On Friday, March 6, the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts will host a spectacular gala entitled “West Side Story” in Paterson, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park. This event will honor the institute's successful music education programs that have positively impacted many lives, and will feature performances by students from the Paterson Music Project, the New Jersey Youth Symphony and the School of the Performing Arts. Stone is the honorary president of this gala. Recently, Paterson was shaken by a violent attack on an imam while he was praying at a local mosque.
Mayor Andre Sayegh identified the imam as Sayed Elnakib, who suffered “non-fatal stab wounds” and was transferred to St. The man accused of this attack was seated among parishioners at the mosque. Community member Sikander Khan reported that the attack occurred just after morning prayers began, when a man leaped forward and stabbed Mr. Elnakib. The suspect, Zorba, is facing charges of attempted murder and gun-related offenses.
If convicted on the charge of attempted murder, he faces a maximum of 20 years in New Jersey state prison. The gala is inspired by Steven Spielberg's new version of the classic film “West Side Story” which was partially filmed last summer in Paterson. About half of the people who appear in this movie are residents of the Paterson area, all friends and relatives of the Suns, and the rest are professional actors. The Paterson Music Project offers after-school and weekend experiences for young people in the second largest school district in New Jersey through the community experience of learning and playing together.
The institute also provides music education to children from low-income families who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities. Jamie, an award-winning film director, also writes articles and poetry that have been featured in various publications, from Opera News to Town & Country. His three-minute film screened at the New York Film Festival three years ago won an award for its excellence. His latest film “Deep Sleep” is a comedy about sex that was first seen at the New York Erotic Film Festival in December. Irma Yucht, an angry young woman in her thirties and wife of a lawyer, said that she and her husband had never seen a pornographic film before but went to see it because their street was in it. Will there be any special guests at this upcoming gala? It is yet to be seen who will be attending this event but it is sure to be an exciting night full of music and entertainment.