The Weekender: July 31 – August 2, 2015: Music, Theater, and Art

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Say goodbye to July and hello to August by getting out and enjoying these local events:

In addition to this event we told you about:

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


Beres Hammond, Jamaica’s undisputed king of “lovers rock” and one of reggae’s most iconic stars, will be joined by revered jazz pianist Monty Alexander, whose five-decade career has included collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Milt Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie, at NJPAC on Saturday. Cool and hot in equal measure, this evening of romantic reggae by Hammond promises to be “the most perfect mix of reggae and soul we’ve ever heard,” says Reggae Reviews. The evening’s host is Caribbean radio personality Dahved Levy.

Beres Hammond / Monty Alexander at NJPAC
Friday, July 31 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $69 – $119 and can be purchased online here


New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood!
Enjoy New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood! at Paper Mill Playhouse this weekend. This wonderful show, now in it’s 20th year, will feature students from the July Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory. This year’s New Voices concert is a tribute to the magical partnership between the Silver Screen and the Great White Way.

New Voices of 2015: Hooray for Hollywood!
Friday, July 31 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 1 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Paper Mill Playhouse,  22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ
Tickets are $25 to $45 and may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343 or online here


Johnny Mambo and Friends

Dance the night away with Salsa dura band Johnny Mambo and Friends and more at OSPAC’s Latin Night on Saturday. The show is free and will feature a beer and wine garden and authentic Peruvian cuisine provided by West Orange based restaurants.

Latin Night at OSPAC
Saturday, August 1 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ


Chairs of Inclusion

The Chairs of Inclusion exhibit opens on Sunday at 1978 Gallery with a reception. The project represents the convergence of inclusion, expressive arts, and community.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s WAE Center, ten life sized chairs were commissioned by the Center. Throughout 2014 professional artists worked alongside the Center’s member artists to create a chair as a sculpture object. The chairs represent the Center’s commitment and belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives.

Chairs of Inclusion opening and reception
Sunday, August 2 from 2 pm – 5 pm
1978 Gallery, 1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ


Congregation Beth El

Also on Sunday, is Congregation Beth El‘s annual Backyard BBQ. The community is invited for a picnic supper, playground time, sprinklers, crafts, volleyball, a photo booth, relay races and the popular ball game, gaga. Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, along with Director of Education & Youth programming Rabbi Becca Gould, and Thelma K. Reisman Preschool Director Sandy Sachs, will be on hand to greet prospective and current member families.

Congregation Beth El’s annual Backyard BBQ
Sunday, August 2, 3:30 pm – 6 pm
Congregation Beth El, 222 Irvington Avenue, South Orange, NJ
$7 pp in advance ($35 maximum per family) or $10 pp at door ($50 maximum per family).  Prospective synagogue members free / Children 3 and under are free.
Reservations can be made online here or by calling 973.763.0111.




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



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