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The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosts a new exhibition by Jenny Flexner Reinhardt December 10, 2018-February 22, 2019. A reception open to the public will take place December 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. In The Price of Sugar, Reinhardt has woven the theme of the bright and seductive appeal of sugar and confectionary, along with its dark side; the addiction, the excess and the disease. Sugar is both sweet and dangerous. Reinhardt is inspired by the bravado of the middle-of-the-night street artist. While not a nocturnal painter herself, she is fascinated by the guerrilla-esque talents of the stencil maker, the spray-painter and the tagger. Her work is part graffiti, part abstraction with figurative form and vintage graphic design thrown in for good measure. It is a heady mixture that guarantees an interesting narrative and will keep you exploring the images for all their hidden elements of literature, history and cultural references that are subconscious elements of life. Jenny Flexner Reinhardt studied at University of Michigan before completing her MFA Cum Laude at the New York Academy of Art. She is an art educator as well as being a very accomplished artist of the highest […]

Camp Riverbend ‘Safari’ Open House Choosing a camp for this summer? Go wild at Camp Riverbend’s “Safari” Open House Saturday February 23, 10 am – 12 noon. There will be lots of fun indoor Riverbend activities, including games, crafts and cooking for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors. Take a tour of the camp site with our directors. Free! RSVP required to RSVP@campriverbend.com or 908-580-CAMP.

From Morris Park: Maple Sugaring Demonstrations Saturdays & Sundays, February 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24. All Ages. Date: Sunday, February 10—Sunday, February 24 Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up. Contact: 973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

From Maplewood Chili Cookoff: The 2019 cookoff springboards off the success of our sold-out 2018 fete with a beer and wine bar, live bands, and up to 35 meat and vegetarian chili entries from the area’s best amateur and professional chefs. Can I bring the kids, you ask? You sure can! We’ll have kid-friendly activities, baked goods for sale, and best of all, kids under 12 can come for free! Thanks to the generous support of lead sponsors Vanessa Pollock Properties Group, Kings Market and BCB Bank, and additional sponsorship from The Able Baker, The Fox and Falcon, SOMA Brewing Co, Wine Barrel, Chaise Fitness, and the South Mountain YMCA, we’re able to donate 100% of ticket sales and bar profits directly to the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Visit our website www.maplewoodchilicookoff.com for tickets and event info. Tickets: $18

South Orange Black History Month Celebration February 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Free February is the month for celebrating African American history. This program will feature impactful and inspiring African Americans with strong ties to the South Orange and the community overall. PROGRAM • African American Musical History from 1928 – present performed by Nat Adderley Jr. and Darry Clark • Spoken Word Presentations • History of South Orange African American Residents presented by Rev. Richardson • Save Our Nations: Presentation of helping African Americans locally and African Community on the continent All are welcome to come on out to listen, learn and enjoy this historical journey. Join us at The Fox and Falcon Restaurant in South Orange, NJ. No Cover, Complimentary bits, bites and cash bar available.

From Indigo: Please join the iconic Isaac Mizrahi – designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host, and TV celebrity, as he signs copies of his latest book, I.M.: A Memoir on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Indigo Short Hills – Line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis – Individuals must have a purchased copy of one of the books to be in line – Proof of purchase required from Indigo – online or in-store.

From Sugarloaf Crafts Festival: If you’re looking to have fun and get up close with a talented group of artists, then the NJ Convention & Expo Center is the place to be this March! Sugarloaf Crafts Festival arrives in Edison, NJ for a weekend featuring more than 250 emerging and established artists and craftspeople from around the nation. Spring is a time of hope and inspiration, and you’ll find plenty of both in this bustling artistic community. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals’ independent artisans are carefully curated and juried to ensure their handmade work meets the highest standards in creativity, quality and design. A wide variety of mediums are represented, with something for every passion and budget. Each festival offers the best in fine paintings, photography, leather accessories, jewelry, metal and glass sculpture, designer clothing and more. No matter what catches your eye, its creator will be there in person to tell you the story behind it, adding even more to your newest treasure. If you’ve ever wanted to see metal spinning, pottery and other art in action, then you’re in luck with our amazing live art demonstrations and workshops, featuring master craftspeople along with local artisans. Enjoy the dulcet tunes of […]

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