The Weekender: Dec 11 – 13: Films, Holiday Festivities, Music, and More!

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Holiday Celebration on Springfield Avenue

Another packed weekend filled with great events to enjoy!

In addition to these events we told you about:

Here are some other happenings in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:

The Rent Party

Friday night is a Rent Party night! The monthly party was founded in 2009 to benefit food pantries and fight hunger in SOMA. This month features live music from Edward Rogers, The Carpenter Ants, and Speed the Plough. This party, including beer, is sure to entertain.

The Rent Party
Friday, December 11 from 8 pm – midnight
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ
Minimum $5 donation. 21 and over



See Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story at Luna Stage in West Orange this weekend. The two-character musical drama recounts the chilling true story of the legendary duo —Leopold and Loeb — who committed one of the most infamous and heinous crimes of the twentieth century. (Photo: Christopher Drukker)

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
December 11 at 8 pm / December 12 at 8 pm / December 13 at 3 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $37 and can be purchased online here


The Breakfast Club

Whether you’re a Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Criminal, or a Princess, you can celebrate the return of John Hughes’ iconic film The Breakfast Club to the big screen at NJPAC on Friday night. After you watch the 30th anniversary screening of the best film ever, you’ll freak out when Molly Ringwald (“Claire Standish”) takes the stage to discuss her role and the movie.

The Breakfast Club screening: Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club
Friday, December 11 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $25.50 – $45.50 and can be purchased online here


frank sinatra

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 this Saturday. NJPAC will celebrate Celebrate his centennial in style when five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein pays tribute to the Chairman of the Board in an evening of greatest hits. On the exact date of Sinatra’s birth 100 years ago, Feinstein performs with a swinging, 17-piece band.  (Photo of Sinatra : Wikipedia)

Michael Feinstein: Sinatra Centennial
Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $49 – $100 and can be purchased online here


Kings Cooking Studio Get cooking at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills. The 3 hour hands-on “Holiday Hors d’oeuvre” class will have you whipping up perfect bites for oyur holiday party, such as Coconut Shrimp Patties with Apricot Mustard Sauce, Root Vegetable Pancakes with Corn Relish, Spicy Lamb and Wild Mushroom Crostini, Spicy Herbed Pecans, Individual Asian Pear-Currant Tartlets, and more.

Kings Cooking Studio: “Holiday Hors d’oeuvre”
Saturday, December 12 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
Cost is $65 per person. Register online here



The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble lights up the SOPAC stage on Sunday with an exciting performance of swinging holiday classics.Founded in 2001, The Juilliard Jazz Ensemble enters its 14th season led by newly-appointed director, alumnus Wynton Marsalis.

Juilliard Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, December 13 at 3 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here.


Do your grocery shopping at Slow Food Northern NJ’s 8th annual indoor farmers’ market at The Woodland on Sunday. Stock the up on seasonal vegetables, pastured meats, poultry, eggs, cheeses, baked goods and much more at the market, which is co-sponsored by Maplewood Loves Wellness.

Slow Food Northern NJ’s 8th Annual Indoor Farmers’ Market
Sunday, December 13 from 12 pm – 4 pm
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood NJ
Admission: $3 donation


Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening in the towns and have a wonderful weekend!



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