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From iPlay America: Wade Cota is a singer and songwriter from Phoenix Arizona whose soulful voice earned him a top finalist spot on American Idol in 2019. His sound could be best described as a mix of indie rock and future base. Through his music he has been able to express some of his personal journey. Cota can best be described as a self-taught natural singer/ songwriter. His unique talent coupled with his humble and giving personality won the hearts of fans not only in America but all over the word! More information.
From SOMA Justice and SOMA Film Festival: SOMA Justice, Maplewood Township Committee and SOMA Action Present: Booker’s Place – A Mississippi Story. View the film with our community and then participate in the Q&A with filmmaker Rhea Beck and anti-white supremacy activist Daryle Lamont Jenkins. More information.
From NJTAP and the Maplewood Library: A special Black History Month performance by NJTAP’s extraordinary tap artists and a 30-minute fun-filled class for audience participants. The performers will share their heartfelt stories along with the joy and history of tap dancing. More information.
From Morris County Park Commission: Shake that cabin fever, and head over to the Arboretum! Play Garden-opoly, Plant Scrabble, life-sized chess, and Garden Bingo challenge to win prizes. Enjoy popcorn, hot cocoa, and seasonal snacks. More information.
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow. Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness February 9 in Maplewood
From the Hilton Branch Library and Mayor Frank McGehee and Maplewood Arts and Culture: Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Since The New Jim Crow was first published in 2010, it has spent nearly 250 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has been cited in judicial decisions and adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads, and has inspired a generation of racial justice activists motivated by Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” The book has won numerous awards, including the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction. More information.
From Hamilton Stage: Carolyn Dorfman Dance closes the third annual Dance Union Festival at the Hamilton Stage in Rahway with a performance on Sunday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are only $15.00 general admission and $9.00 for students and seniors. They are available online at www.ucpac.org. In addition to the Sunday perfomance, this popular celebration of dance features a variety of programs including master classes, open rehearsals, and a professional development workshop. Registration for these programs is required by calling 908-687-8855. The highlight of Dance Union Festival is the performance by Carolyn Dorfman Dance joined by high school dancers, local dance studios, and other professional companies and dancers from Union County at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Co-hosted by Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, the program features the following groups: • Dance Companies – Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Buggé Ballet, LeAnn Yanelli Dance, Kean University Afro-Latin Dance Project, and The Well Performance Project • Dance Studios – Harmony Dance Center, Susie Karlik’s Dance Sensation, and Rahway Dance Theatre • High School Dance Programs – Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Cranford, Jonathan Dayton, Kent Place School, Linden, Union County Academy for Performing Arts, and Rahway Dance Revolution This arts program is […]
From the Maplewood Library: Join us for a reading and discussion of Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga. This novel is a prelude to the Rwandan genocide and unfolds behind the closed doors of an exclusive girl’s high school. With friendships and hatreds, political fights and incitation to racial violence, the school becomes a microcosm of 1970s Rwanda. More information.
From the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center: Summer is a State of Mind at the New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo, February 13th to the 16th, at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison. This show has something for everyone including hundreds of new boats on sale, with pricing and options for every budget. Board and shop over 70 different boat brands from the top dealers in the state. Cruise through the boater’s marketplace full of boating accessories, electronics, gear, and services. Learn something new at the great fishing and boating seminars by some of fishing’s foremost authorities. Fun activities for little boaters in the Kids Cove, Boating Safety information, and more. Visit jerseyboatexpo.com for more information and to buy tickets online. Turn your cold winter blues into summer dreams at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo! More information.
From Sadie’s Shop: Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Sadie’s as we honor and fundraise for the Women’s Heart Foundation. There will be wine and snacks and a guest speaker. Ten percent of purchases from the event will go to the Women Heart’s Foundation. More information.
From The Fox and Falcon: Celebrate with us as we highlight poetry of Langston Hughes, gospel music, Swing and Bee Bop and 60’s Protest Era. Featuring: Vocalists Lynette Sheard, Wendy Brown, Ella Brown House Band Darryl Clark – Bass, Brianne Ford -Piano Eddie Brown – Drums Join us for a good time of music, food, fun, and enjoying the community in The Essex Room at The Fox and the Falcon. More information.
From the Maplewood Library: Join us for a reading and discussion of Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. In this quiet yet deeply moving novel, Eilis Lacey leaves her Irish homeland and finds work, and a love interest, in Brooklyn. Just when things are falling into place for her, she receives devastating news from Ireland that threatens the promise of her future. More information.
From Mayo Performing Arts Center: The Tap Pack is an elegant and entertaining nod to the Rat Pack era, featuring high-energy performances of mind-blowing tap dancing, smooth vocals, a swinging live jazz band and witty on-stage banter. The five-member cast croons and cajoles while performing cool classics with a fresh twist. More information.
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