The Weekender: January 15-17: Second City, Strudel, Gallery 1978 Show & More!

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Many great events to enjoy this weekend!

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


Last Chance Saloon: A Wild West Pantomime

It’s your last chance to see  Last Chance Saloon: A Wild West Pantomime! This year they’re doing a little twist on the classic theme and bringing the panto to America. To the old west in fact. You’ll still find all your favorite Panto tropes like the Dame, the
Principal Boy, the calling back and forth with the actors, singing, laughing and even dancing. But this year, the actors will have a little western twang.

Last Chance Saloon: A Wild West Pantomime
January 15 at 7:30 pm / January 16 at 7 pm / January 17 at 2 pm
The Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood NJ
Tickets are $18 general admission / $14 balcony and can be purchased online here


Chelsea Carlson

Singer Chelsea Carlson will perform her debut album, “The Broken Road,” at her CD Release Show at Hat City Kitchen Friday night. Chelsea will be performing with a full band featuring Mike Lefton, Tam Garcia, Brandon Pirrocco, Robert Keyser, and Wyatt Sikora. The lineup also includes special guests Airacuda and Garden State Line!

Chelsea Carlson CD Release Show
Friday, January 15 at 9 pm
Hat City Kitchen, 459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
$10 per person



From the creators of last year’s The Second City Does New Jersey: Paved and Confused! Hooking Up with The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. Go have a laugh at the show at NJPAC on Saturday night. The Second City knows a few things about love – they’ve been looking at and laughing about relationships for more than 55 years! Performing social and political satire through scripted scenes, music and improvisation, The Second City Touring Company is always original, daring and hilarious. The alumni list is a veritable who’s-who of comedy, including Bill Murray, John and Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert and so many more.

Hooking Up with The Second City
Saturday, Janaury 16 at 3 pm and 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $$25-$45 and can be purchased online here


1978 Arts Center

1978 Arts Center celebrates its Friends with an annual exhibit dedicated to and featuring its supporters. On Sunday, they will have an Opening Reception. The exhibition features nearly 40 talented artists who are Friends of Gallery 1978. On view this year are a wide range of media in 2D & 3D, in style from photography to abstraction, in form from jewelry to sculpture to print. A number of new artists have entered this year and many favorites are returning!  As a special feature for the opening party, artist Nancy Jackson’s ornately embellished Honda Civic will be parked on Springfield Avenue in front the gallery.

1978 Annual Friends Show Opening Reception
Sunday, January 17, 2 to 5 pm
1978 Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ


La Cinémathèque Film Club: Iranian SeriesLa Cinémathèque Film Club screenings feature classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the Loft at SOPAC. On Sunday, as part of the Iranian Film Series, see the film A Separation (2011) by Asghar Farhadi. Film introductions and post-screening discussions on will be led by Political Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies Professor, Hossein Hafezian. La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings are curated and hosted by educator, artist, and filmmaker Gerard Amsellem.

La Cinémathèque Film Club: Iranian Series
Sunday, January 17 at 2 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ


Kings Cooking StudioLike Strudel? Then get cooking at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills on Sunday. The “Hand Pulled Strudel Workshop” will have and your friends you cooking up Hungarian Strudel Dough, Apple Walnut Strudel, Cherry-Cheese and Almond Strudel, Pear and Dried Cranberry Strudel, Old Fashioned Cheese Strudel, and Savory Sweet Onion and Cabbage Strudel

Kings Cooking Studio: “Hand Pulled Strudel Workshop”
Sunday, January 17 from 1 pm – 5 pm
Kings Cooking Studio, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, NJ
Cost is $85 per person. Register online here


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


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