's main drag, Ferry Street, is lined with Portuguese, Spanish, and Brazilian restaurants selling platters of paella, barbecue, and the like. If you want a bite of something just as Iberian but not so gut-busting, head to Teixeira's Bakery , with…

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"New Flavors in a Newark Neighborhood"

The Ironbound district of Newark is not the sort of place that outsiders flock to. It has long been an insular community - a working-class Italian-American and Portuguese immigrant stronghold - bounded on three sides by railroad tracks and on another by the Passaic River. Its claims to fame have been as a Superfund cleanup site in the 1980s and as the home turf of Tony Soprano. Not exactly the stuff of tourism brochures. Read more..…

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Road Trip! Destination: Newark, N.J.

Newark and the area surrounding it often get overlooked as a destination, possibly because of its proximity to New York City. That's unfortunate because there's a wealth of historic sites and attractions within easy reach of this urban hub. There's also a full schedule of events throughout the year. If you're visiting within the next week or two, you can catch the cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, which boasts more flowering cherry trees than the better known display in Washington, D.C. From July 25 to 28, the eighth annual Lincoln…

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James Moody Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, in Newark, has announced a lineup for the second annual TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, in November. Presented in partnership with WBGO 88.3 FM, it will feature two marquee events with a local hook: a 50th-anniversary words-and-music tribute to "Blues People," the landmark book by the lifelong Newark resident Amiri Baraka (Nov. 5); and a concert tribute to the nightclub proprietor Lorraine Gordon, who spent her childhood there (Nov. 7). Read more..…

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