PAST EVENTS + EXHIBITS


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We Are Particles : A Contemporary Dance Mixed Bill
April 25-26 | 8p
$10-15 | Tickets

Program A - April 25:
Us, American by Madelyn Sher
Burrow, tousle by Amanda Maraist + Kara Brody + Chrissy Martin
We Are Particles (work in progress) by Katelyn Halpern & Dancers

Program B - April 26:
CensorSh** by MURDERDANCE
a tender provocation by jhon r. stronks
We Are Particles (work in progress) by Katelyn Halpern & Dancers

Please note: Program B contains nudity and may not be appropriate for all audiences.


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In The In Between: Contemporary Queer Portraiture
March 29 - April 21, 2019

Queerness exists in the gray areas. Living on the cusp, in the “in between,” provides us, and those like us, a unique perspective. From this vantage, we see the boundaries of “normal” - boundaries that we aim to reshape to include all of us.

Drawings, paintings, and photography by John Brooks, Adam Chuck, Mati Gelman, John MacConnell, Melody Melamed, and Joey Sbarro, curated by Joey Sbarro.

On view during gallery hours Sat & Sun 12-4p, in conjunction with gallery events, and by appointment.

Please note: ‘In The In Between’ contains nudity and mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.


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Find Your Funny: Improv Comedy Workshop
April 20 | 4-6p
$35 | Tickets *Registration deadline Wednesday, 4/17*

Find your funny! This workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced improvisors who want to learn how improv can benefit their personal, professional and creative lives. The two-hour crash courses is supportive, fun, and engaging, and taught by Brittany Brave (UCB, The Second City, iO).


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Sound + Motion Improvisation
April 18 | 7-9p
$10 door

Alex Pergament and Katelyn Halpern lead two hours of music- and movement-based improvisation.


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An Evening In The In Between
April 13 | 6-10p

Join us for an evening of discussion, performance, and camaraderie!
6:00-7:00p Artist Discussion Panel
7:30-9:00p Music & Performances
9:00-10:00p Mix & Mingle Reception

About the Panel:
Hudson Pride Center’s Community Coordinator Josh Bell hosts a conversation about life on the cusp among ‘In The In Between’ artists and HPC Client Services Counselor Max Laffend. Free.

About the Performances:
Variety show mixing live music, modern dance, and poetry by queer-identifying artists. Featuring MAPS OF (music), Madison Negron (poetry), Dot Armstrong, and more. $10 at the door.

About the Reception:
Hang out with the artists, speakers, and community <3 Snacks and drinks on offer; cash contributions appreciated.

Please note: ‘In The In Between’ contains nudity and mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.


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SMUSH Moves, Vol. 6
April 6 | 8p
$10-15 | Tickets

Up-close and personal dance & performance; reception to follow <3

Performances by:
spacejunk dance
Holly Ledbetter
MotionVivid by Dat Nguyen
occo | Kelsey Greenway
Morgaine A. De Leonardis & Elisa Hernandez 
Katie Hardin
Mignolo Dance


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In The In Between: Contemporary Queer Portraiture - Opening Reception
March 30 | 6-9p

Queerness exists in the gray areas. Living on the cusp, in the “in between,” provides us, and those like us, a unique perspective. From this vantage, we see the boundaries of “normal” - boundaries that we aim to reshape to include all of us.
Drawings, paintings, and photography by John Brooks, Adam Chuck, Mati Gelman, John MacConnell, Melody Melamed, and Joey Sbarro, curated by Joey Sbarro.

On view March 29 - April 21 at gallery hours Sat & Sun 12-4p, in conjunction with gallery events, and by appointment.

Please note: ‘In The In Between’ contains nudity and mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.


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Color of the Snow
March 29 | 8p
$10-15 | Tickets

It begins with snow, a girl, and a little black cat...
Cherry Chen presents Color of the Snow, a premiere of mixed media performance about dreams, growth, and love. Chen's original compositions weave Taiwanese, Mandarin, and English into an evening of performance by Cherry Chen (vibraphone/voice) and Geo Progulakis (piano), with visual art by Wei-en Yang.


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SMUSH Gallery’s Frothy, Cake-Smushing First Birthday Party!
February 28 | 6:30p

We are throwing a big ol’ party February 28th. Tickets
Early bird tickets (starting at $20!) available through Jan 31!


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Sound + Motion Improvisation
February 21 | 7-9p
$10 drop in

Alex Pergament and Katelyn Halpern lead two hours of music- and movement-based improvisation.


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Home Space
On View February 1 - 24
Opening Reception February 1 | 7-10p


Home Space is a group show exploring the worlds we build for ourselves. Through the use of color, material, and different representations of space, Home Space delves into our personal comforts, intimacies and vulnerabilities. Featuring work by Danni Bellando, Emily Glascott, Tiffany Fang and Rebecca Spodick. Curated by Danni Bellando. On view through February 24.

Opening reception features live music by Julep Maisey, Ghost Grace, and Talulah Paisley.


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FAKE SUMMER
a concert to benefit the Subsidized Summer Arts Residency Program <3
January 30 | 8p
$10 at the door

Music, comedy, dance, and hot dogs in a can't-believe-it's-not-summer setting.
All proceeds support our
Subsidized Summer Arts Residency fundraiser, aiming to give artists free space to make work! Performances by Madison Negron, Molly McGrath, Brittany Brave, Corinne Shearer, Chill Brown, Alex Pergament & Ariel Guidry, and more. Co-hosted by Stacy Collado and Molly McGrath.


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Sound + Motion Improvisation
January 29 | 7-9p
$10 drop in

Alex Pergament and Katelyn Halpern lead two hours of music- and movement-based improvisation.



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Soft News
immediate, everyday artwork for the human in you <3
On View November 30 - January 27

Featuring work by Emma Bjornsen, Yogee Chandrasekaran, Fred Fleisher, Hailey Dugan, John Erbach, Kerry Kolenut, Brittany Maldonado, Charlotte Marino, Deirdre Newman, Sanika Phawde, Joy Alicia Raines, Joe Remmert, Brad Terhune, Emily Walek, and Randi Wolfman, curated by Katelyn Halpern.


Opening Reception December 7, 6-9p
Family Focused Open Studio Days December 8th & 15th, January 19th & 26th
Closing Reception January 25, 6-9p
Gallery Hours Sat & Sun 12-4p (closed for holidays, dates TBD)


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Join us for family-focused Open Studio days! 
Saturday December 8th & 15th, and January 19th & 26th
12-3p

Families with kids of all ages are invited to drop in, get creative, and make their own art inspired by the current exhibition! Materials and guidance are provided. $5 per participant. Children may not be left unattended during Open Studio.


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Soft News - Closing Reception
January 25 | 6-9p

Join the artists and curator for one last evening with Soft News! Artist Christo Pratt offers $10 newsprint portrait quick-sketches sessions throughout the evening, and we’ll have ‘classified’ snacks and drinks on hand; cash contributions appreciated <3


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SMUSH Moves, Vol. 5
Up-close and personal dance & performance <3
January 19 | 8p
$10-15 | Tickets

Performances by:
Oluwadamilare Ayorinde // the lab / Tessa Brinza // Ross Daniel // GolDaCo // gual + moves // Jess Grippo / You Can Dance Again // Caroline Labreche // Rachel Winchester & Dakota Bouher 


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Sound + Motion Improvisation
December 12 | 10:30a-12:30p
$10 drop in

Alex Pergament and Katelyn Halpern lead two hours of music- and movement-based improvisation.


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Opening Reception - Soft News
December 7 | 6-9p [also JC Fridays!)

Soft News is a group show of immediate, everyday artwork for the human in you <3

Join us for the opening reception Friday, December 7th from 6-9p. While you're here, get your News From Beyond from tarot reader Joe Monteleone and enjoy classified snacks & drinks; cash contributions appreciated.

Featuring work by Emma Bjornsen, Yogee Chandrasekaran, Fred Fleisher, Hailey Dugan, John Erbach, Kerry Kolenut, Brittany Maldonado, Charlotte Marino, Deirdre Newman, Sanika Phawde, Joy Alicia Raines, Joe Remmert, Brad Terhune, Emily Walek, and Randi Wolfman.


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SMUSH Moves, Vol. 4
Up-close and personal dance from Jersey City & beyond
November 30 | 8p
$10-15 | TICKETS

Featuring Performances by:
SAXYN/DanceWorks
Loretta D Fois
Dakota Bouher / BODY PARTY 
Maribel Plasencia
Micayla Wynn & Adriana Santoro
N-root Danceart
TheLAB by SGalberth


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Heartstrung, an immersive installation by Talita Cabral & Katelyn Halpern
October 5 - November 18

Opening Reception: October 5, 6-10p
JCAST Hours: October 6-7, 12-8p
Closing Reception: November 10, 6-9p
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4p

SHOP THE CATALOG <3


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Join us for family-focused Open Studio days! 
Saturday October 6th & 20th, November 10th
12-3p

Families with kids of all ages are invited to drop in, get creative, and make their own art inspired by the current exhibition! Materials and guidance are provided. $10 per participant. Children may not be left unattended during Open Studio.


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Midterms are Coming: Vote For Freedom!
Tuesday, Oct. 30 - Tuesday, Nov. 6

In the week prior to midterm elections, SMUSH Gallery invites our community to share their hopes, demands, and dreams in partnership with the For Freedoms Lawn Sign project. Completed lawn signs will be displayed in our street facing window as encouragement for all our neighbors to engage with our elections and get out the vote.


Read more about For Freedoms | Visit the FB event page | See photos on IG


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Natural Dye Workshops with Talita Cabral
Friday, October 19, 6-9p
Sunday, October 21, 3-6p

Discover the shades of cochineal with a handmade natural dye workshop with local artist Talita Cabral. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience cochineal hands-on in an open artisanal environment, experiment with basic methods, and create works of their own. The project for October 19 is a scarf, and for October 21, a tote bag.

Open to adults and teens 15+. No experience necessary. All materials included. Workshops are offered on a sliding scale from $35-65; please select the price that best suits your budget.

RSVP by Tuesday, October 16; email hello@smushgallery.com to reserve your spot!


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In This House: Gestures of Unrest by Rina Espiritu
August 30 - September 28, 2018

Opening Reception: September 7 (JC Fridays!), 6-9p
Closing Reception: September 28, 6-9p
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4p


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SMUSH Moves, Vol 3
August 30 | 8p
$15 general | $10 artist/student
Tickets

Join us for up-close-and-personal dance and performance from Jersey City and beyond. Reception to follow <3

Performances by Copy That Dance // tedted Performance Group // Bianca Falco // Gabrielle Johnson // Grant Jacoby Dance // Rebecca Fitton // Stacy Collado // Alex Lance


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Rat Ball
August 25 | 7-10p

Masters of ceremony Sam Pullin and Noah Tavlin cordially invite you to attend Rat Ball 2018, an evening of rat jazz, rat revelry, ratfle prizes, and a rattiest rat award. Slip into your comfort zone amongst installation, artwork, and design curated just for rats. Also presenting: The Vermin Jazz Trio featuring king rat David Zaks.
Attire: Rat Formal

Info | RSVP 


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The Summer 2018 Subsidized Residency Program offers curated artists of all disciplines space for studio work, rehearsal, and performance. In residence this summer:

Read more about our artists & their residency projects!


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Be Southern by Breathing Art Company
Workshops, Photography, and Dance from Southern Italy
July 27-29 | Free & Ticketed Events

July 27
Opening reception 6-9p; Performance at 7:30p (FREE)

July 28
Workshop: William’s Women: Exploring Violence With Shakespeare’s Fairer Sex, 11a-1p (TICKETS)
Gallery Hours: 6-9p (FREE)

July 29
Workshop: SUD: Southern Identity Across the Globe, 11a-1p (TICKETS)
Gallery Hours: 6-9p (FREE)


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Glacier (Nest)
by Katelyn Halpern
July 11 - 29, 2018

On view 24/7 in our storefront window. 


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The "Art" of Translation Workshop, Part 2
with Charly Santagado of mignolo dance
July 17 | 6:30-8:30p
$20 general, $10 student | TICKETS

Translating across languages and boundaries is more important than ever, but how can we (and why should we) translate across artistic mediums? Join us as we explore how the arts relate and collaborate to make "artistic translations." All mediums welcome!


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A Day with eSKay Art Collective
July 14 | Tickets
12:00pm Technique Class
1:30pm Improv with Music Workshop
5:30pm Performance

eSKay Arts Collective-established in 2016 by Shannon Reynolds and Kelly Flansburg, eSKay Arts Collective has grown into a collaboration of artists who are able to grow their ideas through sharing resources and engaging the talents and support of fellow artists in the collective.


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TRANSLOCATE
by DanielRose Projects
July 9-10
Free & Ticketed Events | Tickets

'TRANSLOCATE' is a two day performance installation by collaborative artists Ross Daniel and Sarah Rose (DanielRose Projects) showcasing immersive visual art and dance material developed at different sites around the greater NYC area. The gallery will be open to the public across two days as the artists shape their material to the space. The artists will give a formal presentation of material the evening of July 10.

July 9: open to the public 11a-8p (FREE)
July 10: open to the public 11a-4p (FREE)
July 10: performance 8p (Ticketed)


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Modern Life: paintings by Tom Wolf
June 15 - July 6, 2018

Opening reception: Fri. June 15, 6-9p
Closing reception: Fri. July 6, 6-9p

The opening reception features a performance by Jersey City's premiere a capella do wop group, The Prom Dates! The closing reception features Prince covers by The Beautiful Ones. Performances at 7:30p.

SMUSH Gallery is open by appointment and in conjunction with other gallery events. Please see our upcoming events or email hello@smushgallery.com to make an appointment.


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Slyce of Lyfe V: Variety Hour Edition
Wed 6.27 | Doors + Sign Up 7p, Reading 7.30p
$10 online or at the door | Tickets
Free RSVP though June 13! 


Open mic slots are 3 minutes each, first come, first served. Hosted by Marcus Emel. Come through!


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Zero to 60 // fast art // sixty dollars max
May 25 - June 9
Opening: Friday 5.25, 6-10p
JC Fridays Party: Friday 6.1, 6-10p
Closing: Saturday 6.9, 6-10p

Experience SMUSH Gallery’s high energy group show featuring more than a dozen visual and text based artists from Jersey City, New York, and beyond. All work priced at sixty dollars max.

Artists: Natalie Braginsky // Willa Brown // Kyle Canyon // Arianna Dunmire // Marcus Everson // Muriel Favaro // Luz Guzman // Olivia Junell // Danielle Koblinski // Kerry Kolenut // Johnnie Ray Kornegay III // Ryan McGhee // William Patterson // Myssi Robinson // Aliah Rosenthal // Vince Ruvolo // Haiku Tsunami


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Blanc & Bonk
by stb x at
Fri 6.8 | 8p
$15 | $10 artist/student | Tickets

'Blanc & Bonk' is a suite of catchy tunes and memorable dances performed by stb x at. Featuring socially and historically important compositions and choreography, the curated medley chronicles dance-and-music collaborations through the ages... shown slightly off-kilter.  Extracting moments from classical ballets to modern-day music videos, stb x at has reduced entire orchestrations to a solo vibraphone and transposed prima ballerina gestures onto a dragged-up try-hard.
stb x at is Sean Thomas Boyt and Dr. Andy Thierauf.


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Slyce of Lyfe IV: Poetry Reading + Open Mic
Sun 5.27 | Doors + Sign Up 7p, Reading 7.30p
$10 online or at the door | Tickets
Free RSVP though May 13! 


Open mic slots are 3 minutes each, first come, first served. Hosted by Marcus Emel. Come through!


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Castle
by award-winning international choreographer Rachel Erdos
performed by Yoav Grinberg and Yahli Elimelech
Wed 5.23 | 8p
$15 | $10 artist/student  | Tickets

Created in response to current global living conditions and political situations, 'Castle' is an intimate duet in which the dancers are trapped in an 8 foot x 8 foot square. Neon-colored lights demarcate the territory they inhabit.
Performance duration: 30 mins followed by Q&A reception with choreographer Rachel Erdos and the performers.
This program was partially supported by the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program and the Israeli Embassy.


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I Ran in Jersey City - A Celebration of the Democratic Process
hosted by The New JSQ Community Association
Tues 5.22 | 7-9:30p
Free!

Hear a discussion about running for office in Jersey City from the candidates themselves. Our panel will be made up of a group of candidates who ran in 2017 but lost. The conversation will be candid, non-partisan, and focused on the day-to-day realities of being a candidate. The event will also be an opportunity to say "Thanks" to those who threw their hat into the ring and an opportunity to educate the next generation of voters, volunteers, and candidates. This is a free educational event for anyone interested in running for office and for those who want to learn more about our democratic process. Light refreshments will be served.


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Marmalakes + Friends
Live Music Out of Austin, Texas
Sat 5.19 | 2-6p
$10 at the door

Celebrate SMUSH's first live music event! Sets by Marmalakes, Taft, Matt Puckett, Marcus Brown, and Ofer Shoval.


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The "Art" of Translation Workshop
with Charly Santagado of mignolo dance
Sun 5.6 | 5:30-7p
$10 general, $5 student

Translating across languages and boundaries is more important than ever, but how can we (and why should we) translate across artistic mediums? Join us as we explore how the arts relate and collaborate to make "artistic translations." All mediums welcome!


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Defining Characteristics
an evening of film and dance by kamrDANCE
Fri 5.4 + Sat 5.5 | 8p
$12-20, available here
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The Flower Show
May 3 - 19  
Opening Reception, Thursday 5.3, 6-10p
Artist Talk Saturday 5.12, 4-6p
Closing reception, Saturday 5.19, 7-10p

Gallery Hours:
Thursday 5.10, 6-9p
Saturday 5.12, 6-9p (following artist talk)

After the harsh winds, snows, and gray skies of the previous season, join us as we take in the color and form of luscious spring blooms. Come follow the Spring, beautifully presented by the diverse work of the artists showcased in this exhibit: Beth Lucas, Deirdre Kennedy, Shilpa Gowda, and Marlene Sandekamp, curated by Maria Ross.


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Instax Arrangements, 2018
March 27 - April 29  
Opening reception Sun 4.8, 4-8p | FB
Closing reception Sun 4.29, 4-8p | FB


Instax Arrangements, 2018 features nine works by katelyn halpern


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Making Dances: a kamrDANCE Workshop Fusing Body Rhythms + Modern Movement
Sun 4.29 | 2-3:30p
$10 suggested, $5 student
RSVP to reserve your spot then pay at the door
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DRIGGProductions Community Dance Class
led by Co-Artistic Director Khadija Ahmaddiya
Sun 4.29 | 11:30a-1:00p
$7 at the door

Open to all levels (beginner to professional). Focus & Intention on body awareness, alignment, stretch & mindful physical practice. Fun phrase work and explorative approach!


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Slyce of Lyfe III: Poetry Reading + Open Mic
Sat 4.27 | Doors + Sign Up 7p, Reading 7.30p
$5, online or at the door


Open mic slots are 3 minutes each, first come, first served. Presented with Marcus Emel Brand, LLC. Come through!


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SMUSH Moves, Vol 2
Sat 4.14 | Doors 7.40p, Show 8p
$10 suggested

Join us for up-close-and-personal dance and performance from Jersey City and beyond, with work from Parijat Desai, kamrDANCE, Meagan Woods & Co., Myssi Robinson, mignolo, Sebastian Abarbanell, Olivia Greco, and Ross Daniel.


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Slyce of Lyfe II: Poetry Reading + Open Mic
Tues 3.27 | Doors + Sign Up 7p, Reading 7.30p
Tix $5, online or at the door
Early Bird RSVP (FREE!) through 3.20

Featuring
Emily Chammah, writer and an assistant editor at American Short Fiction, and winner of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers // Grisha Levine-Rozenvayn, Soviet-American poet and storyteller and managing editor of the New School's 12th Street journal

Open mic slots are 3 minutes each, first come, first served. Presented with Marcus Emel Brand, LLC. Come through!


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Art + Community Mixer
Thur 3.22 | 6.30-9.00p
Tix $5-20
Sliding scale, available online and at the door

Meet your next collaborator, spread the word about your latest project, and find new ways to get involved in your community. Enjoy light refreshments, homegrown art, and jump into a collaborative art project. Don't forget - bring your friends!

Artists wishing to sell work or give a short performance - please email Katelyn at hello@smushgallery.com.


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SMUSH Moves
Fri. 3/2/18
Doors 7.40p, Performance 8p
Free / Pay What You Wish

Join SMUSH Gallery for an up close and personal evening of dance and performance. Artists from Jersey City and beyond share their work at one of Jersey City’s newest art spaces. Seating is limited - arrive early!

Presented as part of Art House Productions' JC Fridays


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Slyce of Lyfe: Poetry Reading + Open Mic
Tue. 2/27/18
Doors + Sign Up 7p, Reading 7.30p
$5 // Free w RSVP 

Featuring Maria Bonacci, Paris Crayton III, Aliah Rosenthal, Sergio G. Satelite. Open mic slots are 3 minutes each, first come, first served. Presented with Marcus Emel Brand, LLC. Come through!