South Orange Events

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 […]

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 4th Annual SOMA Film Festival Friends of the Fest: Now in our 4th season we have expanded the festivities to 6 days and nights from March 20-24 that will include independent films from near and far, filmmaker Q and A’s, an opening night party, a short script(s) reading, and free screening at Seton Hall University. We will offer 16 programs in total that will include our shorts/feature programs that will highlight amazing indie film, our Kids, Local Teen, Seton Hall and Locals feature and short programs and a few more suprises along the way. The Friends of the Fest VIP pass will save you some serious money, as the total cost of these events is over $150. The Friends of the FestVIP pass will also include the opening night party on Friday, 3/22 that includes food and drink followed by a few films to satisfy your cinematic palate. Besides the opening night party we will not include alcohol with the cost of your VIP Pass, it will be sold seperately at a modest cost. Free popcorn and water will be served, and treats will be available to all attendees of the Kids Program(s) courtesy of the Able Baker. Date […]

Los Lobos performs at March 30 at 8 p.m. From SOPAC: Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.   Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band— Los Lobos —saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream Rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Drummer Perez once called their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, R&B, Blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammy Awards, a worldwide smash single “La Bamba” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving and thriving while still jamming with the same raw intensity that they started with back in a garage in 1973. Los Lobos chronicles a key moment of their expansive journey on Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marks their 40th anniversary and launches their new association with 429 Records. Recorded over two nights in December 2012 at The […]

From SOPAC: Graham Parker at SOPAC Wednesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Graham Parker and The Rumour were formed in the summer of 1975 and released their first album, Howlin’ Wind six months later, garnering them international recognition. That same year, a 4-track EP, featuring a cover of the Trammps’ “Hold Back The Night,” earned the band two appearances on Top Of The Pops and gave them a UK Top 20 single. Their second album, Heat Treatment, a three-sided live album, reached #14 in the spring of 1978. Third album Stick To Me made the UK Top 20 and The Parkerilla, a 1978 live double  album containing  a disco-fied version of Howlin Wind’s “Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions” was a major hit. The bands’ classic 1979 release Squeezing Out Sparks cemented their position as one of Britain’s top live acts and ensured sold out concerts on their seemingly endless world tours. The Up Escalator followed in 1980, reaching #11 on the UK charts and sold well throughout the world. Graham Parker and The Rumour disbanded after Escalator and Parker went on to forge a solo career that continues to produce powerful work including 1988’s The Mona Lisa’s Sister, 1991’s Struck By Lightning and the hard rocking Acid Bubblegum, released in 1996. A […]

Don McLean performs at South Orange Performing Arts Center Friday, June 7 at 8PM. Don McLean is one of America’s most iconic singer-songwriters and will be forever celebrated for his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night).” Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and in 2004 was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Tickets start at $68.