INTERVIEW: Charlie Aponte brings his salsa sounds to NJPAC

INTERVIEW: Charlie Aponte brings his salsa sounds to NJPAC

Charlie Aponte, the legendary former singer of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, will join Tito Rojas, Paquito Guzman and Ray de la Paz for a night of salsa music called Salsapalooza at the More »

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REVIEW: ‘Toruk’ feels like ‘First Flight’ for Cirque du Soleil

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INTERVIEW: ‘Sacred Steel Bikes’ follows motorcyclists making customized dreams come true

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INTERVIEW: Charlie Aponte brings his salsa sounds to NJPAC

Courtesy of artist

Courtesy of artist

Charlie Aponte, the legendary former singer of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, will join Tito Rojas, Paquito Guzman and Ray de la Paz for a night of salsa music called Salsapalooza at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday, Sept. 24. Aponte is one of the most beloved Puerto Rican soneros in the business, and audiences should expect hits from his time in El Gran Combo and his new solo record, Una Nueva Historia, which he made with Sergio George’s Top Stop Music.

“I know it’s going to be great because I’m with Tito Rojas, and Ray de la Paz and Pacquito Guzman, some of the most sought after entertainers in the salsa business,” Aponte said recently in a phone interview.

REVIEW: ‘Toruk’ feels like ‘First Flight’ for Cirque du Soleil

Puppeteers bring to life the flora and fauna in Toruk: The First Flight. Photo courtesy of Errisson Lawrence / c 2015 Cirque du Soleil.

Puppeteers bring to life the flora and fauna in Toruk: The First Flight. Photo courtesy of Errisson Lawrence / c 2015 Cirque du Soleil.

NEWARK, N.J. — Toruk: The First Flight, the new arena spectacle from Cirque du Soleil, is set in the world of James Cameron’s Avatar, and this means the show deals with that rare commodity that’s often not needed in Cirque extravaganzas: a preconceived notion. If audiences go in expecting death-defying acts from a troupe of athletic acrobats, they won’t be disappointed. If anything they will be appreciative that Cirque has upped the ante and set those acts — all stellar if not death-defying — to an easy-to-follow story that feels like a sequel to the original movie.

The two-hour show, which recently finished a weekend run at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, follows the Na’vi in the world of Pandora. For fans of Cameron’s source material, this means the actors are decked out with blue skin, long braids and tails that serve a vital purpose. The world of Pandora is beautifully rendered by a dazzling projection system that is thrilling to behold. Much credit should be given to writer-directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon for transporting audiences so effectively and wondrously to Pandora (the two are also credited with the multimedia for the show). Carl Fillion is responsible for the set and props, while Neilson Vignola serves as director of creation. And what creation is on display.