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January 19 & 22, 2015

Rahway, New Jersey has a new theater, a beautifully restored old cinema turned performing arts center, and galleries galore. State of the Arts NJ takes a look at how the arts are driving economic development in a town that was on the decline. Plus, a visit to two big exhibitions: "The New Spirit," about the 1914 Armory Show, and "African Cosmos: Stellar Arts," the first major exhibition exploring the intersection of African cultural astronomy with traditional and contemporary African arts. The venue this week is the University Club at Rutgers-Newark, where Stanley Cowell Trio performs. Cowell, a classically trained pianist and composer, has been a central figure on the jazz scene since the late 1960s.

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  • NJTV Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei, Life of Pi Editor Tim Squyres, Photographer John Naar, Talking Band Thursday, Jan. 29 11:30pm
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    State of the Arts NJ is co-produced by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in cooperation with PCK Media. Funding has been provided by New Jersey Manufacturers, William & Judith Scheide, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Friends of State of the Arts NJ.