Surati for Performing Arts is heading to the Big Apple; music, comedy and more in Hudson County

Surati for Performing Arts takes the musical to New York

Surati for Performing Arts will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Rimli Roy’s Ramaavan, the story of Prince Ram and King Ravan, based on the ancient Indian literary text, “The Ramayana”, from November 2 to 6 with a total of seven performances at the American Theater of Actors, also known as the Cullum Theater, at 314 W 54th St. in Times Square.

With an international cast including Caucasians, African Americans, LatinX and South Asians; the concept, script, costumes and music are all original and were studio-worked and performed in 2019 in Jersey City and Hoboken.

For Ramaavan, the story is told through classical, folk and experimental Indian verse, dance and music, as well as the genres of musical theatre, opera, contemporary, jazz, ballet and modern dance.

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New book tells the story of Hoboken teachers

The Hoboken Historical Museum celebrates the release of “They Taught Us Well: Recollections of the Teachers of Hoboken” by William H. Miller and Vincent Cassesa on Sunday, October 30 at 4 p.m. Miller and Cassesa have both guest-starred in past episodes. Hoboken talks.

The book, which is published by the Hoboken Historical Museum and designed by McKevin Shaughnessy, is about some of Hoboken’s most memorable educators, dates back to the mid-1940s and covers most of the 1950s.

The event is free, and authors will be present with books available for purchase. The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson St., Hoboken.

Film screening at the Five Corners Library

The Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Library will screen the documentary “Portraits of Mosquito Press” on Saturday, October 29, from 2-5 p.m., in honor of Philippine History Month. The documentary film follows Mosquito Press’s fight for freedom during the reign of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.

Next, there will also be a screening of “Katips,” the 2021 Filipino period musical drama film written and directed by Vincent M. Tanada. The screening will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a second screening from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite at

The Five Corners Branch of the Jersey City Library is located at 678 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

Hudson County Singer/Songwriter Night at Brennan’s

Local musicians and singer-songwriters will gather at the William J. Brennan Courthouse on Thursday, November 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The show will include performances by Tom Barrett, James Calleo and Sean Kiely.

Light meals will be served during the show. Admission is $20 and tickets can be found on Eventbrite at The William J. Brennan Courthouse is located at 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City.

Hear the untold stories of legendary people

In Full Color is partnering with Storytelling Arts on Saturday, November 5, with a project featuring New Jersey story keepers and storytellers and will include the untold stories that define and contextualize their lives.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. and features 10 artists including Jersey City’s Rukiya Bluford and Pamela Roundtree; Crystal Hines and Jun King of Trenton; Ronald Ritzie and Chris Rodriguez of Morristown; Boris Franklin and Clifton Smith from New Brunswick; and Alisha Colins of Irvington.

The event will feature stories, poetry, music, dance and visual arts, and will take place at Grassroots Community Space, 54 Coles St., Jersey City.

IFC comedy returns to Pet Shop in JC

The comedy series In Full Color returns Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. to The Pet Shop in Jersey City. The show includes local favorite Fran Castro on stage. IFC’s Nancy Méndez-Booth will also be making her comedy debut with two new comics joining the show, Neha Kallianpurkar and Erin Ford. All are welcome to share during the event’s open mic, with registration taking place at 7:45 p.m.

Drinks and vegetarian/vegan food are available on site, as well as a wine bar in the basement of the Pet Shop Bar, 193 Newark Ave., Jersey City. Although the show is free, donations are encouraged.