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The Puffin Cultural Forum, a project of the Puffin Foundation Ltd., is the gallery and performance space located at the site of the Foundation's administrative offices in Teaneck, New Jersey. Our work takes place at the intersection of the arts and the struggle for human rights as we seek to realize in our local community the Foundation's governing motto: ”...continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people”. We deeply believe in the crucial role that the arts play in shaping our consciousness, and the role of artists as agents of social change.

Saturday, September 25, 8:00 p.m. JAZZ: Alex Collins Teaneck piano prodigy Alex Collins returns to the Puffin, where he launched his jazz career, with his sextet of highly accomplished and honored jazz musicians. After years of his earliest public appearances in “Jazz Jams at the Puffin” while at Teaneck High School, Alex (piano) received the Wynton Kelly Jazz Foundation Award in 2003 and recently earned a masters' degree at Manhattan School of Music. $10 suggested donation. Reservations recommended.

Sunday, September 26, 1pm-3pm & 4pm-5pm. “Opera Sundays at the Puffin” Christine Cullen returns to the Puffin Cultural Forum to lead her popular Opera Appreciation Course followed by related evening performances. From Mozart to Puccini, the five-session workshop will explore composers, their operas and unforgettable characters. Instructor/soprano Christine Cullen, who has performed extensively in the tri- state area, will teach together with director and stage designer Richard Cerullo. Using audio and video clips demonstrating famous works, performances and vocal techniques, they will provide informative and exciting background for the second part of each day's activities, which presents Vocal Master Classes or Opera Showcases featuring leaders in the field and aspiring young artists. $15.00 suggested donation for lectures/workshops or $65 for full 5-session workshop series. $10.00 for vocal master classes or $15.00 for opera showcases Reservations recommended.

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