The Weekender: Valentine’s Day Weekend in the Villages

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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and there are great ways to enjoy it. Check out our Village Green Valentine’s Day Guide for special dining options, date night events, and more! And don’t forget about the SOMA Film Festival, the Mostly Music Chamber Music performance at Morrow Church, and Motherhood Out Loud.

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

rent party

On Friday night, Maplewood offers the Rent Party. It’s a monthly party, founded in 2009, to benefit food pantries and fight hunger in SOMA. This month features live music from The Anderson Council, Leider, and The Lord Calverts. This party, including beer, is sure to entertain.

The Rent Party
Friday, February 12 from 8 pm – midnight
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ
Minimum $5 donation. 21 and over



MAYO Performing Arts Center in Morristown will host the national touring production of one of the most enduring shows of all time — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday. The musical is about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King), Joseph blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Friday, February 12 at 4 pm and 8 pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ
Tickets are $49 – $69 and can be purchased online here


jane siberry

In Montclair on Saturday night, Jane Siberry will perform a special intimate show for Outpost in the Burbs. More than thirty years after her first musical release, Toronto native Jane Siberry is renowned as one of contemporary music’s most creative, innovative artists – with eleven major recordings, her own independent label, and the acclaim of fans and peers alike.  She has collaborated with Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, The Indigo Girls and more. After a successful crowd-funding campaign in early 2014 she is completing the long-awaited album Consider The Lily, her first major recording in six years. Scott E. Moore will open.

Jane Siberry
Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm
The First Congregational Church (The Guild Room), 40 South Fullerton in Montclair, NJ
Tickets are $30 in advance here, $35 at the door


love potion

Essex Environmental Center will hold a “Love Potion #9 Valentine’s Gift” class just in time for the holiday. Does Love Potion #9 exist? You’ll have to find out! During this workshop, participants will learn how essential oils can enhance attraction, desires, romance, passion, and make Valentine’s Day a joyous day no matter if you are single or in a relationship. Each participant will make bath salts infused with essential oils to take home to enjoy. (Photo: Flickr)


“Love Potion #9 Valentine’s Gift” class
Saturday, February 13, at 12 pm
Essex County Environmental Center, 621B Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ
$20 per person. Advance registration and payment are required:  call 973-228-8776


men are from mars women are from venus

This is a fun Valentine’s Day event! See Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!at NJPAC thisweekend. This one-man fusion of theater and stand-up is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the No. 1 best-selling book by John Gray. When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are Earth-shatteringly hysterical!

Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!
February 13 at 2 pm and 8 pm / February 14 at 2 pm and 7 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $59 and can be purchased online here


Juan Antonio PicassoAttend the Opening Reception for Juan Antonio Picasso’s latest exhibit at Gallery 1978 on Sunday. Juan Picasso, an AfroCuban relative of Pablo Picasso, is from Havana Cuba. He is one of forty living descendants of Pablo Picasso’s grandfather who lived in Cuba in the late 1800’s and fathered four children with Cristina Serra, an AfroCuban woman. Picasso  has been invited by the 1978 Maplewood Arts Center to be the featured artist for Black History Month. While he admires and is inspired by his famous ancestor, he feels his own art – inspired by his Afro-Cuban ancestors – which is infused with Afro-Cuban symbols and ideas , speaks for him. He leaves his symbolic imagery open to self interpretation. Live music will be provided by Ahmondylla Best and John Lee.

Opening Reception for Juan Antonio Picasso
Sunday, February 14 from 2 pm – 6 pm
Gallery 1978, 1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ


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


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