Monday, July 26, 2010

A WEEK'S WORTH OF WORTHWHILE EVENTS IN ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITIES

The following events fill an exciting week in Essex County communities. Check them out; there's sure to be one or two you and your family would like to attend!

Tuesday, July 27
  • Donovan Newby Reggae Band: part of the Essex County Summer Concert Series in West Side Park, S. 13th Street and 18th Avenue in Newark at 7 PM. FREE.
Wednesday, July 28
  • Searson: part of the Summer Concerts in the Park in Meadowland Park, North Ridgewood Road and Mead Street in South Orange. 7:30–9:30 PM. For information, call 973.378.7754.
  • Family Nights at the Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Reduced admission rates, extended zoo hours, musical entertainment and dinner specials every Wednesday during July and August. $5. For more information, contact http://www.turtlebackzoo.org/ or call 973.731.5800.
  • Music for the Soul Series/Inside Out: Jazz with Tim Ferguson, bass; Rob Henke, trumpet; and Diane Moser, piano, at the Allwood Community Church, Chelsea and Merrill Roads in Clifton, 8–9:30 PM. $10 donation. Call 973.777.6360 for information.
  • Pushcart Players presents Cuentos Del Arbol (Tree Tales) at Premiere Stages, Kean University, Union, NJ. 11:00 AM . For tickets call: 908.737.SHOW
Thursday, July 29
  • No Name James & Butterball: Funk music in Venner Park on Bloomfield Avenue at State and Liberty Streets, in Bloomfield. 4–7 PM. FREE.
  • Marty DeRose: Essex County's Summer Music Series at Yanticaw Park, Centre Street and Park Drive in Nutley. 7 PM. FREE.
  • Teen Performance Zone: open mike for grades 8–12; poets and writers 2:30–4 PM; singers and musicians 4–5:30 PM at the East Orange Public Library, 21 S. Arlington Avenue, East Orange. Contact http://www.eopl.org/ or 973.266.5600.
  • Allan Harris: Jazz in the Garden lunchtime series 12:15–1:45 PM at the Newark Museum, Alice Ranson Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, 49 Washington Street in Newark. $3. Contact http://www.newarkmuseum.org/ or call 973.596.6550.
  • Passaic Valley Summer Theater presents the classic American musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific. Performances will be held on July 29–31 at 8:00 PM with a 2 PM performance on Sunday, August 1. All performances will be held at Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main Street, Little Falls, NJ. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.pvtheater.com//. For more information, please contact Jennifer Shue at 973.890.2500 x2522.
Friday, July 30
  • Fifth Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival: lineup of jazz, Youth Explosion and Gospel in Lincoln Park, Broad Street between Chestnut and Pennington Streets in Newark. Noon–8 PM. FREE.
  • Bobby & the Jets, Big Shot: part of the Essex County Summer Music Concert Series at Brookdale Park, Watchung Avenue in Montclair. 7:30 PM. FREE.
  • New Voices of 2010: Pure Imagination: Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory Concert featuring members of the senior, junior plus and junior companies at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 3 Brookside Drive in Millburn. 3 PM. $22.75–$38.75. For information, contact http://www.papermill.org/ or 973.376.4343.
Saturday, July 31
  • Fifth Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival: house music in Lincoln Park, Broad Street between Chestnut and Pennington Streets in Newark. Noon–8 PM. FREE.
  • NYU Summer Guitar Festival: Pete McCann Trio, Bruce Arnold Slide Guitar and Dave Schroeder Harmonica Duet with student duos at Whole Foods Market, 702 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. 2–5 PM. FREE.
  • Steve Turre: part of the Gramercy Brass Band Camp Spectacular Finale Concert at Caldwell College, Newman Center, 9 Ryerson Avenue in Caldwell at 3 PM. $20. Contact http://www.caldwell.edu/ or call 212.229.7606 for more information or reservations.
  • National Dance Day: performances followed by group dance activities for children and adults, games and food at the YWCA of Essex & West Hudson, 395 Main Street in Orange. Call 973.672.9500 for more information. (If you watch So You Think You Can Dance, you will be familiar with this celebration!)
  • Latin American Festival: music, dance and foods from a variety of Latin American countries at Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), 4 Boland Drive in West Orange. 6–10 PM. $10. For more information or reservations contact http://www.ospac.org/ or 973.669.7385.
  • New Voices of 2010: Pure Imagination: Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory Concert featuring members of the senior, junior plus and junior companies at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 3 Brookside Drive in Millburn. 3 PM and 7:30 PM. $22.75–$38.75. For information, contact http://www.papermill.org/  or 973.376.4343.
Sunday, August 1
  • Fifth Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival: hip-hop music in Lincoln Park, Broad Street between Chestnut and Pennington Streets in Newark. Noon–8 PM. FREE.
  • Spiritual Drumming: workshop for adults and teens led by Richard Reiter at the First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Street in Montclair. 3–5 PM. $7. For information or reservations, visit http://www.firstchurchmontclair.org/ or call 973.744.6560.
  • Arms & The Man at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey on the campus of Drew University in Madison. Final performance 7:30 PM. Good seats still available. Call 973.408.5600 or visit http://www.shakespearenj.org/ for tickets.