"Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark"

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the biggest in North America, will be back for the third time at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, a city not often associated with iambic pentameter when the festival first announced it was coming there. The 15th biennial festival will be held October 23-26 at the center and other places in Newark's downtown arts district, featuring almost five dozen leading poets engaged in conversations, readings and performances. The lineup of poets includes Billy Collins, a former United States poet…

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Newark on the Rocks

Let me start by saying this: I love a good cocktail. The tropical sweetness of a Rum Punch on the beach. The crisp, briny flavor of a Dirty Martini after dark. The spiced and savory sip of a Bloody…

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"Utopian Vision of Newark is Born"

The exhibition “Aljira at 30: Dream and Reality,” at the New Jersey State Museumin Trenton, starts with a video revisiting the 1967 Newark riots, titled “5 Days in July,” by Chuck Schultz and Esther Podemski. Made in 2007, it was shown that year atAljira, an alternative exhibition space in Newark for emerging and underrepresented artists. The two-screen piece shows the city on fire and footage of the National Guard overrunning the rebellion of the African-American community after the arrest and beating of a cabdriver for a traffic…

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"Manors in Olmsted Park - in Newark"

After picking up people at Newark airport and driving them to her home in the tree-lined, historic neighborhood of Forest Hill, Catharine Longendyck's visitors always do a double take. "They ask, 'Are we still in Newark?' " said Ms. Longendyck, 67 years old, a retired executive who lives in her childhood home on Highland Avenue in Forest Hill in north Newark. Through the city's decline as a multi-industry commercial...…

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"Newark's 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries"

Drawing on its ethnically diverse population and vibrant history, Newark is developing its own arts and culture to become far more than New York's little brother. Museums, private art galleries and exhibition spaces are currently thriving in the city, from the Ironworks district to downtown Newark, and bringing about an exciting, promising art scene. Visit these ten galleries for an overview of local and national contemporary art, from Warhol to local performance artists. Read more..…

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"Newark's 10 Best Restaurants Guide"

Newark, with its busy port and bustling downtown area, is home to a dizzying array of cultures and tastes. Its restaurants are the perfect illustration - offering everything from soul food to Italian and Asian fusion, while the up-and-coming Ironbound district has seen an explosion in new, fashionable restaurants. Here are ten must-try cultural restaurants in Newark, from traditional Portuguese eateries to fine dining venues. Read more..…

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Good-for-You Convenience

Harvest Table is so named because it calls to mind a just-picked bounty - specialties include fresh fruit smoothies ($4 and $4.75) and heavy-on-the-veggies salads ($5.75 to $8.25) - but also because Ms. Borraggine's father, John, a carpenter, built her the imposing table - a counter, really - that anchors the front of the shop. Read more..…

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