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Pollak Gallery Gets ‘WILD’ Photography

Pollak Wild Photography 1The “WILD” Nature Photography exhibit offers visitors a glimpse into some of the most intimate moments of wild creatures, including polar bears, grizzlies, birds of prey, and much more.  The exhibition, curated by photographer and New Jersey resident Eric Sambol, will be on display in Pollak Gallery until Friday Sept. 30.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm, and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features wildlife from four distinct areas in New Jersey, Alaska, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and portrays various species in stunning closeness. 

Sambol’s photography brings viewers up close and personal with bear cubs during moments of innocent playtime, and allows people to lock eyes with some of the country’s most powerful birds of prey, including osprey, owls, and bald eagles.

While some of the subjects are from Alaska and Canada, many are creatures that can be found right here in New Jersey. “People don’t understand the amazing diversity of NJ’s wildlife,” Sambol said, who has fond memories of exploring the forests of Toms River as a child in search of animals.  “For many, there is this perception that NJ is a completely developed place where wildlife doesn’t exist.”

Of course, NJ is full of wild creatures, and Sambol’s exhibit illustrates them in a way surely many residents have not seen before.  According to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve rare and imperiled species, there are some 107 threatened or endangered species within the state, including eight amphibians, 52 birds, 19 invertebrates, 11 mammals, 16 reptiles, and one species of fish. 

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Wiz Khalifa Raps Away the Summer Heat

default article imageWhile this summer was hot, the MAC had its own heat wave as rappers Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Chevy Woods generated some sizzling beats to a sold-out crowd. 

According to Jon Vena, Marketing Director of AEG Live NJ, 4,000 plus people showed up to the event.

From what Vena saw, he said that the crowd’s overall reaction was “very positive and fanatic.  People loved the show.”

One of those people was Alissa Catalano, an orientation leader at the University and a fan of Wiz, who was also seeing him perform live for the first time. 

She said that the concert “was quite the experience, something I had never really experienced before.”  She also said that seeing the MAC packed with people was a site to see and made the concert better.

Catalano described that the crowd was compiled of a variety of people, “from age 16 to college kids.  Everyone was hyped and having a good time.”

At the concert, Wiz sang a number of songs including “Taylor Gang,” “Roll Up,” and “Black and Yellow,” one of his biggest hits.  Catalano said, “I enjoyed these songs because those were the ones I was familiar with.”

He appeared on stage in a fog of blue light where he walked up to a platform and keep the momentum of the show rolling further. 

Being the headliner for this concert, Wiz controlled the stage either through slow walks or dancing to match his raps.

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All Time Low Hits High Note at MAC Concert

All Time Low MAC 1The MAC became punkrock central on July 30 as All Time Low’s (ATL) Gimme Summe Ya Love tour came to the University. 

Fans jumped and sang along to ATL as well as opening acts We Are The In Crowd, Mayday Parade, and Starting Line.  Concert goers also partied to the beats as a mosh pit grew near the stage while fans crowdsurfed to the stage only to be denied access by security.

Before the show, ticketholders and fans waited outside the MAC in a line that stretched to the baseball diamond.  According to Jon Vena,  Marketing Director of AEG Live NJ, about 3,400 people showed up for this. 

Waiting for the show was Dominick Falco, a senior at Red Bank Catholic, who has followed ATL for the last five years.  When asked about his hopes for the show, he said their “past music was good, so I hope it will be just the same.”

A DJ on stage played a number of different chart hits to fill the air with music as the stage was getting prepared.  The DJ continued playing current songs like Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and oldies like Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” throughout the sets.

The crowd roared as We Are The In Crowd started the show.  Despite no introduction, fans and music lovers got excited as vocalist Taylor Jardine, guitarist/vocalist Jordan Eckes, guitarist Cameron Hurley, bassist Mike Ferri, and drummer Rob Chianelli, brought forth their energy. 

Jardine’s strong voice matched with the band’s punk attitude and generated a loud presence that rocked the house through numbers like “Calendar Babies.”

The band also interacted with the crowd like when Jardine joked around by saying whoever could make it to the stage would get a kiss.

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The Legacy of Two Music Icons

Legacy Music IconsThis year, the music world experienced the loss of two well accomplished musicians with the passing of Clarence Clemons and Amy Winehouse.

Clemons, also known as “The Big Man,” was best recognized as the tenor saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12 and died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18.

Besides playing with Springsteen, Clemons also released multiple solo albums and played live in concerts with other bands such as The Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

Outside of the music world, he even made a few cameos on TV shows like My Wife and Kids and films such as New York, New York.

When Chris Polhamus, a senior at the University and devoted fan of Bruce Springsteen heard about Clemons’ passing from his father, he actually was not surprised.

“Clemons’ death was saddening, even though I know he’s been ill for years. My dad and I are huge fans of Bruce and especially Clemons,” Polhamus said.

Before his death, Clemons was featured in Lady Gaga’s song “The Edge of Glory,” which was released digitally on May 9.  The music video, which featured Clemons playing his saxophone, premiered two days before his death on June 16.

Jamee Shea, a senior at the University, heard of Clemons’ passing through Facebook where one of her friends posted Springsteen videos to respect the sax player. “I was shocked when I heard of his death. He was in Lady Gaga’s song and he looked perfectly fine!” Shea said.

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Summer Concerts Left Fans Humming Tunes

Summer ConcertsSummer is always a beautiful time of the year. The weather is warm, people go on vacations, and it is also the best time of the year for concerts. This summer, several great concert tours came to the tristate area.

The concert season started May 21 when the PNC Bank Arts Center opened its doors to Sugarland. PNC is one of the few outdoor venues in New Jersey and every year when it opens, I consider it to be the official kickoff of the summer concert season.

June was probably the worst month for summer concerts as PNC featured several bands way their prime like Hall & Oates. 

On the other hand, July featured several solid concerts as Kid Cudi came to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park on July 3, while O.A.R., Kid Rock, 311 with Sublime, Goo Goo Dolls, Weezer, and Motley Crue came to PNC.

On July 24, Warped Tour did its 17th annual roll into New Jersey at the Monmouth Park Racetrack all day. This year’s Warped Tour was much heavier than previous ones with hardcore/scream acts like August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, and more.

I was in attendance for Warped Tour and despite the long day in the sun it was still just as fun as it always is.

The bands I found the best were several of the poppunk bands including A Day to Remember, Set Your Goals, and The Wonder Years.  Warped Tour legends Less than Jake also put on a very strong, funny, and entertaining set which included an on stage haircut and a kiss between two random fans on stage.

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