New Jersey Stage makes its debut

New Jersey Stage logoNew Jersey recently saw the debut of a new, online magazine covering the arts throughout the state.

New Jersey Stage contains features on and interviews with artists from the Garden State as well as with national artists performing in the area.

“Two things make the magazine unique,” said Gary Wien, who publishes the magazine through Wine Time Media, in a press release announcing the launch. “One is the way articles come alive with the help of audio and video clips. The other is the way the magazine can be read on any computer, tablet, or even a smart phone. In fact, it’s actually designed to look great for mobile users.”

The debut issue, available now for free at, includes interviews with:

  • New Jersey musician Jack Skuller who recently was awarded the Holly Prize by the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • Comedian Dom Irrera, who is performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City
  • Filmmaker Daniel Goodman, who is currently shooting the film “I’m From New Jersey”
  • Playwright Robert Caisley whose latest work, “Lucky Me,” is being presented at NJ Rep
  • Comedian Colin Quinn who is performing at the Newton Theatre
  • Music industry professional Andrew Curry, who is producing “Here Comes The Reign Again,” a new compilation of classic ‘80s British artists covered by musicians of today

In addition, the issue contains artwork by Rob Tanico, poetry by J. Sales, reviews of the films “Boyhood” and “Grand Central,” an exclusive music video by Bruce Tunkel, a music industry column by Rosemary Conte, and an original comic strip by Gene Pompilio.

“I believe digital magazines are the best way to promote arts-related events,” said Wien, who previously published the popular Upstage Magazine. “Film reviews with actual movie trailers, record reviews with MP3s or music videos, and theatrical productions with scenes from rehearsals or opening night—all enhance the reader’s experience.“

In addition to the monthly publication, the main New Jersey Stage Web site includes news and features on a daily basis at


Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 54 (11.02.2012)

Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 54 (11.02.2012)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 54 (11.02.2012) features a statement on post-tropical cyclone Sandy and its devastating impacts on the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions of the United States, followed by lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On AIr that John LeMasney and I conducted on September 24, 2012. In this installment, John shares his experience of a night of stargazing at Princeton University’s Peyton Observatory, while Brian shares his thoughts on seeing Peter Gabriel in concert in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of his classic album, So. John and Brian then discuss the Apple Maps app debacle…and a whole lot more. File size: 13.1 MB. Time: 51 min., 53 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.