The Weekender: A Rent Party, Mother’s Day, Dance, Jazz, and More

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It’s a gorgeous weekend with many great events for all ages to enjoy.

In addition to these events we’ve already told you about:

Here is what else is happening in the Villages this weekend:

The Rent Party

Friday night is Rent Party night! The monthly party was founded in 2009 in conjunction with the South Orange Elks, to benefit food pantries and fight hunger in SOMA. This month features live music from Ed Seifert & The Stimulus Package, Bern & the Brights, and Shark Hat. This party, including beer, is sure to entertain.

The Rent Party
Friday, May 8 from 8 pm – midnight
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ
Minimum $5 donation. 21 and over

align wellness

On Friday night, head over to Align Wellness Studio in Millburn for some playful fun with Acrovinyasa, otherwise known as “partner yoga”. There is no better time to harness your inner child with a combination of vinyasa flow, inversion training and Acroyoga. Moms and adult children are particularly welcome to partner in honor of Mother’s Day this month!

Acrovinyasa “partner yoga” class
Friday, May 8 from 7 – 8 pm
Align Wellness Studio, 10 E. Willow Street, Millburn, NJ
$60 per couple. Register online here.


alvin ailey

Or go enjoy NJPAC’s annual engagement of America’s premier modern dance company—Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The company has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents – and to millions more through television broadcasts. Elegant, electrifying, and marvelously athletic, this always dazzling company arrives with programs that include some of their newest works as well as company classics like Ailey’s masterwork, Revelations, set to African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
$29 – $89 tickets can be purchased online here


Listen to Your MotherIt’s Mother’s Day weekend, so you should really “Listen to Your Mother.” The 2nd annual North Jersey show at SOPAC will feature live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. The mission of each Listen to Your Mother production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

Listen to Your Mother
Saturday, May 9 at 2 pm And 5 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Advance Tickets: $30, $35 / Day of Events: $35, $40. Purchase online here


studio 509

Studio 509, a new fitness and wellness studio in Maplewood, is celebrating its opening with fun events in the morning and evening. In the morning, free classes will run from 8 am to 11 am. Classes are being taught back to back to allow clients to experience each of the instructors and classes on the Studio 509 schedule. You can also try a free mini session of GYROTONIC®. In the evening it’s a dance party! Local bossa nova band, Bossa5, will perform.

Studio 509 Opening Celebration
Saturday, May 9 from 8 am – 11 am and 7 pm – 11 pm
509 Valley Street , Maplewood, NJ



The Strollers, the Community Theater in Residence at The Burgdorff Center For the Performing Arts in Maplewood, presents Hairspray this weekend. The musical tells the story of plump teenager, Tracy Turnbad’s dream to dance on the Corny Collins show, a local TV dance program. When she wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity, and meets a colorful array of characters. Tracy then launches a campaign to integrate the show. The musical is a commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960’s.

May 8 and 9 at 8 pm / May 10 at 2 pm
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here or by calling 973-761-8453.
Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening in the Villages.


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