BELMAR, NJ — The latest issue of New Jersey Stage digital magazine shows the future of music publications. Featuring over 30 music videos; features on Dar Williams, Arlon Bennett, Frank Sinatra; review of recent CD releases; and a preview of the upcoming Light of Day shows, there’s something for every music fan.
The issue is available for free at http://www.njartsmag.com/ and can be read on any PC, tablet, or smart phone. Unlike print publications that are placed online, New Jersey Stage is a digital magazine designed for the medium. Pages still turn, but come alive with interactivity, audio, and video. Issues may also be downloaded and read offline.
Additional highlights include a look at Alliance Repertory Theatre’s production of The Pavilion, a play about a man attending his 20th high school reunion and hoping to win back the girl of his dreams; a recap of Curtain Call (the annual celebration of Garden State theatre by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance); the top ten films of 2015; review of Sisters; and highlights of the best events for the coming month.
“This issue is our best sounding to date,” said Gary Wien, publisher. “The Light of Day shows are returning to the tri-state area to raise money for Parkinson’s research and we take you inside the shows in a unique way. Our guide chooses the best places to be each day to see the most music and experience the most venues. Ten different music videos introduce artists performing at Light of Day, plus we have a special feature on Arlon Bennett — a Light of Day performer who is fighting Parkinson’s himself.”
With its daily website (http://www.newjerseystage.com/) and monthly magazine (http://www.njartsmag.com/), New Jersey Stage has played a major role in providing arts coverage throughout the Garden State during a time in which many newspapers are cutting back or dropping coverage. But the magazine doesn’t just continue arts coverage, it breaks new ground. By combining the look and feel of a traditional magazine with the features of the Internet (interactivity, audio, video, social media), New Jersey Stage lets the arts come alive.
“We’re not a website and not a blog,” explained Wien. “We are a regular magazine. The difference is that there’s no print version and you can read us anywhere. Each issue is only a click away.”