On this episode of State of the Arts, learn about award-winning poet Joel Dias-Porter, formerly a member of the US Air Force, a DJ, and teacher. Joel now lives and writes poetry in Atlantic City where he supports himself, in part, with casino winnings. Quixote, by composer Amy Beth Kirsten and director Mark DeChiazza, reimagines the classic with the help of four singing percussionists and video projections. We’re there for the world premiere at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances.
Plus, take a trip out to Three Cedars Forge in Bridgeton to get a lesson from a third generation blacksmith, Toby Kroll. Toby mentors Stephen Nuttall, who’s setting up his own blacksmith shop at The Tuckerton Seaport, an historic maritime village featuring traditional artisans. And, we visit the studio of ceramic artist Shellie Jacobson, featured in this year’s NJ Arts Annual’s special 50th anniversary exhibition.