FEBRUARY 22 - 24, 2019
We love where we live and we know you do, too. Here are just a few of the things happening in and around Essex County this weekend.
VALLEY ARTS - ORANGE
FRIDAY 2/22 @ 7PM - 10PM
Studies have shown that children who participate in the arts are often more proficient in academics and have lower levels of stress and anxiety. Proceeds from this five-course tasting event will benefit Creative Community Workshop and its efforts to provide affordable art classes to all children in the community. The supper will feature delicious bites form The Little Eggplant and a carefully curated wine selection. Dine out for a great cause!
THE CENTRAL PARK 5
THE WOODLAND - MAPLEWOOD
FRIDAY 2/22 @ 7:30PM - 10:30PM
In 1989, five teenagers were wrongfully convicted of raping a female jogger in Central Park. In The Central Park 5, a Ken Burns 2012 documentary, filmmakers analyze the case and its repercussions in the years that followed. Come screen the film and then join filmmaker Sarah Burns and Kevin Richardson, one of the CP5, for a thought-provoking panel discussion.
WEST AFRICAN DRUM CLASS
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 3PM - 5PM
A djembe is a West African goblet drum whose name translates to mean "everyone gather together in peace." In this all-level class, participants will learn djembe techniques and traditional West African rhythms. Come experience the healing power of drumming!
MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST WILLIAM PARKER
MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 4PM - 5:45PM
The Montclair Public Library is honored to present an afternoon with William Parker, one of the preeminent creative musicians of our time. He has recorded more than 150 albums, published six books, and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. He will appear in a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Carter Mathes, Associate Chair of the English Department at Rutgers University, followed by a performance with dancer Miriam Parker, his daughter. Mr. Parker will perform on bass, flute, and singing bowls.
3RD ANNUAL MAPLEWOOD CHILI COOKOFF
THE WOODLAND - MAPLEWOOD
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 2PM - 5:30PM
Whether you're rarin' to showcase your own recipe or just want to eat some of the best chili New Jersey has to offer, you won't want to miss the 2019 Maplewood Chili Cookoff! In addition to 30 creative chili entries from the best amateurs and professional chefs in the region, there will be music, a bar, and kids activities! It may be chilly outside, but you can warm up with some chili inside!
SYRIA SUPPER CLUB
GARDEN STATE KITCHEN - ORANGE
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 6PM - 9PM
Hosted by the nonprofit United Tastes of America, this dining experience features amazing Syrian food prepared by Syrian refugees. It's a cross-cultural exchange where the cooks share their culture, heritage, and family traditions in order to meet new friends and help support their families.
D*FIT - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 11AM - 12:30PM
Have you ever wanted to try a kettlebell workout? D*Fit's Becky Codi will break down the basics and show you the correct way to get the most out of this strength-building exercise. Anyone from novice to expert will benefit from this class!
MUSIC MADE IN NJ
CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF MONTCLAIR
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 5PM - 7PM
If you thought the only singer/songwriter in NJ worth seeing was named Bruce, you'd be way wrong! This Sunday, Central Presbyterian is bringing together nine of New Jersey's finest singer/songwriters for a FREE concert! While their usual venues might be arenas, clubs, and recording studios in NJ & NYC, this Sunday you can catch them at Central Presbyterian!
PRUDENTIAL CENTER - NEWARK
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 8PM
Grammy-award winning singer Michael Buble makes a stop at the Prudential Center in support of his 8th major studio album Love. The album is his first since his son was diagnosed with cancer and stands as a testament to the healing power of music. Love shows a more vulnerable side of the singer while still keeping his signature charm.
UNITED SKATES SCREENING
GLENFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 4PM - 6PM
Montclair Film celebrates Black History Month with a free screening of the documentary United Skates. When America's last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground African American subculture. United Skates is an examination and a celebration of a phenomenon that has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the greatest musical talents of our time. Following the screening, stay for a Q&A with editor Katharine Garrison. Tickets are free, but required for entry.
GRACELAND PERFORMED BY THE LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR
WELLMONT THEATER - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 7PM
After coming across a bootleg cassette of South African township music in the early 80s, Paul Simon fell in love with the infectious rhythms and became inspired to write Graceland. Now, thirty years after its release, 17 members of the London African Gospel Choir perform their own powerful take on the classic album. Filled with empowering voices, soaring rhythms, and majestic harmonies, this special event is not to be missed.
COMING TO AMERICA
CORNBREAD - MAPLEWOOD
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 8PM
Soul food restaurant Cornbread continues their cinematic celebration of Black History Month with a screening of the Eddie Murphy classic Coming To America! Come early to grab some grub and then settle in for a night of laughs sure to make your "soul glow!"
A FACE IN THE CROWD
AMC ESSEX GREEN - WEST ORANGE
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 2PM
It's the final weekend of the West Orange Classic Film Festival so don't miss this 1957 film starring Andy Griffith and directed by Elia Kazan. The drama chronicles the rise and fall of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Griffith), a boisterous entertainer discovered in an Arkansas drunk tank by a local radio producer with ambitions of her own. His charisma and cunning soon shoot him to the heights of television stardom and political demagoguery, forcing the producer to grapple with the manipulative monster she has created.
NJPAC - NEWARK
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 8PM
New Jersey's own Tom Papa brings his hilarious stand-up to the NJPAC stage! For those not familiar with this homegrown talent, Papa is a regular guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Conan, and can be seen in big and small screen projects like The Informant, Analyze That, Behind the Candelabra, and The Knick.
GOOD STUFF (BAND)
TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 8PM - 11PM
Comprised of the finest local musicians and singers, Good Stuff plays the iconic music of Steely Dan, Gino Vannelli, Sting, and Stevie Wonder. If you love these artists, you're in for a rare treat! This event will sell out so buy your tickets now!
DECADES OF DANCE MASHUP
THE MANOR - WEST ORANGE
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 8PM - 1AM
If you like themed music nights at The Manor's Dome Lounge, then you'll love this new dance party! The DJ will take your favorite tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today, and spin them into the ultimate play list. You'll never leave the dance floor!
GONZO FUNKY FAMILY (BAND)
MCLOONE'S BOATHOUSE - WEST ORANGE
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 9PM
Have dinner, grab a drink, and groove to the live sounds of Gonzo Funky Family. They'll play EVERYTHING - Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Tears for Fears, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and SO MUCH MORE! No cover!
ROSIE REVERE ENGINEER
PAPERMILL PLAYHOUSE - MILBURN
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 10AM
This fun new musical based on Andrea Beaty's books Rosie Revere Engineer, Iggy Peck Architect, and Ada Twist Scientist, is sure to get kids excited about the STEM curriculum.
FAMILY GUIDED HIKE
VAN VLECK GARDENS - MONTCLAIR
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 9AM - 10AM
Bring your family for a walk in the garden and observe the bustling winter activity of birds and other critters. Dress appropriately! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
CINDERELLA OR THE STORY OF BIGFOOT
STUDIO PLAYHOUSE - MONTCLAIR
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 1:30PM
In this goofy retelling of the traditional Cinderella story, Ella Le Grand not only has to contend with her evil stepmother, but she also has to deal with her feet. They aren't dainty princess feet. They're HUGE! Through this hilariously touching tale, kids will learn that beauty comes from within and that it's not just okay to be yourself... it's the ONLY way to be.
KIDS BOOK SWAP
WOMEN'S CLUB OF GLEN RIDGE
SUNDAY 2/24 @ 10AM - 3PM
Bring your gently used children's books and receive tickets to "shop the swap" on Sunday. Each book earns you one ticket. And don't worry if you don't have books to donate - you can still buy at the swap! Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1! Book donations are accepted starting on Friday and Saturday at the Women's Club of Glen Ridge. Proceeds benefit schools and shelters in Essex County and surrounding areas.
LEGO MOVIE 2 EVENT
BARNES & NOBLE - CLIFTON
SATURDAY 2/23 @ 2PM
Take part in the exciting activities that B&N has put together to promote Lego Movie 2. Kids will get to build Mini Emmet's Dream House to take home plus other giveaways while supplies last. Also Blondie Blasts at The Cafe are only $1.
SEE GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO - MONTCLAIR
WEDNESDAY 2/27 @ 7PM - 8:30PM
Everyone has a story to tell and StoryBowl offers an opportunity to experiment with storytelling in a unique way. You pass a bowl of story prompts around the table and each person tells a true story based on the prompt they choose. Participants act as witnesses to the storyteller, not interrupting or commenting. The experience is rich, offering authentic connection and providing an unexpected way of finding community. This monthly fundraiser for Toni's Kitchen is hosted by See Gallery and Creativity Caravan. Hot soup and bread will be served. BYOB.
RUTHIE'S BBQ - MONTCLAIR
THURSDAY 2/28 @ 7PM - 9PM
It's an evening of hilarity and humanity hosted by Ruthie's BBQ and Creativity Caravan! Semi-Important Stuff features a collection of short readings and retellings (5 minutes or less) about the less-than-glorious survival of first rushes, first hangovers, break-ups and make-ups, prom dates, fights with Mom and Dad, secret summer camp escapades, and all the bests (and worsts) that made us who we are. Come listen to your friends and neighbors as they recount their personal histories - from the embarrassing to the enlightening and everything in between - and delight in the hysterically painful reminder of our shared humanity. Ages 13+
VOLUNTEER MATCHMAKING FOR
MONTCLAIR DESIGN WEEK
ELEMENTAL INTERIORS - MONTCLAIR
SUNDAY 3/3 @ 11AM - 12PM
The second annual Montclair Design Week is happening 10/18 - 10/27 and they need YOU! MDW is looking for enthusiastic people who want to be a part of mobilizing our community as a design force for good. You don't need to be a designer - being a benevolent citizen is already awesome! Whether you have a specific skill to offer or are looking to meet new people and engage with your community, MDW has a spot for you! Come to the Volunteer Matchmaking Session and discover the many ways you can get involved.