Tuesday, October 2, 2018

International Ballet Festival of Union City - "Live On Stage"

Check out this month’s episode of our TV show “Live On Stage". This episode features the International Ballet Festival of Union City, and an interview with its Director, Mami Hariyama.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

International Ballet Festival of Union City

The International Ballet Festival of Union City
International Ballet Stars Perform in Union City!!!

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack and Board of Commissioners will be presenting the International Ballet Festival of Union City on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Refreshments. FREE Admission.  Free parking.

For the first time to appear in Union City
The International Ballet Festival of Union City, presents worldwide renowned Ballet Companies represented by their greatest Stars.   Among the dancers performing are:  Brian Gephart (Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Metropolitan Opera); Morgan McEwen (BalletMet, Metropolitan Opera, on Broadway in “Brigadoon”); Emi Hariyama (International Ballet Star from Japan); Mami Hariyama (Hariyama Ballet); Ari Mayzick (Artistic Director of ARIM Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo); Sarita Apel (ARIM Dance); Steven Melendez (New York Theatre Ballet); Ursula Verduzco (Benjamin Briones Ballet, Ballet Austin, New York City Opera, Eglevsky Ballet); Oswaldo Muniz (Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, Edward Villella and Dancers, Ballet Chicago, Metropolitan Opera Ballet); Dianna Warren (Washington Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Das Berner Ballet Switzerland, “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway); Elisabeth Beyer, Sabrina Yap, Sarah Scandrett, and Kouadio Davis (Ellison Ballet); among others.

One night only!!!  The only opportunity to see this memorable ballet event!

The International Ballet Festival of Union City

Saturday, September 22, 2018 
7:00 PM

Union City Performing Arts Center
2500 Kennedy Blvd.
Union City, NJ  07087

Free Admission

Free Parking at the 23rd Street Municipal Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Screening of "Union City, U.S.A."

"Union City, U.S.A." will be screened next on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the William V. Musto Cultural Center, 420-15th Street, Union City, NJ. Free Admission.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

World Premiere Screening of the highly anticipated Documentary Film "Union City, U.S.A."

World Premiere Screening of our Documentary Feature Film "Union City, U.S.A." on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ.  Free Admission.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Union City, U.S.A." World Premiere Screening

The documentary feature film "Union City, U.S.A." directed by Lucio Fernandez will have its World Premiere Screening on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Union City Performing Arts Center, 2500 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ. 

The film covers the span of the City's history, from the Lenni Lenape era to present day Union City.  A must see for anyone who has ever called Union City home.

Free admission.  Free parking at the 23rd Street Municipal Parking Deck located on 23rd Street between Summit & Kerrigan Avenues.

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Brief History of the Passion Play in Union City

The original version of Passion Play to be performed in Union City was “Veronica’s Veil” which debuted in 1914 at the St. Joseph’s Parochial School Auditorium and played annually until 1999 when the school was rebuilt to become Veteran’s Memorial School.  Up to that point, “Veronica’s Veil” had been the longest running Passion Play in the US; the distinction later passed on to the production at The Park Theatre.

The production at the Park Theatre, now the longest running Passion Play in the United States has been performed in North Hudson, New Jersey since 1915 and at the Park Theatre since 1931.  The historic Park Theatre was built in 1931-1932 to house the local parish presentation of “The Passion Play”.  The play or musical is the story of Christ’s last days on earth, which has been performed in the parish since 1915. 

The Passion Play would draw thousands of people to Union City.  Buses would line the street dropping of persons wishing to witness the story.  With demographics changing in Union City and Hudson County, attendance dwindled.

The new Union City Performing Arts Center, a modern state-of-the-art 1,100-seat theatre located in the recently constructed Union City High School, which offers top-notch performances, responding to demands from a primarily Hispanic christian community decided to produce a Spanish language version.   This year the UCPAC will present a lavish production of the Passion Play in Spanish.  This new version will be presented annually.

"La Pasion" 2018 at the Union City Performing Arts Center.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Joe Oriolo


Joseph "Joe" Oriolo (February 21, 1913, Union City, New Jersey – December 25, 1985) was an American cartoon animator, writer, director and producer, known as the co-creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost and the creator of the Felix the Cat TV series.

Joe Oriolo was born in Union City, New Jersey in 1913. As a child, he drew constantly and dreamed of becoming a cartoon animator. He was a graduate of Union Hill High School and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC.

In 1933, at age 20, he went to work for Fleischer Studios as an errand boy, where his talent as a draftsman and his ambitions advanced him to the position of an animator within one year. During the late 1930s he worked on a number of studio shorts, and when the studio moved to Miami in 1938 he went with it. There, in addition to the shorts, he worked on both of the studio's feature-length films, Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town, as well as the two-reel Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy. While at Fleischer Studios, Joe also worked on the popular Popeye films. In fact, most of the Popeye dance sequences and fight scenes were given to Joe to animate because he was well known at the studio for being a talented dancer and quite an accomplished boxer. Joe also did extensive work on the Fleischer Studios fantastic Superman series, where he designed most of the props and vehicles that appeared in the show as well as most of the Superman character animation.

In 1939, he co-created the character of Casper the Friendly Ghost for two children's books. Casper went on to become one of the most popular animated characters of all time.

After leaving Famous Studios, Oriolo began working as a freelance animator on films for the armed forces and industrial films, as well as some of the earliest TV commercials. He also produced hundreds of filmstrips for Popular Science Magazine. He began drawing comic books and worked with Otto Messmer on the Felix the Cat comic books until they ceased publication. In 1954, Oriolo assumed authorship of the separate Felix daily newspaper comic strips at the request of King Features Syndicate, which he continued to produce until 1969.

In 1958, Joe formed Felix the Cat Productions, Inc. and created the pilot show for the award-winning Felix the Cat television series. 260 Felix shorts were made for television syndication in 1960. Joe created a new Felix with a new image, personality and supporting cast of characters, including The Magic Bag of Tricks, which is constantly referenced in American media to this very day. Joe continued to market his beloved Felix The Cat to the world right up until his death in 1985. Joe also produced 130 Mighty Hercules films that debuted on television in 1963.

Joe was happily married to his lovely wife Dorothy, and had 3 children, Joan, Joseph and Donald. When not at his drawing table, Joe enjoyed coaching little league, golfing and bowling. A resident of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, Oriolo died at the age of 72 at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.