The Weekender October 2 – 4 2015: Indoor Fun for a Rainy Weekend

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The weather may not be great, but the weekend is full of great INDOOR local events to enjoy.

Note: in light of the rainy forecast, the Seton Village Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in South Orange has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 7. Read more here.

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

Swinging on a Star

On Friday night, Maplewood Community Music invites you to “Swinging on a Star”, a swing dance gala fundraiser to support its continuing efforts to bring free, family-friendly performances and music enrichment programs to audiences of all ages throughout the Maplewood area. Along with the Maplewood Community Band, Swing Town will keep audiences humming, tapping their toes, and dancing to the many genres of 20th century jazz. Go for dinner and then dance the night away!  Enjoy delicious offerings from local bakeries at the cash dessert bar.

Swinging on a Star:  A Gala to Benefit Maplewood Community Music
Friday, October 2 from 7 pm – 9 pm
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ
Tickets are$25, $20 for seniors, free for children under 12. Purchase online here.



Attention book lovers — we have your weekend plans! The 2nd annual Morristown Festival of Books will feature more than 25 authors on the evening of Friday, October 2, and all day Saturday, October 3. Authors will speak and answer questions for one hour at one of several convenient Morristown locations. Book sales and signings, following author presentations, will occur at a tent on the grounds of the historic Vail Mansion. The Festival kicks off with award-winning, husband-and-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof and WuDunn, the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, will be the Keynote Speakers on Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, South Street, Morristown.

Morristown Festival of Books
Friday, October 2 at 7:30 pm (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Keynote Event) and Saturday, October 3 from 10 am – 5 pm
Morristown, NJ
Call 973.539.8008 to order tickets for Friday event: $35 / Free on Saturday



See GRAMMY award-winning traditional folk singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III along with songstress and Broadway actress Nellie McKay on Saturday night at SOPAC. Wainwright III’s recording career started in 1970 and now includes 25 albums. The latest isOlder Than My Old Man Now, which employs Wainwright’s unique mix of poignancy and devastating wit to examine aging. Hailed by the New Yorker as “funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented,” Nellie McKay just finished an extended run in the off-Broadway award-winning hit Old Hats, and has written two acclaimed musical biographies, “Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature” and “I Want to Live!”

Loudon Wainwright III & Nellie McKay
Saturday, October 3 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $35 – $55 and cna be purchased online here


NJPAC Spotlight Gala

At NJPAC on Saturday, it’s the spectacular annual Spotlight Gala – An Evening of Song in Celebration of the 85th Birthday of Stephen Sondheim. Starring Broadway’s Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods) and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town), under the musical direction of SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky. The show features a glittering lineup of Tony Award winners and nominees in a salute to one of American musical theater’s greatest composers with a special appearance by Len Cariou.

NJPAC Spotlight Gala
Saturday, October 3 at 7 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online here


Nadia-Lvov-rgb-960x1035Attend an interesting discussion on the cultural struggle unfolding in Russia today led by Professor Nadia Lvov at the The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County on Sunday.
Nadia Lvov was born in Moscow, Russia, the former USSR. In 1996 she immigrated to the US and in 1997 was admitted to NYU Graduate School, Department of Physics. After she obtained her MS in physics she joined the faculty at Essex County College in Newark, NJ, where she is currently teaching physics and astronomy.

Nadia Lvov on “Russia: Between Asia and Europe”
Sunday, October 4 at 11:00 am
The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ


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



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