Newark, New Jersey: Aljira, a center for contemporary art in Downtown Newark, will host a preview for 'The Aljira (dreams are for real) Fine Art Auction 2015' on Thursday, May 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Admission to the preview is free, and there will be a birthday celebration for artist Willie Cole during the event. There will be music and refreshments, and nine of Cole's works will be on display. The auction will take place on Thursday, May 21st. Tickets to the auction cost $130 per person in advance and $150 at the door. Sponsors of the auction include Pharmachem Laboratories, PSEG, Prudential, Merrill Lynch, PNC Bank, and the Downtown Newark District. The honorary auction chair is Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Aljira is located at 591 Broad Street across from Military Park. The center is celebrating 30 years this year.
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