The Weekender: February 5 – 7: Lebowitz, Burns Night, Chinese New Year, and More!

by Georgette Gilmore
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There are many events to enjoy this first weekend of February!

Here’s what’s happening in the Villages (and beyond):

Fran lebowitz

Purveyor of urban cool, Fran Lebowitz is the author and witty chronicler of the “me decade,” as well as the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. She will make an appearance at SOPAC on Friday night. Lebowitz will be interviewed by News 12 New Jersey’s John Bathke before conversing with the audience. Lebowitz is pointed, forthright, unapologetically opinionated, and known for her hilariously dry social commentary on American life. She offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights, and the media as well as her own pet peeves – including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers.

An Evening with Fran Lebowitz
Friday, February 5 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Wat, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online here


Burns Night

Enjoy a Scottish-inspired evening of dinner, drinks, live band and dancing on Saturday night at The Woodland. The Burns Night Dinner & Fundraiser is an annual celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. The proceeds benefit The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood.

Burns Night
Friday, February 6 at 7 pm
The Woodland, Maplewood, NJ
Tickets are $122 and available online here


CRE-A-TION: One World, Many Beginnings

The Strollers will present the original family show CRE-A-TION: One World, Many Beginnings – a treasure trove of creation stories from around the world told through tales, songs and dances — one last weekend.

CRE-A-TION: One World, Many Beginnings
Februay 5 at 7 pm,  February 6 & 7 at 12 pm and 2 pm
Burgdorff Center for the Performance Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood
Tickets are  $10 and can be purchased online here


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Chase away the winter blues and begin the year with energy, cheer, fun and wit by celebrating the Year of the Monkey with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at NJPAC this weekend. Dancers and acrobats in dazzling costumes move to exotic music, bringing a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Get close to the creative, magical powers of the Monkey King, who can transform himself into any object he wishes and crosses the Earth in a single somersault. At this performance, the Monkey King is joined by the spirit of dragons and lions as they welcome the return of Spring.

Year of the Monkey: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
February 6 and  February 7 at 2 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Ticlets are $13 – $35 and can be purchased online here


Newark Museum

Newark Museum

This weekend is a Museums On Us weekend, which means that any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder will receive free museum admission to the following area museums:

  • Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
  • Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.
  • Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.
  • Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Whitney Museum of Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, New York, NY

Museums on Us
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7
Free admission for each cardholder (debit or credit) at participating museums


slow foodAwesome sausages and dips for your Super Bowl party! Organic chili if you’re feeling virtuous! Enjoy that and more at Slow Food Northern NJ’s second indoor farmers’ market in Maplewood on Sunday. The Woodland will be packed with more than 25 local farmers and artisanal food makers selling everything from organic and sustainably raised vegetables and pasture-raised beef, chicken and pork to farm-fresh cheeses, eggs, pasta, bone broths, olive oil, jams, pickled veggies, breads, granola, baked goods, honey, chocolate and gelato.

Slow Food Northern NJ Indoor Farmers’ Market
Sunday, February 7 from 12 – 4 pm
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., in Maplewood, NJ
$3 donation to support Slow Food Northern NJ community and school garden projects


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





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