If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, head over to Para-X

If the cool, fall weather isn’t enough to put you in the mood for Halloween (which is only a month away), then maybe this bit of news is: The paranormal is coming to the Garden State.

Note the orbs in this photo, taken inside Perth Amboy's Proprietary House, the former home of the royal governor of New Jersey, in January 2008./Photo by Ava Gacser

Note the orbs in this photo, taken inside Perth Amboy's Proprietary House, the former home of the royal governor of New Jersey, during a ghost investigation with Jane Doherty in January 2008./Photos by Ava Gacser

This close-up of the above photo appears to show a transparent figure directly to the right of the door.

This close-up of the above photo appears to show a transparent figure, wearing what looks like a long skirt, directly to the right of the door.

Yup, that’s right: Be prepared to be wowed – and maybe even a bit spooked – when the Para-X (aka Paranormal Expo) hits East Brunswick on Oct. 10.

From 1 to 8 p.m., paranormal investigation groups and authors will join together to help quench your thirst for the unknown by offering lectures on such topics as paranormal technology and demonic hauntings. Renowned South Plainfield psychic Jane Doherty will be on hand to conduct psychic readings (for an additional fee). In addition, Amber Blues (featuring former Fugees drummer Don Guillaume) will perform, and the “Ghostbusters” car, Ecto 2, will make a special appearance. Vendors offering wares, food and refreshments will also be on hand.

The evening, which is hosted by the New Jersey Ghost Organization, will cap off with a ghost hunt and seance (separate admission).

Admission, $10, is limited to adults 18 and over. Para-X will be held at the Elks Lodge #2370 on Oakmont Avenue in East Brunswick, which is off Riva Avenue near Hardenburgh Lane. Proceeds will benefit youth activities.

Oh, oh, oh Antonio!

Do any of these women find prosciutto to be the most erotic of the dry, cured meats?/Credit VH1

Do any of these women find prosciutto to be the most erotic of the dry, cured meats?/Credit VH1

Overheard on today’s new episode of VH1’s “My Antonio” by its star, Antonio Sabato Jr.:

I’ve modeled a lot in my life, but I’ve never modeled naked. I just felt like a piece of meat. Like a big, Italian prosciutto.”

prosciutto

I knew prosciutto, prosciutto was a friend of mine. Antonio, you’re no prosciutto.

“Looking for Josephine”: A thousand times oui!

Yesterday I went “Looking for Josephine,” and I wound up completely – and most pleasantly – surprised by what I found: a brilliantly entertaining musical revue.

Jersey girl Nicolle Rochelle captivates as jazz singer/dancer/actress Josephine Baker in "Looking for Josephine."/Credit New York Times

Jersey girl Nicolle Rochelle captivates as jazz singer/dancer/actress Josephine Baker in "Looking for Josephine."/Credit New York Times

The bonus? It features a star-making turn by Jersey girl Nicolle Rochelle.

The show isn’t so much about the life of singer/dancer/actress Josephine Baker (who, by the way, must be an inspiration for Angelina Jolie: according to a New York Times piece, Baker adopted 12 children of different ethnicities and named them her “Rainbow Tribe”), though. It starts out in 2005 New Orleans, just after Hurricane Katrina has hit. A French producer (a hysterical Michel Dussarrat) arrives in town looking for a young woman to play Josephine in a new show in Paris. He meets Cindy (Nicolle Rochelle), she wows him, wins the role and moves to France. Shortly after the intermission, we’re transported to Paris’ La Revue Nègre of 1925 Paris – and yes, the infamous banana skirt makes an appearance. “J’ai Deux Amours,” “Then I’ll Be Happy,” “Who,” “C’est Lui” and “Ma Tonkinoise” are all performed, and I dare you to not clap or tap your foot during any of them.

At the same time, the show also explores the history and evolution of black music, from Africa to the Caribbean to the United States. It is obvious that writer/director Jérôme Savary, who also appears in the production (and who briefly sung to me and stroked my cheek!), has a deep passion for the subject matter and that makes all the difference.

“Looking for Josephine” is full of fantastic music, dance and a charming cast (which includes an adorable Poodle who almost steals the show). But it is Montclair’s very own Nicolle Rochelle who shines – and considering the company in which she’s keeping here, that’s saying a lot.

If you’re lucky enough to have scored tickets to the show – which plays again next week at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University (yes, you read right: the tickets are only $15 each!)  – you’re indeed in for a great time.

Jennifer Aniston to Chelsea Handler: Can’t you smell that (Garden State) smell?

So how did Chelsea Handler begin her much-touted “Chelsea Lately” interview with Jennifer Aniston? By discussing the unpleasant odors in New Jersey, of course!

Forget about promoting "Love Happens"; where are those smells coming from?/Credit E!

Forget about promoting "Love Happens"; where are those smells coming from?/Credit E!

I can forgive Chelsea, though, because she knows of what she speaks. As a Livingston native, I’m sure she too has had plenty of encounters with the stench that hangs in a perpetual fog over the Elizabeth exits on the New Jersey Turnpike. (Which, to clarify, is because it’s an industrial area full of refineries.)

The Garden State exchange happened almost immediately, when Chelsea asks Jennifer about her time in Atlantic City (she was filming “The Bounty” with hot hottie hot Gerard Butler).

“You know, I’m from New Jersey,” Chelsea points out. “And it’s very disgusting there in the summertime.”

While I presume she’s talking about the humidity, Jennifer interprets it a bit differently.

“What is with the smell?” she immediately replies (evidently thinking she’s found someone else who thinks New Jersey is pretty foul). But when the audience starts laughing, she quickly adds, “No, no, I don’t mean all over. You know the drive from Manhattan, and then there’s that one area…”

Thank goodness for Chelsea’s quick-wittedness.

“It’s my father,” the comedian explains. “It’s usually coming from his driveway.”

(Chelsea’s father is the frequent butt – I know, poor choice of words – of her jokes.)

She goes on to tell Jennifer, “It’s New Jersey in general. There are certain areas that really smell bad. It’s not all of New Jersey, but there are areas that could really use a boost. And Atlantic City is one of them.”

Watch the whole interview:

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Update

I’m sure Jennifer didn’t intentionally mean to insult New Jerseyans, but one resident’s nose is definitely out of joint – and it’s not because of any smell: Danielle Staub.

That’s right – the star of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is sharing her displeasure at Jennifer’s words with Us Weekly.

Danielle's house doesn't look like it would be stinky./Credit The New York Times

Danielle's house doesn't look like it would be stinky./Credit The New York Times

“Why don’t you see more of New Jersey before you say it smells?” Danielle asks.

She pontificates: “I would love to hang out with (Jennifer). I hear she is really fabulous — but she really shouldn’t say that. If you land in Newark (Liberty International Airport) and leave out of Newark, yeah, you will think New Jersey smells. But you can’t judge it by one part. If it was so bad, I wouldn’t be living here for 22 years.”

Danielle’s $1.5 million home is located in Wayne, aka “the good-smelling part” of New Jersey. (I don’t know about the rest of you New Jerseyans, but it doesn’t stink by my house, either. And no, my sinuses are not clogged.)

Danielle isn’t demanding an apology from Jennifer, oh no. She’s offering to reward her:

“I will personalize a tour and take her to a fabulous lunch on me afterwards,” she tells Us Weekly. ” All homemade Italian food and a tour of all the wonderfully smelling places in New Jersey before I take you to a luncheon, my treat.”

Well, at least I’m sure Danielle believes it’s a reward…

Who let the dogs out? Jon Gosselin, that’s who

You know that “high road” Kate Gosselin keeps referring to when avoiding questions about her someday ex-husband, Jon?

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Well, I’ve decided to take it and not expound upon the fact that there’s yet another woman Jon evidently fooled around with who’s also singing like a canary to a tabloid. Thanks, but no thanks, In Touch Weekly.

Though I must say… Jon sure can pick ’em, can’t he?

Anyway, on to the topic at hand: E! Online reports that the Gosselin dogs – German Shepherd puppies Shoka and Nala (remember how the kids freaked out about those names? They were right!) – are next to get the boot from the family’s sprawling Wernersville, Pa., manse.  But rather than bemoaning this bit of news or feeling sorry for the two pups, I’m actually happy.

You would think that a large estate like the Gosselins would be the perfect place for two growing German Shepherd puppies. Think again.

You would think that a large estate like the Gosselins would be the perfect place for two growing German Shepherd puppies. Think again.

Because those dogs deserve better than the life they have with the Gosselins.

That’s not to say that I think the family had any ill intentions toward those dogs, but from what we’ve seen on the show – and can imagine simply by thinking about having to raise eight children – they certainly were not getting the time and attention they need.

One incident shown on “American Chopper” (the crossover episode) particularly disturbed me. While the Gosselins were visited by the motorcycle experts, Kate freaked out when one of the dogs gobbled up a small amount of food from their outdoor picnic.

“Put them in their crate,” Kate instructed Jon (who else?). “That’s where dogs belong.”

It’s probably not a stretch to say that the reason why the Gosselins got two German Shepherds (I say “got” because we know they didn’t purchase them.. speaking of which, I wonder how TLC feels about footing the bill for them now that they’re being given away?) is for protection. C’mon, they’re German Shepherds! They are there to protect and guard the family and the property – and to keep the paparazzi at bay, I’m sure.

So given how they have been treated (by Kate at least) – not to mention all of the pulling, tugging and probing by the children – I think Shoka and Nala will be better off.

I just hope their new owner changes their names.

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