Upcoming Festivals & Events Events
From Morris County Park Commission: Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a guided trek exploring the beautiful winter scenery and looking for signs of wildlife – all while getting a great workout. Sundays from January 5-March 8. No experience is necessary. Please call in advance regarding conditions. More information.
From New Jersey Film Festival: The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies present the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020. Additional Dates: Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 at 7:00pm Friday, Jan 31, 2020 at 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 at 7:00pm Friday, Feb 7, 2020 at 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 at 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 at 7:00pm Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 at 7:00pm Friday, Feb 21, 2020 at 7:00pm Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 at 7:00pm Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 at 7:00pm Friday, Feb 28, 2020 at 7:00pm
From 14C Art Fair: Art Fair 14C – the name is a wink to the old Jersey joke, ‘what exit?’ – is a non-profit, mission-driven, international art fair – with a New Jersey soul. View and buy art from hundreds of artists – regional, national and international – in a stunning setting on the Hudson River. Art Fair 14C supports the visual arts by strengthening galleries, increasing opportunities for artists and expanding the market for fine art, as well as adding to Jersey City’s reputation as an arts destination. More information.
From Laurita Winery: Come celebrate Mardi Gras — New Orleans Style — at Laurita and enjoy a weekend full of fun, laughter and wonderful memories!! Break out your costumes, dust off your masks, and get your dancing shoes on because that’s what you’ll be doing with live, upbeat music on Saturday and Sunday. Kick back and enjoy Laurita’s award-winning wines with family and friends and don’t forget to check out the special Cajun-inspired dishes and other tasty offerings at The Marketplace. (We will not have food trucks at this event.) Admission is FREE, and we’ll be partying inside!! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery and be ready to party!! More information.
From the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show: Nerd Fest returns to a new location. Featuring vendors with old comics, toys, action figures, trading cards, posters, steampunk, crafts and gaming! Guest artists, writers, costume groups. Wear your costume. There will be a cosplay contest with prizes for all ages. Watch for updates on our Facebook page. More information.
From the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County and Village Green Events: Aidan Cunningham, our teenage liaison between the children and the adults of the society, together with some parent leaders, will provide an overview of the programs that have been held so far, and those that are planned for the upcoming months — the themes and values and approaches. Aidan is the older son of ECS members Evelyn Chu and Tom Cunningham. He is a student at Columbia High School. More information.
From SOMA JUSTICE and Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel: Join TSTI’s Social Justice Task Force, in partnership with South Orange/Maplewood’s SOMA Justice group and the Community Coalition on Race, for a walk through of the Gallery at TSTI’s civil rights art exhibit with curator Armisey Smith, followed by a panel discussion on issues affecting the Black and Jewish communities here in South Orange and Maplewood, including action steps to become better allies to each other. Guests welcome. Open to the local community. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free, but we appreciate RSVPs. More information.
From West Orange Classic Film Festival: The West Orange Film Society hosts the 15th annual West Orange Classic Film Festival from Sunday, January 5, 2020 to February 23, 2020 at 2pm at the AMC DINE-IN Essex Green 9 Theatre in West Orange. West Orange Arts Council Members receive a 25% ticket discount to WO Classic Film Festival movies. Cost depends on movie. Schedule: January 5: North by Northwest January 12: Casablanca January 19: West Side Story January 26: To Kill a Mockingbird February 2: Duck Soup February 9: Black Maria Film Festival February 16: Lawrence of Arabia February 23: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington More information.
From the Maplewood Hilton Branch Library, Mayor Frank McGehee, and Maplewood Arts and Culture: The Nickel Boys is set at a fictionalized version of the Dozier School for Boys, dubbed Nickel Academy. Whitehead first heard of the real life Dozier School on Twitter in 2014. The state of Florida ran Dozier as a reform school. The school opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 after decades of allegations against the school for allowing the beatings, rapes, torture, and even murder of students by guards and employees. In conjunction with the publication of The Nickel Boys, Whitehead was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine for the July 8, 2019 edition, alongside the strap-line “America’s Storyteller.” More information.
From Euphoria Hair & Beauty Bar: Celebrate Black History with Euphoria Hair & Beauty Bar as we present “The Evolution of Beauty Care: Then to Now.” During this session, we will celebrate African American Beauty as a whole, from skin care, to hair care, to total body care. Discussions will include: Skin, Hair and Body care for all seasons, Skin Care – How To’s and a facial demonstration, Using Proper Body Mechanics and Body Hair Removal. Chair Massage by: ProBody Massage Limited seating, please RSVP via this eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-evolution-of-beauty-care-then-to-now-tickets-93486796525 More information.
From the Highlands Business Partnership: The Highlands Business Partnership’s Chili Cook Off fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 3-7PM at Proving Ground, 56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands, NJ. Tickets are $30.00 and include samplings of chilis, two beer tickets and two voting ballots. There will be performances by bag pipe bands and Daly’s Irish Dancers. All proceeds will benefit the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More information.
‘Art by African Americans: From the Great Migration to the Age of Obama — Part II’ in Maplewood Feb. 25
From The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School: Between the two world wars, millions of African Americans set out on an odyssey known as the Great Migration. In the course of this journey, they created a new identity that would alter the landscape of modern art. This talk will continue the saga from the age of Black Power protests through the present day. Join us as we celebrate the rich contributions these pioneers made to American culture that continue to astonish art lovers today. Enroll here. More information.
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