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Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics: A Benefit Concert for SOPAC FRIDAY, JUNE 1, AT 8 PM
People Make the World Go 'Round A Benefit Concert for SOPAC LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE! For over 30 years, Russell Thompkins, Jr. was the original lead singer of The Stylistics. His identifiable falsetto voice led the group to international fame and recognition, recording hits such as "You Make Me Feel Brand New," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "Stone In Love With You," "Stop, Look, Listen," and "People Make The World Go Round."
The Stylistics were nominated for a Grammy in 1974 for "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and have 24 gold and platinum albums and singles. Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics formed in 2004 and are dedicated to preserving the sound of the original recordings. They are committed to delivering high quality vocal performances on stage and in the studio in a professional and masterful style. Mr. Thompkins’ major goal and mission is to provide fans, friends, and supporters—who have remained loyal for over 30 years – with the same quality of music and showmanship that they have come to know and love.
South Orange/Maplewood Artists Studio Tour SUNDAY, JUNE 3, FROM 11 AM-5 PM
SOPAC is Proud to Support the 2012 South Orange/Maplewood Artists Studio Tour! The townships of South Orange and Maplewood are home to a vibrant community of artists who live, work and play all within a short distance of New York City, the capital of the art world. These talented residents make New Jersey one of the top states in the nation to employ artists of every occupation, and it shows in the quality of life and the cultural choices sophisticated residents and visitors to the two towns enjoy.
This year's Artists Studio Tour includes more than 70 artist’s studios, galleries and group exhibitions. The Tour is self-guided so you can set your own pace and select the artists who interest you most.
For a list of artists participating in the 2012 South Orange/Maplewood Artist Studio Tour and a map for all studio locations, please visit www.studiotoursoma.org
Arts for All provides a welcoming environment for the community, introducing new patrons to their local performing arts center, and encouraging future arts attendance and participation. Arts for All is a collaboration between the Village of South Orange, Main Street South Orange, and SOPAC.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, AT 7:30 PM Arts for All Kick-Off Event Lydia Johnson Dance Free Admission SOPAC Theater The Dance Company in Residence at SOPAC performs a special preview performance of new and recent dances.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, FROM 2-9 PM Celebrate South Orange Entering its sixth year, Celebrate South Orange is the signature family-friendly downtown community event. Carnival games, inflatable rides, face painting, and prizes are available for the entire family at the Kids Zone. Local merchants and community organizations will be on hand to inform and entertain attendees. Delicious dishes provided by local restaurants and food vendors. The fourth annual Town Hall Deli Sloppy Joe Eating contest will crown a new winner! Craft Fair Artisans from all over the region will be selling their wares at the Arts for All Juried Craft Fair. Painters, photographers, jewelry makers, designers and many more will enliven Sloan Street all day long. Performances on the Mainstage Enjoy a full schedule of live performances throughout the day and evening within the SOPAC/NJ Transit Parking Lot.
Arts for All has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Hollie Heller: Transcendent Nature The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
New Jersey artist Hollie Heller repurposes materials and transforms them into unique works reflecting her fascination with textiles, and primitive art and design. Ms. Heller utilizes transparent mailing labels, old stamps, letters, maps, architectural drawings, match book covers, and eyeglass lenses to create unique designs and compositions. Transcendent Nature is the latest collection of works by Hollie Heller.