Jersey City's largest arts festival, JC Fridays, will celebrate its 50th citywide festival on Friday, Sept. 7. Galleries, restaurants, stores, and event spaces in almost every neighborhood in Jersey City will be showcasing a variety of visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public.Taking over Art House Productions gallery for the quarterly event is long time Jersey City artist Vincent Minervini. Minervini is well known for his depictions of pop culture icons, which often tell a story of false commercialism. Art House Productions can be found at the Cast Iron Lofts at 262 17th St., between Coles Street and Jersey Avenue. The gallery is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Around the Bergen Ave area, St. Pauls' Church will have its annual Choral Festival of Peace from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Choir's include the Schiller Institute Choir, St. Peter's Prep Vox, and The Peace Festival Choir. The Choral Festival can be seen at 38 Duncan Ave.Historic Downtown's weekly outdoor music series will come to a close at the Grove Street PATH Plaza with the Xavier Joshua Jazz Trio performing at 5 p.m., followed by Apollo Sonders at 6 p.m., CC Roots at 7 p.m., the RocknRoll HiFives at 8 p.m., and Kareem Walkes at 9 p.m. The Artist and Maker Market event will highlight over 20 indie artists and designers of all mediums with a variety of unique artworks, designs, and handcrafted items that will be up for sale. The Artist and Maker Market will run alongside the outdoor music series, starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 10.The Art Project will offer work by 14 participating artists occupying 14 floors at 160 First St., in the Downtown area. An opening reception and tour is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. For those looking for a comedy performance, Emmy nominated TV writer and director Rachel Holder will be presenting "The Interview: A reading of a One-Act Play," from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at 232 Pavonia Ave. The Interview is set in Jersey City and Los Angeles during two different nanny interviews.In the Heights, The Kennedy Dancers Inc. will be holding and open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., giving the community a look at the classes and events they have planned for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Free drinks and food will be available as well as a free performance by the Inner City Youth Company and Professional Company. The Kennedy Dancers are located at 79 Central Ave.Hudson County Community College in Journal Square will be inviting viewers to a sneak peek at their current exhibition that honors WWI heroes from New Jersey from 2 to 5 p.m. The exhibit will contain many rare objects such as shrapnel similar to that from the Black Tom explosion.FM Bar will be hosting White Eagle Hall's "Back to School Pre-show," featuring a lineup of hardcore music. Admission for the show is $10 with doors opening at 7 p.m. and will continue to rage until 11:30. Rounding out some of the other events for the day long celebration are "Urban Oasis: Photography of the Jersey City Reservoir" at Jersey Wine and Spirits, 492 Jersey Ave, and "An Intimate Performance from Overlake's Tom Barrett and special guests" from 7 to 9 p.m. at Iris Records, 114 Brunswick St.For a complete list of participating venues and schedules, visit the jcfridays website.
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