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This event has been cancelled: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, is the multiple Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. He plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all its shows domestically and internationally and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. More info

Live Poetry Night on Stage at Cheech’s Own on Sept. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.   William Wordsworth once said – “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity” Join us for an amazing lineup of locals reciting and performing their art in the form of poetry. Poet lineup: 1. Lindsay Carter 2. Craig Baranek 3. Leena Meola 4. Jaime Fink 5. Michelle Cruz 6. Carly Kuchova 7. Nicolette Pizzigoni 8. Kelsey Nicholson This is our first poetry night, the future success of this program depends on turnout and engagement from our cafe patrons. So please invite your friends and come to support these very talented individuals.

New Brunswick, NJ (September 7, 2018)—State Theatre New Jersey presents Tony Award®-winning actor Alan Cumming in his new show Legal Immigrant on Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8pm. In addition to the show, all ticket buyers for Legal Immigrant are welcomed to come early for a pre-show Pride Night reception from 7pm-8pm in the second floor lobby of the State Theatre. Tickets for Legal Immigrant range from $39-$69. The show Legal Immigrant—a collection of musings on his 10 years as a United States citizen, growing older, and what it feels like to be an immigrant in today’s America—is what Alan describes as “a true old-fashioned cabaret, a smorgasbord of genres, styles, and tales; laughter, tears and, of course, provocation!” The show features songs such as Walter Mark’s “The Singer,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Old Friends,” “Not A Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along, and “Losing My Mind” from Follies. In addition, Cumming will cover songs made famous by female musical artists such as Pink, Edith Piaf, Adele, and Marlene Dietrich. He will also include a styling of Schubert and Peggy Lee together in one song and Scottish artists Robert Burns and The Proclaimers will make an appearance.   About the Artist Alan Cumming is […]

Maggie Haberman is an American journalist who is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked for Politico and the New York Daily News, where she was a political reporter. The daughter of Clyde Haberman- a New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning writer, and Nancy Haberman of the powerhouse communications firm Rubinstein, Maggie Haberman was steeped in both the excitement of New York and the siren call of journalism from her earliest days. She grew up on New York’s West Side, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1996, where she studied creative writing and psychology. Haberman’s professional career began in 1996 when she was hired by the New York Post. In 1999, the Post assigned her to cover City Hall, where she became “hooked” on political reporting. Haberman worked for the Post’s rival newspaper, the New York Daily News, for three and a half years in the early 2000s where she covered City Hall. Maggie Haberman returned to the Post to cover the 2008 presidential campaign and other political races. In 2010, Haberman was hired by Politico as a senior reporter. She was a finalist for the Mirror Awards, with Glenn Thrush, for the 2014 profile “What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of?” Haberman became a political […]

These two celebrated authors will discuss Tayari Jones’ latest book, An American Marriage, a New York Times best-selling novel, and a 2018 Oprah’s Book Club selection.  This event will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. To reserve a seat, please purchase a ticket HERE or call 973-744-0500 x2222. Each ticket admits one person and includes a hardcover copy of An American Marriage, which can be signed at the end of the event. Tayari Jones, is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Silver Sparrow was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her sixties—to earn a BFA and MFA in […]

The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) announces its 2018 Opening Event featuring the charming and witty best-selling author, Jennifer Weiner. The event will be held Oct. 23 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on The New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Among her novels is In Her Shoes, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. In addition to her many novels she has written The Guy Not Taken, a short story collection, The Littlest Bigfoot, the first in a trilogy of middle-grade novels, and Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, a nonfiction collection. With a wide fan base on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Weiner uses her social media platform to encourage women’s voices, self-esteem, and body positivity. She has appeared on Time magazine’s list of “140 Best Twitter Feeds,” and Forbes magazine put her on their list of “25 Working Moms to Follow on Twitter,” writing “tune in for hilarious shards of brilliance.” Weiner also is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review, and her essays have been […]


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