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Why you should attend the Camden Night Gardens

This Thursday, the large, vacant space on Camden’s waterfront left behind by the demolition of Riverfront State Prison in 2009 will be transformed. The Brooklyn art collective Nuit Blanche, in association with the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, is putting on a party. The event is meant to coincide with this month’s Third Thursday arts crawl, a monthly event started three years ago by the owners of Gallery Eleven One, an art exhibition space built inside of a 1906 firehouse located in the Cooper Grant neighborhood. There will be light shows on the water tower, performances from local hip hop artists, brass bands, and the city’s famed Sophisticated Sisters and Distinguished Gentlemen, food from local restaurants, and BMX bikers showing off tricks. For a fenced off plot of land that isn’t doing much for the city, this is a decent change of peace.
“But,” I can hear people ask, “why would I go to Camden? And at night, are you crazy? Isn’t that place dangerous? All I ever hear about Camden is crime and corruption.”
That’s sort of the point. The Night Gardens event is more than just a party; it’s the city’s chance to harness the sheer willpower of individuals who want to make a place better, if only for a night, to show that when people get tother for something positive, something great can happen.
What it comes down to for me is the old cliche of strength in numbers. Think about the parts of urban life that people consider sketchy. Dark streets at night with no one around. Dingy, empty subway stations in the off hours. Empty plots of land where building should be. Now think about how those turn into completely different places when people show up. Night markets have been transforming city streets at night in Philadelphia over the past few years with huge turnouts. Subway stations burst to life when a throng of people use SEPTA to get to a sporting event at the stadiums. And the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society turned an empty lot on Broad Street into an amazingly successful beer garden last summer.
What this phenomenon speaks to is the fact that the urban fabric is not itself at fault, but rather, what makes all the difference is how we use its physical spaces. We’re the ones who decide if we’re going to let spaces stay unused, leaving them to feel unsafe, or whether we’re going to use them to bring people together for something great. We’re the ones who bring life to a neighborhood. The power is ours. All it takes is showing up.
So do yourself a favor and change your ideas of what Camden has to offer. Come see its culture, see its proud youths, listen to its music, and eat its food. Come do something unexpected and potentially amazing.
You can check out the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camden-Night-Gardens/455296604597443.
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Susquehanna Bank Center Job Fair

Susquehanna Bank Center Job Fair

1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, NJ

Saturday, April 12th 10am–2pm

We are looking for dependable individuals 18 and older for part-time summer work as:


*  Event staff  * Concession staff  *  Maintenance Crew  *  Catering Staff  * *Cleaning staff  * Production Runners  *  Housekeeping  *


Applications will be available on site.  Please bring the following:

~ ID (Current Driver’s License, U.S. Military Card, U.S. Passport)

~Employment Eligibility (Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Current INS Authorization)


Preference Given to Camden City/Camden County Residents

South Camden Theatre Company Announces 2014 – 2015 Season

1888PressRelease – South Camden Theatre Company Announces 10th season Featuring works by Arthur Miller, John Pielmeier, Joseph M. Paprzycki and August Wilson.

Philadelphia, PA-NJ – The South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theatre organization located in Camden, New Jersey announces its tenth season titled “Faith”. The season celebrates our rich past by producing four plays concerning the idea of faith as seen in works written by Arthur Miller, John Pielmeier, Joseph M. Paprzycki and August Wilson.

Opening the tenth season October 10 – 26, 2014 is BROKEN GLASS written by Arthur Miller and directed by Craig Hutchings. The Olivier award-winning drama takes place in Brooklyn in 1938 and weaves a gripping mystery of guilt, personal tragedy and love.

Starting January 9 – 25, 2015 is AGNES OF GOD written by John Pielmeier and directed by producing artistic director Joseph M. Paprzycki. The play is the story of a young nun who gave birth and claims the pregnancy was an immaculate conception. As baby is subsequently found dead a psychiatrist and a mother Superior seek the truth behind the mystery of the father’s identity.

FORTUNE COOKIES returns to stage February 27 – March 15, 2015. Written by Joseph M. Paprzycki and directed by Christopher “Jumbo” Schimpf. The play was originally produced in the basement of Sacred Heart Church in SCTC’s third season. FORTUNE COOKIES is a play of dreams and fate has been the most requested play to be brought back to the stage with a full production that only SCTC can bring to the audience.

Season 10 closes with August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II running April 24 – May 10, 2015. Often thought of as the bitterest and most tragic of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle the play focuses on the downfall of the prideful ex-con protagonist, King Hedley II, the son of one of the characters from his play SEVEN GUITARS. SCTC’s second Wilson production will again be directed by SCTC favorite Connie Norwood.

Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki states, “I wanted to bring together a season of plays that celebrate and examine faith in our world from all different viewpoints. Also, since this is our tenth season I wanted to produce our first Arthur Miller play, bring back August Wilson, open the huge debate given to us by AGNES OF GOD and bring back my own play FORTUNE COOKIES in a rich full production in our beautiful state-of-the-art home at Waterfront South Theatre. It is a season arranged to thank our loyal audience as well as open the door to new people who may have not yet discovered South Camden Theatre Company.”

All performances will be held Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. at the 96-seat Waterfront South Theatre located at 400 Jasper Street in Camden, New Jersey.

For more information about South Camden Theatre Company, please visit: http://www.southcamdentheatre.org

Follow the company on Twitter at ( @ ) SCTC1 and ( @ ) ArtWillSaveUs and on Facebook at www dot facebook dot com/SouthCamdenTheatreCompany dot

About South Camden Theatre Company, Inc.

The South Camden Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theatre company dedicated to helping revitalize the City of Camden, New Jersey by producing meaningful, professional theater in the City’s Waterfront South District. Founded by a playwright, the South Camden Theatre Company stages seldom-seen, classic plays and original works as the resident theatre company at Waterfront South Theatre. South Camden Theatre Company is a proud member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

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