South Orange Events

From South Orange Performing Arts Center: Franken is delighted to talk about his fifteen seasons at Saturday Night Live with behind-the-scene stories about the show’s evolution from Gilda, Chevy, Belushi, Aykroyd to Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Chris Rock and Chris Farley. Franken wrote a lion’s share of the show’s political satire with Jim Downey, a Republican. Downey and Franken felt it was SNL’s job to not have a political bias, but rather to do well-observed political satire that made the audience laugh and had the virtue of not being stupid, rewarding viewers for knowing stuff about politics without punishing them for not. As we head into the 2020 elections, Franken will cut through the conventional wisdom and tell you how it really is. For example, President Trump has the tendency to exaggerate or just flat out lie. Really. More information.

From South Orange Performing Arts Center: Grammy Award winner and Emmy Award nominee, Eileen Ivers, continues to push the fiddling tradition boundaries from a Folk music staple to a fiercely fresh, powerfully beautiful, intensely driving world stage experience. Eileen has performed with Sting, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, The Chieftains, was the groundbreaking Musical Star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a former member of the Hall & Oates band, a featured instrumentalist on soundtracks including “Gangs of New York” and “Back to Titanic” and she is one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. More information.