The Weekender: March 25 – 27: NJ Jewish Film Festival, Maplewood Ideas Fest, and More!

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Natalie Portman in "A Tale of Love and Darkness"

Natalie Portman in “A Tale of Love and Darkness”


It’s the weekend! With Easter on Sunday, there aren’t too many events happening, but there are still some great ways to enjoy all that The Villages (and beyond) have to offer. In addition to the 16th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, Here are some other happenings in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:

Booked 13

Catch the last weekend of Book Arts Roundtable members’ Booked 13 show of handmade books and works of art based on book making techniques this weekend. The annual show is one the most popular and highly anticipated exhibitions in the Pierro Gallery’s season.

Booked 13
Saturday, March 26 from 10 am – 4 pm
Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ


Maplewood Ideas Festival

Maplewood Ideas Festival brings you Ilena Silverman and Rebecca Blumentstein In Conversation on Saturday. Rebecca Blumenstein is Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal. Ilena Silverman is the Features Editor at the New York Times Magazine. The conversation will be moderated by Brooke Lefferts, the U.S. entertainment video editor for The Associated Press.

Ilena Silverman and Rebecca Blumentstein In Conversation
Saturday, March 26 at 2 pm
Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ


prudential center

If “No Scrubs,” “Turn Me On,” “Gonna Make You Sweat” and “Show Me Love” are some of the hit jams you love to hear, then head to the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday night for the Big Hits Throwback Fest. The all-star lineup includes TLC, Shaggy, Ja Rule, Bobby Brown, Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Naughty by Nature, C&C Music Factory, Robin S, Kevin Lyttle, Rockell and Rob Base! The hottest artists from the ‘80s to 2000s arrive with a great mix of dance music, including R&B, hip-hop and reggae.

Big Hits Throwback Fest
Saturday, March 26 at 8 pm
Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $54 – $114 and can be purchased online here


Michael LallyMichael Lally will discuss “How Creativity Can Save Lives” at Ethical Culture Society of Essex County on Sunday. Lally has had over two dozen books published since 1970, has won National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, awards, has held various day jobs including book critic, TV and movie actor, screenwriter and script doctor.

Michael Lally: How Creativity Can Save Lives
Sunday, March 27 at 11 am
Ethical Culture Society, 516 Prospect Street, MaplewoodNJ


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



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